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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 9, 2011

Dr. Frances Rinaldi

Frances Rinaldi: My first book was published with a push by my father. In 1993 I joined The Brevard Theatrical Ensemble with the intent to get over my fear of public speaking. It took sometime before I developed the courage to share a story.  But a strange thing happened. While  listening to others share their stories I began to remember stories my grandmother had shared with me. I shared these stories, started writing new stories, and within a year had a small collection. I illustrated the stories and with my father’s encouragement put the book into print.  For some reason, for the next few years I wrote stories for performances and had no desire to publish them. Then, two years ago I came up with an idea for a series of books, and took on the challenge of writing a novel. I am hopeful for a release within the year.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 8, 2011

You have an iPad and your kids are always begging for a turn. Put that screen-time to good use with quality apps that encourage reading. We’ve tested loads of apps that will do just that.

Here are some of the best iPad apps for kids:

How Rocket Learned to Read

Developer’s synopsis: Featuring the original story and artwork by Tad Hills, with delightful animations, lots of interactivity and two additional games to play [make] this a captivating app.

Why we love it: From the “word of the day” to the interactive games, this app is the perfect blend of story magic and entertaining learning.

How Rocket Learned to Read – by Tad Hills - Random House Digital, Inc.


By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 1, 2011

Here’s the scoop on the most popular destinations on The Children’s Book Review site, the most coveted new releases and bestsellers.

THE HOT SPOTS: THE TRENDS

Review: Scat by Carl Hiaasen

How Picture Books Play a Role in a Child’s Development

Author Interview: Gary Paulsen

The 39 Clues: Book One: Maze of Bones: Rick Riordan

Where to Find Free eBooks for Children Online