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Adorable Easter goodies from Koh’s Cares

 

I know that Valentine’s Day just passed, but it’s time to look ahead to upcoming holidays, like St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and Easter (April 16th). St. Patrick’s Day is not much of a kid’s holiday (I think that one adults celebrate the most), but Easter sure is. Easter is definitely a family holiday.

I wish my kids were young enough to enjoy Easter like they used to. I loved it when they believed in the Easter Bunny. They still enjoy Easter, but more so for Easter dinner and for whatever candy I give them.

Growing up I made sure NOT to stuff our kid’s Easter baskets full of candy. I know that Easter is all about the candy (when you are kid), but I didn’t want my kids to gorge themselves on a lot of candy, most especially because their grandparents always gave them A LOT of candy for Easter.

Instead of candy I would fill their Easter baskets with coloring books, a new box of crayons, reading books, small toys and some candy. One year both our kids got scooters for Easter (and a little bit of candy). My kids never complained about not have a basket overflowing with candy.

If you are in the market for some Easter basket ideas – check out what is new with Kohl’s Cares.

If you are not familiar with Kohl’s Cares it’s a special program that Kohl’s offers to consumers that helps to raise funds for children’s charities.

A few times each year, Kohl’s Cares offers consumers books, plush toys and other goodies for only $5.00 each. The proceeds from the sales of these products goes towards children’s charities. Kohl’s Cares donates 100% of the net profit to Kohl’s Cares charities that support kid’s health and education programs nationwide.

Since 2000 Kohl’s Cares has raised and impressive $257 million dollars. Talk about a “win-win” situation. You get wonderful products and the proceeds goes towards children’s charities.

I am a HUGE fan of the Kohl’s Cares program. I love that they are raising so much money for children’s charities. I also love the products available as part of the Kohl’s Cares program. I especially love their books and matching plush toys ($5.00 each). For only ten dollars you can have a wonderful gift for a child. The products available from Kohl’s Cares would also make great, affordable Easter basket stuffers.

Check out what is new from Kohl’s Cares.

These are just SOME of the products currently available in the Kohl’s Cares program.

The Dr. Seuss books are hardcover books. They sell for over $10+ elsewhere, but with Kohl’s Cares they are only $5.00.

The plush animals are super soft and snugly. Quality plush toys sold elsewhere are easily $10 – $20 each, but with Kohl’s Care they are only $5.00.

I love getting the book and matching plush toys and keep them for gifts. The “set” makes a perfect gift. It costs you only $10, but they look like you spent double, if not more, than that amount. Plus the proceeds goes towards children’s charities, so it’s a “win-win” situation.

Kohl’s Cares has a super adorable bunny with a small book for only $5.00. This would make a PERFECT addition to any Easter basket.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw the photo I uploaded of the sweet bunny and adorable book.

I smile each and every time I look at him. The book is darling too.

I have a few of the current Kohl’s Cares products (Thidwick book and plush, Sneeches book and plush, Bunny and book and 100 Cool Simple Science Experiments). I donated the books and plush to a kindergarten program (the plush are used as “reading buddies”), which is why I don’t have a photo of them. They look exactly like they do on the website.

I work as a teacher’s assistant and I brought the science experiments book to work with me so that we can try some of the experiments with the kids. There are some super cool experiments in the book. I am looking forward to trying them out.

The bunny and book I kept for my family. The bunny will make a cute Easter decoration, and the book is a nice addition to my family’s library.

You can purchase Kohl’s Cares products on the Kohl’s website (Kohls.com). In addition they are also sold in stores. Look for them near the check out lines.

To find a Kohl’s location near you, visit their website. You can also look for Kohl’s coupons and promotional codes on places like Coupon Sherpa.

Kohl’s can also be found on social media. All of the links are found on their website.

Have you ever purchased (or received) a Kohl’s Cares product?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

 

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Easter is just around the corner! Get ready to celebrate with HarperCollins Children’s Books

 

Our son gathering Easter Eggs taken approx. 12 years ago.

Our son gathering Easter Eggs taken approx. 12 years ago.

This time of year you expect to see Valentine’s Day cards, candy and decor. After all, stores started to stock their shelves with Valentine’s Day stuff practically the moment the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Day (or so it would seem).

Believe it or not I have seen EASTER candy on store shelves already – and Easter is not until April 16th of this year. We have a very long time to think about it.

Our kids are 17 and almost 20 years old. Needless to say it’ been a while since the Easter Bunny stopped at our home delivering Easter baskets (although my kids still wand candy on Easter).

