What happens when Disney Learning teams up with Hal Leonard? You get the all new Disney Musical Exploration Books!
Thank you to Disney and Hal Leonard for sending these over!
Thank you to Disney and Hal Leonard for sending these over!
What traits do you look for in a hero/heroine? Do they have the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Or do they have a flying horse that carries them into battle? While I love a good comic book character, I want my children to also look up to real life people. A great way to teach children about history makers and changers is with these new books from National Geographic Kids: The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines. Read on to learn more about these books and enter for a chance to win a set of your own in my National Geographic Kids book giveaway!
Both books highlight the true stories of superstars, superheroes, war heroes, rebels, world leaders, peacemakers, action heroes, sport legends, and more gutsy gals and daring dudes. The Book of Heroines highlights heroes such as Mother Teresa, Marie Curie, Misty Copeland, Tina Fey, and Emma Watson. The Book of Heroes highlights heroes like Galileo, Sitting Bull, Michael Jordan, and Stephen Hawking.
Both of my children dove right into these books. My daughter is a warrior for what is right and what is kind. When she learned that The Book of Heroines would talk about other awesome women who did (or are doing) the same thing she couldn’t wait to read it. She has now read it cover to cover 10 times.
Go ahead and ask her about some of her favorites. She can proudly tell you all about them and find the exact pages they are on in the book!
My son was fascinated to find pictures of fire fighters, sport heroes, and animals. He wanted me and his sister to sit down and read all about them with him, excitedly pointing out names he recognized or cool pictures.
In both books I found some of my own personal heroes and heroines listed. People like Steve Irwin who was a hero of conservation and animals. Or Mulan who fought for her country, kicking tail like the tough woman that she was. I thought it was nice to also see animal heroes, even some of our favorite literary stars like Harry Potter and Princess, err General Leia Organa. They might not be real but they surely inspire generations of heroes and heroines to fight the good fight and stand up for truth and justice.
Although the word hero has many meanings, each person highlighted in these books share seven qualities:
Both The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines retail for $14.99 each and are great gift books for children ages 8-12. Buy them wherever books are sold, including Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, the National Geographic Store , and Amazon (Heroes and Heroines)
One lucky winner will receive a copy of both books: The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines!
I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.
Get ready for non stop action, spy missions, steal attacks, and a lot of laughs in James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein’s book: Treasure Hunters Peril at the Top of the World! The Kidd family is back and ready to tackle their latest adventure. When a set of priceless paintings by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt go missing the Kidd family is on the case.
This is the fourth book in the Treasure Hunters series. And the first one we have read. I really enjoyed the book as did the kids. I think this book is perfect for independent reading as well as reading aloud. Throughout the book there are illustrations which help children visualize what they are reading. My daughter devoured this book within a day! Her brother is not quite there yet in being able to read a big chapter book alone. But that is okay, because we had some great laughs and snuggles reading Treasure Hunters together as a family.
The Kidd family has never backed down from a treasure hunt!
In their newest adventure, the Kidd family searches for lost treasure in the frosty Arctic!
When the biggest heist in history takes place in Moscow, the Kidds rush in to save the day- but instead, they’re accused of being the thieves themselves. Time is running out to find the stolen treasure, and they’re this close to being thrown into a Russian prison for a crime they didn’t commit! Will the Kidd family find the golden goods in the middle of the frigid Arctic? An even more important- will they make it out of the icy wasteland alive?
This post contains an affiliate link. Thank you to MomSelect for the opportunity to share about this great book. Although this post is sponsored all opinions are my own.
Thanksgiving is over. Let the madness begin. Everyone is out shopping and stressing to get those perfect gifts, especially the “top toys” of the year. Not me. When it comes to giving gifts I do give toys but they aren’t the end all be all of my shopping. I don’t know about your house but mine could actually use a little less toys. Anyways, when I shop for my kids I always pick up new books. Being an avid reader, my goal is to cultivate in my children that same love. My favorite books for them are fun, engaging, and educational.
As a Moms Meet Blogger I get the opportunity to try out great products and introduce my readers to companies who share my love for the environment. National Geographic is one of those that I really love. Not only for their commitment to the environment but their whole line of books designed for children and adults too. National Geographic Kids books are perfect for any child on your list. There is something for every interest, ages 4 & up, and animal lovers for sure.
1. Ultimate Weird But True 2! We already had the first Ultimate Weird But True and the whole family loved it. We all sat around looking through the book and picking out the weirdest thing we had ever heard. My husband liked the freaky looking Blue Lobster. It is blue due to a genetic defect that only occurs in about one of every two million lobsters! I am all about the animals too. I learned that about 10% of a cats’ bones are in its tail! Crazy.
