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Q & A: How to Have a Smoke-free Pregnancy

Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin, PT; et al

Q: I know I shouldn’t smoke during pregnancy, but what can I do to quit?

A: Ask your caregiver for information about quitting. He or she may also provide a list of local smoking cessation programs. In addition, you can visit http://www.cancer.org for helpful tips, as well as other web sites of organizations that help people stop smoking. One thing not to do is use smoking substitutes (nicotine patch, gum, or nasal spray) during the first trimester. They can increase the risk of malformations in your baby if used when his organs and structures are forming.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, Fourth Edition

© copyright 2010 by Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Introducing PictureReading

Meadowbrook Press is proud to introduce children's author Bruce Lansky's new line of engaging PictureReading books.  Because the stories are told in pictures, they can be read to, with, and by children who haven't learned to read words, yet. Parents and teachers can take an active role asking questions and guiding the narrative or sit back and listen as the child tells the story by "reading" Bill Bolton's delightful illustrations.

PictureReading books provide beginning and struggling readers a shortcut to reading, letting them practice a wide range of verbal skills as they narrate the stories in their own words. Because there is no text, PictureReading books can be read in any language--perfect for bilingual households or those learning a new language. But most of all, the books are fun! Children will love the colorful illustrations and the humorous and heartwarming tales.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm

Catching a worm isn't as easy as it looks! Join Early Birdy on an exciting and funny adventure set in a beautiful springtime forest.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm will be available in Hardcover, May 6, 2014.

Polar Brrr's Big Adventure

Polar Brrr has to deliver a very important package. Watch as he slides down a glacier, swims through icy waters and outsmarts a pack of wolves!

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Lil' Monkey is out of the monkey house and curious to explore the zoo. Come along as he meets the other animals and learns some new tricks.


Early Birdy Gets the Worm, Polar Brrr's Big Adventure and Monkey See, Monkey Do are all available as eBook downloads. 

For more information check out MeadowbrookPress.com/PictureReading for book summaries, user's guides and lesson plans.

"My New Pet"

Picture of Miles of Smiles

Poetry Theater adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in Miles of Smiles.

Summary: A child tries to decide which pet to buy.

Presentation Suggestions: Read or perform the poem with your friends. Act out the different lines while you read them.

Props: A pet (like a dog or a cat) would be a great prop for the poem. However, if you don't have any pets, the poem can be read without them.

Delivery: The lines of the poem should be read with poetic rhythm but don’t worry too much about this. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry, please read the Performing Poetry at our Poetry Teachers site.

Characters:
Child
Dad


My New Pet

Child:

     I asked my father for a pet.

     he said:

Dad:   

     I’ll take you shopping.

Child:

      My father took me to a store
     where animals were hopping.

     He asked me:

Dad:

       Which one would you like?

Child:

     So I picked out a puppy,
     a parakeet, a rabbit,
     plus a gerbil and a guppy
     I also picked a monkey
     and a yellow Siamese cat,
     a turtle, snake, and lizard,
     plus a very big white rat.

     
My dad said:

Dad:

     If you want a pet,
     then you will have to feed it.

Child:

     Instead, I picked a storybook.
    I cannot wait to read it.

© Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem "My New Pet" from Miles of Smiles, published by Meadowbrook Press.

"I've Been Burping in the Classroom"

I've Been Burping in the Classroom

© copyright Kathy Kenney-Marshall from I've Been Burping in the Classroom with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Q & A: How to Avoid Miscarriage

Picture of Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn

by Penny Simkin, PT; et a

Q: My last pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. What can I do to increase my chances of carrying my next baby to term?

A: To improve your chances of a healthy pregnancy after a previous miscarriage, try to do the following:
• Have a well-balanced diet.
• Take prenatal vitamins.
• Avoid environmental toxins and infections.
• Don’t smoke or use recreational drugs.
• Avoid extremely stressful relationships as much as possible before and during pregnancy.
• Make arrangements for emotional support and medical monitoring, starting early in pregnancy.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn: The Complete Guide, Fourth Edition

© copyright 2010 by Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

"Just Married"

Age Happens

© copyright Ed Fischer from Age Happens with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

A Designer Baby Name Is Available For A Price

Baby name author Bruce Lansky on HuffPost Live.

Stuffed Hearts

A Valentine's Day activity by Trish Kuffner

Stuffed Hearts

 © copyright Trish Kuffner from The Arts & Crafts Busy Book with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

We're running a book giveaway on Goodreads for the award-winning The Playdate Busy Book! If you're a Goodreads member you can enter with the link below. Be sure to check back for more upcoming giveaways!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Playdate Busy Book by Lisa Hanson

The Playdate Busy Book

by Lisa Hanson

Giveaway ends February 28, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win
"What I Did While Watching the Super Bowl"

by Bruce Lansky

What I Did While Watching the Super Bowl

The story behind the poem: I usually go skiing on Super Bowl Sunday (if there’s any snow* in Minnesota). Really! There’s no one else on the ski slope because roughly 99% of Minnesotans (where I live) are watching the Super Bowl on TV. And the game is usually a blowout—with a score like 49 to 3.

But what if there’s a kid, somewhere, who’s like me and has other things he or she would rather do than watch another Super Bowl blowout. And what if this kid’s family makes watching the Super Bowl a “must” activity, like going to church on Sunday and going to school Monday through Friday, so he or she couldn’t possibly sneak out to meet me on the ski slope.

Of course, the kid is bored silly---and this poem predicts what will probably happen. The rhythm is very simple. In that respect, it reminds me a little of “Snow Day” by one of my favorite poets.

Hope you like it.

*FYI, if there’s no snow, I go bowling on Super Bowl Sunday.

© copyright Bruce Lansky from Funny Little Poems for Funny Little People with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

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