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Santa.com – Russell Hicks

He knew it was time to modernize, so he created...Santa.com. It's a time for change - Santa can no longer make everything by hand and he's updated the North Pole. "Remember, Christmas cannot make itself. We need the work of every elf!" Santa.com allows for Christmas presents to be automatically made, under the careful supervision of… Continue reading Santa.com – Russell Hicks

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The Mighty Silent e! – Kimberlee Gard

★★★★★ Little e knew he was important... This sweet picture book seeks to teach children the importance of of the letter "e" by personifying letters in the alphabet. In this world, little "e" goes to school with all the other little letters and most of the time, he's left alone. The other letters rarely paid him… Continue reading The Mighty Silent e! – Kimberlee Gard

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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)