Friday, March 30, 2012

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (3/30/12)

Everyone is talking about the Mega Millions lottery jackpot, but guess what? You'd have a far better shot at winning if you were to enter one of the following children's book giveaways! And just think of the literacy benefits!

Full to the Brim is a list I compile by hand of children's book giveaway online contests. Please check out my other "Full to the Brim" posts as well. Many contests are still underway. I *try to* publish "Full to the Brim" every Friday, though this month my posting have been few and far between. If I missed your book giveaway, feel free to mention it in the comment section or send me an email.

My Giveaway(s):
Mirror Mirror - Movie Prize Pack Giveaway - Ends 4/9/12

Book Giveaways:
Kid Lit Frenzy - Ends 4/4
Women Explorers by Julie Cummins
5 Minutes for Mom - Ends 4/9
Chuckling Ducklings and Baby Animal Friends by Aaron Zenz
No Time for Flashcards - Ends 4/8
Sir Cumference and All The King’s Tens & Sir Cumference and The First Round Table by Cindy Neuschwande
Book Box Daily - Ends 4/30
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing signed by Judy Blume
Book Box Daily - Ends 4/14
The Very Fairy Princess signed by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
Sweep Tightd - Ends 4/11
Dot to Dot Children’s Book Set
Mom to Bed By 8 - Ends 4/12
Sports Illustrated Kids: Pro Files: Baseball
Mom to Bed By 8 - Ends 4/4
The Gruffalo
Lille Punkin - Ends 4/1
Kohl's Cares for Kids books and plush
Chasing Rainbow - Ends 4/4
International Children’s Book Day giveaway
Just a Little Creativity - Ends 4/1
The Parable of the Lily
A Mom's Take - Ends 4/13
Bob Books
Scraps of Life - Ends 4/23
A Perfect Pet for Peyton by Rick Osborne & Gary Chapman
Rookie Moms - Ends 4/4
Silverlicious Prize Pack
Thet Better Mom - Ends 4/4
The Parable of the Lily
Thet Better Mom - Ends 4/4
The Parable of the Lily
Metropolitan Mama - Ends 3/30
Little Color Fairies written and illustrated by Mara Van Fleet
Just Children's Books - Ends 4/12
Bear’s Birthday by Stella Blackstone

Mirror Mirror Book and Fandango Gift Card Giveaways
There's A Book – Ends 4/6
Mom to Bed by 8 – Ends 4/4
Mundie Kids – Ends 3/30

Fish for more children's book giveaways at Lori Calabrese's Fish for a Free Book linkup each Friday

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mirror Mirror Giveaway - Movie Prize Pack including book and Fandango Gift Card

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Are you ready for the newest retelling of the Snow White fairy tale? The aptly titled live-action movie, Mirror Mirror hits the big screen tomorrow (March 30). Starring Julia Roberts as the evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White, from the early reviews this kid-friendly version sounds like it's going to be a fun if not a bit quirky film to watch! Other cast members apparently add to the humor including Armie Hammer as the dashing prince and Nathan Lane as the queen's bungling servant. The film, released by Relativity Media, promises CGI special effects, lavish costuming, spunky girl power and a Bollywood-inspired dance sequence ending.

Find out more about the movie and characters, watch trailers, download a coloring book and more at the official website:
Social media site links: Facebook or Pinterest.

For those that want to gauge whether it's age-appropriate, The Dove Foundation has approved the film as family friendly and provides a review of Mirror Mirror, including a detailed content description.

For online learning resources, visit Film Education. They offer a Mirror Mirror curriculum resource featuring interactive learning tools and other activities intended for ages 9-13.

It's been too long since my daughter and I have gone on a mother/daughter outing. I think perhaps we'll take an afternoon together and check out this enchanted, princess-y fare. I admit part of the reason I'd like to see this one is because I'm curious to see if Julia Roberts can successfully play a mean-hearted queen. Snow White also happens to be one of my favorite fairy tales.

In celebration of the release, Relativity Media has kindly offered to give away a Mirror Mirror prize pack to a Brimful Curiosities reader. One (1) winner will receive:

- $25 Fandango Gift Card
- Mirror Mirror: The Movie Storybook

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Titanic Educational Resources for Teachers, Parents and Kids

With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster approaching, I decided to do a little research online to locate educational websites and resources on the Titanic. There's no doubt about it that this ship, this disaster, this part of our history still fascinates both children and adults. The sinking is often referred to as the the greatest maritime disaster in history. But is the Titanic an appropriate topic for children to study? The Associated Press recently released a timely article, "Titanic a magnet for kids, fine line for educators" detailing how some educators and parents balance the tragic details when presenting information about the Titanic to children.

