Books You Miss

I was checking out the Barnes and Noble website and saw that books in the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor are on sale. Gosh, I hadn’t thought about Fancy Nancy in years. That brought my mind back to those days of sitting in the Lil’ Diva’s or Lil’ Princess’ bedrooms at night and reading before bedtime. There were so many books we read, I could never name them all. Here are a few that stick out in my mind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I still remember the last book we read together…

 

 

We bought Scarlet, but somewhere in the middle of it the girls decided they were too old to read with mommy. 😦

What are some books you remember reading to your kids? Do you miss them? I’m hoping one day there will be grandkids who want to read with their yiayia.

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Coming in August – Two Children’s Books from Tony and Lauren Dungy

When Maria’s family moves to a new town, her parents sign her up for the summer soccer team to help her meet new friends. But Maria has never tried soccer before. She would rather be back on her old swim team. Maria is afraid she will be the worst player and no one will like her.

Coach Tony and Coach Lauren remind Maria everything is new at first. Maria will have to give soccer a try to see if she likes it. What have you wanted to try but were afraid to? Like Maria, you can have the courage to try something new, because who knows? That new thing you try might just become your next favorite thing!

Pre-order here!

 

 

Austin loves playing flag football for the Trentwood Tigers. There is only one problem. His team has lost six games in a row, and he doesn’t like losing. At his next game, Austin’s teammate has a plan to trick the other team. It works, but Austin knows his team cheated to win.

Coach Tony and Coach Lauren remind Austin the most important thing about football isn’t winning—it’s playing fair. When his team takes the field for their next game, will Austin choose to cheat again, or will he stand up for what’s right? What would you do if you were in Austin’s shoes?

Coming in August. Pre-order here!

Tony Dungy is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Quiet Strength and Uncommon. He enjoyed a successful career in the National Football League, winning Super Bowls as a player and as a coach. Tony is involved in numerous charities, including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and All Pro Dad. He and his wife, Lauren, are the parents of ten children. They are active in the foster parenting community, as both parents and advocates.

Lauren Dungy is the bestselling author of You Can Be a Friend and Uncommon Marriage, a frequently sought-after speaker, and an early childhood educational specialist. She is vice president of the Dungy Family Foundation, an organization committed to strengthening families and helping individuals acquire needed life skills. In addition to being a foster parent with Tony, she works with several agencies in the Tampa Bay area to help raise awareness for the foster care system.

Visit the authors online at https://www.dungyfamilyfoundation.org/

Blogging at the 4RV Blog

 

Today, I am blogging about how to work when the kids are home for the summer. You can find this article on the 4RV Blog at https://4rvreading-writingnewsletter.blogspot.com/2018/06/how-to-work-when-kids-are-home-too.html

Lions, Leopards, and Storms, Oh My! by Heather L. Beal

Learning about storms has never been so much fun. In Lions, Leopards, and Storms, Oh My! by Heather L. Beal, we return to Ms. Mandy’s childcare for another entertaining and educational story.

When Lily and Niko are playing outside, a loud boom makes them wonder what is going on. Ms. Mandy brings them back to the classroom, and with the help of Mr. Raccoon, talks to them about storms and what to expect. Most importantly, the students learn how to stay safe.

Just like in Tummy Rumble Quake, Beal shares important information with young children in a lighthearted way. The cute animal characters, illustrated so sweetly by Jubayda Sagor, ask the questions youngsters will want to know when faced with experiencing a storm for the first time. The colorful artwork also serves to make the story more playful to lessen anxiety. The final page of the book has questions and activities, and the children will enjoy going out to the Train 4 Safety website with the help of their parents to print out a certificate of training completion.

I look forward to more safety books from Beal and Sagor soon.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Train 4 Safety Press (May 22, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0998791261
ISBN-13: 978-0998791265

I received a copy of this book from the author. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Blogging at the 4RV Blog

This month, I began contributing to the 4RV Publishing blog. The 4RV Reading, Writing & Art News is geared toward writers and artists. It has a lot of helpful hints I’ve used over the years. I’ll be blogging every second and fourth Wednesday.

On May 9, my article “Understanding How Book Reviews Make You A Better Writer” appeared. You can find it here. Today’s article includes tips to balance writing time and marketing time. You can find it here.

If there are topics you would like to see me address in my bi-monthly posts, please feel free to share them in the comments.

New Arrival: The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

 

Grisha is a dragon in a world that’s forgotten how to see him. Maggie is a unusual child who thinks she’s perfectly ordinary. They’re an unlikely duo—but magic, like friendship, is funny. Sometimes it chooses those who might not look so likely. And magic has chosen Grisha and Maggie to solve the darkest mystery in Vienna. Decades ago, when World War II broke out, someone decided that there were too many dragons for all of them to be free. As they investigate, Grisha and Maggie ask the question everyone’s forgotten: Where have the missing dragons gone? And is there a way to save them? At once richly magical and tragically historical, The Language of Spells is a novel full of adventure about remembering old stories, forging new ones, and the transformative power of friendship.

Age Range: 8 – 11 years
Grade Level: 5 – 9
Lexile Measure: 900 (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books (June 26, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1452159580
ISBN-13: 978-1452159584

Purchase here!

Midnight Teacher by Janet Halfmann

Midnight Teacher by Janet Halfmann is the story of one woman’s courageous journey to improve the lives of others through literacy.

Born into slavery, Lilly Ann Granderson was sold to a slave owner in Kentucky after the death of her mother. The master’s children would often play school and gave Lilly an old speller and taught her to read. She began sharing this gift of reading with others on the plantation. Once the owner died, she was sold to a cotton plantation in Mississippi, where it was illegal for slaves to learn to read. Undeterred, she restarted her school, teaching late at night to avoid being caught. The school grew. When patrollers discovered the slave school Lilly faced a hard punishment, but the authorities eventually ruled there was no law against a slave teaching other slaves.

What I admire about Halfmann’s biographies is that she highlights people who have made a difference in this world long past the pivotal times in which they lived. Granderson’s story displays her tremendous strength and determination to offer a gift that others took for granted because it was never a right denied to them. She knew the risks and faced them without fear of the consequences because she believed education was the path to freedom for her people. Between Halfmann’s moving text and London Ladd’s stunning artwork, the reader is immediately drawn into Granderson’s story.

A perfect book for any school or personal library, Midnight Teacher could inspire many school projects and empower young people to action for the causes for which they are passionate.

Highly recommended!

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Grades 1-6
Reading Level Grades 3-6
Lexile Measure: 950 (What’s this?)
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Lee & Low Books; Illustrated edition (February 13, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620141639
ISBN-13: 978-1620141632

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.