Saturday, November 3, 2012

Preparing the Future with Life Insurance

Can you imagine about what will happen to your children when you pass away especially at the time they still need you to support their life? Do you realize that they could be in a big trouble if you do not have any plan to face the time? Then, what should you do for your children as the plan of facing the moment? Well, you can do some important things to prepare your children to become the independent individuals for their own future such as sending them to the best school and direct them to be skillful based on their interests.

Another important thing you can do to make the preparation in buying life insurance. You know that the future could be hard enough to live so that your life insurance will be helpful for them especially for financial matter. For the best life insurance, you should understand first what you need from the life insurance you buy. It means that your life insurance is the most suitable one for you. And to find such insurance, you can ask the experts for the recommendation.  It is an easy thing to do because here, you will be given the recommendation of the reputable website where you can find the best for you. Do it by visiting the link.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Importance of Life Insurance for You

There is no doubt at all that you love your children very much so that you do the best for them. Even though it seems to be the basic things you can do naturally, you should know that you can do more to provide the best for your children. Even for the future, you can start doing something important now as the plan or life arrangement. In this case, you can afford the protection for your children financially when you have to leave them forever by buying life insurance.

You know that buying life insurance is important for you and your children. Therefore, you should be smart enough in choosing the best life insurance since different types are offered now by different companies. You should make sure that you consider anything related to the life insurance before you really buy one. A common thing you can consider is the quote. It means that you should find the best one based on the quote. To find the best, you just need to do something simple and fast like what you can do on the linked website on this article. Now, you do not need to wait and think any longer. Just visit the site to get the best life insurance quote for you and your family.

Possible Car Insurance for Risky Area

You will never know what bad things happen to your car in the future. Even nature could become wild enough and destroy anything you have including your beautiful and luxurious car. Actually it is you who know the risk because you understand well the area where you live your life. If you live in an area that natural disaster such as twister happens frequently, you know the risk you have living in such area. In this case, you can minimize paying the cost of the damage, especially for the car damage, buy buying car insurance.

Well, it is possible that car insurance can cover the damages because of natural phenomenon. The most important thing you should consider is that you make sure that the car insurance you buy really covers the damages like what has been promised by the company. In this case, you can start getting information about the coverage by searching online about where to find such car insurance. Besides, it is also possible that you can buy the car insurance with a very reasonable price especially if you have to compare the price with what you can get from the insurance. Well, to get the information, you can simply visit the linked site and find the best one for you who live in risky area.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Top 10 Children's Must-Read Classics - No Childhood Is Complete Without These Favorites

The love of reading has to start with loving the stories you are read when you are very young. So let's start there! It has been said you can read anything to a baby or very young child and it doesn't matter what it is, well I say it does matter. I believe even the young can tell the difference between Peter Rabbit and a news article, if you don't believe me try it for yourself. While we are on the subject of Peter Rabbit by Beatrice Potter, that is a great start to childhood classics, it has adventure, intrigue, and some serious life lessons all rolled up into one great story.

Then there is Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne, he's not just a bunch of fluff and stuff, he actually is a good example of lasting friendship and imagination. Pooh have been friends with Rabbit, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and Roo for years and years. They have gone on many imaginary adventures together and I believe this can help inspire young minds to use their imaginations as well.

As our little ones grow up of course they will want more grown up stories. There are many really good books for young readers to read or to be read to. I think no childhood should pass without reading The Box Car Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This is a great story and a great example for young people and might help young ones discover they can do a lot more to fend for themselves than they thought they could.

I know this is more than 10 if you separate the series but I don't. Going from one book to another in a series is just continuing the story so I still think of them as one. Books with great adventures and examples of responsibility and courage are:

• Harry Potter series by J. K Rowling
• Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
• The Magyk series by Angie Sage
• The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi & Holly Black
• The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

These maybe a for girls only read but Ann of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott are great stories that shouldn't be missed.

You may have thought I was going to list some of the greats like Tom Sawyer, Moby Dick, Oliver or Uncle Remus. They are all great and still classics of course but the language used in them is quite different and to some young people very difficult to understand these new classics are not to replace the old ones merely to add onto the list of great stories.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Children's Books on Different Kinds of Families

I was recently asked if I knew of any good children's books to help someone who is a single mom explain to her five year old son that his family is normal... That was a good question! There are so many different kinds of families and many adults don't know how to explain this to their children. Many children live in what the world thinks of as a "normal" family with a mom and a dad but more and more this is not the case, that doesn't mean that other families are not normal just that they are different but still normal.

Surprisingly there are few books written about families that are not the mom, dad and child scenario family. Most of the family books that are available have that scenario and don't seem to have room for any other family organizations, that leaves some adults and children wondering where to turn for the same literary comfort that is abundantly out there for the mom, dad and child scenario family. I was really astonished at the lack of books for young children on this subject, we have had several generations now of single parents dealing with all the issues that have to be dealt with. Oh there are lots of books for adults but the children are somehow left out of the mix.

The following books are among the few I found that might be helpful, but the list is short for a reason, there just aren't many books out there on the subject, especially for single parents.

• The Family Book by Todd Parr
• We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families by Todd Parr
• Who's in a Family? By Robert Skutch
• All Families Are Special by Norma Simon
• Do I Have a Daddy? A Story About a Single-Parent Child by Jeanne Warren Lindsay

I promised the person who asked me about a book for her friend that I would write a book for young children who were in the single parent situation like her friend's little boy, (I do have a bit of experience on the subject). Even though I usually write fantasy adventure or science fiction for middle grade or young adults I will give this my best efforts soon. It is a difficult subject for us adults to broach and trying to explain it so that children can understand is not easy... then again maybe it's easier for them to understand than it is for us grownups, we seem to complicate things way more than they need to be.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Top 5 Children's Books on the American Revolution

I love history! It is sad these days when children say they hate history, "It's boring". I believe it's because they get bogged down in trying to memorize dates and lose sight of the people and adventures that happened all throughout history.

