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Who doesn’t love the amazing books that National Geographic Kids provides? They have a stellar line of books that will make perfect basket fillers this Easter.
NG Kids Baby Animal Sticker Activity Book (ages 4-8) With 1,000 stickers and fantastic graphics and text, these high quality, superfun sticker books are a great way for kids to learn about animals and the natural world. The Baby Animals sticker book is chock-full of the cutest creatures on the planet: pandas, piglets, wolf cubs, ponies, polar bears, elephants, bunnies, kittens, puppies, and many more. With a fun, brightly colored design and loaded with animal facts and games–such as mazes, counting, matching and more–this book is sure to provide endless entertainment.
National Geographic Pre-Reader: Ducks (ages 2-5) – From fuzzy ducklings to graceful birds, waddle your way into this adorable early reader, all about ducks!
Perfect for beginning and young readers, National Geographic Pre-readers include simple, expert-vetted text and large, engaging photos on every page. A vocabulary tree at the beginning of the book introduces kids to key words in concept groups, helping kids make connections between words. Plus, a wrap-up activity gives kids a chance to use what they’ve learned, while expanding their understanding of the world.
Cutest Animals on the Planet(ages 8-12) – NEW SERIES ALERT! Meet the world’s most adorable animals and learn fun stuff about them in this aww-some first book in a brand-new series from National Geographic Kids.Whether you like mammals, aquatic creatures, insects, birds, amphibians, or reptiles, this browsable book contains kids’ favorite animals that would ALL be contenders for the grand prize in a cute competition. Big photos pair with upbeat descriptions that highlight each critter’s crazy cool skills and unique behaviors. This adorable book showcases popular animals such as hedgehogs and pandas as well as unusual species such as tapirs, kakapos, and pangolins. Special features include a head-to-head cute-off, sure to keep readers amused and informed. Perfect for curious tweens, animal lovers, and future veterinarians alike.
Treasury of Bible Stories by Donna Jo Napoli, illus. by Christina Balit (ages 8-12)
A worthy cultural treasury with appeal to both the faithful and irreligious.” — KirkusNoah’s Ark, Moses, David and Goliath, the ten plagues, Daniel and the lions’ den, Jonah and the giant fish, and many more of the Bible’s most powerful stories — 27 in all — are compellingly retold in this beautifully illustrated treasury. Readers will be fascinated by the ancient people and events they encounter, surprised by some of the lesser known accounts revealed, and inspired by the lessons these tales impart. Stories cover important ground beyond religion, such as culture, history, and geography, and they touch on issues that remain relevant today–faith, loyalty, kindness, violence, generosity, greed, jealousy, and more. These accessible, readible stories give kids a rich picture of biblical times, which encourages them to think about our role in the world and to learn more.
Napoli’s magical storytelling is sure to ignite children’s imaginations. Along with Balit’s stunning art, this is a book kids will want to explore again and again–a classic that families can read aloud together.
5,000 Awesome Facts About Everything(ages 8-12) This book is literally busting its covers with fascinating, fun-tastic facts on super, sensational topics that kids love. Who knew that there were so many sweet things to learn about chocolate or that a dozen delicious details about peanut butter would show up on a page with a few splotches of jelly to whet our appetites? Keep turning and a terrifyingly toothy shark tells you all about himself, while other spreads lay out tons of tips on toys and games, mysteries of history, robots and reptiles, sports and spies and wacky words. A visual feast of colorful photographs surrounded by swirling, tipping, expanding, and climbing bits of information in a high-energy design, this book will satisfy both the casual browser and the truly fact obsessed.
Celebrate Easter(ages 6-9) – The joyous celebration of Easter is seen through a global perspective in this National Geographic volume featuring over 25 vibrant photographs. Witness the holiest day on the Christian calendar as it is celebrated throughout the world: from the famous Easter Egg Roll at the White House to the traditional bonfires throughout Europe, to colorful customs, to the universally popular dying of eggshells worldwide.
