Wednesday, October 31, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #ElementarySchool #MiddleSchool #Childrens #TheAcadiaFiles #BookTwo #AutumnScience via #partner #TilburyHousePublishers & @The_BookishType who provided a #free #reviewcopy


Explore science through adventure! The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science (9/2018; Hardcover $13.95; ISBN: 978-0884486046; Grades 4-7; 88 pages) presents five stories of fall, each one followed by Acadia’s science notebook pages with her simple explanations and lively, whimsical drawings of natural phenomena. The Acadia Files is a fun introduction to the wonders of science, using real-world scenarios to make scientific inquiry relatable and understandable. Parents and educators can use The Acadia Files to let kids discover for themselves what it’s like to be curious about the world and to satisfy that curiosity with scientific thinking.

Acadia Greene wants answers. What happened to the frogs she used to see at her favorite local pond? Why do leaves change color in the fall, and why don’t evergreen needles do the same? What is the water cycle, and what is transpiration? How do time zones work, and why does the sun set at different times in different places within a single zone? How do germs infect us? Acadia doesn’t mean to do science, but she has questions and her parents refuse to simply give her the answers. “Conduct an experiment,” they tell her. “Use the scientific method.” So Acadia makes hypotheses, designs experiments, analyzes data, and draws conclusions. Acadia does science.

The author, Katie Coppens writes a recurring column for NSTA's middle school magazine Science Scope on science and literacy called "The Integrated Classroom.”

The Acadia Files: Book Two, Autumn Science by Katie Coppens
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is FANTASTIC. I love how it explores questions of an inquisitive mind and then follows though with experiments. It encourages kids to explore the world and find the answers through exploration innovative approaches. There is so much fun within the pages. I adored it so much and I cannot wait to share this book with the kids teachers to see how they can use it in their classrooms. A wonderful book that encourages scientific exploration! A sure hit for kids, parents and teachers.

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#MMBBR #Reviews #ElementarySchool #MiddleSchool #Childrens #HenryIsKind by @Peaceteacherdc via #partner @The_BookishType and #TilburyHousePublishers who provided a #free #reviewcopy

Also available is Henry is Kind (9/2018; Hardcover $16.95; ISBN: 978-0884486619; Grades K-5; 32 pages)a classroom-tested resource for social and emotional learning.

Henry’s discovery of the many ways he can be kind will inspire young readers to use the simple mindfulness practices taught in this book to develop their own capacities for kindness.

Ms. Snowden and her class practice sending kind thoughts to the people they love, and they launch a class Kindness Project. There is only one problem: Henry can’t think of one kind thing he has done. Declaring that kindness is stupid, he stomps to the classroom door on the verge of tears, but his classmates save the day by reminding him of the kind things he has done for each of them.

Henry is Kind: A Story of Mindfulness by Linda Ryden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
We need more kindness in the world, that is the simple truth. Being mindful of your own feelings, space and personal happiness is a start to becoming a kinder and gentler person. Everyone can benefit from being kinder, taking time for kindness projects no matter what age and focusing on things that bring us joy. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this thoughtful and special story. A great book for the classroom or home library.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

#MMBBR #FirstRead #OneInAMillion by@LindseyKelk via #partner @Harper360 who provided a #free #reviewcopy


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ Every once in a while, everything comes together and for a single day, your life is amazing.

I have to start by saying that I love this book cover. It is so eye catching and beautiful. It is one of those covers I cannot stop looking at!!!

I just loved this story, I mean LOVED it. It was so rich with multi-dimension characters, heart and humor. It was filled to the brim with a beautifully fleshed out story as well as dynamic dialogue. I loved the setting too. It is a perfect feel good book that has great depth in both story and characters. I want to see this book made into a movie because it would translate so well to the big screen. A must read!!!

#MMBBR #Review #OskarCan by @BTeckentrup Thanks to #partner @The_BookishType for providing a #free #reviewcopy


Oskar Can 
(Prestel Junior; October 2018; ISBN: 978-3791373614; Hardcover $14.95; Ages 2-5; 32 pages).

Oskar the raven is back, and this time the beloved young bird is finding out all the things he can do.

