From actor Max Greenfield (fan-favorite “Schmidt” from television’s New Girl) comes a hilarious picture book for every child who thinks they don’t like to read books (and all the kids—and grownups—who do).
Words, sentences, and even worse, paragraphs fill up books. Ugh! So what’s a reluctant reader to do? Actor Max Greenfield (New Girl) and New York Times bestselling illustrator Mike Lowery bring the energy and laugh-out-loud fun out for every child (and parent) who thinks they don’t want to read a book. Joining the ranks of favorites like The Book With No Pictures and The Serious Goose, this clever and playful read-aloud breaks the fourth wall and will have all readers coming back for laughs again and again!
I didn’t know about Max Greenfield until the show The Neighborhood premiered. I love this show so when I saw this book was by Greenfield, I knew I wanted to read it.
This is a funny book and is geared toward kids ages 4-8 who don’t like to read. It will hopefully show them that reading can be fun.
The illustrations are big and bold which I think makes the book very appealing. I think most children whether they like to read or not will enjoy this book. For those who don’t like to read, I hope it starts them on a lifelong love of books!
Book Details: Keeping Christmas Magic by Anna and Gunnar Counselman Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 38 pages Genre: Children’s Book Publisher: Mascot; Release Date: August 2021 Tour dates: November 26 to December 6 Content Rating: PG – It is a book about how to keep Christmas alive when your kids find out the truth about Santa. Book Description: Shhhh, don’t tell! Keeping Christmas Magic reveals the true story of Santa Claus, asking you to become a Christmas Magic-Keeper. Buy the Book: Mascot ~ Barnes and Noble ~ Amazon ~ add to goodreads
Anna and Gunnar Counselman Interview #2
For a Christmas book, Is there a reason your book cover is so understated? We don’t want kids interested in it. If a parent forgets to put it away, or accidentally puts it on the kids shelf, we want them to skip right over it. Kids book covers tend to be really colorful and bright. We wanted ours to look more like it belongs in a law library, or like it’s an old family heirloom.
Who Designed the Cover? You know, it’s a funny story. We knew we wanted the cover to be something that kids wouldn’t be interested in, because it’s a secret. Our worst fear is that a child might read the book before they and their parents are ready. We imagined a leather-bound volume with understated and highly-stylized fonts that kids would struggle to read. But the only example we could find was the typical law library book and we knew that wasn’t right. But then Gunnar swiped his dad’s copy of The Princess Bride to read to their son Tristan. It’s one of the family’s favorite books and movies and so Anna ordered grandpa another copy on Amazon – more of a coffee table book. And the copy that she found had the coolest cover. So, we designed the cover in homage to S. Morgenstern’s Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure.
The book includes a signature page for kids to sign. What is its purpose? The first half of the book is a teaser for the story in the second half of the book. But to get the “real story of Santa”, kids have to sign a pledge to keep it a secret. In so doing, they become “Christmas Magic Keepers”, like a secret society that’s responsible for maintaining the magic of Christmas. We try to explain that the magic of Santa is “love”, that Santa so loved to see kids happy, that he spent his life making toys and bringing them joy. Parents took over when he got too old and frail to keep it up. We just love that idea that when you sign his name, and take a bite of the cookie, that a little part of Santa’s love has survived inside you. It’s been said that as long as a person is remembered, they never really die. Well somewhere in history, there was someone who made toys for kids and gave them out at the height of winter when kids probably needed joy the most. His legend survives today and we think it’s amazing to get to be a small part of it.
A portion of your book sales goes to charity. Can you elaborate? Gunnar was an active-duty Marine from 1999-2003and comes from a long line of Marines stretching back to Dec 9, 1941. And since the Marine Corps has been running the Toys for Tots campaign for the last generation or two, we thought it would be a great organization to support. So, 1% of revenues go to Toys for Tots.
