Friday, February 27, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (2/27/09)

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:
Milkshake Prize Pack including DVD, CD and Comic Book Ends 3/2/09

Other book giveaways:
Internet Toddler - Crayola Giveaway Ends 4/3/09
Crayola Art Duffle (Not exactly a book, but I love Crayola!)
An Enchanted Letter - Book Giveaway Ends 3/31/09
Peter Rabbit's Giant Storybook by Beatrix Potter
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 3/11/09
The Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday by Mike Thaler
Momstart - Book Giveaway Ends 3/10/09
This Is the Day! by Nancy White Carlstrom
Mom Most Traveled - Book Giveaway Ends 3/9/09
Let’s Get Ready! book Set by Cedar Valley Publishing
Chief Family Officer - Book Giveaway Ends 3/3/09
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
AParently Speaking - Book Giveaway Ends 3/2/09
And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
Momsational - Book Giveaway Ends 3/12/09
Set of Silver Dolphin books: Explore Within a Medieval Castle,Model Masters Dragons, and The Field Guide to Safari Animals
Mudpies and Mary Janes - Book Giveaway Ends 3/6/09
Frecklebox Giveaway
Freebies 4 Mom - Book Giveaway Ends 3/3/09
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith (YA)
The Lemonade Stand - Book Giveaway Ends 3/4/09
Set of Silver Dolphin books: Five Little Ducks! and Rainbow Fun!
Lollipop Book Club - Book Giveaway Ends 3/6/09
Lollipop Book Club Package
The Dirty Shirt - Kit Giveaway Ends 3/11/09
Baby Signs Potty Training Kit including All Aboard the Potty Train Lift-the-Flap Book
OCTAMOM - Book Giveaway Ends 3/1/09
Making Me by Julie B. Carr
Parenting our Children - Book Giveaway Ends 3/1/09
My Little Red Book by Rachel Kauder-Nalebuff (YA)
Reading Rumpus - Book Giveaway Ends 3/2/09
Weebeasts: Plight, the three volume Weebeastolgy by Micah Linton and Weebeast plush
On Our Minds @ Scholastic - Book Giveaway Ends 3/2/09
HUGE Black History Month Giveaway! 7 Books + President Obama Action Figure
Books for Kids - Book Giveaway Ends 3/4/09
Peek-a-Boo, I Love You by Sandra Magsamen and Little Quack's Bedtime by Lauren Thompson

Games
Play to Learn Home - Game Giveaway Ends 2/28/09
Deluxe Edition Scrabble
Life Starring Ellie and Eve - Game Giveaway Ends ??
Cranium Family Edition

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

Banana Nut Cheerios® Review and Giveaway


Open our pantry and you are sure to find a box of Cheerios®. Our whole family enjoys eating the familiar circular cereal with the hole in the middle. Perfect for breakfast, for snack time and trips, we like all the varieties but we usually buy Honey Nut. My parents regularly eat the MultiGrain kind.

Just recently we tried out the newest option, Banana Nut Cheerios®. The cereal is flavored with real banana and natural banana and nut flavors, according to the box. Like other Cheerios varieties it is a good source of calcium and Vitamin D, made with whole grain and most importantly, may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Now, I'm a big fan of bananas. I even add bananas to my cereal. I also LOVE banana bread, banana muffins, pretty much banana anything. The Banana Nut Cheerios® went over with both kids pretty well. They ate their servings plain, without milk during snack time. Both my husband and I ate ours with milk. The cereal definitely has a sweet banana taste, but the nut flavoring isn't very prominent. That's OK by me though, since I'm not a huge nut lover. If you like sweet, banana flavored products, you'll probably like this new variety of cereal. Try it out for yourself and see what you think! If you visit Cheerios.com, you can access a 55 cent printable coupon.


See the banana tree pictured to the right? I've always wanted a banana tree, and now I have one thanks General Mills and MyBlogSpark. Here's your chance to get one, too. General Mills has kindly offered to give three (3) Brimful Curiosities readers an awesome Banana Nut Cheerios® gift basket. The Banana Nut Cheerios® Gift basket includes a coupon for Banana Nut Cheerios, a banana tree with fruit basket, two cereal bowls and a bread loaf pan.

