Children’s Book Week – Storytelling

Henry Impatient Heron_COVER 2Today, we are featuring Henry the Impatient Heron. Henry is a young heron and he just cannot stand still. When he flies away from his family for the first time he tries and tries to stay still, but he has no luck and can’t catch anything to eat. It is only after meeting “the king of camouflage” and taking his wise advice that Henry is able to stand still, and finally he catches his dinner.

Have you had to overcome an obstacle like Henry? How did you do it?

Teachers, here is a great activity for English class and you can win a prize!

Write a short paragraph using the questions above to tell us your story. The top three will win a copy of Henry the Impatient Heron. Send your submissions to PR (@)

Get into the fun by reading Henry the Impatient Heron this week only for free!

Poetry Month Contest!!

AnimalPartners_187It’s poetry month. How are you celebrating…with a haiku, maybe learning a little iambic pentameter or free verse is fun too! Whatever your preference, we love the art of creating poetry.

That is why this month we are previewing the fall title Animal Partners. Who would have thought that learning about symbiotic relationships in the animal kingdom would be this fun?


Disastrous Dinner Party

The birds arrived by threes and fours,
promised an eating spree.
The plates and cups were all in place;
the food was fresh and free.
The hostess, in her feathered gown,
was pouring the plankton tea,
when all at once the dining table
sank beneath the sea!

Scotti Cohn highlighted some of the world’s most unique partnerships that occur in nature throughout this 32 page picture book, and just wait until you see how POETRY-200x200Shennen Bersani interpreted the verse! The book won’t hit shelves until September, but you can have your own fun with poetry this month.

Make up your own poem about an animal relationship and post it in the comments. We will choose a winner and they will receive and advance copy of Animal Partners!!

Learn more about Animal Partners and our other upcoming fall books here.

Facebook Contest…Enter to Win!

Don’t pass this up guys! It’s easy and fun, and you could win your own personal elibrary. Starting now through December 31, check out our facebook page and post on our wall.  All you have to do is write your favorite thing about reading or the holidays.  And hey, you could “Like” us while you’re at it!

For example my favorite thing about Christmas is the hot Russian tea at my hometown tree farm, and the smell of my favorite Christmas tree candle. 

If you are in the holiday spirit to share your favorite thing about the holidays, or your favorite thing about reading, do it now while you still have a chance to win! We will be giving out 5 free personal elibraries between now and the end of December.

With one click, these eBooks read aloud to the children and page-flip from the beginning of a story to the end. Put a child in front of this eLibrary, and they will “play” for hours on end reading and listening to wonderful, award-winning picture books. We encourage parents to take this excitement and discuss the “For Creative Minds” section at the end of each ebook with their child. Each book homepage also has 40-60 pages of cross-curricular Teaching Activities plus 3 Interactive Reading Comprehension and Math Quizzes.

And since I’m in such a holiday spirit, I can’t help but share the recipe to the best hot winter drink EVER!

  • 1 cup of instant tea
  • 2 cups of tang
  • 1 tsp of cloves
  • 1 package of Wylers lemonade mix
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar (or less depending on taste)

Directions: Mix all of this together and keep it in a tightly sealed jar. Use 2 heaping teaspoons for one cup of tea.

And Wha Lah! There you have it…the best winter drink of all time!

Contest-Create Your Own Book Trailer!

Looking for a fun project for your students which encourages reading and develops technology skills? Then this contest is for you! Create a cool book trailer and win a free author visit, a 1-year Sylvan Dell eBook site license ($450 value), and autographed books!

To enter, make a one-minute or less book trailer for one of these picture books – What’s New at the Zoo? or What’s the Difference? (Students, teachers, or librarians can make a book trailer for submission.)  The winning trailer for each book will win a free author visit (in-person if the school is within a one-hour drive of Libertyville, IL, or a live Skype virtual visit),  a 1-year Sylvan Dell eBook site license ($450 value), and 10 free autographed books by the author! Now that’s cool!!

Book Trailer Guidelines:

1.   Email the author (Suzanne Slade at and tell her which book you want to use in your trailer. She’ll email you the book cover and illustrations to use in your video.

2.  Make the video!  Use any video making software you like such as iMovie or Animoto. The book trailer should be one minute or less. It must include the book title, author name, and cover of the book.  Movie text should be short and relevant to the story. (Hint: Don’t read the whole book in the video.)  Music must be something you have the copyright to use, or music and/or sound effects provided by your video software for users.  Remember, the best trailers are lots of fun and make viewers want to read the book!

3.  Once your video is complete, download it to YouTube.

4.  To submit you book trailer in the contest, email the following to by Nov. 23, 2011:

link to YouTube video of your book trailer, your school name, school address, adult contact name and email address.

5.  Contest winners will be announced by Dec. 1, 2011.  Good luck!!

6.  Links to winning book trailer videos will be featured on the Sylvan Dell Publishing website and author website.