Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
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Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers

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by Sandra Boynton

Blue Moon Blue Moo
This book and CD set hark back to the music and style of the 60s and 70s. The voices of singers like B.B. King and Neil Sedaka bring the words and fun to life!

Belly Button Book Belly Button Book
In this hippo-centric book, Boynton explores that fascinating body part — the bellybutton!

Blue Moon Barnyard Dance
In this colorful board book, farm animals dance a boisterous, breathless, knee-slapping reel with a fiddle-playing cow.

Reading Rockets: Launching Young Readers
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Roots of Reading Roots of Reading
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Fluent Reading
Writing and Spelling
Reading for Meaning
Reading Rocks!
Empowering Parents
Becoming Bilingual
Reading and the Brain
A Chance to Read
Toddling Towrad Reading

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Meet Sandra Boynton the author and illustrator who's helped hippos find their bellybuttons and cows learn how to croon.

With the way her name can set a room screaming you'd think Sandra Boynton was a rock star. To preschoolers and their parents, she's pretty close.

What she is, is a best selling author and illustrator of over thirty children's books about dancing chickens and elephants who wear pajamas and jump rope before going to bed.

Sandra grew up in Philadelphia, the daughter of an English teacher, and her life changed when she first discovered Little Bear.

"I'm basically a professional kindergartner."

"The pictures were magical," says Sandra. "It was a book that took you immediately into this world and I just wanted to be able to read it to myself and not just wait to have it read to me."

Inspired by Maurice Sendak, Sandra started drawing herself: hippos, cows, ducks, dogs, cats, chickens, pigs, ewes and gnus.

"Pictures are incredibly important in a book. Because they are what a child is reading — not reading the words. They're hearing the words but they're reading the pictures."

"I love the sound of words. I love even the look of wordsr."

Considering her success, she's obviously hitting just the right note with kids and their parents.

"The Belly Button Book is a great example. I mean, what toddler between 2 and 3 doesn't know where their belly button is and is always exploring and I think she writes things that are relevant to children at a young age," says one parent.

Click here to read about another children's book author and illustrator, Kate Duke>>

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