I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman

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Every child is special and unique, but every child also loves to dream of being something different. In I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love, bestselling author and artist Nancy Tillman has created another heartfelt masterpiece celebrating the joys of imagination, and the comfort of always knowing that “you are loved.”

Nancy Tillman‘s latest title, I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love, was recently released and has already made its debut on The New York Times Best-Sellers List. In fact, four of her titles have hit the New York Times Best-Sellers List:

  1. On the Night You Were Born
  2. Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You
  3. The Crown on Your Head
  4. I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love

In total, Nancy’s books have sold approx. 5 million copies so far!!!!

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We LOVED reading On the Night You Were Born and Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You with our kids. They were truly some of our favorites for many years. Here are some fun facts about Nancy and her books:

  1. It generally takes Nancy 9 or 10 months to complete a book
  2. I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love features fourteen different types of animals
  3. Nancy’s favorite thing about I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love is that children get to ROAR
  4. Nancy is currently working on The Heaven of Animals, which will be released in 2014

Here’s a bit from the new book:

There are things about you quite unlike any other.
Things always known by your father or mother.
So if you decide to be different one day,
no worries… I’d know you anyway.

Here’s a great Q&A with Nancy Tillman

1.    Animals figure prominently in your books. What is your favorite animal  My favorite animal is my pug, Figgy.  That’s the truth!  Fig is my mascot… he sits beside me every day as I write and illustrate.  Other than that, every animal has special characteristics that draw me to it. Everyone is unique and wonderful in its own way…and each one suits a child differently.  Giraffes are so tall they are perfect to help children pick apples.  One can easily cross a stream upon a hippo.  Who better to have a water fight with than an elephant?

2.    If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?  I suppose I’d be a big, beautiful bird.  It would be so wonderful to fly.  I’d drop in on all the other animals. Maybe I’d be a flamingo.  I’ve always been enchanted by them.

3.    Why do you think children relate or are drawn to animals? Children are drawn to things that stimulate them or nurture them. Animals are full of joyful surprises and funny noises… and many are great cuddlers, too.

4.    The child in I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love pretends to be many different animals.  Why do you think children enjoy pretending to be different people, animals, or things? It comes naturally to them, probably because pretending is so developmentally helpful. By trying on different personalities, children learn social differences and empathy for others, among many other things.  Plus, it’s FUN!

5.    When your own children were growing up, how did you encourage them to use their imaginations? Here’s one way that I’ll share with the parents out there.  I often told mychildren they could scream if they did it silently.  I still have memories of my son’s silent screams.  He could let a lot of energy out without a sound!  Try it! My daughter, Tess, had an alter ego by the name of Jessica Reindeer.  Jessica had a dog named Candybreath.  I loved to listen to their adventures.  Once Jessica told the neighbors that her dad had died from eating junk food.  I had to explain that it was Jessica’s dad, not Tess’s dad.

6.    What was the inspiration behind the story of I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love? I wanted to give children the joy of becoming another creature with the comfort of knowing their parent would always recognize them.  And I always love to create interactive pages that allow children to “be” the animal either in action or in sound.

7.    Is the cover image of I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love inspired by the photograph of you with a giraffe that is featured on the back of the book?  Yes it is!  My publisher, Jean Feiwel, loves that picture and asked me specifically to create an illustration inspired by it.  Children I’ve met on tour always tell me they love that picture, too.  That picture was taken in Kenya.  The giraffe, Lynn, licked me all over my face.  I was holding food in my mouth!

8.    Your books are heartwarming and very comforting but always close with the phrase “Youare loved.” Why?  Quite simply, it’s a message no one gets enough of.  It’s the bottom line take-away of all my books, so I always want to end with it.

9.    Millions of families across the nation have grown to love your books dearly.  What is it about your stories that you think creates such a special connection with your readers – children and parents alike? I try to give parents words to say what they already feel for their children.  Most parents really deeply feel those words, and their children can tell.  In their early years, children are little sponges. I love knowing parents are getting those messages of love into their children before many of the world’s other messages make their way in, or before barriers go up.

10. Can you describe your creative process? How do you choose a subject? Do you have a favorite place where you go for inspiration or to work out any blocks? Do you write or illustrate first? Are you inspired by friends, family, scenery, other? I am inspired by the natural beauty of the world around me, and the beautiful faces of young children looking up at me.  When I succeed in reaching those children, I want to do it again and again.  Yes, there are special places that are especially inspirational to me… many countries in Africa have provided me with beautiful memories to work from.  But I could just as easily be transported by a crow that talks to me on a morning walk, or fog over a wheat field.  As much as I can I try to paint wide open spaces that children can imagine themselves in. 

