Tuesday, December 4, 2018

GoDog Plush for the Holidays! #spon


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to GoDog for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


Don't forget your furry friends this holiday season!


GoDog is your one stop shop for all of the goodies to get your pup active and keep them entertained all season long!  Check out a few of our favorites from GoDog's holiday plush product line:

Santa Dragon Plush

Santa Plush

Both of these plushies are made using Chew Guard Technology, which means they last longer than standard plush toys.


Harley loves her new GoDog plush friends.  


 Get your pup in the festive spirit with these fun toys from GoDog!





Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Holiday Gift Guide Scholastic Book Roundup for Grades 3-12! #spon

*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to Scholastic for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


  We love getting and gifting books as gifts and Scholastic has tons of books for readers of all ages. Just in time for the holidays, we'd like to share a few of our favorite books from Scholastic.  My kiddos are 10 and 12, so the books featured below would be great for middle grade readers!

Mac B., Kid Spy: Mac Undercover
Author: Mac Barnett; Illustrator: Mike Lowery

AGES
7 - 10 
GENRE
Comedy and Humor, Adventure

From the esteemed New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author Mac Barnett comes a thrilling, hilarious fully-illustrated new spy adventure series!
Before Mac Barnett was an author, he was a kid. And while he was a kid, he was a spy. Not just any spy. But a spy...for the Queen of England. 
James Bond meets Diary of a Wimpy Kid with this groundbreaking new fully-illustrated chapter book series Mac B., Kid Spy. The precious Crown Jewels have been stolen, and there's only one person who can help the Queen of England: her newest secret agent, Mac B. Mac travels around the globe in search of the stolen treasure...but will he find it in time? 
From secret identities to Karate hijinks, this fast-paced, witty and historically inspired chapter book will keep readers guessing until the very last page. With full-color illustrations and fascinating historical facts masterfully sprinkled throughout, this series offers adventure, intrigue, absurdity, history and humor. Discover this totally smart and side-splittingly funny new series, and experience what it's really like to be a kid spy.

Clementine for Christmas
By Daphne Benedis-Grab

GRADES
3-5,  6-8

GENRE
FICTION

The holidays are Josie's favorite time of year. She and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital. Josie dresses up in silly costumes, sings carols, and helps to prepare for the big Christmas Festival. That is, until this year's festival gets canceled.
Meanwhile, Oscar's parents are fighting more and more, and so is he. He gets into trouble at school, and his punishment? Volunteer hours at the hospital.
Gabby's life seems perfect. She's stylish and smart, and everyone looks up to her. But Gabby has a secret, one that could ruin everything.
Then Clementine disappears, Oscar's parents separate, and Gabby's secret is uncovered. Together, can Josie, Oscar, and Gabby find a way to save the holiday, or will this be the worst Christmas ever?

Snow in Love
Author: Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman, Melissa de la Cruz, Kasie West

AGES
12 - 18 
GENRE
Romance, Young Adult, Short Stories

What's better than one deliciously cozy, swoon-worthy holiday story? Four of them, from some of today's bestselling authors.
From Kasie West, a snowy road trip takes an unexpected detour when secrets and crushes are revealed.
From Aimee Friedman, a Hanukkah miracle may just happen when a Jewish girl working as a department store elf finds love.
From Melissa de la Cruz, Christmas Eve gets a plot twist when a high school couple exchange surprising presents.
From Nic Stone, a scavenger hunt amid the holiday crowds at an airport turns totally romantic.
So grab a mug of hot cocoa, snuggle up, and get ready to fall in love...

Impostors
By Scott Westerfeld

GRADES
6-8,  9-12
 
GENRE
FICTION

Frey and Rafi are inseparable, like two edges of the same knife. But Frey's very existence is a secret.
Frey is Rafi's twin sister, and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world has grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must.
When her father sends Frey in Rafi's place as collateral in a precarious deal, she becomes the perfect impostor, as poised and charming as her sister. But Col, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her. As the deal starts to crumble, Frey must decide if she can trust him with the truth, and if she can risk becoming her own person.
With Impostors, master storyteller Scott Westerfeld returns with a new series set in the world of his mega-bestselling Uglies, a world full of twist and turns, rebellion and intrigue, where any wrong step could be Frey's last.

Both kiddos enjoyed these awesome new books thanks to Scholastic!  Get your munchkins excited to read this holiday season with Scholastic's amazing selection of books for all ages!



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

Monday, December 3, 2018

National Geographic Kids Books Make Great Gifts! + Giveaway #spon


*DISCLOSURE* Thank you to National Geographic Kids for providing product samples in order to facilitate this post.  All thoughts are strictly my own. 


I love giving books as gifts, especially when they are awesome educational books!  


National Geographic Kids has a great selection of amazing books to choose from...here are some of our favorites:

Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret
by Trudi Trueit

  -- NEW FICTION SERIES! -- ($16.99, hardcover, ages 8-12)
Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers. Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world's leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there's more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of codebreaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?


Readers can get in on the excitement with puzzles and codes embedded throughout and book two in this seven book series, The Falcon’s Feather, comes out this March!

This is a great series for older readers.  I love that there are Nat Geo pics throughout the book!

Just Joking Jumbo 2

  - GREAT STOCKING STUFFER! - (ages 7-10, paperback, $14.99) Kids will laugh their tail off with a jumbo-size, jam-packed joke book featuring 1,000 jokes and 1,000 photos. With silly facts that are strangely true, laughable lists, conversation jokes, and long-story jokes with hilarious endings, this full-color, supersize book include funny stuff about pets, technology, spooky sensations, adventures, around-the-world wonders, animals, myths and legends, dinosaurs, music, and treasure hunting. It's the perfect combination of laughing, learning, and maybe jump-starting a career in comedy!


