Boredom Be Gone! 8 Fun Activities for Kids Ages 7-12 to Support Summer Reading
Jun 05, 2023 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Summer is just around the corner! Need some fun things to fill those long summer days? The Nocturnals Summer Reading Kit is jam-packed with Nocturnals-themed learning activities that support kids’ reading comprehension and STEAM skills using the fiction and nonfiction books—everything you need to have an awesome and educational summer!
Use The Weeping Wombat to Learn Empathy for Mental Health Awareness Month
May 15, 2023 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! For young children, reading a book and discussing the story can create the opportunity to talk about mental health and empathy for others.
In The Weeping Wombat—a Nocturnals early reader book by Tracey Hecht—the characters teach us that to properly understand mental health, it’s important to practice empathy. In the book, the animals listen to their new friend Walter the Wombat as he shares his feelings with them. They show Walter that it’s okay to cry and express yourself, and that weeping is just another way to show how we feel.
3 Easy Ways to Protect Wildlife on Earth Day!
Apr 20, 2023 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
April 22nd is Earth Day! This year’s theme is Invest in Our Planet—a cause near and dear to our hearts. Our friends in the wild are disappearing at an alarming rate as a result of human activity. Poaching, climate change, pollution, and habitat loss are devastating our planet. Thankfully, there’s hope! If we work together, we can save endangered species from total extinction. Here are three easy ways you and your family can help protect at-risk species and improve the health of our planet...
Visit Your Favorite Nocturnal Animal on National Zoo Lovers Day
Apr 06, 2023 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
April 8th is National Zoo Lovers Day! It's celebrated annually to encourage the public to explore their local zoos and show appreciation for the education and awareness that zoos bring to their communities.
The Nocturnals Animal Nonfiction Book Collection by Tracey Hecht
Mar 20, 2023 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Connect Kids to the Science Behind the Series!
Explore Unique Nocturnal Animal Adaptations & Fun Facts with The Nocturnals.
Happy World Pangolin Day! Discover 4 Mind-Boggling Pangolin Features
Feb 18, 2023 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
World Pangolin Day is celebrated every February to raise awareness about pangolins– including our favorite pangolin, Tobin, from The Nocturnals book series by Tracey Hecht. You may have noticed pangolins are unique-looking creatures, but what you may not know is that pangolins' features are designed to help them survive. All their physical attributes perform a specific job! Here are four features that help pangolins defend themselves in the wild.
Get Ready for Halloween with Nocturnals Face Painting Instructions!
Oct 20, 2022 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Looking for a way to celebrate Halloween? Have a Face Painting Party! Follow the video instructions below to transform your child into a member of the Nocturnal Brigade.
Summer Reading Craft: DIY Imagination River
Jun 01, 2022 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Write a Poem for National Poetry Month!
Apr 12, 2022 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a poem with the Nocturnals!
9 Ways to Keep Spring Break Fun from The Nocturnals!
Mar 17, 2022 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 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.
Book Recommendations for Black History Month!
Feb 22, 2022 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Celebrate Black authors this month and every month with these three books: a young adult novel, a middle grade book, and a picture book. These stories invite readers into diverse experiences of everyday life that showcase the strength of family and friendship.
Celebrate World Pangolin Day with Tobin from The Nocturnals!
Feb 16, 2022 by Tracey Hecht
While writing The Nocturnals book series, it was really important to me to use the physiologies of the animals and their unique characteristics to inform and develop the characters and to enhance the plot and story dynamic. The details I learn about the nocturnal world constantly inspire and engage me. For World Pangolin Day (February 19, 2022), I am sharing some interesting facts I learned about pangolins while researching for Tobin, the sweet pangolin in the Nocturnals.
No Name-Calling Week: Kindness and Empathy in The Nocturnals
Jan 18, 2022 by Tracey Hecht
This 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
Jan 05, 2022 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
Dec 14, 2021 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
The holidays may be a hectic time of 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.
3 New Animal Books for Middle Graders!
Nov 04, 2021 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
This fall season has brought a few new middle grade animal books into our lives! If you like The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions for its lovable characters, its mystery and adventure, and its demonstration of courage and other SEL themes, check out these three new animal-filled chapter books...
How Are You Feeling Today?
Oct 04, 2021 by Tracey Hecht
I often start my virtual school and library visits with that simple question: How are you feeling today? Whether kids respond with happy, bored, excited, or even sad, the question invites a deeper conversation about their feelings and attention to their mental states. I then share stories from my early reader collection of books in which The Nocturnals characters, through actions and emotions of their own, model emotions that students often feel but find confusing or hard to express. Kids can relate to moments when Tobin the pangolin is nervous, when Bismark the sugar glider is loud and excited, or when Dawn the fox feels quiet and thoughtful.
Support Kids’ School Friendships With Stories
Aug 11, 2021 by Tracey Hecht
With back-to-school just around the corner, it’s a great time to talk to kids about friendships, especially after this past year when many schools and schedules had disruptions. Kids may be apprehensive about rekindling old friendships, thoughtful about making new friends, or even nervous about how potential school disruptions this upcoming year may factor into their friendships...
4 Tips to Make Summer Reading Fun for the Whole Family
May 20, 2021 by Tracey Hecht
It’s summer! Time to let go and enjoy—especially this summer. It hasn’t been the easiest year. Parents and kids both deserve to have some fun. But there’s also a lot of talk about "learning loss" resulting from pandemic year accommodations, not to mention the normal summer slide that can happen any year. Here are some tips to help make summer reading with the Tails & Tales theme more exciting not only for kids but for the whole family.
The Nocturnals Kindness Game
Feb 24, 2021 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
The Kindness Game was developed by Fabled Films Press to support literacy skills and social and emotional learning. The game is ideal for incorporating into bullying prevention programs and concludes with a student-lead exercise in identifying kind words and behaviors to promote a culture of kindness in schools and libraries.