Generally, I write first, although there are illustrations that I can already see in my mind.  Sometimes I envision an illustration that might influence text. 

Photos courtesy of macmillan publishers

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All Aboard the Dinosaur Train for Tons of Fun in June

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Yes!  Summer break is almost here, and The Jim Henson Company and partners want to help you kick-start your summer fun with some great ideas for the entire family!

  • June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month–a great time to take the family on a “trip” to visit your local National Zoo or Aquarium!
  • The Jim Henson Company has teamed up with Penguin Young Readers Group to give you the opportunity to review and giveaway an all-new DINOSAUR TRAIN book, Buddy’s Favorite Trips!
  • And to sweeten things up, we have some wonderful Dinosaur Train Cake Toppers and Dinosaur Train Cup Cake Rings from DecoPak so your kids can make their favorite DINOSAUR TRAIN treats…with your help of course!

Now for the details!

Celebrating National Zoo and Aquarium Month in June is a great opportunity to gather the family and take “a trip” to explore your local zoo and aquarium, as well as to visit the websites of America’s great zoos and aquariums. Many of the sites offer excellent educational resources, including photographs, videos, facts, lesson plans and activities.  TheAssociation of Zoos and Aquariums provides a collection of links to their accredited zoos and aquariums.

The Jim Henson Company has also recently created The Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour, which provides some great resources for you that any young DINOSAUR TRAIN fan is going to love!

What is the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour?  It’s is a mobile website that may be viewed on a desktop or laptop computer, or on a smartphone web browser, and relates dinosaur and natural history content from the DINOSAUR TRAIN animated television series (which airs on PBS KIDS), to zoo and aquarium animals.

At aquariums and zoos, The Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour will teach kids fun facts about today’s living creatures, and encourage them to learn more about the relationship between modern day ocean life and animals such as sharks, crabs, turtles, elephants, bats, birds, crocodiles and more, and their prehistoric ancestors.    You can see the site at the following link: http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/tour

You can access the mobile website either before, during or after visits to zoos and aquariums to enhance your child’s engagement in paleontology, animal science and natural history.  Guides can also be downloaded for families to take with them on their visits too:

  • Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Zoo
  • Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Aquarium
  • Click here to download the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour for the Natural History Museum

The kids might just find that with the help of the Dinosaur Train Discovery Tour, visiting Zoo’s, Aquarium’s and Natural History Museum’s are among their “favorite trips” ever!

Everyone enjoys taking fun trips, including DINOSAUR TRAIN’S Buddy!  Buddy fans everywhere are sure to enjoy the new sticker stories from Penguin Young Readers Group, Buddy’s Favorite Trips.   With over 75 stickers, this sticker stories book takes fans on a ride on the Dinosaur Train and features… that’s right… Buddy’s favorite trips! For ages 3-5; SRP $6.99; available wherever books are sold!  To browse all the Dinosaur Train books, go to www.penguin.com/dinosaurtrain.

And finally, it’s a great time to help the kids create some fun treats for dad decorated with their favorite DINOSAUR TRAIN characters! DecoPak has provided a Dinosaur Train Dinosaur Express Cake Topper and Dinosaur Train Cupcake Rings, featuring Buddy and Tiny.   These products are available at various online stores including Amazon.com (prices vary).  You can also visit www.cakes.com to find a bakery in your area that may be able to make these cakes for you!

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Hot New Kids Book – BEDTIME MATH: A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late

 

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Coming your way for kids ages 3-8 is a fun new book – BEDTIME MATH: A Fun Excuse To Stay Up Late by Laura Overdeck and Jim Paillot.

In this new book, Overdeck pairs more than one hundred kid-friendly stories with age-appropriate math problems, providing the groundwork for a new bedtime ritual that will make math fun and accessible for both children and parents.  The book hits shelves on June 25th.

Bedtime Math is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to make nightly math problems as common as the bedtime story.  Founded by mother of three Laura Overdeck, a trained astrophysicist, launched the program to encourage her own children’s interest in math.

More information about Bedtime Math can be found online at www.bedtimemath.org.

In honor of the book launch, bookstores, museums and libraries nationwide will host Bedtime Math National Pajama Party Week events from June 24-29, giving families a chance to take part in the national movement to make math fun, relevant, and an enjoyable part of everyday life.  These free, family-friendly events are aimed at children ages 3-8 year and their parents, and will include a variety of math-inspired games and activities.  Children are encouraged to come dressed in their pajamas and be ready to play.  Check for an event in your area!