History is exciting! If we begin teaching our children when they are young they will learn to appreciate the wonderful stories and the exciting adventures that happened in history. There were so many regular people who became heroes and so many time periods to learn about. In this article I am going to focus on the Revolutionary time period. There are many different ways to get young people interested in this time period, the people were on a quest to explore the new country they had come to and determine how they wanted this new country to be. The people found great courage, and laid a foundation for a great country to be formed.

Even if we have our young readers read fiction based on different times in history it can help them appreciate what it was like in that particular time and how the people might have lived. The following is a short list of books I think children will enjoy reading about the Revolutionary time period. Some are factual and some are fiction with factual basis. All are fun to read and not "boring."

• The American Revolution by Bruce Blivin Jr.
• Felicity by American Girl Series
• Letters For Freedom: The American Revolution by Douglas M. Rife
• George vs. George by Rosalyn Schanzer
• Heroes and Heroines of the American Revolution by Peter F. Copeland

You will be able to find many more books for children to read with a little research, I hope we can instill in the young readers a love of history through literature.

I find that when I write my love of history is always evident. There is always some aspect of history in each book I have written and most of the short stories as well. I try to show the adventure and excitement of history and hopefully pique the interest of my readers to learn more about what was happening in that time period. For instance the book I am writing now has a great amount of time travel in it and I love doing the research for each place in time my characters go! One destination will of course be the Revolutionary time period where they will meet interesting people and have an exciting adventure!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Supernatural Good Fun

Aubrey Taylor's life in high school is a haunted one. Red haired, freckled, smaller than most of his classmates, Aubrey is haunted by insomnia, bullies, a ghost, and possibly a Sasquatch. Can life get any worse? Talented author Ashland Menshouse's strong YA debut, The Last Stand and the Tomb of Enoch is set in the quaint and cozy Appalachian town of Lake Julian. The setting is picturesque, and is painted in colorful detail by Menshouse, but underneath the beautiful backdrop the novel is set in lies dark secrets and powerful legends that have come to life, making what is often a very emotional and tumultuous time-attending a new school, especially a new high school-even more difficult to handle for Aubrey.

Add to this, his perhaps well-meaning but overbearing father, a big brother who bullies him as much at home as the ones at school do there, and a mother who has psychiatric issues and is generally in a self-imposed isolation in her bedroom. When I say "perhaps well-meaning but overbearing father," I mean that his father would prefer him to be more outgoing and athletic like his older brother, Gaetan, and participate in activities like playing on the football team.

His father wants what he thinks is the best for Aubrey, but Aubrey is not like his older brother, and his father doesn't want to accept that. He even accuses Aubrey, one night when a ghostly intruder invades Audrey's room, of being on drugs and possibly taking his mother's pills. Aubrey denies this, as he didn't take his mom's pills or any drugs at all, but his father seems unwilling to believe him. Of course, parents should be concerned if their kids start acting differently than they usually have acted, but Aubrey's father seemed to me to be kind of a jerk.

Fortunately, Aubrey has a couple of good friends to help ease his far from pleasant high school experience: Buzz Reiselstein and Rodriqa Auerbach. Buzz is paunchy but generally optimistic, trying to see the bright side of things. He's very intelligent, and inventive, and many of his inventions play key and sometimes humorous roles in this novel. Rodriqa's dad works at the Lake Julian dam, and she is an interesting character who instigates a budding friendship and perhaps romance with a new girl, Jordana. The cute, glasses-wearing Jordan is also a major character in The Last Seer. She also suffers from nightmare-induced insomnia and initially has a difficult time fitting in, like Aubrey. Her mother has mysteriously died, and she lives with her father, who has been horribly disfigured by being in some sort of accident.

Added to this cast of characters are Magnos Strumgaten and his buddies, Benjamin and Leonard Van Zenny, who are bullies who have followed Aubrey to high school from middle school. They are mean to Aubrey, and make him do their homework assignments in their Chemistry class. Buzz tries to intervene and help with an invention of his, but like most of the times he tries to help Aubrey, things go horribly wrong. The invention writes in invisible ink that won't appear unless it's held up to a light or heat source, which Buzz does, right at the beginning of class after the assignments are turned in, to prove that Aubrey wrote the reports on elements for them.

Aubrey was supposed to have signed them with his name. But, instead of Aubrey's name, each paper has written on it: Free Me. The ghostly figure who had paid Aubrey a visit wrote those words on the papers, instead of Aubrey. When Buzz tries to expose the bullies, he instead only embarrasses himself and Aubrey, and makes the bullies angrier than ever at both of them.

A battle is taking place in the sleepy town of Lake Julian, a battle between spurious specters and elusive mountain men, for the tomb of the Watchers. Will Aubrey and his friends get caught in the grip of the ancients' desire for revenge? Find out when you read The Last Seer and the Tomb of Enoch! It's a marvelous novel that I highly recommend to anyone who loves books like R.L. Stine's, with a quirky and cool mixture of humor and horror. The novel is the excellent author's, Ashland Menshouse's, debut, and I look forward to reading and reviewing more of his novels in the future.

Friday, March 30, 2012

What Makes A Good Children's Book?

When you're selecting a good children's book you should look for a number of things. Is the story engaging to the child? Does it use a lot of sight words and repetition? Are the pictures helpful to the child to understand the words? Is it age appropriate for the child? Is it teaching them good values?

Let's look at each of the qualities and see why they are important.

Is the story engaging to the child?

With young children you need to capture their attention and keep it. Parents know that young children will generally flit from one thing to another after 5 to 10 minutes. If they have something that truly grabs their attention they will stick with it longer. So if the story in the book you've selected captures their attention they will sit with you through the whole story and often times want you to read it again and again.

Does the children's book use a lot of sight words?