I was a student in middle school when Dr. Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. At that time, books on the disaster became widely available, and I found reading about the discovery and the ship extremely interesting. Today, there are even more Titanic resources available for children. As with all sensitive topics, some kids will be able to handle more detailed information than others. If you do decide to talk about the disaster with your kids this April, I hope you'll find this list of online resources useful.

Titanic Activity and Discussion Guides / Lesson Plans for Educators
Titanic Science Teacher Activity Guide [pdf]
Titanic related science activities and experiments for kids

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Teacher's Guide [pdf]
Extensive lesson plans, activities and resources for Elementary, Middle Grade and High School (correlates with the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition but if even if you can't visit, you can still use many of the lessons)

Ghosts of The Abyss Educator's Guide [pdf]
Companion guide to James Cameron's film, Ghosts of the Abyss. Activities are designed for use by students in grades 5-8.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration - Return to Titanic Expedition lesson plans [pdf]
Lesson plans tied to the RMS Titanic 2004 Wreck Expedition focusing on shipwrecks, biodeterioration and marine archaeology. For grades 5-12.

Titanica IMAX Film Educator Guide [pdf]
Educational supplement to the film, Titanica. For junior and senior high.

Titanic Educator Guide - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences [pdf]
Nicely designed guide with seven learning activities encompassing history, geography, science, English and math. Grades 4-12.

Magic Tree House Titanic - Teacher's Resource Guide and Activities

Website includes classroom connections and downloadable activity pages for use with the Titanic Magic Tree House books

Scholastic's Dear America Series: Voyage on the Great Titanic Teacher Resources
Discussion Guide, downloadables and whiteboard slides for use with the Titanic Dear America series book

T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet
Companion guide to picture book, T is for Titanic by Sleeping Bear Press

National Geographic Explorer April 2012 Teacher's Guide and Digital Edition
Includes "Unsinkable Ship" portion about the Titanic (pages T17-T24) available as a pdf

The Titanic Unit Study - Homeschool Helper Online
Six home assignments encompassing math, language arts, history and science. Includes a library book list.

Titanic Coloring Pages coloring pages of the Titanic

twinkl The Titanic Colouring Posters (click the download button for pdf)

Informational Websites:
Extensive website containing Titanic passenger and crew biographies, information about the ship, Titanic pictures, articles and ongoing discussions about the Titanic disaster
National Museums Northern Ireland Titanic Website offers a treasure trove of information focusing on the design and build of the ship as well as personal stories and many photographs and videos
Father Browne SJ Photographic Collection - Father Browne was a first class passenger on the Titanic from Southampton to Cobh. This picture library shows his photographs, one of the most important collections of images from the Titanic's maiden voyage.
The National Archives (UK) informational website includes a selection of images as well as a timeline, passenger stories, videos, podcasts and education resources
RMS Titanic, Inc, a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc has recovered over 5,500 artifact during research expeditions. The website provides information on traveling exhibits and artifacts. Explore the wreck site with the interactive photos and videos available in Expedition Titanic section.
Immersion Learning, a nonprofit science education organization, offers a nice "Return to the Titanic" online page as well as pages about other ocean related topics. Don't miss the neat Titanic themed games. View the links section in Return to the Titanic for other Titanic website recommendations.

PBS Lost Liners website includes information presented by Dr. Robert Ballard about five lost liner archaeological expeditions: Lusitania, Titanic, Empress of Ireland, Britannic and Andrea Doria.

Interactive Websites and Games
Mapping Shipwrecks! - Immersion Learning
Arrange images to make a photomosaic of a shipwreck then zoom in to explore the wreck. One of the shipwrecks featured is RMS Titanic.

Titanic Moviemaker - Immersion Learning
Combine video clips of Titanic and the wreck to create your own movie.

Adventure on the Titanic - Interactive Game - National Geographic
In this strategic online game, survival is all about choices. Journey aboard the Titanic as a first-class passenger and complete quest cards while exploring the decks to gain clout. Click on the "White Star" flag emblems during the game to learn more about actual people and places on the Titanic.

On Board The Titanic -
"Follow the paths of actual passengers with Macromedia Flash movies."

Titanic Interactive -
"Explore the Titanic, with interactive features about its construction, its ill-fated maiden voyage and the survivors who lived to tell the tale."

A Titanic Timeline, 1909-2012 [Interactive] - Scientific American
Scroll and click timeline showing key moments in Titanic history.

Treachery on the Titanic -
"A treasure hunt game designed to teach the facts about the Titanic disaster." Players must answer questions by clicking on links leading to other websites. The game is rather lengthy and sends you to outside webpages. It also contains an image of a character with a gun.

Morse Code Translator
Type in a message and listen to it play in Morse Code. Options for "Text to Morse" or "Morse to Text"

Boys' Life Morse Code Machine
Test out your Morse code skills with two games: "Listen and Guess" or "Morse the Letter" in this Boys' Life online game

2012 Titanic TV Shows (Check local listings for possible time changes)
Saving the Titanic
Airs Sunday, April 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
"Historical drama that tells the untold story of the self-sacrifice and bravery of the ship’s engineers, stokers and firemen in the face of impending death."

Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron
Airs Sunday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel
"Join director and Explorer-in-Residence, James Cameron, with a team of Titanic experts, for the ultimate forensic investigation into the most infamous shipwreck of all time."

Save the Titanic With Bob Ballard
Airs Monday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel
"Oceanographer and Explorer-in-Residence Bob Ballard revisits the iconic ship he discovered in 1985, driven by one question—will the Titanic survive another 100 years?"

The Titanic with Len Goodman
Airs Tuesday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Len Goodman, the Dancing with the Stars judge, was previously a welder in the 1960's for Harland and Woolf (the same company that built the Titanic in 1912). "He explores the impact of the sinking on the thousands of affected families."

Titanic (ABC TV Mini Series) -
Airs Saturday, April 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) and concludes SUNDAY, April 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC
Mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by watching this dramatic four-part miniseries written by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes.
Visit for detailed information on this series.

NOVA Why Ships Sink
Airs Wednesday, April 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
"Investigates the safety of cruise ships and questions whether passengers are safe at sea a century later."

Recommended Subject Searches for Library Holdings:
Titanic (Steamship)
Titanic (Steamship)--Fiction
Titanic (Steamship)--Juvenile fiction
Titanic (Steamship)--Juvenile Literature
Shipwrecks--North Atlantic Ocean
Shipwrecks--North Atlantic Ocean--Juvenile Literature
Ocean liners
Underwater archaeology

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Blog Break

My daughter has been ill now for over a week. Right now my focus is on her health. I'll be back to blogging when we're healthy again here.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (3/2/12)

Welcome to this week's edition of FTTB! Full to the Brim is a weekly list I compile by hand of children's book giveaway online contests. Please check out my other "Full to the Brim" posts as well. Many contests are still underway. I *try to* publish "Full to the Brim" every Friday. If I missed your book giveaway, feel free to mention it in the comment section or send me an email.

(Despite how it looks, I have not forgotten my blog. The past couple weeks we've been battling various illnesses including strep and the stomach flu. I'm also smack dab in the middle of running our school's book fair. Thanks for your patience, and I promise there are more reviews to come on Brimful.)

It's a Dr. Seuss giveaway edition today!

Wonder Forge Dr. Seuss Game Giveaway at obSEUSSed - Ends 3/8

Cat in the Hat gift packs from PBS Kids
Teach Mama - Ends 3/9
Imagination Soup - Ends 3/5
Crazy About My Bay Bah - Ends 3/15
The Mama Maven - Ends 3/5
Mom It Forward - Ends 3/2
2 Boys + 1 Girl = 1 Crazy Mom - Ends 3/15
The Domestic Buzz - Ends 3/8
I"m not the Nanny - Ends 3/11

7th Generation Lorax Gift Pack Giveaways (some include book)
Coupon Geek - Ends 3/3
Growing My Kids Reviews - Ends 3/28
Momma in Flip Flops - Ends 3/15
Musing Maine-iac - Ends 3/13
Organic Mommy Today - Ends 3/2
Two Kids and a Coupon - Ends 3/13
A Thrifty Diva - Ends 3/9
Debras Dollars - Ends 3/25
Mom Files - Ends 3/9
The Children's Nook - Ends 3/25
Raising my 5 Sons - Ends 3/8
Connected 2 Christ - Ends 3/8

Universal Pictures Lorax Prize Packs
The Dirty t Shirt - Ends 3/9
The Mom Reviews - Ends 3/8
Blessings Abound Mommy - Ends 3/9
Mom Start - Ends 3/5
Simply Being Mommy - Ends 3/9
A Nut in a Nutshell - Ends 3/15
My Four Monkeys - Ends 3/5
An Island Life - Ends 3/9
She Scribes - Ends 3/5
Guessing All the Way - Ends 3/2

Silver Dolphin Dr. Seuss Building Block Giveaways
Heck of a Bunch – Ends 3/6
A Frugal Friend – Ends 3/6
Sweeps4Bloggers – Ends 3/13
My SLC Mommy – Ends 3/13
Babies Gotta Have It – Ends 3/14
Booking Mama – Ends 3/15

Fish for more children's book giveaways at Lori Calabrese's Fish for a Free Book linkup each Friday