Friday, June 29, 2012

Welcome to the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the FREEDOM TO READ Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, and Mundie Moms. This is a large hop with nearly 200 blogs hosting a giveaway. You will find lots of variety among the prizes and it all takes place from Friday, June 29th to Thursday, July 5th!

Here at Lori Calabrese Writes!, I'm happy to offer up two children's books that will teach young readers all about voting, campaigns, elections, and independence!


In Woodrow for President: A Tail of Voting, Campaigns, and Elections, young readers will be fascinated to learn the presidential election process from start to finish as they follow a fascinating character, Woodrow G. Washingtail. Woodrow worked hard in school, graduated college, and before you know it, his friends are encouraging him to run for town council. Woodrow works his way up the political ladder from mayor to senator to governor to president. But the presidential election is unlike any other and the book dives into forming a campaign, seeking volunteers, setting up election headquarters, picking a political party, debating, voting and more. At the "Tail End" of the book, you'll find resources for parents and teachers, additional information and activities and even a contract to vote! What I love about this book is that it's written in rhyme and although it tackles such a difficult subject, everything is written so it's easily understood by a 5 to 8 year old. The illustrations add to the fun and you might just find your young reader wanting to get out there and do his part!
  • Reading level: Ages 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little Patriot Press (May 21, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1596987863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596987869

In Liberty Lee's Tail of Independence, young readers learn the "tail" of America's birth. This time, our star is a patriotic mouse named Liberty Lee who takes us back more than 400 years to meet the first settlers. Young readers are introduced to the colonies, the Boston tea party, the American Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence. At the "Tail End" of the book, parents and teachers will find a list of resources to further the discussion. This book is a fun way to introduce kids not only to our history, but the importance of our freedom and independence and told in rhyme, this story turns history class into a fun-filled adventure.

  • Reading level: Ages 5 and up
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Little Patriot Press (May 22, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1596987928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596987920

Both of these books are great resources for any parent or teacher looking to teach young readers about what makes America so great!

Giveaway Details:
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Friday, June 22, 2012

Fish for a Free Book: June 22

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

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Olivia Bean: Trivia Queen is a true champion

Most kids don't dream about being on Jeopardy!, but Olivia Bean does!

In OLIVIA BEAN: TRIVIA QUEEN by Donna Gephart, 12-year-old Olivia Bean used to watch Jeopardy with her dad all the time. That was until he skipped out on her and her mom with Olivia's best friend's mom. Translation--not only did she lose her dad, but also her best friend. To make things worse, Olivia is constantly pestered by her brother, she's forced to share a house with her mother's new boyfriend and the boy next door just won't leave her alone. However, when Olivia discovers that Jeopardy is looking for kid contestants, Olivia sees the opportunity to reunite with her father as she'll be flown to California.

Olivia's life is pretty complicated, but many kids' lives are these days, which is why I think many young readers will relate to Olivia. Many times, kids seek the approval of their parents and when you're smack dab in the middle of a divorce, things can get difficult. However, OLIVIA BEAN: TRIVIA QUEEN proves that despite difficulties, friendship and family will prevail--almost as if winning the final round of Jeopardy!

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 13, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0385740522
ISBN-13: 978-0385740524
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.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Cupcake Club is one sweet story

What happens when a mom teams up with her 9-year-old daughter on a writing adventure? A new book series for kids, THE CUPCAKE CLUB is born. That's what!

The first book of the series, PEACE, LOVE AND CUPCAKES, takes on a hot topic these days--bullying. Kylie Carson, a fourth-grader, is your typical outsider and a victim of bullying. However, she comes up with the idea to form the cupcake club and in the process, discovers new friends and the strength within to stand up for herself.

What young readers will love about this book are the characters. Each one is dealing with their own struggles, which is why they take it upon themselves to join together and make cupcakes. I mean, honestly, cupcakes really do make everything better, don't they? Girls will enjoy all the baking tips, original cupcake recipes and not to mention, the sweet story.

FYI: The sequel, RECIPE FOR TROUBLE, will be coming out this November.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (April 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1402264496
ISBN-13: 978-1402264498
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, June 15, 2012

Fish for a Free Book: June 15th

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

Now it's your turn. Leave your links here...
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Check out the four square apology

Yesterday, I reviewed ZACH GETS FRUSTRATED by William Mulcahy. This new series sets out to tell a fun and encouraging story about Zach as he learns a single simple kid-friendly tool for handling his struggles--one that readers can practice, too.

