March Book Roundup with Reader Giveaway

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If your kids need a few new books to read this spring, here are a few of our recommendations for March:

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#1 – Bully Bean By Thomas Weck, Peter Weck, Illustrated by Len DiSalvo, $15.95

Bully Bean is the fifth book in the Lima Bean Bear story series. Authors Thomas Weck and Peter Weck have created a very effective and valuable way to open a dialog on issues of bullying in a way young kids can understand – how to turn a bully into a friend. It is a delightfully written and colorfully illustrated children’s book designed to facilitate a constructive family dialog on the difficult and sensitive topic of bullying. Extend the Learning and Activity sections reinforce this theme and enhance the dialog in the family and the classroom.

In the kingdom of Beandom, Bully Bean is feared. He plays mean tricks, makes fun of other beans, and puts them in danger. Lima Bear, the only bean with green fur who is always helping others, seems to be Bully Bean’s favorite bean to pick on. But what happens when Bully Bean is in danger? Will Lima Bear and his friends run away, or will they rescue him? Bully Bean expects the worst, but Lima Bear knows that treating others with kindness is the right thing to do, even though Bully Bean has bullied him for a long time. Lima Bear soon returns with a large group of friends to help rescue Bully Bean, who learns to use his large size to help with tasks in the Kingdom rather than be hurtful.

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#2 – Words to Dream On By Diane Stortz, Illustrated by Diane Le Feyerm  $14.99

Do you read bedtime stories with your little ones? This tradition has been an important part of families’ good-night routines for generations because stories bring us close, create memories, and help us communicate. What better way to spend the last few minutes of the day than snuggled up with a book that pours God’s love into children’s hearts? Children and parents alike will delight in the engaging and beautiful stories and illustrations found in Words to Dream On by Diane Stortz, a new release from Tommy Nelson.

A combination Bible storybook and book of prayers, Words to Dream On is the perfect bedtime storybook for young children, with a “once upon a time” voice that is also true to God’s Word. More than 50 stories from the Old and New Testaments create an overview of the entire story arc of the Bible. Stories are selected and retold for young children with a focus on God’s love, care, protection, trustworthiness and power. Each story includes an engaging title, a Bedtime Blessing (a short summary thought), Words to Dream On (a brief Bible verse), and a Sleepy-Time Prayer (a good-night prayer tied to the theme of the story). The book also includes a short letter to parents that includes ideas for establishing a good bedtime routine with young children and tips for reading aloud to children at bedtime.

For more information, visit www.tommynelson.com.

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#3 – Picture of Grace By Josh Armstrong, Illustrated by Taylor Bills – $18.99

In Picture of Grace, six-year-old Grace aspires to be an artist like her grandfather Walt, who is under pressure from the greedy gallery owner Delilah Kain to finish his latest masterpiece. When tragedy strikes, Grace learns about art as an expression of love and grief.

The idea for Picture of Grace first came to Josh several years ago when he became interested in art therapy, and eventually came to fruition when illustrator Taylor Bills came on board in 2012. “I’m thankful to have the opportunity to share Picture of Grace,” says the first-time author. “I hope each reader finds something to enjoy in the book. But most of all, I hope Picture of Grace helps children who are facing a challenge similar to Grace’s — that it inspires to them to remember, honor and stand up for those they love.”

For more about Picture of Grace, please visit: http://josharmstrong.com/picture-of-grace.

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#4 – Zoology for Kids: Understanding and Working with Animals, with 21 Activities By Josh Hestermann and Bethanie Hestermann, $18.95

Written for readers ages 11 +, Zoology for Kids is a comprehensive guide that helps budding naturalists and animal lovers understand and prepare for a career in animal biology. Peer reviewed by subject experts, Zoology for Kids combines the concepts of zoology with real-life applications, unlike most other books on the topic that accomplish just one or the other. Written by a Zoologist and his wife, Josh and Bethanie Hestermann have connections in every corner of the zoo industry; the book is endorsed by and includes a foreword from the Kratt Brothers! It has received rave reviews so far, including:

“Plenty here to engage hands-on experimenters as well as readers indulging a general interest in living things or wondering what it would be like to be a zookeeper, veterinarian, wildlife researcher, or even “conservation warrior.”—Booklist

