Book Review: We Can Sign! by Tara Adams

Discover how simple learning sign language for kids can be! Whether it’s for reaching out to a Deaf person, chatting with friends across a crowded room, or just learning an amazing new language, We Can Sign! is an essential guide to getting started with American Sign Language for kids.

Bursting with almost 200 fully-illustrated signs, memory tips, and more, this instructional aid for sign language for kids makes mastering ASL easy. Ten chapters take you all the way from sign language basics and conversation phrases to must-have vocab. Get signing today!

We Can Sign! An Essential Illustrated Guide to American Sign Language for Kids includes:

Up-to-date info–Learn the most modern version of American Sign Language–while also getting fun insight into Deaf culture.

Clear illustrations–Start signing fast with detailed drawings that show exactly how each sign should look.

182 signs you need–Lessons begin simple and progress to more advanced ideas as you learn words and phrases that are perfect for use in a variety of situations.
Get a helping hand with this fully illustrated guide to sign language for kids! 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publisher’s Club. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’ve always been interested in sign language and when I was a kid, my friends and I learned the letters but when I saw We Can Sign! An Essential Illustrated Guide to American Sign Language for Kids, learning the basic signs was just what I’d always wanted. It’s a great book to learn along with the children in my life.

The book starts with an introduction to ASL and clear illustrations of how to sign the alphabet and numbers. The following chapters illustrate and explain many basic signs. I really like the “Did you Know?” sections found in various spots in the chapters. They give tips and interesting tidbits about ASL.

I’ve gone through We Can Sign! An Essential Illustrated Guide to American Sign Language for Kids a couple times, and I’m still learning the signs. I can’t wait to share it with my grandkids, niece and nephew!

Book Review: 'Twas the Night by Marin

Author: Marin
Publisher: Fontreal
Pages: 32
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Book Blurb

‘TWAS THE NIGHT is a wordless book that “tells” a heartwarming and inspirational Christmas story. The illustrations gift each reader, young and young at heart, the opportunity to reimagine the Season’s wonder, and the freedom “to script” (if they choose to) their own lines to go with the images. Keep dreaming big!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a beautiful book! ‘Twas the Night is full of illustrations that will touch your heart. It tells a sweet Christmas story with no words. It would be a great gift for anyone of any age that can be enjoyed over and over.

I definitely recommend ‘Twas the Night. I also found the information about the author quite interesting.

About the Author

My name is Marin and I was a child a very long time ago. My father passed away when I was one year old. My mother remarried and I was raised by my loving (but strict!) grandparents. After losing their son, they were terrified by the thought of losing their grandson. For this reason, they didn’t let me play on the street, swim in the nearby pond or explore the forest with the rest of the kids. This was also the reason I learned to read and write long before I went to school. My grandparents surrounded me with books. Books became my imaginary parents and my fictional friends. Apart from my genetic building blocks, books also came to be the main component in my development as a creative, compassionate and competitive individual.

I studied nuclear physics, art, and literature, but I enjoyed art the most. As a young artist, I was eager to succeed, winning prizes from various countries. I later became a partner in an advertising agency and switched my attention to serving clients. My last award was somewhere in the early nineties – The Best in the West by Corel Draw Corporation.

Oh, a few more boring things about me: I do not drive, I do not drink carbonated beverages, I have never consumed food from McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC or any other fast food restaurant, I do not have a mobile phone, I have never used legal or illegal drugs (except Gravol when I fly), and I have never visited my GP (much to the disapproval of my wife).

I read. I read every day. I am what I am today because of books. This publishing house is my little “thank you” to all of them.

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Book Review: Awesome Robotics Projects for Kids by Bob Katovich

Build your own amazing robots―20 STEAM projects you’ll love!

Get ready to build all kinds of incredible robots―right in your own home! Designed for young robot builders (ages 5 – 10), these do-it-yourself robotics for kids projects will teach you about science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) as you assemble an amazing collection of real working robots!

From scribblebots to two-legged walkers, this book walks you through robotics for kids, one beautifully-photographed project at a time. The robots start out simple and get more advanced as you go, helping you boost your skills (and your confidence) at the same time. Get started today!

This exciting guide to robotics for kids includes:

  • 20 awesome projects―Rock the world of robotics for kids with nearly two-dozen different designs for bots that glow, draw, walk, climb, and more.
  • Full-color photos―Construction is easy thanks to clear directions and 200 step-by-step pictures that help you build your robot right.
  • Robots in the world―Chapters are divided based on the functions of robots, showing you how they can be used to help in your day-to-day life.

Discover one of the most fun ways to get into robotics for kids!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publishing. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Awesome Robotics Projects for Kids begins with explaining the history of robots and the difference between robots and machines. It also explains that robotics is an important subject because it uses every form of STEAM education: science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Before beginning on the projects, there is a list of supplies needed to do all of the projects and places where they can be found.

The projects begin simple like how to build a circuit: simple, series, or parallel. They get more difficult until at the end, you can build a four-legged robot or a bipedal robot (just to name a couple).

Each project starts with a short introduction then lists the materials needed, total time it should take, and the steps involved. There is also a “Caution” for each project that lists things to think about to perform the activity safely. At the end of the project is the “How it Works” section so that kids don’t only make the item in the project, but they know why it works. The last thing listed in each project is the STEAM connection.

There is a helpful glossary at the end of the book and a page with links to other resources about robotics.

Awesome Robotics Projects for Kids is a great way for kids between the ages of 5 and 10 to have fun and learn at the same time!

Book Review: Drywall by Joe Carter

The second installment of the Marshall T. Trowel series focuses on Marshall T. and his family of tools as they drywall a house. Children will see the benefits of a career in the trades and the importance of practice, patience, and dreaming big.


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Drywall is the second book in the Marshall T. Trowel and Family series. This series is an effort by the author and his daughter to encourage children to consider trades-based careers. Along with explaining each trade in a fun way, each book has an inspirational theme.

There are several tools needed for putting up drywall and each is given a name such as Tim Texture Sprayer or Mary Mudpan. The illustrations show what the tools are doing as the process is explained. They’re cute and colorful!

The lesson of this story: “You can be anything you want to be! If you practice and practice, you’ll be able to reach your goals, too!” I think this is an important lesson for children to learn, especially nowadays.

I like these books and plan on keeping them to read to my grandson when he’s a little older. He’s only 7 months old but he was here today and enjoyed looking at the colors in the book. The author was kind enough to send the first book in the series, Concrete, for me to read to my grandson as well. They make a great set!

One of the illustrations

About the Author

JOE CARTER is the husband to his wonderful wife Janelle and the father to three fantastic children: Michael, Hanna and Samuel. Joe grew up in the small, northern Iowa community of Hanlontown. He graduated from North CentralManly High School and later, Iowa State University with an Industrial Engineering degree. Joe worked as an engineer for General Motors and Rockwell International before he began a long career with MARSHALLTOWN, a U.S. manufacturer of high-quality construction tools.

Between times of working as an engineer, Joe graduated from law school at the University of Arkansas and practiced law with Strong and Associates in Springfield, Missouri. He returned to MARSHALLTOWN and moved to Marshalltown, Iowa. In 1998 Joe became the president of MARSHALLTOWN and later added CEO to that title.

Joe met the love of his life, Janelle Andersen, at Iowa State University where she also graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree. Janelle worked for General Motors, R.R. Donnelley & Sons, and MARSHALLTOWN. Today she works on the local school board, special business projects, and the Board of Directors for Farmers Savings Bank.

About the Illustrator

HANNA CARTER is an illustrator and graphic designer. She grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. She moved to Oregon after college in 2016.

Hanna has loved both books and drawing for as long as she can remember. In fact, her first job was at the Marshalltown Public Library, where she spent a lot of her time leafing through children’s books. She’s pretty psyched that she got to make her own books with her dad.

Hanna has worked on editorial illustrations, book covers, animations, comics, children’s books, brand merchandise, and exhibits her artwork in galleries. She makes illustrations and animations about food-related things for the Los Angeles Times, VinePair, and other publications.

Hanna lives in Portland, Oregon with her boyfriend, Chris and many, many books.

Book Review: Horses! A Coloring & Activity Book for Kids by Valeria Deneen

Giddy up! And get started on these awesome horse activities

Saddle up for an activity book of over 60 pages full of coloring and games about horses for kids ages 4–8. Children can use their imaginations to bring the horse pictures to life with their favorite colors. Gallop through mazes, connect-the-dots, and more―there are interesting facts about horses for kids at every turn. Fun is waiting, so come along for a ride!

This coloring book of horses for kids includes:

  • Blue ribbon breeds―Learn about all kinds of breeds, from strong Belgian draft horses for heavy farm work to little Caspians for kids to ride.
  • Leaping into action―See all the different jobs and activities horses can do. For instance, miniature horses can be service animals for people with disabilities!
  • Activities galore―Jump into a variety of activities about horses for kids: mazes, dot-to-dots, word searches, spot-the-difference, and plenty of pages to color.

With tons of activities about horses for kids, this book will provide hours of fun for any horse-crazy child!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from Callisto Publishers. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Horses! is a book for children 4-8 years old. It not only has activities and many opportunities to color, but most pages have an interesting tidbit about horses. For example, on one coloring page of a horse that won the Kentucky Derby: “The Kentucky Derby is a famous horse race. It’s also called the Run for the Roses because the winner gets a blanket made of red roses!”

This activity and coloring book can be a source of hours of fun for children and they might even learn something while they’re having fun.

About the Author

Valerie Deneen is the founder of where she writes about what to do with kids, creative play for all ages, parenting tips & tricks, learning & educational activities for kids, craft ideas for tweens & school-aged children, and gardening with kids. Valerie is a speaker, creative play advocate, brand ambassador, television personality, and active Rotarian. Her work has been featured in Highlights High Five, Family Fun Magazine, PBS Parents, various morning talk shows, and several online publications. For creative play ideas sent directly to your inbox, visit Valerie’s blog at and subscribe to the weekly newsletter.

Book Review: Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial by Michelle Jester

Title: Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial
Author: Michelle Jester
Publisher: Yellow Duckie Press
Pages: 36
Genre: Children (Juvenile>general, Juvenile>social issues> feelings and emotions)

When the villagers first noticed that each of them had one item missing from their homes, they set out on a journey that ends with them finding something far more valuable than things. Go with Grasshopper Eye on a journey through friendships, feeling, and fitting in.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free link. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Grasshopper Eye made a vial for everyone in his village to put their tears in. When on ogre steals all the vials, no one can cry and they start getting angry and depressed without their tears. When they find their vials, Grasshopper Eye’s can’t be found and everyone cries with him. I’m not sure why, but suddenly no one needs their vial anymore.

Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial teaches that it’s important to cry instead of keeping your tears “bottled up.” I’m not sure if this story and illustrations would keep the interest of a child, though. I do think they’d enjoy flipping the pages on the e-book.


Grasshopper Eye lived in a village deep in the forest. He made small vials that villagers could put their sad tears in.

He felt that letting sad tears fall down your face or wiping them away was a huge waste of something that took so much pain to make.

About the Author

Michelle Jester is the author of several novels that fall into the Coming of Age, New Adult contemporary romance, Social Issues, Women’s Lit categories. Michelle’s titles, published through RopeSwing Press, include The Funeral Flower, Love, Cutter, and Two Thousand Lines (due out November 21, 2019.) In addition, Michelle is releasing a children’s book, Grasshopper Eye and the Lost Vial, through Yellow Duckie Press on the same day as Two Thousand Lines. It is featured in the contemporary novel, however is a stand-alone publications for a younger audience.

Michelle also writes several professional and personal blogs, contributes articles for independent publications, and is the Editor-in-chief for Modern Grace magazine. In addition, she is a Media and Publishing consultant, photographer, and graphic designer.

In 2007, she received the Louisiana Distinguished Civilian Service Medal for her work with military and their families. She has served as Public Relations manager and volunteer to non-profit organizations geared toward helping Veterans of war and their families. Michelle is a self proclaimed hopeless romantic who lives in Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and a retired Army Master Sergeant. Together they have a son, daughter, and daughter-in-law.


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Book Review: The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony by Libby Lake

Title: The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony
Author: Libby Lake
Release Date: 28th November 2019
Genre: Picture Book
Page Count: 30
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

The tiddliest of ponies with wondersome wings was buzzing around examining things. What would you do if a teensy tiny, flying pony busily bustled into your house? This hilarious, heart-warming story shows how being inquisitive can be a good thing!

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony is a cute story about a small flying pony who enters the home of a family through the cat flap. He’s so excited that he gets into everything and makes a big mess! What are they going to do with this crazy cat flap pony?

This book has rhyming verse, some uncommon (but interesting) words, and colorful illustrations that are bound to bring a giggle or two. The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony is a fun book for young children, especially to read aloud!

About the Author

Anna was born in St Albans in Hertfordshire.  She studied law at Aberystwyth University prior to qualifying as a solicitor.  Since then Anna has worked in the City in headhunting/coaching, set up a charity and helps build tech start-ups. 

Her writing career began in 2010 when she wrote her first play, ‘Trial by Ego’ which was first produced in 2011.  ‘The Incredibly Nosey Cat Flap Pony’ is Anna’s first children’s book.

Anna has two teenage children and lives on the South Coast.