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6 Facts About Martin Luther King Jr. you probably did not know

  1. His birth name was not Martin. According to MLK’s birth certificate, filed on April 12, 1934, his given name was Michael King Jr. His switch to a new name had to do with his father, who served as pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. King Sr. traveled to Germany and upon his return in 1934 chose the name Martin Luther for himself and his son.
  2. He Received a “C” at School for Public Speaking.Although he’s known now for being a prolific public speaker, MLK Jr. wasn’t always appreciated for his eloquence. In fact, while attending Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pennsylvania, King received a “Pass,” a “C+,” and a “C” in the course during the 1948-49 school year. 
  3. He Was a Three-Time Grammy Nominee. King was not a musician, but the spoken-word recordings of his most famous speeches earned him several Grammy nominations.  His “I Have A Dream” speech was later voted into its Hall of Fame in 2012.
  4. London’s Westminster Abbey Features a Statue of MLK. In 1998, a statue honoring Dr. King was unveiled at Westminster Abbey in London, a city where he spoke in 1964 while visiting Europe to accept his Nobel Peace Prize. The statue was among a group of 10 of the 20th century’s most celebrated Christian martyrs, which were installed above the Great West Door in niches that had stood vacant for 35 years. Queen Elizabeth II presided over the unveiling, 
  5. He Was a Huge Fan of “Star Trek.” Star Trek was the only program King allowed his children to stay up late to watch because of the character Uhura, played by African American actress Nichelle Nichols. King viewed Nichols’ role as one of the few examples of equality on televisio
  6. King and His Wife Spent Their Honeymoon at a Funeral Parlor. After being denied at several whites-only hotels throughout Marion, a town that held many segregationist beliefs, MLK and his wife were invited by a friend to spend their wedding night in the back room of a funeral parlor. It wasn’t until five years later that the couple took a more traditional honeymoon trip to Mexico.

8 Techniques That Stop Anger in its Tracks

You can’t believe they did it. Of all people, turning on you this way. You want to react in kind, drawing on the anger flowing through you to lash out. Make the other person hurt every bit as much as you do right now.

Wait a minute. You can’t. You’re not that person. You don’t want to BE that person. You’re better than this.

But how do you stop anger in its tracks before it gets the best of you?

Take a Walk

The physical act of walking will burn off some of the adrenaline while getting outside, giving you a distracting change in scenery. And it works even better if you’re walking away from the object of your anger. Sometimes all you need is some space.

Pay Attention to your Muscles

Like walking, exercise is good. Also, anger tends to tighten you up, so a good stretch, or even better practicing progressive muscle relaxation, will knock the tension out.

Say Something

Choose a pet phrase or mantra which calms you. Say it several times, slowly, and deliberately to put your focus elsewhere.

Visualization

Escape somewhere else. Remove yourself from the situation that has made you mad and find a quiet place where you can visualize something peaceful. Build in as much detail as you can to make it as real as possible. Stay in this vision until you feel yourself start to calm down.

Do Something Grand

Take your anger and turn it into activism. How can you use this to change the world? Sign (or start!) a petition. Volunteer.  Get involved in the community and make the world a better place.

Write About It

Journaling can help you to work through your emotions in a way that might even help prevent you from getting mad the next time around. Understanding what it was about the event which triggered you will help reshape the trigger entirely.

Switch Perspective

It can be hard to use empathy when you’re upset. But if you can see things from their perspective, it might help you to calm your response. Many times anger comes from misunderstanding the situation.

Forgive

This technique falls under expert level of anger management. By being the bigger person and forgiving the other, you’ll find you no longer have reason to be mad at all.

The key to all of these is simple: don’t let anger take control. The last thing you need is for you to fall under the power of negative emotion. Use the anger to make a better place or let it go entirely. In the end, you’ll be happier you did.

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SUNKEN TREASURE

Harley James & the Peril of the Pirate’s Curse

Written by Leah Cupps

This book is part of a mystery adventure series written mostly for middle-grade students.

Harley is the daughter of an archaeologist and shares his passion for discovering mystery and adventure. When she arrives in Jamaica to investigate a pirate’s sunken treasure, Harley is confident of success. Things don’ turn out so well. Harley learns to expect the unexpected at every turn; the friends she trusts appear to turn on her. A ghost stalks her every move.

Harley needs to move quickly to solve the mystery and save the city from impending disaster.

