Tag: imaginative play

BELOW – paperback edition!
© Nina Crews 2006 Nina Crews Studio Paperback Edition

BELOW – paperback edition!

BELOW is now available as a print-on-demand paperback! Last fall, I got the news that one of my favorite books, BELOW, was going out of print. I’ve had other books go out of print before and I have always felt disappointed, but rarely surprised. This time I…

The Neighborhood Sing-Along
©Nina Crews 2011 • Greenwillow Books HarperCollins • ISBN:9780061850639

The Neighborhood Sing-Along

Buy it here!  Amazon; Indie Bound; Barnes&Noble   • Bank Street Children’s Book Committee – Building Blocks Selection for Children Five & Under Playground songs and classroom songs, silly songs and sweet songs, wake–up songs and bedtime songs…  Nina Crews brings her energetic style of…

Liar, Liar!

Liar, Liar!

The Neighborhood Sing-Along - Miss Mary Mack
©Nina Crews from The Neighborhood Sing-Along 2011

I have just returned from Sheboygan Wisconsin. Spent a day talking about my books at the Mead Public Library and leading an art workshop at the Kohler Art Center. Spent two evenings talking shop with other authors and illustrators while tasting Wisconsin specialties like fried cheese curds. (Yes, fried cheese curds.) Here are some photos of me in an article about the festival from the  Sheboygan Press. You can look at them here.  (But be patient, there are lots of photos of Steven Kellogg first!)

During my morning presentation I learned something new which is the reason why this post is titled “Liar, Liar, Liar”. Apparently in Chicago, the song, “Miss Mary Mack,” is sung a little differently than what is printed in my book,The Neighborhood Sing-Along. Children’s author  James Kennedy sat in on my session and told us that when kids get the end of the song they shout “liar, liar, liar!” because the song is all lies. I am sad to say that I don’t think I ever really got the joke as a kid, but no room for subtleness in Chi-town. Fun!

Also fun is James Kennedy’s project the 90 second Newbery.  Kids of all ages create a 90 second film based on their favorite Newbery award winning book.

The Neighborhood Mother Goose
©Nina Crews, Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers ISBN:9780060515737

The Neighborhood Mother Goose

Buy it here! Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Indie Bound • ALA Notable Book 2005 • Notable Children’s Book in the Language Arts (NCTE) • Texas Library Association 2×2 Reading List 2005 • New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2004 • CCBC…

Snowball
©Nina Crews 1997 Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Publishers

Snowball

The weather report says “Snow.” Yet there is no sign of it on Monday, or Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday. But oh, when it comes, it is as thick and white and wonderful as the young narrator dreamed. Zip up your jacket and come outside.…

Below
© Nina Crews 2006.  Nina Crews Studio Paperback Edition ISBN: 9780692434475

Below

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• ALA Notable Book 2007
• Junior Library Guild Selection 2006
• Read On Wisconsin book of the month December 2006

Jack and his action figure Guy have many adventures together, and the tall, narrow staircase in Jack’s house provides the perfect setting. Jack and Guy climb mountains, visit cities, and explore forests. But one day Guy falls down a hole in the stairs, and it’s up to Jack to rescue him. What is going on below the stairs?
Only Guy knows.

Publisher’s Weekly – “This fanciful look at play will likely hit high notes with young readers.” (Ages 3-6)