The first-person narrative leads young readers through the origins and traditions of this springtime festival of rebirth and hope. Reverend George Handzo gives parents and teachers a historical and cultural background in his informative note.
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"Readers of all ages who look for ethereal, haunting stories of recovery and courage will find Caroline & Mordecai the Gand may hold the trappings of a fantasy adventure; but inside there is so much more. Make the right decision, to read this!" - D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
Caroline & Mordecai the Gand by Jeff Gunhus
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 186 pages
Genre: Fantasy, Literary ~ Tour dates: Mar 31 to May 11, 2021
Publisher: Seven Guns Press ~ Release date: March 31, 2021
Content Rating: PG: The language is G. There is one scene with the main character punches a bully resulting in a bloody nose. The emotional treatment of grief and the death of a loved one can be somewhat intense.
This novella was written by USA Today bestselling author Jeff Gunhus after he received a devastating diagnosis of state 3 cancer. The story is a message to his five children on how to deal with grief and a plea for them to grasp onto joy and love even in the darkest of times.
Caroline loses her spark. It takes a great adventure for her to find it again.
Caroline loses her father in a car accident for which she feels responsible. Consumed by grief, she has a difficult time readjusting to a world that has changed so dramatically for her. On the anniversary of her father’s death, a strange window opens in the middle of the small lake behind her house. She climbs up an old oak to peer inside, but falls out of the tree and discovers that the window also serves as a door into a different world.
Enter Mordecai the Gand, a mysterious traveler who befriends Caroline and promises to help her find a way back home since the window she fell through has disappeared. The two set out on a series of adventures that include visiting a tree village populated by a tribe known for eating travelers, running into a witch under a spell of her own making, hiding in a cave with a dragon encased in a wall of ice (prone to melting by campfire), all the while being pursued by a mysterious entity call the Creach which promises to devour Caroline and trap her in an eternity of despair.
As they navigate these adventures and this new world, Caroline slowly discovers that she is meant to help each of the characters she meets. As she battles internally whether to stay or return home to the sadness and grief waiting for her there, she must regain perspective and open her heart to the act of caring and to the joy of love itself. In the end, she must demonstrate great courage, loyalty, and caring as the plot unfolds, becoming the active hero of her own story.
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"Caroline’s story is profoundly sad, and yet hopeful, magical, and yet rooted in reality. There is magic, mystery, and daring adventure." - BooksCoffee
When Death Rears Its Head
Five years ago, I received a devastating phone call from my doctor. Cancer. And while no cancer is good news, the form it takes and the stage to which it has progressed does exist on a sliding scale of relative crapiness. The news I received from my doctor was on the wrong end of this scale. It took me a while to digest the information, because how do you truly internalize the idea that the odds of living longer than two years suddenly became a sucker's bet?
It turns out that there is no good way to do it. Not consistently anyway. Some days are introspective. Some days are emotional nightmares. Others are just numb.
However, after the initial shock, a surgery, and the process of starting immunotherapy treatment, life did settle into more of a routine. Within that routine was my fiction writing. My goal with writing Caroline & Mordecai the Gand was to leave behind (if the actuarial tables had their way with me) a sort of guidebook for my own kids on how to deal with grief.
For anyone facing what seems like an insurmountable challenge, I can offer up a few small things that helped me through:
First, facing one's mortality can lead you to either withdraw or embrace life. Turns out that embracing life is a lot more fun.
Second, the old truism that friends and family are all that count really comes into greater clarity when you face the prospect of losing them all. It sounds trite to say not to take people for granted, but it's an eye opener like this that sometimes make you realize that's exactly what you've done.
Third, realize that it doesn't take a disease to get the clock ticking. The big goodbye can happen at any time on any day, so make the most of the time you have. Longer hugs, more saying I love you, less phones, more being present in the moment.