Having been married for a decade, did you learn anything interesting about each other through collaborating on the book? Ha! Yes. We learned that Gunnar is great at getting to a pretty good solution to most problems quickly. But we also learned that Anna’s process is slower, and more deliberate and yields much better and more refined creative output. It’s a bit of a metaphor for our marriage. Gunnar gets to 80% quickly, then Anna noodles, takes her time, obsesses about the detail and brings us across the finish line. We use this learning every day when we clean the kitchen…well most days anyways. Gunnar does the blitz clean and gets it to “fine”, then Anna does the final detail. It’s made our marriage stronger.
Thoughts Do you remember how excited you felt at Christmastime when you were growing up? I sure do. My whole family got together to exchange gifts and have our Christmas dinner together.
When I was young, my brother in law (who was more like a brother since he married myoldest sister when I was only 4yrs. old) used to dress up like Santa Clause. When we’d hear the “Sleigh Bells” we’d peak out the window and see Santa walking outside and get so excited that we actually saw him. So yes, I believed in Santa for quite a few years.
When my friends or other kids would say that Santa wasn’t real I’d tell them that yes he was, I had seen him many times on Christmas Eve! I loved Christmas and still can feel the excitement in me today from all those great memories.
But, at some point as you’re getting older, you do start to realize that the presents under the tree are from your parents, while leaving them with the idea that there really is a Santa, but that he has now passed the gift giving on to your parents.
The illustrations in the book are cute, and they are very colorful. The cover is beautiful!
I think this is a great way to explain to kids who are starting to question whether there is a Santa or not!
Meet the Authors:
Anna and Gunnar are the husband-and-wife team behind Keeping Christmas Magic. Anna immigrated from Russia at age 12 and began her American journey in Swampscott, MA, attending Boston University before moving out to California to pursue her entrepreneurial career which has culminated in her co-founding Upstart, an AI lending platform. A third-generation Marine, Gunnar grew up pretty much everywhere there’s a Marine base before going to Cornell for undergrad deploying as a Human Intelligence Officer to Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Bosnia before attending Harvard for business school. Gunnar’s entrepreneurial career has focused in education software and services where he’s founded and invested in a handful of companies including his most recent company, Array. When their then-six-year-old son Tristan started asking hard questions about Santa, they didn’t have good answer. Wanting to keep Christmas as magical as possible for as long as possible they looked for a children’s book to help and when they couldn’t find one, they wrote it. Originally, the poem was just for Tristan and his baby sister Sasha, but some close friends convinced them to submit it for publishing and the more they worked on the story, the more they felt like it needed to be told. They hope that the book does for parents around the world, what’s it’s done for them, help make an otherwise difficult conversation a beautiful experience instead.
Book Title: Twin Tales: Alike and Different by Brielle and Nadia Dupervil Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 28 pages Genre: Children Publisher: RiaJay Publishing Release date: October 2021 Format: Print – Hardback USA, e-book PDF Tour dates: October 25 to November 19 Content Rating: G – Suitable for all readers.
Book Description: Imagine having someone that is just like you in the world. Or what if there were not just like you, but everyone thought they were? Twin sisters Alexia and Denise might look alike on the outside, but they are very different on the inside. Join the sisters as they reveal what makes them unique. An enduring story of siblings who share a strong bond that parents will appreciate, and children will love.
Thoughts This is such a cute book! Alexia and Denise are twin sisters who look so much alike that people get them mixed up sometimes. That’s pretty much where the sameness ends. They both like to do different things, like different foods and clothes, etc.
I have a twin brother (so nobody got us mixed up), but growing up we liked a lot of the same things like going camping, riding bicycles and mini bikes, watching tv, and we pretty much liked the same foods. Across the street from us were twin brothers who were a year younger and like Alexa and Denise, they looked alike but liked different things.
If you have children, whether they are twins or not, I think they would like this book.
It’s illustrated by Folksnfables and are big and clear and colorful.
This would make a great gift for any young child, especially twins.