To enter, visit http://www.cheerios.com and leave a comment on this post telling me which variety of Cheerios (besides Banana Nut) you haven't tried.
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Rummy Royal with my Grandparents

Our family used to play a lot more board games during gatherings than we do now. My grandparents lived only 10 miles away from us so we visited with them nearly every weekend and sometimes during the week, too. I remember playing quite a few games with them, especially during the winter months. Rummy Royal was one of my favorites.

I conducted a brief search online to see if you can buy the game now. Unfortunately, it looks like it is possibly out of print, but vintage games are available for purchase. Interesting fact I dug up - it looks like the game we played was produced by Whitman Publishing Company out of Racine, Wisconsin! So close to home. Apparently there are alternate names for the game, too, including Tripoley, Rummoli, Poch, Calliente and Michigan Rummy. Looks like you might be able to purchase the game under the Tripoley name. (See http://new.timetoplaymag.com/gamenight/) Anyway, my grandparents still have Rummy Royal game, but it has been awhile since we've played.

Rummy Royal is a card game that uses poker chips and a large playing mat about the size of a folding table top. Chips are placed on the mat. Cards are dealt, with one extra hand reserved. I learned basic poker hands from playing the game because the game starts out by betting on your poker hand. Winner gets the pot. The board game commences by playing cards in a sequential order and picking up corresponding chips off the board. First player to run out of cards wins and gets the "kitty". There isn't too much strategy involved in the game, so it works great with kids. Lots of counting of chips involved, too. Anyway, I always had fun playing it and so did my brother, though I did get a little sad if I ran out of chips and lost!

Tomorrow night, (2/27/08) participate in the #timetoplay SiteWarming Party for Time to Play on Twitter. See here for more details. Looks like a fun time, just like a family game night!

Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton - Book Review


"Alice is Tall. Not T-Rex, Empire State Building tall. Not even as tall as her dad. Just maybe four inches taller than the other eight-year-old girls at the Cherry Tree School tall." - Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton

Just 4 inches. Doesn't seem like much but, in the book Too Tall Alice it is the difference between average and too tall. Alice, an 8-year-old girl, is way taller than the other girls in her class. Forced to stand in the back row with the boys for school pictures, she feels like she doesn't belong, an outcast amongst her peers. To make matters worse, one night she overhears her parents and neighbors laughing and whispering about her height, "She's going to be tall and thin, a string bean, a bean pole, a twig, a long drink of water, a toothpick." She cries herself to sleep and drifts off to a dreamland where all the tall girls live. The tall dreamland girls (women) encourage Alice to open her heart and visualize herself in the future. She learns to accept the differences that make her unique and sees herself in a whole new light.

I can't say that anyone ever accused me of being too tall or too short growing up. Too skinny? - Yes! So, I could completely understand Alice's bean pole issue. Nearly all school-age girls at some point are worried about not fitting in and about being teased and made fun of by their peers. In her book, Too Tall Alice, Barbara Worton cleverly addresses the self-esteem and body image problems regarding height encountered by many young girls. Her descriptive, fragmented writing helps readers sympathize with and feel Alice's misery. Using an atypical font, she varies the size to put emphasis on certain words in a style akin to the Charlie and Lola book series. Some readers may experience difficulty reading the font due to the special style. The slightly wacky illustrations by Dom Rodi have a cartoonish, playful look to them and fit in perfectly with Worton's text.

Although picture book sized, the book really isn't meant for preschoolers. While my preschooler did like some of the illustrations (especially the one of Alice in her bed, floating down the street surrounded by swans), overall the book was a little over her head and too wordy. I myself liked the self-esteem messages in the book. However, the portrayal of the parents in the book shocked me. Parents play a large role in helping their children gain positive self-esteem. I am dissapointed the book did not reflect better parenting skills, but perhaps the author was trying issue a wake-up call to adults and show the negative effects of thoughtless remarks (especially when we don't think our kids are listening).

