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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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
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!
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
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.
3 Compelling Reads for Black History Month
Feb 04, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
February is Black History Month! We are celebrating with three books—a collection of short stories, an award-winning graphic novel, and a linear novel—that provide compelling and diverse perspectives, which are much needed among children’s literature today.
No Name-Calling Week: Kindness and Empathy in The Nocturnals
Jan 17, 2020 by The Editors of Fabled Films Press
Next week is No Name-Calling Week, which brings awareness to the problem of bullying and teaches kids to respect other people’s differences—something that can be difficult for many children to grasp. When someone looks or acts in a way that seems strange or different, it can feel scary for kids and make them want to call that person names, especially if they think that person might be threatening or might take something away from them.