Happy Anniversary Fancy Nancy, Disney Junior’s new animated series


Fancy Nancy Anniversary Book

Are you familiar with the New York Times best selling book series, Fancy Nancy? I have heard of Fancy Nancy before but I have to admit that until now I have never read any of the books. My kids are teenagers and the book series came out after they grew up. In fact, Fancy Nancy is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary this year. Happy Anniversary Fancy Nancy!

To celebrate this wonderful milestone, HarperCollins is releasing several delightful Fancy Nancy books including easy readers and activity books. They even published a beautiful anniversary book that comes with a hardcover and dust jacket accented with just the right amount of sparkle.

There are A LOT of fun Fancy Nancy books to choose from.


HarperCollins was kind enough to send me a few books which I brought to the classroom where I work. I am keeping some of the books as classroom editions. A couple of the books I plan to give to some of the children who come to us. My co-worker was so impressed by the beautiful anniversary book that she asked me if she could give it to her neighbor’s daughter who LOVES Fancy Nancy. Of course I said “yes.”

I love the anniversary book but I think my favorite has to be the Fancy Nancy’s Perfectly Pink  Playtime Purse. The book features a handle, like a purse, so that little girls can carry it around. Inside the book is filled with a lot of fun activity pages that are sure to keep you little Fancy Nancy fan occupied and entertained for hours.

Fancy Nancy Purse

If you would like to check out these or other Fancy Nancy titles please visit the official Fancy Nancy website, www.FancyNancyWorld.com.

In addition to information about Fancy Nancy books you can also find free printables, party tips, games and more. Fancy Nancy can also be found on the various social media outlets. All the social media links are found on the bottom right of the Fancy Nancy website.

As if all the delightful new Fancy Nancy books weren’t great enough – the brand also announced that they have teamed up with Disney Junior to develop and animated movie and series for Fancy Nancy.

Fancy Nancy, the New York Times bestselling book series by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, has been optioned by Disney Junior for development of an original animated TV movie and series, as well as for related role-play items and other consumer products licensed by Disney Consumer Products.  In addition, HarperCollins and Disney Publishing will collaborate on book editions based on the television series.

The stories, geared towards kids age 2-7, have an underlying theme of self-expression and love of family as they follow the adventures of a girl who likes to be fancy in everything from her creative, elaborate attire to her advanced vocabulary.


O’Connor said, “This is definitely one of those ‘pinch me’ moments. When Robin and I met Nancy Kanter and her team, we knew instantly that Disney Junior was the plus-perfect home for Fancy Nancy.

Preiss Glasser said, “After the thrill of seeing my two-dimensional drawings of Nancy and her ‘world’ come alive in spin-off musicals and ballets, the opportunity to see her animated by Disney is a dream I never would have dared to dream!”

Now in its 10th year, “Fancy Nancy” includes over 60 titles, has sold more than 28 million books and has been translated into 20 languages.  Beloved by young children around the world, Fancy Nancy was named 2008’s Book Character of the Year by Global License.  The series has received two Toy Industry Association’s Toy of the Year Award nominations, two LIMA International Licensing Excellence Award nominations and was named the Best Character Brand Program of the Year in 2009.

Even though I didn’t know much about Fancy Nancy until now I am looking forward to checking out her series when it airs on Disney Junior. I bet it will be adorable. I have a feeling that there will be a whole new generation of fans in the near future.

If you would like to learn more about HarperCollins Children’s books please visit  www.HarperCollinsChildrens.com.

Disney Junior’s website is DisneyJunior.com.

Are you familiar with Fancy Nancy? Does your child have a favorite Fancy Nancy book? What do you think about the new series? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.



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

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The Rootlets – a new kind of super heroes



Does your child love vegetables? What about a variety of vegetables?

I’ve always loved vegetables, even as a little girl. I have heard stories from other parents how difficult it can be to get children to eat their vegetables. As a veggie love I couldn’t imagine it being difficult.

