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It’s Just the Beginning…

The Squirrel that Watched the Stars (Starry Stories Book 1)

Written by Tom Kerss

Illustrated by Anni Betts

Written by an astronomer, this book is the first in a series. The rhymes are catchy and fun to read; the illustrations sparkle like the stars that are the subject of this book.

A squirrel sits in a high oak tree near the observatory. He wonders about the stars and wishes he could communicate with the workers in the observatory to learn more about them. Suddenly, a beautiful swan named Cygnus appears to him and brings him on a tour of the stars. The squirrel learns about the magnitude of stars in space and the one closest to earth, our sun. Star School is a teaching tool provided at the end of the fictional story that provides a jumping off point to more research about the stars for budding scientists.

The book is a lovely bedtime story for young children and an introduction to astronomy that will peak the interest of school-age children. I would also suggest placing the book in the science section of elementary school classrooms.

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HONEYCAKE: A Helping Hand

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW AND MEDEA KALANTAR

ABOUT THE BOOK

Honeycake: A Helping Hand

Written by Medea Kalantar

Illustrated by i Cenzial

Ages 4+ | 33 Pages

Publisher: Medea Kalantar | ISBN-13: 9781777289768

Publisher’s Book Summary: In the sixth installment of the delightful Honeycake book series, Nala’s uncles, Victor and George, take her to a fundraiser where she meets Alexis, a girl with an artificial arm. Through her interactions, Nala learns that you are never too young to lend “a helping hand,” that it’s okay to be different, and that being different doesn’t stop you from doing great things in life.

PURCHASE LINKS

All proceeds from each book sale go to The War Amps CHAMP Program as Medea Kalantar’s charity of choice.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Medea Kalantar is a Reiki master and practitioner, a Guinness World Record Holder, and a multi-award-winning, best-selling author of the Honeycake Book Series(TM). Inspired to write these books when she became a grandmother, Kalantar’s stories are based on her own family, whose members come from many ethnic backgrounds. This unique mix is a perfect recipe—just like the spices in a honey cake. That is why she calls her grandchildren her little Honeycakes.

With all the negativity in the world, Medea Kalantar’s series is a much-needed glimmer of hope and positivity. The Honeycake Book Series(TM) teaches valuable life lessons, giving children the tools to overcome obstacles in their everyday lives. The Honeycake books teach children about diversity, acceptance, kindness, mindfulness, trust, and gratitude. This series will enlighten, empower, educate, and entertain children and their families for generations to come.

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MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

HONEYCAKE: A HELPING HAND

Written by Medea Kalantar

Illustrated by i Cenizal

Edited by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

Nala is so excited. She is wearing the beautiful pink dress that her married uncles bought for her and she is going to attend a special fundraiser with them. They tell her she will meet a remarkable girl named Alexis.She is surprised to find out the event is being held at a store. At the party, Nala meets children who have different types of physical disabilities. What really amazes her is the fact they have learned to lead independent lives and remarkable achievements.

Alexis is beautiful in spirit as well. She has managed to raise ten million dollars with her charity. Not only does Nala meet many new friends. she learns that being different is not a handicap if you are motivated to achieve great things. Nala is inspired to follow in her footsteps.

The book contains a glossary to explain terms that might be unfamiliar to the elementary school reader. Kalantar also reveals a bit about the real life character behind the story.

This book contains many important lessons for young readers. It is beautifully illustrated with multicultural illustrations that show different cultures and display many types of disabilities. I would recommend it be placed on the shelves of libraries and classrooms to be used as a valuable diversity discussion tool.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win 6-book set of the Honeycake series with bookmarks—including a copy of Honeycake: A Helping Hand autographed by Madea Kalantar!

All proceeds from each book sale go to The War Amps CHAMP Program as Medea Kalantar’s charity of choice.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

– A signed hardcover copy of Honeycake: A Family of Spices

– A signed hardcover copy of Honeycake: Help, I Swallowed a Butterfly

– A signed hardcover copy of Honeycake: Special Magical Powers

– A signed hardcover copy of Honeycake: A Circle of Trust

A signed hardcover copy of Honeycake: Counting All My Blessings

– A signed hardcover of Honecake: A Helping Hand

Bookmarks

Four (4) winners receive:

A signed hardcover copy of Honeycake: A Helping Hand

Five (5) winners receive:

