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Welcome To Wonderland 2: Beach Party Surf Monkey-Blog Book Tour & Giveaway

Just in time for summer reading, Welcome To Wonderland 2:Beach Party Surf Monkey  the second book in this new illustrated series by Chris Grabenstein, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics.

P.T. and Gloria are back with a diverse cast of characters in this entertaining middle grade paper over board series filled with madcap escapades that kids will not want to put down. 

There’s always something wacky happening when you live at a motel, and P. T. Wilkie has grown up at the world’s wackiest one yet! When word gets out that the hottest teen idols in Hollywood will be filming their next movie-BEACH PARTY SURF MONKEY-right in St. Pete’s Beach, P.T. and Gloria know that Wonderland would be the PERFECT location.

Now they just have to convince the producers! But when things start to go wrong (Crazed fans? Missing stars?!) it will take all of Gloria’s business genius and P.T.’s wild stories to save the movie before the movie AND the Wonderland are both all washed up!

Read an excerpt HERE!

We love this book and it is not one you will be begging your kids to pick up, more than likely, you will need to beg them to put it down when it is time for dinner or bed. Keep them reading and engaged over the summer with this exciting adventure.

We want to add some excitement to your summer with a great giveaway. You can enter for a chance to win your own paper over board copy of this book below.


Random House Kids is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings. One lucky blog reader will win their own hardcover copy of Welcome To Wonderland 2: Beach Party Surf Monkey! Thank you to Random House Kids for the review book and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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Discover “The Explorers: The Door in the Alley” Book & #Giveaway

If you are looking for a great summer read for your 8-12 year old, check out this great book that arrived, hot off the presses, on April 25th! The Explorers: The Door In The Alley features a mysterious society, a secretive past, and a pig in a teeny hat.

This book by Adrienne Kress is the first book in a new middle-grade series for fans of The Name of This Book Is Secret, The Mysterious Benedict Society, and Series of Unfortunate Events. It doesn’t take more than a few pages to see why film rights have already been optioned by Disney!

The Explorers: The Door In The Alley is filled with adventure and danger. There are missing persons, hired thugs, a hidden box, a lost map, famous explorers, a risk-averse boy, and a girl on a mission. Not to mention secrets not meant for the faint of heart. But if you are feeling bold, or maybe even a little italic, and if you enjoy derring-dos (and doing dares), this just might be the story for you.

Adrienne Kress is a writer and an actress born and raised in Toronto. She is the daughter of two high school English teachers and credits them with her love of both writing and performing. She also has a cat named Atticus, who unfortunately despises teeny hats. Look for her online at AdrienneKress.com, and follow her on Twitter at @AdrienneKress.

This book is available on Amazon but you can enter to win a copy below.


Penguin Random House Publishing  is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of The Explorers: A Door In The Alley ! Thank you to Penguin Random House for the review book and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!! Open to US residents.

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You Need To Read This When You’re Feeling Sick #Giveaway

Seems like everyone had been sick this winter, it is all I see when scrolling my Facebook feed. Given that, I think this blog tour for When You’re Feeling Sick by Coy Bowles could not have come at a better time!

They say laughter is the best medicine and this laugh-out-loud picture book by the guitarist for the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, will have sick little ones feeling better fast!

The book is full of encouraging, rhyming advice on how to get through sick days with courage and a positive attitude. It truly is, just what the doctor ordered! It comes with a sheet of stickers that will make sick little ones smile. There are even feel better songs to keep the germs away!

We have more happy news, you can enter to win a copy of this great book below in our giveaway!


Penguin Random House is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of When You’re Feeling Sick! Thank you to Penguin Random House  for the review book and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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What’s It Like To Go Time Traveling With a Hamster?

I love reading aloud with my kids. This summer we had the chance to check out Time Traveling With A Hamster by Ross Welford.


This book is packed with adventure and time travel. 12-year-old Al Chaudhury’s dad died when he was just 8 years old. On Al’s 12th birthday he received  a pet hamster, a letter from his dad. The letter directs Al to their old house where he will find a time machine. The time machine is an ancient Apple laptop and a metal wash basin.

His father’s letter contains a mission that will require Al to travel back to 1984 and save his father’s life. You see there was a go-kart accident when he was 12 that is the cause for his death at age 39. If Al can go back in time and prevent that accident, he can change the outcome of events that happened after. Al is given a choice of accepting the mission or not and you can bet Al accepts. Time travel is not easy and Al finds out that going back in time 30 years requires more than courage and imagination. It requires lying to his mom, stealing a moped, setting his school on fire and keeping his pet hamster safe through it all.

This book makes a great read aloud book you can read a chapter at a time with your kids or one that older kids can read on their own. It is a really fun book to read together and leads to lots of great conversations afterward.

Ross Welford worked as a business journalist before becoming a freelance writer and television producer. He has worked on shows such asThe Big Breakfast, The Morning, and Bridezillas. This is his first novel. Follow Ross on Twitter.

So are you excited about this new book? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.


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The Little Linebacker Blog Tour & #Giveaway

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Teaching kids that hard work pays off is probably one of the most important lessons we can teach them as they grow. So many adults that I know believe  things come easy and don’t require effort. As an entrepreneur I learned a long time ago there is no such thing as “overnight success.” Most people do not understand the years of work that go into becoming an “overnight success.” If kids learn this at an early age, it will serve them well throughout their life. They will not be the kind to give up at the first hurdle but instead find a way to get over each and every one on the way to reaching their dreams.

A book that can help kids understand this is The Little Linebacker. This book written by Maria Dismondy and Stephen Tulloch and illustrated by Heather Heyworth is a story of determination. The story is about a little boy who dreams of becoming a professional football player. This dream comes even before his first little league football practice. His mother is supportive and tells him to dream bigger dreams! He finds support through his life when he feels like giving up.

An elderly man he likes at the nursing home where his mom works provides some wise advice that you have to keep going even if you fail a few times. He helps Stephen practice his math skills when he gets a bad math test grade. Throughout the years, Stephen has defeats but someone is always there to help him summon his determination and keep going. He learns that when you don’t give up but keep pressing on, great things happen! This is a great book with a very valuable message. You can find this book on Amazon. You can download the Free Reader’s Guide HERE.

Take a look at the video trailer for the book below:

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Cardinal Rule Press is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!  One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of The Littlest Linebacker! Thank you to Cardinal Rule Press for the review book and for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway on Mommy Ramblings!!!  Open to US residents.

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“Waggers” Book Blog Tour



Waggers by Stacy Nyikos

Waggers is so lucky to be adopted by a great family.  He tries to behave and be good but he is just so excited all the time and when he gets excited he has a tail problem.  His tail goes crazy!  You might wonder what harm could sweet Waggers tail do, his family is about to find out.  In the kitchen, baking cookies, it just smells so good and Waggers tail goes crazy and the dough hits the ceiling.  Unfortunately that is not the only mishap.  When Waggers is helping the kids defeat the monster in the living room, the sofa does not escape unharmed.  Out in the garage it is not any better, Waggers excitable tail scrapes off the paint on te car!  Mom and Dad are starting to wonder if their home is the right place for such an excitable pup.  Is it the end of the line for Waggers or is there a way the family can stay together?  You will just need to pick up a copy and find out.



About Stacy Nyikos


Stacy Nyikos is the award-winning author of many mischievous books for children. She’s not sure how that happened. She didn’t get into trouble as a child. Well, if you don’t count borrowing sandwiches from her dad. He wasn’t eating them anyway. Stacy holds an MFA in Writing for Children at Vermont College, which she didn’t borrow. They gave it to her. Really. Ask her kids. Or her dog. Just don’t ask her husband. He’s misplaced a few sandwiches. When she isn’t chasing stories—or sandwiches—Stacy can be found scribbling in the wilds of Oklahoma. She is currently working on a new adult novel about her grandfather’s adventure canoeing from Indiana to New Orleans – over 2,000 miles of paddling – in 1939.


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The Night Before Hanukkah By Natasha Wing Book Review & Giveaway Blog Tour!!!

We are participating in a blog tour to celebrate the release of  bestselling children’s author Natasha Wing’s new picture book, The Night Before Hanukkah.  This book celebrates the 8 nights of Hanukkah and follows a family as they light the candles of the menorah each night.  We get to see their family traditions like playing the dreidelal  game for chocolate gelt, enjoying potato pancakes called latkes, exchanging gifts and reading the story about the Maccabees.

The Night Before Hanukkah

Kids will love the adorable illustrations from Amy Wummer that fill the book.  This book is great to teach kids how different cultures and religions celebrate their holidays.  You can purchase the book on Amazon.com.

About Bestselling Author Natasha Wing
Natasha Wing graduated from Arizona State University in 1982 with a B.S. in Advertising.  Wing lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband, Dan and their cat, Purrsia. They moved to Colorado for the outdoor life and Wing was “happy to find a thriving writing community and a library that is open seven days a week with excellent programs for writers.”  She has been publishing for 22 years and is a frequent presenter at conferences and schools and loves to Skype with classrooms.

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“Duck & Goose Go To The Beach” Kick Off Summer With A Blog Tour & Giveaway!!!

Summer is HERE… and Duck & Goose are waddling on over to the beach…
New York Times Bestseller!
A Great way to kick summer off with your kids.  My kids love the Duck & Goose Books, they are so adorable and always have a great message to share with even the youngest children.  Pick up a copy and share it with the special child(ren) in your life!  Have a safe, healthy and fun summer!!! 

In this delightful follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Duck & Goose and Duck, Duck, Goose, Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn’t. He doesn’t see the point. After all, why would they go anywhere when they’re happy right where they are? But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn’t? Well, Duck, for one!

Enter to Win Duck & Goose Go To The Beach!!!

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Making Fishy Friends Blog Tour & Book Giveaway!!!




Author, former teacher and mom Kate Messner has battled the back-to-school blues from all sides – and won!

Her picture books Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish and Sea Monster’s First Day help students, parents and teachers address some of the fears and challenges that come at the end of summer and the beginning of the school year.

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“Sea Monster keeps delivering important messages in fun ways.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Genuine enthusiasm and humor”—School Library Journal


We were thrilled to be asked to participate in this Blog Tour about such important issues for kids in school.  I loved sharing these with my kids and it spurred some great discussion that helps then to see ways to handle things in a very positive way.  Click Here for a print out of the Friend Fish Pledge to share with your child.




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One of my blog readers will have the chance to win Sea Monster and the Bossy Fish and Sea Monster’s First Day Books plus a Classroom Poster!  Open to US residents.

About The Author:

Kate Messner books for kids include the acclaimed Martie McGuire series, Capture the Flag, Hide and Seek and Over and Under the Snow. She’s be honored bye New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. was the winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers. Kate spent fifteen years teaching middle school and earned National Board Certification in 2006. She’s a popular speaker at schools, libraries and professional conferences, and was the only children’s book author invited to speak at the TED 2012: Full Spectrum Conference.

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Random House, Celebrate The Civil Rights Movement Blog Tour & Book Giveaway!!!

We are so thrilled to have been asked by Random House to participate in a blog tour to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream Speech  that he made August 28, 1963.


From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King: “My father’s dream continues to live on from generation to generation, and this beautiful and powerful illustrated edition of his world-changing “I Have a Dream” speech brings his inspiring message of freedom, equality, and peace to the youngest among us—those who will one day carry his dream forward for everyone.”

On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike. The themes of equality and freedom for all are not only relevant today, 50 years later, but also provide young readers with an important introduction to our nation’s past.

This book is such a brilliant way for myself and other parents and educators to teach our children about Martin Luther King Jr. and share with them this moving speech that resonates today as much as it did then.  The gorgeous illustrations make this book a true treasure that captures this rich part of our country’s history. There are some great booknotes available to spur group discussion that can be viewed and downloaded HERE.

Random House is sponsoring a giveaway on Mommy Ramblings.  One lucky blog reader will win their own copy of I Have A Dream.  Thank you Random House for the review book and selecting us to take part in this poignant blog tour!!!  Open to US residents.

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