December 31, 2021

Book Haul #18: December 2021 (Christmas Edition)

 
December was a busy month for me in terms of things were crammed up until Christmas. I was reading what I could that was right for the holiday season. Still get what I need done.  This month I only received 25 books in the mail. I have been reading some seasonal books for this month so be on the look out for them. I hope all stay safe and healthy. 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. Some are New releases for next year. Happy 2022 and healthy and safe one.

Here are the books I received from two different publishers.Thank you to some authors as well. Thank you to those Book Tours as well. Most are review books. I want to say Thank you all. I bought a few of these books.
  • A Picture of Christmas by Bell Renshaw (Emilie)
  • Second Chance Christmas by Bell Renshaw (Emilie)
  • Jolly and Deadly by May Bridge
  • If I Were a Dragon by Roger Carlson
  • A Celebration of Summer in Rhyme by Roger Carlson
  • Mommy May Bloops - A Farting Tale in Rhyme by Roger Carlson
  • A Mothers in Rhyme by Roger Carlson
  • Ava and Aaron Easter Story in Rhyme by Roger Carlson
  • A Small Case of Murder by Lauren Carr
  • From Fame to Ruin by Jina S. Bazzar
  • The Last Dance of Debutante by Julia Kelly
  • Malik Magic African Alphabet by Malik Adunni, Oni Adunni
  • A Fairy on My Sleeve by Mari Sherkin
  • Adventures with Charlie: Charlie Goes to Tommy's by Charles Schoen
  • Adventures with Charlie: Charlie Goes to School by Charles Schoen
  • Adventures with Charlie: Charlie Goes to Waffle House by Charles Schoen
  • Mouse Trap by Matt Cost
  • Don't Tickle a Polar Bear! by Sam Taplin
  • Don't Tickle a Hippo! by Sam Taplin
  • Don't Tickle a Dinosaur! by Sam Taplin
  • Baby Very First Slide and See Christmas by Stella Baggott
  • With a Butterfly Wings by Pilar López Ávila
  • Memories of a Birch Tree by Daniel Cañas
  • Brother and Sisters by Ariel Andrés Almada
  • Something Happening in the City by Paula Merlán
All are on my radar to read. I hope to read these books in next few months. This is my book haul for this month.What are you reading this or received this past month?

 
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December 24, 2021

Book Review: Ava and Aaron's Christmas Story in Rhyme

Book Title:
Ava and Aaron's Christmas Story in Rhyme
Author: Roger Carlson
Genres: Children, Christmas, Holiday, Rhyming, Reading, Family
Series: Mariana Books Rhyming #5
Publisher: Mariana Publishing
Publisher Date: December 6, 2020 (33 Pages, Paperback)
ISBN: 9781645100478
Ava and Aaron are back in this charming story about Christmas. In this story Ava and Aaron have an unexpected reuniting with someone very special in their lives. As a result, their Christmas is made perfect. We hope this book provides an evening of enjoyable reading for you and your little ones around the Christmas holidays each year.
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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Ava and Aaron's Christmas Story is beautiful. It is about them and getting a special gift for Christmas. Will they get that special gift? Will they get to spend time with their family? There is rhyming, and children will also learn to read and rhyme.

Children will learn that love and family are more important than presents. I enjoyed the meaning and the fun things they do together. It is all shown throughout the pictures. What fun it is to do something with your mom and dad.

The pictures are down well—the words blended into the images in some cases. I enjoyed the story and was reading the book in one sitting. It tells the story of Christmas and all its meaning. Family and some winter fun that comes along with the holiday season.

Are your children or child waiting for it to snow? Do they enjoy playing in the snow? This story is no different for these two lovely children in the story. Will Ava get her to wish of snow or will not? What are some of your family's Christmas traditions? What surprises are your child or children waiting for to get the shock of someone special or a loved one? Sometimes the wonder is lovely and enjoyable, and seeing someone after it has been a while. Bringing the family together is what it is all about. Is it not for Christmas?
 
