10 Virtual Author Events Coming Soon

Do you love hearing authors discuss their books and writing lives? One upside of this challenging time is all of the virtual author events now available.

You don’t have to live within driving distance of a particular bookstore or library to see some of your favorite authors discuss all things reading and writing. All you have to do is cozy up on your couch and turn on a device!

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 virtual events to add to your calendar. 

1. Tuesday July 14th at 7pm

J Courtney Sullivan Presents Friends and Strangers in Conversation With Robin Young

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“J. Courtney Sullivan’s latest novel, Friends and Strangers, follows Elisabeth, an accomplished journalist and new mother struggling to adjust to small town life, and Sam, a college senior worrying about what her future might hold. Sullivan explores themes of power dynamics and motherhood through flawed but relatable characters, and their complicated relationships. Sullivan has won multiple prestigious awards for her fiction, including Time Magazine’s Best Book of the Year in 2011 for her novel, Maine. Join us to learn more about her most recent book!

2. Wednesday July 15th – 6:30pm, Belmont Books

VIRTUAL: Christina Soontornvat and Erin Entrada Kelly in support of Read It Forward

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Join usfor an amazing dual event with two fantastic middle grade authors: Christina Soontornvat and Newbery award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly!”

3. Thursday July 16th- 7pm- Bay Area Book Festival

Virtual: Braving Deep Waters: Female Fearlessness and Friendship with Sue Monk Kidd and Lisa See

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Dive into an exploration of female power and brilliance like you’ve never seen before with bestselling authors Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees, The Invention of Wings) and Lisa See (The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane) moderated by Aimee Phan (The Reeducation of Cherry Truong).”

 

Virtual: National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi discusses “How to Be an Antiracist.”

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“2019 Guggenheim Fellow and New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi will discuss his renowned book “How to Be an Antiracist” on Monday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. with Dr. Charlene M. Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College. Dr. Dukes is the first African-American woman to serve as president of the College and has 30 years of progressive leadership experience and administrative responsibility in higher education.”

5. Thursday July 23rd at 4pm – A Mighty Blaze

Virtual: Amy Poeppel in Conversation With Fiona Davis

 

 
“Please join Amy Poeppel, author of Musical Chairs and Fiona Davis, author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, on the A MIghty Blaze Facebook page. Event link to come!”

 

Mothers’ Day Read In

What are you doing for Mothers’ Day this year?

If you’re a bookish introvert like me, with littles at home, your idea of a fun celebration might look quite different than normal. Usually we go to a lilac festival in Boston as a family and out to lunch. This year, all I want is to read all day in bed by myself with coffee.

I want to kiss my kids as they hand me something tasty to eat, then send them on their way so I can soak up some quiet and escape into the pages of a book!

Ideal Mothers’ Day night? I’ve been saving renting the new Little Women and I think this is the perfect time for some Jo and Marmee.

Now I just have to decide what to read! I’m thinking something comforting, preferably book related…and British.

What books are you planning to curl up with on Mothers’ Day? I hope you can treat yourself to #MomsReadIn and #MarmeeMovieNight

You might also enjoy these past posts:

Reads for the Moms in Your Life

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18 Ways to Celebrate Little Women’s 150th Anniversary Year

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And to the moms who are essential workers and can’t be home, we see you and are sending Mother’s Day love your way!

Happy Mothers’ Day Mamas!
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Stay safe and happy reading,

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

10 Author Events Coming to Greater Boston in March

Are you looking for a bookish event to add to your calendar?

Here are some of the authors coming to bookstores and libraries in the Boston area this month.

Be sure to check your local library and bookstore’s event calendar to see what author events are coming to your community.

 

1. Wednesday March 4th at 7pm – Belmont Books

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From the bestselling author of The Forgotten Hours comes an unforgettable story of one woman’s journey to reclaim what she lost in a country torn apart by the devastating legacy of WWII.