Sight words are the simple words that make up 50 to 70 percent of any general text. You may have also heard of them as Doulch words. Many of these words you can't sound out and need to be learned by sight. Words such as are, and, an, at, the, that, did, do, green, just, must, make and if are all sight words. There are about 220 of them along with about 95 nouns. If the children's book has many of these words and uses them in repetition it will help your child recognize them faster and read better.

Pictures in a good children's book help the child understand the words.

If the character is talking about red strawberries there should be red strawberries pictured. It's teaching them about a sight word "red" and it's showing them the color and what a strawberry is. By associating the word to the picture they learn the word so the next time they see the word they see the picture in their mind.

Is the children's book age appropriate?

Parents know their children. Some are more advanced than others when it comes to reading so selecting age appropriate books can sometimes be tricky. If you have a 3 year old child that's already picking up words from stories you might want to consider buying books that are a little above them say in the 4 to 5 year old range. What's important is you want to keep them interested. If it's too hard for them to understand they won't want to read the story. At the same time you want to challenge them.

A good children's book will teach values and social interactions.

You want to teach them about things like saying please and thank you or how important it is to help your friends and people around them. Look for children's books that have messages like that in them.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

7 Books to Ignite a Love of Reading in Your Boy

What books can we give our boys to teach them to love reading at a young age? What holds their interest and sparks a love of reading and knowledge? As a parent, you wonder what you can do to entice your boy to read, and not to fight them just to pick up a book. After months of trial and error with different genres, writing styles, and subjects, I found seven books that will spark a boy's interest and keep it.

1. The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

George and Harold are two elementary school boys who love to draw and make up stories, so they decide to make comics for themselves. They are about a character they make up called Captain Underpants, who later becomes their principal! The series promotes creativity and encourages kids to draw or write their own comics. The unique and easy to follow writing style of the author insures that your boy will not become bored or frustrated by trying to figure out big words. The pictures throughout the book are fun and ensure that your boy will spend hours laughing over this book and will want to read it again and again. And luckily, there are more novels in this series!

2. Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot by Dav Pilkey

Since we enjoyed this author's writing style so much, we decided to try this series to see if the author's writing had the same endearing qualities, and we were not disappointed. With monsters from space, robots, and silly words and phrases, your boy will enjoy every minute in the pages of this book. There are no complicated or large words, and there are pictures on every page. As is consistent with the author's style, the book encourages art by providing instructions on how to draw the characters at the end of every book in the series!

3. The Stink Adventures by Megan McDonald

This series has differing themes throughout, such as space travel, gigantic jawbreakers, stinky shoes, and treasure hunts. This author also writes the Judy Moody series, and the main character, Stink, is Judy's younger brother. The books are easy to read and follow, with great jokes and silly situations that will keep your boy highly entertained, and excited for the next book. The pictures are detailed and just as entertaining as the story, and some books even have color pictures. This is a fun entertaining series that your boy will want more of.

4. Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger by Kevin Bolger

This book is a hilarious read. The book is full of silly and gross names that have boys hooting with delight, such as: the story takes place in the Kingdom of Armpit, a knight is named Sir Bedwetter, and Sir Fartsalot is hard of hearing, so he always hears what someone says incorrectly and creates great jokes. The book is filled with colorful characters and an entertaining style of writing, so your boy always wants to read more. This book is also fun to read together, as you will enjoy the jokes as much as your child.

5. Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

I enjoyed these books when I was in elementary school so I thought I would try reading them with my boy. He loves them so much that we have worn out copies and had to buy new ones. With scary but unique ideas such as invisibility gone wrong, haunted houses, scary monsters, and aliens, there is a novel in this series for every boy. If you want an easier read for your boy, the Goosebumps Horrorland series uses less large words than the Goosebumps series, and follows along, but has some interesting maps and stories to catch a boy attention and keep it, even before they can read the larger, harder-to-read series!

6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

This series is easy to read and set up much like a comic book and diary. There are tons of pictures filled with as many jokes and descriptions as the actual story. This series addresses situations boys find themselves placed in with a witty outlook and realistic resolutions, by engaging boys with a character just like they are. As the character deals with everyday situations with sarcasm and humor, boys are sucked into the books and can't put them down!

7. My Weird School Days Series by Dan Gutman

Who didn't wish that their teacher really was an alien or crazy? This series takes those thoughts to the maximum with crazy teachers that do silly things, to super-smart teachers that are computers posing as people, to lunch ladies writing secret messages in mashed potatoes. The amusing situations and play-on-words keep boys anxious to read more, and laughing out loud. The books are filled with real facts that are delivered in a stimulating and easy to read way that helps kids remember them, but not realize that they are learning too!

Shi Belcher is a stay at home mom and an avid reader. She enjoys all genres of literature and reading childrens' books with her son. She enjoys expanding her book collection and believes that books are meant to be shared with others. She particularly enjoys the science-fiction, fantasy, romance, and classic books.

Monday, March 19, 2012

4 Tips For Writing Fantasy Stories

Do you feel overwhelmed because you never know how to come up with an opening line to your fantasy book? Most people feel a writer's block when they start writing their story because they do not know how to start.

Here are four step-by-step approaches or categories to get you started and focused on your writing.

1. Create A Character

2. Create The Setting

3. Create A Conflict

4. Create A Solution-Ending

I just finished reviewing a fantastic juvenile fiction series called The Kelmar Trilogy by Laura Sepesi. Fantasy is highly imaginative writing. For example, one can read about animals talking with one another, expressing emotions and wearing real clothes. Fantasy can be set in medieval times with castles and dragons, wizards and knights. Or the story can be set in the future.

So, when you begin to write your fantasy story, you will need to come up with a name for your character. Keep in mind that you will want to choose an exciting name and not just "dragon" but rather, "dragon-lord." This is what we call a compound word, taking two separate words joined together to form a new word, like "candlestick."