Bottomline? - Too Tall Alice, geared toward elementary and middle school girls, is a useful tool in helping young girls develop positive and healthy body images. Using creative text and quirky illustrations, it conveys the fact that increasing self-esteem is not about changing the way you look, it is about changing the way you see your body and how you think about yourself.
Too Tall Alice, by Barbara Worton, illustrated by Dom Rodi. Great Little Books, LLC (March 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9780979066115
Related links:
Great Little Books Website
Meet the Author, Barbara Worton [pdf]
Meet the Illustrator, Dom Rodi [pdf]
Author interview at Write for a Reader

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wordless (Ash) Wednesday - Stone Church




Church in southern Wisconsin. I find religious architecture fascinating. I believe this church is built of limestone, like many older buildings in this area.

Here's your chance to vote for one of Wisconsin's historic towns (filled with limestone buildings). Help little Mineral Point, WI become famous! Budget Travel America's Coolest Small Towns Contest

Find more of this week's Wordless Wednesday posts at 5 Minutes for Mom and MomDot.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Moose with Loose Poops - Book Review and Giveaway

'"Papa, help!" he cried. "A waterfall's coming out of my bottom!"' - The Moose with Loose Poops by Charlotte Cowan, M.D.

Diarrhea can cause distress, especially in young children. It causes parents to worry, too. I should know. A couple weeks back my daughter caught an intestinal virus and suffered for two weeks straight. The poor girl lost weight, visited the doctor and missed several days of preschool. She dealt with it in her own way, by making up a song with the refrain, "DiarrhEEEEEEEEEEEEa, DiarrhEEEEEEEEEEEEa! Oh, oh, oh, DiarrhEEEEEEEEEEEEa!" (While she didn't enjoy the illness at all, she liked saying the funny, new word repeatedly in a loud voice.) Her sickness made us all miserable because it interrupted our lives, schedule and meal plans.

The Moose with Loose Poops picture book by Charlotte Cowan, M.D. discusses the subject of gastroenteritis with humor and kid appeal. A little moose named Miles goes on a picnic with his family and suddenly becomes ill. He throws up and his parents take him home and put him to bed. The next day he suffers from a bout of diarrhea (loose poops) he describes as a "waterfall" coming out of his bottom. As a result of his illness he must postpone a camping trip with his father. His parents show great care and concern for their little moose, and even Miles' sister reassures him that everyone experiences stomach ailments at some point and that he will get better. Mom calls Dr. Hippo and he recommends lots of fluids and no school. Miles recovers after a few days, just in time to go on a special camping trip with his dad.

The book certainly struck a chord with my daughter. She sat and listened to the entire book with great interest and commiserated with Miles, the diarrhea-stricken moose. The Moose with Loose Poops helped her realize that she would get better eventually with proper care and encouraged her to keep drinking fluids. She also learned a new handwashing song she can sing to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star from reading the book. And, of course, she loved the colorful watercolor illustrations by Penelope Neal of the cute moose family.

The unusual title of Cowan's book has garnered some attention. One blogger went as far as calling it the "most disgusting book title ever." Cowan doesn't leave much to the imagination in her title or in the book itself. The main character in the book vomits chunks of hot dog and is depicted sitting on the potty, though he is covered discreetly with toilet paper. But, everything shown is true to life. Nearly all kids I know have encountered some type of virus causing these problems and they can't help but discuss their toilet time. I applaud the author for writing a book that portrays gastroenteritis in an honest, educational and imaginative way children can understand. A separate, laminated parent guide called "Getting Through Gastroenteritis" is included in the back of the book and offers helpful tips for parents on how to cope with gastroenteritis.
The Moose with Loose Poops, by Charlotte Cowan, M.D., illustrated by Penelope Neal. The Hippocratic Press (January 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9780975351659
Dr. Charlotte Cowan is a board-certified pediatician, a mother, and the author of the Dr. Hippo Series of books published by the Hippocratic Press. The other books in the Dr. Hippo Series for children ages 2-7 include: The Little Elephant with the Big Earache, Katie Caught a Cold, Peeper Has a Fever and Sadie's Sore Throat.

