Take a Bow for Leo

Take a Bow for Leo

If your store does not have a dress code, you might want to reconsider that policy today. Chronicle Books is celebrating the release of Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett and Christian Robinson with a “Take a Bow for Leo” contest.

To participate, print out this paper bow tie pattern and fold it into a jaunty bow tie. Take a picture wearing the bow tie, and post the photo today (August 25th) on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #TakeABowForLeo.

Leo-gift-packHere’s what one lucky winner will receive: “a beautiful made-in-the-USA Knotty Tie Leo bow tie, signed copy of Leo and a teacup, tea and honey so you can enjoy Leo’s favorite snack: mint tea and honey toast!”

This activity would be fun for staff, but it would also be thoughtful to create extra ties for young readers who might be in the store today.

If you need a review for your educator newsletter, here’s a Review (Plus) for you to use as you wish. America selected first grade as the target audience with her Common Core State Standards review.

And ICYMI, we shared the trailer for Leo: A Ghost Story a few weeks ago.

Video: “Marvelous Cornelius”

Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner and illustrated by John Parra celebrates everyday hero Cornelius Washington, an exuberant New Orleans sanitation worker who rallied the and inspired his neighbors in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

This video was created by the 4th graders from Swenke Elementary, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Texas.

Review (Plus): Interstellar Cinderella


InterstellarCinderella9781452125329_54cd2A Cinderella story that does not have a pair of glass shoes? What? In this poetic tale of Cinderella, she has left behind her socket wrench!

New York Times bestselling author, Deborah Underwood, has created a unique story of a Cinderella who has tools and sprockets instead of the normal brooms and dustpans. The four line poems are creative and allow the reader to understand a girl can be anything she desires. AND this Cinderella doesn’t want to marry the Prince–she just wants to be his chief mechanic!

Interstellar Cinderella uses a Geom Graphic font, along with muted magenta, silvers and blue colors, to help create the space-like setting. The life-like illustrations of space robots with the creative use of doodles support the overall interstellar viewpoint.

In the store:

Space is a unique and wonderful concept for our little people. They love anything stars, planets and unknown. This unique tale allows the princess-minded young to believe in more than just a Prince Charming. Create a space area where your patrons can make stars, moons or robots. A coloring station with pictures allows your young to stay busy while their parents shop.

In the classroom:

This is a perfect introduction to poetry in the classroom. In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade, poetry is usually taught. After the introduction to poetry, students produce their own poetry. Interstellar Cinderella is a standard four line rhyming poem introducing bound verse, couplets and meter. This is a familiar story told in a unique and new way. The main character and story line provides a foundation for the student giving a segue into the new information: poetry.

(CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.4 With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.–

Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt (Chronicle Books | 9781452125329 | May 5, 2015)


Review (Plus): Pool by JiHyeon Lee

Pool_9781452142944Words are not needed in this beautifully illustrated children’s book, Pool by JiHyeon Lee. As we approach summer time this book is an empathic tale of a shy child who meets another shy child at an overcrowded pool. The images express scenes we have all encountered when visiting a public pool–too many people of all sizes and shapes. Our young protagonist is overwhelmed by this scene as shown in the crafted details of his face. Even at a crowded pool, friendships can be found and a summer of dreams becomes reality. The simple pool becomes an ocean full of exotic fish which he shares with his new friend.

In the store:

SUMMER! Do you have a display of summertime activities for your young patrons? Do you have books about fear of swimming, learning to swim, nonfiction ocean books? Pull them all together and have a water-themed display. You may even want to showcase some water toys–water balloon fight anyone?

In the classroom:

Inevitably, your students will encounter some sort of water in the next few months. This book is illustrations of a pool turned into ocean. CCSS has not adopted an official standard for Pre-K, but many states have adopted domains to follow. One of them is the Cognition and Knowledge of the World. The cool aspect for the classroom with this book is the ability for your own students to create their own story. If they are too young to write they can dictate the story line allowing them to form cognitive thoughts based on the illustrations and discussing water in a global sense. Pairing this book with an art project making a fish would be a simple and easy assignment.

Pool by JiHyeon Lee (Chronicle Books | 9781452142944 | May 5, 2015)

I’m Going to Catch My Tail

I’m a laughs-on-the-inside kind of girl, but this one had me laughing aloud. If Kitty hadn’t been an illustrated cat, I would have thought that Jimbo Matison’s book was about me. (You’ve met Cat.)

I’m Going to Catch My Tail was released in the fall, but the video was just published.

Social media is full of cat posts, so you know your audience will have an appreciation for Kitty’s antics. Jimbo Matison is on Twitter: @jimbomatison