Kid Lit Blog Hop #37 – New Logo!

15 Apr

 The Kid Lit Blog Hop hostesses are super-excited to unveil our new Kid Lit Blog Hop button. Tada!!!

Kid Lit Blog Hop Button

The Kid Lit Blog Hop began roughly 1 1/2 years ago and the original design for the button was drawn by my then 9 year old daughter, who complained that she could have drawn something much better if I hadn’t insisted on stick figures. While the old logo is certainly recognizable, we felt it was time to breathe new life into the Hop. Please feel free to grab the code for the button (below) and pop it up into your sidebar or elsewhere on your site.

Big thank you to designbox1, who we found through Fiverr, for working closely with us in creating our beautiful new button.

 

Children’s Book Week ~ Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014

CBW Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014 - Banner - FINALWe also want to invite you to participate in the Children’s Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014 (May 12 to 18). Are you a children’s book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book? Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in a Blog Hop featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

SIGN UP NOW!

 

On to the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

Welcome to the 37th Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

We are pleased to welcome Divina from Beauty of the Picture Book as co-host this week. Please pop on over and give her a quick hello and welcome and be sure to follow her as specified below. Welcome Divina!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! :-)

Hostesses:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Destiny @ Reading and Sharing Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

Lina @ Best 4 Future: Bringing Up Baby Bilingual Twitter * Facebook

Co-Host:

Beauty of the Picture Book Email * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you! 4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links! 5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you’ve joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Happy Hopping!

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Sign-Ups OPEN: Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014

14 Apr

CBW Kid Lit Giveaway Hop 2014 - Banner - FINAL

Are you a children’s book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book? Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in a Blog Hop featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week?

 

How Does it Work?

Dates: May 12 to 18, 2014

  • Posts must go live at 12:01AM (EST) on May 12, 2014
  • Giveaway must end on May 18, 2014 @ 11:59PM (EST)

(If using Rafflecopter, set your widget to end on MAY 19th at 12:00am)

Cost: FREE!

Prize: Children/Teen’s Book and/or a Gift Card

If your prize consists of a book, it must be one appropriate for children/youth under the age of 18. You can also offer an Amazon gift card, a credit at the Book Depository, or PayPal cash as a prize (minimum $10) in conjunction with a book OR in lieu of a book, but your post MUST discuss children’s books or literature. Links to posts just offering a gift card or cash with no mention of children/teen’s books or literature will be removed from the linky list. If unsure, email me!

Posting Requirements:

Posts must be published no later than May 12, 12:01 am, 2014 ~ Posting early is ok. Posting late is not ok.

Your post must contain the following information (clearly visible):

  • Event Button
  • Giveaway Details
  • Links to the Hostesses (Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews)
  • Giveaway Linky List

The event button, links to hostesses, and linky code will be emailed to you on Monday, May 5, 2014.

Please send me your direct URL once your post goes live, or if possible you can send me your permalink ahead of time. Failure to send me your link within 24 hours of the start of the Giveaway Hop will result in the removal of your link from the linky. If you send me the direct link after the 24 hours deadline, it will be added to the bottom of the list.

Adding a Link to the Linky:

To enter the Giveaway Hop, you simply have to enter the home page of your website followed by the country restrictions (i.e., Who can enter? US; US/CAN; WW; other). Once your post is ready you can send me the permalink as described above.

Deadline for Sign-Ups: May 9, 11:59 pm (EST), 2014

The linky will close and no additional links will be accepted.

Promoting the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

We need YOUR help in spreading the word about the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. You are certainly not required to do anything other than sign up if you wish to participate, but we would sure appreciate your help by either posting about the sign-ups, tweeting about it, or sharing the information within your circles or even popping the event button up in your sidebar. We are also happy to provide you with the full post HTML code if you would be willing to post about this sign-up. Just email Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews. The more sign-ups the better for all of us!

Questions?

Please feel free to contact either Renee [renee (at) motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com] or Katie [YouthLitReviews (at) live (dot) com]. We are here to answer any questions you may have.

Sign-Up Below

You will be asked to enter the title you want displayed in the linky list (please add country restrictions in brackets), a link to your home page (or direct URL if you have it), and your name and email address.

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list.

* Like our fancy event banner? We used designbox1 from Fiverr to create it. Ask me about it!*

My Favorite Fractured Fairy Tales

14 Apr

What are fractured fairy tales? Simply put, fractured fairy tales are classic fairy tales and children’s stories that have been altered for a comedic effect. I loved these kinds of stories growing up and they still delight me to this day. Here are five of my all-time favorites.

