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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.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

Mom’s” 13 month old’s favorite word is “up!” Sometimes it can mean, “Pick me up,” or “I want to get down,” or “Let’s go” – but regardless, it is used frequently and with enthusiasm! So when the opportunity to review the book, Up, Up, Up by Barefoot Books came along, “Mom” couldn’t resist!

Written by Susan Reed and illustrated by Rachel Oldfield, Up, Up, Up is a delightful tale, filled with bold, colorful pictures as readers are taken on a flight of fancy. Your child will be captivated as the balloon travels all around the world, to lands near and far, and even to the stars. What makes this children’s story even more charming is the accompanying CD, with an adorable song sung by Susan Reed herself. It can be played after reading the story aloud with your child, making this book a reading and musical adventure in one!

Printed on recycled paper, Up, Up, Up by Barefoot Books costs $17.00 and is available for purchase on ecomom.com.

*Company generously sent samples and images for this review.*

Make room for Isabella! This is one book that “Mom” couldn’t wait to get her hands on for her own future Nobel Peace Prize Winner (ahem… daughter!). In a world full of princesses, fairies and mermaids, Isabella makes way for scientists, doctors, and astronauts. Refreshlingly real, this new children’s book inspires and encourages young girls to dream BIG! Empower the little girls in your life by reading this wonderful, engaging story about Isabella and all of the women she admires and aspires to be like in her life. The book is filled with bold, colorful illustrations of Isabella as she assumes many different roles, which makes it fun to follow along as the story progresses. This is certain to be your own child’s favorite bedtime story in no time!

Jennifer Fosberry, a mother of three, was moved to create this story when she thought about the kind of women that she admired and the kind of women she thought her daughter could be. She included many personal heroes: Sally Ride, Annie Oakley, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Elizabeth Blackwell, and Mommy.

My Name Is Not Isabella (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; ISBN: 978-1-4022-4395-0; Picture Book $16.99; September 2010).

*Company generously provided samples and images for this review.*

There is nothing more that “Mom” loves to do than read! Now that she has a young daughter, finding inspiring, engaging books to read to her little one has become paramount. Recently, “Mom” had the opportunity to review The Boy Who Changed the World, by acclaimed author Andy Andrews. It is the children’s version to his best-selling book, The Butterfly Effect, which essentially shows us the ripple effect that each and every action we take, whether big or small, can have around the world. The Boy Changed the World turns this life-changing truth into a delightful story youngsters can understand, and helps them to think about each and every action they make during the course of their day-to-day lives. Filled with bold, vibrant illustrations, and cleverly written, this story shows little ones that YES, what they do can and does make a difference!

For more information on The Boy Who Changed the World, please visit www.andyandrews.com.

About the Author

Andy Andrews, hailed by a New York Times writer as someone who has quietly become “one of the most influential people in America,” is a best-selling novelist and in-demand corporate speaker for the world’s largest organizations. The Traveler’s Gift, a featured book selection of ABC’s Good Morning America, has been translated into nearly twenty languages and was on the New York Times bestseller list for seventeen weeks. His latest book, The Noticer was also on the NY Times bestsellers list. His recent books include The Heart Mender, The Butterfly Effect, and Return to Sawyerton Springs.

Andy has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and toured military bases around the world, being called upon by the Department of Defense to speak to the troops. He is one of the most popular and in demand speakers in corporate America. Arguably, there is no single person on the planet better at weaving subtle yet life-changing lessons into riveting tales of adventure and intrigue—both on paper and on stage.

He lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with his wife, Polly, and their two sons.

The Boy Who Changed the World

By Andy Andrews

Illustrated by Phillip Hurst

List $16.99

Hardcover trade color 38 pages

Tommy Nelson Publishers

ISBN 978-1-4003-1605-2

*Company generously provided a review copy and cover image for this review.*

Boogey monsters? Creepy crawlies? In There’s Something Under the Bed!, author Ursula Bielski explores the relationship children have with the paranormal, stemming from her own experiences as a young child. There’s Something Under the Bed! highlights many topics, including ghosts, fairies, imaginary friends, past lives, and even occult games. Bielski helps to paint a clear picture of the sometimes startling realities behind what many parents believe is their child’s overactive imagination. As parents, it can be easy to brush off a child’s insistence that someone else is in the room by dismissing fears, or making light of the situation. Rather than engage in fear-based confirmations, parents can help to encourage children to understand what they see and hear in the world around them, even if they themselves do not see and hear them. Extremely well-written, this informative book helps to bridge the gap between parents and children, seen and unseen.

