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Book Review: God Made the Sun and God Made the Moon.


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God Made The Sun by Dr. Mary Manz Simon, illustrated by Lizzie Walkley

About the Book: God Made the Sun is a celebration of God’s gift of daytime to the world. Beginning with the first rays of sunlight and moving through the day, this book reminds little ones that God’s love shines on us just as the sun shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty diecut feature, the book will serve as a welcome reminder of God’s presence in our lives.

 

 

  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Cost: $7.99

 

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God Made the Moon by Dr. Mary Manz Simon and illustrated by Lizzie Walkley

About the Book: God Made the Moon is a celebration of God’s gift of nighttime to the world. Beginning with the first sleepy yawn and ending with a bedtime prayer, this book reminds little ones that God’s love shines on us just as the moon shines on the earth. With its lyrical rhythm, sweet illustrations, and novelty die-cut feature, the book will be a welcome addition to any child’s bedtime rituals.

 

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Board book: 20 pages
  • Publisher: WorthyKids/Ideals; Brdbk edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Cost: $7.99

 

 

My Review: The rhyming story shows the joy on a child’s face when they wake up in the morning to see the Sun outside their window. Its another day for them to come out and play with their friends. Splash and play in the puddles, looking cool by dressing up looking like a movie star, skipping, playing peek-a-boo. And when the weather is hot, they head to the pool to cool off. They find time to sit outside to have lunch. And when the Sun starts to slide down, they look forward to seeing the Moon.

While the Moon smile on the earth giving it light at night. The kids watch as the lightning bugs blink off and on like flashlights and crickets chirping. They know its time for bed when the Moon is out. Time for them to be thankful to God for all that happened throughout their day.

These are great books from the author who writes about the age appropriate biblical concepts that are woven around the recurring theme of how God loves and watches over us.  These books makes a perfect bedtime story for young kids. The illustrator captured each scene wonderfully with bold and bright colors. A must for your home library for kids.

 

 

 

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

October 15, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review/Giveaway: Hail to the Chief. Ends Oct 31st


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Hail to the Chief by author Callista Gingrich, illustrated by Susan Arciero

 

About the Book: Ellis the Elephant is back, and he’s headed to the White House! In Hail to the Chief, the sixth in Callista Gingrich’s New York Times bestselling series, Ellis meets some of America’s greatest presidents and discovers how they have led our country throughout American history.

In preceding books, including Sweet Land of Liberty, Land of the Pilgrims’ Pride, Yankee Doodle Dandy, From Sea to Shining Sea, and Christmas in America, Ellis learns about the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation. Now, in Hail to the Chief, this adorable pachyderm explores the fascinating lives of those who have held the nation’s highest office.

Authored by Callista Gingrich and illustrated by Susan Arciero, Hail to the Chief will delight young and old alike with a glimpse of the leaders who helped make America an exceptional nation. http://ellistheelephant.com/

 

 

 

  • Age Range: 4 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 4
  • Series: Ellis the Elephant
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Kids (October 11, 2016)
  • Cost: $11.51 @ amazon

 

 

My Review: Ellis the Elephant goes back in time to learn about how the past US presidents governed a vast nation. Learning about how George Washington led the Revolutionary War and sworn in as the first president, pledging to serve and defend freedom. Ellis also learn about Thomas Jefferson the founding father who wrote the declaration of independence. James Madison known as the father of the Constitution.  Ellis learned about Andrew Jackson known as a war hero, Abraham Lincoln known as the president who presided over a nation that was in crisis and divided by the fighting over slavery. Theodore Roosevelt who preserved the best lands by setting aside millions of acres of lands.  Ellis went on to learn about many more presidents and their achievements. From George Washington to Barack Obama, he learned how each of them accepted a great responsibility, and done the job to the best of their ability.

What a great way for children and adults to learn about the past and present American presidents and their achievements. The last few pages of the book gives a list of all the US presidents, the year they governed and short history. The illustrations by Susan Arciero are vibrant, bold and colorful which helps sell the story.

Hail to the Chief is a part of the bestselling Ellis the Elephant series.

 

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

 

 

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About the Author: Callista Gingrich is the president of Gingrich Productions. She and her husband, Newt, host and produce documentary films. Recent films include The First American, Divine Mercy, A City Upon A Hill, America at Risk, and Nine Days that Changed the World. Mrs. Gingrich is the author of the New York Times bestselling children’s series featuring Ellis the Elephant. Recent books include Hail to the Chief, Christmas in America, From Sea to Shining Sea, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Land of the Pilgrims Pride, and Sweet Land of Liberty. She is also the co-author of Rediscovering God in America and Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny.  Mrs. Gingrich is the voice for several audio books, including A Nation Like No Other and To Save America. An avid musician, Mrs. Gingrich sings in the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., and plays French horn with the City of Fairfax Band in Fairfax, Virginia. She is also the president of the Gingrich Foundation, a charitable nonprofit corporation. Mrs. Gingrich resides in McLean, Virginia, with her husband, Newt Gingrich.  http://www.gingrichproductions.com/

 

 

About the Illustrator: Susan Arciero is an award-winning illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Hail to the Chief, Christmas in America, From Sea to Shining Sea, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Land of the Pilgrims Pride, Sweet Land of Liberty, Nat, Nat, the Nantucket Cat, and Cornelius Vandermouse: The Pride of Newport. Growing up in Massachusetts and traveling the world as a member of a military family, Susan lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina, with her husband, three children, and two Bassett Hounds.

 

 

 

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Winner is #4 – Linda Herold

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 11, 2016 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Book Spotlight: If You Were Me and Lived In…the Middle Ages


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About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in her exciting new series. Learn what kind of food you might have eaten during the Middle Ages, the clothes you might wear, what your name could be, and children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 

 

  • Series: If You Were Me and Lived in…
  • Paperback: 98 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 9, 2016)
  • Cost: $19.99

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31152089-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-middle-ages?ac=1&from_search=true

 

https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-Middle-Ages/dp/1533673241/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

October 6, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Spotlight: If You Were Me and Lived in…Ancient China


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About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series.

Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Viking Europe, and what children in the Han Dynasty children did for fun.

If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture.

So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 

 

 

  • Series: If You Were Me and Lived in…
  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 27, 2016)
  • Cost: $13.59 at amazon

 

 

Book Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30973998-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-ancient-china?ac=1&from_search=true

 

https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-Viking-Europe-ebook/dp/B01LNXP2H8/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

October 6, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: If You Were Me and Lived in…Viking Europe


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About the Book: Hop in our time travel machine and join Carole P. Roman as she visits a Viking settlement in the year 890 AD.

Learn what your name could be and the kind of food you might eat. Read about the different levels of society, how they affect where you would live, and the type of clothing you might wear.

Mateya Arkova’s beautiful illustrations illustrate what Vikings ate and their children did for fun.

If You Were Me and Lived in.. Viking Europe is an exciting trip that shows a colorful culture through the eyes of a child.

 

 

  • Series: If You Were Me and Lived in…
  • Paperback: 76 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 27, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1532875304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1532875304
  • Cost: $13.59 at amazon

 

 

Review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31929455-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-viking-europe

 

https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-Viking-Europe-ebook/dp/B01LNXP2H8/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

October 6, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Spotlight: If You Were Me and Lived in American West


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About the Book: Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Viking Europe, and what children who lived during the Han Dynasty did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 

 

  • Series: If You Were Me and Lived in…
  • Paperback: 58 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 18, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1532877846
  • ISBN-13: 978-1532877841
  • Cost: $14.99 @amazon

 

 

Reviews: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30773824-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-american-west

https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-American-West-ebook/dp/B01HZXQLX4/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

October 6, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: All My Treasures. A Book of Joy.


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About the Book: When a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. But what could it be? What does she love best? She loves jumping in puddles on rainy days, blowing bubbles in the park, and watching her little sister’s first steps. As it turns out, life’s most precious treasures cannot be contained in a box! With a gentle message about the immateriality of happiness, this story reminds us to take pleasure in everyday moments. The book is beautifully packaged with a sparkly die-cut star on the cover, and flaps throughout reveal hidden surprises. http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/all-my-treasures_9781419722042/

 

  • Age Range: 2 – 4 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Growing Hearts
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Ltf edition (August 23, 2016)
  • Cost: $16.95

 

My Review: When a little girl received a porcelain box from her grandmother, she celebrated with joy and happiness. Now she has to look for something to put inside her box. But what could it be? It has to be something special, a perfect treasure to put inside. She would like to put her candles inside but they will stick to it. Coins, but it will scratch the box. Her toys were too big. What about rainy days, since she loves playing in the rain. Bubbies, because she loves to blow bubbles. What about her paper boats? She wants to fill the box with something that is colorful, bright and beautiful.

The illustrations are vibrant, bold and colorful with each page with a lift-a-flaps which helps tell the story.

 

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

 

 

 

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About the Author: Jo Witek is the author of Hello in There! and In My Heart. She is an author, journalist, and screenwriter. She lives in France.