The Stinky Cheese ManThe Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka

This sharp satire parodies many classic children’s stories and fairy tales in a world where frog princes stay frogs and ugly ducklings just grow up to be ugly ducks. The book mocks not only the source material, but itself as well, as characters travel in and out of their own stories, messing things up quite a bit in the process. Featuring dynamic illustrations by Lane Smith, this Caldecott Honor book is a delight for children and adults alike. Every page of this riotous read is funnier than the last.

3 Little PigsThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

With twice the charm and ten times the humor of the original tale, this is an enjoyable story that kids and adults will want to read again and again. In this amusing retelling, readers will hear the wolf’s side of the story. When Alexander T. Wolf goes calling on his neighbors to borrow a cup of sugar (for his dear old granny’s birthday cake) he huffs and snuffs and blows down the houses of two little pigs. But the wolf wasn’t trying to blow down those little pigs’ houses on purpose (and who builds a house out of straw, anyway?). He just had a terrible sneezing cold.

goldilocksGoldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

Three dinosaurs – Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur, and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway – decide one day to make up their beds, set out some chairs, and cook three bowls of chocolate pudding at varying temperatures. Then the dinosaurs leave the house to go someplace else. They were definitely not hiding in the woods, waiting for a delicious, poorly supervised child to come by. This book gets funnier with every turn of the page. Fans of Mo Willems will recognize his trademark wit and ever-entertaining illustrations.

The Princess and the PigThe Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett

When a self-involved queen accidentally drops her baby off of a balcony, the infant princess lands in a farmer’s cart. This sends the cart’s former inhabitant – a piglet – soaring into the sky and right into the princess’s cradle! When the king and queen discover a pig in their baby’s place, they assume that their daughter was cursed by a vengeful fairy. After all, this kind of thing happens all the time in books. The farmer and his wife suspect fairy magic as well, and decide to raise the pig-turned-baby as their own. This book is a laugh-a-minute fractured fairy tale. Kids and parents alike will smile at the references to classic fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty, The Prince and the Pauper, and The Frog Prince. The lively, cartoonish illustrations fit the bill for this absurd tale of mistaken identity.

Rumpelstiltskin's DaughterRumpelstiltskin’s Daughter by Diane Stanley

In this uplifting reimagining of the classic tale, the miller’s daughter marries Rumpelstiltskin instead of the king. Sixteen years later, Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter encounters the same greedy, gold-hungry king. Soon she finds herself in the same predicament her mother was once in – locked in a tower full of straw! While Rumpelstiltskin’s daughter may have no idea how to spin straw into gold, this clever heroine does have a few bright ideas that could help the suffering kingdom. This witty, beautifully illustrated book is a must-read!

I recommend these hilarious tales for ages 5+.

Do you enjoy fractured fairy tales? What’s your favorite?

Fractured Fairy Tales

The Illuminating Adventures of a Cynic and a Superhero

8 Apr

Flora and UlyssesFlora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (©2013) written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G. Campbell is the winner of the 2014 Newbery Medal. The book’s heroine is ten-year-old Flora Belle Buckman. As a self-proclaimed cynic, Flora is surprised at herself when, upon seeing her neighbor accidentally vacuum up a defenseless squirrel, she runs to the rescue. Flora is even more surprised when after reviving the squirrel she witnesses him lifting the vacuum over his head. In Flora’s mind, there can only be one explanation. The squirrel, whom Flora names Ulysses, must be a superhero. This theory becomes increasingly more plausible when Ulysses begins to demonstrate other talents. He can understand human speech, use a typewriter, and even fly! Flora’s friendship with Ulysses leads to a surprising adventure and several unforeseen allies including the vacuum-wielding neighbor and her great-nephew, a lonely doctor, and Flora’s estranged father.

Flora and Ulysses illustration

Flora & Ulysses is absolutely marvelous. The author effortlessly blends humor and adventure into a story that is deep, sensitive, and philosophical. Though the book is fast-paced and easy to read, DiCamillo manages to sneak some stellar vocabulary boosters like malfeasance and unremitting into the narrative. The format is unique; the novel is interspersed with short sequences of comic-style graphics and beautiful full-page illustrations, all done in black and white.

This is a charming and poignant book about the power of friendship and forgiveness. I recommend Flora & Ulysses for ages 9-13.

