Get Ready For Book 2

From “The World`s First Tooth Fairy…Ever” continues Abella`s adventures in second book “The Adventures of Abella and her Magic Wand”

wand in hand
BOCA RATON, Fla., May 16, 2018 – Because of the positive feedback and excitement received from Carson`s first children`s book, she has decided to continue the series by penning a second one.

Carson is currently writing her second book in the series from The World’s First Tooth Fairy…Ever: The Adventures of Abella and Her Magic Wand.
Abella`s life-long dream of receiving her magical fairy wand finally comes true…but at what cost? Once she is given this big responsibility, her life will never be the same.
This book teaches children the power of taking responsibility in difficult situations. Readers will follow Abella as she makes mistakes and learns from them. Thankfully, her best friend Darcie is always there for her, even during the most trying of times. 

“This series educates children on the importance of dental hygiene,” said Sloane, Intern at TransMedia Group, “and incorporates it in a fun way.”

  Now we know how the first ever tooth fairy EVER came about! This enthralling story is absolutely perfect for reading at any time during the day.  Both children and their parents can enjoy reading this story over and over again, while learning that Abella really appreciates well-cleaned teeth. This encourages kids to brush their teeth more often and to have more excitement about future dental visits.

10 Books You And Your Kids Will Love

Bremner and The Party by Carrie Bolin and Jessica Firpi. Illustrated by John Graziano

Brand new picture books from Ripley’s feature fun and engaging stories around two favorite Ripley’s Aquarium mascots-Sharkee the sand tiger shark and Bremner the pufferfish. Filled with expressive illustrations, silly situations, and lovable characters, kids and parents alike will be enchanted by each of these charming “tails”!

Bremner the pufferfish is going to a party. Tonight. Gulp! And he’s nervous. And he knows what happens when he gets nervous. He puffs up. And he definitely doesn’t want to puff up. Children and parents alike will laugh their way through Bremner’s nervous dialogue as he goes off the deep end before joining the party. Will Bremner puff up and ruin the celebration? There’s only one way to find out!
CUTE! Bremner is a puffer fish who is invited to a party. He is so nervous and worried that he will puff up but when he gets there he finds that everyone else is just as nervous and ends up having a wonderful time.

The story is played out mostly in illustration with very large colorful, full page illustrations and one sentence per page. Kids will love it. It is funny and whimsical and they can see how we are all nervous which hopefully will help them not be so nervous.

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 Sharkee and The Teddy Bear by Carrie Bolin and Jessica Firpi. Illustrated by John Graziano

Brand new picture books from Ripley’s feature fun and engaging stories around two favorite Ripley’s Aquarium mascots-Sharkee the sand tiger shark and Bremner the pufferfish. Filled with expressive illustrations, silly situations, and lovable characters, kids and parents alike will be enchanted by each of these charming “tails”!

A teddy bear has fallen into the ocean, but there were witnesses. And they want the teddy bear. Join Sharkee and his sassy sidekick as they search for the bear, stopping to ask all sorts of marine animals along the way with varying degrees of silliness. Told from Sharkee’s point of view, this bubbly tail will have young readers giggling at Sharkee’s hilarious encounters and parents entertained by the adorable ending. Will Sharkee ever find the teddy bear? There’s only one way to find out!

A very cute tale about a shark who suddenly feels he needs a teddy bear when he spots one fall into the ocean. He heads out to find it. No one seems to be able to help or isn't talking. When he finally spots it someone else has decided it is their lovey. Well Sharkee has a way for everyone to be a winner. Kids and adults will love the ending. 

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Mac B. Kid Spy Mac Undercover by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Mike Lowery

From the esteemed New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author Mac Barnett comes a thrilling, hilarious fully-illustrated new spy adventure series!

Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid. And while he was a kid, he was a spy. Not just any spy. But a spy...for the Queen of England.

James Bond meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid with this groundbreaking new fully-illustrated chapter book series Mac B., Kid Spy. The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there's only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure...but will he find it in time?

From secret identities to Karate hijinks, this fast-paced, witty and historically inspired chapter book will keep readers guessing until the very last page. With full-color illustrations and fascinating historical facts masterfully sprinkled throughout, this series offers adventure, intrigue, absurdity, history and humor. Discover this totally smart and side-splittingly funny new series, and experience what it's really like to be a kid spy. 

 I think reluctant readers will love this book. I LOVE how the use of The Game Boy was used in the story. My son never played a Game Boy but books about video games have become favorites. My son intends on reading this book next month and I think he will love the silliness. It reads great out loud.  He is going to learn about "the crown jewels", "The President of France", "Arc de Triomphe, "The Louvre" and more while taking the reader on a mystery adventure. I hope he wants to read it together. I want to see if we can turn it into an interest in history and the arts by digging deeper. He does that when we read together.

Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond by Sam Hearn

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John Watson has barely settled into his new school, Baker Street Academy, when his teacher announces a trip to one of London's top museums, home to the Alpine Star, the world's most famous jewel. But the gem has been stolen! The police are soon on the trail and the whole of the country is talking about the crime. When police catch the thief along with the stolen gem, it seems the case is closed. But Sherlock Holmes has other ideas. With John and Martha at his side, can he uncover the mystery behind this extraordinary gem?

