How Are You Feeling Today?
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
Compassion: The Best Skill Against Bullying
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
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
How to Draw Bismark!
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!
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.