What Is A Library?

A wonderful letter from E.B. White – author of Charlotte’s Web – to the children in the city of Troy about the important impact libraries and books have on reading, life, and education.

EB White Letter

What do libraries mean to you?

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Giveaway Winner!

Hooray! It’s giveaway day!

What does that mean? It’s finally time to name the winner of our Snuggle Up and Read Giveaway! One lucky winner is about to receive an organic holiday themed baby blanket from Delano Designs Baby, and a copy of one of Baseball and Zooey’s books!

We asked Mom for a drumroll but I guess you can’t see those over the interwebs, so you’ll just have to believe us when we say that there is one….

Congratulations To:

Rose B.

Because she’s the lucky winner, Rose will get to pick her prize out of the three blankets shown, and our two books. Just in time for a long Thanksgiving weekend – we’re sure there’s a little one in Rose’s life who’s going to enjoy curling up with a new blanket and a book after a big family dinner!

Congratulations again Rose! And thanks to everyone who entered, what a fun giveaway! We certainly enjoyed it, anyways. And the good news is, there’s still a chance to win a copy of Zooey The AcroCat from GoodReads! Click here to visit the site and enter today.

We hope you all have a great weekend!

Goodreads Giveaway Reminder

There are only 12 days left in our GoodReads Giveaway!

Do you want to win a copy of Zooey The AcroCat?  Enter now, before it’s too late!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Zooey The AcroCat by Andrea Kelly

Zooey The AcroCat
by Andrea Kelly

Giveaway ends November 25, 2012.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

There are four copies up for grabs, find out who’s going to take them home, right here, on November 26th.

See you then – and Good Luck!

Snuggle Up and Read Giveaway!

The cold weather is finally starting to roll in in our little corner of the world, and we’ve decided to celebrate by participating in another giveaway!

Baseball and Zooey have teamed up with Delano Designs to encourage you to Snuggle Up and Read with a fun and cozy giveaway this November.  Enter any time between now and November 15th, and you could be one of the lucky winners of a holiday themed organic baby blanket from Delano Designs Baby, and a copy of one of Baseball and Zooey’s books!

To enter, just head on over to Delano Designs’ Facebook page to like, share, or retweet any photo in the Snuggle Up and Read album – enter as many times as you want, and the winner will get to choose their favorite blanket and book from those pictured. Don’t have a child in your life?  Enter anyway, and if you’re the winner we’ll donate the gift to a charity in your name!

Good luck!!!

Global Cardboard Challenge

Last year, a story about a boy named Caine who had created an entire gaming arcade out of cardboard boxes in his father’s auto parts store went viral thanks to this video made by Nirvan Mullick:

This year, in honor of the anniversary of the Flash Mob that surprised Caine at his arcade, Caine, Nirvan, and many others got together to designate this Saturday, October 6th, a global day of play called The Cardboard Challenge.  To find out how you can participate, and help foster creativity in children everywhere, check out the follow-up video below, or stop by the official website at CainesArcade.com.

Caine’s story is an amazing testament to how the support of a single person can change the life of a child.

What are you up to this weekend?  Baseball and Zooey encourage you to get out there and PLAY!

Quoted!

Just a few quotes about children and books for you on this lovely Friday!

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

“Books, to the reading child, are so much more than books — they are dreams and knowledge, they are a future, and a past.”
Esther Meynell

Scary French Children’s Books

The other day, my friend shared with me this blog, written by Jenny Colgan, who recently moved to France from the Netherlands, and was surprised to find some rather…interesting books for children!

My “favorite” is probably this one: 

It’s called The Weight of Disappointment, and I think it’s my favorite mainly because of the caption, written by Colgan:

‘My seven-year-old (whose weekly agonising over which Lucky Luke to choose is why I’m hanging around the library in the first place) came over when I was taking a picture of this and said “why are you taking pictures of something so sad?”. I didn’t say, “because suffering is part of your lot in life, my innocent child”. But if I’d been French, I might have done.’

Baseball and Zooey sure are glad their books aren’t that depressing!

Have you stumbled upon any fun or surprising children’s books?  Share the best (and the worst!) of them here!  And be sure to check out the rest of Colgan’s finds!

“The Positive Dog”

Good afternoon everyone!  How was your weekend?  We spent most of our time lounging in front of fans, trying to keep cool…

We also read a book that Baseball and Zooey thought I should share with you – even if it’s not about cats :P

The book is called The Positive Dog, and it was written by best-selling author Jon Gordon.  A quick read, it centers around two dogs, Matt and Bubba who live in a shelter.  Matt is not a very Positive Dog, and gets very sad whenever a family comes to the shelter and doesn’t adopt him :( Bubba has been there a while, and one day he decides to give Matt some advice that changes both their lives, and the shelter forever!!  The advice is how to feed your positive dog.

Broken down into chapters, each of which has a easy to follow step on how to become more positive in your own life, The Positive Dog is a fantastic introductory book for parents who want to teach their children how to have a positive outlook from an early age.

Simple tips, such as taking a gratitude walk every day, learning how to tell ourselves positive stories instead of negative ones, and changing complaints into solutions, will change the way you and your child view the world around you for the better!

As Gordon says, “Create the good old days right now and believe even better days are ahead of you,” so why not start your child off on the right foot and help them develop that positivity muscle early?  The talking dogs, Matt and Bubba, are heartwarming main characters, and they make the lessons in The Positive Dog easily accessible and enjoyable for young and old alike.

When you get to the end, be sure to check out his 11-day Action Plan that will help you and your family implement all of the advice into your daily lives with easy step-by-step instructions.  There’s also a Positivity Pledge that I would encourage you all to check out, and maybe even post somewhere that’s easy for everyone in the family to see.

Remember: “Being positive really is a choice and feeding the positive dog inside you is one of the most important choices you can make” (Gordon). So be sure to give your child the tools, today!