 
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December 14, 2021

Book Review: The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel

Book Title:
The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel
Authors: Mike Berenstain
Genres: Children, Christian, Religious, Picture books, Faith, Holiday, Christmas, Winter, Seasonal
Series: The Berenstain Bears, Living Lights
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publisher Date: October 11, 2016 (24 Pages, Paperback)
Age Group: 4-8 Years Olds
ISBN: 9780310749240
It is almost Christmas and there is finally snow in Bear Country. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are ready to build a snowbear ... until Honey Bear's snow angel gives the cubs a better idea. As they warm up later with some hot cocoa, Mama and Papa give the cubs a little lesson about some very special angels and the work they do for God.
Discliamer: I bought this book myself.. My review is an honest review.
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Are you looking for another good faith-based book for your child or children around Christmas? Well, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel will not disappoint. It is sweet as the cubs wait for snow and then get it. They head outside and play in it. They start to wonder what kind of snowman to create.

Children will enjoy this and want to reread it as they continue to be well. This one is a bit different from your typical building of a snowman. Mama and Papa help teach the cubs about their chosen snowman once they have built it.

Children will learn about the Christmas angel named Gabriel. I love how the cubs help each other and bounce off ideas. Their littlest one helps by just being herself. She gives them the idea when she does this.

This book is another classic book for any favorite fans of the Berenstain Bears. These books stand more based on faith and teaching of the Bible so children can learn it. I love these books the best. The author does a beautiful job with this book.

 
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December 8, 2021

Book Review: Can You Find It? Cars and Trucks On The Road

Book Title:
Can You Find It? Cars and Trucks On The Road
Author: Alessia Girasole
Publisher: Little Genius Books
Publisher Date: May 25, 2021 (24 Pages, Board Books)
Genres: Children, Hide and Seek, Counting, Puzzle, Cars, Trucks, Vehicles, Activity Book
ISBN: 9781953344144
A colorful traffic jam’s worth of things to count and find!

This charming and witty “can-you-find-it?” large-format board book follows one purple car from road to road while an increasing number of other vehicles joins it. Each spread also features a certain number of hidden items for children to find. Will kids be able to find the 10 bluebirds on the purple car pages? It all culminates in the final gatefold spread that reveals a tremendous traffic jam, with every car from the previous spreads! Children will spend hours poring over this book as they search for their favorite vehicles and reoccurring characters. They’ll also find mini-stories within the main story (where is the dog with the flowers going?), and several hidden items on every page. Numbers and colors are clearly indicated on each spread, and although certainly busy, each spread is carefully designed to provide just the right amount of challenge to young children.
Declaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Little Genius Books and was under no obligation to write a positive or negative review of this book. It my honest review.
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Can You Find It? Cars and Trucks on the Road is a fun and unique way for your child or children to have fun and learn to read and count. Cars and Trucks on the Road follow a purple car driving around town.

There are many things to find on each page. There are cars and trucks to count on each page; there are some mini-games for your child to play.

If you are looking for a book that will help teach your child or children their numbers. This one will do that. However, it adds more fun and enjoyment for your child or children to find the book. Children will keep themselves entertained for a few hours by finding and seeking different things throughout the book.

Can your child or children be able to help Mr. Giraffe find a few things at the end of the book on the last page? I have a feeling your child or children will want to pick up this book and reread it or have it read again and again. Parents can help by reading it to them though children can look at the pictures and try and find the objects or items.

It implies the book is for three-year-olds, but I think it could work for two-year-olds as well. That depends on the parents and if they choose it. Each child is different. This book will work for my young cousin who will be too soon. The pictures are colorful and done well.
 
 
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December 4, 2021

Book Review: Digger Does It All (Not Really!)

Book Title:
Digger Does It All (Not Really!)
Author: Brooke Vitale
Publisher: Little Genius Books
Publisher Date: October 19, 2021 (24 Pages, Board Books)
Genres: Children, Cooperation, Teamwork, Construction, Cars, Trucks, Vehicles
ISBN: 9781953344243
From bestselling author and editor Brooke Vitale and renowned illustrator Pat Corrigan (Toe Truck Joe), this the story of a boastful construction vehicle who thinks he can do it all.

“Here I am. Make way, make way!
Digger’s here to save the day!

“No job’s too big, no job’s too small,
for the best construction truck of all.”


Children of all ages will love the story of Digger, the construction vehicle who thinks he can lift like a crane, carry like a forklift, dump like a dump truck, and push like a bulldozer. But, when he tries to do everyone else’s jobs, he creates a crazy chaotic construction site! The simple rhyming text tells a silly story, while gently introducing the concept of cooperation, as well as the message that the best way to show up in the world is as yourself!
Declaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Little Genius Books and was under no obligation to write a positive or negative review of this book. It my honest review.
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Digger Does it all (Not Really) is an excellent book to teach children about cooperation and teamwork. This book focuses on Digger. Will he do it all? Digger learns that he can't do everything at the construction site, but he has his talents.

