Joe Yang is a children’s book author, web cartoonist, and a huge fan of seals. And because he also loves storytelling, Joe’s also passionate about combining off-beat humor with those curious creatures. His goal is to encourage children, particularly young boys, to develop an interest in reading.
Ninja Seals Book 2: The Metal Menace, is his second book.
Joe is a full-time Argentine Tango instructor, and teaches at tango festivals throughout the US. In a partnership with occupational therapy researchers at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Joe also teaches tango to patients in treatment for Parkinson’s Disease.
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Title: Ninja Seals Book 2: The Metal Menace
Alx (pronounced “Alex) and his cousin Scooter are two ordinary seals by day, and ninja seals by night! One evening, while busy in a workshop, someone – or something – starts banging on the front door!
Before they know it, Alx and Scooter are caught up in a chaotic nightmare where they are once again forced to take action as ninja seals. This time, they’re up against a large, metal monstrosity! What is its purpose? What does it want? And how will the ninja seals be able to stop it?
Age level: 5-9
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I must admit my YouTube channel was a disaster, book trailers mixed in with aimless videos, author read alouds scattered throughout, no playlists, and no sections. I finally learned how to organize it and have created three public playlists.
- Book Trailers: I’m a little behind in this but at least half my books have a promo trailer.
- Author Read Aloud: I have three full children’s picture books available for viewing and listening. I will be adding some things to this playlist as well.
- Tips and Hacks for Parents, Teachers & Writers: This is going to be my focus for the next while. I plan to add a new video every couple of weeks focusing on inexpensive or free learning activities that are kind to the environment, encourage active movement, and incorporate more than one learning style. Most will be on literacy. Here’s my first one.
I hope you can take the time to check it out, give me a thumbs up, comment, or share.
Today’s my birthday and my wish has come true. I’m getting a “Little Free Library” to share with my community. Unfortunately, when we moved, I did a major purge of my fiction books so stocking it will be a challenge. If you have any books you are willing to donate, please let me know and I will pick them up. You are, of course, welcome to participate. The Little Free Library will feature books for all ages. (No erotica please.) I will hold a launch day when the official sign with my charter number arrives in 2-3 weeks. Thank you.
Having a photocopier makes teaching a child so much simpler than when my children were young. Here is a quick and simple way to use lacing letters to help a child learn his or her name.
Tape the letters down on a piece of paper and photocopy it.
You may have to glue several pieces of paper together depending on the length of your child’s name. Cut out the letters and mount them on stiff paper.
Your child puts the plastic letters on top of the paper image as if completing a jigsaw puzzle.
If you have already taught your child to orally spell their name using my singing technique, now is a good time to teach them to touch each letter as they sing it.
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Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and Hooper Humperdink, Not Him! (Reviewed here) by Dr. Seuss are great follow-up or introductory books to this activity.
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Where has all the time gone? When we moved in August I wrote a series of blog posts knowing that I would be busy redecorating, renovating, etc. There were fifteen windows needing treatment in our new home. I thought I had enough blog entries to get me to the middle of February, but it turns out I was a month off. I haven’t had much time for reading, other than books on decorating, but I thought it was time for a bit of diversion anyway. So… Now for something completely different.
Well maybe not completely.
Here’s a fun way to expose your child to reading. You can buy, from Melissa and Doug, or make a pizza set like the one in my photograph.
Then sort and label the parts. I also added dessert because what’s pizza without dessert? As your child creates pizza according to your specific tastes, she is exposed to the words taped to each bin. This is a lot of fun and can be incorporated into other types of play.
Older children can have separate bins for each of the toppings.
I took pictures of toppings from the internet and printed them on transfer paper (for t-shirts). Then I cut them out and ironed them on to pieces of felt. The pizza crust is felt glued to a piece of cardboard and rolled up felt sewn around the edges. The white and red sauce are just simple pieces of felt. The breadsticks are rolled up pieces of felt sewn shut with fat wool. The dipping sauce is a piece of cotton in a tiny measuring cup.
I lined a used pizza box with felt and covered it with clear sticky paper. This turned out not to be such a great idea as it is difficult to open and shut. If I did it again, I would simply ask for an extra empty box when I bought pizza. I also should have planned to make the pizza small enough to fit inside her toy oven.
There are numerous books about pizza that would make great follow-up reads, even one about Curious George.
You can also take the easy, quick way and buy a Melissa & Doug pizza set.