Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Wordful Wednesday - Katy Bear

Every day at school my preschool daughter picks out a library book from the IMC to bring home. On Monday she picked out Curious George Goes to the Hospital. I thought it a rather odd choice but read it to her anyway on Monday night.

The next morning my husband woke up and went to feed and care for our cats. He noticed that Katy Bear looked sick and put some food in her bowl. She tried to walk, but couldn't. After consulting with the vet on the phone, we learned that her symptoms were consistent with a stroke and she probably wouldn't live. Before taking her into the veterinary office we talked with our daughter and told her that Katy was very sick and that she might not survive. With heavy hearts we had time to say some quick goodbyes. The vet put Katy to sleep.

As soon as my husband left for the vet's office, my daughter went to retrieve the Curious George book. She really wanted to understand what was happening to our cat, and I couldn't help but wish that Katy Bear would return just as Curious George had from the hospital. Sometimes books are good at explaining difficult topics but I don't own any that help explain the loss of a beloved pet. My husband and I adopted Katy 10 years ago, when she was just a kitten. We'll miss our mouse catcher. We'll miss our apple peel eating cat. We'll miss her shoe loving ways. We'll miss her.

Find more of this week's Wordless Wednesday (or Wordful) posts at 5 Minutes for Mom or Seven Clown Circus.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

All new Winnie the Pooh book releases soon! Read the first chapter.

A sequel to Winnie-the-Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner is set to be released on October 5th, 2009. The book called Return to the Hundred Acre Wood written by David Benedictus will be the first authorized sequel ever to be published since Winnie the Pooh arrived on the scene 80 years ago. The book is illustrated by Mark Burgess.

The first chapter is available for online viewing in full color. "Rumour" has it that Christopher Robin is the one who returns to the Hundred Acre Woods. From the preview it looks like the book contains a few Pooh-ish touches and a splendid Pooh hum. There's also a YouTube video featuring the well-known narrator Jim Dale reading the Exposition, perfectly setting the stage for this exciting new release.

I'm a longtime Pooh fan and own copies of A. A. Milne's books. I'm excited to read about Pooh's newest adventures and see how they compare to the beloved tales. What are your thoughts about this new book?

Related links:

Monday, September 28, 2009

No "Full to the Brim" today

Sorry, I will not be posting "Full to the Brim" today. This week is extraordinarily busy for us. Anniversaries, birthdays, school celebrations plus all the other normal daily activities require my attention. We also have company visiting and will have more company next weekend. Thanks for understanding!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Banned Books Week: September 26th - October 3rd

The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The above books all have something in common. They are all listed on ALA's Banned and Challenged Classics list. Each year the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom records several books that have been challenged, restricted, removed, or banned. This week we celebrate the freedom to read.

"The most challenged and/or restricted reading materials have been books for children. However, challenges are not simply an expression of a point of view; on the contrary, they are an attempt to remove materials from public use, thereby restricting the access of others. Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, the outcome is detrimental. Censorship denies our freedom as individuals to choose and think for ourselves. For children, decisions about what books to read should be made by the people who know them best—their parents!"(Source: Read a Banned Book, ALA Letter to the Editor Resource)

I agree that everyone should have the right to choose books freely. And I agree parents need to take the time to learn what their children are reading and have open discussions about books with them. That's what we currently do in our household and that's what we plan to do as our children grow older.

For more information about Banned Books Week visit

Here's a cute YouTube video by the American Library Association featuring Crash Pad Puppet Book Banners. The puppets try to ban The Joy of Cooking and more!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (9/25/09 Late Edition)

Please check out my other "Full to the Brim" posts as well. Many contests are still underway. I publish "Full to the Brim" every Monday and Friday. Thanks for visiting my blog and come back soon!

My book giveaways:
Legacy by Cayla Kluver and Book of winner's choice under $20 Ends 9/28/09
The Listeners by Gloria Whelan (picture book) Ends 10/5/09

Other book giveaways:
Reading Rocks - Book Giveaway Ends 10/1/09
First, second, third AND fourth epic novels in The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
We Heart Books - Book Giveaway Ends 10/1/09 (Intn'l)
The Red Piano published by Wilkins Farago
Mozi Esmé - Book Giveaway Ends 10/8/09
The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury
Raising Itty-Bitty Bookworms - Book Giveaway Ends 10/2/09
The Belly Button Fairy Book and Audio CD by Bobbie Hinman
Oh, Hey. What's Up - Book Giveaway Ends 10/2/09
Creature ABC by popular wildlife photographer Andrew Zuckerman
Fun Kids - Book Giveaway Ends 10/2/09
The World According to Humphrey, Friendship According to Humphrey, Trouble According to Humphrey, Surprises According to Humphrey and More Adventures According to Humphrey - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
All-in-One Bible Fun Curriculum from Abingdon Press
YA Reads - Book Giveaway Ends 10/10/09
Legacy by Cayla Kluver (YA)
Praire Mama - Book Giveaway Ends 10/7/09
My Little Monkey & Little Bear Hugs by Sandra Magsamen
MomStart - Book Giveaway Ends 10/19/09
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Movie Bucket (includes Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs book)
Lee A Verday's Book/Writing - Book Giveaway Ends 10/12/09
Reading is Fun Super Contest (Huge YA Book Giveaway)
Kid Glue - Gift Card Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
$25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
Traveling Mom - Book Giveaway Ends 9/29/09
Set of four Flippy & Friends books and a stuffed Toadpole plush
Merry Weather - Book Giveaway Ends 10/2/09
Penny and Rio: The Locked Doghouse Mystery by Jennifer Swanson
She Scribes - Book Giveaway Ends 10/11/09
Time for Kids President Obama: A Day in the Life of America's Leader
24/7 Moms - Book Giveaway Ends 10/3/09
I Believe Bunny series books by Tish Rabe
Go Graham Go - Book Giveaway Ends 10/8/09
123 San Fransisco
Katie's Literature Lounge - Book Giveaway Ends 9/26/09
The Listeners by Gloria Whelan
Mommy PR - Book Giveaway Ends 10/6/09
The Listeners by Gloria Whelan
5 Minutes for Books - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
The Listeners by Gloria Whelan
Sruble's World - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
Soap, soap, soap! by Elizabeth Dulemba
Frugal Plus - Book Giveaway Ends 10/5/09
Being a Pig is Nice: A Child's-Eye View of Manners by Sally Lloyd-Jones

