Love to indulge your sweet tooth? How about doing so, but with added health benefits and wholesome goodness? Dr. Laura Trice, author of The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook, shows us all how to enjoy our favorite treats – naturally! This fantastically yummy cookbook is chock full of more than 100 healthy snack recipes – with new, healthier twists on classic recipes such as Lemon Pound Cake or Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, and exciting ones to test out with the family, like Almond Energy Muffins or Peanut Butter & Jelly Granola. With gluten-free & vegan recipes galore, there is something for everyone! “Mom’s” favorite recipe? One Pan Eggless Chocolate Cake! (who needs eggs – let’s get right to the best part, the CHOCOLATE!)

A healthy diet starts at home, and what better way to encourage nutritious snacking than to get the kids involved in the process! Pick a recipe from the Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook, head to the store to purchase the ingredients, and make it a fun activity that brings the whole family together!

About Dr. Laura Trice & The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook

Author Dr. Laura Trice is on a mission to make healthy eating more fun and provides easy-to-follow steps for each recipe. The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook introduces the importance of eating healthy and promotes a healthy lifestyle. Inside, you’ll find familiar favorites like Cinnamon Buns and Apple Pie transformed into healthier desserts. Along with great tasting recipes, each chapter contains a sidebar with nutritional and cooking tips. Both novice and experienced cooks will enjoy making such treats as Hot Banana Split S’mores, Hidden Candy Birthday Pops, and Homemade Whoopie Pies.

While The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook is Dr. Laura’s first cookbook, she has spent years perfecting healthy yet great tasting food. In medical school she saw people suffering from illnesses that could have been prevented by better nutrition. She realized that like her patients, she only ate food that tasted great to her. Her passion for healthy, great tasting food led to the founding of Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food in 2001.

You can find Dr. Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food at Whole Foods, Harris Teeters, and numerous health food stores across the nation carry Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food products. To purchase a copy of the cookook, please visit

Right now, one lucky Tiny Green Mom reader can win the Chocolate Lover’s Pack from Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food! You can enter the giveaway here.

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Start a new holiday tradition this year with a delightful new tale written by Judith Vicary Swisher and illustrated by Molly Mann! The Last Ornament makes its’ debut just in time for the season, offering families a new perspective on their most cherished Christmas ornaments that adorn their tree year after year. This is such a darling story that is told from the ornaments’ point of view, as they become excited about their special role during the holidays and get caught up in the festivities.

All too soon, Christmas Day has come and gone, and it is time to pack up the ornaments, wrap them delicately and place them in their proper boxes – but wait! The family’s beloved ornament, Little Blue Engine, has gone missing, and the ornaments work together to alert the family that the train has not been packed away with the others. Will the “last ornament” be found in time?

After reading this story to your children, Judith Vicary Swisher recommends taking the “Last Ornament” challenge. This is a fantastic way to involve the children in taking down the tree and ornaments, which is not usually as exciting as decorating the tree and home in preparation for the holidays. The helper who finds the almost-missed last ornament is the winner and receives a special treat, such as being excused from a chore or getting to choose what is for dinner that evening.

To order a copy of The Last Ornament (ISBN 978-0-9764098-0-9) in time for the holidays, visit,, or

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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

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

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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!

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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, 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

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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

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

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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 or via the Apple app store at 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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