At this point, you will want to create details of your character from his or her size, characteristics, color, appearance, and descriptive titles to your character. For example, Dubious the dark-knight or Phoebe, the good-fairy of Seaguard Cove have soft or hard sounds to their name.

Once you've established the main characters and sub-characters of your story and have included a variety of dragons, dwarfs, ladies and lords, it's time to move on to the setting.

Will you start with the Great Fortress of Camden, surrounded in an enchanting forest? Perhaps the wise queen of Goshen lives in the High Tower of Gadzar. Whatever setting you choose, you will have lots of scene changes to create from barren deserts and empty plains to evil fortresses and radiant cities.

The next hearty step of your story outline will be the meat-and-potatoes part. Will the dark forces pose traps, plots and schemes to force their opponent in battle? Will monsters arise, sorcerers cast spells and a witch uses an invisibility cloak to lead a surprise attack to defeat their enemies? Yes, more descriptive writing occurs here to develop a real page-turner story.

My favorite and final point in writing a fantasy story is to provide an ending that hopefully pleases everyone but after all, it is your story and you probably will choose a predictable ending, like good triumphs over evil, but then, maybe not.

I personally like to read about the Good Lady Diana being rescued by her favorite, Great Knight Nicholas, from the treacherous and barbarous William Zardk, along with his companion, the dangerous Dragon Dunzabar. To be taken to Nicholas' enchanted castle to meet his father, the Kindly King, and to begin a new life atop a pinnacle of rock, overlooking a lush valley would be a great ending, and indeed another sequel to a marvelous, new beginning.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Book Review: If You're Reading This It's Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch

Question: What do you get when you combine a 500-year-old man born in a bottle... an evil society bent on discovering the secret to immortality... and two adventurous 11-year-olds?

Answer: A fun, witty book that kids are sure to enjoy reading.

Yes, Pseudonymous Bosch has done it again. In his obtrusive, snarky way, he's created a story that kids will eat up - but will parents choke on the mild violence and references to the occult?

The Good Stuff

This is a story about a very independent survivalist (Cass) who learns little by little to rely on and trust others - especially Max-Ernest and the members of the Terces Society.

Cass, Max-Ernest, Yo-Yoji and the other members of the Terces Society all exhibit true friendship, as they stand by each other through thick and thin.

Here are a few examples that stood out to me...

- Cass asks Cabbage Face to forgive her for lying to him.

- Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji round up the Terces Society to rescue Cass from the Midnight Sun.

- Cabbage Face sacrifices his life to save Cass.


While "If You're Reading This, It's Too Late" isn't what most people would consider violent, Cass and Max-Ernest do find themselves in some hair-raising situations.

For example...

- Dr. L shanghaies Cass and Max-Ernest on board a ship, ties them up, and threatens to use them as shark bait.

- Cass finds out that Cabbage Face (the 500-year-old homunculus) killed the Lord Pharaoh and buried his remains. (At one point, he claims to have "eaten" the Lord Pharaoh.")

- Ms. Mauvais' evil henchmen grab Cass and the homunculus at the Skelton Sisters concert and threaten them with bodily harm.

- Cass is tied to a tree in a graveyard and gets frostbite.

- When the Terces Society battles the Midnight Sun to rescue Cass, there is much punching, flame-throwing, biting and kicking.

Magic, Sorcery and Spirituality

"If You're Reading This, It's Too Late" does have some spirituality of the ancient Egyptian kind.

For example,

- The doctor who "created" the homunculus was a devotee of the secret science called alchemy - and he wanted power over life itself. He even started calling himself "Lord Pharaoh," because he discovered powers only known to the kings of ancient Egypt.

- The immortality-seeking loonies of the Masters of the Midnight Sun chant while the Lord Pharaoh's grave is dug up.

- Ms. Mauvais calls Lord Pharaoh a "god." She wants to continue his work, so the members of the Midnight Sun can be gods too.

But there's something else...

It's not exactly magic, but there are some strange, unexplainable things that happen in the story.

For example, Cass has nightmares about a short, odd-looking little creature (the homunculus) - BEFORE she even knew he existed. She also dreams that he could be found at a nearby lake - and lo and behold, that's where she finds him.

And while I'm on the topic, how can Cabbage Face (the homunculus) be alive in the first place? He was created in a bottle 500 years ago. Who comes into the world like that - and who lives that long? It's very strange, if you ask me.

Plus, there's the mysterious Sound Prism that has the power to call Cabbage Face. Hmmm... Not exactly magic, but how do you explain it?

Sexual Content


Drugs and Alcohol

Cabbage Face steals a bottle of wine that Cass' grandfathers brought along on the camping trip to the lake. The kids discover that he has a cache of stolen alcohol when he graciously offers them a drink of wine, vodka, gin, malt scotch, tequila or cognac. (The kids wisely drink water instead.)

Foul Language


Other Negative Stuff

Our heroes do a bit of lying, stealing and disobeying in order to have their adventures.

For example...

- Cass and Max-Ernest ignore their teacher's orders to stay close and slip away from a class trip to meet up with the Terces Society... and end up in a mess of trouble.

- Cass steals the Sound Prism from Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais - but I suppose the fact that she "stole" from the bad guys makes the theft a bit more justified.

- Cass lies to the homunculus to get him to come with her to the Terces Society.

- Cass uses the Sound Prism to eavesdrop on a couple of girls in the school bathroom.

- Cass lies to her mom to get her permission to go to the Skelton Sisters concert with Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji.

My Two Cents

"If You're Reading This, It's Too Late" is a witty, fun follow-up to "The Name of This Book is Secret." Kids will enjoy reading along as Cass and her friends have yet another adventure with the Terces Society. And they'll get a kick out of all the extras in the appendix.

Some parents might not be comfortable with the occult nature of the Masters of the Midnight Sun. But for the most part, this book is appropriate for most 9 to 12-year-olds.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Top Seven Great Reasons to Use EBooks for Kids

An eBook is a book in an electronic format that is downloaded to a computer, laptop or PDA. It looks exactly like a book and has numbered pages, pictures, graphics and a table of contents. As the world becomes obsessed with electronic gadgets, eBooks are gaining popularity amongst adults and children.

Most kids love to play video and computer games, so introducing them to the world of eBooks should be a simple progression. Children love interacting on the computer and they can do this while reading an eBook. This allows them to see books in a totally new light.

eBooks can be books that your children read on their own, or they may be books that you read aloud to them together. They can be found in novel format, fiction, non-fiction and animated picture books. There are also a number of online book sites to open the world of reading to your child at an early age. The following are seven great reasons to use eBooks for kids.

1) Introduces Them to the World of Technology - Reading an eBook allows you to teach your child how to utilize today's technology. Kids are obsessed with electronic gadgets and will be thrilled to learn how to use the keyboard. This is also an excellent way to give your kids a head start and prepare them for entering school.

2) Colorful Display and Pictures - eBooks for kids promotes learning through its vibrant colorful and picture display on the computer. It also holds their interest for a longer period of time.

3) Click on a Link - eBooks provide links to additional information and is an excellent tool for added learning. If they are unsure of a word or would like to learn more information, they can click on the link and gain additional knowledge. This is an excellent way to make learning fun.

4) Save a Tree - You can teach your child the importance of saving the environment by utilizing ebooks. The books are downloaded safely to your computer and cutting down trees is not a requirement to manufacture a book.

5) eBooks for Kids Can Be Read Anywhere - If you and your child find yourselves with unexpected free time, an eBook can come in handy. This is especially true if your eBooks are downloaded to a PDA and you can carry it with you at all times. eBooks are an excellent way to keep your child occupied with entertaining educational materials and not seek out mischief.

6) Indestructible - Traditional books can tatter, fade and tear. eBooks for kids can last for decades and be passed down from generation to generation. They are also easily transported and shared with others.

7) No Waiting - eBooks for kids can be delivered almost immediately. You can show your kids how easy it is to purchase an eBook, download it and begin to read it within a matter of minutes. You don't have to go to the bookstore or wait for them to arrive in the mail either.

Reading to children at an early age benefits them into adulthood. eBooks for kids will help keep them interested in reading. This will also help them be better equipped during their job seeking years and have a brighter outlook for their future.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Important Tips for Publishing a Children's Book

The task of finding a publisher for your book can be daunting. Even J.K. Rowling, the highly acclaimed author of the Harry Potter books, received many rejections before achieving her phenomenal success. To circumvent the publisher problem, you may wish to consider publishing a children's book yourself. This route can be a very profitable one, providing you know what you're doing.

As soon as you start to investigate the possibility of self-publishing you will find yourself surrounded by apparent offers to assist. There are hundreds of companies only too ready to part you from your cash, and charge you a very high price indeed for publishing your work. Known as "vanity publishers", these organizations are out to make high profits - for themselves, not you!

As a self-publisher, your best option is to simply choose a regular, commercial printing company to carry out your work. You should fully investigate the market and choose a company that offers competitive prices. By following this route you will have full control of the process, and can make your own decisions about quality of materials and finish.

By using a mainstream printing company to assist you in publishing a children's book you will be able to retain full copyright to your work. There will be no requirement for you to sign a contract with the printer in this respect. This leaves you free to take all the profits from sales of your work, and also at liberty to use another printer, should you so wish, for any future reprints of your book.

It's important that you are fully aware of the work involved in publishing a children's book yourself. You must be prepared to take responsibility for all aspects of the process such as editing and proofreading. Also there will be important decisions to make on layout, font size, typefaces, bindings and so on. The level of involvement is considerable, but perhaps this is something you will in fact relish.

Providing you choose a printing company with a good reputation and high standards of customer care, these additional tasks need not be overtaxing. Ensure your children's book printing company is prepared to offer plenty of guidance, and that you can easily contact them for updates and clarifications.

Lastly, I'd like to touch on the subject of ISBNs. International Standard Book Numbers are unique 13 digit identifiers and enable books to be ordered and tracked in a commercial distribution network. If you are planning to handle sales of your children's book yourself, by selling directly in person or through a website, it's not necessary to have an ISBN.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Top FIve Types of Activity Books For Young Children

Activity books are a great way to make reading fun. There are lots of different types of activity books available to suit different age groups. Here we have selected our top 5.

1.Texture Books
Texture, also known as touch and feel books, are very popular with babies and very young children. These are books where part of the picture is made out of different fabrics and materials. Babies like the tactile aspect of the pages and love to touch the pictures while the story is being read to them. This type of book will also help develop the childs sensory awareness.

2. Lift the Flap Books
These are story books which usually have flaps to lift on every page It is a classic book format that children love. Lifting the flaps adds to the fun of the story and will make story time a more interactive event. These books are usually aimed at younger children from babies up to the age of about 4 or 5. When choosing a lift the flap book look for books with a sturdy feel and strong flaps. The flaps will get pulled and tugged at and if they are not attached securely or are not made out of thick cardboard, they wont last long.

3. Sound Books
Sound books are popular with pre-school children. They usually have one or more buttons to press which made noises or sounds appropriate to the story. The more elaborate sound books will have different sounds that need to played at the correct part of the story. Like the lift the flap books, they add an interactive element to reading your child a story.

4. Pop-up Books
Pop-up baby books are books that have been designed where part of the page leaps out as a 3D picture. The surprise of the 3D picture will intrigue babies and delight older children. The only downside is that pop-up books tend to be delicate so you will have to be careful as young children do love to touch. You can choose quite simple pop-up books for young children but there are plenty of more intricate and even interactive pop-up books which will be suitable for much older children.

