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September 8th is International Literacy Day

Published September 7, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Tuesday, September 8, is 

International Literacy Day

“You cannot open a book without learning something.”

     ~ Confucius 

Help your children develop a love of books by snuggling up with one of these 25 Children’s Books to Teach Your Kids Meaningful Values

The Mine-O-Saur children's book that teaches values, such as generosity.

The Mine-O-Saur is one example of a children’s book that teaches values – in this case, generosity.

1. GRATITUDE

DID I EVER TELL YOU HOW LUCKY YOU ARE
BY: Dr. Seuss
Who better than Dr. Seuss to remind us how lucky we truly are, even when we’re down in the dumps?
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Focus on what you have and don’t dwell on the bad.

IT COULD ALWAYS BE WORSE
BY: Margot Zemach
This Yiddish folktale depicts gratitude in an uproarious light. When an unfortunate man follows the advice from his Rabbi, his life seems to go from bad to worse – or does it?
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Things are not always as bad as they seem.

SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE
BY: William Steig
Sylvester the donkey is thrilled to have found a magic pebble! But when he encounters a lion on his way home, he must make a decision that separates him from his family.  When he’s finally reunited with them, he learns a valuable lesson.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Always be grateful for family.

THE BLANKFUL HEART
BY: Mr. Meus
Billy Babble is the richest Babble in Babbleland. He begins to feel like something is missing and sets out on a quest to fill his empty heart.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: A grateful heart is a happy heart.

AN AWESOME BOOK OF THANKS
BY: Dallas Clayton
Filled with whimsical illustrations and quirky characters, this book notes all the things in life to be grateful for. The list spans from simple joys – tree, trains, a nice breeze and rain –  to the extraordinary – skipping jungle cats and alligator acrobats.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: We have so many reasons to give thanks.

An Awesome Book of Thanks is a children's book that teaches values

2. GENEROSITY

THE GIVING TREE
BY: Shel Silverstein
A classic by Shel Silverstein, this tender story is that of a boy who learns a lesson about the gift of giving – but only after it’s too late.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Generosity should be appreciated and returned.

THE MINE-O-SAUR
BY: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
The Mine-O-Saur is always snatching up all the toys, grabbing all the snacks and hoarding all the blocks, yelling “mine, mine, mine!”  When will he learn the secret to making friends?
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Sharing is caring.

THE QUILTMAKER’S GIFT
BY: Jeff Brumbeau
The generous Quiltmaker spends all of her time making quilts only to give them away. When she’s approached by the greedy king to make him a quilt, she agrees, but only under certain conditions.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Giving is the true secret to happiness.

ONE HEN: HOW ONE SMALL LOAN MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE
BY
: Katie Smith Milway
This is the true story of a mother who gives a little money to her son, Kojo, after receiving a loan from some village families. With this tiny loan, Kojo buys a hen that grows to a large flock and then an entire farm.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Giving even a little can make a big difference.

A CHAIR FOR MY MOTHER
BY: Vera B. Williams
After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother save their coins in hopes of buying a comfortable chair that her hard-working mother deserves.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Generosity is important in hard times.

A Chair For My Mother is a children's book that teaches values

3. HONESTY 

THE EMPTY POT
BY: Demi
A Chinese emperor holds a contest where the child who grows the most beautiful flowers from his seeds will be his successor. On the final day, it appears many children have won the contest, but there is only one true winner.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Honesty is the best policy.

DAVID GETS IN TROUBLE
BY: David Shannon
David always has a good excuse ready whenever he gets in trouble for his mischievous antics. Slowly, David realizes that making excuses makes him feel bad, and saying he’s sorry makes him feel better.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: It’s better to own up to your mistakes.

EDWURD FUDWUPPER FIBBED BIG
BY: Berkeley Breathed
Fannie Fudwupper’s big brother, Edwurd, spends his time cooking up giant lies. But one day, Edwurd tells such a whopping lie that the army, the air force, and the dogcatcher are called to reverse the damage.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Stick with the truth.

SAM TELLS STORIES
BY: Thierry Robberecht
Sam is so eager to make friends at his new school that he tells them a story that isn’t true. But when the truth comes out, Sam realizes the difference between telling a story and spinning a tale.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Your true self is your best self.

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS AND THE TRUTH
BY: Stan and Jan Berenstain
When Brother and Sister Bear accidentally break Mama’s favorite lamp, their little lie about how it happened grows bigger and bigger. Thankfully, Papa Bear helps them find the words that set everything right again.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: You’ll always feel proud about telling the truth when the  time comes.

The Berenstain Bears and the Truth is a children's book that teaches values

4. KINDNESS

GOOD PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
By: Lynea Gillen
This colorful picture book contains endearing examples and vibrant illustrations of people doing good to inspire children to be grateful, caring, and kind. Be it the people that build houses, deliver babies, or take care of others, the message is that people are good.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Kindness is always appreciated.

