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By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 29, 2012

Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Photo credit: David Peters

Elizabeth Singer Hunt is the bestselling author of the hugely popular Jack Stalwart series. Her love of adventure and travel is what inspired her to create her globe-trotting children’s book character, nine-year-old Secret Agent Jack Stalwart. More than 1 million books have been sold worldwide and the series has been published in multiple languages. It has been selected by the British Education Secretary as a “must read” for boys, and honored by the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for “helping to inspire children to read, to learn and to dream.” Elizabeth kindly shared some tales of her own adventures and her path to literary success. You might want to take notes…

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 28, 2012

Enter to win one of two thrilling and chilling “ParaNorman” prize packs!

Two (2) winners will receive:

  • Freaky Fun Cupcake Kit
  • Youth T-Shirt
  • Backpack
  • Activity Book & Activity Sheet
  • Keychain
  • Notebook
  • Pencil Pack with stickers
  • Nightlight
  • ParaNorman: Original illustrated middle grade novel (young adult novel)
  • ParaNorman: Meet the Ghosts (Early reader book)
  • ParaNorman: Attack of the Pilgrim Zombies! (Early readers book)

Prizing value, $60

Giveaway begins August 28, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends September 25, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

By Nicki Richesin, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 28, 2012

David Levithan.
Photo credit: Jake Hamilton.

Happy Pub Day to David Levithan! His ingenious new novel Every Day comes out today, so you can run and get your copy pronto. David is the immensely imaginative and talented author of many bestselling novels including most recently Every You, Every Me; The Lover’s Dictionary; Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green); Love is the Higher Law; and Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares (with Rachel Cohn). When he isn’t writing his amazing books, David works as an Executive Editor at Scholastic. Without further ado, my interview with the great man …

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: August 27, 2012

Join the 9 week “Countdown to Ivy and Bean Blog-A-Bration!”

Each week, you can enter to win the weekly featured paperback Ivy and Bean book and 3 sets of Ivy and Bean Mini Notes. During week 9 a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from all of the previous winners* to receive:

  • Grand Prize

    A complete set of Ivy and Bean hardcover books signed by Annie Barrows

  • 1 set of Ivy and Bean Paper Dolls
  • 1 Ivy and Bean Button Factory
  • 1 Ivy and Bean READ Poster signed by Annie Barrows
  • 1 set of Ivy and Bean Silly Bandz
  • 1 set of Ivy and Bean stickers
  • AND – a super-secret really cool prize we’re working on (stay tuned!)

Giveaway begins August 27, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends September 1, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 6-10

Paperback: 124 pages

How do we teach compassion?

By Luisa LaFleur, The Children’s Book Review
Published: February , 2012

Kids can be mean. Sometimes our kids are on the receiving end of the taunts and name-calling and that’s hard to deal with. But other times our kids are on the giving end and that’s even harder to deal with. Teaching children to be compassionate—to understand someone else’s suffering and to try and alleviate that suffering—is not easy. A key first step is to get children to understand that mean actions—teasing, name-calling and the like—can be hurtful. Here are a few books that can help impart the message that being kind to one another is essential and that the golden rule is paramount.