Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Release Blitz: "Summer of L.U.C.K.," a Middle-Grade Fantasy Novel by Laura Segal Stegman ~ Read an Excerpt!


Middle-Grade Contemporary Fantasy

Published Date: 9-15-20

Publisher: INtense Publications LLC


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Stuttering Darby is never perfect enough for her mother. Justin's been silent since his dad died. Naz is struggling to learn English. But after they meet at summer camp, mysterious calliope music from an abandoned warehouse grants them power to communicate without words. When they sneak inside, the dark, empty space bursts into a magical carnival. They're greeted by the ghost of Leroy Usher, who asks for their help convincing his family to restore the carnival to its former glory. In return, he promises to teach the kids how to find their voices. As Darby, Justin, and Naz are swept off on a series of midnight adventures via Mr. Usher's carnival rides, they discover they're capable of more than they ever imagined. With each challenge, their confidence in communicating -- and in themselves -- grows. Meanwhile, they scheme to persuade the Usher family to revive the carnival. But when Darby’s bunkmates trick her into starring in the camp talent show, her budding confidence falters. Can she risk being less than perfect by performing in the show and speaking up to Mr. Usher's resistant son? If not, she'll put the carnival in danger and sabotage her most important quest: to believe in herself, stutter and all. 

Excerpt

Chattering blackbirds and blue jays pulled her back to her surroundings. The scent of wintergreen berries, bluebells, and wild sassafras from the bushes restored her resolve to continue by herself. She walked a bit faster up a steep incline, removing her official Camp Inch Sweatshirt and tying it around her thin waist.

At the hilltop, one sign pointing left read CAMP INCH VIA WHITE FALLS HIGHWAY: 1/4 MILE EAST. Another pointed right, cautioning PRIVATE PROPERTY! Her pulse quickened. She followed it past bushes and trees.

Below her, an orange football-field-sized building, dressed up with castle-like turrets at each corner, rose several stories high. Darby smiled with glee. I found it! Massive green letters spelling out "L.U.C.K." were painted on its side, glowing brighter than ever. A surrounding fieldstone wall led eastward toward camp.

She hurried down to a spot beside the immense wall where ten golden horseshoes sat lodged in concrete. Same as when Monica and I found them! The sun glinted on a colorless glass circle embedded above the horseshoes. Last time they'd rushed too much to notice the lines inscribed on it. Now, she knelt to read what they said.

All That We Give

Comes Back to Benefit Ourselves

With no time to figure that out, she placed her feet inside two of the horseshoes, like last year. Her heart pounding, she waited anxiously for the faint rumbling she and Monica had heard -- or possibly imagined.

Will it even work without her?

The ground trembled ever so slightly beneath her.

She shivered with relief. Yes, I feel it!

Last year, their counselor came after them to end the adventure before it began. This time, the rumbling got louder. Darby ducked to avoid the small rocks and dust that fell from the stone wall looming above her head. Grating and creaking accompanied deep vibrations inside the fieldstone. A Darby-size section swung out on hinges, exposing a latch chain fastened to an old wooden door. She tried to remember to breathe. Or how to breathe. Overcoming the urge to back away, she yanked the chain, pushed the door open, and strained to see.

For a few seconds, semi-darkness that lay beyond kept her cemented in place. Finally, anticipation conquered her apprehension. I can't stop now. Electrified, Darby squared her shoulders and stepped inside.

 

About the Author

Laura Segal Stegman grew up with parents who valued reading, and she still finds herself spellbound by middle-grade fiction. Some of her favorites, then and now, are The Diamond in the Window, Ellen Tebbits, All of a Kind Family, Wonder, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Miraculous. As a writer, her non-fiction credits include collaboration on the travel book, Only in New York, and her feature stories have appeared in Los Angeles Times and Westways Magazine, among others. A long-time publicist, she has represented numerous arts organizations. Summer of L.U.C.K. is her debut novel.


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Monday, September 14, 2020

DVD Giveaway: SEA LEVEL and SEA LEVEL 2: MAGIC ARCH

Last month, I featured the trailer for the upcoming animated double feature, SEA LEVEL and the all-new SEA LEVEL 2: MAGIC ARCH. This month, I'm featuring a giveaway of this fun new title, which arrives on DVD, Digital, and On Demand from Lionsgate on September 29. These underwater adventures will be available on one disc for the suggested retail price $16.98. 