And, of course, reading. Because that is also wonderful for the soul.... Happy reading,
Meet the Author:
Jeff Gunhus is the USA TODAY bestselling author of thriller and horror novels for adults and the middle grade fantasy series, The Jack Templar Chronicles. The first book, Jack Templar Monster Hunter, was written in an effort to get his reluctant reader eleven-year-old son excited about reading. It worked and a new series was born. His books for adults have reached the Top 30 on Amazon, have been recognized as Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Finalists and reached the USA TODAY bestseller list.
Jeff wrote Caroline & Mordecai the Gand after receiving a devastating diagnosis of stage 3 cancer. The novella was meant as a private story for his five children on how to face grief by holding onto joy and love. He leads an active life in Maryland with his wife Nicole by trying to constantly keep up with their kids. In rare moments of quiet, he can be found in the back of Old Fox Books in Annapolis working on his next novel or on JeffGunhus.com.
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The average ten-year-old girl seldom travels far from home. She doesn't worry about being kidnapped by witches or imprisoned in medieval castles where children meet their unspeakable demise. She rarely gives thought to curses, potions and magic. She certainly isn't risking life and limb to decipher ancient rites and lost treasures ....
But Liberty Frye is about to discover that she is not your average girl.
When a cryptic note from long-lost relatives arrives, the news it brings flips Libby's small-town life upside down. Soon, she finds herself lured to a foreign land where retired witches, chatty bats and geriatric World War II pilots await. It's up to Libby to unravel the sinister plot that brought her there in the first place, but in so doing, she'll uncover a shocking secret that will change her life forever ... if she survives the challenge.
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
If you enjoy fantasy books, be sure to include this series in your reading list!
Liberty loves her unique parents with all her heart, but do they have to be so overprotective and secretive? Her quirky great-uncle is quirky, too, yet he seems to be the oly one she can really talk to.
Although Liberty was very lonely, she had a wonderful pet goose for a friend... That is until a new girl came to town. Ginny proved to become the best friend ever!
This story is about a loving family, not truly accepted in the community, yet, a respect has been earned and so the people leaves the to their unusual ways. This story also touches on the topics of bullying, rude judgement, acceptance, loyalty, commitments and forgiveness.
Although there are some "scary" situations and a few controversial subjects, this is a very entertaining and well-written book for older elementary aged children. There are plenty of action in the varying adventures which steadily progresses throughout the book. There is also a touch of humor.
The Title and Cover are both well chosen and "eye-catching". The characters were either endearing or aggravating, yet both portrayed very realistically. The story, as a whole, was very interestingly captivating. It never dragged or felt repetitive.
I offer a Five Stars rating for this book
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
sAbout the Author:
J.L. McCreedy is a shoe-string traveler, street food fanatic and (reformed) attorney who prefers writing stories over legal briefs. She developed an incurable condition of wanderlust while growing up in Southeast Asia as the child of missionaries, and has been exploring the globe ever since. She's the author of the Liberty Frye series and The Orphan of Torundi, and writes about travel, cycling and living in other cultures at TongaTime.com.
She currently lives in a creaky old house in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her husband, an assortment of visiting ladybugs, and perhaps a ghost or two.
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LARK AND THE LOON. by Rhiannon Gelston
Genre: Memoir with a Twist ◊ Paperback: 284 pages
◊ Publisher: WiDo Publishing (July 17, 2020)
◊ Print & eBooks ◊ ISBN-10: 1947966251 ◊ ISBN-13: 978-1947966253
Lark and the Loon follows the adventures of a tentative boy named Lark, as he is catapulted out of all that he knows, into a courageous journey beyond his wildest imagination.
Upon receiving a special gift from his Gramps, Lark embarks on a reflective journey of self-discovery as the innovative story weaves the true-life memoir of his mother (the author) in with a fantastical journey.
With some special new-found friends, Lark travels back and forth from a symbolic tree to his mother’s true memories of life and death moments, and simple moments, found everywhere from wild Africa to their very own living room.
Lark and his friends must ascend this tree and gain the important life lessons offered along the way if they ever hope to find their way out. Within this journey, Lark finds these lessons, and ultimately himself, in the space between imagination and truth in this wild tale.
