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Monday, May 23, 2011

Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month with DINOSAUR TRAIN and SID THE SCIENCE KID Review

DINOSAUR TRAIN’s “Buddy” and SID THE SCIENCE KID’s “Sid” are participating for the first time this year in May’s Get Caught Reading Month, organized by the Association of American Publishers as part of its annual nationwide campaign devised to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read.

As part of the campaign, both Buddy and Sid are depicted “caught reading” in posters made available to teachers and parents for use in classrooms, libraries and other locations.

According to the Association of American Publishers, research indicates that early language experience actually stimulates a child's brain to grow and that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school. To that end, the members of the association hope to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that pleasure with the young children in their lives. The “Buddy” and “Sid” posters will be available at http://www.getcaughtreading.org/

All posters are free, with a $5.00 per set charge for shipping & handling, whether you order one poster or 12. A set is defined as any number of posters that you order between one and 12. The order form can be found at http://www.getcaughtreading.org/orderforms/GetCaughtReading-PosterOrderForm.pdf

Get Caught Reading Month has been supported in the past by such well-known figures as former First Lady Laura Bush, Drew Carey, Whoopi Goldberg, Derek Jeter, Vernon Jordan, Jake Lloyd, Rosie O'Donnell, Dolly Parton, Jane Seymour, Sammy Sosa, Erik Weihenmayer, and Robin Williams, all of whom have been "caught reading" their favorite books and magazines for print ads and posters seen by millions of people across the country. In addition, more than 200 Members of Congress have been photographed "caught reading" on Capitol Hill. All of these images are available at http://www.getcaughtreading.org/

Several Dinosaur TRAIN and SID THE SCIENCE KID books are available to encourage children and their parents to Get Caught Reading in May.

SID THE SCIENCE KID and DINOSAUR TRAIN air on PBS KIDS (check local listings for details).

About Get Caught Reading
Get Caught Reading is a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read. May is Get Caught Reading month, but the campaign is promoted throughout the year. Get Caught Reading is supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

About AAP
The Association of American Publishers is the national trade association of the US book publishing industry. AAP’s nearly 300 members include most of the major commercial publishers in the United States, as well as smaller and non-profit publishers, university presses and scholarly societies. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, educational materials for the elementary, secondary, postsecondary, and professional markets, scholarly journals, computer software, and electronic products and services. The protection of intellectual property rights in all media, the defense of the freedom to read and the freedom to publish at home and abroad, and the promotion of reading and literacy are among the Association’s highest priorities.

In Dinosaur TRAIN, young viewers join Buddy the T. rex and his adoptive family of Pteranodons on whimsical adventures through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans as they unearth basic concepts in natural science, natural history and paleontology. The Dinosaur Train is a colorful locomotive, customized to accommodate all kinds of dinosaurs, and it has the ability to visit the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous worlds, while the train’s Conductor, a knowledgeable Troodon, provides passengers with fascinating facts along the way. Dinosaur TRAIN is a Parents’ Choice Recommended TV series, and its accompanying website received a Parents’ Choice Silver Award and a prestigious 2010 Prix Jeunesse Award. PBSKIDS.org/dinosaurtrain welcomes more than 2.4 million visits each month, offering engaging content designed to continue dinosaur exploration beyond the television series, including printables, games, and a dinosaur field guide. Parents, caregivers and educators can find resources and activities to extend the series learning at PBS Parents and PBS Teachers.

Dinosaur TRAIN created by Craig Bartlett (Hey Arnold!), is produced by The Jim Henson Company, and co-produced with Singapore animation company Sparky Animation, with the participation and assistance of the Singapore Media Development Authority. UK production and financial support is provided by Ingenious Media.

Our Thoughts:

We were given an amazing opportunity to review three of the amazing Dinosaur Train Books that are available to help kids get caught reading. As many of you already know my little “Bug” is a huge fan of Dinosaur Train and it has a constant presents in our home so I welcomed the books and couldn’t wait to get them so we could start reading them to “Bug”. We were sent the three following books:

The Buddy & Friends board book, from Grosset & Dunlap, join Buddy as he travels aboard the DINOSAUR TRAIN to introduce kids to some of his friends. Packed with full-color images from the show, this simple book is a perfect introduction to DINOSAUR TRAIN's many species! SRP $5.99. Ages 3–5.

A Surprise for Mom!, from Grosset & Dunlap, is a beautiful picture book that follows Buddy and his siblings as they begin to plan something special for Mrs. Pteranodon on her special day. Read along as Team Pteranodon searches high and low for the best gifts ever! SRP $3.99. Ages 3–5.

Tiny Learns to Fish, from Grosset & Dunlap. The first reader in the Dinosaur Train program follows Mr. Pteranodon as he takes the kids to the big pond to teach them how to fish. There's just one problem. Tiny can't catch a fish, and Buddy can't fly, so they team up to catch fish together! This Level 1 reader is perfect for young fans, who are starting to read on their own. SRP $3.99. Ages 3–5

Once our books arrived “Bug” couldn’t wait to get started reading them. He has always loved looking at books while me or his father reads them before bed or well just anytime he feels the need to be read to. We try to read to him at least 30 minuets a day and some days we read more than that. I have noticed since “Bug” turned 3 he has started paying more attention to the words as we read them and he is starting to recognize some of the smaller words and can read them!!

Anyways back to the review of the books. Long story short…..we love them! I love them because they feature all of “Bug’s” favorite Dinosaur Train characters and some he isn’t very familiar with. He loves the books because they are super colorful and the stories themselves are very interesting and keep him interested. As a mother I love that each of the books has a purpose behind them and teach “Bug” different things and he seems to really be learning and seems he learns something new each time we read together.

Bottom Line:

If you have little ones of any age I totally recommend picking up these books to share in the fun adventures and learning important lessons!

Additionally, SID THE SCIENCE KID books are available from Harper Collins.

Be sure to check out Dinosaur Train, Jim Henson Company and Geocache on the web:

The hit television series Dinosaur Train™ airs daily on PBS KIDS® (check local listings).

The Jim Henson Company

Geocache: www.geocaching.com/dinosaurtrain

This review is based strictly my opinion. Others may have a different opinion with the product listed above. I did receive the three Dinosaur Train mentioned above complementary for this review. No monetary compensation was received.

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