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


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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

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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Bridge of the Golden Wood Book Review

The Bridge of the Golden Wood - A resourceful boy who loves to make things meets an old woman near a stream. The old woman points out a problem fish are having: old sticks piled up in the river are not allowing the fish to get upstream to eat. But, she also tells the boy that the sticks are treasure and worth as much as gold. Though the woman disappears before the boy understands, he decided to help the fish anyway and clear the sticks. As he finishes, the boy discovers how those sticks are as valuable as gold.The Bridge of the Golden Wood
A Parable on How to Earn a Living

Karl Beckstrand (Author)
Yaniv Cahoua (Illustrator)
Premio Publishing
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: August 1, 2017


A resourceful boy who loves to make things meets an old woman near a stream. The old woman points out a problem fish are having: old sticks piled up in the river are not allowing the fish to get upstream to eat. But, she also tells the boy that the sticks are treasure and worth as much as gold. Though the woman disappears before the boy understands, he decided to help the fish anyway and clear the sticks. As he finishes, the boy discovers how those sticks are as valuable as gold.

The Bridge of the Golden Wood illustrates how there are opportunities around us, even for children, to make money and to help others. The book also includes ideas and examples of how kids can earn money if they are so inclined.

If you’re interested in reading The Bridge of the Golden Wood, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cutie’s Big Adventures Book Review

Cutie’s Big Adventures Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard - Cutie is an adventurous Chihuahua that decides to go out and explore the world when her mom gets on the bus for school. Cutie's goal: find something other than this same old puppy food to eat. Her adventure leads her out into the desert where she meets Mr. Lizard and has a fun time!  Kids who love dogs will enjoy reading about Cutie's adventure.Cutie’s Big Adventures
Cutie Meets Mr. Lizard

Felicia Di John (Author)
Terence Gaylor (Illustrator)
Cutie Series Co.
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: May 25, 2017


Cutie is an adventurous Chihuahua that decides to go out and explore the world when her mom gets on the bus for school. Cutie's goal: find something other than this same old puppy food to eat. Her adventure leads her out into the desert where she meets Mr. Lizard and has a fun time!

Kids who love dogs will enjoy reading about Cutie's adventure.

If you’re interested in reading Cutie’s Big Adventures, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

I Don't Like Reading Book Review

I Don't Like Reading depicts the frustration many kids at school face with reading. I Don't like Reading does an excellent job of identifying student frustrations and preparing them for the process they may go through if their parents choose to pursue special education services for extra help.I Don't Like Reading

Lisabeth Emlyn Clark
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: August 21, 2017


Harry likes a lot of things like playing with his best friend Tom, climbing trees, and drawing, but Harry does not like reading. The words can make him feel dizzy or look too big or too small. Reading is really frustrating for Harry, and sometimes he gets really nervous when he thinks about reading at school.

One night, Harry finally tells mom how he feels, and after talking it over with his teacher, Harry works with a few extra adults at school like the special needs coordinator and an educational psychologist. With the team, his mom's help, and his own willingness to try, Harry realizes that he can read. It just might be a little harder for him.

I Don't Like Reading depicts the frustration many kids at school face with reading. Harry is illustrated in a way that leaves his age a bit ambiguous so readers of many ages up through upper elementary will see themselves in Harry's struggles. As Harry goes through the educational testing process, he meets with a special needs coordinator and an educational psychologist which mirrors what children go through when being tested for extra services in school. I Don't like Reading does an excellent job of identifying student frustrations and preparing them for the process they may go through if their parents choose to pursue special education services for extra help.

If you’re interested in reading I Don’t Like Reading, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Phoebe Sounds It Out Book Review

In Phoebe Sounds It Out, children will relate to Phoebe's uncertainty about trying a new, difficult task while preschool and kindergarten teachers will smirk at the inventive ways Phoebe busies herself while avoiding that new task.Phoebe Sounds It Out

Julie Zwillich (Author)
Denise Holmes (Illustrator)
Owlkids Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: April 15, 2017

Writing your name can be difficult, especially when your name isn't spelled how it sounds. Rather than writing her name, Phoebe busies herself in other ways until her teacher encourages her to "sound it out." Phoebe gives it her best try and spells her name how it sounds.

In Phoebe Sounds It Out, children will relate to Phoebe's uncertainty about trying a new, difficult task while preschool and kindergarten teachers will smirk at the inventive ways Phoebe busies herself while avoiding that new task.

