Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Review: If You Were Me and Lived In...Elizabethan England by Carole P. Roman, Illustrations by Paula Tabor

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Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Paula Tabor
Published: March 21, 2016
Pages: 54
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: Paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk  



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 Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American 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.

Review: If You Were Me and Lived In...Colonial America by Carole P. Roman, Sarah Wright (Illustrations)

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Title: If You Were Me and Lived In....Colonial America
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Sarah Wright 
Published: April 8, 2016
Pages: 66
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: Paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



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 Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American 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.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Review: If You Were Me and Lived In...Renaissance Italy by Carole P. Roman, Silvia Brunetti (Illustrations)

30146437Title: If You Were Me and Lived in...Renaissance Italy
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator: Silvia Brunetti
Published: May 6, 2016
Pages: 58
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: Paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 






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 Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American 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.

Review: If You Were Me and Lived in...Ancient Greece (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time Book 1) by Carole P. Roman, Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)

29579266Title: If You Were Me and Lived in Ancient Greece
Author: Carole P. Roman
Illustrator:  Mateya Arkova
Published: March 17, 2016
Pages: 32
Genre: Children ages 8 on up
Review: Paperback provided by author
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



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 Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American 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.

Review: Ancient and Epic Tales: From Around the World by Heather Forest

26591900Title: Ancient & Epic Tales From Around the World
Author: Heather Forest
Published: Feb. 7, 2016
Publisher: August House Publishers
Pages: 175
Genre: Fairy Tales, Folklore and Myths
Review: Paperback provided by publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Heather Forest s artful prose and keen curatorial selection brings an array of ancient tales of adventure, quest and heroics to life for modern readers. This multicultural anthology presents pivotal episodes from epic tales such as Gilgamesh, Beowulf, the Odyssey, the Ramayana, and more. The collection illuminates large-scale narratives that were passed on and preserved through the oral tradition long before being captured in written form by early scribes. With the publication of Epic and Ancient Tales, Heather completes her long awaited trilogy of Tales From Around the World including Wonder Tales and Wisdom Tales. These epic narratives remain relevant today as they provide insights into the complexity of human relationships and the intimate, personal journey of anyone seeking to understand the meaning of life. This collection of timeless stories includes Norse legends, Greek myths, Japanese folktales, Persian stories, Irish Ballads and Chinese lore. Offering a global overview, this anthology of concise retellings also provides endnotes with cultural and historical background to inspire readers further inquiry into these enduring tales."

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book Blast and GIVEAWAY: Raising Sleeping Stones by P.H.T. Bennet

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Title: Raising Sleeping Stones (The Orora Crona Chronicles, Book One)
Author: P.H.T. Bennet
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Number of Pages: 364
Publisher: DreamKeeper Publishing
Publication Date: December 4, 2014

***Winner of a 2013 Newbury Comics Award!***

When sisters Kiva and DeeDee Stone discover a mysterious plot that threatens them and everything they care about, they have to take a crash course in the ancient art of DreamKeeping to survive. As two elder DreamKeepers lead them up the Varruvyen river to the Eyle of Return, they show the girls how to gain dream powers greater than anything they had ever imagined. But can they become strong enough to face the monsters that haunt their dreams at night, strong enough to fight the enemies that draw nearer each day? The answer lies somewhere in the broken history of Orora Crona, the Valley of Dreams lost centuries ago, and whoever can piece it together first will rule for centuries to come.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Review: The Day the Crayons Quit (Crayons) by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers

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Title: The Day the Crayons Quit
Author: Drew Daywalt
Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
Publisher: Philomel Books
Published: June 27, 2013
Pages: 40
Genre: Children ages 3 on up
Review: library ebook
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





Crayons have feelings, too, in this funny back-to-school story illustrated by the creator of Stuck and This Moose Belongs to Me

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.
What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Review: Over on Sesame Street (Sesame Street): A Counting Rhyme (Sesame Street Board Books) by Naomi Kleinberg, Tom Brannon (Illustrator)

22040290Title: Over On Sesame Street: A Counting Rhyme
Author: Naomi Kleinberg
Illustrator: Tom Brannon
Published: Feb. 26, 2014
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 12
Review: library ebook
Genre: Children ages 2 on up
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Learning numbers can really be lots of fun! Around and about on Sesame Street, there are all sorts of things to be counted, from Muppets, moms, and Twiddlebugs to kites, fruit, and flowers. From one to ten, the countables are introduced in catchy rhymes that'll have toddlers—and grown-ups—practically dancing to the beat! Prompts throughout encourage toddlers to look for details and additional items to count.

