Tuesday, January 7, 2020

January 7th 2020 - Old Rock Day


Celebrate Every Day With Books 

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!




TODAY 

IS 

OLD ROCK DAY - JANUARY 7TH 2020

“The unofficial holiday encourages people to acknowledge, celebrate, and learn more about old rocks and fossils.” (from timeanddate.com)



Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day.

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?







Title: Rocks & Minerals by Sue Fuller
Genre: Non-Fiction, Science, Nature, Rocks
What It Is About?: “Minerals are solid mixtures of chemicals that each have a unique set of characteristics -- just like a fingerprint. Find out how these minerals bind together to form rocks and much, much more..” ( From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere Books Are Sold
Available To Swap: 2 Copies Available on PBS







Title: Old Rock (Is Not Boring) by Deb Pilutti
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book,
What It Is About?: “...Old Rock has been sitting in the same spot in the pine forest for as long as anyone can remember. Spotted Beetle, Tall Pine, and Hummingbird think just sitting there must be boring, but they are in for a wonderful surprise...”(from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: FEBRUARY 4TH 2020
Available To Swap: 0 Copies Available on PBS






Monday, January 6, 2020

January 6th 2020 - Cuddle Up Day



CUDDLE UP DAY - JANUARY 6TH 2020

Celebrate Every Day With Books
It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day.

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?




Title: The Cuddle Sutra by Rob Grader
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Help, Relationships
What It Is About?: “...The Cuddle Sutra is an all-encompassing resource for the act of cuddling, filled with detailed descriptions and illustrations of all the ways to express affection, whether you're in the privacy of your own bedroom or walking down Main Street... ” ( From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Available Anywhere
Available To Swap: 2 Copies Available on PBS





Title: Cuddle Monkey by Blake Liliane Hellman
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book, Animal
What It Is About?: “...Lewis loves to cuddle. But ever since his baby brother Owen was born, cuddle time with his mom and dad has been in short supply. Lewis, however, remains undaunted! He wants his cuddles!...”(from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: JANUARY 7TH 2020
Available To Swap: 0 Copies Available on PBS





Sunday, January 5, 2020

January 5th 2020 - Bird Day

BIRD DAY - JANUARY 5TH 2020

Celebrate Every Day With Books

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day.

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?




Title: Bird’s Best Friend by Apple Jordan
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Step Into Reading, Disney
What It Is About?: “Who is a bird's best friend? Why, a Junior Wilderness Explorer, of course! When the precocious Russell meets a huge flightless jungle bird named Kevin, they become the best—and most unlikely—of friends. Share their heartwarming story in this Step 2 Reader based on the latest Disney•Pixar release, Up.” ( From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 3 Copies Available on PBS







Title: Bird Love by Wenfei Tong
Genre: Non-Fiction, Nature, Animals, Birds
What It Is About?: “...The book explores the wide variety of ways birds make sure they find a mate in the first place, including how many male birds employ elaborate tactics to show how sexy they are. Gathering in leks to display to females, they dance, pose, or parade to sell their suitability as a mate. Other birds attract a partner with their building skills: female bowerbirds rate brains above beauty, so males construct elaborate bowers with twig avenues and cleared courtyards to impress them…”(from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: MARCH 24TH 2020
Available To Swap: 0 Copies Available on PBS




Saturday, January 4, 2020

January 4th 2020 - Tom Thumb Day



TOM THUMB DAY - JANUARY 4TH 2020

Celebrate Every Day With Books

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day.

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?




Title: Becoming Tom Thumb by Eric D. Lehman
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography,
What It Is About?: “...From his days as a precocious child star to his tragic early death, Becoming Tom Thumb tells the full story of this iconic figure for the first time. It details his triumphs on the New York stage, his epic celebrity wedding, and his around-the-world tour, drawing on newly available primary sources and interviews. From the mansions of Paris to the deserts of Australia, Stratton's unique brand of Yankee comedy not only earned him the accolades of millions of fans, but it also helped move little people out of the side show and into the limelight.”(From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 0 Copies Available on PBS




Title: The Autobiography Of Mrs.Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
What It Is About?: “...A barnstorming novel of the Gilded Age, and of a woman's public triumphs and personal tragedies, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb is the irresistible epic of a heroine who conquered the country with a heart as big as her dreams - and whose story will surely win over yours”(from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 0 Copies Available on PBS



Friday, January 3, 2020

January 3rd 2020 - Festival Day Of Sleep (CEWB)


FESTIVAL DAY OF SLEEP - JANUARY 3RD 2020




Celebrate Everyday With Books  It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day.