Told through Watson's blog, detective notes, school assignments, media reports, and energetic comic-strip illustrations, this introduction to Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters will have every young super-sleuth hooked!  

This is the perfect read for those reluctant readers. It has a fun layout with illustrations, bold typeface, word bubbles and small blocks of text. This is on deck for my son's next read. I cannot wait to read it with him.  

Unstinky by Andy Rash

Andy Rash brings the laughs in this humorous story of a stinkbug who can't stink.

Bud is a happy stinkbug, except when it comes to stinking contests.He always seems to lose to champions like P. U. Bottoms, Lord Stinkington, and The Fumigator. Every time they make smells like OUTHOUSE, GYM SOCK, and ARMPIT, poor Bud ends up smelling like FLOWERS, or FRESH-BAKED BREAD, or CANDY CANE. Stinking just isn't Bud's THING. But what IS his thing?

 OK...I love, love, love this book. Bud is a stink bug that just can't stink. He is just plain ole' bad at it. During the stink bug contests he always comes in last smelling like flowers, fresh baked bread and more. One day he meets April a Bee who thought she smelled flowers. When April invites Bud to a dance he finds out that dancing is his thing. He is really good at it and when he dances, he smells like a huge bouquet of flowers. The bees love him! 

Moral: Be good at whatever you are good at! We are all different and that is OK!

Sir Kaye The Boy Night: The Eldridge Conspiracy by Don M. Winn  

Sir Kaye Book 4: The Eldridge Conspiracy by Don M. Winn

Kaye’s father is in danger! The young Knight, Kaye, and his friends Reggie, and Beau enter Eldridge in search of the only man who can save his father.  During their journey they encounter and make a powerful enemy of Baron Thomas—the self-proclaimed heir to the throne of Eldridge—who also has his sights set on ruling the country of Knox. Together, the boys dodge the baron’s henchmen and race against time to stop an assassination that would plunge the two kingdoms into war in this exciting conclusion to the series.

I didn't read book 1-3 yet and quickly breezed through book 4 because I really want to read it with my kids over the summer especially since there is a lesson plan with it. 

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Will Sheep Sleep by Hilary Leung
One bed. One sheep. One timeless question: Will Sheep Sleep?

Meet Sheep. Sheep's had a very busy day and now he is tired. . . but will Sheep finally be able to sleep? Find out in this surprising and memorable storybook all about friendship, compromise, and of course, bedtime routines.

A fresh and funny first book in a new series of animal question stories by creative talent Hilary Leung that will keep little ones laughing all the way to bed. 

My preschool class loved Will Sheep Sleep probably because they can relate to Sheep.There is so much too do like play with your friends, ask for water, count some sheep, ask for their stuffed animal, and more. Sheep will sleep and so eventually will your kids. 

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Will Bear Share? by Hilary Leung

Meet Bear. Bear has so much to give, but will she share? Find out in this surprising and memorable storybook all about friendship, compromise, and of course, sharing.

A fresh and funny book in a new series of animal question stories by creative talent Hilary Leung that will keep little ones laughing, and sharing (when it's appropriate!). 

My preschool class loved this book about sharing. We talk about sharing at least 50 times a day. Sharing doesn't come natural to 2 year olds. I loved the illustrations so nice and simple. Will bear share? Yes and No! Adorable book!

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Knock Knock by Tammi Sauer and Illustrated by Guy Francis

Knock Knock is a fresh and innovative method of humorous storytelling that uses knock-knock jokes to tell the story of Bear and his woodland friends Raccoon, Rabbit, Turtle, and others. With each new visitor, Bear grows increasingly frustrated at his lack of peace and quiet. Little does Bear know that his friends have a special surprise party in store to wish him well during hibernation!

"Knock, knock!" "Who's there?" "Justin." "Justin who?" "Justin the neighborhood and thought I'd stop by."It's sidesplitting storybook fun! 

Bear is trying to get some sleep when there is a knock at his door. The next thing you know animals are stopping by one by one to wish bear a happy hibernation. A party ensues and bear finally gets to sleep. When Spring arrives it is bear knocking on doors to great his friends. 
A very funny book featuring all kinds of happy friendly animals that kids will love talking about and pointing to. 

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Penguinaunt by Marcie Colleen and Illustrated by Emma Yarlett

Orville the penguin lives at the zoo, surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up, until one day he concocts an adventure all his own: build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself. Can one tiny penguin get there alone?

Penguinaut is perfect for every child who's said, "I can do it myself!" and comes to find that the rewards are much richer when shared with friends. Marcie Colleen's playful text and Emma Yarlett's charming, whimsical illustrations are sure to delight both children and their parents. 

Orville has a wish. He wants to be like his friends and go on big adventures and he want's to do it all by himself. 

Soooo one day he builds a rocket and as the story goes he goes to the moon where he proclaims 'I did it myself" to the dark, quiet moon where he was all alone.  When he heads home his friends are so proud of him and he learns that being together is out of this world. 