Brielle has a bold and bubbly personality and never meets a stranger. You can call her the life of the party because there is never a dull moment when she is around. Brielle is a curious conversationalist who will talk to anyone who will listen.
Nadia is a soft spoken, articulate, gentle spirit. Initially she is reserved, but once comfortable she will win you over with her contagious laughter and the silly jokes she keeps in her back pocket for the right time. Nadia is caring and always does what she can to help others feel better. She is very in tune with her emotions and very direct when expressing them. Connect with the Author:website ~ facebook ~ instagram
Book Title: Chipper Makes Merry by Kimber Fox Morgan Category: Children’s Fictions (Ages 3-7) Genre: Children’s Picture Book Publisher: Simple Wonder Press, 34 pages Release date: October 2021 Content Rating: Rated G – Suitable for All Ages
A “Mom’s Choice Award Winner”!
Tip toe, tip toe, crackle, crunch!
Chipper the Fox sneaks through the forest to spread cheer to his weary friends. Will his merry making be a success? Or will a smelly fish disaster and a log pile tumble ruin his plans?
“Chipper Makes Merry” takes you on Chipper’s arctic quest filled with lessons of love, kindness and determination.
This is such a cute story with a very good message. These cute animals seem to be going through a tough winter and like a lot of people, they get sad during that time. They are cold, sometimes hungry because they can’t find food, etc. and just want the snow to end and the sun to shine.
Chipper the fox see’s his friends having a hard time and decides to do what he can to cheer them up. All of his ideas are great, but things don’t always go as planned. Still, his thoughtfulness is appreciated for the kindness Chipper has shown them.
The book is geared toward a reading age of 4 – 8 years, and I think that is appropriate for this book, although I do think that some children who are younger or older will love this book also.
The book is illustrated by Kim Sponaugle, and she did a great job!
About The Author
Morgan is a fun wife, and imperfect mom of 3 crazy kiddos and 2 little lemon (problematic) dogs. She tries to live her strengths the best she can. She likes to say she is creative, not crafty. Morgan is a homemade Halloween costume type of mom. She lets her kids mix the play doh. She bakes fun birthday cakes (cutely, but far from perfection). She loves a homemade valentine and a school project. Chipper the Fox is an extension of Morgan’s creative strength. Originally designed as character to create merry during the holiday season, Chipper has grown and developed into a story of determination and love.
Book Title: The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight by Dr. Hope A. Walter, EdD Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 5-12), 38 pages Genre: Children’s Picture Book Publisher: Mascot Release date: Aug, 2021 Format available for review: print – hardback (USA), pdf Tour dates: Aug 23 to Sep 10, 2021 Content Rating: G
Book Description This is not just another book about a dog! Meet Punk, an eight-year-old petite English Bulldog. Her life appears great right now, but it wasn’t always that way. Join Punk as she recounts her story of neglect, her rescue and recovery, and her journey of learning to trust and heal again. Punk’s Plight is meant to help educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allies of children teach children about the difficult topic of neglect. Punk teaches that neglect may change you forever, but it does not have to stop you from living your best life.
Thoughts I am a huge animal lover, especially dogs, and I’ve rescued a few animals . One of my dogs was born in a puppy mill at a woman’s house where she had over 300 dogs. I have no idea what my dog went through in her 2 years there, but I do know it was something that made her not trust people. She wasn’t housebroken, wouldn’t go through a doorway if I was standing there. I was told that it was because the woman would slam the door to the cages the dogs were in if they tried get out. I had to back away from the door and then she hesitantly went into the room. I could go on and on, but I’m sure most of you know about puppy mill dogs. It was so sad to see her that way knowing she was treated so badly.
It took some time, but finally she realized I wasn’t going to hurt her and that she would never go hungry or thirsty again. Now she is the happiest dog and I love seeing her little tail wagging every time anyone goes near her. At first she didn’t even know how to play and it took me months to get her to understand it was something to have fun with. Then she realized she wasn’t in a cage and could go wherever she wanted. That’s when she started doing zoomies, and it was a wonderful thing to see.
