Friday, November 25, 2011

Stanley & Tyke Bookman's November Tips

Hi! I’m Stanley Bookman and this is my brother Tyke. We come from Storyville. This is the place where all the characters in each story live. Where is Storyville, you ask? It’s in the World of Ink, and you can only get there by reading.

We’ve come to live here at Stories for Children Magazine to share tips with you on how to become better readers and have you help me spread the word about special events or holidays, such as . . .Family Stories Month!

November starts out with crisp weather and ends with the gathering of family and friends around the table, which makes November the perfect month to start telling and saving family stories. It also gives us an opportunity to celebrate and share ourselves by putting our life stories in writing. All over the country there are special activities and events showcasing the importance of family literacy and keeping family history. Family literacy programs bring parents and children together in the classroom to learn and support each other in efforts to further their education and improve their life skills. I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate. So get out those pens and some paper and start preserving your autobiographies with future generations.

You can also learn about how to create and tell stories from the popular book, Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience, which has been recommended by Toastmasters International. To find out more about this book, go to and put in Joanna Campbell Slan.

The month of November is also known for many wonderful holidays.. Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving… but did you know that November 25, is National Parfait Day? A parfait is a delicious treat of creamy layers usually ice cream or yogurt with fruit, all served in a tall glass.

What would you layer to make a parfait? Use your imagination and create something zany or something you would love to eat. Perhaps layers of chopped liver and cream for your kitten, or a creamy mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and pepperonis for a pizza parfait for lunch!

Parfait is a French word meaning “perfect”. Parfait, perfect… what other “p” words can you think of? Here are a few to get you started --- puddles, peas, punctuation, paintbrush....
Enjoy a perfectly, pretty and pleasing parfait on November 25!

Reading Tip:
Children‘s magazines are a great way to introduce young readers to the joys of reading. Unlike a book, a magazine has many stories, articles, crafts, activities and poems to entice a young mind. Besides colorful pictures and illustrations, children‘s magazines have tips and unknown facts children will want to know about, giving you the opportunity as a parent to take a trip to the library to find books on the subject matter.

Another thing children‘s magazines offer is a place for children to share their own writing or artwork. Many of the children‘s magazines like Stories for Children have information on youth submissions. I can‘t think of a better way for a child to find the love of reading and the magic of the world of ink than by seeing their own work in print and/or online.

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