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Friday, September 13, 2019

PAW-Some New Books From Nat Geo Kids


Today I'm sharing some awesome new books from National Geographic Kids that are purrfect for celebrating National Dog Week in September and National Cat Week in October. These beautifully designed books are super fun and bursting with engaging information and captivating photos, all of which is sure to inspire creative, thoughtful discussions for readers of all ages...


Doggy Defenders is a brand new picture book series debuting with four titles:  Dolley the Fire DogStella the Search DogTiger the Police Dog and Willow the Therapy Dog (all titles are hardcover, ages 4-8). In each book, kids can follow the real-life adventures of dogs with jobs as they help their communities and save the day.  


  
Stella the Search Dog -  Courageous (and ridiculously cute!) bloodhound Stella spends an exciting day at work as a Virginia police search dog, tracking scent trails, riding in a helicopter, and even saving a lost hiker. 
Dolley the Fire Dog - Learn all about Dolley's important role as a fire dog in Loudoun County, Virginia as this Labrador retriever visits the site of a fire, trains to sniff out flammable items, and teaches kids about fire safety.  
 Tiger the Police Dog - Together with his handler Aida, Belgian Malinois Tiger is a member off the Washington, D.C. police department. Readers join Tiger on a typical day “on the job” where he visits a police academy, trains to sniff out important items, patrols famous landmarks, and keeps us all safe. 
 Willow the Therapy Dog - Willow is a rescued greyhound and a therapy dog in Washington, D.C. Willow has a very important job cheering people up and making them feel better and shares her day with young readers as she visits a hospital, helps children read at a library book party, and brings smiles to people who need them. 


Dog Breed Guide: A Complete Reference to Your Best Friend Fur-Ever  From dachshunds to Dalmatians and poodles to pugs, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of more than 400 different dog breeds. Each profile includes the breed's "dog stats": country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, exercise needs, and "K-9 qualities." With the help of veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman and dog behaviorist Amanda Kowalski, kids will also learn how to choose the right dog for them, how to take care of their new furry friend, and how to understand their behavior. Fantastic feature spreads cover dogs in popular culture, dog ancestry, how to prepare for your perfect pooch, and so much more.  
  
Cat Breed Guide: A Complete Reference to Your Purr-Fect Best Friend  From Russian Blues and Munchkins to Maine Coons and Persians, this comprehensive guide gives an overview of 71 different cat breeds. Each profile includes the breed's "cat stats": country of origin, size, coat color and pattern, grooming difficulty, and cat-titude. With the help of veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman and cat behaviorist Mieshelle Nagelschneider, kids will also learn how to choose the right cat for them, how to take care of their new feline friend, and how to understand its behavior. Fun feature spreads cover cats in popular culture, prehistoric cats, and the house cat's wild cousins. 

Cat Science UnleashedFun Activities to Do With Your Feline Friend  - Part of the hugely successful Hands-On Science line (Dog Science Unleashed Fall 2018) Cat Science Unleashed contains 22 safe and cat-friendly activities that let you work alongside your cat to discover how your amazing feline friend thinks, moves, drinks, stays warm, gets clean, cools off, and more.   Step-by-step instructions, clear and interesting scientific explanations, and cool photographs shot specifically for this book reveal how catnip affects your kitty, how she can see so well in the dark, why she always lands on all fours and techniques for testing her vitals and tracking her fitness.  Also includes a behind-the-scenes look at current feline research. 

Little Kids Big Book of Pets  In the next book in the hit Little Kids First Big Book series, readers learn all about pets with fur, feathers, fins, scales, and shells--and how to find and care for the perfect pet for their family.From cats to dogs to guinea pigs to birds to fish to snakes and more, this reference book introduces kids to a wide variety of family-friendly pets. Readers learn which kinds of animals make good pets and which ones are better off staying in the wild, along with how each type of pet eats, sleeps, and plays. Packed with more than 200 colorful photos, the book also provides information on animal breeds, characteristics, and behavior and includes tips for training pets. Filled with fun facts and designed for interactive learning. 



*I received copies of the titles above for review/feature purposes. All thoughts, opinions, and reviews are my own.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

A Crazy-Much Love Blog Tour (review and giveaway)



A Crazy-Much Love 
By Joy Jordan-Lake 
Illustrated by Sonia Sanchez 
September 17, 2019 
Two Lions 

“How MUCH is the crazy-much love?” This simple question is answered as two parents recount the journey of adopting their daughter and the many milestone moments that follow. From the child’s first bath and first time riding a tricycle, all the way to her boarding that big yellow bus, the crazy-much love grows SO MUCH that it spills out the windows and busts down the doors. A warm, lyrical celebration of the deep love parents hold for their children, and a comforting message for kids about how there can be only one special YOU. 


“The standout illustrations burst with energy and are as saturated with color as the subject of the story is showered with love. A perfect gift for an adoptive family—and every family that has a deep and abiding love for their young children.” —Booklist 

“An honest and encouraging story about a transracial adoption.” —Kirkus Reviews 




Joy Jordan-Lake's A Crazy-Much Love is a thoughtful, darling picture book that beautifully celebrates adoption, love, and hope. Every page of this heartwarming story is bursting with joy and sweetness!  

Jordan-Lake's fun, lyrical word choices and lovely repeated lines will charm and delight little readers. Sanchez’s exuberant illustrations, with their whimsical style; dazzling bursts of color; and lovingly rendered characters, perfectly capture the story’s radiant and deeply felt message.  

A Crazy-Much Love is perfect for sharing aloud, especially among adoptive families. 



Joy Jordan-Lake is the author of multiple books for adults, including A Tangled Mercy, a Goodreads Hot Reads Selection and Kindle bestseller, and Blue Hole Back Home, winner of the Christy Award in 2009 for Best First Novel. A Crazy-Much Love is her debut picture book. She holds a PhD in English and has taught literature and writing at several universities. She is a mother to two biological children and one child adopted from China, and her experiences inspired this book. She lives outside Nashville with her family, including two fluffy dogs. Learn more about the author at www.joyjordanlake.com. 
  
Sonia S├ínchez is an award-winning Spanish illustrator. Her debut picture book, Here I Am, written by Patti Kim, received two starred reviews and was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Painter. Her artwork has been selected for the prestigious Society of Illustrators Original Art Show twice, and her books have been named a CBC NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People and a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year. She lives with her husband, her son, and a sleepyhead cat in a blue house near the Mediterranean Sea. 



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