When my kids were little I introduced them to a variety of vegetables as soon as I got the “OK” from the pediatrician. Even at a young age my kids were enjoying spinach, broccoli and brussel sprouts. Now that they are teenagers they still enjoy a nice variety of vegetables. In fact my kids prefer raw veggies over cooked (I mostly steam) veggies.

I consider myself lucky that my kids love veggies. I know other parents who are still struggling to get their kids to eat their vegetables, or try new vegetables. Some kids tend to stick to carrots, peas and string beans when there are so many delicious vegetables out there to enjoy.

There is a new book that was just released that aims to show young children just how “cool” vegetables can be. The book is called The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities. It was released last month in honor of March being National Nutrition Month.

The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities was created and written by Vicki Marquez and illustrated by Jeremy Russnak.

The Rootlets are a new generation of superheroes – Brocc, Carrotina, Cornelius and Kaley . They live on Planet Planted and live in a town called VeggieVille. They have a cute dog named Basil and a guardian named Yammy Grammy. Yammy Grammy plucked the superheroes from the ground when they were just little sprouts.

When the Rootlets learn that they might have super abilities – or “rootabilities” – they set out on a wild adventure to find out the truth about themselves.

This is a super cute book aimed towards children ages 4-9. Younger children can enjoy the book with the help of a parent or grandparent to read it to them. The lessons learned in the book about health, friendship and using your imagination is something older kids can appreciate and understand too.

Basil Rootlets


I love the illustrations in the book. Not only are they adorable they are also very colorful. The colors really pop off the pages.

This is a very creative book. The author came up with some fun names for the characters, such as Mr. Fungi (“Fun Guy”) and put a lot of great detail into the story (I like National Plantographic magazine – too funny!).

My kids are too old for this books demographics. I took the book to our classroom but I haven’t had the opportunity to read it to any children as of yet so I cannot provide any feedback on how children enjoy it. After reading it myself I can’t see how a child would not enjoy this fun and colorful adventure.

As a parent I love the messaging behind the story and I appreciate having super heroes that might encourage children to want to try out and enjoy more vegetables.

“The Rootlets are so much more than adorable little superheroes, they’re positive role models with the power to help kids embrace and love veggies,” says Marquez, the book’s author. “It’s my dream that families use The Rootlets as an entertaining resource to get their little ones excited about healthy living and yummy plant-based foods in a refreshingly fun way.”

The book is just the first product launched by the Rootlets brand. Their mission is to introduce children to a whole of fruits and vegetables, as well as the importance of healthy eating. More books are in the works as well as games, toys and even an animated television series. I can see these characters on TV. I think they would have great appeal for children.

In addition The Rootlets are going to be launching a website which will be a fun, interactive experience for children with games and activities as well as learning resources and exclusive content for parents.

“Veggies rock and The Rootlets take veggie coolness to a whole new level – especially for the kiddos. My daughter is a huge fan. Great book, great brand, great message. I can’t wait to see what’s next for these rad little characters,”  says Chad Sarno, Plant-Based Chef Educator.

The book is available for purchase (I have seen it on Amazon) for a suggested retail price of $12.99. The book is 40 pages in length. That might not sound like much but it’s jam packed with a lot of fun and adventure.

If you would like to learn more about The Rootlets brand please visit www.TheRootlets.com. They can also be found on social media.

What do you think about The Rootlets? Do you think it’s a fun way to introduce healthy eating to children?



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

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March is National Reading Month – Get some great tips from Olympic gold skater Kristi Yamaguchi (giveaway ends 3/29/15)


Child Reading

Did you know that March is National Reading Month?

Most people know that reading is necessary for a successful future. It’s important to encourage a love of reading, even at a very young age.

I love reading. I read all the time when I was a child and teenager. I loved reading so much that I kept most of my books from my youth. It was my plan to read my beloved books to my own children some day. I am happy to say that I did read my favorite books to my children. I still have them and plan on reading them to my grandchildren some day too.

I also kept my kid’s favorite books. I hope that one day when they are parents they will read their favorite books to their children too.

According to the US Department of Education, only about half of all young children who are three to five-years old are read to on a daily basis by a family member. That’s sad. I know that people lead very busy lives, but surely they can put aside 10-15 minutes once a day to read a story to their child or children.

