Entertaining both children and adults alike, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale Moderne is the classic story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears with a decidedly modern twist! Written by Steven Guarnaccia, acclaimed author and chair of the Illustration Department at Parsons that New School for Design, this well-known tale introduces readers to celebrated designers world-wide. The three bears reside in a modern, two-story, split-level home, furnished with a wide variety of eclectic, stylish items! Illustrated on both the front and back cover, the three bears’ furniture is showcased with the designer’s name, date, and country of origin. From the Scottish “Ladderback” chair designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1902 that belongs to Papa Bear to the Italian spoon by Gio Ponti in 1951 that Goldilocks uses to eat the bears’ chili (not porridge) – this is not the story of Goldilocks and Three Bears that you may remember!

To order a copy of this beautifully illustrated, stylized version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, please visit Abrams Books.

Authors: By Steven Guarnaccia
Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0-8109-8966-2
EAN: 9780810989665
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For the expecting parent or seasoned parent this season, this sweet story will speak right to the heart – it is a story that ANY parent can certainly relate to, no matter what age their “baby” may be!

If I Could Keep You Little, a wonderful new children’s book from beloved bestselling and award-winning author Marianne Richmond explores the powerful feeling that every parent has: the push/pull feeling of wanting your child to grow and savoring and holding on to every moment.

If I Could Keep You Little (Sourcebooks; ISBN: 978-1-4022-5559-5; HC $15.99; November 2010) takes the reader on a journey of memory and expectation, exploring real insights into the human spirit. Marianne’s artwork beautifully illustrates these complex emotions and her insightful prose showcases the fleeting little moments that reveal how a child changes and grows.

“If I could keep you little,

I’d decide on matching clothes.

But then I’d miss you choosing

Dots on top and stripes below.

If I could keep you little

I’d cut your bread in shapes.

But then I’d miss you finding

“Hey! I like ketchup with my grapes!”

This will definitely tug at the heartstrings the first time it is read to your child! Marianne Richmond has truly touched upon the myriad of emotions that parents experience as they watch their children grow and mature.

If I Could Keep You Little can be found online on Amazon.com.

About the Author

While recovering from brain surgery, Marianne Richmond created hand-painted cards as individual thank you notes for her well-wishers, and from that small beginning started her own greeting card company, Marianne Richmond Studios, Inc.. Since then she has become a recognized creator of numerous books that celebrate milestones in life, memorable journeys, and relationships. Beginning with her first book in 1997, Gift of An Angel, writer and artist Marianne has touched the lives of millions over the past decade through her line of greeting cards and gift books. Marianne lives in Minneapolis, MN with her husband, four kids, and their beloved Border Collie, Clay. Find out more at her website www.mariannerichmond.com.

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Kids (and adults!) will love getting into the lively spirit of More Bears! This interactive story is just plain fun – the author takes everyone on an exciting ride through the pages of the book as more and more bears are introduced to each page! The author’s intention is not write a story about bears at all, but those bears – they just will not be tamed! This lively picture book will make a wonderful gift for toddlers and children this holiday season! “Mom” couldn’t help but shout just a little louder each time MORE BEARS came skipping and jumping across the pages!

To order a copy of More Bears! please visit www.poetry4kids.com.

Author Kenn Nesbitt makes his picture book debut with More Bears! Kenn has authored several books of children’s poetry and maintains the #1 children’s poetry website in the world, www.poetry4kids.com. Kenn is a performer at heart and travels the country, visiting over 60 schools each year with his wacky poetry titles including, My Hippo Has the Hiccups, The Tighty Whitey Spider, and The Aliens Have Landed at Our School!, hoping to create a new generation of poetry lovers. His works have been in dozens of school textbooks around the world, as well as national television programs and numerous children’s magazines.

Troy Cummings has been drawing goofy animals pretty much nonstop since kindergarten. His illustrations have appeared in newspapers, in magazines, on websites, on frozen fish stick packages and in hospital waiting rooms. He hibernates in Greencastle, Indiana, with his wife and cubs.

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For the child that adores pop-up books (and who doesn’t have one of those?!) this entertaining new book from Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet is just plain fun! A chilly winter backdrop sets the stage for the antics of these penguins in 10 Little Penguins: A Pop-Up Book. This is a great gift for any child this holiday season, especially those just learning to count! Plus, the book is small enough that it can be tucked into a larger stocking if desired, rather then placed under the tree.

Book Synopsis

This inventive pop-up, featuring the mischievous stars of Jean-Luc Fromental and Joëlle Jolivet’s 365 Penguins, starts with ten penguins on an icy shore. One by one, they playfully disappear from the scene as the text counts down from ten to zero. The flaps embedded in the book facilitate the story—readers can make the penguins disappear and reappear! It’s a stylish, humorous take on a counting book with winter-friendly, penguin-filled pop-ups.

To order a copy of 10 Little Penguins: A Pop-Up Book for your little penguin in time for the holidays, please visit Abrams Books.

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This delightful story written by Antonio Sacre and illustrated by Angela Dominguez is an excellent addition to your holiday collection of books that is perfect for reading to your child as the season draws nearer. La Noche Buena, A Christmas Story is filled with gorgeous, nostalgic illustrations, as it introduces the holiday traditions typically celebrated by Cubans and Cuban-Americans.

Book Synopsis

Nina is visiting her grandmother in Miami for Christmas. Usually she spends it in snowy New England with her mother and her family, but this year is different. She isn’t certain what to make of a hot and humid holiday, until she learns the traditions of her father’s side of the family from her Cuban grandmother. She helps prepare for the evening and takes part in all their traditions—the intricate cooking for the feast, the dancing, the music, and the gathering of relatives and neighbors. It all comes together for a Noche Buena that Nina will never forget.

Besides the lively illustrations, parents will love the bilingual aspect of La Noche Buena, as it even features a glossary of Spanish words for your child (and you!) to learn. While this makes a fantastic gift this season, it will also be appreciated given early to enjoy reading together through the season.

To order a copy of La Noche Buena, A Christmas Story, please visit Abrams Books.

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Your little one will love snuggling up with this story at bedtime featuring the newest and most adorable animal babies from accredited zoos and aquariums around the world. ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is simply an awwww-inspiring book that will quickly become a favorite for the entire family! For the future veterinarian or zoologist on your gift list this season, ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is the perfect stocking stuffer!

Based on the popular website, the book illustrates the connections between zoo births and conservation initiatives in the wild. Filled with interesting facts about exotic species like red pandas and emperor tamarins, ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World is both educational and entertaining. You will want to reach right through the pages of the book to pet these little ones!

For older children and adults, the gift of ZooBorns will also be appreciated. Featuring the same little newborns as the children’s picture book, ZooBorns describes each animal in further detail, as well as their natural habitat.

The best part? The charming critters inside the book represent fresh hope for endangered wildlife as 10% of all revenue goes directly to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conservation Endowment Fund. This is one gift that you can feel good about giving!

ZooBorns! Zoo Babies from Around the World (Simon & Schuster; November 2, 2010; 978-1439195314) is available online at www.zooborns.com.

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Red Kangaroo

Photo credits: Darlene Stack / Assiniboine Park Zoo

Asian Small-clawed Otters

Photo credits: Jason Collier / SeaWorld Orlando

Tamandua (Lesser Anteater)

Photo credits: David Collier / Discovery Cove

For the vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, pescatarian, or raw foodist on your gift list this season, a gift of Jae Steele’s Ripe From Around Here: A Vegan Guide to Local and Sustainable Eating (No Matter Where You Live) will be extremely well-received! This 263-page cookbook offers recipes, tips, and healthy suggestions for eating organic, locally grown foods. Think globally, act locally might well be the mantra behind this fantastic resource brimming with 180 tasty recipes!

Some of “Mom’s” favorite recipes include Flax Apple Pudding, “South In Your Mouth” Peach Pecan Muffins, Root Chips, Pear Parsnip Soup, and Warm Mushroom and Spinach Salad. Salivating yet??

This delectable cookbook can be purchased online, and you just may be tempted to pick up a second copy for yourself!

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Curl up on the couch or around the fireplace for some good, old-fashioned storytelling this Halloween! Pop some popcorn, grab a favorite blanket, and pick a story to share from The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins. Filled with folk tales from around the globe, and featuring gorgeous illustrations, each story is unique to the country it is set in. Children and adults alike will be amused by these tall tales, and the book includes a storytime CD, read by Jerry Nelson. If you just want to sit back and enjoy the stories with your little ones, pop in the CD, and you can all listen together! As the stories are not frightening, just entertaining, even younger ones can listen along without feeling scared.

What is most notable is that each story is written exactly how a person in that particular country speaks. From Scotland to China, and everywhere in between, you can really get into the characters! “Mom” thoroughly enjoyed that these adventuresome stories ended in the way that folk tales typically do – happily ever after!

The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins is available online on ecomom.com.

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MeeGenius!, a new reading, bookstore and publishing application for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Web users, has just introduced two spooky and sweet titles, The Hiccup Mummy” and “Halloween 1-2-3.” These two titles are now available for download – just in time for Halloween!

“The Hiccup Mummy,” written by C.L. Vaughn and illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner, is a charming tale of a mummy with a bad case of the hiccups. Eating peanut butter, hanging upside down and eating hot sauce are just a few of the hilarious things that a brother and sister try when they find a mummy with a bad case of the hiccups on Halloween. Will they find the cure for the hiccups and continue on their Trick-or-Treating route? Or will the hiccups prove to be scarier than their new mummy friend? Read the story and find out…if you dare!

“Halloween 1-2-3” is written by Iza Wojciechowska and Illustrated by Gus Kim. Lots of costumes and lots of fun, trick-or-treating for everyone! Join the little trick-or-treater in a fun counting game of all the Halloween costumes, from spooky ghosts, to pirates and princesses! How many costumes will you see?

These new books for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch are too cute! Each story can be personalized with your child’s name, as well as friends and family members names, and you can record your own voice telling the story! “Mom” loves that these books are easily accessed in times when a quiet activity is needed, such as at the doctor’s office or in the car.

MeeGenius! is available now at www.MeeGenius.com or via the Apple app store at itunes.apple.com/meegenius. For a limited time, the $1.99 app will be available for purchase for the discounted price of just $0.99.

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Full of rhymes and sure to inspire giggles, this latest board book from author and illustrator Marilyn Janovitz will bounce right to the top of your child’s favorite bedtime stories this Fall! “Mom” was delighted to be able to review this book with her little one, who just adores being read to at any time of the day.

Baby Baby Baby! is a wonderfully engaging story that will have everyone reading along as the little baby claps, dances, giggles, hugs, kisses and crawls across each page as bedtime nears. The story is very entertaining, as are the illustrations, and it is fun to imitate and mimic the actions little baby makes with your own little baby!

Dancing into stores in October 2010, Baby Baby Baby! makes a wonderful gift for the young child in your life. (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; ISBN: 978-1-4022-4414-8; Board Book $7.99; October 2010).

About the Author

Marilyn Janovitz is the author/illustrator of over a dozen children’s books, including Can I Help?, Is It Time?, and What Can Be Keeping Santa?. She lives in New York City and is a former antiques dealer. She is also an assemblage artist whose works have been featured in advertisements and on textiles. Visit her website at www.marilynjanovitz.com.

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