HEY LITTLE ANT
BY: Phillip M. Hoose
This fun book explores life from an ant’s perspective, when an ant strikes up a conversation with the boy who’s about to step on him.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Kindness should extend to all living creatures.

EACH KINDNESS
BY: Jacqueline Woodson
New girl, Maya, comes to school and tries to befriend Chloe, but Chloe continually rejects Maya’s attempts at friendship. After Ms. Albert teaches a lesson about kindness, Chloe realizes she has been cruel to Maya. But Maya’s family has moved away, and Chloe is left feeling that she will never have a chance to show Maya kindness.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: You never know how far even a little bit of kindness can go.

A SICK DAY FOR AMOS MCGEE
BY: Philip C. Stead
Amos McGee, the zookeeper, makes sure to spend a little bit of time with each of his animal friends each day at the zoo. When Amos is too sick to go to work, his animal friends come to him to return the favor.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Be kind to others and they will be kind to you.

HAVE YOU FILLED A BUCKET TODAY?
BY: Carol McCloud
This award-winning book is based on a beautiful metaphor – that everyone has an invisible bucket that be either be filled or dipped into. Helping others and being kind feels the bucket, while the opposite empties it out.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Helping others and being kind brings happiness to yourself and others.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? is a children's book that teaches values

5. INDIVIDUALITY

A BAD CASE OF STRIPES
BY: David Shannon
Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she’s so worried that she refuses to eat her favorite food, lima beans, simply because the other kids don’t like them. But things change when she breaks out in a bad case of the stripes.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Being different is nothing to be ashamed of.

TACKY THE PENGUIN
BY: Helen Lester
Tacky is an odd bird and his friends make fun of him for it all the time. But when hunters come, his odd behavior saves the day.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Being different has its perks.

THE STORY OF FERDINAND
BY
: Munro Leaf
Ferdinand isn’t like all the other bulls. While they snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Always march to the beat of your own drum.

STEPHANIE’S PONYTAIL
BY: Robert Munsch
Stephanie’s friends, and even her teacher, start copying how she wears her ponytail. She moves it to the side, to the top of her head, even right in front of her face, but they still keep copying her. Until one day she outsmarts them all.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Strive for non-conformity.

ELMER
BY: David McKee
Elmer is the multi-colored elephant, while all the other elephants are grey. He’s different and not so sure he likes that. It takes some time for Elmer to accept who he is, but, when he does, he couldn’t be happier.
THE MORAL OF THE STORY: Self-acceptance takes time, but comes with a big reward.

Elmer is a children's book that teaches values

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CYP Contest Winners!

Published June 25, 2015 by Shadow Girl

Coffin Hop 2014 in T-12 days!

Published October 12, 2014 by Shadow Girl

Coffin Hop 2014 in T-12 days!.

Weird Wednesdays of Summer

Published July 9, 2014 by Shadow Girl

SHB’s Slaughter Summer 2014 is upon us!

Week 1 of Slaughter Summer

Over the next six weeks, they’ll be giving away three free eBooks, followed by the release of three brand new, (highly anticipated), SHB titles, all in the summer of 2014! This week’s promo runs until Sunday July 14th.

Rejected cover art - traumatizing to adult readers.

Rejected cover art – traumatizing to adult readers.

Keven Strange kicks off the event with his dystopian fantasy novelette THE HUMANS UNDER THE BED. It’s been described as “Monsters, Inc. meets Full Metal Jacket if directed by David Cronenberg.”

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500 years after monsters wiped out the human race, a quiet calm has settled over the population of nightmare creatures that go bump in the night. They work their monster jobs, raise their monster families, tend to their monster homes, and generally enjoy the peace and prosperity of life without their sworn enemies, the human scourge, that so blighted the land for so many centuries.
In fact, the only inhabitants of this new monster world that even still speak of human kind are the children who share hushed secret fairy tales about evil humans coming up from underneath their beds, pulling the little monsters to their deaths. But of course these are just stories. Of course all the awful humans are dead. Or are they?

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March 6th – World Book Day

Published March 6, 2014 by Shadow Girl

Info shared from the WBD website

What Is World Book Day?

World Book Day is a celebration!
It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

This is the 17th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 6th March 2014 children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. That’s why we will be sending schools (including those nurseries and secondary schools that have specially registered to participate), packs of Book Tokens and age-ranged World Book Day Resource Packs (age-ranged into Nursery/Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) full of ideas and activities, display material and more information about how to get involved in World Book Day.

What happens?
Thanks to the generosity of National Book Tokens Ltd, publishers and booksellers, we can send millions of book vouchers to children and young people (more than 14 million, in fact: that’s one for nearly every child aged under eighteen in the country).

Then…
They can take their voucher to a local bookseller and can use it to pick one of EIGHT (exclusive, new and completely free) books. Or, if they’d rather, they can use it to get £1 off any book or audio book costing over £2.99 at a participating bookshop or book club (terms and conditions apply).

