Sunday, May 31, 2009

Obama: The Historic Journey Young Readers Edition - Book Review


"This I know: When I raise my hand and take that oath of office, I think the world will look at us differently. And millions of kids across this country will all look at themselves differently." - Obama: The Historic Journey Young Readers Edition


Even though my children are young, on January 20, 2009, they viewed the inauguration of President Barack Obama on TV. I took their picture as they, along with millions across the nation and world, watched him take the oath of office. President Obama's inauguration marked a major moment in our country's history, and I wanted them to be able to say that had witnessed the event. Despite one's political views, I imagine most anyone would agree that the campaigns, election and inauguration were history in the making.

The New York Times recently released a new book specifically for young readers titled Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition. The book provides a wonderful overview for children ages 8-12 who are interested in learning all about President Barack Obama, his life, and the events surrounding the election and inauguration. Over 200 stunning, full color photographs accompany the age-appropriate text. Jill Abramson, the managing editor of The Times authored the book, drawing from articles and reports previously published in The Times. The exquisitely laid out and well-written compilation serves both as an informative work for children and collectible book meant to be treasured. An adult version titled Obama: The Historic Journey is also available.

The book includes the following eight chapters: Winds of Change • A Skinny Kid with a Funny Name • The Path of a Politician • The Primary Race • The General Election • Victory • Time of Transition • President Obama

I really like this impressive children's book that details Obama's journey. The artfully arranged photographs in the book alone make the book a worthwhile purchase and the text is informative without sounding overbearing. Quotes by President Obama are highlighted on a number of pages. I found the chapters covering Obama's childhood especially interesting. The mini-biographies on Obama, his mother, his father and his grandmother help illustrate how a seemingly ordinary person can rise above life's challenges and go on to become the president of the United States of America. Also included are Obama's family tree, a summary of both Obama's and McCain's campaign stands, a large electoral map showing final tallies, and a neat page spread listing fun facts about Barack Obama. Even the Saturday Night Live Palin skits are briefly mentioned.

A plethora of children's books have been published on the topic of Obama. Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition, an excellent resource showcasing eye-catching photography, stands out from the rest.

Obama: The Historic Journey: Young Reader's Edition by The New York Times. Callaway (February 2009); 96 pages; ISBN 9780670012084; Ages 8-12


Thanks to MotherTalk, Penguin Group and Callaway Arts & Entertainment for this review opportunity!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (5/29/09)

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:
Before You Were Here, Mi Amor Ends 6/1/09
Mating Rituals of the North American WASP Book Giveaway Ends 6/8/09 (Adult fiction/Chick lit)
Abigail Spells Picture Book Giveaway Ends 6/15/09


Other book giveaways:
Production not Reproduction - Book Giveaway Ends 6/1/09
The Double-Daring Book for Girls by Andrea Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz
Chronicle Books - Book Giveaway (10 Copies) Ends 6/5/09
The Chore Board
Chronicle Books - Book/Poster Giveaway Ends 6/3/09
The Art of Up by Tim Hauser and a poster from the film, Up
Eco-Libris - Book Giveaway Ends 6/1/09
The Adventures of an Aluminum Can: A Story About Recycling by Alison Inches
AuthorsNow! - Book Giveaway Ends 6/3/09
One Wish by Leigh Brescia (teen/YA)
AuthorsNow! - Book Giveaway Ends 6/2/09
The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading by Charity Tahmaseb and Darcy Vance
Shooting Stars Mag - Book Giveaway Ends 6/15/09
a signed copy of One Lonely Degree by Kelly Martin (YA)
The Children's Book Review - Usborne Giveaway Ends 6/1/09
Come to the Castle: A Visit to a Castle in Thirteenth-Century England by Linda Ashman
Living Locurto - Book Giveaway Ends 6/1/09
Story Time Felt Bug Book
Sweeps4Bloggers - Book Giveaway Ends 6/6/09
The Alychemyst and The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series books) by Michael Scott and a mug
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 6/10/09
If Mom Had Three Arms
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 6/9/09
Farm Babies
The Lemonade Stand - Book Giveaway Ends 6/7/09
kohl's Cares for Kids book giveaway
Great Kids Books - Book Giveaway Ends 6/7/09
A Life in the Wild: George Schaller's struggle to save the last great beasts by Pamela S. Turner
Contest Corner - Book Giveaway Ends 6/14/09
The Alychemyst and The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series books) by Michael Scott and a mug
Rachael Ray Show - Book Giveaway Ends 6/3/09
The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! by Mo Willems
Katie's Literature Lounge - Book Giveaway Ends 6/5/09
Abigail Spells by Anna Alter
Momma In Flip Flops - Book Giveaway Ends 6/3/09
Win a book of your choice from Silver Dolphin Books
As they Grow Up - Book Giveaway Ends 6/8/09
Audio book "Clifford at the Circus"
Peekaboo Picks Magazine - Book Giveaway Ends 5/31/09
Tickle Monster and a pair of Tickle Mitts
Shelf Elf - Book Giveaway Ends ??
Also Known as Harper by Ann Haywood Leal
A Patchwork of Books - Book Giveaway Ends 5/31/09
Abigail Spells by Anna Alter
Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup - Book Giveaway Ends 6/5/09
Abigail Spells by Anna Alter
Family Life blog - Book Giveaway Ends 6/4/09
The Dragon Diary, volume two in the Dragonlogy Chronicles


Win an autographed copy of Tony Gemignani’s new book Tony and the Pizza Champions: enter the Lindsay’s “Olive Pizza Recipe Challenge” Contest
Grand prize includes a $250 pizza party, an autographed copy of the book, your recipe featured in Tony's restaurant, lots of tasty olives, and more. Runners-up will win the book. Ends 6/12/09

Lots of book giveaways (some kid's) listed at:
West of Mars -- Win A Book

June Treasure Hunt - Hunt for the answers to a daily question and win a book every day in June at Life on the Funny Farm


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

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Why?

