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Early Literacy {The Children’s Bookshelf}

This past week on The Children’s Bookshelf, I noticed several wonderful posts about children’s literacy that I wanted to share with you. Each of these posts about literacy is simple and full of practical suggestions on how you can encourage the proper development of reading skills in even small children. 

10 Ways to Read More to Your Child

+Julie Kirkwood  at +Creekside Learning has some great ideas for giving your kids a “reading-centered life”. I love her point on how you shouldn’t skip bedtime reading any more than you would skip tooth brushing or having your kids use the bathroom before bed.

7 Simple Ways to Help Your Children Understand What They Read

Do you want children who love reading and have good reading comprehension? Nichole at Book Worm Mama gives 7 ways to help your kids be word readers rather than “word callers”.


Music and Literacy

Did you know that music and literacy perfectly complement each other? +Jodie Rodriguez  from +Growing Book by Book  not only explains how music helps children learn to read but also lists a number of excellent materials.

Read Across America Day

Are you celebrating Read Across America Day on March 2nd? +Jacquie Fisher  from +KC Edventures has listed a number of ideas and resources for getting your kids reading this month.


The Children’s Bookshelf


Co-hosts of The Children’s Bookshelf:  What Do We Do All Day?, Smiling Like Sunshine, The Picture Book Review, Sprout’s Bookshelf, My Little Bookcase, Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, MemeTales




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By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature a photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post. Please be sure to link to a specific post too not your homepage.

You may link-up kid lit related posts (eg. children’s book reviews, children’s book lists, and children’s book inspired activities) Links to websites rather than specific posts and commercial links will be deleted.

~Bethany +No Twiddle Twaddle 

The Children’s Bookshelf

If you are new to No Twiddle Twaddle, I’m not posting my usual free eBook lists and activities due to a large blog redesign going on behind the scenes. I do have several guest posts planned though that I know that you will enjoy. And, I should be fully back up to normal by mid-February!

Today, you can browse through The Children’s Bookshelf or link up yourself. I know that I have discovered several new blogs and children’s books through this weekly kid lit linky!

The Children’s Bookshelf

Co-hosted by: What Do We Do All Day?, Smiling Like Sunshine, The Picture Book Review, Sprout’s Bookshelf, My Little Bookcase, Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, MemeTales

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We request that you follow
The Children’s Bookshelf Pinterest Board and join our Great Books for Kids community. Please grab The Children’s Bookshelf button and display on your blog so that others can find the linky.

By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature a photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post. Please be sure to link to a specific post too not your homepage.

You may link-up kid lit related posts (eg. children’s book reviews, children’s book lists, and children’s book inspired activities) Links to websites rather than specific posts and commercial links will be deleted.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Bethany from  +No Twiddle Twaddle 

Candle Bible for Kids {The Children’s Bookshelf}

Today, I’m participating in the Kregel Blog Tour by featuring a book review of the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) by Juliet David and illustrated by Jo Parry. This storybook bible is a smaller, shorter version of the Candle Bible for Kids.

 
Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) by Juliet David and illustrated by Jo Parry

Summary of the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition)

The Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) contains 36 short excerpts from the Bible accompanied by bright, colorful cartoon illustrations.  To engage toddlers, this storybook bible is a small pocket size and the stories are quite brief consisting of only one or two sentences on each of the five to eight pages of that particular story.


Excerpt from the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition): “Joseph and his brothers”



“Joseph’s dad gave him a wonderful new coat. His brothers were very cross. Why should Joseph get all the best presents? Joseph’s brothers really hated him. So they sent him away to Egypt. Soon things got even worse! Joseph was locked up in prison. All of a sudden, the king of Egypt sent for Joseph. He made Joseph his chief helper. Years later, Joseph’s family moved to Egypt. His brothers said they were sorry for what they had done. And Joseph saw his dear father again.”

What I liked about the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition)

My toddler really liked the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition). I think that she loved the size and the crisp but lightweight pages full of colorful pictures. She even listened to several stories read aloud. In fact, both my children fought over taking turns looking at this storybook bible when it arrived in the mail.

I thought that the size of the book combined with the short length of the text was age appropriate for a toddler.


What I didn’t like about the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition)

Perhaps, this remark is more a reflection of my opinion on “toddler storybook bibles” in general. But, I’m not a huge fan of the overly cute cartoon drawings of serious biblical stories. A bear looked like a teddy bear in one scene and Adam and Eve looked like children. My opinion aside, my toddler did like the illustrations. So I do admit that while they don’t fit the genre of biblical narrative, the illustrations do engage small children.

The brevity of the writing left gaping holes in narrative. For instance, the Candle Bible for Kids ended at the Asencion of Christ, I would have preferred at least some mention of Paul and the stories that fill the book of Acts and a conclusion from the book of Revelations. Beyond that, the stories themselves were often so simplified that they lost their meaning in general.

I also was disappointed that the redemptive message of the Bible was sadly left out. The first narrative in the Garden of Eve ended with Adam and Eve kicked out of the garden and never mentioned God’s promise to save them and his creation. I saw no explanation of Jesus’ deity or why he died.

Comma use in the book was sloppy with several errors (example: “They found baby Jesus, and knelt before him.”) Also, I noticed inconsistent use of a comma to separate a short adverbial phrase. For instance the creation narrative includes both “On the third day God made land.” and “On the seventh day, God rested.”


My conclusion on the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition)

Personally, I think that whether the Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) is right for your family would depend on why you want to purchase it. If you are looking for a small kid-size storybook bible for a very young child, this book is engaging and easy to read, and my children liked it. I did think though that the missing parts of the narrative combined with the errors in proofreading detracted from the overall reading experience.

Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of Candle Bible for Kids (Toddler Edition) by Kregel in exchange for an honest review.

The Children’s Bookshelf

Co-hosted by: What Do We Do All Day?, Smiling Like Sunshine, The Picture Book Review, Sprout’s Bookshelf, My Little Bookcase, Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns, MemeTales


If you are linking up today, please don’t forget to follow the rules.


We request that you follow
The Children’s Bookshelf Pinterest Board and join our Great Books for Kids community. Please grab The Children’s Bookshelf button and display on your blog so that others can find the linky.

By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature a photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post. Please be sure to link to a specific post too not your homepage.

You may link-up kid lit related posts (eg. children’s book reviews, children’s book lists, and children’s book inspired activities) Links to websites rather than specific posts and commercial links will be deleted.

The Children’s Bookshelf

The Children’s Bookshelf is now live, my weekly link-up for all children’s book related posts. Even if you are not a blogger, this weekly link-up is a great place to find new sites that review books for children as well as blogger who write book inspired activities for children.

Today, I would like to highlight that +Erica MomandKiddo  (What Do We Do All Day?) plus several of my other favorite bloggers are co-moderating a group on Google+ named Great Books for Kids.

Okay, I know. Only bloggers and social media buffs hang out on Google +.

But, if you will believe me, Google+ is my favorite place to hangout these days. True, all the plus signs and circles are a little confusing at the beginning, but once you get everything figured out your ability to access information on topics you love is awesome. Not to mention, Google+ puts a premium on privacy making it possible for you to easily share posts and photos with only who you want and even lock posts so that they can’t be shared outside your circles. I also love that you can add people to your circles, who aren’t on Google+ and still share things with them via email.

Up until recently, Google+ was pretty quiet, but since the rolling out of new communities that has changed significantly. The communities (similar to Facebook groups only better) allow sharing and following of information based on a single topic easily.

I would love to have you join my Great Books for Kids community where you can ask questions about books, talk about your own favorite books, or just follow the conversation.

I also have a +No Twiddle Twaddle page where I share each day’s post, plus other posts that I think my readers will like. And if you like, you can also check out my personal profile ( +Bethany Winston ) where I share more random but fun posts that aren’t blog related.

By the way, today we welcome several new co-hosts to The Children’s Bookshelf. I hope that you will check out their blogs!

