Max at Night & An Amazing Giveaway!

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Ed Vere who is the New York Times bestselling creator of Max the Brave has a new book Max at Night by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015.  If you loved the first Max book you will be thrilled to see this latest adventure in bedtime preparation.  Like most parents, you realize quickly that the nighttime routine although a very magical time for parent and child bonding can quickly become an advance course in patience.  This book compliments that struggle perfectly.  This book reminds me of Goodnight Moon and If You Give A Mouse a Cookie; in the sense that this book perfectly captures the best parts of both of those amazing stories.

Max is a darling black kitten who is extremely tired and up way past his bedtime.  He has completed his steps for bedtime, complete with saying goodnight to his fish, box, spider, moon…but wait…Max cannot see the moon.  This dear readers is where the adventure begins.  Max’s search for the moon begins and leads him through the city on his quest to see the moon and say goodnight.  It is quite the journey for such a small kitten.

What we love the most about this book is that the moon talks to Max, we had an amazing conversations about how fun that would be for the moon to tell us goodnight each night and to sleep well.  We also love that Max never gives up, not even when he is tired, not even when he has to travel very far – never once does he give up.

If you love this book and Max then you will want to be sure to download this activity packet to enrich your reading experience.

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Check out this amazing GIVEAWAY!!  You can enter for a chance to win an original sketch from Ed Vere and a copy of Max at Night!!! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let’s go on a Journey Together

Journey by Aaron BeckerJourney, a 2014 Caldecott Medal Honor book written and illustrated by Aaron Becker is stunning from the first to the last page.  This is a wordless story which allows for your petites’ imagination to soar.  A sweet little one is armed with a red crayon and in using her imagination she goes on, you guessed it, a remarkable journey to far away places.  The illustrations are just amazing.  With her crayon she escapes her boredom and travels to far off places and having some quite extraordinary adventures.

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This book provides the opportunity to talk about making predictions and problem solving.  What’s not to love?  For children to be able to make predictions and identify problems and possible solutions are fabulous talking points to prep little ones for critical thinking and school.  Really fostering the use of imagination is such an amazing skill that I think is all too taken for granted; but when you have a book like this it is such an amazing platform.  All you need to do is get this book and embark on your own journey.

I thought some cute activities would be to have your petite use this as a platform to talk about or draw about the journeys that they might like to go on.  I love using stories like to this have kids think about things that they would like to do and places they would like to go.  After all, it never hurts to dream a little now does it?

Happy Reading,

Erin