Head Back to School with Crayola


Back to school

It’s back to school shopping time.

I don’t know what I dread more – back to school shopping or holiday shopping? I think back to school shopping might be worse because you have to compete with people to take advantage of the amazing sales like .5 cent folders and a 10-pack of pencils for .50 cents.

What my family likes to do is take advantage of school supply sales all year long and stock up on the stuff that we’ll need. For example, we’ll always need pens, pencils and paper, so we stock up on those whenever we hit up a great sale. I’ll also purchase more during the year if I find the stuff my kids need at a good price. That way when it comes time for picking up school supplies we already have what we need and there is no need to venture out to the stores.

We also like to reuse things whenever possible. Take for example binders. Binders are expensive. At the end of the school year if my kid’s binders are still in decent shape we save them for the following school year. It doesn’t matter if they are doodled on. As long as they do what they are suppose to do that is fine with us. Why waste money and contribute waste in the landfills if they are still in good condition.

Crayola Crayons

One thing that was always a “must” is a brand new box of Crayola crayons. We always had plenty of used Crayola crayons at home, but we always bough new boxes regardless. There is something magical about a new box of Crayola crayons. Even a an adult I enjoy them. I think it’s because they bring back wonderful memories of my childhood. I can still remember sitting in class opening up a brand new box of Crayola crayons with the perfectly sharpened tips. It was like nirvana! LOL!

Even my husband – as an adult – appreciated a brand new box of Crayola crayons. We were into adult coloring long before it became a trend. We have always found coloring to be relaxing. My husband and I would sit on the floor next to the coffee table and color our hearts out. My husband prefers scenery where as I love to color cute things and animals.

No back to school shopping trip is complete with our Crayola.

Crayola was kind enough to send me a cute metal lunchbox filled with new Crayola products.

Lunch Box


The first thing I noticed was the ShopKins crayons and Ultra-Clean Washable Stampers.

I worked with kids grades Kindergarten to sixth grade in the AM last year (before school care) and grades fourth through seventh in the afternoon (after school care). BOTH the AM and PM girls were crazy about ShopKins. The afternoon girls even took the wooden blocks from the Jenga games (we had two Jenga games) and built homes, a school and a shopping center for their ShopKins (much to the dismay of the boys who wanted to play Jenga).

I have a feeling these two products are going to be VERY popular this school year.

ShopKins Stampers

ShopKins Dory

As you can see in the above photo with the Crayola ShopKins crayons is that Crayola also put out Finding Dory crayons, as well as Finding Dory products. Finding Dory was a popular film this year. Did you see it? We did and we loved it!


I like that Crayola put popular characters on many of their products.

Crayola sent me a package of their Scented Powerlines Markers. Oh my!!! These smell really good. I was very surprised at how realistic the scents were. I think I’ll spend more time smelling these than using them on my projects. LOL!

Scented Markers

Of course nothing beats the classics like a box of 64 Crayola crayons with the built in sharpener (our personal favorite!), colored pencils and markers. In fact, every Christmas for as long as I can remember I have given my husband a brand new box of Crayola 64 count crayons – and we’ve been married almost 20 years, so it’s been a long time.

Colored Pencils



Washable Markers

As someone who works with little children (I’m working with the Kindergarten kids only this year) I highly recommend washable markers and crayons. Washable glue too! ANYTHING washable. LOL!

I plan on using the colored pencils and markers when coloring in my many adult coloring books. My kids will be using them for projects as well.

You can find these and other Crayola products where ever such supplies are sold.

For more information about these and other Crayola products visit Crayola.com. On the Crayola website you can also find coloring pages, craft ideas, lesson plans and more.

Be sure to share the brand on social media too!



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

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What’s new at Parragon


Child Reading

If you read my blog on a regular basis you might recall some posts I’ve done about fun books (and more) available from Parragon. Parragon publishes books for both children and adults – including fun activities and games too.

Parragon has books featuring beloved characters from Disney, Eric Carle, Barbie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Paw Patrol and more.

Adults can find books on cooking, juicing, puzzle books and my personal favorite – adult coloring books.

Parragon sent me an assortment of titles that might be of interest to readers. I’m going to focus on some delightful children’s books and a game I think will appeal to many families.

The first book makes me smile every time I look at it. I think it’s the most adorable book.

This Little Piggy

This Little Piggy Finger Puppet Book is by Little Learners.

The book is based on the classic nursery rhyme, “…this little piggy went to the market, and this little piggy stayed home…”

When you are reading the book you are suppose to insert your finger in the hole in the back and make the piggy puppet head move around. It’s really rather comical. I can only imagine how much little ones would enjoy this.

This is a sturdy board book. Even page features colorful illustrations that go along with the story.

Let's Play

Let’s Play Touch and Feel

This is another title from Little Learners.

This colorful board book features a variety of textures for a child to “touch and feel” including a fluffy teddy bear and  a smooth, sparkly drum – among other fun texture for children to explore.

Inside book

Words are kept to a minimum. Most of the text is to describe the item and texture.

My kids loved books like this when they were little. I think having the textures to feel really emphasis the words. It’s a great educational tool, especially for tactile learners.

Love Song

Love Song of the Little Bear

This charming book is all about the incredible love the mother bear feels for her baby bear. It is expressed through out the entire book.

I adore the illustrations. They are so cute. I just want to reach inside the bags and snuggle with them.


Even though this book is about the love a mama bear has for her baby, anyone (father, grandparent…) can use it to reinforce the love between any parent/caregiver and child.

Ring around the rosie

Ring Around the Rosie 

This is yet another Little Learners title.

This adorable book feature four different sound (sneezing, giggling, music…) which can be achieved by pressing the button on top. The buttons also light up.

When you press the music button (first button with the music notes) the book will play the song “Ring Around the Rosie.” As it does that it goes through each button, lighting it up as it goes along.


I bet little ones will really enjoy the lights and sounds. This would be the perfect bedtime story.

While it’s true that Parragon has a lot of wonderful children’s books available, they also have fun activity books, educational books and even games.

This one looks really fun. It’s the perfect gift for the shark lover in your life. It would have been perfect for Shark Week.

Shark 1

Shark 2

This set is a “must have” for any shark lover in your life.

The teeth (not real) are super cool too.

The book teaches you about everything there is to know about sharks. It’s like the entire Shark Week rolled into one book. By the time  you read it I’m sure you will know everything thing there is to know about sharks – and then some!

Also available from Parragon is this adorable card game featuring characters from Eric Carle books.

Card Game 1

Card Game 2

I love the game box! How cute is this Ladybug? I love that when her “wing” is lifted the cards are exposed. When not in use the box could make a nice display on a bookshelf or dresser.

It’s hard to tell from the photo but the cards are really big, which is great for little, or not-so-little, hands.

One side of the card has descriptions on it. Players need to guess on what animal/critter fits that description. Not only is it a fun game for the whole family, it’s also a great way to teach children who to be more descriptive. That was always an issue with my son’s English teacher. She said he never put in enough description when he wrote creative essays. A game like this is a great way to learn how to be descriptive.

These are just some of the fun books and games you’ll find from Parragon.

For more information visit Parragon.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on top of their home page.

Most of these books are also available on Amazon.com.

What do you think about these offerings from Parragon? Did any of them stand out to you?

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*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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Help alleviate Back to School stress with a little help from Fruit of the Loom’s Bonus Bonus Contest



There are four words in the English language that can bring chills down the spines of both parents and children – Back to School Shopping.

When I was a child I hated to hear those words because I knew going back to school was right around the corner. I actually enjoyed the shopping part. I still remember how I would perfectly label all of my items and everything was in pristine condition. About a week after school started things were doodled on, pages were missing and I lost most of my pencils.

As a parent, back to school shopping can be very stressful. You have to run all over time trying to catch the best deals and weekly sales. You also have to keep up with the latest trends because you know your child is going to want the “must have” characters on their backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies.

My kids are teenagers, but I remember all too well how they had to have specific characters on all of their supplies.

I won’t even get started on back to school clothes shopping. That in itself is a nightmare, especially when your children get older and have to have the most trendy outfits and expensive shoes. Our daughter went from wanting a Barbie backpack to a Michael Korrs backpack practically overnight.

Another stressful thing parents think about when it’s back to school time is keeping on top of all of your child’s (or children’s) after school activities. You have to be able to juggle a lot of things at one time. It can be very overwhelming.

Here are some tips that I personally use to help alleviate back to school stress.


