Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A Merry Christmas Cookbook, Book Review

By: Walt Disney Company
Published by: Disney Press
Released on: September 16th, 2014
Source: book from publisher in exchange for my honest review
Ages: 5 & up
Rating: 4 Owls - We Enjoyed It
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Treat your taste buds to a feast of traditional holiday delights! With simple step-by-step instructions, helpful cooking tips, color photographs, and charming character art, this book is the perfect way for parents and children to make holiday magic in the kitchen! A rating system lets kids know how difficult the recipes are, and cooking tips are sprinkled throughout. Kids will enjoy making Rolly's Spotted Cranberry Pancakes, Sugar Rush Popcorn Gumdrop Garland and Anna's Frozen Ice Candy!

This is a great cookbook for Disney fans young and old. With it's easy to read and easy to follow directions, detailed pictures of what you're preparing/cooking, and illustrations of Disney characters with each recipe it will make learning to cook, and cooking together fun. This cookbook is sure to create lasting memories in the kitchen. This cookbook is great for young children, and parents, as well as kids that are looking to do more in the kitchen on their own with parental supervision. Parents will love that these are healthy recipes using many of the ingredients they'll most likely already have on hand. I'd definitely recommend picking this one up.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today I'm grateful for many things, but being that this is a book blog, I'm so grateful for Books! 
I'm grateful to those who inspired my love of reading as a kid, and supported it.
I'm grateful for the friendships I've made through books, and the many opportunities that have come my way through my love of reading. I'm grateful that I'm able to promote reading through my blogs, and to each of you who visit my blogs, and support what I do. 
I'm grateful to those who write children's books, those who publisher, promote them, review them, and read them. I'm so grateful that books have been and will always be a huge part of my life.

I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving and that it's filled with love, laughter, family, friends and books. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

HOME Movie Trailer

Looking for a family friendly movie to take your kiddos to this Spring? 
Check out the newly released trailer for HOME, coming March 27th, 2015 from DREAMWORKS.

Watch the movie trailer: 

When Earth is taken over by the overly-confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated, while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet. But when one resourceful girl, Tip, (Rihanna, who also contributes a song) manages to avoid capture, she finds herself the accidental accomplice of a banished Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons). The two fugitives realize there’s a lot more at stake than intergalactic relations as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime. 

Release: March 27, 2015, in 3D
Director: Tim Johnson
Screenplay by: TBD, based upon the novel The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex
Producers: Chris Jenkins, Suzanne Buirgy
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, and Jennifer Lopez

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10 Children’s Books that Celebrate Thanksgiving

Happy almost Thanksgiving! 
If you're looking for some books to share with you children about Thanksgiving, check out these titles from Harper Collins Children's Books. They recently shared their list of 10 Children's Books That Celebrate Thanksgiving.

To find more about each book, visit Harper Collins Children's, 10 Children's Books that Celebrate Thanksgiving list here

Monday, November 24, 2014

Signed MG & KidLit Books Available During Barnes & Noble's Black Friday Sales

What's better than a book sale? Having signed books on sale! This Friday (which just happens to be Black Friday, and a day I avoid going to any store at all costs), Barnes & Noble is having an incredible Black Friday sale. Their sale includes a limited number of signed YA, MG & Kidlit books. This sale is for *in stores only*. Check out some of the books that will be available on Friday, here. I love seeing a variety of MG and children's picture books on this list. I may have to make an exception and venture out to the store on Friday. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

50 Books Every Kid Should Read

Happy Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! 
Today kicked off my first day of sales for my Scholastic Book Fair, which means I won't be online much at all this week, hence the reason why I'm a little late in getting this post up today. 

Entertainment Weekly recently published a list of 50 Books Every Kid Should Read!
I love the variety of books featured on this list. I've found that there are many books on this list that I either read as a child or have read to my own children. There are a handful of books on the list I've yet to read. Check out their list here to see if your favorite kid lit books made the list. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day

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It's VETERANS DAY and we'd like to take a moment to say
THANK YOU to all who have served our country, and protected our freedoms. 
We thank you and your families for your sacrifices. 

Please take a moment today and tell a veteran THANK YOU for their service! 

If you're looking for some great material to teach your kids about Veterans Day, check out my post here

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day: Teaching References & Children's Books Honoring our Veterans

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day, and Scholastic some great tools for parents and teachers to use to teach our children about the importance of that day. Whether your child is elementary ages or middle school ages, check out Scholastic's online resources about Veterans Day. Then check out some of these great titles that honor those who have served their countries!

What are some of your favorite books that honor our Veterans?

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BLIZZARD by John Rocco, Book Review

Hello & Welcome to the BLIZZARD blog tour! I'm so thrilled to kick off Disney Hyperion's tour for John Rocco's newest release. Grab a cozy blanket, get a warm cup of cocoa and get ready to enjoy the BLIZZARD. 

By: Jon Rocco
Published by: Disney Hyperion
Released on: 10.30.14
Ages: 3 & up
Rating: 5 Owlets - Loved It!
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Purchase it from: Amazon | B&N
Source: book from publisher to review, in exchange for my honest review

Blizzard opens with a boy’s excitement upon seeing the first snowflake fall outside his classroom window. It ends with the neighborhood’s immense relief upon seeing the first snowplow finally break through on their street many days later. In between the boy watches his familiar landscape transform into something alien, and readers watch him transform into a hero who puts the needs of others first. John cleverly uses increasing amounts of white space in his playful and nostalgic images, which include full-bleeds, comic panels, and a glorious gatefold spread of the boy's circuitous expedition to the store. 

Whether readers are all-too-familiar with blizzards or have never experienced the wonder of a winter storm, John Rocco’s BLIZZARD is as delicious as a mug of hot cocoa by the fire on a snowy day.

Rocco has created another fantastic, award worthy children's book that fans of all ages will enjoy.

A beautifully illustrated children's picture book, BLIZZARD is an autobiographical story of the 1978 blizzard that hit parts of the North East, bringing with it 53 inches of snow. Author/illustrator John Rocco drew from his own experience as a young kid during that blizzard to create a story fans old and young alike will enjoy. With what I imagine started out as fun and memorable snow day, quickly turned into one of fear and panic for some. Unlike today's technology world, back during this book's era, there were no cell phones, or internet service, making it much harder to stay connected to each other. Rocco does a brilliant job at keeping his story light and adventurous, making it easy for young readers to engage with the story.

What's a young boy to do when his family and neighbors are all snow bound, and supplies are running low, and there's no help in sight? He becomes a hero! Young John sets off to the grocery store to try and get a few things they're in need of. Escaping from his bedroom window, since the door can't open with all the snow piled up against, his trusty map in hand, and tennis rackets for snowshoes, John heads to the store. A trek that seems a little difficult at first, but thankfully he makes it, and gets all the items his family and neighbors are in need of.

I loved the illustrations in BLIZZARD. Rocco is a great story teller, and a gift illustrator. His illustrations are some of my favorite in children's literature. With Blizzard, he captured that simpler way of life during this era perfectly. He didn't leave out any details too little or too big in his illustrations. I loved looking through the book with my kids, and then reading the book with them. Like BLACKOUT, Rocco has created another fantastic, award worthy children's book that fans of all ages will enjoy.

If you're looking to curl up with a fantastic children's book on a cool afternoon, I highly recommend picking this one up! Just be sure that you're snuggled under warm blankets or near a warm fire, so you stay warm while reading it.

Check out a spread from BLIZZARD below: (click on the image to enlarge)

You can also learn more on RoccoArt.com and find John on Facebook and Twitter

About John Rocco

Rocco studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and School of Visual Arts in New York City. He is the author of four acclaimed books for children: Wolf! Wolf!, winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for best picture book; Moonpowder, part of the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators; Fu Finds the Way, and Blackout, a New York Times Best Book of the Year and winner of a 2012 Caldecott Honor. 

Rocco also illustrated Whoopi Goldberg‘s Alice and the covers for Rick Riordan‘s multi-million copy internationally bestselling series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, and The Heroes of Olympus. Most recently, Rocco illustrated the fantasy fairy tale, The Flint Heart, written by Katherine Paterson and her husband, John. For many years Rocco has been an art director in the entertainment industry, both in the US and abroad. 

At Dreamworks, Rocco was the pre-production art director on the top-grossing animated film Shrek. For Walt Disney Imagineering, he designed attractions at Disney’s Epcot and served as art director for DisneyQuest, a virtual reality theme park in Downtown Disney. Rocco has worked with computer graphics pioneer Robert Abel, the creator of some of the first CGI commercials and special effects, and contributed to several museum projects including Newseum in Washington D.C. and Paul Allen‘s Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.Rocco lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Aileen and their daughter, Alaya.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Blizzard Blog Tour! There are fantastic author interviews, sneak peeks at the artwork inside the book, and giveaways.

Thursday, November 6  - Mundie Kids
Friday, November 7 - Kid Lit Frenzy                                                                                     
Monday, November 10 -  The Children’s Book Review        
Tuesday, November 11 - The Kids Did It                   
Wednesday, November 12 - OC Mom Media                                
Thursday, November 13 -  As They Grow Up                             
Friday, November 14 - Curling Up With a Good Book     
Monday, November 17  - Ben Spark                                            
Tuesday, November 18 - Mr. Schu Reads                                 
Thursday, November 20 - Elizabeth Dulemba                          

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Goodreads 2014 Choice Awards: Best Picture Books of 2014

Goodreads recently announced their list for the Best Picture Books of 2014 for their 2014 Choice Awards. They need your vote! Check out this year's Best Pictures Books:


 For as much I love picture books, I have to say I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I've only read a small handful of these. One of the things I love about this list, is getting some new book rececommendadatins. Be sure to head over to HERE and vote for your favorite!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Goodreads 2014 Choice Awards: Best Middle Grade & Children's Books of 2014

Happy Marvelous Middle Grade Monday!
Check out which GoodReads has picked as their BEST Middle / Children's books of 2014!
That's right, it's that time of year where you, the reader gets to VOTE on which out the list below, is your favorite! Check out the list: 


Which was your favorite? Cast your vote HERE!

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~