I loved the illustrations. So cute with whimsical animals with word bubbles over the heads and fun page layouts. 

Disclaimer: I received ARCs and Review copies of these books for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was offered or received.



Book by Education Pioneer Says Kids CAN Learn the Core Executive Function Skills That Focus Requires and Empowers Parents to Teach These Skills

Does your child have trouble staying focused, breaking down directions, staying organized or  managing their time?  Does this leave you worrying that they won’t be very successful running their own lives when it’s time to leave for college?

So many children today see their unique strengths and talents stymied by a lack of focus.
And in this Age of Attention -- the successor to the Information Age -- kids are struggling more than ever before to make the best use of the two most precious commodities they have: time and attention.

Naturally, parents worry: “Is my kid gonna be okay?”

Enter Massachusetts Distinguished Educator Michael Delman, whose new book, “Your Kid's Gonna Be Okay: Building the Executive Function Skills Your Child Needs in the Age of Attention”, alleviates this anxiety by explaining that kids can learn the core executive function skills they need, and empowering parents to teach them these skills.

Drawing on Delman’s thirty-plus years of experience working with children, including as co-founder and past principal of the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Massachusetts, Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay untangles several of the most important obstacles to children’s growth, confidence, and success and offers actionable solutions for helping them surmount these.

Whether your children are typical learners or have specific learning challenges, such as ADHD or dyslexia, the book will help parents to help them by:
  • Explaining the real underpinnings of motivation.
  • Exploring how people change and how we can help facilitate that change in our children.
  • Showing how we can help our children manage their anxiety and how we can learn to manage our own worries about them.
  • Addressing how to achieve the optimal state of peak performance where our children are sufficiently motivated without being held back by fear of failure.
  • Examining “attention” as a skill-set.
  • Shedding light on the higher-level, more complex Executive Function skills such as prioritizing, planning, time management, and organization.
  • Exploring how to learn and improve from experience.

Filled with over 60 guided exercises and tested examples to help you understand how children learn and grow, Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay adds relevant tools to your parenting repertoire, and shows you the skills you need to offer support in a way your child will appreciate rather than resent.

Importantly, Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay offers invaluable wisdom and tools to help parents stay calm. 

Other topics the book addresses include:
  • Why trying their hardest can work against your kids.
  • Why you should STOP trying to motivate your child.
  • The benefits of emotional, not academic support, in helping your kids succeed in school.
  • Three expectations to let go of to help your kids focus.
  • How to help your child build the habit of attention.
  • The secret to winning a homework argument with your child: don’t argue.

Praise for Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay
"Delman draws on deep veins of experience—as a parent, teacher, and executive function coach—to produce a book that captures both the daily challenge of parenting and his optimistic view that most kids turn out okay. Written with humor and compassion, he masterfully uses personal stories to bring his advice and strategies to life. Enjoy the book for the stories and the humor—but bookmark the strategies, because you’ll want to access them quickly as teachable moments arise and beg for a creative response" -- Peg Dawson, Ed.D., co-author of Smart But Scattered
"Finally, a book that tackles both the emotional and cognitive issues of executive functioning! This book offers the extraordinary gift of knowledge, wisdom, and empathy for parents and educators who are struggling to understand the child with executive function weaknesses.  Michael Delman – who has years of experience motivating children to achieve their best – has crafted a masterful resource that deconstructs the complex issues in executive function skills. It provides a wonderful roadmap for parents seeking answers by explaining the unique way children may engage in the world while giving practical solutions to overcome these challenges." -- Ellen Braaten, Ph.D., co-author of Bright Kids Who Can't Keep Up
"Delman’s highly personalized writing and storytelling explains in remarkably accessible terms and with enlightening anecdotes, how to foster these essential neurocognitive skills in children and adolescents as they face the increasingly demanding “curriculum” of their daily lives. Without a doubt, teaching kids these Executive Function skills is equivalent to giving them the tools they need in their efforts to meet the demands of their teachers and parents. This book gives adults the tools they need to empower children and adolescents to meet their “bosses’” expectations." -- David Gleason, Psy.D., author of At What Cost? Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools

About Michael Delman
Massachusetts Distinguished Educator Michael Delman is founder and CEO of Beyond BookSmart, the first organization to apply Dr. James Prochaska’s Transtheoretical Model of Change to help students improve academic performance. He is the author of Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay (2018), distilling years of wisdom on the executive function skills children need in the age of attention. As an educator since 1991, Michael’s primary mission is to make learning relevant and to help young people find capacities in themselves that they don’t know they have. Co-founder of the McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School in Framingham, Massachusetts, a middle school in its 15th year of operation teaching over 350 students through the Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound school model, Michael is an avid researcher and developer of tools and strategies to help students become more effective. He holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Brown University, and an M. Ed. in Middle School Education from Lesley University.

Title: Your Kid’s Gonna Be Okay: Building the Executive Function Skills Your Child Needs in the Age of Attention
Author: Michael Delman
Hardcover: 238 pages
Publisher: BeyondBookSmart, LLC
Release Date: June 15, 2018
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1732034907
ISBN-13: 978-1732034907
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