What Do We Do All Day?
Smiling Like Sunshine
The Picture Book Review
Sprout’s Bookshelf
My Little Bookcase
Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns

 

If you are linking up today, please don’t forget to follow the rules.

Please follow The Children’s Bookshelf Pinterest Board and join our Great Books for Kids community. Please grab The Children’s Bookshelf button and display on your blog so that others can find the linky.

By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature a photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post. Please be sure to link to a specific post too not your homepage.

You may link-up kid lit related posts (eg. children’s book reviews, children’s book lists, and children’s book inspired activities) Links to websites rather than specific posts and commercial links will be deleted.







Thanks for linking up!

Bethany

Holiday Book Reviews {The Children’s Bookshelf}

Here are a couple holiday posts linked up last week to The Children’s Bookshelf that I enjoyed reading:

Fantastic Fun and Learning wrote compiled a list of 10 Versions of The Twelve Days of Christmas. I especially liked the variety of traditional and fun themed versions that she included in her list.

My Little Bookcase reviewed The Sugar Plum Fairy’s World of Lollies and Sweets as well as developed a lovely pretend play activity involving play dough sweets. I am especially interested in this book since it includes a CD with music and narration (plus I want an excuse to try this

If you are looking for excellent picture book about The Nutcracker, you may also want to check out this review of Lili on Stage by Rachel Isadora by Brimful Curiousities.

If you are linking up today, please don’t forget to follow the rules.
Consider following The Children’s Bookshelf on Pinterest and TCB’s co-hosts: 

By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature a photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post. Please be sure to link to a specific post too not your homepage.

You may link-up kid lit related posts (eg. children’s book reviews, children’s book lists, and children’s book inspired activities) Links to websites rather than specific posts and commercial links will be deleted.

Thanks for stopping by and linking up!

Bethany

The Children’s Bookshelf {Holiday Edition}

As the Christmas holiday approaches, I know that I have been trying to grab some extra holiday books for my kids to read. Last week on The Children’s Bookshelf, we invited some of the bloggers that link-up each week to share an extra holiday themed kid lit post. Here are just a couple of my favorite posts (It was really hard to pick this week!):

Reading Confetti – Book Themed Advent Trees (complete with reading list)

My Little Bookcase – A Magical Sleigh Ride

Imagination Soup – A Reader’s Gift Guide: Children’s Books

Penpals and Picture Books – Fancy Nancy Inspired Tree Topper

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~Bethany 

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The Children’s Bookshelf

Thanks for stopping by The Children’s Bookshelf, a weekly link-up co-hosted on multiple blogs for all kid-lit related book reviews and activities.



Here are some highlights from last week’s link-up:


Pragmatic Mom featured author Suzy Kline. Full of practical suggestions for writing prompts, this post is a must-read for anyone interested in writing for children or teaching writing skills to children.

Marnie from Carrots Are Orange shared 11 ways based on Montessori methods for helping children learn to read. I loved both how simple her ideas were, and how they involve the whole child in the learning process.

Jackie from My Little Bookcase has put together an amazing calendar with pages drawn by twelve of the best Australian children’s illustrators. You can purchase the calendar, download it to your computer, and then print it out on A4 paper. The pages have been specially designed to make framing your images after use easy and attractive. The best part is a portion of the sales will support literary for children.

If you are linking up today, please don’t forget to follow the rules.
Consider following The Children’s Bookshelf on Pinterest and TCB’s co-hosts: 

By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature a photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post. Please be sure to link to a specific post too not your homepage.

You may link-up kid lit related posts (eg. children’s book reviews, children’s book lists, and children’s book inspired activities) Links to websites rather than specific posts and commercial links will be deleted.

Today, we are also requesting that you will link up one additional kid lit holiday themed post from your archive!