Other Giveaways:
Roadside Projects - Print Giveaway Ends 9/28/09
signed 5" x 7" print of "Ruler of the Wild Things"
dkMommy Spot - DVD Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
Treasury of Classic Bedtime Stories DVD set - Scholastic

Have a children's book you are giving away on your blog? Let me know! I'll spread the word here!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay - Book Review

"A small, wispy hole had appeared in the clouds, and Trevor saw something he'd only seen in his dreams. He saw a hint of blue." - The Purloined Boy by Mortimus Clay

"Boogie! Boogie! Boogie!" Don't mind me. I'm just trying to frighten the Boogie Man away (a.k.a. bogeyman, a.k.a bogey). You see, in middle school I became aware of a song specifically for occasions such as this. "Boogie! Boogie! Boogie!" by Wisconsin singer Tom Pease has a stanza that goes -
"So, when you get a little frightened or maybe real scared
Or wake up from a bad dream or have a nightmare
Sit up in bed and shout with all your might:
Boogie! Boogie! Boogie!" Then dive out of sight!"
You know, usually that works. Too bad Trevor from The Purloined Boy didn't know the useful ditty. Maybe, just maybe, he wouldn't have ended up in a dark, terrible place called Superbia where bogeymen roam the land looking for children to devour and where the evil Lucian reigns.

The young adult/middle grade fantasy The Purloined Boy begins with the scene where young toddler Trevor is snatched from his bed by bogeymen and taken the the gray land of Superbia. He joins other children in a nightmarish orphanage full of stolen children and his memories of home nearly vanish. The children there are severely disciplined if they show any memories of home or use the forbidden words "home" or "parent." Unfortunately (or fortunately) for Trevor, at the age of 12 he starts remembering home and starts talking about it. He befriends a girl named Maggie who also lives in the orphange and, aided by a little mouse named Zephyr, he sets out on a complicated journey to find his home.

The Purloined Boy pulls readers into fascinating, albeit sometimes creepy new worlds. Superbia, a land of darkness and terror, draws from the things nightmares are made of -- child-eating bogeymen, an otherworldly ruler named Lucian, awful places called "the Pantry" and "the Blackwood". There are bright spots though, too, like "Troth" the great tree lit by golden fruit that exists in a place called Trothward where members of the orders of the Guild (Alchemists, Illuminators and Fishers) reside. And, who can resist a book that includes an "Office of the Inspector of Incorrigible Children?"

Clay's creative and interesting story snatched me up and whisked me away into a surprising adventure full of twists beyond my expectations. Really, I wasn't sure that I'd enjoy this book, the first in series called The Weirdling Cycle. Yes, I had my doubts. Add that to the fact that it is posthumously written by a supposedly dead author Mortimus Clay -- that just has odd written all over it. But, most kids like oddities, they like slightly terrifying stories and they love exciting plots. (Those sensitive types that don't shouldn't read this book.) Keeping track of all the characters and their crazy, meaningful names gets a little tricky sometimes, but if you can hang in there, I guarantee this read is worth it. I am eagerly and a bit fearfully awaiting the next title, wanting desperately to know what happens to my favorite little mouse named Zephyr and the bright young boy named Trevor.

The Purloined Boy: The Weirdling Cycle, Book 1 by Mortimus Clay. Finster Press (April 2009); 249 pages; ISBN 9780982159804; Middle Grade/YA
Book Source: Review copy provided for free by the author as part of TLC Book Tours (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Related links:
Mortimus Clay - Author Website (of sorts)
TLC Book Tours List of all the participating bloggers in The Purloined Boy Book Tour

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

National Family Game Night and Pictureka!

Find the cow! Pictureka! You'd think growing up in America's Dairyland we'd be able to spot a cow within seconds. But that little, crazy cow in the Hasbro board game Pictureka! had us searching and searching. For whatever reason, it took my daughter and I about five minutes before we finally spotted the cow. We had a lot more success finding the other objects.

In Pictureka! the goal of the game is to locate objects fast. Those that have a quick eye and a good memory will love playing. It's kind of like an I-Spy cross Memory game with loopy, whimsical pictures. The first person to collect 6 mission cards wins. Recommended for ages 6+.

The board consists of 9 double-sided tiles with numerous, sometimes crazy illustrations (like a horse passing gas and a stinky sock.) You arrange the tiles in a 3x3 square. Throughout the game the tiles get switched, flipped, and rotated to make locating objects difficult.

Adults and kids will enjoy playing this one! You can even vary the game depending on age. For young kids and preschoolers that aren't able to read, the game can be played using only the picture (blue) cards. That's how I played it with my daughter. She really got into the game, at one point saying, "Come on brain! Let's do it!" I quickly realized that preschoolers are pretty observant. My daughter didn't want to put the game away. Those that are interested in bilingual products will like Pictureka! All the mission cards are written in both English and Spanish.

Want to try it out? Have some fun and try playing the Demo Pictureka! Game.

We're planning to play Pictureka again this evening. If you hadn't heard, tonight is National Family Game Night. Turn off that TV, gather the family together, exercise those brains and play a few board games! After all, it is TV Turn-off Week!

Which games do you like to play with your family? I'm looking for suggestions for preschool games in particular!

(Hasbro provided Pictureka! free of charge for my family to review. View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Wordless Wednesday - Way Up High In the Apple Tree

Not so sure about picking apples, but he loves to eat them!

