Easter Books for Children Roundup

Happy Easter! Here are some great children’s books for Easter.

Happy Easter Curious GeorgeHappy Easter Curious George by Margret & H.A Rey- A fun Easter book for fans of everyone’s favourite curious monkey. I love the illustrations in this book.

Owen's Marshmallow Chick

Owen’s Marshmallow Chick by Kevin Henkes- A cute book for toddlers. This book makes me want to eat Peeps!

Happy Easter Little CritterHappy Easter Little Critter by Mercer Mayer- I loved the Little Critter books when I was a kid. This is a sweet Easter book that focuses on the activities done on Easter.

Peter Rabbit's Happy EasterPeter Rabbit’s Happy Easter by Grace Maccarone- the perfect book for when your kids start asking question about the Easter bunny, this book tells the story of how the Easter bunny came to be.

Happy Easter MouseHappy Easter Mouse! by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond- A fun book for younger children and fans of the If You Give A…series.

Leo the LopLeo the Lop by Stephen Cosgrove- Not technically an Easter book but it has rabbits so I’m including it anyways. I loved all of the Serendipity books when I was a kid but Leo the Lop is the one that stands out the most. A touching tale (see how I resisted the urge to call it a tail?) about being different.

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Review of The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzner

The Pregnancy ProjectThe Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer is the true story of a high school student who faked her pregnancy for her senior project in order to start a discussion on teen pregnancy and stereotypes. Gaby Rodriguez told very few people that her pregnancy was faked in order to take a more realistic look on how pregnant teens are treated.

The Pregnancy Project is broken into three sections. The first section gives a detailed look into Gaby’s upbringing, home life and family history. She explains how her family history led her to choose this project. The section section looks at how Gaby faked the pregnancy and what her life was like while she was “pregnant” and how her family, friends, peers and teachers  treated her. The third section looks at what happened after her big reveal.

The Pregnancy Project was a fascinating story. Gaby Rodriguez put a lot of thought into this project and it is amazing that she chose to go through with this project, even as she faced negative attention from many people including her family. This book gives an eye opening look into what many teen parents must face, and the lack of support that they may receive. Rodriguez worked with Jenna Glatzner to write this book and it’s well written. There is a teen voice to the writing and you really get a personal look into Rodriguez’s life before, during, and after the project. It flows very well between the three sections and the writing isn’t choppy or disjointed as some books written by two authors are.

I give The Pregnancy Project 5/5 stars.

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Cover Reveal: Awakened by Kriston Johnson

Today I’m participating in the Cover Reveal for Awakened by Kriston Johnson. Awakened is the first book in The Legends of Elyndia series. Here’s the cover:

Awakened

Awakened

Is it just me, or does the girl on the cover look a bit like Jennifer Lawrence?

Synopsis:

Can fighting for the right side be the wrong thing to do?

Draven, the tyrant ruler of Elyndia for the last one thousand years, searches for the one who can fulfill his prophecy.

The Paladins, an elite band of warriors sworn to protect their way of life at all cost, search for the one with the ability to bring their world crumbling down.

An innocent girl, tormented by demons only she can see, lives on the brink of insanity and longs for a life of peace.

When seventeen-year-old Jade Rosenberg reads from an antique book, she has no idea she just read an incantation awaking her inherited power. But when opposing—and equally terrifying—groups invade her home, she learns she is descended from an enchanted realm and a member of a powerful race thought to have been hunted to extinction.

Ripped from her world, Jade is forced to seek refuge from those who want her dead. She is given one of two options and the time has come for her to make a choice: assassinate their sworn enemy…

Or sacrifice her soul.

Author Bio:

Kriston Johnson lives in Southwest Washington with her husband, teenage son, and miniature Australian Shepherd. Her home rests at the fringe of an old growth forest that she insists is the home of Jason Voorhees. Her husband thinks that’s a ridiculous assumption, because everyone knows it’s really Bigfoot. Every summer Kriston participates in the annual pilgrimage to Faerieworlds, a real life faerie realm here on Earth, and has an unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, The Vampire Diaries, and Iron Man. Awakened is her first novel. You can visit her online at www.kristonjohnson.blogspot.com.

Don’t forget to check out Kriston’s Good Reads, Facebook,  and Twitter.

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Afterlife Academy Cover Reveal

I’m participating in the Cover Reveal for Afterlife Academy, a YA Paranormal novel by Jaimie Admans.

Afterlife Academy by jaimie Admans Cover Reveal

Book Synopsis:

Even being dead isn’t enough to get you out of maths class.

Dying wasn’t on sixteen-year-old Riley Richardson’s to-do list. And now, not only is she dead, but she’s stuck in a perpetual high school nightmare. Worse still, she’s stuck there with the geekiest, most annoying boy in the history of the world, ever. In a school where the geeks are popular and just about everything is wrong, Riley has become an outcast. She begins a desperate quest to get back to her perfect life, but her once-perfect life starts to unravel into something not nearly as perfect as she thought it was.
And maybe death isn’t really that bad after all…

Welcome to Afterlife Academy, where horns are the norm, the microwave is more intelligent than the teachers, and the pumpkins have a taste for blood.