Stock up on supplies

Whenever we come across a great sale on school supplies we always stock up on them. We intentionally buy more than we need so that we have it throughout the year and when the next school year starts again. Such supplies include pencils, loose leaf paper, spiral notebooks, pens, highlighters and markers. These are items you can use for many school years (elementary through high school).

Because we stock up we rarely need to buy more supplies before school starts. It’s a great way to avoid the back to school crowds and lines.

Re-purpose School Supplies

At the end of each school year I always take stock of what my children have left over. When it comes to binders I have the kids reuse them for the next school year. Most of the time they are in decent shape. Sometimes they just need to be wiped down a bit with a wet cloth. Kids can even decorate them to give them a new look using permanent markers, stickers and even colorful duct tape.

Hold off buying a new wardrobe

If you want to save money on back to school outfits, wait to go shopping until October.

Kids always want a brand new outfit for the first day of school, which is fine. After the first day or two kids go back to wearing what they have in their closets.

If you wait until October you can take advantage of great sales. It also gives kids (and parents) a chance to see what are the “in styles” to wear.

But we always buy the essentials before school starts, like new underwear, socks and undergarments (tank tops, undershirts…). In fact, we stock up on them. You can never have too many underwear and socks.

Fruit of the Loom is offering “Bonus Packs” of kids underwear, just in time for back to school shopping. The Bonus Packs come with three extra underwear. That is a great bonus! Fruit of the Loom was kind enough to send us a package.


The Fruit of the Loom Bonus Packs with +3 extra underwear are available at Target or Walmart.

Fruit of the Loom is also hosting a contest called Fruit of the Loom Bonus Bonus Contest.

The contest gives moms and dads the opportunity to win a variety of prizes including:

  • 1 free month of Hello Fresh prepackaged meals
  • Movie Night out at AMC Theaters
  • Pampering from a national massage company
  • Dinner at your favorite restaurant
  • New beauty looks from a beauty-box subscription

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18 or older. Enter by 11:59 p.m. ET 8/14/16.  For Official Rules, including prize descriptions and how to enter without purchase, visit http://bit.ly/29M9wo9. Void where prohibited.

Entering the contest is super easy.

  1. Follow @FruitOfTheLoom on Twitter or Instagram;
  2. Tweet or Post a photograph of any Fruit of the Loom® underwear product and/or package, opened or unopened, along with a caption telling your most humorous stress-related story from the back to school shopping season.
  3. You MUST also include the hashtag #BonusBonusContest.

I received one of the Fruit of the Loom Bonus Bonus Packs with one of the prizes you could possibly win if you enter. Mine came with a AMC movie theater gift card. You can read more about it below.

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Invest in a good calendar

I cannot stress enough how having a good calendar to help you keep track of things and stay organized is a MUST. I update ours weekly (usually on the weekend for the following week). That way I can see the upcoming week in advance and know what I have to do and where I have to go. Without it I would be totally frazzled not knowing from one day to the next what I have to do.

Take some “me” time

It’s OK to take some time to yourself. As a parent we have a lot of pressure put on us to ensure our kids are totally prepared for the new school year. There are things to buy, forms to fill out, haircuts to schedule for… it can be a lot. I think the more kids you have the more stressful it can be too. There is a lot you have to juggle. Therefore it’s essential that you take some time for yourself to focus on the things that you enjoy and/or find relaxing. Don’t worry… your kids will start off the new school year just fine.

If you can find at least 30 minutes per day to do something that YOU enjoy and/or something JUST FOR YOU, that would be the best way to alleviate the stress that surrounds back to school time.

Something else I love to do (great “me” time or a fun time with a friend or loved one) is going to the movies. I love the movie going experience. Watching movies at home is fine, but nothing beats seeing a film on the big screen. Some movies are especially better on the big screen.

Movie Night

One of the Fruit of the Loom Bonus Bonus Contest prizes is a Movie Night out at AMC Theaters. The prize is an AMC gift card that can be used at AMC theaters across the country.

I LOVE going to the movie theater. I have even gone to see movies on my own, but nothing beats going to see a movie with my husband (aka “Date Night”). We try to get out to the movies at least every other month, usually a few times during the summer because so many great movies come out in the summer months.