It makes me sad when I go places, such as a doctor’s office, and see children as young as 3 years old totally immersed in a game on their parent’s cellphone when they should be reading a book.

Reading to a child

It’s up to parents, grandparents and care givers to help nurture a child’s love for reading. If you start when children are young they typically grow up to be active readers as young adults and adults.

I also took cues from my kids. When they showed interest in a book series or subject I would pick up books that would interest them from the library. In fact we used to make weekly trips to our local library. They used to love to pick out their own books to read.

For their birthday, Christmas and Easter they would get books from Santa and the Easter Bunny. Even the Tooth Fairy would bring them book every time they lost a tooth (and a quarter too).

I always made sure there were (and still are) ample books around for my kids. Even though they are teenagers now I still encourage them to read.

Some of my fondest memories with my children are reading them bedtime stories. I miss those days.

LeapFrog and the Always Dream Foundation have teamed up with Olympic gold skater Kristi Yamaguchi to help promote reading for National Reading Month.

Kristi is not only a mother, she is also a published author. She’s published two adorable children’s books – Dream Big, Little Pig! and It’s a Big World Little Pig! – as well as other books.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to ask Kristi a few questions about encouraging reading in children and what parents can do to help children read. Kristi answered my questions in this exclusive video (below). I hope you will take a few moments to check out her replies.

I appreciate that Kristi took the time to answer my questions. I also want to thank LeapFrog and the Always Dream Foundation for making this possible.

To encourage families to read together, LeapFrog and the Always Dream Foundation have a special initiative called the 20/20 Challenge.

During the month of March, parents are encouraged to take the pledge to read to their child/children for at least 20 minutes a day, every day. For every pledge LeapFrog receives they will donate 20 LeapFrog readers to Kristi Yamaguchi’s non-profit Always Dream Foundation. The books will be donated to under-served classrooms. Through this campaign the goal is to donate over 350,000 books to children in need.

Please consider being a part of this wonderful #LeapFrogChallenge. To learn more, or to take the pledge, visit www.LeapFrog.com/Challenge. The challenge ends on March 31, 2015 so I hope you will take the challenge right away.

20/20 Pledge

To help encourage you to take the pledge, I have an AUTOGRAPHED copy of a Kristi Yamaguchi book (at this time the title is not known). It’s an actual autographed copy, not a photocopy of an autograph.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 how you help encourage a child to read – OR – what was your favorite book as a child?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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*I will received an autographed book in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Check out James Patterson’s new book plus a great prize package giveaway (ends 3/23/15)



Spring is FINALLY making an appearance here in the Northeast (or at least where I live in New York). No longer are we thinking about snow and frigid temperatures. Instead we are directing our attention to Spring vacation and in just a few short months – Summer!

Now is a great time to gather up some great books to read and enjoy during Spring break, as well as to help you gear up for the warm weather. Nothing goes better poolside (or on the beach) than a great book.

James Patterson, a popular author of both adult and children’s books, has a new book that will soon be released called Public School Superhero. It would make a great addition to any ‘tween or teens reading list – or even your own.

If you are unfamiliar with James Patterson, he is a best selling author who has written popular series such as Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett. He also writes a lot of children’s books (mostly middle school age and older).

Photo credit: David Burnett

Photo credit: David Burnett

James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children’s Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, I Funny, Confessions of a Murder Suspect, and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time.

James’ newest book aimed towards ‘tweens and teens, Public School Superhero. We have a few other James Patterson books that my kids have read over the years. He really appeals to younger readers just as much as he does adult readers.

In this story about a good kid with a great imagination struggling in a less-than-ideal world, James Patterson brings his bestselling “Middle School”-style humor and sensibility to an urban setting.

Kenny Wright is a kid with a secret identity. In his mind, he’s Stainlezz Steel, super-powered defender of the weak. In reality, he’s a chess club devotee known as a “Grandma’s Boy,” a label that makes him an easy target for bullies. Kenny wants to bring a little more Steel to the real world, but the question is: can he recognize his own true strength before peer pressure forces him to make the worst choice of his life?

