Book Review: Three Paws and the Secret Cave by Karen Struck

Boots and friends have enjoyed many fun adventures during the past two years.
Now they are faced with an inevitable part of life. Cappy, the elderly mountain goat, is nearing the end of his physical journey. Granddaughter, Scarlet, is very close to her grandfather. When Cappy leaves the goat herd, without an explanation, Scarlet is frantic to uncover the mystery behind his disappearance.

Young Scarlet leads her wilderness friends in a celebration of life as she and her friends honor her beloved grandfather. Join Scarlet, Boots, Chinook, Sockeye, Pepe, Cyrus and Blizzard as they trek along the rugged mountaintop in search of Cappy and the secret cave. 


My Review

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

Boots’s friend Cappy has disappeared and his granddaughter needs help finding him. Cyrus, king of the eagles, finds Cappy in a secret cave. Cappy explains to his granddaughter that he’s old, he’s nearing the end of his life, and he wants to have a quiet and peaceful end. He has to hide to be safe from predators as he loses his strength.

Although this could be a sad story, the author shows that we should celebrate a person at the end of their life as well as after they pass. Death is a part of life for humans as well as animals. The way end of life is presented in Three Paws and the Secret Cave is a wonderful way to teach children about death and grief.

About the Author

Karen Struck discovered the joy of children’s literature as she read to her daughter before bed each night. She decided to take writing courses through the Institute of Children’s Literature after being inspired by the Harry Potter book series.
It was after an Alaskan cruise with her family that she had the idea to create a hopeful story about the majestic wildlife she’d seen there. So, for one of her writing assignments at the ICL, she did, and Three Paws was born!

She wrote the Three Paws children’s book series to inspire children to be brave and believe in themselves despite challenges they may face.

Outside of being a children’s book author, Karen is a registered nurse and works in the aesthetic industry. She works with her husband, Steve, a plastic surgeon in Atherton, CA and they live in Los Gatos, California. She has a daughter, Rachel, and two stepchildren, Danni and Evan Struck.


Book Review & Giveaway: Whenever a Child is Born by Nancy Diedrich

Book Title:  Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  WestBow Press
Release date:   July 2017
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.

“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”

In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.

Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.

Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.

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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.

Whenever a Child Is Born is a beautifully illustrated book that is told in rhymes. It’s about our guardian angels being with us from the time we are born and staying with us throughout our lives. It’s comforting to know that our children are never truly alone because they will always have their guardian angel.

I especially liked the last few pages which say:

“You give your child complete love.
Your angel gives complete love too.

Guardian angels love with a heavenly love.
Their gift to your baby and you.

All children are gifts of love.”

Although this is a children’s picture book, it would be a perfect gift for new parents to cherish until their child is old enough to read it or be read to.

About the Author

Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.

Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.

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Book Review: I Feel Anxious by Aleks Harrison

Moving to a new home is a big and joyful event in Max’s life.
What now awaits him in his new school? 
            Will his new teacher be kind? 
            Will he have any new friends? 
He does not know this, and these thoughts do not give him peace and instill in his heart anxiety before the unknown. Fortunately, his parents are there to teach Max how to overcome anxiety, and the first day of school brings a lot of joy.

I Feel Anxious is a good story about how difficult it is sometimes for a child to cope with anxiety and how happy it is when everything is over. After reading this charming story, the child will learn what anxiety looks like, what to do if all thoughts are occupied with experiences.

Book Details:

  • A great way to explain to your child what anxiety is 
  • Find out why anxiety feels this way
  • How to Stop Anxiety from getting out of control
  • Solutions that help children deal with their feelings in healthier ways
  • The printed version includes COLORING PAGES

Even if you’ve tried everything, this book is perfect for a deeper understanding of children’s anxiety and how to help children control their anxiety. We highly recommend it for preschoolers, elementary school students, and toddlers. This is a great addition to the toolkit for parents, teachers, and counselors.


My Review

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

Max’s family is moving and he’s excited but once they get there, he feels anxious about going to a new school. His parents tell him to draw a picture of how he is feeling, and he does a good job of that. It also makes him feel better.

Everyone at his new school is nice and welcoming, but when he starts to feel a little anxious, he draws a picture of his family to help himself feel better. It really works!

When he gets home, he’s happy to hear that his mom was anxious too on her first day at work. They both feel a lot better now that they have that first day under their belts!

