Friday, February 24, 2012

Fish for a Free Book: February 24

Welcome 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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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Isabella continues to fuel young readers' imaginations

Back in September, I reviewed the picture book MY NAME IS NOT ISABELLA and really enjoyed the antics of this little purple-haired girl. Well, Isabella is back and better than ever in ISABELLA: GIRL ON THE GO.

Just as before, Isabella likes to dream and dream big and in GIRL ON THE GO, Isabella has places to go. In the same vibe as MY NAME IS NOT ISABELLA, Isabella pretends to be different people--this time, she's not a little girl but an archeologist, artist, warrior, and more who travels the world to places like the Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China and more.

ISABELLA ON THE GO fuels young readers' imaginations as Isabella never leaves her backyard, yet ventures into the world and creates her own adventures. Pages in the back of the book share interesting information about some of the places that changed the world and structures that amaze and inspire. Illustrator Mike Litwin's playful and zany illustrations add a unique flair to Isabella's imagination and will have your own young reader experiencing her own great wonders.

Visit Sourcebooks.com to check out Isabella's national tour as well as activity kits:  

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (February 21, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1402266480
ISBN-13: 978-1402266485
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.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The President's Day Edition of Nonfiction Monday

Welcome to a presidential edition of Nonfiction Monday!! Nonfiction Monday is a blogging celebration of nonfiction books for kids. I invite you to join us by clicking the links below this post that highlight great nonfiction books for kids and other nonfiction posts of interest. Alright, I don't have my own presidential book review, but it is a biography that features a man who was a leader. . .

The news of Steve Jobs' passing traveled faster than anything I've ever seen before, and publishers jumped to it with a flux of Steve Jobs biographies. No doubt Jobs had a huge impact on our world, so it was great to see these books give young readers the opportunity to learn more about one of the world's greatest inventors. One of those bios is Amanda Ziller's STEVE JOBS: AMERICAN GENIUS published by HarperCollins.

The book stresses that without Jobs, we wouldn't have computers with a screen monitor, keyboard and mouse; Pixar movies and characters such as Buzz Lightyear; the iPod; iPad and much more. Young readers will enjoy reading some of Steve Jobs' famous quotes and discovering how Jobs' talent was in his "artistic creativity to adapt science to fit people's needs."

The book follows Jobs' life from birth to working at a start-up video game company named Atari (yeah, remember them?) to revolutionizing technology. The back of the book  provides a listing of milestones from Jobs' life, a chronology of his career, and quotes from others about his legacy. What I really like about STEVE JOBS: AMERICAN GENIUS is how it stresses that we can all learn from Jobs and "live life at that intersection between art and science." And who knows, perhaps, one young reader will make that next dent on our universe.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Collins (January 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0062197657
ISBN-13: 978-0062197658
Source of review copy: Publisher


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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.

Fish for a Free Book: February 17th

Welcome 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.

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Your URL: http://loricalabrese.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-midsummers-eve-giveaway-hop.html

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

You'll never look at a leaf the same way again

I know what you're thinking. A leaf is a leaf, right? Pick up A LEAF CAN BE by Laura Purdie Salas and you'll think again.

In A Leaf Can Be…, author Laura Purdie Salas uses poetry to explore the many roles that leaves play throughout the year. Young readers will be fascinated to learn about all the different roles a leaf takes-- from sun taker to frost catcher to food maker to shade maker and more. And turn to the back of the book and you can learn even more about each of a leaf's jobs.

The beautiful artwork by Violeta Dabija compliments Salas' text and the book as a whole is sure to change the way you've always seen a leaf!

Want to know more? Head over to Laura Purdie Salas’s website, where you can learn about the inspiration behind the book, and find a book trailer and reading guide.

Additional Information:
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Millbrook Pr Trade (February 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0761362037
ISBN-13: 978-0761362036
Source of review copy: Publisher
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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The 2011 Cybils Awards announced

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. The roses are sending a sweet aroma around your room, the decadent chocolate is just waiting to be dived into and the winners of THE CYBILS have been announced!

The sixth season of the Cybils has wrapped up and The Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards have put together a new list of favorite books of 2011. As it states on their website, "One way to look at the Cybils is that instead of telling kids what we think they should be reading, we take a look at what they already are reading (or likely will read) -- and then pick out the best of them."

So be sure to head over the Cybils' website and check out all the winners from the following categories:

Book Apps
Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books
Fantasy/ Science Fiction
Fiction Picture Books
Graphic Novels
Middle Grade Fiction
Non-Fiction Picture Books
Non-Fiction: Middle Grade/ Young Adult
Poetry
Young Adult Fiction

Friday, February 10, 2012

Fish for a Free Book: February 10


Welcome to the Valentine's Day edition of Fish for a Free Book! Not sure what to give your loved ones? How about a good book? The good news is that you've come to the right place.

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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Monday, February 6, 2012

Nothing better than an M&M getting his groove on!

Hands down the best Super Bowl commercial of the night. I can seriously watch this one over and over again--hilarious!



So what was your favorite commercial?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fish for a Free Book: February 3

Welcome 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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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A book about understanding and appreciating each other

Many lesson plans in school focus on embracing all forms of diversity, and a wonderful picture book on the topic to share with students is I'M LIKE YOU, YOU'RE LIKE ME by Cindy Gainer.

Based on the original edition released in 1998, this picture book has fresh new art, but delivers the same classic message that has sold more than 46,000 copies! Young readers will have a great time learning how they're alike and different from their hair to their families to where they live and more.

The art in this book is sure to grab children's attention and teachers and parents will love it because it opens up room for discussion on cultures and backgrounds. A two-page adult section in the back also provides tips and activities for parents and caregivers to reinforce the themes and lessons of the book. As if that's not enough, try to find the black terrier pup throughout the book--The pup is one of the publisher, Free Spirit's founder's rescue dogs.

Additional Information:
Author: Cindy Gainer and illustrated by Miki Sakamoto
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (September 26, 2011)
ISBN-13/-10: 978-1575423838 / 1575423839
Paperback: 48 pages
Dimension: 11.4 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
Source of review copy: Publisher
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.