We never put too much candy in their Easter baskets because we knew their grandparents and great-grandparents would spoil them like crazy with candy. Instead we put in the basket a small plush toy, coloring books, crayons, a movie and a book. We also included some candy too.

If you are like us and you like to include a book in your child or grandchild’s Easter basket, you should check out these titles from HaperCollins.

I work with Kindergartners and I think these titles look (and sound) adorable for young children.

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Egg
Written & illustrated by Kevin Henkes

9780062408723 — $17.99 —Ages 4 to 8 

The multiple-award-winning and national bestselling author Kevin Henkes’ 50th book for children is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift but a classic read-alone and read-aloud for all year round.

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The Runaway Bunny: A 75th Anniversary Retrospective 
Written by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

9780062489944 — $19.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 1/24/2017

A 75th anniversary edition of the bestselling classic story, The Runaway Bunny, with a historical essay by Leonard Marcus, featuring archival materials all presented in a beautiful linen case cover with a commemorative foil sticker.

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The Story of the Easter Bunny Board Book

Written by Katherine Tegen, illustrated by Sally Anne Lambert

9780062381552 — $7.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 1/24/2017

Everyone knows who the Easter Bunny is, but not everybody knows where he comes from. This fresh, innovative story describes how one little rabbit became a legend. Now in board book!

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Otter Loves Easter
Written & illustrated by Sam Garton

9780062393395 — $9.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 1/24/2017

For her next paper-over-board picture book, Otter celebrates Easter with a little too much chocolate and a lot of creativity.

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How to be a Bigger Bunny
Written by Florence Minor, illustrated by Wendell Minor

9780062352552 — $14.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 1/24/2017

Perfect for springtime and Easter, Florence and Wendell’s joyous picture book celebrates the powers of persistence and learning from good books. Featuring lots of adorable bunnies as illustrated by the inimitable Wendell Minor!

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Fancy Nancy and the Missing Easter Bunny

Written by Jane O’Connor, illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

9780062377920 — $4.99 —Ages 4 to 8 — On Sale 2/7/2017

Fancy Nancy can’t wait for Easter… and this year, the family is in for a treat. Join Fancy Nancy in a fabulous storybook adventure about Easter, complete with fancy stickers!

Are you gearing up for Easter?

What do you put in your child’s/grandchild’s Easter basket? Do you often include books?

This is an Easter cake that I make often.

This is an Easter cake that I make often.

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I shared this information for the benefit of site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Tiny Dinosaurs, Big Adventures: Chapter Book Series for Daredevils & Dino Fans

 

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Most children are fascinated when it comes to dinosaurs. I was when I was a young girl. Even as an adult I still find them so interesting. I often think about what life would be like back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

Growing up I had a lot of books pertaining to dinosaurs. I wanted to be an Archaeologist when I grew up. I thought it would be amazing to travel around the globe discovering new dinosaurs.

If you have a child or grandchild in your life, you might be interested in learning about a new chapter book series from video game developer and illustrator Dustin Hansen called Microsaurs. Microsaurs combines fun thing that many kids enjoy – dinosaurs, skateboarding, and fun gadgets – for unforgettable adventures.

Dustin Hansen was raised in rural Utah, where he drew great inspiration from the outdoor and the rich history that surrounded him. To say that Utah was once a dinosaur playground is an understatement. He has been writing and creating art for the video game industry for more than two decades.

In this first Microsaurs adventure, “Follow That Tiny-Dactyl,” Danny and Lin follow a tiny pterodactyl to a secret laboratory, and find themselves shrink-ified and surrounded by dinosaurs. Soon, they’re enlisted by Professor Penrod, the paleontologist who discovered the Microsaurs, to watch them while he goes looking for more. Who knew that tracking one tiny pterodactyl would open up such a giant world of adventure?

The book features amusing illustrations, cool gadgets, and best of all, informative facts about the real-life dinosaurs on which the Microsaurs are based upon.

This new chapter book series is sure to appeal to dinosaur fans, daredevils, and young scientists alike.

The next volume in the series is called “Microsaurs: Tiny-Raptor Pack Attack.” It’s due to be released in July 2017.

I have a copy of the book (and some other fun dinosaur goodies), but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet due to the holidays. Once I’ve had the opportunity to read the book I will update this post with my thoughts.

From what I can tell it’s an easy read. It’s targeted to 2nd – 5th graders (ages 7-10) and has 224 pages.

