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Book Review: Before You Were Born by Jennifer Davis

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Jennifer Davis is a mother of four and wrote Before You Were Born to answer the questions her older kids asked while she was pregnant. She currently lives in Beufort, South Carolina.

Laura Cornell has illustrated many books for children, including the best-selling picture books by Jamie Lee Curtis. She currently lives in New York City.

In Before You Were Born by Jennifer Davis and illustrated by Laura Cornell is a way to explain the mystery of mysteries for soon-to-be older siblings: what's going on inside a pregnant mother's belly? It's a great lift-the-flap book for children that tells the parallel story of mother and baby during the nine months of pregnancy. Each page shows what's happening in the mother on the outside and then under the flap it shows what is going on the inside of mother's belly. Children learn how Mommy is feeling and how the baby is developing.

I read this book to my three kids as I am pregnant with #4. My older two kids who are seven and five…

Book Review: Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

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Sophie Jordan grew up in Texas hill county where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. She was a high school English teacher and was also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family.

In Uninvited by Sophie Jordan, you meet the main character Davy Hamilton. Davy test come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome which in other words is the kill gene. She loses everything she holds dear to her. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she won't be attending Julliard either. But all in all she doesn't feel different but genes don't lie. One day she will kill someone. Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can help her with her new life. She wants to trust him but he is just as deadly.

I actually was really skeptic about this story from the very beginning, but I decided the cover was really neat and it really drew me into reading this. I am so glad that I did read it …

Book Review: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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David Ezra Stein  is an award-winning children's author and illustrator was born in Brooklyn, New York. When he was three years old he used to beg his parents to read books. Which grew into the love of telling stories which lead to writing. Near the end of his time at Parsons School of Design in Manhattan he was encouraged by a teacher Pat Cummings to pursue children's book as a career. After his graduation he was briefly a window display artist, puppeteer, and New Yorker cartoonist. In 2006, his first book, Cowboy Ned & Andy, was published. He then has published nine pictures book. David currently lives in Kew Gardens, New York with his wife and son.

In Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, is about a little red chicken's bedtime story. His Papa reminds him to not interrupt. But the chicken can't help herself. Whether the tale is Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or si…

Book Review: The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing

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Natasha Wing was born in Connecticut, in 1960. She moved to Arizona when she was 20 years old where she finished college at Arizona State University in 1982 with a bachelor in advertising. In 1991, she decided to write children's book. She sold her first book, Hippity Hop, Frog on Top, within six months and has been writing children's books since. She has more then 20 titles and currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Amy Wummer is an award-winning children's book illustrator of over fifty titles. She has received the Highlights for Children Cover of the Year award in 1998 and 2007, the 2006 Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, Highlights for Children illustrator of the Month award in October 2003 and November 2007, and was a 2002 Gold Medallion Book Award finalist.

In The Night Before Preschool, a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the night, either: he's to…

Book Review: I Will Chomp You! by Jory John

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Jory John is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children and adults. He is also a two-time E.B. White Read-Aloud Honor recipient. He work includes the New York Times bestselling novel, All My Friends Are Dead. His most recent picture books are Penguin Problems and Quit Calling Me a Monster!. Jory has also written for New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, McSweeny's Internet Tendency and BuzzFeed. For more then six years, he has worked as the programs director at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and educational center.  Bob Shea has written and illustrated over twenty picture books such as Dinosaur vs. Bedtime and Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great. His characters and animations have appeared on Nick Jr, Playhouse Disney and PBS Kids. Bob spends his days writing, drawing, and having conversations with NPR.  In I Will Chomp You! by Jory John illustrated by Bob Shea is a tale about a greedy, big-headed monster that goes to great lengths to protect…

Book Review: No, David! by David Shannon

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David Shannon was born in Washington, D.C. in 1959. While he grew up in Spokane, Washington he found the love for drawing as soon as he could hold a crayon. In elementary school his teacher realized that if they let David draw then he would not disrupt the class and the classroom would have pretty good art on their walls. Soon David graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California where he majored in illustration. He then told his pickup truck and moved to New York City in 1983. David's work appeared in many magazines and newspapers, including Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times, as well as numerous book jackets and posters. Finally in 1988, he illustrated his first children's book, How Many Spots Does a Leopard Have?, by Julius Lester. He was encouraged to try writing his own stories after that. His first book was How Georgie Radbourn Saved Baseball, which was New York Times Best-illustrated book in 1994. David has written and/ or illustra…

Summer Schedule :)

I don't know about you but summer is long and miserable. The kids are bored most of the time or they are on their electronics wasting the day away. So this year I am doing something different, we are going to have a plan in place where the kids have to do items before they are allowed on their tablets or tv. Which will be good for all of our sanity at least once they get used to the change taking place. Ginny and Miles both will be going to summer school in the morning during June so that will help break up our summer. Then our new baby will make an appearance at the end of summer. At least we hope she will stay in until the end of the summer. So here are some rules we will be having for summer.

1. Brushed your teeth and hair
2. Dressed for the day
3. Had breakfast
4. 20 minutes of reading time
5. 20 minutes of being creative (writing, coloring, drawing)
6. 30 minutes of outside play
7. Made/built something -legos, crafts, blocks, art
8. Worked in workbook
9. Clean a room up
10. D…