Book: Smiley Riley and the New Neighbor (Adventure Series) by Katie McLarencategories: Book, Book for Girls, Young Readers, Role Models, Picture Book, Colorful, Adventure
Katie McLarenabout this book: This book is the first in a series called the Smiley Riley Adventure Series. The series is about a young girl called Smiley Riley - who is learning about life and has a bit of a knack for finding adventures. She was given a "lucky bracelet" by her grandmother - this bracelet apparently gives the wearer a "little help" and has four charms - for knowledge, strength, courage and love. In the first book, "Smiley Riley and the New Neighbor", Smiley Riley meets Noodles - a young boy who moves in to the house across the road. He and his family have a house full of animals that they have rescued from around the world. Smiley Riley and Noodles become fast friends.
I was inspired to write this book series to create a positive role model for young girls (in particular) and provide an opportunity for young readers to see positive values in action, and also learn about the world, nature, learning, friendship and fun! I also felt that the lure of characters on TV (and other media) was drawing kids away from books - we need exiting, positive (and new!) characters in books so kids want to read.
The book really is aimed at young kids (3-5) who have mum and dad reading to them, as well as slightly older kids (5-8) who are learning to read on their own. The books are meant to be fun to read - making kids excited to read the books, and find out about what will be happening next!
The hardest, but also lots of fun, part in the book was creating the characters and deciding what we wanted them to look like and be like. We will be introducing more characters as the series goes along.
I really hope you enjoy the book - and your kids find enjoyment in the characters and are inspired to read.
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Video 1: Smiley Riley and the New Neighbor by Katie McLaren
Video 2: Smiley Riley Adventure Series - The Girl with the Lucky Bracelet
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