Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Orbitland: A Story of Acceptance, Love, and Equality by Laverne Ndopu


The characters in the story want change, freedom and not live in fear, not having enough resources or struggling hard to survive. With guidance of the creator of the universe and the communities working together, Kawhi sees a vision of long overdue true acceptance, love and equality. A new beginning of equity for all in Orbitland has now occurred. The circle of life is complete.

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About the author:
Laverne Ndopu is 12 year old Canadian, seventh grader who is passionate about writing and storytelling. The story of Orbitland was because of a vision that she received from a high place and she was motivated to write the story of Acceptance, Love and Equality.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Review of How Old Is Grandma? by Antoinette Simmonds


Welcome to the book blast tour for How Old Is Grandma? by Antoinette Simmonds. How many times have you heard that question from young children? I'm sharing my thoughts on this book and you can follow the tour for even more. Remember to let the author know your thoughts and questions. And best of luck entering the giveaway!

A humorous family mystery about a Grandma's big secret! Kendall and Kayson love going to visit their grandparents and their Grandma's birthday means CAKE, but how many candles to put on it? As the story unfolds, and misunderstandings abound, inquisitive Kendall is surprised to find out more than he bargained for. “How Old is Grandma?” joyfully illustrates the interactions amongst a loving African American family; children, parents, and grandparents and the learning experiences they share. Warm story-telling with a humor and charm that illustrates an understanding of the funniness and peace of mind that is so commonly found in children. The first in a series of books written for children ages 4 and up.

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**My thoughts**
Having worked with children in this age group for so many years, I am no stranger to the persistent questions of age and those common misconceptions of how old adults really are. It's amusing to hear their thoughts. And young Kendall in this book is no different.

He is determined to find out just how old his grandmother actually is. But along the way, he gets distracted by having fun with his young grandmother. I got a kick out of reading through their interactions, because my grandmother were a lot older. So I had a different experience with mine growing up. We always had a lot of fun, but definitely did not play soccer together!

And the end of the book touches on how grandmothers are all different, which I appreciated for those kids who are inevitably going to compare their grandmothers to the one in this book.

The illustrations are what really made this book for me. The characters felt familiar, like I was a part of their family. You could also really feel the affection and love between all of them. I appreciate the care that went into crafting each one of these pictures, that tell more of the story than the words do.

It looks like this is the beginning of a new series of picture books. I will keep my eyes open for more installments.

Thank you to the author and Goddess Fish for providing me with a requested review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Antoinette Simmonds has more than 25 years’ experience as a teacher. She is an Adjunct Professor at two community colleges and has worked in the past as a teacher of software and a high school business teacher. She holds a BA in Business Education and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology.

As an African American woman, mother of 3, and grandmother of 3, over the years she has found fun, joy and shared experiences sharing books with children. Now as a grandmother and an emerging voice in writing, her goal is to produce a memorable series of humorous family-oriented stories featuring people of color to share, “Teaching is my passion and I am thankful that I am sharing my joy and passing it forward.”

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Friday, August 28, 2020

Darling Hedgehog Goes Down a Foxhole by Auralee Arkinsly


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Darling Hedgehog: Goes Down a Foxhole
By Auralee Arkinsly
Children's Chapter Book
Paperback & ebook, 44 Pages
August 8, 2019 by Capture Books

Darling Hedgehog goes on an adventure to look for her parents who dropped out of sight. 

Darling Hedgehog learns about the animal nature of things in high humor and carefree, cute, and winning episodes. Learn about opposites, homophones, and similes as two animals in nature roll into fantasy land. For children 4-8 or preschool and kindergarten, as a read-to-me picture book, and first grade and second grade as a chapter book.

Darling and Miss Fox come to life as Darling introduces herself to the strange animal who is Miss Fox. Miss Fox gives her gifts so that Darling is distracted from her mission. The two animals look for things to do together in fantastical attempts to be friendly. When Darling enters Miss Fox's kitchen, she realizes that by nature, not all strangers are good for you. Will Darling save the day when it's already dinner time?

Pictures similar to Charlotte's Web and the Mercy Watson series are characterized and painted in full-color, though the pages are set up like a chapter book.

This book helps to train children in natural wisdom, analysis, and discernment. It helps to balance the teachings of acceptance of everyone and friendliness to all. There may be good purposes for everyone to exist under heaven, yet all purposes may not be good for a child. So, beware, and flee from crafty foxes especially when they are holding your parents in the pantry.

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About the Author

Auralee Arkinsly writes in good humor about serious subjects because kids of all ages can learn a lot from laughing. Since opposites exist, she believes children can learn to identify the nature of things and get out of a risky situation. "Good Laughter sparks the mind." She reckons if she can save some from the bumps and bruises, then she has done a good day's work.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

What a Prickly Pear by Tina Mowrey

Children's Picture Book

Date Published: August 25, 2020

Publisher: Clearfork

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Roxy and Stumpy, two clever raccoons, are known for their dumpster diving abilities. Most mornings, their bellies are full and sleep comes easy. Until one day, they aren't so lucky. Tired and hungry, Roxy and Stumpy meet a handful of unique animal friends who eat prickly pear cactus. Yes, that's right - CACTUS! Join the raccoons as they decide whether or not this spiny food is worth the trouble.