ABOUT SEA LEVEL: 
Pup, a bamboo shark, discovers egg sacs while playing around the ocean with his friends. When he sees human poachers stealing the eggs from his reef, Pup makes it his mission to save his family. As he leaves the sea and enters the beautiful, yet dangerous, world of humans, he will prove he isn’t too small to save his family. 

ABOUT SEA LEVEL 2: MAGIC ARCH: 
This thrilling, colorful comedy will take your family under the sea to a land of courage and adventure. One day, Dephi the dolphin discovers a magical archway that grants wishes to all who visit. But evil moray eels use the arch to become gigantic and menace peaceful Fish Town. Now, Delphi must summon his courage, master his “secret punch” fighting technique, and find his missing father to rescue his friends and win the love of pretty Mia. It’s time for this dolphin to get swimmin’! 

GIVEAWAY

One lucky family will receive a DVD copy of SEA LEVEL and SEA LEVEL 2: MAGIC ARCH. Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on September 28, 2020.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

Celebrate the Premiere of "Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs" with a Delicious Mini Apple Pies Recipe!

Magic mirror on the wall, which apple pie recipe is the fairest of them all? Why, this one, of course! In celebration of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, premiering on Digital and On Demand September 18 and available to own on Blu-ray and DVD September 22, we're excited to share Snow White's magically delicious Mini Apple Pies recipe. Click on the banner below so you and your kids can eat dessert happily ever after! Be sure to scroll down to learn more about the movie and watch the trailer!



About the movie:

This outrageous fairy-tale spoof starts as Snow White steals a pair of red shoes that transform her into a princess. Meanwhile, a witch’s curse turns seven brave princes into dwarfs, forcing them to seek out the princess, hoping for a kiss to break their spell. Together, they must face Snow White’s wicked stepmother -- who will stop at nothing to get her precious shoes back -- and, along the way, learn that true beauty lies within!

Go behind the scenes of this must-own animated adventure with enchanting Blu-ray and DVD bonus features, including two “making-of” featurettes and two music videos featuring the all-new original songs! The Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the price of $21.99 and $19.98, respectively.

Watch the trailer!



BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL SPECIAL FEATURES

“The Making of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” Featurette
“From Storyboard to Animation: Creating Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs” Featurette
“Start of Something Right” Music Video
“Something So Beautiful” Music Video




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The Reluctant Wizard Book Tour: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card


The Reluctant Wizard
by A.A. Warne
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy 


By day, wizards rule the world. At night, warlocks seek to destroy it. Now, one boy will challenge them both. 

Eli never wanted to be a rebel. All he wants is an end to the famine and war threatening his community. To save his mother and baby brother from marauding warlocks, Eli is forced to make a heartbreaking decision. He must travel to Terra Magicae, the mysterious land of the wizards, to study magic. In exchange, the wizards will protect his family, but this protection comes at a price: once Eli enters the Grand Wizardry Academy, he may never come home. 

Full of lush landscapes and magical marvels, Terra Magicae is more wondrous than Eli ever imagined… and more dangerous. At first, Eli’s struggles to fit in at the Academy seem ordinary. But the more he questions the wizards, the more he suspects a sinister purpose behind their bizarre rules and tests. For a dark secret lies at the heart of this mystical land, one so terrible it threatens not only the students at the Academy but the lives of everyone Eli loves. 

To save them all, Eli must step into the midst of the battle between the wizards and warlocks and defy both sides. He must become the rebel he was always meant to be.



A.A. Warne writes elaborate, strange, dark and twisted stories. In other words, speculative fiction.

Located at the bottom of the Blue Mountains in Sydney, Australia, Amanda was born an artist and grew up a painter before deciding to study pottery.

But it wasn't until she found the art of the written word that her universe expanded.
A graduate of Western Sydney University in arts, Amanda now spends her time wrestling three kids and writing full-time.



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Sunday, September 06, 2020

"Thomas and the Magic Railroad (20th Anniversary Edition)" Arrives on Blu-ray+DVD on September 29! Let's Celebrate with a Giveaway (2 Winners)!

