Friday, September 30, 2011

Fish for a Free Book: September 30

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: Lori Calabrese Writes--Two YA Novels--6/24
Your URL: http://loricalabrese.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-midsummers-eve-giveaway-hop.html

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Remind your children that you believe in them!

As a parent, do you stop and take the time to let your young ones know that you believe in them? It's something so simple, and in a world that can be very overwhelming for a child, those four words can mean more than you can imagine.

If you're looking for a way to remind your children, have no fear--enter Marianne Richmond's new book, I Believe in You. This beautiful picture book tackles the fact that children come into our families with a big, big job to do--growing up into a unique person. Richmond takes a direct approach in reminding your young ones that you not only believe in them, but that you'll always be by their side...

I want you to remember,
I'm here to watch the ride.
I believe in one amazing you
with all my love and pride!


The rhyme makes for a fun read and Richmond's signature illustrations add to the heartfelt message. I just love this book and think it's so important to remind our kids how much we believe in them. After all, it's not something we're supposed to say, but something that should come from the heart.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (August 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1402263449
ISBN-13: 978-1402263446
Source of review copy: publicist
Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fish for a Free Book: September 23

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: Lori Calabrese Writes--Two YA Novels--6/24
Your URL: http://loricalabrese.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-midsummers-eve-giveaway-hop.html

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Fish For a Free Book Participants
1. TeachingAuthors Giveaway: PLANET MIDDLE SCHOOL ends 9/30
2. Llama Llama Home With Mama, 10/2, US
3. Gypsy Knights, Kindle Book, 9/30, WW
4. $25 Barnes & Noble GC, 9/26, WW
5. Classics 4 Kids: Pinocchio, 10/2, US

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

A picture book to help children bust out of their comfort zone

Just in time for the inevitable onslaught of back-to-school friendship issues, Electric Eggplant is breaking out the tomatoes and Parmesan to announce their new iBook, "Are You My Friend?"

"Are You My Friend?" is a new digital story book for 4-8 year-olds, written by internationally known children's author and anti-bullying activist Annie Fox and illustrated by Academy Award nominee Eli Noyes. It's now available at Apple's iTunes iBookstore for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

"I've been answering email from kids around the world since 1997," says Fox, also a respected parent educator. "For children of any age, nothing matters more than having friends they can trust. Parents do a great job of teaching toddlers to 'be nice.' But as friendship conflicts become more complex, kids are left to figure things out on their own. The results don't often lead to constructive learning. By telling an engaging story about kids being kids, complete with a set of positive messages, readers can learn what it takes to have a friend and to be a real friend to yourself and others."

"Are You My Friend?" (first of the Raymond and Sheila Stories) is a story for the heart and the funny bone, sure to resonate with typical 4-8 year-olds, kids with special needs as well as reluctant readers. Whimsically illustrated, the story features music and sound effects with read-to-me audio narration. It also includes a unique guide for parents, teachers and counselors to help kids increase friendship skills and social and emotional learning.

To learn more, please visit http://RaymondAndSheila.com

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4-8
Published:Aug 24, 2011
Publisher: Electric Eggplant
Print Length: 36 Pages

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weird but true! launches new app

Are you an app fanatic? I don't know about you, but we're big fans of apps in our house. Angry Birds, games, fitness and yes, hit me with one of my favorite apps--children's book apps. Since one of my favorite books is National Geographic's Weird But True series, I was pretty excited to find out that there's a Weird But True app that contains all of the fun, wacky, and weird facts you can find in the books.

My six-year old can master and manipulate more apps than I can and Weird But True is one they'll love navigating. This app is a great random fact generator and can be downloaded from the iTunes app store for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  It's a great addition to the books and gives young readers some amazing interactive features.
With a quick shake, or a simple swipe, young readers and parents will be entertained and educated at the same time. Did you know:

· New Zealand has more sheep… than people. (Baaa!)
· Parachutes were invented before airplanes (Look out below!)
· Honeybees can be trained to detect bombs (Bzzzzz….. BOOM!)
· A sneeze travels 100 mph (Bless you!)
· Some honeybee queens… quack (Duck! It’s a bee!)

What's also cool is that you can save your favorites to show off later, voice your vote on the Weird-o-Meter and see a collection of the weirdest true facts as voted on by the users, and facts can be shared via email.

Have fun fact finding!

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday! Nonfiction Monday takes place every Monday as various blogs throughout the kidlitosphere write about nonfiction books for kids and collect them all in one place. This week, check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Tales from the Rushmore Kid. To see the entire schedule, please visit the blog of Anastasia Suen.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fish for a Free Book: September 16

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: Lori Calabrese Writes--Two YA Novels--6/24
Your URL: http://loricalabrese.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-midsummers-eve-giveaway-hop.html

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Baby is back!

