Watching the Academy Awards, I was especially thrilled with the winners of the animated categories, because these are two perfect films for kids.

Disney’s FEAST won the animated short category with a touching story of a dog and his master. It’s a story centered around food–the Feast–but it’s more about connections.

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Disney won again in the full-length animated movie category with Big Hero 6. I took my grandkids to see this one and it’s a winner from their point of view.

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And for fun, illustrator Corey Rosen Schwartz, the Picture Book Ninja, has done a fun post awarding the 2014 Picture Book Oscars. These include the Best Female Character, Best Male Character, Best Female Supporting Character and so on.

Schwartz gave the award for Best Animated Trailer to Goodnight Already!

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The Best Live Action Trailer goes to Sam and Dave dig a Hole.

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To see who won the Best Picture Book Award, click over and see Schwartz’s pick.
What picture book would you have chosen as the Best of the Year?

Support and extras for THE ALIENS, INC. Series

Download Teacher’s Guide

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In the Teacher’s Guide, you’ll find the following:

Here in Arkansas, we’ve had winter weather with snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Rubber duckie is iced in near the fish pond.
Rubber duckie is iced in near the fish pond.



Of course, schools have been closed around the state. But when they are back in session, it might be interesting to compare the 1908 technologies of snow removal with today’s methods.
Library of Congress Photo of Snow Removal from New York City Streets in 1908.
Library of Congress Photo of Snow Removal from New York City Streets in 1908.



Read Anne Savage’s post about using primary sources to study how technology has changed in snow removal. It’s a fun classroom idea.

March Title Reviewed in School Library Journal

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The fourth book in The Aliens, Inc. Series will be released in March; it was reviewed in the 2/1/15 School Library Journal. Here are some quotes:

  • “Kell’s obeservations of Earth and details of life on planet Bix are amusing.”
  • “The black-and-white line art further enlivens an engaging, accessible story.”
  • “VERDICT: This fun chapter book series is out of this world.”


Kell makes a startling discovery: he has zigzag fingerprints. Worse, Mrs. Lynx and the Society of Alien Chasers know about the fingerprints, and they are on the hunt. Everyone turns detective in this continuing adventure of an alien family from planet Bix, who struggles to make ends meet by putting on birthday parties for kids. But the stakes are higher than ever because Kell’s mom has just laid a beautiful green egg. With Mrs. Lynx on the prowl, can Kell and Bree keep the egg safe?

Publisher’s Weekly called Book 1, The Aliens Inc. Series “amusing” and “engaging and accessible.” http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-62944-021-7
School Library Journal says: “This fun chapter book series is out of this world.”
Book 4 is “. . .amusing. . . engaging, accessible. . . .”

ALIENS INC. SERIES
BOOK 1: Kell, the Alien
BOOK 2: Kell and the Horse Apple Parade
BOOK 3: Kell and the Giants
BOOK 4: Kell and the Detectives (Now available)

Because we are the home of The Aliens, Inc. Series, we love any news items about aliens.

Aliens DO exist!

From New Scientist:

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Do Aliens Send/Receive Text Messages?

And of course, most kids today would want to know if aliens can send and receive text messages. Discovery magazine tackles that question here:
Could Aliens Contact Us By Text Message

Aliens Arriving on March 1, 2015

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Kell makes a startling discovery: he has zigzag fingerprints. Worse, Mrs. Lynx and the Society of Alien Chasers know about the fingerprints, and they are on the hunt. Everyone turns detective in this continuing adventure of an alien family from planet Bix, who struggles to make ends meet by putting on birthday parties for kids. But the stakes are higher than ever because Kell’s mom has just laid a beautiful green egg. With Mrs. Lynx on the prowl, can Kell and Bree keep the egg safe?

Publisher’s Weekly called Book 1, The Aliens Inc. Series “amusing” and “engaging and accessible.”

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Use the code ALIENTEXT to receive 50% off any book in the Alien’s Inc. Series.
Expires 2/15/15.