April 16, 2021

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April 11, 2021

Book Review: Let's Talk (A story of Autism and Friendship)

Book Title: Let's Talk (A story of Autism and Friendship)
Author: Lisa Jacovsky
Genres: Children, NonFiction, Autism, Special Needs, Friendship, Fiction
Series: Let's Talk #1
Publisher: Let's Talk
Publisher Date: July 2, 2020 (30 Pages, Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780578718194

Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, loves going to the pool. One day when she gets to the pool, she meets a new friend, a little girl who is also seven years old . She has no idea that this friend is any different than her. All Harper knows is she has a new friend that wants to play in her tube with her. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. In talking to her mom, Harper is told that Emma has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Determined to not let this stand in the way of her new friendship she becomes determined to learn how to communicate with Emma. She begins to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and asks Emma's mom to show her the different ways she can communicate with her new friend. Harper becomes excited to begin to use her new tools to communicate with Emma. The two become inseparable from that day on. Harper introduces Emma to all her friends and teaches them how to communicate with her. Harper and Emma become the center of their circle of friends and begin to have many more adventures together.
Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though the author for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Let's Talk is about a story of a girl that meets a new girl that has Autism. So this book is about Autism and friendship. It is a sweet story; I enjoyed it. Though I have Autism Spectrum Disorder, it is a disability. Many people have it, and each person is on a different spectrum. Some are on the high end, some are somewhere in the middle, and some are on the lower side.

We may look standoffish or even act strangely or act differently than usual. I have Autism and am on the high end of the spectrum. Though I was different from my cousins when growing up and acted differently than them. I still do.

Autism is something we all need to learn and understand and accept, as it is still hard to see or understand. This book helps in a way or at least spotlights on the communication part of Autism. I can relate to this book, and I know quite a few people with Autism. We all act differently and our interests. I get along with them all.

This book hit Autism on one aspect but shows that we can enjoy some fun and form friendships even though we are different. Will they last well? That depends on the friends who want to understand and do not mind our quirks and the way we commute.

This book shows how a girl learns about Autism and understands and communicates with another little girl named Emma. The pictures are down well. It an excellent book to have on any child's bookshelf; It will teach parents and children or introduce them to Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder. The story is down well and sweet. I cannot wait to see what these girls do on their adventures.


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April 9, 2021

Interview Around The Globe with Lisa Jacovsky

Let welcome to our latest and newest member to our list of authors. Let welcome Lisa Jacovsky to Nighttime Reading Center. She here on a book Spotlight tour. She is stopping by here on April 9, 2021. I work with +Laura Fabiani iRead Book Tours and I happy learn about her books and giveaway.

I have a chance to read her book "Let's Talk! A story of Autism and Friendship". It on my TBR List. I hope to read it during Autism Awareness month. I love supporting this cause as it something I have and now some people with Autism. You got a chance to win a  - Prizes: ​ Win an Print copy of Let's Talk by Lisa Jacovsky (6 winners - open US Only). Enter her giveaway Let's Talk! (A Story of Autism and Friendship) Giveaway


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Lisa Jacovsky currently is a doctoral level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is excited the possibilities having her Doctorate degree will bring her. She has been in the field of ABA since 2014. She began working with children with Autism in 2018 and is currently working in Early Intervention. It is her experience with children that inspired her to finally fulfill her dream of writing a book. Lisa began writing short stories when she was seven years old. Writing is her passion and one of many things she enjoys. She is excited for the future of her series Lets Talk!.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads
 

Describe your book in 20 words or less.

A story of strength and inspiration mixed in with childlike wonder at discovering the zoo and animals.

Where or how did you come up with the idea for your story?

I was inspired by my job and actually a client I had been working with at the time. The clients mom told me of their day at the park and how interacting with another child had gone pretty well but it was difficult for my client to understand how to really play on the swing. This had been a recurring thing with my clients that interactions with other children that are neurotypical could be positive or difficult. I thought it would be a great idea to show families that our children can break down those barriers and find a way to play. Also, this family put my client into every activity. I loved that and thought it would be great to show this in my book so families with little ones with Autism realize they are not limited at all. I thought that using my passion and the platform of a children’s book would be an amazing way to show our families how amazing our children with Autism are. I decided to use the pool because it is something I love to this day and how I grew up; going to my pool every summer. This made it easy to decide on the themes for each book by using an activity that has a meaning to me. 

How important are names to you in your book(s)? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you use​ any resources ​in assisting you ​​to choose the names​?

