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Kim Tomsic

Friday, November 16, 2012

National Book Award Young People's Literature 2012


William Alexander, Goblin Secrets
(Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)


Carrie ArcosOut of Reach (Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)
Patricia McCormickNever Fall Down (Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Eliot SchreferEndangered (Scholastic)
Steve SheinkinBomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon
(Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Holiday Book for Kids: The Santa Claus Alarm...a tale by Lemur Pup

Last year I reported that Mister Lemur wrote a book, TRAIN OF THOUGHT, a whacky, wily learning adventure. Now I introduce Lemur Pup and  THE SANTA CLAUS ALARM, a holiday escapade written in rhyming verse.

The story is a holiday caper featuring a cute little lemur named Pup whose goal is to catch Santa in the act of giving. Who can blame her? She crafts her plan and sets sensors, trip wires, and buzzers in effort to catch the big guy. In the mean time, she also sets clever words and definitions within the story...kids learn vocabulary in the middle of the escapade!

THE SANTA CLAUS ALARM  is a production of Ringtail Learning San Francisco, founded by Hans and Jennifer Hartvickson. There website is a treat for kids, parents, grandparents and teachers. A portion of their profits are donated to charities supporting the protection of lemurs and/or lemur habitat.

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P.S. Kudos to the creators of Mister Lemur. Their passion for children, education, science, philanthropy, wordplay and the Mister Lemur project shines. Mister Lemur's caretakers offer school visits (a Stanford, Wharton educated pair) and they provide a kid-friendly web page where children can ask Mister Lemur questions. Mister Lemur also offers writing contests, music, games, and a regular Mister Lemur newsletter. A portion of all proceeds is donated to wildlife.  

Product Details
·        Ages 4 and up

Those with an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch will enjoy the enhanced ebook version, which includes light animations and an option to hear author narration. The ibook is available for Apple products at $2.99 through the iTunes store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-santa-claus-alarm/id479453219?mt=11)

·        Publisher: Ringtail Learning (November 2011) $14.95
·        Language: English
·        ISBN-13: 978-0-9828866-2-5

Available at:
Amazon (click link)

escapade – noun
1.    a reckless adventure

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