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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THE LIFE CYCLE OF A FRIEND

Ellery’s Magic Bicycle

Written by Maria Monte

Illustrations by Zoe Saunders

A charming picture book that teaches the true meaning of a friend, and how our relationships grow and change over time.

Ellery finds a purple bicycle with magical powers. She spends most of her time talking, singing, and playing with it. As she grows, the bicycle grows with her. Eventually, their relationship evolves and changes. Can their friendship survive the test of time?

This beautifully illustrated picture book teaches young children the value of friendship and the importance of maintaining relationships. Children see the value of empathy, kindness, and compassion. They learn the importance of developing good relationships.

I highly recommend it for preschoolers through the primary grades.

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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.

MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

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.

GIVEAWAY

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

Ten (10) winners receive:

A signed copy of Can You Spot the Leopard? An African Safari

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TOUR SCHEDULE

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

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SLEEP TIGHT

A Little Sleepy

Written by R.J. Furness

Illustrated by Kathyrn Short

Dorothy Dormouse is curled up in her nest getting ready for her winter nap. Every time she dozes off, she is awakened by a loud noise. It seems that many animals like squirrels and badgers are busy gathering and storing food. Then Dorothy learns about other animals like bats and hedgehogs who want to hibernate as she does.

The book contains attractive illustrations with lots of action words to keep the script lively and fun to read out loud. It teaches children about hibernation and empathy for animals. Recommended for young children under the age of five as a wonderful bedtime story or read-aloud book.

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#MynameisnotEdTugboat virtual blog tour and giveaway

In partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Amy Nielander.

ABOUT THE BOOK

My Name Is Not Ed Tug

Written and Illustrated by Amy Nielander

Ages 5-8 | 32 Pages

Publisher: West Margin Press | ISBN-13: 9781513134871

Publisher’s Book Summary: A sweet, whimsical story about the meaningfulness behind a person’s name and the power of accepting people just as they are.

Edimorwhitimormiligimmus Tug has a very special name that is all his own. But his teacher thinks it’s too long and hard to say. One day she shortens it to. . . Ed.

But he loves his name just the way it is. So he comes up with a plan—if he can teach everyone his name, maybe they’ll love it too!

Sweet and whimsical, My Name Is Not Ed Tug empowers readers to own their identities and proudly celebrate who they are.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy Nielander is a designer and award-winning children’s book author and illustrator who loves to create playful stories for kids. Growing up, she had her name frequently misspelled by others. My Name Is Not Ed Tug is inspired by this experience and by her time volunteering in her children’s classrooms. Amy lives near Detroit, Michigan.

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MY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

JUST CALL ME EDIMORWHITIMORMILIGIMMUS Tug

My Name Is Not Ed Tug

Written and Illustrated by Amy Nielander

Little Ed is so proud of his name. He is named after a grandfather, grandmother, great uncle, and aunt. Each of these family members passed down a particular skill.

Ed’s long name frustrates his teacher, Ms. Mell. She suggests he shorten it to Ed. That bothers Ed because he is proud of each part of his heritage. When a new student enters the class, he takes advantage of the opportunity to explain why every part of his name is important. Can Ed find a way to convince his classmates how important a name might be, even if unusually long. Names are part of a family’s history and the contributions made by those who bear them in the wider community. Being unique is a good thing, right?

I love the way the author included drawings of each member of the class which allows the reader to see the distinctive features of each student. This multicultural picture book encourages children to view themselves as a unique member and valued contributor to family, community, and country.

A highly recommended read-aloud to discuss with children in the primary grades.

GIVEAWAY

Enter for a chance to win a signed copy of My Name Is Not Ed Tug, the Potato-Noodle-Feel-Better Soup recipe featured in the story, and a Name Journal!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A signed copy of My Name Is Not Ed Tug

– A Potato-Noodle-Feel-Better Soup recipe (soup is featured in the story). The digital download includes an “Ingredient Checklist coloring page” for kids.

– A Name Journal: A 3.5″ x 5″ pocket-sized journal with 32 blank pages (100% recycled paper).

Two (2) winners receive:

A signed copy of My Name Is Not Ed Tug

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TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, October 10, 2022The Children’s Book ReviewA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Tuesday, October 11, 2022The Fairview ReviewA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Wednesday, October 12, 2022Book Zone ReviewsA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Thursday, October 13, 2022Life Is What It’s CalledAn interview with Amy Nielander
Friday, October 14, 2022Crafty Moms ShareA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Monday, October 17, 2022The Momma SpotA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Tuesday, October 18, 2022icefairy’s Treasure ChestA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Wednesday, October 19, 2022Barbara Ann MojicaA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Thursday, October 20, 2022Because I Said SoA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Friday, October 21, 2022Celebrate Picture BooksA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Monday, October 24, 2022Me Two BooksA My Name Is Not Ed Tug book activity
Tuesday, October 25, 2022Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersAn article by Amy Nielander
Wednesday, October 26, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug
Thursday, October 27, 2022Lisa’s ReadingA book review of My Name Is Not Ed Tug

STANDING TALL

Little Tough Guy

Written by T.L. Conner

It’s time for Judah’s jiu-Jitsu tournament but he is paralyzed by his fears. He is not afraid of losing but of the monsters. He sees them everywhere, even in the mirror in his bedroom.

When the lion monster pulls Judah into the mirror, he must confront the bully, but he is not alone. There are many children with similar fears.

How will Judah respond? Will he face his greatest fear? What will happen to the other children?

This multicultural picture book is well-written and beautifully illustrated. All children can see themselves and learn to face their fears.

Recommended to parents and teachers of children ages five through twelve.

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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.

https://www.phyllisfeelsgreat.com/

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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

Four (4) winners receive:

– 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!

CHOCK FULL OF FUN

The Horrible Chocolate

Written by Jacob M. Ronsen

An action adventure that is full of quirky characters, imagination, twists, and turns.

Eleven-year-old Bobby loves chocolate and will eat it until he gets sick. He has a pesky sister and a rather ordinary family.

Bog is the school bully who torments everyone. Bobby dreams of revenge. His plans go awry when Bog banishes Bobby to the sewer. Here the readers meet all sorts of disgusting creatures.

The book is illustrated with color images that correspond with the humor and fantastic wordplays. That makes the book appealing to reluctant readers. Unpredictable twists and turns keep the plot moving along quickly. This book should appeal to boys and girls whether beginning or middle-grade readers.

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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?

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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
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