Few words strike as much fear into a mother's heart as the word cancer. So when I came across that word on Manic Mother, a fellow bloggers website, you can imagine how sad I felt. Ezra, her two year old son has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Just the other week, I posted one of her book giveaways on my blog's "Full to the Brim" list. No cancer stories then. The diagnosis came suddenly, out of the blue, after she took her little guy to the doctor for what she thought were symptoms related to a spider's bite. Why do things like this happen? I really don't know. But, I do know we can all do something to help. The family could use some support. Please visit her blog and let her know you care. You can also find her on twitter @manicmother.

Abigail Spells by Anna Alter - Book Review and Giveaway


"But there was one thing Abigail liked to do better than anything else. More than anything, Abigail loved to spell." - Abigail Spells by Anna Alter


Today is a big day for spellers all over the nation. The Scripps National Spelling Bee championship contest is underway in Washington, D.C. The finals will be shown this evening at 8 p.m. ET on ABC for those interested in tuning in. I'll be watching to see who wins. I'm rooting for all the children, but especially those living in the Midwest!

I never advanced far in spelling bees as a child. Spelling I could manage. Spelling bees, not so much. My stage fright always got the best of me. I clearly remember one school bee and the word I messed up. I failed miserably in spelling a simple word, L-A-D-D-E-R. I spelled it like this: L-A-T-T-E-R. Yes, I knew right away I misspelled the word and felt awful.

Speaking of spelling bees and stage fright, children's book author/illustrator Anna Alter has a spectacular new book out called Abigail Spells. A chicken named Abigail possesses many talents including spelling. She spells words constantly and prepares for the upcoming school spelling bee with help from her best friend, George the bear. After practicing words like A-P-P-L-E and C-L-O-C-K, she feels ready for her big day. But, she finds out quickly that spelling in front of a crowd in a large auditorium isn't easy. Luckily, her friend George encourages her and offers her his friendship at exactly the right moment.

Abigail Spells perfectly introduces young children to the concept of spelling as well as emphasizing the importance of friendship while de-emphasizing the importance of winning. The simple layout with black text on an uncluttered background makes it easy for children follow along and spell with Abigail. Alter's charming illustrations of a scarf and flower wearing chicken and her colorful animal friends make the book cheery and captivating. My preschool daughter adores this book and aspires to be a great speller like Abigail. Thanks to this book, she now runs around the house spelling words off everything in sight--words in the newspaper and letters on cereal boxes. She also loves to follow and spell each of the words Abigail spells in the book. She likes the title page chalkboard illustration and tries to figure out what each word spells using clues from the chalk drawings. I'd recommend the book for ages 4-8; teachers may find it useful in their classrooms.

For more spelling fun, visit Anna Alter's website. It is full of interesting tidbits and resources. Readers can see the steps involved in making the book and print out coloring pages. Definitely worth a visit.

Abigail Spells by Anna Alter. Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (April 2009); 40 pages; ISBN 9780375856174

Related Links:
Anna Alter - Author Website (includes games, curriculum guide, spelling activities and coloring pages)
Painting Bunnies: Anna Alter's Blog
Blue Rose Girls Blog - Learn about the creation of Abigail Spells
Scripps National Spelling Bee Website

Blog Tour Sites
Several other book blogs are participating in this week's Spelling Bee Week Blog Tour. Enter to win copies of Abigail Spells at their sites as well.

• Monday the 25th: MotherReader Contest ended
• Tuesday the 26th: A Patchwork of Books Ends 5/31
• Wednesday the 27th: Katie's Literature Lounge Ends 6/5
• Thursday the 28th: Brimful Curiosities Ends 6/15
• Friday the 28th: Jama Rattigan's Alphabet Soup Ends 6/5

Win a copy! Knopf Books for Young Readers has kindly offered to give away (3) copies of Abigail Spells to three Brimful Curiosities readers.

To enter, leave a comment relevant to this post or name three images used in the Abigail Spells word matching game at www.abigailspells.com.

• 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, June 15th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
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A Prizy Pick

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP - Book Review and Giveaway


"You told us you were engaged. You were skipping around with that WASPy guy, calling him 'my future husband.' The two of you were all over each other. We couldn't figure out what had gotten into you, Peggy." - Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton

I learn something every day. Take the word WASP for instance. I see the word WASP and think of a flying insect that stings. Apparently, it has another meaning, one I may have learned in school but didn't remember -- White Anglo-Saxon Protestant, i.e. a member of the dominant and the most privileged class of people in the United States. (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary) Where have I been, you ask? Trying to remove wasp's nests from my children's playcenter, that's where, unconcerned with the ways of the elite. But, I enjoyed reading about some fictional WASP antics in Mating Rituals of the North American WASP, a new adult fiction book written by Lauren Lipton.

Disgruntled because Brock, her boyfriend of seven years hasn't proposed, Peggy throws caution to the wind and gets a little wild during a girls' weekend in Vegas. Back home in New York, she learns just how wild. In her drunken bliss she married a complete stranger, Luke Sedgwick, a WASP from New Nineveh, Connecticut. She leaves her ACME cleaning supply business for a day and drives to New Nineveh seeking an annulment. But then she meets Luke's great-aunt Abigail and receives an unusual offer...if she remains married to Luke for an entire year, she will inherit half of the Sedgwick mansion. Desperate to save her own floundering business, she accepts and, as part of the deal, spends each weekend in New Nineveh where she learns the ways of the WASPs.

A romance, a fairy tale, small town niceties and big city glitz. This is the perfect women's fiction fare! Every so often, especially during the summer, it is nice to pick up a chick lit book. I read Mating Rituals of the North American WASP from cover to cover in one sitting and enjoyed escaping into its fantasy. For those that may be concerned about such things, the romantic parts don't get very steamy at all. I particularly liked the proud and head-strong 90-year-old Great-aunt Abigail. Her character made me laugh with her meddling ways. I also loved the sonnets and verse by Lee Slonimsky sprinkled through-out the book, especially the "Widow in the Woods." Lipton raises social concerns in her book by writing about the effects of big-box retailers on America’s small towns and businesses. The exact same thing is happening in our area so I can completely identify with this part of the plot. A delightful, light read.

Mating Rituals of the North American WASP by Lauren Lipton. 5 Spot (May 2009); 368 pages; ISBN 9780446197977

Related Links:
Lauren Lipton - Author Website
New York Times profile on Lauren Lipton
Book Excerpt
Win a copy! This review is part of a book blog tour, and Hachette Book Group has kindly offered to giveaway (3) copies of Mating Rituals of the North American WASP to 3 Brimful Curiosities readers. Perfect for summer reading. 3 COPIES!

To enter, leave a WASPy sounding comment. Or any comment relevant to this post. Thanks!

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• Contest is open to US only
• Contest ends on Monday, June 8th, 2009 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
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Wordless Wednesday - Garage Sale Mess





Two weeks ago I had a garage sale. This is some of the preparation mess. I sorted and priced over 15 bins of clothes. My house was a disaster. Glad it is over even though we had 40 degree weather on the day of the sale. Luckily a few people stopped by. I only have 9 bins of clothes left.

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

Woof! Woof! Winner of Dirty Bow Wow!

I've been itching to tell you just who won the Dirty Bow Wow book. No, I do not have fleas. The winners was chosen using Random.org generator (click on image to see more clearly), has been contacted by email and has 72 hours to get back to me before another winner is chosen. More book giveaways later this week. Keep your eye on Brimful Curiosities.

Dirty Bow Wow Book Giveaway

The winner is auntrene (comment #23)

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

New Pledge® Multi Surface cleaner - Review and Giveaway

Spring ends in a month and I am ashamed to admit I haven't really started my "spring cleaning." I hardly have the time to get my regular cleaning done. By the time I get the house remotely picked up I'm tired and would rather not think about dragging out all the cleaning products to tackle the detail work. I especially detest dusting, partly because of my allergies and partly because I hate the moving and putting back of all our lovely possessions. At this very moment you can write your name on our entertainment center, the outside of my dishwasher looks like it needs its own good wash down, and, thanks to the kids and their friends, my windows are full of tiny fingerprints.

So, I happily accepted the new Pledge® Multi Surface product to review and put it to the test in my great room / kitchen / dining area. According to the manufacturer, this one can of cleaner safely cleans ALL the following surfaces:

Wood • Glass • Mirrors • Granite • Electronics • Wood laminate
Stainless steel • Plastics • Marble • Chrome


The aerosol cleaner comes in a pressurized, aluminum can but does not contain CFCs. It sprays easily and aims easily. Pledge Multi Surface is available in two fragrances, Lavender Fresh and Rainshower. The streak free, no residue, anti-static formula works well for cleaning electronics and lots of other things in the home. (Refer to the manufacturer for complete product information and instructions on use.)

The Brimful test? The cleaner removed the months-old grime from the outside of my dishwasher and left it shiny and clean. After unplugging the electronics in our entertainment center, my husband sprayed the product on a cloth and used it to dust the TV (screen and all) and the tops of the DVD player and receiver. He then continued using the same cloth and dusted the wooden entertainment center. Lastly, I used it to successfully wipe away the fingerprints on our patio door window. I received the Lavender Fresh fragrance. It isn't too strong or overwhelming but, to be honest, I am just not a fan of lavender cleaning products. That is just a personal preference sort of thing, not an issue with the product itself. I'd really like to see Pledge offer the product in a lemon fragrance.

I am impressed that Pledge® Multi Surface works well on so many different types of surfaces. We will keep this handy cleaner under our cabinet for fast, non-stop, whirlwind surface to surface cleaning attempts. Hopefully our house will be a little more sparkly and a little less dusty.

If you get a chance, visit http://howicleannow.com/ to watch 5 bloggers learn how to clean more, faster with tips from Trish Suhr, the Style Network's Clean House expert. No, I am not one of the 5 bloggers...I'd embarrass myself and my family.

Sign up for $1 off Pledge Multi Surface cleaner at http://www.pledge.com/savings/2009-1/.
Enter the PLEDGE® MULTI-SURFACE SWEEPSTAKES to win $5,000 towards a Multi-Surface Home Makeover. See sweepstakes rules for details. Ends May 31, 2009.


Want to try out the product for yourself? One Brimful Curiosities reader will win a can of Pledge Multi Surface Cleaner!

To enter, leave a comment addressing the following question: Where is the dustiest, dirtiest place in your home?
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• Contest is open to US and Canada
• Contest ends on Monday, June 8th, 2008 at 11:59 PM CST.
• Winner will be chosen at random
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Thanks to Family Review Network and Pledge/SC Johnson Brands for this review opportunity!

Time4Felt.com Review - The Parables of Jesus


My preschool daughter likes to hear stories from the Bible. She started Sunday School last year, and they've been discussing parts of Old Testament and New Testament. This last Sunday she learned of Lydia, a woman who sold purple cloth. Sunday School ends in a few weeks for the summer break. Our home studies will continue, however.

Sunday School teachers often use felt story boards to teach Bible lessons. We own our own felt board, and I've found it useful in teaching all sorts of things, from letters to the days of the week. My daughter likes to experiment with different felt shapes and figures.

Just recently I learned about Time4felt.com, a consultant for Story Time Felts. Time4felt offers many different products including Bible story sets. Awnya Boam, the Time4Felt owner, sent us a sample Bible kit called The Parables of Jesus. The kit includes the 25 felt figures shown to the left as well as accompanying "Scripture Stories" literature to assist in teaching the parables, discussion topics and activity suggestions. Five different parables can be taught using the set:
• The Lost Sheep, Luke 15:1-7, Matthew 18:14
• The Ten Virgins, Matthew 25:1-13
• The Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25-37
• The Prodigal Son, Luke 15:11-32
• The Wise and the Foolish Builders, Matthew 7:24–27
Flannel board felts provide a handy, fun way to teach children. The visual and interactive aspects keep kids entertained and engaged while learning. I set up The Ten Virgins story felt set and used the figures to tell my daughter the story about the virgins, their oil lamps and the bridegroom. She asked questions and liked helping place and remove the figures on the board. We talked about the time when Jesus will return to earth and how we can prepare. She also repeated the story to me in her own words, using the figures as a guide.

The Parables of Jesus set is reasonably priced at $14.99 for the uncut version, $17.99 for the precut version. The figures are made of heavy felt and the printed images are clear and detailed. Time4Felt.com offers all sorts of products besides Bible stories including Quiet Books, story books, felt dolls, and Spanish teaching materials. I know my daughter would also love Grandpa's Farm set, one of the many general Felt Board Story sets available. Awnya's monthly newsletter includes the latest specials as well as some neat ideas, like her Teacher Appreciation suggestions for the month of May.

Thanks to Faith Approved and Time4Felt.com for this review opportunity!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day - In Memory



We pay tribute to all the heroes who gave their lives while defending our nation.

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (5/25/09)

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:
Before You Were Here, Mi Amor Ends 6/1/09


Other book giveaways:
Frolicking through Cyberspace - Book Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll
A Frugal Friend - Book Giveaway Ends 5/28/09
Caillou 123 Train Puzzle Book
A Million Little Things - Book Giveaway Ends 5/30/09
Homemade Quiet Book
Jolly Mom - Book Giveaway Ends 6/5/09
Potty Tots Potty Training Training Kit
Freebies 4 Mom - Book Giveaway Ends 5/28/09
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney or Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy by David Soman and Jacky Davis
She saved - Usborne Giveaway Ends 5/27/09
$20 Usborne Books shopping credit
5 Minutes for Books - Book Giveaway Ends 5/27/09
Good Earth Art: Environmental Art for Kids
Maria's Space - Book Giveaway Ends 5/26/09
The Alychemyst and The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series books) by Michael Scott
The Tween Whisperer - Book Giveaway Ends 5/26/09
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Commemorative Pin and 18x24 Poster Print
DagmarBleasdale.com - Doll/Book Giveaway Ends 6/5/09
Karito Kids Gia doll and book
Greer 5 - Book Giveaway Ends 6/2/09
My Little Red Book (tween/teen/moms)
Hip Writer Mama - Book Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
Lessons From a Dead Girl and an ARC of Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles (YA/Teen)
Cafe of Dreams - AudioBook Giveaway Ends 6/2/09
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Abby (the) Librarian - Book Giveaway Ends 6/3/09
ARC Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott (Teen/YA)
Shannon Blogs Here - Book Giveaway Ends 6/5/09
Spoonful of Stories book Giveaway

Huge Chronicle Books Giveaway: Little Books "Happily Ever After" Sweepstakes
Includes: $2,500 in merchandise from Pottery Barn Kids, The entire line of eco-friendly Method cleaning products, 100 free products from Green Giant® and autographed copies of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink by Amy Krouse Rosenthal Ends 10/30/09

Don't forget to visit the Big List of Book Giveaways for more book giveaway finds.

Other interesting giveaways:
MomDot - Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
Super WHY! Role Play kit
Mom Fuse - Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
Super WHY! Role Play kit
5 Minutes for Giveaways - Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
WordWorld package
Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls - Giveaway Ends 5/30/09
Calico Critters Townhome from International Playthings

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

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Love To Last Forever by Tracie Peterson - Book Review


"Beth couldn't help but smile. This was how she'd always imagined her life: a houseful of family and friends, everyone happy and joyful. It was really all she'd ever wanted -- a sense of family and community." - A Love to Last Forever by Tracie Peterson

If I truly want to sit back, relax and just read a book for enjoyment's sake, Christian historical romance fits the bill. I discovered inspirational author Tracie Peterson a few years ago after picking up one of the books from her Ladies of Liberty series at my library. Peterson has written over 70 novels. I just recently finished reading her latest titled, A Love to Last Forever, book #2 in Brides of Gallatin County series.

Set in the 1870's, the Brides of Gallatin County series focuses on three sisters: Gwen, Beth, and Lacy. Together the sisters run Gallatin House, a roadhouse where they board and feed the stage coach passengers traveling through the Montana frontier. Book #2, A Love to Last Forever tells twenty-two year old Beth's story, focusing on her struggles with finding the right suitor and her fight to overcome a guilty conscience after her father's unfortunate death. Her supportive sisters and a strong faith in God help her through the hardships and uncertainties she faces.

I immediately liked Beth's character. She's a book lover, particularly of dime romance novels and a hopeless romantic waiting for someone to sweep her off her feet. She also likes to scheme and her actions get her into trouble from time to time. Her main interests lie in the mysterious, hardworking Nick Lassiter and the suave Adrian Murphy, a railroad surveyor. Because her father made the family move so often during her childhood, the thing she wants most is to have a permanent home, someplace to set roots. Of all the sisters, I'm probably the most like Beth.

Even though I read book #2 before book #1 of the series (Gwen's A Promise to Believe In), I didn't have much difficulty in understanding the plot. Peterson adequately fills in the main story lines so her books can be read out of order. Book #2 contains more drama, violence, suffering and losses than the previous book. I myself could have done without some of the violent scenes, though I suppose Peterson was trying to capture the spirit of the untamed west. I'm looking forward to finishing off the trilogy when book #3 A Dream to Call My Own releases in June.

