Tuesday, October 22

"The Sparkle Box" A Very Unique Christmas Book Giveaway

 A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas
I can see The Sparkle Box becoming a yearly traditional read in our home!  It fits in perfectly with the way we always celebrate the season--bringing kindness and love to those around us.  Around this time of year, my children and I make Shoe Boxes together to send to children throughout the world through Operation Christmas Child.  The actual sparkle box is meant to hold slips of paper that record the good deeds we do for others.  Published by Ideal Books, The Sparkle Box is different from most of the other Christmas themed children's books I've found.  It's really wonderful!  

More About The Sparkle Box 
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He's thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family's good deeds. Sam's mom explains that the things that they've been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him. 

One winner (US or Canada) will receive a copy of The Sparkle Box. Enter below by November 2nd at 11 pm anyone's time. And be sure to enter all of the other giveaways at our blog by clicking on the tabs above.  :) 

Is there anything special you've been able to do in past holidays to get into the true spirit of generosity, or anything that you would like to do this year?

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Special thanks to the wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions and Ideal Books for this review and giveaway opportunity!

Saturday, October 19

"Can't Wait Willow!" A Wonderful Picture Book Giveaway

First of all, I can't say enough good things about this book!  This is my daughter's favorite book in a long time.  She reads it sometimes 4 times a day to anyone who will listen. Can't-Wait Willow features a fun little girl named Willow who is full of life... but who has a hard time waiting for the things she wants most.  The books shares the difficult concept of delayed gratification in a fun way for our kids.  After my daughter read it to our family during bedtime storytime, my husband said, "That's a good message for kids and grown-ups."  Very true.  The story is wonderful, the reader can't wait to see what happens next, the ending is fabulous, and the message is encouraging and inspiring.  We can't wait for more from Shine Bright Kids!

More About Can't-Wait Willow!
Willow is so excited that the Over-the-Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is, that when left to her own devices, she cant say “no” to some good things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just cant turn down. Willow arrives late and is sad to find that, not only has she has run out of time, but money, and she won’t be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she’s been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say “no” to good things to end up with something great!

Enter below by Nov. 2nd at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  (US or Canada)  

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Special thanks to FlyBy Promotions and Shine Bright Kid Co. for this awesome opportunity to discover and share this book!

"Audrey Bunny" A Charming Picture Book Giveaway

Audrey Bunny is a sweet hardcover children's book with gorgeous illustrations.  It's the story of a stuffed animal named Audrey Bunny who fears her imperfections make her unworthy of a little girl’s love. She'll learn the truth soon enough, and young readers will learn that everyone is special and wonderfully made by God.  It's a beautiful story with such an important message!  Our family loves it, especially my youngest daughter who has a very special bunny in her life.  

Audrey Bunny was just released on October 1st of this year from B&H Publishing. I've really enjoyed all of their children's books so far and I'm super glad I discovered their publishing company early this year.  They publish not only children's picture books, but books for preteens and teens, as well.  They all have great themes--I highly recommend checking them out!
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One of my readers will win their own copy of Audrey Bunny!  Enter below by October 27th at 11pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.

And be sure to enter all of the other giveaways at our blog by clicking on the tabs above.  :) 

Special thanks to FlyBy Promotions and B&H Publishing for providing us with this opportunity to share our thoughtful and honest opinion.

Friday, October 18

"God's Love for You" Bible Storybook Giveaway

Traditional Bible favorites and faith stories from children show kids that God’s love reaches all the way around the globe!

God's Love for You Bible Storybook teaches favorite Bible stories followed by real stories of people sharing God’s love. Kids will see how they can learn from and help people all over the world.  This Bible storybook is beautifully illustrated by Martina Peluso in bright, whimsical displays. 

This bible storybook is different than any others I've seen in that it presents stories about children the authors have met through World Vision, what life is like in their corner of the world, and how God is working through their lives. It also features fun facts about each child’s home country.  It's especially for children from 4-9.  I love it!

Plus, all of the proceeds of the book are being donated to World Vision.  

Enter to win your own copy of this amazing bible storybook.  Fill out the form below by October 28th at 11 pm anyone's time.  Be sure and enter all of the other giveaways at our blog by clicking on the tabs above.  :)

Special thanks to the wonderful people at Tommy Mommy for providing me with this opportunity!

"My Name is Leona" A Sweet Children's Book That's Giving Back

I can honestly say that I've always liked my name.  Even though that's true, I still sometimes wished for something different.  You might laugh, but I used to wish my name was Amethyst.  Amethysts are my favorite precious stones and I thought it'd be fun to be called "Amy" for short.  In My Name is Leona a cute little girl named Leona (who happens to have a pet cat which is a plus--my kids love cats) doesn't like her own name and finds it very hard to choose names for her goldfish and her cat. 
This book is such a charming read by a 1st time author.  Truly, Carol Gahara Harris inspires me to start sending my own children's book off for publication.  My Name is Leona is a heart-touching story and an important one.  Leona's quest of finally appreciating her unusual name won the hearts of this year's Mom's Choice Awards' judges, giving the sweetly illustrated book its coveted 2013 Gold rating.  It's well deserved!
Another thing that really impressed me about this book and author are the many ties they have to charities.  The author will be doing a book reading for hospitalized children at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas; a book signing for which a portion of proceeds will benefit Nino Salvaggio's Charitable Foundation for Children in Need in the author’s hometown of Clinton Township, Michigan; and a fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital held at a local restaurant in Clinton Township.  I was actually born in Clinton Township and I'm very philanthropic so those qualities made me feel a special bond with the author.  This is definitely a book worth purchasing, and a charitable author worth supporting!  You can find it on Amazon.com.
Special thanks to KidStuff PR and the author for providing us with this review opportunity.