Book Blast and GIVEAWAY: Whispers of Trees by Ben Woodard

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Title: Whispers of Trees

Author: Ben Woodard

Genre: Children's Multicultural Adventure 

Number of Pages: 57

Publisher: Miller-Martin Press

Publication Date: March 15, 2016



 An ancient forest, a dark night, a strange woman—and whispers.

What is going on in this eerie Irish forest? Ten-year-old Declan has to find out. His brother is missing and only he can solve the mystery. But why him? He doesn’t even like his always-yelling brother who his sister says was eaten by wolves. But there are no wolves in Ireland.

Then a witch-like woman tells him the two of them have to go into the spooky woods to save his brother. But from what? The strange trees only whisper the answer and he must discover what they are trying to tell him. But he will learn much more than he ever dreamed.

Whispers of Trees is a fun, page-turning thriller hinting of myth that delivers a multicultural adventure. This is the second book in the Mythic Adventures Collection. The first book is The Boy Who Flew With Eagles.

You can preview it here: The Boy Who Flew With Eagles



What others have to say...

"This is a great story for young readers. It has a great sense of nature and a great feeling of listening to your heart. I love that the author combined fantasy with folklore to create this perfect length story." - Deal Sharing Aunt 

"The author did a great job revealing a ten-year-old's inner struggle against fear, suspicion, and emotional distance from his father and brother." Ice Fairy's Treasure Chest 

"It has the perfect amount of mystery and suspense as well as a wonderful lesson for kids and adults. " Lizards Laughter and Love 

"Well written story that inspires your imagination."Kay LaLone

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Ben is an adventurer and storyteller who has traveled the world including climbing on Mt. Everest. He now writes adventure stories for boys and girls. Tales of lost gold and river caves, and flying with eagles. Stories of friendship that endure through adversity and danger. Adventures that inspire and educate and, most of all, entertain.

For more information about Ben, please visit BooksByBen.com.



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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice
Giveaway ends: June 20, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Ben Woodard and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Review: Abby's Pink Party (Sesame Street) by Naomi Kleinberg, Tom Brannon (Illustrator)

21457829Title: Abby's Pink Party
Author: Naomi Kleinberg
Illustrator: Tom Brannon
Published: Feb. 26, 2014
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Ages 2 on up
Review: ebook loan from library
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 




Abby Cadabby is feeling blue because it's her birthday—and no one remembered! Even a walk around Sesame Street with Elmo doesn't cheer Abby up. But there's something going on behind the scenes, and toddlers will figure out just before Abby does that there's a happy—and pink—surprise waiting for her right inside her own front door: Grover, Murray, Zoe, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster are giving Abby a birthday party after all!

Book Blast and GIVEAWAY: Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise by Sharon Durgin Illustrated by Joan Coleman


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Title: Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise

Author: Sharon Durgin

Illustrator: Joan Coleman

Genre: Children's Holiday Book Publisher: BookLogix 

Expected Release: May 24, 2016



Marty is a little mouse who has lots of fun with his friends as they get ready for Christmas. But when the house cats get involved, you can expect a little bit of mischief. Can Marty save the day in time for Christmas?

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Sharon E. Durgin is a designer in the engineering business and an active member of Toastmasters International. With her love of the spoken and written word she has created Marty and the Christmas Eve Surprise. This is her first book, and she looks forward to publishing more stories of Marty's life. Sharon has two adult children and lives and works in Greenville, South Carolina.