Britta Teckentrup has established herself as one of the most popular children's book authors today. Her vibrant, collage based illustrations have made her books a favorite in homes, schools, and libraries. And her character, Oskar, based on her family cat of the same name, is the perfect companion for young readers. This new book sends a simple, positive message that will empower kids to claim their own accomplishments. Tie a shoe? Brush their teeth? Wash their dishes? Bounce a ball? If Oskar can do it, they can too. Fans of Oskar's adventures will be thrilled to discover their friend is back with a new story. And readers meeting Oskar for the first time will discover a delightful, relatable character who makes them feel good about themselves and the world around them.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A beautifully illustrated story about celebrating all the things we can do and being proud of our accomplishments. Oskar can do so many wonderful things and he also wants to know all the wonderful things you, as the reader, can do to. This is a perfect book for home and the classroom! Such a lovely and wonderfully encouraging story! So sweet and darling!

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine #Dragonwatch #Book2 #Wrath of the Dragon Kingby @brandonmull via #partner @ShadowMountn who provided a #free #reviewcopy


War has come to the dragon sanctuaries of the world and nowhere is the danger more intense than at Wyrmroost. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Armed with information from a new ally Ronodin, the dark unicorn Celebrant seeks a legendary talisman the dominion stone.

However, the powerful stone is protected by a cursed castle. Upon entering the castle fortress, an unyielding power strips all magical beings of their power and forces Celebrant to take his human avatar form. Kendra and Seth must enter the cursed castle as well. The race is on. Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost against the greatest threat the magical community has faced in ages? Can they foil Celebrant's plan and beat him to the mighty dominion stone? Or will all hope be shattered by the wrath of the Dragon King?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#FirstLine ~ The red-maned dragon coiled in the courtyard, rippling scales flashing in the sunlight, tail swishing lazily. 

This quite awesome. I thought it was jam packed with adventure and character that seem to be bigger and better than in the first book. There is a rich story within these pages, but there is also danger, mystery and intrigue. I adored how inventive this book was and how the characters were fearless in all their pursuits. A win for sure and one your kids will love to get lost within.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

#MMBBR #Showcase #TheTravellingCatChronicles by #HiroArikawa by via #partner @VikingBooks who provided a #free #reviewcopy


Sometimes you have to leave behind everything you know to find the place you truly belong... 

Nana the cat is on a road trip. He is not sure where he's going or why, but it means that he gets to sit in the front seat of a silver van with his beloved owner, Satoru. Side by side, they cruise around Japan through the changing seasons, visiting Satoru's old friends. He meets Yoshimine, the brusque and unsentimental farmer for whom cats are just ratters; Sugi and Chikako, the warm-hearted couple who run a pet-friendly B&B; and Kosuke, the mournful husband whose cat-loving wife has just left him. There's even a very special dog who forces Nana to reassess his disdain for the canine species.

But what is the purpose of this road trip? And why is everyone so interested in Nana? Nana does not know and Satoru won't say. But when Nana finally works it out, his small heart will break...

Blast off with the first #book in a new #scifi #graphicnovel #series by @mollybrooks and @disneybooks #SanityandTallulah {Thanks to #DisneyBooksfor the #free #reviewcopy}

Blast off with the first book in a new
 #scifi #graphicnovel series by #MollyBrooks and @disneybooks#SanityandTallulah 

{Thanks to #DisneyBooks for the #free #reviewcopy}

Sanity Jones and Tallulah Vega are best friends on Wilnick, the dilapidated space station they call home at the end of the galaxy. So naturally, when gifted scientist Sanity uses her lab skills and energy allowance to create a definitely-illegal-but-impossibly-cute three-headed kitten, she has to show Tallulah. But Princess, Sparkle, Destroyer of Worlds is a bit of a handful, and it isn't long before the kitten escapes to wreak havoc on the space station. The girls will have to turn Wilnick upside down to find her, but not before causing the whole place to evacuate! Can they save their home before it's too late?

Readers will be over the moon for this rollicking space adventure by debut author Molly Brooks.

About the Author
Molly Brooks is the illustrator of Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus, and many other short comics. Her work has appeared in the Village Voice, the Guardian, the Boston Globe, the Nashville Scene, the Nib, the TOAST, BUST Magazine, ESPN social, Sports Illustrated online, and others. She spends her spare time watching vintage buddy cop shows and making comics about knitting, hockey, and/or feelings, which you can see on her website ( Molly lives and works in Brooklyn.