Find more of this week's Wordless Wednesday (or Wordful) posts at 5 Minutes for Mom or Seven Clown Circus.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan - Book Review and Giveaway

"Sweet potatoes in our bellies, molasses still sweet on our mouths, we're on our way. Master and Mistress at the great house don't tell us slaves nothing. We children listen and carry back the news to our folk." - The Listeners by Gloria Whelan, Illustrated by Mike Benny

During one of the family vacations I took as a child, I visited a plantation in South Carolina. I remember the impressive moss filled trees, the large home, and the tour guides dressed in hoop dresses. As a middle grade student, I was also very aware that part of the history of the home included slavery. Today marks an important day in American history. On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, thereby alerting the nation of his intention to free slaves within the rebellious states. On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation.

The Listeners, the newest picture book in the Tales of Young Americans Series, depicts the life of Ella May, a fictional slave girl living in 1860, the time right before Abraham Lincoln became president of the United States. Like so many slave children living on a plantation, Ella May helps pick cotton along with her parents. Her friends, too young for the back-breaking work, take care of the animals, watch the smallest children and run errands. But at night they take part in the most important work of all--they hide near the plantation windows and listen for news. They have little control over their own lives, but at least they can listen and report back to their families with news regarding their fate. One spectacular night they hear uplifting news and rejoice at the hope of freedom.

Shown through a child's eyes, author Gloria Whelan's portrayal of life on a plantation will help children better understand the history of slavery in America. Her lyrical descriptions are detailed enough to convey the realities of slavery like harsh masters, separation of families and hard labor without becoming overly graphic. Emotion filled illustrations by Mike Benny show the hardships, fear and sadness while also reflecting the joyous occasions of worship, family time spent together and the exciting moments of hope. The gorgeous cover artwork of Ella May in a field surrounded by cotton and glorious blue skies sets a perfect tone for the book. I did not share this title with my preschooler but plan to read it to her in a couple of years when she can more easily comprehend the subject matter. Appropriate for children in elementary school, the book is a good selection for public and elementary school libraries and also would work perfectly as a literature resource for Black History Month studies.

The Listeners provides a thought provoking introduction to the journey from slavery to freedom. The election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States was a major turning-point in American history and brought on the hope for freedom, equality, and opportunity for all. That hope echoes through the pages of this book.

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan, Illustrated by Mike Benny. Sleeping Bear Press; (September 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9781585364190
Book Source: Review copy provided for free by Sleeping Bear Press (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Related links, activities and printables:
Gloria Whelan - Author Website
Mike Benny - Illustrator Website
The Listeners Teacher's Guide
New York State Library - Image of Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, 1862

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (9/21/09)

Please check out my other "Full to the Brim" posts as well. Many contests are still underway. I publish "Full to the Brim" every Monday and Friday. Thanks for visiting my blog and come back soon!

My book giveaways:
Big Cat, Small Cat by Ami Rubinger (picture book) Ends 9/21/09
Legacy by Cayla Kluver and Book of winner's choice under $20 Ends 9/28/09

Other book giveaways:
Bookin' with Bingo - Book Giveaway Ends 10/13/09
Ripley's Believe it or Not!: Seeing is Believing
Write for a Reader - Book Giveaway Ends 9/27/09
Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation + autographed poster of the cover art
Crafy Crow - Book Giveaway Ends 9/26/09
By Little Hands by Elyse Rosati
Mommy PR - Book Giveaway Ends 10/1/09
S is for Story: A Writer’s Alphabet by Esther Hershenshorn
SMS Book Reviews - Book Giveaway Ends 10/2/09
The Don't-give-Up Kid, Eagle Eyes, or Houdini's Gift by Jeanne Gehret
The Miss Elaine-ous Life - Book Giveaway Ends 9/25/09
My Little Monkey and Little Bear Hugs by Sandra Magsamen
Candid, Clever & Cost-Effective - Book Giveaway Ends 10/4/09
The Marvelous Toy by Tom Paxton, Steve Cox
Mommy's Quiet Time - Book Giveaway Ends 10/5/09
Vtech Bugsby Reading System
Sweeps4Bloggers - Book Giveaway Ends 9/24/09
Babysitting SugarPaw by VS Grenier, Illus. by Kevin Collier
Booking Mama - Book Giveaway Ends 9/23/09
Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Practicing the Piano by Peggy Gifford
Blogging 'Bout Boys - Book Giveaway Ends 9/28/09
LeapFrog Tag Reading System, including The Cat in the Hat and two extra books
Book Giveaways - Book Giveaway Ends 9/29/09
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Book, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Book by J.K. Rowling
J. Kaye's Book Blog - Book Giveaway Ends 9/26/09
Audiobook: Arthur's Audio Favorites, Volume 2 by Marc Brown
J. Kaye's Book Blog - Book Giveaway Ends 9/26/09
Audiobook: Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
Presenting Lenore - Book Giveaway Ends 10/3/09
Fire by Kristin Cashore (YA)
Presenting Lenore - Book Giveaway Ends 10/3/09
Ash by Malinda Lo (YA)
Being Frugal - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
One Person's Journey... - Book Giveaway Ends 10/5/09 (tween)
North or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson
IE Mommy - Book Giveaway Ends 9/24/09
The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury
Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves - Book Giveaway Ends 9/27/09
Grimm's Fairy Tales and Babar the King (hardcover, vintage flip book)
The Eclectic Reader - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick OR Fire by Kristen Cashore OR Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (YA)

Some book giveaways still open after Book Blogger Appreciation Week - Find them Here: 2009 Reader Survey - 1,000 books will be given away. Enter by 9/30/09

Other Giveaways:
Tara's View of the World - Toy Giveaway Ends 10/6/09
TRIO Basic Building Set

Have a children's book you are giving away on your blog? Let me know! I'll spread the word here!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Full to the Brim

Sorry I didn't post Full to the Brim yesterday. Unexpected visitors arrived at our house and I didn't find the time to post. Back to the normal schedule on Monday. Thanks!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: All About Your Blog

Hard to believe Book Blogger Appreciation Week ends today! I've managed to visit quite a few new blogs and hope to continue to find new ones to follow as I browse through the final posts.