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About the Author

A transplant from Massachusetts, Tina lives in Austin, TX, where she was introduced to the prickly pear cactus! Having been a singer/songwriter for years, Tina decided to put pen to paper and try her hand at picture book writing. It was much harder than expected, but she loves it. When she isn’t writing picture books, Tina spends her time working as an 8th grade language arts teacher and keeping up with her family of 4 humans & 5 pets!


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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Join the Kickstarter Campaign for Bentley the Hippo's New Book!

Do you remember Bentley the Hippo? He was featured on Andi's Kids Books a few months ago. Click on the book cover below if you need a refresher:

Now this award-winning children's book has a new installment in the series coming out very soon. And you can be involved in the Kickstarter campaign to fund it. You can also choose rewards for participating! It kicked off today, July 30, and there is an early bird special for those who get in early. Check it out on Kickstarter here!

Here is a sneak peek at the new book:

In this story, Bentley and his friends meet children with all kinds of challenges, physical, emotional, and psychological. Julia sits in a hospital room awaiting treatment and wants to give up. Bentley finds a way to cheer her up, encourage her to believe she can do it, and to never give up.

What can you do on launch day?

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

The Magical Red Rocking Chair by Pamela Brabham

Flying high to the Stars, Mars, and Moon... “The Magical Red Rocking Chair,” is getting ready to fly! As it takes you on a “Magical Rocket Ride.”This fun and playful Children’s Picture Book will captivate every child’s imagination. The whimsical rhythmic rhythm, beautiful illustrations, and magical colors will be the perfect anytime story. Come join in on this adventure with a boy named Rhett, his dog Macy, and all of his new friends.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Meet Kelsey Lee, author of The Tiger Like Me

Author Kelsey Lee's new picture book The Tiger Like Me is a story of independence and empowerment. Take a moment to get to know her and her book a little bit better. Follow the tour for even more and let her know what you think along the way! And of course, there's a great giveaway at the end.


Describe your book in one sentence or fewer than 25 words.

The Tiger Like Me is an adorable tale about an adventurous girl. Abhi embraces her uniqueness while meeting many new friends along the way.
To which character did you relate the most?
Abhi’s character has many similar personality traits to mine. I am a curious spirit with the desire for adventure continuously present. As a child, I felt different but didn’t embrace those feelings as acceptingly as Abhi. Abhi’s character is a blend of who I was and who I wanted to be. Her confidence and bravery are empowering, and I hope she inspires others to love who they are.
What was one of your favorite scenes?
I love the scene when Abhi and Tanzeer are playing with the jungle animals. Excerpt, "I play in the jungle with all of its creatures. We're one and the same, except for our features." It is fun, but it also holds one of my favorite messages; everyone is different, yet we're the same, meaning we are all human. We are here on this planet trying to live the best life we can and how that looks may be different, but that's the beauty of our individuality. We're all on a unique life path, but we are also walking at the same time. I hope kids and adults can use this as a reminder or lesson in empathy and inclusivity.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
Abhi’s name comes from the ancient language of Sanskrit. According to Swami Vivekananda, the meaning of the word Abhi, which appears in the Vedanta, one of the schools of Hindu philosophy, is “fearless.” A fitting name for a courageous girl such as Abhi.

Tanzeer, the tiger, also has an appropriate name for his demeanor as Tanzeer means delicate, and he is as sweet and soft as a teddy bear.

This is the story of Abhi, a brave young girl who dares to be different. As she follows the call of her adventurous spirit, she encounters inspiring creatures of the jungle who remind her to face her fears, recognize the beauty of the present moment, and walk the path less travelled.

Read an excerpt:
Day by day we use our voice, not only for noise but for speaking our choice.

Night by night, we move through fear; we know this is how to pioneer. Beyond our worry, the way shines clear, and the thoughts that limit us, soon disappear.

We are all diverse, yet one and the same. No matter the challenge, break the chain. Shine like a star to be who you are.

Raise your voice with vigour, to see your potential grow bigger. This is your gift, so be as you are. If you forget your way, then look to the stars.

In the darkness of night, shoot for the moon. Always remember, the light returns soon.


Kelsey Lee is a writer and adventurer who lives in Calgary, Alberta. With a diverse background from business owner to yoga teacher, most often, you can find her writing, working with children, and exploring all that nature has to offer. Kelsey finds daily inspiration to value child-like curiosity and empathy through her two children, and her work in Equine Therapy. As a free-spirited child herself, Kelsey has always believed that anyone could achieve their wildest dreams, no matter how far-reaching. She passionately encourages self-empowerment and self-esteem, as The Tiger Like Me, aims to support the reader in honouring their individuality to be courageously unique, and playfully curious.

Website: http://kelseyleeauthor.com/

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