Friday, December 9, 2016

#MMBBR #Reviews @NGKids #Christmas #Gifts #5Stars

Ever wanted to take apart the microwave to see how it works? Crack open your computer and peek inside? Intrigued by how things work? So are we! That's why we're dissecting all kinds of things from rubber erasers to tractor beams! Read along as National Geographic Kids unplugs, unravels, and reveals how things do what they do. Complete with "Tales from the Lab," true stories, biographies of real scientists and engineers, exciting diagrams and illustrations, accessible explanations, trivia, and fun features, this cool book explains it all!

This book is amazing for anyone who loves to discover what is contained within the things we use, see and experience all the time.  There is so much to read about and learn. You can explore and read your way through or chose to read the chapters and/or areas of interest one at a time. The chapters include: Beam Me Up, Home is Where the Fridge Is, School of Cool, Extreme Fun, Here to There and Even More. I have been reading this book for a while now and every time I read it I learn a bit more. I just love how well organized this book is. There is a well detailed glossary and an index, that allows the reader to easily find areas of interest. There are tidbits of information for quick reference too, which is great for creating talking points with the kids.  I love this book so much and I cannot wait to use this book over the winter with my kids and to teach them all about the science contained in this awesome book.  Just because we are stuck inside does not mean we need to be bored! 

Food chemistry, atom crashing, wave power, food chemistry, and robots! These are just a few of the topics covered in this fantastic new science encyclopedia, which presents a comprehensive overview of physical and life sciences from A to Z. Super smart and kid-friendly, it’s packed with full-color photographs, weird but true facts, amazing statistics, do-it-yourself experiments, plus profiles of scientists and National Geographic's explorers who rock the world of science. Keep up with the changes happening all around us with this stellar science reference book.


This book is one of the BEST I have seen! It is awesome how it is laid out!!! It is like a vision sensation! There is so much to look at and read! I am sure that you could read this over and over and over and learn something new. Here is a fun tidbit:  In 2013, scientists discovered fossils of a new species of human relatives in a cave in Africa.  Learn about this and so many more awesome and wacky facts in this book! It is jam packed with things that I find fun, interesting and oh so interesting! My kids are going to love this book so much too.

This fun book of quirky failures and famous flops will keep kids laughing while they learn the importance of messing up in order to get it right.  Science, architecture, technology, entertainment -- there are epic fails and hilarious goof-ups from every important field. Silly side features help to analyze the failures: "Lesson Learned," "It Could be Worse!," "Losing Combinations," and a "Fail Scale" help readers navigate the different kinds and scopes of the mistakes made. Read to learn what went wrong, what went right, and what kids can learn from each failed attempt.


This book is FANTASTIC. I could not stop reading it and both my boys thought is was super cool too! This book is filled with mistakes, mishaps and blunders that ultimately teach us about success.  It is a great twist on a book topic and it is so very fascinating.  This book has all the things that I love about National Geographic...the amazing photos, great tidbits and facts, as well as the well written index and answer key located in the back of the book.  

Everybody needs a role model! Discover the true stories of superheroes, rebels, world leaders, action heroes, sports legends, and many more daring dudes, all of whom played their part to make their mark, make a contribution, and make the world a better place. 

From Abraham Lincoln to Sitting Bull, Stephen Hawking to Galileo, these cool guys had the boldness, bravery, and brains to meet the challenges of their day. With a fun design, engaging text, and high-quality photographs, this is ultimate hero guide and keepsake for 21st century kids.

What a great book.  It captures what it means to be a hero and that there are many ways to become one.  The chapters include Leading Men, Legendary Lads, Game Changers, Heroes for Hire, Peace Heroes, Action Heroes, Inspiring Minds and Outstanding Animals.  This book doesn't just cover stories about heroes in action, but what makes a hero.  This book is an important read for all kids to read because to focuses on the goodness in the world and the things that have made the world better.  It is filled with pictures, tidbits, facts and outstanding animals that have also done amazing things.  I adore this book and I have been making my way through it and have a rejuvenated sense of what I love about the world and the people contained within it. 

Everybody needs a role model! Discover true stories of superstars, war heroes, world leaders, gusty gals, and everyday women who changed the world. From Sacagawea to Mother Teresa, Annie Oakley to Malala Yousafzai, these famous women hiked up their pants and petticoats and charged full-speed ahead to prove girls are just as tough as boys...maybe even tougher. Complete with amazing images and a fun design, this is the book that every kid with a goal, hope, or dream will want to own.

I am a proud woman and want my boys to understand that there are woman in this world that are critical to the foundation of this country and world abound.  This book is filled with pictures and facts about the woman that helped form and build the country that I so much love.  It is great to see what woman have accomplished and continue to accomplish.  They have and continue to pave the way for greatness for all the woman that continue to do great things in this world.  The chapters include:  Leading Ladies, Gritty Girls, Heroines on the Job, Legendary Ladies, Daring Dames, Peace Heroines, Ladies in Lab Coats and Outstanding Animals.  This is a must read for all kids that thing that they can do something then in turn set out and DO IT!  It is a stunning book that is a necessary read!!! 

From tsunamis and sea turtles to riptides and reefs, learn all about the creatures, science, and ecology of our oceans, which cover more of the planet than all the continents and are just as important! Travel through all parts of the ocean to learn how it affects of our world, including storms and climate. 

Amazing facts, photos, illustrations, and diagrams are found throughout this book, along with conservation tips, weird-but-true facts, and a mini ocean atlas. Challenges to the health of our ocean and its creatures are also presented along with what people are doing to keep it pristine for generations to come.

This book is quite speculator! Within this amazing book there are hundreads of photos of some of the coolest things contained in the oceans. In addition to all the fabulous photos, there are facts and tidbits galore. While you peruse the book you can look through the chapters and read things that interest you the most. The chapters are: Ocean, Ocean Life, Ocean in Motion, Wild Weather, Underwater Exploration, Along the Coast and When Nature and Oceans Meet. When this book arrived my son was instantly reading it bouncing from topic to topic...all I heard was "Did you know that...." followed by some amazing factoids and "Wow, look at this..." followed by me looking at some crazy cool things. These are the type of books that capture the attention of young readers because they have amazing vibrant photos and fun facts.  I love that I can trust that my child will be learning interesting and important facts and that their attention will be captured over the winter with this book. Every time you open it up you read you learn something new. This will be a staple read for my boys over the winter! 


Thursday, December 8, 2016

#MMBBR #Reviews #BoardBooks #gifts @SimonKIds @BookMomSays

I personally feel that board books are some of the most important books can we, as parents, can get in our homes and into the hands of our young kids.  These books are the books that become the building blocks of our children's love of reading.  They are built to withstand chomping teeth, dropping on the floor and all the other things that toddlers can throw at them.  Plus, what is better than snuggling up with your child and reading together.  It is an outstanding combination of durability and building lifelong memories.

Here are some of the newest books from +Simon Kids:

I love Sandra Boynton.  She is a genius when is comes to the beauty of board books.  In her newest book, we learn the names of dinosaurs and dance several funny dances.  This book encourages movement and learning!  The illustrations are so adorable!!!  A hit for all little readers.

An adorable book that teaches young readers about animals and grants a wish to for the Zoo to find the perfect pet!  The illustrations are adorable and will be a hit for you and your young reader. 

Such a cute flap book that plays hide and seek with baby!  This is a great book to use as an interactive activity with your young reader.  I love that the illustrations embrace all the beautiful faces of babies.

I love this new to me take on Snow White, which is based out of Japan.  The story is wonderful and captures the brilliant story in an easy and condensed form that will sure to entertain young readers.  With illustrations that spark imagination and could be used for picture story telling.  

I love this new to me take on Cinderella, which is based out of Mexico.  The story is wonderful and captures the brilliant story in an easy and condensed form that will sure to entertain young readers.  With illustrations that spark imagination and could be used for picture story telling. 


