Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

The acclaimed tale of a lost little bear searching for home from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson.

Baby Bear is lost and afraid. All the other animals try to help:
Trust yourself.
Sing a song.
Retrace your steps.

As Baby Bear gains courage with every step, he realizes he was never far from home after all.

With poetic text and stunning illustrations, Baby Bear is an impressive addition to the canon of timeless picture book classics.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062241729
ISBN-13: 978-0062241726

 

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How to Defeat the Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy Corona Monster by Robert F. DeFinis, Ed.D.

How to Defeat the Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy Corona Monster by Robert F. DeFinis, Ed.D. is a timely rhyming story to help you encourage good and healthy habits in your children so they can return to the life they knew before the coronavirus.

Doctor Robert F. Definis, Ed. D. has created this fun way to talk to your kids about the habits they need to adopt to help keep them and others safe. While they do their part, these SUPERHEROES in training will defeat the icky, filthy, creepy, slimy CORONA MONSTER.

Right now, things seem so uncertain for parents. Just imagine how kids are feeling. Inspired by the author’s desire to find a way to help explain things to his own daughter, this imaginative and empowering story will bring your child through the steps we have been hearing about for months: hand washing, covering your cough and sneeze, and keeping your distance. Readers are encouraged to be vigilant so the future can be better.

How to Defeat the Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy Corona Monster is such a fun book, your children will forget they are learning something. This book can help assure your children it will be okay and address some of their fears. I like that the author reminds readers to remember those first responders who made our lives better and that it encourages children to look to the future where playing outside and hugging is no longer a scary thing.

How to Defeat the Icky, Filthy, Creepy, Slimy Corona Monster will make those tough conversations easier on everyone.

Highly recommended.

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File Size: 2061 KB
Print Length: 16 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: May 13, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B088NFNFTM

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

Little Milly and the Great Lakes Series by Kelly McInenly (Giveaway)

In the first book of the Little Milly and the Great Lakes series, Marj and the Medal, readers meet Milly and her sisters. They are competing in Regatta day events and are determined to win something. After Marj competes in the solo canoe race, Little Milly ends up imparting some wise advice.

Series: Little Milly and the Great Lakes (Book 1)
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tellwell Talent (May 27, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0228808960
ISBN-13: 978-0228808961

Excerpt:

Smug as pie, Marj skipped off to claim her big loot,

The prize: A 1-gallon jar stuffed full of dried fruit.

“Marj, won’t you please share… just a wee apricot?”

“Prizes are for winners, and win you did not!”

Marj sat on the dock, pleased as mean Mr. Punch,

And gobbled her winnings… a victory lunch!

Check out Little Milly and the Great Lakes: Marj and the Medal (Book 1)

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In Peg and the Party Line, Peg listens in on her neighbors’ conversations over the party line phone. Her shenanigans leave the Lake girls feeling a bit left out when they are discovered.

Series: Little Milly and the Great Lakes (Book 2)
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tellwell Talent (May 27, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0228808952
ISBN-13: 978-0228808954

 

Check out Little Milly and the Great Lakes: Peg and the Party Line (Book 2)

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In the third book, Bess and the Boil, Bess discovers she has a boil on her bottom. While their cure fixes the problem, the girls end up making quite a mess.

Series: Little Milly and the Great Lakes (Book 3)
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Tellwell Talent (May 27, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0228808766
ISBN-13: 978-0228808763

These three rhyming stories follow a similar pattern young readers will easily recognize. They open with their grumpy father, then the girls’ adventures (or antics, you decide), and end with their father blissfully unaware of what happened that day followed by wisdom imparted by Little Milly as they sit in their beds. The nature of the adventures might cause some questions, since they are based on the life of the author’s grandmother, but children will laugh aloud as the Lake girls get themselves into some silly situations. Little Milly’s bits of wisdom allow parents to use these zany adventures as teaching points.

The illustrations by Sakshi Mangal are perfect for this series. They capture the quaintness of the Lakes’ waterfront cottage, while the girls’ attire and activities as viewed through the pictures speak to the era in which the girls grew up. The artist also captures the personalities of these sisters.

Check out Little Milly and the Great Lakes: Bess and the Boil (Book 3)

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Indigo/Chapters! https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/little-milly-and-the-great/9780228808763-item.html

I look forward to more books in the Little Milly and the Great Lakes series.

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I received PDF copies of these books from the author. These reviews contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Thank you for joining us today, Kelly. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I am a Toronto-based negotiation consultant, distance runner and mother of two tween/teen boys. Writing Little Milly stories lets me escape my very male, urban world and tap into some of my memories of growing up in an outdoorsy and green smaller city (Ottawa) with my brother and sister.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

I always loved Creative Writing in school but never considered it as a profession or even a hobby. I entered the Gifted English program, won poetry contests and published a short story in a university publication. I have always found many ways to write in throughout my career in business, but these are more technical pieces like briefing documents, website copy and quarterly updates.