Here is my hubby and me enjoying The Secret Life of Pets at our local AMC theater with the super comfortable and relaxing reclining seats. Talk about relaxing. I wasn’t stressing over a thing.



Are YOU ready for back to school time? Have you started back to school shopping yet?

What do you think about Fruit of the Loom Bonus Packs and the fun contest? Will you be on the lookout for the Bonus Packs? Will you be entering the contest?

What do you do personally do to ensure that you don’t get too stressed during the start of the new school year?

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




*I have partnered with Fruit of the Loom to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Enter the Sam’s Club Moms & Dads Club “Make Time for Play Time” Sweepstakes


Family Collage

Are you a Sam’s Club member? If not, you certainly should consider it if you have a Sam’s Club near you.

We don’t have a Sam’s Club local to where I live, but my father and stepmother have one where they live. We’ve gone shopping with them there in the past. We really enjoy it and have found some great deals. We especially love their birthday cakes. They are so good!

If you are a member, are you aware of Sam’s Club Mom’s & Dad’s Club? It’s an exclusive online destination where parents can learn more, save more and win more!

Sam’s Club has always prided themselves on helping families save time and money when shopping.

Save on National Brands

  • Sam’s Club gives you the best prices on the items you need from the brands you know

Save with the Exclusive Members’ Mark Brand

  • With over 400 Members’ Mark products – the brand exclusive to Sam’s Club – you save even more and still enjoy national brand quality!

Save through Sam’s Club Services

  • Whether you need a new pair of glasses or are in the market for a new car, Sam’s Club offers a wide range of services to help members get the most for their money.

Save Time with Club Pickup

  • Need to shop but want to skip the hassle?  Learn all about Club Pickup! Order online and your items will be brought to you at the Club Pickup kiosk inside select locations or at one of Sam’s Club’s select Curbside or Drive-Thru locations.

Save Time with Easy Reorder

  • Easy Reorder tools at Sam’s Club allow you to select from a list of the items you usually order, so you don’t have to order from scratch each time you shop.  Many items are available for free shipping or subscriptions.

To be honest, I wasn’t aware of all that Sam’s Club has to offer members. I like that you can order items online and pick up at your nearest store. That is a huge time saver. I could shop online when it’s convenient for me and pick up my order without having to shop the store and wait on line. As a busy parent I appreciate these types of services.


Now, on top of everything Sam’s Club has to offer, they now have a special club just for us moms and dads.

As a Mom’s & Dad’s Club member you’ll have access to exclusive content, special offers and rewards that will make being a parent a little easier.

Membership is FREE with your Sam’s Club membership.

As a Mom’s & Dad’s Club Member you will…

Get Exclusive Offers

Get Tips & Ideas

  • Mom’s and Dad’s Club provides product tips and suggestions based on your membership profile as the parent of an infant, toddler, preschooler or elementary aged child.  As a member you’ll also get great ideas to turn every day products into family fun! (Check out refreshing #lifehacks)

Get the Chance To Win

  • Mom’s and Dad’s Club members have special access to prizes, sweepstakes and giveaways

Make Time for Play Time Sweepstakes

Currently the Mom’s and Dad’s Club is hosting a fun giveaway – Make Time for Play Time” Sweepstakes.

Winners of the “Make Time for Play Time” Sweepstakes have the opportunity to win a “Fun With Mom” or “Fun With Dad” bundle from IncrediBundles.com. Each bundle comes with a premium diaper bag and a $100 gift card to IncrediBundles.com. The “Fun With Mom” diaper bag looks more like a chic, trendy bag. It doesn’t look like your typical diaper bag. As for “Fun With Dad,” the diaper bag is more like a backpack, which most men would prefer to use instead of a regular diaper bag.

If you are not familiar with IncrediBundles.com, it’s an online shop where you can purchase items for babies, toddlers and children in bundles. Each bundle is based on a theme such as bath bundles, sleep bundles, book bundles, and learn and grow bundles. You can even create our own bundle.


IncrediBundles make perfect gifts for a baby shower, new parents and even a child’s birthday.

I wrote a review for IncrediBundles.com last year. You can read my review here – Extraordinary Baby Gifts from IncrediBundles.com. PLEASE NOTE – the giveaway on that post is over.

I love that you can purchase pre-made bundles (or create your own) for an amazing gift – or even for yourself. No more having to go from store to store to purchase little gifts here and there. Everything you could ever want is available at IncrediBundles from diapers to toys and from books to bath time fun.

