Thursday, 25 November 2021

Adam Wallace's Merry Christmas Eve Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway



 GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Merry Christmas, Eve!

(3) Three winners receive:

A copy of Merry Christmas, Eve!

The giveaway ends December 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Merry Christmas, Eve! Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK



Merry Christmas, Eve!

Written by Adam Wallace

Illustrated by Lena Bardy

Ages 4+ | 36 Pages

Publisher: Krueger Wallace Press & Riven Rock Projects | ISBN-13: 9780648973737

“The day before Christmas is a very special day,

That never had its own name.

But that all changed when one special elf,

Rose to glory and fame.

Eve was an elf with such get up and go,

She worked hard and loved to play.

But the Head Elf ran Christmas with an iron fist,

And this was what he had to say…”


PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ZIsGWP



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Adam Wallace has written stories about elves before (How to Catch an Elf), but Eve is by far his favorite elf!

Adam also has a mother who still makes him write a letter to Santa every year, and puts a stocking at the end of his bed … he doesn’t mind!

With over 82 books published, Adam believes Eve can outshine them all!

For more information, visit adam-wallace-books.com

REVIEW

Would it even be a perfect Christmas without some Elf Magick!?
It takes a Village, a Village of Elves, those Magickal little Christmas Fae who adorn our candy coated sugar plum dreams lifting our Holiday Spirit to heights unknown. Starting of course with one; Eve, as Adam Wallace believes. 
Eve, a cute uplifting, go getter Elf with a moral or two thrown in. 
Illustrations that leap off the page with the essence of those old time, we know all to well Christmas's of yester year. 
A dash of the old with nuance of today makes this an instant cute kiddo classic. 
A delightful addition to add to any Holiday tradition, or create a new one. 
This was our first introduction to this author, and now we can not wait to read more of his works.   


DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose  partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Krueger Wallace Press & Riven Rock Projects

The Friendly Bookshelf Tour and Giveaway

 


GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Friendly Bookshelf!

(7) Seven winners receive:

  • A copy of The Friendly Bookshelf

  • A copy of The Friendly Bookshelf donated to a library of your choice

The giveaway ends December 16, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


The Friendly Bookshelf Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK



The Friendly Bookshelf
Written by Caroline and Katherine Brickley

Illustrated by Daniela PĂ©rez-Duarte

Ages 3+ | 32 Pages

Publisher: Blossom Children’s Media Group | ISBN-13: 9780997782714

Publisher’s Synopsis: Meet Bibli, a brave little library bookshelf in search of a story about someone like him . . .

Once upon a time, in a library like any other, there lived a little bookshelf named Bibli who carried a BIG question on his shelves: “Could there be a story somewhere about a bookshelf like me?” Bibli is told that bookshelves are supposed to hold stories, not have ones of their own. But everything changes when he meets Cassie, a girl longing for a friend just as much as Bibli longs for a story to relate to. Bibli learns that with kindness, confidence, empathy, and friendship, even your biggest dreams can come true—and that everyone has an important story worth sharing.

The Friendly Bookshelf is a social-emotional learning (SEL) research-based book and the first-ever picture book about a bookshelf. Written to build self-confidence and self-esteem as well as encourage inclusivity, Bibli’s story empowers children to be brave, be a friend, and always be your-shelf! Readers will be inspired to go beyond the final page of the book and share their own stories, as well as be the pioneers of a kinder, more inclusive world where everybody (and every bookshelf!) belongs.


PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3qnVcbM

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780997782714



ABOUT THE AUTHORS



Caroline and Katherine Brickley are twin sisters and the award-winning authors of The Blossom Shoppe and The Friendly Bookshelf. Inspired by their mother, who made up stories for them each night, the sisters spent their childhood coming up with stories of their own and bringing them to life. As they grew, so did their passion for storytelling, and in 2017 the sisters made it their full-time job by founding Blossom Children’s Media Group (Blossom) from their shared college dorm room.

Now a multi-award-winning company known for excellence in children’s literature and family content, Blossom continues to bring children, families, and educators from around the world together through wholesome stories and inclusive community experiences. In their free time, Caroline and Katherine love to swim, travel, and spend time with friends and family, including their goldendoodle, Sugar, who served as the inspiration for the library dog featured in The Friendly Bookshelf.

For more information, visit https://www.thefriendlybookshelf.com/.

BEYOND THE BOOK ACTIVITY
All About Me Collage


Everything in our life separates us from each other and makes us special. Showcase who you are in a collage. Draw, cut and paste, or add photos to create your own special you. 