The characters are strong and well-defined. There are enough twists to keep the plot interesting. Its short length of fewer than 150 pages lends appeal to the reluctant reader.

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THEATER OF THE ABSURD

Mind Swapping Madness: Bonkers Short Stories Book 1

Written by Tom Moffatt

Illustrated by Paul Beavis

This book is a perfect choice for the reluctant reader. A good variety of stories on crazy topics that are sprinkled with lots of humor. For example, a boy trapped in the body of a fly, aliens who can’t wait to kidnap children, and toads waiting to be kissed by a human. Moffat twists traditional stories and invents new ones that will delight new readers. The length of the stories varies, and some can be read in five minutes. I am not a fan of children’s books with potty humor, this book contains none.

Recommended as a chapter book for new readers and those children who ordinarily will not pick up a book without coaxing.

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CUTE AND CUDDLY

T-Rex Twins: Brothers with Arms

Written by Michael Williamson

Illustrated by Kleverton Monteiro

The T-Rex twins are adorable characters. The book describes the wonderful adventures they experience together.

They do have a big problem. The twins have exceptionally long arms that make them an object of ridicule. No one wants to befriend them until outsiders realize the value of their physical differences.

Readers learn that it is okay to be different and that each individual has value. Fun and vibrant illustrations combined with well-written text that pops off the page. This book can serve as a bedtime story or a classroom discussion book. I highly recommend it for children up to age eight.

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AFRAID NO MORE…

When The Sky Roars: Dyslexia Font Edition

Written and Illustrated by Katie Weaver

A little boy is afraid of thunder. He decides he must put his foot down and conquer this fear. He ventures off on a trip to the sky with helium balloons. Once there he meets all kinds of fascinating scenarios like a pirate ship and a family of dinosaurs who are eating their delicious pie.

Bonus extras include a yummy recipe for Berry Crumb pie. Children will lose their anxiety about thunder and enjoy a delightful rhyming picture book filled with imaginative pictures and verse. I particularly like the color enhancement of key vocabulary words and the font that is friendly for dyslexic readers.

Recommended for parents and teachers of children ages three through eight.

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#MERRYCHRISTMASEVE

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Krueger Wallace Press & Riven Rock Projects


ABOUT THE BOOK

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Written by Adam Wallace

Illustrated by Lena Bardy

Ages 4+ | 36 Pages

Publisher: Krueger Wallace Press & Riven Rock Projects | ISBN-13: 9780648973737

“The day before Christmas is a very special day,

That never had its own name.

But that all changed when one special elf,

Rose to glory and fame.

Eve was an elf with such get up and go,

She worked hard and loved to play.

But the Head Elf ran Christmas with an iron fist,

And this was what he had to say…”

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZIsGWP

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Adam Wallace has written stories about elves before (How to Catch an Elf), but Eve is by far his favorite elf!

Adam also has a mother who still makes him write a letter to Santa every year, and puts a stocking at the end of his bed … he doesn’t mind!

With over 82 books published, Adam believes Eve can outshine them all!

For more information, visit adam-wallace-books.com

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

GETTING INTO THE SPIRIT…

Merry Christmas, Eve!

Written by Adam Wallace

Illustrated by Lena Bardy

A fun rhyming picture book that is sure to become a Christmas classic. A new Head Elf at the North Pole rules like a despot. He forbids the elves to play, sets up authoritarian rules like the reindeer must fly only in straight lines and no singing, talking, or laughing. A little elf named Eve decides she must find the Christmas spirit that is missing. Will Eve succeed in restoring the joy of the holiday season? How does Santa Claus react?

The book is written with four lines of verse on each page, accompanied by huge, expressive, and colorful illustrations. A perfect book for teachers and parents to share with their children as a read-aloud or bedtime story. Highly recommended for all ages to get into the true Christmas spirit.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Merry Christmas, Eve!

(3) Three winners receive:

A copy of Merry Christmas, Eve!