5. Sticker Books
Sticker books come in a variety of formats. Some tell a story which can be decorated or added to by a selection of stickers. Others tell a story with specific places where each sticker should be place. Which book will appeal to your child will depend on their personality. some children will love the challenge of finding the right places to stick the stickers. Other children will want to be more creative and place stickers where they want. There is no right or wrong and both ways are good for a child's development and enjoyment.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Activity Books for Little Ones Certainly Are a God Send Throughout the Summer Break

The most challenging task on the planet is to make sure that your kids are kept occupied with either after school activities or activity books for children in the house. Meanwhile with the summer break coming parents may need several activity solutions up their sleeve so as to provide themselves with some respite from their over-active children.

For parents or guardians everywhere the day won't conclude at the sound of the school bell as children are going to want to paint more pictures, play more games and sing more songs. Keeping your kids safe and content after the school day has finished can generate problems yet with after school activities and sticker and activity books at home we've got the entire predicament sewn up!

Parents who work have the biggest problems as normally they aren't present in the home when the children finish school.

Although not to be mistaken as a baby sitting service, after school activities are a lifeline for working mums and dads everywhere. That being said, these activities can only do well if parents become involved also. For instance, occasionally parents or guardians could possibly assist with the making of outfits or maybe the painting of scenery for a school play. If your youngster was a member of a sports team, what would their game be like without the benefit of parents supporting them on the sidelines?

Although kids with working parents need to be looked after, there's no point in making your young kids participate in activities that may not interest them or they are not skilled at because it keeps them out of harms way. Talk to them, get to know what interests them and thereafter start looking around for the right after school classes which they are able to really enjoy whilst also generating new skills.

If you are a stay-at-home mum or dad and pick up your kids each day from the school door then you have to try and keep them entertained for far longer. With the aid of activity books for children and after completion of their homework assignments, one can sit them down and let them draw or paint a really colourful picture, solve puzzles or put together a jigsaw puzzle.

At home activities needn't always be stationary hobbies though. Young ones can play things like football, tennis or basketball in the garden. Not all kids are sporty and will much prefer to take dance lessons or discover how to play a musical instrument - however these kinds of classes invariably have a price! They may also pass the time by assisting with activities in the kitchen or garden - under the attentive eye of the parent or sitter obviously!

Whatever activity your little ones desire to do, they shall acquire a number of life skills such as discipline, patience and self-control.

In case finances are a concern there are lots of discount children's books online that you could select from and which will not break the bank. There is a wide range of kid's books available that can help them to discover how to read, further their reading skills or to educate and stimulate them in some other way. Just because they're educational books doesn't necessarily mean that a lot of them can't be fun!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Value Of Books In Character Development In Children

Reading is a fun and interactive way to bond with kids. Experts recommend reading a good book to a young child every day. It is usually done before a child goes to sleep. It is an excellent way to end the day as it leaves the kid's imagination flowing with wonderful thoughts. Moreover, reading books to children aloud can help cultivate creativity and expand vocabulary and reading skills. Children are curious beings and they love to hear new stories, see beautiful pictures and illustrations. Parents use books to help their children develop good character traits like courage, kindness and obedience.

Story Telling Books Mold Character

Stories have been an important part of man's life. Before, stories were passed on by word of mouth. Now, there are so many kinds of books available, thanks to the invention of the printing press in 1440. Story telling books today ranges from fairy tales, princess and prince books, fables, parables, folklore and so on. Millions of parents around the globe still use these story books to teach moral lessons to their little ones. Goldilocks and the three bears and Little Red Riding Hood are two of the most popular books of all time. These books teach kids different values which are applicable to all aspects of life. Goldilocks and the three bears talks about respect of others property and privacy. Little Red Riding Hood, on the other hand warns children of the danger of talking to strangers.

Fables And Parables

Parables illustrate life lessons and instructive principles. The Bible's New Testament provides a number of parables that Jesus taught himself while he is still on earth. One of the most significant parables in the bible is the Prodigal Son, which teaches about the love of the Father to his children. Fables, on the other hand, are very much like a parable but the difference is that it uses animals in the story. Aesop is credited for a number of popular fables today. Thus, the name Aesop's Fables become a popular household name. Aesop, according to research was Greek slave and story-teller believed to have lived between 620 and 560 BC. Some of his famous stories are "The Dog and the Wolf", which teaches the importance of being free, "The Bear and the Two Travelers" which talks about sincerity of friends.

Evolution Of Books

For years, books have greatly evolved. Before, books are part of every kid's bedtime routine. Children anticipate eagerly the first page of the book that their parents will read to them. Each book has a new story to tell. Children are intrigued to see how each story will end. Will the princess meet his prince charming? Will the frog turn to a handsome prince? On the other hand, with the advancement of technology, some children are no longer accustomed of having good books around the house. More parents and educators rely on the power of the internet to teach young minds to explore. Yes, having educational other educational materials and gadgets around the house is good. Then again, it is refreshing to see kids enjoying reading books. Certainly, the experience of feeling the hard covers of the book and the crisp turning of pages is different from just clicking on pages.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Children's Books Will Never Die

Page Turners In An Android World

It was really not that long ago, young kids would sit in classrooms, wearing uniforms, not talking, sitting straight, hairs cut, eyes wide, and minds on; reading ancient text books fearful of the ever watchful eye of their dark overlord guardian/teacher/mentor. To breathe a word out of line warranted violent abuse and to be late or not properly dressed resulted in hospitalisation. The idea of pageless books was mere science fiction.

To be an author was to drown one's self in whisky and cigarettes over a second hand typewriter looking out through a rain-soaked window contemplating the deepest chasm of human emotions. It was to lose sleep over characters, scrolling encyclopaedia-like adventure series'.

These were the days before kids could flip through online flip-books on their android whilst catching the bus to school, before stringing two clever sentences together on reddit made you a genius wordsmith and before sharing stories could be done with one simple click.