– A signed paperback copy of Honeycake: A Helping Hand 

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Friday, November 18, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
Monday, November 21, 2022Me Two BooksA book review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
Tuesday, November 22, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
Wednesday, November 23, 2022Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
Thursday, November 24, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewAn interview with Medea Kalantar
Friday, November 25, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
Monday, November 28, 2022The Frugal GrandmomA book review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
Tuesday, November 29, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview with Medea Kalantar
Wednesday, November 30, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
Thursday, December 1, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review of Honeycake: A Helping Hand
Friday, December 2, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewInstagram Reel of Honeycake: A Helping Hand

IF YOU LOVE HORSES, YOU WILL LOVE THIS BOOK

The Forgotten Horse – Book 1 in the Connemara Horse Adventure Series for Kids. The perfect gift for children age 8-12. (Connemara Adventures)

Written by Elaine Heney

This is Book 1 in a series. The author has trained thousands to develop and care for their horses. She also creates films featuring the human equestrian relationship.

Primarily intended for a middle-grade audience, Heney creates beautiful characters. Readers learn about a close-knit Irish farming family that faces hard times. Clodagh immediately falls in love with the grey pony that she names Ozzie. Clodagh knows one day she will work with horses.

The book is filled with issues that usually pop up for its target audience like bullying and learning to cope with school peers determined to look down on her. Throughout the book, Clodagh reveals her steadfast determination to overccome these obstacles and find a way to keep Ozzie.

Highly recommended for any reader who loves horses and down-to-earth family stories.

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My Butt is So Christmassy virtual blog tour and giveaway #mybuttissochristmassy

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Dover Publications.

ABOUT THE BOOK

My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!

Written by Dawn McMillan

Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

Ages 6+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Dover Publications | ISBN-13: 978-0486850696

Publisher’s Book Summary: This delightful rhyming story follows our inventive young hero as he dreams about dressing up his plain backside in something festive “with layers and layers of green, with baubles that glow, bows in a row, and a star where it’s easily seen!”  Will he get his wish? Kids will find out as they giggle all the way through this sweet holiday story.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

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Dover Publications

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dawn McMillan writes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and storybooks for children. She is also the author of the hilarious best-selling I Need a NEW BUTT! series, as well as the adorable Doctor Grundy’s Undies, Seagull Sid and the Naughty Things His Seagulls Did!, and many more wonderful children’s books. She lives in Waiomu, New Zealand.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Ross Kinnaird‘s collaborations with Dawn McMillan include the popular I Need a NEW BUTT! series, as well as Doctor Grundy’s Undies and Seagull Sid and the Naughty Things His Seagulls Did! Ross also has illustrated such children’s books as 50 Body Questions and created the animated poem “Smaller,” winner of the People’s Choice Award at the World Parkinson Congress. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

My Butt is So Christmassy

Written by Dawn McMillan

Illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

It’s Christmas Eve and the house if filled with cheer and chaos. Presents are gathered and the children scream in delight, but our protragonist is unhappy. While the tree looks amazing, he is unhappy with the pants he wears. What can he do to decorate them? Nothing seems to work. Finally, he realizes the true meaning of Christmas. The message is not about him. Will Santa provide him with the perfect Christmas?

Children learn about empathy, compassion, and family values while reading this hilarious picture book.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!

Five (5) winners receive:

– A paperback copy of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, October 24, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off
Tuesday, October 25, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!
Wednesday, October 26, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview with Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird
Thursday, November 3, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!
Friday, November 4, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!
Monday, November 7, 2022Inspired By SavannahA book review of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!
Tuesday, November 8, 2022Shooting Stars MagA book giveaway of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!
Wednesday, November 9, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!
Thursday, November 10, 2022Me Two BooksAn interview with Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird
Friday, November 11, 2022The Review WireA book review of My Butt is SO CHRISTMASSY!

FINDING YOUR WAY

Bright Star: Empowering Children to Believe in Themselves and Follow Their Dreams

Written by Heather Dodge

Little Star is struggling to find her way in the world. Can she perform her job well? As she experiences failures and successes, Little Star discovers how to believe in herself and follow her dreams.

Children develop self-confidence and self-esteem, how to develop courage and resiliency. The questions and reflections prompt young readers to develop empathy for Little Star while building up the same skills within themselves. It enables readers to enjoy the adventures through the interactive experience.

