I am linking up to the Sunday Post hosted by the wonderful Kim of Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where participants recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. I am also linking to Stacking the Shelves hosted by the great Team Tynga's Reviews and Marlene of Reading Reality a meme in which participants share what new books came their way recently.
We recently attended the OC Children's Book Festival with Mouse's Girl Scout troop. We had a chance to wander around and attend a few of the talks at the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) stage. It was a lot of fun. I just wish we had been able to stop and chat with a few more of the authors at their booths. It was a beautiful day for a book festival.
With the ease of access to the internet by children today, teaching cyber safety is even more important than it ever has been before. As a parent, I want to know the best ways to protect my daughter, and I also want her to know how to navigate the internet safely on her own.
Once a Girl Scout herself, author and teacher Kimberly Franklin invited our Girl Scout troop to help with her Max and the Mouse Safe in Cyberspace presentation, along side the author's granddaughters. The girls learned the ABC's of online safety and were each given a copy of the book. Kimberly Franklin even offered to arrange to come speak with the troop at one of their upcoming meetings! After the talk and the girls had earned their Cyber Safety Certificates, we gathered outside for autographs and pictures.
Author Kimberly Franklin and her amazing granddaughters, Lunabelle & Cassandra-Jadel
Mouse & author Kimbery Franklin
We had a little time to spare before attending the next couple of presentations we hoped to see. Some of the girls went off to have lunch, while others wandered through the festival.
Animal and Nature Stage
John Archambault singing his book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Author Donna Zellers signing her book Witches Ball for Mouse
Mouse fell in love with author Laura Knight whose presentation of her two books Spot: A Sea Pup's Survival Guide and Kid Astronaut: Space Adventure, was quite a hit with the girls. Kid Astronaut especially caught Mouse's attention. A choose your own adventure story written in screenplay form, it was right up Mouse's alley. We met up with the author at her booth later that afternoon and she took the time to read more of her book with Mouse. Kid Astronaut was the first book Mouse could not wait to read when she got home.
Author Laura Knight
The big event of the day was getting the opportunity to meet astronaut and artist, Nicole Stott. The room was crowded, with people standing up along the walls. Ms. Stott talked about her background and what led her to where she is today. She mentioned that research has shown that boys can look at anyone, no matter their gender, and see themselves striving toward whatever goal they set their minds to. Girls, however, tend to look for the women in the crowd. That's one of the reasons she puts herself out there and talks about her experiences. So girls can see what is possible--and perhaps aim even higher.
Instead of lecturing to the group, Ms. Stott opened the floor to questions right away. Hands shot up, especially among the children. We learned it takes the shuttle 8 1/2 minutes to get into orbit, what the astronauts ate in space, what life was like on the space station, what it felt like to be weightless and how it felt when returning to earth. She talked about her experience water painting in space. She also told us that plans are being made for humanity to set up camp on the moon--or rather in a moon cave. Ms. Stott discussed how well the astronauts from around the world worked together on the space station no matter the country they came from.
Astronaut Nicole Stott
Mouse ended her day at the festival with a couldn't-pass-up jump in a bounce house. And then it was time to head home.
Surprisingly, we only came home with four books from the book festival. I let Mouse take the lead, otherwise, I would have probably come home with a lot more.
Witches Ball by Donna Zellers, illustrated by Jack Rogers
Superhero Kids: Saving and Investing Book by Hugh Nguyen, illustrated by Maruf Hasan
Max and the Mouse Safe in Cyberspace by Kimberly Franklin, illustrated by Justine Armentrout
Kid Astronaut: Space Adventure by Laura Knight
Some of the books Mouse has read this month (along with Amelia Bedelia, Rainbow Magic, and ABC Calendar Mysteries):
Part-Time Princess by Part-time Princess by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Cambria Evans
Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel
Dog on a Frog by Dog on a Frog? by Kes Gray, Claire Gray, Jim Field
Creepy Carrots! by Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
Fancy Nancy: Fancy Day in Room 1-A by Jane O'Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser & Ted Enik
Pet Parade by Daisy Meadows
You're Safe With Me by by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Poonam Mistry
Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream by Rob Scotton, Laura Driscoll & Robert Eberz
A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young
Camilla, the Cupcake Fairy by Tim Bugbird
I hope you all had a great week! What have you been up to? What are you reading?