Update 3/1/09 - To help celebrate Book Giveaway Carnival Week, author Dr. Charlotte Cowan has kindly offered to sponsor a giveaway!



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Welcome to Brimful Curiosities, where every week is a children's book carnival! This review/giveaway is one of my contributions to the Book Giveaway Carnival, (March 2-8, 2009). Head over there for all the great giveaways this week! And don't forget to enter my other giveaways!

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Who won this time?

Here are the winners for my giveaways from the past couple weeks, chosen using random.org. All have been notified and have 72 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen. Congrats!

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Coloring & Activity Book Giveaway

The winners are Charlotte (Life's a Charm!)- (comment #20) and Victoria (comment #48)

Glade Sense & Spray Giveaway

The winner is valerie2350 (comment #9)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (2/23/09)

Sorry, busy weekend and I watched the Oscars last night so the list is a little sparse!
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:
Milkshake Prize Pack including DVD, CD and Comic Book Ends 3/2/09

Other book giveaways:
5 Vinez Monkeys - Book Giveaway Ends 3/10/09
Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday by Mike Thaler and This is the Day! by Nancy White Carlstrom
Northwest Mom Finds - Magazine Giveaway Ends 2/26/09
one-year gift subscription to Highlights High Five or Highlights
Freebies 4 Mom - Book Giveaway Ends 2/26/09
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (YA)
Book Dads - Book Giveaway Ends 3/8/09
Seven Miles To Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story by Janet Halfmann
On Our Minds @ Scholastic - Book Giveaway Ends ??
Black History Month book giveaway: I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl and a Weston Woods DVD of Nikki Giovanni's Caldecott Award-winning book Rosa

DVD/CD
Coffee with the Mrs. - Milkshake Giveaway Ends 3/2/09
Milkshake Prize Pack
Muse Reviews - CD Giveaway Ends 2/25/09
Captain Bogg & Salty’s Emphatical Piratical

For adults
Thyme for Herbs - Magazine Giveaway Ends 2/25/09
Mother Earth News subscription


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

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Twitter, friends, princesses, backgrounds and such

I've had a twitter account for a little while now and try to glance at some of the tiny posts daily. You can find me at http://twitter.com/iambrimful.

Anyway, I've been meaning to post a special thank you for some time now. Connie, the lovely princesstimetoy twitterer and blogger at http://www.princesstimetoys.com/blog and http://www.miscellaneousfinds4u.com/blog designed my twitter background for free! She deserves a great big THANKS! If you need a twitter background she has some helpful instructions and resources here on her site.

She is the owner of Princess Time Toys, so if you have a little princess in your life you should check out some of the great costumes available. In fact, she has a contest going on right now for some mighty cute girly costumes.

Princess Time Toys - Costume Giveaway Ends 2/27/09

Friday, February 20, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (2/20/09)

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:
Milkshake Prize Pack including DVD, CD and Comic Book Ends 3/2/09

Other book giveaways:
As They Grow Up - Book Giveaway Ends 3/5/09
My Baby Can Talk - First Signs DVD and Board Book
Mummy's Product Reviews - Book Giveaway Ends 2/20/09 (noon)
Field Guide to Safari Animals by Paul Beck
Sweeps4Bloggers - Book Giveaway Ends 2/25/09
Book of your choice at Silver Dolphin
Mrs. Magoo Reads - Book Giveaway Ends 3/1/09
FOUR fabulous YA novels
Once upon a Qpon - Book Giveaway Ends ?
READ: Getting Your Preschooler Ready To Read
Writing it Out - Book Giveaway Ends 2/28/09
Tantalize or Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith (YA)
Teen Lit Review - Book Giveaway Ends 3/8/09
Zoe Lucky: and the Green Gables' Mystery by M Carol Coffey (YA)
Another Day Another Rambling - Book Giveaway Ends 2/26/09
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (YA)
The Abbeville Manuel of Style - Book Giveaway Ends 2/27/09
80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards by Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne
Plus Size Mommy - Book Giveaway Ends 2/26/09
Sikulu & Harambe by the Zambezi River by Kunle Oguneye

