New This Christmas: Joseph’s Cradle by Stephanie Burkhart

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Joseph and his wife, Mary, expect a baby. With all that is happening, including the government requiring a census, Joseph feels a little overwhelmed and a bit left out of the preparations for the baby. Is there something he can do?

Hardcover: 24 pages
Publisher: 4RV Children’s Corner (October 23, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1940310342
ISBN-13: 978-1940310343




Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire. Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son’s Cub Scout Den.

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Pre-order Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper


Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs, and the very best of friends. Together, they make daisy chains, splash in puddles, and have tea parties. But there is one thing they can’t do—hug! They are just too spiky. Throughout the seasons, these two hedgehogs will try many different ways to hug. But will Horace and Hattie find a hug that feels just right? 

STEVE WILSON AND LUCY TAPPER are the husband-and-wife team behind hedgehogs Horace and Hattie and their debut picture book, Hedgehugs.

Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Hardcover: 30 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); Brdbk edition (December 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1627794131
ISBN-13: 978-1627794138

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The Worst Day Ever! by Debbie Reece

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James loves school and spending time with his friends Will and Molly until one day when he struggles with the school rules and some friends pick on him. Thankfully, he learns there is someone to hug him no matter how bad his day is. He also learns that sometimes his friends can have bad days and they could use a hug too. Counselors, teachers, and parents appreciate the valuable lessons about impulsive behaviors, friendship, compassion, and unconditional love.

Recipient of both the Dove Family Seal of Approval and Mom’s Choice Gold honoring family friendly content. Winner of 3 children’s book awards.IMG_3012

Debbie started BeeBop Books Publishing in order to share stories that teach young readers, ages 4-9, about self-confidence, compassion, and family values. Preschool and early elementary school are valuable and formative years in a child’s life. Books are a key resource for teaching so much more than just reading. These stories have appropriate content to help children have the confidence to be themselves, understand some of their impulsive behaviors, navigating young friendships, and how adjust to school rules. School and family counselors, teachers, and parents have the tools to teach the children not only how to read, but how to navigate life’s lessons during those years. Her stories are inspired by her son and his classmates and are based on actual events that often occur in many children’s lives. Both The Christmas Pumpkin and The Worst Day Ever! have Mom’s Choice Gold award and the Dove Seal of Approval. Two accolades given to products that honor excellence in family-friendly content provided in a quality form of entertainment. In addition, they have earned several children’s book awards.

BeeBop Books was honored as 1 of 8 finalists considered“The Best of Texas Strong” in the 2014 Texas Rural Challenge for having developed products and services that can benefit rural Texas communities.

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The Search for Primary Emotions by Peggy Kruger Tietz, Author of Yell and Shout Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings

Yell and Shout 2Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings is an essential guidebook for adults in steering children through the confusing behaviors that emotions evoke.  When you understand the purpose of emotions, behavior becomes understandable.  Each of the eight emotions is clearly defined thorough vignettes and illustrations, keeping both adult and child captivated, thus creating an opportune time for discussion. By recognizing that all humans experience these emotions throughout their lives, the book provides a true sense of comfort. Emotions are not to be shunned, but rather embraced and explained to provide a positive development environment for all children.

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The Search for Primary Emotions by Peggy Kruger Tietz

As a psychologist, I have seen, over the years, a lot of families and children.  For many years I did play therapy, where children could act out the things that were bothering them.   I was often struck by the intensity of their feelings, and of their enthusiasm to express them in that setting.  Often their play mirrored what was happening in their lives.  As I got to know the kids, I could share with their parents ways that they could help their kids express themselves at home.   Often this meant helping parents get comfortable with their own emotions and become more aware of what attitudes about emotions they were sending to their kids.  It was not uncommon to find that parents had certain emotions they really didn’t want their kids to express.   Not surprisingly these disallowed emotions were exactly the ones being expressed in the play room.

Wanting to be more helpful to parents, I often recommended books, but not infrequently had trouble finding exactly what I was looking for.  There were good books about a specific feeling, or books about a day filled with many feelings, but none about all our primary feelings.  And none really explained the purpose of each of those primary feelings.   I was disappointed because I had a clear idea of what I wanted and what might be helpful to the parents I was working with.

So I was prompted to start researching and thinking seriously about creating the book I was envisioning.  I wanted the book to be simple and educational.  I wanted it to be fun and full of stories and illustrations that kids could relate to.  I wanted it to include interactive questions so kids could talk about their own emotions while reading the book.

None of this was as simple as I thought.  First there was no common agreement about which emotions were primary.  I ended us using Paul Ekman’s research which was exactly what Peter Docter, artistic director of Inside Out did.  For artistic reasons Docter only used five emotions and I ended up with eight: the six Paul Ekman found to be cross-culturally valid, and two more that his student, Dacher Keltner considered primary.

I was also surprised at how much work it took to be clear about the description of each emotion.  Initially Fear and Anger looked a lot alike, and I had to go back and do more research until I understood how they were different.

I also had to pull together a lot of information to create the examples of situations that most commonly trigger each emotion.  I initially created shapes for each emotion, but found that cumbersome; instead, I chose a color to identify and express each emotion.  All in all, I’m very pleased that the book turned out to be packed with useful information, and that parents and kids have found it fun and useful.Peggy Kruger Tietz

Dr. Peggy Kruger Tietz is a licensed psychologist and maintains a private practice in Austin, Texas.  She sees a wide range of children with normal developmental problems as well as children who have experienced trauma.  Her Ph.D is in developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College.  Before entering private practice Dr. Tietz treated children in multiple settings, such as family service agencies and foster care.  Dr. Tietz, trained at the Family Institute of Philadelphia, and then taught there.   She specializes in seeing children individually, as well as, with their families.   She has advanced training in Play Therapy as well as being a certified practitioner of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, for children and adults).   She has conducted workshops on parenting, sibling relationships, and emotional literacy. 

Her latest book is Yell and Shout Cry and Pout: A Kid’s Guide to Feelings.

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Invisible Jenny May by Dawn Aldrich

Jenny May does everything right. She minds her manners, makes her bed, dresses herself, ties her own shoes and braids her own hair without reminding. Yet, despite her good behavior, no one in her large family notices her, except Granny. With Granny’s help and some “magic” tea cakes, find out how Invisible Jenny May becomes visible.

A signed copy can find its way to your home by ordering on Dawn’ s website, where you may indicate to whom she should sign the book. Otherwise, you may also order through Halo Publishing International, Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Invisible Jenny May is also available in Kindle and Nook versions.

You can learn the story behind Invisible Jenny May at Christian Children’s Authors, where Dawn blogs on a regular basis.

Angels, Angels Everywhere by Michelle Beber

Angels Angels Everywhere 2 In this beautifully illustrated book about angels, certified spiritual teacher, archangel life coach and angel intuitive Michelle Beber lets kids know angels are here to help and love them.

Angels, Angels Everywhere is a wonderful way to share the gift of angels with your child. Featuring angels that are culturally diverse allows the reader to feel that these spiritual beings are like them in many ways. The melodic prose flows along with the story and the illustrations are lovely. A great book that can be a source of comfort and joy for many.

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Publisher: Balboa Press (October 27, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1452518947
ISBN-13: 978-1452518947

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

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Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom (Book 1: Kingdom Fantasy Series) by Nirit Littaney

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Candy is young girl who likes sweets…especially chocolate. She enjoys it so much, she even dreams about it. But when her dreams reveal something important, Candy knows she has to change her ways.

Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom is an adorable story about taking things a bit too far. Candy wants chocolate morning, noon, and night, but her dreams show her a problem or two she hadn’t thought of before and she changes her eating habits. It’s a great lesson for kids. And it’s delivered in a subtle way, so it’s easier to hear.

The colorful illustrations by Abira Das are a fabulous complement to Littaney’s story. This is a sweet book you won’t want to miss.

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File Size: 4899 KB
Print Length: 26 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publication Date: April 6, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English


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

Nirit Littaney is a fresh, imaginative author who weaves vivid images and important life lessons into endearing stories for children. After being confined to her bed for years by an incurable illness, Nirit experienced the same triumph of spirit that many of her characters undergo in their journeys through lands near and far.

Nirit’s commitment to personal and physical healing, along with her story-like travels around the world, have inspired her to pen inventive tales for families in search of humorous, insightful bedtime stories. She writes for children in hopes of making them giggle while they also learn a lesson or two.

Today, Nirit lives in Israel with her angel of a husband, who champions each of her new books as if he were the wide-eyed child she wrote them for. When Nirit isn’t dreaming up new characters, she works as a nutritionist, medical coach, and spiritual leader. She is eager to inspire and help others with the lessons her own challenges have taught her—and what better way is there than through books?

Her latest children’s book is Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom.

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