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3 Great Children’s Books for the Summer

Tim Green-3 Great Children’s Books for the Summer

It’s the dead of summer and you know what that means: kids don’t have to be in school for about 3 months. What does the average child do over the course of a traditional summer? Usually, he or she watches television, plays video games or plays outside with friends and family. While those are all perfectly fine things to do, the former two activities tend to have something of a detrimental effect on children’s minds if not done in moderation. They can cause children to forget most of what they’ve learned during the school year. They need an activity that will keep them occupied and happy, while also bolstering their education. With that being said, I’ve decided to compile a shortlist of books that any child should read over the long summer break.

 

Cosmic Cosmonauts

I understand that most children aren’t overly eager to read a book over the summer, however, Cosmic Cosmonauts should definitely take some of the “boredom” out of reading. It is a graphic novel centered on the adventures of two boys, Jeremy and Justin, who accidentally bring their favorite video game to life. The twin brothers must overcome their different personalities to beat the real-life video game. With a hilarious and heartwarming story and fantastic illustrations all done by Christopher Eliopoulos, this graphic novel is sure to entice young readers.

 

Babymouse: Lights, Camera, Middle School

Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm are at it again with another entry in their tried-and-true Babymouse series, Babymouse: Lights, Camera, Middle School. In order to fit into her new and difficult middle school, Babymouse joins the film club in order to create a movie about her experiences. Another graphic novel jam-packed with gorgeous illustrations, weird and whacky characters and a hilarious story that should entertain youngsters all summer long.

 

National Geographic Kids Almanac

This might sound like an incredibly strange way to end the list, but the National Geographic Kids Almanacs (NGKA) are some of the best reading material for children, period. What makes them so perfect is the fact that they are educational, which is definitely what kids need during the long summer break. And while you’re probably thinking to yourself, “It’s hard enough to get children to read something at all, let alone something that’s educational.” That’s the best part of the NGKA! They are full of fascinating information and facts as well as vibrantly colored pages, visually entertaining illustrations and some of the most gorgeous, high-resolution images that are all designed to engage and hook children. The almanacs cover a wide range of topics, from animals to astronomy to food. While you should probably purchase the most recent 2017 edition, it couldn’t hurt to purchase the previous editions — chances are, your child will enjoy them so much they’ll be begging for all of them!

Tim Green To Sign Copies of New Book, “Baseball Genius”

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Tim Green has recently released his new book Baseball Genius. The book, which was co-written with baseball legend, Derek Jeter, is sure to delight baseball fans both young and old. In order to promote the release, Tim will be signing copies of the book at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL. The signing will begin at 7pm on Thursday, March 9th. In order to secure your spot in line, make sure to purchase your copy of the book at Anderson’s.

The book, which released on March 7th, tells the incredible story of Jalen DeLuca, a boy who can guess the type of throw that a pitcher will cast. He uses this amazing ability to aid the at-risk career of New York Yankee, James Yager, after he is caught attempting to steal baseballs from Yager’s home. The book draws some inspiration from Jeter’s life, as the main character’s name is derived from Jeter’s real-life nephew. The book is the first entry in a planned trilogy of baseball themed books from the two authors.

Jeter, who has had one of the greatest professional careers of any baseball player in league history, has published multiple books through his publishing company, Jeter Publishing. To date, Jeter Publishing has published 7 books—6 non-fiction adult books and 1 children’s story—with another children’s book slated to release next month. And Green is no stranger to the world of young adult reading himself, having published almost 20 books for children, with another 16 books for adults. Together, the two combined their respective experience and knowledge of baseball with their real life experiences into what is sure to be a home run.

The co-authors even appeared together on CBS’ This Morning in order to discuss the novel and some of its background.

If you’re interested in purchasing a copy of the novel from Anderson’s, visit Andersonsbookshop.com or call at (630) 355-2665.

Tim Green And Derek Jeter Co-Author Baseball Genius, Available March 7

Tim Green - Glowing Baseball Genius Review

What do you get when two amazing athletes team up to write a children’s novel? You get Baseball Genius. Tim Green and Derek Jeter have teamed up to create the incredible tale of a boy looking to join a baseball travel team. The story is sure to delight both new and old fans of Tim and Derek’s work. Below is the original press release for the novel:

 

March 7, 2017—Timothy J. Green, an author, former NFL defensive end, former Fox Sports broadcaster, and attorney with Barclay Damon, LLP, has co-authored the young-adult novel Baseball Genius with baseball legend Derek Jeter. The first in a trilogy of baseball novels to be co-authored by the pair, Baseball Genius will be released March 7.

Tim and Derek will discuss the book and their writing collaboration on CBS This Morning, March 8, during the 8 a.m. hour.

Baseball Genius is the story of Jalen DeLuca, a boy who loves baseball and wants to join a travel team but can’t afford the fee. After a failed scheme to come up with the money at the expense of James “JY” Yager, the Yankees’ star second baseman who is facing a batting slump, the pair realize they can work together to use Jalen’s special talent as a “baseball genius” to help both players solve their problems.

In addition to being a New York Times bestselling author and a retired defensive end with the Atlanta Falcons, Tim is an attorney with Barclay Damon, where he has been integrally involved for the past 20 years in developing some of the largest clients of the firm, particularly in the areas of energy and intellectual property. Tim works with other senior leaders of the firm to identify, evaluate, develop, and maintain as clients some of highest performing companies in the United States in areas of particular strategic focus to the firm.