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?



Title: Praying For Sleep by Jeffery Deaver
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
What It Is About?: “Praying for revenge...Psycho killer Michael Hrubek has escaped finding the woman who put him away. He'll show her what killing is all about...Praying for salvation...Lis knows he's out there. He's haunted every sleepless night, watching and waiting to take her to hell with him...
And now Lis is Praying for Sleep.” (From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 30 Copies Available on PBS



Title: Positive Sleep by Giles Watkins
Genre: Non-Fiction, Self Improvement, Psychology, Health
What It Is About?: “A book was written by a leader for professionals who struggle with sleep. Giles Watkins explores this problem through his own sleep struggles and provides guidance for readers using techniques and personal tips that transformed his life and helped him to sleep better. Along the way, he explains the importance and function of sleep and how a lack of sleep typically affects professionals. The book also examines how organizations can promote better sleep. As challenges with sleep for professionals to reach epidemic proportions in the 21st century, this book provides an invaluable guide for those in positions of responsibility and encourages employee wellbeing in organizations.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 0 Copies Available on PBS


Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2nd 2020 - Science Fiction Day (CED)



SCIENCE FICTION DAY - JANUARY 2ND 2020




Celebrate Every Day With Books

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day.

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?







Title: The Memory Of Earth by Orson Scott Card
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction,
What It Is About?: “High above the planet Harmony. the Oversoul watches Its task. programmed so many millennia ago. is to guard the human settlement on this planet-. -to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them. most of all. from themselves. The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no technology that could lead to weapons of war. By control of the data banks. and subtle interference in the very thoughts of the people. Artificial intelligence has fulfilled its mission. But now there is a problem. In orbit. the Oversoul realizes that it has lost access to some of its memory banks. and some of its power systems are failing. And on the planet. men are beginning to think about power. wealth. and conquest.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 20 Copies Available on PBS







Title: John Carpenter’s Tales Of Science Fiction: Twitch
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Graphic Novel
What It Is About?: “...In a desert town one hour north of L.A., Lieutenant Ron Pinkerton watches in horror as law-abiding citizens begin to lose their minds--and the laws of gravity. And then astrophysicist Marisa Stringfellow appears, telling Pinkerton the craziest thing he's ever heard: an alien entity is taking over minds one by one and using their hijacked bodies to create as much mayhem as (in)humanly possible. The tell-tale sign: a violent twitch that means: goodbye, nervous system. And now humanity's last chance lies in the hands of hardboiled cop and a heartbroken scientist... that is until one of them begins to twitch.” (From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 0 Copies Available on PBS

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

January 1st 2020 - New Year's Day (CWB)



HAPPY NEW YEAR’S DAY - JANUARY 1ST 2020

Celebrate Every Day With Books
It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day.

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?



Title: New Year’s Quilt (#11 An Elm Creek Quilts Novel) by Jennifer Chiaverini
Genre: Fiction, Women’s Literature
What It Is About?: “...As Sylvia, a late-in-life newlywed has discovered, love can enter our lives at any age. Yet before she can truly delight in her present happiness, she must face the sorrow hidden in her past--her own role in the tragic circumstances that left her estranged from her sister, Claudia, until it was too late to make amends. Vowing not to repeat the mistake with her new daughter-in-law, Amy, who opposed Sylvia's marriage to her father, Andrew, Sylvia must convince Amy that family is more precious than pride…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 6 Copies Available at PBS







Title: Karen’s New Year ( Baby-Sitters Little Sister #14) by Ann M. Martin
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Baby-Sitters
What It Is About?: “...For New Year's Eve, Karen thinks everyone should make a promise. Hannie is going to stop biting her nails. Kristy promises not to talk to her boyfriend on the phone so much. And Karen makes the most promises of all - nine! But pretty soon, everyone starts breaking their promises. And her brothers and sisters are calling Karen a spy!...” (From Goodreads.com)
Available To Buy: Anywhere
Available To Swap: 8 Copies Available on PBS

Friday, December 27, 2019

Shannon's Review - Stinky Santa by Otto Fishblanket




Title: Stinky Santa
Series: Not At The Moment
Author: Otto Fishblanket
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Gerald Hawksley
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book, Holiday, Christmas, Santa
Publisher: Gerald Hawksley
Received: Bought
Release Date: November 2012
Pages: 30
Rating:







Author Otto Fishblanket's Official Websites:


Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
None Found

Twitter:
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Instagram:None Found


Shannon’s Thoughts:

Santa is stinky and it is time for his yearly bath. Which means it is Christmas time!

With prose in rhyme, and can be read in the tune of jingle bells. It is a story most little boys will love because bath time is usually as difficult as Santa, his elves and reindeer only bathing once a year.

While the premise is promising and the art is quaint the writing isn’t as memorable. As you are reading, the words just don’t work some of the time. I felt I had to keep rereading and the words would not stay in my head.

This was not my favorite but if I had read it to my nephews I think they would enjoy it better than I did.

Shannon's Review - The Gift by Pete Hamill



Title: The Gift
Series: Not At The Moment
Author: Pete Hamill
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Bernard Klein
Genre: Fiction, Holiday, Christmas
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Received: Bought
Release Date: November 2005
Pages: 153
Rating:







Author Pete Hamill’s Official Websites:


Website:
http://www.petehamill.com/

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/PeteHamillAuthor/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/petehamillnyc

Instagram:
None Found


Shannon’s Thoughts:

A 17-year-old Pete returns from the Navy for a holiday family visit. In hopes to see the girl, he has affection for he visits local bars with friends. While she is not so much interested in him he then finds that family is the most important love to have.

I have read one book by Pete Hamill called Forever which I really enjoyed. I was eager to see what this short Christmas story was like. Hamill is a really good writer. As each short chapter went on I was intrigued to see what this “gift” was going to be. I also wondered if this was based on the author’s life as he named the main character after himself.

Even though I liked what I was reading I knew from the beginning that whatever “The Gift” was I knew it was going to be not what I hoped for and to be honest it was a sweet ending but kinda lackluster. I wanted more about his family connections and just wanted more story in general

There is something in the way Hamill writes he really does mesmerize the reader. The reader gets comfortable with the atmosphere and characters. So while this was not my favorite by Hamill it will not be my last.

Shannon's Review- Zetta The Poinsettia by Alma Hammond



Title: Zetta The Poinsettia
Series: Not At This Time
Author: Alma Hammond
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Zuzana Svobodova
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book, Holiday, Christmas
Publisher: Sweetbeet Books
Received: Purchased
Release Date: October 2019
Pages: 34
Rating:






Author Alma Hammond’s Official Websites:



Website:
https://www.sweetbeetbooks.com/

Blog:
https://www.sweetbeetbooks.com/blog-events.html

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/AlmaRLeakanHammond/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/almarhammond

Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/almarhammond/



Shannon’s Thoughts:

Zetta, a beautiful poinsettia flower wonders her place in life as it is purchased, displayed during Christmas and her life after the holidays.

Zetta is an adorable character in which the illustrations work together with the writing to make her even more likable. It is hard not to wish Zetta a long life because is so happy to be displayed like the other ornaments.
Poinsettias were a big plant in my grandmother’s house at Christmas time. We would buy her white or red poinsettias she would display during the winter season. Zetta had a better life than the flowers my grandmother had. I am not sure any of us thought to plant the poinsettia in the yard after the holidays. This book reminds me of good times at my grandmother’s and sad for the flowers I could have preserved better.

I could see Zetta’s story producing a sequel or series of books. I think older toddlers and on will enjoy the story of Zetta the Poinsettia.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 11/25/2019 - 12/1/2019



Celebrate Every Day With Books 11/25/2019 - 12/1/2019

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day. 

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?