October 4, 2016 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Author/Book Spotlight. Giveaway: Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil. Ends Sept 30th


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Visiting Brazil, an earthquake hits and separates a family from their beloved cat, Purrball. Purrball’s mad dash leaves her lost in a jungle where she becomes fast friends with a very clever sloth named Burrball. The two quick-witted animals embark on a journey to find Darryl, the loving and loyal boy who longs for his adorable missing cat. Witty word rhythms and rich illustrations make Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil an engaging read-aloud story. An alluring tale of friendship, family, ingenuity and persistence. http://www.purrballandburrball.com/

 

  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Fab Idea Press; First edition (September 9, 2016)
  • Cost: $17.95 @Amazon

 

 

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About the Author: Anne Zoet is a freelance creativAe director for both technology giants and countless startups in the Silicon Valley. Her passions are art, words, travel, the environment and animals—all of which came together naturally in the creation of Purrball Meets Burball in Brazil. In addition to her human family, Zoet shares her home with three domestic cats (though sometimes she wonders if they’re not just a bit wild). http://www.purrballandburrball.com/about-the-author/

 

 

 

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There will be 1 winner.

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Giveaway Ends Sept 30th, 2016

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Winner is #2 tmy56

September 8, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Arlo, The Blue, Blue Whale. Ends Sept 23rd


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About the Story: The “tail” of Arlo the Blue, Blue Whale all started in Akron, Ohio where Janet Alberti raised four children, Danny, Katy, Jenny and Andrea. Many years later, the three sisters co-founded Amelia Street Studio, a creative agency. Not long after, Danny became father to Arlo, a boy, not a whale. For little Arlo’s 1st birthday, Janet wrote the story of Arlo the Whale, inspired by one of Andrea’s posters of Andy Warhol that said, “I think everybody should like everybody” – a universal message that she wanted to teach her first grandson. With help from Jenny, who illustrated all the pages, Janet’s vision came to life and a book was made. The three sisters wanted to share this beautiful story of acceptance and friendship with more children. So, they partnered up with Appoet, a couple of cool guys, to turn the book into something interactive and fun. And ta-da! But wait! This story can’t end without mentioning Curt Alberti, a husband and father who always lived his life embracing other’s differences and taught his children the value of “liking everybody”. http://www.arlothewhale.com

Written by Janet Alberti and Illustrated by Jenny Alberti

 

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Without planning it, our business has been in the works since we were knee-high. While growing up on Amelia Street in Akron, Ohio, we spent hours upon hours creating, crafting, building, and filming. Whether it was sewing clothes for our dolls or producing a mock news show, we have been collaborating as a sister team nearly our whole lives. It wasn’t intentional that our individual career paths would complement each other so perfectly, but we are pretty happy they do. http://www.ameliastreetstudio.com/about-us.html

 

 

Giveaway Rules

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There will be 1 winner.

Leave You Comments below.

This Giveaway is Open to the USA Only!

Winner will be selected by Random.org

Giveaway Ends Sept 23rd, 2016

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Winners are selected via Random and notified by email. You have 48 hours to respond;

If no response, the prize is forfeited and an alternate winner is chosen.

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Winner is #4 – Annette Rochelle Aben

 

 

 

September 6, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Book Spotlight: Picture Perfect #5: All Together Now


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About the Book: Being one half of a BFF heart necklace is serious business—and in the Picture Perfect series, each story tackles a tough friendship challenge. Through the ups and downs of life in middle school, through braces and boy bands, family feuds and fashion disasters, your best bud is there. But what happens when friendship suddenly gets complicated? Tween readers will adore these sweet, accessible stories about the power of friendship.

Gracie Hardwick has always wondered what it would be like to have siblings—which is why she is so excited to go skiing with her best friend, Mari, and Mari’s big, boisterous family. It is sure to be an amazing weekend spent riding the chairlift, building snowmen, and drinking hot chocolate with Mari and her brothers.

The thing about siblings, though, is that they are always around . . . even when you need alone time with your BFF to talk about things like your secret crush. And Mari is too busy racing her brothers down the slopes, racing her brothers to the car, racing her brothers to see who can finish their dessert first to notice that Gracie really needs some one-on-one time. In fact, it sort of feels like Mari cares more about beating her brothers in the latest competition than hanging out with her friend.

When everything in Mari’s house is a high-stakes contest, how can Gracie compete for her best friend’s attention?

 

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Series: Picture Perfect (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 5, 2016)
  • Cost: $6.99

https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062336767/picture-perfect-5-all-together-now

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 4, 2016 Posted by | Author and Book Spotlight, HarperCollins Book Review | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

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