How can you get involved?
Look out for the new downloadable resource packs coming soon and please visit our Resources section which is full of exciting and fun resources based on favourite books, brands, characters and authors.

It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.

Contact Us
If you’ve got any questions, problems, ideas or anything to share, whether it’s about your World Book Day book tokens, resources, display materials or anything else, the World Book Day Helpline is only a phonecall or an email (or even a fax) away. Please get in touch.

Email wbd@education.co.uk
Phone 01634 729810
Fax 01634 290175

Win a bundle of books!!

Published February 13, 2014 by Shadow Girl

I’m really excited – giddy even! Tee-hee!!
BeckisBookBlog is about to hit 10,000 views! 46 hits away!
That’s HUGE to a lil ole blogger like me! It makes me feel all squishy inside…

This is what 10,000 views feels like!

It calls for a celebration, doesn’t it? I think so!
You guys helped this blog about books reach these numbers, so we’re going to celebrate by giving away books!

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I don’t think I can sit here and pin point the exact 10,000th person to land here, so I’m going to ask a question. The first person to answer correctly in the comments will win a book bundle!
The bundles are being provided by Chris Robertson and Story Bundle. Anyone who doesn’t win the free bundle(s) can check it out here. $3.00 gets you the bundle, or $10.00 gets you all seven books, and you can choose how much of it goes to charity.

BENEFITS OF BUYING BUNDLES…
❤ Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these four awesome books. You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price beats $10, you get three bonus novels – Death Dreams Deluxe by Chris Robertson, The Charters Duology by Matthew Wayne Selznick (which is actually two books in one), and Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan!

❤ Zero DRM. There’s no DRM on any of SB’s books. None. Why? For one, they don’t believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, they don’t believe we should be treating their customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, there’s a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!

❤ Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. For this bundle they’re featuring both Girls Write Now and MightyWriters. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the “Learn More” link next the charities when you purchase.

❤ Easy delivery. It’s super convenient to get these ebooks onto your reader of choice—just download and sync. Better yet, if you have a Kindle or Kindle-enabled tablet or smartphone, they can send the books directly to your device. No computer required.

Check out previous bundles HERE.

NOW’S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN THIS BUNDLE

✰✰✰✰✰ Which five star book [that Chris Robertson is part of] did I review here on BBB? ✰✰✰✰✰

Eat Your Heart Out ❤ Horror Author Extravaganza

Published February 11, 2014 by Shadow Girl

You’ll recognize a few of the authors taking part in this event, I’ve reviewed some, chatted with others… But now’s your chance to meet these authors online❣ You can win prizes, and get some awesome books on sale. More authors, more zombies, post-apocalyptic, and spine-tingling tales all coming to your door Feb.14th❣

♡ These are the 30 authors in this extravaganza ♡

Rachel Aukes:100 Days in Deadland
A. Carina Barry: The Under-Circus and Other Tales
Owen Baillie: Aftermath (Invasion of the Dead, Book 1)
Jake Bible: Z-Burbia
Tonia Brown: Devouring Milo
Jason Christie: Zombie Killa
Joseph A. Coley: Six Feet From Hell: Crisis
Eli Constant: Dead Trees
Ricky Cooper: Designated Infected
Katie Cord: Stamps, Vamps, & Tramps
Craig DiLouie: The Retreat, Episode #1: Pandemic
Jackie Druga: Zombie Battle: Complete (5 books)
Dan Eagles: The Last Venture Capitalist
Kurt Fawver: Forever, In Pieces
Sarah Lyons Fleming: Until the End of the World
Rhiannon Frater: The Untold Tales Omnibus:
– Zombie Stories From the As The World Dies Universe (3 volumes)
Michael S Gardner: Downfall
Josh Hilden-The Shores of the Dead Book 1: The Rising
Michelle Kilmer: When the Dead & The Spread (2 books)
Eloise J. Knapp: Pulse
Sb Knight: Game of Straws, Game of Straws Origins,
– and Volume One of the Saga of Straws (trilogy)
Timothy Long: At the Behest of the Dead
Keith Milstead: Fish To Die For
Ripley Patton: Ghost Hold
Claire C. Riley-Odium: The Dead Saga
Damir Salkovic: The Black Ziggurat Double Feature
Randy Spears: Forget the Alamo: A Zombie Novella
Rachel Tsoumbakos: Emeline and the Mutants
Jack Wallen: I Zombie I
Darren Wearmouth: First Activation

The guest list is growing- additional authors are joining & extra books are being added, so keep checking back – you don’t want to miss out on any heart eating goodness❣
Ian Woodhead recently added all 6 of his Zombie books:
The Unwashed Dead
Walking with Zombies
Infected Bodies
Dead Veil
Dead Reaping
Human Filth
All discounted to 99¢
But, that’s not the best part! He’s releasing them as double-book packs, for the same price. You’ll be getting TWO books for 99c.

He’s throwing in free hugs, too ~ after all… it is Valentine’s Day❣

Ian

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