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Final Days for Summer Freebies

There's less than one week left to enter for your chance to win a copy of the latest Meadowbrook Press titles at Homeschool.com! Today we feature the upcoming Cool Jump-Rope Tricks You Can Do! by "The Rope Warrior" David Fisher!

Cool Jump-Rope Tricks You Can Do!

Cool Jump-Rope Tricks You Can Do! by two-time Guinness World Record holder, David Fisher, includes over 100 skills and tricks with helpful hints, personal notes, step-by-step photos, and simple, clear instructions kids can use to master the techniques. Fisher also covers practical topics like selecting the right type and length of rope, the best jumping surfaces, warming up, proper jumping form, making mistakes, and safety. The 9 7/8" x 7 5/8"-wide format lies open so jumpers can review each trick before trying it themselves.

Available August 12, 2014

Barnes & Noble Storytime Event

Early Birdy Gets the Worm

Join author Bruce Lansky for a PictureReading Event this Friday!

Early Birdy Gets the Worm is an exciting and funny adventure set in a beautiful springtime forest created by illustrator Bill Bolton. This story is told in pictures so children ages 3 to 6 can read the pictures and enjoy the story.

Friday June 27, 2014 6:30 PM

Roseville Barnes & Noble
Har Mar Mall
2100 North Snelling Ave, Roseville, MN 55113
651-639-9256
Free Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons eBook

For a limited time, Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons is available for free on eBook! Now's your chance to check out the book that sold out in a day and a half at the International Reading Association's 2014 Conference.

Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons

Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons gives teachers and parents everything they need to help motivate children and improve their reading:

  • 35 Kid-tested poems by Bruce Lansky

  • 35 Off-the-wall illustrations by Stephen Carpenter

  • 35 Customized reading lessons by Amy Buswell

  • 35 Sets of zany performance tips by Bruce Lansky

...all of which are designed to make the process of reading improvement fun!


Using her program, 95% of Buswell's students have made significant improvement in their reading. In 2010, her school raised their Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) reading score to an "A" for the first time. In 2011, Buswell's school achieved one of the highest-percentage reading gains in the county. In 2013, Buswell's 2nd grade students increased the number of correct words they could read per minute by almost four times the expected amount.


Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons is a 2014 HONORS winner in the Education category of the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Parent Resources competition.

And don't forget the paperback edition is available exclusively from Meadowbrook Press before it's in stores! Order now and save 20% off the cover price.

eBook available at the following online retailers:

Amazon   iTunes   Barnes&Noble   Google   Blio


The Latest Rising Name Trends

by Bruce Lansky

When selecting names, parents often consider options that are similar in some way. For example, they may consider root names against their variations (William versus Liam), names that sound similar (Aubrey versus Audrey), names with the same theme (such as nature names, place names, ethnic names or religious names, or names with the same prefix or suffix. Below are some name clusters or themes that explain why the popularity of 89 boys’ and girls’ names rose rapidly in 2013, as reported by the Social Security Administration

Girls’ Names Rising Rapidly in Popularity

Everly/Everleigh: Everly was the 5th fastest rising girl’s name followed by Everly, the 6th fastest riser. (I rated Everly, the name Channing Tatum gave his baby daughter, as one of the best celebrity baby names of the year 2013.)

Place Names: Led by Dallas (the 15th fastest rising girls’ name) and India (the 17th fastest riser), more than 15 place names increased in popularity including: Ireland, Milan, Milana, Maylasia, Maylaya, Phoenix, Asia, Londyn, Adelaide, Dakota, Catalina, Georgia, Virginia and more. (Strangely, Sydney had one of the largest declines in popularity on the top 100 girls’ list.)

Flower, Shrub and Tree Names: Rosie was the 16th fastest rising name for girls. Rosie and Rose also increased in popularity. A variety of other flower, shrub and tree names also rose, including Dahlia, Sage, Saige, Azalea, Laurel, Juniper, Magnolia and Willow. (I recently met a woman named Magnolia. She told me she was the only woman she knew with that name. Apparently, reinforcements are on the way.)

Amelia, Mila and Sound-Alikes: As Amelia climbed onto the Next 10 list, Mila leaped onto the top 100 list and sound-alikes Myla, Emilia, Camila, Millie and Milania also increased in popularity. (You may recall that Mila is what Jenna Bush Hager wants friends and family to call her daughter, whom she named Margaret Laura, in 2013.)

Brand Names: Though I was surprised to see Oakley, a chic sunglasses brand, show up on the rapidly rising list for girls, I also noticed Chanel, a well-established perfume and designer brand on the list. (One prominent brand name that declined in 2013 was Mercedes.)

Virtue Names: Also rising rapidly were a variety of virtue names including Mercy, Felicity, Serenity, Serena, and Joy.

Hadley/Hadlee: Hadlee was the 12th fastest rising name for girls. Also rising rapidly was root name, Hadley.

“Annabel Lee”: Another fast-rising cluster included Anabel, Annabell, Annabelle, and Annabella–names popularized by Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, “Annabel Lee,” which was written long before TV and movies were invented.