About the Author:

Jaimie is a 27-year-old English-sounding Welsh girl with an awkward-to-spell name. She lives in South Wales and enjoys writing, gardening, drinking tea and watching horror movies. She hates spiders and cheese & onion crisps.

She has been writing for years, but has never before plucked up the courage to tell people. She writes mostly chick-lit and young adult. Kismetology is her first novel and there are plenty more on the way!

To find out more about the author, check out her website and follow her on Twitter, Facebook or Good Reads.

What do you think of the cover?

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Wordless Wednesday #5

Cat's Caboose in St. Catharines

Cat’s Caboose in St. Catharines

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Review of Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood

Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood

Cooking the Books by Kerry Greenwood

Cooking the Books is the latest Corinna Chapman mystery by Kerry Greenwood. In Cooking the Books Corinna is meant to be having a relaxing vacation while the bakery is closed but instead ends up baking for the set of a soap opera called “Kiss the Bride”. While practical jokes, hidden identities and actor drama cause chaos on set, Daniel and Corinna are hunting down some very important papers off set, and helping out a woman being bullied by her employer along the way.

Kerry Greenwood’s books have such unique and lively characters. Obviously Corinna and Daniel are in this book and they are joined on the set by Kylie and Goss, who have parts in the soap opera. I really enjoyed how Jason was included in this book. In Cooking the Books he is on vacation surfing for most of the book but is included in the book by having Corinna and Jason email back and forth to each other (love his crazy spelling!).

I picked up Cooking the Books at just the right time. With the weather having a hard time deciding between being freezing cold and mild and raining, plus with a day off due to freezing rain and a snow day, I had no desire to brave the winter weather. Cooking the Books is the perfect book to stay inside with on a snow day- this cozy mystery offers an entertaining plot that will keep you intrigued until the end while still being light enough for a vacation read. I’m not a big fan of mysteries with blood and gore and the Corinna Chapman series is absolutely perfect for me.

I give Cooking the Books 5/5 stars. Fans of Greenwood’s previous books should be sure to pick it up and fans of other cozy mysteries should check it out. If you’re looking for a fun and interesting read pick up Cooking the Books.

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Wordless Wednesday #4

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Delirium News!

I really enjoyed reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver so I was happy to hear that the book was going to be turned into a television series. I’m excited to watch it and see if it is as good as the book. I like the fact that it’s been turned into a tv series instead of a movie, I’m hoping that will mean a deeper look into the plot than a movie would be able to provide. I’m also hoping to see a more gradual character development and hopefully they will include some character backstory as well.

Speaking of characters, it has been announced that Emma Roberts will be playing the character of Lena. I think she seems like a good fit for this role and she was great in It’s Kind of a Funny Story (which was also based on a book). Here’s hoping she’ll do just as good a job on Delirium. Check out Lauren Oliver announcing the news here.

Emma Roberts as Lena

Not quite a perfect match up.

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Snow Day Books for Kids

I received a very exciting call today at 7 am- “Don’t come in, we’re closed”. Woo hoo, snow day! I’ll be staying inside with a book today instead of going outside to brave the weather. If you need a good book to share with your kids check out my favourite snow day books for children.

Thomas' Snowsuit

Thomas’ Snowsuit– This is a classic by Robert Munsch. A hilarious story of a boy who does not want to put on his new snowsuit. This is a wonderful book to read aloud.

Snowmen at Night

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner- What do snowmen do while we’re sleeping? This funny kids book answers that question with

First Snow in the WoodsFirst Snow in the Woods by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick- I love the gorgeous photographs in this book. This book shows the woodland creatures as they get ready for the coming snow.

SnowSnow by Uri Shulevitz- A snow storm is coming! No one seems to listen to the little boy in this story but he knows the truth. I love this book for the charming story and beautiful illustrations. I think this book will become a classic.

The Snowy DayThe Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats- No list of snowy books would be complete without this lovely story. A classic children’s picture book with wonderful illustrations made with collage. I really like that this book is based in a city, as so many books about snow or winter show idyllic country settings. This is a book that city kids can identify with and will appreciate.

The MittenThe Mitten by Jan Brett- The way that the illustrations are so perfectly tied to the story make this book a really engaging read. The writing is simple but sweet and I love that there is so much to see in the main picture on each page as well as the illustrations on the edges.

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Wordless Wednesday #3

Some photos of Needlework, taken at tonight’s craft night.

Some of the fabric available at Needlework.

Some of the fabric available at Needlework.

Fun wall art.

Fun wall art.

 

Some of the fabric I bought tonight- love the dragon!

Some of the fabric I bought tonight- love the dragon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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