Will he learn that it is okay for others to do what is best for them? He does not need to boast about doing everything himself but be himself. Will his friends at the construction site show him or let him know that he should do what he is talented at. They can work together.

Children will love reading this book. They will also enjoy looking at the pictures. The age is three years old and higher, but I feel it could be two years and up. I have a cousin that will love this book, and he will be turning two soon.

I love how the binding and book are on thick boards; You turn the pages, and it is decent. The plot of the story is excellent for all children. They will learn what will happen if someone is boastful and tries to do everything. They will know it best to be themselves. The parent can teach their children if they so choose.
 
 
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December 3, 2021

Book Tour: The Christmas Blanket by Ed Damiano with Giveaway

Book Tile: The Christmas Blanket
Author: Ed Damiano
Genre: Children, Picture Books, Holiday, Christmas
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publisher date: December 4, 2018 (38 Pages, E-book)
ISBN: 9781955727402
What is the meaning of Christmas? That's what eight-year-old EJ wants to know. The other kids say it's about getting toys‚ but is it, really?

​One evening, EJ's mother takes him to the Rockefeller Center to see the lighting of the most magical tree in the world, and EJ meets someone who teaches him what Christmas is truly all about.
Content Rating: G
Disclaimer: I received this book free from IReadBookTours for an honest review and for a book tour
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Are you looking for a book that might help a child or children find the meaning of Christmas? The Christmas Blanket is a good one for children to read. The story starts with a boy named EJ who wants to see the Rockefeller tree.

The way this story signifies told is lovely. It is the view of the EJ. Does your child or children know the meaning of Christmas? The real meaning of Christmas? This book can help a child or children with this question.

The pictures are down wonderful. There is only one error I found in the ebook format, and that was that the sentence on pages 8 and 9 was on the wrong pages. Other than that, it was a pretty good read; This is why I put the rating at 4.5 Moons (stars). If you see a four-star rating, I could not put the rating at four and a half stars.

I loved the pictures. The hand-drawn images are beautiful; I enjoy looking and looking at the pictures. If I had a hard copy or print copy, I would love to reread it and hold it. I probably would read again yearly. It's a good one to do just that. Parents could make that a tradition of reading this book every year or near the holiday season.

I don't want to give away how the plot of the story and how the story ends. Parents and children will enjoy this book. It would be a great gift or even good to have on the bookshelves around the holiday season. You could even use this book in the advent calendar if you wanted to.


Prize: Enter to win a signed copy of THE CHRISTMAS BLANKET! (one winner/USA only) (ends Jan 6)
 
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Damiano has a passion for creativity, and his stories always contain a positive message. He wrote The Christmas Blanket, which earned him a Mom’s Choice Award. In The Christmas Blanket, his character EJ realizes the true meaning of Christmas, which is not about getting presents, but about giving back to others.

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December 1, 2021

Book Review: The Living Christmas Tree

Book Title:
The Living Christmas Tree
Author: Kristin Sponaugle
Publisher: Mascot Books
Publisher Date: September 7, 2021 (38 Pages, Hardcover)
Genres: Children, Fiction, Trees, Christmas, Winter, Holiday, Seasonal
ISBN: 9781645438229
During the day, the Miller family's Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life--much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.
Declaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author and Mascot Kids and was under no obligation to write a positive or negative review of this book. It my honest review.
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Are you looking for a sweet, adorable book about Christmas magic for your child or children? Maybe even your grandchild or grandkids? Well, I may have a book for your child or children called “The Living Christmas Tree” by Kristin Sponaugle.

This book is about two children and how the ornaments come to life at night around the holiday season. What will happen when Hannah finds out what is going on in the evening hours when the Christmas tree comes to life.

This tree seems to have the magic of Christmas; what fun will the ornaments do? Whatever happens when the family is asleep. What fun will the children have at night when the children come to visit; until the decorations are put away for next year.

The pictures are lovely. I love the plot about the Christmas ornaments that the family has put on the Christmas Tree. Is it possible there is the magic of Christmas as long as you believe? Whether your child or an adult. Children will love reading this book. Children will enjoy learning about the magic of Christmas in a different and new way. Parents will enjoy the book as well. It is excellent for the holiday season or reading during the holiday season.
 
 
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