Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Wild Zoo Train Book Review

Filled with train sounds and animals, The Wild Zoo Train will be a hit with toddlers and preschool age kids!Wild Zoo Train

Carmela LaVigna Coyle (Author)
Steve Gray (Illustrator)
Muddy Boots
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: October 1, 2017


Once the Wild Zoo Train loads up its riders, it pulls out of the station with some choos and some dings and a clickety-clack and a toot-toot and it embarks on an off-the-zoo-map adventure. The train ventures through a canyon to a jungle to a savanna to the Antarctic and beyond!

Filled with train sounds and animals, The Wild Zoo Train will be a hit with toddlers and preschool age kids!

If you’re interested in reading Wild Zoo Train, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, October 13, 2017

The Man Who Knew Everything The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher Book Review

The Man Who Knew Everything: 
The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher

Athanasius Kircher was an interesting and unique man - a celebrity scientist of his time. Though he had more misses than hits when it came to his theories, his work helped spread and improve scientific knowledge and it laid the groundwork for other scientists who came after him.  If you're looking for an interesting and well-illustrated biography, be sure to check out The Man Who Knew Everything!
Marilee Peters
Roxanna Bikadoroff
Annick Press
Children’s Nonfiction, Upper Elementary, Middle Grades

Publication Date: October 10, 2017


The Man Who Knew Everything is a fun and colorful biography of Athanasius Kircher. Part scientist, part inventor, part show man, part con man: Athanasius Kircher made his mark on history. He explored inside a volcano by being lowered into itself mouth in a wicker basket. He wrote many books about his theories and findings. He drew up a design for a cat piano. And he filled a museum with fantastic creations, inventions, and displays (though same were not exactly grounded in fact and science).

Athanasius Kircher was an interesting and unique man - a celebrity scientist of his time. Though he had more misses than hits when it came to his theories, his work helped spread and improve scientific knowledge and it laid the groundwork for other scientists who came after him.

If you're looking for an interesting and well-illustrated biography, be sure to check out The Man Who Knew Everything!

If you’re interested in reading The Man Who Knew Everything: The Strange Life of Athanasius Kircher, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

A Stick Until... Book Review

A Stick Until... tells the story of how a stick can start as part of a tree, have many uses, be helpful, and come full circle. From elephants using a leafed stick as a flyswatter to alligators using a stick as bait and to many more uses, the life of a stick is much more interesting than you might expect.A Stick Until...

Constance Anderson 
(Author, Illustrator)
Star Bright Books
Children’s Book, Picture Books

Publication Date: June 30, 2017


A Stick Until... tells the story of how a stick can start as part of a tree, have many uses, be helpful, and come full circle. From elephants using a leafed stick as a flyswatter to alligators using a stick as bait and to many more uses, the life of a stick is much more interesting than you might expect. The simple story is paired with factual asides that help set this book apart and will keep kids wondering what else a stick can do.

If you’re interested in reading A Stick Until..., you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Read Alouds for Halloween

Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #reading #halloween #teaching

Looking for some October inspiration for your read alouds?  Try some of these great titles!
Leonardo the Terrible Monster  - Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #halloween #elementary
1) Leonardo the Terrible Monster This one is from Mo Willems, so you know it's good. Leonardo is a terrible monster, meaning he is terrible at being a monster. He can't scare anyone! But he is determined to keep trying!


2) The Graveyard Book For your older kids (4th grade and up), this book dives into the life of Bod, the only living resident of a graveyard. Can a boy raised by ghosts make it in the real, living world?
Click, Clack, Boo - Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #halloween #elementary


3) Click, Clack, Boo If your kids are fans of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, then they'll love this Halloween addition to the series. Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but those barnyard animals have other ideas!
Little Boo - Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #halloween #elementary


4) Little Boo As the seasons change one little pumpkin seed tries to be scary, but he can't seem to scare anyone! He is told to wait until he grows, but waiting is hard!


