Friday, December 31, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway- Bob Books For Your iPhone & iPad

By Bob Books Reading Magic
Released on December 6th, 2010
Ages 4 yrs +
Source- Bob Books
5 Stars- I Highly Recommend This

I am a HUGE supporter and fan of Bob Books. These books were instrumental in me teaching my son to read and what I'm using to teach my daughter how to read now. I was so thrilled when they contacted me to let me know they have applications through iTunes for my iPhone & iPad. Now I can take the books and games with me where I go.

I know, that sounds lame, but I'd much rather have my kids doing something educational in the car or while we're waiting in line somewhere. The Bob Books Reading Magic application is an all in one package as it has games and it teach kids how to read, which they do learning the sounds of letters as they sound out the words, and they learn how to spell. The game reads the words with them and as your child puts the words, the picture (right out of the Bob Book) comes to life in color, like this picture here-

You can view & purchase the application here

I'm not sure how is more excited to have this, me or them. This is already a hit with my kids. I highly recommend adding this affordable down load to your iTunes collection. Thank you to Bob Books, we are giving away a iPhone FREE down load to the application linked above!!
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Book Review- Happy 100th Day

By Susan Milord
Illustrated By Mary Newell DePalma
Published By Scholastic
Ages 4-8
Source- Scholastic
3 Stars- It's A Good Read

Birthdays meet 100th Day in a school celebration unlike anything you've seen before!

Graham doesn't like school. He really doesn't like reading. And he's not impressed by his teacher's excitement about the 100th Day of School. The one thing he looks forward to? His class birthday party. But as the school year ticks by, he realizes his birthday will be the SAME DAY as 100th Day celebration! Will anyone remember Graham's special day?

This sweet and funny story by Susan Milord is accompanied by vibrant multimedia illustrations by Mary Newell DePalma -- each one incorporating 100 of some object for readers to count and find! (quoted from Goodreads).

Happy 100th Day is a fun story and easily relatable to younger kids who are K and 1st. Graham is the little boy in the story, and we see all the he accomplishes within in first 100 days of schools. He over comes his struggle of learning to read and be accustom to being in school. By his 100 days Graham's confidence in himself has grown a lot and he's able to celebrate how much he's learned, and the fact that he's learned to read.

The wonderful illustrations make this book one that kids will enjoy, as each picture goes along with what Graham and his class have learned through their 1st 100 days of school.

A Year In Picture Books- 2011 Reading Challenge

I'm so excited to have Mundie Kids take part in a fun challenge hosted by An Abundance of Books. Here's what the challenge is:

A Year In Pictures reading challenge will run for all of 2011, but sign ups end December 1, 2011 (so you have plenty of time).

Participants can sign up to read 12, 16, or 24 picture books throughout the year.

For more challenge details and the sign up, please click here. (quoted from Jennifer's site)

Jennifer has it set up so that our reviews can be unique. Each book's reviews can focus on the story, the illustrations or what your children think of the book, which I really like. If you're a fan of children's book, go sign up!!

I'm signing up to read 24 picture books! I've not yet made my list, but I'll add my list to this post as I go, as I've got some great picture books sitting here waiting for me to review and other's my Children are looking forward to reading.

  1. Chicks Run Wild by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallan
  2. Tony Baloney by Pam Munoz Ryan
  3. Quick, Slow, Mango by Anik McGrory
  4. Moo Pie in the Moonlight by Beth Olmo
  5. Lucky's Little Feather by Peggy van Gurp
  6. Look! A Book by Bob Staake
  7. Ribbit, Rabbit by Candace Ryan
  8. One Magical Morning by Claire Freedman
  9. Birdsong by Ellie Sandall
  10. Fifo "50 States" by Hayley Rose
  11. LaRue Across America by Mark Teague
  12. Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett
  13. The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach
  14. The Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by Jacky Davis
  15. Quiet Bunny's Many Colors by Lisa McCue
  16. Me....Jane by Patrick McDonnell
  17. The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
  18. When The World Was Waiting For You by Gillian Shields
  19. My Daddy by Guido Van Genechten
  20. The BIG Baby Book by Guido Van Genechten
  21. Playing by Liesbet Slegers
  22. Bathing by Liesbet Slegers
  23. Ricky Is Brave by Guido Van Genechten
  24. Thankyouplease by Pierre Winters
  25. The Sleepless Little Vampire by Richard Egielski
  26. Please and Thank you! by Jill Ackerman
  27. Uh-Oh! I'm Sorry by Jill Ackerman
  28. The Very Fairy Princess Take The Stage by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton
  29. Razzle-Dazzle Ruby by Masha D'yans
  30. Wiener Wolf by Jeff Crosby
  31. Love You Back! by Umesh Shukla
  32. Eddie Gets Ready For School by David Milgrim
  33. Hugo The Happy Starfish Wants To Be Different by Susanne Lehmann
  34. Get Happy by Malachy Doyle
  35. Race The Wild Wind by Sandra Markle
  36. Pirates Go To School by Corinne Demas
  37. Bulldog's Big Day by Pascal Lemaitre
  38. Bailey by Harry Bliss
  39. Detective Blue by Steve Metzger
  40. Ladybug Girl at the Beach by Jacky Davis
  41. Prudence Wants A Pet by Cathleen Day
  42. Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman
  43. The Great Race by Kevin O'Malley
  44. The Man in the Moon by William Joyce
  45. Llama Llama Home with Mama by Anna Dewdney
  46. The Fearsome Beastie by Giles Paley-Phillips
  47. The I'm Not Scared Book by Todd Parr
  48. Marsipity by Barbie McConnell
  49. You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown
  50. The Leaves on the Trees by Thom Wiley
  51. Halloween Surprise by Corinne Demas
  52. The Not So Scary Monster Handbook by Dave Ross
  53. The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing
  54. The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
  55. Where is Baby's Pumpkin by Karen Katz
  56. The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis
  57. Frangoline and the Midnight Dream by Clemency Pearce
  58. Happy Halloween by Lisebet Slegers
  59. I Am Small by Emma Dodd
  60. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jerry Pinkney
  61. Everything Goes on Land by Brian Biggs
  62. Whoo Loves You? Sandra Magsamen
  63. The Vole Brothers by Roslyn Schwartz
  64. My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee
  65. Lily Hates Goodbyes by Jerilyn Marler
  66. Mouse & Lion by Randy Burkert & Nancy Ekholm Burkert
  67. Chuckling Ducklings & baby animal friends by Aaron Zenz
  68. Snowflake Baby by Elise Broach
  69. Kevin's Christmas by Liesbet Slegars
  70. Every Day Dress Up by Selina Alko
  71. A Starlit Snowfall by Nancy Willard
  72. Not Inside This House! By Kevin Lewis
  73. Birdie's Big-Girl Dress by Sujean Rim
  74. Ricky's Christmas Tree by Guido van Genechten
  75. Can You SEe What I See? Toyland Express by Walter Wick
  76. The Family Storybook Treasury
  77. Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis
  78. The Story of Thanksgiving by Nancy J Skarmeas
  79. Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows
  80. Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman
  81. The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
  82. Quincy Moves To The Desert by Camille Matthews
  83. The Best Kind of Kiss by Margaret Allum
  84. Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara
I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~