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Author/Books Spotlight. Giveaway: The Shenanigans Series Book 1. History in the Faking. Ends Apr 14th


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The Shenanigans Series Book 1. History in the Faking by Andreas Oertel

About the Book: Life is getting more dismal by the minute in the town of Sultana, Manitoba. Thanks to a dry season that nearly dried up the river, no one wants to camp there anymore. There aren’t enough tourists to keep the local restaurant busy and, if Cody’s best friend’s mom loses her job there, the family will have to move away. Cody, his best friend, Eric, and Eric’s twin sister, Rachel, concoct an elaborate hoax that transforms this tiny town into a hotbed of activity-a hoax involving an “ancient Egyptian” tablet discovered in Sultana. Soon the tourists come flooding back, but Cody, Eric, and Rachel discover that they should have been more careful about what they wished for. This quirky caper will appeal to children aged eight to ten.

 

 

Andreas Oertel

About the Author: Andreas was born in Germany, but lived most of his life in Canada. He’s travelled all over the world and had a hundred different jobs — everything from rickshaw driver to health inspector — but his favourite occupation is writing.

His middle grade fiction is critically acclaimed and has been nominated for several awards (Silver Birch Award, Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, Charlotte Award). Andreas spends much of his free time visiting schools, and in 2012 and 2013 he was Writer in Residence at Lac du Bonnet’s Centennial School. To read more http://www.andreasoertel.com/biography.html

 

 

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March 27, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: And in the Morning: Field of Conflict – The Somme, 1916. Ends Apr 14th


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And in the Morning: Field of Conflict – The Somme, 1916 by John Wilson

About the Book: Fifteen-year-old Jim Hay believes that war is a glorious adventure and cannot wait for his turn to fight. But as his father boldly marches off to battle in August 1914, Jim must be content to record his thoughts and dreams in his journal. All too quickly, however, Jim’s simple life begins to unravel. His father is killed in action, his mother suffers a breakdown and, when he does at last join up, it is as much to find refuge as it is to seek glory. What Jim discovers in the trenches of France is enough to dispel any romantic view of the war. Soon, his longing for adventure is replaced by a basic need to survive and the final tragic outcome is one he never could have imagined. The first installment in the Fields of Conflict series, “And in the Morning” will appeal to young readers aged fourteen to sixteen.  http://www.wanderingfoxbooks.com/and-in-the-morning/

 

 

 

My Review: A story about a young man’s life fighting for survival.  He couldn’t wait for his turn to go off to war and fight. After his father was killed in action and his mother suffering a breakdown. Jim decided it was time to join the fight. But his views about the war wasn’t what he taught. He wrote in his journal  the horrors of the war and the loss of innocent lives. Now he must fight to stay alive long enough to return home.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book Wandering Fox Books in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

 

John Wilson

About the Author: I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, but I grew up on the Isle of Skye (I could speak some Gaelic when I was four), and in Paisley, outside Glasgow. I was troubled teen and only applied myself in high school when someone said I couldn’t do something. One time I was in the Principal’s office for some forgotten reason, and he said I would never amount to anything. That annoyed me and I set out to prove him wrong, (was he smart?). Anyway, I went to St. Andrews University and did an Honours Degree in Geology. I worked in Zimbabwe, but there was a war on, so I came to Alberta and worked in Edmonton for ten years. I started freelance writing in 1989 and moved out to Vancouver Island in 1991 to write full time.  Read more about the author http://johnwilsonauthor.com/page5/page5.html

 

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March 27, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Author/Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Turtle Of Oman. Ends Apr 8th


 

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The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

In this brief novel, told in short chapters by the acclaimed poet and National Book Award finalist Naomi Shihab Nye, Aref Al-Amri says good-bye to everything and everyone he loves in his hometown of Muscat, Oman, as his family prepares to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is Naomi Shihab Nye’s first novel set in the Middle East since her acclaimed Habibi.