James Patterson’s newest illustrated novel is a genuinely funny yet poignant look at middle school in a challenging urban setting, where a kid’s life can depend on the everyday decisions he makes.

We have a copy of this book. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but I have flipped through the pages and it looks interesting. Even my son, a “reluctant reader,” has shown interest in reading the book. He said he might read it during their upcoming Spring Break.

The book will be released on March 16, 2015. You can pre-order it now on Amazon. It will also be available as an ebook and audio book as well as a hardcover book.

If you are would like to learn more about the newest James Patterson book you can read about it on the books official website, PublicSchoolSuperhero.com. You can also read more about James Patterson and all his book on his website, JamesPatterson.com.

Don’t forget to follow James Patterson on Twitter and Facebook. The official hashtag for this book is #PublicSchoolSuperhero.

I have some great news!

In 2015, James Patterson will donate 100,000 copies of  Public School Superhero to some of the most neglected and underfunded schools in America, and he will launch a major campaign to support school libraries. In 2014, in addition to giving a copy of one of his middle grade books to every sixth grader in the New York City and Chicago public school systems, Patterson gave $1,000,000 to independent bookstores with children’s sections.

When James Patterson meets with underprivileged kids at schools in some of the country’s poorest neighborhoods, they often ask him, “Why can’t we be heroes in any books?”  To answer that question and to bring more books into more kids’ lives, James Patterson is donating 100,000 copies of his new book for young readers, Public School Superhero, to some of the most under-resourced schools and youth programs in the country.  He was moved to make this donation after recognizing a large and underserved community of children who don’t see themselves portrayed in dynamic, entertaining stories often enough.

These same kids also inspired Public School Superhero, by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, with illustrations by Cory Thomas, a book about an African American sixth-grade chess devotee named Kenny Wright who lives in an inner city. It’s a story brimming with wit, action, and heart, one all kids are bound to find relatable and entertaining.

The books will be distributed through First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books for kids in need. First Book is a nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 125 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families in the United States and Canada. By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information visit firstbook.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


Thanks to publishers Little, Brown I have a great James Patterson prize package to give to a lucky reader. The prize package includes the following James Patterson books;

  • Public School Superhero
  • I Funny
  • Treasure Hunters
  • House of Robots

My son liked I Funny. I’m going to look into getting him Treasure Hunters and House of Robots. They look like books he might like. You can learn more about these books on the author’s website.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on March 23, 2015 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail 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 this prize package – OR – what is your favorite James Patterson book?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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

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The Zodiac Legacy – New Stan Lee MG Book



I think Stan Lee fans might be interested in learning about a new book he has written.

Comic book and Super Hero fans know who Stan Lee is. He needs no introduction.

The new book is entitled The Zodiac Legacy. I have a copy of the book. I haven’t started to read it yet. I am hoping my son will want to read it for me and act as my co-reviewer.

This is book one in the series.

The Zodiac Legacy is published by Disney Press.


Twelve magical superpowers, One sinister conspiracy, One unlikely hero.

Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure!

When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He’ll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.


Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. His co-creations include Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, as well as hundreds of others. He introduced Spider-Man as a syndicated newspaper strip that became the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips and has appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide. Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. He is also the Chairman & Chief Creative officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company based in Beverly Hills, CA.

Stuart Moore has been a writer, a book editor, and an award-winning comics editor. His recent writing includes Civil War, the first in a new line of prose novels from Marvel Comics, The Art of Iron Man 3 (Marvel, with Marie Javins); and THE 99, a multicultural super hero comic from Teshkeel.

Andie Tong has worked on titles for various franchises, including Tron: Betrayal, Spectacular Spider-Man UK, The Batman Strikes, Smallville, Wheel of Time, TMNT, Masters of the Universe, and Starship Troopers, working for companies such as Disney, Marvel, DC Comics, Panini, Dark Horse, and Dynamite Entertainment, as well as commercial illustrations for numerous advertising agencies including Nike, Universal, CBS, Mattel, and Habsro. When he gets the chance, Andie concept designs for various companies, and also juggles illustration duties on a range of children’s picture storybooks for Harper Collins. Malaysian born, Andie migrated to Australia at a young age, and then moved to London in 2005. In 2012, he journeyed back to Asia and currently resides in Singapore with this wife and daughter.

It sound very interesting. No doubt this will be a popular book among Stan Lee fans. Perhaps he’ll gather new fans after reading this book.

If you would like to learn more visit DisneyZodiac.com. On the website you can learn more about the book, check out videos and learn more about your Zodiac sign. This is not the Zodiac you are familiar with. I’m a Gemini but as per The Zodiac Legacy I am a Monkey. I’m clever, charming, versatile, competitive and cunning. I don’t know about the competitive and cunning part, but I would say that I’m charming, clever and versatile.

You can also follow DisneyHyperion on Twitter. The official hashtag is #ZodiacLegacy.

What do you think about the new book? Does it sound interesting? Does it sound like a book you and/or a family member would be interested in reading?

Do you have a favorite Stan Lee book or character?



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

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Check out what is new from Kohl’s Cares



If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall how much I adore the wonderful products that are offered as part of the Kohl’s Cares program.

Often Kohl’s Cares offers consumers fun and popular books along with beautifully made plush animals that go along with the book (each sold separately). They also offer cute toys and things for grown ups too.

In the past have purchased (or have been given) book from Dr. Suess and Disney. Some I have kept for my own collection, others I have donated to the classroom where I work. The same applies to the plush animals. Some I have kept and others I have donated to our classroom.

Here are some examples.







The “Put Me In The Zoo” and “RIO 2″ plush and book are mine that I keep on my bookshelf along with a Dr. Suess book and plush from Kohl’s Cares and another plush/book set.

Children love the snugly plush animals and the books are very popular with children because they are titles (or characters) that they are familiar with.

Kohl’s Cares has new products available. This time they are books and plush based on Disney * Pixar films such as Up, Cars and Toy Story.

Kohl’s Cares sent me a wonderful surprise recently. It contained a Cars book and plush (Lightening McQueen) and a Toy Story book and plus (Rex). If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you probably saw the pictures of them that I uploaded.



Kohl’s Cares also has products for “grown ups” too (personally I enjoy the children’s books and plush the best), as well as toys such as puzzles and activity books. I have some awesome cookbooks I’ve purchased from Kohl’s Cares.

Kohl’s Cares also sent me a activity book with a dry erase marker based on characters/movies from Disney * Pixar films. I donated it to our classroom, however I took the dry erase marker. We’ll hold on to that for the older kids (little ones and dry erase markers don’t got well together – ha ha).


The great thing about Kohl’s Cares products is that each one is only $5.00. Where else can you get a quality made plush for only $5.00? Even the books cost more than $5.00 in most books stores. For $10.00 you could give a child a lovely gifts of a beautiful book and an adorable plush.

If your child attends a lot of birthday parties it would be a great idea to stock up on Kohl’s Cares items. They are only $5.00 each and they look like you spent a lot more. Plus you can give book/plush sets ($10 in total) and it would make for a beautiful gift for a child. Not only do they get a new plush friend they also get a book to read, and as you know, encouraging a child to read is very important.

I just purchase the book “UP” and the plush Dug for my personal collection.


Some sets I love to keep for my family. Others I like to donate to our classroom.

In addition to the wonderful products Kohl’s Cares offers, 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.

You can find Kohl’s Cares products around the check out aisles in Kohl’s stores, as well as online (do a search for Kohl’s Cares). Kohl’s Cares products sell out quickly, so if there is something you have your eye on don’t wait too long. In addition Kohl’s Cares offers new products several times a year.

For more information or to find a Kohl’s location near you visit www.Kohls.com. You can also find Kohl’s on the various social media sites (all the links are found on the bottom of their website).

Do you have any Kohl’s Cares products? I know they have been around for a while. I’ve seen some wonderful products I wish I had known about because I would have purchased them.

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

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