Posts Tagged ‘writing’

Scribble’s journey starts peacefully at THE BEGINNING. Where will it go from there? A lively interaction between the delightful Scribble and the unseen Author as Scribble heads out on her journey through a Middle of adventure and challenge and on to an Ending – and a surprise!

Hardcover picture book for ages 3+. Themes: Imagination, Humor, Self-esteem, Self-reliance

This book didn’t do much for my story time reading; however, my almost 3 year old reviewer showed more interest in it than I did. He liked the page with the monster drawing and that each page had a path that Scribble was taking.

This soon-to-be released title will be available to order online at Kane Miller Publishing shopping site usborne books and more. (?website not user friendly- the search box didn’t seem to find titles)

Kane Miller EDC Publishing provided these books to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Wee Alphas: 26 A to Z Postcards, from Angelfish to Zebra

26 A to Z Postcards, from Angelfish to Zebra

This imaginative take on the alphabet features 26 Wee Alphas postcards, each created with a “hidden letter” to find.

Based on the award-winning Wee Alphas kids’ app, the postcards feature quirky illustrations of Biki the Buffalo, Ulysses the Unicorn, Yolanda the Yeti, and their furry, feathered, or finned friends. The cards are bound into a fold-out accordion format that can be displayed in its entirety, or they can be detached to separately display or share. Writing prompts on the back of each card will inspire any kid (or their grown-up) to pass along a super-special greeting.

Age range:2-5. I think not! These postcards/art/you-name-it would also be great for older kids/grades as writing prompts. And adults with a unique personality! There are, yes, 26 perforated cards to keep or mail. Fun!

wee society link below

The Blogging for Books program provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there’s a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn’t know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why don’t you start there, with a letter?? So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.

Hardcover, 32 page picture book, from Kids Can Press September 2016

Grades: PreSchool To 2 / Ages: 3 to 7

Enjoyable. This story is an inspirational and helpful way to explain the writing process and to encourage young writers to develop stories of their own. A great book for home and classroom. I like that the big sister is the boy’s mentor in this story. I didn’t like the illustrations.(not a fan of this illustrator’s style ) I felt they were lacking and I can imagine more detailed and intricate illustrations to visualize the boy’s simple – or not so simple- story. 



Andrew Larson/ Kids Can Press provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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Hardcover, 32 pages, April 2016

I am very happy to tell you about the publication of my latest picture book, The Lending Zoo.

I got the idea for this book several years ago when I took some kids to the local zoo.  While we
were having our lunch I asked them what they were going to do next.
“We’re going to library,” was the answer.
“Too bad you can’t checkout animals from the zoo like you can check out books from a library,”  I said to my young friends.
On the way home I started imagining what such a zoo would be like:  What would the Zooberian be like and what adventures would happen in a place like that?   Now, several years later you can visit The Lending Zoo!  I have many more adventures in mind for Miss Perkins and Mr. Woozle who run the Lending Zoo and the many animals that live there.   But this book is where all those adventures start!
I hope you have as much fun reading The Lending Zoo as I did writing and illustrating it.
Review: I liked it !!
I noticed some reviews on the goodreads site for this newly published book and was surprised by many unfavorable comments. Personally, I found it a sweet story. It has just the right amount of words per page. The illustrations show simple details that follow the story. The missing tiger can be spotted on several of the pages if you look closely. Encourages conversation, imagination, and inspiration.

And if Miss Perkins were to ask me, I’d request a polar bear ʕ´ᴥ`ʔ

Want to write for kids? Frank Asch has started a writer’s support group. Per his request, this invitation is for all interested, whatever your writing skills. The group will do writing exercises with feedback from the group and from Frank, too. Visit Frank’s website to contact him regarding this group.

Frank Asch provided this book to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.


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 functional home décor made from reclaimed wood and upcycled raw materials

Reclaimed Wood Lap Desk

“Our lap desks were created out of my own personal need for a desk that was comfortable, stylish and functional, and they have quickly become an in demand item.” Sawdust is Happiness, Amy L Robillard


Review: Eco friendly and User friendly. This is a beautiful looking lap desk! Handmade from reclaimed wood, it’s perfect for resting an open book, for writing, and for drawing. The size is just right for being lightweight and maneuverable. The fabric covered memory foam bottom allows it to rest comfortably on your lap. Perfect for him or her. Great for outdoor summer use (and eventually back to school time). 


 plenty of surface space to fit a 9×12 pad ↑


handy top ledge for holding a pencil/crayon(s)

OR to create more incline to your surface

Visit:  Sawdust is Happiness for your custom made lap desk. Or shop for that someone special and be an awesome gift-giver. (Father’s Day is June 21st)

Notes From Dawn received a laptop desk from Sawdust is Happiness in exchange for an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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Did you know that this month is National Letter Writing Month? It’s the annual effort to promote literacy and celebrate the art of letter writing. And you can opt for a Go Green Stamp as an Eco reminder as well. Perfect for envelopes!