Monday, October 22, 2018

#MMBBR #ReviewRoundUp #GiftGuide #ExplorationStation #Children @smithsonian @The_BookishType

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The holidays are right around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about gifts for the kiddos. Here are some of the things I love that will make great gifts and the holidays joyful for everyone. Gifts that encourage interaction and exploration are great. My kids are going to go nuts when they get these exploration kits for Christmas!

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Review:My sons will love creating this human skeleton and exploring the solar system. It will be a great way for us to spent time together and to learn about the human body and space. These are those creative projects that are both super fun and very educational. With Christmas coming I am always looking for things to keep my kids engaged and learning over those long winter months in Wisconsin. These project based educational projects that can be used multiple times in multiple ways. I love that there are so many components to these exploration stations. This is a must have learning experience for kids of all ages!

Take a trip into the stratosphere with Smithsonian Exploration Station: Space (ISBN: 978-1626867222)! With informative text and full-color photographs, young astronomers will learn about the intricate makeup of our solar system as well as distant galaxies and constellations. The 56-page fact book combined with the sticker sheet, space figurines to play with, and the glow-in-the-dark stars make this space experience interactive and engaging.
56-page fact book
30 stickers
22 glow-in-the-dark stars
2 figurines (astronaut and rocket)


Discover what makes your blood pump and your muscles stretch in this hands-on learning experience! With fascinating facts, full-color photographs, a plastic model skeleton, and 25 fact cards, Smithsonian Exploration Station: Human Body (978-1626867215) is a fun, engaging way to learn about the inner workings of the complex systems that make the human body. 
56-page fact book
30 stickers
1 plastic model skeleton (13 pieces)
25 fact cards

Head off on a globetrotting adventure in this interactive atlas! Learn about the diverse cultures, customs, wildlife, and natural beauty that form our world through informative text and full-color photograph. Children will love the hands-on aspect to learning as they blow up their inflatable globe and build the cardstock models of some of the wonders of the world. Smithsonian Exploration Station: World Atlas (ISBN: 978-1626867208) is the perfect way to engage kids in the amazing world around them!
56-page fact book
30 stickers
1 inflatable globe
3 cardstock models to assemble: the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, and a Mayan pyramid

#MMBBR #ReviewRoundUp #GiftGuide #Childrens #PictureBooks #ChapterBooks #GreatReads Thanks to: #ArielleBerg @bcrfegan #RobertMoses #RalphHardy #DarielleMac who provided #free #reviewcopies

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The holidays are right around the corner, so it is time to start thinking about gifts for the kiddos. Here are some of the things I love that will make great gifts and the holidays joyful for everyone. Books are always great. In our house we do the 12 books of Christmas. It is always a hit.

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All these books are awesome. They teach, entertain and engage the minds of kids. You and your kids will love getting lost within the pages of these amazingly original and beautiful illustrated titles.

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Aiden the Astronaut is back in "Poof 123: Touch & Learn Numbers." This time, upon heading to Planet 123, the numbers had a big fight and split apart. Help Aiden join them back together in a book designed to help your child learn how to count numbers.

In this counting book of the "Touch and Feel" series designed for 2 year olds, toddlers, preschool and up, introduce your child to first concepts including numbers and colors. Through touch and simple words, toddlers can enjoy their first counting book and learn the alphabet with ease. Help your baby Einstein learn the power of numbers as well as the power of our words as human beings through interaction. First count to ten in a fun way which will make it easier in counting later to 100. Numbers, Colors and Shapes make this numbers book great as an early learning activity book for your bright baby. As a my first colors books, my first counting book and my first letters book, this book introduces kids to first concepts in a way that is meaningul and fun. Perfect for parents wanting a simple sensory baby book that is bright and happy that they can have fun reading as well.

This book is part of touch & learn series including: Poof ABC: Touch & Learn Alphabet, Swoosh Shape: Touch & Learn Shapes


Titch is an itch who just wants to be wanted.

When Titch discovers that no one in his family wants him, he sets off on a journey to find someone – anyone – who would be willing to live with an itch. With every step he grows less hopeful. That is, until he meets an old friend.


