Monday, December 31, 2018

The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room (The Berenstain Bears) by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

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Title: The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room
Author: Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Published: Oct. 27, 2010
Pages: 34
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: Children ages 6 on up
Review: ebook library 
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 


"The room shared by Brother and Sister is a mess because the cubs argue over who should neaten up instead of working together.


I checked this book out from the library to read with A. We are learning that we should always keep our rooms cleaned because you just never know when you might need to find something or if you need to run out real fast.
So it was real nice to see that Mama Bear has to deal with her two young cubs cleaning their room and keeping it clean. I have always loved these books and the little lessons they teach young kids. I feel as though they can relate to these cubs as they have to go through sometimes the same things. These two cubs remind me of A and K always fighting and never coming up with the problem until I get upset then they want to figure it out. 





Stan and Jan Berenstain were both born in 1923 in Philadelphia. They didn't know each other as children, but met later at school, at the Philadelphia College of Art. They liked each other right away, and found out that the both enjoyed the same kinds of books, plays, music and art. During World War II, Stan was a medical assistant in the Army, and Jan worked in an airplane factory. When the war was over, they got married and began to work together as artists and writers, primarily drawing cartoons for popular magazines. After having their two sons Leo and Michael, the Berenstains decided to write some funny children's books that their children and other children could read and enjoy. Their first published children's book was called The Big Honey Hunt. It was about a family of bears, who later became known as the "Berenstain Bears."


Stan and Jan planned all of their books together. They both wrote the stories and created the pictures. They continued to live outside of Philadelphia in the country. There are now over 300 Berenstain Bears books.





Saturday, November 24, 2018

DK Readers L0: Nighttime Animals by DK Publishing

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Title: DK Readers L0: Nighttime Animals
Author: DK Publishing
Pages: 32
Publisher: DK Children
Published: 2/2/15
Genre: Learning to Read/Animals
Review: ebook from public library
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk 





For kids who are just beginning to learn to read and want to learn more about animals that come out at night comes Nighttime Animals, a DK Reader designed to improve reading skills while keeping kids engaged and entertained. In Nighttime Animals, we're introduced to the world of nocturnal creatures and can finally answer the question of what animals are doing after the sun goes down. Develop your child's reading skills with DK Readers, a multi-level reading program designed to capture your child's interest while developing reading skills and general knowledge. A wide variety of subjects allows you to choose a topic that interests your child and develop reading skills around it. Children ages 4 through 9 will find the perfect books for their appropriate reading levels to develop the reading skills needed to improve school projects and independent reading.

The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain

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Title: The Berenstain Bears and the Homework Hassle
Author: Stan and Jan Berenstain
Published: 10/31/2012
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Pages: 34
Genre: Children ages 6 on up
Review: ebook from the public library
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In this timely First Time Book®, the Berenstains once again prove they have their paws on the pulse of America! Mama and Papa Bear are stunned when they receive a letter from Brother Bear's teacher. Even though Brother Bear sits down diligently every night with an open notebook, he has not been completing his homework assignments. After taking a closer look, Mama and Papa realize that there's a whole lot of competition going on for Brother's attention. He's watching TV, listening to his boom box, talking on the cell phone, and playing a video game. Join in the fun and learning as the subject of multimedia distraction is tackled with wit, wisdom, and aplomb.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Freak the Mighty (Freak The Mighty #1) by Rodman Philbrick

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Title: Freak the Mighty
Author: Rodman Philbrick
Published: October 1, 1993
Publisher: Blue Sky Press and Scholastic
Genre: Young Adult/ Middle Grade
Pages: 169
Review: library ebook
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Two boys – a slow learner stuck in the body of a teenage giant and a tiny Einstein in leg braces – forge a unique friendship when they pair up to create one formidable human force. A wonderful story of triumph over imperfection, shame, and loss.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Baby Sign Language Made Easy by Lane Rebelo