Are you and your family fans of Thomas the Tank Engine? Then I've got some great news for you! The beloved fan-favorite Thomas and the Magic Railroad (20th Anniversary Edition) is coming to Blu-ray + DVD on September 29 from Shout! Kids, marking the first time the film will be available in high definition. The release is packed with extensive special features, sure to thrill fans who have long clamored for the film’s deleted scenes to be released. The list of special features includes new interviews with the film’s stars Alec Baldwin, Mara Wilson, and Didi Conn, as well as the film’s composer Hummie Mann, a two-part documentary with writer / director / producer Britt Allcroft, a behind-the-scenes reel, and deleted storylines and lost scenes, including deleted scenes with Peter Fonda, Didi Conn, Russell Means, and Doug Lennox.

Starring Alec Baldwin (The Boss Baby, 30 Rock), Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda), Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee’s Gold), Didi Conn (Grease, Shining Time Station), Russell Means (Last of the Mohicans, Pocahontas), and, of course, Thomas the Tank Engine, Thomas and the Magic Railroad is a longtime family-favorite.

About the show:
For as long as anyone can remember, the magical Island of Sodor has been the realm of enchantment, innocence, and talking train engines. Mr. Conductor (Alec Baldwin) is taking care of the whole railway whilst Sir Topham Hatt is away.

Mr. C comes from a family of miniature Conductors who travel between the Island of Sodor and Shining Time Station thanks to a supply of mysterious gold dust. However, Sodor’s steam engines suddenly find themselves heading for a load of trouble courtesy of the railroad baddie Diesel 10, whose plan is to destroy our hero Thomas and Mr. C, and then take over Sodor before Sir Topham Hatt’s return. Thomas and Mr. C must save the engines before his dwindling supply of gold dust runs out!

Lily (Mara Wilson) has a hunch that her grandfather (Peter Fonda), up in his workshop on Muffle Mountain, can be the one to crack the code that will save the Conductor family and bring back to life the Magic Railroad, which runs between Sodor and the beautiful Indian Valley surrounding Shining Time. Lily teams up with Mr. C and Thomas and sets out to get Sodor back on track in this beloved, full-length adventure starring the world’s #1 tank engine.

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SPECIAL FEATURES

· ”Return to Shining Time: Your Ticket to Thomas and the Magic Railroad” – Two-Part Documentary with Writer/Director/Producer Britt Allcroft
· “Hello Mr. Conductor” – Interview With Alec Baldwin
· “Finding Your Sparkle” – Interview With Mara Wilson
· “There’s Something About This Place” – Interview With Didi Conn
· “The Sounds of Sodor” – Interview with Composer Hummie Mann
· Behind-the-Scenes Reel
· Deleted Story Lines

GIVEAWAY

Two (2) lucky winners will receive a Blu-ray+DVD copy of Thomas and the Magic Railroad (20th Anniversary Edition)! Enter through the Giveaway Tools below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, September 27, 2020.


Friday, September 04, 2020

Children's Book Review: The Little Kitten, by Nicola Killen

The Little Kitten
by Nicola Killen

About the book: 
From beloved author-illustrator Nicola Killen comes a charming autumnal story about a little girl who must return a lost kitten to its home, lovingly told and illustrated in limited color with lovely foil and interactive die-cut pages. 

Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are out frolicking on a beautiful fall day when they come upon a tiny kitten shivering in a pile of fallen leaves. Ollie warms up the kitten, and the three become fast friends. But when Ollie sees “Lost Kitten” posters hanging on the trees in the forest, she knows she has to help her new friend get home. As Halloween draws nearer, magic is afoot, and Ollie’s good deed is rewarded in an unexpected way. 


My review:
Fall begins this month, and what better way to celebrate than by reading a lovely autumn-themed picture book together! The Little Kitten, written and illustrated by Nicola Killen, is a charming tale of a little girl, Ollie, who helps a kitten find his way home. In the meantime, she loses track of her own cat, Pumpkin, and gets lost herself! Fortunately, Ollie keeps her cool, and Pumpkin shows up to lead the way home. This story even has a magical Halloween twist at the end, and young readers will notice that Ollie is wearing a kitty costume throughout the book. The pages are beautifully illustrated with sparkly orange leaves and a calming orange-and-gray color palette. The Little Kitten is sure to become a classic and enjoyed by children over and over again.

About the author and illustrator: 
Nicola Killen has always loved drawing and still likes nothing better than taking her sketchbook to the zoo to draw her favorite animals: rhinos and penguins. She designed cards before starting an MA in children’s book illustration at Cambridge School of Art, and since then she has been working on her own books, including The Little Reindeer, which was called “an original and entertaining Christmas story with its own understated charm” in a starred review by Kirkus Reviews and “magical” by Publishers Weekly. The Little Reindeer was named a Horn Book Holiday High Note. Nicola Killen lives and works in Cambridge, England.