 

2. Thursday March 5th – 7pm, Belmont Books

Gish Jen – The Resisters

“The Resisters is palpably loving, smart, funny, and desperately unsettling. The novel should be required reading for the country both as a cautionary tale and because it is a stone-cold masterpiece. This is Gish Jen’s moment. She has pitched a perfect game.” –Ann Patchett

A moving and important story of an America that seems ever more possible, The Resisters is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value–as well as their very existence.

 3. Tuesday March 10th at 6pm – Boston Public Library, Copley

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From stories about time-traveling assassins, to Black Mirror-esque tales of cryptocurrency and Internet trolling, to heartbreaking narratives of parent-child relationships, THE HIDDEN GIRL AND OTHER STORIES is a far-reaching work that explores topical themes from the present and a speculative look at humanity’s future.

4. Thursday March 12th – 7pm at An Unlikely Story

Rebecca Serle, In Five Years

 

What will your life look like in five years? Rebecca Serle’s new book, IN FIVE YEARS, plays with this question when an ambitious young woman has a vision of her life five years in the future. Perfect for fans of ME BEFORE YOU, IN FIVE YEARS is a love story that brings heartbreak and joy in equal measure. At the event, Rebecca will be joined onstage by Robin Kall, of Reading with Robin, to talk about her new book, answer audience questions, and sign copies. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.

Called a “heroic narrative” and “compact and energetic” by The Wall Street Journal,Tina’s work tells the the inspiring and timely account of the complex relationship between leading suffragist Alice Paul and President Woodrow Wilson in her fight for women’s equality.

 

6. Sunday March 15th at 10am -Bull Run Restaurant with Silver Unicorn Books

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership In Turbulent Times

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Ticketed Community Event: Doris Kearns Goodwin will be speaking at the Bull Run Restaurant and we’ll be there to sell her book!  Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author. Her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. A culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the book provides an accessible and essential road map for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives.

In this lush and playful picture book from E. B. Goodale, illustrator of Windows, Kate feels ignored by her mother and sister and so decides to run away. In a neighboring yard, she builds a fort and enjoys a sense of independence—until she finds herself making room for her family in her new home … Under the Lilacs is the perfect celebration of striking out on your own—while still making room for everyone.

 

8. Friday March 20th at 6:30pm – An Unlikely Story, Plainville

Nick Bruel, Bad Kitty Joins the Team

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Ticketed Event: See Kitty as you’ve never seen her before: EXERCISING (reluctantly) in Bad Kitty Joins the Team, the latest installment of Nick Bruel’s phenomenally successful New York Times bestselling series.

 

9. Friday March 20th- 7:30pm at Back Bay Events Center

Hilary Mantel, The Mirror & The Light with Harvard Bookstore

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Ticketed Event: Harvard Book Store is honored to welcome acclaimed writer HILARY MANTEL—two-time winner of the Booker Prize for her bestselling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies—for a discussion of the highly anticipated, final book in the Cromwell trilogy, The Mirror & the Light.

 

Raúl the Third, ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat

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Porter Square Books is pleased to welcome Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third for ¡Vamos! Let’s Go Eat! Little Lobo returns to share his love of food and wrestling in this delicious follow-up to Vamos! Let’sGo to the Market, a Porter Square Books staff favorite!

 

Tired of Hibernating? Take The Kids To Your Local Bookstore This Winter

As the seasons change, I try to think about activities we can do indoors on the weekend as a family.  This winter, I’m planning to get out of the house with our toddler and new baby and head to some local bookstores.

We can browse the books, read together, and treat our little ones to some new books to bring home. Many bookstores also have cozy reading areas for kids you can hang out in for a bit.

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Going to bookstores as a family is a way to create some bookish excitement. It’s also great for kids to see their parents choose books that they are looking forward to reading.

Not sure where your closest independent bookstores are? Indiebound.org has a wonderful online tool called the Indie Bookstore Finder.  You can type in your zip code or address and they will list all of your local bookstores.

