Apr 28, 2012

Book Blogger Hop: BEA

Book Blogger Hop
In an effort to meet new bloggy friends, I decided to join the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Jen at Crazy for Books. 

The question for this week: Are you attending the Book Blogger Convention and/or Book Expo America in NYC in June? If not, will you participate in the online event Armchair BEA?

Because this is the first few months of my blog, I will definitely not be attending any of the conventions in NYC, but I will try my best to participate in Armchair BEA.

I can't wait to meet new bloggy friends!!!

Are you attending any of the Book Blogger events? Let me know in the comments.

Apr 27, 2012

Book Review-Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

I received this book a few months ago from a friend when I mentioned to her that I wanted to introduce the concept of potty training to my then 18 month old son. He wasn't very interested in the potty, or the book, for that matter. Now, at 20 months old, he is used to seeing the potty around the house and he is getting interested in the book.

Once Upon a Potty is a book about a child who receives a big present from his grandmother.  He opens it and finds this strange thing inside. He goes through the motions of trying to determine what this thing is (maybe a flower pot or milk bowl for the cat).

He finally realizes that it is a potty for "making Wee-Wee and Poo-Poo into."

This book was originally written in 1975 for the author's own son who was potty training at the time. It is a bit dated in that the potty illustrations have not been updated. Of course the sound strip was added after the fact but the illustrations and text have not been changed.

In our current generation most parents, including myself, try to teach our children the anatomically correct  words for their body parts, so that is definitely a drawback to this book.

Also, if your children are literal about pictures, they may be a bit confused about their potty. The "potty" in this book is not a potty chair like we use today, but more of a pitcher with a handle.

Overall, the general concept of teaching your child about the purpose of a potty is there and my son enjoys pushing the buttons and hearing the sounds. Because he was already familiar with his potty, this book didn't do too much damage, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to a parent who is new to potty training or a child who has never seen a potty before.

If you are interested in purchasing this book, you can find it here.

What are your favorite books about potty training? Let me know in the comments.

Demibooks Storytime for iPad

For all of you iPad lovers and owners out there, Usborne Books has teamed with Demibooks to offer high quality, educational, interactive books for your children.

Storytime is a Reader App that houses several books for readers to enjoy.  There will be Kane Miller titles within the app available for purchase, as well as titles from other publishers and independent authors.

How does it all work?
Usborne Books & More is partnering with Demibooks to promote Storytime.  Through direct sales, home shows, book fairs, fundraisers, grants, school and library sales, Usborne Books & More promotes Usborne and Kane Miller print books. Now, we're adding digital titles to the Usborne Books & More catalogue. 
If you work with an Usborne Books & More sales consultant, please enter your consultant’s ID code when you register Storytime. If you don’t have the code right away, don’t worry you can add this later in Settings – but please do add this to your account as soon as you can and get the current month’s "UBAM Book” free for you to download. It’s a way for us to thank you!
How will customers know when books are added to Storytime?
When we add new books to the Store, you will get a notification on your iPad's Notification Center. Please accept notifications when you first install Storytime. You can always go to the iPad's Settings - Notifications to change how Notifications are displayed for Storytime.
You can also touch the Refresh button on the Store screen to see any new content added to the Store.

How much is Storytime?

Storytime is actually a free download.  There will be an opportunity for users to make in-app purchases of different titles.  There will initially be 5 Kane Miller titles available for purchase, costs vary from $2.99-$5.99.

What other books are going to be made into interactive e-books through this process?

There a number of items in the the pipeline and as they are closer to being made available, you will be able to see a "Coming Soon to Storytime" button on those titles.

I will be purchasing these interactive e-books not only to showcase and demo to my customers, but to provide reviews here on the blog.

As you all know, I am an Education Consultant for Usborne Books and More. By entering my consultant id P3864 you will be allowed to download a title for FREE!!!*

What are your favorite Usborne and Kane Miller books? Let me know in the comments and you may see them in the Storytime Reader app.

*By using my consultant ID, Usborne Books will track your in-app purchases and I will receive a small commission.