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Mythologica- A Must-Read for Mythology Lovers

Mythologica- A Must-Read for Mythology Lovers

I have a new go-to recommendation for Greek Mythology! Mythologica- An encyclopedia of Gods, Monsters, and Mortals from Ancient Greece is an absolutely stunning book. As soon as I saw the cover I knew it would be one that we had to have. I am […]

Alba and The Ocean Cleanup- A Beautiful Picture Book for Earth Day and Every Day!

Alba and The Ocean Cleanup- A Beautiful Picture Book for Earth Day and Every Day!

As you have probably guessed by now, my family and I have a *slight* obsession with the ocean and the beach. We spend as much time as possible there. We swim, play, build sandcastles, kayak, and sadly, we clean up a lot of trash. Alba […]

You’ve Got Dragons- The Perfect Book for Dealing with Big Feelings

You’ve Got Dragons- The Perfect Book for Dealing with Big Feelings

Fear, worry, and anxiety are things that many of us deal with on a daily basis! These feelings can creep up when you least expect them to and can really knock you for a loop! Now, imagine you are a child and these feelings start to settle in! It can be so scary and so confusing! You’ve Got Dragons is an INCREDIBLE picture book that explains all of these feelings so well, and in a way that will be easy to understand. This book blew me away. As someone who has dealt with anxiety and as a Mama to a child with severe anxiety, I feel like this book truly hits the nail on the head. It describes these feelings in a lighthearted way…but oh so accurately!

You’ve Got Dragons

Have you ever read a book and just thought “YES!!!!”? Oh boy, I think I said that about a million times when I read You’ve Got Dragons for the first time. Author Kathryn Cave has knocked it out of the park with this book. She perfectly explains what it is like to experience fear, anxiety, and worry…and she has done it in a way that is understandable and lighthearted!

You’ve Got Dragons is the story of a little boy and he has got DRAGONS! Dragons are those thoughts, feelings, and worries that can creep up on you…and they are pretty scary! He doesn’t know where these dragons have come from, why HE had to get them, or how to get rid of them! Throughout the story, we learn of different ways to try to get rid of our dragons as well as the fact that lots of other people have dragons too! Not everyone’s dragons look the same but lots of people have them! Best of all, we learn that dragons don’t stay forever!

The Perfect Book for Dealing with Big Feelings

If you have ever had to deal with fear, worry, or anxiety you will know that it can literally pop up out of nowhere…and can knock the wind right out of you. Even as adults, it is so difficult to deal with and so difficult to process. Imagine being a young child and having these thoughts and feelings? So scary and so confusing. As a parent of a child with severe anxiety, it is such a helpless feeling to see them struggle with something like this.

You’ve Got Dragons is going to be my new go-to recommendation to parents when dealing with anxiety in their children. It approaches the topic in such a lighthearted manner, yet it really tackles the problem head-on in a way that kids will understand. By giving these big feelings a name…Dragons…it makes it easier to talk about and less overwhelming. Author Kathryn Cave perfectly describes what it feels like when these feelings of anxiety and worry pop up…

“Your heart thuds and your knees wobble
and your hands shake and your head
whirls and you feel hot and cold and
you can’t breathe and your stomach
hurts and you can’t believe it’s really
happening to you…”

I mean, wow. Absolutely perfect description of some of the things your body may go through.

Oh, and the illustrations. Swoon. You’ve Got Dragons is absolutely gorgeously illustrated by Nick Maland. Each page is absolutely beautiful. Also, swing by Nick’s website because it is so cool!!!

For More Information

You’ve Got Dragons is now available in paperback with a refreshed cover. To purchase your own copy of You’ve Got Dragons you can click the picture below or follow this link.

I can’t recommend this book enough…especially with all of the fear and worry going on in our world right now. This is such a great book to share with your children…and I have to say it really even helped this old mama out 🙂 There are lots of jumping-off points throughout the book to start some meaningful conversation as well!

Thanks so much to my friends at Peachtree Publishing for sending me You’ve Got Dragons for review.

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4 Beautiful New Picture Books for Spring!

4 Beautiful New Picture Books for Spring!

Springtime is here in Florida! Hopefully, it is on its way where you live as well!! I have 4 absolutely beautiful books to share with you that will make perfect additions to your springtime reading! My friends at Sleeping Bear Press sent these my way […]

Penguin Sets Sail- A Beautiful Wordless Picture Book

Penguin Sets Sail- A Beautiful Wordless Picture Book

There is something so magical about a wordless picture book. Being able to pore over the pages of the book with my kiddos and each share what is happening is just awesome. I was recently sent a copy of a beautiful new wordless book called […]

SHOES- Blog Tour and Book Review!

SHOES- Blog Tour and Book Review!

One of my very favorite memories of childhood was spending time with my aunts. The highlight of our time together was me getting lost in their closets in piles and piles of shoes!! I can still picture my favorite ones…the ones that I would likely break my neck in now as an adult! Shoes, by Yvette Cragun transported me right back to those carefree days of childhood trying on all of those glorious SHOES!

Shoes

Shoes, written by Yvette Cragun and illustrated by Myra Romano is such a fun and whimsical book! The little girl in the story is in her mom’s closet and is trying on ALL kinds of shoes. She tries on wedges for the beach, flowery flip flops, sporty sneakers, flats, and so many more. How will she ever choose which pair to wear! As it turns out, maybe she doesn’t need to rush too quickly to grow into her mama’s shoes…maybe HER shoes are just right after all.

This was such a fun read. We were immediately drawn in by the fun and lyrical rhyming in the book! It flowed so beautifully throughout the entire book. The illustrations were such a fun addition to the story as well. The kids loved seeing all of the different shoes and all of the things she would do in them.