A Love to Last Forever (The Brides of Gallatin County, Book 2) by Tracie Peterson. Bethany House Publishers (April 2009); 368 pages: ISBN 9780764201493
Related Links:
Tracie Peterson - Author website

Friday, May 22, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (5/22/09)

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:
Before You Were Here, Mi Amor Ends 6/1/09


Other book giveaways:
Mom Most Traveled - Book Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
20 Easy Ways To Help Save The Earth by Coach Pedro Rita
Mom Most Traveled - Book Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
Along Came You by Karona Drummond
Metropolitan Mama - Book Giveaway Ends 5/25/09
It’s Time to Start Using Your Words by Lawrence Shapiro
She Scribes - Book Giveaway Ends 6/1/09
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series books: The Alchemyst and The Magician (play the Alchemyst Game)
Lee and Low Books - Book Giveaway Ends 5/31/09
Su Dongpo by Demi
One Minute Book Reviews - Book Giveaway Ends ???
Summer Reading Giveaway
Illustration Mundo - Book Giveaway Ends 6/4/09
Puzzle Head by James Yang
Steals and Deals - Book Giveaway Ends 5/25/09
5 Book from Chronicle Books
Rachel Ray Show - Book Giveaway Ends 5/28/09
Eat This, Not That: For Kids!
DK Mommy Spot - Book Giveaway Ends 5/26/09
A Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants: Eastern and Central North America by Lee Allen Peterson
Green Mama - Book Giveaway Ends ???
This is the Day! by Nancy White Carlstrom
Write for a Reader - Book Giveaway Ends 5/31/09
The Real Real: a novel by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus (teen)
Grocery Price Blog - Book Giveaway Ends 6/1/09
Dr. Hippo Series - 5 Books
Hope is the Word - Book Giveaway Ends 5/24/09
Dessert First by Hallie Durand (chapter book)
Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls - Set Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
Boca Beth Beginner BackPack

Other interesting giveaways:
DK Mommy Spot - Giveaway Ends 5/28/09
Little Passports Subscription
Muse Reviews - DVD Giveaway Ends 5/27/09
Scholastic Storybook Classics DVDs
Muse Reviews - CD Giveaway Ends 5/27/09
PlainTales CDs: The Gingerbread Boy and Other First Tales and The Reluctant Dragon
Muse Reviews - CD Giveaway Ends 5/28/09
Putumayo Kids European Playground CD

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

Aaron Barnhart "Missing Pieces" CD Review

"Those with love to spare, find it everywhere. Whatever you get give it way. It all comes back to you...Life gives more than you ask for when, whatever you get you give it away." - "Whatever You Get" Aaron Barnhart Missing Pieces
This week we watched the finale of American Idol. We really haven't kept up with it all season, but the finale showcases so many musical greats that it is almost like watching the Grammys. The stars included Keith Urban, Kiss, Queen Latifah, Lionel Ritchie, Jason Mraz, Steve Martin, Rod Stewart, Black Eyed Peas, Cyndi Lauper and Carlos Santana. David Cook, the American Idol Season 7 winner also performed. Judging by the finalists and past winners, it seems America prefers male vocalists as of late.


Aaron Barnhart-Bonded Records

While this next review really has nothing to do with American Idol, if you are a fan of style of vocalists currently winning on the show, you'll also like this up-and-coming male pop singer named Aaron Barnhart. His debut CD titled Missing Pieces is set to release on May 26th. A single off the album called "Day In Day Out" has already received some good air time after releasing on March 23rd.

Aaron Barnhart's strong and soulful voice resonates in his emotion filled songs strung with tales of heartbreak and hope. He wrote all the songs in his album and you can tell he puts his all into singing them. He is trained in classical and jazz piano, and I especially love the piano accompaniment in many of his songs. I'd classify this album's genre as pop skirting adult contemporary. Of the 10 tracks on Missing Pieces, my very favorite is "Whatever You Get." The uplifting lyrics ring so true, remarking that whatever you give will eventually come back to you full-circle. The jazzy upbeat piano sound just makes me happy. I also like the popular "Day In Day Out" and can identify with the yearning in "One More Second Chance." He briefly refers to Matthew 10:29, a biblical verse about sparrows in his final song, "Slings & Arrows."

Thanks to Family Review Network and Aaron Barnhart/Bonded Records for this review opportunity!

Blogger Problems - ugh.

Like many that use the Blogger platform, I've been having issues with my blog because of a Blogger problem. Apparently some users are seeing an 'Operation Aborted' error message when trying to load their blogs from Internet Explorer. According to the Blogger site, they are working on a fix for the issue. If you are having problems opening my blog and are getting the error message, please be patient. You can also try switching temporarily to a different browser like Firefox. Yes, it is frustrating!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Before You Were Here, Mi Amor - Book Review and Giveaway


"Before you were here, mi amor, I wondered what you would be like. Would you smile and laugh? Would you look like Mami o Papi, o Abuela o Abuelo?" - Before You Were Here, Mi Amor by Samantha Vamos

Pregnancy is a time full of wonder, excitement and much preparation. Children often exhibit curiosity about their birth, especially when their own mother becomes pregnant. My daughter poured over the new baby and sibling themed books I brought home before her brother was born. It helped her prepare for a sibling, and she never seemed to exhibit an "adjustment period" because we involved her in the pregnancy. She especially loved hearing stories of when she was a baby growing inside my belly.