Aref Al-Amri does not want to leave Oman. He does not want to leave his elementary school, his friends, or his beloved grandfather, Siddi. He does not want to live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where his parents will go to graduate school. His mother is desperate for him to pack his suitcase—but he refuses. Finally, she calls Siddi for help. But rather than pack, Aref and Siddi go on a series of adventures. They visit the camp of a thousand stars deep in the desert, they sleep on Siddi’s roof, they fish in the Gulf of Oman and dream about going to India, they travel to the nature reserve to watch the sea turtles. At each stop, Siddi finds a small stone that he later slips into Aref’s suitcase—mementos of home.

http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062019721/the-turtle-of-oman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19321409-the-turtle-of-oman

 

  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 16.99 USD
  • Ages: 8 to 12

 

My Review: A story about a boy leaving his home in Oman, friends, and his grandfather to move to America. He doesn’t think the kids in Michigan would like him and why should he move when he has everything he needs in Oman.  A story most kids can relate too.

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book HarperCollins Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

 

Naomi Nye

About this author: Naomi Shihab Nye was born to a Palestinian father and an American mother. During her high school years, she lived in Ramallah in Jordan, the Old City in Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas, where she later received her B.A. in English and world religions from Trinity University. She is a novelist, poet and songwriter.

She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. She was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2010.

 

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March 24, 2015 Posted by | Free Giveaways, Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Little Jimmy Says, “Same Is Lame” Ends Apr 8th


Little Jimmy Says, Same Is Lame

 

Little Jimmy Says, “Same Is Lame” by Jimmy Vee

Little Jimmy is a small guy with a BIG mission… help people realize how special they really are. Why is everyone trying so hard to fit in when there is so much uniqueness to celebrate? Jump in and follow the miniature ringmaster through his circus-inspired world of weird, where normal is ordinary, and ordinary is boring. In these fun-filled pages you’ll discover what makes you unique and why being different is actually cool. So hurry, hurry! Come one, come all! Step right up. Kids of all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome and special in Little Jimmy’s wondrous and wacky world. Read this book and prepare to be amazed at what you see in the mirror the next time you take a look!

 

My Review: Little Jimmy is a five feet tall man. Little Jimmy Says, there is always an advantage of being tall. Tall people can hang pictures high up on the wall and some can dunk a basketball. But being short has its advantage too, like going under the limbo stick, wrestling and playing hide and go seek.

Whether you are made fun of wearing glasses, born small or big, having big or small nose, hair or no hair, having birthmarks or scars, doesn’t make you a freak but unique.

The message in this book is very encouraging not only for children but for adults. Discover why being different is actually cool. Being different should make you feel proud. So no matter what, just remember that you are unique and that being different has its advantages. As Little Jimmy puts it “Same is Lame”. The illustrations by Mike Motz are bright, bold and colorfully which helps tell the story.

 

 

FTC Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from New Shelves Distribution in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion in any way.

Hardcover

32 pages

 

 

Little Jimmy

About this author: Jimmy Vee is known around the world as the Five Foot High Marketing Guy. He is living proof that big things really do come in small packages. He is a savvy CEO, a loving husband, a funny father, a bestselling business book author, a sought-after advertising copywriter, a wannabe musician, a master magician, a stand-up comedian and a stiff-lipped ventriloquist. https://www.goodreads.com/LittleJimmyVee

 

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March 23, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: A Bird On My Hand. Ends Mar 23rd


A Bird on My Hand

About the Book: A child watches the chickadees by Grandma’s cabin and sees those eating sunflower seeds from Grandma’s hand. Will the chickadees back home ever learn to take the seeds from a human hand? Will the child ever have the patience to let them? A lovely story of enjoying the wild things, A Bird on My Hand has charming illustrations from a chickadee’s point of view.

My Review: This is the story about a young boy who visited his gramma at her cabin. His gramma is known as the Chickadee lady because she calls out to the birds “Chickadee-dee” come to me. One by one, the birds fly out toward her to eat from her hand until all the sunflower seeds are gone.

His gramma tried to teach him how to hold out his hand steady while feeding the birds. “…. Make sure you don’t pull away and scare my birds,” she said. So he learnt how to feed the chickadees by hand. And when he returned home to the city, he filled the feeder with sunflower seeds and watched as the chickadees flew in and started eating the seeds. He was able to get the city chickadees eating right out of his hand, too.

