Posts from the ‘bedtime stories’ Category

GETTING INTO THE SWIM OF THINGS

Pool Party (Dottie Dotts the Cat Books)

Written by Ashley Madden

Illustrated by Chariz Elaine

A very short picture book for preschoolers that teaches young readers not to be afraid to express themselves because their friends might think they are different.

The author uses the scenario of a cat named Dottie who is invited by her friend, Andy to come to a pool party. Dottie loves to swim, but aren’t cats supposed to be afraid of the water? She fears her other animal friends will judge her. How will Dottie solve her dilemma?

Simple, easy to read text and dialogue, accompanied by large colorful illustrations.

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THE MAGIC WITHIN

Millie’s Magic (Feel Loved Tales

Written by Hilary Hawkes

Illustrated by Andrea Petrlik

Millie the Mouse decides she wants to get a birthday gift for her grandfather. When she asks her grandmother what to get for him, Grandma suggests something magic.

Millie takes her grandma’s suggestion and searches everywhere for magic. She enlists the aid of a badger, a chicken, and a frog who try to direct Millie. At the end of the day, Millie is tired and exhausted.

Will Grandfather be disappointed that Millie does not have a birthday gift? What special message does he have for her that she will remember for the rest of her life?

Cute illustrations with easy to read text make this book a good choice for a bedtime or read-aloud tale for preschoolers and early readers.

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#ReadYourWorld

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Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party! REGISTER HERE.

This hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

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The Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party 2021 will be giving away a 5-8 diverse book bundle every five minutes!

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This year, our 1/29/21 Party will occur at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET  and we promise it will be INSANELY fun and fast-paced! Be sure and follow Multicultural Children’s Book Day on Twitter so you can join the party. Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians.

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I am proud to be a participating author reviewer for the eighth year since the inauguration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day.

Here is my review for MCBD 2021:

FINDING HER WAY

Farah Rocks: New Beginnings

Written by Susan Muaddi Darraj

Illustrated by Ruaida Mannaa

This is the second book in the Farah Rocks series. Farah’s last name roughly translates to rocks in English and that is why she refers to herself as Farah Rocks. For those who are unfamiliar with this middle-grade book series, Farah is a gifted student from an Orthodox Christian Arab family. This year she is scheduled to begin attending a middle school called Magnet Academy. While she is apprehensive, her best friend, Allie has also been selected.

Right before school opens, a tragedy occurs. A fire destroys most of their home. When Farah discovers it might have been her fault, she keeps silent. Like a “rock in her stomach,” her feelings of guilt and remorse never leave her. Will she be able to come to terms with her guilt and stop lying to her parents?

Farah is a strong female character who is not afraid of trying new things, like setting up a creative writing club, even though the school is strongly math and science based. She is tender and loving toward her younger brother, Samir, who is speech impaired. The author deftly describes Arab culture and includes a glossary to explain Arabic vocabulary as well as some advanced English concepts.

Readers receive a bonus. The author shares seven writing prompts that will nurture the talents of budding poets, writers, and journalists. There are a few nicely done black and white illustrations. Length of the book is less than one hundred and fifty pages making it a good choice for reluctant readers as well. I would highly recommend this multicultural book to be used as a read aloud and discussion text about cultural diversity.

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#WHOLOVESTHEDRAGON Awareness Tour and #Giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review

ABOUT THE BOOK

Who Loves the Dragon?

Written by Bianca Schulze

Illustrated by Samara Hardy

Publisher’s Synopsis: In this interactive follow-up to Don’t Wake the Dragon, our beloved Dragon is wide-awake and preparing to celebrate one of the kingdom’s most important events of the year: the annual Friendship Festival! It’s a time for everyone to gather and have fun, all honoring their meaningful friendships. But on the day of the feast, the cooks are called away to cater to the Queen and the knights must report for special duty in the Enchanted Forest. With everyone gone, Dragon is upset and worried that this year’s Friendship Festival is doomed. Could they be planning something special for her? And in the meantime, can you help cheer her up? With colorful and humorous illustrations throughout, this read-aloud picture book encourages kids to interact with the text on every page. Young readers will love waving to characters, blowing kisses, dancing, and more on this fun ride alongside Dragon and her adorable friends in this delightful story that will beg to be read again and again.

Ages 3-6 | 32 Pages | Publisher: Clever Publishing | ISBN-13: 978-1951100438

PURCHASE LINKS

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https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781951100438

OFFICIAL LINKS:

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My Review of the Book

Who Loves the Dragon

Written by Bianca Schultz

Illustrated by Samara Hardy

This book is a sequel to Don’t Wake the Dragon. Readers meet a lovable dragon once more when a cat and mouse team urge them to enter the castle and cheer up their dragon friend.