“A comprehensive introduction to zoology, a description of potential careers and suggestions for hands-on activities for learning or practicing. This useful title [is] a convincing invitation to the wide world of working with animals.” –Kirkus Reviews

“An accessible introduction to zoology, filled with vivid photographs and written in lively, enthusiastic prose. The Hestermanns strike an effective balance between educational material and fun that should hit a sweet spot for animal lovers.”—Publishers Weekly

Zoology for Kids provides the latest research that busts common myths (for instance, bears don’t “hibernate” and chameleons actually change color to reflect their moods), while offering insider knowledge and career advice, plus profiles of real zoologists. We believe teachers, parents, and kids alike will spend time re-reading the book, admiring the carefully curated images and illustrations, and gathering supplies for the 21 interactive activities.

Please visit zoologyforkids.org to find out more about the authors and the book

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own copies of Bully Bean and Words to Dream OnTo enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/14/15. Good luck!
 

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Little Passports and Melissa and Doug Spring Sweepstakes

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Spring is here and Little Passports has teamed up with Melissa and Doug to bring us a Spectacular Spring Sweepstakes! Enter The Little Passports and Melissa and Doug Spring Sweepstakes for a chance to be the lucky winner who receive the Grand Prize Package worth $400 USD. It includes:

    • A 12-Month Little Passports subscription
    • World Coin Collection from Little Passports
    • Melissa & Doug prize pack: Sunny Patch Tent, two Personalized Sleeping Bags, four On The Go Activity Pads, a Pinball Arcade Battery-Free Game, and two Beeposh Plush Razzle Raccoon toys!

The contest ends on March 31st, so be sure to enter today!

Must be 18 years of age; Valid to residents of US to Canada (excluding Quebec and Puerto Rico/US Territories). See complete rules on entry form.

 

 

Celebrate National Crayon Day with THE HERO OF COLOR CITY

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The Hero of Color City
Did you know that March 31st is National Crayon Day? What better way to celebrate this holiday than with a fun movie for kids that teaches valuable life lessons with heroes who are – you guessed it – CRAYONS?!?!

About The Hero of Color City:

Each night, when Ben falls asleep, his Crayons’ magical Crayon Box transports them to Color City, a world of dazzling hues, soaring fantasy and the whimsy of childhood.

When timid Yellow is accidentally left behind in Ben’s room, she inadvertently awakens two Unfinished Drawings: King Scrawl, a huge, mute monster, and Gnat, Scrawl’s overactive sidekick. They follow Yellow to Color City and claim the enchanted Rainbow Waterfall and all of it’s color for themselves. Soon Color City will fade and our lovable crayon characters will disappear.

It’s up to Yellow and her pals, Blue, Green, Red, and the twins, Black and White, to save the day. Meeting with fantastical creatures and fun adventures along the way, Yellow discovers she has more courage and strength than she knew and learns to believe in herself and to count on the support of her friends.

Replete with valuable life lessons, this enchanting story will entertain and inspire in a stunningly rendered and utterly unique animated world.

 

Your kids can have some fun with their own crayons when you print out this free The Hero of Color City printable coloring book.
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Reader Giveaway: One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own copy of The Hero of Color City. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 4/2/15. Good luck!

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FREE Easter SCOOT Problem Solving Set

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Are your kids fans of SCOOT? If so they will love this version! This FREE Easter-inspired Scoot Problem Solving version will help them practice their addition and subtraction problem solving skills. (The set includes skills for sums and differences to 20. Several of the addition problems contain 3 addends.)

All odd numbered cards have a subtraction story problem and all even numbered cards have an addition story problem. This includes 30 task cards, a recording sheet, and an answer sheet.

Use them as a whole group SCOOT game OR in your math centers.

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Cinderella Printable Activity Sheets

Cinderella Printable Activity Sheets

Disney’s CINDERELLA is now in theaters everywhere. If you haven’t yet seen it, you will WANT to! It’s a beautiful movie for children and for adults. For some Cinderella fun at home we have a set of Cinderella Printable Activity Sheets with games, crafts, puzzles, colorings sheets and more.
 

