Book Review: Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin., Jr.

Bill Martin Jr. is one of America's favorite children's author. He wrote for almost 60 years. He was the author of the classic text Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, which was illustrated by his friend Eric Carle. He was elected into the the Reading Hall of Fame by International Literacy Association. Bill Martin lived the last 11 years of his life in Commerce, Texas. A Kansas native, Bill graduated with a teaching certificate from Emporia State University (Go HORNETS!). He taught in Kansas and then was an elementary school principal in Chicago. In 1961, He moved to New York City where he worked with Holt, Rinehart and Winston, where he developed the literature-based reading programs Sounds of Language and The Instant Readers. He left the company seven years later and started his career of writing children's books and a consultant to teachers. He moved to Texas in 1993. He passed away in 2004.

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Book Review: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Lois Ehlert has created numerous bestselling picture books, including Chica Chica Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which recieved a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert is about teaching upper and lowercase letters to preschoolers. The author introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. At the end of the book there is interesting facts about each food.  I usually love Lois Ehlert books, but I was really disappointed in this book. As it was slow and some of the letters were forced using fruits and vegetables. I was hoping that it wasn't forced in a lot of it. My kids really enjoyed the the illustrations of the book and I liked how life like they look with the look of textures on every page. If you don't mind the force letters of the alphabet check this boo…

Book Review: Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos

Samantha R. Vamos was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Though she grew up on the East Coast and attended Georgetown University Law Center. She has written, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor which was inspired by the birth of her sister's first child. The book, The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred, popped into her head while she cooked. Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos is about a train ride through the alphabet. Whether chugchug-chugging up a moutainside in an Incline train or zipping at super speed in a Bullet train, trains will get you where you need to be -A to Z!  I really wanted to like this book. I love books that go through the alphabet because it teaches kids words connected to each letter but it also helps them learn the letters in order. This book is really good and really wonderful illustrations. The bad part is the words and vocabulary is high for the kids who love alphabet books. My kids were bored really quickly as the words just went over their heads. It did not keep…

Book Review: There's an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer was born in Arkansas in 1944. When he was thirteen his family moved to Hawaii. He went to Honolulu Academy of Arts then Art Students League. Soon he begun writing children's books. His wife Gina and him write Little Critter stories together. In 2007, he was chosen to be the National Book Festival "Artist of the Year." He has published over 300 books. Most of his books happened when he was little. His books have been translated into other languages like Spanish, German, French and Japanese. Check out his Youtube Channel. There's an Alligator Under by Bed by Mercer Mayer is an amazing story of a little boy who finds out there is an alligator living under his bed. Of course like all kids he can not sleep at all. So he begs his parents to help him which they told him to go to sleep there is no alligators. The boy then comes up with a plan to get the alligator out from under the bed.  So, my kids LOVE this book. If I would let them we would read it every sin…

Book Reviews: Father's Day Theme Books

Father's Day Books 

Your Daddy Was Just Like You by Kelly Bennett Grandma says that daddy was just like him once. Most of the time Daddy was a sweet boy, but sometimes he raised ruckus. He liked playing race car and superhero and got up set when he lost a game. Once upon a time Daddy was even sent to time out.  Saturday with Daddy by Dan Andreasen A young elephant and his Daddy spend Saturday running errands, sipping lemonade, and having a cookout. The charming art and simple story make this perfect. I love My Daddy by Jonathan Litton Find out why each Daddy deserves a gold star in this bright book about dads and their little ones. 

I love My Daddy by Giles Andreae This book looks at the special relationship between a father and child. 

Daddy All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas When Owen and Daddy have a whole day to spend together, Owen tries to tell his daddy how much he loves him. Owen loves Daddy more than chocolate milk....But at the end of the day, Owen knows that Daddy loves hi…

Book Review: 12 Days to Love by Lisa Swinton

Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn't been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor's wife and mother of two, she occasionally puts her B.A. in Musical Theatre to good. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking.

12  Days to Love by Lisa Swinton is another story in A Destined for Love Romance Europe Collection. Lily is free, free from home, free from work and everything she built the last eight years. She is scared to death. With her half of the Etsy business sold, Lily is persuaded by Maddie to take advantage of her windfall and go on a cruise around Italy. Feeling as unstable as the waves rolling beneath the ship, Lily is reluctant to agree to a romantic flirtation, even with a man as intiguing as Zander. The cruise is suppose to be a fresh start for Zander and an opportunity to expand his photography business. All he's interested …

Book Review: Once Upon a Wish by Danyelle Ferguson

So, I met Danyelle Ferguson in my ward a long times ago. She has personally helped me on my own journey with my son Miles. I am very blessed to have her as a friend. Danyelle Ferguson found her love for writing in elementary school. Her first published article was published when she was in 6th grade. She has since won several awards and has been published world-wide in newspapers, magazines and books. She is currently living in Kansas with her husband and four children. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and singing in the kitchen.

In Once Upon a Wish by Danyelle Ferguson, Delphine Baudry wished to be a best-selling author, and now instead of celebrating and jumping into her next novel. Taking a cue from some teens tossing Euros into a fountain, Delphine gives into some whimsy and wishes for her next book plot. Jean-Paul Chasseriau wished to start an online marketing company in La Rochelle. Feeling pressure to live up to his father's name in traditional marketing and far enou…