For me I wanted the two main characters to be names I liked but not names I would use for my future children so I can separate the two. I also wanted to honor family members that I’m very close with or have passed by putting their names with supporting characters like Emma’s mom or a new friend they meet in book two. For me symbolism plays a large role in my life and it was kind of an easy thing to decide I would family members for names of characters in the book this way.

Which of your characters (in this book) is your favorite and Why?

If I had to choose it would be Harper. I love her because she does not allow anything stand her way. She is a kid, but she Is strong and determined. Even before knowing Emma had Autism and could not speak, she played with her anyways. I think that is really inspiring and says a lot about the innocence of children and how open they can be to others that are different. I think she can teach not only other children but families to really trust their kids and allow them to be more strong and not limited.

Was there a certain scene in this book that was harder for you to write than others?

I don’t think there was a scene that was hard to write but more of finding the right words to describe a scene for an illustration. I had trouble getting my idea across at first my amazing illustrator really was patient and got it perfect.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

That’s a great question. I think as long as they understand the children and are the same ethnicity I don’t think I would be too picky for the two main characters. For the moms I would love Priyanka Chopra for Emma’s mom she is a favorite actress of mine. For Harpers mom I think Gabrielle Union would be amazing. She has this great quality about her that I think would make her discussing Autism just come off as easy. I think they would be incredible to play these characters if it became a movie.

What was your favorite part to write and why? (Alternate Q: What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?) 

Favorite part to write was probably when Harper is talking to her mom about what Autism is. I felt like that was such a great scene to write and you can really feel her enthusiasm for wanting to be like Emma and flap her hands. I think it is a really fun scene for children to connect with and adults to realize were all special and being different is beautiful.

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write? (Alternate Q: If you didn't like writing books, what would you do for a living?, What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?)

Its really interesting to be asked this question because I write in a different genre than I like to read. But I would say that Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers. I love how he is able to paint this world in your mind and I think that is really the goal for me as well.

 

Writing advice: keep going and be determined. Don’t get discouraged and do your research. There is a whole writing community out there that is super supportive. There are a ton of ideas out there and its ok to be rejected when querying. If you feel that you don’t want to wait then self publish because that is ok too. I love self publishing and having everything be my own idea. I am grateful for this writing community and all the amazing marketing ideas I have gotten as well as support. It is easy to be disappointed and discouraged, just never dwell on it, keep going, you will have that amazing published book that will be received positively by the world. 


Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

I do read each and everyone. I wish amazon would let me reply but I do reply on goodreads and anything I get on social media. I am truly grateful for all of my reviews. That means that person not only took the time to read my book but to write something. I have gotten one bad review and some constructive criticism. I would suggest always thinking about the criticism and see if you can use it to your advantage. Criticism is not negative just a learning tool. Any bad reviews just means that person was not meant for your book I feel. I would suggest rereading the good reviews to remind yourself there are a lot of people out there who not only love your book but understand the message.

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Right now I am working on my second book that is in production and scheduled for release on April 2, 2021. I am super excited for this! I really hope to show with this second book another adventure or activity that little ones with Autism can do and not be afraid of judgement. I also have two other projects in the works that I am proud of. I wrote my family history into a story and will be putting it into publication, and I cannot wait to get the illustration process started. I also wrote the third installment in my short story series about the silly shenanigans my cats get into called Rascal Cat brothers. All three can be read on medium @ljayauthor or vocal. I plan to turn them into a short story book when I have four or more and put illustrations in. Hoping to have that done later this year too. Keep up on my social media and website for all these fun things coming and more books in the Let’s Talk series.

Thank you for stopping by Nighttime Reading Center, Lauren. I hope to see you around here. I hope you stop by once in awhile. I started to laugh with some of the answers. I am happy and will and hope to catch up with your books and in the series "Let's Talk".


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Book Spotlight: Let's Talk! (A Story of Autism and Friendship) by Lisa Jacovsky


Join us for this tour from Mar 29 to Apr 16, 2021!

Book Details:

Book TitleLets Talk! A story of Autism and Friendship by Lisa Jacovsky
CategoryChildren's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
PublisherLisa Jacovsky
Release date:   July 2020
Formats Available: hardback, ebook

Tour dates: Mar 29 to Apr 16, 2021
Content Rating:  G.