Today's topic: Tell us and this is really important, in 50 words or less what you love best about your blog! And then in 50 words or less where you want your blog to be by the next BBAW!

Most of all, I love reading and posting about children's books. And, like many of my readers, I'm happy with my Full to the Brim Kid's Book Giveaway Posts (and yes, I'll get around to posting one later today.) If you are a children's book blogger please let me know about your giveaways.

By next year I'm hoping to fall into a better routine in posting my reviews. I have more books and products right now in my to-be-reviewed pile than I'd like, so management and balance is a key issue for me. Also, I'm considering a design overhaul. Lastly, I'm toying with the idea of working together with the school system/library and posting a few kid generated reviews.

What do you like about my blog? What would you like to see in the future? I value the opinions of my readers and would love to know your thoughts.

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland - Book Review

"Tashlich is the time we apologize for things we wish we hadn't done. Tashlich means to throw. We throw away things we don't like or don't need. Tashlich is like cleaning your heart's closet. A new year, a clean heart." - New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
This weekend, groups of people will gather together at the water's edge and throw pieces of bread into the water. While it might look as if they are feeding the ducks or seagulls, they're not. They're participating in the Rosh Hashanah ceremony of Tashlich, a symbolic practice where they "cast off" the previous year's sins. Beginning at sundown tonight, Friday, Sept. 18, and continuing through Sunday, Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Tashlich is one part of the Rosh Hashanah celebrations.

April Halprin Wayland's newest picture book New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story introduces children to the ceremony of Tashlich and teaches about forgiveness and making amends. In preparation for Tashlich, a little boy called Izzy makes an "I'm sorry" list by drawing pictures of four things that he's sorry for doing. On Rosh Hashanah, he sincerely apologizes to his sister, mother and others that he had wronged during the year. He follows members of his synagogue as they all make their way to the pier. After listening to the sound of the shofars, he reflects upon what he has done wrong and throws pieces of bread into the ocean's waters.

Stéphane Jorisch successfully captures the solitude of the ceremony, the quiet reflection, and the sense of community in his beautiful watercolor and gouache illustrations. Wayland's text has this wonderful, lilting quality, accurately depicting the uplifting, spiritual aspects of Tashlich. You can tell that Tashlich is her favorite tradition.

I admit I didn't know much about Rosh Hashanah before reading this picture book. New Year at the New Pier provides a touching introduction to the Jewish New Year and, in particular, the tradition of Tashlich. Before reading the book, I talked to my preschool daughter about different holidays, and I told her that this book describes a tradition where people take the time to apologize to each other. The important lessons of apology and empathy aren't ones that are easily learned, but Izzy provides an excellent role model for all children, no matter their religion. My daughter's favorite part of the book is where Izzy's mother apologizes to him for always being on the phone. Hmmm...wonder if that is a subtle hint? Izzy has the hardest time apologizing to his best friend, and the actions he takes show children how they can reconcile with their own friends. While my daughter and I appreciate and understand Izzy's story, I imagine that children that have experienced the actual ceremony would especially enjoy reading the book. Teachers and librarians may find the book useful in their discussions about New Year celebrations or religious celebrations.

After reading the book, my daughter and I were curious how people observe Tashlich if they don't live near a body of water. Wayland provided an interesting response,

"When my friend Diane lived in Kansas, she put out an old clawfoot bathtub in the yard for the kids in her synagogue class. They wrote what they regretted doing on slips of paper and then walked around the tub singing songs and tossing the pieces of paper into the tub. (She said that they liked this so much, they ran back to write out more "sins" to throw in!)"

Special terms or phrases related to the Jewish New Year discussed in this book:
Rosh Hashanah
L'shanah tovah
Avinu Malkenu

Author April Halprin Wayland regularly contributes to Teaching Authors, a blog where six children's book authors share writing tips, exercises, author interviews and other useful information with aspiring and experienced children's book writers.

New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Dial Books for Young Readers; (June 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9780803732797; Ages 5-8
Book Source: Review copy provided for free by Dial Books for Young Readers (View my full disclosure statement for more information about my reviews.)

Related links:
April Halprin Wayland - Author Website
About the book - - Tashlich and Rosh Hashanah
The Beach Reporter Article - "Local author’s book shows power of new beginnings"

View the New Year at the Pier book trailer on YouTube:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Soap, Soap, Soap / Jabón, Jabón, Jabón by Elizabeth O. Dulemba - Book Review

We live in exciting times. Authors, illustrators, reviewers, publishers and readers all get the chance to correspond and interact with each other thanks in part to book blog networks. As a blogger I especially love working directly with children’s book authors and helping them get the word out about their latest books. I met author/illustrator and blogger Elizabeth O. Dulemba through the Yahoo kidlitosphere group. Each Tuesday on her website she posts amazing coloring pages for children to print out and enjoy. My daughter has worn out her markers coloring Dulemba's awesome pictures. If you spend time around kids, you'll want to print out a few for them to color, especially the holiday or book themed pages.

Next week on September 25th, Dulemba releases her picture book titled Soap, Soap, Soap / Jabón, Jabón, Jabón. I'm the first stop on her Blog Tour. Elizabeth, thanks for introducing me to this book and your blog!

"Now Hugo was muddy and stinky too, but he still had to go to el mercado. To help him remember what he needed to buy, Hugo kept repeating, 'Soap! Soap! Soap! ~ ¡Jabón, jabón, jabón!'"
- Soap, Soap, Soap / Jabón, Jabón, Jabón by Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Those familiar with Appalachian folktales will recognize the storyline of "Soap, Soap, Soap." The Jack Tales story has been retold many times and many versions exist. In Dulemba's updated adaption available in a bilingual format, a boy named Hugo walks to the local grocery store to buy soap for his mother. He takes the long route to the store and travels across a playground, down a sidewalk and by a ditch near his schoolyard. He runs into a number of obstacles along the way, gets mud all over his body and forgets the reason for his journey--the soap, soap, soap! The bilingual edition features Spanish expressions like el dinero, huevos, and ¡Ay caramba! effortlessly sprinkled into the English narrative. A vocabulary page at the end of the book provides an overview of all Spanish terms used.

If a muddy romp is your idea of good, clean, picture book fun, you'll enjoy reading Soap, Soap, Soap / Jabón, Jabón, Jabón. The book is available in two different versions: bilingual and all-English. Although we received a galley of the all-English version, I actually prefer the bilingual book mainly because schools and libraries have a need for eye-pleasing bilingual picture books, especially folklore tales. Dulemba's bright illustrations reflect the light, playful tone of the text. My daughter loved the soap graphic underneath each page number and also liked the hilarious picture of a grocer pinching his nose to avoid smelling the stinky Hugo. She really liked tracing the dotted path Hugo takes on his journey to the grocery store, though we did notice the illustration is a bit different from the actual story sequence. Part of the fun of telling the original "Soap" tale is that the boy mindlessly repeats phrases over and over, trying to remember his goal. The repetition is somewhat missing in Dulemba's version, though it is implied. It's wonderful that Dulemba has reintroduced a lesser known folktale to the picture book audience.

Because I'd never heard of the "Soap" folktale until reading this version of the story, I asked Elizabeth when she first heard the Appalachian tale. Here's her reply:

"As far as SOAP - I've been a fan of Jack Tales for a long time. For my graphic design exit show I created a line of posters for the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. There I heard Ray Hicks (National Treasure) tell Jack Tales first hand. I don't know if I heard him tell it, or somebody else. But I still have the collection of Jack Tales (gathered by Richard Chase) dedicated to me by my Grandparents in 1975. Soap is in a later edition I picked up a while back. So, all said, it's probably been in my life for a long time, even though I can't pinpoint the first time I heard it. And I've heard some wonderful adaptations since as well, although it does seem to be a little lesser known story than say, "Jack and the Beanstalk" (an adaptation of that was the first book I illustrated for Raven Tree Press: Paco and the Giant Chile Plant). Glad I introduced you to something new!"

Besides the multicultural element of the book there's a lesson to be learned in this time-tested tale of forgetfulness and mud: Even though you may get side-tracked on your journey, don't forget where you are headed or what you started out to accomplish. That's wise advice for everyone to live by -- children, adults, new graduates, and yes, even bloggers.

Soap, Soap, Soap / Jabón, Jabón, Jabón by Elizabeth O. Dulemba. Raven Tree Press; (September 2009); 32 pages; Bilingual Edition: ISBN 9781934960622 hardcover; ISBN 9781934960639 paperback - English Edition: ISBN 9781934960646 hardcover; 9781934960653 paperback
Book Source: Galley provided for free by Raven Tree Press (Preproduction copy - Quotations should be checked against the finished book)

My daughter had a good time coloring the duck from Dulemba's story. Print your own picture at the Soap, Soap, Soap activity page!

Related links:
Elizabeth O. Dulemba - Author Website
Author Blog
Index of Appalachian Folktales - "Soap! Soap! Soap!"

View the Soap, Soap, Soap / Jabón, Jabón, Jabón book trailer on YouTube:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Do Princesses Kiss Toads?

During an evening shower two weeks back we found this toad outside our front door. He/She had better stay away. My daughter's life goal is to become a princess. I'm sure kissing a frog/toad has crossed her mind.

Hopefully reading Do Princesses Really Kiss Frogs? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle has helped clarify the situation. We picked up a copy at the library. Highly recommended for all princesses by nature. Watch out for the hidden dragon! Adorable, clever illustrations by Mike Gordon.

Find more of this week's Wordless Wednesday (or Wordful) posts at 5 Minutes for Mom or Seven Clown Circus.

BBAW: Reading Meme

Today's Book Blogger Appreciation Week blogging topic is a Reading Meme. I don't usually participate in memes but I'll give this one a shot:

Do you snack while you read? If so, favorite reading snack?
Sometimes I snack on dry cereal, right out of the box
Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?
I use a pencil sparingly. I hate highlighters.
How do you keep your place while reading a book? Bookmark? Dog-ears? Laying the book flat open?
I use bookmarks if I have one handy. Otherwise I use an unused Kleenex tissue. I'm a lucky member of The Literate Housewife's Bookmark It! Club and receive a beautiful new bookmark each month. See a picture of July's bookmark to the right.
Fiction, Non-fiction, or both?
Both, but mostly fiction
Hard copy or audiobooks?
Before I had kids, I listened to quite a few audiobooks. Unfortunately, they don't enjoy listening to them. I read hard copy now.
Are you a person who tends to read to the end of chapters, or are you able to put a book down at any point?
I always read to the end of the chapter. Once and awhile I cheat and will even read the end of the book before I'm finished. Sometimes that's the only way I'm able to set a book down and go to bed!
If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you stop to look it up right away?
Depends on the situation
What are you currently reading?
New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
What is the last book you bought?
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Michael Smollin (bought a copy Monday night)
Are you the type of person that only reads one book at a time or can you read more than one at a time?
I'm a juggler - more than one.
Do you have a favorite time of day and/or place to read?
Mother to small children - I read later in the evening or in the car. We read picture books any time of the day.
Do you prefer series books or stand alone books?
No preference
Is there a specific book or author that you find yourself recommending over and over?
The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield; We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
How do you organize your books? (By genre, title, author’s last name, etc.?)
There's no organization in this house. However, all the picture books are together in the kids' bookshelves.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BBAW Giveaway - Legacy by Cayla Kluver & Book of Choice

In celebration of Book Blogger Appreciation Week, I'm hosting a special giveaway. The book blogger's life isn't always easy. You see, lots of times we write posts and reviews and then, well, people may read them but they sure don't always comment. (Unless the review involves a giveaway). Oftentimes it appears that our hard work is all for naught, when actually that's not the case at all.

This past weekend I wrote a review for a book called Legacy by 16-year-old author Cayla Kluver. No one commented. Now it's possible you have an aversion to princesses or maybe you were all off pursuing your own knight in shining armor/lady in waiting. Or maybe not. Most likely, many of you read the review or at least glanced at it and went on to the next post, the next blog. And there's nothing wrong with that. I'm guilty of lurking as well. But, I'll share a little secret with you. I tend to pay more attention to the comments on my non-giveaway posts because the volume isn't as high.

So, as a reminder to myself and others to take the time to comment more often and to encourage a little book blog comment love, here's a giveaway and a challenge.

Two Brimful Curiosities readers will each receive:

(1) copy of Legacy courtesy of AmazonEncore.

(1) Book of your choice under $20 (I'm offering this in celebration my blog's one year anniversary this month. Hooray!)

To enter, read my review of Legacy and leave a comment on this post relevant to my review.

BONUS BBAW challenge entry: Visit any book blog and leave a comment on one of their non-giveaway book reviews. Then leave a comment here with the blog name and title of the book. (Example comment: I visited Book Nut and left a comment on "The Beef Princess of Practical County")

• For contact purposes, if you are a non-blogger or your email is not accessible in your blog profile, please leave a valid email address within the comment section.
• Contest is open to US and Canada
• Contest ends on Monday, September 28th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
Three ways to gain extra entries (Maximum total entries are 5 - leave a separate comment for each entry):
1st extra entry: Follow Me! or subscribe by email or RSS reader
2nd extra entry: Blog about this contest then post your link in the comment section.
3rd extra entry: Follow me on twitter (iambrimful) and tweet about the contest.

Monday, September 14, 2009

$5 Luvs Coupon - Get Yours September 15th

I buy diapers. Plenty of diapers. We primarily use Luvs in our household, and we've always been happy with the brand. But it isn't always easy to find coupons for Luvs. That's why I wanted to let you know that a Luvs coupon promotion will go live at on September 15th at 12am EST. There's a limited supply -- hurry to reserve yours ASAP by joining the Luvs Network! If you are already a member, it looks like you can still sign up for the coupon. Sign in using your password, and click on the promotion. On the right hand side, the site will prompt you to check promotions you wish to enter, including the coupon deal.

This promotion is part of the Luvs "Take a Stand" campaign, which rallies moms to unite and take a stand on things that are important to them, such as not paying too much money for everyday items such as diapers! If you have some time, visit the website, share your own inspiring "Take a Stand" story and have some fun building a baby avatar. Yep, that's my design to the right, a little baby Brimful and you can bet she would have been holding a book if that had been an option. Can you guess what I'm passionate about!?

Thanks to Mom Fuse POP and Luvs for alerting me about this offer. I did not receive any payment or product as compensation for this post.

Mister Anderson's Company - 50% off sale

I received the following email today regarding Mister Anderson's Company.

"Mister Anderson's Company is celebrating its retirement by offering our customers 50% off on all merchandise. Visit and join the party for great deals on puppets, games, books, and all the other cool stuff that Mister Anderson's Company has in its warehouse while inventory lasts. Shipping charges apply."

Here are a few book deals that interested me: Not a Box HC Book for $6.50 and Monster at the End of this Book HC Book for $4.50. Add shipping and it is still a good deal.

Book Blogger Appreciation Week: Shortlists

Book Blogger Appreciation Week begins today! Voting is now finished for the 2009 BBAW Awards Shortlists.

Although Brimful Curiosities did not make it to the shortlist round, several of my favorite blogs did make the cut. Be sure to check out the list--you might find some great new blogs to follow. I would like to thank all those that nominated this blog in the following categories: Best General Review Blog, Best Kidlit Blog,and Most Extravagant Giveaways. I do appreciate your support and thoughtfulness!

Each day this week I'm participating in the BBAW daily blogging topic postings. Today's post centers around this topic: "write a post thanking and spotlighting your favorite blogs that didn’t make the shortlists."

I mostly read blogs that concentrate on children's book reviews and kidlit topics. Here a few of my favorites that did not make the shortlist:
Kidlit: A Patchwork of Books (librarian blog)
Kidlit: PBS Booklights (great parent resource)
Kidlit: Katie's Literature Lounge (themed reviews)
Kidlit: Vintage Kids' Books My Kid Loves (vintage books)
Kidlit: Kids Lit (Tasha, a Wisconsin librarian)
Kidlit: Just One More Book (podcasts)
Kidlit: Elizabeth's Children's Books Blog (part of
Kidlit: The Children's Book Review (well-designed site with lots of reviews)
YA: Shooting Stars Mag (teen and pop culture)
YA: Young Adult (& Kids) Books Central Blog (companion site to the YA Books Central web site)

For your reference, here's a pretty comprehensive list of Bloggers in Children’s and Young Adult Literature via Kidlitosphere Central. Lots of my favorite blogs on that particular list!

I'm also going to use this post to highlight a few mommy bloggers that aren't exclusively book bloggers, but are children's book enthusiasts:
Muse Reviews
Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile
No Time for Flashcards

Some author/illustrator blogs I like:
Book Aunt by Kate Coombs
Frolicking through Cyberspace by Heather Ayris Burnell
Bookie Woogie Aaron Zenz blogs with his kids
Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) by Tara Lazar (aspiring author)

Finally, a few other notables, not kidlit related:
The Literate Housewife Review (just all around awesome)
Bookin' with Bingo (great place for reviews and giveaways)
Peeking Between the Pages (wonderful book blogger from Canada)

By the way, the kidlit/YA category blogs shortlisted this year are all fantastic:
Kidlit: 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast
Kidlit: Fuse 8 at School Library Journal
Kidlit: Jen Robinson’s Book Blog
Kidlit: Maw Books Blog
Kidlit: Shelf Elf
YA: Green Bean Teen Queen
YA: Mrs. Magoo Reads
YA: My Favorite Author
YA: Pop Culture Junkie
YA: The Story Siren

Several other wonderful kidlit/YA blogs made the cut in other categories but I'm not going to list them because I'm afraid I'd leave out a few and would feel bad! Congratulations to all the blogs shortlisted. Thanks to BBAW I've found a few new book blogs to follow! How about you?

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (9/14/09)

Please check out my other "Full to the Brim" posts as well. Many contests are still underway. I publish "Full to the Brim" every Monday and Friday. Thanks for visiting my blog and come back soon!

My book giveaways:
Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse (middle grade/YA book) Ends 9/14/09
Big Cat, Small Cat by Ami Rubinger (picture book) Ends 9/21/09

Other book giveaways:
Frugal Plus - Book Giveaway Ends 9/28/09
Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
24/7 Moms - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
2 Little Blessing books by Tyndale Kids
24/7 Moms - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
Runt Farm series books by author Amanda Lorenzo
A Frugal Friend - Book Giveaway Ends 9/28/09
(4) books in The Berenstain Bears Living Lights series
The Lateiner Gang Book Review Spot - Book Giveaway Ends 10/8/09
Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation (middle grade/teen)
The Brain Lair - Book Giveaway Ends 9/16/09
ARC Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation (middle grade/teen)
The Lateiner Gang Book Review Spot - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
ARC Fire by Kristin Cashore (author of Graceling) (YA)
Sweeps4Bloggers - Book Giveaway Ends 9/20/09
Tidings of Great Boys: An All About Us Novel by Shelley Adina (YA/teen)
Mom Most Traveled - Book Giveaway Ends 9/18/09
Hot on the Range by R.D. Jentsch
Bookscoops - Book Giveaway Ends 9/19/09
two signed copies of Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz
Jenny on the Spot - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
Pocket Doodles for Kids by Bill Zimmerman
Momma in Flip Flops 2 - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
Baby Looney Tunes Book Healthy, Fit and Fun
The Full Mommy - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
LeapFrog Tag and Learn to Read book sets
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 9/24/09
Baby Looney Tunes Book Healthy, Fit and Fun
Blessed with Grace - Book Giveaway Ends 9/20/09
I Love My Family by Mark S. Bernthal and It's Fun to Share by Michael Anthony Steele; illustrated by Mike Griswold
5 Minutes for Mom - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Prize Pack
Presenting Lenore - Book Giveaway Ends 9/19/09
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble (YA)
Jenn's Bookshelves - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
book of your choice (limit of $20 USD)
Escape in a Book - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
One of four books: The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan, To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, or Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (YA)
Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls - Book Giveaway Ends 9/18/09
book of your choice from Silver Dolphin Books
A Busy Mommy - Book Giveaway Ends 9/25/09
My Little Monkey and Little Bear Hugs by Sandra Magsamen

It is Book Blogger Appreciation Week!!! - Tons of Book Giveaways - Find them Here:

More Here at Ms. Bookish: The Big List of Book Giveaways 9/13 edition

Have a children's book you are giving away on your blog? Let me know! I'll spread the word here!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

MSN Mom's Homeroom Website/Mini-Wheats Blog Tour

I'm a big fan of Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats. We keep our pantry stocked with the regular, bited size, fiber packed cereal. (I like to buy in bulk!) My son absolutely loves to eat the cereal soaked in a bowl full of milk each morning for breakfast.

School is back in session and Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats wants to assist moms in helping their children succeed in school. They recently teamed up with and created Mom's Homeroom, an online resource and community packed full of Scholastic and Encarta articles, printables and several other tools specifically geared toward moms. The website also features four expert moms in unscripted video segments. Topics covered include:

● Writing ● Back to School ● Reading ● Giving Back ● Attentiveness ● Learning ● Memory

I checked out the reading and writing resources and found a number of helpful tips and interesting articles. For instance, the article "Could My Kid Write a Bestseller?" talks about famous kids in publishing like Mary Shelley and Christopher Paolini and discusses how the publishing world works. "The Library Card -- a Parent's Best Friend" is an especially appropriate article for the month of September. (September is Library Card Sign-up Month). One article titled "The Rhyming Game" gives instructions on how to create a neat homemade book of rhymes. I'm always looking for new ideas on how to help my children succeed academically. Though I doubt I'll participate in the community portion myself, Mom's Homeroom is a great way to reach out to all those moms looking for additional information and the articles provided on the site are helpful and diverse. The website is updated twice a month and influenced by users' interests.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Legacy by Cayla Kluver - Book Review

"Duty is important. But at some point the choice you will face is whether to carry out your duties or live your life." - Legacy by Cayla Kluver

When asked what she wants to be when she grows up, my preschool daughter always replies, "A princess." That's probably not very likely to happen, but maybe someday she'll grow up to write about princesses like Cayla Kluver. At the age of 16, Kluver has already achieved her dream to become a published author. AmazonEncore, a new program developed to bring attention to emerging authors, recently released her debut book called Legacy.

