What’s So Yummy? Healthy Eating for the Youngest Readers

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What’s So Yummy? All About Eating Well and Feeling Good

•    Targeted Audience: Lower Elementary (Ages 2-5)
•    Genre: Non-Fiction
•    Author: Robie H. Harris
•    Illustrator: Nadine Bernard Westcott
•    Publisher: Candlewick Press
•    Publication Date: September 23, 2014
•    Binding: Hardcover
•    Dimensions: 10″ x  11″
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 60 Pages
•    Retail: $19.95
•    ISBN:978-0763636326

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Never Too Young to Learn About Diet, Nutrition and Fitness

Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 8.01.57 PMWhat’s So Yummy?  is a book all parents can appreciate. It teaches kids about healthy eating and where fresh foods come from, without any lectures or boring facts. Rather, author Robie Harris teaches using a story of a family going on a picnic, with two parents, three children and a dog. The first stop is the city garden where the healthiest foods grow. As the family ventures out to the park for their outing, we learn about the wide variety of fruits and veggies available to us, how different people eat different foods and how important it is to drink plenty of water. The author weaves in information about how the right foods keep us healthy and encourages readers to try new foods. I was happy to read about food allergies and how unhealthy it is to eat too many sweets – including fruit drinks (a fact some parents may not know). And of course, readers discover just how important it is to exercise too.

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Speech Bubbles and Wonderful Illustrations

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In addition to the general text, there are speech bubbles that show what the children are saying about what they like to eat and how much energy they have when they make the right food choices. It’s a clever way to get readers to relate to the positive messages the children are sending. You’ll love the illustrations that cover every inch of every page and add so much to the purpose of this book; they are colorful, are fun to look at and perfect to keep the attention of the youngest readers.

Why You Should Buy This Book

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What’s more important than the health of our children? Bad eating habits are hard to break, and so are good habits. What we eat is vital to our livelihood and longevity, not to mention productivity. What’s So Yummy?  provides the youngest kids with the basics about healthy eating and exercising., without hitting them over the head with it. They’ll understand and appreciate how our healthiest foods grow, and best of all see the benefits of making the right food choices. If we start our kids out on the right track with proper nutrition and an active lifestyle from birth, they’ll be set for life.

This book should be read to all kids as soon as they are old enough to listen. Buy What’s So Yummy? today.

About the Author

robie_harrisRobie H. Harris was a school teacher before becoming a writer. She likes to write about the powerful feelings kids have, and her long list of non-fiction titles reflect that desire.  She said, “My challenge in writing It’s So Amazing! was to weave the fascinating and complicated science facts about reproduction and birth into the story of the egg and the sperm, and to communicate to children in an honest and simple way how amazing this story really is!” Robbie’s work requires a lot of interviewing experts, conducting research, writing, rewriting and editing. She lives in Boston.

About the Illustrator

be944f42fdf90ad8956e43.L._V192554467_SX200_Nadine Bernard Westcott is the illustrator of more than a hundred books, including the first three books in the Let’s Talk About YOU and ME series. She started her career designing greeting cards for Hallmark. Today she divides her time between illustrating books and designing her own line of fabrics.  She lives in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Further Learning

  1. Take your child to a local farmer’s market or even a farm that grows fruits or veggies or an organic dairy farm.
  2. Cook healthy dinners with your child; they are more likely to taste what they’ve made themselves.
  3. Visit PBS for healthy eating information for kids.
  4. Learn more about the President’s Council on Fitness.
  5. Enroll your child in a fitness or sports program.
  6. Get moving together as a family – walking, bike riding, sports.

Any Questions? About How a Children’s Book is Created?

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Any Questions?

•    Targeted Audience: Lower & Upper Elementary (Ages 6-9)
•    Genre: Fiction
•    Author/Illustrator: Mary-Louise Gay
•    Publisher: Groundwood Books
•    Publication Date: October 13, 2014
•    Binding: Hardcover
•    Dimensions: 9″ x  12″
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 60 Pages
•    Retail: $19.95
•    ISBN:978-1554983827

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Mulling it Over for Five Years

Five years ago, Mary-Louise Gay tossed around the idea for writing a book about the countless questions children have asked her during the many author visits she has done. During those five years, she did a lot of research, thinking and planning and creating the ideal characters, pulling some from her past books to tell her story. And she didn’t stop until she got the book just right. After reading  Any Questions? I can see why this unique project took her that long to finish! It’s different than any other picture book you’ve ever seen.

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A Story Within a Story

When our children are fortunate enough to have authors visit their schools, they sure are eager to ask a lot of questions. Mary-Louise Gay takes that subject and weaves it into her story about an author (herself) going through the process of writing and illustrating a book. Plus an original story she is writing, The Shy Young Giant, is woven into the book too.  That’s how she demonstrates the creative process to the reader. It may sounds a little complicated, but it’s really not. It’s clever and original and really shows children how ideas are developed, altered and ultimately turned into books.

