Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Put Me in the Story Offers Hardcover Books at $10 Discount

Put me in the Story, which specializes in creating personalized books for children, now has an irresistible offer for book lovers—a $10 discount on its best-selling hardcover books.

300x250 ; 3/22 But this offer won't be around for long. You have to grab your books between March 23 and March 27, 2017, to get your $10 off.

Here are just a few titles you can get for $10 off, provided you buy them before March 27. You only have to input the bonus code MARCH while making your purchase.


·         Dream Big, Princess: Belle's Special Edition
·         An Easter Surprise
·         Meet the Justice League
·         Bedtime Blessings
·         Disney's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Whose Birthday is it?
·         The Night Night Book
·         Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses

About Put Me in the Story

Put Me in The Story was created by people who knew about the power of personalization. One of the most powerful ways to get a child to love books is by personalizing the books he/she reads. The team behind Put Me in the Story actually involves you in the creation of the book you want to gift to your child. Lucky children who receive personalized gifts tend to cherish them forever, even after they outgrow them.

The personalized picture storybooks created by Put Met in the Story might have your child telling the story. Or they may have your child's name woven into the text and illustrations. Some of them encourage you to play finding games with your child.

The personalized books created by the Put Me in the Story team have the following advantages. They serve to:

ü  Empower children
ü  Teach them to read
ü  Boost their self-confidence
ü  Help them create connections

Monday, 20 March 2017

Goodnight, Numbers: A Bedtime Tale about Numbers – Book Review

Danica McKellar’s “Goodnight, Numbers” is not just another children’s picture book written by a celebrity. McKellar is not just a celebrity; she is also a mother and a mathematician who knows exactly how to introduce the complex world of numbers to a toddler or young child.

“Goodnight, Numbers,” which hit the bookstores on March 7, has already become popular among parents and their young children. Parents and grandparents have purchased several copies of it for their children and grandchildren, and the little ones have demanded that it should be read to them dozens of times.

What makes “Goodnight, Numbers” an ideal bedtime story for your children?

ü  The illustrations are soft, beautiful, romantic, and soothing.
ü  The young reader can easily point to pictures of familiar things on its pages, say their names out loud, and count them.
ü  Parents can use the book not only to teach their children numbers but also reading.
ü  The words and the pictures can fire your child’s imagination, leading him/her to spin stories of his/her own.
ü  The book ends with a beautiful letter from McKellar along with her signature.

During the first week of March, the 42-year-old actress turned children's writer, spent a lot of time promoting her book. She stopped at AOL's BUILDS Series and SiriusXM Studio to talk about "Goodnight, Numbers," which she had written to make numbers appear fun for children.

She appeared live for AOL's BUILD Series and said: "My mission is to make sure that kids see math as fun and friendly." She then proceeded to launch her book in partnership with Mathnasium, the National Museum of Mathematics, and the MOMS.

McKellar has also written "Kiss my Math: Showing Pre-Algebra Who's Boss," "Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape," "Hot X: Algebra Exposed," and "Math Doesn't Suck: How to Survive Middle-School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Break a Nail."

“Goodnight, Numbers” is available in both the Kindle and hardcover formats. It is meant for children in the age group of 2 - 5 and has 35 pages in its hardcover format. The book was published by Crown Books for Young Readers (March 7, 2017) and is written in English. Unfortunately, the Kindle edition is not available in India.




Sunday, 19 March 2017

Children’s book writer Joan Sweeney is no more

Joan M. Sweeney, the writer of children’s books, is no more. She died on February 8, 2017, of complications arising from multiple sclerosis at a nursing home in Oak Brook.

Sweeney, who used to be a resident of Evanston for 24 years, had been living in Oak Brook from 2009. She has written 10 children’s books besides working as a journalist for a weekly.

In 1952, Sweeney received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Toledo. A year later, she became a catalog copywriter for Montgomery Ward in Chicago. Later, she worked for Schwimmer & Scott and Grey Advertising, which was the former North Advertising.

In the mid-seventies, she wrote Deerfield, USA, a human interest column for Deerfield Review, a weekly newspaper. In the mid-eighties, she moved to Evanston and worked for Graham Hayward & Associates, a marketing and advertising agency.

She started writing for children in the early nineties. Her most popular children’s book is “Me on the Map,” which gets children interested in reading maps. This book led to a series of books titled “Me Counting Time,” Me and My Place in Space,” “Me and My Amazing Body,” “Me and the Measure of Things,” “Me and My Family Tree,” and “Me and My Senses.”

Tracy Gates, who edited her books at Crown Books for Young Readers recalls that it was a pleasure working with Sweeney as she graciously and humbly received editorial feedback and guidance. Her literary agent Danielle Egan-Miller says, “She was a lovely woman and a very talented author.”

Sweeney also wrote books for the young with the aim of introducing them to great artists. “Suzette and the Puppy” is all about a girl meeting Mary Cassatt, the painter. “Bijou, Bonbon, and Beau: The Kittens who Danced for Degas” is about a cat and her kittens hiding in a theater in Paris where Edgar Degas, the artist, is working on his sketches. “Once Upon a Lily Pad: Froggy Love in Monet’s Garden” is a story of two frogs who live in a pond in the garden of Claude Monet, the painter.

Gates said: “What was wonderful about the books is that there weren’t a lot of very young nonfiction books at the time, and I think she saw a way to help children see the world.”

Isabel Warren-Lynch, who was the art director for Sweeney’s books, says: “She was tuned into what appealed to kids in that age group of preschool through kindergarten. She really had a good sense for kids that age. And her books were a nice collaboration between editor, illustrator, and Joan.”

Sweeney has left behind two sons, a daughter, a brother, and ten grandchildren. 

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

China cracks down on foreign children’s books

The Communist party of China has launched a campaign to prevent foreign ideas from seeping into Chinese soil. As a part of this campaign, it has ordered publishers to cut down on the printing of foreign children’s books. Popular children’s titles such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Peppa Pig, and Winnie the Pooh have already taken a hit.


China has an enormous market for picture books as it has a population of around 220 million children under fourteen. Last year, over 40,000 children’s picture books were published in China.

The Community party crackdown has killed any chances Japanese and South Korean books might have had of getting printed in China. Picture books from other countries, however, will be given limited opportunities.

An editor of a publishing house owned by the country said that the Communist party feels that foreign picture books have brought with them western ideologies that can neither be accepted nor tolerated. The editor said: “The government has deliberately decided to constrain imported books and protect those written by Chinese authors.”

Alibaba had announced on Friday that it will stop selling foreign storybooks on Taobao, a popular online store in China to “create a safe and secure online shopping environment to enhance consumer confidence and satisfaction.”

For the past several years, China has been struggling to curb cultural influences from the west. When Xi Jinping became the country’s leader, he decided to take this issue seriously and intensify efforts for the realization of the “China Dream.” He began by urging universities in China to become strongholds of the communist party. Yuan Guiren, the country’s education minister, warned against forces that have the power to encroach on the minds and hearts of the country’s young.

So far, the ban is oral and its aim is to make people think according to the dogma of the Community Party. Those in the publishing world are skeptical about the success of the ban on foreign children’s storybooks. An editor said: “I can’t imagine this restriction to be possible, because its implementation is so difficult, and it also has no benefit whatsoever for the people or the country.”


Foreign titles are very popular in China. The list of top 10 best sellers drawn up by Amazon China includes Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Harry Potter.