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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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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 […]

Ring in the New Year with Freedom Soup!

Ring in the New Year with Freedom Soup!

Can you believe we are just days away from ringing in the New Year? I say it every year, but I honestly can’t believe another year has gone by! I have a gorgeous new book to share with you that would make a perfect read for New Years! Freedom Soup is a stunningly beautiful story all about celebrating freedom and the start of a New Year! I know that you and your kids will absolutely love it!

I love learning about different cultures and their traditions and celebrations! Have you ever heard of Freedom Soup? I know I hadn’t until I read this beautiful new book. Freedom Soup is a dish that is made by Haitian families all around the world. It is not only a dish made to ring in the New Year but it is also a celebration of Haitian freedom and independence!

Freedom Soup

Freedom soup is the story of Belle and her grandmother, Ti Gran. It is time for the tradition of making Freedom Soup to be handed down from grandmother to granddaughter. Ti Gran tells Belle the story of Freedom Soup, of her Haitian roots, and of her family history. Together they dance, clap, and cook up the magic that is Freedom Soup.

Author Tami Charles has created such a beautiful story. Her words flow like music…you can almost hear the maracas. It is more than a story about soup…it is a story about family, tradition, and freedom. You can feel the joy that Ti Gran has as she shares her family’s history with her granddaughter. The illustrations by Jacqueline Alcantara are breathtaking. They are the perfect complement to the book. The rich warm colors seem to bring the story to life. Both the artwork and words make you feel like you can almost smell the delicious Freedom Soup!

I absolutely fell in love with this book. The story was so full of family traditions, love, and pride. There is something so special about the passing down of a recipe from one generation to the next. Along with the recipe comes so much history. In the case of Freedom Soup it is not only the history of this family, but it is the history of an entire nation. This is going to be a book that we read again and again. I can’t recommend this one enough. Absolutely wonderful.

For more information about author Tami Charles, you can visit her website here.

For more information about illustrator Jacqueline Alcantara, you can visit her website here.

To order a copy of Freedom Soup for yourself you can click here or on the image below!

Do you have any family traditions for bringing in the New Year? I would love to hear them!

Freedom Soup book cover
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It’s Okay to be a Unicorn

It’s Okay to be a Unicorn

Have I ever mentioned how much I love picture books? Once or twice? Maybe? Ok…well, I really do love them. A picture book can tell a story, it can make you laugh, it can hit you right in the feels, and it can send a […]

Halloween Morning Basket Fun and a FREEBIE!

Halloween Morning Basket Fun and a FREEBIE!

I am a Halloween slacker! It has never been my favorite holiday! Christmas is my jam…I go all-out! But this year, I want to add a little Halloween fun to our homeschool day! I have decided to put together a fun and easy Halloween Morning […]

Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

Malamander – A Must-Read New Middle-Grade Book

“If the impossible is possible anywhere, it’ll be possible in Eerie-on-Sea”

Welcome to the sleepy beach town of Eerie-on-Sea. It is winter, and everything is different during the winter. You see, legend has it that a monstrous creature called the Malamander prowls the shore of the beach in winter. Everyone has heard the legend of the Malamander. Everyone, including Herbie Lemon, one of Eerie-on-Sea’s full-time residents.

Herbie is the Lost-and-Founder at the Grand Nautilus hotel and he is in charge of all of the things left behind by hotel guests…books, coats, babies…that sort of thing. One day, a young girl wanders into his hotel…actually, it would be more like she frantically climbed through an open window in the hotel to escape a crazed man with a boat hook for a hand. Violet Parma is in search of her parents who went missing when she was a baby. Herbie is the perfect guy for the job, as finding lost things is his specialty.

Together, Violet and Herbie must unravel the mystery behind her parents’ mysterious disappearance, and in the process uncover a lot more than they expected! Over the course of their adventures, they will encounter the man with the hook for a hand (again), a book-dispensing Mermonkey (oh yes, that is a thing), and maybe, just maybe, the infamous Malamander (maybe).

A Must-Read

Malamander is everything that I love in a middle-grade novel! It is full of mystery, suspense, humor, and quirky characters. Author Thomas Taylor transports his readers right into Eerie-on-Sea…you can almost feel the mist in the air and the creepy things lurking in the shadows. I have to say, one of my favorite parts of the book are the zany and loveable characters he has created. I want to be the plucky Mrs. Fossil when I grow up…although, come to think of it, I might already be Mrs. Fossil. Filling buckets with treasures from the beach is pretty much my favorite thing. I also would love to spend the day with Mrs. Hanniver at the Eerie-Book-Dispensary and see which book the Mermonkey would dispense to me!

This would be an amazing read-aloud for your middle-grade kiddos! I can’t wait to visit Eerie-on-Sea again in the next book in the series, Gargantis! I also loved the illustrations that were scattered throughout the book. Illustrator, Tom Booth’s drawings are the perfect complement to the book!

For an interview with author Thomas Taylor, you can check this site!

Sending a big thank you to Candlewick Press for sending me a copy of this book to review and share with you! All opinions are my own.

You can grab your copy of Malamander below!

 

 

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All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

All The Impossible Things- A Must-Read New Middle Grade Novel

  Some books have a way of simultaneously breaking your heart and making it swell. All The Impossible Things was a gut-wrenchingly beautiful story that captured my heart and attention.  I hope that my words can do this book justice because it is just so […]


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