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Title: Baby Sign Language Made Easy 
Author: Lane Rebelo
Pages: 168
Published: May 29, 2018
Publisher: Rockridge Press
Genre: Education/ Childhood Learning
Review: Paperback from Author
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Baby Sign Language Made Easy makes it fun and simple to communicate with your little one long before they are able to talk.
From clapping their hands in excitement to lifting their arms to be held, babies are naturally inclined to use gestures to communicate. With Baby Sign Language Made Easy you’ll discover 101 useful, everyday signs such as “more”, “all done”, “bed”, “milk” that will help you understand what your child is saying while having fun and strengthening your bond.
In Baby Sign Language Made Easy Lane Rebelo, founder of the award-winning Tiny Signs® baby sign language program, delivers the step-by-step guidance that has helped thousands of parents integrate baby sign language into their daily routine. As a busy mother of two, Lane knows that parents don’t have much free time on their hands to learn about baby sign language. Here, she offers simple strategies to learn the basics of baby sign language that will help you get started.
Simple and effective, Baby Sign Language Made Easy follows a clear structure that includes:
An overview of baby sign language that addresses signing at different ages and developmental milestones
10 quick-start signs to get your baby signing right away about topics that are most essential and relevant to their daily life
A total of 101 illustrated ASL signs that feature memory tips, suggestions for when to use the sign, and advice on how to identify baby’s response
Chapters organized by theme—such as Mealtimes & Manners, Bath Time & Bedtime, Family & Feelings, and more
With Baby Sign Language Made Easy you and your child will quickly learn to communicate about everything that goes on in their little world—and you’ll have fun doing it.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Underground Toy Society Halloween Scare by Jessica D. Adams

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Title: The Underground Toy Society Halloween Scare
Author: Jessica Adams
Published: Oct. 5, 2017
Publisher: Self
Pages: 24
Genre: Children
Review: e-book
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The Underground Toy Society decided to go out on Halloween night to help lost, lonely, and forgotten toys. They ended up falling into a hole that did not belong to their friend Murry Mole, who helps them dig tunnels underground so they won't be seen by people. Will Murry Mole rescue the toys before they find out what is making a mysterious hissing sound?

The Underground Toy Society Helps Beary Bear by Jessica D. Adams, Janiece Adams (Illustrator)


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Title: The Underground Toy Society Helps Beary Bear
Author: Jessica Adams
Illustrator: Janiece Adams
Pages: 24
Published: March 25, 2017
Publisher: Self
Genre: Children
Review: ebook provided by author
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Janelle's favorite toy was Beary Bear. Janelle took Beary everywhere. During a family road trip, Janelle was too tired to hold onto Beary, and she dropped him. Beary was scared, and Janelle had a hard time at home without her favorite toy. Will Janelle and Beary be reunited? Find out as Murry Mole digs new tunnels underground to help The Underground Toy Society find Beary.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Dolphins! (Step into Reading, Step 3) by Sharon Bokoske, Margaret Davidson, Courtney (Illustrator)

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Title: Dolphins!
Author: Sharon Brokoske and Margaret Davidson
Illustrator: Courtney
Published: April 14, 2010
Publisher: Random House for Young Readers
Pages: 48
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Review: library ebook
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Illus. in full color. Chock-full of information about the most sensitive, intelligent, and friendly of large aquatic creatures, Dolphins! should fare swimmingly with kids who read about whales and sharks.

The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo: Thailand by Valerie Van Ballaer

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Title: The Travel Adventures of George and Paolo: Thailand
Author: Valerie Van Ballaer
Illustrator: Valerie Van Ballaer
Published: March 26, 2018
Pages: 26
Review: ebook provided by author
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk


Are you ready to delve into another fun and exciting travel adventure? George and Paolo hop on a tuk-tuk to explore tropical Thailand, traveling from north to south, through Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Kanchanaburi, Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi, enjoying the wonders of the country's culture, food, and nature.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

I Am a Tyrannosaurus by Tatsuya Miyanishi

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Title: I Am a Tyrannosaurus
Author: Tatsuya Miyanishi
Publisher: Museyon Inc.
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher
Genre: Children ages 5 on up
Pages: 40
Published: July 1, 2018


A little Pterosaur lives on top of a rocky mountain, where his mother teaches him to be kind and to always help others in need. One day, a huge Tyrannosaurus falls down the mountain and is injured as he tries to catch the little Pterosaur. Remembering his mother’s lesson, the little Pterosaur decides to take care of the injured Tyrannosaurus. As a result of his fall, the Tyrannosaurus temporarily loses his sight, and asks, “Who is there?” The Pterosaur hides and answers, “I am a Tyrannosaurus.” The fifth title in this acclaimed Tyrannosaurus series, I Am a Tyrannosaurus, delivers a heartwarming story about being kind and helping others with vivid, brightly colored illustrations and endearingly drawn characters.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Underground Toy Society's Song Book by Jessica D. Adams, Janiece Adams (Illustrator)

