Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #67

Not only is it Booknificent Thursday, but today was also Scholastic-order-arrival day at our house! I may have gone a bit overboard, but that’s what book-lovers do, right, especially when they are so cheap!? :) Look at our haul!!!

Our Scholastic order

Unfortunately, we have the stomach flu going through our family right now so while the kids are lying lethargically on the couch, I’ve been reading our new books out loud to anyone who cares to hear them. All in all, not the worst day.

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

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  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #66

Hello friends! We are on an unexpected trip to the capital city right now. I’m excitedly awaiting a few release dates for books I’ve been waiting for! The next Psalm 23 mystery comes out on Monday – yippee! And Katherine Reay’s next book is due out later this month. And to top things off, I just found out that Jan Karon recently released another Mitford novel! What??!! How did I miss that?!! I’m hoping to get my hands on that one asap!

What books are you excited about today?

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

The Ifs by J.D. Pooker Book Review

I am pleased to be participating in a Book Review Blitz hosted by Mother-Daughter Book Reviews for the middle grade fantasy adventure, The Ifs by J. D. Pooker.

The Ifs

About the Book

Title: The Ifs | Author: J.D. Pooker | Illustrator: Frank Walls | Publication Date: April 22, 2013 | Publisher:Little Devil Books | Pages: 146 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: Landon and Broden are brothers. And some days they DO NOT get along very well. They spend most of their days fighting, arguing and plotting ways to get revenge on each other. Then, strange things start happening…

Noises in their room that are not the cat.

Homework is mysteriously finished.

A broken shoelace repairs all by itself.

Clothes are put in the hamper on their own.

The brothers want to share their weird experiences, but they don’t know if they can trust each other. But when they find out who’s behind all the strange things around the house, they are called to battle. Battle? Whoa! Right there in the forest by their house! A battle with the most unusual creatures and wildest of beasts. And when the battle turns more dangerous than they imagined, Landon and Broden must face their fears, put their grudges aside and learn how to work together.

Mommynificent’s Review

This story has an engaging and well-thought out plot. The characters are believable and act like you’d expect boys their age to act. I wish they didn’t fight quite as much as they do, but I suppose that’s realistic as well. It is exciting to see the brothers band together and save the day. This is an excellent book for boys who are reluctant readers; I think they will relate to it and really enjoy it!

About the Author: J.D. Pooker

J.D. PookerJ.D. Pooker lives in wonderful Wyoming with her husband and two sons, along with a black lab named Ryder and a sweet kitty named Alia. J.D. likes to spend time with her family and go camping, fishing, and snowmobiling.

Her sons are the inspiration for writing children’s stories. She wants to encourage them to be readers and show them how powerful and exciting the imagination can be. She wants them to see that countless worlds exist, and all it takes to get there is a good book.

You can visit J.D. Pooker’s website here.

 

Sing-Along Construction Song by Louise Lintvelt Book Review

I’m thrilled to be a part of Mother-Daughter Book Reviews‘ Book Review Blitz for the newly-released picture book Sing-Along Construction Song by Louise Lintvelt. This is an absolutely delightful new book by the author of Goodnight, Sleep Tight: Have a Wonderful Flight and How Andrew Got His Spots which I reviewed here and here a few months ago. While I loved both of those books, this one is, by far, my favorite; it is absolutely adorable!

Sing Along Construction Song by Louise LintveltAbout the Book

Title: Sing-Along Construction Song | Author: Louise Lintvelt | Illustrator: Julie Sneedon | Publication Date: August 11, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 1 to 5

Summary:  

** This book features vivid illustrations and kindle pop-up text**
** A free song download for this book is available at LouiseLintvelt.com **

A fun sing-along book for little construction enthusiasts.  Visit the construction site early in the morning and join the rough and tough construction vehicles, as they go about their daily work.

Mommynificent’s Review

I absolutely love this book! The watercolor illustrations are whimsical, playful, and stunning. The rhyming text flows perfectly and is full of lots of new words for little lovers of construction vehicles. And it includes repetition and song which makes it a home run in our house!

This is not just a book for boys either! My girls like it just as much as the little guy. I’m also really excited to use it with my ESL students. The beautiful pictures and repetitious text are sure to delight my students and hold their interest while teaching them new vocabulary.

About the Author: Louise Lintvelt

Louise LintveltI am from South Africa and I live in a city called Pretoria. I am a Chemical Engineer by day and a children’s book writer by night. I am married to a wonderful man and we have a beautiful two year old daughter called Allegra. I love writing stories for my daughter, who is a constant inspiration.

I have always loved reading. My childhood was filled with books and you would often find me crouched the corner of my room devouring the pages of my favourite book. I lived for Tuesday mornings as this would bring with it the excitement of a trip to the local library for story hour and the opportunity to take home a new book. I was the local librarian’s worst nightmare. I would arrive a few minutes early to check that she had not mistakenly chosen a book that had already been read in story hour.

