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Easter Engines – a Thomas and Friends Step into Reading 2 with a Giveaway

Easter Engines – a Thomas & Friends Step into Reading 2. New preschoolers and kindergartners relate to trains and to Thomas the Tank Engine. For students who may have never had an adult read to them, finding Thomas & Friends books in their school library gives them something to relate.

How many of you have had students request “a train” book week after week? You usually run out of titles very quickly. I prefer to purchase copies of the early reading titles like the Step into Reading series. One new title I’ve received is Easter Engines which falls at Step 2. Step 2 titles are for reading with help for preschool through first grade. These have basic vocabulary sight words, short sentences, and simple stories. New words can be sounded out with help.

Easter Engines deals with Thomas cheerfully helping out by collecting a huge Easter Egg, even though it means he goes from leading a parade to being the very last train in the parade. When Sir Topham Hatt opens the egg, they find Easter baskets for all the children.

Random House Children’s Books is launching an all-new website for their hugely popular Thomas & Friends brand.

The new website is the new home for all of their Thomas & Friends titles.

The new site allows readers to easily search for their favorite type of Thomas title, including hardcover, Paperback, Board Book, E book, Coloring & Activity, Novelty, Step Into Reading, Little Golden Book or Movie / DVD tie-in.

Other new features include a rich library of Thomas & Friends printables, a video section with trailers of the Thomas movies, and a “What’s New” page that allows readers to quickly discover the latest Thomas titles.

Here in Practically Paradise, we are hosting a Thomas & Friends giveaway in celebration of the new site. We’ll give away one title to six different winners. To enter simply email me at dianerchen at gmail dot com. Here is a selection of Random House’s  most recent Thomas titles:

Easter Engines (Step into Reading) Thomas is rolling down the Easter rails in this step 2 leveled reader that will introduce children to reading—and the exciting world of Thomas & Friends! (Mentioned above)

Making Tracks! (Activity Book) Help the engines of Sodor be really useful by fixing tracks with Thomas, making deliveries with Harold, and much, much more. With three chunky double-sided crayons, a die-cut handle, and sturdy write-on/wipe-off pages, this interactive board book is a must-have for little boys ages 3-7 who love Thomas & Friends.

Misty Island Rescue (Golden Book) In the new direct-to-DVD movie Misty Island Rescue, the engines of Sodor are building a new Search and Rescue Center—and finding Thomas the Tank Engine is their first rescue mission! Boys, ages three to six, will enjoy this handsome jacketed-hardcover storybook, which captures all of the fun, mystery, and thrills of Thomas’ newest adventure.

Search and Rescue! (Novelty) Special deliveries, railway repairs, and daring rescues—it’s all in a day’s work for Thomas the Tank Engine, and this 8×8 storybook with flaps lets little boys ages 3-7 join in the adventures.

Off the Rails! (Coloring and Activity Book) Thomas is rolling full speed ahead and off the page in this new coloring and activity book! Little boys ages 3-7 will come face to face with their favorite Thomas & Friends characters as they color the 3-D images and then view them with a pair of 3-D glasses.

Day of the Diesels (Little Golden Book) The devious diesels of Sodor are up to no good, and Thomas must set things right! The successful Thomas & Friends movie Day of the Diesels is retold in the classic Little Golden Book format that young boys ages 2-5 will love.

Be sure to check out this month’s I Can Read Feast which is being hosted & compiled at Katie Ahearn’s Secrets & Sharing Soda blog