 

A fun book to read aloud before you family bookstore date would be Maisy Goes to the Local Bookstore:

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“Today Maisy is going to the bookstore to buy a new book, but there are so many to choose from! There’s a big brown book about bears, a long blue book about fish, a noisy book about trucks, and a book about things to draw and paint. Just as Maisy finds a beautiful book of rhymes that her friend Tallulah will love, out pops Charley from behind the shelves. “Ahoy, Maisy!” he says, holding a book about pirates. Now what kind of books will Cyril and Eddie choose?”

Some of my favorite local bookstores are Silver Unicorn Books in Acton, MA; Belmont Books in Belmont, MA; and the Concord Bookshop in Concord, MA.

What bookstores do you like to visit with your family?

Share in the comments or let me know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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Ten Bookish Charities to Support on Giving Tuesday

Today I’m reposting a list of bookish nonprofits to support for Giving Tuesday. Enjoy!

 

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Are you looking for a charity to support for Giving Tuesday?

Here are ten organizations promoting reading and literacy that you can donate to this holiday season.

1. Book Trust

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Book Trust’s mission is to help elementary school children with little or no access to books fall in love with reading and become lifelong learners. In the 2017-2018 school year, Book Trust provided nearly 1 million books to 55,000 students (22,000 in CO) who chose, read, and loved them.

2. Pajama Program

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Pajama Program is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 that believes that every child, no matter their circumstances, has the inherent right to a loving good night, complete with the comforting bedtime ritual of changing into new pajamas and enjoying an enchanting story. Pajama Program offers children affected by instability the unconditional, magical gifts of new pajamas and new books so that they can enjoy the greatest benefit of a loving bedtime and peaceful good night: a fulfilling good day.

3. Books for Africa

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Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to the African continent, shipping over 42 million books to all 55 countries on the African continent since 1988.  In fiscal year 2018 alone, Books For Africa shipped 2.3 million books, and 123 computers and e-readers containing 283,000 digital books, to 29 African countries. More than $2.2 million was raised last year to ship these books to the students of Africa.

4. Save the Children

In their gift catalog, Save the Children offers options to provide a Book Bag to children in need or to fund a Community Book Bank.

5. First Book

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First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to children in need. Since our founding in 1992, First Book has distributed more than 175 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families.

6. Children’s Literacy Foundation

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The Children’s Literacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has served more than 180,000 low-income, at-risk, and rural children in 400 communities across every region of the Twin States.

7. Room To Read

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Room to Read seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in low-income communities by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, we develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. 

8. Project Night Out

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Project Night Night donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year to homeless children 12 and under who need our childhood essentials to have a concrete and predictable source of security and an increased exposure to high-quality literacy materials during their time of upheaval. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age- appropriate children’s book, and a stuffed animal — all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve.

9. Reach Out and Read

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Reach Out and Read is a nonprofit organization that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together.

10. Book Aid International

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Book Aid International is the UK’s leading international book donation and library development charity. Every year, the charity sends around one million brand new books to people around the world who would otherwise have very few opportunities to access books and read.

I hope you’re able to find a bookish charity that you’d like to support this holiday season!

If you think your friends and family would be interested in any of these organizations, please spread the word.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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Have a Bookish Birthday Party

Today I’m reposting ideas for planning a bookish birthday for your kids. Enjoy!

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Are you planning a birthday party for your little one? Make it bookish!

1. Choose a Book Your Child Loves.

I’m always looking for ways to create a culture of reading in our home, so when it came time to pick a theme for my daughter’s first birthday party, we went with her favorite book–Never Touch a Monster by Stuart Lynch.

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She helped pick this adorable touch and feel board book at her daycare’s Scholastic Book Fair and it has been well loved this year–to the point that I had to sneakily replace it when it began to fall apart from all of my little bookworm’s chewing! (This also made me extra happy because in my pre-librarian life I worked at Scholastic). I highly recommend this one to any babies in your life as a funny, interactive read aloud they won’t be able to get enough of

Basing a birthday party theme on a favorite book  would also work for older children. Some books that might lend themselves well are Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Dino sports books, Harry Potter, Curious George, Land of Stories, The Lorax, the Rainbow Magic fairies series, Pete the Cat, Elephant and Piggie, Pinkilicious, and Wings of Fire.

