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Creator Spotlight July 2015 - Sarah Case Mamika

Sarah Case Mamika
Over the years at MagicBlox, we have run into some wonderful creators and still continue to meet more. Starting this month, I'd like to showcase our authors, illustrators and publishers so you can see beyond just the pages of their books. This month, I'd like to shine the light on Sarah Case Mamika, the creator of great books such as Lost at the Fair , Alone in the Dark , and Ship Ahoy . She was one of the first authors to adopt our audio narration feature, so most of her books have also been turned into audio books to combine sound with the beautiful writing and illustrations. Find all of...

Discovering A Mother’s True Love With Leni Lovebird

Where is Love?
Written by Eric L. Zielinski I get the sense that a lot of Dads out there are struggling to find the time to read to their children because they are so wrapped up with office work , yard work and all the work it takes to simply help get the kids ready for school and bedtime. My three children are all 5 years old or younger, so trust me when I say that I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND where you’re coming from. This is why I am always looking out for creative ways to hit two (or three or four!) birds with one stone. Don’t you?!? Where is Love? from the MagicBlox online library is a perfect fit if this...

The Easter Story: Presented By MagicBlox

The Easter Story: Presented By MagicBlox
By Eric L. Zielinski, MagicBlox Staff Writer With all the excitement about chocolate bunnies and finding candy-filled eggs this time of year, don’t forget to share with your kids the REAL meaning behind the Easter Holiday Yet another Twin Sisters classic, the last week of Jesus’ life is masterfully retold in simple-to-understand language and beautifully choreographed illustrations that your beginning readers are sure to love! Movie Night With MagicBlox One of the special features of this book is that it is narrated, and your kids will want to read (and reread it) again and again! Just last...

Lifetime Access for $38 (Limited Time)

Lifetime Access (Limited Time)
We passed 1 Million pageviews! To celebrate this major milestone, we're turning off recurring payments on the Butterfly Yearly Access Pass for a limited time and extending LIFETIME access to users who upgrade or purchase our Butterfly Access Pass. The Butterfly Access Pass will let you read all existing and future books from our kid's ebook library for $38 LIFETIME- and NEVER pay the annual fee again. That’s right. Only $38 for LIFETIME Access to our Kid's Book Library! Take advantage of this celebration sale by performing 3 simple steps and get your unlimited Butterfly Access Pass today:...

Learning the 4 R’s of Recycling With Thurman the Turtle!

Living Green, a Turtle's Quest for a Cleaner Planet
Living Green: A Turtle's Quest for a Cleaner Planet is an inspirational tale of a young turtle who is tired of seeing the land that he loves cluttered with trash. It was a beautiful wedding day for the Turtley family, until humans got in the way. Driving by on an overhead bypass, someone in a car above tossed handfuls of garbage out their window to the field below where the wedding was taking place. Tragically, Miss Taylor Turtley was left crying with her soon-to-be husband by her side that was trying to console her because some banana peels ruined her wedding veil and dress! Her younger...

Train Your Kids Like Piper The Elf Trains Santa!

Book Review of Piper the Elf Trains Santa
Piper the Elf Trains Santa Written and Illustrated by Colleen Driscoll, Brian Dumm Published by Headline Books Review by Eric L. Zielinski Uh-oh! It’s that time of year again and Mrs. Claus is worried that Santa won’t fit into his suit for the BIG DAY. Evidently, Santa’s been practicing his milk-and-cookies routine during the off-season and put on some extra pounds! In this comical adventure, Piper the Elf Trains Santa , Mrs. Clause asks Piper to be Santa’s personal trainer, but there’s a problem: Santa doesn’t want to exercise and Piper has no personal training experience. In fact, she doesn...

What's in our Halloween Candy?

What's in our Halloween Candy?
Raising a carefree, happy and healthy child is our number one goal, and one of the ways we achieve that is understanding what we're eating and limit food that is not good for him. Two years ago, when we were having issues with our son's behavior in school (could not sit still and was disruptive) I discovered dyes being a link to hyperactivity. (Dye's are in most childrens's cereal, cakes and candies) I blogged about the issues with dyes in our food and the effects it has on behavior in children and adults and was amayzed at how many people had never heard of dyes being unhealthy. I got rid of...

Book Review - The Owner’s Manual for Driving your Adolescent Brain

Book Review - The Owner’s Manual for Driving your Adolescent Brain
Little Pickle Press has done it again! Their new book by JoAnn Deak, PhD and Terrence Deak, PhD is a shoe-in to be your pre-teen’s next favorite addition to their MagicBlox favorites list. Read Now In this exciting follow-up to Your Fantastic Elastic Brain , you and your family will learn all about the fun world of neurons, hormones, and how your brain acts as the control box for your entire body. Hang on to your hemispheres, and get ready to embark on an exciting adventure as you read The Owner’s Manual for Driving your Adolescent Brain . (No driver’s license required!) Learning with your...

How to Stop the Summer Slide

Read 20 Minutes Per Day to Prevent Summer Slide by Eric L. Zielinski
Written by: Eric L. Zielinski When I was first asked how I was going to help my kids prevent “summer slide” I was a little confused. Why would I prevent them from going down slides this summer? Isn’t that what summer is about? Playgrounds, swings, slides, pools, you know the deal. But after I did some research online I quickly found out what they meant. Basically, summer slide is when children lose learning concepts that were gained while in school during the summer because they are focused on fun and playtime; not on reading, writing, and arithmetic. Summer Slide Research has proven that...

Great Food Choices - Getting Kids Hooked Early

Great Food Choices - Getting Kids Hooked Early
It’s important for our family to have healthy choices at home. Growing up, my mom always stocked the fridge with fruits and vegetables. Left overs were always flavorful because they were cooked with a lot of veggies and herbs. As a result, I stock my own fridge with wholesome foods as an adult, and although we indulge in fast food once in a while, I always feel a tug towards fruits and vegetables, so I decided to raise our son the same way. After 7 years of giving our son healthy options, we have seen him push away the fries while eating our weekend burgers and many times leaves birthday...