5) Creepy Carrots Jasper Rabbit loves carrots!  But one day he notices something odd.  Are the carrots following him?

Creepy Pair of Underwear - Read Alouds for Halloween #readalouds #halloween #elementary
6) Creepy Pair of Underwear! From the same team that created Creepy Carrots, we now have Jasper in a new adventure.  He's not afraid of anything anymore... well, except for his pair of underwear that seems to glow in the dark.  And even when he tries to get rid of them, they keep coming back!




Do you have other October or Halloween favorites?  Let me know in the comments section below!


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Everybody's Somewhere Book Review

If you have a little one with separation anxiety, Everybody's Somewhere is a great read aloud. Even if you can't see someone, they are still somewhere!Everybody's Somewhere

Cornelia Maude Spelman (Author)
Alea Marley (Illustrator)
Seagrass Press
Children’s Books, Picture Books

Publication Date: October 17, 2017


Everybody's Somewhere has colorful illustrations and good rhythm and rhyme. If you have a little one with separation anxiety, Everybody's Somewhere is a great read aloud. Even if you can't see someone, they are still somewhere!

If you’re interested in reading Everybody's Somewhere, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Thursday, September 28, 2017

Animals at Night Book Review

Animals at Night: A Glow-in-the-Dark Book

Animals at Night A Glow-in-the-Dark Book - It's chock full of interesting nocturnal animal facts and paired with engaging illustrations that will only be enhanced by the special glow-in-the-dark feature that is tied to scavenger hunt-like questions. Kids will love it!
Anne Jankéliowitch (Author)
Delphine Chedru (Illustrator)
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Children’s Nonfiction, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary

Publication Date: October 3, 2017


The fact that this book glows-in-the-dark is what drew me to it. However, having an advanced digital copy means no glow-in-the-dark action for me. 

I was pleasantly surprised at how well this book stood on its own even without the glowing. It's chock full of interesting nocturnal animal facts and paired with engaging illustrations that will only be enhanced by the special glow-in-the-dark feature that is tied to scavenger hunt-like questions.

If you’re interested in reading Animals at Night: A Glow-in-the-Dark Book, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Nursery Rhyme Time Book Review

This take on Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes includes really cute illustrations, perfect for babies and toddlers. The rhymes include common favorites as well as a few lesser known poems. It is a cute addition to any nursery library!Nursery Rhyme Time

Mother Goose
Amy Mullen
Xist Publishing
Children’s Nursery Rhymes, Picture Book

Publication Date: February 2, 2016


This take on Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes includes really cute illustrations, perfect for babies and toddlers. The rhymes include common favorites as well as a few lesser known poems. It is a cute addition to any nursery library!

If you’re interested in reading Nursery Rhyme Time, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The War I Finally Won Book Review

The War I Finally Won starts a week after The War That Saved My Life ends, with Ada and Jamie starting their life as Susan seeks legal guardianship of them and as Ada recovers from surgery to fix her twisted foot.The War I Finally Won

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Dial Books
Historical Fiction, Middle Grades

Publication Date: October 3, 2017


If you haven't read The War that Saved My Life, start there! It's an amazing tale of Ada, a nine year old who has never left her apartment because her mother is too embarrassed by Ada's clubfoot. Her mother even locks her in the cabinet at times for punishment. When the war gets too close to London, Ada's brother Jamie is shipped off to stay safe from the bombings. What is Ada to do other than venture out of the apartment to join Jamie?

The War I Finally Won starts a week after The War That Saved My Life ends. Ada is in the hospital under Susan's care. She's just had surgery to fix her twisted foot. Something her mother would never approve of. Ada's mother always told her she was damaged, but she's not anymore. Ada's also just lost her mother to a bombing, and though she never had a good relationship with her mother, it's still her mother. As Ada and Jamie start their life with Susan seeking legal guardianship of them, the three chapter Sneak Peek ends! I can't wait to read the whole novel. October 3rd can't get here soon enough!

