Small Fry Saturday: Itsy Bitsy Christmas

Small Fry Saturday is a meme inspired by The Well-Read Redhead, showcasing books our children enjoy.Advent begins tomorrow, so this week's pick is:Title: Itsy Bitsy ChristmasAuthor: Max LucadoIllustrator: Bruno MerzPublisher: Thomas NelsonReleased: September 10, 2013Source: publisher (giveaway)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):"The King has come! Even for a little one like me." Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when…

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A Happy Kid Lit Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I thought I'd quickly share the Thanksgiving books my 4-year-old and I have been/are reading this week:1, 2, 3, Thanksgiving! by W. Nikola-LisaWe borrowed this from OpenLibrary. This is a clever and sweet counting book with a Thanksgiving theme. It counts from 1 up to 10, and then back down again to 1.The Pilgrims' First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovernI purchased this title last year, but C wasn't interested in it at all as a 3-year-old. I tried reading it to her again yesterday, and this year she sat through and seemed engaged by the entire story. It does have a Christian perspective. I found the text a bit on the dry side, and I was a…

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Non-Fiction November Week 4: New to My TBR

This is the final week of Non-Fiction November, which was such a great event. This week's prompt is New to My TBR: What non-fiction have you added to your toppling TBR pile this month? Be sure to credit which bloggers you heard about titles from (if you can remember)!I have added so many books to my TBR list this month, mostly due to all the great Non-Fiction November posts! Most of which are sitting in Pocket, waiting for me to go through and add everything to my Goodreads shelf. Anyhow, here are the top three books in my "near future" non-fiction TBR pile:Trip of the Tongue: Cross-Country Travels in Search of America's Languages by Elizabeth LittleHeard about it from:Lu at Regular RuminationI love…

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Top Ten (Bookish) Things I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.Top Ten (Bookish) Things I'm Thankful For1. Simply Charlotte Mason's Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Preschoolers list. Timeless classics for 3-5 year olds. No twaddle, just a list of beautifully written picture and chapter books. I came across this list when C was maybe 18 months old, and pretty much filled her bookshelves using this list.2. Twitter. Seriously, what a great way to connect with other book bloggers, publishers, and authors. Especially the Twitter chats!3. The Estella Society's monthly photo challenge (hashtag #estellagram). I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be on Instagram at all if it weren't for this. So fun!4. Bloggiesta. Such an inspiring and motivational event! When it's over, I…

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Solomon the Peacemaker by Hunter Welles

Title: Solomon the PeacemakerAuthor: Hunter WellesPublisher: Cowcatcher PressExpected Release: January 14, 2014Source: publisher (NetGalley)Amazon | Barnes & Noble | GoodreadsSynopsis (from Goodreads):Vincent Alan Chell is coy about answering the questions of his captor. He’d much rather talk about his dead wife, Yael, whose suicide somehow led him into captivity. Or Preacher, the bearded leader of a cult-like group that meets in the bowels of a church basement. Or the Peacemaker, the computer intelligence that has guaranteed peace between nations for half a century. Chell describes a world where cultural norms have changed the way people interact with technology. Humanoid robots, though ubiquitous, are confined inside private homes, giving the impression that all is well with the world. Which may be…

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Adventures with the Wife in Space by Neil Perryman

Adventures with the Wife in Space was born from Neil Perryman's blog of the same title. Neil convinced his wife Sue to watch all of the classic Doctor Who episodes with him, while blogging about the experience and her reactions to each episode. Along the way, Neil reminisces about growing up with Doctor Who being such a huge part of his childhood. This is definitely a book for fellow Whovians. If this kind of banter makes you laugh... ... then you must read the book! There are gems like this all over. I appreciated Neil's candor. I expected brutally honest reactions from Sue, but Neil was already a huge Doctor Who fan. Never fear! Neil is no fanboy. He has no qualms about…

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Non-Fiction November Week 3: Book Pairing

This week's Non-Fiction November prompt was fun. I was stumped at first, but after some thinking, I came up with three pairings. Really enjoyed looking over past fiction reads and considering their non-fiction complements.#1Early this year I read and reviewed Still Alice by Lisa Genova, the fictional story of Alice Howland, a Harvard professor of psychology who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's. Such a powerful, thought-provoking, and in many ways, terrifying story. I'm pairing it with The 36 Hour Day, 5th Edition by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins, a resource our local Alzheimer's Family Services recommends to all caregivers of people with memory disorders. An insightful read for anyone who volunteers in places where they may interact with Alzheimer's patients…

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Top Ten Books I’d Recommend To Preemie Parents

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, who kindly gave me permission to recolor the image above in honor of Prematurity Awareness Month. Thanks!   Top Ten Books I'd Recommend To Preemie Parents Although this post is intended for a narrow readership, it is one close to my heart. C was born 7 weeks early due to preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, weighing just over 3 lbs. November is Prematurity Awareness Month, and this past Sunday was World Prematurity Day, so it feels appropriate to make today's post about books preemie parents may find helpful. If you have a friend or family member whose baby is currently in the NICU and aren't sure what book would…

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Review: Life After Sleep by Mark R. Brand

Title: Life After SleepAuthor: Mark R. BrandPublisher: CCLaP PublishingReleased: March 2011Source: CCLaP websiteCCLaP | Amazon | GoodreadsSynopsis (from CCLaP):It is the day after tomorrow, and a device has been invented that immediately induces REM sleep, otherwise known as "Sleep" with a capital S. Society has been transformed. The average person now only needs two hours of rest a night. The work day is officially sixteen hours long. Americans party at clubs until daybreak, then log into virtual worlds and party in a reunified Korea all morning too. And within this busier, noisier, more global society, we watch the intertwining fates of four people as they struggle with issues regarding Sleep: new parents who for postnatal reasons aren't allowed to use…

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Review: four sparks fall by T.A. Noonan

Title: four sparks fall Author: T.A. Noonan Publisher: CCLaP Publishing Released: October 12, 2013 Source: CCLaP website CCLaP | Amazon | Goodreads Synopsis (from CCLaP): Sixteen-year-old May Florence is a budding poet who is about to join Louisiana's most elite boarding school. Her brilliant but reserved twin sister, Susanna, isn't. But the truth is, they've been drifting apart for some time, their relationship barely sustained by shared friendships and mutual envy. Now, as Susanna watches May prepare to leave her behind, she must reconcile what she thinks she knows about herself and her sister with the secrets they've been keeping from one another -- or risk losing her closest friend forever. four sparks fall is the story of two young…

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