Dragon is feeling down because today is the Friendship Festival. This day is marked by celebrations of all kind throughout the kingdom. But the caterers have been called away, the knights have left for the Enchanted Forest, and no ne is left to celebrate.

Readers are asked to cheer up the despondent dragon. This interactive book asks readers to count to ten, tell jokes, do something kind, and get their little bodies moving. Who could not feel happy after making a friend feel better?

Will you succeed in cheering up Dragon? Will the Friendship Festival ever get reinstated? Read and participate in this fun book to find out.

Highly recommended for preschoolers and primary grade children. This feel-good book will put a smile on adult’s faces as well.

Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win a Who Loves the Dragon? prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of Who Love the Dragon?, autographed by Bianca Schulze
  • A hardcover copy of Don’t Wake the Dragon, autographed by Bianca Schulze
  • A Sugarfina “XOXO” 3pc Candy Bento Box
  • A $50 Target gift card

The giveaway begins January 6, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends February 5, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Wednesday, January 6, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off
Wednesday, January 6, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Thursday, January 7, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Friday, January 8, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Monday, January 11, 2021Margie’s Must ReadsA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Tuesday, January 12, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Wednesday, January 13, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Thursday, January 14, 2021Glass of Wine, Glass of MilkA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Friday, January 15, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Monday, January 18, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewAuthor interview withBianca Schulze
Tuesday, January 19, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Wednesday, January 20, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Thursday, January 21, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Friday, January 22, 2021Heart to HeartA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Monday, January 25, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewGuest Post withBianca Schulze
Tuesday, January 26, 2021Word SpelunkingA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Wednesday, January 27, 2021Some the WiserA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Thursday, January 28, 2021Confessions of a Book AddictA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Friday, January 29, 2021Imagination SoupA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Monday, February 1, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Tuesday, February 2, 2021Vivian KirkfieldA book review ofWho Loves the Dragon?
Tuesday, February 2, 2021BookBar DenverVirtual StorytimeWho Loves the Dragon?RSVP to BookBar

#IMissYouMost Blog Tour and #Giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and author Cassie Hoyt

OFFICIAL LINK

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ABOUT THE BOOK

I Miss You Most

Written by Cassie Hoyt

Illustrated by Stefanie St. Denis

Publisher’s Synopsis: Love knows no distance. I Miss You Most helps children through the heartache of distance by showing them how to hold their loved ones near. Whether exploring the seas as pirates or twirling like ballerinas, imagination can bridge even the greatest distance. Because time with those you love is the most magical thing of all!

Ages 3 and up | 28 Pages | Publisher: Tellwell Talent | ISBN-13: 978-0228836070

You can download lots of free activities for this book by clicking on the link below:

Discover lots of fun I Miss You Most activities at https://www.cassiehoyt.com/activities.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3pKOUzp

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780228836070

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cassie Hoyt is a children’s author and perfusionist. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two sons. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Inspiration for her books typically comes from her silly boys or fond memories of her childhood. Learn more about Cassie’s upcoming works at www.cassiehoyt.com.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

I Miss You Most
Written and illustrated by Cassie Hoyt

What a sweet and charming picture book for preschoolers and primary grade children! This book is written in short rhymes and contains illustrations that are large and vibrant. They are full of expressive, multicultural faces that nearly jump off the page.

The book helps young children from diverse cultures to understand that separation from loved ones is an opportunity for them to reflect about exactly what makes these relationships special. It makes a great gift for a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or child who is missing that special in person connection with someone, whether that it due to the pandemic, work, or living a great distance apart.

The author connects to a child’s favorite shared pastimes and activities. Some examples are pretend play, sports activities, cooking, reading, travel adventures, and aspirations for future careers.

Recommended as a read-aloud or bedtime story, especially for children ages three through eight. Librarians, parents, and teachers should check this one out.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of Cassie Hoyt’s I Miss You Most and a $100 Barnes and Noble e-gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of I Miss You Most, autographed by Cassie Hoyt
  • A $100 Barnes and Noble e-gift card

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of I Miss You Most, autographed by Cassie Hoyt

The giveaway begins January 7, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends February 7, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Click on the link below to enter the GIVEAWAY