Kid Lit Blog Hop #36

2 Apr

Welcome to the 36th Kid Lit Blog Hop where twice per month (the 1st and 3rd Wednesday) we continue to develop a dynamic and engaged community of children’s books bloggers, authors, publishers, and publicists. So, you are always more than welcome to join us by popping in a post and hopping around to meet some of your fellow Kid Lit bloggers and authors!

We are pleased to welcome our friends Stanley & Katrina back as co-hosts this week. Thanks for joining us again and please take a moment to see their BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

Happy Hopping everyone and enjoy the Hop!

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Kid Lit Blog Hop Rules *Please Read*

1. We ask that you kindly follow your hosts. You can follow us any way you choose (Email, GFC, Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, etc.), but we’ve added our preferences below. If you could just give us a quick “follow” or “like” that would be much appreciated! Make sure to leave us a message if you are following us (i.e., on Twitter or Facebook or on our websites) and we will be sure to follow you back. Thanks! :-)

Hostesses:

Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews Facebook * Twitter

Jaymie @ Snacks for Max Twitter * Facebook

Katie @ Youth Literature Reviews Twitter * Facebook

Julie Grasso, Author/ Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Cheryl Carpinello, Author / Blogger Twitter * Facebook

Reshama @ Stacking Books Twitter * Facebook

Stacie @ BeachBoundBooks Twitter * Facebook

Destiny @ Reading and Sharing Twitter * Facebook

Mia @ Pragmatic Mom Twitter * Facebook

Maria@ Music Teaching and Parenting Twitter * Facebook

Co-Host:

Stanley & Katrina Twitter * Facebook

2. Link up any Kid Lit related post. This can be a link to a children’s book review, a discussion about children’s literature/literacy, or a post on a recently-read children’s book or one that you love from your childhood.

* Don’t link directly to your blog, it must be a specific post.*

* For Authors, we prefer you to link to your blog if you have one. Please link unique posts each time ~ no repeats please. *

* Make sure you include an image relevant to the POST (e.g., book cover), not your blog button or photo of yourself.*

* Feel free to link more than one post.*

3. Please visit AT LEAST the TWO LINKS directly ahead of your own and leave them some love in the form of a comment. We are trying to build a community of bloggers, readers, parents, authors, and others who are as passionate about children’s literature as we are so please CONNECT and follow any or all of the blogs that interest you! 4. If you like, grab the button above and put it somewhere on your blog, preferably the post you’re linking up. If you’d prefer, you can just add a text link back to this Hop so that others can find it and check out all these great book links! 5. It would really help us get the word out about the Kid Lit Blog Hop if you would be so kind as to tweet, share, and spread the word about the Hop!

Interested in co-hosting the Kid Lit Blog Hop? If you’ve joined us before, you are welcome to join us again! Please email renee @ motherdaughterbookreviews (dot) com and put Co-Hosting Blog Hop in the subject line.

Happy Hopping!

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey

31 Mar

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey (©2013) by Emily Winfield Martin is a wondrous bedtime adventure. As children drift off to sleep, magical dream animals arrive to whisk them away to Dreamland.

Dream AnimalsChildren are transported to varying fantastical dream worlds, from an elfin hollow, to an undersea tea party, to a wild circus adventure. Minimalist ink sketches depicting sleeping children are paired with opulent, ethereal paintings that bring each dream world to life. The velvety colors evoke a vintage quality that will resonate with parents. Full of whimsical details and things to discover, kids and adults alike will enjoy reading this book night after night.

Dream Animals Illustration

With its incomparable beauty and comforting, lyrical text, Dream Animals is sure to make a worthy addition to any child’s personal library.

$50 Book Blast Giveaway: Grimmtastic Girls

28 Mar

About the Books: The Grimmtastic Girls

Book #1

Title: Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays LateSummary: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda’s totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome’s ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them–before the last stroke of midnight!

Book #2

Title: Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Red Riding Hood Gets LostSummary: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia…

Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she’s great at it–too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what’s going on!

About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Joan Holub

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children’s books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com

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Suzanne Williams

Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com

Author Blog | Goodreads

Co-authors Joan and Suzanne have written the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. Though they live in different states and hardly ever get to see each other, they spend lots of time together in Grimmlandia.

Facebook (Grimmtastic Girls)

Facebook (Goddess Girls Books)

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$50 Book Blast Giveaway

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Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: April 23, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter link below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors, Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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