Look for “Microsaurs: Follow That Tiny-Dactyl,” where ever books are sold. I do find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes.

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Fire & Ice Book Series by an up and coming new author (giveaway ends 12/31/16)

 

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Do you have a “Bucket List?” I do. In fact, my list is probably a mile long (if not longer). There are so many things I want to experience like sky driving, going face-to-face with a Great White Shark in one of those diving cages, visiting the Pyramids of Gisa, Egypt and seeing one of my photos published in a magazine or book. Chances are 99.99% of my Bucket List items will never be completed, but it doesn’t hurt to dream.

One of my Bucket List items that has been on my list since I was in 5th grade was to be a published author. In 7th grade I wrote a great story. My teacher loved it and it won an award from my school. I still have a copy of the story some where. I have always wanted to turn it into a book for children or maybe even ‘tweens.

I don’t know if I have what it takes to be a published author. I wouldn’t know the first place to go or how to begin. It seems like a difficult road to travel – taking a book from an idea to seeing it on a bookshelf, and I’m an adult. So imagine how incredibly impressive it is when a teenage can accomplish that very same thing.

Erin Forbes, a young lady who lives in upstate New York, has published her first book in a planned series of books at the “ripe old age” of 17. That is am impressive feat if you ask me. I’m a forth-something-year-old and I wouldn’t even know how to psyche myself up to sit down and get started, let alone already have a book published.

Erin discovered her love of writing at a very early age. Her Fire & Ice book series has been in the works for some time now.

The first book in the series, Fire & Ice: The Elementals, is available at a book store near you, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Fire & Ice: The Elementals, would probably be considered fantasy for young adults. I’m an older adult and I found the book to be entertaining and engrossing, so slapping a YA (Young Adult) label on it might not be appropriate.

Here is the official book synopsis;

Welcome to Aisling, an enchanted realm where each individual is born with a unique and magical Gift. For centuries this realm has been slowly crumbling due to an ancient curse set on the land. However, the moment that Alice and Emery Hanley step into the Academy for Gifted Youth, their lives are forever changed. Amidst the disappearance of a fellow student, the twin sisters discover a prophecy that could save the realm of Aisling from destruction.

The description alone I found to be intriguing. It brought to mind other stories like Percy Jackson and Harry Potter. There are people with magical gifts, fairies, evil being (unseen “beasts”) and more.

First and foremost I found Erin’s use of descriptions amazing. She is very descriptive in her book, so much so that she vividly paints a picture for you in your head based on the words you read on the pages of the book. It’s like watching a movie of the book as you are reading it in your head. She describes every nuance and every vivid detail from people’s hair is to the way the sunlight reflects off of something. Everything is described in great detail.

The descriptions also stem from the main character (Alice) being very observant about her surroundings. She is very in tune with everything around her.

Both girls are “gifted,” as are their classmates at the academy. It’s hard enough being a teenager and learning your way through the world. To add a “gift” on top of that, makes things a bit more interesting. For that reason I think this book has a lot to do with growing up, accepting yourself and your abilities and coming to understand and appreciate who you are, which is a powerful and important message for any young adult (or even adult for that matter). It also has a lot to do with friendship and family.

At the academy the girls learn about a curse that threatens the magical realm they inhabit. Unlike similar fantasy novels, I don’t consider it “dark” or scary like Lord Voldemort and his “death eaters,” in the Harry Potter series.

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It’s hard to put into words. I’m not as descriptive as Miss Forbes. This is an adventure story, with its twists and turns, but it’s done in a more “gentle way,” for lack of a better description. Hopefully that makes sense.

The “beasts” in this book are unseen, which could be pretty scary when you think about it.

The characters in this book are not only likable, I find them easy to relate too. I also think that the girls in this book are positive role models for young girls who might be reading the book. Girls can be heroes just as much as boys can be.

This is the type of book you could probably finish reading in a day or two. Sadly, I don’t have the time to sit and read like I’d like to. I have piles of magazines in my living room waiting to be read (and those articles are just a page or two). This book took me about a month to read ONLY BECAUSE I don’t have the physical time to read most books, except for a chapter here and there if I’m lucky.

For her very first book, Erin comes off as a professional writer – meaning – you would think she had been writing for many years. It’s hard to believe such a young lady can write such a well written, incredibly detailed, enchanted story like Fire & Ice: The Elementals.