 

2. Order or Make Decorations that Relate to the Story.

I have seen official book decorations, such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Those are wonderful, but you can buy or make related decorations if it’s a different book your child loves. So if your little one is a big Wings of Fire fan, you could look for dragon decorations. For the Rainbow Magic fairy books, go with a fairy theme or for The Lorax, you could try making truffula trees. Then you can also display copies of the book, either your own or from a library.

For the Never Touch a Monster book we ordered some monster decorations that looked similar to the characters in the story.  We also bought two new related touch and feel titles for our celebration we thought our little reader would love–That’s Not My Monster… by Fiona Watt and Never Touch a Dinosaur by Stuart Lynch. The books were able to double as decorations and party entertainment as well. I wasn’t feeling particularly crafty so this was a way to make the party feel special for her without taking much effort!

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3. Buy Books for Birthday Presents.

If you’re like me and try to get most of your books at the library, this is a good excuse to stock up on some new titles! Used bookstores and kids’ tag sales are also a great way to buy children’s books on a budget.

I found the presents I wanted while browsing at a fantastic independent bookstore I visited on a recent trip to Colorado: Boulder Bookstore. They had such a wonderful children’s section to discover new books in and it always makes me happy if I can support an independent bookstore.

 


The board books I chose for my little bookworm are Pride and Prejudice: A Counting Primer (A Baby Lit Book) by Jennifer Adams, My Little Cities: Paris by Jennifer Adams, and Baby Loves Aerospace Engineering by Ruth Spiro. These books are each part of a series with beautiful illustrations and interesting stories for children in the areas of literature, science, and travel (click on the links to see more titles). I also found an adorable Little Feminist board book set with pages on many important women “Artists”, “Leaders”, “Activists” and “Pioneers” such as Maya Angelou, Queen Elizabeth I, Malala Yousafzai, and Sally Ride.

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4. Write your Child Birthday Messages Inside the Books.

These were perfect titles to share thoughts on wishing her a life where she can follow her dreams and do anything she sets her mind to! I’m hoping to start a tradition of giving my daughter books every year for her birthday with keepsake messages written inside. You could write your child a message on their birthday book each year and then keep them on a special shelf.

 

5. Enjoy the Party and Read the Books with your Little One!

Celebrate, play, and read on the day of the party. Then you can continue to enjoy any books you’ve given as presents during daily read alouds together!

 

Have you made a children’s book a theme for a birthday party? Or have you gifted any great books lately? I’d love to hear. Let me know in the comments or on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

10 Author Events Coming to Greater Boston

Are you looking for a bookish event to add to your calendar?

Here are some of the authors coming to bookstores and libraries in the Boston area this month.

Be sure to check your local library and bookstore’s event calendar to see what author events are coming to your community.

Not in the Boston area? This list is still a great way to find a book to add to your TBR list!

 

1. Tuesday 10/22 at 6:30pm – Blue Bunny Books, Dedham

Megan McDonald & Peter H. Reynolds, Judy Moody Book Quiz Whiz

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2. Tuesday 10/22 at 7pm – An Unlikely Story, Plainville

Whitney Scharer, The Age of Light

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3. Wednesday 10/23 at 7pm – Belmont Books

Elizabeth Ames, The Others’ Gold

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4. Tuesday 10/29 at 6:30pm – Belmont Books

Kathryn Lasky, Tangled in Time #2: The Burning Queen

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5. Wednesday 10/30 at 6pm – Brookline Booksmith

Heather Morris, Cilka’s Journey (ticketed event)

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6. Saturday 11/2 at 11am – Silver Unicorn Books, Acton

Matt Tavares, Dasher

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7. Sunday 11/3 at 11am – Brookline Booksmith/Coolidge Corner Theater

Kate DiCamillo, Beverly Right Here (ticketed event)

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8. Monday 11/18 at 7:30pm – Brookline Booksmith/Chevalier Theater

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer (ticketed event)

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9. Tuesday 11/19 at 7pm – An Unlikely Story, Plainville

Holly Black, The Queen of Nothing

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Start a Parent/Child Book Club

This week, I’m sharing a post again that is great for this season. Back to school is the perfect time to mark your calendar for a new activity–a parent/child book club!

