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Friday, June 23, 2017

Put Me In The Story’s Summer Reading Blog Tour & Giveaway!


Put Me In The Story’s Summer Reading Blog Tour & Giveaway!

Summer is finally here! It’s a season filled with fun outdoor activities, playdates, sports and more. Put Me In The Story wants to help bring even more fun (and a healthy dose of learning) to your family’s summer routine!

Put Me In The Story creates personalized books starring your child in beloved books and alongside their favorite characters to help them stay engaged in the story and foster a love of reading!



To help one family start their very own library, Put Me In The Story is hosting a HUGE Summer Reading Giveaway where one lucky winner will receive:

·         10 personalized books from Put Me In The Story
·         A beach bag
·         2 children’s beach towels
·         2 inner tubes
·         2 pairs of children’s sunglasses
·         1 beach ball

Enter now through July 5th, 2017 for a chance to win!

*Open to U.S. residents only, see full Terms & Conditions here.


Check out some of Put Me In The Story’s favorite books for summer reading below:

$34.99 personalized book

Pete the Cat is having one of those days—the kind where nothing is going his way. But when Grumpy Toad lends Pete a pair of cool, blue, magic sunglasses, that gloomy, dreary day turns itself around!

This personalized book about learning to see the world in a whole new way features your child’s name and photo along with an encouraging dedication message from you. Your child plays a special part in the story—they are the one to let Grumpy Toad borrow the magic sunglasses in the first place!

As Pete the Cat travels through town, he meets friends that could use a little bit of magic. A hungry squirrel, a tipped-over turtle, and a lonely alligator all get a boost of positive vibes from the magic sunglasses. But what happens when those magic sunglasses break?

Teach your child to find the good in every day with the help of this rockin’ story. Any day can go from gloomy to groovy—all it takes is a little magic from within!

$34.99 personalized book

Now your little girl can dream bigger and reach higher than ever before with her very own personalized edition of Isabella: Girl in Charge!

Your child steps into the story as a spunky, purple-haired girl on a journey to the White House. Along the way, she learns about some of the amazing women who came before her. These doers, dreamers, lawmakers, and trailblazers helped create the world we live in today—a world where your little girl can be anything that she wants!

Put your girl in charge with her very own copy of Isabella: Girl in Charge. Include her name and photo along with a special message from you. And at the end of the book, she’ll be surprised to see her face appear next to some of the nation’s greatest leaders! How’s that for big dreams?!

$34.99 personalized book

Take a trip back in time with this personalized guide through the prehistoric world! With full-color illustrations, quick facts, and pronunciation guides, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs has plenty of information to captivate your paleontologist-in-training.

This kid-friendly reference book includes dinosaurs of all kinds: big and small, scaled and feathered, meat-eating and plant-eating. Your kiddo will learn fun facts about each dinosaur and answer questions like, “How many plates do you see on the Stegosaurus?”

Personalized with your child’s name, photo, and special dedication message, National Geographic Little Kids Book of Dinosaurs will become a favorite read. On the final pages, your child can mark the dinosaur qualities they like best, then draw themselves as a dinosaur!

$34.99 personalized book

Fancy Nancy, hostess extraordinaire, can’t wait to share her party-planning expertise with your little one! From recipes and crafts to etiquette tips and French lessons, this precious personalized book contains everything your child needs to throw the perfect tea party. A personalized letter from Nancy herself to your fancy kiddo? Oui! Plus, your child’s name is worked into the text and adorable illustrations throughout the book. Wrap up with a set of recipe cards from the Kitchen of Fancy Nancy, and best of all, cut out and frame the certificate declaring your child a graduate of Fancy Nancy’s Tea Party Course! Que magnifique!

$34.99 personalized book

Arrr, matey! Pirate Pete is ready to search for buried treasure, and he wants YOU to come along! Set sail with the goofy, gold-loving captain in the personalized edition of Pirate Pete.

As the scallywag’s first mate, your child tries to keep Pete on course to Mermaid Island, but it’s not easy! The captain wants to check every island for treasure. There might be doubloons hidden among the tasty treats on Candy Island. Or perhaps you and Pirate Pete can persuade a leprechaun on Clover Island to give up a pot of gold!

Personalize this high seas adventure with your little buccaneer’s name, photo, and dedication message. On the final pages, your child will find a personalized Pirate Pledge to cut out and display so that everyone will know they’re a true swashbuckler!

$34.99 personalized book

Reach for the stars with the National Geographic Little Kids Book of Space! This personalized guide takes your child on a journey through our galaxy and beyond. Packed with fun facts and out-of-this-world illustrations, this book will spark your child's interest in the wonders of the universe.

As your kiddo flips through this book, they will encounter thoughtful questions addressed to them by name, such as "How many times have you been all the way around the sun?" On the final pages, your child can name their own comet and draw the night sky!

Personalized with your little one's name, photo, and special dedication message, this interactive book will show your junior space explorer that they live in a universe of infinite possibilities!

$34.99 personalized book

Just how big can YOUR kid dream? In My Name Is Not Alexander, your son becomes the star of an entertaining exploration through history while learning about the great men that helped shape America. This adventure will become a fast favorite! Kickstart your son’s imagination and celebrate his opportunities ahead. Personalize the story with your child’s name and create a special dedication page with a photo and message from you.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Emily and the Spellstone Blog Tour (guest post & giveaway)


Welcome to Day #3 of the Emily and the Spellstone Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens (6/13/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Michaek and 10 chances to win a copy of Emily and the Spellstone, as well as a Grand Prize Giveaway!

Writing MG vs YA


I’ve written two novels for young adults and one for grown-ups (well, sort of grown-ups), and several people have asked me why I decided that my fourth novel would be for middle-grade readers. A big part of it is that we have a middle-grade reader at home: our daughter was eight when I started Emily and the Spellstone. Not only was I eager to write something that she could read and enjoy, but two of the major plot points came from being her dad: the first was that she was taking an after-school magic class, and while I was watching the final performance I started imagining what would happen if one of the kids accidentally summoned a demon (spoiler alert: something very similar happens in Emily and the Spellstone). The second is that my daughter and her friends were all desperate to have cellphones, and they’d take old non-functioning phones – or objects that looked like phones – and pretend they were the real thing. And when the novel starts, one of the first things we learn about Emily is that she really, really, really wanted a cellphone for her birthday, and didn’t get it, setting the stage for her finding a strange stone on the beach that looks like a cellphone, so she decides she’ll pretend that it is. Instead, of course, it’s the Spellstone of the title, and the adventure begins. What’s weird is this: I came up with the idea of Emily finding the Spellstone on the beach...and then my daughter actually found a stone like that on the beach, without even knowing that I was thinking about that sort of scenario. As far as I know the stone my daughter found isn’t magical, but she plays her cards pretty close to her chest and I doubt she’d tell us if it were. I have to say that writing a middle-grade adventure was the most fun I’ve had writing a book – it was somehow a very freeing experience. I have a tendency to write overly complex, dense sentences, and writing for the MG audience certainly liberated me from that habit. Instead of thinking, I have to impress people with my writing, I was thinking, I want to tell a really fun story that my daughter and her friends will enjoy. Because of that (and because the story came to me almost fully formed), I was able to write the book very quickly -- like, some days I wrote over twenty pages, which is approximately twenty times my usual daily output. If only all books came out so easily....
      
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Stop by Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust tomorrow for day #4 the tour!


Blog Tour Schedule:
June 19th — Bookhoundshttp://www.bookhoundsya.net/ June 20th — Mundie Kids
June 21st — WordSpelunking June 22nd — Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust
June 23rd — Positively Book Crazy June 26th — GeoLibrarian
June 27th — YA Books Central June 28th — A Dream Within a Dream June 29th — Book Swoon June 30th — Crossroad Reviews


Emily picks up a stone that looks like a cell phone but has unexpected magical powers. It's a Spellstone! Now that she has become an unwilling Stonemaster—one who wields the power of the Stone—she has to figure out Spellstone technology fast if she is to survive a hair-raising adventure among giant dogs, demons, clones, mean girls, and deeply wicked people who want the Stone. A witty tale of a quiet girl who discovers she's a hero when she needs to be. Stonemasters rule!


About the Author: Michael Rubens is the author of two YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, and one novel for grownups, The Sheriff of Yrnameer. A correspondent and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, he has also been a producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, Salon and McSweeney's. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Visit his website at www.michaelrubens.com.
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  • One (1) winner will receive signed copies of Spellstone and Michael’s 2 YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, as well as a custom Spellstone phone case!
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Fun & Educational Summer Reading Titles from Silver Dolphin Books


Today, I have some fantastic titles from Silver Dolphin Books to share with y'all! These fun and educational titles are perfect for summer reading and best of all, they're interactive. I don't know about your young readers, but my four year old niece LOVES interactive books. There are books for all ages that feature wonderful illustrations, from the bright and colorful; detailed and realistic; and whimsical; fun sounds, cool toys, 3D puzzles to build, and more!! My niece has thoroughly enjoyed each title and I love that she is having fun while learning...


Join your favorite dinosaur friends on an adventure in the seas in Gareth Lucas Noisy Books: Dinos on Deck! Hoist the sails, press the sound buttons, and laugh along as a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus, a T. rex and more search for treasure. With humorous art by Gareth Lucas and charming rhyming text, this sound book will be a perfect addition to story time. What will these dinosaur friends find when they open the treasure chest?








Dig, dig, dig…and dig some more with your favorite animal friends! In Noisy Books: Dig, Dig Digger, children will be amused by the hilarious antics of the animals as they build an adventure playground. Young readers will delight in Gareth Lucas's artwork and in finding the sound button on every spread. Each turn of the page will bring humor and fun with hippos, bears, camels, and more on their day at the construction site.









Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! This brand-new playset featuring the classic children’s singalong song "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" will be the perfect addition to your child’s library. With a chunky board book, a wooden tractor, and a playmat, little ones can read and play along as they go through the farm and meet cows, ducks, horses, and more! Join Old MacDonald and his farmyard friends for a reading adventure in Woodworks Nursery Rhymes: Old MacDonald.











The wheels on the bus go round and round! Climb aboard the yellow bus with this sweet playset featuring a chunky board book, a wooden school bus, and a playmat for added fun. Young readers will enjoy reading and playing along with their favorite nursery rhyme as they drive around the town and sing their way through Woodworks Nursery Rhymes: Wheels on the Bus.











Each book in the Busy Builders series includes a 32-page fact book, a 3-D building, and 48 model pieces.

Busy Builders: Construction Site will bring young children to a busy building site, where they will meet the construction crew at work on a new school. The fact book introduces kids to the people and machines at a construction site, using colorful illustrations and simple text. Plus, the box folds out to form a school under construction, complete with model pieces for the building, vehicles, and construction workers.












Busy Builders: Airport takes young children behind the scenes at a busy airport, allowing them to see how all the flights and passengers move smoothly through the terminal. The fact book introduces kids to the various procedures at an airport—from check-in to arrival—using cute illustrations and simple text. The box folds out to form an airport terminal, and the included model pieces for the runway, air-control tower, airplane, and baggage carts provide hours of interactive entertainment.











Busy Builders: Fire Station takes young firefighters inside a busy fire station, where they will learn how rescue teams prepare to fight fires and save people from danger. The fact book introduces kids to the daily routines—and a variety of emergencies—of a firefighting crew using cute illustrations and simple text. Once children have read the book, they can spend hours with the foldout fire station, complete with model pieces for a fire truck, helicopter, and firefighters.










In the Scanorama series, moving sliders reveal X-ray images of Amazing Animals, Deadly Predators, and Dinosaurs!

In Scanorama: Amazing Animals readers will meet a variety of species from across the animal kingdom and learn about their astounding feats of strength, speed, and endurance—including an anaconda, a thorny devil, and a blue whale. Captivating facts, photographs, and illustrations provide even more details on each animal, and interactive flaps to lift enhance the scan-tastic educational experience.




On the pages of Scanorama: Deadly Predators, kids are treated to a virtual X-ray tour featuring some of the world's most dangerous animals. Featured animals include a tiger, a scorpion, and a great white shark; each animal is covered in detail through informative text, photographs, and illustrations.





Scanorama: Dinosaurs gives young readers the feel of working as a lab technician as they study dinosaurs and other amazing prehistoric animals—such as the deadly T. rex, the armored Ankylosaurus, and the massive Argentinosaurus. Detailed text, photographs, and illustrations provide insights into how each animal survived in the prehistoric world, and even more facts can be found under the interactive flaps throughout the book.





Silver Dolphin Books

For nearly 20 years, Silver Dolphin Books has published award-winning activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds. Our focus is to create books that engage and inspire children to learn more about the world around them while fostering a love of reading, exploration, and creative expression. From adorably-illustrated board books for toddlers, to interactive play and building sets, to sound books made for story time, we develop innovative books that both enlighten and entertain. Follow on Twitter and Facebook



Disclaimer: I received copies of the titles above from the publisher for review purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own.