I like how the story ends off too. You could read just this one book and feel “satisfied.” Or you can wait for the next book in the series. The ending can go either way (complete the story or segue into the next volume). The book left me wanting more – which is exactly what you want in the first book of a series.

I am a big fan of gifting books for the holiday season. Books make great stocking stuffers too. If you have a young adult in your life, a book like Fire & Ice: The Elementals would be a great gift option. Or if you just want to “gift” yourself a great read for a chilly winter night, this book is a great option for you as well.

If you would like to learn more about Fire & Ice: The Elementals, visit the official website, www.FireandIceBookSeries.com. You can also find the book series on social media. All of the links are found on the top of the website.

Be sure to check out Erin’s blog for new illustrations, updates, events, and even contests. If you live in upstate New York you may even be able to attend a book signing.

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Speaking of book signings, I have an autographed copy of the book, Fire & Ice: The Elementals, and some fun buttons, to give to a lucky reader. 

These giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 31, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win a copy of this book and/or who the book would be for (you or someone else).

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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Kimberly

*I received a free copy of this book for review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Holiday gift idea – Books!

 

Holiday Gifts

Have you completed your holiday shopping yet? Are you still looking for a great gift for someone on your holiday shopping list?

I think we’re done with our shopping. Now that our kid are teenagers they don’t a lot of stuff. Instead of a lot of little gifts we’re giving them less, but more expensive, gifts. For example, we are paying for a new battery and oil change for our daughter’s car.

Sometimes it’s impossible to find gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. It’s even harder for extended family members, co-workers and others that you might not know what they really want or need.

There is one thing that you can gift just about anyone – both young and old – Books!

I know some people are rolling their eye over the thought of gifting books. But the reality is that many people love books. There are much more than novels. There are books for just about everything including hobbies, crafting and cookbooks.

Here are some suggestions. All of these books are from Parragon Publishing.

Gifts for people who want to eat healthier

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The Clean-Eating Kitchen

Clean-Eating is simple–it’s about taking fresh, natural ingredients and making delicious wholesome meals. The Clean-Eating Kitchen guide helps you make the right decisions to have a healthy life. Choose whole-grain rice, pasta, and bread instead of their white refined counterparts and make your own sauces, marinades, soups and snacks instead of buying pre-made versions. The Clean-Eating Kitchen provides you with delicious meals such as Turkey Nuggets with Red Cabbage and Kale Slaw or scrumptious Tagliatelle with Roasted Squash and Walnut Pesto. The book focuses on natural, fresh and unprocessed foods and turning them into delicious meals.

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The Super Food Kitchen

Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods that can boost your energy and vitality. The Superfood Kitchen shows you how to tailor your diet to give you whatever boost you need with this invaluable guide to superfoods and their qualities. There are 50 nutritious superfood-packed recipes, including Gingered Salmon with Stir-Fried Kale and Quinoa Salad with Fennel and Orange. Superfoods are great for your immunity, wellbeing, and health. This book is a great starting point to living a healthier lifestyle.

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The Sugar Free Kitchen

The Sugar-Free Kitchen shows you how easy it is to cook with sugar-free recipes and reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet while still enjoying fresh and tasty dishes. This cookbook is packed with information on how both refined and natural sugar affects the body, how it has snuck into our food, and the health benefits of eating more quality protein, whole foods, and good fats. Advice on stocking your pantry, as well as how to deal with sugar cravings, gives you a head start toward changing your eating habits. Exciting sugar-free recipes like Really Rich Avocado Chocolate Mousse and Sweet Potato Soup cover every mealtime, snack, and sweet to take the hassle out of eating sugar-free. Sugar – whether refined or natural – is in almost everything we eat, from processed and fast foods, to everyday staples like rice and pasta, and even seemingly innocent fruit and vegetables. This book provides an alternative guide to eating that will help you take your first step toward a sugar-free lifestyle, with recipes to improve your well-being as well as your waistline. Reducing – or even eliminating – sugar from your diet doesn’t have to be difficult.

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Power Food

In search of easy, wholesome recipes that pack a nutritious punch? Here are over 100, each bursting with powerful natural ingredients and offering a dynamic combination of vitamins, minerals, and essential trace elements. Choose them to power up every stage of your day–from kick-start breakfasts to energy-boosting snacks and protein-packed mains to irresistible desserts. Try a Vegetable Rice Bowl or Tabbouleh-Stuffed Jalapenos to recharge your body with unprocessed goodness that it deserves.

These books are also a great gift for yourself, especially if one of your goals in the new year is to eat healthier.