I Feel Anxious is presented in rhymes, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. The rhyming and illustrations will keep the attention of children. Books like this one are great. They are not only books that children want to read, but they teach as well.

About the Author

Aleks Harrison is a father of two children and the author of a series of children’s books about emotions and self-regulation methods. Alex writes books that help parents and teachers raise attentive, socially, and emotionally aware children.

The author collaborates with the best illustrators who help create exciting, fun, and inspiring books for children of all ages and their parents.

To contact the author, write to the following e-mail address:

Book Review & Giveaway: Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne

Book Title:  Zippy’s Special Gift by Therese Van Ryne
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  38 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Mar, 2021
Format available for review:  print (USA), pdf
Tour dates: Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:

Zippy the Zebra doesn’t like her stripes. She doesn’t want to stand out! Follow Zippy as she embarks upon a thrilling adventure with her animal friends that helps her realize everyone is perfect just the way they are. Profits from the sales of Zippy’s Special Gift will be donated to one of Zebra Technologies strategic charitable partners, Bernies Book Bank, a non-profit organization that changes the story for under-served children and helps them read their way to a better life! Learn more at

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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.

Zippy doesn’t like her stripes but learns to accept herself as she is. By talking to her friends, she realizes that everyone is unique and that we should accept, even celebrate, our differences. What a fun way to teach acceptance to children.

Zippy’s Special Gift is a fun book to read! The text rhymes and the pictures are vibrant. The illustrations of the animals are adorable. I can’t wait to read this book to my grandson on Easter!

I like that the profits from the sales of this book will be donated to a charity that seeks to increase book ownership to under-served children throughout the Chicago area.

About the Author

Zippy’s Special Gift is Van Ryne’s debut children’s book. She currently serves as the Global Director of PR, Thought Leadership and Advocacy for Zebra Technologies. One of PR News’ 2019 Top Women in PR, Van Ryne also has experience as a journalist, editor and producer, reporting nightly from Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

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Book Review: Hiding Baby Moses by Judith L. Roth

Publication date: April 27, 2021

A baby boy is hidden in a basket floating on the Nile. A fearful mother sings a song of protection. And a brave big sister seeks a chance to save her brother.

Meet the family of baby Moses in this lyrical retelling and see how God’s faithfulness can be revealed through one small person who takes a big risk for someone she loves.


My Review

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

Hiding Baby Moses stays true to the story of Moses in the Bible. It’s from Miriam’s perspective, which will make it more relatable for children. The story is told in simple terms to make it easy to understand, and the illustrations are colorful and done well.

At the end of the book, there is more information for parents about Moses in case they don’t know the whole true story. The music for the song that Miriam and her mother sing is also at the end of the book for those who are able to read music.

Hiding Baby Moses is definitely a book I recommend. Not only will it keep a child’s interest, but it teaches a story from the Bible.

About the Author

Judith L. Roth has been an editor and a youth minister, but was always primarily a writer. She was born in a beach town in Southern California and lived in that area for about 30 years. She got her B.A. in English and music from Fresno Pacific College and her M.A. in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Moving to Indiana in 1990 enabled Judith to spend more time writing and caring for her sons.

             Judith has had three picture books published, including Goodnight, Dragons (Disney-Hyperion, 2012). Her most recent work of fiction is a middle grade novel-in-verse called Serendipity & Me (Viking, 2013). She is currently working on several picture books, plus an historical novel and a soccer novel. The novels are for middle grade readers.

            Her hobbies include reading, music, traveling, kayaking, and learning languages. She currently lives in Elkhart, Indiana with her husband and three cats. Her two sons are now grown but still inspire her writing.

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Book Review: Who Cares? by Chanda Minor-Brigance

“Who Cares?” is part of the Chan is a Caregiver collection. This children’s book inspires compassion and generosity in a simple and imaginative manner for the youngest of girls and boys. Brimming with colorful illustrations, the book gently introduces children to the disease of ALS and gives specific attention to the role played by caregivers. In an age appropriate manner, children will be taught about the crucial role friends and caregivers play.

Lou Gehrig’s disease affects people of all ages, races, and backgrounds. This disease is serious, and being there for those diagnosed with ALS is critical. Introducing children to this sort of thing can be difficult, but with the help of “Who Cares?” you can teach your children about this sensitive issue and inspire them to play a pivotal role in its solution.

My Review

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

Who Cares? is about Chan who is a CALS which is a caregiver to someone living with ALS. Ren is a PALS which is a person living with ALS. The book explains everything that Chan does for Ren every day. It also explains that people with ALS need a lot of help so having a caregiver is extremely important.

Children will learn that PALS are regular people who like to do regular things, but they need help to do them. Who Cares? explains this so that children can understand it. It is written well and is beautifully illustrated.

Book Review: Jonathan and the Giant Eagle by Danny Christopher

Publication date: June 8, 2021

Jonathan’s parents have decided to let Jonathan choose a pet. They are not prepared for his choice—a giant eagle. (Is that even legal?)

Jonathan recounts his new experiences with this unique and astonishing pet. A mythical giant eagle doesn’t fit easily into everyday life, but there are some advantages to having such a creature by your side. Ultimately, Jonathan comes to the difficult decision that his new friend must be set free.

With rhyming text and a humorous and lighthearted tone, this book is meant to be read aloud.

My Review

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

What a fun book! When Jonathan is told by his parents that he can have a pet, he chooses a giant eagle. They have fun together, but Jonathan eventually learns on his own that his eagle needs more space and freedom, so he lets him go.

Jonathan and the Giant Eagle encourages children to use their imaginations. It is meant to read aloud, which makes sense because the text is rhyming, and the illustrations are bright and colorful and big enough to read the book to a whole class. They’re also quite detailed!

This is definitely a book I recommend to read to young children. I’m looking forward to getting a copy to read to my grandchildren.

About the Author

Danny Christopher is a Canadian illustrator and art teacher. He has travelled throughout the Canadian Arctic as an instructor for Nunavut Arctic College. He is the illustrator of The Legend of the FogA Children’s Guide to Arctic Birds, and Animals Illustrated: Polar Bear, and author of Putuguq and Kublu. His work on The Legend of the Fog was nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustration Award. He lives in Toronto with his wife, four children, and a puppy.

Book Review: I am Stronger than Anxiety

Often face with kids’ anxiety and still have no idea how to deal with children’s big emotions and feelings? Try this entertaining picture book and learn how to help children cope with their worry and stress.

All children worry from time to time and it is a normal part of growing up. But, when anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can greatly affect kids’ behavior. It may lead to a feeling of stress, exhaustion, isolation and many others. It is very important to be aware of these emotions and to know how to deal with them in a healthy way.

This activity book captures children’s attention, provides kid-friendly entry points into understanding the essence of the feeling of anxiety, and is a perfect tool for educating them about how to overcome worries, fear and phobias.

This cute book about Little Nick:

  • contains lovely illustrations and a lightly rhyming storyline.
  • helps children recognize and manage their anxiety by interacting with animals in a funny way.
  • provides tips and techniques on what to do when your children feel worried, nervous, anxious or scared.
  • delivers important messages aimed at improving kids’ self-regulation skills.
  • teaches children to understand their emotions and feelings and to improve their emotional intelligence.
  • includes a bonus activity game.

This storybook is a continuation of Nick’s adventures from the World of Kids Emotions books’ series. The first book of the series became an Amazon Bestseller.


Even if you have tried everything, this book is perfect for gaining a deeper understanding of children’s anxiety and how to help kids control their worry. We highly recommend it for preschoolers, primary school students and toddlers. It is an excellent addition to a toolkit for parents, teachers and counselors.


My Review

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

In this delightful story, Nick and his dad are going on a camping trip! Nick is excited about going but then he starts worrying about it until he’s feeling anxious. The symptoms of anxiety are listed which is good so that children can understand that these naturally occur when they’re feeling anxious.

When Nick and his dad get to the forest, Nick goes for a walk while his dad puts up the tent. He meets several animals who tell him what they do when they’re feeling anxious and by the time he gets back to the campsite, he feels great and is ready to have a good time with his dad.

The story is told in rhymes and the illustrations are cute and colorful. I had to laugh at the cute picture of Nick’s dad’s beard. It’s so 2020! I am Stronger than Anxiety is bound to keep the attention of children plus they learn to recognize anxiety and different ways to cope with it.

About the Author

Being a mother of two kids Elizabeth Cole very well understands that childhood is a great period of life filled with a tremendous amount of different and often changing emotions. Since the time Elizabeth received her master’s degree in psychology from University of New Orleans in 2008, she fully devoted herself to the research of kids, understanding their needs as well as their true emotions. Her five years period of working as the school teacher very much improved Elizabeth’s knowledge and motivated her even stronger. Finally, all of her experience inspired Elizabeth to write a series of children’s books.

Book Review & Giveaway: Dos Idiomas, One Me!

Dos Idiomas, One Me is the story of a young girl who feels torn between two languages. At home, she speaks Spanish, at school, she speaks English, and she finds herself resenting the fact that she has to translate her thoughts and feelings. Then, she realizes that being bilingual is a gift. She begins to have fun navigating the space of inclusivity and starts to relish the role of teacher and translator.

By equally incorporating Spanish and English, Dos Idiomas, One Me promotes biliteracy. As young readers see their experiences reflected in the story of another dual-language speaker, they can feel encouraged to embrace all aspects of themselves.

Guest Review by Jessica Kobrin Bernstein at Peekababy

What a lovely book! The illustrations are incredibly charming–with bright colors and well-drawn multi-ethnic characters. The adorable gap between the two front teeth of the girl who is the narrator of the book just makes me want to give her a great big hug!

As a teacher and as a parent, even one who does not speak Spanish, I love how seamlessly the Spanish and English are woven together in this book to really give the reader a taste of what it’s like to live two languages at once. This combination of the two languages, also made the book easier to understand for a non-Spanish speaker. It is so nice to read a book where the bilingual child finds a way to share her home language with her friends and take pride in all facets of herself.

“A charming book depicting bicultural identity. Maggy Williams takes the reader into the struggle and joy a child experiences while not feeling ni de aquí, ni de allá, and yet from both sides.” – Anel Duarte, artist and poet

“Such a unique, inspiring story that captures the heart within seconds of reading! A powerful, dynamic rendition of what it means to be a bilingual child. Every family should read it!” – Sabrina Suarez, artist, advocate, and community leader

“Esta pequeña historia guarda un gran tesoro. Para todos los niños que tienen la gran oportunidad y capacidad de aprender dos o más idiomas a la vez, de una forma natural. Que puedan apreciar y sentir la fortuna de ser completamente bilingües desde una edad temprana. Una ventaja con la que contarán el resto de sus vidas y que podrá ser de gran ayuda para ellos mismos y muchos otros a su alrededor. Un lindo recurso para todos los padres que quieren enseñar a sus hijos la riqueza de formar parte en varias culturas a la vez.” – Irma Erichsen, author and artist

“Dos Idiomas, One Me illustriously guides young readers and their grownups towards understanding that differences make us unique and special. Beautifully written!” – AnnaMarie Jones, co-creator of the Demystifying persity Podcast.

From Loving Healing Press 

Audience 6-8 years

Available to buy from…   GPlay  Kobo  Barnes and Noble  Paperback  Hardback   Audible

Also available in audio!

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About the Author

Maggy Williams started writing at five years old and hasn’t stopped since. She loves creating stories for young readers because they have the best imaginations and because she never wants to grow up. When she’s not writing, she enjoys acting and comedy improv, which is basically just make-believe for grown-ups.

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Book Review: Dear Mrs. President by Ana Maria Medici

To help young ones continue to dream of what could be possible in their lifetime, Ana wrote Dear Mrs. President (March 8, 2021, ISBN-13 978-1735283166), an inspiring new book aimed for ages 3 to 7. In Dear Mrs. President, a child’s letter to the first female President of the United States, becomes a symbol of hope and a touching tribute to all female leaders, everywhere. With no ambition too high, and no goal too large, Dear Mrs. President encourages kids to reach further, and dream greater.

My Review

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

Dear Mrs. President is an example of a child’s letter to the first female president. Naya sends this letter to thank the president for her leadership and for being an example to girls to work hard to be whatever they want to be. It inspires young girls to dream big and work hard because they are smart, powerful, and capable.

It is great that we will most likely have a female president in the next few years. Having a female VP is one step closer to that goal. I think the timing of Dear Mrs. President is perfect with our first female VP being in office.

This would be a great addition to any child’s library. I’m looking forward to reading it with my niece.

About the Author

Ana Maria Medici is a children’s book author and former early childhood educator. Her books prioritize lessons of empowerment, persistence, empathy, and service to one’s community.