Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Skyping with Elizabeth Eulberg

Today is the day and I'm SO excited!!! Over at the middle school, we're talking with Elizabeth Eulberg.

We'll be talking about this awesome book:

I can't wait to hear all about it and get some insider details. Maybe we might hear about book 2! All I know is that I'm super excited about this opportunity (we won a this video chat through a twitter contest)

Come back tomorrow for details on how it went!

Picture Book Review: Raindrops Roll

A nature nonfiction picture book on rain and the water cycle.

I loved this book - great photography that matches the text. The perfect book to uses in beginning to understand rain and water  - especially with the added information in the back of the book. I poured over these photographs, savoring them.

I found this book after reading Best in Snow and I hope more nature books are in the works. 

Get this one for both your public and school libraries!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Last books Added to my TBR

This week, I'm picking my own topic - and it's an easy one. Last few books added to my LONG TBR pile. Here you go!
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Always My Girl (The Shaughnessy Brothers, #3)Some Kind of MagicChasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4)Shadow GirlHere We Are Now
The Afterlife of Holly ChaseCalling My NameAmong the Red StarsVigilanteSuch a Good Girl

There you have it. Some pretty great looking reads!

Books and Treats (8)

A new blog idea inspired by Andi @ with the Pub Date where a few bloggers share book and beer pair ups.  Andi states that the idea is the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide.

After reading Fudge and Jury by Ellie Alexander, I craved chocolate something fierce. So I settled for some adult hot chocolate and a dark chocolate Godiva truffle. YUM!

A delicious read and a delicious treat!

What could be better?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Summer Reading: Build a Better World Program Ideas (4)

I know it's February, but summer will be here before you know. Deadlines are looming for performers and/or community magazines. I've started pulling together ideas on Pinterest. I'm planning to concentrate on building activities and STEAM programs. But Pinterest as so many great ideas that it's hard to choose. So I'm sharing my Pinterest finds. I hope you find them useful.

Community Projects:
Free printable compliment cards for a fun and free random act of kindness.:
Create compliment cards and leave them around town
Teens start food pantry for pets | Goshen and Chester NY | Local News:
Collect items for the food pantry - pet food, toiletries, or food

Super ideas for baby and toddler discovery bottles - so great for sensory play (with no mess!):
Create Discovery Bottles for hospital waiting rooms/dentists/doctor offices
Send a letter to a military member:
Send letters to a member of the military 

Milwaukee area residents give tips about what worked best for their Little Free Library design.:
Build a Little Free Library in an area in your community 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Cozy Review: Fudge and Jury

 * Book 5 in the Bakeshop Mystery series *
Jules and her mother have projects in the work: a new remodeling, new ovens for the bakeshop, a possible expansion for the bakeshop, and a chocolate festival to prepare for. Jules has the schedule down, but it's going to take a lot of work, but everything will be worth it. They're hoping to make a big splash for Torte at the chocolate festival; some very big names will be there.

One of the biggest names in the chocolate world dies after eating Jules's treat. He was severely allergic to nuts, but there were no nuts in her chocolate. Could it have been murder? Evan wasn't the nicest guy, but his last words hint at a deadly demise. Will his death stop the chocolate festival or can Jules help solve his murder?
My Thoughts: I really adore this series. I love the forward movement with the bakeshop and all the improvements going into the shop. If I lived in this town, I would frequent this bakeshop, everything sounds so amazing! I loved the Chocolate Festival, although reading about all the prep work made me crave chocolate something fierce! I loved the creating (baking and decorating) of the treats in this book. It did make me want to make something delicious. I liked learning about the other vendors at the chocolate festival and their products. I did guess the culprit and the weapon earlier than the main character. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next for Jules and for Torte. 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: my Library

Friday, February 17, 2017

Review: Out of Tune

When Maya's loses his job, money becomes tight. With her mother able to work from anywhere, her parents decide to chase their dreams. They sell their house and purchase an RV - they can travel around the country. Maya's devastated at losing her best friend and leaving Nashville weeks before try outs for Dueling Duets, a signing competition that could make her career.

Maya can't believe her bad luck especially since she had the perfect partner in Jack (the cutest boy in school). Now she's making a list of ways to get back home. Except all the ideas are terrible, but Maya's determined to make it home before the big day.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I felt bad for Maya for missing out on the competition. I loved watching her struggle to find a way back home and how nothing ever worked out the way she thought it would. I really liked Shiver and Bug and Remy. I loved seeing the sights through Maya's eyes. But I know it would be super hard to pack all my books into a RV and hard to live there with little to no privacy. Of course Maya makes a ton of mistakes, but she has a good heart that leads her to discover the important things.

Cover Thoughts: Love
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Perfect for tween collections in schools and public libraries, especially those in need of more artsy books. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Celebrating Read Aloud Day

Is reading aloud part of your daily routine?

Check out for more information on why reading for just 15 minutes aloud from birth through age 8 is the best thing to do and check out more of their nice graphics. 

This afternoon, I'm headed to a local school to read to third graders. It's going to be fun!

Review: My One and Only

Harper's sister calls her with a question, if Harper will be her maid of honor. Harper's horrified to learn that her sister is walking down the aisle for the third time to her ex-husband's brother - especially when her own personal life is a disaster.

Harper reluctant attends the wedding, hoping to talk her sister out of it, but it's no use. Neither is attempting to ignore her ex-husband. She can't help the way she reacts to him, even if she doesn't like it.

