Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Good Night, Body Finding Calm from Head to Toe by Britney Winn Lee and illustrated by Borghild Fallberg

Good Night, Body Finding Calm from Head to Toe by Britney Winn Lee and illustrated by Borghild Fallberg is a delightful picture book that walks children through how to relax before they fall asleep. The story is easy to follow and takes the reader on a journey of preparing each part of their body for sleep.

My son enjoyed the story and said he used several of the techniques to fall asleep. I tried several as well. I think this would be a great part of any child’s bedtime routine. It may be especially helpful for children with sensory issues, neurological challenges, and those who have trouble letting go of the day. I was thrilled with the variety of children featured in the illustrations and the inclusion of children with disabilities.

I enjoyed this wonderful book that shared fabulous ways for children or really anyone to learn to fall asleep. This is a beautiful picture book that I highly recommend.

I was given a copy by the publisher and not required to write a positive.

Here is a link to an activity guide that has more activities from the book.     

Monday, January 09, 2023

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Ocean's World by Carlos and Alexa Penavega Pictures by Kiersten Eagan

An Island Tale of Discovery and Adventure Ocean’s World by Carlos and Alexa Penavega pictures by Kiersten Eagan is a gorgeous book. This sweet story follows Kingston and Ocean as they look for a sunrise shell on the beach in Maui, Hawaii.

This is a great story that is an adventure while it gently teaches us about the ocean animals, the ocean and the landscape of Hawaii. I was as enchanted as my son when we read it together. Each page has gorgeous illustrations and “Fun Facts” about what the boys are seeing. We loved learning and the story kept us engaged.

It is wonderful to read a children’s story about the ocean that had both a good story and shared information. I am excited to reread this with my son and give a copy to my niece! I highly recommend it. I would recommend as a read-aloud for ages 6-9. Good readers ages 8-11 would be able to read and comprehend on their own. .

I was given a copy by the publisher and not required to write a positive review.  


Alexa "Vega" PenaVega is best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the hit film series Spy Kids, and then reappeared as a grown-up Carmen in the fourth film, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World. She has performed on Broadway in Hairspray, played Ruby Gallagher on the ABC Family television sitcom Ruby & the Rockits, and has held roles in several other films. Most recently, she starred in a series of Hallmark made-for-television films. When she and Carlos Pena married in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the couple combined their last names to form PenaVega and are now the proud parents of two sons, Ocean and Kingston, and one baby girl, Rio.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Drawing Outside the Lines by Susan J. Austin

Drawing Outside the Lines by Susan J. Austin is a fictional account of Julia Morgan’s early life. She was one of the first women architects to obtain an architecture license in California. The author does a wonderful job using information from historical letters, interviews with Julia’s friends, and expanding on history to write this delightful story. Little is known of Julia’s early years making this a treasure.

I was so drawn into this fascinating story. The author did a great job drawing on the known parts of Julia’s early life and using her imagination to create the story of Julia’s education through college. I very much appreciated those who paved the way for women in science, math, and engineering programs in the late 1800’s. It was hard to hear of the discimination faced by women in the sciences during this time. I found this account of Julia’s life very interesting and I kept reading to find out what had happened.

Drawing Outside the Lines is a great book that looks at the early years of Julia Morgan’s life, and is appropriate for ages 10 and up. As an adult I found it captivating and would highly recommend it.

I was given a copy by the publisher and not required to write a positive review.

I live in Northern California with my biggest fan, my hubby whom I have known since the age of fifteen. We reside in a cozy 1924 bungalow with a garden populated by lemon, lime and orange trees, fussy but elegant rose bushes, and birds of every variety. While I spend considerable time in my writing studio, if you happen to walk by our house on a nice day, you may see me writing from the comfort of my front porch, a mug of coffee by my side.

Did I mention how much I love libraries and bookstores? Collecting books? Talking about books? Being inspired by books?