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Jan 7The Children’s Book Reviewhttps://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/Tour Kick-Off
Jan 7Word Spelunkinghttp://wordspelunking.blogspot.com/Book Review
Jan 8Lisa’s Readinghttps://lisasreading.comBeyond the Book Activity
Jan 11J.R.s Book Reviewshttps://jrsbookreviews.com/Book Review
Jan 12Library Lady’s Kid Lithttps://janemouttet.wordpress.com/Book Review
Jan 13Fairview Elementary School (Library)https://fveslibrary.blogspot.com/Book Review
Jan 14Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero Momhttp://wannabesuperheromom.blogspot.com/Beyond the Book Activity
Jan 15Barbara Ann Mojica’s Bloghttps://bamauthor.meBook Review
Jan 18icefairy’s Treasure Chesthttp://icefairystreasurechest.blogspot.com/Book Review
Jan 19Over Coffee Conversationshttps://gmarciano.blogspot.comBeyond the Book Activity
Jan 20Confessions of a Book Addicthttp://www.confessionsofabookaddict.comBook Giveaway
Jan 21Satisfaction for Insatiable Readershttps://insatiablereaders.blogspot.comBook Review
Jan 22Heart to Hearttynea-lewis.comBook Review

A FOR CREATIVITY

Do Not Wish For a Pet Ostrich:

Written by Sarina Siebenater

Illustrated by Gabby Correia

Sally’s parents have given her permission to choose a pet. Previously, she had a dog that chewed everything up. She thinks about a cat or a parrot, but decides she wants a unique pet.

One night she wishes upon a star for an ostrich! The next day, Sally gets her wish. But an ostrich proves to be a problem pet for many reasons. Will Sally ever find the perfect pet?

The book contains lots of humor and vibrant illustrations. Primary grade and preschool readers will want to hear it read aloud. Bonus questions included at the end of the tale stimulate discussion and creativity among young readers.

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THE TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

Belle’s Christmas Surprise

Written by Carrie Joy Schafer Krause

Illustrated by Stef

This children’s picture book is beautifully illustrated with soft colors and detailed images of a close-knit family living in a small cabin on the Canadian prairie at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Belle is one of eight children living with her parents. Christmas is nearly here. She is excited. Each family member receives one small gift. Belle cherishes her delightful wiener treat. When she wakes up the next morning, her gift has disappeared! Will her Christmas be spoiled? Read the heartwarming tale to find out.

This multicultural book entertains and educates children. They learn a bit of history, culture and family traditions. Bonus activities include a find the hidden picture on each page, discussion questions for parents and teachers to use after reading, a Christmas cookie recipe, and instructions for a walnut Christmas decoration.

I recommend this book for elementary school and middle school children and their families or classrooms to share.

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LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR

Where Dragons Fly: Land of Stars Book 1

Written by Hannah Sparks

Illustrated by Katherine Newton

Eight-year-old Ethan lives with his hard-working dad. Ethan is not looking forward to summer when he will be alone six days a week. Ethan does not make friends easily; the neighborhood kids make fun of him because his last name is Broom.

Life changes when Ethan’s dad comes home with a box that he found. It contains two glass dragons. Ethan’s dad hopes they will entertain his son. Ethan does not think much of this gift until he picks one of the dragons up and is transported to a magical land called Steorra. He gets the opportunity to ride on a dragon, meet a talking penguin, and envision a sky filled with stars.

When Ethan’s neighbor, Amelia, comes to visit, she picks up the orange dragon. They are both transported to Steorra where more adventures and new characters await them. Amelia encourages Ethan to be more outgoing. The book ends with the promise of many more adventures.

I would classify this book as a beginning chapter book. It contains just over one hundred pages filled with black and white illustrations. It is also a good choice for reluctant readers or adults seeking a fun read-aloud that can be utilized as a serial bedtime story for younger children.

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PUTTING THE 3 R’S TO GOOD USE

Fernando Invents Socks, A Gripping Story, About the Perils of Ocean Trash!

Written and lllustrated by Brad Pohl

An adorable rhyming picture book for elementary school eco conscious readers! The author employs clever rhymes, onomatopoeia, and alliteration to create this fun read-aloud.

The plot is original and creative. Fernando, a penguin, has a guest visiting him. Judith, a brown chicken is walking with Fernando along the Arctic shore when they both become entangled with yellow string around their feet. Fearful of becoming bait for sea lions, Fernando thinks quickly. He plucks two of Judith’s largest feathers.

What does he do with them and how does his discovery lead to an ingenious invention? Read this beautifully illustrated picture book to find out.

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A DARK FUTURE

The Crocodile Who Swallowed The Sun

Written by Bachar Karroum

Illustrated by Luis Perez

A crocodile living in the swamp sees himself as king of all creatures. He wants to see all creatures cower before him.

One day he decides to swallow the sun to demonstrate that power. The rooster, donkey, goat, and rabbit try to persuade him to change his mind. When the crocodiles baby brother runs out of food, he realizes his mistake. The sun is necessary for all living things to survive.

What lessons does the crocodile learn? Can he repair the damage that he has done?

This is a cute, nicely illustrated rhyming picture book for preschoolers and primary grade readers.

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