Clown of God – A Kid Lit Giveaway of a Perfect Picture Book

Hurray…I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contribute, please go here.

The temperature here in New Hampshire has turned colder…so I’m stoking up the fire for you…pull up a chair and get cozy because I have A SURPRISE FOR YOU!


I’m participating in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza, sponsored by Youth Literature Reviews: and

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There are dozens of book-loving bloggers who are offering giveaways of books, gift cards and other neat prizes.


Please viiit them for a chance to WIN! The Giveaway runs from Monday, December 6 through December 13.

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Penguin – A Picture Book Review About Communication

Today is Friday – I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here.

Thanksgiving is next week…it is a time for being thankful for those we love…but sometimes, because of a lack of communication, there can be misunderstanding and unhappiness.

My picture book choice echoes that theme.



Written and illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Publisher: Candlewick Press (2007)

Ages: 4 and up


Communication, friendship

Opening Lines:

“Ben ripped open his present. Inside was a penguin. “Hello Penguin!” said Ben.” Continue reading

Talking to Kids about War: Ships in the Field

Today is Friday – I have a children’s book to review to add to the  Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here

My picture book pick today is another one of the treasures I scooped up in Singapore last week at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.

Talking to kids about war: Ships in the Field

Ships in the Field

Written by Susanna Gervay

Illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Publisher: Ford Street Publishers – Melbourne, Australia (2012)

Ages: 5 and up


Family togetherness, immigrants, war, hope

Opening Lines:

“Every night, Brownie and I wait for Papa to come home.” Continue reading

Endangered Species Day – Gone Fishing!

Today is Friday – so we have a children’s book to review to add to the  Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here 

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

I also want to remind you that there are only 24 hours left to the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop! More than 90 bloggers are participating…hurry over and win some great prizes!!! I’m giving away a copy of Show Me How! Build Your Child’s Self-Esteem Through Reading, Crafting and Cooking PLUS some crafting supplies and a copy of The Tales of Peter Rabbit.

I’d also like to update you on the Asian Festival of Children’s ContentLESS THAN ONE WEEK TO GO! It’s hard to believe I will be half-way around the globe next Saturday. What an amazing opportunity and honor! The Asian Festival of Children’s Content impacts 1.5 billion children in Asia as well as their parents, professionals, and businesses involved in their development.  Yesterday morning, I Skyped with one of my panel-mates who lives in London and tomorrow I will be Skyping with the two speakers who will be sharing the second panel discussion with me…one lives in Singapore and the other in the UK.

My picture book pick today celebrates Endangered Species Day.

Endangered Species Day: Gone Fishing!


Gone Fishing: Ocean Life by the Numbers

Written and illustrated by David McLimans

Publisher: Walker Childrens (2008)

Ages: 7 and up


Endangered species, conservation, environmental awareness, nature, oceans

Synopsis:  From Amazon:

“Dive down to the depths of our planet’s oceans and see the stunning variety of creatures that call this watery environment home. These incredible marine animals and their ocean habitats are among our most precious and endangered resources. 

In a dazzling underwater adventure, Caldecott Honor–winning artist David McLimans uses fins, flippers, and tentacles to create numerical masterpieces. From the smallest tiger tail sea horse to the giant humpback whale, this aquatic menagerie will captivate readers of all ages as they count up to ten and back down again. McLimans also explores the powers of ten to showcase amazing ocean facts from one to one billion! Once you wet your feet with this eye-popping visual treat, your view of the ocean will be forever transformed.”


Why  I like this book

Using animal-shaped numbers from 1 to 10 and back again, McLimans introduces various marine creatures and their survival status. An African penguin, sea lamprey, tiger tail sea horse, and blue-ringed octopus are among the featured species. The boxes include the class to which each marine animal belongs, its habitat, aquatic region, threats, and status (“vulnerable,” “endangered,” and “critically endangered”). Between the count up and count down is a spread of “Ocean Facts by the Numbers,” which presents various statistics in the power of 10. For example, “Less than 1 percent of water on Earth is freshwater,” “Plastic waste kills up to 1 million seabirds every year,” and “About 1 billion people live in coastal urban centers, and the resulting overdevelopment threatens almost 50 percent of the world’s coastal habitats.” The black silhouetted numbers are sinuous and compelling in this unique and imaginative description of the dangers facing ocean life today.

How a parent can use this book:

The publisher states the book is age 7 and up…and Library Journal recommends it for grades 3-5. However, the illustrations are wonderful and younger children would enjoy looking at them with their older brothers or sisters. It’s important to raise kids’ awareness early on about endangered species and the effect pollution and human habitation are having on nature.

Related Activities:


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You will need: Sticks or wire hanger, string or yarn, construction paper, scissors, markers.

1.   Draw fish and decorate with markers.

2.   Punch a hole at the top of each fish and thread in a piece of yarn.

3.   Tie to a wire hanger at different levels.

4.   Hang up and watch the fish swim in the breeze.

Children’s Book Week: Giveaway Hop & Review of Peter Rabbit with Activity

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday, so stay tuned for a great picture book review and activity AND a chance to vote for your favorite jingle.

But first, I want to share something else that is quite special.

Guess what! May 13-19 is Children’s Book Week! Helping every child become a reader and lover of books is a goal held by many of us.

To help celebrate, Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are hosting an awesome GIVEAWAY blog hop.

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop

Did I say this was an AWESOME blog hop?  Dozens and dozens of book-loving bloggers will be participating. You can join by doing a post and giveaway and linking up OR you can visit any or all of the blogs on the link-up and enter for a chance to win each prize!

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Book and Activity: Where is Baby’s Belly Button

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday…an amazing link-up that provides parents, teachers and librarians with reviews and activities of the best picture books – both old and new. If you are looking for picture book suggestions, visit children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic resource by clicking on this link.

I’ve got babies on my mind…I’m spending my last day in Chicago, helping to take care of my beautiful (of course) new grand-daughter. I go home tomorrow…it will be hard to leave.

My picture book choice is a no-brainer…one of my favorite baby board books.

Written and Illustrated by Karen Katz
Synopsis: Where are Baby’s hands? Under the bubbles! Where are baby’s eyes? Under her hat! Karen Katz’s adorable babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.
Why I love this book:
  • The sturdy board book will withstand lots of handling.
  • Infants, toddlers and preschoolers will LOVE lifting the flaps to find the answers.
  • The simple wide-eyed babies depicted will appeal to every young child.

How parents can use this book:

  • Super read aloud and interactive time for parent and child
  • Helps build vocabulary and hand-eye coordination
  • Encourages cause and effect thinking


  • For your infant: Play peek-a-boo with your infant
  • For your toddler: Hide objects under a towel and let your toddler guess what is there by feeling but not looking
  • For your preschooler: Show your child several items (keys, small ball, glove, etc) and place them in a paper bag. Let your child name the items…then take out one and ask which are left in the bag.

Earth Day Perfect Picture Book Review: The Little House


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Monday, April 22, is International Mother Earth Day! Events will be taking place all around the globe to raise awareness of the need to protect the environment and educate people to preserve our natural resources and help children learn to be good stewards of this planet.  I agree with Roni Baras, author of 55 Ways to Save the Environment and Make a Difference, when she says: “As parents, we have a responsibility to teach our kids to care for the world.” Continue reading