In ZACH APOLOGIZES, Zach gets mad when his little brother is playing with his robo-rocket, so in a fit of rage, his forgets his manners and pushes his little brother. Mom sends Zach to his room to 'cool down', but no matter what he tries, nothing seems to work. That is, until he learns about the four-square apology... (1) say what you did; (2) tell how it made the other person feel; (3) say what you could have done instead; (4) make it up to the person.

This is a great resource to teach kids how to apologize and we all know apologizing can be hard. Download your own four-square apology worksheet at the Free Spirit Publishing website, so your child can put his own apology into action.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (April 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1575423898
ISBN-13: 978-1575423890
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, June 12, 2012

Changing the way your kids react to frustration

If you're a parent, you know one thing kids pick up pretty quickly-- a temper! When things just don't seem to go your child's way, perhaps they throw something or even throw themselves on the floor. Enter the new Zach Rules series by William Mulcahy, a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist.

In ZACH GETS FRUSTRATED, Zach is at the beach with his family, but he's having a lousy day. His best friend chose to go somewhere else instead of going to the beach with Zach, he dropped his toothbrush in the toilet, and spilled the litter box all over the floor. Needless to say, when Zach can't get his kite to fly, he's not too happy and wants to go home. But dad has a plan and teaches Zach the frustration triangle, a simple, three-step approach to get a handle on frustration.  The three steps are (1) name it (why are you frustrated?); (2) tame it (self-regulation exercises such as deep breathing or visualization); and (3) reframe it (change your thoughts to change your feelings).

I can see this being a handy resource for any parent who has a child that gets frustrated easily.  Any kid will relate to Zach and the frustration triangle approach is easy to practice with your kids. I also love that you can download a frustration triangle worksheet at the Free Spirit Publishing website, so your kids can get right to the bottom of changing the way they react to frustration.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (April 2, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1575423901
ISBN-13: 978-1575423906
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.

Monday, June 11, 2012

You just can't pass up a book on poop

Artie Bennett's THE BUTT BOOK was a huge hit in my house (I have two boys, so what do you expect?), so I was excited to hear that Bennett has outdone himself once again with POOPENDOUS.

We're introduced to Professor P. Poopdeck who takes us on a journey to explore a substance most of us try to ignore. Young readers will be fascinated to learn that everyone poops, it comes in all shapes and sizes, it can be wet or dry, monkey dung is flung, and it has many uses.

Told in fun rhyme, this book covers it all and kids will be laughing out loud at the hilarious illustrations of a woman stepping in poop, Professor Poopdeck hurling a cowpie, and more. So lighten up and have some fun and know that after you read this book, "you'll have the inside scoop, on every type and use of poop."

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 36 pages
Publisher: Blue Apple Books (March 27, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1609051904
ISBN-13: 978-1609051907
Source of review copy: Author
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.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Download the YA novel SCARS today for FREE!

I loved the Young Adult novel SCARS by Cheryl Rainfield and you can read my full review at Examiner.com.

Have you been wanting to read SCARS? Or have a copy for your e-reader? Great news...You can download SCARS for *free* today(June 6) on Amazon.

In SCARS, Kendra must stop hurting herself—before it’s too late. I hope you’ll grab your free copy, and let as many people know as you can about this great deal! Remember... Even if you don’t have a Kindle, you can still download a free copy and read it through a Kindle app on your computer, iPad or iphone, or Android device.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A must have resource for kids with ASD

Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 88 American children have been diagnosed with autism. That's why it's important to bring awareness and inform families about ASD.

THE SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS (AND THEIR PARENTS) is a great resource that takes a look into ASD and hopes to improve the lives of all those on the autism spectrum. It begins with an introduction for kids and explains that the book is about discovering why they're different. It reminds kids that like many people, they have special skills and gifts, but they also have some special needs. There's also an introduction for adults, as the book is meant to be read together. The book covers everything from communication to socialization to repetitive behaviors and kids will appreciate hearing the stories of other kids who are going through the same thing.

Learning you have ASD can be confusing for any kid, which is why this book sets out to make it easier for every family. Find tools to help you get organized, learn to handle hard-to-handle feelings, sharpen those homework habits and make the most of school. By the time you reach the end of the book, your family will have found the answers to many questions you've wanted to ask and if not, there's additional information for where to go for more info. Overcoming autism doesn't have to be a lonely road, especially with great resources like this one you'll turn to time and time again.

Additional Information:
Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (March 22, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1575423855
ISBN-13: 978-1575423852
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.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Fish for a Free Book: June 1st

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

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