2. Kids Almanac 2014 “Everything you always wanted to know about Everything!” Seriously, it is full of everything. Facts, games, activities, jokes, and digital extras for your smartphone. There is a business for building dog house mansions. Say what?!
3. Fun Fill-In My Animal Adventure! This book takes the fun of fill in the blanks to the next level. Not only are they hilarious and easy enough for little one to do too they also have fun facts about animals. Also full color pictures to help set the scene for your wacky story!
4. First Big Book of Why! It was if the author knew my children, specifically my son. All I hear all day everyday is Why? But Why? Why Why WHY?! Because I said so! But why you say so? Sigh. Thank you National Geographic Kids, now at least I can point to a page and say THAT’S Why! And learn somethings too. Like: Why is a Jungle Gym called that? The inventor named them, thinking the children would have fun swinging, hanging, and climbing just like Monkeys. He was right.
5. Best Friends Forever! This chapter book is full of true stories of animal friendships. My daughter and I both awed over the heartwarming stories. We loved the story of Jasmine the greyhound who has a lot of interesting animal friends! I think this book is perfect to cuddle up on the couch and read together even if they are already Ms. Independents like my girl.
6. Just Joking 4! 300 jokes about everything including tongue twisters, riddles, and more! I’m not sure how it started but my daughter is now obsessed with telling jokes. She also turns the tables requesting a funny one from me. Thankfully I don’t have to be super funny to get a laugh (yet). We take turns telling jokes from Just Joking 4 to see who laughs the loudest. The tongue twisters are perfect for belly laughs! Say this 3 times fast: The shortstop sports short socks.
7. Meerkats Level 1 Super Reader Book! My kids love Meerkats. Thanks to a certain Disney movie 😉 Did you know Meerkats have jobs? One of those jobs is a teacher. It is the job of the teachers to help the baby Meerkats learn all there is to know about life as a Meerkat. Pretty cool right? Super readers are great for children who are pre-readers, reading with help, or reading on their own.
For the young at heart on your list this year I recommend the Devoted and Mother’s Love books. You might want to wrap these up with a box of tissues. Devoted features 38 stories of love, loyalty, and life with dogs. Like the story of Effie, who sniffed out breast cancer in her owner and saved her life. *sniff* Mother’s Love is full of inspiring true stories from the animal kingdom as well as quotes about motherhood. Scarlet the cat went into a burning building 5 times to save her kittens, despite being badly injured herself. *tear* Ok I can’t share anymore, I’m going to start crying all over the keyboard.
A special deal for my readers: From now until December 31st 2013 you will receive a special 30% discount when you order at ngbooks.org/momsmeet For delivery by Christmas, order by December 6th 2013!
Books are also available for purchase wherever books are sold.
**One random reader who leaves a comment will win one of the books mentioned above!** Leave a comment telling me which book you would like to win and who you would give it to! Winner will be announced on my Facebook page Teachable Mommy on December 11th 2013!
I received this product for free from the sponsor of the MomsMeetsm program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meetsm blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.
Have you been searching for a great kid and parent friendly reading app for your iPad? Look no further than Bookboard. Bookboard is a children’s iPad reading app that grows and changes with your children, to keep them reading! With Bookboard it is like having your own personal librarian. Books are already there, no need to wait for long downloading times. What kid has the patience for that? Parents also have the ability to keep track of how long and what their kids have been reading.
Getting started is easy. Go to bookboard.com and signup for a free trial (full version info is found below). Once that is confirmed open the link in the email from your iPad browser and download the app. Add your information, and the details about each user. Then you are all set. Start to finish took less than 5 minutes.
My kids love having their own profiles to use within the app. In case you didn’t know, if your name is on it, that makes it all the more special. I like being able to track their individual progress and make suggestions based on what I know they enjoy. I can’t lie, I also really really like that it keeps them occupied for long waiting times. Learning something while being entertained and not driving each other and me crazy? Yes please! Bookboard will be especially helpful when school starts back for us. My younger one does not get homework yet but likes to be doing something while his big sister does hers. Now I can give him the iPad to “work on” while being able to focus on helping my daughter with her school work!
Getting and keeping this one’s attention is a feat in itself!
Even your furry babies will like being read to!
What I love about Bookboard:
C-Man naturally went for the firetruck book first.
A view of Babygirl’s library
Parent section where you can track each child’s progress, add more profiles, suggest books, and more!
Bookboard’s goal is to create motivated readers, and we do this by re-imagining story time for today’s digital age. As kids read, they’re rewarded by unlocking new books to add to their collections As your kids’ interests and reading level changes, Bookboard suggests other stories based on what your kids have been reading, right when they’re most interested. The service is designed to grow with your kids, with new books added all the time.
*This post is sponsored by Bookboard. I was compensated for this post. As always my opinions are my own.