Saturday, June 06, 2020

Early Language Learning with Canticos: Bilingual Board Books for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers


When it comes to learning languages, earlier is better. That’s why Canticos, an Emmy-nominated and award-winning bilingual preschool brand, believes in introducing children to multiple languages as early as possible. Their beautifully written and illustrated board books allow parents, teachers and caregivers to share words, letters, nursery rhymes and songs with their little ones that will help them increase their vocabulary in both English and Spanish.


Bilingual Firsts: Children learn basic concepts in English and Spanish, the building blocks for developing language. Books include Letters A to Z, First 100 Words, and Numbers 1 to 100!


Bilingual Nursery Rhymes: These books are based on famous traditional Mexican songs beloved by Spanish speakers around the world, such as All the Colors and Pin Pon!

Bilingual Nursery Rhymes books also come in Special Editions, which feature a magnetic closure and accordion fold. Kids can open them completely, lay them flat, and even peek under adorable interactive lift-the-flaps with vocabulary words underneath.

Kids can also sing along to the songs on videos at canticosworld.com, like the one below:



Find additional free resources, such as coloring pages and activity sheets, at encantosbrands.com/learning/learning-canticos/.

I love Canticos books for little ones. Their high quality ensures they’ll be an excellent gift to share with the young children and parents in your life. Visit canticosworld.com to learn more about their wonderful products and place an order today!



Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Knucklehead Fred Book Tour: Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card and eBook!



Knucklehead Fred
by Arias Williams 
Genre: Children's Picture Book 


Knucklehead Fred is a whimsical, rhyming story about a fun-loving, energetic boy named Fred.

His parents just can’t figure out how to make him sit still and listen!

But when Fred finds himself in need of a favor, Mom and Dad use it as a perfect opportunity to teach him a thing or two about responsibility. 





Arias Williams is a creative based in Los Angeles, CA. 

He is a father of two children, a husband, and currently teaches 7th Grade in South Los Angeles. 

When he isn't working on Knucklehead Fred, Arias can be found in his home studio making beats, hanging with his family, or working to educate the future of Los Angeles. 




Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway! 






Sunday, May 31, 2020

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (May 31-June 12, 2020)


Happy June! Summer is right around the corner. My kids finished virtual school this week and did very well, so I'm celebrating! Summer weather has already arrived here in south Florida. Now, if we can just keep the hurricanes at bay, I'll be happy! Let's celebrate summer by entering some giveaways! Bookmark this page so you can visit daily to see what new contests have been added to the linky below. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share the link with us and then share this page with your social media friends and followers so they can join us, too. Have a wondrous week -- and a super summer!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required.




Friday, May 29, 2020

College Students: Enter for the Chance to Win a Laptop and Cash in the Ultimate College Bundle Contest

Allconnect® announces the Ultimate College Bundle Contest. Every college student can use a new laptop or money for books, right? For a chance to become one of three winners, college students are invited to submit an essay on where their field of study would be without the internet.
A team of judges from Allconnect.com will select the top three entrants based on the creativity demonstrated in the essay and the quality of the writing (including grammar, spelling, structure, flow and other features).
  • The first-place winner with the highest score will receive a laptop valued at approximately $600 and a $250 VISA Rewards Card to use for the purchase of books. 
  • The second-place winner with the next highest score will receive a $500 VISA Rewards Card to use for the purchase of books.
  • The third-place winner with the third highest score will receive a $250 VISA Rewards Card to use for the purchase of books.
All three confirmed winners will receive a swag bag of Allconnect-branded promotional items valued at approximately $25.

Applicants can send entry and essays through this form. See Official Rules here.
Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 14, 2020 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET. Winners will be contacted by Sept. 28.
Please direct any questions about the contest to communications@allconnect.com, using College Contest in the subject line.

Book Blitz: "The Black Cup," a Middle-Grade Fantasy Novel by Alec Lavictoire


Middle-Grade Fantasy
Published Date: May 29, 2020
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Twelve-year-old Max knows the King wants him dead. Born with his heart outside of his rib cage, Max is abandoned at birth by his father and raised by a kind witch who sacrifices all to keep him safe from the outside world. In time, Max’s father ruthlessly ascends to the throne and becomes the most feared king in history thanks to The Black Cup’s evil powers. When he learns that the baby he abandoned years ago still lives, and is now nearly a man, the King orders his troops to find and kill Max so that his rule will go unchallenged by his own blood. Rather than run away from the danger, Max embarks on a journey toward the city to seek his father and prevent further destruction of the kingdom and its people. That’s where the witch, the King, and Max are set on a collision course. The world they have known, and the lives they have lived, will be changed forever.


About the Author

Alec Lavictoire was born and raised in Northern Ontario and now resides in Orangeville, Canada with his wife and two sons who served as the inspiration for the hero of this tale. Alec’s love of adventure has taken him all over the world on extended backpack treks where he thrives on coming up against the unknowns hidden around every corner. Some of Alec’s short stories have appeared in Fiction on the Web, 50 Word Stories, and Commuter Lit. This is his first novel.

