Raise a Reader Series Tip #2

Welcome to my raise a reader series where I share tips on encouraging early literacy!  Check back weekly for my next tip.

Tip #2 Start your reading routine early in your child’s life.

The most important years to set your reading routine are the first six years of life.  You can start when your child is a baby snuggling in your lap.  Board books work great for babies.  Let your baby hold it and explore how the pages turn.  Talk about the pictures in the book.  Don’t feel you need to read every word.  Make it a cozy time that your baby enjoys.  A very short time is okay as long as you do it daily!

And if your baby is already a toddler or preschooler… that’s okay! Start now.  It is never too late.  If your child is in elementary school…start now!  There’s still time 🙂

Raise a Reader Series: Tip #1

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Welcome to my Raise a Reader series where I share tips on encouraging your young child to get into reading!  Stop by weekly for simple tips.

Tip #1 Make reading part of your routine.

It doesn’t matter when but make it part of your day.  Every day.  You could do this first thing in the morning.  My daughter used to love to get in bed with us every morning for a few minutes.  This was the perfect opportunity to read a book.  She was still a little sleepy and not quite ready to be on the go.

Bed time, bath time, right after breakfast or lunch….any time can be your regular reading time if you stick with the routine.  For awhile, just before dinner was book time for my four year old, who learned to work the CD player and could listen to a story on his own while I made dinner each day.

So, pick a time of day and stick with it.  Read every day.

August Giveaway!

Yay!  Time to give away a copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker… my first ever published picture book with illustrations by Paula Nasmith.  The winner will also receive a couple of art cards created by Paula and…. a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!!

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If your kids love Jillian Jiggs, they will love Katie Shaeffer.  Join Katie and Baxter in this fun story in their quest for golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round…PANCAKES!

There are three ways to enter.  Each action gives you an entry into the giveaway.

  1. Follow @mackey_cynthia on twitter
  2. Tweet about the giveaway
  3. Comment on this blog post and tell us your most favourite breakfast food (and it is okay if the answer is not pancakes!) Comments are moderated so they may not show up right away.

This is  a Rafflecopter giveaway.  You must enter through Rafflecopter.

Rules:

  1. you must be 19 years of age or older to enter
  2. You must be a resident of the US or Canada
  3. Giveaway open from August 2, 2017- August 9, 2017
  4. You must reply be email within 7 days to claim your prizes

Good luck to all who enter!  Fun! Fun!

 

August Giveaway!

Yay!  Time to give away a copy of Katie Shaeffer Pancake Maker… my first ever published picture book with illustrations by Paula Nasmith.  The winner will also receive a couple of art cards created by Paula and…. a $10 Amazon Gift Card!!!

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If your kids love Jillian Jiggs, they will love Katie Shaeffer.  Join Katie and Baxter in this fun story in their quest for golden brown, fluffy as a cloud, perfectly round…PANCAKES!

There are three ways to enter.  Each action gives you an entry into the giveaway.

  1. Follow @mackey_cynthia on twitter
  2. Tweet about the giveaway
  3. Comment on this blog post and tell us your most favourite breakfast food (and it is okay if the answer is not pancakes!) Comments are moderated so they may not show up right away.

This is  a Rafflecopter giveaway.  You must enter through Rafflecopter.

Rules:

  1. you must be 19 years of age or older to enter
  2. You must be a resident of the US or Canada
  3. Giveaway open from August 2, 2017- August 9, 2017
  4. You must reply be email within 7 days to claim your prizes

Good luck to all who enter!  Fun! Fun!

 

Summer Reading Challenge Week 4

Still going with the Summer Reading Challenge!   Week four already!

The top of my list this week has to be Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld!  Book #22 Have you read this one?  If not, go to a library and find it… as soon as you can.  I’m sure the little ones in your life will love this book and it is so easy to read over and over again.

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And I found a playful place to read…our backyard playhouse!

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Look by  Jeff Mack was a new discovery for me.  Book #23 What a challenge to write an entire picture book using only two words!  And yet the words and pictures work together to tell the story so very well.  Easy reading for the adult but lots to talk about in the images. IMG_5107

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena is really wonderful.  Book #24 A lovely story about grandparent and grandchild with realistic questions from the main character.  IMG_5070

Ellie by Mike Wu from Disney’s Pixar was a pleasure to read.  Book #25 This was Mike’s first picture book.  A great story about how a little elephant with a paintbrush saves a zoo from closing.

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The Tree House That Jack Built  by Verburg and Teague features a book within a book. Book #26 This tree house is truly a magical place and reminded me of my wish for a treehouse in childhood.  We never quite had success building one but there was no lack of trying.  This book I chose to read someplace big in my oversized chair.  Honestly, this chair can fit two people (okay, slender people but still).

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A Hungry Lion and a Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Ruth Cummins was book #27. Even though I’m not having fires these days, I sat by my fireplace (someplace warm).   And what a great book to introduce children to a word like dwindling.

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And Oops! I almost forgot Bee by Britta Teckentrup Book #28.  This one is a peek through book with absolutely gorgeous illustrations.  To really see everything in the images, you need to take a little extra time to take it all in. A book that appreciates bees is valuable and so I purchased this one for my collection!
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Join me next week and discover more new picture books as I continue the challenge.  I hope these posts are giving you some new picture books to look for at your library or in the book store.  If you’re enjoying this series, you can show your appreciation by liking my Facebook page. Or follow me on twitter

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Announcing a Blog Giveaway August 1st!

Hello Readers!

I’m so happy to announce a blog giveaway here starting August 1st.  Check back to enter to win a copy of my picture book, plus two beautiful art cards by Paula Nasmith, plus an Amazon Gift Card! This will be open to residents of Canada and the United States only.  Apologies to others around the world who cannot enter but I hopefully can do an international giveaway at some point in the future.

This blog has been fairly hidden and perhaps difficult to find so your chances to win are very good! Follow me here so you don’t miss the chance to enter.

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And by the way, I usually have a little tea with my pancakes.  How about you?

Summer Reading Challenge Week 3

Happy summer and welcome to my #PBHOT62 picture book challenge update!  I joined this Summer Reading Challenge  hosted by Rena Traxel.  By the end of the summer I will have read 62 picture books (maybe more) in a variety of interesting places.  Here’s my list of all the picture books and fun places I’ve been reading this week:

  1. Read someplace blue. (my blue chair). Blue Whale Blues by Peter Carnavas. (Book #15) Imagine a whale who wants to ride a bicycle only it turns out that bicycle is actually a shopping cart.  Cute.  How will he go for a ride?  What will he do when he finds out it isn’t really a bike?IMG_4942

2. Read someplace calm. (fountain). Where the Giant Sleeps by Mem Fox and Vladimir Radunsky.  (Book #16) You cannot go wrong with Mem Fox.IMG_4956

3. Read someplace high. (2nd story window) Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Marc Barnett and Jon Klassen.  ( Book #17) This book reminds me of my childhood and I love the story in pictures that happens alongside the text.  Brilliant.IMG_5052

4. Read someplace odd (my car) If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano and Erin E. Stead.  (Book #18) This book was so poetic that I even took a photo of one of the pages of text because I loved the writing so much 🙂IMG_5026IMG_5027

5. Read someplace sunny. (my patio) How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian  (Book #19)1442473991

6. Read someplace fancy (piano).  Lulu’s Piano Lesson by Arlene Alda (Book #20)IMG_4946

7. Read someplace inspired by Penny’s books (my kitchen…A Cooked Up Fairy Tale by Penny Parker Klostermann) Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson and Laura Ranking. (Book #21)

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It has been tons of fun to do all this reading research and I’m looking forward to the next batch of seven books as well as the next week of places to read in Rena’s Challenge. There are so many wonderful picture books out there!  What are you reading this week? Picture books? Romance? Thriller?  Feel free to share.