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October Author of the Month: R.L. Stine

Get the creepy crawlies with R. L. Stine. He's a master of conjuring things that go bump in the dark. Imagine you've just moved to the town of Dark Falls where you don't know anybody.

Pinky Dinky Doo: Beginning Reading Heroine to the Rescue

Pinky Dinky Doo is full of spunk and has lots of adventures in her own beginning reading series. The books have vibrant artwork and zany text that especially appeals to the pre-reader and beginning reading set. Pinky also has her own show on Noggin.

To get a taste of what Pinky is all about, go to her awesome Web site. There you can play Pinky games, watch more than a dozen videos, and even listen to her audio podcast.

The Ruins of Gorlan: The Start of a Must-Read Series

Will is small for his age and can climb a tree quicker and higher than any of his Ward mates. He hopes to be accepted into Battleschool on Choosing Day so he can become a hero like his father, whom Will never knew. Will is an orphan, left on the steps of Castle Redmont's ward, and Choosing Day is the opportunity each ward has to be apprenticed to a master craftsman. 

SkippyJon Jones: The Wonder Perrito

SkippyJon Jones is a small Siamese cat with a BIG imagination. He loves to pretend that he is El Skippito, a sword-wheeling chihuahua always up for an adventure. But ay caramba! He drives Mama Junebug crazy with his escapades. Little does she know that during each time-out in his room, SkippyJon goes into his magic closet and travels somewhere else, like ancient Egypt and the land of dinosaurs.

To see SkippyJon in action, click here to go to his cool Web site. There you can watch videos, download coloring sheets, and play games.

When you love a color too much...

The little girl who stars in "Pinkalicious" loves the color pink. One day she and her mother make pink cupcakes and she eats soooo many that she turns pink! A certain 5 year-old in our household thought that was the coolest thing and started eyeing her own food as something more than to just put in her stomach.

Days of Awe: Books for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

Rosh Hashanah begins the Jewish New Year. The ten days following are called the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe that lead up to Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. Some of these children's books explain the customs and symbols associated with this time. Others have marvelous stories that help to convey the rich meaning behind the celebrations. This year Rosh Hashanah starts at sunset on September 18, 2009 and Yom Kippur starts a sunset September 27, 2009. Click here to browse the booklist.

For an action-packed read, pick up "The Lightning Thief" today!

Percy Jackson is not a normal 12-year-old. Strange things always seem to happen around him, and he has a problem with getting into situations that lead to getting kicked out of school. Things get even stranger when, on a class field trip, Percy vaporizes his (really creepy) math teacher (a monster in disguise) and learns that he himself is a demigod. A whole new world is opened to Percy when he goes for the summer to Camp Half-Blood, where he meets other demigod friends and finds out his father's identity. Of course, he immediately gets plunged into a quest to save the world.

Goodbye, Reading Rainbow

 After more than twenty years of introducing children to great books, PBS’s Reading Rainbow television series has come to an end.   Over the course of 155 programs, host Levar Burton visited museums and pueblos, interviewed entrepreneurs and biologists, showed us how crayons are made and how oil spills are cleaned up, all the while linking the real world to the best in children’s literature.  Here’s a look at a few favorite books Levar introduced over the years.

Happy Birthday, Shel Silverstein!

Shel Silverstein was a unique writer with many artistic talents. While generally best known for his poetry and literature for children, he was also a cartoonist, composer, lyricist, and folksinger. He was born Sheldon Allan Silverstein on September 25, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. Read more about his life in this month's author profile here.

Going to School Around the World

While our children write their lessons with pencils and computers, Pakistani schoolchildren in the village of Korphe used to write on the ground with sticks.  Then one day a lost climber stumbled into their village, and everything changed.

Adults may recognize this as the story of Greg Mortensen, well-known for the bestselling book, “Three Cups of Tea,” about his work building schools in Pakistan.  Now young children can learn the story in his new picture book, “Listen to the Wind, The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.”