This is a great educational book for children learning how to teach birds how to eat from your hand. The last few pages in the book gives information of which chickadees live near you, how to talk to them softly, how to hold your hand out flat.

How long chickadees live? How they survive sub-zero nights? How tiny their eggs are? This is a must for classroom teaching.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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March 1, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Before I Sleep I Say Thank You. Ends March 23rd


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Before I Sleep I Say Thank You by Carol Gordon Ekster and Illustrated by Mary Rojas

About the Book: Would you like to start a new bedtime tradition that underscores the importance of gratitude? Read Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with your children to begin a nightly routine of saying five things you are grateful for before bed. It will add sweetness and joy before your little one falls asleep. http://www.carolgordonekster.com/

My Review: This is a story about a little boy whose favorite part of the day is tuck-in-time. When night falls, he brushes his teeth and get ready for his mom to take him to bed. He like pretending that she is the train and his is the caboose as they sing “Choo-choo!” on the way to his room. While in bed, his mother tucks him in nicely and they take a moment to think about their day. Mom talks about her gardening and not stopping to help Ms. Nelson and promised next time to stop and help her. And he said he was sorry he didn’t pick up the tomatoes when she asked and promised to cooperate the next day. They talked some more about their day with family and friends, and then together they thanked God for their day, and what He has given them.

What a great way for a child to end their day. By reflecting on their day, recognizing God’s blessings and grace and letting God know how grateful they are for his many blessings. I highly recommend this book for every home. Adults can learn from it too.

Great illustrations by Mary Rojas which helps tell the story with warm and bright colors.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

Carol Ekster

About the Author: Carol Gordon Ekster’s first published children’s book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was inspired by one special former student who lived the schedule described in the book. It was an About.com Readers’ Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book for Single Parents. Another of her stories was in Library Sparks magazine, February 2010. Her second book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was picked up by Character Publishing, for their first list, and came out December 2011. It was awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval in 2012. Her newest picture book, Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with Pauline Books and Media released January 1, 2015. Her first e-book, Hip Hopping Books, will be out March 2015 as part of a digital library with Schoolwide, Inc. Carol retired after teaching 4th grade for 35 years. She starts her day exercising and doing yoga, then works on her writing and book promotion. She loves to discuss using picture books with all elementary grade students and has presented about this at conferences. She is excited that her writing gives her another way to communicate with children. http://www.carolgordonekster.com/About_Carol.html

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Book Review/Giveaway: Moore Field School and the Mystery. Ends March 21st


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Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser

About the Book: Moore Field School and the Mystery is the start of an exciting children’s series featuring Samantha, whose parents teach at her school, Moore Field School in Manchester, England. Her best friend is Jessica. But Moore Field School is about to close down. At the last minute, the headmistress, Miss Moore, moves the school to Lakeview, a place she has always liked. Just what is the mystery at Moore Field School? Before the first term starts at Lakeview, the students go to a fun camp where they hear about a local haunted house. Meanwhile, some scary men are searching for long-lost trophies that they will do anything to find. They even search Miss Moore’s office for clues to where the trophies could be hidden. What is happening with the trophies and how is Moore Field School involved? Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. Publisher’s website: http://sbprabooks.com/LiamMoiser/

Paperback: 118 pages

Cost: $9.86 @ amazon

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About the Author: Liam Moiser lives in the port town of Goole in Yorkshire, England. This is his first book. http://sbprabooks.com/liammoiser/?page_id=34

My Review: Are you ready to go on an adventure and solve a mystery? Then get ready to read Moore Field School and the Mystery by Liam Moiser. The first exciting children’s series featuring Samantha and her best friend Jessica, they both attend Moore Field School in Manchester, England, where Samantha’s parents are teachers.

Moore Field School is a private school run by Miss Moore. She has been forced to close down and sell the school at the end of the school term. The school is over one hundred years old and now she has to sell the building to a man who would like the building for his firm. Then strange things started to happen.