DVD's
Savin Some - Milkshake Giveaway Ends ??
Milkshake Prize Pack
An Island Review - DVD Giveaway Ends 2/26/09
Veggie Tales: Abe and the Amazing Promise
Week in Rewind - DVD Giveaway Ends 4/21/09
The Tales of Beatrix Potter

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

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Milkshake "Screen Play" DVD Review and Giveaway

"I’m a Superhero, searching for the truth; Looking for the answers and putting them to use. I’m a Superhero, learning how to read; I get my superpowers from my library." - "Superhero" words and music by Milkshake
24 Times. That's approximately how many times the kids could conceivably watch the DVD Screen Play by Milkshake daily during their waking hours. And, if my daughter ruled the roost, you can bet we'd come close. I'm actually thinking twice about giving away the extra copy we received because I'm afraid ours will wear out!

If you watch PBS, Discovery Kids, or Noggin you've probably seen Milkshake. Kind of hard to miss the tutu wearing lead singer Lisa Mathews and the funky, award-winning Milkshake rock band! All I know is that my preschooler daughter absolutely adores their music and has several of their songs memorized. Luckily, the music appeals to me as well. My husband agrees. Now that is a compliment.

Milkshake released their first DVD titled Screen Play last year. The collection of videos on the DVD includes all our favorite songs from their CDs and a few backstage clips of the band being their silly selves. The main part of the DVD runs about 33 minutes. You can view some of the videos here: http://www.milkshakemusic.com/video.cfm

Songs on the DVD:
We Got A Band • Superhero • Bluebird • Baseball • Rainy Day • Imagination Nation • Pirates • Home on the Range • Fingers & Toes • ABC of Me • Jump

Bonus Videos:
Reading • Bottle of Sunshine • Lisa's Cut - ABC of Me • Picture This • Practice Makes Perfect

The videos have a groovy feel that matches the band's laid back, fun style. With creative lyrics and catchy, happy songs it is hard not to dance and sing along. Plus, the band promotes reading! Highly recommended for ages 1 - 8+! Don't forget to check out their CDs as well: Happy Songs, Bottle of Sunshine and Play!


Milkshake has offered to giveaway the DVD Screen Play, CD Play! and a Milkshake comic book to one Brimful Curiosities reader.

To enter, visit Milkshakemusic.com and leave a comment here telling me which of the featured videos you like the best.
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• Contest ends on Monday, March 2nd, 2008 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
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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.
4th extra entry: Fav my blog on technorati

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Still Blooming



Pink roses from my Valentine. And a purple one for our little girl, too.



Find more of this week's Wordless Wednesday posts at 5 Minutes for Mom and MomDot.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

1st Birthday - Choices, Choices ... Help!


Holy cow! How can a year fly by so fast? The little guy is turning one shortly, and I'm unprepared. Do all second children get neglected like this? For our daughter's first birthday I made special invitations, she had three different cakes and two parties. A little overboard? Maybe, but it's a special day. Now, the second time around, I'm dragging my feet. Time to start planning.

At least I can check a few items off the list. We picked a date and time for the party and notified the relatives. Grandma volunteered to make the little guy's cake so the a messy cake face picture is all but guaranteed. I've written out most of the lunch menu.

I've also chosen a theme: firetrucks. I found an online retailer that specializes in 1st birthday supplies called 1st Wishes. They offer over 30 first birthday party themes, firetrucks included. See that great "Fun To Be 1" hat in the picture above? One of the many cute 1st Wishes birthday supplies! I'm thinking we definitely need the hat.

But, I'm lacking one huge component. The gift. We haven't bought him one yet. I need ideas. A little help, please. What is a must have gift for a one-year-old boy? I'd greatly appreciate any comments or advice.

Heroes in Black History: True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes - Book Review


Sometimes inspiration is found in unexpected places. When I first started reading this book meant for children ages 6-12, I certainly wasn't expecting to be affected so deeply and personally. Part biographical, part devotional, Heroes in Black History: True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes tells positive life stories and provides biblical insights into the lives of fourteen notable Christian African-Americans. The book by husband and wife team, Dave & Neta Jackson is an excellent Christian resource for families to use during Black History month in February or for special study any time of the year.