Cinderella Printable Activity Sheets

 
Cinderella Clock Craft
Cinderella Glass Slipper Dot to Dot
Cinderella Maze
Cinderella Memory Cards
Cinderella Spot the Difference Game
Cinderella Word Search

Visit the official CINDERELLA Website: http://disney.com/Cinderella 

Like CINDERELLA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cinderella 

Follow CINDERELLA on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CinderellaMovie 

Follow CINDERELLA on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/DisneyCinderella  

Follow CINDERELLA on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/cinderella 

Follow CINDERELLA on Google +: https://plus.google.com/+disneycinderella

 

CINDERELLA is now in theaters everywhere!

 

Free Printable Minecraft Themed Chore Charts

Minecraft Themed Chore Charts

Need a fun way to encourage your kids to complete their chores? This Minecraft themed chore chart will be sure to get your little ones excited about helping out around the house! Keep track of chores with Minecraft characters on three different Minecraft themed chore charts. Each chart includes 10 days of chores and a reward spot!

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FREE Printable St. Patrick’s Day Activity Book

FREE Printable St. Patrick's Day Activity Book

We have a FUN last minute goodie for St. Patrick’s day! It’s a FREE Printable St. Patrick’s Day Activity Book. The book comes with 8 different activities like a word find, matching game, Shamrock tic tac toe, and more. For an extra leprechauney (that’s a word, right?) print out the book on light green copy paper.

Grab each of these pages and then attach at the seems to form a book. You can glue the blank pages together, or leave them blank for room for your little ones to draw their own pots of gold, leprechauns, shamrocks and other St. Patrick’s day favorites.

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Printable St. Patrick's Day Printable Activity Book
 

Find more St. Patrick’s Day fun here!

A Night at the Museum Printable Activity Sheets + Secret of the Tomb Giveaway

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A Night at the Museum Printable Activity Sheets

There is something EXTRA special with the latest in this series coming to DVD and Blu-ray. When you purchase NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB (available on Blu-ray™ and DVD March 10) you’ll also get a bonus Digital HD movie: your choice of either Night at the Museum or Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. That’s a great bonus!!

If it’s laughter you’re after, get ready for the most hilarious night ever! Ben Stiller leads an all-star comedy cast, including Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Rebel Wilson and Ricky Gervais, for one final, fun-filled Night at the Museum. This time, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends embark on their greatest adventure yet as they travel to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life!

The Blu-ray™ comes with tons of special features that will have the whole family laughing! You can check out how Stiller got into character for his alter ego Laaa, get a behind the scenes look at The British Museum and learn how the film’s iconic fight scene inside an M.C. Escher painting came to light.

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Want some more fun with your favorite characters? We have these awesome A Night at the Museum Printable Activity Sheets!

A Night at the Museum Bookmarks

Tic Tac Tomb Game

A Night at the Museum Crossword Puzzle

Dexter Coloring Sheet

A Night at the Museum Word Search

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Jinxy Kids reader will win their own Blu-ray DVD Combo copy of NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 3/30/15. Good luck!

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School Fundraising with Little Passports

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Tired of the same old fundraisers at your child’s school? If you’re in charge of planning this year, Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that both kids and parents love.

Here’s how it works: your school’s community shops at Little Passports and they will donate 15% back to your school. It is that easy! They do all the work from processing orders directly on their site to providing you with flyers and sample promotional language to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from April 1st – April 8th 2015 and the deadline to sign-up is March 25th 2015 so check it out today!

Disney Sofia The First Royal Prep Academy Doll Gift Pack only $29.12 (Reg. $39.99)

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Calling all Sofia the First fans!  Right now on Amazon we can score a nice deal on the Disney Sofia The First Royal Prep Academy Doll Gift Pack.  While it normally sells for $39.99, we can grab one for only $29.12 today for a savings of 29%.  Considering this is just $1.15 more than the all-time lowest price on this toy, I think this is a REALLY good deal and it would be great for a birthday gift for a Sofia the First fan!

  • Princess Sofia doll can “ride” her flying horse, Minimus, with pink flappable wings
  • Includes 14 dolls and figures, including Princess Sofia, 7 friends, the 3 fairy headmistresses and 3 animal friends!
  • Beloved animal friends Crackle the Dragon and Clover the Rabbit are also included
  • Articulation at the waist allows these adorable figures to both sit and stand
  • For more complete play, dolls unlock phrases in the Magical Talking Castle (sold separately)

Buy the Disney Sofia the First Royal Prep Academy Doll Gift Pack now!

 
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