Raising Readers Presents…Hugo & Miles

May 21, 2012

The elephant artist in the picture book Hugo & Miles in I’ve Painted Everything (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) simply ran out of things to paint.

“I’ve painted this, and that, and those…and him, her, here, there, and everywhere,” says Hugo.

Hugo’s friend Miles tells Hugo he needs a change of scenery, a new perspective to discover new ideas.  Hugo and Miles leave Cornville, Maine for Paris, France.  There other painters, the green of the grass, the light on the water, and the bird’s eye view from the Eiffel Tower show Hugo that when you see things differently, there is no way one can run out of ideas.

Having illustrated thirteen picture books about everything from cupcake-making monsters to insecure spoons, author/illustrator Scott Magoon seems to never run out of ideas as an artist. Scott Magoon appeared at Raising Readers Presents at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine to read to families from his book Hugo & Miles in I’ve Painted Everything.  Magoon’s picture book appears in the anthology, Maine Stories for Maine Children: A Raising Readers Collection, which will given to Maine five-year-old’s in 2012 and 2013 at well child visits.

Scott Magoon asked the gathered children if they ever run out of ideas and how they thought of something new to do.  Pediatrician Dr. Lynne Tetreault of Maine Medical Partners Saco Pediatrics, who also joined us at Raising Readers Presents, might answer that reading to your children will help them generate idea after idea by building up their imaginations.

“We talk a lot about healthy foods and exercise to keep our bodies and our children’s bodies healthy, but we should also be talking about how to grow healthy brains,” Dr. Lynne Tetreault said, “Reading to your children helps them grow their experiences and imagination and develop a healthy, learning brain.”

Like Miles exposing Hugo to new experiences, parents can take their children on a brain-building adventures every day when they read aloud to their children.

“I’ll never run out ideas, said Hugo.

And he never did.

To never run out of ideas for read alouds, make sure you visit Raising Readers Recommends list or check out past books distributed by Raising Readers!

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Raising Readers Presents…COUSIN RUTH’S TOOTH

April 16, 2012

“Imagination is what happens to your brain…to make your mind believe…stuff,” said a seven-year-old at the latest Raising Readers Presents event at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine.  The girl’s answer was to guest pediatrician, Dr. Christopher Pezzullo’s question, “what is Imagination?”

‘Dr. Chris’ then asked gathered families how an imagination is built.  “Imaginations are built by reading books together at bedtime,” the Maine pediatrician explained and the children clamored to tell him who read to them at bedtime.

Many of the books read at bedtime in Maine are books distributed at well-child visits by healthcare providers across the state.  The books are supplied by the Raising Readers program and the ongoing Raising Readers Presents event series honors the books and the authors that make up that annual collection of board books, picture books, and an anthology.

An anthology is given as the final book in the program to Maine five-year-old’s and contains five books created by Maine authors and illustrators.  The anthology that will be distributed throughout 2012 and into 2013 is Maine Stories for Maine Children: A Raising Readers Collection which contains the uproarious story, Cousin Ruth’s Tooth by Falmouth author, Amy MacDonald.

Amy MacDonald appeared at Raising Readers Presents to give an exuberant reading of Cousin Ruth’s Tooth and to tell families about the famous Fister family that appears in the book.  Families may recognize the Fister family from a prior book, Rachel Fister’s Blister which was part 0f another Raising Readers anthology.

The children in the audience marveled at how silly the adults were in the book as they looked for Cousin Ruth’s lost tooth.  Many in the audience had lost teeth of their own and knew (unlike the Fisters) that a new tooth will grow in to replace the one lost.  One child even proudly showed Amy MacDonald her missing tooth.

Families followed Amy MacDonald’s reading with an animal  tooth hunt in the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine‘s Ranger Station and a lesson on how teeth are constructed and used by various Maine animals.

Here’s to the imagination of author Amy MacDonald who creates stories for us all at bedtime and to Maine doctors who encourages us to in turn inspire the imaginations of our children by reading aloud books like Amy MacDonald’s.  May our children’s brains all grow healthy and strong and ready to make our minds “believe…stuff.”

Enjoy this slide show of images from the evening and we hope to see you at the next Raising Readers Presents event!

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More Great Books for Maine Kids – August 2011 Newsletter

August 31, 2011

Read about the very special program that gives books to Maine kindergartners each year and learn when and how to read with the toddlers in your life.


Summer Reading Fun

July 28, 2011

One of the really neat things about books is that they can go anywhere with us. When a lazy, hazy summer day has us heading to the beach we can put some in the bag with the towels and the sunblock. Or, we can beat the heat by lugging them out to the shade under the maple tree in the backyard. And, on rainy days we can take them out on the porch to read while we listen to the rain drops fall.

Books We Love

Wondering what to read with your young children this summer? Check out some of these titles from our online searchable book database.

 

Raising Readers’ Recommends: Summer Books 

Raising Readers Searchable Book Database:  search by age, keyword, category

More summer-themed book lists

Reading Rockets

Bangor Daily News: Maine Stories to Keep Children Reading All Summer


A Treasury of Tales from Maine

June 22, 2011

Children’s books by Maine authors and illustrators for Maine kids. Doesn’t get any better that that! Raising Readers has been fortunate indeed to work with some terrific authors/illustrators and their publishers to create six special anthologies to give to five year olds at their well child visits.

While the collections are only available through the program, a special arrangement allows for a copy of each collection to be sent to all public libraries in Maine. The latest anthology, A Treasury of Tales from Maine, hit libraries in May.

This year’s collection features five incredible stories:

Dance with Me by Charles R. Smith, Jr. Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones.
One Frog Sang by Shirley Parenteau. Illustrated by Cynthia Jabar
The Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields. Illustrated by Scott Nash
In the Wild by David Elliottt. Illustrated by Holly Meade
The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen. Illustrations by Chris Van Dusen, too.

While you’re at the library, look for the other Raising Readers collections:

Raising Readers: A Collection of Stories from Maine
Raising Readers: 5 Stories from Maine
Raising Readers: Stories for Maine Children
Raising Readers: Five Stories for Maine Children
Books from Maine: A Raising Readers Collection

We’re hard at work on the seventh anthology. Watch this blog for an opportunity to help us name #7. Titles for the fifth and sixth came from blog and Facebook suggestions.

Special thanks to the authors and illustrators and publishers that help make these unique  collections possible.