Like all exceptional fantasies involving princesses, Kluver's story begins with a tragedy. In this case, the tragedy involves stolen babies and two fictional warring kingdoms, Hytanica and Cokyri. Princess Alera grows up in the kingdom of Hytanica during a time of peace following an awful war. Although she knows of the tragedy, like most in her kingdom, she does not fully understand the whole situation. At the young age of seventeen she also finds herself in a perplexing situation. As heir to the throne, she is expected to marry once she turns eighteen. Her father wishes for her to marry the egotistical Steldor, but Princess Alera is a headstrong and opinionated young women. She struggles with the decision, not knowing whether to fulfill her duty to her kingdom or to follow her heart. She becomes even more confused when a young, handsome and mysterious stranger from Cokyri named Narian enters her kingdom and disrupts their peaceful existence. Legacy is the first book in a trilogy.

How truly refreshing to discover a book with well-written teen characters depicted through the eyes of a teen author! Through the use of appropriate mannerisms and expressions, Kluver created endearing characters with just the right sense of naïveté. Although the descriptive passages sometimes seem overdone and forced, the interesting, flowery dialogue between the characters drives the romantic and suspenseful story and leaves readers wanting to know exactly how the fairy tale ends. I can hardly wait to read the next book in the series; the cliffhanger ending is brutal. I love that while this book is classified as fantasy, it is not of the high fantasy genre containing mythological creatures, but borders more on the historical romance genre. During my teen years I tended to gravitate toward romantic suspense novelists like Eleanor Hibbert (a.k.a. Victoria Holt/Jean Plaidy). I know for a fact I would have enjoyed escaping in the story of Legacy then, just as much as I enjoyed reading it now, as an adult. In case you were wondering, Kluver innocently portrays romantic scenes with pure passion (no x-rated material). There's also a notable twist in this princess story--in the progressive kingdom of Cokyri, women rule and are highly regarded and treated with respect.

In an interview with The Blogger Girlz, Kayla remarks, "the realization that young people can accomplish things kind of pushed me to a place where I had the motivation to finish a novel." Amazingly, Kluver wrote Legacy when she was only 14 years old. I'm intrigued by this young Wisconsin author, look forward to her next novels and hope that her success encourages other youth to pursue writing careers.
Legacy by Cayla Kluver. AmazonEncore (August 2009); 464 pages; ISBN 9781595910554; YA/teen
Book Source: Advance Reading Copy provided for free by AmazonEncore (ARC version - Quotations should be checked against the finished book)

Related links:
Cayla Kluver - Author Website
Cayla's Author Blog
Read the prologue and first chapter of Legacy and learn about AmazonEncore

(Enter to win a copy of Legacy in these giveaways:

My Blog 2.0 - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
Brimful Curiosities - Book Giveaway Ends 9/28/09
Beth's Book Review Blog - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09

Friday, September 11, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (9/11/09)

Sorry for posting this later than usual. My kids and husband caught a bad cold or flu last week and they've been under the weather ever since. My blog time has been limited as a result. Hope you have a great weekend!
Please check out my other "Full to the Brim" posts as well. Many contests are still underway. I publish "Full to the Brim" every Monday and Friday. Thanks for visiting my blog and come back soon!

My book giveaways:
Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse (middle grade/YA book) Ends 9/14/09
Big Cat, Small Cat by Ami Rubinger (picture book) Ends 9/21/09

Other book giveaways:
Beth's Book Review Blog - Book Giveaway Ends 9/30/09
Legacy by Cayla Kluver (YA)
5 Minutes for Books - Book Giveaway Ends 9/15/09
The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz
Bookie Woogie - Book Giveaway Ends 9/20/09
Prize Pack giveaway of 10 books: The Hiccupotamus, Nugget on the Flight Deck, Nascar ABCs, Nascar 123s, Howie Wants to Play, Howie Goes Shopping, Howie's Tea Party, Howie Finds a Hug, Autumn's First Leaf, Beware the Tickle Monster
Reading to Know - Book Giveaway Ends ??
The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz
Reading to Know - Book Giveaway Ends 9/12/09
Anne of Green Gables; Anne of Avonlea; Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Reading to Know - Book Giveaway Ends 9/12/09
The Chronicles of Narnia Complete Radio Theatre Set
My Four Monkeys - Book Giveaway Ends 9/17/09
signed copy of I Met A Moose in Maine One Day by Ed Shankman, illustrated by Dave O'Neill
Wagging Tales - Book Giveaway Ends 9/14/09
The Year the Swallows Came Early by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (middle grade) - Book Giveaway Ends 9/21/09
Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma (middle grade)
Peanut Butter and Pickle Reviews - Book Giveaway Ends 9/17/09
customized book by MJM Books
Mozi Esmé - Book Giveaway Ends 9/22/09
The Berenstain Bears and the Golden Rule by Stan & Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain
Ready Mom - Book Giveaway Ends 9/24/09
LeapFrog Tag Reading System
Parenting by Trial and Error - Book Giveaway Ends 9/25/09
LeapFrog Tag Reading System
Wandering Educators - Book Giveaway Ends 9/15/09
Natasha Lands Down Under by Katherine McCaughan (YA)
The Mom Buzz - Book Giveaway Ends 9/25/09
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (must pledge to Read Oct 8th, 2009 at Read for the Record!)
A Few of my Favorite Things - Book Giveaway Ends 9/14/09
World According To… book for your a child
An Island Life - Book Giveaway Ends 9/17/09
Sweet Arts Design personalized soft-cover Alphabet Book
A Park Avenue Princess - Book Giveaway Ends 9/24/09
Catching Fire (by Suzanne Collins) Prize Pack (YA)
Book Chick City - Book Giveaway Ends 9/23/09
Noughts & Crosses young adult series by Malorie Blackman
Crown Laid Down - Book Giveaway Ends 9/17/09
The Princess and the Three Knights by Karen Kingsbury
Momma Findings - Book Giveaway Ends 9/23/09
My Little Monkey Book and Little Bear Hugs by Sandra Magsamen
Adventures of Cecelia Bedelia - Book Giveaway Ends 9/25/09
Jasmyn by Alex Bell (possibly appeals to YA?)

Have a children's book you are giving away on your blog? Let me know! I'll spread the word here!