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It looks like you and Mouse had a fantastic time at the festival. I would have enjoyed listening to Ms. Nicole Stott speak, she is a wonderful inspiration to young ladies. I hope Mouse enjoys all the books that she picked up at the festival.ReplyDelete
Jovita - It was a good time, and I hope we will be able to go next year. The girls loved meeting the astronaut. She really is a wonderful inspiration. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Oh wow that looks like an awesome book festival! How exciting! Nicole Stott's presentation sounds amazing- what a great role model.ReplyDelete
Greg - It was a lot of fun. Thank you for visiting!Delete
This looks like it was a lot of fun! I love the cover for Witches Ball, will look that one up!ReplyDelete
Nicci - It was, and I hope we can go back next year. I really like the cover of Witches Ball too. :-) It's a cute book. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I love that Mouse is such a bibliophile, just like her mother! You are teaching her a great life-skill, and I think the forums at the book festival sound empowering for young girls. I'm happy that you all had fun there and came home with awesome books.ReplyDelete
Rita - She does seem to enjoy reading. I was getting worried there for a while because she wanted nothing to do with books. LOL Hopefully this will last. I think her teacher has helped get her excited about reading again. Thank you for visiting!Delete
What a fun time for all of you! I remember doing events with my daughter's Girl Scout troop, but I don't think we ever went to anything quite so much up 'my' alley. Ha! Love all you talked about here.ReplyDelete
Kay - It was fun, and I would definitely do it again. It did work out well for me given my love for reading and books. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
That looks and sounds like a great festival. I wish they had something like that for my baby girl here. And those four books look great. I especially love the looks of Witches Ball.ReplyDelete
Have a great week and happy reading!
Maureen - I had never heard of it before it was set as a field trip for the girls--and it's not that far away! I am so glad we were able to go. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I love that there are book festivals aimed just at youngsters! I'll have to see if there are any like that in this country...:) Thank you for such a wonderful round-up of what you and Mouse got up to - it looks amazing! Have a great week.ReplyDelete
Sarah - I hadn't heard of this one until recently. I am so glad there are book festivals aimed at children too. I know the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has a pretty big set up just for children's books, which we've been to before. But we haven't made it to that one the last couple of years. This one was a bit closer. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
What a neat experience this must have been for you both! I would love to take my kids to something similar. Have a great week!!ReplyDelete
Samantha - I hope you get a chance to someday! Thank you for visiting!Delete
What a wonderful festival! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your books. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATESReplyDelete
Laurel-Rain - It was fun! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Wow, what a great book festival! And what a lovely time you both had. I loved reading about the different presentations and seeing all your photos.ReplyDelete
Wishing you and Mouse both a wonderful week!
Lark - Some great memories made. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Looks like you had a fun time out there. I am sure Mouse did too. Have a great week ahead.ReplyDelete
Gayathri @ Elgee Writes
Gayathri - It was a lot of fun. Thank you for visiting!Delete
What a fabulous event! I love that this was geared towards kids. It sounds like it was really inspiring and entertaining. Thanks for sharing your photos :)ReplyDelete
Carole - I loved that it was aimed towards the kids too. Mouse really enjoyed it (and so did I, of course). Thank you for stopping by!Delete
What a wonderful time for your girl. I bet when she grows up she'll have fond memories of events like these!ReplyDelete
Iliana - I hope she will remember this--at least I'll have the photos! Thanks for visiting!Delete
Oh, Wendy, love, love, LOOOOVE KidLit book festivals! I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this :D How cool that John Archambault was there! I had no idea you could SING the book lol And an astronaut, and so many authors . I especially love the idea of a workshop about internet safety. GREAT idea for ALL the book festivals, I think. right?ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing this :D And if you're into festivals the way I asm, you might enjoy the posts I did on the Princeton Book Festivals. It killed me having to miss it last month, but I couldn't go 'cause I can't drive due to the busted wrist :-/ I did save a LOT of money though lol
if you want to check out my posts:
Donna Marie - According to my husband, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is supposed to be sung . . . I haven't verified that, but the author was definitely on stage performing the book. :-) Thank you for sharing the links to your posts about the Princeton Book Festivals! And thank you too for stopping by!Delete
That festival looks fun. There were so many interesting people there. I’m not a kid, but I probably would have loved it. Enjoy your new books!ReplyDelete
Aj @ Read All The Things!
AJ - It was a good time. :-) I do wish we had more time there though. Thank you for visiting!Delete
That STEM festival looks awesome. My daughter attended a STEM week of summer camp at a college after 6th grade. They have about 5000 apply and they choose a few hundred. It had so many fun things. I wanted to go too! Anne - Books of My HeartReplyDelete
Anne - The book festival was a lot of fun. They had a variety of different stage areas for authors to talk about a variety of topics. We mostly stuck to the STEM stage this time around. The camp your daughter went to sounds like a lot of fun! Thank you for stopping by!Delete