#Sponsored Book Spotlight: One Day, So Many Ways: Laura Hall

SYNOPSIS:Discover what daily life is like for kids all around the world! Meet children from over 40 countries and explore the differences and similarities between their daily routines. Over 24 hours, follow a wide variety of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, talk, learn and go about their everyday routine in this stunning retro-style illustrated picture book that celebrates different cultures.

MY THOUGHTS: The idea behind this book is really sweet. I love the thought of children learning about different cultures by reading about their peers in different countries. The illustrations are simplistic, but in a good way. They didn’t need to be complicated.
My only issue is with the amount of text. Although it would be for younger children, say younger than 3rd grade, there isn’t a ton of information given. It’s just a sentence or two. I’d have loved to see a little more elaboration. All in all, it reminded me of the Richard Scarry books. It’s a good weekend/bedtime book. I give it 3 stars.

Laura Hall is a travel writer from the UK who now lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark, with her husband and two daughters. Laura was one of the founding team of award-winning family-friendly travel firm Kid & Coe. One Day, So Many Ways is her first book for children.

Loris Lora is a Los Angeles based illustrator & designer. Her illustration style is largely inspired by Mid Century illustration & design, pop culture and her Mexican upbringing. In addition, her work largely reflects the humour and humility of everyday life with her colourful approach. Her clients include NoBrow Press, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
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**I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.


#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Famous Family Trees: Kari Hauge

SYNOPSIS:Explore the fascinating family histories of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Charlotte Bronte, John F Kennedy, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maria Tallchief, and many more with 30 family trees from around the world.
This accessible, visually-stunning compendium of family trees features some of history’s most loved — and loathed — famous faces and is great fun for the whole family to explore.
Genealogy and history combine to make a fascinating, fact-filled treasury of family trees belonging to famous people throughout the ages.
Here are some samples:

MY THOUGHTS: OH MY GOODNESS! How I Love This Book!! From the first page, I was smitten. It is the most comprehensive, engaging genealogy book I’ve come across- adult or children’s. It’s not simply a book full of family tree pictures, either. Each family tree contains historical information about the family members and explanations of often used genealogical terms.

This is, simply put, a must-have for every homeschool library. The illustrations are adorable and will keep even early-elementary readers entertained. Older students can follow the examples in order to create their own family’s tree. Homeschoolers can create a lesson off each family given in the book for endless discussions and learning. I give it an absolute 5 stars! Bravo!

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**I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

ISBN: 9781786032263



#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps: A.J. Massey

SYNOPSIS: ‘The story centers on 13-year old Ben, a normal eighth-grader by day who one night awakens a fantastical dream world called Meridia, where snow burns, the sun disappears and reappears without warning, and magic is addictive. But this mysterious realm is disappearing, being eaten by a phenomenon called the Fading. Joined by Avery, Marcus, and three dog-like dragonwoofs, Ben journeys across monster-infested oceans and sun-scorched mountains to retrieve the sphinx’s head, the key to saving the world and every astonishing creature that inhabits it. But not everyone wants them to succeed. Soon, they find themselves pursued by the Sovereign and his generals, whose armies will stop at nothing to perpetuate the Fading and its consumption of the land.’

MY THOUGHTS: I’ll readily admit that YA anything (especially Fantasy) is not my genre of choice. I’ve never been able to follow along in a surreal plot. However, I dove right into ‘Dragonwoofs’ and, I also must admit, I was pretty well captivated.

A.J. Massey has done a spectacular job with character development and creating a fantasy world like no other. Taking the stereotypical underdogs-done-wrong, Massey makes them into heroic fighters who are to be admired and readers will truly connect with. On a humorous note, humans are referred to as ‘weeds’. Many parents of teens may agree with that name! The scenery and even the weather are supporting characters, adding to the ‘magic’ of the plot.

As our brave teens struggle in the timeless battle of good versus evil, readers find a message of friendship with unlikely friends, heroism in the face of incredible danger, and a good workout for one’s imagination. If Mr. Massey’s book can catch the attention of a 40-something blogger, then he will surely be a hit with the YA set. Well-written and a welcome escape from reality, I give it 4 stars.

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**I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
About A.J. Massey:
A.J. Massey writes thrilling fantasy novels for young teens and adults. His first book, Where Dragonwoofs Sleep and the Fading Creeps, blends shared dream worlds with middle school, and was influenced by his favorite childhood movies of the 80s, Labyrinth and The Neverending Story.
Massey studied at the University of Hawaii where he earned his business degree. He was also a former infantry medic in the U.S. Army, and worked as a project manager at several companies, including The Boeing Company and DirecTV. He now works as a Program Manager at a major video game company. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife, Katie, and pet dragonwoofs, Abby and Peanut.



#Sponsored Book Spotlight: I See the Sun in the USA: Dedie King

SYNOPSIS: I See the Sun in the USA tells the story of Stella and the children and families she meets, with a variety of ethnicities and cultures, while on a family vacation.  Each child is also presented by a family tree depicting the blending of their families, hence the blending of American culture.  Glorious illustrations express and enhance the storyline.

MY THOUGHTS:  This book, for grades 1-5, offers a little bit of everything. We have a fictional family who goes on vacation to real, geographically accurate places. The pictures are fabulous and will add to the adventure. Readers will not only experience different, cultural representations, but also history & geography. I love when books combine subjects for this age bracket.

With all that their minds an absorb, it’s good to get a little extra education in with their reading. I also appreciate the introduction kids get to genealogy. There’s a lot of talk nowadays about DNA & family histories. It just may inspire younger students to chart their own family trees.

I give it 4 stars.


Author Dedie King was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the mid-sixties in Nepal where she taught school.  She uses her world travel experiences past and present as the basis for the stories in the I See The Sun series.  Presently, Dedie practices Classical Five Element acupuncture both in Hardwick and in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Illustrator Judith Inglese designs and fabricates ceramic tile murals for public spaces such as schools, healthcare facilities and nonprofit organizations.  In the I See the Sun books, she combines photography, cut paper and drawing in her collage illustrations. Like her ceramic tile murals, her illustrations are colorful and detailed with strong forms and line work.  Judith Inglese resides in Western Massachusetts.

Find it on Amazon.

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**I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine/

#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Going to School: Rose Blake

SYNOPSIS: Spend the day at school and join the little girl in everything she does in a day—from breakfast to bedtime. Meet her classmates and try to spot what each friend is up to in every lesson throughout the book. Can you guess what they want to be when they grow up? This reassuring introduction to the school day for little ones has bright, friendly artwork and is perfect for children about to go off to school for the first time.

MY THOUGHTS: “Going to School’, as it’s title suggests, is a good starting point for the pre-K set. Those parents/guardians whose little ones are anxious about staring school full time will find a friendly, accurate representation of what to expect. Simple yet eye-catching illustrations will help these younger readers follow along and stay focused.
It may also be of help to those students who are transitioning from half day to full day kindergarten. It’s a cute book and younger readers are likely to enjoy it. I give it 3 stars.

Rose Blake studied Illustration and Animation at Kingston University, where she was awarded the D&AD Best New Blood Award. She followed this with an MA at the Royal College of Art. She works as a fine artist and as an illustrator, and has Blake has completed commissions for The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The BBC and Tatler.

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**I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

#Sponsored Book Spotlight: C is for Chickasaw: Wiley Barnes

SYNOPSIS: The award-winning children’s book C is for Chickasaw by Wiley Barnes walks children of all ages through the letters of the alphabet as it teaches elements of Chickasaw history, language, and culture. Each topic is introduced by two lines of rhyming verse, followed by additional information explaining its place or importance in Chickasaw culture.
Colorful illustrations familiarize readers with the style of Southeastern Native American art, and a question and activity section in the back provides a springboard for further discussion.
The C is for Chickasaw children’s book can be paired with its companion learning tools, the C is for Chickasaw app and the recently released C is for Chickasaw coloring book, to provide additional hours of fun while learning about Chickasaw language and culture
AUTHOR INFO: Wiley Barnes, Chickasaw, holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He has spent nearly eighteen years forging a career in publishing, writing, printing, and graphic design, with the last eleven years at the Chickasaw Nation. During that time he has had the pleasure of working on a number of projects that promote Chickasaw culture and celebrate Chickasaw people. Barnes lives in Ada, Oklahoma, with his wife and two children.

MY THOUGHTS: What an absolutely fabulous idea! Wiley Barnes has brought children a way to learn Native American History quickly, efficiently and happily. Obviously, parents/educators know how much elementary age children love books that have a pattern or a rhythm. ‘C is for Chickasaw’ brings them this beloved way reading with a twist. While reinforcing their knowledge of the alphabet and including Native American history, you’re combining two classes in one great book. Adding the coloring book brings art into the mix while they’re re-reading the story! Brilliant!

I completely understand why it is an award winner. The colorful images that are on each page will catch even the youngest readers’ attention. Older, independent readers can benefit from the extra, more detailed text. The easy-to-follow, rhymes will allow for memorization. The knowledge that young readers will gain from ‘C is for Chickasaw’ is priceless. History books just don’t offer these same important and under-taught details. I give it 5 stars and highly recommend adding it to your homeschool library!
Further info can be found here.
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Book Spotlight: Ruby and Hewey: A Story of Friendship: Rebecca and Rodrigo Pool

BOOK INFO: Ruby and Hewey: A Story of Friendship is the tale of how Ruby and Hewey became best friends. They learn life lessons of acceptance and that being yourself is always the best choice. In this story we meet the quirky characters on Farmer Carol’s animal rescue farm. Hewey the sheep, is new to Honeysuckle Animal Rescue Farm and is struggling to fit in. When Hewey’s feeling down, an unlikely friend steps up to help him realize his potential. Honeysuckle Farm is full of fun animals and new friends.

MY THOUGHTS: I loved reading ‘Ruby & Hewey’! The beautifully illustrated characters experience several different scenarios which teach them (& readers) big life lessons. First, there’s friendship. The relationship between the two main characters is based on trust and giving each other a chance. Next, we have an anti-bullying message. Hewey is bullied by the other sheep, but handles it with grace and patience. He utilizes a support system (Ruby) and expresses his feelings. Then, we have Hewey’s choice to do the right thing. Without spoiling the ending, I’ll say Hewey makes a choice to forgive and help those in need.

All of these scenarios are relevant to today’s children. They’re often bombarded with ways to combat bullying and make friends. However, this book shows young readers all the right ways to achieve this. The story keeps young readers’ attention with its fast, action-packed plot and likeable characters. I’ve recommend the book to several libraries for their anti-bullying displays. I know this one will be a hit! 5 stars!

AUTHOR INFO: Rebecca and Rodrigo are a married couple that is committed to bringing entertainment to children through songs and stories. We are a family run business and love creating together. Our Mission is to entertain kids of all ages through songs and stories; promoting multiculturalism, acceptance, and believing in yourself. In addition to writing the original story, the Pools now feature all the characters from Ruby and Hewey: A Story of Friendship on their YouTube channel RnRaside Kids, where they sing songs and tell stories.