Well, I just loved this adorable book! The characters are so fantastic, and they just steal the show!
Josie is a wonderful person, and she’s been crapped on a bit with life, but when she bumps into two friends from high school, her life takes on a new trajectory. Pregnant, getting divorced, and being nudged out of her parents’ house, an offer to move in with Ben and Kevin. These two goofballs make life so fun. I loved having them in the story. They are well-meaning, big hearted, and loving friends, and watching their relationship with Josie grow was wonderful.
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This World War II story brings the lives of three women together in unexpected ways. It was beautifully written with surprising moments and wonderful characters, and I loved it!
Taking place in the early days of WWII, we are introduced to three women, but hear the story through the perspectives of two of them. These three women’s struggles are lived separately but come crashing together as the war intensifies.
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This was a lovely story of self-love and growth, forgiveness, and moving on. I really enjoyed the characters and the story!
Freya has just been left, not quite at the altar, but in the broom closet. Regardless of the location, she’s got an entire wedding to unravel now. After taking some time to recover from the heartbreak, it’s closing in on the wedding season, and Freya’s friends have her back. They give her a challenge to complete at each wedding. The challenges are to help her get through the wedding and get over Matthew.
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If you are looking for an inspirational children’s story, look no further! These friendly ocean creatures are here to save the bay, and they bring the reader along on the journey!
The Chesapeake Bay has been overrun by litter! It’s leaking into the water and it’s all over the beach! When a dolphin decides to make a change, all his ocean friends help out!
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This is an adorable children’s book with a great main character! Starr is a wonderfully unique panda, and she knows it! She is proud of herself and her talents, and she loves to share them with everyone! When she meets a new friend, Shine, who is not a comfortable in his own skin, Starr helps him to see how wonderful he is!
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This book was absolutely adorable! I really loved the focus on accepting what makes you special and seeing what is special about others! Children will enjoy the fun way this message is told through Zippy and his animal friends!
Zippy is a zebra that doesn’t like her stripes! As we journey with her through the book though, we learn that her stripes make her special, and that we each have something that makes us special too. This was a book that both of my kids were really interested in. They enjoyed learning about what made each of Zippy’s friends unique!
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As a child, I had allergies to every kind of animal, so my heart went out to Maggie in this book! It’s hard to be a kid and not be able to get a pet when you want one so bad!
I really enjoyed that this story hits on multiple situations that young readers deal with in every day life. There is friendship and fights, new siblings, and of course, our pet drama and allergies. In graphic novel format, this story flew by! This was a well-written, wonderful book, and readers will really connect with Maggie and her story!
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Friendship can come from the most unexpected places. Any children’s book that helps kids be accepting of others is a five-star in my mind!
Goat Girl lives on a boring, mundane farm where everything is extremely ordinary. Goat Girl is NOT ordinary. She likes adventure and trying new things. When she runs into Merle, she thinks he’s a cowboy because he’s a COW and a BOY. Merle, however, does not want to be called a cowboy. Goat Girl refuses to give up on pulling Merle out of his shell, and the two of them become quite the adorable pair.
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