Thursday, December 13, 2018

Flash Giveaway! Christmas Style!

What's better than getting a new book for review? Sharing them with you!
I'm happy to offer two new Christmas stories in a one-day only giveaway! 
I'll choose the lucky winner tonight, and will pop TWO of these stories in the mail tomorrow!

Maybe you'll win:

Tough Cookie, a story about the toughest gingerbread cookie ever! A story with a delightful twist and fun activities in the back for young readers!

Or:

Merry Christmas, Little Elliot, a story about friends looking for Christmas spirit, and finding it, loud and clear.

Or:

A Unicorn Named Sparkle's First Christmas, a story about Lucy and Sparkle celebrating Christmas, in a perfectly imperfect way!

Good Luck!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Picture Book Christmas

It's my favorite time of year! The decorations, the songs, the sights and smells, the warm scarves and sweaters, and...the books!
My family delights in bringing down our box of holiday stories each year, and it is an absolute must that we keep growing our special collection.

I'm so excited to share with you some new releases from my favorite publishing house family. If you see Candlewick Press, Big Picture Books (Walker Books), or Nosy Crow on a book, you've found a winner! I hope you find a new favorite, I know we have!

Enter below to win one of these titles!

Let's start with stories for our littlest loves:

Books for All to Enjoy!

I hope you've found something that intrigues you or pulls at your heartstrings. 
And as you're adding new stories to your collection, keep in mind past favorites from Candlewick Press!
Don't ask me to pick a favorite from these previous releases! 
A lucky reader will win one of these titles!
Winners will be chosen Friday, December 7th at 8PM EST. US Addresses only, please.

Enter Here

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Thank You, Crow *Review & Giveaway*

Today on the blog, a sweet little story about a simple act of kindness and the impact it makes.
And because Penny Candy Books is all about #spreadkindness, let's spread some by giving away a copy of Thank You, Crow by Michael Minkovitz, illustrated by Jose D. Medina!

It begins with a discovery.

And what follows is a boy helping-

and a crow appreciating!

What's especially sweet about this story is the kind nature of the boy and the crow. The crow continues to show appreciation by bringing the boy random gifts. The boy has no need for these random gifts, but says nothing of that to the crow so as not to hurt its feelings. 
In the end, there is one more surprise revealed!

A beautiful little read aloud!
Enter to win a copy for your home, classroom, or library!

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Monday, November 12, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11-12-18

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers. Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews and recommendations!

Books I Read this Week:

This week the Cybils reads kept coming! Here are some of this week's picture book selections:
Well, I couldn't read Dear Girl without tearing up.
I love Hey, Wall and see it pairing nicely with Maybe Something Beautiful.
I'm not new at sharing What If..., but it is new to me! It of course is fabulous and would make a great read aloud to spark discussions and bouts of creativity.
Will Bear Share is a sweet board book that looks at what we can share and what we don't need to share. Like a toothbrush.

A House that Once Was  is one that I immediately loved. It reminds me of A House Held Up By Trees in style and story. It also made me think of the house that Sophie Blackall is currently sifting through in the most magical way. Check out her instagram pictures about it if you aren't sure what I'm talking about. You'll be glad you did!
Business Pig reminded me a LOT of Boss Baby, which I've watched a fair number of times...not by choice.

See any of your favorites here?

I've also shared some holiday gift book ideas this week. Click below to visit!


I'm Currently Reading:



I take my book to school and back each day. Before morning meeting begins we read on the rug in our circle. Kids stagger in from busses, drop offs, and breakfast in the cafeteria, so I've found that low lights, soft music, and reading is the perfect way to use that 15ish minutes before announcements. That being said, I LEFT MY BOOK AT SCHOOL THIS WEEKEND. And didn't go back to get it. So, I'm still reading this one ;)

Have a great reading week!
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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Holiday Gift Book Reviews & Giveaway!


This gorgeous collection of books comes from Candlewick Press, Big Picture Press, & Nosy Crow

First Up:

Around the World in 80 Puzzles by Aleksandra Artymowska

Big Picture Press, September 2018
Over 90 pages of puzzles, story, and answer keys

A gorgeous book for the sharp of eye! Large two-page spreads take puzzle seekers around the world as they spot differences, journey through mazes, and look for hidden images. Fun for kids and for grown kids!

One lucky reader will win a copy of this book to keep or gift!
Enter below, and good luck!

Pop-Up Fun!

Ten Horse Farm by Robert Sabuda

Candlewick Press, April 2018
20 pages of pop-up magic!

This book is based on a real farm in upstate New York that is owned by the author.
Small hands will delight in slowly turning each page, unveiling a new and exciting scene each time. You don't need to be horse crazy to be amazed by this book, but for those horse crazy littles in your life I don't think you'll want to pass this one up!

One lucky reader will win a copy of this book to keep or gift!
Enter below, and good luck!

Did Someone Say they Love BIG Books?


City by Ingela P. Arrhenius

Candlewick Studio, September 2018
40 pages of oversized images that depict all that makes a city, a city!

Hailing from Sweden, Ingela Arrhenius has created a funky-huge book that your little might want to stretch out on the rug to read! I can't help but imagine how cool these pages would look framed on the wall! Whether you live in a city or want to be transported to one, this is the book for you!

A Poem a Day!

Sing a Song of Seasons: A nature poem for each day of the year 

selected by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
Nosy Crow, October 2018

You might think I've saved my favorite title for last. And you might be right, but I'd never admit such a thing. This book is the perfect addition to any poetry loving home or classroom. Seriously, if you don't know what to get for your child's teacher this year, this should take away the guess work for you! I will be using this one every day from here on out.

Now, for the Giveaway!

Monday, November 5, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 11-5-18

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers. Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews and recommendations!

Books I've Recently Read:

Astrid the Unstoppable by Maria Parr
Candlewick Press, November 2018
Realistic Fiction
320 pages
Recommended for grades 4-6

Astrid is unstoppable. She is spunky and daring and headstrong. Originally published in Norway, this novel has already be translated into 19 languages and adapted for the stage! Described as being a mix between Pippi Longstocking and Anne Shirley, you won't miss the intense Heidi vibe to this tale.
A mix of adventure, relationship highs and lows, the fragility of the heart, and a lot of snow.

Speechless by Adam P. Schmitt
Candlewick Press, November 2018
Realistic Fiction
304 pages
Recommended for grades 5+

Get this one. This was one that I couldn't wait to get back to, that I thought about later, and yearned to spend more time with. When I closed this book tears were streaming down my face.
The cleverness of this book is in how it is laid out. How you get more more and insight and information that changes the way you perceive and process the story. This was a hard one to read. My teacher self and my mother self were pulled upon to relate, to question, to grieve, in different ways.
The tears don't come in the beginning, despite the story opening at a wake for a 13-year-old child. They won't come until you really come to terms with how you would have treated that boy in life.
This one will get you.

Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure by Torben Kuhlmann
Translated by Henry David Wilson
NorthSouth Books, 2018
Fantasy
112 pages
Recommended for grades 3-5

The illustrations in this oversized chapter book are by far the star. The story felt a bit disjointed, and rushed. But those illustrations, they are something else. I'm still mulling over my feelings about this one. I do think my third graders will enjoy it.


The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and her Tribute to Veterans 
by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh, illustrated by Layne Johnson
Calkins Creek, 2012
40 pages

I snagged this from the library to read in honor of Veterans Day, and will be ordering a copy for my classroom. Reading this aloud to my students will spark conversations around Verterans Day, serving our country, the power of one person's idea and drive, and of course, the significance of the poppy.

I'm Currently Reading:

(Book 1)

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