Book Description:

Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, meets a new friend one day at the pool that is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. She begins to learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the different ways that Emma can communicate. Once she does the two become inseparable. Harper introduces Emma to all her friends and teaches them how to communicate with Emma. Harper and Emma become the center of their circle of friends and have more many more adventures together. 

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Meet the Authors:

Lisa Jacovsky currently is a doctoral level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is excited the possibilities having her Doctorate degree will bring her. She has been in the field of ABA since 2014. She began working with children with Autism in 2018 and is currently working in Early Intervention. It is her experience with children that inspired her to finally fulfill her dream of writing a book. Lisa began writing short stories when she was seven years old. Writing is her passion and one of many things she enjoys. She is excited for the future of her series Lets Talk!.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 29 - Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 29 - Cover Lover Book Review – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 29 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Mar 30 - Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 31 – Westveil Publishing - book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 1 – She Just Loves Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 - Gina Rae Mitchell – books spotlight / giveaway
Apr 2 – Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post /giveaway
Apr 5 – I Read Kid's Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 5
- A Mama's Corner of the World - book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 6 – The Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 7 – What Polly Reads – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 7 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 8 – Sefina Hawke's Books – book spotlight
Apr 8
- The Bespectacled Mother - book spotlight
Apr 9 – Nighttime Reading Center – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 12 – Lisa's Reading – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 13 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Apr 14 – I'm All About Books – book spotlight /giveaway
Apr 14 – Pick A Good Book – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Apr 15 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Apr 16 – Struck by Stories – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
 

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April 1, 2021

Monthly Wrap up: (March 2021)


March flew on by. I have read a total of 6 books. It was a warm one and that stayed that way though out the month. I have finally reset up my recommendation page. It looks better and cleaned up and organized. Check it out if you want to shop one of the books that been reviewed on my blog. It still needs for work but I am working on it stages. Adult books and Activity Books are next on my list to add to the recommendation page. Children and Seasonal and Middle Grade are done until I need to add more to those sections. I love bring in each year differently.

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Books Read in March:
  1. When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin
  2. The Moonlight School by Suzanne Woods Fisher
  3. The Robin's Greeting by Wanda E. Brunsetter
  4. Love on the Edge by Various Authors (On Tour April 28, 2021)
  5. 'Twas the Morning of Easter by Glenys Nellist
  6. The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan and Mike Berenstain
My books really fell in 4 different genres for this month. They are in 4 different media categories I believe as well. They will be shown below.

Books by Genre:
  1. Children - 2 Book
  2. Mystery - 1 Books
  3. Historical - 1 Book
  4. Other - 1 Book
Books by Media Categories:
  1. Hard Cover - 1 Books
  2. Paperback - 5 Book
I have read a total of 1,344 Pages, for the month of March. I am finally back to reading around what I think I can for a month.  The total for 2021 is 1,805 Pages and 0.00 Hours of Listening.

Books by Pages Total:
  1. When Twlight Breaks - 384 Pages
  2. The Moonlight School - 320 Pages
  3. The Robin's Greeting - 320 Pages
  4. Love on the Edge - 256 Pages
  5. 'Twas the Morning of Easter - 32 Pages
  6. The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story - 32 Pages
Total Pages by Month:
  1. January - 371 Pages
  2. February - 90 Pages
  3. March - 1,344 Pages

Total books by Month:

  1. January - 12 Books
  2. February - 3 Books
  3. March - 6 Books
   
Favorite Book of the Month:
My Review for A Moonlight School
Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.

Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?

As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn't expected: love.

Inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, this standalone novel from bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously. You'll finish the last page of this enthralling story with deep gratitude for the gift of reading.
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Here is everything that been posted for the year. Some things have been will be posted later then when I read the book or reviewed it. Most cases this is when a book is on tour with me. The Book review may be posted later or a month or so done the line. I will gladly mark these when I read the book so you know.



My Wrap Ups for the Year:

  1. January
  2. February
  3. March
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March 30, 2021

My Easter Picks

 

From me to your family bookshelves.. A Set of Easter Books. Some fun and and enjoyable Books for you and your child or children!

The Quiet Crazy Easter Day


You might think of the first Easter as a quiet, peaceful morning. But with all creation celebrating the risen Lord of Lords, it may not have been so quiet! The Quiet Crazy Easter Day imagines the crazy celebration that might have occurred when Jesus arose . . . a festive day filled with chirps and croaks, shouts and coos and loop-de-doos. Join the rejoicing as we follow along with the Easter story and learn how we too can shout and sing and spread the news that Jesus is alive.