The magical Hotel of Hoo is a mysterious place with some very unusual occupants. As our guests explore the strange hotel, they are invited to experience everything it has to offer with just one warning… don’t ever look behind door 32.

This imaginative picture book aims to take children beyond the first ten cardinal numbers, and introduces them to the patterns of counting in a fun and accessible way. With rooms to explore and unique objects to count, children will enjoy lingering on each page as they make their way closer to the forbidden door.

Based on a true story, Ruby at the Gate tells the story of Ruby, a lamb born weak and cared for by Robert Moses, a sheep farmer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Ruby developed a deep bond with her shepherd. Once she became strong enough to join the other sheep, she waited at the gate to greet him every day at feeding time. 


Based on a true story, Ruby at the Gate tells the story of Ruby, a lamb born weak and cared for by Robert Moses, a sheep farmer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Ruby developed a deep bond with her shepherd. Once she became strong enough to join the other sheep, she waited at the gate to greet him every day at feeding time.

This second edition of Ruby at the Gate is updated with delightful illustrations by Erika Cummings.


From a compelling new voice in middle grade comes a reimagination of The Odyssey told from the point of view of Odysseus’s loyal dog—a thrilling tale of loyalty, determination, and adventure.

For twenty years, the great hero Odysseus struggles to return to Ithaka. After ten years beneath the walls of Troy, he begins the long journey back home. He defeats monsters. He outsmarts the Cyclops. He battles the gods. He struggles to survive and do whatever it takes to reunite with his family.

And what of that family—his devoted wife, Penelope; his young son, Telemachos; his dog, Argos? For those twenty years, they wait, unsure if they will ever see Odysseus again. But Argos has found a way to track his master. Any animal who sets foot or wing on Ithaka brings him news of Odysseus’s voyage—and hope that one day his master will return. Meanwhile, Argos watches over his master’s family and protects them from the dangers that surround a throne without its king.


Skooter Girl by Darielle Mac

Amber lives on a remote, mystical island known as Tir Na nor’, nestled in a chain of islands in the Northern Sea. She is mischievous, bright, gifted, and always digging herself out of trouble. She is finally turning 16, and in her world this means she is now accepted as a grown member of her village. Her foundation schooling is done and she is expected to choose her calling. Her father is a gifted teacher and musician who has trained her in music and other skills, and has charted a course for her future. Amidst the celebrations on her birthday, Amber learns of buried secrets about her family. These unveiled secrets thrust Amber’s life into a tumultuous new direction and force her on an adventure that will change who she is, if she is to survive …

Sunday, October 21, 2018

#MMBBR #Reviews #HistoryMysteriesFreakyPhenomena #AnimalZombies thanks to @NGKids and #MediaMastersPublicity who provided #free #reviewcopies


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This may be one of my son's (11 years old) new favorite book. He devoured this book. He was rattling off facts and showing me pictures nonstop since this book arrived. I cannot ever begin to find the right words to capture how completely AWESOME this book really is. I love how it is set up. Each page is filled with vibrant photos and facts, of awesome things in each category. There lots of topics that are picture packed with various sub topics that will capture the attention and interest of children and adults alike. From Creepy Creatures, to Unusual Objects to so much more. This 160 page book is one that will be a hit for a long time in this house. With an extensive table of contents to an index that is also very detailed, you can either read straight though or look up and then look over the topics that interest you the most. This book is sheer perfection and my kids and I LOVE it. I also love this book because it will aid in our love of the history and mysteries. Amazing, wonderful and fantastic...5 HUGE stars.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am so excited to work through this book with my kiddos. What makes this book so cool is that it is a bit different than other books. You will find the pictures, but there is more...lots more. There is information on the living dead, bloodsuckers, creeps from the deep, animal aliens and so much more. This book is filled with pictures, facts and stats. I am always looking for ways to keep the learning going over the fall months and winter months to supplement what they learn at school. This book is going to be a HUGE hit! It is a super book and has bright and colorful photos. I cannot get over how jam packed with facts, pictures and other tidbits this book is filled with. You will get to explore so much. This book also includes a detailed glossary and index. I love that the facts are written in a way that is easy to understand. Adults and kids alike will get lost looking at the pictures and learning so much cool and interesting information. So awesome!!! 5 HUGE stars