 

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ENTER TO WIN: “Ride Along the Dinosaur Train” Book

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Did you know that Aristotle (384-322 BC) is often referred to as the father of marine biology? Aristotle is the first to record observations on marine life, and identified a variety of species including crustaceans, echinoderms, mollusks, and fish. However, until submarines were invented, it was almost impossible to explore the deep ocean. Today, submarines are used by marine biologists to collect samples, take videos and observe sea life in ways that humans would not be able to do! Marine biologists are able to work at depths of several hundred meters for hours in these special submarines!

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There is so much to discover under water. Just recently in December 2012, a giant, marine reptile that roamed the seas around 150 million years ago was identified as a new species. The animal, now named Pliosaurus funkei spanned about 40 feet, had a massive 6.5 foot long skull and a bite as powerful as a Tyrannosaurus rex.

We wonder what Buddy would think of that?!

Buddy and everyone’s favorite Pteranodon family recently dove into an underwater adventure in “Submarine Adventure.” The one-hour program will feature four new stories about sea creatures that lived during the “Age of Dinosaurs.” Preschoolers will meet new friends along the way – from Otto Ophthalmosaurus to Archelon turtles – as they learn about natural science, natural history and paleontology. And if you missed it, both full episodes and clips from “Submarine Adventure” are available on the PBS KIDS Video Player at PBSKIDS.org/video and on the free PBS KIDS Video App!

Check out all the great online PBS and Dinosaur Train games HERE!

Get your FREE Submarine Adventure Coloring Sheets to download are available HERE!

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To celebrate this new one-hour special, you too can “Ride Along the Dinosaur Train” in this new book from Grosset & Dunlap, available everywhere books are sold! This fun, interactive novelty book lets readers ride the Dinosaur Train with Buddy and his family. Using the slide along train at the top of the book, fans can visit all the stops along with the Dinosaur Train! For readers ages 3 and up; grade level P and up! SRP $7.99.

One (1) lucky reader will receive this wonderful new book!!

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ENTER TO WIN: “Ride Along the Dinosaur Train” Book

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Did you know that Aristotle (384-322 BC) is often referred to as the father of marine biology? Aristotle is the first to record observations on marine life, and identified a variety of species including crustaceans, echinoderms, mollusks, and fish. However, until submarines were invented, it was almost impossible to explore the deep ocean. Today, submarines are used by marine biologists to collect samples, take videos and observe sea life in ways that humans would not be able to do! Marine biologists are able to work at depths of several hundred meters for hours in these special submarines!

Ride-Along-the-Dinosaur-Train-book

There is so much to discover under water. Just recently in December 2012, a giant, marine reptile that roamed the seas around 150 million years ago was identified as a new species. The animal, now named Pliosaurus funkei spanned about 40 feet, had a massive 6.5 foot long skull and a bite as powerful as a Tyrannosaurus rex.

We wonder what Buddy would think of that?!

Buddy and everyone’s favorite Pteranodon family recently dove into an underwater adventure in “Submarine Adventure.” The one-hour program will feature four new stories about sea creatures that lived during the “Age of Dinosaurs.” Preschoolers will meet new friends along the way – from Otto Ophthalmosaurus to Archelon turtles – as they learn about natural science, natural history and paleontology. And if you missed it, both full episodes and clips from “Submarine Adventure” are available on the PBS KIDS Video Player at PBSKIDS.org/video and on the free PBS KIDS Video App!

Check out all the great online PBS and Dinosaur Train games HERE!

Get your FREE Submarine Adventure Coloring Sheets to download are available HERE!

Follow Penguin Young Readers Group:
penguin.com/dinosaurtrain
www.penguin.com/youngreaders www.twitter.com/penguinkids www.youtube.com/penguinyoungreaders

Follow Dinosaur Train:
www.facebook.com/DinosaurTrain

Follow The Jim Henson Company:
www.facebook.com/hensonparents
www.twitter.com/hensonparents

Follow PBS Kids:
www.twitter.com/pbskids
www.facebook.com/pbskids

To celebrate this new one-hour special, you too can “Ride Along the Dinosaur Train” in this new book from Grosset & Dunlap, available everywhere books are sold! This fun, interactive novelty book lets readers ride the Dinosaur Train with Buddy and his family. Using the slide along train at the top of the book, fans can visit all the stops along with the Dinosaur Train! For readers ages 3 and up; grade level P and up! SRP $7.99.

One (1) lucky reader will receive this wonderful new book!!

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