What’s Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Wow! This was a pretty darn cool book! I know that sounds a little dramatic, but seriously, it’s awesome!

So, why do I like this little gem? It’s got amazing illustrations that are gorgeous, and beg to be looked at. Along with the beautiful artwork, the information provided in this book is great for not only children but adults as well!

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The Adventures of Forkman: What’s That Noise? by Tiffany Caldwell and W.R. MacKenzie

Book Cover with superhero fork and family at table

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is a wonderful book to teach children about table manners! I really enjoyed the fork superhero that leads the children in proper behavior at the table, and how to help clean up!

Forkman has a lot to teach this family about their manners. We learn how to properly load a dishwasher, but also about improper noises to be made while eating and electronic use.

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I Can Handle It by Laurie Wright

Book Cover "I can handle it" with boy giving a thumbs up

Rating: 5 out of 5.

I loved this book! If you have a child or know a child, who gets annoyed with a sibling, frustrated with themselves, angry with a parent, or has a variety of other emotions…

Oh wait. That’s every kid. So, every child should have this book!

I Can Handle It provides real advice that is quick to digest and easy to understand for children, but it does so in an adorable and humorous way!

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The Reading House Series by Marla Conn

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Books that will make my kids want to learn are amazing! This series fall into that group! My daughter is still working on learning to be comfortable with her letters. She can read, but she sometimes mixes up her d and b, and sometimes she just needs some extra encouragement. When we got this series, she was so excited to start it!

The red and blue boxes each have half the alphabet. There is a book for every letter, and each book is extremely easy for a child to read, making them feel empowered and encouraged as they complete a book!

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The Alphabet’s Alphabet by Chris Harris

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What an absolutely imaginative story for kids! This book not only helps children learn letters, but it gives them a chance to use their imagination as they see letters in a different way! I loved this book!

The book starts in a classroom for letters. The teacher wants to let the letters know that even though they look different, they really are all connected. We go through the alphabet from A to Z, and the story shows us how an A is really an H that is slouching or an F is an E on a ski. Each letter’s link to another letter is extremely imaginative!

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ABCs and 123s for Boys by Tom McLaughlin

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


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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