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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

PUTTING ON A POSITIVE SPIN

What’s Up, Little Pup?

Written by Mr. Marmion

Illustrated by Sarah Chang

Little Nimbus the pup generally spends his days looking out the window imagining the possibilities of the world outside while his human family goes to work and school.

One day that suddenly changes. The children stay home and become listless while mom frantically works from home while struggling to manage the household tasks. Why doesn’t anyone go out?

Nimbus resolves to cheer them up. At first, he doesn’t succeed. Then he comes up with a brilliant idea!

The author does not mention Covid specifically but alludes to doctors recommending to stay home to remain healthy.

This illustrated, rhyming, picture book could serve as an opener to a discussion for families and students to talk about the mental health issues brought about by the pandemic. Highly recommended for children ages five and up.

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#CanYouSpotTheLeopard virtual book tour and giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Karen B. Winnick.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

Created by Karen B. Winnick

Ages 7+ | 48 Pages

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group | ISBN-13: 978-1626349759

Publisher’s Book Synopsis: Can You Spot the Leopard? is author/artist Karen B. Winnick’s newest picture book, an adventuresome African safari presented through poems and full-color paintings. Readers begin at sunrise, climbing into a jeep for a bumpy ride to view the wondrous animals as they would on a real safari. All the poems are based on real observations of what animals do in the wild, related in an accessible way. There’s even a sighting, finally, of the elusive leopard, before returning to safari camp under a starry night. At the back of the book, further information is related about each animal. A fun, informational, educational adventure to read and reread.

Ms. Winnick is an animal enthusiast, president of the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, and author of more than a dozen picture books, including Gemina: The Crooked-Neck Giraffe, How Lucky Got His Shoe, and Mr. Lincoln’s Whiskers.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KAREN B. WINNICK is the author of more than a dozen picture books for children, most of which she illustrated. An animal lover, she serves on several boards devoted to the well-being of animals. She’s a graduate of Syracuse University, mother of three grown sons, grandmother of eight, and minder of five pups.

For more visit, karenbwinnick.com.

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A SAFARI ADVENTURE

Can You Spot the Leopard

Written and Illustrated by Karen B. Winnick

A beautiful adventure for the child with an active imagination. Winnick deftly authors the entire book in crisp rhymes that invite reading the tale over and over.

The illustrations are large and colorful, popping off the glossy pages. Young readers learn about animal habitats, food, family life, and survival. Children may have knowledge of elephants, rhinos, and giraffe but others like bushbucks, marabou, and bat-eared foxes are sure to intrigue the imagination.

Winnick presents the dangers in a non-threatening way. For adventurers who want to research, the glossary contains more information about thirty safari animals. This book is highly recommended as a reference book for a home or classroom library. It has appeal for elementary school and middle-grade readers, librarians, and teachers.

I look forward to reading more books by this talented author and illustrator.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Wednesday, October 19, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Thursday, October 20, 2022Dad SuggestsA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Friday, October 21, 2022Library Lady’s Kid LitAn interview with Karen B. Winnick
Monday, October 24, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Tuesday, October 25, 2022Book Zone ReviewsAn interview with Karen B. Winnick
Wednesday, October 26, 2022Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Thursday, October 27, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Friday, October 28, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Monday, October 31, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Tuesday, November 1, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Wednesday, November 2, 2022Because I Said SoA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Thursday, November 3, 2022Heart to HeartA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari
Friday, November 4, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

WHEN MOMS FEEL GREAT, THEN WE DO TOO! virtual blog tour and giveaway #whenmomsfeelgreat,thenwedotoo.

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Phyllis Schwartz.

ABOUT THE BOOK

When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

Written by Phyllis Schwartz

Illustrated by Siski Kalla

Ages 4+ | 38 Pages

Publisher: Acorn Publishing | ISBN-13: 9798885280143

Publisher’s Book Summary: When Mom, one day, came home and said, “I think I better get in bed”

It was up to us to get together

As a team so she’d feel better

We came up with all sorts of things to do

Because “when mom feels great then we do too!”