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EMBARRASING GEORGE virtual book tour and giveaway #EmbarrassingGeorge

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Foreword Publicity.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Embarrassing George

Written by Kimber Morgan

Illustrated by Jessica Kwan

Ages 4+ | 34 Pages

Publisher: Creative, Simple Wonder Press | ISBN-13: 9781737038641

Publisher’s Book Summary: Everyone in George’s family is so embarrassing. His mom can’t cook, his sister is constantly making kissy faces to her phone, and his brother’s wardrobe consists of nothing but costumes. To top it off, George’s dad is known for going outdoors in his underwear!

Will Family Night at school reveal all of their quirks?

Or will George want to hide under his desk to avoid them?

PURCHASE LINKS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kimber Morgan is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kimber is a fun wife and imperfect mom of 3 crazy kiddos and two little lemon (problematic) dogs. She tries to live her strengths the best she can. Morgan is a homemade Halloween costume type of mom who lets her kids mix the play-doh. She bakes fun birthday cakes (cutely, but far from perfection) and loves a homemade valentine and a school project.

Writing children’s books is an extension of her creative strength. She strives to create picture books that are beautiful, engaging, humorous, and with themes of acceptance and kindness. She hopes you love reading her works. Kimber is available for author visits and wants to connect with you.

Visit her on Instagram @kimbermorgan_writes and her website, kimberfoxmorgan.com.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Jessica Kwan is the illustrator behind Bad Attitude Bunny Illustration, though her attitude is generally not that bad. She hails from San Francisco and is currently based in northern Sweden. She enjoys drawing characters with funny expressions and anything inspired by nature and animals. She is always looking for the next collaboration, but during her spare time, she likes to: travel, read, do crosswords, and pet the neighborhood cats. Some things she dislikes are sand, mosquitoes, and melted ice cream.

Visit her on Instagram @badattitudebunny and her website, badattitudebunny.com.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Embarrassing George and a Fire HD 8 Kids tablet!

One (1) winner receives:

– An autographed copy of Embarrassing George

– A Fire HD 8 Kids tablet, 8″ HD display, ages 3-7, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case

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MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

I AM SO EMBARRASSED

Embarrassing George

Written by Kimber Fox Morgan

Illustrated by Jessica Kwan

It is time for family night at school and George dreads it. Why? He thinks his family is weird and embarrassing. George has inherited the family’s preferred first name passed down from generation to generation and he hates it. His older sister is obsessed with her phone, his younger brother wears only costumes, his mother burns the food, and his father routinely goes outside in his underwear. What will they do to embarrass George at school? George does not want to find out.

Kwan’s illustrations are hilarious. They keep kids and adults in stitches. I laughed my way from page to page. Readers may be surprised at the ending. Are all families as weird as George’s family? A little weird may be a good thing.

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, September 13, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of Embarrassing George
Wednesday, September 14, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review of Embarrassing George
Thursday, September 15, 2022Book Zone ReviewsAn interview with Kimber Fox Morgan
Tuesday, September 20, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review of Embarrassing George
Wednesday, September 21, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of Embarrassing George
Thursday, September 22, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of Embarrassing George
Monday, September 26, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review of Embarrassing George
Tuesday, September 27, 2022Me Two BooksAn Embarrassing George book activity
Wednesday, September 28, 2022Because I Said SoA book review of Embarrassing George
Monday, October 3, 2022J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review of Embarrassing George
Tuesday, October 4, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersAn article by Kimber Fox MorganMost Embarrassing Moments
Wednesday, October 5, 2022Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review of Embarrassing George

AN UNLIKELY ALLIANCE

Blood of a Gladiator: (Leonidas, the Gladiator Mysteries, Book 1

Written by Ashley Gardner

Leonidas is a gladiator who knows nothing about survival. He is tired of fighting and wishes to die. When he is mysteriously freed by an unknown benefactor and gifted to a scribe who used to be a slave, Leonidas must learn to survive in ancient Rome with no marketable skills.

The two major characters could not be more different. Combined with an assortment of minor characters, their journey is unpredictable and touched with tinges of mystery. The author does an excellent job of researching and describing historical details of life in ancient Rome.

This is the first book in a series. It certainly has my attention and I want to read other books in the series.

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THE NOT SO GILDED AGE

Victorian San Francisco Novellas: (San Francisco Novellas)

Written by M. Louisa Locke

If you are looking for a few quick reads and like history, this book may be your cup of tea.

The characters are secondary characters from the author’s mystery series. There is a good amount of historical detail about the Victorian age in San Francisco. These stories revolve around the working class and life in a boarding house. They tell about lives often forgotten and the struggles of the poor in San Francisco during a time when the needs of the poor were overlooked.

Fast reads with interesting plots and characters.