If you’re interested in reading The War I Finally Won, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

I Am Bat Book Review

I Am Bat - A grumpy bat loves his cherries. They are juicy. They are delicious. And you better not take them! So what happens when someone does take his cherries?I Am Bat

Morag Hood
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: September 5, 2017


A grumpy bat loves his cherries. They are juicy. They are delicious. And you better not take them! So what happens when someone does take his cherries?

Kids will love I Am Bat. From its opinionated main character to the illustrations to Bat talking directly at them - kids will laugh at this cherry obsessed bat's antics.

If you’re interested in reading I Am Bat, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, September 15, 2017

Science Comics: Dogs From Predator to Protector Book Review

Science Comics: Dogs is an entertaining way to learn a lot about dogs!  Plus, it's a graphic novel!Science Comics: Dogs
From Predator to Protector

Andy Hirsch
First Second
Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Upper Elementary, Middle Grades

Publication Date: October 31, 2017


Science Comics: Dogs is an entertaining way to learn a lot about dogs! The graphic novel style format combines with the delightful, time-travelling canine narrator Rudy. Rudy is full of dog and science facts, from classification to genetics to natural selection to domestication and more! Science Comics: Dogs is created in such a colorful and humorous way that the reader might not realize how densely packed the dog and science related facts are. You're just having too much fun learning and being entertained at the same time!

If you’re interested in reading Science Comics: Dogs, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Survival Guide for Money Smarts Book Review

The Survival Guide for Money Smarts builds a solid foundation of financial literacy skills that will serve upper elementary and middle school kids well into their future.The Survival Guide for Money Smarts
Earn, Save, Spend, Give

Eric Braun (Author)
Sandy Donovan (Author)
Free Spirit Publishing
Upper Elementary, Middle Grades, Nonfiction


Publication Date: August 17, 2016


The Survival Guide for Money Smarts
is a great starting book for upper elementary and middle school students to build their knowledge of what money is, how to earn it, save it, spend it and donate it wisely. The book starts by helping kids define their short term, long term, and really long term goals and prioritize them. Then, the book dives into ways to make money, how to budget, tips for being a smart and mindful consumer, and how to understand banking, borrowing, saving, and investing.

The Survival Guide for Money Smarts builds a solid foundation of financial literacy skills that will serve kids well into their future.

If you’re interested in reading The Survival Guide for Money Smarts, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Tricky Book Review

Tricky - With great illustrations and a delightful story of tricks, revenge, and change of hearts, Tricky will be an instant favorite!Tricky

Kari Rust
Owlkids
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: October 15, 2015


Everyone in town knows the Duke and Tricky. They cheat and steal. They are greedy and mean. They play unkind jokes on everyone in town.

When a new baker, Ms. Paisley, moves to town, she doesn't know to be wary of the two, so she gives Tricky a friendly pet and a special treat. Tricky has never known such kindness and it plants a happy feeling deep inside of him. That feeling grows and Tricky decides to change his ways. Tricky wants to make things right, but how can he when he only knows tricks?

With great illustrations and a delightful story of tricks, revenge, and change of hearts, Tricky will be an instant favorite!

If you’re interested in reading Tricky, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, September 1, 2017

Where Are You, Wilbert? Book Review

Where Are You, Wilbert? - Rat is playing hide and seek with her friend Wilbert but is having a difficult time finding him. She teams up with a crocodile and they set out to spot Wilbert. Where could he be?  Where Are You, Wilbert?

Bárdur Oskarsson
Owlkids
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: October 15, 2017


Rat is playing hide and seek with her friend Wilbert but is having a difficult time finding him. She teams up with a crocodile and they set out to spot Wilbert. Where could he be?

Where Are You, Wilbert? is a unique picture book that some will love and some will not get. It's peculiar tale and equally interesting illustrations are worth a try.

If you’re interested in reading Where Are You, Wilbert?, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

  
*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.