Children still crave adventure, kids still seek fiction, and fun, fantasy and escape from this world, but other means of obtaining such content have emerged from the muck in the same way God created Eve from the ribs of Adam. Media platforms never cease to expand, becoming ever smaller, ever faster and ever easier for us to simply zone out from reality. You can now even read flip-books for babies online.

Nonetheless, a peculiar phenomenon has bubbled to the surface of the shallow mindless future we call the present. Books, in particular children's books, have not only stayed the course. They have been swimming through the digital age as if on a cloud of immortality, taunting technology with the distinguished silence of a twice-bitten cow.

According to various online sources, sales of hard and soft cover fiction novels are holding strong against their electronic counterparts. And whilst e-books are famously known for being easier to access and cheaper, a majority of respondents agree that reading the actual physical copy of a book is far more pleasurable.

But why? Has digital reached its maximum infiltration into our lives? Are people retreating from the intrusion of e-spying? Or do people simply prefer the texture of ink and paper? The smell of new pages? The beauty of these questions is that each person will answer differently.

There will always be a place for digital books, taking on great easy-to-use platforms such as iPads and Kindles. Budding entreprenuers can even make extra pocket money selling other authors books via affiliate networks, allowing customers to bypass actual stores.

However the best place for a nose to be (according to most avid readers) will always be buried between the covers of a fresh smelling page turner of a tale. The product is the same, regardless of if it was purchased online or from a bookstore.

The Proof Is In The Pudding.

The exciting part about all this hoo-ha and ramble is that pieces of literary classic and fiction are not being lost, rather, preserved. Roald Dahl is still the king of telling weird wonderful and wacky adventures, newcomers to the scene such as J.K. Rowling are amassing fans worldwide through physical hardcopies of their stories.

As for the days of concentration camp schools, where education came second to discipline, will the opposite of our generation be paying for the switcheroo of the later and former in the future? That is for the hourglass. All that should be important is the smile on a kids face, lost in adventure.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Summer Reading List - 10 Best Books for Kids

The Adventures of Boochi Malloochi: The Hunt for Treasure

For some students, the academic school year may be over. For some parents, it can provide a battle between summer camp and outdoor sports. But if parents provide exciting materials to read over the summer break, children are more likely to be engaged in learning. As a matter of fact, reading over the summer improves the learned material, prepares children for the upcoming school year and enhances their language skills.

To motivate children to read during the summer, ten books are reviewed according to age group, reading level and moral value. As young as 2 years of age, children can start to develop literacy skills in recognizing vowels and identifying letters. The reading level of all of these books is level 1 or easy-to-read level. The moral message that children learn from the stories is also considered in each review. Many of these books are also available in English and Spanish formats.

1. "Hello Night" by Amy Costales and Mercedes McDonald

Readers learn about a mama and her young boy that crusade the night to be greeted by the moon in different scenarios. From seeing the moon on a lake to meeting the moon through the forest, this mama and her son encounter many adventures before bedtime. This picture book is for ages 2 and up. ISBN: 978-0873589277

2. "Wiggling Pockets" by Pat Mora and Maribel Suarez

When Danny's pet frogs are accidentally released into the house, there were unexpected surprises. The little frogs hop along from Danny's pockets, to under the bed, to his sister's lap and so much more mischief. This picture book is for ages 3 and up. ISBN: 978-0060850470

3. "Skippyjon Jones in the Dog-House" by Judy Schachner

What do Siamese cats like to daydream about? Well, for Skippyjon Jones, he prefers to be a Chihuahua dog, especially when his mother disciplines him. But that does not stop the great Skippito from his adventures with the Chimichangos. Picture book is recommended for ages 4 and up. ISBN: 978-1606864197

4. "My Colors, My World" by Maya Christina Gonzalez

The Mojave Desert can be filled more than just a beige color of the dusty sand. Little Maya finds beautiful colors in this amazing habitat where the air is dry and the heat is intense. This picture book is for ages 4 and up. ISBN: 978-0892392216.

5. "Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin" by Duncan Tonatiuh

Writing letters was never easy for this little boy from Mexico. But the task was a little bit easier when he had to communicate by mail with his cousin in America. They learn about each other's culture and language in each letter. Picture book is recommended for ages 4 and up. ISBN: 978-0810938724

6. "Moon Rope" by Lois Ehlert and Amy Prince

Cooperation was never the best skill in Fox and Mole. Each wants to reach the moon in different ways. Could a rope made of woven grass be the common piece for these friends? This folklore tale is recommended for ages 4 and up. ISBN: 978-0152017026

7. "Margarita y Margaret" by Lynn Reiser

How can two girls Margarita that speaks Spanish and Margaret that speaks English play together despite of language barrier? By sharing their culture and language, these two girls find a lasting friendship. This picture book is for ages 3 and up. ISBN: 978-0688122393

8. "The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred" by Samantha R. Vamos and Rafael Lopez

Cooking rice pudding has never been more appetizing when the whole farm helps the farm maiden get all the ingredients. From the goat to the cow, they all collaborate harmoniously to find the necessary items to make the rice pudding. This award winning picture book is for ages 3 and up. ISBN: 978-1580892421

9. "Dogs! Dogs!" by Ginger Foglesong Guy and Sharon Glick

Readers can learn about opposites in this story about dogs of different shapes and sizes. These dogs have the adventure of a lifetime when they visit the playground, library, school and other exciting places around town. This storybook is recommended for ages 2 and up. ISBN: 978-0060835743

10. "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh

What does the colors red, blue, yellow, and three white mice have in common? The mice like to mix and discover how primary colors can give secondary colors. This colorful storybook is recommended for ages 2 and up. ISBN: 978-0547333328

Summer reading for children can actually be filled with plenty of good books. These storybooks and picture books can entice those young brain cells to imagine and keep on learning, even during the summer. In fact, summer reading is an activity that children of all ages can enjoy with their parents.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Adventures of Boochi Malloochi: The Hunt for Treasure

Heading out to the beach with her family, Boochi is intent on discovering a lost pirate's treasure in the sand. While her dad is supportive and excited, her mom is less than thrilled and believes it's a crazy idea. Little does anyone know that the item she will find will change everything, and open the door to unlimited possibilities. The mystery of the treasure and its history prove to be an adventure that no one could have anticipated.

Mysterious characters and destinations are all part of the road that she will travel, as she learns that each step is planned out and opens new doors at every turn.

Will she be able to keep the treasure, or will pirates attempt to steal it from her?

Boochi possibly couldn't dream of the fortune and luck that is entering her world, all because of one fateful day in the sand.

While she is young, Boochi proves to be a well-mannered child, who is respectful and strong. She is never rude, and is full of witty sarcasm, which she gets from her father. The mom is the serious voice of reason in the house, but rarely has control or a say thanks to Boochi and her dad. Together, they form a wonderful family who will discover how big the world is about to become from the day she finds the treasure.

Just how many roads, and surprises will come next is anyone's guess.

Come take the journey, that will take readers on a wild ride from locations across the world. Each step along the way has been carefully crafted and mapped out, with purpose and direction. The plot thickens and the characters become more involved and intertwined. This new series offers a refreshing perspective on adventure, while combining characters with morals and true family values. It reminds readers that there are still are real people in the world who can rely on family and friends. It also provides an escape into a wonderful world of fantasy, with excitement, mystery and uncertainty. The Adventures of Boochi: The Hunt for Treasure, reminds us to stay young at heart, and to keep dreams alive and pursue them whenever possible. The characters also keeps us in touch with the necessity of solid family values and the power of social interaction. Middle age readers will definitely find inspiration and morals from Boochi and her family, and friends.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Children's Literature: Books, Fairy Tales, and Fables to Read to Your Children

Children love to be read to! When they are young the more they are involved with literature the better. Before they can read they can listen, watch, and interact with literature through the grownups in their lives. There have been many studies to show that children become better readers when they have been read to before they ever enter school. Being read to at a young age will also help children grow a love of literature that could last throughout their lives. Children will learn that books and reading are important because the grownups in their lives have shared them, and because books and stories have always been a part of their lives. Below is a list of books and stories that I think will be a good place to start sharing with the young people in your life:

· Peter Rabbit by Beatrice Potter

· Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

· Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik

· Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

· Busy Busy Town by Richard Scarry

· The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Anderson

· The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson

· The Elves and the Shoemaker by The Brothers Grimm

· The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop

· The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Aesop

· The Tortoise and the Hare by Aesop

· The Ant and the Grasshopper by Aesop

· The Lion and the Mouse by Aesop

· The Town Musicians of Bremen by The Brothers Grimm

· The Pied Piper of Hamelin by The Brothers Grimm

· The Most Incredible Thing by Hans Christian Anderson

· Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson

· Jack and the Bean Stalk by Joseph Jacobs

· Molly Whuppie by Joseph Jacobs

· The Three Little Pigs by Joseph Jacobs

These are fun stories that children (and grownups) will enjoy sharing with each other. They won't get boring even if you read the some story over and over. When my son was three years old he could recite the story of Peter Rabbit by Beatrice Potter word for word without missing even the smallest word in the story. I had read it to him so many times till he knew it by heart and even though he knew it by heart he still wanted me to read it to him! I did read lots of other stories and books to him but Peter Rabbit was his favorite. I hope you can share lots of books and stories with your young ones and find their favorites... maybe they will one day recite their favorite book or story to you. There are also some really good children's magazines, which I will explore in another article, that have some good stories and fun activities for young children. Have fun reading to your little ones.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Personalized Books - The Best Gifts for Children

Personalized books are a unique sub-category of illustrated literature, whose content is customized to fit the attributes of a real person. Personalized books can be a great tool parents or teachers can utilize to develop the informal or formal reading skills of a a child. It has been a time honored tradition for most parents to go through bedtime stories with their children; which is an apt culmination of each day. These sessions are usually fun-filled, and most children look forward to them. Naturally, this not only establishes a vital bond between the parent and child, but also greatly exposes the child to an exciting learning experience.

By incorporating personalized books into such sessions, parents can go a step further in developing the creativity of children. As these books are customized to suit the child's distinct physical attributes, they can help in building an optimistic self-image. This can boost a child's self-esteem relatively quick, and generally prepares them to face the world with enthusiasm. These books can go a step further in boosting a child's sense of worth as they are constantly regaled by tales of their own heroic escapades. Exposing a child to reading and viewing books based on them invariably grabs their interest, and will definitely motivate them to become avid readers.

These books also enhance the imagination of children, and as the plot of the story develops, they are seemingly 'magically' transported into a fantasy world; of which they occupy the central role, surrounded by their friends and loved ones. This makes reading more appealing to children as it heightens their perception of their immediate world. Most children will definitely enjoy such story sessions, and as all these books carry a positive moral theme, they are an extremely wonderful tool in instilling the right social norms in a child.

For the younger children, the right exposure to such texts can play a significant role in developing the basic reading skills such as spelling their names or expanding their vocabulary. This goes a long way in boosting their confidence and enhancing their learning experience. Personalized books can also be applied in the formal education setting as they can be efficiently applied to hone a child's creative and artistic senses by fueling their often hyperactive imagination in a positive direction.

These books are skillfully written, and contain excellent learning aids such as rhymes that children can easily assimilate, and retain through frequent practice with their peers. This makes the learning experience more interactive and interesting to children. As children grow up they usually retain cherished memories of their childhood, and with time, this can determine their adulthood traits. Thus, these books are a great way of storing and safeguarding such memories.