Last year around this time I reviewed Baby, Baby, Baby by Marilyn Janovitz and raved about the beautiful flowing rhyme. Well Janovitz fans will be excited to learn that there's a follow-up to Baby Baby Baby and it's Go Baby Go!

Go Baby Go! is another beautiful board book that parents will love to read to their little ones...

When baby starts to fidget
We have a little trick
Out to the garden
quick, quick, quick


Once again, the rhyme is fun to read, the words roll off your tongue, and the illustrations will have baby wanting more. From mud pies to blocks to needing a rest, it's all covered and you'll be reminded at the end how your baby is the best!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 1 and up
Board book: 24 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 1402259379
ISBN-13: 978-1402259371
Source of review copy: Publicist

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Did you know that every day on Earth...

You all know I'm a sucker for fact books. National Geographic's Weird But True series--loved it! Well, another book I'm absolutely loving right now is Every Day On Earth: Fun Facts That Happen Every 24 Hours by Steve Murrie and Matthew Murrie.

How many times have you said, "Today just flew by!"? I don't know about you, but I often utter those words a lot. However, how many times have I really stopped to think about everything that happens in a single day? That's where this book comes in handy. Every Day on Earth is a collection of the things the authors thought readers would find the most mind twisting and mind blowing.

Broken up into sections such as living things, Earth, Food, The Human Body and more, young readers will learn why it's called a Blu-Ray player, that Venus has even more than the Earth's 8-million plus lightning strikes a day, that there are 'Goldilocks zones' in space, game consoles are getting smaller and more powerful every year, and more. This is just one of the books you can't resist picking up and thumbing through to pass the time and you'll be amazed at all of the things that really do happen in a single day!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (August 1, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0545297060
ISBN-13: 978-0545297066
Source of review copy: author

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday! Nonfiction Monday takes place every Monday as various blogs throughout the kidlitosphere write about nonfiction books for kids and collect them all in one place. This week, check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Wrapped in Foil. To see the entire schedule, please visit the blog of Anastasia Suen.

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fish for a Free Book: September 9

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: Lori Calabrese Writes--Two YA Novels--6/24
Your URL: http://loricalabrese.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-midsummers-eve-giveaway-hop.html

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
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Monday, September 5, 2011

Need ideas to throw a party?

Okay, let's see. It's Labor Day weekend, kids are heading back to school and we're nearing the end of the summer. I think it's time to squeeze in one last party--what do you think? If you're not sure what kind of party you should hold, look no further. 87 Ways to Throw a Killer Party by Melissa Daly has all the info you need to plan that perfect party!

Just as the title states, there are 87 party themes, ranging from seasonal, sports, pop-culture, around-the-world, and more. How about a meteor shower viewing party or a top chef cook-off or even an off-to-college goodbye party? If you're sending somebody off to school, some ideas are to bring photo albums from elementary school, junior high and high school for guests to flip through. You can make yearbook frames, read senior wills, and make a send-off circle.

The ideas in this book are endless and if you can't find the right party to hold, you're definitely not in party mode. Now, get planning!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Zest Books; 1 edition (July 27, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0981973396
ISBN-13: 978-0981973395
Source of review copy: publicist

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday! Nonfiction Monday takes place every Monday as various blogs throughout the kidlitosphere write about nonfiction books for kids and collect them all in one place. This week, check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Playing By the Book. To see the entire schedule, please visit the blog of Anastasia Suen.

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fish for a Free Book: September 2

It's time to fish for a free book!

If you are hosting a children's book giveaway, or if you found a giveaway somewhere on the net that you just have to share, I'd love to have you share your links with us here on our weekly giveaway linky so that we can all stop by and enter.

If you're looking for more children's book giveaways, be sure to visit
Brimful Curiosities' Full to the Brim,
Winning Readings (listings of adult and children's book giveaways),
and Got Great Giveaways? (linky of adult and children's book giveaways at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer)

Please post your links however you wish. Some like to include their blog name, some just want to leave the prize and the ending date. Post it whatever way you feel like, but make sure that the prize listing and the date the giveaway ends is listed. And make sure you post a link directly to your giveaway - not just to your main blog page.

Here's an example:
Your name: Lori Calabrese Writes--Two YA Novels--6/24
Your URL: http://loricalabrese.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-midsummers-eve-giveaway-hop.html

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
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