Happy Children's Book Week, May 7-13!

05.08.12

Hi everyone! I hope you are celebrating Children's Book Week this year with your favorite reader. Reading to children, donating books to the schools and libraries you love, and helping young families find quality children's material is a great way to celebrate it. This donation goes out to our editor's favorite preschool and preschool teachers: Community Cooperative Preschool in North Andover, Massachusetts. She says that she first saw Social and Emotional Learning in successful practice at this school when her children attended there. Do you have a success story to share with us? How have books helped the children you love? Let us know. We love hearing what you have to say.

--Monique

Celebrate Children's Book Week!

04.27.12

Did you know that Children Book's Week and Teacher Appreciation Week happen at the same time this year? They are both May 7-13. What better way to celebrate both weeks than to donate your favorite Cooper book (or the whole series) to your local library or your favorite teacher. Alexa and I had a nice opportunity to do just that recently. Memorial Hall Library in Andover, Massachusetts, is an active, fun place to be all year long. We learned that their children's summer reading program will focus on dreams and goals, and Alexa will likely do a reading of our newest book then. She can't wait!

Let us know what you plan to do for Children's Book Week and Teacher Appreciation Week. Send photos, too! We love to see all the new places Cooper and Me books land.

--Monique

Catch Your Dreams Video Talent Contest!

04.11.12

Alexa here. Hey, have you heard? We're hosting a cool talent contest on our Facebook page! We're looking for all those awesome and talented Cooper fans to send us a video or a photo showing us something they love to do. Are you a dancer? An artist? A singer? Show us your talent, and the video or image with the most likes will win a $250 iTunes Gift Card. See the details and official rules on our Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/CooperandMeInc Follow your dreams like Lily does in Cooper and Me To Catch a Dream. I can't wait to see some entries!

Cooper and Me adds Resource Guides to the website

03.26.12

If you receive our newsletter, you already know that we've added some additional resources to the Parents and Schools sections of our website. I believe emotional intelligence is so critical to children’s development that I've had the Cooper and Me team create FREE Resource Guides to offer every classroom and home. These Resource Guides have activities for each book’s theme, but you do not need the books to do the activities. If you already have the books, then you have more activities to add to your collection. The topics are:

  • Exploring Confidence
  • Exploring Friendship
  • Exploring Safety
  • Exploring Staying Connected
  • Exploring Goals and Dreams
The ideas, games, activities, and projects are all geared toward pre-K to 2nd grade classrooms, but many of the lessons can be easily modified for younger or older children and adapted to work with one child or a large group.

Our goal at Cooper and Me is to provide parents and educators with an array of resources that encourage meaningful dialogue and constructive problem-solving—what I believe are essential tools for building emotionally healthy children.

Look for Cooper and Me To Catch a Dream's Reading and Resource Guides in the Parents and Schools sections on April 1, when we launch the new book and celebrate its theme of exploring goals and dreams. I can't wait!

--Monique

Team Cooper visits Long Island, NY

03.20.12

March is a busy month for Team Cooper. We’ll be visiting these venues in the next few weeks along with promoting the newest book in the Cooper and Me series: Cooper and Me To Catch a Dream, due out on April 1. Stay tuned for more appearances! Photo above: Author and illustrator Alexa Peters signs a book for a young fan at a recent event at Book Revue, Huntington, NY.

 
Cooper and Me March Events

March 22

Book Signing/Reading

Holy Child Academy

Westbury, Long Island, NY

 
March 23
Book Fair
Educators of Nassau County, Long Island, NY
 
 
March 30-31
Book Fair
Educators of Suffolk County, Long Island, NY

Cooper and Me To Catch A Dream

03.15.12

Alexa here. Who wants a sneak peek at the next Cooper and Me book? Here's the cover! Today's hint about this new book: Cooper and Bella meet a new pup, Lily. Lily has a secret talent. Can anyone guess what it is? Stay tuned to the blog for more information about our newest book release and all the exciting activities we will be doing to celebrate its release on April 1 (no fooling!). We can't wait to share it with you. 

Cooper has two paws crossed for the snow forecast!

02.28.12

Cooper here! So so so excited about the snow forecast for New England. I am "paws"itively beside myself for some snow around here. Any other New England pups excited? I want to see lots of cute snow doggie photos this week. Post them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/?sk=welcome#!/pages/Cooper-and-Me-Inc/214695101924101 ) or email them to us! For our friends without a snow forecast, just for you, we have some new winter coloring pages--click the Fun for Kids button.

I've got two paws crossed and have hat, sled, and snow toys ready by the door!

Wordless Wednesday: Watercolor by Alexa

02.22.12

Welcome Wilma!

02.21.12

Cooper here. You know something exciting is going on when I take time away from outside to blog! Grrrr-ruff, ruff. Ready? Welcome Wilma, Team Cooper's newest addition! Wilma is a rescued one- to two-year-old Doxie mix. Everyone is in love with her... well, except Miss Kitty. But Miss Kitty doesn't much like anyone, so she doesn't count. Wilma Wilma Wilma, welcome! I can't wait for you to be in a Cooper book with me.

Wordless Wednesday: Watercolor by Alexa

02.15.12