I was a very bossy three year old with an insatiable appetite for books! This has not really changed much in the last twenty seven years. Dr. Seuss was my absolute favourite and to say that my copy of One, Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish was well read would be an understatement.

When it comes to writing, my daughter is my biggest inspiration. I love seeing her face light up with excitement when we sit down to read a book before bedtime. My daughter was fascinated by giraffes after we went on a safari trip in late 2012. This planted the seed for my picture book called How Andrew Got His Spots which is a rhyming adaptation of a story I originally wrote in the third grade. My daughter has since grown into a healthy two year old with a passion for aircraft which was the inspiration for writing Goodnight, Sleep Tight, What a Wonderful Flight.

I am sure that there are many parents in the world (myself included), who are quite decidedly sick and tired of reading the same favourite picture book night after night. I believe that the words of Oscar Wilde best describe how children should feel about picture books when he said, If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.

Happy Reading!

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Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #65

Happy Thursday to my favorite book-lovers! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week! We’re still spending loads of time on the couch reading together. I’m so thankful that my little guy loves snuggling and reading so much. What a blessing!
I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been up to this week! Make sure to hop around to other people’s links and leave them some comment love! Some of you are so faithful to do that each week, and I absolutely love seeing in the comments that people are visiting from Booknificent!
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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

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  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #64

Hello friends! How has your week been? I am still struggling with not feeling well. Some of you may have heard that we are expecting baby #5 and that I have been pretty sick. I’m past the four-month mark so I feel like I should be doing better, but a lot of days are still a real struggle, today included. Fortunately, I can usually at least drag myself to the couch to curl up with some good books and whichever kids want to listen.
Our littlest loves to be read to which is a huge blessing! So we’ve been reading lots of picture books as well as finishing up the American Girl Addy books and On the Banks of Plum Creek with the big girls. (Those go along with what we’re studying in history.) We are also absolutely loving The Sassafras Science Adventures Book 1 and are using it to study zoology this semester as well.
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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

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  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #63

After my week of great reads last week, I have predictably had a hard time getting into any new books this week so I don’t have much of anything to share on the book front. I’m hoping all of you have wonderful things to share though. I can’t wait to see what great recommendations you have for all of us!
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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #62

Happy Thursday, book-lovers! How has your week gone? I’ve had the pleasure of two really good books this week, one by a new favorite author, Cathy Marie Hake, and another by an old favorite, Elizabeth Camden! I appreciate these authors for very different reasons. Cathy Marie Hake’s books are light-hearted and hilarious, filled with quirky characters, while Elizabeth Camden’s are more serious historical fiction and usually deal with a previously unknown-to-me facet of history like the opium trade after the American Civil War. I also really enjoy Camden’s depth of characterizations and that many of her characters are quite multi-cultural.

                 Letter Perfect cover                Against the Tide cover

So, if you’re looking for a light-hearted read, I highly recommend Cathy Marie Hake’s Letter Perfect or Forevermore. And if you’re looking for a heartier historical romance, I loved Elizabeth Camden’s The Lady of Bolton Hill and especially Against the Tide! I also really enjoyed Camden’s The Rose of Winslow Street!

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And now, it’s time to party! Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

All About Bookbooks! – Booknificent Thursday Link Up Party #61

Hello, my book-loving friends. I came across this hilarious video from Ikea today, and even though I am in no way anti-ebooks, it cracked me up and seemed appropriate for our little community. I thought you all might enjoy it too!

Well, now it’s time to party!
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Please link up any posts you have, past or present, about books, reading, and literacy. This link party is all about sharing how books are impacting you! Joining in is easy; just click “Click here to enter…” next to “You are next” and copy/paste the URL of a blog post (not your homepage). Choose a photo to upload and then click some of the other great posts in the party and meet new bloggers and find out about new books!

Why should you link up to Booknificent Thursdays?

Linking up to parties and leaving comments on other posts is a proven way to increase traffic to your blog and grow your blog’s followers! Here are a few rules and suggestions:

  • You can link up as many posts as you want.

 

  • Please grab the Booknificent Thursday button and share it somewhere on your blog (sidebar, post, bottom, etc.) and please share about this party with any book-lovers you know.

 

  • I’d also really appreciate it if you’d hop over to my Google+ profile or my facebook page and give me a “like” and/or subscribe to receive my blog (just enter your email address up on the sidebar.)

 

  • We do want to keep it family-friendly, so I reserve the right to remove anything I consider offensive.

 

  • And one final rule, please visit AND comment on at least one other linked post if not more.

 

Happy linking and have a great week!

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