More ideas to try instead of or in addition to your all About Me Collage:

Mini Story In My Life Collage
What Makes Me A Great Friend Collage


DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose  partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Blossom Children's Media Group, LLC in

Friday, 5 November 2021

This Is Clare Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway with a Beyond the Book Activity

 


GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a copy of This Is Clare, along with a virtual Questions and Answers session with the author!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A copy of This Is Clare

A virtual Questions and Answers session with the author via Skype

Nine (9) winners receive:

A copy of This Is Clare

The giveaway ends December 2, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

This Is Clare Giveaway

ABOUT THE BOOK




This Is Clare

Written by Lindy Nelson

Illustrated by Ingrid Lefebvre

Ages 4+ | 38 Pages

Publisher: Mascot Kids | ISBN-13: 978-1643073606

Publisher’s Synopsis: Come follow a lady and her hound.

New adventures with new friends will abound.

Learn some English and verse with Lindy and Clare.

We’re in China; we hope to see you there!


PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XQA4io



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Lindy Nelson is an American who has spent most of her adult life teaching English in China after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She enjoys arts and crafts, funny memes, eating candy, and of course, spending time with her greyhound, Clarence.

BEYOND THE BOOK ACTIVITY

My Pets Favorite Things Keepsake Collar. 


So grab some paper out of the recycle bin, some markers and glue and make a keepsake of/for your pet. 
Our kitties name is Freya and she loves catnip, balls of yarn, squishie food (which is just canned food), and she loves being brushed; for hours.
Cut out a strip to represent the collar and then cut out or draw your pets favorite things around it and glue it together. 
If you do not have a pet that is okay, you could create a My Favorite Things Necklace  in much the same manner.







DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose  partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Lindy Nelson.

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Fragments Book Tour and Giveaway

 


GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Fragments and a $50 Amazon gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

A copy of Fragments

A $50 Amazon gift card

Four (4) winners receive:

A copy of Fragments

The giveaway begins September 6, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends October 6, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Fragments Giveaway


DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Big Ideas Press.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Fragments: Journeys from Isolation to Connection

Written by Maura Pierlot

Ages 12+ | 126 Pages

Publisher: Big Ideas Press | ISBN-13: 978-0645099805

I feel like I’m a piece, a fragment that’s missing all the good bits, but I don’t know where to find the rest … the parts I need to work properly. I bet they wouldn’t fit anyway. (Lexy, age 17)

Publisher’s Synopsis: Eight young people navigating high school and beyond, each struggling to hold on – to family, to friends, to a piece of themselves. Perhaps you know them. The bubbly girl who keeps telling you she’s okay. The high achiever who’s suddenly so intense. The young teen obsessed with social media. The boy challenged by communication. Every single day they, and others, are working hard to keep it together. So hard, they don’t see their friends are struggling, too. Through eight imagined stories, Fragments moves from a place of disconnection to connectedness.

The action of Fragments takes place in the minds and hearts of an ordinary group of young people. Their stories encompass anxiety, depression, neurodivergence, gender dysphoria, social media, bullying, family dysfunction, cross-cultural diversity, and more, culminating in a sense of hope. Although set in Australia, their stories could take place anywhere.

From the Playwright: Rarely presenting as neat packages, mental health issues often involve feelings and behaviors with jagged edges and blurred origins. Fragments embodies the theme that stress at home, at school, and in life is challenging young people beyond their usual coping abilities, leaving them disenfranchised and vulnerable. So much of adolescent life is spent looking inwards that it’s perhaps not surprising that mental health issues are often internalized. I wrote Fragments to start a conversation. It’s only when we speak openly about mental health issues – without fear or judgment – that we can chip away at the stigma that prevents many people from seeking help. It is my hope that the work will find its way into schools in Australia and overseas. The publication includes a comprehensive Study Guide, detailing activities and curriculum links for English, Drama/Arts, Health & PE, Civics, and more.

A powerful and timely mental health resource for young people and their families. Essential reading for high school.

PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3gZPBCJ

Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780645099805

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Fragments-Maura-Pierlot/9780645099805

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Eudora Space Kid Book Tour and Giveaway

 



GIVEAWAY


Enter for a chance to win a copy of Eudora Space Kid and a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card!

One (1) grand prize winner receives: A signed copy of Eudora Space Kid and a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Three (3) winners receive: A signed copy of Eudora Space Kid.

Eudora Space Kid Book Giveaway

DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and David Horn.



Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Greystone Secrets 3 Awareness Tour and Giveaway

 



ABOUT THE BOOK



Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers

Written by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Ages 8-12 | 416 Pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | ISBN-13 : 978-0062838438

Publisher’s Synopsis: As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past.

Then mysterious coins begin falling from unexpected places. They are inscribed with codes that look just like what the Greystones’ father was working on before he died. And with the right touch, those symbols transform into words: PLEASE LISTEN. And FIND US, SEE US, HELP US. . . .

