Kayla is such a special little girl. She is body-positive, friendly, family-centric, and all-around just lovely. In the third book in this series, Kayla considers how people view themselves. Their hair, skin, scars, and everything else. I love that she considers these things, but ultimately decides that those are the things that make us special.
Kayla has such a special message for young readers through this story, and I truly hope that it finds its way into every little reader’s hands. Reinforcing the importance of self-love is so important, and I’m so happy to see it written so strongly in this story. My daughter and I will be reading this again and again!
Kayla is at it again! In this book in the series, she becomes friends with a little boy that needs some support. I really love that this book features mental health, and shows what types of support we can offer people that need help.
Kayla is a great role model throughout this story, and I think that children everywhere can relate to her and her friend. They can also learn so much from them! My daughter enjoyed this book, and I think that children ages pre-school through middle elementary will enjoy this as well!
Kayla is such a wonderful little girl. She has a loving mother who supports her and helps her see how special she is. I love the focus on family in this book. We really see what a lovely relationship Kayla and her mother have!
This is a story that so many children will love. It’s easy to connect with Kayla and for children to see themselves in her story. There is a great message about finding out who you want to be and pursuing that, as well as a wonderful reminder to enjoy your time together as a family! The illustrations are quite lovely, and my daughter absolutely enjoyed them!
Born the second of premature twins, Ilana knew she was different from a young age, but for all the wrong reasons. Part memoir, part motivational guide, this is Ilana’s open and honest journey, from an angry confused child, knowing something was wrong, but not knowing what, to the ‘real’ her – a courageous woman using her experiences and lessons to create inspiring messages about mental and physical health, positivity, resilience and change.
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Cerebral Palsy: A Story by Ilana Estelle Genre: Memoir Page Count: 288 pages Publisher: RedDoor Press Pub Date: Feb 1, 2020
This is a cute book with Rambee Boo the dog as our main character. Rambee Boo and his family are heading out for a lake vacation. We get to see each day’s adventures and fun, but there’s always something that Rambee Boo keeps losing! Thankfully, it gets returned each day!
I think this was a really fun story about a loving, adventurous family pet and his special lovely toy. My daughter enjoyed the story and Rambee Boo himself! The illustrations are bright and perfectly match the story, providing great assistance for a young reader to visualize what is happening.
There are so many things that are new in a child’s life. I really enjoy finding books that help them experience these life changes. The Adventures of Molly & Ollie: Moving Day is the story of Molly and her move to a new home.
Molly is worried about moving. She doesn’t want everything to be different, and she is sad to leave her friends. When she gets to the new house, she meets Ollie, an owl that lives in her backyard. He helps her to see the things that are the same, like all of her stuffed animals and toys. He is a welcoming new friend for her, and he makes the move much easier!
Based on the true-life events that led Koedi Nealy to start changing lives one penny at a time at the age of seven, “Pennies from Heaven” teaches children that they are never too young to do great things for God. Koedi’s journey culminated in forming a non-profit that currently serves the homeless population in Houston, Texas, helping the most overlooked and undervalued people in the community.
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Pennies from Heaven by Koedi Nealy Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction Page Count: 27 pages Publisher: Halo Publishing International Pub Date: Nov 29, 2020
Sonia Peterson can’t help but be excited for the bright future ahead as she nears the end of her last year of high school. But she quickly discovers that things are not what they seem in the quiet community of Glendale. After her neighbor’s suicide and a slew of disappearances, Sonia’s friend Devon divulges one of the town’s best-kept secrets: at eighteen, residents are required to receive a serum that takes away their immoral impulses and imperfections, or they are exiled to a place called the Away. At first, Sonia can’t believe what she’s heard, but when her turn for the appointment comes, all of her worst fears are confirmed. Now, she must decide who she can trust and discover who is really at the core of the plot to rob Glendale’s residents of their elemental human nature. Her journey takes her deep into the heart of the Away in pursuit of freedom for herself, her friends, and her community. Can she unravel the conspiracy before it’s too late?
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The Away by Cassandra DeJesus Genre: Young Adult Page Count: 224 pages Publisher: Mascot Pub Date: April 2021
Learning to tie a bow can be a very frustrating time for children AND parents! I know it has been for my family. My son can pretty much tie a bow at this point, but my daughter is still not really able to do it. So, having this book land on our doorstep was perfect!
Cleo Can Tie A Bow teaches the reader how to tie a bow using illustrations and easy-to-understand instructions. If you have a young child that is or will be learning to tie a bow, this is a wonderful tool to help you!
Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, meets a new friend one day at the pool that is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. She begins to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the different ways that Emma can communicate. Once she does the two become inseparable. Harper introduces Emma to all her friends and teaches them how to communicate with Emma. Harper and Emma become the center of their circle of friends and have more many more adventures together.
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LET’S TALK! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky Genre: Childrens Page Count: 32 pages Publisher: Lisa Jacovsky Pub Date: July 2020
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!
Wow, this was an absolutely wonderful book! I think I enjoyed reading it just as much as my kids, and it is definitely one that we can read over and over and continue to enjoy! We are big fans of ice cream in this house, and the wonderfully fun character names had us laughing!
Not only was this book full of fun that had us giggling and soaking in the cute images, it also had a great message that every child should read. There is a bullying storyline that really shows children the hurtful nature of it. I really liked how the other ice cream friends/flavors come to the rescue and stand up for Mustachio Pistachio when King Bully Vanilli targets him!