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Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on March 1, 2013 at 1:50 am

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my varied choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

No Boys Allowed by Marilyn Levinson featured on mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me

No Boys Allowed by Marilyn Levinson

Other Books I Have Reviewed

Wolf Facts and Pictures by P.K.Miller

Adventures of Percy the Pig by Tori Gilbert

Adventures of Frosty (The Strange Thing) by Waide Marshall

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on February 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my website. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

Big and  Little featured on Carte Blanche by Amelia Curzon

The Tales of Big and Little: Doom of the Three Stones by Josh Kilen

Other books reviewed

Raindrop’s World by Carl Pettit

My T-Rex Has a Toothache by Elwyn Tate

Sock Full of Pennies by Danny Dean

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on February 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my blog. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

Wise Bear William – A New Beginning written by Arthur Wooten and Illustrated by Bud Santora

Wise Bear William featured on mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me

Other Books Reviewed

Warriors Book1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Magic Molly Book 1: Mirror Maze by Trevor Forest

I Love My ABCs by Mary Lee

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 31, 2013 at 8:29 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my blog. Please drop by and see them. As ever, I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor  where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week

The Issy Books by Pat “Gigi” Calfee – Illustrated by Isybilla Gee

Other books reviewed

Kiwi in Cat City by Vickie Johnstone

Switch by Karen Prince

A Tale of Four Birds by Gramps Doodlebug

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 24, 2013 at 6:50 pm

This week’s children’s book reviews are up over on my blog. Please drop by and see them. I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

"What if I Don't Understand" - Children's Book of the week on Carte Blanche by Amelia CurzonChildren’s Book of the Week: But What If I DON’T Understand? By C. P. Siebenhuener

Other books reviewed:

Patchwork Dog and Calico Cat by Greta Burroughs

Kevin and the Seven Lions by Martin Tiller

Song for Papa Crow by Marit Menzin

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Welcome to another week of children’s book reviews. I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them, and, of course, my choice for Book of the Week. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at http://mungaiandthegoaconstrictor.me/ where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

A Blue Poetry Paintbox book cover featured on Carte Blanche by Amelia CurzonChildren’s Book of the Week: A Blue Poetry Paintbox chosen by John Foster

Other books reviewed:

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

A Wolf Pup’s Tale by Rachel Yu

The Rat Who Didn’t Like Rats by Blythe Ayne

Children’s Book of the Week and Other Book Reviews

In Children's Book of the Week, Children's Book Reviews on January 9, 2013 at 12:49 am

Welcome to this week’s children’s book reviews.  I hope you enjoy my choice of books and the reviews of them. Don’t forget to scroll down the page at Mungai and the Goa Constrictor where you can read the full reviews of all the books.

Children’s Book of the Week: Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 5*****

Other Book Reviews:

Fing – A Modern Fairy Tale by Papa G   5*****

I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara   4****

The Adventures of Loafy Lion and Friends by Richard Bullivant   4****

Guest Post: Take Aim and Target Your Children’s Writing by Valerie Allen

In Guest Blogger, writing on November 25, 2012 at 12:01 am

As a children’s author myself, I am particularly pleased to welcome this week’s Guest Blogger, Valerie Allen. Valerie, who also presents workshops on the same subject, shares her philosophies on targeting specific audiences, and what to take into account when doing so. Welcome, Valerie, and thank you for being my guest.

To successfully reach their target audience, children’s writers must keep in mind four basic considerations: the child’s age, grade, reading level, and interests.

Age Level                                                                                                                             Most children enjoy reading about characters who are a few years older than they are. Children want to reach beyond their peers and experience possible future events in the here and now as they read. Most children’s books are written within an age range, for example, 6 to 9 years or 10 to 12 years.

Grade Level                                                                                                                       Grade level is usually an indication of a child’s reading skills, such as phonics, sight words, and comprehension. Books do not have to be written at an exact grade level, but within a grade range, such as preschool through Kindergarten, or sixth through eighth grade. Most computers can easily provide the reading level by grade. This is often written as 3.2 meaning third grade second month or 7.9, which means seventh grade ninth month. Keep in mind grade levels are based on the school year with September as the first month. A reading level of 4.5 would indicate the youngster is in January of the fourth grade.

Reading Level
A child’s reading level is not always the same as his or her grade level. Reading is based on comprehension as well as word attack skills.

There are 250 basic sight words, which make up approximately 70% of all reading. Most children have mastered these words by the end of third grade. Basic sight words are typically one, two, or three-letter words. An informal way to check your sight words is to highlight all of the little words on a given page of writing.
                                                                                                                                            Interests
Books based on hobbies and interests are varied and must be written within the youngster’s age, grade, and reading level. Vocabulary is critical in these books and the author often includes an index of terms and definitions, with or without diagrams. Both fiction and nonfiction can be used to engage youngsters in reading about their hobby or interest. Using the solar system as an example, you can write a book that:

1.  Describes the solar system and encourages learning and understanding
2. Provides facts, greatest moments, or important figures in space exploration
3.  Tells a story involving a child who wants to walk on the moon.

As adults we can make an instant connection with others when we mention Dick and Jane, Nancy Drew, or The Hardy Boys. Today’s young readers will connect with Hop on Pop, Harry Potter, and Pippy Longstocking. Helping children read for pleasure and information is the primary goal for an author of a children’s book. Creating those enjoyable memories that last a life time is the reward of writing for children.

Valerie Allen, psychologist, author, and speaker writes fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. Her two books for children in grades three to five are, Summer School for Smarties and Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends. She presents writing workshops for authors based on her book,Write, Publish, Sell! Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged.

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Write, Publish, Sell! by Valerie Allen - Book cover
 

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