Showing posts from August, 2015

Kids: Think Safety at School

Fall is just around the corner, and that means summer fun takes a backseat to school. Come on now! No groaning. School can be fun, but it is entirely up to you to make that happen. So why not plan on this being the best year ever? And, while you are thinking about how about planning for your safety at school? 
I know, I know. Mom and Dad check out the school to make sure the school has a plan to keep you safe. But what about on the way to and from school? Or, on the playground? Or, in the bathrooms? Do you know how to keep yourself safe? If not, here are a few ideas you might consider.
Bus Safety:Stand back from the curb while waiting.Do not step off the curb until the bus comes to a full stop.Look to the right and left before you step toward the bus. Last year, a car nearly missed several kids because it was passing the bus on the wrong side. Always look before you leave the safety of the curb or the driveway.When getting off the bus, always look to your right before stepping off to …

Kids: Another Great Book by Kelly Hashway-FISH DETECTIVES

Aquariums seem to be more popular than ever. Businesses use them to brighten their lobbies. Doctor's offices set them up to calm their patients. And, schools install them for life exhibits and science projects. And why not? Watching various types of fish in a semi-natural habitat can be mesmerizing. But have you ever wondered what the fish were thinking as they swim around their little homes filled with treasure chests, divers, pink castles, and bubbling clams? Do they wonder where it all came from?
Well, in Kelly Hashway's latest picture book, Fish Detectives, two goldfish are tasked with solving the mystery of the treasure chest.  
Gus, a black goldfish, tells Alexander and Horatio that there's a "treasure chest" at the end of the tank and no one knows where it came from. Anxious to prove their worth as detectives they take on the job. They discover the chest, but there is a creature hovering over it. "Is it a fish or a human?" asks Horatio, and their…



Kiki and Jacques
Author: Susan Ross

Pages: 128. Reading Level: Middle Grade
Release Date: October 15th, 2015. Publisher:Holiday House

A local boy and a refugee girl from Somalia overcome cultural challenges in a small Maine town. 
Twelve-year-old Jacques meets Kiki, a Somali girl with a mysterious scar. Jacques expects to be captain of the soccer team, by Kiki’s brother, Mohamed, becomes his new rival. Kiki is also a talented player and wishes her family would let her join the girls team. A dangerous older boy implicated Jacques in a blot to rob the Army Navy Store, but Mohamed is mistakenly arrested. The boys on the soccer team shun Mohamed, and Jacques must decide if he will step forward.

Add to Goodreads. Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble
Praise for Kiki and Jacques“Jacques and Kiki are intriguing chracters, strong and empathetic. Despite problems of culture, they find their way to friendship in a story that is beautifully crafted. A stunning debut novel.”

Kids: Wear Those Helmets!

It's almost time for school to start again, and that means it is sports time again. All year long teams will be forming, kids will be playing, and injuries will be occurring. So, let's just state it now. ALWAYS WEAR YOUR HELMET!  I know, I know, your coach insists on your wearing a helmet. But we all know that you would rather not, and that sometimes you forget to cover that lovely brain of yours with protection. After all, even King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table wore helmets, so why doesn't every kid wear them for every sort of sport?
Now, I am not such a worry wart that I would insist on helmets for everything, but then again . . . . Okay, so you want to know why I insist that you wear a helmet. The reason is simple, according to the U.S. Consumer Product safety Commission, traumatic brain injuries are the leading cause of sports related deaths, and 21 percent of those occur in kids.
A traumatic brain injury can happen when you get hit in the head. The blow ca…
Announcing a brand new picture book by fellow author, Kelly Hashway. "Pepe' Maurice Pierre, Poodle Extraordinaire" is the story of a poodle who does not want to be an "ordinary" poodle. He doesn't want to look like one, and he doesn't want to act like one.  But when Meg, his owner, enters him in a contest, what's a poodle to do? Why, have fun of course!
Follow the antics of this rambunctious poodle as he skips out of the contest with two new friends on an adventure that could lead him into trouble. Will he make it back to the contest in time, or will he disappoint Meg? That's for you to find out.
Beautifully written by Kelly Hashway and illustrated by the award winning illustrator, Jack Foster, this book is sure to be a keeper on the kids' reading shelf. It is now available on Amazon. You can also check out all of Kelly's other books--picture books, Middle Grade books, and Young Adult books at her website