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Phyllis Schwartz is a married mother of two, who, after a highly successful career in the TV news business, finally has the luxury to indulge in and focus on her “civilian” writing. Even as a kid, she kept a diary and wrote little stories and poems, a creative release that continued well into adulthood. She wrote news by day and poetry by night. And despite battling three different types of cancer over more than three decades, she is still filled with energy, joy, and optimism, and she looks forward to writing more poetry and children’s books.

Her writing centers on the beauty she finds daily: Her friends, husband, and two children, as well as her garden and her beautiful beach town residence in dreamy Encinitas, provide continued inspiration for her verse.

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MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

SPREADING GOOD CHEER

When Moms Feel Great Then We Do Too

Written by Phyllis Schwartz

Illustrations by Siski Kalla

A family pulls together to help their mother when she is sick with cancer. They make funny videos, bake cookies, color get-well cards, entertain her and do all they can to cheer her up.

The beautiful, colorful, multicultural illustrations and funny rhymes keep elementary grade children entertained while discussing a serious subject. Young readers learn lessons about compassion, love, empathy, and family resilience while working through a difficult situation.

I would highly recommend this book to parents and teachers, especially those undergoing a family illness as a model of strength and resilience to teach children strategies for dealing with the stress of a family crisis.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of When Mom Feels Great, The We Do Too! and a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

– A copy of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

– A $50 Barnes and Noble gift card

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– A copy of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Friday, September 23, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewBook tour kick-off
Monday, September 26, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Tuesday, September 27, 2022Book Zone ReviewsA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Wednesday, September 28, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Thursday, September 29, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Friday, September 30, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersAn article by Phyllis SchwartzThe Importance of Family Cooperation
Monday, October 3, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Tuesday, October 4, 2022Because I Said SoA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Wednesday, October 5, 2022J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Thursday, October 6, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Friday, October 7, 2022Me Two BooksA When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too! book activity
Monday, October 10, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview with Phyllis Schwartz
Tuesday, October 11, 2022A Dream Within A DreamA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!
Wednesday, October 12, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review of When Mom Feels Great, Then We Do Too!

COUNTING UP SOME FUN

Ten Little Sandpipers

Written by Kim Ann

Illustrated by Nejla Shojaie

An adorable, little counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. The illustrations are vibrant and fun; the text is easily read aloud.

The author uses sandpipers as her subject. Beach scenes feature counting from one to ten. The bonus features include a song to sing and interactive identification of other sea creatures for the young reader to search out and identify.

Highly recommended and fun for both children and adults.

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PARTY HARDY!

Ninjas Go to a Party: A Rhyming Children’s Book About Parties and Practicing Inclusion

Written by Mary Nhin

Those fun-loving ninjas work hard all week, but they do love to take a break occasionally to party. When they do let their hair down, Inclusive Ninja makes sure that everyone has an enjoyable time. He welcomes all to eat, share activities, and work as a team.

This book is part of a series that employs lovable characters to teach life lessons and values like friendship, empathy, compassion, and inclusiveness.

The entire series is available in boxed sets, individual books, and collections arranged by theme.

A fun book to read aloud, for a bedtime story, or for classroom discussion.

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COOL, CALM, AND COLLECTED

The Choices I Make: Children’s Book about Making Choices, Anger, Emotions Management

Written by Michael Gordon

Illustrated by Max Larin

A nice, rhyming picture book to open up a discussion on how to deal with anger for preschoolers and elementary school children.

When Josh discovers that his sister took his favorite toy, he lashes out at her. Josh’s dad hears the shouting and offers some advice to his son. Why not stop and think for a minute and then count backward?

In the coming days, Josh learns other ways to control his feelings when he feels anger rising to the surface. He does not like losing a game to his friends, being refused candy, or waiting patiently for his needs to be met.

Adorable illustrations and simple scenarios teach young children how to control their emotions.

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LESSONS FROM THE RUBY SLIPPERS

Lilly May and the Ruby Shoes Blues

Written by Danielle Diestl

Illustrated by Fani Bela

When Lily May returns home from school in a bad mood, her mom knows just what to do.