~Bethany 

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Free Kindle Books for Kids & The Children’s Bookshelf

Today is a busy day with a number of new free Kindle books for kids in addition to some really great sales going on in the Cyber Monday Kindle Store. You can find my list of Cyber Monday deals earlier today which includes the hot holiday gift, the Kindle Fire as well as some great deals on children’s classics such as The Boxcar Children. You will also find my weekly link-up The Children’s Bookshelf at the bottom of this post.

children's eBooks

If you are new, take a minute to read through this necessary information about my lists:

  • Don’t forget to check prices before downloading. International customers may be charged a fee for downloading even free books via the US Amazon store.
  • You can read a Kindle eBook on non-Amazon devices by downloading their free app unto your PC or i-pad. 
  • This list only reflects my personal opinion.  
  • This blog uses affiliate Amazon links.
  • If you want to read all about how I find these books, create these lists, and choose what to feature, read my FAQ on Finding Free EBooks.

Today, you will find all of my recommended books listed via Amazon Listamania list. I found several great picture books as well as highly rated novels for children for free.

Free Kindle Books for Kids


The Children’s Bookshelf


If you are linking up today, please don’t forget to follow the rules.
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By linking up you are giving permission for any of the co-hosts to pin and/or feature a photo on a future The Children’s Bookshelf post. Please be sure to link to a specific post too not your homepage.

You may link-up kid lit related posts (eg. children’s book reviews, children’s book lists, and children’s book inspired activities) Links to websites rather than specific posts and commercial links will be deleted.

Thanks for linking up today and checking out today’s free kindle books for kids!

Bethany

Free Kids’ EBook List {The Children’s Bookshelf}

Today, I am including my weekly kid lit link-up, The Children’s Bookshelf, with my free eBook list. If you would like to link up, you can find the linky at the bottom of this post. Today, also The Virtual Book Club for Kids‘ is live. I don’t have the link-up live here on No Twiddle Twaddle, but you can link-up through Mommy and Me Book Club if you have a post about a Tomie de Paola book ready.

If you are looking for free kids’ eBooks today, I have several suggestions:


Thank You by Dianne Miller
Last week, Dianne made several of her books available for free, and this week in honor of Thanksgiving she is promoting her book Thank You for free the entire week. This picture book illustrates thankfulness as Little Bunny watches his mother say thank-you while shopping and then copies her. Dianne told me that she wrote this book in order to help explain the abstract concept of thankfulness in a way that children could understand.


A Light in the Castle by Robert Elmer
Today, we have another free chapter book by Christian author Robert Elmer in his WWII series.


The Prometheos Project: Trapped by Douglas E. Richards
This sci-fi adventure novel is written by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Douglas E. Richards. With recommendations from reputable sources such as Kirkus cited in the description, this book is worth checking out.


Victory on the Home Front by D.S. Grier
This adventure novel has a number of high reviews including citations from Midwest Book Review.

You can find more free kids’ books via my Amazon Listamania lists:


Kindle Picture Books

Free Novels and Chapter Books for Kids

If you are new, take a minute to read through this necessary information about my lists:

  • Don’t forget to check prices before downloading.
  • You can read a Kindle eBook on non-Amazon devices by downloading their free app unto your PC or i-pad. 
  • This list only reflects my personal opinion.  
  • This blog uses affiliate Amazon links.
  • If you want to read all about how I find these books, create these lists, and choose what to feature, read my FAQ on Finding Free EBooks.

The Children’s Bookshelf


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The Children’s Bookshelf {Thanksgiving Books}

Today, I’m on a special anniversary trip with my husband, but I still wanted to post The Children’s Bookshelf link-up for those who want to link up. I’m also highlighting some Thanksgiving book lists that were linked up last week.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for The Conference of the Birds today. This picture book illustrated by Demi is a wonderful retelling on an ancient Persian poem. You can enter each day the giveaway is open, and Wisdom Tales Press is generously giving away two copies to my readers. (While not book related, my giveaway for a Melissa and Doug toy is still open as well!)

by Ready, Set, Read!


by Storied Cities


by Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!
Now it’s your turn to link up any children’s book reviews, lists, or inspired activities to The Children’s Bookshelf:


What children’s book reviews and activities are you linking up this week? 
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