National Geographic Kids Books

National Geographic Kids releases a steady stream of interesting books.  We are going to be looking at a book of George Washington tips and tricks for manners as well as something a bit deeper about slavery called Stolen into Slavery.


First we will look at the light hearted George Washington’s Rules to Live By: How to Sit, Stand, Smile, and Be Cool! A Good Manners Guide From the Father of Our Country.  This book takes actual tips and hints by George Washington and adds silly illustrations and characters to prove the point of the rules in both a memorable and fun way.  All the rules are fun and are most most definitely a worthwhile lesson to learn.  One which stands out i, “When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body not usually discovered.”  or in layman’s terms don’t pick pick anything on yourself in public.George Washington’s Rules to Live By is available now, is a 128 pages hard cover book and retails for $14.99.
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The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen


My son absolutely adored this book- we have read it to him at least 6 times since it arrived, and I am sure there is more in store.  He loved how silly it was, as well as that Patrick had to help make breakfast and needed to enlist the animals help to do so.  It also reminded him of a recent stay on a farm that we had, where he was able to milk a cow, gather chicken eggs, and the like.  I am personally glad that they drew the line at bacon- that would not have made a pretty kids book, LOL.  Letting your kids know that their food has origins other then the local grocery store is a great idea, and this is done in a cute and fully way your kids will love.  The illustrations are also adorable and silly, which children will enjoy.

pic 1In The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen (Little Pickle Press), children’s author and real life farmer Diana Prichard presents Patrick O’Shanahan, an ordinary boy who has always known exactly where his food comes from: the grocery store. Always, that is, until a cow, a menagerie of chickens and some peculiar trees appear in his kitchen one Saturday morning.

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen and/or an interview with author Diana Prichard would make for a wonderful spring or early summer feature story highlighting the importance of knowing where our food comes from, the resurgence of local farmers’ markets, and establishing an appreciation for agriculture in children.
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I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love (new kid’s book)

Children love to dream. Their imaginations can take them on wild adventures; transporting them to far-off places and allowing them to envision grand scenes.  But, ultimately, no matter where their dreams lead them, their parents are there every step of the way. In I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love, best-selling author Nancy Tillman underscores parents’ steadfast devotion, while celebrating the dreamers.

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Inspired by her own children who often pretended to be different animals, I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love is written from the point of view of a mother whose child becomes a bear cub, a rhino, a ringtail raccoon, among other animals.  Filled with affirmation, I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love teaches children to dream big and remain confident that, whatever they aspire to be, they will be recognized and loved.

Getting Kids To Sleep

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Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life – Children’s Book

Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life (from Sterling Children’s Books) is a cute children’s book that features over 200 marine species. The book is beautifully illustrated and accompanied by fascinating descriptions and facts such as size, weight, length, and where you can find these sea-dwellers. Some of the pages even fold out, which my son loved.

sparkle and shimmerThis award-winning nature books delight children, parents, and teachers alike— and Shimmer & Splash captures the endless variety of spectacular aquatic creatures, which include stingrays, dolphins, blue marlins, man-o-war, swordfish, a green moray eel, manatee, and a great white shark, along with many true-to-life size illustrations of fish and the teeth of a variety of sharks.

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