Tag: Children’s

Making A Difference: Using Your Talents and Passions to Change the World

Making A Difference: Using Your Talents and Passions to Change the World
Author: Melissa Seymour
Illustrator: Stevie Lewis
To Be Published: August 24, 2020
96 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 6-7, 2020
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars     

Book Description:

Girls have the power to make a difference, whether that’s in their own lives, their community, or even the world! But it can be confusing to know where to start. From protecting our planet to helping animals to saying hello to someone who seems lonely, this book offers young readers lots of ideas — big and small — on how to spark change. The quizzes, tips, and inspiration from other girls will help her identify her talents, skills, and the causes she cares about most. Then she can find ways to take action and become a change-maker!

Jessica’s Review:

According to Amazon, this colorful picture book is aimed for girls ages 8-12, though I would say just a little older for ages 10-12.  This book is helpful to girls as they begin to discover who they are and what they are passionate about.  This is a short picture book that keeps full attention at 96 pages that at times is also an activity book (there are quizzes and it just leaves the reader thinking).

Making a Difference shows how just one girl can make a huge difference by explaining the ripple effect and giving some real life examples of regular girls and what they did to change things.  Specific female ‘celebrities’ are also mentioned.  The book gives a variety of ideas of what girls can and will do to make a difference.

I really liked how the illustrations showed such diversity from race, disabilities, religion, and even a little bit of LQBTQ+. The LGBTQ+ reference comes about asking someone what pronoun they use. Younger children may need explanation as to the meaning of this. 

Overall, this is a well-done book that put together may help young girls realize their potential and may in fact one day change the community they live in.

Many thanks to the publisher American Girl for granting me a copy via Amazon Vine.

Pre-order Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Blog Blitz: Children’s Book: Five Minutes, Alfie

Today I am sharing my review as a part of the blog blitz for the children’s picture book Five Minutes, Alfie by Lily Mae Walters. This is a fun children’s book that will wake the kids up!  There is also a giveaway going on for a paperback copy of the book (UK Only).

Book Description:

Alfie snuggles down in bed,
dreams still in his little head.

He dreams he’s a king going out for a ride.
“A dragon sleeps in front of the gate,” they cried.

How will they succeed in waking him up?
By helping each other and lots of luck.

Five Minutes, Alfie
Author: Lily Mae Walters

Illustrator: Jack Foster
Published: February 14, 2020
60 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Date Read: March 19, 2020

Jessica’s Review:

Five Minutes, Alfie is a fun read for young children that has colorful pictures. This is a children’s book to NOT read when you are trying to get the kids to go to sleep as they may become excited about the story and want to know what is going to happen at the end. I have to say the book has a dragon in it as well which makes it even more exciting! What kid doesn’t like having a story with dragons?!?!?

At the beginning of the book Alfie’s mom is trying to get him up for the day, but he just needs  a few more minutes to finish his dream, after-all,  he is a king!  The problem Alfie’s kingdom is facing is this: there is a huge sleeping dragon outside the castle and no matter what the people do, they can’t wake it up! This story will have the kids in anticipation if the people will  be able to get the dragon awake and what will happens when it wakes up?!?!?!

Five Minutes, Alfie rhymes which makes it fun to read aloud.  The CGI pictures are bright, colorful, and definitely add to the enjoyment of the story.  This book will keep the kids wide awake and ready for their next adventure! 

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

About the Author:

Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also star in the Josie James series.

She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books.

Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local  places and even her old school in her stories.

Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series.

Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.

Contact Lily Mae:
 Instagram @lilymaewalters
Twitter: @LilyMaeWalters1

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Good News! It’s Christmas!

Good News! It’s Christmas!
Author: Glenys Nellist
Illustrator:  Lizzie Walkley
Published: October 2, 2019
18 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: December 15, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

Explore the Christmas narrative with your children! Whimsical illustrations pair with skillful rhyme as you follow Mary and Joseph on their adventure to becoming parents to God’s own son. From the donkey and animals in the stable, to the angels and Heavenly hosts, this story is a celebration of the good news that came down to earth as Christ entered into our broken world to become its Savior. Whether you add this to your family’s advent tradition or gift it to another growing family, it is sure to delight all the little ones in your life.

Jessica’s Review:

This is a very simple illustrated children’s book that is aimed at the very young (about ages 2-3) to help them understand the story of Jesus’ birth. It covers the basics without too many details and offers gorgeous illustrations that enhance the story. There are animals throughout pages and they even help in sharing of the story and celebration of Jesus’ birth. 

Many thanks to the publisher Discovery House for granting my a copy via NetGalley.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

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