Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Giveaway: The Children's Book Review 10th Anniversary Giveaway!

I'm coming back briefly from my blog break to share some exciting news with you! One of my favorite websites featuring children's books, The Children's Book Review, is turning 10! In honor of this momentous occasion, I am partnering with The Children's Book Review to host an amazing giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a special prize pack (valued at $291!) that will help a lucky reader create a fun kids reading nook - including a framed TCBR original print created by children's author and illustrator Alexandra MacVean.  

One (1) winner receives:

* A framed and matted TCBR original “Growing Readers” print. Frame size: 12.25 X 12.25

* A Black Stripe Teepee from Crate and Kids
* A copy of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up, autographed by Bianca Schulze
* A $20 Target gift card

A peek inside 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up 

How awesome is this giveaway? I wish I could enter; I know my kids would absolutely love it, especially the fantastic teepee! Also, I really want to get a copy of the book 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up. It seems like a great resource for parents as well as a fun activity to do with your child as there is space to rate the book, take notes, and discuss what they liked/didn't like.  

Teepee from Crate and Kids

The giveaway beings March 30th and ends April 30th. It's open to all USA residents and the District of Columbia who are 13 years and older.  Prizes are provided by The Children's Book Review. You can enter below! Good luck and please refer to my giveaway rules

Also, if you aren't familiar with The Children's Book Review, you must check it out, especially if you are a parent, caretaker, teacher or just a fan of children's literature. The Children’s Book Reviewnamed one of the ALSC (Association For Library Service To Children) Great Web Sites For Kids is a resource devoted to children’s literature and literacy. TCBR publishes reviews and book lists of the best books for kids of all ages. TCBR also produces author and illustrator interviews and shares literacy based articles that help parents, grandparents, caregivers, teachers and librarians to grow readers. Bianca Schulze is the founder of TCBR and the bestselling author of 101 Books to Read Before You Grow Up (Walter Foster Jr. 2016), an Amazon “Best Book of the Month” in October 2016. So go check it out today and celebrate its 10th Anniversary! Thank you to The Children's Book Review for allowing me to celebrate with you!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blog Break

I'm taking another blog break to prepare for my 7th Annual Summer Kickoff Feature. It's the most wonderful time of the year!  What books are you looking forward to reading this summer? Let me know in the comments. I'm coming up with my "beach reads" list for 2018 and it's going to be great! Meanwhile, check out the books that I featured these past seven years. You'll have your beach bag filled in no time!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (67)

Can't Wait Wednesday: Dreams of Falling 

I decided to take an earlier break than I anticipated to prepare for my Summer Kickoff Feature. It's that time of the year again! Woo hoo! When I return, I'll be sharing all my favorite beach reads for the summer.


When Life Gives You Lululemons by Laura Weisberger - Thanks to Simon & Schuster and NetGalley
Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel  - Thanks to Del Ray 


Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle - Thanks to Blink
A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan - Thanks to Blink 


Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian - Thanks to Simon Teen
The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher - Thanks to Berkley and NetGalley

Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley - Thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley

Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR list? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for visiting! This meme is hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Children's Books Roundup (6)

Here's what I've been reading with my sons lately....everything from chapter books to classic picture books...and even the Berenstain Bears! 

Picture Books:


At the Waterworks by Joanna Cole - The Magic School Bus series is perfect for kids who love non-fiction topics, but don't necessarily want to read a science book all the time. This particular book goes over the water purification process and even I learned something!

*Peek Inside The Zoo by Anna Milbourne - My little guy is obsessed with the zoo and animals, so this picture book is right up his alley. The flaps are so much fun and we love "exploring" the zoo.  There are leaves to look under, doors to open, and much more!

We Are Growing! by Laurie Keller - Although the Elephant and Piggie Like Reading series isn't as good as the original Elephant and Piggie, it's still very entertaining for young ones. This book is a fun read aloud. Walt and his friends are blades of grass and all have something special about them. Walt finds out his special characterstic in this story.

The Leprechaun Under the Bed by Teresa Bateman - Around St. Patrick's Day, we read this tale about a lephrechaun that is tries to discourage this guy from building a cottage right on top of his home, but he fails. They end up friends though and helpful to each other!

That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting -  This was such a cute and playful story for St. Patrick's Day. I enjoyed going on a fun adventure with the leprechauns as they hide the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I preferred this picture book for St. Patrick's Day out of all the ones we read.

The Berenstain Bears and the Missing Honey by Stan and Jan Berenstain - Papa Bear's special honey goes missing and the bears become detectives trying to figure out who stole it. This one wasn't my favorite of the Berenstain Bears stories, but it's a great introduction to the mystery genre for little ones.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie dePaola - Jamie is back at it in this story except his wife has hurt her back, so it's up to him to get all the work done on the farm. This is a problem as he is extremely lazy. Thankfully a leprechaun intervenes and chaos ensues once again! This would also be a good read aloud for St. Patrick's Day.