Follow Samantha and her friends as they look for their kidnapped friend, dealing with ghosts and strange men searching for long lost trophies. This is a fun book for younger kids.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

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February 25, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Book Author Spotlight/Giveaway: The Sparks. Ends March 21st


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The Sparks by Kyle Prue

“A crackling read. Feud: The Sparks builds a vivid world that is at once other worldly and relatable. Characters spring from the page in a de ft twist on mythology that belies Kyle Prue’s young age. He’s a voice to be heard.” Scott Bowles, USA Today Could you forgive your sworn enemy if it meant saving your family, legacy and beloved city from the hands of an evil power? The Vapros, the Taurlum, and the Celerius: three dynasties bound by an ancient promise, and given superhuman abilities to protect the city of Altryon from the dangerous world beyond its walls. Centuries of fighting, however, have turned the families against each other. A powerful emperor now rules and each family has suffered heavy casualties in the feud. Sixteen-year-old Neil Vapros desperately wants to become an assassin in order to impress his overly critical father. Despite a failed mission, Neil learns that a new sinister threat has awakened. This mysterious new power will shatter the established order and threaten not only the very lives of these powerful families, but also the once great city of Altryon. http://kyleprue.com/books/

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About the Author: The Sparks is Kyle’s big debut. The first book in this action packed trilogy, was conceived late one night when Kyle had insomnia. At just 16 years old, Kyle spent the summer writing the first installment of the trilogy. Kyle is currently working on the second book in the series, The Flames.

Kyle is a high school student at Seacrest Country Day in Naples, Florida. Kyle splits his time between Naples and Los Angeles, where he is an actor with Snow Entertainment. Kyle loves to do Stand Up Comedy and trains at Second City in Chicago. Check out some of his youtube videos for a good laugh. Kyle is currently writing, directing and acting in his new web series, Mockalypse.

Q&A with Kyle Prue, author of The Sparks,

Book One in the Feud trilogy

Where did you get the idea for the Feud series? 

This is a coming of age story for young adults and I am a teen in that demographic. Everyone struggles to find their path in life and my characters are all struggling with not wanting to let people down and to find their way; forgiveness and hope is a part of that journey as well. One night, at the age of 15, I had terrible insomnia and I couldn’t sleep. I was thinking about the different personalities of my siblings and myself and how we will all follow different paths. That gave me the idea to create three different families loosely based around our differing personalities. I decided it would be fun to take these families and place them in a fantasy world where the obstacles we all face could be magnified to a whole new level. I wrote out the plot for the three books that night.

What drew you to write YA Fantasy?

I wanted to write for me. Recently, I’ve hit an “in-between” zone where it’s harder for me to find books I want to read. I wanted to write something that I would want to read and that would appeal to other kids my age. I wanted to appeal to boys who have lost interest in reading and I also created strong female characters that girls will love.

When did you first start writing? 

Like a lot of kids, I was bullied in middle school. I doubt you will ever find a kid that says, “I rocked 7th grade! That was the best time in my life.” I was short and fat and had a bowl haircut with braces. This was not a great time in my life. But I discovered I could come home and pick up a pen and create a whole fantasy world that I could control, when the rest of my life felt out of control. I learned that I loved to create characters because their potential is limitless.

I was lucky because I learned to use writing as an escape at an early age. I was in a multi-age program from 1st-3rd grade where I had the same teacher for three years. She had an experimental writing program where she gave us an hour a day to write in our journals. She told us to just write freely and not worry about punctuation or grammar, just let the creativity flow. So by the end of that program, I had a stack of notebooks filled with an adventure series. I also did a series called Three Rings that I wrote from the age of 12 to 14 when middle school was really rough. It was a 200-page manuscript. It wasn’t good, but it was good practice.

What are your other interests besides writing? 

I love stand up comedy because like writing, it requires an ability to look at the world in a unique way and find the humor in that. I’m a varsity swimmer for my school. I’m involved with mock trial, I’m in a number of plays every year, I started an improv club at my school and I’m really involved with our film club—we spend our weekends writing scripts and filming. We are currently working on a web series called “Amockalypse” that I’m really excited about. I pretty much gave up on sleeping after middle school.

I understand you still have the acting bug. What are you doing now? 

Currently, my whole focus is on college auditions. I’m crazy enough to be applying for programs where thousands of kids audition and they literally accept only six boys. So it’s kind of like trying to win the lottery, but I’m giving it my best shot. As I mentioned, I’m writing, directing and acting in my web series and we are launching a Kickstarter campaign to fund that this week. I spent last fall in LA and I was so lucky to take acting classes and perform improv at LA Connection. It was like what I imagine grad school is like. I spent 40 hours a week in acting classes and seminars—and still had to keep up with schoolwork online. It was intense but amazing.

What’s your favorite part of acting? Favorite thing about improv?

My favorite part of acting is initially stepping into the shoes of a character and just beginning to break them in: finding out what they want, how they talk, how they move, etc.

My favorite part of improv is when you are easing into a scene and the really good lines just start flowing, especially when you’re working with a talented partner.

Were you a big reader as a kid?

In 5th grade, I started at a new elementary school when I moved to Naples. They had a reading contest for whoever read the most books. I ended up reading like 200 books, which was a bit of overkill as the next highest kid read about 75 books, but apparently I’m more competitive than I realized. I just really wanted to beat this girl in my class who told me she was a better reader.

Were you drawn to a certain genre as a kid?

When I was younger, I really disliked reading. My mom would read me the books that my brother liked and I just never got into them. One day she was at the bookstore picking out books for us, and she mentioned to the owner that I didn’t seem interested in reading and he asked her about my personality and interests. He recommended that she try some fantasy books for me. She brought home a few of those books and from then on, all I did was read and write. I love young adult fantasy.

 

Were there certain authors that you really liked?

I’ve always loved Rick Riordan, and every kid in my generation loves JK Rowling. My mom started guarding the Harry Potter books and reading them aloud to us, because otherwise I would read one whole book in a night and then tell my siblings what happened. We would barely leave the house until we had finished each book. Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games series has been phenomenal.

How have those writers influenced your writing?

I think Rick Riordan introduces and writes characters very well, which is something I kept in mind, because I have a group dynamic with my book. But I really like the way JK Rowling set up the overall plot and carried it through, intertwining a lot of different elements. She knew how to set up a big, epic adventure and finished it beautifully. That is what I hope to do with this trilogy.

Do you work with an outline or do you just write? Do you ever get stuck? 

Normally, I have a basic idea of where the story is going when I start writing a chapter. But there have been times when I am writing the chapter that I suddenly decide to take it in a new direction. Sometimes I struggle with writing a chapter or a character in the book, so to overcome that I’ll take a break and work on another project.

Do you have a favorite character in The Sparks?

It alternates a lot. In general, I’ve always been a fan of characters that are only around for one book and that are very big and eccentric. I really like Michael Taurlum because he’s kind of the epitome of what’s wrong with the Taurlum family and he’s just such a child. So it was really interesting to write about him and make him such an aggressive, haughty character.

If your book was made into a movie, which actors would be cast as the main characters?

I’ll try my best at this one. (Disclaimer: this would be one expensive movie . . . )

Neil: Brenton Thwaites (or Kyle Prue, if Brenton Thwaites is not available)

Saewulf: Michael Fassbender

Darius: Luke Bracey

Lilly: Alexandra Daddario or Emma Watson

Rhys: Dane DeHann

Jennifer and Victoria: Teresa Palmer

Bianca: Leven Rambin

Michael: Chris Hemsworth

Carlin: Mark Strong

The Emperor: Benedict Cumberbatch

Jonathan: Rico Rodriguez

Sir Vapros: Mads Mikkelsen

Quintus: Jonah Hill (Cameo Role)

What can you tell us about the challenges of getting a book published? 