Contact Links
Twitter: @LavictoireAlec
Instagram: @lavictoirealec

Purchase Link


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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Join Us for Summer Reading at Susan Heim on Parenting


I work at a library, and Summer Reading is one of our biggest programs of the year! The goal is to keep kids (and adults!) interested in reading throughout the summer, especially when school has ended. Some kids need a steady stream of good books to prevent "summer slide," where they may lose their enthusiasm for and progress in reading. With classes being held virtually this spring, it's even more important that children not fall behind and are ready to tackle their studies in the fall.

With that in mind, I'll be featuring lots of books for kids, 'tweens and teens to encourage them to keep reading this summer. (Look for the banner above on each post.) I also encourage you to seek out your local library to see what Summer Reading programs are being held this summer, even if they're more virtual than usual. As for adults, make sure you set a good example for your young readers by being a reader, too! I've always got great recommendations on my other blog, Susan Heim on Writing, so be sure to check them out. Or ask a librarian what he or she is reading!

Monday, May 18, 2020

Ditching the Screens Will Help You Open Up Your Creativity, by Sasha Olsen, Author of "Legends from Mom's Closet"

Hello everyone! My name is Sasha Olsen, and I’ve lived on the beach in Florida since I was a just a baby. I have many hobbies, like ballroom dancing and playing piano. I also love to read, write, and draw. They’re some of my favorite things to do! I just released my first book Legends from Mom’s Closet, and I’m excited to share more about it and how I came up with my project. Since we’ve been stuck at home for a while, we should definitely be thinking about how we can use our imaginations to keep busy.

Reading about and dressing up as legendary people is how I spent my last rainy summer indoors, and it seems like that’s exactly how I’ll be spending this one, too! Starting this project taught me so much. Not only did I learn about these legends, I learned a lot about what it means to work on something you love. My tips for you all are to read and do research on things that you are interested in. For me, I love reading biographies, which is how I ended up as these legendary women.

One of the best ways to find out what you love is by reading about different topics. I’ve read about scientists, models, actresses, and so many people from all types of careers. Then, I thought how cool would it be if I spent a day in their shoes and learned even more about their lives? Dressing up became my favorite thing to do, mostly because I could get creative and look for unique things. Good thing my mom let me dig in her closet for them!

It was also really important that I could use what was around me because I’m always thinking of ways that we can help take care of our environment. There is no need to buy new things or go to the store! Especially because nowadays we’d rather not even do that.

It’s easy to think that if we’re bored then we should just spend our time on our technology, but I think that it distracts us from opening our creativity. If you’re bored, I challenge you all out there to find something new to do. Hopefully, reading my book inspires you. I wrote this book to show other kids that we can do so much with our time especially with our family’s support.

You can check out my book on my website www.legendsfrommomscloset.com and Amazon, as well as other platforms. I also continue my project on my Instagram where I post about these legends and new ones that I learn about and dress up as!

Sasha Olsen is a 10-year-old author, environmental activist, ballroom dancer, bookworm, pianist, and enjoys anything artistic. She always finds new hobbies and things to do, which usually ends up in her trying to juggle everything. She lives with her family in Bal Harbour, Florida, where she also spearheads the conservation movement “I Want My Ocean Back.” Legends from Mom’s Closet is her first book.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
In Legends from Mom’s Closet, 10-year-old Sasha Olsen documents how she spent a rainy summer indoors using her creativity and imagination. After reading a stack of books about women like Frida Kahlo, Audrey Hepburn and Billie Holiday, Sasha’s imagination ran wild and she ended up in her mom's closet picking through her clothes and her grandmother’s vintage pieces to dress up like all the female legends she had been reading about. Complete with photos of the looks she created and tips for other young girls on how they, too, can emulate these iconic women, Legends from Mom’s Closet will inspire readers to delve into the lives of truly remarkable women from the past to learn a thing or two about what it means to be legendary in today’s world.

Purchase on:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Author’s Website: https://www.legendsfrommomscloset.com/
Author’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/legendsfrommomscloset/
Author’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/legendsfrommomscloset/


Thursday, May 14, 2020

SCOOB! Is Coming to Your Home This Friday, May 15th, with a Movie Night Premiere Event!

Starting this Friday, May 15th, SCOOB! will be available for a 48-hour rental via Premium Video On Demand for $19.99, or premium digital ownership for $24.99 (prices listed SRP). The title will be available on participating digital platforms. For more details, please visit https://www.watchscoob.com.

Join Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the whole Mystery Inc. Gang for the #ScoobMovieNight premiere event on Twitter starting at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Follow @SCOOB on Twitter for the #SCOOBMOVIENIGHT Premiere Event featuring cast, musical performances and exclusive clips.

Here’s a Party Pack and Activity Guide to get you and the family ready for the big night!

You can also learn the #ScoobDance on TikTok from celebrity dancer, Jalaiah Harmon. Watch the video here.

About the movie:
SCOOB! reveals the never-before-told story of Scooby’s origins. It shows how one of history’s most famous friendships began when an adorable, homeless puppy met a lonesome young boy named Shaggy, and how the two of them joined forces with aspiring young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to become the celebrated Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face the biggest and most challenging mystery of their careers: a plot that will unleash the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this “dogpocalypse,” they discover that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

SCOOB! features an all-star ensemble cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker.

Watch the trailer: