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Meet “Shelly Bean, The Sports Queen” — Book Review
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Twin Cities Summer Reading Programs – 2017
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Family Fun Ideas: MLK Monday Break
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BookHounds Invites: Belinda Jensen
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Children’s Literature on Stage: ‘Elephant and Piggie’s We’re In A Play’ at Children’s Theatre Company
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BookHounds Invites Mike Wohnoutka, Illustrator of ‘This is NOT a Cat’
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BookHounds Invities Erin Soderberg Downing in The Case of the Funnies
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BookHounds “FamilyLit Celebrating Nature and Families”
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2016 FFTC BookHounds
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Read Aloud Wednesday ‘Ella and Penguin Stick Together’ Inspired Book Suggestions

Meet “Shelly Bean, The Sports Queen” — Book Review

Shelly Boyum Breen–the author, creator, and prototype of Shelly Bean–grew up in Brainerd, Minnesota as a girl who like to play.

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Twin Cities Summer Reading Programs – 2017

2017 Summer Reading Programs

Where do your kids fall in the summer reading spectrum? Whether they love to read or hate it or are somewhere in between, there is probably a program out there for them. If they are ambitious, they can participate in several. There is no rule that kids can’t use the same books for several programs.

A couple years ago, I did some research on the reality of the income-based achievement gap and how parents can Increase their Child’s Chances in School with a few Simple, Budget-Friendly Habits. Summer reading is another place where the achievement gap grows. However, the fix is offering your kids easy access to a lot of books and empowering them to select their own reading materials.This is where summer reading programs can come in handy.

The following are few programs we found plus our own:

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Family Fun Ideas: MLK Monday Break

MLK Monday – So, what’s closed today? Or, perhaps more importantly, what’s open and where can I get the kids out of the house? We’ve got ideas both indoor and out plus a couple of fun family events to observe the day:

MLK Monday - Family Fun

OBSERVE

OUTDOOR FUN

INDOOR FUN

  • Tail Time | Wild Rumpus Books, Minneapolis, 10:30am • Arrive early if you want to get a decent spot. Stick around to see how many critters (yes, animal critters) you can spot slinking around the store!
  • PolarPalooza | Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St Paul, 10am-4pm • Educational games and activities.
  • Behind the Scenes: Research Labs | Science Museum of MN, 12-4pm • Included with museum admission, $12.95-$18.95.
  • Mill City Museum | Minneapolis, 10am-5pm • Special holiday hours – see our tips at 10 Things For Kids: Mill City Museum.
  • Bakken Museum | Minneapolis, 10am-4pm (special holiday hours), $5-$10/pp
  • Preschool Open Play | The Blast Indoor Playground, Eagan Community Center, 9:30-11am • A variety of equipment is available to play in the gym as well as play time in the Blast Indoor playground. $4/child ages 1-5.
  • Find MORE preschool open gym and open play times.
  • Trolls | Riverview Theater, Minneapolis, 1 & 5pm • $2/pp plus awesome popcorn!
  • Half-price Open Swim | Great River Water Park, St Paul, 10:30am-8:30pm (activity pool and waterslides open 10:30-noon)
  • Find drop-in crafting opportunities for kids of all ages in our Winter Survival Guide.

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BookHounds Invites: Belinda Jensen

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I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I was a little star-struck when I first met Belinda Jensen.  But she admits herself that she is a science nerd–and has always been one.

As a meterologist, Belinda gets to meet with second-graders and has learned first hand about their anxiety over the weather.  This is where being a mom herself collides with being a science nerd.

The Mayo Clinic has done research about how to help kids.  Bel took that information from Mayo and applied it.  She could do something to help kids.

That’s how Bel the Weather Girl  was born.


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Children’s Literature on Stage: ‘Elephant and Piggie’s We’re In A Play’ at Children’s Theatre Company

image courtesy Dan Norman

 

My most beloved children’s literature characters are on stage for the next month.

Elephant and Piggie.

Kennedy Center’s Theater for Young Audiences on Tour  has brought them here in a partnership with Children’s Theatre Company.

 Whether you have a kiddo who loves books or one who is a reluctant reader, you will want to check this theatrical experience out!

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BookHounds Invites Mike Wohnoutka, Illustrator of ‘This is NOT a Cat’

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BookHounds Invities Erin Soderberg Downing in The Case of the Funnies

 

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“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 “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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2016 FFTC BookHounds

Join our Facebook group FFTC BookHounds for Facebook Live Chats and interaction with other BookHounds, including REAL LIFE authors!

 

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BookHounds Invites Season 1

Megan Maynor

 

Megan Maynor
Ella and Penguin Stick Together

 


 

 

Shaskans

 

Stephen and Trisha Speed Shaskan 
Punk Skunks 

 

 


 

 

Bonus bookhounds' (3)John Coy
Their Great Gift 

 

 

 


bookhoundsAimee Bissonette
Miss Colfax’s Light

 

 

 


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Mary Casanova
Wake Up, Island!


 

 

BookHounds

 

David LaRochelle
Monster & Son


 

 

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Molly Beth Griffin

Rhoda’s Rock Hunt


 

stephanie watson

 

Stephanie Watson
Behold! A Baby

 

Vicki Palmquist
Vicki Palmquist 
The Case of Summertime Books

Rick Chrustowski
Rick Chrustowski
The Case of Habitats and Homes

 familylitErin Soderberg Downing
The Case of  the Funnies

Lynne JonellLynne Jonell
The Case of Imagination
 

Read Aloud Wednesday ‘Ella and Penguin Stick Together’ Inspired Book Suggestions

This month we had a blast partnering with the author of Ella and Penguin Stick Together, Megan Maynor. She has suggestions for kids books to enjoy together.

This month we have had a blast partnering with the author of Ella and Penguin Stick Together Megan Maynor.  She knows and loves her children’s books, and she has some great suggestions for you to enjoy together with your kids.  You can learn more about her in these two posts– Meet Megan Maynor and BookHounds #1 Ella and Penguin Stick Together.

Reading picture books together as a family is so important.  At our first BookHounds meeting, Megan mentioned the importance of picture literacy.  It’s important to understand what is happening in the pictures.  This is the beginning of discerning irony in plotlines and understanding people’s emotions.

It also helps us to use our imaginations even as adults.

Read Aloud Tip for January:  
in one book this month, take time to enjoy the pictures before plunging into the words. Read More

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