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.
3 New Animal Books for Middle Graders!
Sep 24, 2021 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
After a Tails & Tales summer, September 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...
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.
3 Easy Ways You Can Help Protect Our Wildlife
Apr 21, 2021 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Happy Earth Day! This year’s theme is Restore Our Earth—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...
Write a Poem for National Poetry Month!
Apr 14, 2021 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a poem with the Nocturnals!
9 Ways To Stop Cabin Fever and Keep Spring Break Fun!
Mar 09, 2021 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.
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.
3 Must-Read Children's Books for Black History Month!
Feb 17, 2021 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
February is Black History Month! Celebrate Black authors and illustrators (this month and every month) with these three books: the first book in a middle-grade series, a picture book, and a graphic novel. These stories invite readers into diverse experiences of everyday life that extol the strength of family and friendship.
Raising Awareness for World Pangolin Day with Tobin the Pangolin!
Feb 17, 2021 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 20, 2021), 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 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
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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
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!
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!