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By Kathryn Starke, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 31, 2011

Multicultural Children’s Literature that Teaches Global Awareness

Amy’s Travels tells the tale of a young Hispanic girl who has traveled the globe and lived internationally and teaches young readers a geography lesson about the seven continents. The reader will travel to each continent with the main character, young Amy, and take in the culture, climate, and animal life.

This engaging story is based on the true life experiences of the author’s friend, whose diverse and multicultural adventures provide an educational tool for young readers.  Amy’s Travels motivates children to read and appreciate global awareness.

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By Karen Inglis, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 29, 2011

“…a book that can be appreciated by both boys and girls alike… short, gripping chapters that lead you swiftly on through an absorbing tale of mystery and suspense.” Louise Jordan: London-based children’s books literary consultant and ex Head Reader at Puffin UK

The Secret Lake is a ‘time-slip’ mystery adventure, set in one of London’s Notting Hill communal garden squares, in which Stella and Tom, when trying to find their elderly neighbour’s missing dog, discover a tunnel that leads to a secret lake. Who is the boy rowing towards them who looks so terrified?

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 28, 2011

Enter to win one of five signed copies of Sydney Becomes a Big Sister by Dianne Branch, plus a bookmark. Becoming a big sister is such a special time. Reading books about this new and amazing role is extremely helpful! Giveaway begins October 28, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends November 26, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 3-6

Hardcover, paperback or ebook: 24 pages

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 27, 2011

Monster Comics

By Mike Herrod

Doodlers and fans of monsters and comics, unite! From freaked-out moms to thirsty vampires, using clean lines and minimal color, the talented children’s book author and illustrator Mike Herrod offers kids over 30 spook-tacular monster-pieces to finish off with their own drawings. However, it’s the “Magic Monster Pen” that steals the limelight. Kids can use the pen to compose their own secret messages or design their own hidden drawings; it also magically reveals 16 invisible ink picture pages throughout the book. This is an activity book that fans of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid are bound to enjoy. (Ages 7 and up)

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 26, 2011

Fairy tales have the power to teach us valuable lessons about love, loyalty and friendship. In these stories, characters are transformed into magical beings, sacrifices are made in their honor and small creatures perform enormous acts of courage and daring. These classic stories have been told for many generations and yet their legend grows richer with each telling.

By Sarah Morris on behalf of Primrose Schools,* for The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 25, 2011

Children that learn to appreciate language at an early age tend to find more interest in books and learning and, consequently, they usually do better in school.

Image courtesy of StubbyFingers. Copyright © 2011Studies have shown that children respond to the sounds of language even while in the womb. The familiar tones of a parent’s voice become a soothing tonic to the child, something that they know as safe and loving. Once a child is born, reading to them from the very first day is a good way to encourage their linguistic development and cognitive abilities.

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: October 24, 2011

Jeanne Walker Harvey

Jeanne Walker Harvey is the author of a fascinating new children’s book My Hands Sing the Blues which traces the childhood migration of young Romare Bearden as he leaves his grandparents in Charlotte, North Carolina and then moves to New York City to eventually become a great painter during the Harlem Renaissance. Her remarkable book is filled with striking collages and poetic, jazz-inspired lines that mimic perhaps what influenced Bearden most as an artist: his childhood home and music. Harvey is also the author of Astro the Steller Sea Lion and she blogs about children’s narrative nonfiction books at True Tales & A Cherry on Top. She lives in Marin County, California with her husband and an adorable black Lab who sleeps at her feet while she writes.