   

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Thursday, September 03, 2020

Charlie's Christmas Wish: Coming to DVD, Digital and On Demand November 10 ~ Watch the Trailer!


Just in time for the holidays comes a feel-good family film with a lovable dog, Charlie’s Christmas Wish, unwrapping on DVD, Digital, and On Demand November 10 from Lionsgate. Awarded the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages, Aiden Turner, Lindsey McKeon, Jay M. Brooks and Diane Ladd star in this heartwarming tale. The Charlie’s Christmas Wish DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. Check out the trailer below. 

 

About the film:
In this heartwarming holiday film starring Aiden Turner (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), a troubled war vet’s family finds new hope from a scrappy little rescue dog. Discharged and sent home for the holidays, John (Turner) tries hard to adapt to civilian life -- and to son Jimmy’s new pet, a feisty terrier named Charlie. As the family meets other struggling local veterans, they know it’ll take a miracle to bring peace to them and to John. Good thing Charlie has a direct line to the Man Upstairs... 

Stay tuned because I'll have a review and giveaway of Charlie's Christmas Wish coming very soon!

 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: "Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends," by Susan Marie and Miss Olive


I have a special treat today for dog lovers: Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends! In this adorable children's picture book by Susan Marie and Miss Olive, children learn that Miss Olive is having a birthday, which will be celebrated by heading to the dog park! Unfortunately, not all the dogs there will be friendly. In real life, children see this scenario play out in their real lives when they find that school mates and neighborhood kids aren't always friendly. But in reading this book, children will learn that friends are out there if we look for them and open our hearts. This story about friendship and anti-bullying will charm the whole family! 

About the book:
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends continues the story of a little Italian Greyhound with three legs who is adopted by a loving family in the award-winning first book in the series, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home. In Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends, Miss Olive learns that it’s her birthday and that her parents have planned a special celebration which will include treats, presents and friends. Her party is nearly ruined when she runs into a couple of grouchy dogs at the park who proceed to bully the poor pup. She realizes that true friends will stick by her and won’t join in with taunts from bullies. Miss Olive is thrilled to discover that she not only has a “furever” home, but she has “furever” friends as well.

The first book in the Miss Olive series, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home, won the DWAA Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year from The Dog Writers Association of America. The book was also awarded the Bronze 2019 Moonbeam Children's Book Award in the Animals/Pets Fiction category. The award is an honor that “identifies the best children’s books published every year in the North American market.” In addition, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home received top honors from the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA).

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends: Amazon | Barnes and Noble
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Learn more about Susan, Miss Olive and Miss Olive’s book trilogy by visiting www.TheDoggyDiva.com.

About Susan Marie:
For over fifteen years, Susan Marie has been spreading the word about puppy love through her national weekly radio show, The Doggy Diva Show. On her show, Susan interviews pet industry experts, bestselling authors, pet health and lifestyle professionals and representatives from animal rescue organizations. Past guests include Bob Barker, Dean Koontz, Julia Cameron, Alison Eastwood, and America's Veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker. The Doggy Diva Show can be heard on Pet Life Radio, Apple, Google Play, Stitcher and Speak Up Talk Radio.

Susan is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Florida Writers Association. A devoted champion of animals, Susan donates a portion of the proceeds from Miss Olive books to animal rescue organizations. She’s passionate about passing along the love of animals to future generations.


About Miss Olive:
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home and Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends are the first and second books (respectively) in a trilogy about the adventures of Miss Olive, an Italian Greyhound rescue. The real Miss Olive was adopted in 2015 by author Susan Marie from Italian Greyhound Rescue Gulf Coast. Miss Olive was a victim of neglect and health issues, having lost her teeth due to lack of medical attention and one of her legs to cancer. The neglect and illness that she experienced has never affected her loving, gentle spirit; she is always ready for a snuggle. Miss Olive joins Susan Marie at the microphone each week as the co-host of radio show The Doggy Diva Show on Pet Life Radio.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a hardcover copy of Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends! Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, September 13, 2020.



Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Release Blitz: "What a Prickly Pear," a Children's Picture Book by Tina Mowrey


Children's Picture Book

Date Published: August 25, 2020

Publisher: Clearfork


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Roxy and Stumpy, two clever raccoons, are known for their dumpster diving abilities. Most mornings, their bellies are full and sleep comes easy. Until one day, they aren't so lucky. Tired and hungry, Roxy and Stumpy meet a handful of unique animal friends who eat prickly pear cactus. Yes, that's right -- CACTUS! Join the raccoons as they decide whether or not this spiny food is worth the trouble.

 

About the Author

A transplant from Massachusetts, Tina lives in Austin, TX, where she was introduced to the prickly pear cactus! Having been a singer/songwriter for years, Tina decided to put pen to paper and try her hand at picture book writing. It was much harder than expected, but she loves it. When she isn’t writing picture books, Tina spends her time working as an 8th grade language arts teacher and keeping up with her family of 4 humans & 5 pets!

 

Contact Links

Twitter: @tmowtx

Instagram: tina.mowrey

 

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Monday, August 24, 2020

Children's Book Spotlight: "Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter," by Beth McMullen

Indiana Jones meets The Lost Property Office in this action-packed mystery about a young girl searching for her father from the author of Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls -- the first in a new series! 

Having a world-traversing archaeologist dad means twelve-year-old Lola Benko is used to moving around and not putting down roots anywhere. But every day and every hunt for something hidden is an adventure, and no matter what, she and her dad are an unbeatable team. 

Then her father disappears. The official story is that he was caught in a flash flood, but Lola’s research shows the day in question was perfectly pleasant. And it will take more than empty reassurances from suspect strangers for Lola to give up on her dad. She has a feeling his disappearance has to do with a mythical stone he was studying -- a stone so powerful, it could control the world. But in the wrong hands, it could end it, too... 

With the help of some new friends at her school, it’s up to Lola to go on the most important hunt of her life. 

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Monday, 8/17: The Write Path

Tuesday, 8/18: Little Red Reads

Wednesday, 8/19: Cracking the Cover

Thursday, 8/20: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Friday, 8/21: YA Books Central

 

Monday, 8/24: Susan Heim on Parenting

Tuesday, 8/25: Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!

Wednesday, 8/26: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Thursday, 8/27: Jean Book Nerd

Friday, 8/28: Jill’s Book Blog


ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Beth McMullen is the author of the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series; the Lola Benko, Treasure Hunter series; and several adult mysteries. Her books have heroes and bad guys, action and messy situations. An avid reader, she once missed her subway stop and rode the train all the way to Brooklyn because the book she was reading was that good. She lives in Northern California with her family, two cats and a parakeet named Zeus, who is sick of the cats eyeballing him like he’s dinner. Visit her at BethMcMullenBooks.com


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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Children's Book Review: "You're My Little Baby," by Eric Carle


Eric Carle is an institution in the world of children's books. With perennial bestsellers like The Very Hunger Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; and The Tiny Seed, his books and colorful illustrations are known around the world. So, I was thrilled to learn that Mr. Carle is still churning out beautiful books for kids and families. His latest is You're My Little Baby. This book features everything that kids love: animals, interactive flaps and touchable materials, and rhyming words. Parents, caregivers and educators will want to read this book over and over again to let their little ones know how much they're loved.

About the book:
From beloved author-illustrator Eric Carle comes this brand-new interactive board book that features sweet text about baby love and touch-and-feel elements throughout!

You’re my little bear cub
Both playful and shy
You’re my little baby bird
Together we will fly


Loving parents throughout the animal kingdom dote on their little babies in this sweet novelty book perfect for showing a baby how they are loved, whether by a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or other caring figure in a child’s life.

With Eric Carle’s classic and colorful artwork and tender text that rhymes, this book is a perfect addition to every Eric Carle collection!







About Eric Carle:
Eric Carle is an internationally bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator of more than seventy books for very young children, including The Tiny Seed, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, and his most well-known title, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Born in Syracuse, New York, Eric Carle moved to Germany with his parents when he was six years old. He studied at the prestigious art school, the Akademie der Bildenden K√ľnste, in Stuttgart, before returning to the United States, where he worked as a graphic designer for The New York Times and later as art director for an advertising agency. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, now considered a modern classic, has sold nearly fifty million copies and has been translated into sixty-five languages. With his late wife, Barbara, Eric Carle cofounded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts in 2002. Eric Carle lives in the Florida Keys. Visit https://eric-carle.com/

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through this link.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Introducing Beloved's Neighborhood Club for Kids, Plus a Puzzle Giveaway!