TV tie-ins: Daleyza (“Larrymania”) was the #1 fastest-rising girls’ name in 2013. Sadie (“Duck Dynasty”) had one of the largest percentage increases in popularity, from #119 in 2012 to #50 in 2012–a 58% increase in popularity.

Boys’ Names Rising Rapidly in Popularity

Variations of Jason: Jayceon was the #1 fastest rising boys’ name. Jayse was #4. Also rising rapidly were Jase, Jayce, Jayce and Jayson. However, the root name, Jason, declined. Apparently parents were seeking more contemporary forms of the mythological name. (You may recall that Jason led the Argonauts on a search for the Golden Fleece.)

Jackson/Jack & Variations: Jackson was the fastest rising name on the “Next 10 list. Related names like Jax, Jazen, Jaxon, Jack and Jaxton, also gained in popularity. (Popularity gains by these “macho” names is in contrast to gains on the top 10 list by “sensitive” names for boys with soft consonants.)

Pompous Titles: Duke was the 5th fastest rising boys’ name. Deacon was #19. Also rising rapidly were Royal, Major, King, Kingston, Messiah and Legend. (This trend should keep psychologists very busy.)

Weapons, Hunting & Battle Names: Names associated with weapons such as Remington, Gunner and Archer continued to rise rapidly, along with Gunnar, Kannon, Kayson, Kaysen, Cayson, Hunter and Killian. (This trend should please the NRA.)

Zane/Zayn and Other “Z “Names: Zayn was the 7th fastest-rising boys’s name. It’s a variation of root name ,Zane, which also rose rapidly along with  related variations, Zayne and  Zain. Also rising rapidly were unrelated “Z” names like Zaid, Zaiden, Zaire, and Zavier. (It seems that  “Z” names still have a “cool” and “macho” vibe.)

Arab Names: The most recognizable Arab names on the rapidly-rising boys’ names were Abdullah and Mohammad, followed by Ahmad, Amir, Ameer, Hassan, Mustafa, and Ibrahim, among others. (It takes courage to give your child an Arab name, because of fears people may have about them.)

TV Tie-ins:  Castiel (“Supernatural”) and Jase (“Duck Dynasty”) were the 5th and 16th fastest-rising names in 2013. Both names are associated with characters on TV shows.

For Bruce's latest musings on names and naming check out his blog, Baby Names in the News.

© Bruce Lansky All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced without proper notice of copyright.

Barnes & Noble Storytime Event

Early Birdy Gets the Worm

Join author Bruce Lansky for a PictureReading Event this Saturday!

Early Birdy Gets the Worm is an exciting and funny adventure set in a beautiful springtime forest created by illustrator Bill Bolton. This story is told in pictures so children ages 3 to 6 can read the pictures and enjoy the story.

Saturday June 14, 2014 11:00 AM

Calhoun Village Shopping Center
3216 West Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416
612-922-3238
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Mary Had a Little Jam

© copyright Bruce Lansky from Mary Had a Little Jam with permission of its publisher Meadowbrook Press.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm Giveaway

Please visit Homeschool.com for a chance to win a copy of Early Birdy Gets the Worm, and to check out other great opportunities available to you and your family.

Early Birdy Gets the Worm

 Early Birdy Gets the Worm is told in pictures, so children ages 3 to 6 can "read" the 
 pictures and enjoy the story

 Waking up early one morning, Early Birdy wants to catch a worm. But 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 created by illustrator Bill Bolton. Don’t be surprised to find
 yourself “smiling from ear to ear”.

 2014 Mom's Choice Awards Gold Winner - Children's Picture Books

 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
 Parenting Resources Silver Winner - Education

Waking up early one morning, Early Birdy watches Mother Birdy catch a worm. Inspired, Early Birdy wants to catch one too. But 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 environment created by illustrator Bill Bolton. Don’t be surprised to find yourself “smiling from ear to ear”.

Mom's Choice Awards Gold Winner - Children's Picture Books

National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) Parenting Resources Silver Winner - Education

- See more at: http://www.meadowbrookpress.com/early-birdy-gets-the-worm#sthash.oxvGlGDu.dpuf

 Available in stores and online from Meadowbrook Press.

Homeschool.com Giveaway

We're pleased to annouce that Meadowbrook Press is a part of Summer Freebies with Homeschool.com.

During the month of June, many educational websites, curriculum providers, etc., will be joining with Homeschool.com to offer a portion of their services free of charge to homeschoolers and others interested in home-based education.

Please visit Homeschool.com for a chance to win a copy of Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons, and to see what other great opportunities are available to you and your family.

Picture of Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons

 Giggle Poetry Reading Lessons gives parents and teachers everything they need
 to help children improve their reading:
     • 35 kid-tested poems by Bruce Lansky
     • 35 off-the-wall illustrations by Stephen Carpenter
     • 35 customized reading lessons by Amy Buswell
     • 35 sets of zany performance tips by Bruce Lansky
      …all of which are designed to make the process of reading improvement more
     like fun than work.

 2014 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)
 Parenting Resources Honors Winner in Education

 Now available from Meadowbrook Press, available in stores August 5, 2014

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