When her flight gets delayed, she has no choice but to drive cross country with Nick. The more time she spends with him, the more time she remembers their relationship. She remembers why they were so good together and also why they failed. But they've both changed. Could it be time for second chances?
My Thoughts: I adore Kristan Higgins' books. I've been trying to savor her backlist books because there are days when you just need one of her books. This one was fabulous. I loved Nick and Harper's banter. I loved learning more about their relationship. I loved Harper and Willa and their relationship - how it evolved. I loved her next door neighbor and Coco the puppy was adorable - they added a little humor to the story. I like that Harper was a divorce attorney and a little jaded after her own failed marriage. I liked the small town charm on the island, it made me want to visit the Vineyard. Another winner of a novel. 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Kristan Higgins's books should be in all public libraries  - they're just that good. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Picture Book Review: Princess Who Had No Kingdom

The Princess without a kingdom had a horse and a pony cart. She traveled the world searching for her kingdom while delivering items for people. Some of the people she meets can't see past her misfortunes, but the Princess carries on. Soon she finds love and even more happiness.
I adored this book. The art work is Stunning. I poured over the pictures, they were amazing. The story was sweet and charming where the Princess found love and lived on her own terms. She didn't let society dictate to her and she didn't change her ways. The Princess is independent, making this not your usual fairy tale, but a feminist one. It's simply adorable.

A fantastically perfect book for anyone who loves Princess stories. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Romance Tropes

This week's topic is favorite tropes in the romance novels. There are SO many tropes that I adore, but one of my favorites it Friends to Lovers. So with that in mind, here are some Really Great Reads.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Better off FriendsWaiting For YouEndless Summer: The Boys Next Door; Endless SummerEmmy & OliverThe Season
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Love, RosieEmmaCatching JordanEmily of New Moon (Emily, #1)

Also wishing you a very Happy Valentine's Day. 
You're amazing and you're loved, never forget that!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Upcoming Review: When My Sister Started Kissing

Claire and Abigail have been going to their cabin every summer -but this year it's different. This year, Pam, their new pregnant step-mother is joining them and their mother's things have been moved from the cabin. Clarie's not sure what to expect, but she's not looking forward to this summer, especially with her sister acting strange and a new baby arriving.

Her sister's wants to be called Abi now. She's sneaking out to meet her new friends. She doesn't want to spend the beach days with her sister. Instead she wants to hang out with Broc. Claire isn't ready for boys just yet, but she does want to be included. How can she make sure her family isn't leaving her behind?
My Thoughts: When My Sister Started Kissing is a novel in verse told through the perspectives of Claire, Abi, and the lake. I love the play of the verses - and how certain poems have different messages. I love that the lake had a perspective. I loved the sister angle - it was perfect with one sister growing older and pulling away and the younger sister clinging to the past. I love how their two paths came back together. I liked the new traditions and how their family is changing. A fantastic middle grade novel about sisters, change, and growing up.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: ARC sent for review
Release Date: March 14th
Library Recommendation: Get this one for your middle graders - both in schools and public libraries

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 12 - February 18 is Random Acts of Kindness Week 

WHAT:            17th Annual Random Acts of Kindness Week

WHEN:            Sunday, Feb. 12, – Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

WHERE:         Random Acts of Kindness Week is observed worldwide.

HOW:            Commit to participating in 2017 RAK Week by signing up at and either add a challenge to the Kindness Generator or pledge to take part in a kindness challenge established by another person, educator or organization. Use #RAKWeek2017 on social networks to spread the word. 

Go here for more info: or watch this video and then get started:

I LOVE this!
Let's turn the world Kind
Especially after these last few weeks, we all could use a little kindness.
What will you do this week?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Summer Reading: Build a Better World Program Ideas (3)

I know it's February, but summer will be here before you know. Deadlines are looming for performers and/or community magazines. I've started pulling together ideas on Pinterest. I'm planning to concentrate on building activities and STEAM programs. But Pinterest as so many great ideas that it's hard to choose. So I'm sharing my Pinterest finds. I hope you find them useful.

More Building Projects:
Let students learn how math concepts are connected to the real world as they design their own 3D TINY HOUSE!  Area, perimeter, and geometry-- math is everywhere in this project based learning activity (PBL). Designing, creating, and problem solving are key features of this resource. Build a Tiny House! $:
A Tiny House
Giant Cardboard Maze (Rachel Moani):
A Giant Maze

Tektonten Papercraft: Harry Potter Papercraft: Quidditch Field:
A Quidditch Field
The Best Cardboard Robot Costume #14:
A Robot
A nine hole miniature golf course made from cardboard boxes. A great way to keep kids entertained while they are stuck inside and a fun way to learn about physics.:
Mini Golf Course

Friday, February 10, 2017

Adult Review: How the Duke Was Won

* Book 1 in a series *
Charlene Beckett wishes life for her had been different. She wants to make sure her sister's life is different. She'd do anything for her sister. So when her father's wife asks for a favor in return for payment, Charlene doesn't hesitate. She's supposed to pretend to her her titled half sister and win the hand of a Duke.

This Duke has no interest in marriage,but now that he has the title, he needs a wife and an heir. Then he can go about his business in outside of England. He invites 4 proper ladies into his home and from there he will choose his bride.

Charlene doesn't have the training of a Lady, but she catches the Duke's eye with her strange behavior. She can't hide her passion for the less fortune during their conversations. As Charlene begins to understand the Duke, the more she likes him. She needs to win for her sake, but she hopes she can find happiness without him.
My Thoughts: I adored Charlene. I loved her fierceness, her determination, her loyalty, and her outspokenness. I love how she befriended the competition. I love hoe she protected her sister and cared for Flor (the Duke's illegitimate daughter). Flor added some comic relief to the book with her antics. She's adorable. I love how Charlene cared about social justice and how she worked for it. James was kind in his dealings with the ladies (mostly) but in the rest of the his life, he had no patience for most things. His conversations with Charlene made him pause and examine his life - and made him a better person as a result. Looking forward to reading about his friends and the trouble they get into. 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Recommended for public libraries