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No Name-Calling Week: Kindness and Empathy in The Nocturnals

No Name-Calling Week: Kindness and Empathy in The Nocturnals
Jan 12, 2021 by Tracey Hecht
Next week is No Name-Calling Week, which brings awareness to the problem of bullying and teaches kids to respect other people’s differences. Often times when someone looks or acts in a way that seems different, it can feel unknown or even scary for kids. It may make them want to call that person names or treat them badly, especially if they think that person might be threatening.

Storytelling Can Show Children the Value of Friendship

Storytelling Can Show Children the Value of Friendship
Jan 06, 2021 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
January is here, and the rush of the holidays is over. As we settle into the calm of winter, it’s the perfect time to take a moment to reflect on all the good things in our lives. For us, these include family, friends, and you—our readers—who enjoy all the stories about the Nocturnals .

12 Days of Fun Family Activities for the Holidays

12 Days of Fun Family Activities for the Holidays
Dec 02, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press

The holidays may look different this year, but all you need is a little creativity to celebrate the season with those you love. Here are twelve days’ worth of activities to get you in the holiday spirit and connect you with your family and friends—wherever they may be.

It’s World Wombat Day!

It’s World Wombat Day!
Oct 22, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press

Today is World Wombat Day! So we’re introducing you to our newest nocturnal friend: Walter the Wombat. The Nocturnal Brigade meets Walter in The Weeping Wombat, the latest book in our Grow & Read early reader collection.

Exploring Emotions and Behavior Through Stories

Exploring Emotions and Behavior Through Stories
Oct 20, 2020 by Tracey Hecht
We are well into Autumn, a time filled with transition, excitement, and anxiety as we near the end of the year. The practicalities of school have been heightened by new levels of unpredictability and unknown. As teachers and librarians, we want to help our children navigate this unpredictable year, even though we ourselves are feeling less confident about what that means. Books are a wonderful tool to help. Books have the ability to teach skills rather than provide answers and allow our kids to develop valuable social-emotional insights that will help them understand and manage these complexities.

Get Ready for Halloween with a Nocturnals Face Painting Party!

Get Ready for Halloween with a Nocturnals Face Painting Party!
Oct 14, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Looking for a way to celebrate Halloween? Have a Face Painting Party! Follow the video tutorials below to transform your child into a member of the Nocturnal Brigade.

Compassion: The Best Skill Against Bullying

Compassion: The Best Skill Against Bullying
Sep 30, 2020 by Tracey Hecht
Now that kids are in school—whether in person, remote, or both—let’s talk about an issue they experience in some way: bullying. Yes, bullies are a fact of life. Everybody encounters bullying at some point or other, either as the target, the bully, or both. (People are complicated!) You can find bullies in the schoolyard, in the office, on social media, and on the news.

4 Children’s Books to Have a “Feelings Check-In” with Your Child

4 Children’s Books to Have a “Feelings Check-In” with Your Child
Aug 19, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press

Feelings can be hard to navigate, especially when we go through multiple feelings day to day. In turn, teaching children healthy ways to identify, communicate, and express their feelings can be just as difficult! So we’ve rounded up four children’s books to help kids understand their feelings and learn different ways to express them. Each book includes key social emotional learning (SEL) lessons. Read these books and have a “Feelings Check-In” with your family.

Six Family-Friendly Summer Activities

Six Family-Friendly Summer Activities
Jul 30, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
The Nocturnals Summer Reading Kit is packed with engaging and entertaining activities to keep families entertained for hours. The STEM-related and Makerspace activities are a fun way to “sneak” science into family time this summer. 

How to Draw Bismark!

How to Draw Bismark!
Jul 20, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Do you want to draw characters from The Nocturnals? Follow easy step-by-step instructions on the How-to-Draw Bismark the Sugar Glider Activity to create your own version of Bismark. You can even experiment with drawing different facial expressions for him!

Learn About A Mythical Dinosaur!

Learn About A Mythical Dinosaur!
Jul 09, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
The Summer 2020 Reading Theme is  "Imagine Your Story", which celebrates mythology, fairy tales, and folktales and encourages young readers to create their own stories.

4 Creative Ways for Dads to Bond With Their Children

4 Creative Ways for Dads to Bond With Their Children
Jun 18, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Has working from home made it hard to find a good work-life balance? Are you feeling out of step with the rhythm of your home life? Every relationship needs recharging. Sometimes small, simple changes can reinforce the deep, meaningful bonds with our loved ones, including our kids. Here are some ideas on how to reconnect.

Tips for At-Home Moms Doing At-Home Learning

Tips for At-Home Moms Doing At-Home Learning
May 14, 2020 by Tracey Hecht
First, let me be clear—I am a terrible tutor, a lifelong resenter of housework, a decent but wildly disinterested cook, and yet I, like many of you, am in week eight of quarantine. But I am surviving! Not thriving, but surviving. Here are my tips:

Celebrate Earth Day with the Nocturnals!

Celebrate Earth Day with the Nocturnals!
Apr 22, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Each year, Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd—a tradition that started in 1970, when the public began to realize the serious ecological problems threatening our planet. 2020’s campaign is focused on climate action. In honor of Earth Day, we have created a Nocturnals’ matching activity for you and your child. Match the endangered animals to their geographic location, then check out the following resources to discover how you can help save these unique species!

Write a Poem for National Poetry Month!

Write a Poem for National Poetry Month!
Apr 22, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a poem with the Nocturnals!

Learn to Be Your Best Self With The Best Burp

Learn to Be Your Best Self With The Best Burp
Apr 15, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
In The Best Burp, Bismark, Tobin, and their new friend Bink listen to Dawn when she asks them to reflect on the etiquette of their burp-off. Together, all the friends help each other grow into their best selves.

Play The Nocturnals Bingo over FaceTime or Zoom

Play The Nocturnals Bingo over FaceTime or Zoom
Mar 25, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Looking for ways to connect with friends and loved ones while maintaining social distance? Try playing The Nocturnals Bingo over FaceTime or Zoom!

9 Ways To Avoid Cabin Fever and Keep Spring Break Fun!

9 Ways To Avoid Cabin Fever and Keep Spring Break Fun!
Mar 13, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
The Nocturnals by Tracey Hecht follows the after-dark adventures of Dawn the fox, Tobin the pangolin, and Bismark the sugar glider as they work together to solve the mysteries of the night. Join the Nocturnal Brigade this Spring Break (and avoid cabin fever!) with The Nocturnals Spring Break Boredom Busters Activity Kit.  Using the kit, you can read the books, discuss them as a family, and use captivating word games and crafts for individual quiet time or family engagement with your children.

3 Riveting Middle Grade Books for Women’s History Month

3 Riveting Middle Grade Books for Women’s History Month
Mar 06, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
It’s Women’s History Month! We’re celebrating by filling our March to-read lists with middle grade books that highlight the accomplishments and experiences of inspirational women. Here are three recommendations for 2020:

Join Us for World Read Aloud Day 2020

Join Us for World Read Aloud Day 2020
Feb 05, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Today is World Read Aloud Day! Learn more about the benefits of reading with your family and gather around to hear few chapter books read aloud.