If you’re interested in reading Phoebe Sounds It Out, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon
  

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Liam Takes a Stand Book Review

Liam Takes a Stand - Liam feels left out by his older twin brothers Lester and Lister. The twins compete for everything and have no time for Liam. But Liam is resourceful. As the twins compete over who has the best lemonade stand, Liam does odd jobs around the neighborhood and saves his money. With that saved money, Liam makes his move and surprises his brothers at just the right moment!Liam Takes a Stand

Troy Wilson (Author)
Josh Holinaty (Illustrator)
Owlkids Books
Children’s Fiction, Picture Book

Publication Date: March 14, 2017


Liam feels left out by his older twin brothers Lester and Lister. The twins compete for everything and have no time for Liam. But Liam is resourceful. As the twins compete over who has the best lemonade stand, Liam does odd jobs around the neighborhood and saves his money. With that saved money, Liam makes his move and surprises his brothers at just the right moment.

Liam Takes a Stand is a fun book that siblings will identify with. The humorous story is also filled with some basic financial principles and examples of strategic thinking.

If you’re interested in reading Liam Takes a Stand, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Geology Lab for Kids Book Review

From creating your own crystals to studying sediment to producing your own paint and bricks Geology Lab for Kids is packed full of fun projects. Kids can get hands on creating, baking, mixing, studying, constructing, and more! Geology Lab for Kids
52 Projects to Explore Rocks, Gems, Geodes, Crystals, Fossils, and Other Wonders of the Earth's Surface

Garret Romaine
Quarry Books
Science, Non-Fiction, Children’s Books, Middle Grades

Publication Date: July 1, 2017


From creating your own crystals to studying sediment to producing your own paint and bricks Geology Lab for Kids is packed full of fun projects. Kids can get hands on creating, baking, mixing, studying, constructing, and more!

Teachers and parents will love this book, and most importantly, their kids will too!

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


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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Sad, Sad Monster Book Review

The Sad, Sad Monster - Monster is sad at school. Even though he is a good monster, no one plays with him. He's lonely. But one day, Sarah asks to eat lunch with Monster and they become friends. With his new friend, Monster isn't lonely anymore!The Sad, Sad Monster

Dolores Costello
Xist Publishing
Children’s Book, Picture Book

Publication Date: March 21, 2017

Monster is sad at school. Even though he is a good monster, no one plays with him. He's lonely. But one day, Sarah asks to eat lunch with Monster and they become friends. With his new friend, Monster isn't lonely anymore.

The Sad, Sad Monster is a simple story about kindness and friendship. Its simplicity and illustrations will appeal to pre-readers and beginning readers. Kids will like it, but as an adult I'm left wanting a bit more from the book.

If you’re interested in reading The Sad, Sad Monster, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Out of the Box 25 Cardboard Engineering Projects for Makers Book Review

Out of the Box 25 Cardboard Engineering Projects for Makers is perfect for home projects or school maker spaces. From tube owls to ring toss games and penguin families to pirate ships, this book will keep kids engaged and entertained with hands-on projects!Out of the Box
25 Cardboard Engineering Projects for Makers

Jemma Westing
DK Children
Non-Fiction, Children’s Book, Middle Grades, Makerspace

Publication Date: April 18, 2017

I love this book both as a parent and as a teacher! It is perfect for home projects or school maker spaces. From tube owls to ring toss games and penguin families to pirate ships, this book will keep kids engaged and entertained with hands-on projects!

If you’re interested in reading Out of the Box, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Excavador / Diggy Book Review

Diggy is an excavator with a lot of work to do! This simple story and fun illustrations delighted my 2 year old.  Great for pre-readers and young readers!Excavador/ Diggy

Calee M. Lee
Amy Mullen
Xist Kids Bilingual Spanish English
Children’s Book, Picture Book, Bilingual

Publication Date: January 7, 2016


Diggy is an excavator with a lot of work to do! This simple story and fun illustrations delighted my 2 year old.  Diggy's story is presented in both English and Spanish in this bilingual edition.

If you’re interested in reading Excavador/ Diggy, you can purchase the bilingual copy here on Amazon or the English only version here on Amazon.


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Monday, June 12, 2017

Zach Hangs in There Book Review

Zach Hangs in There - This social story does a great job of illustrating the steps to make a plan and how to stick with and revise your plan even when it gets difficult. It also includes more information for parents, caregivers, or teachers on how to foster perseverance in children. Zach Hangs In There

William Mulcahy (Author)
Darren McKee (Illustrator)
Free Spirit Publishing
Children’s Fiction, Social Story

Publication Date: April 18, 2017

Zach Hangs In There is a social story about perseverance. Zach wants to get all the way across the trapeze rings at recess, but they are tricky! With help from his friend Sonya, Zach makes a plan and keeps revising it when it doesn't work. Zach continues to try and with encouragement from Sonya and his own positive self-talk, Zach is able to make it all the way across the trapeze rings for the first time!