The book includes a short two-page biography for each Christian hero followed by three devotional style stories drawn from their life. Each life story centers on a specific Christian quality such as compassion or wisdom and at the end of the story a key bible verse is emphasized followed by three questions for reflection. Black and white portraits drawn by Toni Auble of the individual heroes accompany the biographies. The heroes featured are:

Harriet Tubman • Samuel Morris • Amanda Smith • Charles Albert Tindley • George Washington Carver • William Seymour • Mary McLeod Bethune • Thomas A. Dorsey • Eliza Davis George • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • John Perkins • Festo Kivengere • Ricky and Sherialyn Byrdsong • Ben Carson

What I found most compelling about this book was the authors’ ability to impart so much factual information while discussing the importance of Christianity in the lives of the heroes featured. I am truly amazed by how much I learned from reading this book. I never realized that Harriet Tubman suffered from terrible headaches due to an inflicted blow to her head and didn’t know anything about Thomas A. Dorsey, the “Father of Gospel Music.” I’m glad the compilation includes a few contemporary individuals such as Ben Carson and Ricky Byrdsong as well.

Heroes in Black History provides parents with an interesting and engaging way to share real-life stories of faith with their children. The amazing faith and determination demonstrated by the individuals featured in the book should help young and old alike grow spiritually in their own lives. I look forward to sharing this book with my children when they are older. In the meantime, I plan on revisiting this book myself and using it in my own devotional studies.
Heroes in Black History: True Stories from the Lives of Christian Heroes, by Dave and Neta Jackson. Bethany House (February 2008); 192 pages; ISBN 9780764205569

Related links:
Book Excerpt
Dave and Neta Jackson Website

Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Presidents' Day!

What do kids have to say to President Obama? Celebrate Presidents' Day by viewing the free Dear Mr. President e-book, at http://www.kidthing.com/dmp. It is a special digital book featuring compiled thoughts, views and advice from kids across the nation.

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (2/16/08)

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:
Madagascar: Escape to Africa Coloring Book Giveaway Ends 2/16/09

Other book giveaways:
YA Books Central - Book Giveaway Ends 2/28/09
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Mom o Matic - Book Giveaway Ends 2/20/09?
Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee
Plus Size Mommy - Book Giveaway Ends 2/20/09
Preacher Creature Strikes on Sunday by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee
Mudpies and Mary Janes - Clifford Prize Pack Giveaway Ends 2/23/09
Clifford Gift package that includes 5 Clifford books, a picture frame and a plush rattle
A Simple Kinda Life - Book Giveaway Ends 3/7/09
Birthday Parties: Best Tips & Ideas for Ages 1-8
Chief Family Officer - Book Giveaway Ends 2/17/09
The Case of the Snowboarding Superstar by James Preller
MomDot - Book/Doll Giveaway Ends 2/20/09
Rollo the NightSpryte doll and hardcover book
The Toby Show - Book Giveaway Ends 2/19/09
An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton
The Crafty Crow - Gift Certificate Giveaway Ends 2/21/09
Imagine Childhood Gift Certificate (great selection of children's books and products)
SMS Book Reviews - Book Giveaway Ends 2/17/09
I love Chocolate by David Cali

Know a fantasy lover? You may want to check out this giveaway list.
http://oldbatsbelfry.blogspot.com/2009/02/weekly-book-giveaway-roundup-0214.html


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

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Cybils Award Winners 2008-2009

The Cybils Award Winners were announced yesterday. It looks like I have a few more books to read. I'm a little surprised that once again Gaiman's The Graveyard Book was a top pick. Guess I'll have to read it for myself and see what all the hype is about.

Below are a few of the winners. Be sure to visit The 2008-9 Cybils Winners Page if you want to see all the picks.

Fiction Picture Book
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham




Easy Reader
I Love My New Toy! by Mo Willems






Cybils is an acronym for Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards. The goal of the Cybils team (some 100 bloggers) is to highlight books that are high in both literary quality and kid appeal. The Cybils were founded by Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold. This is the third year for the awards.

Bippity Bop Barbershop Book Review


“Daddy takes his seat in Mr. Seymour’s chair. And when Mr. Seymour asks him how he wants his hair, Daddy says he wants a haircut just like mine. Daddy wants to look like ME!”Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Community barbershops with their recognizable barbershop pole outside always look so welcoming. They are often center hubs, a place for gathering and social-interaction, mostly for men. They are also great places for father-son bonding experiences. Both my father and brother still go to the village barber in their community. My brother got his first haircut there.

Author Natasha Anastasia Tarpley's book titled Bippity Bop Barbershop highlights a young boy’s first barbershop experience. One Saturday morning, Miles and his father visit Mr. Seymour’s barbershop for Miles’ first haircut. Miles is a little scared so his daddy tells him, “Be brave, Little Man.” After a few tears, Miles courageously sits while Mr. Seymour cuts his hair with a scissors and buzzing clippers and then watches proudly as his father also gets his hair cut in a similar style. They happily walk out of the shop together hand-in-hand, bippity-bopping down the street.

A first hair cut experience can be slightly traumatic for a child, but Bippity Bop Barbershop does a good job (from another child's perspective) in reassuring children that a cut doesn't hurt. Tarpley’s ability to describe an incredibly positive father-son relationship is my favorite aspect of the book. She creates heartwarming, Hallmark-like quality visions in her descriptions, from a warm, fuzzy wake-up scene set at home to men playing checkers in the barbershop. Lewis’ watercolor illustrations are textured in such a way that it almost seems you should be able to feel the coarseness of the hair and the folds in the fabric. The expressions seen on the faces of Miles and his father are remarkably realistic. While the book celebrates traditions and heritage unique to the African-American experience, its appeal is much broader, across all cultures.
Bippity Bop Barbershop, by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley, illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Little, Brown Young Readers; Reprint edition (January 2009); 32 pages; ISBN 9780316033824

Related links:
Illustrator E. B. Lewis’ Website
Kulture Kidz Interview with Natasha Anastasia Tarpley

Children’s Books that celebrate the African-American Experience, compiled by Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Saturday, February 14, 2009

I Love Lands' End

I love Lands' End. Their products are top-notch and wear like steel and they have an impressive return policy and amazing customer service. I grew up not far from Lands' End corporate headquarters here in Wisconsin. I've worn Lands' End clothes since I was a child and now my children wear them.

I just received my spring catalog in the mail and have been browsing the swimwear. I hate buying a swimsuit. I prefer to try swimsuits on in the comfort and privacy of my own home. The last three swimsuits I've purchased have all been Lands' End brand. They have a nice selection with various styles perfect for hiding those mommy flaws. This year I really like the one-piece Grecian V-neck Slender Suit with its classic lines. I'm also enticed by their huge selection of mix and match separates in multiple colors and prints. Hmmm...it will be a hard choice.

Oh yeah, my daughter practically lives in their Jersey Dresses. She is a girly girl but likes to be comfortable. Her dresses have been in the wash quite a few times and still look new.

Lucky for me and you, this Sunday and Monday (12:01 am Sunday, Feb 15th - 11:59 pm Monday, Feb 16th), Lands’ End is offering 20 percent off all merchandise (excluding overstocks, shipping and services). Here's the special promotional code and pin number to get 20 percent off your entire order.

Promo code is AMERICA
Pin number is 6289

Hope my wallet can handle a few purchases. Hard to pass by a deal like this.


Friday, February 13, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (2/13/09)

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:
Madagascar: Escape to Africa Coloring Book Giveaway Ends 2/16/09

Other book giveaways:
On Our Minds @ Scholastic - Book Giveaway Ends 2/17/09
Collection of books by Walter Dean Myers
Tara Lazar - Book Giveaway Ends 2/17/09
Howie I Can Read series by Aaron Zenz
Bloggy Giveaways - Gift Certificate Giveaway Ends 2/16/09
$25 gift certificate to Lollipop Book Club
Moving Forward - Gift Certificate Giveaway Ends 2/15/09
Usborne Books Gift Certificate
Book Addiction - Book Giveaway Ends 2/17/09
Inkheart and Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
5 Minutes for Giveaways - Book Giveaway Ends 2/20/09
Nana Star book and corresponding plush
Mom's Favorite Stuff - Kit Giveaway Ends 2/17/09
Charlie & Lola Winter Kit including book, Snow Is My Favorite and My Best
Carrie Ryan -Book Giveaway Ends 2/13/09
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell (YA)
My 3 Wisemans - Book Giveaway Ends 2/20/09
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney
Spring Tree Road - Book Giveaway Ends 2/18/09
An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton
Mom of 2 Boys, Wife of 1 - Book Giveaway Ends 2/28/09
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Booklust - Book Giveaway Ends 2/21/09
Edward and the Eureka Lucky Wish Company
Sarah Tales -Book Giveaway Ends 2/16/09
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell (YA)


And Music Too
Non toxic Kids - CD Giveaway Ends 2/16/09
Hushabye Baby Lullabies

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

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Upcoming PBS Music Specials

Our family loves PBS and especially likes watching their featured musicians. PBS has a few new musical specials coming up that we are excited to view.




Seal
Seal's PBS Soundstage special premieres Thursday, Feb 12 at 9pm (CST). Not airing on all stations. Check local listings here.


Yanni Voices
If you like adult contemporary music, the Yanni Voices special features Yanni and four young vocalists -- Nathan Pacheco, Chloe, Ender Thomas and Leslie Mills.
Yanni Voices premieres on PBS Monday, March 2, 2009. Not airing on all stations. Check local listings here
Other related links:
Yanni Voices Tour Begins April 10th
Yanni Voices CD -Releases March 24th


Thanks to One2One network for the head's up on these events.

Fawning over Teacher Book Wizard at Scholastic

No, I am not a teacher. But, I love books and think the Scholastic website is an excellent source for children's book related information. My opinion has just recently skyrocketed due to their new FREE Teacher Book Wizard Widget. I've been fawning over it for the past few days and think it is an incredible resource for teachers as well as for parents interested in helping their children learn to read.

If you've ever wanted to know the reading level for a book (interest and grade levels) or needed to find a guide for a certain book, this widget is for you! Teacher Book Wizard Widget searches over 50,000 children’s books from all publishers. To search for a book using the widget you just type in a title, author or keyword. The widget will provide a list pertinent to your search with author and illustrator information, and a listing of reading level for the books. Book Detail pages display reading levels in all four systems. Sometimes the result also includes series information as well as links to available guides, activities and lesson plans. This same area of the Scholastic Teachers Website includes a BookALike Search engine and a shared Book List feature.



For example, if you search for "Corduroy" a list of all Corduroy books appears. Looking at the Detailed view for Corduroy by Don Freeman, it gives the following information and links to free teaching resources:
Interest Level: K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent: 3.2
Lexile Framework: 600L
DRA: 24
Guided Reading: K
Genre/Theme:Fantasy, Series
Topics:Friends and Friendship, Games and Toys

Go ahead and try it out. I've found it quite useful myself!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - 200 Lincoln Pennies




Tomorrow, February 12th, 2009, we pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln on his 200th birthday.

Lincoln Bicentennial Website
Lincoln Book List for Kids and Young Adults
Lincoln and Presidents Picture Books Part 1
Lincoln and Presidents Picture Books Part 2

Find more of this week's Wordless Wednesday posts at 5 Minutes for Mom.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Send Someone a Special Valentine - Valentines With a Vintage Look

I love vintage Valentines. They are so ornate and beautiful. The quality of today's cheap commercial valentine's for kids are quite frankly a huge disappointment to me. But, actual antique valentines are usually quite costly to buy from dealers. So I've searched around and found a few different options for new Valentines with an antique, classic feel. Here are a few old-fashioned Valentine's available for purchase. Hope you enjoy!

Vintage Valentines (Press Out Book)



Valentine Postcards



Cavallini Glitter Vintage Carte Postale Valentines' Day Cards set of 12 (6 different designs)



My Punny Valentine - Vintage Look Greeting Card Package of 15



1950s Style Space Valentines