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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice
Giveaway ends: June 21, 11:59 pm, 2016 
Open to: Internationally 
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Sharon Durgin and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Review: Forty Fun Fables: Tales that Trick, Tickle and Teach by Mitch Weiss, Martha Hamilton

25230047Title: Forty Fun Fables: Tales that Trick, Tickle and Teach
Authors: Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton
Published: April 1, 2015
Publisher: August House
Pages: 95
Genre: Children ages 6 on up
Review: Paperback provided by publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 



Animals don't talk but they appear in fables to tell us about our very human selves. This classic collection of whimsical stories is told simply with wit that appeals to children of all ages. In reading these tales, the lessons of many cultures are passed along and wisdom is shared. Young readers will be highly engaged and entertained by the fools, tricksters, and clever characters who appear in these timeless stories.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Spotlight and GIVEAWAY: Sword in the Stacks (The Ninja Librarians) by Jen Swann Downey

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Title: Sword in the Stacks
Series: The Ninja Librarians
Author: Jen Swann Downey
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Praise for Sword in the Stacks

"Dorrie’s quest to join the heroic lybrarians in protecting intellectual freedom...takes her into deadly waters in this madcap sequel to The Accidental Keyhand (2014). Downey pitches her 12-year-old white protagonist into a nonstop series of mad scrambles. These range from joining fellow slovenly apprentices (a joyfully diverse crew) in a frantic pre-inspection dorm cleanup to defending the entire course of human history from extensive revision at the hands of a malign organization from the future...Never a dull moment in this lybrary school!" - Kirkus



Now that Dorrie’s an apprentice, she has the power to save Petrarch’s Library—or destroy it.

Shelve This Book Under “D” for Dangerous.
(Also daring, dramatic, dashing, daft, and dazzling!)

After stumbling upon the secret society of time-traveling ninja librarians, Dorrie has finally joined Petrarch’s Library as an apprentice! One day, she’ll actually go on missions to rescue people whose words have gotten them into trouble. For now she’s taking some interesting classes:
-           First and Last Aid: When Nobody Else is Coming
-           Spears, Axes, and Cats: Throwing Objects with Precision and Flair
-           Codes, Invisible Inks, and Smoke Signals: Keeping Secrets 101

But on a training mission to 1912 England, Dorrie finds herself dangerously close to a member of the Stronghold – the Library’s biggest enemy. This is her opportunity! Dorrie can spy on the enemy, find the missing key…and become a real Lybrarian!

But if she makes a mistake, Dorrie could lead their enemy right to the very place she’s trying to save…and everyone she cares about.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Book Blast and GIVEAWAY: John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging in by Leigh Shearin

Title: John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In
Author: Leigh Shearin
Genre: Children's Historical Fiction
Pages: 106
Publication Date: January 22, 2016




The fun continues in Appleside, NJ, as John Bloom and his pals live, laugh, and watch the incredible events of late 1942 as they unfold across the world. The attack on Pearl Harbor has brought America into the global war, and everyone's involved- even children! Join them as they do what they can to help with the war effort, even from a small, rural, American town.
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Leigh Shearin is a farmer, writer, photographer, baker, and lifetime dreamer.

Leigh earned a B.A. degree in Studio Art at Maryville College and worked as a graphic artist before earning an ASS degree in Culinary Art.  She has worked as a chef, baker and culinary arts instructor.  Most recently, she and her husband bought rural land and are developing Winter'Rest, a small farm in central New York.  Through all this, Leigh wrote stories and poems...some published; some tucked away.

She is happiest living off the land and is an ardent supporter of local and sustainable farms, farmers and practices. Seasonal fresh produce from Winter'Rest Farm is even on the menus of some Farm-to-Fork restaurants in the Central New York. Leigh is also an accomplished photographer, working in Fine Art Photography from age 20, under the name M. Leigh Emery. 

Leigh writes fiction stories for middle-grade readers. Along with illustrator Kate Shearin, Leigh spins tales of self-sufficiency and independence, along with gentle agriculture education. Since historical fiction is also a lifetime interest, Leigh uses true stories of the past to bring inspiration and joy to modern-day children.

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Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice
Giveaway ends: June 15, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Leigh Shearin and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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