The coins are messengers, telling the Greystones and their allies that their friends in the alternate world are under attack—and that the cruel, mind-controlling forces are now invading the better world, too.

After another spinning, sliding journey across worlds, the Greystone kids must solve mysteries that have haunted them since the beginning: what happened when the Gustanos were kidnapped, what created the alternate world, and how a group of mismatched kids can triumph once and for all against an evil force that seems to have total control.

PURCHASE LINKS

https://amzn.to/2PrjXmV

https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062838438


OFFICIAL LINKS

www.haddixbooks.com

@theshelfstuff

@haddixbooks


GIVEAWAY



Enter for a chance to win a set of the Greystone Secrets series, including Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A paperback copy of Greystone Secrets 1: The Strangers

  • A paperback copy of Greystone Secrets 2: The Deceivers

  • A hardcover copy of Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers

The giveaway begins April 6, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT, and ends April 22, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.



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BEYOND THE BOOK ACTIVITY 
Magick Coin Creation and message system. 

We grabbed some of my old Canadian pennies from my kids piggy bank so we could create some Magick coins and have some fun for now and years to come. FUN FACT Our Canadian pennies were taken out of circulation in March 29 2012. You can make your special coins also with any craft medium you would like. We just thought it would be cool to throw them back into the piggy bank with a note to search through all the pennies at a later date for the Magick ones. Use white glue or glow in the dark school glue to get best effect. Hot Glue can be seen easily so that is not fun clue searching as you can also feel the ridge. White glue dried and written 3 times gives enough of an impression for the letter but not so visible if you toss them back into the penny pile and go on a hunt. 










DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

One Jar of Magic Awareness Tour & Giveaway

 


ABOUT THE BOOK


One Jar of Magic



Written by Corey Ann Haydu

Publisher’s Synopsis: Magic is like a dream. Delightful. Terrifying. Unreal.

Rose Alice Anders is Little Luck. Lucky to be born into the Anders family. Lucky to be just as special and magical as the most revered man in town—her father. The whole town has been waiting for Rose to turn twelve, when she can join them in their annual capturing of magic on New Year’s Day and become the person she was born to be.

But when that special day finally comes, Rose barely captures one tiny jar of magic. Now Rose’s dad won’t talk to her anymore and her friendships have gotten all twisted and wrong. So when Rose hears whispers that there are people who aren’t meant for magic at all, she begins to wonder if that’s who she belongs with.

Maybe if she’s away from all the magic, away from her dad telling her who she’s meant to be, who she has to be, Rose can begin to piece together what’s truly real in a world full of magic.

Ages 8-12 | 352 Pages | Publisher: HarperCollins | ISBN-13: 9780062689856

PURCHASE LINKS


Amazon: https://amzn.to/3cHPUky

Audible: https://amzn.to/3oOWkjS

Bookshop: https://bookshop.org/a/2078/9780062689856



ABOUT THE AUTHOR




Corey Ann Haydu is the author of Eventown, The Someday Suitcase, and Rules for Stealing Stars and four acclaimed books for teens. She grew up in the Boston area, earned her MFA at the New School, and now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her dog Oscar.

Find out more at www.coreyannhaydu.com.

OFFICIAL LINK

https://www.harpercollins.com/products/one-jar-of-magic-corey-ann-haydu?variant=32126599069730

REVIEW

Rose Alice Anders is a contradiction and she is uncomfortable it is apparent in her own body. She does not live a life of her own, and has not. She does not even know if she exists on her own or just who she was groomed to be. Until that changes with one brave decision.

Phenomenal read that touches on abuse in a near to non triggering way. At least subtly and easily read to understand what may just be happening to yourself or someone around you. You do not see this dynamic of a family in almost any reads especially at this age target.

It was a delight to read and the addition of help lines was brilliant. It would be great to see schools adapt this into cirriculum in order to provide a silent , secret safe place for children.

Not to negate from the seriousness of family abuse and what it does to a child and the family dynamic in the home, I really loved the story line. It was not done for me and I wanted more. A tribute to the Author. As an actual practicing Natural Witch there may be a few tweaks from my end, but on the whole a well worthy read.



GIVEAWAY




Enter for a chance to win a set of books by Corey Ann Haydu, including One Jar of Magic.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic

  • A hardcover copy of Eventown

  • A hardcover copy of The Someday Suitcase

  • A hardcover copy of Rules for Stealing Stars

Four (4) winners receive:

  • A hardcover copy of One Jar of Magic

The giveaway begins February 9, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends March 8, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.


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DISCLOSURE


Per FTC guidelines, I disclose partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers