[#BookReview] Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung @mackidsbooks @arreechung #ChildrensLiterature #KidsLit

Genre: Children’s Literature, Picture books

Publication Date: July 3, 2018

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts..

OMG! This book was super duper cute and great for a wide range of ages. It’s a great way to introduce colours to little ones, and diversity to the older kids. I loved how this fun story teaches acceptance and sharing. The artwork was just wonderful and received a quadruple thumbs up from my kids.

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[#BookReview] 100 Bugs by Kate Narita & Suzanne Kaufman @katenarita @mackidsbooks

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Picture Books

Publication Date: June 12, 2018

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If your kids like bugs, then they will appreciate counting all the beautifully illustrated insects in this book!

It’s a great way to introduce counting and math. Math is not a favourite at our house, so this was a fun and creative way to teach counting by 10’s.

Are your kids fascinated by creepy crawlies like my kids?

[#KidsLit] Everything Is Mama by Jimmy Fallon @jimmyfallon @MacKidsBooks #MothersDay #MothersDayBooks #PictureBooks

I don’t know about you guys, but I love Jimmy Fallon! He’s hilarious and incredibly talented. So of course, I was totally stoked to have the opportunity to read this to my kids, and I was curious to check out his writing/storytelling skills.

To be honest, the target audience is between 1-3 years old. But my 12 yr old (who is also a fan) wanted to read it too. LOL.

We both thought it was uber cute. My other kids really enjoyed looking at the pictures. If you get creative, it can serve as a great way to teach letter recognition and reading. My two sons (4 & 6), are at that age and this was a fun way to apply what they’ve learned so far.

It’s the perfect book for Mother’s Day, and would make a great gift (baby shower, baby’s first b-day, etc)

**I’d like to thank Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for my copy of this awesome book**

Do you watch The Tonight Show?

[#BookReview] Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years by Stacy McAnulty & David Litchfield @MacKidsBooks @stacymcanulty @dc_litchfield #EarthDay #EarthDayBooks #Childrensbooks

Genre: Picture Book

Publication Date: Oct 24, 2017

Publisher: Henry Holt BYR

My Rating: 🌍🌍🌍🌍🌍

My Thoughts..

Happy Earth Day!

This book was so cute I wanted to hug it! Lol.

It was a fun little read filled with facts about our awesome planet! My kids loved the pictures and learned something new at the same time.

Definitely recommend it. It’s a great way to introduce little ones to the different planets and evolution of Earth.

Even my 12 year old enjoyed it. But she’s like me, a closeted children’s book lover. 😜

Do you have any books or activities you take part in for Earth Day?

[#BookReview] Kit and Kaboodle by Rosemary Wells @OmaOma43 @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt #KidsLit #ChildrensFiction

**I’d like to thank the publishers for my ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts..

My kids all enjoyed Max & Ruby, so I was excited to read this to them. Since they also have a thing for cartoon cats, this was perfect!

This was a cute story about a twin brother and sister, who are always on best behaviour, but seem to find themselves in trouble. Unlike most kids who are up to no good, theirs is caused by a sneaky little mouse named Spinka.

My kids loved the whole sock bit!

If your kids are fans of Max & Ruby, then they’ll enjoy this fun, quick read. It’s perfect for little ones with short attention spans too! 😉

Do your kids enjoy storytime? What is their favourite book?

[#BookReview] Brave Jane Austen: Reader, Writer, Author, Rebel by Lisa Pliscou & Jen Corace @LisaPliscou #WomensHistoryMonth

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Genre: Children’s Books

Publication date:  Jan 30, 2018

Publishers: Henry Holt & Co.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts..

You’ll have to excuse my tardiness with this post. It was meant to be posted during Women’s History Month in the US. But since I live in Canada, technically I’m early! LOL. We celebrate Women’s History month in October.

To be honest, I have never read the works of Jane Austen, but have one of her books (Emma) on my shelf which I intend to read this year. So this was quite a treat, even for myself. It was a wonderful condensed biography of Jane Austen’s life, put into a story book.

Because of its length, I would recommend this for children 6 & up. As a homeschooler, this was a great teaching tool. There was a little bit of everything: history, words of wisdom and cute illustrations.

My 2 older ones and my youngest who is 20 months, all enjoyed this story.

[#Blogtour & #BookReview ] New Shoes by Sara Varon @01FirstSecond @saravaron1

**A special thanks to the publishers for my ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novels

Publication Date: Mar 19, 2018

Publisher: First Second Books

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What it’s about..

Francis the donkey is the best shoemaker in the village. He uses only the finest materials: coconut wood for the soles, goat’s wool for the insoles, and wild tiger grass for the uppers.