The author of this book did a fantastic job of telling the story of how a mistreated and/or neglected dog or any animal acts. The beginning is sad but the patience and love the author and her family had for this dog was very uplifting and made me love this book. Hope described exactly how my dog acted when I brought her into a new home. She was so scared of anyone hurting her again. I had many different feelings while I was reading it, and it actually made me tear up.
I think every child would love this book. I also think they would benefit from it in case they ever have an abused animal come into their life or experience abuse themselves. It will also teach them not to abuse or mistreat an animal in any way.
Hope A. Walter, Ed. D grew up in East Greenville, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Upper Perkiomen High School, Hope received her B.S. in Elementary Education at Kutztown University in 1996, her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 2002 from the University of Las Vegas in Nevada, and her Ed.D in Educational Leadership in 2018. Currently, Hope resides in McMinnville, Oregon with her husband of 25 years, her 3 boys, and her 2 dogs and 2 cats. She works as an adjunct professor at Linfield University and Oregon State University teaching mathematics education and educational psychology to future teachers.
Punk’s Plight was conceptualized after teaching future teachers about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Hope saw the connection between ACES and the journey of her own bulldog, Pumpkin, who was neglected, rescued, and spent the rest of her life learning how to trust and love again. Sadly, Pumpkin passed away peacefully in November 2020 after a long life with the Walter family. Hope wants Punk’s story to help children suffering from neglect by showing children they can recover, heal, and prosper despite experiencing neglect.
In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge Mora comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who–with perseverance and dedication–proved that you’re never too old to learn.
Thoughts I loved reading about Mary Walker and her life. She was an amazing person and very determined to learn how to read and write.
Mary was born a slave on May 6, 1848 so she had a very hard life, and for a time was even a blacksmith!
Mary was emancipated at 15 yrs. old. She met a group of Evangelists and was given a Bible from a woman. She kept that Bible and wanted to learn to read it. Finally, after owning the Bible for 101 years, she learned to read and write at the age of 116. How amazing is that?
Mary was married twice, had 3 children, and she outlived them all.
I loved this book! The treatment of slaves was horrible, but Mary had a fighting spirit and her life was filled with so much more than she could have ever imagined.
I loved the illustrations.
This book should be in every elementary class room!
Book Title: Balloons for Tiger by Lori Orlinsky Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 38 pages Genre: Children’s Picture Book Publisher: Mascot Books Release date: May 4, 2021 Formats available: hardback Content Rating: G for everyone.
How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for
Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons
travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed
on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a
magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet
skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they
watch the balloons voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they
learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great
tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet- or any other
loved one, too.
The loss of a pet can be a very tragic thing for adults, let alone children. This book’s purpose is to start the healing process for children who have lost a pet.
The children in this story have recently lost their cat, Tiger. They release balloons that will travel to their beloved pet who is now at the Rainbow Bridge, and help them start the process of healing the loss of Tiger.
The story is told in rhyme, and I enjoyed that. The illustrations in the book are bold and colorful and I really liked them.
The book was centered mostly on the balloons and who they met along the way to the Rainbow Bridge. I thought it was going to be more about comforting children going through the loss of a pet. Still, I’m sure children will get some comfort from the book.
I received a free copy of this book for this tour My thoughts are my honest opinion
Lori Orlinsky is a multi-award-winning children’s book author who lives in Chicago. She was inspired to tell this story after her family experienced the loss of their beloved eighteen-year-old cat, Tiger. Unable to find books about pet loss to help her young kids cope with their grief, Lori wrote Balloons for Tiger. She hopes this book will help others, too.connect with the author: website ~ instagram ~ facebook ~ goodreads
Book Details: Book Title: Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 30 pages Genre: Children’s Picture Book Publisher: WestBow Press Release date: July 2017 Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook Content Rating: G for everyone.