The above books would also make great gifts for newlyweds, new home owners and college students (after all, there is more to eat than pizza and Ramen noodles – LOL).

Gifts for people who love to bake

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Nuts

Nuts are packed with nutrition. They are full of the protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that help you curb your appetite, protect against heart disease, lower cholesterol and reduce your risk of developing cancer. Every nut has its own nutritional package, and with so many types – from walnuts and pecans to pine nuts and brazils – the combinations are endless. Some recipes included in this book are Spicy Peanut Soup, Zucchini & Walnut Rolls, Chia Seed & Pistachio Breakfast Pudding, Goji, Mango & Pistachio Popcorn Slices and delicious Roasted Almond Ginger Butter. These recipes demonstrate ingenious ways of incorporating nuts into every part of the day. You’ll see them ground into flours or butters, tossed into salads, stirred into cookie dough, baked into muffins and cakes, and sprinkled over ice cream, yogurt and oatmeal. So come on, embrace this health-boosting superfood and delight your palate.

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Tempt

Chocolate is a delight no matter what form it takes, and this stunning book celebrates its decadent indulgence with over 80 sumptuous recipes. Divided into sensory chapters, including Melt, Snap, Dissolve, Nibble and Soft, Tempt is a special cookbook where each recipe uses chocolate as its central, delicious ingredient. This sensuous collection includes dessert and sweet treat mainstays like Dark Chocolate Roulade, Chocolate Toffee Popcorn, Gooey Chocolate Pudding, old-fashioned Peppermint Creams, and White Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Cookies; contemporary twists like Chocolate & Hazelnut Cake Pops, Chocolate Chip Cookies & Ice Cream Cake, Strawberry & White Chocolate Napoleons, and Chocolate Lava Cakes with Caramel Sauce; and quirky new treats like Indulgent Whiskey Fudge, Melting Chocolate Risotto, and Pink Peppercorn & Chocolate Cupcakes. Also featuring hints, tips and advice on working with chocolate; a list of essential equipment; a history of chocolate as an ingredient and its different varieties and flavor notes; and a convenient table of flavor pairings. With cakes, bark, cups, meringues, doughnuts and more, this essential guide to eating and cooking with chocolate is a must-have collection for every chocolate lover’s kitchen shelf.

I wish I could bake! I’m a terribly baker. I’m a great cook, but I have never had any luck baking treats. I even ruin pre-made cookies – the kind you plop on a pan and bake. Sigh…

These books are filled with colorful, mouth-watering, drool-worthy photos.

If you are planning on hosting a holiday party, or you want to give a great gift to a hostess, check out the book The Craft of Cocktails.

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These recipes take cocktails to a whole new level. Forget the Eggnog and Mararitas – this book will have you wanting to explore new cocktails. Many of these I have never even heard of before (but they sound delicious!).

The rise of craft cocktails has been meteoric, with bars all over the world now showcasing infused, botanical cocktails on their menus. Create these delicious concoctions in your own home with this up-to-the minute collection of artisan cocktail recipes. As well as craft drinks and techniques, this book also covers traditional mixology methods and features classic cocktails that never go out of style such as the Sidecar, Tom Collins, and the Negroni. Let the cocktail hour commence.

Our daughter (she’s almost 20) has talked about being a bartender. I’m not much of a drinker, but I’m holding on to this book just in case our daughter does peruse that option, or to gift to a friend who enjoys trying out new cocktails and drinks.

Another great hostess gift would be Christmas Recipes and Crafts for the Perfect Homemade Christmas. This book is filled with amazing recipes from Christmas morning breakfast to gourmet sweet treats. Best of all these recipes can also be enjoyed year round .

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Towards the end of the book you’ll find easy holiday crafts you can do with your family including snowflake cards and Christmas wreaths. The book even includes some templates

I love the photography in this book too. I want to lick the pages! LOL!

Books make great gifts for children too!

Parragon Publishing has a huge assortment of children’s books to choose from for all ages and reading levels. You can check them out on the Parragon website.

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I received to review from Parragon a wonderful holiday book. The book is called 365 Bedtime Stories and Rhymes. I love! love! love this book. It’s filled with short stories and rhymes that are sure to delight any child. The book also includes a lot of adorable and beautiful illustrations.

This book features a lot of classics like Old McDonald and Hickory Dickory Dock. Each story is brief, making it a great bedtime book for little ones. Even children just learning to read might be able to read a few of these themselves.

