Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

It’s pumpkin season again. If you plan to be carving one, consider the new book Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips & Ideas.

Here is a sample excerpt:

Traditional Pumpkin Carving Techniques
 By Colleen Dorsey

Here they are, the very essentials of pumpkin carving! By following these steps that you probably had down pay when you were a kid, you can get carving with any traditional pumpkin carving pattern. You’ll need a little elbow grease and a tolerance for mess to use this technique, but it’s totally worth it.

Fun activity books for adults and kids are the trend these days. The Quarto Group has released the following illustrated books.

Rick Riordan Presents Final Logo. For readers who enjoy mythology, Publishers Weekly has revealed the first three titles acquired under Disney Publishing Worldwide’s newly created Disney-Hyperion imprint, Rick Riordan Presents.

From the creator of the Maisy books, this is Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins. I immediately could tell that Cousins, who lives in Hampshire, England, wrote and illustrated this picture book. The colorful and bold colors and stylish drawings are similar to the Maisy series.

For children books, Otis Grows by Kathryn Hast is very mature. The reason I say that is because it focuses on Otis, a red onion who feels different because his dad is a blue flower and his mom is a yellow chicken. Looking at the cover before reading the story, I thought that Otis was a beet, but that’s not the point.

For ages 10-14. there’s a funny book we recommend titled Benjamin Franklin: You’ve Got Mail. The sequel to Benjamin Franklin: Huge Pain in my… will be released on May 2.

The following article is written by Dr. John Douillard, author of Eat Wheat: A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back into Your Diet.

Eight Simple Steps to Retrain Your Body to Digest Wheat Again

In a recent report, 70-80 percent of people experience some form of digestive distress, while over one-quarter are obese and more than 100 million American adults are pre-diabetic and don’t know it. While many like to blame all of this on wheat, many food scientists do not agree.

The past year was a big trend in Bottle Flipping. Now there’s a book about it! Flippin’ Awesome: Water Bottle Flip Games, Tricks and Stunts For Everyone by Sarah Doughty is a hardcover for ages 10 14.

Today I offer 3 great books on Christmas – all published by Candlewick Press. The Christmas Story By Robert Sabuda A fantastic pop up book telling the story of the birth of Jesus.

For books to read during the school year, there’s a new one for middle schoolers called Earning My Spots. If your child is a fan of Spirit Animals and Warriors, he/she might like this. The author, Mark Eastburn, tells the story of Sam and his family, the only werehyenas in their town. They do their best to keep up their cover in front of the humans while the other more aggressive shifters mock the werehyena family for being weak and passive.

Super Cool Tech is one eye-opening book.

The packaging itself is well…cool. The design is like a laptop and you read through the pages horizontally. The subjects inside will appeal to anyone who is interested in modern technology. Recommended for ages 8-12, I assure you even adults will want to read this. It peaked my interest.

The newest book I want to share with you today is by a dear friend. Her latest accomplishment is Bones of True Believers: Poems by Susan Pilewski (paperback; $13). Published by Local Gems Press, there are 68 pages of thoughtful literature.
Read what Susan has to say!

Here’s a great baby shower gift idea!

COLORING FOR MOMS AND MOMS-TO-BE from Doubleday Books for Young Readers is designed for the busy parent as well as for those expecting.

Camp Dork Pack of Dorks, Book 2 by Beth Vrabel

My fourth-grader has been reading this at bedtime and he seems to be enjoying it. I read the first chapter to him and it hooked us right in. This book is a sequel to Beth Vrabel’s humorous debut novel Pack of Dorks, and now I understand why a second book was needed from this author.

Do your kids like to cook? Quarto Publishing Group USA has released three books for their Let’s Cook series.

The Let’s Cook French, Let’s Cook Italian, and Let’s Cook Spanish brings together popular cultural recipes, gorgeous artwork, and foreign languages to create a family reference cookbook that engages children in the culture, community, and food of a different country.