Disney Pixar UP: My Name is Dug Review and Giveaway

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Disney Pixar's movie UP was one of my favorite movies the year it came out.  I loved the whole story and Ellie reminded me a bit of my adventurous daughter - with the crazy red hair and all!  And what isn't to like about Dug, the silly dog who wants to help his master any way possible.  Dug reminds me of our dog as he is a tad goofy like him! So it was with some excitement to hear that Disney Pixar released a fun app called UP: My Name Is Dug.  The story was written by Kiki Thorpe and illustrated by Ronnie del Carmen.  I like that the illustrations are hand-drawn and you can see the similarity with the movie but it is done in such a way that you feel you are reading a real picture book that is not filled with too many distracting animations.  We start off with Dug sitting down looking at you wagging his tail and sticking his tongue out in eager anticipation of what iss to come.  And … [Read more...]

Promoting Literacy

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As parents, most of us have heard how important it is to encourage a love of reading and writing early in our children’s developmental process.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) defines literacy as the “ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and compute, using printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. (Source: www.unesco.org). The key to literacy is ones reading development that begins with comprehension of spoken words and the ability to decode written words.  There are several tips that Literacy Connections.com has provided to encourage parents to become active in establishing a love of reading and writing in their children. Start to read to your children at a very young age.  You don’t need to wait until your child is old enough to be read to.  Literacy Connections recommends this habit … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight with Be There Bedtime Stories

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  Last year I had to opportunity to meet and work with Alison Sansone, the creator and founder of Be There Bedtime Stories.  I absolutely love organizations that help to promote the love of reading and writing!  This is such a unique way to involve the entire family in storytelling.  Plus it makes  a wonderful online experience for families who might live long distances from each other.  Having a grandparent or military parent read a bedtime story to their grandchild or child and be able to keep it as keepsake is just wonderful.  Check out what Ms. Sansone has to say about why she started Be There Bedtime Stories.  Can you explain "webcam storytelling" and where the idea came from (so our audience can understand a little bit more about your business)? Be There Bedtime Stories is a website that combines a webcam with bedtime stories to deliver "Webtime Stories™". We position … [Read more...]