Happy 2nd Birthday Paris!

Can you believe it!?! It’s been two years since our first book KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Paris, France landed!

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To celebrate, we’re giving away a signed copy of the book by Shannon & Casey, AND Casey will do commissioned sketch of their choice for the winner!

Enter on KeeKee’s Facebook page (see the Giveaway tab).

Thank you for being our Friend! >^..^<

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It’s World Read Aloud Day!

Today we celebrated two great literacy events that happen in early March, Read Across America, AND World Read Aloud Day.

World Read Aloud Day

Every year on the first Wednesday of March, World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. It’s about showing the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people. Learn more from LitWorld.

Author Shannon shared KeeKee’s Big Adventures at Sleepy Hollow Elementary to celebrate.

Make sure you read aloud today to a child and every day! >^..^<

KeeKee on World Read Aloud Day & Read Across America Week

 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Today is Dr. Seuss’s 111th Birthday. And as it is every year on his birthday, it’s Read Across America Day!

We couldn’t agree more with the quote below.

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And here are 5 more Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss we found online…

  1. Today you are YOU, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You!
  2. Why fit in when you were born to stand out?
  3. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
  4. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  5. Today I shall behave, as if this the day I will be remembered.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! >^..^<

Happy Chinese New Year, the Year of the Goat!

Gong Xi Fa Cai! That’s Happy New Year in Mandarin.

2015 is the Year of the Goat, Sheep and Ram…so it is said to be full of calm, renewal, creativity and kindness. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle.

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Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar, a lunar calendar, marking the end of the long winter and beginning of spring. It is also called the Spring Festival.

It is the longest and most important celebration on the Chinese calendar. The celebration last 15 days and each day has a different meaning and festivity.

Within China and around the world, customs and traditions for celebration vary. The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is often an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck.

Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

Learn more about Chinese New Year here and also find out what YOUR Chinese Zodiac Sign is based on the year you were born!

In celebration of Chinese New Year, enjoy this Special Edition KeeKee Coloring Page! >^..^<

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KeeKee Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

We have the purr-fect KeeKee Valentine’s Day Cards for you to give to your friends and family!

These free printable cards come in 3 versions…4 to a page OR 2 versions of the 1 card per page you can fold.

Click each image to download PDF files and there are directions below too!

♥ Happy Valentine’s Week! ♥ >^..^<

4 Valentines In One
4 Valentines In One
Hearts Valentine
Hearts Valentine
Balloon Valentine
Balloon Valentine

 

KeeKee Valentine Instructions

KeeKee Valentine Instructions

Mom’s Choice Award GOLD for Athens, Greece

It’s official…KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Athens, Greece received Gold from Mom’s Choice Awards, naming us among the best in family-friendly media, products and services!

Gold for Greece

“Our aim is to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”

Mom_s Choice Award Gold

This is our 3rd Gold for KeeKee’s Big Adventures!

KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Athens, Greece Blog Tour!

Our official blog tour for KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Athens, Greece is underway!

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Join us on the tour. Here’s a list of where you can find us…

Tuesday, December 2

Melissa_s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows_ Truffles Interviews...KeeKee the Calico from the KeeKee_s Big Adventures Series (w_Giveaway)

Truffles has an interview with KeeKee! Check it out and the giveaway runs through Monday, December 8th at Noon ET.

Wednesday, December 3

KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Athens, Greece Tour and Giveaway! | The Bohemian Housewife

Ally’s son loved the book! She’s doing a giveaway too. See both on her website and Facebook page.

Saturday, December 6

Rhonda’s reviews is up on Readalot and she’s doing a giveaway through Dec 10!

Tuesday, December 9

Math, Science, Social Studies......Oh, my!_ KeeKee_s Big Adventures Giveaway!

We’re on Math, Science, Social Studies…Oh my! with Amy. As a 5th and 6th grade teacher, she plans to use our Athens, Greece book to introduce her Greece unit next year! Amy’s also having a giveaway through Dec 14.

Friday, December 12

Nayu_s Reading Corner_ Blog tour_ KeeKee_s Big Adventures in Athens, Greece by Shannon Jones & Casey Uhelski, Children_s, Picture book, 10E_10E, short _n_ sweet review, Competion USA only)

Nayu’s Reading Corner has a great review of Athens and a giveaway. Here’s a little of what she says…

“Awwww! is pretty much my thoughts as I read this book. Isn’t KeeKee adorable? The story is clever, taking the reader through typically Greek places, food and activities, including learning about the rich history of Greece. I can’t stress enough how much fun this book is – I’ll definitely be recommending it to all my friends!”

Tues, Dec 16

Traveling Cats - Travel Pictures With Cats_ Cats from Athens {Greece}

Love this website…it’s all about traveling cats! Purrfect for us! >^..^<

You must check out the beautiful pictures of kitties in Greece accompanying their review.

“Equally adorable and informative, KeeKee’s Big Adventures in Athens, Greece is a children’s book about a world traveling cat. It’s the perfect book to teach your kid (or yourself) about Greek culture, gods, food, and places of interest in Athens. They’ll even learn how to say thank you, goodbye, enjoy your meal, and meow in Greek.”

They also have more details here on entering to win their giveaway, through Tues, Dec 23.

Wed, Dec 17

Thank you hugsandbooks for the review!

“Shannon Jones offers a treasure trove of information and history to young readers with interesting details and fun facts. Casey Uhelski’s colorful illustrations of KeeKee and several animal friends appeals to the kids and makes it easier for them to remember everything they learn. At the back of the book is a pronunciation guide and glossary with greek words and phrases and their meaning and a description of all the places KeeKee visits in Greece. This book is a wonderful armchair travel resource and the perfect means to introduce the adventure and fun of travel and learning to young kids.

My 11 year old son is a huge fan of the Percy Jackson books, and is deeply interested in Greek mythology. Thanks to KeeKee, my 5 year old daughter has started showing a budding enthusiasm for the Greek Gods and Goddesses, her favorite she claims is Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty! Efcharisto KeeKee….we’ll be looking forward to your next travel adventure.”

They’re also doing an Athens book and KeeKee Kit giveaway through Sat, Dec 20 on their Facebook page.

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Fri, Dec 19

Hook of a Book is a fun stop with a review and interview with 7-year old Addie and a review from Mom Erin.

Hook of a Book Addie

Here’s a little of what Addie has to say…

“I thought this book was really cute. The cat was very friendly. The owl was also cute. I like how they rode in a hot air balloon. I also liked how it taught me a lot about another place and culture in a way I could understand. It was fun to learn about Greece! I would recommend this to other kids my age because it teaches a lot and is really cute at the same time. I told my mom I want to read more books in this series.”

For more on the reviews and a giveaway, click here.

 

Thank you to all the bloggers & reviewers for having us! >^..^<