Tuesday, August 29, 2017

ABC for Me: ABC Baby Signs Learn baby sign language while you practice your ABCs! Book Review

ABC for Me: ABC Baby Signs is an awesome way to learn some basic sign language for you and your littles.  One of my favorite board books to build early communication skills!ABC for Me: ABC Baby Signs
Learn baby sign language while you practice your ABCs!

Christiane Engel (Author)
Walter Foster Jr.
Children’s Book, Nonfiction, Board Book

Publication Date: October 1, 2017


ABC for Me: ABC Baby Signs is an awesome way to learn some basic sign language for you and your littles. With colorful pictures and your usual alphabet book format, this board book is a fun way to engage in early communication skills. Plus, there are extra signs at the back of the book for family members (both human and furry).

This is a new favorite board book!

If you’re interested in reading ABC for Me: ABC Baby Signs, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Yak and Dove Book Review

Yak and Dove is a cute story of friendship. We may have differences but that often makes our friendships stronger.Yak and Dove

Kyo Maclear (Author)
Esme/ Shapiro (Illustrator)
Tundra Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: September 19, 2017


After pondering how fun it would be to be twins, Yak and Dove realize they are very different. From their feathers and fur to their size and demeanor, Yak and Dove are opposites. So, rationally, they decide they aren't meant to be friends. Marmot helps Yak find a new best friend by holding auditions, and though many animals show off their talents only one knows Yak's favorite song.

Yak and Dove is a cute story of friendship. We may have differences but that often makes our friendships stronger.

If you’re interested in reading Yak and Dove, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, August 18, 2017

Stinker Book Review

Stinker is a smelly dog waiting to be adopted. Though may families and people seem interested in him, Stinker's stink drives everyone away.  Is there a human for every dog? Can Stinker find his?Stinker

David Zeltser (Author)
Julia Patton (Illustrator)
Carolrhoda Books
Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: September 1, 2017


Stinker is a smelly dog waiting to be adopted. His story is narrated by an orange cat who thankfully explains on the first page that the book will have a happy ending, a much needed reassurance for kids (or adults) who might otherwise be worried about Stinker's life stuck in the pound.  Though may families and people seem interested in him, Stinker's stink drives everyone away. With the help of his cat narrator, Stinker breaks out of the pound. Is there a human for every dog? Can Stinker find his?

Stinker is a great story paired with fun illustrations. It's sure to make kids and adults laugh as they read.

If you’re interested in reading Stinker, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.




Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Safari Kids Book Review

Safari Kids - A brother and sister head out to the zoo with cameras in hand. Kids who love animals will appreciate the illustrations and all will like the rhythm and rhyme of the story.Safari Kids

Katrina Streza (Author)
Bree Paulsen (Illustrator)
Xist Publishing
Genre

Publication Date: April 4, 2016


A brother and sister head out to the zoo with cameras in hand. Kids who love animals will appreciate the illustrations and all will like the rhythm and rhyme of the story.

If you’re interested in reading Safari Kids, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

  
*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

No Room for Baby! Book Review

No Room for Baby! is a sweet story about a sibling finding it difficult to welcome a new family member. It's a great book to have on hand when your family is expanding.No Room for Baby!

Émile Jadoul
Kids Can Press
Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: October 3, 2017


Leon's little brother Marcel has finally come! But there is a problem. Leon does not know where Marcel will go. Certainly not in Leon's room. Mama's lap and arms are a perfect fit for Leon, not a baby. Daddy's shoulders are too high. Will Leon ever find a place for his little brother?

No Room for Baby! is a sweet story about a sibling finding it difficult to welcome a new family member. It's a great book to have on hand when your family is expanding.

If you’re interested in reading No Room for Baby!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Squirrel in Autumn Book Review

Squirrel in Autumn is a fun "can you find it?" game that will build language skills and color recognition. Great for toddlers and preschoolers!!Squirrel in Autumn

Lizelot Versteeg
Clavis Books
Children’s Fiction, Board Book

Publication Date: October 16, 2017


Fall is here, and Squirrel is hungry. With so many tasty foods around, Squirrel sets out to see what his friends are eating. Squirrel in Autumn emphasizes colors, so each time Squirrel finds a friend, they are eating a different colored food. The book invites kids to find other items on the page that are the same color of the food.

