Thursday, September 30, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Silly Sally went to town, walking backwards, upside down. Follow along with Sally and read about all the characters she meets and all the silly things she does with them on her way to town. This book was an instant favorite for my 5-year-old who says the best part is "when the loon sang a tune."

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

5 Great Children's Book Reading Lists

  1. 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know:
  2. Parents Best Children's Books by Age:
  3. Oprah's Kids' Reading List:
  4. The 100 Best Children's Books:
  5. National Education Association (NEA) Kids' Top 100 Books:
Which books on these lists have you read? Which list would YOU recommend?

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I read this book what seemed like 100 times in college (in Spanish).  It is not an easy book to read, but it became more interesting (and easier to understand) each time I read it.  The writing style, timeline and naming convention of the characters make the book challenging to understand, but also make it quite hysterical once the reader can get past that.

One Hundred Years of Solitude is a story about life and generations (each generation becoming the same as the previous).  It's about history and culture.  I would recommend this classic for anyone who has the patience to read through the challenging parts and push through to reflect on the deeper themes posed by Garcia Marquez.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

I bought this book to read with my 2-year-old to help him discuss his emotions (he's a very emotional child). I had no idea I would be reading it nightly (sometimes twice in a row) for months. Luckily, it's fun to read. My kids love the story line and the ROARRRRing!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: He Blew Her a Kiss by Angie Pechack Printup and Kelley Stewart Dollar

"Sometimes it comes as a brush of the shoulder, a breath, a familiar scent, or perhaps a gentle breeze when everything else is still. These remarkable sensations are all examples of our loved ones communicating to us after they are gone from this life."

He Blew Her a Kiss by Angie Pechak Printup and Kelley Stewart Dollar provides comfort and reassurance for readers who have suffered the loss of their loved ones. The dozens of stories of after-death communication from husbands, wives, children, grandchildren and others gently reassure the surviving that their loved ones live on and are still watching over them from the other side.

I recommend this book for anyone who has suffered the loss of someone they love.  If you have your own story to share, visit

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book Review: Plug Your Book! by Steve Weber

About the Book (From Amazon):
  • Get massive exposure for your book, no special computer skills needed -- trade published or self published, fiction or nonfiction, eBook or paper book. 
  • Discover why authors fail with paid advertising, pay-per-click, fee-based reviews, and "bestseller" campaigns. 
  • Connect online with readers, driving them to Amazon and bookstores. -- Boost your visibility with Google, ignite word-of-mouth with social networks for viral marketing. 
  • Capitalize on peer content and "amateur" book reviews. 

My Review:

Plug Your Book! is full of helpful online marketing tips for authors. It's a resource guide every new author should read. Developing a platform as an author (online) is important for the overall success of a book and Weber tells authors how to do that. From creating a website to blogging (step-by-step) to promoting the book on Amazon - Weber covers it all!

I would like to see a second edition come out as technology changes so fast and new resources pop up all the time. For example, an entire chapter on Twitter could be added.

Thanks Steve Weber for all of these great ideas!!!