Why did you decide to write stories for children?

As a child, I loved it when my grandmother told me these stories. I wanted to try to capture the interest, imagination and giggles of kids in the same way. It is also something that gives me a new connection with my sons and my nieces who are excited and engaged by something as tangible as a printed book, not by the other dull and ambiguous details of adult life! 

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

YES! Kids are more honest, more distracted, more visual and more fun than adults! To account for this, I have tested my stories with kids, kept the books short and centered around an idea that would be new to today’s kids (party lines, regattas, boils…). I also engaged Sashi Mangal as my illustrator as she sees the world through the eyes of a child. You can see more of her beautiful work at Sakshi’s Illustrations

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

To write for young people you have to remember what you enjoyed as a child. Reconnecting with my former favourite jokes, activities, foods, colours – anything that will bring some joy to a reader when they find it in my stories – is my favourite part of writing for young people. It makes me realize how much I have changed over the years, and not always for better… it feels good to be Little Kelly once in a while! 

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

Little Milly was my grandmother Mildred Lake’s nickname as a child. The Great Lakes are what I call her five sisters. They grew up without a mother and with a strict military father in the Maritimes in the early 1900s. They had few means, but always found adventure together. Each story centers around one of the sisters and ends with a moral. I have attached a Little Book of Morals activity for your young reader to complete. 

What inspired you to write it?

When my grandmother passed away, I had not written anything in years, but I felt inspired to write down the stories she used to tell me simply as a way to remember them. It ended up being a very enjoyable experience, but I still set them aside for another seven years until my kids were young readers and I realized there was a place for sweet, simple stories like these. 

What is up next for you?

More Milly… Ene and the Ivy, Flo and the Fishermen and Milly and the Mail are the next stories on deck for the Little Milly and the Great Lakes series. You can have your young reader appear in the illustrations if you send a photo to Little Milly to @littlemillyandthegreatlakes on Instagram. 

Big Brothers… Postcards From Heaven will tell, through the correspondence they sent home, the story of Little Milly’s three brothers who were killed on the front lines after sneaking into the military underage. 

Beginner Business… Foundation Before Creation is a business book for young people that I am co-authoring with my longtime friend and colleague, Julien Leblanc. It focuses on the soft skills you won’t learn in school but that are the key to success in business and life. 

Do you have anything else to add?

Kids can seek and find a bird hidden on each page of the Little Milly stories. I always loved finding the spider in the Little Critter series, so Little Kelly demanded I include this bit of fun.

GIVEAWAY!!!

Kelly McInenly will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please click to Enter to win a $20 Amazon/BN GC – a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

Ella the Swinging Duck by Suzan Overmeer

Ella is different from her brothers and sisters.
Less neat. And less sweet.
And she sings her own songs, all day long!
The other animals need time
to get used to it …

An inspiring picture book about music, friendship, and the courage to be yourself. For swinging music makers ages 4 and up.

Age Range: 4 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Lexile Measure: 530L
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Clavis (April 28, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605374989
ISBN-13: 978-1605374987

 

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Escucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez (Giveaway)

escuchaEscucha Means Listen by Talia Aikens-Nuñez is a charming bilingual story that introduces children to the sounds of their world. From the honking of a truck’s horn to the banging of men working and the chirping of birds, youngsters will explore the sounds around them with this beautifully illustrated book.

There is such a great need for quality bilingual books, especially in a community like ours with a children’s hospital filled with patients of all nationalities and ethnic backgrounds. Escucha Means Listen is lyrical with a repetitive prose that will make it easy to read. The stunning artwork provided by Dina Ashraf Helmi is the perfect complement to the story. With soothing colors and soft lines, people, animals and things come alive.

I see this as a great book to take outside, so you and your child could walk along and match sounds from the book to sounds you hear on a walk together. Especially in this dreadful time of isolation, teaching young people to stop and appreciate the world around them is important.

Highly recommended.

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Age Range: 5 – 6 years
Paperback: 42 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (January 30, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1523785799
ISBN-13: 978-1523785797

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

 

EXCERPT

Buzz. Buzz. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)

Las abejas (The bees) circling the flowers.

Woosh. Woosh. What do you hear?

El viento (The wind) is whistling by.

Shh. Shh. Qué oyes? (What do you hear?)

Las hojas (The leaves) are dancing on the trees.

 

Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be an author. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books.

Talia’s family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. She and her family live in Connecticut with a little pond.

Find Talia online at:

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