Yummy Me Feels So Good by Lion I Am

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Rating: 3 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The illustrations throughout Yummy Me Feels So Good are children’s artwork. My daughter really enjoyed looking at each page and discussing the drawing. It was a lot of fun and a great addition to the book!

How I Felt:

Yummy Me Feels So Good has a great message for children, and adults really, about the different “Me’s” that we experience. They are all a part of who we are, and we can embrace them.

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The Dirt Girl by Jodi Dee

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I absolutely adored the illustrations in this book! They are stunning with vibrant colors and wonderful details for the kids to really look at and enjoy!

My Synopsis:

Zafera is starting school for the first time. She’s different than the other children, but she doesn’t know it. They give her weird looks and talk about her, but she doesn’t notice any of it. She doesn’t know that the twigs in her hair and dirt on her clothes make her different. She’s a happy, healthy girl happy to be experiencing school and other children.

It’s time for her birthday party and she invites everyone! When the children get to the party they are all blown away by the location. Zafera’s home is beyond anything they could have ever imagined! Tucked into a hillside, it’s part of the earth. They play and explore the wonders of her home, and get to know Zafera for who she is, not what she wears.

How I Felt:

I really enjoyed the message this story provides. I liked that the children were not horrible to Zafera, it was more that they didn’t understand her. Her birthday party provided a wonderful opportunity for the children to see her in her own setting, and appreciate her.

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The One and Only Dylan St. Claire by Kamen Edwards

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The message that this story gave was just amazing. I closed this book and thought I might have a book hangover from a children’s book! 😂 I just absolutely loved the way the message of being who you are and making the most of your situation was given!

My Synopsis:

Dylan St. Claire is the star of the show, always! He is getting ready for the school audition, fully intending to get the “star” role of the Star.

He instead is cast as the Squirrel…in space. Dylan is outraged, of course, because what is a squirrel doing in space?!?!? Dylan soon discovers though, that being the Squirrel is the best thing that could have happened to him.

How I Felt:

Well, I thought The One and Only Dylan St. Claire was absolutely adorable! Disappointment is an emotion that will come up for all children, and showing them that it is okay to feel the way they do was great.

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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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Blue Sky Mind by A.T. Waverly – Children’s Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

The easy story telling in Blue Sky Mind is wonderful for young children. The illustrations were done so well making the story easy to understand. I loved how the thought clouds were done, connecting the thoughts of the child to the clouds. The colors chosen in the book help to tell the story as well. They are bright and vibrant at times, but dull and gray at other times. The mixture helped to convey the feelings on each of the pages. The thought clouds are bright and white when they are happy, but as the story progresses, the clouds get a bit darker, showing how the child’s thoughts get more clouded and worried. It made a great visual for a child reading the book.

How I Felt:

I really enjoyed this story overall. Any time a book is written to help a child understand their feelings and overcome their struggles, I am so happy. Blue Sky Mind is a story that creates great visuals for a child to help them understand the story and a new way to relax and let go of their stress.

The story is focused on a child’s blue sky. Clouds appear with different thoughts. Sometimes those thoughts are sad or upsetting, but the positive thoughts can come to help brighten your day. The story is easy to follow and understand.

The idea of blowing the thought clouds “bye-bye” is great. I have found that breathing helps my children to calm down and this visual is a great way to get a child to do this.

Overall, this Blue Sky Mind is a great children’s book to help a child learn a new coping technique. I loved the bright colors and the easy-to-follow story. I think that this is a great story that any young reader would enjoy.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend Blue Sky Mind for young readers preschool to middle elementary age.

Where to Find This Book:

Blue Sky Mind by A.T. Waverly is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Goodreads

The #1 Mindfulness book and journal for kids (and adults).

A mindful story told in a calm, rhythmic, rhyme that helps kids (teens and adults) visualize their thoughts in a meditative way. Beautiful poem and relaxing illustrations about being mindful, meditation, meditative breathing with journal pages to draw and write mindful thoughts. Kids will become aware of a mindful thought process with this calm, fun and engaging book and journal. Encouraging happy thoughts and imagination.

Based on the Science of health benefits associated with mindfulness, meditation, breath work, and happy thoughts.

Just the Facts:

  • Blue Sky Mind by A.T. Waverly
  • Subtitle: Instant Mindfulness! Celebrate Mindfulness with Mindful thought clouds!
  • Series: Kids Mindfulness, Book 1
  • Genre: Children’s book
  • Page Count: 26 pages
  • Pub Date: February 9, 2020

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Oh How I Loved This Kids Book: It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! by Jason Tharp – A Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! is really focusing on how differences are okay and make each one of us special. I loved the way this is woven into the story with such perfection!

How I Felt:

The Story was so wonderful! Our secretly unicorn friend, Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is trying to hide that he is a unicorn from all his horse friends. His secret is shown to the reader early on in the book through the words, which I read to my daughter twice to see if she caught on to what the story was telling her. And she did. “Oh, HE’S a unicorn!” she said. She really enjoyed watching as Cornelius kept his secret hidden and watching his ultimate surprise to the entire town at the end.

The Illustration was so exciting. Bright colors and excellent details were added to each page making the book so enjoyable for a young reader to follow along as they are read the story.

I specifically LOVED that a map was added to the beginning of the book so the reader could envision the book’s location Hoofington. Adorable!

Overall, this was a wonderful story that we enjoyed greatly. The message of loving yourself and being true to yourself was so through the words, it was a powerful story that we will be reading again and again.

To Read or Not To Read:

This is a great book for a preschool to middle elementary school age readers. The story is bright and colorful with the words and the illustrations. It’s one you won’t want your littles to miss!

Where to Find This Book:

It’s Okay to be a Unicorn by Jason Tharpe is available at these sites.

Amazon| Amazon Kindle | Goodreads

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Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is a fabulous horse with a wonderful, helpful personality…except that he’s not a horse. He has a secret that he hides under his hat. He’s a unicorn living in a town where the Mayor has forbidden unicorns.

We follow Cornelius all week as he helps all his friends with everything they need for the big event, Hoofapalooza. Cornelius is also getting ready, as he has been asked to perform!

The big day comes, and he looks out at the crowd with all of his friends and decides that everyone will like him for who he really is, so he has a big reveal, removing his hat . . . and the crowd roars with love and applause.

  • It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn! by Jason Tharp
  • Target Reader: Preschool – middle elementary
  • Page Count: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint
  • Pub Date: February 4, 2020

I was provided a free advanced reader’s copy of this book. I am leaving this honest, unbiased review voluntarily.

A Bird with Udders: Celebrate Unique you! by A.T. Waverly- A Kid’s Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

I loved the message in A Bird with Udders! It’s a book about celebrating how each animal in the book is unique and special, but the message really asks a child to think of what makes them uniquely them. It was beautiful.

I am different you see
and so very happy to be uniquely me.

A Bird with Udders: Celebrate Unique you! by A.T. Waverly

How I Felt:

I just LOVED this book. I so appreciate a story that helps a child see that their differences are special. They do not need to be like all the others, they are wonderful the way they are. The Bird with Udders does just that.

The Illustrations: I am in love with these simple illustrations. They were bright and colorful. The story focuses on a different special animal on each page and there is a perfect illustration to go with it. I liked that it sparked thought in my daughter. She wanted to talk about each animal as we moved through the story.

The Writing: This is a rhyming story and I really liked the way it was written. The cadence of the story flowed really well. I wasn’t stumbling over words and everything rhymed well. The story was easy for my daughter to understand and would be easy for any young reader.

Overall: This book had a wonderful message for children with illustrations that are fun and bright. The story is exciting and helps a young reader use their imagination.

To Read or Not To Read:

I would recommend A Bird with Udders for any young reader! It is perfect for preschool through kindergarten children and should be read with the child.

Where to Find This Book:

A Bird with Udders by A.T. Waverly is available at these sites.

Amazon Kindle | Goodreads

A Bird with Udders introduces the reader to a unique animal on each page. A cow with pink spots and a bird with udders and so many others. The story tells us how each animal is unique and proud of it! It’s a great story to help a child celebrate being themselves.

Just the Facts:

  • A Bird with Udders by A.T. Waverly
  • Genre: Children’s
  • Publisher: Independently Published
  • Pub Date: January 14, 2020

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My Sister’s Super Skills by Lauren Mosback

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What I Loved:

This book is focused on helping a young child learn tools for handling their emotions. I loved that these actions related to animals. I think that a tool that connects to something they already know will make it much easier to remember!

How I Felt:

My Sister’s Super Skills is written to help children learn coping mechanisms for emotions. I liked that this is written as an actual story. My daughter was very engaged in the story, following along and learning with David as his sister teaches him these tools. Each tool is connected to an animal so they are easier for kids to remember. My daughter particularly loved the horse one and practiced it several times before I was allowed to move on to the next one.

Overall, there are so many great techniques for children and I think that my only “complaint” is that I would like to see these broken out into more books, but maybe that will be coming someday!

To Read or Not To Read:

My Sister’s Super Skills is the perfect story to be read to children from preschool through middle elementary. With easy to understand tools, this is excellent for a classroom or library and at home!

Check out this video of my daughter opening this book mail!

Where To Find This Book:

Amazon Goodreads Mascot Books

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Lily notices that David, her younger brother has had a rough day. She helps him find ways to feel better, taking him through a variety of exercises to help him feel better. Many of these are connected to an animal to help him remember them the next time he needs them.

Will David’s big sister’s super skills help him to feel better after a frustrating day?

  • My Sister’s Super Skills by Lauren Mosback
  • Good for Readers: preschool to middle elementary
  • Page Count: 38 pages
  • Publisher: Mascot Books
  • Pub Date: January 7, 2020

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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.