ABCs and 123s for Boys by Tom McLaughlin

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The illustrations in this book were so bright and colorful! It’s a stunning collection of images that will keep children engaged through each page! My daughter and son were both delighted to call out the letters and numbers as we moved through the book!

How I Felt:

ABCs and 123s for Boys is a collection of lovely illustrations that correlate to a letter or number. My kids really enjoyed the scenes for each one. The names for the animals are all boy names, but that should not be a reason to restrict this to one gender. I would really like to stress that this book is completely perfect for boys and girls, so don’t be deterred by the title.

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Let’s Go To Taekwondo! by Aram Kim

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Let’s Go To Taekwondo! tells the story of Yoomi as she tries to earn her yellow belt in Taekwondo. I really enjoyed that the story features the struggles that children go through to achieve things sometimes and how wonderful it feels when you try again and succeed!

Yoomi is close to earning her yellow belt. She just needs to break her board. When it’s time to do it though, she can’t. Frustrated she tells her grandmother she is quitting. Grandma is struggling with learning a new skill too, the computer. Grandma uses her troubles to show Yoomi that quitting won’t solve her problems. Grandma works hard to learn to use the computer to call someone, and Yoomi decides to go back to her Taekewondo class. With practice and focus, she breaks the board!

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From My Window I See . . . the Seasons by Dr. Barbara Cavanagh – Kid’s Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The narrator in this book was really cute. I loved how as she is describing the seasons, each one was her “favorite”. She would move on to a new season, and think, actually this is my favorite. It was adorable, and it really showed the reader there is something to love from each season.

How I Felt:

The writing was well done in this story. The story focuses on the little girl’s view from her home’s window. It was a fun way for my daughter and I to discuss what activities we do during those seasons.

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Boxitects by Kim Smith – A Kid’s Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

If you have kids, you know that a cardboard box is like Christmas…I guess that is true of cats too HAHA! Boxitects takes that fun, imaginative play and turns it into a wonderful story. I loved that there were not just Boxitects in this story but many different types of builders. It was a great idea for a book, and I loved reading it with my kids.

How I Felt:

Boxitects is a story about Meg, a young “boxitect” which is a builder of things with boxes. She starts a new school called the Maker School. She meets other children that are also builders but using blankets, egg cartons, tin foil, and even noodles! She is the only boxitect though. I really appreciated how Meg is introduced to others like her, and yet they all have their own niche. It was fun to learn about these different builders.

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Friday Night Wrestlefest by J.F. Fox – A Kid’s Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The imagination in Friday Night Wrestlefest was so fun! A bedtime story that centers around the family, but with a wrestling twist. I just loved the concept and really enjoyed the book!

How I Felt:

The Story is told as if an announcer for a wrestling match is the narrator. I’m not a wrestling fan, but I still really enjoyed the references. The dad is getting the kids ready for bed, but like many bed times the kids resist a bit. For this family, the resistance is in the form of a wrestling match. There are adorable names for the wrestling moves each family member does, such as the Jumpin’ Jellyfish and each person also has a wrestling name, like Peanut Brother and Dangerous Daddoo.

The Writing is done well. There is so much excitement in the words, it makes the reader feel the anticipation and enthusiasm that surrounds this family’s bedtime.

The illustrations were so fun! They were bright and colorful and just made you feel the action that was going on. The text was just as exciting. The use of different fonts and sizes gave the story a life of its own!

Overall, our entire family really enjoyed Friday Night Wrestlefest. The story was really fun and a great twist on a bedtime story. The illustrations were bright and exciting. A great book all around!

To Read or Not To Read:

Friday Night Wrestlefest is perfect for preschool to middle elementary children. The story is relatable for ANY family with children and will be enjoyed by everyone!

Where to Find This Book:

Friday Night Wrestlefest by J.F. Fox publishes on February 18, 2020. You can find the book at these places.