What happened to put Lily May in such a foul mood? All her classmates made fun of her favorite ruby heels. The other children seem to favor dull brown flat shoes. Lily’s mom, her cat, and her favorite book are the magical ingredients to rescue Lily May from her funk.

She is reminded of just what a dull place the world would be if we all looked and behaved the same. By the end of the tale, Lily May is celebrating her uniqueness.

This book is written in crisp rhymes with adorable multicultural illustrations. I especially enjoyed the quick exercises that the offer includes for creating, brave, proud, respectful, empathetic, and mindful young readers. Parents and teachers will want to try them all. Highly recommended for primary grade children.

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#LETTER SOUNDS ABOUND – a virtual book tour and giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Practice Readers Books

ABOUT THE BOOK

Letter Sounds Abound

Written by Catherine S. Young

Illustrated by Victoria Gesner

Ages 3-6 | 48 Pages

Publisher: Practice Readers Books | ISBN-13: 9781778066702

Publisher’s Synopsis: Letter Sounds Abound is a friendly alphabet book that highlights big ideas about how written language works for preschool and kindergarten children. It focuses on the most common letter-sound relationships while helping children tune in to the fact that letters can make different sounds in different situations to avoid confusion for beginners. The rhyming text makes it fun for parents to read to their children time and again, while simple line drawings inspire imagination without competing for attention with text.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Catherine S. Young has spent her career putting research insights into practice across the spheres of education, public health, and electronics. The proud mother of three delightful developing readers, she founded Practice Readers Books to provide evidence-aligned books to support the unique needs of fledgling readers (and their parents) at school and at home.

For more information, visit https://practicereaders.ca/collections/alphabet-books.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Victoria Gesner (Pelletier) is an artist and educator based in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She believes in making literacy and art affordable and accessible to all.

You can find some of her other artwork at Femme des Fleurs Art at https://www.facebook.com/femmedesfleurs.art/.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

EASY PEASY ALPHABET

Letters Abound: A Practice Reading Book

Written by C. S. Young

Illustrations by Victoria Gesner

A simple tool to teach preschool and kindergarten students to learn and read alphabet sounds and words. The author introduces forty-four sounds and the twenty-six letters of the alphabet. Young emphasizes first skills of reading like tracking left to right and following with the finger. Gesner’s illustrations are presented as simple black and white pictures containing the single letters, digraph sounds, and alphabet letters. Children learn how to point out the capital and small letters as they find out about the sounds associated with each. Two sentences on each page rhyme to make reading out loud a fun exercise pleasing to the ear.

This book provides a teaching tool for adults to read as well as for the child to pick up independently as she becomes more confident and proficient in phonetic and reading skills. Certainly, a valuable teaching tool for preschool and early childhood teachers as well as parents.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Letter Sounds Abound, the companion practice book Alphabet Print and Colour, a beginner’s notebook, and a set of alphabet letter magnets!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

– An autographed copy of Letter Sounds Abound

– A copy of Alphabet Print and Colour

– A beginner’s notebook

-A set of magnetic alphabet letters

Two (2) winners receive:

– An autographed copy of Letter Sounds Abound

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 22, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of Letter Sounds Abound
Thursday, June 23, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of Letter Sounds Abound
Friday, June 24, 2022Writer with WanderlustA book review of Letter Sounds Abound
Monday, June 27, 2022The Review WireAn interview with author Catherine S. Young
Tuesday, June 28, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review of Letter Sounds Abound
Wednesday, June 29, 2022Me Two BooksA book activity to pair with Letter Sounds Abound
Thursday, June 30, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review of Letter Sounds Abound
Friday, July 1, 2022Tales of a Wanna-Be Superhero MomA book giveaway of Letter Sounds Abound
Wednesday, July 6, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of Letter Sounds Abound
Thursday, July 7, 2022Confessions of a Book AddictA book giveaway of Letter Sounds Abound
Friday, July 8, 2022J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review of Letter Sounds Abound
Monday, July 11, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersAn article by author Catherine S. YoungFavorite Words for Beginner Readers
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