I went to the New York Pitch Conference and Writer’s Workshop and got the opportunity to pitch my book to Random House, Penguin and McMillan Press. Each requested the manuscript (it was the most requested manuscript at the conference!), so I felt like I had a sound idea. The conference director advised me to use the publisher interest to try to get an agent. So, I began the process of sending query letters. I got some good advice from the agents I talked to. One advised me to hire a well-respected editor, as publishers expect manuscripts to be perfect, so I did that. Then another agent took the time to really ask me about my goals. I wanted the book to be read by as many people as possible and I wanted to get it published in a timely manner. She explained that—if I was lucky—the publishing process would take 3-5 years. She recommended that I meet with a small, independent publisher with a good reputation. They could meet my timing needs and I would have more input in the process, ensuring that I could retain some creative control of the final product. I met with the publisher she recommended (Barringer Publishing) and we hit it off immediately. So far, I’ve been thrilled with the process.

I’m hoping to publish Book 2, The Flames, in late summer 2015.

Do you have advice for other high school students wanting to write a book? 

Yes, never stop writing. Write, and write and write, until you’ve got something that you like. Don’t be afraid to have a very rough copy of something. The editing process is terrible and long and arduous, but it’s something you have to do. What matters is getting something on paper and then really shaping it into what you are looking for.

Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans? 

Thank you for sharing this journey with me. The series only gets better and more intense from here and I can’t wait to see what you guys think of it all.

Tell us where we can find your book and more information about you.

You can find more info on my website, http://www.kyleprue.com, Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kyleprue, Twitter@KylePrue and Instagram @KyleStevenPrue.

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February 23, 2015 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Book Review/Giveaway: Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? Ends March 21st


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Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You? By Cheryl Sturm

“Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You?” is one way to express love–beyond an inch, foot, yard, mile, the moon, stars, and Mars–to anyone dear to you. It was written as a bedtime story. But given that it teaches children some fun facts about measurements while reinforcing how much you love them, this book is an ANYtime story. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and friends can buy this book as a gift and enjoy telling the children in their lives how much they are loved. The author wrote the book for her four nieces and nephews. When asked “Do I love you this much?”, the youngest, who is almost four years old, delights in answering, “Not just this much.” He starts saying it with his two index fingers an inch apart, and he enjoys repeating the phrase with his hands one foot apart and again with his arm stretched as far as they’ll go. Then he starts again. On occasion, his grandfather has joined in. It’s a fun, quick read with both basic and profound lessons. http://www.knowinggoingkids.com/

Pages: 46

Cost: $9.26 on amazon

My Review: Kids will enjoy reading this book as it’s not only fun but educational as well. The illustrations are bold and colorful. Although, it shows how much we can be loved by our love ones, it also teaches children about measurements. The author shows in the first few pages how things are measured in inches, like a quarter, macaroni, strawberry, and hammer.

The incremental measurements start to expand from the size of a quarter, hotdog, golf putter and even the moon. We can love far beyond the planets but guess what?

So do you love an inch or lot more than an inch? As we read on we find out in the book that love is immeasurable and that love has no limit. I highly recommend this book for classroom teaching.

Disclaimer: As per FTC guidelines, I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed here are mine and mine alone.

About the Author: Cheryl Sturm works with a great team of people at R. Crusoe & Son to develop unusual, cultural journeys. The daughter of an Army major, she was born in Berlin, Germany, raised in Manawa, Wisconsin, and lives in Chicago, Illinois. She began her career as a television reporter in Wisconsin, but a professional detour happily lead her to international travel. “Have I Told You Today How Much I Love You,” is the first book published by Knowing Going Kids. More books are on the way for thoughtful families curious about our world.  http://www.knowinggoingkids.com/about.html

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Giveaway Ends March 21st, 2015

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Winner is #4 – MJ

February 17, 2015 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Black History Month 2015 Giveaway. Ends Feb 25th


Martin L King DVD

Martin Luther King Jr. – I Have a Dream – DVD

I Survived

I Survived The Battle of Gettysburg, 1863 by Lauren Tarshis

Anyia

Anyia “Dream of a Warrior

Sounder

Sounder

In keeping with the celebration of Black History Month, Mymcbooks is giveaway 3 books and 1 DVD to 1  lucky winner. Please list your comment BELOW.

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Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Feb 25th, 2015

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This Giveaway Has Ended

Winner is #4 – Heather B

Thanks to all who took part

February 7, 2015 Posted by | Black History Month, Free Giveaways | , , , , | 9 Comments

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