John P. Langan, Barclay Damon’s managing partner, said, “All of us at Barclay Damon are proud to have Tim on our team. He is an extraordinary person in many ways and a true force of nature—so talented in so many different endeavors. In addition to being uniquely impactful in the success of the firm, his work as a New York Times bestselling author has been so impressive. It’s a pleasure to see the good work Tim does to encourage young people across the country to embrace reading and to explain the many benefits that come from being consistent, lifelong readers.”

In his 1,500-plus visits to schools throughout the United States, where he has spoken to nearly half a million students, Tim says reading is “weightlifting for your brain,” an essential habit that increases school success and builds character. Since he began writing for kids in 2007, his young-reader series has sold over a million copies. Tim uses all of his speaking fees to buy books for kids, libraries, and schools that could not afford them otherwise. Tim has written 35 books to date. Click here for more on his career as an author.

Barclay Damon, LLP, listed as a “Top 250 Firm” by The National Law Journal, is a full-service law firm with offices throughout the major cities of New York State and in Toronto, Boston, Washington DC, and Newark. With 275 lawyers in 33 practice areas, Barclay Damon is the largest law firm in the Northeastern United States centered outside a major market. Barclay Damon provides comprehensive legal and business counsel to a diverse client base. For more information, visit barclaydamon.com.

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Tim Green Featured in Houston Chronicle

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It comes as no surprise that Tim Green has had a storied and successful career. He’s gone from being an accomplished football player to a successful lawyer and best-selling author. In short, Tim Green is a renaissance man. And his talent and abilities have become recognized for years, all over the country. One of his more recent mentions was in the Houston Chronicle.

Just last month, the Houston Chronicle ran a story on Tim citing his many achievements. While they mentioned his past as a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, the article focused a bit more on Tim’s storytelling. The article primarily dealt with Tim’s latest book to release “Left Out”, which deals with a young deaf boy attempting to fit into a new school by playing football.

The article mentions how the book came about in the first place, citing Tim’s inspiration. While on tour for one of his books a few years ago, Tim came across a young boy in Arkansas who played football and had cochlear implants. He then met another similar boy from Kentucky who played football and had cochlear implants. This is what inspired Tim to give his character cochlear implants as well.

Inspired to base his book on these two boys, Tim said, “I was thinking about my next book and thought this would be a great story.” So Tim began to write, and in order to make the story as true to life as possible, he kept in constant contact with both boys, asking them about their experiences.

The article also mentioned Tim’s visit to Houston in order to talk to young students about the importance of reading. The speech is part of Inprint’s Cool Brains! reading series for young people.

The article also mentioned Green’s newest book, “Baseball Genius”, which is scheduled to release in March. The book was co-written by former baseball star Derek Jeter.

Tim Green and Atlanta Falcons Team Up For Play 60/ Read 20

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Recently, Tim Green visited Lake Windward Elementary School in Alpharetta, Georgia in his ongoing effort to get children to read and get active. Tim, joined by Atlanta Falcons’ Taylor Gabriel and Ben Garland, sat down with the elementary students and encouraged the children to read and play.

Tim does not only advocate reading and being active, he also makes it a point to teach the children about having good character. This is one of the themes discussed in his newest book, “Left Out,” which deals with a deaf boy playing on his new school’s football team in order to fit in. Tim also took a moment to read an excerpt of the book, as well as give out a free copy to each student.

The Play 60 campaign is nothing new to the NFL’s attempt at fighting childhood obesity. Tim, however, has added the Read 20 portion of the campaign, noting that, while physical activity is important, mental activity is just as necessary. Tim strongly encourages children to read at least 20 minutes a day. He believes that reading is like, “weightlifting for the brain.”  

Here is Tim’s official statement regarding the campaign:

“The wonderful thing about both reading and playing is that they’re fun. Unlike weight lifting to become a better athlete, weightlifting for the brain should be as pleasant as playing for 60 minutes on the playground. That’s a big part of my message to kids, and I suggest it should be yours.”

Lake Superior to Host Children’s Reading Festival

A free Children’s Book Festival will be held at Lake Superior State University near the Canadian border in Michigan in early November this year. The festival that will be filled with childrens arts and crafts, dancing, games, vocal performances and theatre opportunities for the youth, will highlight three authors; Debbie Dadey, Ruth McNally Barshaw, and J.C. Phillips. Other authors who will be in attendance are, Diana Oman, Larry Buege, Lise White, Gary Bergston, Thelma Godin, and Dawnlyn Homan.LSSU

Dadey, the author of the Mermaid Tales series, along with the Keyholder series will be arriving at the festival in the afternoon around 1pm. Debbie is also a co-author of the well known and award winning, Bailey School Kids Series. All together through domestic and international sales Debbie has sold over 47 million copies of her books. Ruth McNally Barshaw from the popular Ellie McDoodle series will be featured at 2:30pm. J.C. Phillips, a popular picture book author, with works such as Wink: the Ninja WHo Wanted to be Noticed, Wink: the Ninja who Wanted to Nap, The Simples Love a Picnic, and Monkey Ono will present in the morning at 11am.

Many other activities will be available to attendees such as writers workshops, drawing workshops, performances from classic childrens stories, folk singing, improvisational games, along with many more. To compliment all the great activities available, there will also be a writing contest for students in grades 3-5.

These type of festivals that embrace children reading more and making that activity fun is exactly what an author like Tim Green is in support of. His Read20 campaign has been targeted at getting the nation’s youth excited to read books, by leveraging fun activities with reading promotes a positive outlook towards books.

This festival has taken place in the Upper Peninsula since 2012, put on by LSSU in conjunction with the Bayliss Public Library.

 To read the original article click here. For more info about Tim Green, please visit his main website.