The Berenstain Bears' Easter Blessing

In The Berenstain Bears Easter Blessings by Mike Berenstain, the cubs learn about the many blessings in their lives, and especially the greatest blessing of all---the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter. The short, simple story and well-loved characters provide toddlers with a perfect introduction to this very important Christian holiday.

 

 

 

 

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story



Young readers will understand the real meaning behind Easter in this addition to the Living Lights™ series of Berenstain Bears books. Children will discover that Easter is more than candy and egg hunts as they read about the Bear cubs at Sunday school learning about Jesus’ resurrection and salvation.

Great and Small Easter


Celebrate Easter with great and small friends!

Join these adorable animal pairs in a board book that’s meant for little hands to hold and explore. Each spread features a large animal and his little friend—hiding under the flap—who are enjoying all the wonders of Easter time together. Discover different animal sounds under each flap to make the reading even more fun!
 
Six pairs of great-and-small friends, six chunky flaps to lift and discover, and six ways to enjoy the arrival of Easter together!

 God's Easter Miracles - Adventures of the Sea Kids


In God's Easter Miracles, the Sea Kids learn that Easter isn't about the Easter bunny or candy. It's about Jesus Christ giving up His life for all of us, and how we are to sacrifice ourselves for others. Paul, who is autistic, struggles with relationships, Jimmy doesn't want to share, and Lenny clings to life due to a terrible boat accident. On Easter Sunday, the children witness the power of their prayers. Their Sunday School teacher, Miss Linda, tells the children, "Truly, God has blessed us with many Easter miracles. Lenny was healed, and Jimmy asked Jesus into his heart." Even Paul has a miraculous change of heart. A true lesson of becoming more like Jesus is learned in this beautiful Easter story of love and grace..


'Twas the Morning of Easter



A follow-up to the popular 'Twas the Evening of Christmas from beloved author Glenys Nellist. 'Twas the Morning of Easter tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way, with a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children will love, following the pattern of Clement Moore's iconic "'Twas the Night Before Christmas."
Glenys Nellist, beloved author of the bestselling 'Twas the Evening of Christmas, reveals the joy and beauty of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh, inspiring way in 'Twas the Morning of Easter. Using the classic cadence of Clement Moore's iconic poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," this gorgeous picture book shares the true story of Easter with little ones with read-aloud rhymes and engaging illustrations by Elena Selivanova. With an eye-catching cover decorated in shining foil and embossing, this book is perfect for any Easter basket and sure to be a treasured Easter tradition for years to come.
'Twas the Morning of Easter excerpt:
'Twas the morning of Easter, before the sun rose, Two guards on a hillside were trying to doze. Now Jesus had died, only three days before, A huge stone was in place, sealed over the door.
'Twas the Morning of Easter:
  • Is written by Glenys Nellist, author of the beloved The Wonder That Is You, and the Snuggle Time and Love Letters from God series
  • Is told in the style of Clement Moore's iconic poem--"'Twas the Night before Christmas"
  • Retells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way
  • Features a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children ages 4-8 will love
  • Brings the resurrection story to life through Elena Selivanova's beautiful, rich illustrations
  • Is the perfect way for adults to share the powerful story of Easter with the little ones in their lives
Download your free Activity and Resource Pack to accompany this book, which includes an Easter pageant and an intergenerational StoryWalk event at glenysnellist.com
 

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March 29, 2021

Book Haul #9: March 2021

 

March came and went and only have one holiday sometimes two. We are getting ready for spring forward and getting ready for Easter. It a stressful once as well. Here are some amazing books that all arrived this month. I want to say Thank you to all of the authors and publishers and new one for all these lovely books that arrived this past month. They are on my TBR List to read. If they have not already been read and reviewed during this month.


Here are the books I received from several different publishers.Thank you to some authors as well. All are review books. I want to say Thank you all.
  • 'Twas the Morning of Easter by Glen Nellist (Review)
  • The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story by Jan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain (Review)
  • 'Twas Just Before Bedtime by Lisa
  • Love on the Edge by Kathleen Schoop (On tour April 28, 2021)
  • Potty Training Day by Akilah Trinay
  • Monsters Everywhere by Erik Dunton
  • Frogs are so Funny! by Erik Dunton
  • Down by the Watering Hole by Erik Dunton
  • Five Happy Frogs by Erik Dunton
  • Where Santa's Boot by Erik Dunton
  • Girl by the Tracks by Julia Vellucci
  • I Celebrate My Skin by Nonku Kunene Adumetey
  • Dear Mrs. President by Ana Maria Medici
  • Indgo by Paula Berinstein
  • Return Trip by Mark JG Farley
  • The Export by JK Kelly
  • Hope Between the Pages by Pepper Basham
  • Never Miss by Melissa Koslin
  • A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould
  • Smartphone and Dumb User by Lisa Schoolcraft
  • That's Coola, Talluallah by Cheryl Chase
  • Blood by the Dragonfly by Hawk Mackinny (On Tour April 23, 2021)
All are on my radar to read. I hope to read these books soon. This is my Book haul for this month.