You can shop by theme or by price. They have plenty of gift ideas for under $50. You can also buy individual products (you are not obligated to buy a bundle).

You can even gift someone a YEAR of products such as diapers, books or toys.

All IncrediBundles come in an adorable re-usable box.


I still have our box. They are really well made storage boxes.

If you should enter the “Make Time for Play Time” Sweepstakes, here are some suggestions of things you could buy with the $100 IncrediBundles gift card.

Infants Under 1

  • Bright stim toys that clip to strollers and carseats and feature a variety of textures for exploring little hands
  • Teethers and rattles made from natural materials and colored with food-grade dyes
  • Loads of books for baby, especially sturdy board books with touch-and-feel panels, bright illustrations and simple stories.

1 & 2 Year Olds

  • Stock up on toys that allow for open-ended play like balls and blocks
  • Toddler-friendly musical instruments like bells, shakers and simple drums
  • Lots and lots of books, especially those with repetition and rhyme, basic stories and friendly illustrations


  • Games that allow children to learn as they play
  • Craft kits that exercise a child’s fine motor skills and creativity
  • Toys that encourage hours of happy pretend-play
  • Award-winning books with endearing characters and meaningful stories that children will want to hear again and again.

If you would like to learn more about IncrediBundles visit IncrediBundles.com. You can also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (the links are found at the bottom right of their website).

If you would like to learn more about the “Make Time for Play Time” Sweepstakes, or to enter, visit the Sweepstakes page on the Sam’s Club website.



*I have partnered with IncrediBundles to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Keep the Kids Occupied This Summer with These Ideas



School’s out and the kids are home for a better part of the day. Moms have to be pretty creative to ensure that they occupy their kid’s time appropriately. Planning things out to keep them occupied and out of trouble is likely the best solution. While watching TV or playing video games is fine on occasion, it can get boring pretty quickly and they also aren’t the healthiest activities.

Not sure how to keep them occupied? Here are some pretty affordable options that your kids are sure to love:

  1. Summer Camp – One of the most common ways to keep the kids occupied during the summer is to sign them up for summer camp. Many educational facilities and other child programs have camps kids can join. If your children have certain interests such as science, art, or math, try to find a camp that allows them to participate in those types of activities. Even if the camp is for half the day, it does allow them to get out of the house and interact with other children in the neighborhood.
  2. Music Lessons – Does your child enjoy music? If so, the summer is a great time for them to get some lessons. You can look up teachers who offer vocal lessons in your community or find instructors for kids who’d prefer to learn a musical instrument. A lesson or two per week would give them something new to do that they can also continue during the school year.
  3. Take a Tour of the City – Exploration can be a fun way to pass the time and enjoy your children. You don’t have to go far as there are a lot of things to explore right in your own town. Choose an area with several attractions or with a lot of history behind it and take the kids on a tour. They’ll have fun learning about the city.
  4. Festivals – Most communities use the summer as a time to gather together. Festivals, fairs, and other outdoor activities are common. Check with your city or state’s official site to determine when and where the events are taking place. Often times they are in public parks so you can easily bring your own food and beverages along so you don’t have to pay as much with the vendors.
  5. Beach TripsThe beach is a great place to take the kids during the summer. If you don’t like much of a crowd, try going early in the morning before the rush starts. You can spend a few hours sitting in the sand, building castles, or playing in the water.
  6. Nature Walks – If you live near a park, taking the kids out for a walk is a great way for them to get some sunshine and explore Mother Nature. Give the kids something to do such as providing them with a bucket to keep all of the things they find. You can make it a fun scavenger hunt and ask them to find specific things in the park.
  7. Movies OutdoorsSwitch up movie nights by taking it outdoors. Let the kids pick their favorite flick and set up shop in your backyard. A few blankets, a white sheet, and a projector will do the trick. Make some healthy snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars.
  8. Sleepovers – When all else fails, invite more kids over to join in on the festivities. Since school is out, curfews can be broken and what kid doesn’t love a good sleepover? Invite a few of their friends over, pull out the games, movies, and snacks, and let them run wild. You can even have a little fun yourself with the parents. Talk, sip on some wine, or indulge in a good movie or show while the kids play.

Don’t just let the kids sit in the house all day bored. There are so many things you can do this summer to occupy their time. Summer is the best time of year to spend quality time with your kids, get outdoors, and just have fun. Hopefully, this has given you some ideas on how to keep them entertained until school is back in session.

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Add these HarperCollins Children’s Books to your backpack for back to school season!


Back to School

I know what you are thinking – WHY am I writing a post about back to school when school just ended. Sadly, back to school shopping will be here before you know it (about a month from now). It’s never to soon to think about school supplies and things to get kids ready for the new school year.

HarperCollins Children’s Books has many wonderful books that are either available now, or will be soon, to help your child/grandchild prepare for the new school year.


Lola Knows a Lot written by Jenna McCarthy

Lola Knows a Lot written by Jenna McCarthy and illustrated by Sara Palacios

9780062250179– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

Meet Lola! Lola knows a lot. She can cartwheel. She can tie her shoes. She can make her sister crazy. The only thing Lola DOESN’T know… Is if she’s really ready to go to school.

Otter Goes to School written and illustrated by Sam Garton

Otter Goes to School written and illustrated by Sam Garton

9780062352255– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

Hi! I am Otter. This is about the time I started my own school for Teddy, Giraffe, and the rest of my friends. We had a great teacher and did lots of fun things together . . . until Teddy said he didn’t like school anymore. Luckily, Otter Keeper came to the rescue and taught us the best lesson of all!

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins

Frank and Lucky Get Schooled written and illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins

9780062373458– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

On a rainy day, Frank’s parents take him to the shelter to get a new dog. That’s how Frank finds Lucky, and from that moment on they’re inseparable. Not only do they have a lot to teach each other—as they explore the world around them they discover they both have a lot to learn.

Winnie & Waldorf: Disobedience School written and illustrated by Kati Hites

9780062311627– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

Waldorf has been misbehaving! Winnie decides it is time he enrolls in Winnie’s school for disobedient dogs. Waldorf learns his lessons quickly-his favorite subject is nap time; naturally he excels at it. But when it is time for gym class, something terrible happens. The neighbor’s dog is in trouble! Will Waldorf know just what to do to save the day?

On The First Day of Kindergarten written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Laura Hughes

On The First Day of Kindergarten written by Tish Rabe and illustrated by Laura Hughes

9780062348340– $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

From making lots of friends to jumping rope in gym, this fun, build-on story counts twelve exciting firsts of big kid school. A sturdy paper-over-board cover makes it a perfect book for even the youngest students-to-be!

Pete the Cat’s Got Class written and illustrated by James Dean

9780062304100– $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8

Pete the Cat loves math. But when he sees that his friend Tom is having trouble adding and subtracting, Pete has an idea to make math fun! Will Pete’s teacher believe it when Tom suddenly knows all the answers?

Rappy Goes to School written by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Tim Bowers

Rappy Goes to School written by Dan Gutman and illustrated by Tim Bowers

9780062291813– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 

It’s Rappy the Raptor’s first day of school and he’s excited! But when Rappy spots a classmate being made fun of, he speaks up-in rhyme, of course! Parents and kids will snap, tap, and dance first day jitters away with this funny school story with a dino-sized heart.

I Am a Story written and illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

9780062411068 – $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 9/6/2016

From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press, and to our digital age, discover how a story has changed and evolved from the past to today. It’s always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared, and bringing people together. With simple text and delightful illustrations, Dan Yaccarino reminds us of the power of the story.

Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Hat written by Marilyn Sadler and illustrated by Eric Comstock

9780062370563– $17.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 10/4/2016

Charlie Piechart and Watson are back in their second colorful picture-book mystery for young mathematicians. Instead of a missing slice of pizza, it’s a cone-shaped princess hat for the school play! ”It’s an emergency, Charlie!” Instead of fractions, the focus is geometry–and Marilyn Sadler and Eric Comstock are better than ever.

For more back-to-school picture book reads, check out—

  • Pinkalicious ABC (On Sale 5/24/2016)
  • Pinkalicious 123 (On Sale 5/24/2016)
  • How To Eat an Airplane (On Sale 5/24/2016)
  • Little Wing Learns to Fly (On Sale 6/14/2016)
  • Funny School Stories: Learning to Read Box Set (On Sale 6/21/2016)
  • Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes (On Sale 6/21/2016)
  • Clark the Shark: Lost and Found (On Sale 7/5/2016)
  • Dirt + Water = Mud (On Sale 7/12/2016)
  • Hello, My Name is Tiger (On Sale 7/12/2016)
  • The Cranky Ballerina (On Sale 8/9/2016)


Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome pb by Robby Novak

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome pb by Robby Novak

9780062438713 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 

In his Guide to Being Awesome, Kid President pulls together lists of awesome ideas to help the world, awesome interviews with his awesome celebrity friends (he has interviewed Beyoncé!), and a step-by-step guide to make pretty much everything a little bit awesomer.

Fancy Nancy Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune written by Jane O’Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune written by Jane O’Connor & illustrated by Robin Preiss

9780062269690– $9.99 – Ages 6 to 10 

How great would it be to be wealthy—that’s elegant for rich. Nancy Clancy sure thinks so, and with the help of her best friend Bree, she sets out to make a fortune one way or another. But when things don’t go as planned, Nancy learns something even more valuable-some of the best things in life are free.

 My Weird School Fast Facts Geography by Dan Gutman

My Weird School Fast Facts: Geography by Dan Gutman

9780062306203 – $5.99 – Ages 6 to 10 

New York Times bestselling author Dan Gutman has compiled hundreds of weird-but-true geography facts in this highly illustrated and funny fact book, featuring his beloved characters from the My Weird School series.

 My Weird School Fast Facts Sports written by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot

My Weird School Fast Facts: Sports written by Dan Gutman, illustrated by Jim Paillot

9780062306173 —$5.99—Ages 6 to 10

My Weird School author Dan Gutman has created the weirdest series of fact books ever! Whether you’re a kid who wants to learn more about sports or simply someone who wants to know why Major league baseball umpires are required to wear black underwear, this sports facts edition is the book for you.

Ms. Bixby's Last Day

Ms. Bixby’s Last Day by John David Anderson

9780062338174 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 

When Ms. Bixby unexpectedly announces that she won’t be able to finish the school year, three students come up with a risky plan to give Ms. Bixby the last day she deserves. Through the three very different stories they tell, we begin to understand what Ms. Bixby means to each of them—and what the three of them mean to each other.

 The School for Good and Evil The Ever Never Handbook by Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil: The Ever Never Handbook by Soman Chainani

9780062423054– $17.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 7/12/2015

Congratulations! It is with great pleasure that I inform you of your admission to the School for Good and Evil. For thousands of years, the greatest of heroes and villains have come through our classrooms before they ventured into the Endless Woods to find their stories-and now you join their ranks. Please use this Handbook as a resource as you navigate your way through your first year at school.

Moo by Sharon Creech

Moo by Sharon Creech

9780062415240 – $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 8/30/2016

When twelve-year-old Reena, her little brother Luke, and their parents move to Maine, Reena doesn’t know what to expect. She’s ready for beaches and blueberries and all the lobster she can eat. Instead, her parents “volunteer ” Reena and Luke to work for an eccentric neighbor named Mrs. Falala, who has a pig named Paulie, a cat named China, a snake named Edna–and one very ornery cow named Zora. What begins as farm chores turns to fun as she and Luke learn that even the most stubborn and short-tempered of beings can become true friends.

Hamstersaurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell

9780062377548 – $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 10/4/2016

After eating a package of DINOBLAST POWERPACKERTM protein powder, a regular hamster transforms into a fiercely adorable, super-hungry, sharp-toothed, spiky-tailed mutant… and promptly goes missing. Sam Gibbs, sixth-grader, social outcast, and amateur cartoonist, is determined to find and protect the weird little guy.

For more back-to-school reads, check out—

  • Big Nate Flips Out (On Sale 5/17/2016) – now in paperback!
  • Big Nate Doodlepalooza (On Sale 5/17/2016) – now in paperback!
  • Big Nate Puzzlemania (On Sale 5/17/2016)
  • Confidentially Yours #4: The Secret Talent (On Sale 9/13/2016)

If you would like to learn more about these other other books by HarperCollins Children’s Books, visit www.HarperCollins.com/Childrens. Be sure to check them out on Facebook and Twitter too (links found on the top right of their website).



*I received a few books in exchange for my participation, and to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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