Be The Kite “Storypalooza” at Essex Kindercare

Be The Kite

3D Be The KiteI’m so excited to announce that this Saturday, April 26th I’ll be at Essex Kindercare for part of their “Storypalooza” event benefiting the charity “Read to Grow.” It’s from 9am-12pm and we’ll be reading “Be The Kite,” drawing our own kite pictures, and if weather permits, even flying kites outside! It’ll also feature the 3D version of “Be The Kite” (seen in the picture →) which encourages the kids to draw scenes of their own based on the story. Please join me for this fun event at 158 Westbrook Road in Essex, CT.

 

 

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Be The Kite Day at Ryerson Elementary School

We had a great day reading, drawing and flying kites at Ryerson Elementary School in Madison, CT last week! We added the kids artwork to the The Young Artist’s Gallery – You can see it all HERE. The weather got breezy in the afternoon and the 4th grades were able to actually fly kites. We met in the library all day long with students in grades K-4 and teachers and me (the author & illustrator). We discussed creativity, some perception and drawing techniques like, overlapped  shapes, position on the page, density, color, and size. Basically we discussed different ways to illustrate how one object in a drawing might appear closer to the viewer than another. It was good inspiration, along with the story to get everyone working on some free drawing activities. As you can see from the pictures we also stretched out the book sand demonstrated to students how each drawing in the book is connected.

It was a terrific day & I hope you will enjoy seeing some of their wonderful drawings. There are some great artists and some incredibly great teachers and staff at Reyerson Elementary School, thank you for a very special day during Literacy Week in Connecticut.

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Here at Be The Kite we are learning about Power Kiting….

Check out these kids doing some power kiting. They used their Go Pro camera on the helmets as well as on their Kite. This seems a lot like free running, it is obviously very dangerous yet thrilling. In the video below this one you can watch some extreme speed kite sporting – it seems they stay on the ground… love those dune cars they are riding! All participants get to enjoy flying, a feeling of being free and it looks FUN!

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Time-Lapse | Earth – Views from The International Space Shuttle

Time-Lapse | Earth from Bruce W. Berry Jr on Vimeo.

 

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World Read Aloud Day: Zoom by Istvan Banyai

Today is World Read Aloud Day…. www.litworld.org

Although this illustrator: Istvan Banyai has created this awesome visual work called Zoom…
we still think it inspires and is a powerful example of storytelling. Enjoy!

Advocate for literacy as a human right!

 

Worldwide at least 793 million people remain illiterate … 2/3 are women.
-from www.litworld.org

Cover Art - Be the Kite!

Two Kids to Visit Space Station: Amazing!

Getting into orbit, traveling around the sun and back, catching a breeze between Granny’s knees… these are all great creative places kids can go with their imaginations. Be The Kite! children’s picture book by Cathi Bosco will nurture imaginations and show us the world in new and different ways. Tilly and George fly kites together in this story and their kites blast into outer space. Your kids will love to read this story with you & they will really love to fly this kite with you too!

“Wow this is the million dollar toy!” – Nathan Hay Windsor, CO

These 12″ kites are super fun and easy to fly – people of all ages will love flying them and they make a perfect gift paired with the book.

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Order your Book & Kite: Blast into outer space!

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These kites are a LOT of fun!

Thanks to some great kids from East Lyme Connecticut for sharing some photos of them flying our cool red diamond kites!

Cam, Justen and their dog Rocket got in on the FUN! You can see where east Lyme is on our cool interactive map.

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…Inspiring Kids to Imagine and Soar -a review by Vivian Kirkfield

Cover Art - Be the Kite!

Great news… Vivian Kirkfield has published a lovely review of Be the Kite!

Here is some of what she had to say.

Why do I like this book:

This is a beautiful book that encourages young children to use their imaginations and take a look at the world. In addition, the author/illustrator invites participation of young readers: ”all young artists are invited to participate in a collective drawing activity. Parents, teachers, librarians and kids can submit their artwork featuring Tilly, George and Pickles and we will proudly include all drawings at our website in The Young Artists Gallery! Details can be found…

To read the full article and to learn more please visit Vivian’s site at Positive Parental Participation.
And while you are there please buy, recommend or learn more about her book Show Me How!

 

Thanks to the community at Vivian’s blog for their positive responses and special thanks for including Be the Kite! in your Perfect Picture Book Friday Review. It was a treat to find it posted via Google+. There are some great communities growing there! – Cathi Bosco

Show Me How by Vivian Kirkfield

 

The Details about Show Me How

SHOW ME HOW!  BUILD YOUR CHILD’S SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH READING, CRAFTING AND COOKING is the first book in my new ‘positive parental participation’ series and it is my hope that it will be an important resource for first-time parents as well as those with lots of experience.  It is the ultimate shortcut for today’s busy parents and teachers who want to provide educational, fun-filled, self-esteem building activities for young children ages two through five because it:

  • Outlines a simple schedule for a balanced and harmonious day.
  • Pinpoints 100 picture books every young child should hear and develops pre-literacy skills.
  • Provides a child-friendly, healthful recipe AND an eco-friendly craft project for each story suggestion and summary.
  • Offers true-life scenarios and crucial tips to help every parent identify and deal with six components of child development that contribute to building self-esteem.
  • Shows how to apply positive parental participation on a daily basis whether you are reading, crafting, cooking or doing ANYTHING with your child.

 

Google Doodle Competition

Google launched on Monday its sixth annual Google Doodle competition, encouraging young students, in Kindergarten through grade 12, to design their own Google logo for the search engine giant’s homepage.

The top winner will take home a $30,000 scholarship, while the student’s school will receive a $50,000 technology grant.

Are you entering? Or are you going to tell someone you know to enter? More details HERE

 

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International Book Giving Day Feburary 14th!

International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible.

  • Most children in developing countries do not own books.
  • In the United Kingdom, one-third of children do not own books.
  • In the United States, two-thirds of children living in poverty do not own books.

International Book Giving Day’s focus is on encouraging people worldwide to give a book to a child on February 14th. We invite individuals to 1) give a book to a friend or family member, 2) leave a book in a waiting room for children to read, or 3) donate a gently used book to a local library, hospital or shelter or to an organization that distributes used books to children in need internationally.

OUR GIFT…

In honor of the is special event we are going to donate signed copies to our local library and we will also donate 10 signed copies to families who have kids that want to participate in our READ DRAW SHARE program. Spread the word and leave a comment here, below – on Google+ or our Facebook Page and we will send off 10 copies to kids. If we get more than 10 requests we will put all of the names in a hat – create a video of the drawing and publish that video here for you to see who the winners are. Part of the mission of Be the Kite! by Cathi Bosco is to nurture kid’s expressiveness, confidence with drawing, and of course to encourage spending time doing activities with a friend, like flying a kite or using their imagination!

Here is a look at the poster designed by Indian children’s illustrator Priya Kuriyan.

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We found this reminder via social media – http://bookgivingday.com/2013/01/13/international-book-giving-day-2013-poster/

International Book Giving Day is a volunteer initiative aimed at increasing children’s access to and enthusiasm for books.

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