Articles about 'Books & Stories'
December 17th, 2014
Rest in Peace Norman Bridwell, creator of the kids books featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog. I’ll always remember reading stacks of Clifford books with my son Calvin when he was young. They helped him learn how to read! Bridwell has left an enduring legacy with his books that children and parents will read for […]
October 22nd, 2014
I’m so excited! I just discovered a major collection of online recordings of children’s singing games! Iona and Peter Opie are among the world’s top collectors of English nursery rhymes and kids songs. When working on Mama Lisa’s World, I refer to their research quite a bit. They published one of the most comprehensive collections […]
June 12th, 2014
Eric Hill, author of the Spot the Dog children’s books, passed away this week at 86. Hill created Spot for his young son in 1976. In 1980, he created the first lift-the-flap book to ever exist called "Where’s Spot?". He came up with the "lift-the-flap" design after he had seen it on advertising flyers. What […]
January 23rd, 2014
Here’s a very little French tale called "Gâteau" by Jules Lemaître. The story is about two kids trying to share cake. It’s in French with an English translation and a French recording. MP3 of Gâteau On avait donné à deux enfants un gros gâteau et un petit, en leur disant: "Partagez !" Les deux enfants […]
January 22nd, 2014
Some English terms go back further than you’d think… -OMG The first recorded appearance of this breathless acronym for “Oh, my God!” comes, surprisingly, in a letter to Winston Churchill. (1917) -LITERALLY Word curmudgeons wince when “literally” is used figuratively. Examples of this inversion go back to 1769. Even Mark Twain did it. (1876) -UNFRIEND […]
January 18th, 2014
Once a few years ago I had a conversation with a friend from China about cooking in the U.S. She found it amusing that most Americans cook with recipes… recipes that tell you exactly how to cook with precise measurements of ingredients. She said that in China recipes were handed down within the family and […]
November 19th, 2013
The Gettysburg Address is a speech by Abraham Lincoln delivered exactly 150 years ago from this day. It’s one of the most well-known American speeches. It was delivered during the Civil War, 4 1/2 months after the Union Army beat the Confederacy in the Battle of Gettysburg. It was given during the dedication of the […]
July 23rd, 2013
Butterbeer is a non-alcoholic beverage people drink in the Harry Potter books and movies. If you go to Universal Amusement Park in Florida, where they have several Harry Potter rides, you can drink Butterbeer. Boy is it yummy! Of course Universal doesn’t give out the recipe. However, people have made many attempts to recreate the […]
July 10th, 2013
Michelle Obama hosted a Kids’ State Dinner at the White House this week. The 54 kids invited were the winners of Epicurious’ Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. The kids all created yummy recipes that were half vegetable or fruit, and affordable. You can download the 2013 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Cookbook online for free.
April 17th, 2013
Monique was here visiting from France for the past two weeks and we worked on creating Spanish and French versions of our books and apps. (They should be available soon.) Here’s a link to our current books and apps.
January 27th, 2013
Here’s a fun little skunk joke with a recording… MP3 of Two Little Skunks Two Little Skunks There were two little skunks Named "In" and "Out." One day In was out And Out was in. The mother skunk asked Out to go out and bring In in. So Out went out and Brought In in. […]
January 20th, 2013
A Johnny-cake is a small flat cake (akin to a little pancake) made out of cornmeal, water and salt. They were widely eaten in the U.S. in the 19th century. Johnny-cakes are called hoecakes in the South. The folk tale "Johnny-cake" is almost the same story as "The Gingerbread Man" except that a Johnny-cake is […]
January 10th, 2013
How the Finch Got Her Colors is a Flemish legend. Below you can listen to it in English and read along with the tale… MP3 of How The Finch Got Her Colors How The Finch Got Her Colors A Flemish Legend There was once a time when all the birds were gray and had no […]
December 30th, 2012
Towards the end of WWI two cousins, young girls, took photos with fairies they said they had met. Later they admitted they faked the photos. Yet many people at the time believed they were real, including the author of the Sherlock Holmes stores, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! The fairies came to be called the "Cottingley […]
December 21st, 2012
Gingerbread Houses are made at Christmastime in Germany, the US and other countries around the world. Gingerbread Houses are intricately linked to the Grimm fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel. In the story, two children, Hansel and Gretel get lost in the woods. They come upon a house made of gingerbread covered in frosting and […]
October 18th, 2012
Here’s a fun illustration called "A Tour in the Toy Country" by British illustrator Randolph Caldecott (1846 – 1886). Caldecott illustrated many books for children.
October 2nd, 2012
Check out a list of 100 Best Chapter Books for Kids at Children’s Book Guide. I see many of my family’s favorites there, such as: The Phantom Tollbooth The Graveyard Book From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler The Hobbit Happy Reading! Mama Lisa
August 23rd, 2012
Dav Pilkey is the author of the Captain Underpants series… which gave both my son and daughter (and my husband) hours of pleasure. In the video below, you can see him drawing Captain Underpants while explaining how reading gives you superpowers!
August 9th, 2012
Here’s a short animation about a boy who delivers coffee to all the animals in the World of Fairy Tales. It’s narrated by the girl who delivers the sugar that goes with the coffee. (In Hungarian with English subtitles.) Really creative! I recommend watching it in full screen mode.
June 27th, 2012
You can now listen to 50 Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the original German on Librivox. Grimm’s Fairy Tales are a collection of German folk tales. These recordings include the original versions of such stories as The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel and Rapunzel. These tales were originally published under the title, “Kinder- und Hausmärchen” (Children’s […]