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    Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants by Andrea Beaty + A Giveaway!

    Disclaimer: Abrams Books sent me the book to check out and is partnering with me for a giveaway!

    by Andrea Beaty, Illustrations © David Roberts

    Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants: The Questioneers Book #2 by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

    Release date: April 16th, 2019
    Recommended for ages 6-9
    Published by Abrams Books

    About the Series
    A mystery! A riddle! A puzzle! A quest!  The Questioneers are the best!

    If you’re already a fan of Ada Twist, Iggy Peck, and Rosie Revere, get ready for a new Questioneer! Sofia Valdez, Future Prez joins the class Election Day 2019. More info.

    About the Book
    Ada Twist is the queen of questions. Like, why does hot coffee smell stronger than cold? What kind of birds live in her backyard? And, especially, why does her brother Arthur get so cranky when she borrows his stuff for experiments?  But Ada’s questions really come in handy when her friend Rosie Revere needs help. Rosie’s Uncle Ned has gotten carried away in his famous helium pants, and Ada needs some answers—fast!

    How high can Uncle Ned float? Will he fly off into outer space? And, most important, how can they get him down? With the help of her fellow Questioneers Iggy Peck and Rosie Revere, her brother Arthur, and some new friends, Ada Twist is ready to save the day!

    We are huge fans of the books Iggy Peck, ArchitectRosie Revere, Engineer and Ada Twist, Scientist.  We also thoroughly enjoyed reading the first book in The Questioneers chapter book series, a spin-off of the popular bestselling picture books.  You can read my full review of that book here in case you missed it.

    The second book stars our favorite curious STEM loving character, Miss Ada Twist.  In true Ada fashion, she asks a myriad of never-ending questions and performs several science experiments.  This is a fun, engaging and entertaining chapter book for children ages 6-9.

    The Giveaway!  Ready to Enter?


    One (1) winner receives:

    • Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants
    • plus Ada Twist’s Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists.

    Giveaway open to US addresses only.

    Prizing and samples provided by Abrams Books.

    Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants

    About the Author

    Andrea Beaty is the author of Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist; among other children’s titles. She is an advocate for STEM and her books have been read around the globe and in space on board the International Space Station. She lives just outside Chicago. Visit her online at andreabeaty.com and on Twitter.

    About the Illustrator

    David Roberts has illustrated many children’s books, including Iggy Peck, Architect; Rosie Revere, Engineer; and Ada Twist, Scientist. He lives in London where, when not drawing, he likes to make hats. Visit him online on Tumblr and Instagram.

    For more information about The Questioneers visit the Official Site

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    Little Likes Kids + An Instagram Giveaway!

    We’re excited to collaborate with Little Likes Kids today and let you know about this kid-friendly company!

    Founded by a mom in 2018, Little Likes Kids™ makes high quality, eco-friendly puzzles, games and other products for kids age 6 and under.  They are bringing to a mass market, beautifully-illustrated and lovingly designed toys inspired by—and truly reflective of—the lives of today’s kids.  Their products feature recognizable and happy scenes which makes it easy for all parents and caregivers to buy toys that celebrate their kids’ world!  Little Likes Kids™ was founded by a mom who wanted toy options for her son that reflected his and his friends’ experiences.

    The Giveaway!

    Little Likes Kids would like to give one (1) lucky US-resident winner:  (1) Splash Park Puzzle and (1) Musical Crossroads Memory Game.

    To enter:

    1. Follow @littlelikeskids on Instagram
    2. Like any post on the @littlelikeskids Instagram page, tag two friends and leave hashtag #hereforfun (Note: Be sure to include the hashtag so they’ll know you’re responding to our giveaway.)  Contest ends on Thursday, February 28th at 11:59 PM EST  Good Luck!

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    Black History Month: Waiting for Pumpsie + A Giveaway!

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    I received this book for free from Charlesbridge in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

    Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein
    Published by Charlesbridge Format: Hardcover
    Source: Charlesbridge
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    In 1959 the Boston Red Sox was the last team in the Major Leagues to integrate. But when they call Elijah “Pumpsie” Green up from the minors, Bernard is overjoyed to see a black player on his beloved home team. And, when Pumpsie’s first home game is scheduled, Bernard and his family head to Fenway Park. Bernard is proud of Pumpsie and hopeful that this historic event is the start of great change in America.