The giveaway ends December 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


https://gleam.io/OIyEr/merry-christmas-eve-giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 16, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Wednesday, November 17, 2021Glass of Wine, Glass of MilkA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Thursday, November 18, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Friday, November 19, 2021The Momma SpotA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Monday, November 22, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Tuesday, November 23, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Wednesday, November 24, 2021Twirling Book PrincessA book giveaway ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Thursday, November 25, 2021Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero MomA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Friday, November 26, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Monday, November 29, 2021Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Tuesday, November 30, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Wednesday, December 1, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Thursday, December 2, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Friday, December 3, 2021Confessions of a Book AddictA book giveaway ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Monday, December 6, 2021Heart to HeartA book giveaway ofMerry Christmas, Eve!
Tuesday, December 7, 2021A Dream Within a DreamA book review ofMerry Christmas, Eve!

#THEFRIENDLYBOOKSHELF – BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Blossom Children’s Media Group, LLC

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Friendly Bookshelf

Written by Caroline and Katherine Brickley

Illustrated by Daniela Pérez-Duarte

Ages 3+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Blossom Children’s Media Group | ISBN-13: 9780997782714

Publisher’s Synopsis: Meet Bibli, a brave little library bookshelf in search of a story about someone like him . . .

Once upon a time, in a library like any other, there lived a little bookshelf named Bibli who carried a BIG question on his shelves: “Could there be a story somewhere about a bookshelf like me?” Bibli is told that bookshelves are supposed to hold stories, not have ones of their own. But everything changes when he meets Cassie, a girl longing for a friend just as much as Bibli longs for a story to relate to. Bibli learns that with kindness, confidence, empathy, and friendship, even your biggest dreams can come true—and that everyone has an important story worth sharing.

The Friendly Bookshelf is a social-emotional learning (SEL) research-based book and the first-ever picture book about a bookshelf. Written to build self-confidence and self-esteem as well as encourage inclusivity, Bibli’s story empowers children to be brave, be a friend, and always be your-shelf! Readers will be inspired to go beyond the final page of the book and share their own stories, as well as be the pioneers of a kinder, more inclusive world where everybody (and every bookshelf!) belongs.

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

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780997782714

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Caroline and Katherine Brickley are twin sisters and the award-winning authors of The Blossom Shoppe and The Friendly Bookshelf. Inspired by their mother, who made up stories for them each night, the sisters spent their childhood coming up with stories of their own and bringing them to life. As they grew, so did their passion for storytelling, and in 2017 the sisters made it their full-time job by founding Blossom Children’s Media Group (Blossom) from their shared college dorm room.

Now a multi-award-winning company known for excellence in children’s literature and family content, Blossom continues to bring children, families, and educators from around the world together through wholesome stories and inclusive community experiences. In their free time, Caroline and Katherine love to swim, travel, and spend time with friends and family, including their goldendoodle, Sugar, who served as the inspiration for the library dog featured in The Friendly Bookshelf.

For more information, visit https://www.thefriendlybookshelf.com/

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK

EVERYONE HAS A STORY TO TELL

The Friendly Bookshelf

Written by Caroline and Katherine Brickley

Illustrated by Daniela Perez-Duarte

Bibli is a proud bookshelf, the very first in his library. As time goes by, the library expands and adds more bookshelves. Soon Bibli finds himself in a back corner. His only visitor is Ms. Grammar who stops by each day to choose a read-aloud book for her visitors.

Bibli is sad. He wonders if anyone has ever authored a book about a bookshelf. The other bookshelves laugh at him. They tell him their only job is to hold books not to tell a story. One day a little girl named Cassie comes to sit nearby. They soon become friends. When Bibli confides his secret wish to her, Cassie produces a shocking surprise.

This beautifully illustrated picture book teaches young readers about self-esteem, self-confidence, and empathy for others. While the text and vocabulary are simple enough for young children, its message resonates with any age group. Highly recommended.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Friendly Bookshelf!

(7) Seven winners receive:

  • A copy of The Friendly Bookshelf
  • A copy of The Friendly Bookshelf donated to a library of your choice

The giveaway ends December 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER

https://gleam.io/d0m8O/the-friendly-bookshelf-giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Tuesday, November 16, 2021The Children’s Book ReviewTour Kick-Off
Wednesday, November 17, 2021The Fairview ReviewA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Thursday, November 18, 2021Glass of Wine, Glass of MilkA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Friday, November 19, 2021Confessions of a Book AddictA book giveaway ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Monday, November 22, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Tuesday, November 23, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Wednesday, November 24, 2021icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Thursday, November 25, 2021Tales of A Wanna-Be SuperHero MomA book beyond the book activityThe Friendly Bookshelf
Friday, November 26, 2021J.R.s Book ReviewsA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Sunday, November 28, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s BlogA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Monday, November 29, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Tuesday, November 30, 2021Life Is What It’s CalledA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf
Wednesday, December 1, 2021Heart to HeartAn interview withCaroline and Katherine Brickley
Thursday, December 2, 2021Me Two BooksA book beyond the book activityThe Friendly Bookshelf
Friday, December 3, 2021The Momma SpotA book review ofThe Friendly Bookshelf