So many fun jokes packed in this book along with amazing photos!

To the Moon and Back: My Apollo 11 Adventure A Pop-Up Book 
by Buzz Aldrin with Marianne J. Dyson

Pop-Up Fun! (ages 8-12, hardcover, $32.00) -- In celebration of the Apollo 11 Mission's 50th Anniversary and punctuated by intricate pop ups and paper folds, in To The Moon and Back Buzz Aldrin shares his personal stories and reflects upon what historians call "humanity’s greatest adventure.” Never-before-published anecdotes from Aldrin and his family run the range of emotions — funny, sad, dangerous, hair raising, heartwarming and inspiring — and provide a truly unique, behind-the-scenes look at the mission to the moon.


Additionally, vivid photos, clearly marked diagrams and elaborate pop ups illustrate and explain the fascinating science behind this incredible story of human achievement and a build-your-own Apollo 11 lunar module is also included.


Fly With Me: A Celebration of Birds Through Pictures, Poems and Stories

  This gorgeous book (ages 4-8, $24.99) is a family affair, created by the iconic Jane Yolen and her three adult children, Heidi, Adam and Jason Stemple.  This thoughtful and beautifully curated collection of our flying, feathery friends highlights the role birds play in human life from centuries ago to present day. While it's beautiful and contains many original poems, it's also full of valuable real science about these wondrous creatures. From history and behavior to spotting and photographing, there's something for every bird fan in the flock. Young birders will learn all about migration and the importance of habitat conservation. They'll find stories about bird rescues and fun facts about the fastest, strongest, and tiniest fliers. They'll also discover the best bird nests, sweet songs to sing, ways to listen for and identify the birds around them, and more. Written by Jane and her children to honor the late David Stemple, a loving husband and father and avid birder, this treasury is  sure to become a classic for bird enthusiasts of all ages. Additionally, the release of Fly with Me is timed to Nat Geo's celebration of the Year of the Bird, their 2018 initiative to bring awareness to  the plight of birds around the world.


This beautiful book would make a lovely gift for bird lovers!

Dog Science Unleashed: Fun Activities to Do With Your Canine Companion 

  Dog Science Unleashed (ages 8-12, paperback, $12.99) shows kids how they can learn about science with the most faithful lab partner they'll ever have, their dog! Twenty-two safe and pup-friendly activities let young scientists discover how their canine companions think, move, drink, stay warm, get clean and cool off. From determining your dog’s favorite smell, to figuring out if your dog is a righty or a lefty, to making a stethoscope to listen to your hound’s heart, Dog Science Unleashed explores the science behind dogs’ senses, how they move, how they learn and much more.   Each activity is paired with step-by-step instructions, clear and interesting scientific explanations, and photographs that illustrate important elements of the experiments and observations. Hands-on activities and fun information for budding scientists prompt further learning and offer a look at current, groundbreaking canine research.


Dog Science Unleashed is a Hands-on Science Book finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science.  I love that it encourages hands-on, investigative experiences.

Ultimate Predatorpedia: The Most Complete Predator Reference Ever

 (ages 7-10, hardcover, $24.99) -  Welcome to the amazing world of creatures who prey on others for their survival: from high-profile sharks, lions, tigers, and bears to the tiniest ants, mites, and spiders. Every animal in this book is ferocious, fierce, and fantastic in its own way! With colorful photographs and fun facts, this easy-to-use encyclopedia features profiles accompanied by Did You Know details, and fast facts (including scientific name, size, diet, and habitat), as well as thematic spreads covering topics from predatory techniques to defenses and communication, and much more. Fans of Ultimate Dinopedia, Ultimate Bugopedia, and Ultimate Reptileopedia in the same series, will want to find a place for Ultimate Predatorpedia on their bookshelves.


This book was a huge hit with my kiddos who are super interested in predator/prey relationships.  Another amazing collection of pictures!

National Geographic Kids Why Not?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything

(ages 8-12, hardcover, $19.99) - The concept is simple. Got a question? Boy, do we have answers! Over 1,111 of them. Why don't you keep growing your whole life? Check out the human body section. Why aren't we traveling by jetpack yet? Tech has your answer. Why aren't school buses red? Flip to the pop culture chapter. Why aren't dinosaurs still alive? Why can't you walk on clouds? It's all there! With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, we've got the expert information in a fun Q&A format that will keep kids digging for answers. Answers include all kinds of fascinating extra info like top 10 lists, weird-but-true facts, explorer profiles, and cool activities. Now, go stump your parents!


This is a super fun resource book that would be great for road trips this holiday season!

 Ultimate Secrets Revealed: A Closer Look at the Weirdest, Wildest Facts on Earth  

 (ages 8-12, hardcover, $19.99) -- Did you know that caterpillars liquefy when they turn into butterflies? That humans shed eight pounds of skin every year? That there's a funky forest in Poland where all the trees are mysteriously crooked? That space smells like burnt plastic? Our world is filled with strange, bizarre, and weird realities. But what do they mean? WHY are they important? And what exactly is the secret behind them? With Q&As with in-the-field experts, fantastic infographics and exciting stories, this book takes readers behind the scenes of the  truly bizarre, to reveal the truth behind our planet's wildest and wackiest. Meet the mind-boggling bacteria that make Yellowstone National Park's Morning Glory Pool pop with radiant color, discover the mysteries behind the Sphinx of ancient Egypt, learn how tornadoes are so powerful, and so much more!


Another book full of amazing information and pictures!


We loved these books so much, we have partnered up with National Geographic Kids to give one lucky reader a prize pack including a copy of every single book above!  That's a $152 ARV!
 (U.S. only please) 
Enter below: