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Monday, February 27, 2017

Blog Tour: Where Do Dreams Come From? (Children's)


Greetings Friends!

Today I am so excited to be participating in a blog tour stop for the personalized children's picture book Where Do Dreams Come From? 


Rating:  

Synopsis:


A magical story that will satisfy even the most curious child and expand their imagination about Dream Land, the place where dreams are made.  After all, what child wouldn't love to know "Where Do Dreams Come From?"

In this magical adventure, your child's imagination takes them on a visit to Dream Land where they see how dreams are made.  They learn about the "Dream Machine" and the fairies that work very hard to make sure that happy dreams are delivered to children around the world.  This is the perfect bedtime story to instill pleasant dreams!
Book Excerpt: 
It was a beautiful sunny morning in (child's hometown).  (Child's name) woke up with a big smile on (his/her) face because (he/she) had such a wonderful dream.  (Child's name) had a dream about playing (his/her) (favorite game) with (friends/relative).
As (child's name) got ready to begin their day, (he/she) thought, hmm...I wonder where dreams come from?  (He/She) tried to think of the answer, long and hard, but could not think of where dreams came from.  Then (child's name) got excited - (he/she) was sure (parents or loved one) would know the answer.  (Child's name) couldn't wait to see (parents or loved one) so (he/she) could ask. 
 For more information and/or to purchase your own personalized version, visit KD Novelties.

Review:


I received a personalized copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

This book is specially tailored with specific information about your child and I requested that the book be personalized for Maddox, our voracious little reader.  No surprise to me that it was a huge hit!  He absolutely loved seeing his name in the book as well as hearing it throughout as the story was read.  He has received one other personalized book before, but it wasn't nearly as special to him as this one.  Your child becomes the star of this charming story and because they are incorporated into it in such an engaging way they can feel as though they really have wanted to know where dreams come from all along.  The vibrant illustrations truly capture your attention and draws little ones into the story.  Even Jackson who usually just wanders around the room while we read stories before bed stopped by my lap to take a look and listen.  This was a great bedtime story that settled them down with the promise of pleasant dreams.

The quality of the book's construction is amazing, especially given that it will more than likely become a huge hit with your child and receive lots of handling.  This hardcover is extremely sturdy with thick pages that are well bound - it's going to take a lot for this book to fall apart, so you don't have to worry too much if you have toddlers and/or infants around.  Each illustration is a double page spread with the text nicely placed so as not to distract from the beautiful images.

This was an imaginative story that has been a fantastic edition to our library, but more importantly, it will become a treasured keepsake.  I definitely recommend this book and can imagine that the other titles available are just as well designed and written, so be sure to check out their website to find the perfect match for your little reader!

About the Author:



Kim Delgado is the owner of KD Novelties, an independent publisher of personalized children's books.  She has written several award-winning children's books and has been featured in several publications.  

When she is not busy writing books or running her publishing company, you can find her tutoring children who struggle with reading in her local school district.  She is also a board member and serves in her local soup kitchen, feeding the homeless and families in need. 

You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her website.

Thank you to Kim Delgado, KD Novelties, and Pump Up Your Book for the opportunity to review this book!  

I hope you enjoyed this feature and check out other blog stops on the tour here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump


Greetings Fellow Book Dragons!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme within the book community that was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  If you're interested in participating, find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week's topic is Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump!  Winter can be a difficult season and a lot of us have found ourselves in the much dreaded reading slump.  I recently just came out of one myself.  I just couldn't find the attention span or the energy to want to read for about a month.  I had been sick with the flu and then found out I was pregnant.  So needless to say, I just couldn't read, but these books have definitely helped me feel less slumpy and get back into the reading swing of things.  Books that generally help me are fast-paced thrillers that don't require a lot of thought to get through.

Here are my selections in no particular order:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Non-Written Reads


Greetings Fellow Book Dragons!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme within the book community that was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  If you're interested in participating, find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week's topic is Favorite Non-Written Reads.  These are the books that focus more on the visual aspect of telling the story rather than using language, so graphic novels, comics, and manga.  Basically, we're shedding some light on books in other forms, including audiobooks if that's your jam.

Here are my selections in no particular order:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Book Trends I'm Tired Of


Greetings Fellow Book Dragons!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme within the book community that was created by Lainey of GingerReadsLainey, but is now hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes.  If you're interested in participating, find out more on the Goodreads group.

This week's topic is Book Trends I'm Tired Of.  These are the things that you're tired of seeing within the publishing world.  This could be anything from something that seems to be on every cover to the popularity of certain troupes in a particular genre. Whatever it is that annoys you, let it out loudly and proudly!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Children's Book Reviews!


Greetings Friends!

I have a few children's books that I wanted to share with you, which were sent to me from the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review, but as always, thoughts, feelings, and opinions are all my own!

Many thanks to Little Bee Books for contacting me to review some of their newly released or forthcoming books.  The boys and I are having a lot of fun reading these!



Bears Are Big is a beautifully illustrated board book that teaches little ones about opposites within the animal world.  The animals are easily recognizable and even features some not typically found in children's books.  While the rhyming text ends abruptly, it is cleverly written, so as to maintain the attention of its young audience and will entertain babies, toddlers, and preschoolers alike.  The text is boldly displayed, but doesn't overwhelm or overpower the unique style of these illustrations, which ultimately works well to encourage print awareness and identification in order to help develop early reading skills.


Flamingos Fly is a companion title that helps little ones discover animal movements.  This book follows along in the same vein as the previous title, featuring bright illustrations and simple, rhyming text.  The flow is slightly better, so the ending isn't as abrupt.  The text is again boldly displayed, but doesn't distract from the illustrations.  Kids will love getting up and moving along with these animals!

Both books are very sturdily designed and will hold up well whether in the hands of a baby or young child.  The boys and I really enjoyed these books and will definitely be on the look out for previous titles in the collection!




Unfortunately, this next book, Grizzly Bear Munch was not my favorite, but the boys were huge fans of its pull tabs and loved making the bear's mouth open and close.  At this point, it has seen much better days, but is surprisingly holding up well given all the manhandling!



This interactive board book has a slider on each page that allows children to lift the bear's mouth as he makes his way through the story trying to find something to eat.  Reading this book encourages an engaging read to mimic the bear's sounds and frustrations; however, I didn't enjoy the story.  

Barry the Grizzly Bear wants something to eat, but he's very clumsy and can't seem to catch anything.  He efforts leave him getting hurt, but a bunch of bees keep following him around and laughing at his failed efforts.  Eventually, he gets so frustrated that he lashes out and threatens to eat them, only in the process of doing so, he gets hurt yet again.  The bees end up feeling bad for him and offer up their honey, which he happily eats and believes that now he has made some friends.  The illustrations are so bold and expressive that I ultimately used them as a guide to retell the story so that the bees and other animals in the woods were trying to lead the bear to the honey, but he wouldn't listen and kept enduring the obstacles that led to him getting hurt.  Once he lets others help him, he is rewarded with the honey and friendship.  This just made it easier for me to continue multiple readings of it for the boys, who absolutely loved playing with the mouth.  There are many other companion titles in this collection featuring a shark, crocodile, wolf, polar bear, and dinosaur, but unless available at our library, we will just stick with this one.

Many thanks again to the publisher for making these books available to us!  I will have several more reviews as the release dates get closer, so stay tuned!