Amazon  | Kindle | Goodreads

Hey kids! Are you ready to WRESTLE? Don’t miss Friday Night Wrestlefest, writer J. F. Fox and illustrator Micah Player’s bedtime book inspired by WWE professional wrestling that will wear kids out before they go to bed.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Friday night, and these kids are ready to wrestle! Join Dangerous Daddoo as he dishes out some serious moves to get the kids ready for bed. But what happens when Flying Mom Bomb gets home from work? Are the kids toast?

This charming and quirky family will teach you a new Bedtime Blitz everyone will enjoy.

  • Friday Night Wrestlefest by J.F. Fox
  • Illustrations by Micah Player
  • Target Reader: Preschool – Middle Grade
  • Page Count: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Pub Date: February 18, 2020
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Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids by Megan Olivia Hall

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids allows children to learn about the scientific method! Each experiment is offered with questions for the children to create their hypothesis, observations, and findings.

How I Felt:

I liked that the book was separated into different parts of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). It allowed us to look through the different sections for an experiment we wanted to do and was easy to navigate. There are 50 different experiments in the book, so there are a lot of options! Each experiment has a prep time, difficulty level, ingredients needed, and well-explained steps.

Overall, my family has really enjoyed Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids and we will continue to use it! I would highly recommend.

To Read or Not To Read: If your family loves to do science experiments at home, you will absolutely love this book!

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon ~ Amazon Kindle ~ Goodreads

50 educational (and edible!) science experiments you can do at home

In laboratories, at school, and even in your house–science happens everywhere. Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids brings the excitement of scientific investigation to your kitchen with a heaping helping of experiments that you can really sink your teeth into!

From flaming cheese puffs to solar-powered s’mores, discover tons of deliciously fun ways to explore science–plus technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). Each of these science experiments for kids comes with easy-to-follow instructions, as well as difficulty and mess ratings so you know how much adult help you’ll need. You’ll even find out what meal each experiment is best for!

Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids includes:

Chew on science–Discover the science in your everyday life with 50 experiments you can try (and taste) yourself.

Fun and educational–Eat your way through five chapters worth of kitchen science experiments for kids, each one based on a specific part of STEAM learning.

All skill levels–Whether it’s your first time experimenting in the kitchen or you’ve already got lots of cooking experience, this book of tasty experiments is for you.
Hungry for scientific exploration? Dig in with Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids!

  • Awesome Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids by Megan Olivia Hall
  • Subtitle: 50 STEAM Projects You Can Eat!
  • Page Count: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press
  • Pub Date: January 21, 2020

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Pause Power by Jennifer Law

Learning to Stay Calm When Your Buttons Get Pushed

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved and How I Felt:

I am always looking for ways to help my children handle their emotions, and let’s face it, I can always use help with that as well. Pause Power was such a unique way to show children how their “buttons get pushed” by others and then how they reaction.

I loved the visual use of the buttons popping up on the boy in the story. It really helped my daughter to understand what the author was saying. Taking a moment to breathe and calm down is not a new concept, but this was a new way to explain it and I loved it!

To Read or Not To Read:

I feel that Pause Power should be read to every child, and it should be read more than once so that the concept sticks for them when they are in an emotionally situation! This is perfect for every home, library, and school.

Where to Find This Book:

Amazon Goodreads

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Gabe gets angry and then he lashes out. He can’t help it, people push his buttons. One day, after his buttons were pushed, a new button appears and helps him to understand that if Gabe takes time to breathe and ask for a few minutes to calm down, his anger will reduce and he’ll be able to handle his feelings.

The author did an excellent job of explaining this in terms that a child could understand. We have started using this idea in our household and so far, I’ve managed to avoid two meltdowns…so a HUGE FIVE STAR from me!

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Mighty Coconuts by Deepa Remesh and Anjana Prabhu-Paseband

Rating: 4 out of 5.

What I Loved:

Mighty Coconuts is a book about conserving energy and the environment and is targeted at middle-grade readers. I love the message this book is giving to young readers and the future of our world. The way the book is written, gives a lot of information about these topics, but it is done with these missions and time travel. It made it fun to read.

How I Felt:

I was so intrigued by the ideas in this book! There is new, plant technology and it is truly amazing. The thought that went into these fun devices was very detailed. The book even included drawings of these so that we could envision them. There are apps for the kids to use, there’s time travel, and a shrinking device. It all makes for a perfect book for young readers today.