There’s Something Under the Bed! by Ursula Bielski (EAN 978-1-60163-134-3, pages: 224, price: $14.99) can be found at Barnes & Noble, Borders, and online at Amazon.com.

About the Author:
Ursula Bielski is the founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc. An historian, author, and parapsychology enthusiast, she has been writing and lecturing about Chicago’s supernatural folklore and the paranormal for nearly 20 years, and is recognized as a leading authority on the Chicago region’s ghostlore and cemetery history. She is the author of six popular and critically acclaimed books on the same subjects, which have sold in excess of 100,000 copies. Ursula has been featured in numerous television documentaries, including productions by the A&E Network, History Channel, Learning Channel, Travel Channel, and PBS.

*Company generously provided a copy of the book and cover image for this review.*

Looking for a delightful new story to read to your children? My Purple Toes, a light-hearted, playful book by Blair Hahn, teaches young ones to express themselves and be true to who they are through humor and whimsy. My Purple Toes tells a silly story about a real experience the author had with his family after he went with his daughter to have her toenails painted, and ended up with purple polish on his own toes! The board book features imaginative illustrations in addition to the lively story, including a friendly-frog that hides on each page. As they listen to the story, kids will certainly giggle and laugh as they see how everyone in the family reacts to dad with his toenails painted a bright, vibrant purple!

In addition, My Purple Toes is dedicating a portion of its proceeds to support children around the world through the nonprofit organization, Soles4Souls.

To learn more about this entertaining story or how you can help give back, please visit MyPurpleToes.com.

*Company generously provided a sample and image for this review.*

Looking for ways to make reading enjoyable for your children this summer? Kelly Wilson, an editor at Teaching Resource Center, put together a fabulous article filled with tips for Tiny Green Mom. A BIG thanks to Kelly!

Creating Easy Summer Book Projects

Summer reading is important for kids of all ages. Taking time to read keeps skills sharp, provides your kids with much-needed down time, and gives them a chance to enjoy reading. Help make summer reading fun for your kids with easy book projects.

Choosing the Book

Before your kids can complete a book project, they need to choose a book or two to read. Libraries and book stores offer many choices, and kids may need help choosing books that are appropriate for their reading levels. Some children pick books that are too easy, and some choose books that are too difficult. I’ve taught my kids the “Five Finger Method” for choosing the right book for them. They pick a book, open to a page and start reading. Then I tell them to hold up a finger each time they come to a word they don’t know. At the end of the page, if your child has zero or one finger up, the book is too easy. Five fingers up mean the book is too hard. Two or three fingers up mean it’s just right!

The Story Elements

The next step for a great book project is to identify the story elements, which are simple to adjust depending on your child’s reading level. For example, story elements for younger children include:

  • setting (the story’s time and place)
  • main character
  • the problem in the story
  • how the problem was solved.

For older kids, story elements include those four essentials above, as well as:

  • protagonist (good guy)and antagonist (bad guy)
  • plot (three main events)
  • climax (the highest point of action in the story, where events are brought to a head)
  • resolution (how the problem is solved, how the story is concluded)
  • theme (usually a lesson the main character(s) learned)

As you and your children read through their chosen books, have them chart or make notes about each of the story elements. This will keep the elements fresh in their minds when it’s time to make book projects.

Creating the Project

Creating a book project offers kids a way to connect with stories they read. For something basic to use all summer long, here’s a Book Box project that teaches kids how to write a simple Book Report. This can be in addition to any work they’ve done with story elements.

Once the story elements and basic book report have been finished, I’ve found the best book projects come out of the recycle bin. Our recycle bin offers a variety of cardboard boxes, plastic jugs or bottles, toilet paper rolls and paper. When kids combine these materials with scissors, glue, markers or crayons and other craft items, a variety of different – entertaining – book projects emerge.

The only rule I have for my kids is that whatever they create from these materials must reflect something about the book. If you kids get stuck on what to create, suggest the most important scene from the story, a pop-up project, or an alternate ending. Between your child’s imagination and materials in your recycle bin, the possibilities are endless!

Kelly Wilson is an editor at Teaching Resource Center. For over 25 years Teaching Resource Center has provided quality reading supplies at discount prices.