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Title: The Underground TOy Society's Song Book
Author: Jessica D. Adams
Illustrator: Janiece Adams
Published: April 13, 2016
Publisher: Self
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by author
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What is The Underground Toy Society?
The Underground Toy Society shares their theme song, oath, and poem in a short introduction of who they are and how they help toys and kids.
This is a very short book to introduce the concept of The Underground Toy Society to help kids learn to love and appreciate what they have. The goal is to help kids want to keep their rooms clean and to take care of their toys and belongings.
While The Underground Toy Society hopes children will clean their rooms after reading the books, there is no guarantee children will want to clean their rooms. That is when The Underground Toy Society will need to step in to help the lost, lonely, or forgotten toys. That is where the other books in the series can be helpful to explain how The Underground Toy Society began and how they actually help toys in need. Other books in the series include The Underground Toy Society, The Underground Toy Society Saves Peggy, The Underground Toy Society and the Annual Toy Drive, The Underground Toy Society Helps Beary Bear, and The Underground Toy Society Halloween Scare.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Poco and Moco Are Twins by Jun Ichihara

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Title: Poco and Moco are Twins
Author: Jun Ichihara
Published: April 1, 2018
Publisher: Museyon Inc.
Pages: 38
Genre: Children ages 4 on up
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and publisher 
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Poco and Moco are twin lambs. They look almost exactly alike, and they get along so well that they spend every minute of their day together. But they’re also different in a lot of ways. For one thing, Poco is a boy and Moco is a girl. Poco likes breads and rolls, but Moco likes cakes and pastries. They both like donuts, so if they only have one, they split it in half. Poco likes to play hide-and-seek, Moco loves to climb trees. And when they join forces they can do things neither of them could ever do alone.
The use of fold-outs, cut-outs, and other special features add an extra element of fun as readers get to know the twins and explore differences and similarities.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Book Blast: Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for Lisa & Michael Cohn's newest children's book, Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts. The blast will run May 21 - May 23, 2018. Bash & Lucy Blast


Cohn_Bash-and-Lucy-3_Cover hi rez Title: Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts Authors: Lisa and Michael Cohn
Genre: Children's Book
Number of Pages: 86
Publisher: Canines and Kids Publishing
Publication Date: May 15, 2018



 Sensitive Bash gets grumpy and disruptive when his life is too bright, too loud, too smelly, or too busy. He counts on his dog, Lucy, to help keep him calm. But Paula, Bash's girl-power cousin, is causing all sorts of trouble. Paula says her soccer team has the right to take Lucy away from Bash because girls deserve the very best canine coaches. And superstar Lucy is the most successful coach around! How can Bash show he respects the girls' rights while keeping dear Lucy by his side? Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, AM Northwest, and SiriusXM Radio, and in Disney's Babble, as well as other media.

MichealLisatoplaughlow-300x235Award-winning mom-son authors Lisa and Michael Cohn have appeared on the Today Show, SiriusXM Radio, AM Northwest, and in Disney's Babble, the Oregonian, and other media outlets. They are founders of the Roving Reader Leaders. Michael and Lisa have "traveled" 540,000 miles and visited students in 15 countries around the world via Skype in the classroom to discuss their books.

Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice Giveaway ends: June 4, 11:59 pm, 2018 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, Lisa Cohn 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. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Blog Tour: The SockKids by Michael John Sullivan

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for Author Michael John Sullivan and the SockKids. The SockKids are partners with Friends of Kids With Cancer, a non-profit organization that helps kids be kids during their cancer treatments. We are honored to help out with YOUR help too. The blast will run from April 30 - May 14, 2018.



The Socks


The Socks are available for purchase at http://thesockkids.storenvy.com/.

Sale of the Socks will benefit Friends of Kids with Cancer.




The SockKids – Solving The Mystery Of Your Missing Socks! Where do our missing socks go? Readers find out in our children’s series, The SOCKKIDS. We follow the Socker family through many adventures; from encountering the slobbery mouth of the family dog to meeting Santa as he comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve to helping a fireman save a baby to the most shy Socker going to the school dance for the first time. Thanks to the time-travel opportunities afforded by the spin cycle of the washer, they learn about some of the most important humans in the world. Children two and up and their parents will be drawn to the diversity of the family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences, treat others as you would like to be treated, and of course, beware of the spin cycle!

Where Do Our Missing Socks Go? We tell you! Readers find out in our children’s series -- The SOCKKIDS. We follow the Socker family through many adventures, from encountering the slobbery mouth of the family dog to meeting Santa as he comes down the chimney to helping a fireman save a baby to the most sky sock going to the school dance for the first time. Thanks to the time-travel opportunities afforded by the spin cycle of the washer, the Sockers learn about some of the most important humans in the world. Children two and up and their parents will be drawn to the journeys of the family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences, treat others as you would like to be treated, and of course beware of the spin cycle! In this book’s story, we read about Sudsy landing on the foot of inventor Ben Franklin. Sudsy, the bug-playing boy sock, discovers with Ben Franklin the wonders and dangers of electricity. The book includes safety rules and discussion questions put together by an experienced classroom teacher in helping parents and children respect the power of electricity. 

The SockKids focus on educating children and adults how bullying affects us all and what we can do about it.

Do you know where your socks go when they go missing in the washing machine? Well, the SockKids know! The SockKids are a mismatched family of socks that sometimes time travel through the spin cycle, teaching universal lessons of love and kindness, and focusing on creating a greater awareness of the many social issues that children are faced with today. The SockKids help to educate and encourage children from 2 to 92 to find solutions in helping to make this a better world.

In this story, Sudsy and Wooly discover their human is being bullied at school and team up against bullies with Ethan’s newest friend, Olivia. They discover bullying hurts everyone and staying silent is not an option.

More Inside! Children’s counselor and licensed therapist, Jamie Ross, gives adults and children guidelines on how to handle bullies.



Michael John Sullivan is the creator of the SockKids. Constantly searching for his socks, he wondered whether the missing foot comforters had found another pair of feet to warm. So he searched and searched, until he discovered these elusive socks likely time traveled. Before his interest in socks, Michael started writing his first novel while homeless, riding a NYC subway train at night. After being rescued off the train, he spent much of the past two decades helping raise two daughters while working at home in New York.

Michael eventually returned to his subway notes in 2007 and began writing Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness (Simon & Schuster, Gallery Books imprint). Library Journal named Necessary Heartbreakone of the year’s best in 2010. His second novel, Everybody’s Daughter (Fiction Studio Books, 2012) was named one of the best books of 2012 by TheExaminer.com. He completed the trilogy by having The Greatest Gift published by The Story Plant in 2015.

Michael has written articles about the plight of homelessness for CNN.com, The Washington Post.com, Beliefnet.com, the Huffington Post, and America Online’s Patch.com service. He is a former board member of the Long Island Coalition For the Homeless.


About the Illustrators


Shelley Larkin performs many tasks for the SockKids. She develops ideas, co-writes books, and is the marketing and promotions director. She has spent a lifetime of wondering where her missing socks go. The SockKids are grateful to finally solve this mystery for her.

She loves that children and their parents are drawn to the diversity of the SockKids family and the universal and timeless lessons they teach: don’t be afraid of new experiences; treat others as you would like to be treated, and of course, beware of the spin cycle! In addition, she is dedicated to finding the right soap for Sudsy.

Shelley is also a passionate child advocate, working with a variety of cause-driven organizations such as Destination Imagination, Up & At It!, Child Abuse Prevention Council, 3 Strands, the International Bullying Prevention Center, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters Youth Organization. Shelley has developed a keen sense of awareness of what children experience today in dealing with such important issues including bullying and recognizes the importance of putting into place the type of value-added programs that will effectively strike a nerve in preventing our youth from losing their way to a safe and productive future.

In her spare time, she is an event planner and resides in California.


Susan Petrone lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, her daughter, and two silly dogs. When she isn’t writing SockKids stories, she writes novels and short stories (her work has been published in Glimmer Train, Featherproof Books, The Cleveland Review, Muse, Conclave, and Whiskey Island) writes about her beloved Cleveland Indians at ItsPronouncedLajaway.com for ESPN.com’s SweetSpot network. Her most recently, Throw Like A Woman, was published by The Story Plant in 2015.




Alexandra /SugarSnail
dreamed of becoming an illustrator since childhood, even though she didn’t know the profession actually existed. She later graduated from college with an MFA in graphic design.

She never gave up on her dream, so she decided to do what she loved best – become a children’s illustrator. SugarSnail’s beautiful artwork can be seen in many children’s books.

To reach Alexandra Gold/SugarSnail, follow her on Facebook.


Book Blast Giveaways

Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or $50 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice and a second winner will receive One pair of SockKids Socks
Giveaway ends: May 14, 11:59 pm, 2018
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, Michael John Sullivan 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.