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March 28, 2021

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

Book Title: The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
Authors: Jan Berenstain and Mike Berenstain
Genres: Children, Christian, Religious, Picture books, Faith, Holiday, Easter
Series: The Berenstain Bears, Living Lights
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publisher Date: January 29, 2012 (32 Pages, Paperback)
Age Group: 4-8 Years Olds
ISBN: 9780310720874

Young readers will understand the real meaning behind Easter in this addition to the Living Lights™ series of Berenstain Bears books. Children will discover that Easter is more than candy and egg hunts as they read about the Bear cubs at Sunday school learning about Jesus’ resurrection and salvation.
Discliamer: I received an free copy though Zonderkids by request and though Harpercollins. My review is an honest review.
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Are you a Berenstain Bears fan? There is a book that is for your children to read if they have not read it yet. If you are looking for a book about the meaning of Easter? The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story is worth it.

It will tell the story of Easter and Jesus' resurrection so that young children can learn and understand the story. It is easy for children to learn about the bible story of what happens to Jesus and why we celebrate Easter.

The pictures are colorful and bright. The story happens told through a play to the bear cubs and students at the Sunday school. Easter candy is not everything for why Easter is so important. These acts remain shown throughout the book.

Parents would add this book to their collection of books for their children. Your child or children should have this book added to your child's bookshelves or collection of The Berenstain Bears. The book can be carried out and read to young children before Easter. Children can then bring up the topic or ask questions about how Jesus has risen and why we celebrate Easter. Why is it such a Holy day for Christians?

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March 27, 2021

Book Review: 'Twas the Morning of Easter

Book Title:
'Twas the Morning of Easter
Author:
Genres: Easter, Holiday, Picture Books, Children, Poetry,
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publisher Date: February 2, 2021 (32 Pages, Hardcover)
ISBN: 9780310769064
A follow-up to the popular ’Twas the Evening of Christmas from beloved author Glenys Nellist. ’Twas the Morning of Easter tells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way, with a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children will love, following the pattern of Clement Moore’s iconic “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Glenys Nellist, beloved author of the bestselling ’Twas the Evening of Christmas, reveals the joy and beauty of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh, inspiring way in ’Twas the Morning of Easter. Using the classic cadence of Clement Moore’s iconic poem, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” this gorgeous picture book shares the true story of Easter with little ones with read-aloud rhymes and engaging illustrations by Elena Selivanova. With an eye-catching cover decorated in shining foil and embossing, this book is perfect for any Easter basket and sure to be a treasured Easter tradition for years to come.

’Twas the Morning of Easter excerpt:

’Twas the morning of Easter, before the sun rose, Two guards on a hillside were trying to doze. Now Jesus had died, only three days before, A huge stone was in place, sealed over the door.

’Twas the Morning of Easter:


Is written by Glenys Nellist, author of the beloved The Wonder That Is You, and the Snuggle Time and Love Letters from God series
Is told in the style of Clement Moore’s iconic poem—“’Twas the Night before Christmas”
Retells the story of the resurrection of Jesus in a fresh way
Features a familiar rhythm and rhyme that children ages 4-8 will love
Brings the resurrection story to life through Elena Selivanova’s beautiful, rich illustrations
Is the perfect way for adults to share the powerful story of Easter with the little ones in their lives
Discliamer: I received a free copy of this book though Zonderkids for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Are you a fan of the classic book called "'Twas Night Before Christmas" by Clement Moore? The style implies it applied in this book called "'Twas the Morning of Easter." It is quite enjoyable; It sees the rhyming of the poem throughout the book. My rating is four and a half stars (Moons). I am curious about how the first book called "'Twas the Evening of Christmas" is done. I would love to read that one.

It is a neat way to do the story of Jesus' resurrection; It a book that will have children interacting with it or continuing to read every year. The could become a new Easter tradition by having this book read either the night before Easter, even a few days before, on the morning of Easter.

Children and grandchildren can see a fresh and new way to see Jesus' resurrection through this book. The poem style is down wonderfully. I enjoyed reading it this way. Not too hard to understand and is enjoyable. I have not found a better way to read the resurrection of Jesus as completing and knowledge as this book.

The pictures do it the story well. Children and adults will treasure this book and want to read it year after year—it an excellent book to start a new tradition with family. Grandparents and parents can read this to their children and youngsters. Children may even understand the meaning of Easter better than before.


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March 19, 2021

Book Review: The Robin's Greeting

Book Title:
The Robin's Greeting
Author: Wanda E. Brunstetter
Genres: Amish, Amish Fiction, Mystery, Christian Fiction
Series: Amish Greenhouse Mystery #3
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Publisher Date: March 1 , 2021 (320 Pages, Paperback)
A Season of Hope Is Coming 

For the past two years Belinda King, along with her two grown daughters and teenage son, has been struggling to keep the family greenhouse running. Despite disconcerting events that have threatened to put them out of business, they have survived two growing seasons. And now Belinda can focus on the two suitors vying for her attention. Herschel Fisher, a new acquaintance, makes her feel relaxed, and Monroe Esh, an admirer from her past, reminds her of her youth.

But just when Belinda thinks she can choose between her suitors, life throws more trials her way. Her son, Henry, becomes bitter about the idea of her dating anyone. Her daughter-in-law finds her missing mother. Belinda gets sick. And attacks on the greenhouse start again.

When can Belinda hope to experience the peace and love her weary heart longs for?
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The Robin's Greeting is another beautiful story. It continues the King Family's story and how they get past the loss of their three love ones. This book focuses on Belinda and her two suitors. But there seems that there is more to the mystery of who is vandalizing the greenhouse.

There are quite some events that happen for Belinda's two grown daughters. Henry still seems to be grieving the loss of this father and older brother and brother-in-law Toby. But will he find some happiness in this life?

Michelle and her husband seem to come down to spend time with his family. Will Michelle find her mother? There seem to be complete surprises at every turn. Virginia seems pretty upset with her neighbors that live across the street. Will the Martin's ever warm up to the Kings or the Amish?

Virginia seems lonely and upset to be still living in the Amish country. Is there a reason for the Martins to have gotten the house next door and close the greenhouse? Who could be the one that is vandalizing the greenhouse and making Henry go looking for the person responsible for all the attacks on the King's greenhouse? Oh, how this ends and surprises at the end.

Suppose you want to find out how Michelle becomes Belinda King's daughter-in-law. How she became Amish, you should read "The Prayer Jars" series. Its first book is called "The Hope Jar." I have reviewed each one of these books.

Wanda does it again with this book. This series is just as good as "The Prayer Jars." I enjoyed each one of these books in this series, "Amish Greenhouse Mystery." Will they solve the mystery that is going on at their greenhouse? What up with Maude coming to the greenhouse and up to the King's place? I enjoyed the titles of each of these books as well.

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March 11, 2021

Book Review: The Moonlight School

Book Title:
The Moonlight School
Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Adult Fiction, illiteracy, Fiction
Publisher: Revell Reads
Publisher Date: February 2, 2021 (320 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 9780800735012
Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.

Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?

As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn't expected: love.

Inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, this standalone novel from bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously. You'll finish the last page of this enthralling story with deep gratitude for the gift of reading.
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Are you looking for a book that is based on illiteracy? This book called "The Moonlight School" is about that, and a little mystery is popped in as well. It seems like this is mostly about the mountain people that are in Rowan County.


This book has a few main characters, Cora Wilson, Lucy Wilson, Angie Copper, and Finley James. One other one's name is Brother Watt. The author pops a little romance in this book as well. However, most of this book is about learning to read and write.


Will they be able to get the folks' help in the hills to learn to read and write? Will the Moonlight School campaign be stopped in its tracks? Will Lucy find her sister, or will she accept God's answer? There seems like there is some romance going on, and will Lucy choose Andrew or Watt?


My favorite is learning about how the night schools started. I love the fact that we know about illiteracy and how it came about. This book seems to occur based on actual historical events. That seems like a good idea.


If you are a book fan, well, this is a book you may want to read, It is about books and teaching an adult to read. There is some mystery in the plot, The author wrote a perfect story plot.



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