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GRADY WHILL AND THE TEMPLETON CODEX VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR AND GIVEAWAY #GradyWhill

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Carole P. Roman.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex

Written by Carole P. Roman

Ages 8-18 | 243 Pages

Publisher: Chelshire, Inc. | ISBN-13: 9781950080434

Publisher’s Book Summary: Templeton Academy, the superhero high school, is finally open!

The prestigious academy is recruiting the best of the best to enroll in its student body. The school is as mysterious as it is exclusive. Grady Whill thinks there is nothing special about him to make the grade. However, his best friend, Aarush Patel has been selected and thinks Grady has the right stuff. Even school bully, Elwood Bledsoe is attending.

If Grady is fortunate enough to be picked, his guardian has forbidden him to attend. Will a family secret prevent Grady from becoming the superhero he was destined to be?

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

Audible

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, spies, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children of all ages.

Her best-selling book, The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids: 800+ Jokes! has reached number one on Amazon in March of 2020 and has remained in the top 200 books since then.

She published Mindfulness for Kids with J. Robin Albertson-Wren.

Carole has co-authored two self-help books. Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing with Julie A. Gerber, and Marketing Indieworld with both Julie A. Gerber and Angela Hausman.

Roman is the CEO of a global transportation company, as well as a practicing medium.

She also writes adult fiction under the name Brit Lunden and has created an anthology of the mythical town of Bulwark, Georgia with a group of indie authors.

Writing is her passion and one of her favorite pastimes. Roman reinvents herself frequently, and her family calls her the ‘mother of reinvention.’ She resides on Long Island, near her children and grandchildren.

For more information, visit http://www.caroleproman.com/.

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MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex

Written by Carole P. Roman

What an interesting middle-grade novel. An interesting combination of genres and themes, coming of age, fantasy, adventure, peer, family, and school relationships. Whill and his best friend, Aarush, long to gain admission to an elite new school Templeton Academy, but Whill’s guardian is opposed. The Middleton Middle Schools bully Elwood torments Aarush who is autistic, Whill is often in trouble because he sticks up for his friend.

Despite the odds, Whill, Aarush, and Elwood all gain entrance to Templeton. Upon arrival, the students realize this is no ordinary place. Whisked away to a mysterious location, with no outside contact and communication, they learn that they must uncover the meaning of a codex inscribed on an obelisk. Their classes include subjects like subconscious thinking. What will Whill and Aarush learn about their past and their hidden superpowers? Will they succeed in their quest? This first book ends at the completion of year one.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win an awesome Dooney Press Gift Pack of books and more fun goodies!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

– A signed copy of Grady Whill and the Templeton Code

– A waxed canvas backpack

Nine (9) winners receive:

– A signed copy of Grady Whill and the Templeton Code

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, September 12, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Tuesday, September 13, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Wednesday, September 14, 2022Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Thursday, September 15, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Friday, September 16, 2022Writer with WanderlustA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Monday, September 19, 2022J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Tuesday, September 20, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Wednesday, September 21, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview with Carole P. Roman
Thursday, September 22, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Friday, September 23, 2022Lisa’s ReadingAn article by Carole P. RomanBlending the superhero genre with the classic school story
Monday, September 26, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Tuesday, September 27, 2022Book Zone ReviewsA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Wednesday, September 28, 2022Twirling Book PrincessAn article by Carole P. RomanSuperheroes and why they make good characters for kids books
Thursday, September 29, 2022Because I Said SoA book review of Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex
Friday, September 30, 2022Shooting Stars MagAn interview with Carole P. Roman

RAW AND REAL

I Escaped the World’s Deadliest Shark Attack: The USS Indianapolis Disaster: WW2

Written by Scott Peters and Ellie Crowe

A powerful story of a historical adventure narrated through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old survivor. Josh enlisted with forged papers to avenge the death of his father at Pearl Harbor. He is straight out of boot camp serving on the USS Indianapolis when the battleship is struck by a Japanese torpedo. He struggles to escape the burning ship, but that is just the beginning of his troubles. No help is in sight; sharks infest the waters, and the survivors begin to turn against each other.

This book is a powerful story filled with raw emotions, adventure, and history. The authors provide readers with an action-packed tale filled with interesting facts about sharks and military history. It contains actual photographs, maps, and hand-drawn illustrations.

The book is little more than one hundred pages. Reluctant readers can easily navigate the short chapters with graphics. Targeted for middle grades but just as appealing to young adult and adult audiences.

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