The newest "new baby" book out right now is an exceptional bilingual picture book by Samantha Vamos titled Before You Were Here, Mi Amor. In her book, Vamos describes a family's actions and thoughts as they prepare for a new baby's arrival. Told from the mother's loving viewpoint, the sweet, heartwarming story includes several family members--a father, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, uncle and aunt all helping out in some way. For example, Abuela (grandmother) carefully paints un cocodrilo, dos elefantes, and tres tigres on the baby's bedroom wall. Using a unique writing style, Vamos effortlessly blends basic Spanish words into English sentences. Colors, shapes, numbers, and all sorts of useful "beginner" Spanish terms are brought to life in Santiago Cohen's colorful, expressive illustrations that perfectly complement and add clarity to the text. A back-page glossary translates all the Spanish words used in the book.

While this book would obviously appeal to children of Hispanic/Latin descent, Vamos' creative use of numerous "beginner" Spanish terms also makes the book an ideal resource for families interested in teaching Spanish as a second language to their children. The book would make an appropriate gift for an expecting or new mother as well. Parents magazine just featured Before You Were Here, Mi Amor in the May 2009 issue.

My preschool-aged daughter easily picked up numerous Spanish phrases by reading this book along with me. She really liked the page showing the sister's drawing of the family for the baby. She drew one exactly like it for her baby brother before his birth. I must admit I stumbled some while reading the Spanish words. Luckily we were able to listen to a audio version on Cody's Cuentos so that we could learn the correct pronunciations of the many Spanish words. One last thing--I love that Cohen drew a mustache wearing father. My own father has sported one ever since I can remember but I rarely see a father with a mustache depicted in picture books. Hmmm, now I'm left wondering, what is the Spanish word for mustache?


Before You Were Here, Mi Amor by Samantha R. Vamos, illustrated by Santiago Cohen. Viking Children's Books - Penguin (March 2009); 32 pages

Related Links:
Samantha Vamos - Author Website
Santiago Cohen - Illustrator Website
Parents Magazine article "Books to Help Teach Kids About the World"
Before You Were Here Bilingual printable activities [pdf format]

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wordless Wednesday - Morels



Morel Mushrooms - a special springtime treat. The search is as fun as eating them. I like mine breaded and fried. Lots of other recipes at http://www.thegreatmorel.com/recipes.html

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

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Need a baby gift? Try ebeanstalk

When I attend baby showers, I always give at least one book along with my gift. Books make perfect gifts for all ages, but sometimes it is hard to find the perfect developmentally appropriate book or gift in general. Ebeanstock.com matches toys, products and books to a child's age. All the products listed on the site are expert-recommended and they are carefully tested before they get the eBeanstalk Seal of Approval. They take the guess work out of gifting and make life easier for busy moms like me. Here are some guidelines for baby purchases:

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Made Here, Baby! - Book Review


"The nursery rhymes of my childhood were songs of sweat-built aircraft and songs by aunts and uncles who worked as pattern makers, fabric blockers, bookbinders, and car-seat upholsterers. My connection to American manufacturing is genetic. It was no wonder that my first jobs were also in manufacturing. I am drawn to people who like to make things." - Made Here, Baby! by Bruce H. Wolk


"Made in the U.S.A." - When looking at children's products and toys, those words are kind of hard to find. In fact, I bet if you look at the toys littering your floor or check out the tags on your child's clothes, you won't come across that phrase very often. Made Here, Baby!: The Essential Guide to Finding the Best American-Made Products for Your Kids is a well-timed book that lists over 400 American companies that make children's products. The book aims to educate parent, grandparents and all those who buy for kids about the manufacturers (both big and small) that produce quality, American-made products.

Given all the recalls lately and news about toxic, lead-laden toys, it makes sense to spend a little more time paying attention to all those purchases for kids. Add that to the news of economic woes and recent company closures, it makes even more sense to exercise some patriotic spending and buy American.

Made Here, Baby! increased my awareness of the U.S. companies that manufacture all sorts of products for kids. A superb printed resource, it organizes American-made products into five categories: products for infants, children's clothing and accessories, children's furniture, sports and fitness equipment and toys and games. The company listings are detailed and include interesting facts and contact information. The index even lists the manufacturers by state (though I wish page information was included in this section). The author Bruce Wolk has done all the background checks, tirelessly researching the companies and compiling them into a useful book. His close ties to and compassion for American manufacturing is evident in the pages of Made Here, Baby. He states that no company has paid for mention in his book, a big plus for consumers.

I noticed several familiar companies mentioned in the book including Louisville Slugger, Step2, K'nex, Big Wheel, and Britax USA. We own a Britax carseat, and I didn't realize it was American-made until reading Made Here, Baby! I happily found a few companies I've mentioned on my blog listed in the book as well: Lindenwood, Inc (maker of Uncle Goose blocks) and Northstar Toys. I highly recommended this resource for finding American-made children's products.

Made Here, Baby!: The Essential Guide to Finding the Best American-Made Products for Your Kids by Bruce H. Wolk. AMACOM (May 2009); 308 pages; ISBN 9780814413883
Related links:
Made Here Baby Web Site

Thanks to Family Review Network and AMACOM for this review opportunity!

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (5/18/09)

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:
Dirty Bow Wow Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09


Other book giveaways:

In celebration of Children's Book Week last week Write for a Reader lined up lots of reviews and giveaways. Many of the giveaways end in the next few days. Check her sidebar for more details.