Are there young children, preschool age to 8, in your life or the lives of people you know? And are the adults in their lives eager to find fun and engaging activities for them that are totally free and easy to do?

Based on the adorable picture book by children’s author, Ann Gonzales, titled Beloved and the Pepper Tree, Ann is announcing a new addition to her book called Beloved’s Neighborhood Club. It’s a virtual club for kids where they can participate in games, contests, and craft projects related to the book. Loads of fun and again, totally free

Kids (with parent/adult consent and assistance) can join Beloved’s Neighborhood Club on Ann’s website where they’ll then receive a “welcome email” with a link to the very first project … how to create a sock puppet and host your own puppet show based on the characters in Ann’s book. Also included on the club site is a free downloadable copy of the book and a read-aloud video as well as a welcome video from Ann with her own self-created puppet. 

Once kids have completed their puppet, they are welcome to join the BNC Facebook page and post their creations as well as share their stories on Ann’s blog. Below is a link to both the club sign-up page and the Facebook page. 



GIVEAWAY 

To celebrate the launch of Beloved's Neighborhood Club, one lucky winner will receive Beloved’s Picnic Puzzle showing Beloved and her friend, the Pepper Tree, enjoying themselves sharing a fun and yummy summer picnic together. 12”x 16.5” with 54 pieces. Enter through the Giveaway Tools below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, August 30, 2020. 

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Friday, August 07, 2020

Curious About Owls Book Tour: Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card


Curious About Owls 
Curious Kids Series, Volume 1 
by Chelsea Falin 
Genre: Children's Picture Fact Book 


Welcome to the first volume of the Curious Kids Series! Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. This series aims to help fill that curiosity and teach them about the world around them. With bright, colorful pictures and simply written facts, the Curious Kids Series is exactly what parents are looking for to fill those bookshelves!

In this first volume, we explore owls. Why don't you see them during the day? How do they eat their food if they don't have teeth? Do they all live in trees? All the questions your kids have... answered!

Do you have a topic you'd like the series to cover? Send an email to the address inside the book! Suggest a topic that gets chosen and receive a free copy of the book! We want to write the stuff parents want their kids to read! 


Curious About Wolves 
Curious Kids Series, Volume 2 


Welcome to the another volume of the Curious Kids Series! Kids are naturally curious about the world around them. This series aims to help fill that curiosity and teach them about the world around them. With bright, colorful pictures and simply written facts, the Curious Kids Series is exactly what parents are looking to fill those bookshelves!

In this volume, we explore wolves. Why do wolves look a lot like dogs? Do wolves have families? Where do wolves live? All the questions your kids have... answered!

Do you have a topic you'd like the series to cover? Send an email to the address inside the book! Suggest a topic that gets chosen and receive a free copy of the book! We want to write the stuff parents want their kids to read! 



Curious Kids Gives Back Book Program: 

I believe all children deserve to be Curious Kids, and that’s why I’m implementing a BRAND-NEW PROGRAM to help support literacy in local and at-risk children! As part of The Curious Kids Gives Back Book Program, I’ll be donating a paperback to a local or at-risk child for every ten paperbacks sold! 

Millions of children are eligible for the CURIOUS KIDS GIVES BACK BOOK PROGRAM! If your child is between the ages of birth and twelve and either (A) lives in one of the six designated local areas [see below], (B) attends a Title I Funded School District, (C) lives on a state or federally recognized reservation, or (D) lives in a rural area with a population of less than 100, they’re eligible! We’ll be expanding eligibility requirements as time continues! 

Current designated local areas:
Cape May and Cumberland Counties in New Jersey
Pasco and Hernando Counties in Florida
Fayette and Calhoun Counties in West Virginia 

How can you support the literacy program? Simple! Buy your children any of the Curious Kids Series (more coming soon) and the rest is taken care of! 

Want to sign a child up for the give back program? Just fill out this simple form: 



Chelsea Falin is the self-published author of 21 current titles, including five contemporary fiction novels. She is, as always, working on her newest title.

Chelsea was born and raised in the small town of Dade City, located in west-central Florida. Currently, she resides in southern New Jersey. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, fishing, hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with her friends or family. 




$10 Amazon Gift Card 

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