MONDAY NOVEMBER 25TH 2019


International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

Title: The Stop Domestic Violence Program by David B. Wexler
Genre: Non-Fiction, Psychology
What It Is About?: “...Presented in a 26- or 52-week psychoeducational format, STOP is packed with updated skills, exercises, videos, handouts, and homework assignments that challenge men to examine themselves and develop new tools to manage their relationship issues.” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: MARCH 31ST 2020



Title: Ending Gender-Based Violence by Hannah E. Britton
Genre: Non-Fiction, Social Sciences, Women Studies
What It Is About?: “...examines how place and space affect the implementation of policy and suggests practical ways policymakers can support street-level workers. Clear-eyed and revealing, Ending Gender-Based Violence offers needed tools for breaking cycles of brutality and inequality around the world.” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: APRIL 16TH 2020



TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26TH 2019

Cake Day


Title: Enchanted Cakes For Children by Debbie Brown
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cooking, Desserts, Cakes
What It Is About?: “...This cake recipe book will charm children of all ages and help adults to recapture the magic of childhood. Expert author Debbie Brown takes you on a fascinating flight of fancy and shares her unique talent for innovative design, combined with her exceptional cake baking, fondant, and sugarcraft skills…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW!



Title: I Really Want The Cake by Simon Philip and illustrated by Lucia Gaggiolli
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Picture Book, Humor
What It Is About?: “...This deliciously funny story chronicles the battle of one little girl who tries, with all her might, to resist her greatest temptation: cake. Readers join our spunky, mischievous, and charming heroine and her devoted side-kick pup as the temptation mounts, and a little lick becomes a bite…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: MAY 5TH 2020



WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27TH 2019


Electric Guitar Day



Title: The World’s Greatest Electric Guitars by Guitarist
Genre: Non-Fiction, Music, History, Guitar
What It Is About?: “See 100 of the finest guitars ever crafted, from Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat to Brian May’s Red Special…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW



Title: The Birth Of Loud by Ian S. Port
Genre: Non-Fiction, Music, Music History, Music Business
What It Is About?: “...In “an excellent dual portrait” (The Wall Street Journal), Ian S. Port tells the full story in The Birth of Loud, offering “spot-on human characterizations, and erotic paeans to the bodies of guitars” (The Atlantic). “The story of these instruments is the story of America in the postwar era: loud, cocky, brash, aggressively new” (The Washington Post).” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW



THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28TH 2019


Thanksgiving (USA)


Title: The Friendsgiving Handbook by Emily Stephenson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cooking, Holiday
What It Is About?: “...The popularity of Friendsgiving celebrations grows every year—whether it's because of that weird uncle or the distance between your home and mom's table, The Friendsgiving Handbook is here to help make it your best holiday meal…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW



Title: This Land Is Their Land by David J. Silverman
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, United States, Colonial Period
What It Is About?: “Ahead of the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, a new look at the Plymouth colony's founding events told for the first time with Wampanoag people at the heart of the story…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW



FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29TH 2019


Native American Heritage Day



Title: Native American Folklore And Traditions by Elise Clews Parson
Genre: Non-Fiction, Social Science, Folklore & Mythology
What It Is About?: “This book brings together several favorite tales from Native American tribes across the UnitedStates. From the heartwarming coming of age tales to warning tales of supernatural power, the stories told in this volume bring to life the culture of America'sfirst peoples…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW




Title: Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Mallard and Illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book, Native American, History
What It Is About?: “Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW



SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH 2019
Small Business Saturday



Title: Company Of One by Paul Jarvis
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Entrepreneurship
What It Is About?: “...Company of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per-piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, one can have the freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. Company of One introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: JANUARY 14TH 2020


Title: See You On The Internet by Avery Swartz
Genre: Non-Fiction, Business, Marketing
What It Is About?: “...In See You on the Internet, Avery Swartz, one of North America's top tech leaders, gives you a failsafe framework to plan and execute a brilliant digital marketing strategy with confidence. And you don't need a technical background to follow it. In five simple steps, you will learn to build your brand, increase your customers, and generate more revenue…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: MARCH 10TH 2020



SUNDAY DECEMBER 1ST 2019

Rosa Parks Day


Title: So Other People Would Be Also Free by Tonya Leslie, Ph.D.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile, History, Memoir, Famous People
What It Is About?: “... the true story of Rosa Parks’ life—and the spark of change she helped light for the civil rights movement. Unlike other Rosa Parks books for kids, So Other People Would Be Also Free reveals how Rosa’s lifetime of experiences inspired her famous choice—when she stayed seated on a segregated bus to take a stand for racial equality…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW



Title: Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words by Susan Reyburn and Foreword by Carla D. Hayden
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, African American
What It Is About?: “...In this compelling new book from the Library of Congress, where the Parks Collection is housed, the civil rights icon is revealed for the first time in print through her private manuscripts and handwritten notes. Rosa Parks: In Her Own Words illumines her inner thoughts, her ongoing struggles, and how she came to be the person who stood up by sitting down…” (From Goodreads.com)
Available: JANUARY 15TH 2020






Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Shannon's Review - Chef-A-Rella by Marie Agerton




Title: Chef-A-Rella
Series: Not Currently
Author: Marie Agerton
Illustrator/Book Cover Design: Lori Keehner
Genre: Fiction, Children, Fantasy, Royals,
Publisher: Createspace Independent
Received: Bought
Release Date: 2016
Pages: 32
Rating:




Author Marie Agerton’s Official Websites:



Website:
None Found

Blog:
None Found

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/writermarieagerton/

Twitter:
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Instagram:
None Found





Illustrator Lori Keehner Official Website



Website:
https://www.lorikeehner.com/

Blog:
http://lorikeehner.blogspot.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Lori-Keehner-Illustration-100342983345719/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/lorikeehner

Instagram:
None Found



Shannon’s Thoughts:
Princess Danielle loves to watch cooking shows and make her own meal creations. Her mother feels she should learn dance and that princesses should not cook for others, but that a princess should have meals cooked for her. Danielle tries to please her mother best she can but sometimes events happened that change a person’s perspective.

The characters are cute and the art gives it a happy whimsical feeling. As princesses go Danielle is a kind, creative and respectful little girl. She continues to dance to please her mother’s wishes but also keeps getting pulled into cooking, which is her passion.

At first reading the book, the mother comes off pretty harsh until you get to the end of the book. I was annoyed at her attitude towards Danielle’s talent and thought that the book was going to be a little different at the end. Thankfully things work out.

Chef-A-Rella is a picture book that teaches you to follow your dreams with or without the support of those you love. With the hope that they eventually understand and encourage you to do your best.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 11/18/2019 - 11/24/2019



Celebrate Every Day With Books 11/18/2019 - 11/24/2019


It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting. You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for one holiday a day. 

Let me know what you think. Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?




MONDAY NOVEMBER 18TH 2019



Princess Day


Title: Princess: The Early Life Of Queen Elizabeth II by Jane Dismore
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir, Biography, Royalty
What It Is About?: “...With previously unpublished material and unique memories from friends and relatives who have known her since childhood, this book looks afresh and in richer depth at her life as Princess, glittering yet isolating…” (from Goodreads.com)
Available: FEBRUARY 1ST 2020!



Title: The Princess Rules by Philippa Gregory and Illustrations by Chris Chatterton
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy, Royalty
What It Is About?: “From the New York Times bestselling author of The White Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl... Princess Florizella may live in a classic fairy-tale world, but she’s no ordinary princess…” (from Goodreads.com)
Available: MAY 12TH 2020!



TUESDAY NOVEMBER 19TH 2019

Camp Day


Title: Christmas Camp by Karen Schaler
Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Holiday,
What It Is About?: “...Haley Hanson’s idea of the perfect Christmas is escaping to the Caribbean to work so she can avoid all the traditional Christmas distractions. Over the years, she’s sacrificed her personal life to climb the corporate ladder at a prestigious Boston advertising agency. Now she just needs to land a coveted Christmas toy company account to make her a partner. But first, her boss thinks she needs a holiday attitude adjustment and ships her off to a Christmas Camp at Holly Peak Inn to help her find her Christmas spirit…” (from Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW!






Title: Camping With Unicorns written and illustrated by Dana Simpson
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Fantasy, Unicorns
What It Is About?: “Life is never boring when your best friend is a unicorn! The latest installment in this bestselling series is full of mischief, magic, and adventure — as well as an important reminder to always stay true to yourself...”(from Goodreads.com)
Available: APRIL 7TH 2020!



WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 20TH 2019

Beautiful Day


Title: Dark Beauty by Lucy Costigan & Michael Cullen
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art,
What It Is About?: “...Dark Beauty will provide lovers of Clarke’s stained glass with the opportunity to view previously obscured or unnoticed details in all their unique beauty and inspire their own travels to view Clarke’s work. “ (from Goodreads.com)
Available: DECEMBER 27TH 2019!



Title: Beautiful Shades Of Brown by Nancy Churnin and illustrated by Felicia Marshall
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Juvenile, History
What It Is About?: “...Growing up in the late 19th century, Laura Wheeler Waring didn't see any artists who looked like her. She didn't see any paintings of people who looked like her, either. As a young woman studying art in Paris, she found inspiration in the works of Matisse and Gaugin to paint the people she knew best. Back in Philadelphia, the Harmon Foundation commissioned her to paint portraits of accomplished African-Americans. Her portraits still hang in Washington DC's National Portrait Gallery, where children of all races can admire the beautiful shades of brown she captured.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available: FEBRUARY 4TH 2020!


THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21ST 2019
World Hello Day

Title: Hello by Aiko Ikegami
Genre: Fiction, Children, Picture Book,
What It Is About?: “A wordless picture book shows that the power of communicating can span across the galaxies.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW!



Title: Hello I Want To Die Please Fix Me by Anna Mehler Paperny
Genre: Non-Fiction, Psychology, Depression
What It Is About?: “...In Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me, Mehler Paperny turns her journalist’s eye on her own experience and others’—in the ward; as an outpatient; facing family, friends, and coworkers; finding the right meds; trying to stay insured and employed. She interviews psychiatrists and other experts to reveal how primitive our methods of healing the brain still are—and provides an invaluable guide to a system struggling, and often failing, to help those in need. At once heartrending and humorous, outraging and serious, this is essential reading for anyone touched by depression—and that’s everyone.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available: MARCH 31ST 2020!



FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22ND 2019
Stop Violence Day


Title: A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant And A Prayer Edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle
Genre: Essays, Women, Feminism, Short Stories
What It Is About?: “...These writings are inspired, funny, angry, heartfelt, tragic, and beautiful. But above all, together they create a true and profound portrait of this issue’s effect on every one of us. With information on how to organize an “Until the Violence Stops” event in your community, A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant, and a Prayer is a call to the world to demand an end to violence against women…”(Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW!




Title: Stop Teaching Our Kids To Kill by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria De Gaetano
Genre: Non-Fiction, Parenting, Psychology
What It Is About?: “Completely revised and updated, a much-needed call to action for every parent, teacher, and citizen to help our children and stop the wave of killing and violence gripping America's youth…” (from Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW!



SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23RD 2019
Fibonacci Day

Title: Fibonacci Zoo by Tom Robinson and Illustrated by Christina Wald
Genre: Non-Fiction, Children, Picture Book, Science, Math
What It Is About?: “When Eli and his father visit an unusual zoo, they count the creatures in each exhibit. Eli sees one alligator, then one bison, and next two camels. Soon a number pattern emerges and Eli thinks he can predict how many animals will be in the next exhibit. Explore the zoo with Eli as he runs ahead to test his hypothesis.” (from Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW!




Title: Finding Fibonacci by Keith Devlin
Genre: Non-fiction, Biography, Science, History
What It Is About?: “...In 2000, Keith Devlin set out to research the life and legacy of the medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci, whose book Liber abbaci, or the "Book of Calculation," introduced modern arithmetic to the Western world. Although most famous for the Fibonacci numbers--which, it so happens, he didn't discover--Fibonacci's greatest contribution was as an expositor of mathematical ideas at a level ordinary people could understand…” (Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW!



SUNDAY NOVEMBER 24TH 2019
Mother Goose Parade Day


Title: Mother Goose Refigured by Christine A. Jones
Genre: Fiction, Folk Lore
What It Is About?: “...Designed for scholars, their classrooms, and other adult readers of fairy tales, Mother Goose Refigured promises to inspire new academic interpretations of the Mother Goose tales, particularly among readers who do not have access to the original French and have relied for their critical inquiries on traditional renderings of the tales.” (from Goodread.com)
Available: NOW!




Title: The Librarians And The Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure, Books Based on TV series
What It Is About?: “...Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Flynn AWOL--again--it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.”(from Goodreads.com)
Available: NOW!