Book Dads - Book Giveaway Ends 5/31/09
Bertie: Just Like Daddy by Marcus Pfister
Christian Children's Book Review - Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09
God is With Me Through the Night and God is With Me Through the Day
Blisstree Play Library - Book Giveaway Ends 5/23/09
Goblins! by Royce Buckingham
GreenEarthJourney - Book Giveaway Ends 5/24/09
20 Easy Ways To Help Save The Earth by Coach Pedro
Mommies With Cents - Book Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
Kohl's Cares for Kids Giveaway
Susan Heim on Parenting - Book Giveaway Ends 5/24/09
My Mommy’s on a Business Trip by Phaedra Cucina
Run the Earth, Watch the Sky - Book Giveaway Ends 5/23/09
Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 5/28/09
Elephant's Story by Harriet Blackford and Manja Stojic
My Four Monkeys - Felt Story Giveaway Ends 5/22/09
Hanging Flannel/Felt Board and TWO Story/Song Sets
The Dirty Shirt - Book Giveaway Ends 5/28/09
The Moose with Loose Poops • Sadie’s Sore Throat • Katie Caught a Cold • Peeper Has a Fever • The Little Elephant with the Big Earache
Springtree Road - Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09
Sneaky Weasel by Hannah Shaw
Anne Riley - Book Giveaway Ends 5/23/09
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Are Muffins Just Ugly Cupcakes? - Book Giveaway Ends ??
Rollo the Night Spryte & book set
From Melissa's Desk - Book Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
autographed copy of Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story by Linda Thieman
Zondervan Blog - TV/Book Giveaway Ends 6/12/09
46” Sony BRAVIA LCD HDTV and Dance Me Daddy by Cindy Morgan

Don't forget to visit the Big List of Book Giveaways for more book giveaway finds.

Other interesting giveaways:
Momstart - Giveaway Ends 6/3/09
eeboo Lacing Cards
Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House -Toy Giveaway Ends 6/1/09
Discovery Toys Hammer Away

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

Friday, May 15, 2009

No Full to the Brim Today!

I apologize. There will not be a Friday "Full to the Brim" post this week. I'm holding a garage sale today and tomorrow and it has taken a HUGE amount of time to organize. I hope all the hours I've spent pricing and setting up will be worthwhile. We have a mountain of children's clothes in our garage right now! If I'm not too tied up, I'll take a before and after picture and post it here. I promise to devote more time to blogging again after this weekend. As always, thanks for visiting Brimful Curiosities and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Kellogg's "Plant a Seed" - Vote on the semi-finalists

According the Frosted Flakes® Website http://www.frostedflakes.com, "Kellogg's Frosted Flakes® believes that every kid should have a place to be active and play hard so they can be their very best." They want to help rebuild playing fields across the U.S.

Thousands of playing fields were nominated to win makeovers in their "Plant a Seed" contest. 100 sites have been selected and now the public can vote for their favorites. Which playing fields deserve some extra help? Maybe there's one close to your area. Visit http://www.frostedflakes.com to vote for a field. (1 vote per day until 5/31/09.)

Thanks to MomCentral for the head's up on this promotion.

LeapFrog Tag for the Library!




Remember all those LeapFrog Tag contests in celebration of National Education Association's National Reading Month? We won a prize package! We donated the whole prize - the two Tag readers and the Tag books (minus two for ourselves) - to our public library! Thanks LeapFrog for a wonderful promotion.

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Shhh, quiet...I'm trying to tell you who the next winners are

I've been busily sorting through clothes for my upcoming garage sale this weekend but found a few moments to pick the next giveaway winners. I apologize for the lack of review posting this week, but next week I'll get back in the groove! And, here are the winners as chosen by the wonderful Random.org generator (click on image to see more clearly)...all will be contacted by email and have 72 hours to get back to me before another winner is chosen. Have a great week! As always, thanks for all the wonderful comments.

Start Talking Book Giveaway

The winner is Tj and Amy (comment #2)

Quiet Bunny Picture Book Giveaway



The winners are:
Comment #42 Sara and Alex
Comment #68 Lindsey
Comment #108 Ally in WA
Comment #84 Emilie
Comment #127 Ryan, Corrie, and Max

Monday, May 11, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (5/11/09)

Hello! Just wanted to let you know there will not be a "Full to the Brim" this Friday. I've been working hard to get ready for our garage sale this next weekend and it will consume most of my free time. This week I will post one special children's book giveaway to celebrate Children's Book Week! Stay tuned!

Speaking of Children's Book Week, Write for a Reader has a huge celebration event lined up with lots of reviews and giveaways. Make sure you don't miss it!

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:
Start Talking Book Giveaway Ends 5/11/09
Dirty Bow Wow Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09


Other book giveaways:
All Because Two People Fell in Love - Book Giveaway Ends 5/25/09
The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly by Debbie Glade
Blisstree - Book Giveaway Ends 5/23/09
What’s It Like, Living Green? Kids Teaching Kids, by the Way They Live by Jill Ammon Vanderwood
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 5/24/09
Entire Dr. Hippo Series - Peeper Has a Fever, Katie Caught a Cold, Sadie's Sore Throat, The Moose with the Loose Poops, and The Little Elephant with the Big Earache
Sweeps4Bloggers - Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09
Terminator Salvation Prize package from Titan Books (Teens+)
Flying Giggles & Lollipops - Book Giveaway Ends 5/24/09
Set of 4 David Wojtowycz Ribbon Books: What Will You Wear?, Whatever The Weather!, Oink! and Roar!
Reviewer X - Book Giveaway Ends 5/13/09
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell (Teen/YA)
Reviewer X - Book Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti (Teen/YA)
Mile High Mamas - Book Giveaway Ends 5/31/09
Story Tots personalized children’s books
5 Minutes for Giveaways - Gift Card Giveaway Ends 5/22/09
Tikatok online book creator $25 gift card
The Zimmer Zoo - Book Giveaway Ends 5/17/09
Cheerios Spoonful of Stories Book Set
Giftfully Simple - Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09
Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett and a pair of tickle mitts
Chefdruck Reviews - Book Giveaway Ends 5/23/09
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Don't forget to visit the Big List of Book Giveaways for more giveaway finds.