Here are some of the other recommendations for the Holidays:

#MMBBR #RoundUp #Gifts #Books

Sometimes books come to me and I do not have time to read them all, but I want to make sure that they get the exposure that they deserve.  

Click on a book cover to get more information about the books featured.

Remember that books make a GREAT gift!!!

Friday, December 2, 2016

#MMBBR #Giveaway #Review Dogs and Their People by @BarkPost @penguinrandom

*New York Times bestseller*

From the humans that brought you BarkBox (and BarkPost and BarkShop) finally comes Dogs and Their People

Finally, Bark & Co. has tapped the humans at BarkPost, the company’s publishing arm, to put into words and photographs the first official BarkBook, capturing the depth, spirit, and power of the extraordinary bond between humans and their pups.

Mostly community-sourced and filled with never-before-told anecdotes, stories, photos, and intimate insights, Dogs and Their People spotlights over 200 unique and remarkable dogs. Some are celebri-dogs while others are just making their debut; some will make your heart ache, while others will make it soar; and others simply look really dapper in color. All bring to life and celebrate the crazy, consuming, insatiable love we feel for the World’s Ultimate Best Friend in a book that is the perfect gift for Dog Lovers everywhere..,

BarkPost is the mastiff-sized media outlet for all things dog. By creating original (and heart-warming, and goofy) content for dog people, BarkPost helps dogs share their stories with the world using the power of humans. BarkPost is part of Bark & Co, the New York-based startup dedicated to making dogs and their people happy. Since launching in 2012 with BarkBox, a monthly box of funny toys, treats and chews that you can’t find together anywhere else, the dog-obsessed humans at Bark & Co have shipped more than 25 million products to date. The company has since expanded in recent years with a goal of getting the backs of dog parents for everything - creating its own products, experiences and entertainment with BarkShop, BarkLive, and BarkPost.

ENTER:  Leave a comment as to what you love about your dog or a dog you know.  Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.  

This book is sheer joy!  I have been reading bits and pieces since it arrived.  I never want this book to end.  I love dogs, sometime more than people.  So, this book got me right in the heart!  It is filled with heartwarming stories about dogs and the people who love (and tolerate) them and their wild and crazy and silly and loving ways.  The pictures are so awesome.  You will be smiling ear to ear the whole time you are reading, I promise.

#MMBBR #Review #FirstLine Mixing It Up by @traciebanister

Mixing It Up by [Banister, Tracie]
Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?
The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her jobeven if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.
Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sauté pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.
As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

What another great read by Banister.  She writes such wonderful stories that are funny, thought provoking and well developed.  I loved the setting of this book and the characters dialogue was great, it was very exciting, fun and quite humorous at times.  There was so much that kept me interested.  This was a well paced story that would be great for any book club!!!

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a "real" job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

Author Newsletter – The Banister Buzz


Thursday, December 1, 2016

#Giveaway #Audiobook #Review #RoundUp #Christmas #MMBBR

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What better way to kick off December than a holiday audiobook!!!  Caroline Mickelson is a storytelling wonder when it comes to feel good romantic comedies. She does a great job of developing characters and feeding the story to the reader in bits...leaving them wondering and wanting more.  She develops characters in a way that makes the reader care about the outcome.  These audiobooks are perfect to listen to while shopping or wrapping presents or any other holiday task.
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Mrs. Saint Nick : A Christmas Romantic Comedy Audiobook

Mrs. Saint Nick : A Christmas Romantic Comedy

Miss Kane's Christmas: A Christmas Romantic Comedy

The Christmas Makeover

The North Pole Prize: A Christmas Romantic Comedy Short Story

The Return of Kris Kringle: A Christmas Romantic Comedy

        • Written by: Caroline Mickelson
        • Narrated by: Carly Robins
        • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins 
        • Unabridged Audiobook
        • Release Date:08-03-15
        • Publisher: Caroline Mickelson
        • Related imageGiveaway: To enter to win one of the 5 featured audiobooks, leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing about Christmas is! Please leave me your email address so you can be contacted if you win!
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