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#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.
https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781847809742/One-Day-So-Many-Ways.html?direct=1

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#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.
https://www.quartoknows.com/books/9781786030696/Going-to-School.html

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

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#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.
*I received the aforementioned title in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.
**Pic & synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.

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#Sponsored Book Spotlight: Brick Building 101: Courtney Sanchez

All the buzz in educational talk is about STEAM. If you aren’t familiar it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. As caregivers, we all know how children learn through play. One toy has stood the test of time, requires no wires and has endless possibilities. Of course, that would be snap-together bricks aka Legos, Duplos, etc.

My sons always thought outside the box, literally, when they had these. We may have bought them in kits (ships, castles, etc.), but my boys always made something different. For children like mine, these 20 activities are perfect.
SYNOPSIS:
Now kids can combine a love for LEGO with learning STEAM topics (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in this awesomely fun activity book! Industrious minds will love learning to build a bunch of different stuff with these 20 step-by-step projects that range from beginner projects, such as a geoboard and DIY slime, to more challenging projects, such as a bird feeder and balloon racer. Large, full-color photos show each step along the way, with simple instructions and inspiration to extend projects and keep learning. With STEAM learning on the rise, this book is the perfect way to inspire play and interest in the topics kids need to know about!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A stay-at-home mom of three boys, Courtney Sanchez began crafting as way to keep her children stimulated and active. Having time to sit and be creative with children, and to explore using texture, colors and (most importantly) their imagination is a great way to bond and teach at the same time. Her website, Crafts by Courtney (www.craftsbycourtney.com) explores a variety of activities and how-to kids crafts to keep children active and inspired through creative play.

If you have kids who love bricks, give this book a go. Incorporate it into your homeschool curriculum or just have a little fun!
Pic & Synopsis belong solely to the author/publisher.
I RECEIVED THE AFOREMENTONED TITLE IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. ALL OPINIONS ARE MINE.
Brick Building 101
20 LEGO® activities to teach kids about STEAM
$14.95 / £9.99
Author: Courtney Sanchez
Format: Paperback / softback, 80 Pages
ISBN: 9781633225220
Publisher: Walter Foster Jr.
Ages: 5 to 7

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Book Spotlight: 3 Awesome New Hockey Books From Sport’s Ilustrated Kids

SYNOPSIS: “Hockey: Then to WOW! shows readers how the cool sport has evolved from the early days of its 19th century origins to the game as it is today. Using NHL action photographs, illustrations, stories, and trivia, the book is a journey through time both for hockey fans and those new to the game. Kids will learn how basic equipment has changed from a ball to a puck and how the evolution of game strategy has transformed the sport, players, and equipment. Players throughout history are stacked up against each other in every position so fans can dream up the perfect fantasy team with Wayne Gretzky playing alongside Patrick Roy and Stan Mikita. A fun-filled section of the book explores everything fan culture—from the best ice rinks, to the iconic hockey sweater and the hockey haircut along with key aspects of the toughest sport around.”
SYNOPSIS:”The puck drops, skates flash, and sticks fly-a hockey game is underway! With a fun mix of Sports Illustrated action photography, simple text, a full glossary of terms, and cool graphics, My First Book of Hockey introduces readers to the basics. Kids (and maybe a few adults, too!) will learn how power plays work, how the three-period game flows, what a hat trick is, what’s up with the referee’s crease, and more.
An illustrated “rookie” character appears on every page, guiding the reader moment by moment, and helping to make My First Book of Hockey an ideal shared reading experience between parents and their young rookies before, during, and after the game.”
SYNOPSIS:
“There is no greater authority on all things sports than Sports Illustrated magazine. Now, they turn their expert eye to the action on the ice in the fourth book in the bestselling “Greatest” Series with Hockey’s Greatest, which takes you onto the ice and into history like no other book about hockey ever has.

Who is the greatest goalie of all-time, Patrick Roy or Dominik Hasek? Where does Martin Brodeur land in the rankings? Would fans select Sidney Crosby or Mario Lemieux as the better center? Sports Illustrated has polled its hockey experts to determine the top 10 in more than 15 categories, including best rivalry, best single-season team, and best game in history.

SI’s stunning photography and classic stories from the Sports Illustrated archives accompany every ranking, making this the most authoritative survey of the sport of hockey available, and the perfect gift for anyone who revels in the fast-paced, oftentimes bloody action on the ice.”

MY THOUGHTS: Being that we live so close to Pittsburgh, we hear about hockey year round. I’ll be honest, though, we aren’t a sports-oriented family so I don’t know a lot about the game. But, the ‘Rookie’ volume does a tremendous job of describing and defining all aspects of hockey. Younger readers and novices (like me!) will be able to easily understand the rules and the basics of hockey. If you have a child who is thinking of trying out for a team, this would be the perfect read for them. I’m also a fan of the rookie character who walks them through the book.

As for the two other titles, I’d describe them as being a reference material. Sport’s Illustrated is a household name and go-to for all things sports. ‘Hockey: Then to WOW!’ doubles as a sports/history book. If you happen to have a reluctant reader in your house who also happens to be a sports fan, this book is a perfect choice. Geared for ages 8+, readers time travel from the early days of the sport to the present. The photography is phenomenal as are the illusrations. Much has changed over the years and fans will enjoy every minute.

‘Hockey’s Greatest’ is an amazing compilation. When I first saw it, my reaction was, ‘Wow!’ Each of the 15 categories covered jumps off the pages with its stunning photography. Consider it the ultimate guide to sports Trivial Pursuit. Anything you would want to know about hockey is covered. I can’t imagine that there is a better reference material available for hockey- anywhere. It truly is a magnificent piece. Even if you’re not the most avid fan, the pictures alone make the book worth it’s price.

When it comes to sports, go with the experts- Sport’s Illustrated. These three new titles from their Sport’s Illustrated Kids series are perfectly put together and will consume readers for hours on end. 5 stars for SI !

*I received the aforementioned titles in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
**The synopsis/pics belong solely to the author(s)/publisher.