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November 28, 2016

Celebrate National Ninja Day with a Picture Book!

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Did you ever want to be a ninja when you were a kid? We definitely did! That's why we're super excited about December 5th --- aka National Ninja Day --- here at Kidsreads.com. In honor of this high-kicking, judo-chopping holiday, we're celebrating with some excellent ninja-themed picture books. Get ready to wow and impress your friends and family with your impressive strength, excellent balance and extreme bravery, because National Ninja Day is almost here!  
November 16, 2016

Kidsreads Talks with Picture Book Publisher NubeOcho

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Here at Kidsreads.com, we love compiling our monthly roundup of new picture books. With minimal text and tons of gorgeous spreads, our selections often feature issues big and small, from dealing with new siblings to counting to 10 and even receiving dragons in the mail. In recent months, one publisher has really gained our attention with its artistic books full of big messages for small readers. Although NubeOcho is relatively new on the scene, they've been earning tons of praise for their gorgeous, but insightful books. We had the chance to ask them a few questions about their picture books and goals for young readers. Read below to learn more!
PHOENIX is an epic science fiction novel set in space amidst a galactic war, following a young boy named Lucky as he discovers his destiny. This novel features some incredibly inventive world building, which is heightened by the amazing artwork that accompanies the text. On the blog today, we have S.F. Said sharing about his experience collborating with David McKean on PHOENIX as well as offering some explanations of the different artistic choices made in the novel.
This September marks the 100th birthday of beloved author Roald Dahl. Dahl brought us masterpieces like CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE BFG and our favorite bookworm, MATILDA --- all while teaching us the importance of creativity and imagination. In celebration of Dahl, we've been posting some gloriumptious blog posts every Tuesday of September to share with all of you Dahlphiles --- who are fluent in gobblefunk. For our first week, we started by sharing some fun facts about Dahl and his most popular books. For the second week, we decided to wish a gloriumptious birthday to the world's best storyteller himself by asking our Kidsreads reviewers and readers to tell us some of their favorite things about Roald Dahl. Last week, we let Dahl take over to tell us about himself in his own words, using excerpts from MORE ABOUT BOY, the follow up to Dahl's autobiography, BOY. This week, we decided to send our Kidsreads interns Amanda and Dana all over Manhattan on a taste-testing tour of soem Dahl-inspired treats. Read below to her more about their adventure --- and be prepared to hear your tummy growl at their beautiful photos. Thanks so much for celebrating this month with us! If you're not ready to stop partying, click here to head over to Roald Dahl's official website, where you can learn about upcoming celebrations and events across the country.  
September 20, 2016

Roald Dahl in His Own Words

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This September marks the 100th birthday of beloved author Roald Dahl. Dahl brought us masterpieces like CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE BFG and our favorite bookworm, MATILDA --- all while teaching us the importance of creativity and imagination. In celebration of Dahl, we've been posting some gloriumptious blog posts every Tuesday of September to share with all of you Dahlphiles --- who are fluent in gobblefunk. For our first week, we started by sharing some fun facts about Dahl and his most popular books. Last week, we decided to wish a gloriumptious birthday to the world's best storyteller himself by asking our Kidsreads reviewers and readers to tell us some of their favorite things about Roald Dahl. This week, we're letting Dahl take over to tell us about himself in his own words, using excerpts from MORE ABOUT BOY, the follow up to Dahl's autobiography, BOY. Read below to learn about how Dahl became the legendary writer who we know and love today. Be sure to check back next week for another Dahl-ightful post and, in the meantime, click here to head over to Roald Dahl's official website, where you can learn about upcoming celebrations and events across the country. We're so excited to invite you all into the frothbuggling, whoopsy wiffling, and jumpsquiffling world of Roald Dahl!
September 12, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

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Today, Tuesday, September 13th, marks the 100th birthday of beloved author Roald Dahl. Dahl brought us masterpieces like CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE BFG and our favorite bookworm, MATILDA --- all while teaching us the importance of creativity and imagination. In celebration of Dahl, we're posting some blog posts every Tuesday of September to share with all of you Dahlphiles --- who are fluent in gobblefunk. Last week, we started by sharing some fun facts about Dahl and his most popular books. This week, we decided to wish a gloriumptious birthday to the world's best storyteller himself by asking our Kidsreads reviewers and readers to tell us some of their favorite things about Roald Dahl. From childhood birthday parties to late-night reading, they shared all of their favorite Dahl moments below. Be sure to check back next week for another Dahl-ightful post and, in the meantime, click here to head over to Roald Dahl's official website, where you can learn about upcoming celebrations and events across the country. We're so excited to invite you all into the frothbuggling, whoopsy wiffling, and jumpsquiffling world of Roald Dahl!
Here at Kidsreads, we love exploring books in different formats. As much as we love reading physical copies of books, sometimes it can be really fun to hear your favorite stories read aloud --- especially when famous actors and actresses are reading them! In this post, author Alane Adams talks about meeting Disney star Karan Brar and how the two joined forces to record the audio version of her book, RED SUN.
September 6, 2016

A Dahl-ightful Month with Roald Dahl --- Trivia and Fun Facts

Posted by Rebecca M
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This September marks the 100th birthday of beloved author Roald Dahl. Dahl brought us masterpieces like CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, THE BFG and our favorite bookworm, MATILDA --- all while teaching us the importance of creativity and imagination. In celebration of Dahl, we'll be posting some gloriumptious blog posts every Tuesday of September to share with all of you Dahlphiles --- who are fluent in gobblefunk. To start, we're sharing some fun facts about Dahl and his most popular books. Be sure to check back next week for another Dahl-ightful post and, in the meantime, click here to head over to Roald Dahl's official website, where you can learn about upcoming celebrations and events across the country. We're so excited to invite you all into the frothbuggling, whoopsy wiffling, and jumpsquiffling world of Roald Dahl!
Part of the fun of being a kid is the wild imagination that comes along with being young. After all, why shouldn't you make the most of every moment when there could be a monster under your bed or a witch living in the spooky house just down the street? Although he's technically a grown-up, actor, storyteller and author David Neilsen has no trouble remembering the delicious fear that so many of us felt when we were young. In his book, DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM, Neilsen invites us to Hardscrabble Street, where a mysterious old man has just moved in to the town's creepiest, funnest house. Now, it is up to three precocious kids to figure out Dr. Fell's true intentions for their neighborhood --- no matter how scary his old house may be. In celebration of the release of DR. FELL AND THE PLAYGROUND OF DOOM, we're participating in a blog tour along with several other middle grade book review sites. In this post, Neilsen describes his inspiration for Dr. Fell and his mysterious home.
Whether you're a feline fan or a Broadway fanatic, it's probably safe to assume that you've heard of "Cats," the hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. What you may not know, however, is that the play is actually based on OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS, a collection of poems by T. S. Eliot. One of the most popular poems focused on Macavity, a mysterious cat who has been given new life in MACAVITY, a new picture book with illustrations by Arthur Robins. In this post, Robins shares some sneak peeks of the book and discusses how he came to illustrate MACAVITY and what his process was like.