This social story does a great job of illustrating the steps to make a plan and how to stick with and revise your plan even when it gets difficult. It also includes more information for parents, caregivers, or teachers on how to foster perseverance in children.

Zach Hangs in There is just one book in the Zach Rules social stories series

If you’re interested in reading Zach Hangs in There, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Quote of the Week

A child who reads will be an adult who thinks.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Baking Class 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake! Review

Baking Class - A great cookbook for young cooks! There is a wide range of recipes of different skill levels that kids of various cooking abilities can try. Baking Class is recommended for ages 8-12.
Baking Class
50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!

Deanna F. Cook (Author)
Storey Publishing
Cookbook, Nonfiction, Children’s Book, Middle Grades

Publication Date: September 5, 2017


A great cookbook for young cooks! There is a wide range of recipes of different skill levels that kids of various cooking abilities can try. Baking Class is recommended for ages 8-12, but my 2 year old (with my supervision obviously) was able to help me with some of the simplest recipes and loved it! 

Baking Class is a great way to build opportunities for parents and children to bond together while making delicious treats. With older, middle school aged children, parents may even be able to kick up their feet and have a treat prepared for them!

If you’re interested in reading Baking Class: 50 Fun Recipes Kids Will Love to Bake!, 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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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Falcon Wild Review

Falcon Wild - A survival story set in Montana that students will love! Perfect for 5th-8th graders!Falcon Wild

Terry Lynn Johnson (Author)
Charlesbridge
Fiction, Middle Grades, Survival

Publication Date: September 19, 2017

A survival story set in Montana that students will love! Perfect for 5th-8th graders!

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


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

General Relativity for Babies Book Review

General Relativity for Babies - A great way to introduce young children to important ideas! General Relativity for Babies gives understandable explanations for big ideas while building foundational vocabulary about general relativity. My little guy was very intrigued by this board book!General Relativity for Babies

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

Publication Date: May 2, 2017


A great way to introduce young children to important ideas! General Relativity for Babies gives understandable explanations for big ideas while building foundational vocabulary about general relativity. My little guy was very intrigued by this board book!

If you’re interested in reading General Relativity for Babies, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon


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Saturday, May 20, 2017

I Want to Win! and I Don't Want to Be Nice! Book Reviews

I Want to Win - I Want to Win! is a typical social story that helps illustrate a key social skill for young kids. With a little help and guidance, Bella realizes that trying your best is better than being a sore loser and she learns to have fun along the way.I Want to Win!
A book about being a good sport

Sue Graves (Author)
Emanuela Carletti (Illustrator)
Desideria Guicciardini (Illustrator)
Free Spirit Publishing
Children’s Fiction, Social Story

Publication Date: March 10, 2017

Bella always wants to win. If Bella loses she gets really upset. When Bella realizes she won't win a tent making competition at summer camp, she decides she would rather give up than lose. But, with a little help and guidance, Bella realizes that trying your best is better than being a sore loser and she learns to have fun along the way.

I Want to Win! is a typical social story that helps illustrate a key social skill for young kids.

If you’re interested in reading I Want to Win!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



I Don't Want to Be Nice is a social story geared toward 4-8 year olds. It focuses on Finn who doesn't play fair and isn't nice or helpful to others. With help from a teacher and his classmates, Finn realizes that it's good to be a buddy and starts being kind toward others. I Don't Want to Be Nice!
A book about showing kindness

Sue Graves (Author)
Emanuela Carletti (Illustrator)
Desideria Guicciardini (Illustrator)
Free Spirit Publishing
Children’s Fiction, Social Story

Publication Date: March 10, 2017


I Don't Want to Be Nice! is a social story geared toward 4-8 year olds. It focuses on Finn who doesn't play fair and isn't nice or helpful to others. With help from a teacher and his classmates, Finn realizes that it's good to be a buddy and starts being kind toward others. Like most social stories, I Don't Want to Be Nice! is a simplified version of reality which creates a beginning point of discussion. The book also offers an additional picture story with the same theme as well as before and after reading guidance.

If you’re interested in reading I Don't Want to Be Nice!, you can purchase a copy here on Amazon



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