In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.
“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”
In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.
Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.
Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.
The best kinds of book for children in my opinion are ones that comfort/calm/ teach, or show them how to be a good person. The book will comfort and calm your child.
The story is about each child having a Guardian Angel from the time they are born that will watch over them. It will help them not be afraid of the dark or going to bed alone, etc. and give them a sense of safety. That’s very important, especially with all that’s going on in the world right now.
The words are very easy to read. They are black on a white background and in a box with a beautiful border. The illustrations are beautiful also.
This is a perfect book for all moms-to-be as a baby shower gift. I wish I’d had a book like this when my children and grandchildren were born. I plan on giving this book to my great granddaughter.
The book isn’t listed as a Christian book, but it does have a Christian theme. Still, I think every parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt/uncle, etc. would love this book and want to read it to the little ones in their life.
I received a free copy of this book for this tour My thoughts are my honest opinion
Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a
counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.
Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.
Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to Mar 26, 2021!Book Details: Book Title: WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli (Frank Tl Frogg and Friends) by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson Category: Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages Genre: Children’s Picture Book Publisher: Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson Release date: January, 2021 Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook (PDF), interactive multimedia book Content Rating: G. This children’s book is for everyone.
The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg, when Mustachio Pistachio and his “flavorite” flavor friends teach Bulli
Vanilli a lesson in kindness and acceptance.
This is such a cute book with a very important message. It lets kids know that it is not nice to bully someone, and that if they see someone being bullied, they should let the bully know that it isn’t right. It also suggests that you might be afraid to say something on your own, but it’s the right thing to do and it would be a lot easier if you were to do it as a group.
The illustrator did a great job with the pictures. The colors are cute and bold and easy to see. The author wrote this book with humorous words that makes such a serious subject not so hard for little ones to take in.
I enjoyed this book and think other adults will too, and enjoy reading it with their children. Children will enjoy it also, I’m sure. This book should be in every kindergarten & first grade class.
I received a free copy of this book for this tour My thoughts are my honest opinion
Meet the Authors:
Cheryl is an award-winning songwriter, children’s song recording
artist (as the cartoon character CADi Grace), and the co-creator of the
puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success
of The Waterhole Bunch, Cheryl along with co-creator Dave Gibson, spun
off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s
entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets
in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and
Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger
audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg
and Friends children’s book series.
Dave is an award-winning Nashville-based songwriter, having
written hundreds of hit songs for artists including Alabama, Montgomery
Gentry and Marie Osmond. Dave’s own group, The Gibson/Miller Band, won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for best new group in the early nineties. He is the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show,
The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Dave,
along with co-creator Cheryl DaVeiga, spun off the main character, Frank
TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL
Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky
Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs,
videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream
Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book
Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021!
Book Title: It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak Category: Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12), 57 pages Genre: Children’s/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices Publisher: EduMatch Publishing Release date: November 14, 2020 Content Rating: PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.
Book Description: It’s Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let’s ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.
This book should be in all elementary schools, and could even help students in middle and high schools! So many people, especially children, are going through something that causes them to be judged and talked about, and so many people can be cruel and unsympathetic to them. That makes me so sad.
Do people think they choose to be “different”? Why don’t they think about how they would feel if they were treated like that? I’ve never understood why some people have no compassion for others. This world is hard enough to live in without being badly treated.
If you think about it, none of us are perfect. We all have flaws and imperfections. They may or may not be something that people notice right away, but how would we feel if we were treated badly, excluded, talked about, or made fun of?
This book is full of real stories written by real people, students, teachers, and educators. Their words are powerful. Their feelings are raw. The book is emotional. This book is a must read for school children, and in my opinion, anyone of any age.
The illustrations are great!
I received a free copy of this book for this tour My thoughts are my honest opinion
Meet the Author:Jeff loves children’s literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff’s first published children’s book. It’s Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. “Seeing” each
other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He’s always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.