Book Review: My Way to Making Friends by Elizabeth Cole

Would you like to raise your child as a friendly and socially active person? Would you like to teach your kid the ideas of friendships, respect, empathy, sharing, and other skills of healthy social interactions? Then you are at the right place! This lovely kids book about friendship will help you for sure!

Sometimes both preschoolers and school kids may have problems with confidence and may find themselves lost in a company of new children. Well, everyone could face such problems in the childhood. Friendship is a rather complex concept even for the grown-ups, which requires emotional effort and developed social skills. This kids’ book about making new friends will take your child to the sunny Jungle of Friendship. Boys and girls will surely like the adventures of little Melissa and her new adorable animal friends.

This social-emotional book for kids:

  • teaches children how to make friends
  • offers children many examples of social activities and friendly behavior
  • contains lovely illustrations and a light rhyming storyline
  • suitable for toddlers, preschool kids ages 3 to 5, as well as primary school students of 6-10 years old
  • contains a number of funny animal characters that children will love from the first sight

There are many books about big emotions available. However, what makes this picture book stand out from other books for kids about making friends is a clear message about what friendship means as well as numerous useful examples of being a good friend to somebody and understanding other people’s feelings and emotions. It also introduces kids to the concepts of kindness, diversity, and inclusion, which are essential for comprehension of the nature of friendship.

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My Review

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

Melissa is shy and doesn’t play with the other kids because of her shyness. She tells herself she doesn’t need friends, but, of course, she’s fooling herself. When she goes to sleep, she dreams about all kinds of different animals who are friends. They give her examples of how to approach others to start a conversation and then perhaps play with them.

The 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 make friends.

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!

New Releases

The Italian

When the truth behind his mother abandoning him is revealed, it changes Lewis’s perception of the past altogether

About the Book:                         

Lewis Sinclaire’s earliest memory is that wherein his mother kisses him on the forehead and wishes him a happy birthday on the very day that she abandoned him. He never saw her again, but the memory is a happy one, nonetheless. But is a memory a true facsimile of what actually happened?

During the lockdown of spring 2020, Lewis, a restauranteur by trade, is forced to isolate with his dying father in the family home that he has despised all of his life. He is determined to use the time wisely, and over a game of chess and fuelled by a strong Irish Whiskey, he discovers that a memory is not the truth. He discovers precisely what went on between his mother and his father at the family villa in Le Marche, Italy, in nineteen-eighty-four, and why his mother had to abandon him. Then, at his father’s ‘lockdown’ funeral, a stranger appears, who changes his mind completely….

About the Author:

Gary W. Hixon is an author based in North Yorkshire, England. He writes novels of a humorous and philosophical nature. The author bases his novels on his own experiences and lived in Windsor for ten years thus that town in Berkshire forms the backdrop to this, his latest novel. Gary Hixon is fascinated by the human experience, particularly why people choose to live their lives in a certain way.

Excerpt from the book:

“Then a pause so long that all eternity could have been poured into it.

“Have you heard from your mother?” he asked, almost longingly, almost too ashamed of himself for having asked.

And that was the moment I understood the purpose of the phone call. I ended our conversation by throwing my mobile across the wine cellar until it smashed against the wall above a cask of ale called Perpetual Motion, ironically. And when I sunk to my knees and the world around me collapsed inwards – because I realised that my mother actually did exist and that she must still be alive. More than that because I realised that it must have been thirty years since my mother left me on that chair in the garden at Sant’Elpidio because I had been three years old. And that phone call had been on the occasion of my thirty-third birthday.

“Are you alright, Lewis?” she asked me, finding me on my knees.

My words were incoherent when I spoke, garbled noises between gasps of shock. “How dare he?” I answered. “How dare he speak of that woman to me?”

 

“The Italian” by Gary W. Hixon is available in paperback from Amazon at:

This novel can also be downloaded in e-book format from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Gary Hixon’s literary agent)
Tel. 0208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

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A Very Naughty Little Girl Goes Camping

This is a charming tale that will delight children of all ages

About the Book: 

An exciting, funny and at times, sad story about the adventures of ‘A Very Naughty Little Girl’. No matter how hard she tries, Sarah cannot behave herself, much to the exasperation of her best friend, Jennifer, who attempts to help her change her ways.

About the Author:

Abigail Strauss ran her own antique shop and a dolls house business for twenty years. She then had a second career as a reporter and feature writer for her local newspaper.  Abigail Strauss’ second children’s book was written during her isolation in the lockdown due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic of 2020/22.  Although Abigail was unable to see her close family for many weeks, she included them all as the characters in her book, which helped her feel closer to them.  It also eased the loneliness, which was inevitable at that difficult time.

Excerpt from Book:

“A place had been reserved for them so that their tents were next to each other.

Everyone lent a hand in unloading the cars and erecting the tents.  Eventually, they all flopped down on the grass and breathed a sigh of relief – the tents were in position and everything in its place.

“Can we go and explore now?” asked Nick, as all the children jumped to their feet.

“Have a glass of orange juice before you go, you must all be thirsty after your hard work,” said Vicky.

As the children scampered off, closely followed by Rusty, the mums and dads relaxed for a while and then set up the stove to boil the kettle for cups of tea.

Vicky said, “Let’s make this a holiday to remember!”

“A Very Naughty Little Girl Goes Camping” by Abigail Strauss is available in hardback from Amazon at:

This book is also available in paperback format from Amazon at:

You can also download the e-book version from:

Press/Media Contact Details:

Grosvenor House Publishing
Tel. 0208 339 6060
E-mail: info@grosvenorhousepublishing.co.uk

Book Review: The Unsinkable Gus Davis by Laurie Trumble Davis

Gus Davis is a French bulldog who thinks he can do anything—even swim. Bean is Gus’s human best friend who thinks bulldogs aren’t designed for the water.

Who is right?

It turns out, they both are!

All it takes is a persistent bulldog and a creative human friend to prove that, with a little practice and adaptation, anything is possible. The Unsinkable Gus Davis is a playful story about figuring things out, staying safe around water, and laughing along the way! 

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.

What a cute book! Gus is a French bulldog who thinks he can swim but every time he jumps in, he sinks. Luckily, his owner Bean is always there to save him. No matter how many times he sinks and how many times Bean tells him not to jump in, the result is the same every time. So, Bean gets creative, and she and Gus are able spend all afternoon in the water. At the end, Gus thinks, See? I knew it! I can do anything! What a great way to face life.

The illustrations by Paulette Bogan are a big part of this book. They’re vibrant and children will enjoy them as much as the story! My grandson loves this book!

About the Author

Laurie Trumble Davis is a book lover who lives in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, with her family. They spend their summers on Cape Cod at Schoolhouse Pond, where Gus, her French bulldog, believed he was the best swimmer on the pond. And he was… especially when wearing his life jacket! Although this is her debut picture book, Laurie is no stranger to the world of books and book selling. She has worked for Barnes & Noble coordinating author appearances in New England. She has also done publicity and promotions in news media.

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

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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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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:
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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

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(one winner/USA only)

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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 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!
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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. 

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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.