Squirrel in Autumn is a fun "can you find it?" game that will build language skills and color recognition. A fun way to celebrate the season!

If you’re interested in reading Squirrel in Autumn, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Roger Is Going Fishing Book Review

As Roger rides his bike through town, with Bob the dog in the front basket, Emily has a bit of fun in back letting the fishing pole loose and catching a few items through town.  Roger Is Going Fishing is sure to make your little guy or girl laugh!Roger Is Going Fishing

Koen Van Biesen
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Children's Fiction

Publication Date: September 4, 2017


A funny book for young kids about Roger, Bob, and Emily going for a fishing trip to the lake. As Roger rides his bike through town, with Bob the dog in the front basket, Emily has a bit of fun in back letting the fishing pole loose and catching a few items through town.

Roger Is Going Fishing is sure to make your little guy or girl laugh!

If you’re interested in reading Roger Is Going Fishing, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.




Thursday, August 3, 2017

Sticks ’n’ Stones ’n’ Dinosaur Bones Book Review

The paleontology-based rivalry between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh comes to life in this humorous adventure.  With it's great rhythm, rhyme, illustrations, and voice, Sticks ’n’ Stones ’n’ Dinosaur Bones reads more like fiction than nonfiction and is sure to be a fast favorite. Sticks ’n’ Stones ’n’ Dinosaur Bones
An Unhinged History Book , #1

Ted Enik (Author)
G. F. Newland (Illustrator)
Schiffer Kids
Children’s Nonfiction

Publication Date: September 28, 2017


The paleontology-based rivalry between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh comes to life in this humorous adventure. From sincere discovery to one-upmanship to flat out lying Cope and Marsh's tale comically unfolds. With it's great rhythm, rhyme, illustrations, and voice, Sticks ’n’ Stones ’n’ Dinosaur Bones reads more like fiction than nonfiction and is sure to be a fast favorite.

Plus, it's the first book in the Unhinged History series, so except more fun to come!

If you’re interested in reading Sticks ’n’ Stones ’n’ Dinosaur Bones, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Birthdays Around the World Book Review

Birthdays Around the World is a fun look into how kids from 14 different countries celebrate their birthdays. From parties with cakes or piñatas to giving out treats to friends to dancing to not even celebrating your specific day of birth but another time, Birthdays Around the World shows that there are all kinds of ways to celebrate!Birthdays Around the World

Margriet Ruurs (Author)
Ashley Barron (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press
Children’s Nonfiction

Publication Date: September 5, 2017


Birthdays Around the World is a fun look into how kids from 14 different countries celebrate their birthdays. From parties with cakes or piñatas to giving out treats to friends to dancing to not even celebrating your specific day of birth but another time, Birthdays Around the World shows that there are all kinds of ways to celebrate!

If you’re interested in reading Birthdays Around the World, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



Friday, July 28, 2017

ABCs of Mathematics Book Review

ABCs of Mathematics - Each letter stands for a mathematical concept from common ideas like addition to other less frequently known concepts like the torus. Fear not! Each mathematical idea comes with a simple picture, a one sentence definition, and a short explanation. Parents will learn right alongside their little ones.ABCs of Mathematics

Chris Ferrie (Author & Illustrator)
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Children’s Nonfiction, Alphabet Books, Board Book

Publication Date: October 3, 2017


Exposing little guys and gals to big ideas is Chris Ferrie's goal, and he does it again in ABCs of Mathematics.

Each letter stands for a mathematical concept from common ideas like addition to other less frequently known concepts like the torus. Fear not! Each mathematical idea comes with a simple picture, a one sentence definition, and a short explanation. Parents will learn right alongside their little ones.