Please, mom…

A Birthday Ball of Happiness: Dog story for kids

Written by David Shalem

Illustrated by Julia Po

Danny has a birthday coming up. When his mom asks for gift suggestions, Danny asks for a dog. That is the last thing his mom wanted to hear. She objects and argues dogs are messy, need to be walked and trained, and need constant supervision.

Danny continues to plead until his mother reluctantly gives in. When they arrive at the animal shelter, mom shies away. Will Danny convince her? If he succeeds, what problems will he need to solve? Can he become a responsible pet owner?

This is a cute picture book for preschoolers and primary grade children who love animals, especially dogs. It would be a good book for families to read together before considering a dog as a pet.

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FROM THE HEART #jesúsmaryandjoseph

IN PARTNERSHIIP WITH THE CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW AND KATHLEEN T. PELLEY

ABOUT THE BOOK

Jesús, Mary, and Joseph

Written by Kathleen T. Pelley

Illustrated by Dubravka Kolanovic

Ages 3-7 | 32 Pages

Publisher: Journey with Story Press | ISBN-13: 9780578651965

Publisher’s Synopsis: After Jesús finally lands a part as an innkeeper in his school’s Nativity play, he asks God to help him be the best innkeeper ever. Day by day, he grows more and more confident in his role, but on opening night, he finds himself so swept up in this long-ago world, that when Mary and Joseph asked him, ”Do you have any room at your inn?” he comes up with his own answer, causing chaos on the stage.

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon: https://amzn.to/3lYbq8y

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780578651965

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

KATHLEEN T. PELLEY is a native of Glasgow, Scotland, but spent most of her childhood summers playing on her grandparents’ farm in Ireland. Her passion for stories stemmed from listening to them on the radio during the BBC children’s story hour. She is the award-winning author of seven other picture books and hosts her own storytelling podcast, Journey with Story.

For more information, visit https://kathleenpelley.com.

MY REVIEW OF THE BOOK:

This is a sweet story of a boy named Jesús who yearns for a part in the Nativity play. When his teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez chooses him to be an innkeeper, Jesús is ecstatic. He tries hard to learn his lines, but he is so nervous. Jesús takes us through the typical feelings faced by a child in his situation. Will he succeed? There is a surprise ending that reveals the depth of Jesús’ character.

Children learn about the Nativity story through the eyes of a child as Jesús relates his hopes and fears through prayer. All types of children are represented. The soft colors and simple drawings correspond well with the mood of the narrative. Recommended highly for preschool and primary grade children. A nice book for families to share during the Advent season.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a Jesús, Mary, and Joseph prize pack!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A hardcover copy of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph, autographed by Kathleen T. Pelley

A paperback copy of Five Little Angels

An Audible copy of Five Little Angels

A $25 Barnes and Noble gift card

A Nativity sticker book

A shoutout on the Journey with Story podcast

Five (5) winners receive:

A hardcover copy of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph, autographed by Kathleen T. Pelley

A Nativity sticker book

The giveaway ends November 30, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

https://gleam.io/avyHd/jesus-mary-and-joseph-giveaway

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, November 1, 2021The Children’s Book Review Book Tour Kick-Off
Tuesday, November 2, 2021Over Coffee Conversations An interview with Kathleen T. Pelley
Wednesday, November 3, 2021Barbara Ann Mojica’s blog A book review ofJesús, Mary, and Joseph
Thursday, November 4, 2021Lisa’s ReadingA book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Friday, November 5, 2021Life Is What It’s Called A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Monday, November 8, 2021The Momma Spot A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Tuesday, November 9, 2021The Fairview Review A book giveaway of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Wednesday, November 10, 2021Book Bug CA A book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Thursday, November 11, 2021Crafty Moms ShareA book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
Friday, November 12, 2021Library Lady’s Kid LitA book review of Jesús, Mary, and Joseph
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