Category - Read Aloud

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FFTC BookHounds Invites Illustrator Nina Crittenden
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BookHounds Invities Erin Soderberg Downing in The Case of the Funnies
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BookHounds Invites Stephanie Watson
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BookHounds “FamilyLit Celebrating Nature and Families”
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BookHounds Invites Molly Beth Griffin
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BookHounds Episode 5: Behold! A Baby
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Rainy Day Guide for Family Fun
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BookHounds Invites: David LaRochelle, Celebrating Parents, Kids and Books
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BookHounds Episode 2, ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’
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BookHounds Episode 1 “It’s A Tiger” by David LaRochelle

FFTC BookHounds Invites Illustrator Nina Crittenden

From what I have experienced, a picture book illustrator is a fun person. Especially those from Minnesota.

I guess I could be biased, but I don’t think so.  At the beginning of August, we met Mike Wohnoutka and today we meet Nina Crittenden.

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More information is included in the links below.

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BookHounds Invities Erin Soderberg Downing in The Case of the Funnies

 

FamilyLit

“I’ve always been a huge fan of series.  It turns somebody into having a reading habit, going back to the same characters.”

-Erin Soderberg Downing

Erin Soderberg Downing is a fun mom!  You will hear about how she is a mother to three.  Sometimes four and sometimes five.  And how that alone was the inspiration for her popular book series, The Quirks and Puppy Pirates.

We have affiliate links to the books mentioned in the show notes below.

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BookHounds Invites Stephanie Watson

Stephanie Watson is a native Minnesotan who grew up immersing herself in stories:  reading, watching TV, acting in Children’s Theatre Company shows and spending lots of time at the library.  She is a local author who teaches writing classes and does picture book critique work as well.

Most importantly, she is happy to be a soul parent.  (Trust me, it’s most definitely soul and not sole–her heart and humor is two sizes too big)

She and her 5 year old daughter (who shares my birthday!) live in Minneapolis.

We are pumped to have Stephanie on BookHounds this month as she is a dynamic mama with a really cool job.  She talks about what it’s like to be an author and how they foster reading in their home.

For more information, see the Show Notes below.

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BookHounds “FamilyLit Celebrating Nature and Families”

This week on BookHounds, Gianna talks about some unconventional ideas for great FamilyLit.  Each of these books will be enjoyed by the whole family.  You can read these books over and over without needing to bang your head against a wall.

FamilyLit Show Notes Below

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BookHounds Invites Molly Beth Griffin

Mother’s Day is on Sunday and we thought what a great time to focus our attention on authors who are also moms.

Today we wanted to introduce you to Molly Beth Griffin, a local author and Minneapolis mom of two little cuties.

Show notes are below.

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BookHounds Episode 5: Behold! A Baby


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Rainy Day Guide for Family Fun

Rainy DayA rainy day conjures up an image of a warm drink and a conversation with a friend, a good book in front of the fire.  A lazy day inside catching up on all your shows. 

Unless you are a parent. 

Rainy days are not necessarily romantic, peaceful or perfect.
They can be dreadful, fear-inducing and to put it simply–hated.  I don’t think I even need to explain why. (But I will)

Uncivilized crazies bounce off the walls, tedious groans of boredom echo through the house.  Whiny pleas for “more screen tiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmme!” 

RAiny DayIt’s unbearable.  It’s insufferable. 

We can’t take another minute.

Mom. Dad. We gotcha covered. 

The Family Fun Twin Cities Rainy Day Guide is the playbook you need to get through a chunk of your day when you are stuck inside.  These ideas will spark imagination: whether the imagination is yours or belongs to your kiddos.  And sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort and intention to make the day a success for everyone. Read More

BookHounds Invites: David LaRochelle, Celebrating Parents, Kids and Books

BookHounds invited David LaRochelle, author of Monster & Son, to our “studio” for an interview. Monster & Son was released on April 12 and we love it.

In fact, we are hosting a Launch Party for Monster & Son on Saturday, April 30.  It’s the Monster Bash! If you are in town, you don’t want to miss this event with goodies to purchase, projects to make, exploration of Base Camp, a monster hunt, a princess visit, a dance party, a real-live scientist and David LaRochelle, himself.

We were so excited to have him read his book (with permission from Chronicle Books) and talk what it’s like to be an author.  We also chatted about great books!

 

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BookHounds Episode 2, ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’

Learn how to make Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs an interactive and fun family experience.

 

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BookHounds Episode 1 “It’s A Tiger” by David LaRochelle


Welcome to BookHounds!  We love books and know that kids do to!  Each week, we want to help you find great books to read together because we know that families who read together have fun together.

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Show Notes


It’s A Tiger by David LaRochelle

BookHounds–How to Read the Book
  1.  Take your time.  Turn the page and sit for a moment to enjoy the pictures.
  2. Start calmly and speed as the character panics.  Really play in up.
  3. At the very end, let your voice trail off…..and let your child finish the book.
BookHounds–Activities to Make the Book Come Alive
  1. Print off a tiger or cut a tiger out of a magazine and hide it around the house. Whenever anyone finds the tiger, they shout, “It’s a tiger!!!!!”
  2. Play Tiger Hide & Seek
  3. Draw a picture of something you are afraid of and talk about it.
  4. Write a new circle story together.
BookHounds–Why I Like This Book
  1. The discusses fear in a light-hearted way.
  2. The pictures are very fun
  3. You can pick up on pattern.
  4. Make it a puzzle book and look for the tiger in each page.
Book Recommendations
Next Week’s Book


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

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