Other interesting giveaways:
Supermom Central - CD Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
Backyard Play Tent
Rhapsody in Books - Parenting Books Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
Set of 3 Parenting Books

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

Summer Reading Programs

I was planning to post about all the fantastic Summer Reading Programs for kids. Looks like Freebies 4 Mom beat me to it with Rewarding Kids Summer Reading.

Since there is no use in recreating something already done well, be sure to view her excellent and very detailed summer reading entry. One of my favorites for school-aged kids is the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading. Barnes & Noble has been an awesome summer reading supporter for awhile now. Hooray for kids, books, and summer!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My 1st Tissue Paper Flower


..."These gifts will grow up very fast
As you soon will see
Love them with all your heart
And let them be what they will be."

"When these gifts have fully grown
Look at Heaven up above
Know they exist because of God
And all his precious love."

~Sandra Tolson


This week I received my first tissue paper Mother's Day flower. My daughter proudly handed it to me during her preschool's Mother's Day Mother/Daughter tea party. She asked in her very sweetest voice, "Mommy, do you like it? I picked out the pink paper just for you. My teacher helped me make it."

I think the flower is just perfect, and it is one of those things I'll cherish forever. I'm so grateful for all of my blessings, but being a mother is truly one of the best. My children are an amazing gift from God, and I treasure each and every moment as their mother. Bring on the tissue paper flowers!

Sandra Tolson's wonderful poem reminds me of Psalm 127:3 - "Children are a gift from the Lord" (New International Reader's Version)

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Some Sweet Fun!

morguefile.com

Sweethearts® "My Sweethearts" Contest
What would you say on a conversation heart if you got the chance to print your own special message? Well, get those creative juices flowing. Here's your chance to win a custom-printed run of personalized Sweethearts and other prizes. NECCO is looking for 80 new sayings for their popular Valentine's Day candy -- Enter the Sweethearts® "My Sweethearts" Contest at http://mysweethearts.com/ Contest ends on May 31, 2009. See site for more details.

Free Chocolate Fridays - Mars Real Chocolate Relief Act
Every Friday from 5/8/09 and ending 9/25/09 log on for a free chocolate coupon courtesy of Mars. Offer awarded to the first 250,000 eligible entrants every Friday. I logged in yesterday and was one of the 250,000. See the website for terms and conditions and to try for your free coupon. http://www.realchocolate.com/

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaway List (5/8/09)

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:
Quiet Bunny Picture Book Giveaway Ends 5/10/09
Start Talking Book Giveaway Ends 5/11/09
Dirty Bow Wow Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09


Other book giveaways:
Mami 2 Mommy - Book Giveaway Ends 5/10/09
Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora
A Heart for Home - Activity Bag Giveaway Ends 5/11/09
Preschool Activities in a Bag
Glass Half Full Gal - Book Giveaway Ends 5/15/09
Maddie Moonbeam's Garden by Karen Nowicki
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 5/19/09
Welcome, Little One by Sandra Magsamen
Not Your Typical Mommy - Book Giveaway Ends 5/8/09
Full set of the Dr. Hippo books (5 books total)
Thrifty Minnesota Mommy - Book Giveaway Ends 5/21/09
Welcome, Little One by Sandra Magsamen
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
Dragon's Heart by Jane Yolan
The Mommy-Files - Book Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
Brass Dragon Codex by R.D. Henham
Mommy Goggles - Book Giveaway Ends 5/21/09
Kohl's Cares for Kids:Duck at the Door or Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic and the coordinating plush
Go Graham Go! - Book Giveaway Ends 5/21/09
Full set of the Dr. Hippo books (5 books total)
Go Graham Go! - Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09
Set of Caillou Books
Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls - Book Giveaway Ends 5/13/09
The New Jumbo Book of Easy Crafts! by Judy Ann Sadler
Frugal Mommy of 2 Girls - Book Giveaway Ends 5/13/09
123 I Can Collage! by Irene Luxbacher
Moms Inspire Learning - Book Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
National Geographic's book, True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet, by Kim McKay and Jenny Bonnin
Babes and Kids - Book Giveaway Ends 5/18/09
Full set of the Dr. Hippo books (5 books total)
Sister to Sister - Book Giveaway Ends 5/15/09
Full set of the Dr. Hippo books (5 books total)
Baby Loving Mama - Book Giveaway Ends 5/22/09
Katie Caught a Cold (Dr. Hippo book)
Good Golly Miss Blondie - Book Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
The Moose with Loose Poops by Dr. Charlotte Cowan
Pudgy Penguin Perusals - Audio Book Giveaway Ends 5/15/09
Mr. Popper's Penguins Audiobook by Richard Atwater
Shelf Elf - Book Giveaway Ends 5/15/09
Airhead by Meg Cabot (Teen/YA)
Vintage Kids' Books my Kid Loves - Book Giveaway Ends 5/10/09
Plenty of Fish by Millicent Selsam
Mom Squad Blog - Book Giveaway Ends 5/31/09
Bookwink Book Giveaway: Different book options for various age levels
From the Library of Pandragon - Book Giveaway Ends 6/2/09
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
Shooting Stars Mag - Book Giveaway Ends 5/20/09
Shrinking Violet by Danielle Joseph (YA)
Katie's Literature Lounge - Book Giveaway Ends 5/15/09
Hamburger Heaven by Wong Herbert Yee

Month long children's book giveaway party at Chatel Village, home of Kim Chatel (children’s author, photographer and fiber artist). Each week enter for your chance to win different books. Contest runs May 1st to May 31st 2009. More details at http://www.kimchatel.com/H1A_Daily_News/Entries/2009/5/1_May_Days_Contest.html

Lots of book giveaways listed at Book Contest Links. Mostly teen/adult. Take a gander over there sometime.

Other interesting giveaways:
5 Minutes for Giveaways - CD Giveaway Ends 5/29/09
Ziggy Marley's Family Time CD


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