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DIFFERENT YET ALIKE

Family Means…:A children’s picture book about diversity, inclusion, and love

Written by Matthew Ralph

Illustrated by Badrus Soleh

This multicultural picture book reveals the plethora of family groups that may make a family. It includes families of different races, religions and abilities, including those with disabilities.

The author emphasizes the qualities that families share rather than the physical or surface differences. For example, families share activities, work as a team, learn from each other, cheer each other up, and love one another.

At the end of the book, there is a space for readers to interact by defining what family means to them and drawing a picture of their own family. A charming bedtime story or read aloud book for preschool and elementary school children, families, and teachers.

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STORYTELLING STEP BY STEP

HOW TO TELL WRITE AND MAKE UP A STORY: CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING LEARNING BOOK PART 1

Rose Press House

An interesting approach to teaching the art of storytelling. In Part 1 of this series, readers meet Tom, a 12 year old boy who loves listening to stories. Tom, his uncle, spends lots of time doing telling Tom stories. One day, Tom suggests that they change things up. He asks the boy to tell him a story. The boy is at a loss. He says he does not know how to do that.

Patiently, Tom guides the boy step by step. Through their conversation, he guides readers through the process. First, Tom decides on the main character and describes him. Then he sets a moral and theme for his story. The boy decides on a name for his story and develops an outline to put the details that support his character and theme in order. Then the boy writes a draft of the first part of his story and shows it to an adult to read. But the story is not finished. The boy needs to complete the transitions, details, and supplementary characters that will provide a resolution or completion of the story. That will be coming in Part 2.

I liked this casual approach using storytelling as a vehicle not only to develop communication skills, but also to teach the steps necessary to write an effective story. Many middle-grade students who have difficulty organizing both their ideas and putting them down on paper will enjoy this unique approach to oral and written storytelling.

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#TINGTINGTHEGIRLWHOSAVEDCHINA

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Ryan O’Connor

ABOUT THE BOOK

Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China

Written by Ryan O’Connor

Illustrated by Xiang Minghui

Ages 6-10 | 48 Pages

Publisher: Xlibris Corp | ISBN-13 : 978-1664153189

Publisher’s Synopsis: Li Li Wang is enjoying Chinese New Year with her family when her grandparents ask her to sit with them. Before giving Li Li her holiday gift, they tell her the story of Ting Ting Wang, Li Li’s ancestor, and how she became a Chinese hero. Li Li carefully listens as her grandparents tell her about Ting Ting, the monster Nian, and the origin of the Chinese New Year celebration. Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China provides insight into China’s biggest holiday, gives a sense of its culture, and shows that girls are just as strong and brave as boys.

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/2R1YdPv

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781664153189

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ryan O’Connor is a literature and writing teacher in Shanghai, China, and the author of the children’s book series Bobby the Bear. With a background in sports journalism and education, Ryan has turned his focus to writing children’s books. Through unique characters, Ryan provides children with moral and life lessons. Ryan has earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in education; he has also won numerous awards for sports writing. Ryan is a native of Pittsburg, Kansas, but has spent the past ten years living in Shanghai.

To learn more about Ryan and his books, visit his website at www.ryanoconnorauthor.com.

MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK

A FAMILY TRADITION

Ting, Ting, the Girl Who Saved China

Written by Ryan O’Connor

Illustrated by Xiang Minghui

Six-year-old, Li Li Wang is getting ready to celebrate Chinese New Year with her parents and grandparents. Her grandmother, Nai, Nai, and grandfather, Ye Ye, decide to tell her about the story of one of her ancestors, Ting Ting Wang.

Ting Ting lived on a farm with her parents and older brothers in the village of Tianyu many years ago. At that time no one paid attention to girls. Ting heard about the monster named Nian who was half unicorn and half dragon. Every year Nian would roam the countryside and attack the villages on New Year’s Eve. Across China, the residents hid themselves, their animals and possessions from the wanton attacks of the monster. But Ting Ting was not afraid. She knew if attacked she would stand and fight. When Nian appeared in her village, she dressed in red, decorated the house with red banners, and set out loud firecrackers. The monster became disoriented and fled. This legend has been handed down from generation to generation.

Elementary grade readers learn about Chinese culture, traditional foods, and customs like the tradition of the red envelope. The multicultural illustrations are charming and vibrant. This tale is a wonderful way to introduce students to Asian culture. Recommended as a read aloud for classroom discussion or a bedtime story for children ages three through eight.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a set of books by Ryan O’Connor, including Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A copy Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
  • A Ting Ting Bookmark
  • A copy of Bobby the Bear and His Missing Dinner
  • A copy of Merry Christmas, Bobby the Bear

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A copy Ting Ting, the Girl Who Saved China

The giveaway begins June 1, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, June 1, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-OffTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Wednesday, June 2, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 3, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 4, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Sunday, June 6, 2021Feminist Books for KidsA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Monday, June 7, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Tuesday, June 8, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withRyan O’Connor
Wednesday, June 9, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 10, 2021Over Coffee ConversationA Beyond the Book ActivityTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 11, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Wednesday, June 16, 2021Heart to HeartA book giveaway ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Thursday, June 17, 2021The Momma SpotA book review ofTing Ting, the Girl Who Saved China
Friday, June 18, 2021Books Are Magic TooAn interview withRyan O’Connor

#GAMEONAWESOMEACTIVITIES

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW AND DOVER PUBLICATIONS

ABOUT THE BOOK

Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids

Written by Patrick Merrell

Ages 8-12 | 144 Pages

Publisher: Dover Publications | ISBN-13: 978-0486841854

Publisher’s Synopsis: The newest Game On! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids title, this activity book has dozens of new and challenging brain games for ages 8 to 12. More than 100 colorful puzzles feature the excitement and adventure of the United States, including crosswords, secret codes, word scrambles, spot the differences, mazes, and much more. It’s the perfect book for at home or on the go, and the fun starts with just a pencil — no electricity or batteries needed! Complete solutions appear at the end of the book.

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/3yGMpmT

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780486841854

https://store.doverpublications.com/0486841855.html

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Patrick Merrell is a professional puzzlemaker, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, and graphic designer. He’s one of MAD magazine’s “Usual Gang of Idiots.” He’s created over 250 books, including 75 puzzle books, and written 81 crosswords for The New York Times (including 19 Sundays). Six of his Times crosswords appear in Will Shortz Picks His Favorite Puzzles, the most of any constructor. From 2009 to 2011, he wrote for Wordplay, the daily online crossword column for The New York Times. He’s also created puzzles for the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, People, Sports Illustrated, MAD, National Wildlife Foundation, Crayola, Scholastic, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, the World Puzzle Championship, and many, many others.

MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK

IT’S A PUZZLEMENT…

Game On! USA! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids

Designed by Patrick Merrell

This is book three in the Game on series targeted for students in grades three to six or ages eight through twelve. It contains 144 pages of puzzles accompanied by coloring illustrations that cover a wide variety of subjects. While the focus is placed on the USA, the book’s puzzles develop visual acuity skills, math skills, vocabulary, and fine motor development.

I would use it as a go to on those rainy days when the children are bored or as a learning resource while traveling across country in the car or on the airplane. Some of the puzzles are easier and will appeal to younger children, while the coding and crosswords could be a shared activity among younger and older siblings.

Only a pencil and a good imagination are required. Ditch the electronics and go back to paper and pencil brain enrichment.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a set of three Game On! Awesome Activities for Kids books!

Three (3) winners receive:

  • A copy of Game On! Awesome Activities for Clever Kids
  • A copy of Game On! MORE Awesome Activities for Clever Kids
  • A copy of Game On! USA: Awesome Activities for Clever Kids

The giveaway begins May 31, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Click on the link below to enter the giveaway

https://gleam.io/QY9g5/game-on-usa-book-giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, May 31, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Tuesday, June 1, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Wednesday, June 2, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA review ofGame On! USA
Thursday, June 3, 2021BookshelfMommaA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Friday, June 4, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA review ofGame On! USA
Sunday, June 6, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA review ofGame On! USA
Monday, June 7, 2021The Fairview ReviewA review ofGame On! USA
Tuesday, June 8, 2021The Momma SpotA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Wednesday, June 9, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Thursday, June 10, 2021Heart to HeartA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Friday, June 11, 2021Shooting Stars MagazineA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series
Wednesday, June 16, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA review ofGame On! USA
Thursday, June 17, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA review of‘Game On! Awesome Activities’ Series

HOPE IN YOUR HEART

Crow From the Shadow (Parent-Child-Connect (P2C) Book 1)

Written of Olaolu Ogunyemi

Illustrated by Joshua Ogunyemi

Crow is a bird that possesses a high level of intelligence. He wants to push himself to his limits. Perhaps he will be an architect, a superstar athlete, or a military genius. Unfortunately, self-doubt in the form of the shadow is always lurking in the background telling him that he cannot succeed.

Children and adults are so often held back by nagging self-doubts. This beautifully illustrated book urges us to aspire to our best and see the possibilities for success not the fears of failure. There is a wonderful opportunity to continue the discussion with parents and teachers by using the discussion questions. In addition, the information section about crows is highly informative.

Recommended for upper elementary school and middle-school-age students.

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WHAT A FUN INTRODUCTION TO CHEMISTRY

Women in Chemistry

Written by Mary Wissinger

Illustrated by Danielle Piolo

This well-written and organized book is a wonderful way to introduce elementary and middle-grade readers to the world of chemistry. Wissinger offers simple explanations with appropriate illustrations making the content clear and easy to comprehend.

The short book packs a ton of information in forty pages. Young scientists learn about matter, elements, atoms, DNA, X-rays, chemical reactions, the periodic table, and so much more. There is a brief history of the contributions by women in chemistry going way back to Cleopatra. The glossary adds additional information to explore. The tone is positive encouraging the young reader to embrace scientific exploration.

I am looking forward to reading more books in this new nonfiction science exploration series.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC to review, which I voluntarily chose to read and review with my honest opinions for no compensation.

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MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE

Blank Space: A story about reading for 7-10 year old reluctant readers

Written and Illustrated by Beth Bacon

What a refreshing way to address the feelings of reluctant readers! For children with reading disabilities this book demonstrates the empathy their teachers and fellow students should display.

The protagonist is a student who has been asked to write in a journal about his favorite part of a book. All the other students have their notebooks filled with words and ideas. This student has a journal with blank pages because his favorite part of a book is the blank space. Why? He uses the spaces to imagine, design, and recreate the meaning of the words in his mind. When he gets a chance to explain this to the class, they finally realize the import of his message.

The concrete poetry and unique design of the pages within this book are a visual treat. Its message is one that needs to be heard. While very young students may not fully comprehend the message, I feel this book is an effective tool for middle-grade students, teachers, and parents of reluctant readers.

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#IAMTHE SHARK – SHARK BONANZA #GIVEAWAY

IN PARNERSHIP WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW

I AM THE SHARK

Written by Joan Holub

Illustrated by Laurie Keller

OFFICIAL LINKS

For more information, visit joanholub.com.

ABOUT THE BOOK

I Am the Shark

Written by Joan Holub

Illustrated by Laurie Keller

Ages 4-8 | 48 Pages

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

ISBN-13: 978-0525645283

Publisher’s Synopsis: Hi! I am Great White Shark, and if you get this book, you’ll read all about ME–the greatest shark in the sea!

Not so fast! Greenland Shark here, and as the oldest shark in this book, that makes me the greatest.

Did someone say fast? I’m Mako Shark, and I’m the fastest shark in this book! Eat my bubbles!

Wow, I’m Hammerhead Shark. You don’t need my special eyes to see that there are lots of great sharks in this book. Sink your teeth into it now!

New York Times bestselling author Joan Holub makes a splash with bestselling illustrator Laurie Keller to deliver an entertaining undersea story that encourages self-acceptance and self-esteem, and is filled with humor and the greatest shark facts in the ocean!

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/3tPqDtW

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780525645283

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

The Great White Shark introduces himself as the greatest shark in this book. Not so fast, he has some serious competition. In this superbly illustrated picture book, readers learn about which sharks claim to be the biggest, smallest, oldest, fastest, sneakiest, smartest, and brightest shark of all. Does it really matter? Like all the sharks, each of us is unique and has some special quality to offer the world.

Holub has packed an amazing amount of information about sharks and their world in this forty-eight-page picture book. The layout features gorgeous, vibrant illustrations with easy-to-read text. In addition, there are detailed diagrams and charts that will provide a plethora of knowledge about the shark world. There is also a list of resources for older readers to continue their research about sharks.

I highly recommend this book for shark lovers of all ages from age four to ninety-four.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win an I Am the Shark prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of I Am the Shark, autographed by Joan Holub
  • A child-size shark print art/cooking apron
  • A $50 Target gift card

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of I AM THE SHARK, autographed by Joan Holub

The giveaway begins March 26, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends April 26, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, March 29, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofI Am the Shark
Tuesday, March 30, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview withJoan Holub
Wednesday, March 31, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofI Am the Shark
Thursday, April 1, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofI Am the Shark
Friday, April 2, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewAn interview withJoan Holub
Monday, April 5, 2021Glass of Wine, Glass of MilkA book review ofI Am the Shark
Tuesday, April 6, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofI Am the Shark
Wednesday, April 7, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofI Am the Shark
Thursday, April 8, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofI Am the Shark
Friday, April 9, 2021Heart to HeartAn interview withJoan Holub
Monday, April 12, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofI Am the Shark
Tuesday, April 13, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofI Am the Shark
Wednesday, April 14, 2021Comfy Chair BooksA book review ofI Am the Shark

#Mesopo Blog Tour and #Giveaway

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW AND EVA DIETRICH

ABOUT THE BOOK

Mesopo

Written by Eva Dietrich

Illustrated by Ingrid Kallick

Ages 9+ | 338 pages

Publisher: Independently published | ISBN-13: 978-1731518217

Publisher’s Synopsis: Twelve-year-old Ankido is on a quest to save his missing father through the magical realm of Mesopo.

Mesopo is the land where all fantasy originates, a land whose words and language are in peril. Can Ankido save his father and restore all these words in time?

It was a red velvet box, the size of a school book. Ankido lifted the lid, revealing an old-fashioned quill made out of a reed. It smelled remote and otherworldly. Ancient. And for a reason he couldn’t explain, everything felt all right for a moment.

He thought he caught a sound flowing out of the quill, a word maybe. He wasn’t sure and he shook his head. This was ridiculous. No, he surely must have been mistaken. But there! There was the sound again. This time Ankido was sure of it.

“Mesopo” … whispered in a way that slipped around the room like the warm breeze of the desert.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3rCz7Ts

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9781733367103

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Eva Dietrich is the author of The Great Rainbow Hug (Le gros câlin arc-en-ciel, from Samir Editeur, 2011), recognized by La Revue Des Livres Pour Enfants in 2011 as their annual selection. Eva holds Masters’ Degrees in Children’s Literature from the University of Surrey, London, and Creative Writing from the Metropolitan University of Manchester, UK, and is the founder and director of Aladdin Books. She is equal parts Spanish and German, and currently resides in Madrid with her three kids, three dogs, two cats, three rabbits, and lots of hens.

For more information, visit https://www.aladdin-books.com/

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

WORDS ARE MORE POWERFUL THAN SWORDS

Ankido Gulzar is a twelve-year-old boy of British-Iraqi descent. He loves to write so much that his grandmother, Habubti, calls him Word Boy.

One day his grandmother comes to report that Ankido’s father, an archaeologist who has been working in Iraq, is missing. She is going there to search for him. Before she leaves, Habubti, entrusts him with the book she has been working on. She warns him to guard it carefully and never let it get into the hands of his Aunt Geraldine. Habubti also gives him a velvet box with a quill pen that he can use to get in touch with her.

Ankido is left in the care of Geraldine and her husband. They treat him poorly, but Ankido loves his two female cousins dearly. When Geraldine demands Ankido give up his grandmother’s book, Ankido throws it into the fire. His aunt plots to place Ankido in a boarding school but before he arrives there, Ankido finds himself in a magical place called Mesopo.

Mesopo is a gateway to ancient Nineveh. It is a land of words. But these words are in danger of disappearing. Why is Ankido the only one who can save this civilization? What role does his aunt and grandmother play? What can his beloved cousins do to save him?

Dragons, demons, myths, and magic are woven into the plot. Middle-grade readers are treated to well-defined, strong characters who must use their strengths and conquer their weaknesses. A few fantastic illustrations assist the reader to visualize this magical land and its alluring inhabitants. Our words are powerful, and they must be protected.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Mesopo and a feather dip quill pen writing set!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A paperback copy of Mesopo
  • A digital copy of Mesopo
  • A Feather Dip Quill Pen Writing Ink Set

Two (2) winners receive:

  • A choice of:
    • A paperback copy of Mesopo
    • A digital copy of Mesopo

The giveaway begins April 1, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends April 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Click on the link below to enter

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3d5cb282216/

TOUR SCHEDULE

Thursday, April 1, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofMesopo
Friday, April 2, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofMesopo
Saturday, April 3, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review ofMesopo
Sunday, April 4, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofMesopo
Tuesday, April 6, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofMesopo
Wednesday, April 7, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofMesopo
Thursday, April 8, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofMesopo
Monday, April 12, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA book review ofMesopo
Tuesday, April 13, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofMesopo
Thursday, April 15, 2021Book Bug CAA book review ofMesopo
Monday, April 19, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofMesopo
Tuesday, April 20, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersAn interview withEva Dietrich
Friday, April 26, 2021Tales of a Wanna-Be SuperHero MomA book review ofMesopo

YUMMY FOR THE TUMMY

Food Network Magazine The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book Free 14-Recipe Sampler! 

Provided by Food Network Magazine

This recipe sampler is the perfect way to entice budding young chefs into the kitchen. They are the types of foods that children are interested in eating so they will be attracted to baking them. Muffins, brownies, cakes, and cupcakes are definitely favorites among this age group. Perfect choice for middle-grade readers who can read and follow these recipes independently or to use as a family project to involve all the members of a family working together.

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