This is a must have book if you have children or grandchildren. It’s a hard cover book too, making it ideal to pass down to future generations.

Parragon makes these super adorable books with build in finger puppets. I donate these books to the classroom where I work and the kids LOVE them. They are great for children just learning to read and the adorable finger puppet make the books more engaging and fun.

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The finger puppet books are available in a variety of subject matters including holiday/seasonal ones. They are so cute! They make me smile when I see them.

Parragon has a lot of books based on popular characters like Disney, Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig, Eric Carle and more.

Did your child/grandchild see the film Moana yet? We did. It’s a wonderful film. If you haven’t seen it yet I would highly recommend it.

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Parragon has a fun Moana coloring/painting book that comes complete with paint and a paint brush. This would make a great stocking stuffer. It’s called Moana Discoveries and Dreams.

Parragon also has books that are great for babies and toddlers. It’s never too early to instill the love of reading in a child. I am a firm believer that if you read to your baby it can help encourage a love fore reading as they grow up.

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Do you have a child or grandchild who is potty training? Why not gift them some “big girl” or “big boy” underwear and one of these adorable potty books?

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As you can see, books can make wonderful gifts for children and adults. I personally love to receive books as gifts. I love my library. I have so many wonderful books, and there is always room for me.

If you would like to learn more about Parragon Publishing and check out the books they offer visit Parragon.com. They are also found on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

Parragon books are available where most books are sold (Amazon, Barnes & Noble…).

Do you often give books as gifts?

Do you like recieving books as gifts?

Did any of these books catch your attention?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out the new Macmillan Collector’s Library

 

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I have always loved books. I used to be an avid reader. I actually have most of my books from when I was a child. I kept them to read to my kids. I plan on reading them to my grandchildren one day too (God willing).

I also love old books. I have a few that I stumbled across at antique stores. I have some old books written by Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens and Hugh Lofting, to name a few.

I love the look of old books. There is just something about them that appeals to me.

Whenever I am at an antique stores, thrift shop or even a used book store, I am always on the look out for a great, classic book with an old time cover.

I guess the appeal of classic, old time books appeal to a lot of book lovers because Macmillan Publishing has curated a new line of books for those who enjoy the look and feel of older classic books.

The Macmillan Collector’s Library is designed and curated to appeal to book lovers everywhere. They are beautiful editions of some of the world’s most recognizable classics, as well as some lesser-known works from the literary canon. Stunningly produced with gilt edges, ribbon bookmark, elegantly illustrated jacket, and embossed cloth binding, these timeless books are sure to take a place of honor on any bookshelf.

I love the idea of producing books with the old time look to them, especially with the gilted edges. How elegant.

Lovely gold edges on the pages.

Lovely gold edges on the pages.

I also think adding the ribbon to serve as a bookmark is a genius idea. I wish all books came with a built in bookmarker. It’s better than using a scrap of paper, and you don’t have to worry about it falling out like you would with a traditional bookmarker.

Some of the books even have the classic pictures inside their pages. I especially love the images in the Alice in Wonderland book.

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All of the books have dust jackets that you can remove if you want. I often remove them because I find that they get ripped in the bookcase. These dust jackets I intend to keep on the books because I love the way they look.

Underneath the dust jack the outside of the book has a beautiful, etched design on the covers.

Macmillian sent me a few copies of their Collector’s Library books to check out for myself. I received the following titles.

  • Doctor Thorne (I never heard of this title before)
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Alice in Wonderland (my favorite of the three books)

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I’m currently reading another book to review. I haven’t had a chance to read these yet. When I do I’m going to read Doctor Thorne first, only because I have never heard of the book before and I am curious about it.

These books are smaller than traditional books. They are the perfect size to fit into your purse tote bag, backpack or gym back. I think their compact makes them the ideal on-the-go books to read.

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I know that some people prefer to read e-books. Not me. I would much rather read books the “old school” way by actually having a book in my hand and the feel of turning the pages.

Check out how lovely these books are.

The Macmillan Collector’s Library carries a lot of classic titles. Here are just a few example.

  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Dracula
  • Farewell to Arms
  • Peter Pan
  • The Little Prince

The Macmillan Collector’s Library books are available at many retail locations across the country. I have seen them on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They sell for around $10-$12 each. That is not so bad considering how lovely these books are.

If you are interested in learning more about these beautiful books, visit www.MacmillanCollectors.Library.com.

What do you think about these books? Do they sound like something you would love to have in your home library? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I received free samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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