The story explores friendships, philosophies, and everyday challenges and joys, both from a child's perspective and from a parent's perspective.
This memoir with a twist results in a coming-of-age story that ultimately leads to a new understanding of self, others, and the world that surrounds us.
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Meet the Author
RHIANNON GELSTON loves to lose herself in all things creative. She enjoys writing, painting, live music, traveling, sports, being outdoors, exploring, playing, spirituality, and energy work. She has a BA in English and an MS in Occupational Therapy with a pediatric focus.
Rhiannon just had her first novel published. It is a memoir with a twist called, LARK AND THE LOON, available wherever books are sold.
Rhiannon grew up on Spa Creek in downtown Annapolis. Home for Rhiannon will always be the sound of the halyards hitting the masts on a breezy day, a pile of crabs saturated in Old Bay, raftups with friends as kids cannonball off of the stern, and time with family and friends, in, on, and around the Chesapeake Bay.
She lives in Annapolis with her husband, their five lovely and lively children, and their black lab, McNasby.
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BE A SUPERHERO IN THE KITCHEN by Donna Glass
Category: Children's Fiction (Ages 6-10), 48 pages
Children's Picture Cook Book ~ Tour dates: Feb 22 to Mar 5, 2021
Publisher: Mascot ~ Release date: March 2021
Content Rating: G. This children's book is for everyone.
Every caregiver knows the trials of feeding a picky eater. Some nights are truly a battle. Nerves are frayed, and a pleasant, relaxing dinner can quickly be filled with tears, tantrums, and some nights, a battle of wills. Well, my goal with this book is to tip the scales in our favor. One surefire way I've discovered to get my picky eaters to eat is to let them help make the meal. After all, food tastes better when you've had a hand in fixing it. Let your child try their hand with the recipes in this book. A child who becomes the superhero of dinnertime is one who eats super well.
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REVIEW By LAWONDER10:
Be a Superhero in the Kitchen is an awesome idea to keepchildren occupied, gving them a sense of independence and accomplishment. From the beginning - with a page on kitchen safety and hygienic tips, followed by simple, limited ingredients recipes, it is completed with desserts !
The book I have, is a hardbound, quality made book with thick pages. each page is beautifully colorful, with very large cartoon-like images along with simple, easilt read recipes...What's not love! With the guidance by an older sibling or adult, the child can safely learn to cook simple meals and become very efficient in culinary skills at a young age.
Written for children 6-10 years of age, the amount of freedom with cooking must be determined by parent or guardian, depending on maturity of child. This is a great step in teaching a child to be conscientious and independent.
The only negative I see, is the meals are not all that healthy, However, they are what most children would enjoy. Occasionally, it is okay for a meal to lack some nutrition.
Wouldn't most parents enjoy some sharing the preparations of meals or the contentment in knowing, if they are late, the child can fix a simple meal?
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating
*I was gifted this book with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
How did you do research for your book?
Research for Be a Superhero in the Kitchen was fun. My daughter and I brainstormed what sounded good together, raided the cabinets/fridge, and figured if we can put an idea into motion. If we didn't have all the ingredients, we made a quick run to the store. We love browsing the aisles and experimenting with ingredients. Sometimes our ideas were not exactly pleasing to the tongue. But when we struck gold, there was lots of cheering.
In the book, there are a few recipes passed down from family members: Fearless Chicken and Noodles, Reckless Rice Soup, Powerful Potato Cakes, Boomtastic Butter Cookies, and KAPOW! Party Punch. There wasn't much research on our part for this. We are just grateful they passed their delicious creations unto us.
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Meet the Author:
I am a wife, mother of two kids, a lover of comic books, and a home cook. I believe in making mealtime an enjoyable experience through joint cooking and kid-friendly meals. I also believe kids that help with the cooking process are more likely to eat their meals, which leads to a happy, peaceful dining experience. Be a Superhero in the Kitchen is my first children’s cookbook, but I strive to publish more.
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