P1120663An outstanding idea! & my personal favorite Eco tip!



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Katherine Reay’s debut novel is terrific!

Dear Mr. Knightley

The story is entirely told through letters. Mostly the letters of Sam, the main character, to the anonymous Mr. Knightley. It is a super book with humor, romance, tenderness, honesty, forgiveness, love, acceptance, and all that. Quotes from the classics, like Jane Austen, are written in Sam’s letters; there’s usually a bit of an explanation that goes with it so that an unfamiliar reader understands what she is referencing. Katherine Reay wrote a novel with quality characters and a believable story. I’d recommend Dear Mr. Knightly for anyone who loves a good story. And I’m looking forward to reading more from Katherine Reay. 

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in Focus on the Family and the Upper Room. Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. Dear Mr. Knightley is her first novel.


Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others—namely, her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story—by giving that story to a complete stranger.

Sam is, to say the least, bookish. An English major of the highest order, her diet has always been Austen, Dickens, and Shakespeare. The problem is, both her prose and conversation tend to be more Elizabeth Bennet than Samantha Moore.

But life for the twenty-three-year-old orphan is about to get stranger than fiction. An anonymous, Dickensian benefactor (calling himself Mr. Knightley) offers to put Sam through Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

As Sam’s dark memory mingles with that of eligible novelist Alex Powell, her letters to Mr. Knightley become increasingly confessional. While Alex draws Sam into a world of warmth and literature that feels like it’s straight out of a book, old secrets are drawn to light. And as Sam learns to love and trust Alex and herself, she learns once again how quickly trust can be broken.

Reminding us all that our own true character is not meant to be hidden, Reay’s debut novel follows one young woman’s journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.

Dear Mr. Knightley is a stunning debut—a pure gem with humor and heart.” —Serena Chase, USA Today

Includes Reading Group Guide

Plus Bonus Material: Q & A with Katherine Reay and Sam’s Reading List

BookSneeze provided this complimentary copy for review purposes. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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A TreeSmart Giveaway


Last year I did a review for TreeSmart recycled newspaper pencils. I’ll love them forever! And I want to share that review again this fall along with a giveaway for the Start Now Set ( 24 rolled up recycled newspaper pencils) and the Mini Color Pencils in Tube (12 colored newspaper pencils).

The review:

TreeSmart makes pencils from recycled newspapers. What a smart idea! Take a look at the TreeSmart process.

Made in the United States,  TreeSmart pencils keep tons of newspapers out of the landfill and minimizes the cutting of trees.

TreeSmart sent me some to try. They are wonderful!

They are so unique in look and feel. The pencil is rounded with a smooth barrel on which the newsprint is clearly visible. It sharpens easily, actually better than most regular pencils. The no. 2 graphite writes smooth and the eraser is latex-free and smudge proof.

The  mini colored pencils were comparable to other wood-made colored pencils. The set contains 12 colors. The lighter purple color wasn’t purple but more of a flesh tone color and very close to the brown shade.  Also, the two blues are very close to being the same shade. They sharpened nice and the graphite stayed strong during coloring.

I am truly wowed by these TreeSmart pencils! Why would I need a pencil made from a tree again?

Save a tree! Reuse a newspaper!

Enter the Giveaway for the TreeSmart Start Now Set and the TreeSmart Colored Pencils

Six (6) winners will be selected!!

Entry #1. Did you know that recycling a two-foot stack of old newspapers saves one 20 ft. pine tree? Visit the TreeSmart website. Then leave a comment telling me you did for a chance to win this giveaway.

Entry #2. Watch the You Tube video about TreeSmart pencils. And be sure to leave a comment for another chance to win.

Remember to leave a separate comment for each entry. I will use to pick the winners! Please be sure to leave your email address. If I have no contact information, I can’t award you as winner. Contest ends October 29@11:59 pm est. (available only to US residents) The winners will be selected at random using the integer generator from The winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize.

I received pencils and colored pencils from TreeSmart in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.


Thank you everyone for entering!!

The winners are: Susan S, Elaine L, Jody B, iambea, and Kid of the King. #30 was in the selected numbers 2x and won twice!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:

7 30 17 37 30
Timestamp: 2012-10-30 12:01:24 UTC

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Here’s my September book pic from Storey Publishing

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This is a newly offered Storey Publishing book arriving just in time for back-to-school. Show Me a Story is a visually delightful book full of 40 projects and activities for adults to do with children to encourage storytelling. This book is a valuable resource for parents and teachers that will blossom the imagination for writing and art.

Show Me a Story

40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling

Emily K. Neuburger

Children love to make up stories, and these 40 creative projects and activities encourage them to free their storytelling instincts. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, and then will love using them to create stories of their own, while older kids will enjoy word grab bags, story walks, and journaling exercises. For everyone ages 5 to 12, whatever their reading level, this book has everything needed to spark an infinite number of child-created stories.

Many projects in this book can be made with re-purposed materials around the house or outside.

My thanks to Storey Publishing for allowing me to review this book. This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received.

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