Printable Activities

Book Reviews are the Bomb

Filed under: Book Reviews,Growing Up Reading,Printable Activities | August 18, 2021

There’s no better FREE way to support your favorite authors than by leaving good reviews of their books on Amazon and/or GoodReads. They can be short and sweet. No need for long drawn out write-ups unless you want to do that.

How to write a book review (for Teens/Adults): 
https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/tips-and-advice/writing-tips/writing-tips-for-teens/how-to-write-a-book-review/

Kid Book Review (printable)

Kids can write a review with this printable activity, then fold it in half and draw the book’s cover on the front. My 7 yo reviewed BLUE, BARRY, AND PANCAKES by Dan and Jason below…

Then (with my help) she went over to https://www.speakpipe.com/AuthorVisitPocast to voice record her review to be used on a future episode of the Author Visit Podcast and your kiddos can do the same!

Listen to Beni’s book review

Do you know Dan and Jason?

These guys make the funnest graphic novels for kids. We have thoroughly enjoyed the Blue, Barry, and Pancakes series and they have a brand new series hitting shelves soon called Barb the Last Berzerker!


I hope you enjoyed this letter, and I’d love to know if you found the printables useful. Till next time, all my best!

-Shanda

Perseverance and Ingenuity Land on Mars Coloring Page!

Filed under: Printable Activities | February 19, 2021

I was SO excited to learn about the successful landing of the newest Mars rover called “Perseverance” and it’s little buddy on board (a drone) called “Ingenuity”! This Mars-copter is the first aircraft flown on another planet!

Ingenuity will simply stretch its propellers on this mission to see how viable using drones (at this point) will be for space exploration. It’s such an exciting moment!

It struck me as a super cute thought that Perseverance and Ingenuity are little buddies up there… exploring and having grand Martian adventures!

Here’s a printable coloring page for kids…

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Shanda McCloskey, Children's Illustrator & Author