    This fictionalized account captures the true story of baseball player Pumpsie Green’s rise to the major leagues. The story is a snapshot of the Civil Rights Movement and a great discussion starter about the state of race relations in the United States today.

    Waiting for Pumpsie is based on a fictional character named Bernard and his family, but based on true events from Pumpsie Green’s life.

    All Pumpsie Green wanted to do was play baseball. He didn’t aspire to play for the major leagues initially, but he eventually went on to become the first Black baseball player to integrate the Boston Red Sox. Although Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball in 1947, it took the Red Sox another twelve years to integrate their team. They were the last team in Major League Baseball to have a Black player.

    This is an inspiring and feel good story about equality and change. Pumpsie Green is currently still alive today and is sometimes invited back to Fenway Park to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Red Sox games.

    Click here to see a list of the first Black players for each Major League Baseball team.

    About the Author
    Barry has been a bartender, taxi driver, song writer, substitute teacher and writer for the Major League Baseball.  He grew up as a Mets fan and was eight years old when he first heard the name Pumpsie Green.  He lives in Manhattan with his wife and son.  Visit his website: onedogwoof.com.

    About the Illustrator
    London Ladd currently lives in Syracuse, New York.  He’s a graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in Illustration. He has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed children’s books including March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World (Scholastic), written by Christine King Farris, the older sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass (Disney/Jump at the Sun), written by Doreen Rappaport, and Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and her Secret School (Lee & Low Books), written by Janet Halfmann.  His goal is to open an art center in Syracuse so that young people and families can create their own art.  Visit his website: londonladd.com.

    The Giveaway!
    One (1) winner will receive a copy of Waiting for Pumpsie courtesy of Charlesbridge Publishing.  Open to all US based residents age 18 and over.  Good Luck!

    Waiting for Pumpsie Book Giveaway

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    Beep and Bob: A New Early Chapter Book Series for Kids! + A Giveaway!

    Beep and Bob by Jonathan Roth (Author, Illustrator)
    Age Range: 6 – 9
    Grade Level: 1 – 4

    Have you introduced your elementary aged readers to Beep and Bob yet?  Bob is a space-school attendee and Beep is his alien bestie.  This early chapter book series is lively and action-packed and is recommended for the 6 – 9 year old crowd.

    In their first adventure, Bob is humiliated on a field trip to Pluto when his tongue gets stuck to the ice.  In the second book Beep and Bob find themselves in a sticky situation and end up getting blamed for a robbery on a spaceship.  The third book finds Beep and Bop coming up with a clever plan to save Halloween. Book number four is double the fun as it involves cloning!  Beep and Bop accidentally clone themselves and it becomes a battle of good vs. evil.  The cloned Beep and Bop turn out to be evil and want to hatch a plan to clone an evil Earth.  Oh my!

    Beginning readers are likely to enjoy all of the silliness in these books.  I think they are good for kids who are just starting to tackle early chapter books on their own.  They are also good to read-aloud for story time although sometimes the text, jokes and silliness may seem too juvenile to adults.  Like many early chapter books, the chapters in these books are not too long so the book can be finished within a matter of days or weeks.  And of course, space loving kids will likely be drawn to all of the space references throughout the series.

    Reviewers love the Beep and Bob series!
     
    “Pretty sporky, as Bob would approvingly put it.” —Booklist
     

    “A strong addition to any library’s chapter book selection.” —School Library Journal


    About the Author
    Author-illustrator Jonathan Roth is a public elementary school art teacher in Maryland who likes reading, writing, drawing, cycling, and napping. Though he has never left the Earth, he has met four of the astronauts who have gone to the moon. Beep and Bob is his first series. To learn more, and to download a free Beep and Bob activity kit, visit his website: beepandbob.com.

    Supergalactic Giveaway!
    One (1) lucky winner will receive a set of ALL FOUR Beep and Bob titles–Too Much Space!, Party Crashers, Take Us To Your Sugar, and Double Trouble (U.S. addresses), courtesy of Aladdin/Simon & Schuster!
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    The Sharing Secret by La Shell Wooten + A Book Giveaway!

    The Sharing Secret by La Shell Wooten, illustrated by Nathaniel Mary Quinn



    The smell of baking reminds me of my Nana, whom I loved dearly. She passed away many years ago and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss her. My Nana and I were very close. She was kind, funny and very talented in the kitchen. Nothing tops my Nana’s sweet potato pie!  Reading The Sharing Secret brings back fond memories of helping my Nana bake sweet potato pies.  There’s also some awesome lessons and reminders about sharing and karma, which are two things my Nana also believed in.

    The Sharing Secret introduces young readers to Asai; a boy who learns about making choices during a trip to his grandfather’s bakery. Asai’s private baking lesson gives him an opportunity to learn how sharing with others is actually like giving a gift to himself. A colorful imagery where learning about cakes and karma is painted into every page.

    Enter below to win an autographed copy of this newly released picture book in time for the holidays.  Good Luck!

    About the Author

    La Shell Wooten is a New York City mom who wrote her inaugural children’s book to help young people learn that a good life is created by our choices. Her endowment as a licensed mental health professional, life coach, teacher, healer, feng shui consultant and now author are among the gifts she shares with the world. As the mother of two boys, Wooten wrote The Sharing Secret to teach children about the laws of karma in an age-appropriate way and to feature young boys of color as lead characters in children’s literature. La Shell hopes The Sharing Secret and its’ follow-up Good Hands will inform and delight young readers.

    The Giveaway!
    One (1) US resident (age 18 and over) will win an author and illustrator signed copy of the picture book The Sharing Secret.  All entries must be received by November 4th by 11:59pm EST.  Good Luck!

    The Sharing Secret

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    The Gift of Story Time + A Board Book Bundle Giveaway!

    Little Simon sent me these adorable board books to check out and is partnering with me for a giveaway!  Read on to find out how you can enter to win.

     

    Little Simon board books make the perfect gift for all of the young readers in your life!  With cute and creative illustrations, accessible and engaging stories, and the perfect size and durability, these books are great for new parents and for reading aloud.  These fun series teach important lessons and concepts through adorable characters, interesting stories, and hilarious creatures!

    Here are the titles included in this board book giveaway:

    We enjoyed reading all of the books in this bundle, but our personal favorites are Dia De los Muertos and This Little Scientist.  I’m so impressed with how informative and easy to understand both of these books are for young readers.  With Dia De los Muertos, kids can learn about the holiday as well as a few Spanish words that are weaved into the story while enjoying the colorful and bold illustrations.  This Little Scientist provides young readers with a nice introduction to a diverse group of male and female scientists including: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Katherine Johnson and more!

    To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment below.  Open to US residents age 18 and over ONLY.  Giveaway ends on October 25, 2018 at 11:59pm.  The winner will be notified by email on October 26, 2018.  For an extra entry, enter on my Instagram page.  Good Luck!

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    Sing to the Moon by Nansubuga Nagadya + A Book Giveaway!


    In partnership with Lantana Publising, this summer I revealed the cover of the picture book Sing to the Moon written by Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl.  Now I’m excited to partner with them again and join the blog tour for this beautiful book.  You may be already be familiar with the dynamic author and illustrator duo of this book.  They also created the equally beautiful book Sleep Well, Siba and Saba.

    Sing to the Moon features a little boy from Uganda who likes to dream big.  This story was inspired by the rainy days the author spent with her family in Uganda during the rainy season. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated story that shows the precious bond between a grandfather and grandson.

    Available for Sale: October 1, 2018
    Age Range: 4 – 8
    Grade Level: PreK – 2

    Synopsis
    For one little Ugandan boy, no wish is too big. First he dreams of reaching the stars and then of riding a supernova straight to Mars. But on a rainy day at his grandfather’s house, he is brought down to earth with a bump. Do adventures only happen in galaxies far away or can he find magic a little closer to home? A touching story of a grandfather’s love for his grandson and the quiet pleasures of a rainy day.

    About the Author
    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl was born to Ugandan parents in Cambridge, MA, USA. For over ten years, Nansubuga has worked in international development in East and Southern Africa. In her current role as a technical writer and editor, she produces a range of written work for international organizations such as the UN and the World Bank. Having lived in seven countries across three continents, creative writing has always been her way to re-connect with her cultural heritage. Sleep Well, Siba and Saba is her first children’s book.

    About the Illustrator
    Sandra van Doorn was born in a small medieval town in France and now lives in Australia. She attended art classes at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before embarking on her career as a children’s illustrator. You can find out more about her work at www.sandravandoorn.com.

    The Giveaway!

    One (1) winner will receive a copy of Sing to the Moon.  Enter to win using the entry form below.  Good Luck!

    Sing to the Moon Book Giveaway

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