If you’re interested in reading ABCs of Mathematics, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Engineered! Engineering Design at Work Book Review

Engineered! Engineering Design at Work - From the Mars Rover to 3D printing to helping a herd of caribou and more, Engineered! dives into nine stories of modern engineering. Kids will learn about the engineering design process from defining the problem to sharing your solution with the world.Engineered!
Engineering Design at Work

Shannon Hunt (Author)
James Gulliver Hancock (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press
Children’s Nonfiction, Middle Grades


Publication Date: September 5, 2017


From the Mars Rover to 3D printing to helping a herd of caribou and more, Engineered! dives into nine stories of modern engineering. Kids will learn about the engineering design process from defining the problem to sharing your solution with the world.

Each story highlights the key components of the design process, taking kids on the journey through different types of engineering (aerospace, biomedical, chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil, geomatics, computer, and environmental) from seeing a problem to creating effective solutions to implementing their ideas. Coupled with great illustrations, Engineered! is sure to be a favorite of any budding engineer!

If you’re interested in reading Engineered!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Tessie Tames Her Tongue Book Review

Tessie Tames Her Tongue is a great social story for the extra-social butterflies we all know and love. Tessie's strategies are easy to replicate, and the book shows that it does take multiple weeks for strategies to really begin working. Tessie Tames Her Tongue:
A Book About Learning When to Talk and When to Listen

Melissa Martin (Author)
Charles Lehman (Illustrator)
Free Spirit Publishing
Children’s Fiction, Social Story

Publication Date: September 1, 2017


Tessie talks and talks... and talk and talks and talks. At breakfast, on the bus, at recess, during class: Tessie just has so much to say, and she loves talking! However, no one else seems to love her talking all the time. With the help of her teacher and support from her parents, Tessie sees the school counselor who helps give her strategies for listening more and talking when appropriate. Tessie uses the strategies for a few weeks, and each week it gets easier to be a better listener.

Tessie Tames Her Tongue is a great social story for the extra-social butterflies we all know and love. We all have that student (or our own child) who needs to share every single thought in their mind whether it's the right time for it or not. Tessie's strategies are easy to replicate, and I appreciate that the book shows that it does take multiple weeks for strategies to really begin working.

Tessie Tames Her Tongue is a good resource to have on hand for teachers and school counselors.

If you’re interested in reading Tessie Tames Her Tongue, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.

  

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Max and Bird Book Review

Max and Bird is a cute story of friendship and it's sure to be a favorite!Max and Bird

Ed Vere (Author & Illustrator)
Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: September 5, 2017


Max and Bird is a cute story about Max the kitten and Bird the bird. They decide to be friends, but Max's plan to chase Bird and then eat him up doesn't sound like a good idea to Bird. Since they are new friends, they decide to make a plan: Max will help teach Bird how to fly, then Max can chase (and maybe eat up) Bird.

With help from the library and another bird, Max and Bird try to tackle the art of flying and become better friends along the way. But what about that tasty snack Max wanted?

With simple yet colorful illustrations, Max and Bird is sure to be a favorite of young children!

If you’re interested in reading Max and Bird, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle Book Review

Thomas the Turtle plays with his sister and explores, but eventually his curiosity gets the best of him and he heads to the forbidden region his mother warned him about. Like his father, the water in the forbidden region pulls Thomas away and starts his adventure and his struggle to get back to Placid Lake.The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle

Stuart Samuel
Nathaniel Dailey
Jupiter Scientific
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: July 18, 2017


Thomas the Turtle lives in Placid Pond with his family. Thomas' mother warns him never to go to the forbidden region of the pond. An evil force lives there and it swept his father away.

Thomas plays with his sister and explores, but eventually his curiosity gets the best of him and he heads to the forbidden region. Like his father, the water in the forbidden region pulls him away, far away. This starts Thomas' adventure and his struggle to get back to Placid Lake.

