Book Review & Giveaway: Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday by Alysson Foti Bourque

 

Book Title:  Alycat and the Cattywampus Wednesday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Pelican Publishing
Release date:  May 9, 2022
Content Rating:  G

Book Description

Alycat wakes up to seafood gumbo for breakfast, and even though her house is the first stop for the school bus, the bus is already full when she boards. Alycat’s whole day is turning topsy-turvy. What is happening? Young readers will tag along on Alycat’s adventures during her very “cattywampus” Wednesday and learn that a little help from some friends and a good attitude can make your day!

The themes of the books in the Alycat Series all reflect a reliance on friendships, imagination, and creativity towards problem solving. The character traits of Alycat
and her friends inspire and encourage young readers to find their own special gifts. After enduring a cattywampus world pursuant to an
unexpected pandemic, this book will resonate with readers to persevere through the wackiest and toughest of times.

Buy the Book:
Alycat website
Amazon ~ B&N

Walmart ~ Bookshop

 

My Review

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

On a particular Wednesday, everything in Alycat’s world is backwards! It starts with dinner for breakfast and ends with breakfast for dinner. I was impressed how well Alycat dealt with her cattywampus day. She remained positive and didn’t think twice about asking friends for direction. While being a cute book, Alycat’s positivity is a good lesson for children.

Not only is this a good story, but the illustrations are bright and colorful. Just looking at the cover it’s obvious that the illustrations will be great. And did you notice the upside-down hopscotch?

About the Author 

Alysson Foti Bourque is the author of the award-winning Alycat series. Alysson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center.

After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. Alysson enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves wholeheartedly.

 

AWARDS & HONORS

The Alycat Series has won several prestigious awards including:
Three Mom’s Choice Awards®
Benjamin Franklin Digital Award, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)
Best Book Award Finalist
NY Big Book Award
Reviewed by Midwest Book Review
Southern Festival of Books Panelist
Louisiana Book Festival Featured Author

Connect with the author: Website  ~  Twitter   Facebook  ~  Instagram ~ Pinterest

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May 23 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
May 23 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 24 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 24 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 25 – Chit Chat with Charity – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 25 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
May 26 – Bookworm for Kid – book review / giveaway
May 26 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
May 27 – A Mama’s Corner Of the World – book review / giveaway
May 31 – Baroness’ Book Trove – book spotlight / giveaway
May 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
June 1 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review / giveaway
June 2 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 3 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
June 6 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
June 7 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
June 7 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review / giveaway
June 8 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
June 8 – Older & Smarter? – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 9 – Bigreadersite – book review / giveaway
June 9 – Ravenz Reviewz – book review / giveaway
June 10 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
June 13 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
June 14 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
June 14 – @twilight_reader – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Fur Everywhere – book review / giveaway
June 15 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
June 16 – My Reading Getaway – book review / author interview / giveaway
June 17 – Amy’s Bookshelf Reviews – book review / giveaway
June 17 – Faith And Books – book review / giveaway
 
 

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Book Review: Mummy’s Big Tummy by Jane Callow

Title: Mummy’s Big Tummy
Author: Jane Callow
Publisher: ‎ Clink Street Publishing
Release Date: 26th May 2022
Genre: Picture Book

Another whimsical story about Fairfax, a loveable, mischievous Fox! Read along with your child to find out what Fairfax learns today! Fairfax is puzzled by a mystery! A mystery that gets ‘bigger’ every day! Read along with your child as the mystery unfolds to unveil a wonderful surprise at the end!

My Review

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

This charming children’s book is about a young fox named Fairfax who notices that his mom’s tummy is growing. He’s afraid she’s eating too much but his dad explains that he’s going to be a brother, and that’s where his sister is growing. He is so excited about the news that he cries (happy cry)!

This book is fun to read and has bright and colorful illustrations and is told in rhymes. It’s good for any child to read but perfect for children who are going to be a big brother or a big sister.

About the Author

I am a married mother of two grown up children.

I am recently retired due to a serious illness which following the treatment has given me far too many empty days!

Over the years I have worked in a number of children’s nurseries, two of which I owned. I have also started a private school where I worked as the principal.

As a lover of drama I found that working with children allowed me to unleash the comedy side of me most days, during role play or reading the children books.

I realised over the years that certain books had the childrens fixed attention and tickled their sense of humour! Especially if read in a humorous way!

Due to the many empty days I found myself in I decided to try writing a story myself. A story that would not only educate but would allow a child to explore empathy and embrace the multitude of emotions that will come their way whilst growing up.

Humour is a great way to hold a child’s attention and make learning enjoyable and the Fairfax books are all about learning how to understand and deal with the challenges life throws at us with a lovely splash of humour!

Each story helps deliver a valuable lesson and is put across in a way that makes reading fun!!

And at the centre of each story is Fairfax is the fox, a loveable character that I am sure young children will relate to and learn from during their developing years.

Book Review & Giveaway: What Makes Me…Me by Anne Baldwin and Levi Baldwin

Book Title: What Makes Me…Me by Anne Baldwin
Category: Children’s Fictions (ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Publisher: Anne Baldwin
Release date: June 2021
Content Rating: G -Suitable for everyone.

Book Description:

What Makes Me…Me is a story about harnessing your super powered brain. We are all special and unique and our differences are what make us all special. What Makes Me…Me was written especially for those kids with neurological differences, their families, and their friends.

BUY THE BOOK:
Amazon~ indiebound
add to goodreads

My Review

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

This story about a little boy starts out with him talking about himself and the things he likes to do, and he’s just like any other child. But as the story continues, it’s obvious that he is different from other kids. The thing I like about this book is that he doesn’t care that he’s different. His parents have made sure that he knows that he is special, so he doesn’t mind when teachers yell at him or other kids stare at him. I love it!

The illustrations are bright and colorful, and the text is easy to read. Both of these things will keep the attention of children. Children’s books like this one are my favorite: they’re fun to read but they also have a lesson for kids to learn. The one thing I noticed is that it rhymes sometimes but not all the time. It would be just as good if it didn’t rhyme.

About the Author

Anne Baldwin is a wife, mom, and fierce advocate for neurodiverse kids. Anne wrote her first book What Makes Me…Me after her son Levi was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. Passionate about stopping the stigma around Tourette-Syndrome, Anne hopes that her books about embracing your differences as what makes you unique will help kids with Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, and other neurological disorders to feel included and accepted by everyone. Anne lives in metro-Detroit with her husband Nick, their sons Levi and Gus, 3 cats, a dog, and a leopard gecko. 

connect with the author:  website ~ instagram

Giveaway

Enter to win a signed copy of WHAT MAKES ME … ME
(one winner/USA only)

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May 2 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
May 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 3 – Baroness’ Book Trove – book spotlight / giveaway
May 4 – Sandra’s Book Club– book review / giveaway
May 4 –
 Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 5 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
May 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
May 9 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 10 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 11 – @twilight_reader – book review
May 12 – Reading is My Passion – book review
May 12 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
May 13 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
May 16 – Kam’s Place – book review
May 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 17 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 19 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 19 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
May 20 – Books for Books – book review
May 20 – Ravenz Reviewz – book review / giveaway

Book Review & Giveaways: Mimi the Mynah: It’s All Mine! by Mother Melania

 

Book Title: Mimi the Mynah: It’s All Mine! – Teaching Values to Children in a Fun Way by Mother Melania Salem
Category:  Children’s Fictions (ages 3-7), 36 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Holy Assumption Monastery
Release date:   November 2021

Content Rating:  G – This is a wholesome children’s book.

Book Description:

​Mimi knows two words – “me” and “mine.” When disaster strikes the Duck Pond, will she finally learn a new word?

BUY THE BOOK:
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My Review

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

Everyone at the Duck Pond pitches in when something needs to be done. Everyone except Mimi the Mynah. The only two words she knows are “me” and “mine.” When disaster strikes, though, after she is saved by some of the other animals, she realizes the importance of helping.

This is an adorable book with great illustrations, which are bright and colorful. Even better, it teaches children about helping and sharing with others rather than being selfish like Mimi.

About the Author

Mother Melania is the Abbess of Holy Assumption Monastery in Calistoga, CA. She grew up in a house that always had tons of children around, her poor parents had to read to her till they were hoarse, and from the moment she learned to read, she always had her nose in a book. So, it was only natural for her to grow up to write children’s books. In her books, she strives to teach virtue in a fun, non-preachy way.

connect with the author: Amazon 

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May 2 – Working Mommy Journal – books spotlight / giveaway
May 2 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of BLUSTER BLUE JAY: NOT MY FAULT! / giveaway
May 3 – Splashes of Joy – book review of CAPERS AND HARRY: HIGH CLIMBING / giveaway
May 4 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of GREEDY THE CROW: FINDERS KEEPERS / giveaway
May 4 – Bound 4 Escape – book review of MIMI THE MYNAH: IT’S ALL MINE! / giveaway
May 5 – Fur Everywhere – book review of CAPERS AND HARRY: HIGH CLIMBING / giveaway
May 6 – Bigreadersite – book review of BLUSTER BLUE JAY: NOT MY FAULT! / giveaway
May 6 – Literary Flits – books spotlight / giveaway
May 10 – Baroness’ Book Trove – books spotlights / giveaway
May 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review of BLUSTER BLUE JAY: NOT MY FAULT! / giveaway
May 10 – Reading is My Passion – book review of GREEDY THE CROW: FINDERS KEEPERS
May 10 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review of CAPERS AND HARRY: HIGH CLIMBING / guest post / giveaway
May 11 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of MIMI THE MYNAH: IT’S ALL MINE! / giveaway
May 11 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review of BLUSTER BLUE JAY: NOT MY FAULT! / guest post / giveaway
May 11 – Kam’s Place – book review of GREEDY THE CROW: FINDERS KEEPERS
May 12 – Bookworm for Kid – book review of GREEDY THE CROW: FINDERS KEEPERS
May 12 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review of BLUSTER BLUE JAY: NOT MY FAULT! / author interview / giveaway
May 12 – @twilight_reader – book review of MIMI THE MYNAH: IT’S ALL MINE! / giveaway
May 13 – Lisa’s Reading – book review of MIMI THE MYNAH: IT’S ALL MINE! / giveaway
May 13 – The Phantom Paragrapher – book review of GREEDY THE CROW: FINDERS KEEPERS
May 16 – fundinmental – books spotlight / giveaway
May 16 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of CAPERS AND HARRY: HIGH CLIMBING / guest post / giveaway
May 17 – Older & Smarter? – book review of CAPERS AND HARRY: HIGH CLIMBING / giveaway
May 17 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of GREEDY THE CROW: FINDERS KEEPERS / giveaway
May 17 – Books for Books – book review of BLUSTER BLUE JAY: NOT MY FAULT!
May 18 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review of CAPERS AND HARRY: HIGH CLIMBING / giveaway
May 18 – Sandra’s Book Club – book review of MIMI THE MYNAH: IT’S ALL MINE! / giveaway
May 19 – Triquetra Reviews – book review of MIMI THE MYNAH: IT’S ALL MINE! / guest post / giveaway
May 19 – Ravenz Reviewz – book review of BLUSTER BLUE JAY: NOT MY FAULT! / giveaway
May 20 – Library Lady’s Kid Lit – book review of BLUSTER BLUE JAY: NOT MY FAULT! / giveaway
May 20 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book review of CAPERS AND HARRY: HIGH CLIMBING

Book Review: Mindfulness Makes me Stronger by Elizabeth Cole

If you are a parent of an absent-minded and anxious child, this book is a great way to introduce your little one to the concept of mindfulness. The story will suggest the ways to get rid of the distracting thoughts and will teach your child to stay focused and present.

Parents often struggle to explain their children how to deal with distraction, sorrow, and angry feelings. This mindfulness book for children is your best assistant to calm your children and to show kids’ exercises, which will help them to feel happy, focused, and calm.

When little Nick starts to miss everything that happens around him, his dad teaches him to deal with worries in a fun and playful way. By using kids’ breathing techniques and other helpful tips, Nick learns to control his big feelings and becomes mindful.

This picture book is suitable for preschool kids as well as children ages 6-10, it contains lovely hand-drawn illustrations and charming rhymes. With an extra coloring page inside, this book will help your children:

  • to enjoy every moment and all the things surrounding them;
  • to use their senses and meditation in order to get rid of anxiety;
  • to share kindness and empathy towards others;
  • not to worry about things that haven’t happened yet;
  • to use mindful kids’ activities in their daily life.

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.

I have read a few of Elizabeth Cole’s books, so I was pretty sure that this would be another great children’s book.

Nick is quiet and brooding. When his dad asks him what’s wrong, he says he didn’t do well on his history test, and he’s worried about a couple of things taking place soon. His dad tells him that there’s nothing you can do about the past and that you should deal with the future when it happens. It’s important to live in the here and now.

This story is told in rhymes and the illustrations are cute and colorful. It encourages children to use their imaginations as well as teaching them ways to stop worrying such as deep breathing and exercise. I liked the exercise Nick’s dad chose because it made exercising fun.

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.

Learn more at ecole-author.com or email Elizabeth at elizabethcole.author@gmail.com!

Book Review: Grandpa’s Tales 3: Vampires in the Backyard and A Fish Tale by Cheryl Carpinello

Title: Grandpa’s Tales Book 3
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Genre: Children’s Picture Books (Ages 4 – 8)
Release Date: 2021
Soft cover 64 pages

Grandma and Grandpa’s Tales books 1-3 encourage early readers with fun stories incorporating difference aspects of nature. Book 3, Vampires in the Backyard and A Fish Tale, introduces readers to an extended metaphor and lets them decide if the fish story is real.

Amazon Pa 3: https://amzn.to/3GyXTLJ

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.

Two cute stories to read! I was a little concerned about the first one because it kept saying, “Beware – danger lurks in the backyard” and then it said, “Beware of Vampires!” I was thinking this is too scary for little kids. But as the story continued, it became obvious that the vampires were mosquitoes and I think it will tickle children. I’ll definitely read this to my grandson this weekend. He’ll get a kick out of it!

The second story is about George going fishing by himself. Like most fishing stories, when he relates to his dad later what happened, and how his fishing pole was broken, he didn’t believe him! But poor George was telling the truth! Part of this story was told in pictures which is fun.

Both of these stories are fun to read, and I’m looking forward to reading them with my grandson.

About the Author

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. Her success with readers aged 8-16 led her to reach out to the youngest of readers and those readers just starting out. Revising stories she had written for her own children, she created Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales for ages 4-7.  Her four grandchildren’s conversations created the stories in Book 3 of this series. 

Visit her on Twitter and Facebook.

Book Review: I Know the Secret of Diversity by Aleks Harrison

Teach your child to accept themselves and others as they are.

Max and his friends make fun of a new boy because of his short stature, which greatly hurts his feelings. However, Max realizes that what he did was wrong. And a conversation with his dad reveals to Max the real secret of diversity. How great it is that all people are so different and unique! Max realizes his mistake and wants to fix it!

This book is about little Max:

  • teaches us to accept our differences and to be a champion of uniqueness
  • inspires us to be kind to those who are different from us
  • helps us understand the value of kindness, tolerance and respect
  • inspires kindness, inclusion and friendship

Book details:

  • features loveable characters, colorful illustrations, and a fun rhyming story
  • makes an engaging read for boys and girls ages 3-6
  • great for parents and teachers who want to spark valuable conversations about diversity
  • brilliant for bedtime stories, in the classroom, and for passing the time
  • creative gift idea for your child, grandchild, niece or nephew, etc.!

As a short and memorable read that’s great for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners, «I Know the Secret of Diversity» is a heartwarming book that will rapidly become a treasured part of your collection, empowering young children of all backgrounds to recognize diversity, practice kindness and tolerance, and champion the qualities that make us special.

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 and his friends make fun of a boy who is shorter than them. When the boy starts crying, Max feels bad because he realizes that they hurt his feelings. When he gets home, he talks to his dad about it, and his dad tells him that the same thing happened to him when he was young. He explains that we are all different but that we can all be friends no matter what our differences are.

The following week, Max makes sure to seek out the boy, to apologize, and to make friends with him. They had fun playing all day!

I Know the Secret of Diversity is another sweet Max story that teaches children about diversity, that we’re all different. The story is presented in rhymes, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. The rhyming and illustrations will keep the attention of children, so they can read and enjoy the story while learning an important life lesson.

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: aleksharrisonwriter@gmail.com.

Book Review: I Have a Friend by Aleks Harrison

Show your child what it means to be a good friend with this charming story about true friendship.

This is the story of how Max and Martha meet. Max gets upset when his kite gets stuck in a tree. But Martha comes to the rescue, and they spend the rest of the day playing with her kite together. A wonderful beginning to a new friendship! The next day, however, Max sees Martha being bullied by kids on a school bus because of a birthmark on her cheek. Good thing Max knows how important it is to stand up for his friends!

This inspiring story about importance of sharing, courage and friendship will help your child:

  • make new friends and value friendships
  • share their toys
  • look on the inside, not judge by appearances
  • be able to speak up and help their friends in difficult situations

This book will help you discuss important lessons of what it means to be a good friend and bring the best qualities in your child!

Book Details:

  • board book about friendship for children ages 3-6
  • cute illustrations with a beautiful rhyming story
  • not too long, catches the child’s attention
  • printable version includes coloring books
  • perfect for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten

So if you want to embrace the fun of friendship and inspire your child with a love of reading, then this cute story is for you! Kids will love diving into Max’s adventure and discovering the amazing benefits of kindness and friendship.

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 and his dad make a kite and take it to the park, but it quickly gets stuck in a tree. Max starts crying but Martha, a girl from school, lets him fly her kite and they end up playing together all day.

When they’re on the school bus, bullies start making fun of Martha because she has a big birthmark on her face. Max stands up for her. Both sets of parents are proud of Max, and he’s happy to have a new friend.

I Have a Friend is another sweet Max story that teaches children about not judging others by their appearance. It also shows what good friends Martha and Max are in their new friendship. The story is presented in rhymes, and the illustrations are vibrant. The rhyming and illustrations will keep the attention of children, so they can read and enjoy the story while learning important life lessons.

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: aleksharrisonwriter@gmail.com.

Book Review: I Feel with my Heart by Aleks Harrison

Inspire your child to be kind with this adorable children’s story about the amazing power of empathy!

Max does not want to stand by when someone needs his help and support. He knows how important it is to care for and show empathy to people around him. Thanks to his sensitive heart and kind actions, Max makes new friends and feels very happy!

The best social-emotional learning (SEL) book for raising kind children.

  • teaches to show compassion, to be kind, and to think about other people’s feelings
  • teaches to recognize when someone needs a helping hand and how to offer it
  • inspires children to be kind and to care for one another

Book Details:

  • shares a touching message through a fun rhyming story and beautiful illustrations
  • perfect for parents and educators who want to encourage kindness and empathy
  • makes a great read for boys and girls ages 4-8
  • great as a gift idea for birthdays, Christmas, holidays and special occasions
  • includes bonus coloring pages in the paperback

As a must-read for any parent who wants to empower their child with healthy emotional development, «I Feel with My Heart» is a great resource to help toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school students understand empathy and aspire to be kind.

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 is an exceptional child. He has empathy for others, so he is very kind. For example, when he sees a girl who broke her glasses when he and his parents are at the aquarium, he tells her that he understands why she feels bad and hopes that her day will get better. And when a new student comes to their school, he makes quick friends with him because he knows how it feels to be the new kid. His parents are so proud of him!

I Feel with my Heart is presented in rhymes, and the illustrations are bright and colorful. The rhyming and illustrations will keep the attention of children. I like books like this one. It’s not only a book that children want to read, but it teaches them 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: aleksharrisonwriter@gmail.com.

Book Review: Grandma’s Tales 2: Singers of Songs and The Not too Stubborn Humpback by Cheryl Carpinello

Title: Grandma’s Tales Book 2
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publisher: Silver Quill Publishing
Genre: Children’s Picture Books (Ages 4 – 8)
Release Date: 2018
Soft cover 66 pages

Grandma and Grandpa’s Tales books 1-3 encourage early readers with fun stories incorporating difference aspects of nature. Book 2, Singers of Songs and The Not Too Stubborn Humpback, explores a common, but not so common insect, and lets readers see that being stubborn isn’t always good.

Amazon:  https://amzn.to/3374bEX

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.

Both of these stories are fun to read. The first story is about crickets, their chirps, where they live, and how they help us.

The second story is about Nemo (no, not that one. This one was named before the movie came out). He is a stubborn humpback whale who didn’t listen to his mom and ended up being left behind when his pod went north. Luckily, he survived since there was enough food for just one whale, and he made a new family while they were gone. There are a few blank pages throughout this story for children to draw which makes it more interactive and fun!

Both of these stories are not only fun to read, but children learn about crickets and humpback whales while they’re reading.

About the Author

Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. Her success with readers aged 8-16 led her to reach out to the youngest of readers and those readers just starting out. Revising stories she had written for her own children, she created Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales for ages 4-7.  Her four grandchildren’s conversations created the stories in Book 3 of this series. 

Visit her on Twitter and Facebook.