#ChristmasInJuly Fete: The Bridge of the Golden Wood by @karlbeckstrand #books #giveaway


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Title: The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living

Author: Karl Beckstrand (Illustrated by Yaniv Cahoua)

Genre: Children’s Books, Careers

 

Book Blurb:

(Career/Business picture book) A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated Asian folk tale teaches the value of work and includes career and business ideas plus online resources (for ages 4+). 530 words, Hard, soft cover and ebook, 26 pages, ISBN: 978-0985398811

 

Excerpt:

“Hello,” said the old woman, not taking her eyes from the branches.

“What are you looking at?” asked the boy.

“Trouble and treasure,” she said.

“Treasure?” asked the boy.

“That wood is as valuable as gold,” she said. “But it is blocking the path of the fish, who must feed beyond it down the stream. For them it is trouble.” Then she looked at the boy for the first time. “Will you help?”

“Well, I …”

“If you do, you will have the treasure.”

 

Christmas in July Fete Sackful of Giveaways:

 

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Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/Bridge-Golden-Wood-Parable-Living-ebook/dp/B01N0XCPQK

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https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-bridge-of-the-golden-wood-a-parable-on-how-to-earn-a-living

 

Author’s Favorite Holiday Food/Tradition:

Rocky road: Dark chocolate poured over marshmallows and nuts!

 

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Author Biography:

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 19 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 ebook titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth won a 2016 International Book Award. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand’s nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts. PremioBooks.com, KarlBeckstrand.com

 

Social Media Links:

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https://www.facebook.com/PremioBooks/

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https://karlbeckstrandblog.wordpress.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1860785.Karl_Beckstrand

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Talking Tales: Puppy’s Bubble by Speech Therapist Erica Graham is Delightful! #kidlit #books


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Title: Talking Tales: Puppy’s Bubble

 

Author: Erica Graham MS, CCC-SLP

 

Genre: Children’s Picture Book for Speech Development

 

Publisher: Skyrai Publishing

 

 

Book Blurb:

When Puppy wakes up from a nap, he sees a bubble. When it disappears, Puppy begins his long journey to find the missing bubble. Will Puppy find the bubble, or has it vanished forever? This engaging story is a fun way to read to little ones while promoting babbling, early words and language skills. It provides over 90 examples of some of the earliest developing sounds in their most common word positions including “p”, “b”, “m”, “n”, “d” and “h”. This book also includes tips to encourage speech development.

 

Vine Voice Review on Amazon:

Author/illustrator/ Speech Therapist Erica Graham graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology: she also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. In addition to creating delightfully entertaining and fun books Erica focuses each book on a few sounds used in the English language. She also provides the illustrations.

The story revolves around a Puppy who one day sees a bubble that disappears and Puppy is off to find it – it is not with his daddy or his mama or his nana – but then Puppy encounters many bubbles and upon biting one it pops and so he tries another and it also pops until there are no more bubbles. Where did all the bubbles go? In Erica’s creative way she offers a fun way to read to little ones while promoting babbling, early words and language skills. It provides over 90 examples of some of the earliest developing sounds in their most common word positions including “p”, “b”, “m”, “n”, “d” and “h”. At first glace it seems the book is just a cute simple story, but when read to a child ages 0 – 3 it offers the opportunity to show words such as pop, bubble, mama, nana, daddy and happy in the atmosphere of an adventure in which youngsters can participate and learn!

The story itself is a fine little idea, a very fine lesson in phonetics and speech therapy that introduces a whole new level of importance to children’s books! Grady Harp, March 17

 

 

Buy Links:

Amazon US https://www.amazon.com/Talking-Tales-Puppys-Erica-Graham/dp/0997855533/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489273970&sr=8-1&keywords=talking+tales+puppys+bubble

 

 Erica Graham

 

Author Biography:

Erica Graham graduated from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville with her Master of Science Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She also holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. As a mother, Erica understands the difficulty parents have finding time to work on speech with their children. In her pursuit to create a fun easy way for therapists, children, and their parents to enhance speech development while promoting literacy, she has written a series of exciting children’s books. Each book focuses on a core sound used in the English language. Outside of writing and working as a Speech Language Pathologist, Erica enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters, volunteering with the youth group at church, and a good cup of tea.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EricaGrahamAuthor/

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16058804.Erica_Graham?from_search=true

 

One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #FridayReads #kidlit


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Title: One to Ten: Squirrel’s Bad Day

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Picture Books, Children’s Books

 

Book Blurb:

Squirrel is rushing along a tree limb when she trips, losing all her acorns into the rushing water of the river below. Angry and frustrated, she doesn’t know what to do. Her good friend, Rabbit, lends both a sympathetic ear as well as a solution.

 

Rather than get angry, Rabbit tells her, rate the problem on a scale of one-to-ten. By identifying and realizing the true importance of the issue, the issue may not seem so overwhelming.

 

Adorable forest creatures help the sad squirrel put everything into perspective so he does not to get stuck in a rut over something that may not be a big deal after all.

 

My Review:

We’ve all had bad days when nothing seems to go right; Squirrel’s no different. After picking acorns, she accidentally trips and all her acorns fall into the river. Distraught, she starts to cry. Her friend, Rabbit, comes along and helps Squirrel gain some perspective.

 

In the vein of Dr. Seuss, Carole P. Roman takes something everyone can relate to (a bad day) and teaches a valuable lesson: perspective. Rating each problem is an easy and fun way to bring perspective clearly into view.

 

Readers young and old will find value in this colorful picture book. The whimsical wording makes this a rhyming story while the beautiful, colorful illustrations takes the reader deep into the forest.

 

I, myself, was having a bad day when I first read it and by the time I finished, I was smiling and the clouds had lifted. An inspiring book and one that I will be re-reading. Best book by Roman to date. I highly recommend this book!

 

Disclaimer: I received an paperback copy from the author in the hopes I’d review it.

 

Favorite Quote: “When you have a problem, whether it’s big or small, think of a number to rate it, maybe it won’t bother you at all.”

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/One-Ten-Squirrels-Bad-Day-ebook/dp/B01NCB7ON2

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32827452-one-to-ten

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born. “Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non-fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/  

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/  

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks  

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman  

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

 

 

Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings by @CrystalMarcos #kidlit #IAN1


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Title: Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings

Author: Crystal Marcos

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Book Blurb:

A humorous Children’s rhyming picture book by Award-winning author Crystal Marcos about a distinguished little zombie who just want to be your friend.

Coming in April 2017!

Book Trailer:

Buy Links:

Pre-Order on Amazon for the special price of $2.99 + you can receive a Signed Paperback for the super-low price of $10 including shipping to US and $13.95 to Canada

 

Personalized Signed Paperback http://www.crystalmarcos.com/bb/buggins.html

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MUMIROF/

Crystal Marcos

Author Biography:

Award-winning author Crystal Marcos has been a storyteller her entire life. As the oldest of five children, she had to do a lot of entertaining. She lives on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State with her husband, daughter Kaylee, and toddler son Jaxon. Crystal is the author of Middle Grade Readers, BELLYACHE: A Delicious Tale and HEADACHE: The Hair-Raising Sequel to BELLYACHE, Young Adult Novel, Novus (The Cresecren Chronicles, Book 1), and Children’s Picture Book, Bartholomew Buggins: A Zombie with Different Cravings.

Social Media Links:

Website: http://www.crystalmarcos.com/

 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CrystalMarcos

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CrystalMarcos

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3437107.Crystal_Marcos

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/crystalmarcos/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystal-marcos-b9b9792a

Amazon Author Profile: https://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Marcos/e/B003TGP4EO

If You Were Me and Lived in… Poland by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #POTLReads #IARTG


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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in… Poland: A Child’s Introduction to Culture Around the World

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Kelsea Wierenga (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Books, Non-Fiction, Multi-culturism

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman when she visits Poland in the newest book of her informative series. Learn about the varied customs and cultures. Travel to Eastern Europe to discover what you would eat and do for fun. See the land through the eyes of a youngster like you and understand what life is like in this exciting place. Don’t forget to look at the other books in the series so that you can be an armchair world traveler.

 

My Review:

Carole P. Roman is back with a new installment in her Cultural series and this time she’s taking us to Poland. I have never been to Poland but after reading this book, I’m planning on taking a trip there someday (bucket list).

 

Fun facts about Poland I learned from this book:

People of Poland are called Polanie

Poland was founded in 1025

The official seal of Warsaw has a mermaid on it

Most Polish kids spent time outdoors playing

Ice hockey is huge in Poland

A popular game people play is spot the gnome

June 1st is Children’s Day

 

I loved the illustrations and learned so much about Poland. It’s amazing to me how I associate Poland with WWII and being captured by Germany but Poland has done so much to help make this world better. From composers to salt mines, Poland should be honored and a destination spot for tourists.

 

I highly recommend this book to everyone but especially to parents, teachers and educators. It’s a friendly yet interactive way for children to learn more about Poland and its residents. Another gem by Roman!

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-Poland-Introduction/dp/1537045105

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31929457-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-poland

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/  

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/  

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks  

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman  

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

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If You Were Me and Lived in… the Middle Ages by @CarolePRoman #history #kidlit #bookreview


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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in… the Middle Ages (Volume 6)

Author: Carole P. Roman  (Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Book, History

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in her exciting new series.

 

Learn what kind of food you might have eaten during the Middle Ages, the clothes you might wear, what your name could be, and children did for fun.

 

If You Were Me and Lived in… does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture.

 

So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 

My Review:

It’s the year 1072 and we’re traveling to a small town (village) in England, courtesy of Carole P. Roman. It’s the Middle Ages (or Medieval) and this period in history lasted for nearly 400 years.

 

From the structure of society to what your home looked like (as the daughter of a knight in William of Normandy’s army), Roman details what life was like in the Middle Ages. Her description of life ignited my imagination so clearly, I could close my eyes and picture it.

 

The sections include society, home, food, the church’s influence in everyday life, ale, eating meals (most did not eat until mid-morning), clothing, work, hierarchy of classes and more.

 

Roman doesn’t leave anything out and I learned so much about the Middle Ages. It was very impressive and the illustrations partner with the words to create a terrific historical book any child will love.

 

I love this series and again, I wish I had this when I was young because I truly believe I would’ve fallen in love with history instead of ignoring it. Teachers, parents and educators will all find this book on the Middle Ages imperative to the yearly curriculum.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-Middle-Ages-ebook/dp/B01KDAPFCO

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31152089-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-the-middle-ages

 

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Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/  

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/  

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks  

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman  

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

 

Bravo and Elphie by Hagit and Or Oron is Simply Delightful! #books #kidlit @ElphieAdventure


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Title:   Bravo and Elphie

Author:  Hagit R. Oron & Or Oron (illustrator)

Genre:   Children’s Picture Books

Publisher:   Oron’s

 

Book Blurb:                

Bravo, Elphie’s new pet, is stuck on top of the red slide.
Elphie never climbs the red slide. It’s so high, its goes up all the way into the sky. But now he needs to embrace himself and gather up his courage to rescue Bravo. Will he be able to do that?

 

Excerpt:

“Ha ha,” Phante laughed, “your pet is a chicken.”
“That’s not true!” I yelled. “Bravo is not a chicken, he’s a rat!”

 

Buy Links:                  getBook.at/BravoandElphie

 

Hagir R and Or Oron

 

Author Biography:      

Hagit R & Or Oron are a mother and daughter who love to create, imagine, laugh and have fun together.

 
Hagit R is an electronics engineer. She writes computer code by day, but when she takes off her suit she lets her imagination run wild. Really, it takes her to such weird places, words aren’t able to describe.

 
Or is a graphic designer by day and an illustrator by night. Imagination is the biggest tool in her toolbox. Really, it’s as big as a continent.

 
Together they are an undefeatable team. Their mission is to bring joy and happiness to kids and parents all around the world.

 
How? One picture book at a time.

 

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/elphiebooks/?ref=bookmarks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElphieAdventure

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elphieadventure/

 

If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #kidlit #IARTG


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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in… Renaissance Italy (An Introduction to Civilizations Throughout Time)

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Silvia Brunetti (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Picture Books, History

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series. Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun. If You Were Me and Lived in… does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture. So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 

My Review:

Are you ready to travel back in time to Florence, Italy? This book is a wonderful guide book for kids as well as adults and Carole P. Roman is our tour guide.

 

The year is 1483 and we’re in the Tuscany region of Italy. The Medieval period has just ended and it’s the birth of the Renaissance (which translates to rebirth in French) period.

 

It’s one of my favorite time periods in history because many historical artists and teachers flourished. The ruling family of Florence, Medicis, commissioned several artists to create artwork and they were instrumental in spreading the Renaissance far and wide.

 

It was an exciting time and people embraced change. A new class of people called merchants emerged.

 

Roman describes in great detail (and beautiful prose) what it was like to live and grow up in Florence during this time period. Her prose flows with ease and accompany the beautiful illustrations; the end product is a fantastic book and one many readers will enjoy.

 

A must read and I’m loving this series by this award-winning author!

  

Favorite Quote:

“You lived in a house filled with beautiful things, including a few books made by a printer all the way in Germany!”

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Lived-Renaissance-Introduction-Civilizations-Throughout/dp/152323427X

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30146437-if-you-were-me-and-lived-in-renaissance-italy

 

Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

If You Were Me and Lived in… Elizabethan England by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #kidlit #IARTG


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Title: If You Were Me and Lived in… Elizabethan England

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Paula Tabor (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Picture Books, British History, England

 

Book Blurb:

Join Carole P. Roman and travel through time to visit the most interesting civilizations throughout history in the first four books of her new series.

 

Learn what kind of food you might eat in Ancient Greece, the clothes you wore in 15th century Renaissance Italy, what your name could be in Elizabethan England, and what Colonial American children did for fun.

 

If You Were Me and Lived in…does for history what her other award-winning series did for culture.

 

So get on-board this time-travel machine and discover the world through the eyes of a young person just like you.

 

My Review:

Teaching British history to children has never been easier with this book by Award-Winning Author Carole P. Roman.

 

16th century England is commonly referred to as Elizabethan England because Queen Elizabeth I reigned. She took a country in dire straits and through her ingenuity and hard work, transformed England into one of the most powerful in the world. The Arts flourished and many famous authors/artists came from this period.

 

The back of the book includes a section on important people to know in the Elizabethan Era as well as an in-depth glossary of over 85 British words and terminology. Impressive. The one thing I would add to her glossary is the currency term pence or pee.

 

Roman takes us, the reader, on a journey through the eyes of a baker’s family. We get to see how they lived, what they did, what clothes they wore, what religion they followed and what they did in their free time. The sheer amount of historically accurate information and illustrations shows how dedicated Roman is to teaching children about this time period. I applaud her and I highly recommend this book for all teachers, caregivers and parents.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Lived-Elizabethan-England-ebook/dp/B01DLE0X0S

 

Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Can a Princess Be a Firefighter? by @CarolePRoman #bookreview #kidlit #IARTG


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Title: Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?

Author: Carole P. Roman (Author), Mateya Arkova (Illustrator)

Genre: Children’s Picture Books

 

Book Blurb:

Two little girls pepper their father with questions about whether or not they can be a profession and still be a princess. Motivated by her granddaughter’s fascination with all things ‘princess,’ Carole P. Roman penned this adorable poem celebrating all the wonderful possibilities waiting ahead for them.

 

My Review:

Can a Princess Be a Firefighter is an inspiring book children will love, as well as adults. In this picture book, two little girls ask their father what can they be when they grow up. The father (narrator) then goes on to explain various professions the girls can be. They ask if they can still be a princess and wear their wings while being all these things. The answer is beautiful and profound.

 

I grew up in the 80’s and I remember asking my parents and grandparents this same type of question when I was young. They encouraged me I could be anything I wanted to be. My grandfather whispered to me often, “You are beautiful and can do anything you put your mind to”. It has stayed with me, even to this day.

 

No matter what, children need to be encouraged to chase their dreams and this book carries that message home. In my opinion, this book works for both boys and girls.

 

The illustrations are soft pastels and gives an illusion of dreaming. I loved the illustrations and the wording is in clear white lettering.

 

The only thing that prevented me from giving it 5 stars is that the POV is in first person. It struck me as an odd choice but that’s probably just me.

 

“Don’t let anyone limit your dreams.” A profound lesson every child needs to learn and remember.

 

Favorite Quote:

“So, my dears, whatever you pick, whatever you choose to be, know that in my true heart, you will always be a princess to me.”

 

My Rating:  4.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Can-Princess-Firefighter-Carole-Roman/dp/1530361842

 

Author Biography:

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. “Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience” Book 2 in the series, received 5 Stars from The ForeWord Review The Clarion Review. Strangers on the High Seas has won second place in the Rebecca’s Reads Choice Awards 2013. It has followed with six more books to the series. This year, Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis was named to Kirkus Best 2015. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. She has begun work on two new series that will be released in early 2016.

 

 

Motivated by her love of yoga, Roman has written a book that not only teaches four poses, but shows how easy and accessible yoga can be.

 

 

Her new non fiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. France, South Korea, and Norway. Rebecca’s Reads has given If You Were Me and Lived in…Norway an honorable mention in the 2013 Choice Awards. If You Were Me and lived in …France won second place. ForeWord Review has nominated If You Were Me and Lived in…France for best in children’s non fiction literature 2013. They will be followed with Kenya, Turkey, India, and Australia. She plans to do Portugal, Greece, and Argentina next year.

 

 

Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://caroleproman.com/

 

Blog http://caroleproman.blogspot.ca/

 

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks

 

Twitter https://twitter.com/caroleproman

 

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Friday Book Round-Up: Top Five Fabulous Children Picture Books #kidlit #books #amreading


Friday Book Round Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up! We’re celebrating children’s picture books today on the blog and I thought it would be fun to name my top five favorites. I’m a huge fan of picture books. It’s probably due to being an art lover or it could be because picture books were the first books I ever read. I cherish these books and read them often. Without further ado, here are my top five:

1- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.

2- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

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For twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and Christmas classic. A perfect keepsake for any family, this beautiful edition can be handed down to each new generation of readers.

In 1986 The Polar Express was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal and hit the New York Times bestseller list. Since that time, more than six and a half million copies have been sold, and every December it faithfully reappears on national bestseller lists. In 2004, The Polar Express became a blockbuster holiday movie. The DVD release in 2005 assures, that like the book, the movie will become a holiday classic.

3- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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This mini hardcover edition of Eric Carle’s classic story begins one sunny Sunday, when the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums–and still he was hungry. Strikingly bold, colorful pictures and a simple text in large, clear type tell the story of a hungry little caterpillar’s progress through an amazing variety and quantity of foods. Full at last, he made a cocoon around himself and went to sleep, to wake up a few weeks later wonderfully transformed into a butterfly!

Brilliantly innovative designer and artist Eric Carle has dramatized the story of one of Nature’s commonest yet loveliest marvels, the metamorphosis of the butterfly, in a picture book to delight as well as instruct the very youngest reader or listener. Cleverly die-cut pages show what the caterpillar ate on successive days, graphically introducing sets of up to 10 objects and also the names of the days of the week in rotation, as well as telling the central story of the transformation of the caterpillar. The final, double-page picture of the butterfly is a joyous explosion of color, a vibrant affirmation of the wonder and beauty of Nature.

4- Corduroy by Don Freeman

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A picture book classic!

One of School Library Journal’s “Top 100 Picture Books” of all time (2012)

One of the National Education Association’s “Teachers’ Top 100 Books for Children.”

Don Freeman’s classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.

5- The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

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Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain. Now the great Loren Long (Mr. Peabody’s Apples) has brilliantly re-illustrated this classic story, bringing it exuberantly to life for today’s child. Get on board for the publishing event of the year.

“Long pays respectful homage to George and Doris Hauman’s compositions in his visual interpretation of the classic tale of determination and perseverance…. Yet the artist adds a lushness to the spreads and injects even more personality into the characters…Both faithful fans and newcomers will enjoy this triumphant ride and eagerly climb aboard for repeat excursions.” -Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Long has enriched this new edition with bountiful illustrations that take their palette and inspiration from the original, but are greatly enhanced by imagination and inventiveness.[T]his will travel proudly next to the one that first thought it could.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

What’s your favorite children picture books? Share in the comments below.

Do you have a book you’re reading now or have just read? Share in the comments below. If you want to be included in next week’s Book Round-Up, send me the title, author, why you recommend it and a social media link to: nnlight@outlook.com before Thursday afternoon. 

 

Happy Reading!

MRS N, Book Addict