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!

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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?

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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/

Soccer Dreams by Clare Hodgson Meeker

soccer-dreams-book-coverSoccer Dreams by Clare Hodgson Meeker is the perfect blend of entertainment and education.

Todo moves from Kenya, Africa to Seattle, Washington where his soccer skills catch the eye of Coach Dan who invites him to join his team. With tons of spirit, Todo helps Coach Dan build a winning team that works together.

I don’t know how the Lil’ Princess discovered soccer, but she did. She continues to work hard to develop her skills, spending a week at a British soccer camp visiting our area over the summer, and practicing at home whenever she can. It’s been a good season for her so far. This is why I requested to review Soccer Dreams. It ended up being a great source of inspiration for her.

This book blends the fictional story of Todo moving from Africa to America and getting a chance to play on a soccer team with profiles of the current MLS Seattle Sounders FC, in addition to strategy and teamwork tips. It’s a wonderful book. Numerous color photographs are included, along with black and white drawings for the fictional portion of the story. Some Sounders share their favorite warm-ups, the coach talks about developing players’ strengths, and the goalkeeper shares what goalies think about and offers his advice.

I’m sure Soccer Dreams will hold a special place in the Lil’ Princess’ bookshelf.

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Hardcover: 48 pages
Ages 7 to 12
Publisher: Creating One, LLC; 1st edition (April 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615432360
ISBN-13: 978-0615432366
Available in digital format

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

Gary’s Gray World by Ryan J. Cunningham

Gary's Gray World A special book that celebrates the important bond between children and parents is what you’ll find in Gary’s Gray World by Ryan J. Cunningham.

When Gary’s father’s work keeps him from attending the annual father and son baseball game, Gary can’t help but be disappointed. He carpools with a friend, but when it starts raining, Gary finds himself lonely and afraid. Gary’s father rushes to the field, discovering the importance of spending time together.

This delightful story touches the heart with its gentle reminder of the importance of family. Too often we rush through our day, not remembering to stop and smell the roses. Gary’s Gray World captures that sweet sentiment in an enjoyable and engaging way. The artwork by Chrissy Fanslau adds so much to this story. She captures some great emotions on these characters’ faces.

Both parents and children will enjoy this one.

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  • Paperback: 38 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (July 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463670168
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463670160

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I received a free paperback copy of this book from the author. The author paid me to promote this book with a virtual book tour through Pump Up Your Book. This fee did not include any type of review. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

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B is for Baseball: Running the Bases from A to Z from Chronicle Books

B is for BaseballBatter up! From Chronicle Books comes an alphabet primer that is sure to be a home run with young baseball fans. From autograph to knuckleball and from left field to zinger, this book filled with vintage photos from the American Baseball Hall of Fame and illustrations from David Habben, is one that should be on the shelves in every young baseball lover’s home.

Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Joe Dimaggio, Jackie Robinson, and other baseball greats fill the pages of this primer alongside terms like error, infield, and tag. And the back jacket includes a five-question quiz for kids to test their knowledge.

Just one in a series of alphabet primers from Chronicle Books, B is for Baseball will leave readers yearning to learn more about America’s favorite pastime.

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  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10: 0811860965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811860963
  • SRP:  $15.99 (U.S.)