#MMBBR #Review #ZombieCrossStitch by #EricaKern via #partner @The_BookishType who provided a #free #reviewcopy


Everything you need to stitch your brains out! Every undead heart will be warmed by these gruesome and hilarious cross-stitch projects. Zombie Cross-stitch (August 2018; ISBN: 978-1684124121; $19.99) includes a 64-page book with an overview of basic techniques and instructions for creating a dozen cross-stitch patterns, plus all the materials needed to complete two projects. From baby bibs and pillow covers to office signs and door hangers, this light-hearted kit will inspire crafters to bring their favorite zombies into the land of the living.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A funny and zany way to cross stitch your way through the fall. It is such a cool and fun for zombie lovers. I love all things crafts and this really is spectacular!

Friday, October 19, 2018

#MMBBR #Review #SeaPrayer by @khaledhosseini via #partner @riverheadbooks who provided a #free #reviewcopy


My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is beautiful, meaningful and inspiring. It is the perfect reflection of the love from a father to a son written in a way that moves a person to their core. So beautiful, both the words and the illustrations. It has an important message and one that all need to read!!!

#MMBBR #Showcase #Review @USGPO #books #government #NASA #TheNationalParks #EnvironmentalProtectionAgency

All these books are AMAZING. I love that they are informative, entertaining and written in a way that will engage children. There is something for everyone in the U.S. Government Publishing Office bookstore. I love that the books range from educational, games & activities to interactive, plus kids can earn badges along the way. These books are perfect for home, classroom or library. Kids will love learning, playing and getting out into nature and the national parks. A must for parents and teachers alike!

ABOUT THE BOOKS: It’s important to make reading a positive experience that will follow our children into adulthood. That’s where The United States Government Publishing Office (GPO) comes in. The GPO Bookstore offers lots of fun and interactive children’s books that have been published by various government agencies. For example, Junior Ranger Activity Books, published by the National Park Service and printed by GPO, are interactive booklets that encourage children to complete fun activities – from solving constellation riddles to finding buried treasure to recording wildlife sightings – while visiting National Parks. When complete, children can take their booklet to a National Park Service ranger or mail it to the National Park to receive cool badges for their hard work!   

Junior Ranger Night Explorer

Junior Park Ranger Glacier National Park

Amazing Me: It\'s Busy Being 3

Keeping Youth Drug Free

Where Is Bear?: A Terrific Tale For 2-Year Olds

Understanding Marine Debris: Games & Activities for Kids of All Ages, Marine Debris 101

Through the Eyes of the Eagle

Tricky Treats

Knees Lifted High

Plate Full of Color

Check out more books: HERE

Thursday, October 18, 2018

#Giveaway #FirstLine #MortificationofFoveaMunson thanks to my partner @disneyhyperion / @DisneyBooks for providing #prizing and #reviewcopy

The Mortification of Fovea Munson
By Mary Hinn Heider
In Stores Now! 
Released June 5, 2018
Recommended for ages 8 -12
Published by Disney-Hyperion

 About the Book
Fovea Munson is nobody's Igor.

True, her parents own a cadaver lab where they perform surgeries on dead bodies. And yes, that makes her gross by association, at least according to everyone in seventh grade. And sure, Fovea's stuck working at the lab now that her summer camp plans have fallen through. But she is by no means Dr. Frankenstein's snuffling assistant! That is, until three disembodied heads, left to thaw in the wet lab, start talking. To her. Out loud. What seems like a nightmare, or bizarre hallucination, is not. Fovea is somebody's Igor, all right. Three somebodies, actually. And they need a favor.

With a madcap sense of humor and a lot of heart (not to mention other body parts), this is a story about finding oneself, finding one's friends, and embracing the moment.

Mini Review: I have just started this book and I already love it!  I can see that both kids and adults will really get into this book!

#FirstLine ~ Dead bodies are the worst.


Spooky Reads!
A prize pack so good, it’s scary! One (1) winner receives
The Mortification of Fovea Munsonand three other Halloween reads from Disney Books.

Leave a comment telling me which book you would read first. Please leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Disney Book Group.

 Disney Book Group sent me a copy to check out and is partnering with me for a giveaway!

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