Shoes led to some fun discussions as well! We got to talk about imagination and what the kids would do if they tried on certain shoes! They also loved talking about how mama only wears sneakers and flip flops because she is very clumsy! (Not a lie, my friends!)

For More Information

Shoes is available NOW and can be purchased by clicking below!

About the Author and Illustrator

Author Yvette Cragun

Yvette Cragun is the third of nine children. Growing up in a big family meant life was always an adventure. Yvette started devouring books at a young age and still truly enjoys getting lost in fictitious worlds. She started writing stories in 2011 with encouragement from her husband, big sister and mother-in-law. Her six children are her inspiration and her greatest blessing.

Illustrator Myra Romano

Myra Romano grew up reading all the books, drawing all the time, driving tractors, racing snowmobiles and drag racing her 1985 Chevy Citation. Her love and passion for art grew as she went on to the Columbus College of Art and Design and received her BFA in advertising and illustration. After graduating, she worked at a number of different dot-com companies including americangreetings.com. Working in the industry for 10 years, she received many acknowledgments and awards until making the decision to start a family. With her boys now almost grown, she has the opportunity to come back to her passions and has started a new chapter in her life,  illustrating and writing children’s books and licensing her artwork.

Sending a huge thank you to Pink Umbrella Books for including me in this blog tour and for sending along a copy of Shoes for us to enjoy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Shutterbug is the Bees Knees

Shutterbug is the Bees Knees

Lights! Camera! Action! Shutterbug is a brand new picture book that will whisk you back in time to the days of old Hollywoodland! Everything about Shutterbug has an old Hollywood feel to it…from the old-fashioned phrases to the black and white illustrations you will feel […]

Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

We haven’t even finished with 2019 and I already have a giant list of book recommendations for you! 2020 promises to be an amazing year in the book world! I just had the pleasure of reading an Advanced Readers Copy of Louder Than Words by […]

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

I love it when a book inspires creativity! This happens A LOT at our house! So often we will be reading a book and all of a sudden an idea pops up for a craft, art project, or recipe! Well, I have just finished reading The Other Side of the Wall by Amy Ephron and guess what? Inspiration central! We decided it would be so fun to wrap up our reading of the book by having an English tea party! I can’t wait to show you!

The Other Side of the Wall

Before we jump into our English tea party, let’s chat a little about the book! The Other Side of the Wall is the third book in the series by Amy Ephron. The book follows brother and sister, Max and Tess as they spend Christmas break with their Aunt Evie in London. They are staying at the very swanky Sanborn House while they wait for their parents to arrive. Max and Tess soon find themselves mixed up in a mystery of sorts. They meet a boy named Colin, who lives year-round at the hotel. Colin lives in a fancy apartment on the 8th floor of the hotel…which doesn’t sound so strange, except for the fact that the hotel only had 7 floors yesterday. Mysteries keep appearing around every corner, like the strange 1920’s costume party that is happening in Colin’s apartment, the mysterious marble that definitely seems to be more than meets the eye, and the fact that everyone seems to ignore Colin. Max and Tess find themselves with more questions than answers as they try to find the keys to the mysteries before them!

Our Thoughts

We loved this book! I should first add that this is the 3rd book in the series but I didn’t find it at all difficult to follow along with the story having not read the previous two books. I have just checked the first two out of the library though because I really did enjoy the story, the characters, and Ephron’s writing style. If you love a book that is full of mystery and suspense with some holiday atmosphere thrown in then I think you will love this one. It was a quick read because I was very engaged in the story and kept wanting to read more! It is always good to get engrossed in a book that you can’t put down!!

Books and Tea

It didn’t take long for inspiration to strike while reading this book! A book set in England lends itself perfectly to a host little tea party! When we first meet Colin, he is enjoying quite a fancy little tea at the hotel so we thought we would create a tea party of our own! We do poetry teatime a lot here at our house…but it is usually a casual affair! Tea at Sanborn House needs to be fancied up a bit!!

The kiddos got the table set, we made cucumber sandwiches, we made scones, and we had some tea. Now, two out of the three of my kiddos LOVE any excuse to dress up so they, of course, had to get fancy for the occasion. Max even dug out the 3-piece suit that he hasn’t worn since our cruise! He thought the vest was very Colin-ish! I had to agree! I love that they will still indulge their mother in her crazy bookish whims!

Cucumber sandwiches for the win
Cucumber Sandwiches
Pinkies up with tea and a cucumber sandwich
Pinkies Up!
The Other Side of the Wall lends itself perfectly for a posh little tea party!

For More Information

If you would like to order your own copy of The Other Side of the Wall you can follow this link here!

I would like to thank my friends at Penguin Random House for sharing this book with us! We truly enjoyed it and are looking forward to starting from the beginning with The Castle in the Mist!


Author Bio

Amy Ephron (www.amyephron.com) is the author of The Castle in the Mist, her first book for young readers, which was nominated for a SCIBA Award, and of Carnival Magic, a companion book. Amy has also written several adult books, including A Cup of Tea, which was an international bestseller. Her novel One Sunday Morning received the Booklist Best Fiction of the Year and Best Historical Fiction of the Year awards and was a Barnes and Noble Book Club selection. She is a contributor and contributing editor at Vogue and Vogue.com, and her work has appeared in numerous other publications. She was also the executive producer of Warner Brothers’ A Little Princess. Amy lives in Los Angeles with her husband; between them, they have five children. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @amyephron.

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Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

You may have guessed by now that I really LOVE picture books…like, a lot! They are one of my favorite types of books to read and I absolutely LOVE sharing new picture books with you! Well, today I have a new book that I think […]


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