 

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Interactive with Great Illustrations

Common questions asked by kids are posed and answered, much like a real conversation the author would be having with a child during an author visit. There are full page illustrations as well as illustrations of story boards. Mary illustrates herself in the story too as an author. She asks the reader questions like, “What do you think happens next?” The text of The Shy Young Giant, appears to be handwritten, just the way an author might do it on a story board.  The creative process is demonstrated here in both words and visually, and the watercolor illustrations are lovely and fun.  In the back of the book is a list of questions (and answers) Mary has been asked over the years by children, about being an author.

 

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  “How did you learn to draw?”

“Can your cat fly?”

“How many books do you make in one day?”

 

 What This Book Teaches

Think of Any Questions? as a behind the scenes look at an author’s creative process, something readers always wonder about but aren’t really sure how it’s done. Rather than just answer questions straight out, which would be rather boring, this author developed an interactive and super creative way to tell the story about how an author actually does what she does.  It’s really quite a witty and inspiring book. Leave it to Groundwood Books to publish something as original as this! I thoroughly enjoyed  Any Questions? and you will too.

 

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Marie-Louise Gay is a world-renowned author and illustrator of children’s books and has written more than 70 titles. She has won many prestigious awards, including two Governor General’s Awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award, and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her books have been translated into more than 15 languages and are loved by children all over the world. She lives in Montreal.

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Two New Titles in the Cool Series: Cool Art & Cool Astronomy

Cool Art

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Cool Art: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages

•    Targeted Audience: Upper Elementary, Middle & High School (Ages 10 and Up)
•    Genre: Non-Fiction Art
•    Author: Simon Armstrong
•    Publisher: Pavilion Books Group
•    Publication Date: November 1, 2014
•    Binding: Hardcover
•    Dimensions: 8″ x  6″
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 112 Pages
•    Retail: $14.99
•    ISBN:978-1909396425

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Note: These titles will be available November 1, 2014, but it’s not too early to reserve copies today of  Cool Art  and Cool Astronomy.

“No matter how original you think you may be, everything you have ever thought of has already been done. But don’t worry – in art that doesn’t matter. It’s how YOU do it that makes a difference.”

 Never too Young to Be an Art Enthusiast

Think of Cool Art as a crash course in everything art related. Don’t let the compact size of this book fool you; it’s loaded with so much great information, it’s impossible to tell you all that’s in here. Using doodles, offset boxes, circles and arrows, illustrations of paintings and artists. Cool Art introduces readers to: different art movements throughout history from the Stone Age to Postmodernism; overviews of well known artists with a bit of history and details about their styles of painting,; how photography can be art; how messages are sent through the brain using art; the best art museums in the world; fashion as art; performance art; the value of art and much more. There’s even an A to Z Art Glossary in the back of the book.

 

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Why You Should Read This Book

Besides being a totally cool book,Cool Art is packed with fascinating facts. It’s fun, easy and interesting to read, and really gives children a lovely introduction to the world of art. Those who read it will have a new appreciation for art and artists and understand the different art movements we so often hear about. Perhaps the best thing about  Cool Art is that when readers visit art museums, they’ll have a whole new and much richer art experience than they did before reading the book. Art is an important part of education, not just creating it ourselves, but comprehending what it means and appreciating its beauty.

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Cool Astronomy

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Cool Astronomy: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages

•    Targeted Audience: Upper Elementary, Middle & High School (Ages 10 and Up)
•    Genre: Non-Fiction Science
•    Author: Malcom Croft
•    Publisher: Pavilion Books Group
•    Publication Date: November 1, 2014
•    Binding: Hardcover
•    Dimensions: 8″ x  6″
•    Printing: Full Color
•    Length: 112 Pages
•    Retail: $14.99
•    ISBN:978-1909396418

“There may well be 200 billion stars in our galaxy, so there’s plenty for you discover! Can you name the nearest star to earth?Ask a friend and see if they know the answer. Many people will try to guess names of stars they may know, like Alpha Centauri or Betelgeuse, but they’d be wrong. The answer, obviously, is our sun.”

 So Much More Than the Stars

Using the same format as Cool Art, Cool Astronomy takes the reader out of this world – so to speak – and into space.  Cool Astronomy teaches: how to look at the night sky; how telescopes work; what all the fuss is about with the big bang; gravity’s role in the universe,; the solar system basics; about the nearest stars and the strangest planets; about famous astronomers; all about asteroids, satellites, the International Space Station and much more.  There are activities too including an experiment to defy gravity, building a space rocket, creating a solar system and making your own crater. There’s also a glossary in the back of the book.

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Why You Should Read This Book

I’ve yet to read another book for kids about the universe that is so compact and yet so informative. There’s a little bit about a lot of subjects under the astronomy umbrella. Despite the fact that rocket science can be an intimidating subject, the reading here is light, informative and fascinating. The author never talks down to the reader, and he uses language that keeps kids wanting to turn the page to learn more. Cool Astronomy shows us that the universe is an important and compelling subject, and kids are not too young to explore it. Taking science and making it fun and fascinating is the best way to create future scientists.Cool Astronomy will open doors and minds  to the knowns and unknowns of the universe, and inspire children to want to soak it all in.

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Buy Cool Art

Buy Cool Astronomy

Be sure to buy the other two titles in the Cool Series:

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