One day he receives a special order from his favorite singer: Miss Manatee, the queen of calypso. But he’s all out of tiger grass! To make the perfect pair of shoes, Francis must journey deep into the jungle . . . and that means leaving his village for the first time.

My Thoughts…

OMG..this book was SO adorable. It kinda reminded me of the Adventure Time characters and graphic novels.

I read this to 2 (of my 4) kids, and each of us had a different animal that we liked. My personal fav was Francis and Nigel (I have a thing for cute monkeys). My 12 year old loved Mrs. Manatee and my 6 year old liked Mrs. Manatee’s manager (the crocodile).

This was a really cute comic about Francis the shoemaker wanting to make the finest pair of shoes for the famous Mrs. Manatee. In order to create the best pair of shoes, he needs the finest materials he can find. However, things don’t go quite as planned.

Being from a cultural background, it was so nice to see the different fruits and plants being mentioned. A great adventure and eye-opener for those wanting to explore a world outside of apples, oranges and roses! 😜

My kids and I loved the narrative. It was a combination of storytelling and comic book style, making it easy for a younger reader to figure out what’s happening and who’s talking. It brought me back to the days of circa 1980 when I used to read Family Circus. There was such a diverse group of animals making it a really fun and engaging read. I was very surprised at how focused my 6 year old was. I was expecting him to zone out since it was 208 pages.

I’ve always cherished stories that teach morals, and this was one that teaches kids about team work doing the right thing.

We also enjoyed the facts and photos the author added at the end. It made this book that much more special!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Varon is a printmaker, illustrator, and children’s book author living in Brooklyn, New York.
You can find her on Facebook, Instagram, or visit her Etsy shop for things like pins, jewelry, and printed items. She is also available for school visits! For more info on this, please email.
sara.varon@gmail.com

Have you read any books by this author? Do you have a favourite exotic animal?

[#BookReview] My Pet Wants a Pet by Elise Broach, Illustrated by Eric Barclay @MacKidsBooks @HenryHolt @ericbarclay #KidsLit #ChildrensFiction

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Mar 6, 2018

Publisher: Henry Holt

My Thoughts..

As a dog owner & lover, my kids and I loved this book. It was such a cute story with wonderfully illustrated pictures!

I’m not sure if it was intentional or not, but something my children pointed out was the boy not being the same colour as his mom (which was brilliant in my opinion). We live in an age where their are lots of interracial, blended, same sex families and adoptions that I thought it was about time we see a book that represents today’s family. It really got my children’s imagination going. They started coming up with their own ideas of what the little boy’s nationality was, whether he had a dad or possibly another mom..it was fantastic!

I applaud the illustrator and author for stepping outside the box and norm for this.

My kids also had fun trying to guess which pet was going come next. My fav was the dog (duh!) and worm 😊

Do you have a pet? If so, what do you have? If not, what’s your favourite animal?

[#BookReview] Valentine Day Round Up: Love, Mama by Jeanette Bradley & I Love You for Miles and Miles by Alison Goldberg, Illustrated by Mike Yamada #ValentinesDayBooks #KidsLit @MacKidsBooks @JeanetteBradley #RoaringBookPress

** I’d like to thank Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group for my copies of these adorable books in exchange for my honest review**

LOVE, MAMA BY JEANETTE BRADLEY

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Jan 2, 2018

Publisher: Roaring Book Press

My rating: ❤❤❤❤❤

My Thoughts..

Love, Mama is a cute story about a mama penguin who has to go away on a business trip, and how baby penguin copes with her being away.

My 5 year old is SUPER picky with the stories we read during story time, and really enjoyed this. He was drawn to the illustrations and felt the story was relatable since I go to work, and daddy stays home.

Two thumbs up!

I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES BY ALISON GOLDBERG, ILLUSTRATED BY MIKE YAMADA

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publication Date: Dec 26, 2017

My Rating: ❤❤❤

My Thoughts..

While we enjoyed the illustrations in this book, the story was a bit long and repetitive. 😕 I did like the message though.

[#BookReview] Motor Goose by Rebecca Colby, illustrated by Jed Kaminsky @feiwelfriends @MacKidsBooks #childrensfiction #KidsLit

Genre: Children’s Fiction

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

My Rating: 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤

My Thoughts..

I’m a huge fan of nursery rhymes. Always have been. Now I’ve passed the torch onto my kids. This book was sooo cute! A fun twist on the classic Mother Goose.

Even my 3 year old who isn’t particularly interested in story time, enjoyed it along with all the beautiful illustrations.

Highly recommended. Perfect for ages 3 & up.