Friday, February 14, 2014

Word of the Week: Two Guinea Pigs teach us about SYNERGY



Word of the Week  for Feb. 17, 2014

Our guests for this week's Word of the Week video are the adorable guinea pigs, HoneyBun & Wheekers. Be sure not to miss the video below - they show us what synergy is all about. 

You may listen to the live official WOW announcement broadcast each Monday at 7:20AM on WEEU 830AM from "The voice of Berks County and Beyond." 

Links to broadcasts may be found on the Muhlenberg School District website. Click here to go there


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Are you ready for the free printables? Visit Kid Lit Printables to find these free printables:




Now tell us, how will you use the word SYNERGY this week? Have you seen it used anywhere? Is your school using these words? What fun activities do you have for the word? I want to know and so do my friends - please share your creations and let us know if you are using our printables - that makes us happy!  

If you and/or your family completes an activity, we would love to see a picture of it, or hear all about it. You may do this in the comments below; on our Facebook page; on Twitter (use the hashtag #kidlitwow); pinterest; Google+ - truly, anywhere you want to tell the world with gusto!



Two guinea pigs show us SYNERGY in our WOW #video.” (Click to Tweet:)

Don't forget, we also need a few more guests for the remainder of the school year!

As always, thank you for reading and sharing,

Happy Valentine's Day 2014!

Stanley and I decided to work on our acting skills, yesterday. The video below is the result of our hard work. How did we do? 



We hope your day is paw-riffic! 


Thank you for reading and sharing,


Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)

 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

International Book Giving Day 2014

Celebrate International Book Giving Day on February 14th!
It is that time again! 

Friday is International Book Giving Day and we are excited to participate, for the second year in a row. We will be delivering some of our books (and some other needed supplies) to local homeless shelter. Last year we dropped books off at a few local medical offices for their waiting room.

Will you be participating? 

Did you know that in the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty, do not own books? How can this be? 

International Book Giving Day encourages you to give, leave or donate a book to a child and they have a website with creative ideas on how to participate. 



Thank you for reading and sharing,


Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)


My Friend Suhana Book Blast - $25 Gift Card Giveaway


About the Book

Title: My Friend Suhana: A Story of Friendship and Cerebral Palsy
Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah
Publication Date: December 16, 2013 
Publisher: Loving Healing Press 
Pages: 17 
Recommended Ages: 3+ 
Summary: A simple tale of love and friendship to warm your heart. Award-winning author and designer Shaila Abdullah teams up with her 10-year-old daughter Aanyah to bring you this heartwarming tale of a little girl who forms a close bond with a child with cerebral palsy.    

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“Children with cerebral palsy, like Suhana, the special 7-year-old child in this book, might never take a first step, say their first words or even do the same things other kids can do. But, they can understand kindness, love and true friendship. This is a story about two young 7-year-old girls whose friendship will span a lifetime and whose love will never die … There are so many themes that are brought to light in this wonderfully illustrated book. Friendship, understanding, love, kindness and trust…This mother and daughter have presented a well written, special, colorfully illustrated book that is definitely a must read for children in the lower grades, read aloud in every classroom, hospital groups, book store book signings and even at centers with children who have CP who can learn that they can do anything––all they need to do is try.” ~ Fran Lewis, former Reading and Writing Staff Developer at NYC Public Schools
“Promoting friendship, respect, and support, this children’s book aides in teaching others that art can help overcome and accept the differences of physical characteristics in others. It shows the bond that a mother and daughter share caring and loving those who have physical or mental disabilities as they convey how to be a true friend.” ~ Conny Crisalli, Book Pleasures
“This heartfelt story shares what it would be like to have a friend with cerebral palsy. Parents, teachers and young readers will appreciate the stories purpose and enjoy the colorful illustrations depicting the moods of Suhana and the love and caring she receives from her friend…Both authors have done an excellent job of educating us on how to be role models by opening our minds and hearts to the possibilities.” ~ Kristi’s Book Nook
“My Friend Suhana, for which Kindle and ePub editions are also available, was inspired by the experiences of the authors. While helping her mother with a special needs class at a local community center, a seven year old girl befriends another seven year old girl named Suhana who has cerebral palsy. It is a simple tale of love and friendship that will warm everyone’s heart.” ~ Wayne Walker, Home School Book Reviews
“My Friend Suhana is a delightful read for a children’s book. Very well illustrated with respect, friendship, and advocacy all in mind at the same time.” ~ Dawn Cruzan, President, Camp Craig Allen for all abilities
“This is the story of a seven-year-old’s first attempt at unconditional love. Tough but tender, inspirational yet utterly real, this is a small gem of a tale. Highly recommended for anyone in the position of mentoring a beloved child through the hard places of life.” ~ Paula Huston, author of A Season of Mystery and A Land Without Sin

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About the Authors: Shaila Abdullah & Aanyah Abdullah

Shaila & Aanyah AbdullahShaila Abdullah is an author and designer based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of two award-winning books: Saffron Dreams and Beyond the Cayenne Wall. The author has received several awards for her work including the Golden Quill Award, Norumbega Jury Prize for Outstanding Fiction, Patras Bukhari Award for English Language, Reader Views Award, Written Art Award, and a grant from Hobson Foundation. My Friend Suhana is Shaila’s first children’s book. In her free time, Shaila loves to run around with her children–Aanyah and Aaliyana. Aanyah Abdullah is a creative and compassionate 10-year-old, who is drawn to children born with physical and mental disabilities. When she was in second grade, Aanyah along with her mother Shaila, started volunteering out at a local community center where they helped assist special needs children. Later Aanyah wrote an essay about her friendship with a girl in the class who had cerebral palsy. That essay is the inspiration behind My Friend Suhana. Aanyah dreams of establishing a special school for children with disabilities one day. She is known to always stand up for what is right and is-–in her parents’ and teachers’ eyes––a perfect role model for her baby sister.

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* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *

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Thank you for reading and sharing,


Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)