Transmit Joy! by Mark Binder

mark binderAuthor and storyteller Mark Binder has a new audio book out for all kinds of family fun.

Transmit Joy! includes some classic and some unique audio tracks to fascinate readers and make your kids laugh. Binder has great versatility, creating diverse animal and human characters with his wide range. From “The Billy Goats Gruff” to “The Little Wolf Cub” and more, families will have a little over an hour of storytelling fun. Just imagine how entertaining it would be to act these out along with the CD or MP3 album once you learn the words.

Transmit Joy! by Mark Binder is definitely worth checking out.

 

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Original Release Date: June 13, 2016
Release Date: June 13, 2016
Label: Light Publications
Copyright: 2016 Mark Binder
Total Length: 1:04:52

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

The Coziest Place by Jamie Michalak

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A sweet book that shares the love of family and home can be found in The Coziest Place by Jaime Michalak.

Wintertime is fun. Then afterwards with cold toes and rosy noses, the bear family snuggles into their cozy home where they enjoy hot grilled cheese, hot cocoa, reading time, warm clothes, and special treats before slipping into their cozy beds for the night.

What an adorable story. Michalak’s lyrical prose combined with charming artwork by Jon Davis makes this a perfect book to help settle your youngsters down for the night or to enjoy when the weather is raging outside. The Coziest Place truly makes you appreciate all the loveliness of home.

Rating: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales (September 1, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1589251210
ISBN-13: 978-1589251212

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

From the Family Bookshelf – January

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From the Family Bookshelf is back! I apologize for the long and unexpected hiatus. Last year got away from me and things fell by the wayside. But a new year and new commitments hopefully will keep me on track. In addition to the many reviews posted here, the Lil Diva (11) and the Lil Princess (9) and I read numerous books together last year.

dd1-large Our favorite series: Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell. It is the story of Nikki Maxwell navigating life in private school thanks to a scholarship provided by her dad’s bug extermination contract with the administration. Luckily she has her two friends, Chloe and Zoe, in addition to her crush, Brandon, to make it easier. Now, if she could just figure out how to deal with Mackenzie Hollister and the rest of the Cute, Cool and Popular crowd.

We recently finished reading the 5th book, Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All, where Nikki ends up as an advice columnist for the school newspaper. It was a blast.

With The Hunger Games novels giving the Lil Diva a taste for dystopian fiction, we just starting reading The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch. This is a paperback she won for reading during the library’s summer reading program. We’ve been busy reading other books, like Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed (highly recommend this one), so we’re just getting to Hirsch’s book. It takes place after a war (surprise, surprise) where two-thirds of the population has been wiped out by a vicious strain of influenza.

Dad’s reading has been harder to track since he got his iPad. He stills loves anything historical fiction and nonfiction WWII or after, thrillers, and suspense. I bought him some bargain paperbacks from the library for Christmas. You can’t beat 3 for a $1.00: Target Response by William W. Johnstone, Churchill’s Secret Agent by Max and Linda Ciampoli, and The Messiah Secret by James Becker.

As for me, I managed 131 books between this blog and my main blog, The Book Connection. That was short of my goal, but still not bad considering the crazy year I had. I just finished Last of the Seals and Deadly Plunge by Greg Messel. I highly recommend Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush. You can read my review of it on Amazon, but a more-detailed review will appear at The Book Connection tomorrow.

That’s it for this edition. I hope you share what your family has been reading with us, too.

From the Family Bookshelf

Where has this month gone? I can’t believe July is almost here. The girls have been out of school since Monday. The Lil Princess joined our library’s “Go Green” summer reading program. The Lil Diva has officially declared she hates reading. When I suggested she join the summer reading program, not only did I get the eyes rolling up into her eyelids, I also received the lovely hand on the hip deal. How did I manage to end up with a kid who doesn’t enjoy reading?

In this issue of From the Family Bookshelf, you’ll once again get a glimpse into what our family has been reading lately. I, as usual, have read more books than anyone else; but that should change a bit with the Lil Princess participating in the summer reading program.

I really thought Dad would move right from Prayers for the Assassin  by Robert Ferrigno to the next book in this series, Sins of the Assassin, but he didn’t. After a short reading break, he moved onto the third book in The Zion Chronicles, The Return to Zion, by Bodie and Brock Thoene. This series is Christian historical fiction set aroung WWII. He has already read the first two books in this series, The Gates of Zion and A Daughter of Zion.

May 27th was the last time I updated this column. Sorry about that. With the wedding, the end of the school year, and preparing to leave for North Carolina on July 2nd, I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually do.

During that time I’ve read Ebeneezer’s Cousin, In My Bath, Sully’s Topsy Tale, Grin’s Message, Little Big Wolf, and Glamour Girl, all children’s books.  You can find those reviews on this site. I’ve also read Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, which is YA historical fiction from Beverly Stowe McClure. That review is also posted at this site.

At The Book Connection, I recently posted reviews of: The Wildcat’s Burden (sci-fi/alternative world) by Christopher Hoare, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner (historical fiction), At Home with Laurie Ann by Laurie Ann McMillin Ray (home decorating), and Why God Matters by Karina Lumbert Fabian and Deacon Steven Lumbert (Catholic nonfiction). I also read The Lightkeeper’s Daughter by Colleen Coble as part of the Amazon Vine program. I am currently reading The Last Operative by Jerry Jenkins. If you want to know my Jerry Jenkins story, just ask!

The Lil Diva moved right from her Katie & Kimble books into reading Junie B. Jones.  I’ll have a separate post coming up about this book soon, but I thought kids were supposed to enjoy reading about those older than them. Junie B. Jones is a few years younger than her, so I wasn’t expecting that one. She read

The Lil Princess has been reading to herself, so I haven’t been privy to what she’s been reading lately. She hides in her room, shuts the door, and wanders off for a while. I know that she recently picked up a copy of The Raindrop by Brian McClure that I had in my office. She always asks before taking off with anything from here, since she never knows if it belongs in the TBR pile, the giveaway pile, or somewhere in between. 🙂

That’s about it for From the Family Bookshelf. I hope you enjoyed reading along. Until next time, keep reading!

From the Family Bookshelf

 

This is a new column that I’ve been trying to kick off the ground for a while now. I finally figured I would just bite the bullet and make time to kick it off.

From the Family Bookshelf is going to be a post about books our family–Mom, Dad, the Lil Diva (8), and the Lil Princess (6)–are reading or have in our bookshelves. We have many bookshelves in our home and my office is overloaded with the many books in my TBR pile–last count was 59, until I received a bound manuscript of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner today.

While the intention is to post this column every week, Dad is a very slow reader, and spring is a busy time for us, so we’ll see if weekly posts is a realistic goal.

Enjoy!

Mom (that’s me) is currently reading Fringe Benefits by F.M. Meredith. This is the third installment in Meredith’s Rocky Bluff P.D. series.  You can read more about this book by visiting the author’s website. I just finished reading Final Respects and Bad Tidings, the first and second books in this series. I came into this series with the fourth book, Smell of Death, and have been hooked ever since. It is great to read the backstories of characters I had read about in Smell of Death, No Sanctuary (Book 5) , and An Axe to Grind (Book 6). Some of these books are also available in Kindle format.

As I mentioned, Dad is a very slow reader. I asked him to review a book for me once and it took him over three months to read it. In all fairness, it’s because he works so many hours; even though he would like to read every night, sometimes he’s too tired. Dad is currently reading Prayers for the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno. Dad had listed all three books from The Assassin Trilogy on his Christmas list last year. The Easter Bunny recently brought him the first two books. He’s really enjoying this one. You can read more about the author at his website.

The Lil Diva is a reluctant reader, but when she finds a book she really enjoys, you won’t see her without it until she’s done. She is in the process of rereading the first book in Linda Thieman’s Katie & Kimble series, A Ghost Story. When Katie’s family moves to a new home, Katie discovers the ghost of a 10-year-old girl. Together, they uncover the mystery of what happened to Kimble’s mother.

The Lil Princess has loved books since she’s been able to hold one. Before she could read she would make up stories based upon the pictures. Now she is heavily into reading to herself at night. It’s not unusual for me to find her in her room reading to her babies, though she enjoys reading to us the best. Biscuit Goes to School by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is one of her favorites right now. You can find this and more books in the Biscuit series by visiting the author’s website.

Until next time, keep reading!



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