The missions that the children are sent on are really cute, and a bit interactive for the reader sometimes. These were fun for me, and would be enjoyed by a child reading as well.

There are links at the end of the chapters and I appreciated the extra information given through these! I think I would have preferred that the information be collected at the end of the book so that it was easier to reference later, but I loved having a guide for more information.

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a chapter book with short, easy to read chapters. I think this is good for a 3rd grade and up reader.

Where to Find This Book:

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Mia and Nik are approached by Miss Tree to go on a mission to save Earth’s plants. They accept this challenge and become members of the Plant Savers Club. They are given all the new gadgets and technology that they will need for their mission including a Seed Pod, Seed Watch, apps, and a Seedcopter.

Will Mia and Nik be able to time travel to 1990 and 1890 and complete their missions to save the plants?

  • Mighty Coconuts by Deepa Remesh and Anjana Prabhu-Paseband
  • Book 1 in Miss Tree Tales Series
  • Page Count: 112 pages
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2016
  • Style: Chapter book with images

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Fantastic You by Danielle Dufayet

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This book was FANTASTIC! Children can be very hard on themselves and they way this book was written, it gave such an uplifting way for children to love and forgive themselves. This book is not written as on story that has a start and a finish, it is lots of little ideas and reminders about real problems children face and options for them to help overcome the issues.

“If something goes wrong and I say something negative, like, “I’ll never be good enough,” I stop myself and say something more encouraging:

“It’s OK, I just need more practice and patience.”

I can cheer myself on:

“I can do this!”

Excerpt and image from Fantastic You by Danielle Dufayet

How I Felt:

Children make mistakes and they get in trouble and sometimes it is hard to help them remember that they ARE great kids. This book says that to them so perfectly. I was in awe at what a good job the author did at writing a story that explains to a child that they are great, even when they mess up.

To Read or Not To Read:

This book is perfect for every child. It works for Pre-K all the way through mid-elementary. I would recommend this book for schools and for home!

Where To Find This Book:

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Fantastic You features a variety of children throughout the story, giving any reader a chance to find a child that they feel they relate to. The story is focused on helping children remember that they are special and wonderful. It reminds us that there is only one person they will be spending their ENTIRE life with, YOU, so don’t forget to love yourself.

I received a copy of this advanced reader’s copy for free. I am leaving my review voluntarily.

Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies by Carmen Oliver

Rating: 4 out of 5.

My Thoughts:

What I Loved: The idea of helping children understand how to write something is great. I loved the tips that are given in this book and I loved the support that the bear can give to the child trying to write.

How I Felt: Bears Make the Best Writing Buddy is a book marketed to children, and yet I felt that it was really for an adult writer. It spoke of writer’s block, which I don’t think that a young child understands and deals with. The book had a cute concept with the bear being the support for the writer, but I’m just not sure how helpful it is for a child. The book overall kept my daughter interested however, and she loved the illustrations. This is the third book in a series of “Bears Make the Best…” and I would like to check out the other books.

Bears Make the Best Math Buddies by Carmen Oliver

Adelaide and Bear have tackled reading together, and now they are tackling math. Adelaide stands up for her best friend and his many talents, but will she convince her teacher to let Bear be her math buddy?

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Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies by Carmen Oliver

All the students in the class are assigned reading buddies. Except for Adelaide. She already has one. A bear! And Adelaide is quite persuasive as she explains to her language arts teacher, Mrs. Fitz-Pea, and the reader, that bears really do make the best reading buddies. They sniff out good books. Their claws are just right for turning pages.

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To Read or Not To Read: This is a good book for schools. I think that a teacher working on a writing segment would enjoy reading this to the class. It would get them excited to write.

What’s This Book About Anyway?

A young boy is struggling to write his story and a friend introduces him to a bear. She explains all the reasons that bears are the best writing buddies, giving the boy ideas on how to solve writing problems along the way.

Where To Find This Book:

Bears Make the Best Writing Buddies will be published on January 1, 2020.

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Footnotes:

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