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Are you looking for a fun way to connect with your child over books? Start a parent/child book club! 

As a school librarian, I helped host a 4th and 5th grade parent/child book club and was always so moved by the conversations and insights shared at these events. Books can be a wonderful way for kids to open up about problems they are facing or feelings they are having, that they may not have shared otherwise. It is also valuable for kids to see their peers as well as adults reading and chatting about books in a meaningful way.

I think upper elementary school is a great time to begin this sort of book club. Invite some of your child’s friends and their parents to join. You could meet monthly or bimonthly, taking turns hosting. Food always makes a book club more enjoyable. Keep it simple and order some pizzas or do a pot-luck.

Use these middle grade book suggestions to help get your parent/child book club started. As time goes on, you could have the kids bring ideas and vote for what they want to read next.

Reading Suggestions for Your Parent/Child Book Club

1.  Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

2. Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff

3. Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

 

4. You Go First by Erin Entrada Kelly

 

5. Wonderby R.J. Palacio

 

6. Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

 

7. It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

 

8. Operation Redwood by S. Terrell French

9. Front Deskby Kelly Yang

10. The Losers Club by Andrew Clements

11. The Benefits of Being An Octopus by Ann Braden

 

12. The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

 

What middle-grade books have you enjoyed reading with the kids in your life? I’d love to hear. Leave me a note in the comments or let me know on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @ABookishHome.

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

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Five Picture Books for Back to School

This week I’m sharing a post from last fall with my favorite read alouds for back to school. Enjoy!

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Are you looking for a picture book to kick off the new school year with your students or children?

Here are five of my favorite back to school read alouds:

 

1. School’s First Day of School

Story by Adam Rex, Pictures by Christian Robinson

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In this funny, charming story a brand new school awaits its first students: “It’s the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone’s just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?” A read aloud of School’s First Day of School is sure to delight your students or children. For more, watch this PBS interview with illustrator Christian Robinson where he discusses his process and a topic I’m passionate about–the importance of children seeing themselves reflected in books:

 

2. Planet Kindergarten

By Sue Ganz-Schmitt, Illustrated by Shane Prigmore

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Do you teach Kindergarten or have a child about to take this leap? This is the read aloud for you. In this adorable and clever story, a young boy ventures off to a strange new world, with different customs and alien inhabitants: Planet Kindergarten. Engaging and sure to excite young readers about this new adventure. Check out the book trailer for a sneak peak:

 

 

3. Wemberly Worried

By Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of many beloved and award-winning picture books from Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse and Kitten’s First Full Moon, to Owen and Chrysanthemum. All of his books make fantastic classroom read alouds, but Wemberly Worried is one of my favorites and a wonderful choice to calm new school year anxieties for the pre-K to second grade set: “Wemberly worried about everything. Big things. Little things. And things in between. Then it was time for school to start. And Wemberly worried even more. If you ever worry (or know someone who does), this is the book for you.” For more, check out this Activity Guide from Kevin Henkes with a Wemberly coloring page, a “worry list”, recipes from the book and more.

 

4. When Sophie Thinks She Can’t…

By Molly Bang

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If you are looking to kick off the new school year with a discussion about “growth mindset” and the importance of persistence, Molly Bang’s new book is an excellent read aloud choice. When Sophie Thinks She Can’t… is Molly Bang’s third Sophie book, you may recognize this character from When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry… or When Sophie’s Feelings are Really, Really Hurt. In this story, Sophie gets frustrated when she struggles to solve a math puzzle and shouts, “I CAN’T DO IT!” She doubts whether she will ever be “smart”: “Luckily Sophie’s teacher steps in. What does it mean to be smart? Using current, popular “mindset” techniques, Sophie’s class is taught that we get smarter when we exercise our brains, such as when we work harder at solving a puzzle. Struggling to solve a problem doesn’t mean “I can’t do it!” Sophie and her classmates just can’t do it. . .yet!” For more, you can watch this book trailer from Scholastic:

 

 

5. The Dot 

By Peter H. Reynolds

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Are you hoping to inspire the kids in your life to take risks in the classroom this year and follow their creativity? Read them The Dot by Peter Reynolds: “Her teacher smiled. ‘Just make a mark and see where it takes you.’ Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw – she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. “There!” she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery.” To take the uplifting message one step further, you could also celebrate International Dot Day on September 15th with your students. I love the idea from this Educator Guide to do a  “Door Dots” activity,  “Have the classroom door covered in plain colored dots, waiting like a blank canvas.” After reading the book, students could “make their mark” and decorate one of the dots.

 

What books will you be sharing with the kids in your life to kick off this new school year?

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

ABookishHome.com

 

Celebrate the Bookish Birthdays of Two Potters…

This week I’m reposting some ideas for celebrating Harry Potter and Peter Rabbit. Enjoy!

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Are you looking to add a dose of literary fun to your family life this week? Celebrate one of these upcoming bookish birthdays!

Two wonderful literary Potters, Harry and Beatrix have birthdays coming up. Harry Potter was born on July 31st and Beatrix Potter on July 28th.

 

Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday:

Attend a Harry Potter Birthday Party

If you or the little ones in your life are Harry Potter fans, check your local library or bookstore to see if they have a birthday celebration planned for Harry that you can attend. This is such a wonderful way to engage with the book and spark excitement for readers of all ages.

 

Can’t attend a Harry Potter birthday celebration? Why not throw your own?

If you’re looking to celebrate at home, I love this Sorting Hat Cupcakes recipe from Little Sugar Snaps. When you bite into them, the cupcake reveals which Hogwarts House you would be in!

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Gather your friends for some cupcakes and nerdy Harry Potter debate over whether you’re actually a Ravenclaw or Gryffindor. If you have little ones, I also love the idea of eating these cupcakes during a family read aloud of Harry Potter or while you just chat about your favorite characters.

 

Read One of the 20th Anniversary Editions of Harry Potter

You can celebrate Harry’s birthday by checking out these new editions issued by Scholastic to celebrate the 20th anniversary of publication. (For more on celebrating this milestone check out Harry Potter Twentieth Anniversary Year).

The books feature new cover designs by Brian Selznik with the original interior illustrations of Mary GrandPré.

 

Enter to Win Tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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I recently learned that there is a weekly lottery for tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway! Check out Today Tix Lottery: “Every Friday, we release 40 tickets for some of the very best seats in the theatre at $40 ($20 per Part) for every performance for the following week. Submit your entry from Friday at 12:01AM ET to Friday at 1:00PM ET.” For more information or to purchase general tickets visit: Harry Potter the Play

Celebrate Beatrix Potter’s Birthday:

Have some bookish fun with younger readers in honor of Beatrix Potter’s birthday on July 28th.

 

Read Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

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I am such a big fan of Peter Rabbit. There is nothing better than snuggling up with my daughter while we read this classic. We’re also automatically in the Beatrix Potter spirit in her room since the nursery has a Peter Rabbit theme! This is a great time to enjoy this book with your children and share the magic of the story.

 

 

 

 

Watch a Peter Rabbit Read Aloud on Storyline

While the book is the perfect size for tiny hands and one-on-one sharing, I find it doesn’t work as well for reading to a larger group.  I actually love this Storyline Online read aloud with Rose Byrne and have shown it to kindergarteners in my school library. Everyone can see the illustrations and Byrne is a wonderful narrator. Storyline also has many other free read aloud videos.

 

Enjoy Peter Rabbit Coloring Pages

These Peter Rabbit coloring pages are available for free from Educational Coloring Pages. This would be a fun activity to follow your read aloud!

 

 

I hope these ideas add some bookish excitement to your home!

Happy Reading!

Laura Szaro Kopinski

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