If you’re interested in reading The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.


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Thursday, July 13, 2017

We're Going to the Farm Book Review

We're Going to the Farm is a fun, animal filled book set to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell. It's prefect for animal loving toddler and preschool age children. My little guy loved the sing-song words and colorful pictures!We're Going to the Farm

Nancy Streza (Author)
Adam Pryce (Illustrator)
Xist Publishing
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: September, 24 2013


We're Going to the Farm is a fun, animal filled book set to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell. It's prefect for animal loving toddler and preschool age children. My little guy loved the sing-song words and colorful pictures!

If you’re interested in reading We're Going to the Farm, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


*A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.



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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ABC Train Book Review

ABC Train - This alphabet book takes you from the big city to new lands, some imagined and some real. Toddler to Preschool age children will love the dinosaurs, giant ice cream cones, monkeys, spaceships, and more! ABC Train

Thomas Burns (Author & Illustrator)
Xist Publishing
Children’s Book, Alphabet Book

Publication Date: March 24, 2015


This alphabet book takes you from the big city to new lands, some imagined and some real. Toddler to Preschool age children will love the dinosaurs, giant ice cream cones, monkeys, spaceships, and more!

I appreciated that many of the words associated with their letter were not your standard "apple, bear, cow, etc." Occasionally, more advanced words pop up like elation and jubilation which will help expose young kids to a wider vocabulary.

If you’re interested in reading ABC Train, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A Loud Winter's Nap Book Review

A Loud Winter's Nap - Tortoises just don't like winter, and all Tortoise wants to do is take a nice, long nap until spring. Winter shenanigans keep making tortoise move from napping spot to napping spot. Will tortoise ever find a place to rest or will the birds’, beavers', rabbits', and squirrels' fun get in the way?A Loud Winter's Nap

Katy Hudson (Author & Illustrator)
Capstone Young Readers
Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: September 1, 2017


Tortoises just don't like winter, and all Tortoise wants to do is take a nice, long nap until spring. Winter shenanigans keep making tortoise move from napping spot to napping spot. Will tortoise ever find a place to rest or will the birds’, beavers', rabbits', and squirrels' fun get in the way?

If you’re interested in reading A Loud Winter's Nap, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & Build a Website, App & Game Book Review

Get Coding! is a great resource for kids who want to learn on their own, for teachers who want to learn a little more, for teachers who are new to teaching coding classes, or as a resource for makerspaces!Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & Build a Website, App & Game

Young Rewired State
Candlewick
Children’s Nonfiction, Middle Grades, Young Adult

Publication Date: August 1, 2017


Get Coding! is an awesome book! Though it's geared toward kids, this book is a wealth of knowledge and an easy to follow manual for a want-to-be coder of any age. It teaches HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Through six missions, you can learn to build a website, an app, and a game!

Get Coding! is a great resource for kids who want to learn on their own, for teachers who want to learn a little more, for teachers who are new to teaching coding classes, or as a resource for makerspaces!

If you’re interested in reading Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & Build a Website, App & Game, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Hair-pocalypse Book Review

Hair-pocalypse - Aiden Allen is a grubby kid and his hair is angry with him. It simply won't behave. His hair throws a hair brush, knocks over his cereal, ties itself into bows on the school bus, and just keeps acting out. After a long day at school, Aiden Allen finally decides to reason with his hair and come to an understanding together. Hair-pocalypse

Geoff Herbach (Author)
Stephen Gilpin (Illustration)
Capstone Young Readers
Children's Fiction

Publication Date: August 1, 2017


Aiden Allen is a grubby kid and his hair is angry with him. It simply won't behave. His hair throws a hair brush, knocks over his cereal, ties itself into bows on the school bus, and just keeps acting out. After a long day at school, Aiden Allen finally decides to reason with his hair and come to an understanding together.

Kids will laugh at Aiden Allen's hair's antics throughout his school day.

If you’re interested in reading Hair-pocalypse, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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