Jamie O'Rourke and the Pooka by Tomie dePaola - This is such a fun Irish tale for St. Patrick's Day. Jamie, the laziest man in Ireland, has to clean up the house while his wife is away. A pooka visits and chaos ensues!

Pirate Nap: A Book of Colors by Danna Smith - Both of my sons enjoyed this pirate adventure that also covers basic colors. The boys in the book are avoiding nap time and use their imagination to turn everyday objects into pirate accessories. It was such a fun story, but if you are looking for a book that teaches colors,  I think there are better ones out there.

Chapter Books:

Dinosaur Detectives (Magic School Bus Chapter Books) by Judith Bauer Stamper - My son has been really enjoyed the Magic School Bus series so we decided to try the chapter books. While this book was very compelling for dinosaur lovers, I think the original picture books do a better job and really have that something extra that make it more memorable.

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett - So many people have recommended this book to me and I somehow have never read it despite it winning the Newbery. I read it to my son as a read aloud and he loved it!  It's all about a young boy who goes on an adventure to save a dragon that is being mistreated. He encounters many dangerous situations as well as scary animals.


Rise of the Balloon Goons (The Notebook of Doom #1)  by Troy Cummings - I read this to my son as a read aloud and while I did not enjoy this book in the least, he seemed to really like it. A young boy encounters a notebook that says monsters live in his neighborhood. Strange things have been happening, so he tries to get to the bottom of it. If you have a monster lover at home, he/she will appreciate this book the most. I liked the fast pace of the plot, but did not enjoy the story and/or writing style.

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown  - Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning and his bulletin board fell on his causing him to be as flat as a pancake. Adventure and funny times ensue for the Lambchop family. I liked Stanley's relationship with his brother, but this book ended up being just ok for me as well as the rest of the series, which we read. My son liked all of Stanley's adventures, but I think it was a truly strange.


*Hey Jack: The Worry Monsters by Sally Rippin - The Hey Jack! series continues with Jack worrying about his spelling test at school. He isn't prepared! It's a good read for children who worry about things at school and also a good reminder to be prepared for tests and not to procrastinate! My preschooler is a little young to directly relate to the book's message, but I know it will be appreciated in the years to come.

*Billy and the Mini Monsters: Monsters in the Dark by Zanna Davidson - This series is perfect for kids who like books with a graphic novel/comic book vibe. The full page color illustrations are great and the story had us laughing out loud. It's about a young boy who has monsters that live in his sock drawer. The monsters are pretty funny though and not scary in the least. We will definitely continue with the series!

*If you want to buy these books or learn more about these particular titles, you can buy them through Usborne Books and More. Contact me for more information! 

Are you familiar with any of these children's books? Do you have any recommendations for me? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: Dreams of Falling

Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and helps us spotlight upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!

Dreams of Falling by Karen White
Pub. Date: June 5, 2018

Goodreads says, "From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night the Lights Went Out comes an exquisite new novel about best friends, family ties and the love that can both strengthen and break those bonds.  New York Times bestselling author Karen White crafts evocative relationships in this new contemporary women's fiction novel about best friends who share a devastating secret, set in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. It's been nine years since Larkin fled Georgetown, South Carolina, vowing never to go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she knows she has no choice but to return to the place that she both loves and dreads--and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home. Ivy, Larkin's mother, is discovered in the burned out wreckage of her family's ancestral rice plantation, badly injured and unconscious. No one knows why Ivy was there, but as Larkin digs for answers, she uncovers secrets kept for nearly 50 years. Secrets that lead back to the past, to the friendship between three girls on the brink of womanhood who swore that they would be friends forever, but who found that vow tested in heartbreaking ways."

Guys, this novel screams compelling beach read, right? I fell in love with Karen White's writing style when I read The Night the Lights Went Out last year. It was the perfect combination of romance, suspense, mystery, and historical details. I have high hopes for Dreams of Falling. What do you guys think? Have you read any of Karen White's other novels?

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Stacking the Shelves and Giveaway Winners (66)

What I'm Reading Next (9)
Can't Wait Wednesday: The High Season by Judy Blundell
Book Review: More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

I'll be sharing my thoughts on the first beach read of the season....The Secret to Southern Charm. It was great, so keep your eyes out for my review!

Boardwalk Summer by Meredith Jaeger - Thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss
The Secret of the Irish Castle by Santa Montefiore - Thanks to William Morrow and Edelweiss

Turn This Book Into a Beehive! by Lynn Brunelle - Thanks to Workman
The Summer Sail by Wendy Francis - Thanks to Touchstone and NetGalley


The High Season by Judy Blundell - Thanks to Random House and NetGalley
The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak - Thanks to Page Street


Brightwood by Tania Unsworth - Thanks to Algonquin
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett - Thanks to Simon Pulse

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand - Thanks to Little, Brown and NetGalley

Congrats to the following winner:
Where I Live goes to..... Rivka
I hope you enjoy the book! 

Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR list? Let me know your thoughts. Thanks for visiting! This meme is hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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