Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A Craft for Kids: Make a TROLLS Felt Headband

Do you have a song in your heart and a dance in your feet? All you need now is the perfect felt headband so that you're ready to feel the music from your head all the way down to your toes! In celebration of the release of TROLLS WORLD TOUR, on Digital now and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD July 7, I'm excited to share this fun craft that will show you how to make your very own felt headband inspired by Queen Poppy herself! Simply click on the banner below so you can get your own dance party started in style!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Summer Reading Recommendation: "The Dinosaur in the Elevator," a Write-Your-Own-Ending Book by Howard Eisenberg ~ Plus a Contest for Kids!

Do you have a young budding writer in your household? If you said yes, you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of The Dinosaur in the Elevator, by Howard Eisenberg. Not only will kids get to read an exciting story, but they can imagine their own ending and even enter a writing contest sponsored by the author! Read on to learn more...

The Dinosaur in the Elevator
by Howard Eisenberg

Getting into an elevator to who-knows-where with a T-Rex they'd only just met was risky, maybe even loony. But they'd never get another chance at such an adventure.

Twins Robbie and Abby get more than they bargained for when they imagine a museum T-Rex back to life. Soon they're on an adventure through the Cretaceous Era with dinosaurs of every shape and size -- and not all of them are friendly. But they are surprisingly helpful. Can you guess their names from the clue-filled poems they sing?


In the Write-Your-Own-Ending books, you get to be your own author. Each book contains blank pages near the end, perfect for you to figure out how you'd get the main characters out of every desperate situation they've gotten into, or just enjoy the ending provided.

Purchase Links
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books A Million | Mascot Website


Designed for older readers, kids go back to the Cretaceous Era with a museum T-Rex as their guide and protector. Readers can guess the names of a dozen or more dinos as they sing "autobiographical" songs. After they've successfully pushed their imagination buttons, the author invites readers to send their original endings to sirhowardeisenberg@gmail.com. The three best will get signed copies of the next two books in the series and will get to write the ending for upcoming series.

About Howard Eisenberg

Eisenberg began writing at the end of WWII as an eighteen-year-old with his infantry company in a former SS barracks in Germany. Because he had had two years of college and was presumed to be literate, Captain Ingraham pointed to a mimeo machine the Germans had left behind and ordered him to write a newspaper "for morale." Howard completed his first interviews, and "The Co. K Rifleman" was born. His first published magazine article: "I Fell 2,000 Feet and Lived" for Flying Magazine when a stunt parachutist's chute failed to open in upstate New York. Fifty years later, Flying reprinted it in a series of "The Best of Flying." Eisenberg has written hundreds of magazine articles since, jointly bylined after marriage as "By Arlene and Howard Eisenberg" in Saturday Evening Post, Parade, Reader's Digest, Cosmopolitan, McCall's, Sports Illustrated and many other magazines, including book excerpts in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere. The pair wrote five books together (including a college health textbook until Heidi Murkoff kidnapped her to co-author the original What to Expect When You're Expecting and other remarkably successful books that followed in the series). Howard started solo writing with A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cooperstown and It's Never Too Late to Date, and has since written lyrics for a "Guess Who Zoo" CD and a "Fun that Educates" children's book series (Mascot) that includes Guess Who Zoo, Guess Who Farm, and Guess Who Neighborhood. Howard has also written Adorable Scoundrels and a musical titled Million Dollar Bet.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Cook with Your Kids: "United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes from Every State!"

My Summer Reading recommendation today is more of a "summer doing" kind of thing that families can do together! With the pandemic, more families have been cooking and baking together at home, and United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes from Every State! by Gabrielle Langholtzis the perfect resource for finding easy, kid-friendly recipes that also teach children about geography and culture. This beautiful, jumbo-sized book is filled with full-color photographs of each recipe, plus fun illustrations and text that showcase popular foods and fun facts about various regions of the U.S. Recipes vary from main dishes (like Chicken-Fried Steak from Oklahoma), to desserts (like Key Lime Pie from Florida), snacks (like Granola with Hazelnuts and Cherries from Oregon), and side dishes (like Buttermilk Cornbread from Tennessee).

United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes from Every State!
by Gabrielle Langholtz

About the Book:
Author (and mother) Gabrielle Langholtz has curated 54 child-friendly recipes -- one for each state, plus Washington D.C. and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). From Pennsylvania Dutch pretzels to Louisiana gumbo, Oklahoma fry bread to Virginia peanut soup, each recipe is made simple by a step-by-step format and a full-color photograph of the finished dish. A full-spread introduction to each state/territory features background about its culinary culture, brought to life with illustrated food facts and maps. Informative and delicious for kids and their families! (Ages 7-10)

Sample Pages

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.

Sunday, June 14, 2020

A Summer Fun, Facts and Fantastic Adventures Giveaway from National Geographic Kids Books! (Retail Value: $98)

I have always been a huge fan of National Geographic Kids Books. They're beautiful to look at and exciting to read. Kids learn a lot, but they enjoy these books so much that they don't even realize they're learning. They're perfect for summer reading, especially for reluctant readers, and available for all ages. To help your family get their summer reading adventures off to a great start, National Geographic Kids Books is offering a fantastic giveaway for readers of this blog. Check out these boredom-busting, brain-boosting titles and enter for the chance to win ALL of them! (Or just pick up these books at your favorite booksellers!)

National Geographic Little Kids Big Book of Why (ages 3-7, $15)

What makes a car go? How does mushy dough become a crispy cookie? What does the doctor see in my throat? The Big Book of Why invites children to ask big questions, think big thoughts, and get answers that are accurate, engaging, level-appropriate, and based on sound educational findings. This book helps parents share fascinating, accurate answers, and inspires kids to be curious, ask questions, and explore the world around them. Games and parent tips encourage interactivity and extend the experience of the book beyond its pages. Highly photographic and playful, this big, sturdy book is an adventure in exploration.

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 (ages 8-12, $15)

The latest installment of the New York Times bestselling almanac features amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions, plus more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that's in it! Tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more is why this is the number-one-selling kids almanac on the planet. There's a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics and the colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2021, which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same, and also highlights the winner of the 2020 Almanac Challenge.

The Explorer Academy series by Trudi Trueit (ages 8-12, $17 each)

Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await Cruz Coronado at the elite Explorer Academy, where he and 23 other kids from around the globe train with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?

This series is filled with thrilling adventures, high-tech cadets, cool science, faraway lands, and codes to crack. With four critically acclaimed titles in this series now available, two companion nonfiction activity books and hours and hours of videos, games, and info on real-life explorers at ExplorerAcademy.com, Explorer Academy is the perfect way to keep kids learning, reading and engaged this summer.

* Check out all the books in the Explorer Academy series here.
* Visit the Explorer Academy website for videos, games, “truth behind the fiction” features and more.
* The first chapter from the fourth book in the Explorer Academy series, The Star Dunes, can be read here.

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Thanks to National Geographic Kids Books, one lucky winner will receive a "Summer Fun, Facts and Fantastic Adventures Grand Prize Pack," which consists of the National Geographic Little Kids Big Book of Why, the National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 and all FOUR titles in the Explorer Academy series (total ARV $98). This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

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

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!