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Called to Be Creative -Mary Potter Kenyon

★★★★ ½ Sometimes we instinctively know what will bring us happiness. Mary Potter Kenyon used to love to write as a kid but as she grew older, she grew out of the just-for-fun writing. It was only after the loss of a loved one that she realized how much time she sacrificed and how much she neglected… Continue reading Called to Be Creative -Mary Potter Kenyon

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Snoozapalooza by Kimberlee Gard, Vivian Mineker

★★★★★ A cold wind blows, and snow starts to fall, Mouse hides in a den that's cozy and small. Winter is right around the corner and all the hibernating animals are dropping off to sleep. One little mouse is the first one to go to bed. He dozes and dreams, tucked out of sight, A snoozapalooza… Continue reading Snoozapalooza by Kimberlee Gard, Vivian Mineker

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The Runaway Shirt – Kathy MacMillan, Julia Castano

★★★★ ½ "I think I will fold this shirt next," she said. "First one sleeve, then the other. Then I fold it in half." A "lady" and a "shirt" (aka a mom and her child wearing an oversized shirt) have quite the adventure. The lady is insisting on folding the shirt...but the shirt has other plans.… Continue reading The Runaway Shirt – Kathy MacMillan, Julia Castano

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Florence and Her Fantastic Family Tree -Judy Gilliam, Laura Addari

Annnd here's the second episode of Some Good News - BookTube Special Edition - this time featuring an interview with the great Judy Gilliam! A huge thank you to her and all of the other contributors! ★★★★★ She said, "Just create a family tree." Like that was easy. Florence's teacher assigns a classic "family tree" homework for… Continue reading Florence and Her Fantastic Family Tree -Judy Gilliam, Laura Addari

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Marvin’s Monster Diary 3 – Raun Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen & Arief Kriembonga (illustrations)

★★★★ ½ This week in a few words: Thrilling. Memorable. Dangerous. Hilarious. Marvin the Monster has figured out how to deal with distractions at school and difficult social situations...but he's never had to deal with Summer Camp. Marvin goes to a local camp with a lot of friends from his school and meets some new ones… Continue reading Marvin’s Monster Diary 3 – Raun Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen & Arief Kriembonga (illustrations)

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Buy the Avocado Toast: Crush Student Debt. Get Paid. Have the Life You Want! – Stephanie Bousley

★★★★ ½ I was so overwhelmed with what I owed that I could barely function. Stephanie Bousley graduated her first round of college with about 10k in debt. ...I thought that having a successful career was a formula...get into a good school, work hard... And she had it pretty much all paid off when she realized that… Continue reading Buy the Avocado Toast: Crush Student Debt. Get Paid. Have the Life You Want! – Stephanie Bousley

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Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi & Mădălina Andronic (illustrator)

★★★★★ The woods had grown up around them thoughtful and wise, but the family they desperately wanted had not. A husband and wife couple spent their entire lives caring for their forest. They desperately wished for a child but nothing they did make a difference. One night, the husband - desperate - made a plea to the forest.… Continue reading Five Sisters by Stephanie Campisi & Mădălina Andronic (illustrator)

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Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa!) – Raul Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen and Arief Kriembonga (illustrator)

★★★★ Sometimes I see something across the room and my mind totally runs off in another direction in a pair of Sneaky, Squeaky Sneakers, Marvin Monster is the same as every other monster his age - he loves learning and playing - except he sometimes has troubles paying attention. He learned about ST4 (Stop Take Time… Continue reading Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa!) – Raul Melmed, Caroline Bliss Larsen and Arief Kriembonga (illustrator)

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The Munchy Munchy Cookbook for Kids – Pierre Lamielle

★★★★★ Ahhh! This was so stinking cute - I still cannot get over how much I LOVE this cookbook. This book is designed to get kids into the kitchen and to foster their creativity. It starts with a (surprisingly helpful) overview of the responsibilities and dangers associated with cooking. Not only does it tell them what to… Continue reading The Munchy Munchy Cookbook for Kids – Pierre Lamielle

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Fairy House – Debbie & Mike Schramer

★★★★ ½ Artists Mike and Debbie Schramer have been crafting and creating fairy houses for the past thirty years. They use mostly found objects to piece together wonderfully unique and stunningly beautiful fairy homes, gardens, furniture and many, many more. For years, people have asked HOW in the world to the Schramers make such intricate pieces...well ask no longer, for… Continue reading Fairy House – Debbie & Mike Schramer