Monday, June 12, 2017

Book Trotters Book Subscription Box Review


It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE books. Children’s books are among my most favorite books to read. It’s so important to me to share my love of books and reading with everyone I come in contact with.

Subscription boxes are all the rage right now and book subscription boxes are among the most popular. I mean, who wouldn't want to receive a box of books in the mail?!

When I heard about Book Trotters, I decided to reach out to the company's owner, who was gracious enough to provide a box for review. Here’s my take on the Book Trotters subscription box.

My chosen book box was the “Baby Bear Book Pack” subscription. This package is described as “ideal for families with up to 2 kids from different age groups. It ensures each pack will have at least one book per young reader in the family.”

The box arrived quickly. I was kept informed of the package delivery status the entire time it was in transit, via daily email updates and a convenient clickable USPS tracking number. This was a great customer service perk!

The box arrived a day earlier than expected (another plus) and everything was packaged securely and professionally in a sturdy shipping box. Inside, I was thrilled and impressed to see each book was wrapped beautifully in colorful wrapping paper, and bundled with high quality twine and a Thank You card.


  

Not only was each book wrapped with gift paper, it was also wrapped with tissue paper underneath. Book Trotters also included three sturdy activity cards in the package.

The books themselves were a wonderful collection of hard and softcover books. My next step will be reading each book and sharing them with some of my kiddos to get their take.


Overall, I'm very impressed with my Book Trotters book box experience. Five well-deserved stars for customer service, packaging, shipping and products. I would definitely recommend this service to consumers!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Author Interview with Educational Children's Book Author Carole P. Roman


Please tell us a bit about your Countries books:

The If You Were Me books are an introduction to customs and culture around the world. It is a series designed to place children in the same shoes as a child in different parts of the world, letting them experience the things that are important in their lives. The idea of countries, borders, and customs is hard for young ones to grasp, so I broke it into various subjects that small children could identify with- what their name might be, where the country is located, what they would call their parents, what kind of food would they eat, what one thing identifies the country, like a landmark. They finish each book able to identify both similarities and differences. With the added benefit of having multiple books, they can compare how life is all over the world.

Have you always known you wanted to be a writer?

I am an avid reader. I will read everything. I don’t think I had the confidence to write until Createspace came along and said, you don’t need to worry about rejection- we will give you a platform. I have written my entire life, plays, stories, I did a vanity published romance years ago, but with Amazon, KDP and Createspace, I can now do it successfully.


How did you come up with the idea to write books about children from different countries?

I was in Vegas for a family vacation. My grandchildren and I were walking on the strip and when my oldest grandson saw the Eiffel Tower, he asked what it was. I tried to explain national identity and realized his four-year old mind couldn’t understand what I was talking about. I ruminated all night and at about dawn, both the format and  the name of the series came to me. I wrote Mexico, France, Norway, Turkey, and Kenya that first week, wanting to make sure I explored the “four corners of the earth.”


What do you enjoy most about writing for children?

I love their discovery. I enjoy hearing from parents that they are having fun reading the books and learning right along with their children. When I hear that I created an opening to further discussion or exploration to learn more, or somehow one of my books helped a child deal with peer pressure, problem-solving, or any other kind of distress, I feel completed.

What kinds of things do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I work in a family business, so I am pretty busy with my day job. I do yoga, play with my grandchildren, have lunch with my daughters-in-law, beta-read my son’s books (he is author Michael Phillip Cash). I promote all of our books on social media and keeping our names in the spotlight. I play a wicked game of craps and love Words with Friends.


Who are some of your favorite children’s book authors?

I love JK Rowling. I read Harry Potter when it first came out and was not impressed with it. However, my grandson was having a reading issue in school. I started reading with him on Facetime nightly and now a year and over twenty books later- we are reading for an hour together every night. I adored harry Potter after reading it with him, and will admit was teary when we finished the last book. We are reading the Percy Jackson series right  now. He enjoys the Hilo books by Judd Winnick. I loved Martha Doesn’t Like to Share by Samantha Berber, Knuffle Bunny by Mo Wiiems and No, David, by David Shannon are some of my favorites too.


What types of books do you like to read?

I am a big history reader, both fiction and nonfiction. My entire life was spent reading blocks of genres. My 20’s were filled with science fiction, my thirties were spy thrillers, my forties were all about historical romance, fifties were the years of historical fiction and now we are in a free-for all- I’ll read anything.


What would readers be surprised to know about you?

I can work on my books and have an entire conversation while being creative. I am the Queen of Multitasking.


How can readers connect with you?


What are you currently working on?

I have just completed If You Were Me and Lived in...Cuba, as well as If You Were Me and Lived in..the Ancient Mayan Empire. I am finishing up an early reader chapter book- my first called Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag and I am starting another self-help with my social media partner called Self- Publishing- As Easy as ABC. I am also doing my own Blog radio show called Let’s Say Hello to our Neighbors highlighting children’s books. http://www.podfireradio.com/


What advice would you give aspiring authors?

Don’t be afraid, join a good discussion group on Goodreads and ask questions. Write and when you are done, be prepared to wear multiple hats, otherwise no one will hear about all your hard work.


ABOUT CAROLE P. ROMAN

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013.

Carole P. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...", that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren. Carole invites readers to connect with her via her website.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

FREE Father's Day Badges Printable Download

We didn't want to forget dear old dad, so we've created a FREE Father's Day badges printable download for the kiddos to print, cut and give to dad on Father's Day, June 18. As always, this free printable is for your own personal use. Click the photos, save to your computer and print from there. Or you can go straight to the PDF download here. 


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Monday, June 5, 2017

A Trip Around the World with Children's Book Author Carole P. Roman with Book Series Giveaway




ABOUT THE “IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED IN…” BOOKS:

The “If You Were Me and Lived In…” books are an introduction to customs and cultures around the world. The series is a collection of twenty-two books designed to help children experience life from the perspective of a variety of other children from all around the world, in the hopes that they’ll see how similar we all really are.

The idea of countries, borders, and customs is sometimes difficult for youngsters to grasp. Carole breaks things down into various topics that even the youngest child can identify with – what their name might be, where the country is located, what they would call their parents, what kind of food would they eat, what one thing identifies the country, like a landmark. Children finish each book able to identify both similarities and differences, and with the added of having multiple books, can compare how life is all over the world.

The series includes books about the following countries: 
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kenya
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • Scotland
  • South Korea
  • Turkey



ABOUT CAROLE P. ROMAN:

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of the Captain No Beard series. Both Captain No Beard-An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate's Life and Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis have received the Kirkus Star of Exceptional Merit. The first book in the series was named to Kirkus Reviews Best 2012. Captain No Beard and the Aurora Borealis has been named to Kirkus Reviews Best of 2015. Each book in the series has won numerous awards including the NABE Pinnacle Award, IAN Award, Moonbeam Award 2014, National Indie Excellence Award Finalist, Shelf Media Outstanding Series Award, ForeWord Review Five Star and Finalist in the Book of the Year, and Reader's Views Children's Book of the Year 2013.


Carole P. Roman is also the author of the award-winning non-fiction culture series, "If You Were Me and Lived in...", that explores customs and cultures around the world. She has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren. Carole invites readers to connect with her via her website


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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Author Elizabeth B. Martin Shares Oodles of Children's FREE Printable Downloads

© Elizabeth B. Martin, Author/Illustrator
I LOVE children's books and I LOVE sharing free downloads and printables for kids. I've been following author Elizabeth B. Martin on Instagram for quite a while now and I just adore her illustrations and printable art. Elizabeth is one busy author/illustrator, who donates tons of time by working with area libraries to promote a love of art and books with neighborhood children.

Her website is filled with FREEBIES that you can download and use with your youngsters. So what are you waiting for? Go and check out her site now :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Thoughts You Feed by Irene Weinberg Author of They Serve Bagels in Heaven Book Tour and Giveaway

DIY Mom is participating in the virtual book tour for the inspirational memoir "They Serve Bagels in Heaven" by Irene Weinberg. Irene wrote her very personal story after the tragic death of her husband, Saul. Irene has shared her author guest post with DIY Mom readers here:


“The Thoughts You Feed”

by Irene Weinberg

The thoughts you feed are the ones that grow.

What this brings to my mind is the time my husband died next to me in a horrific car accident.
We were driving on the NY State Thruway when our car suddenly went into a huge swerve.  “Saul!” I called out to my sleeping husband, waking him up. He saw what was happening and tried to pull the car out of the swerve, but instead, we started to flip the first of four times. 

When we finally stopped, we had slid into a ravine and were upside down. I looked over at what was now the shell of my husband and knew all through me that he was gone.  I felt the car being turned over and as the strong hands of an EMT began to pull me through the shattered window of my car, two amazing, disparate things happened to me:

An unemotional but authoritative male voice boomed into my head and told me to “be loving and kind to everyone.” A moment later, I said to myself, “I will get through this somehow, because I have to show my son that you can get hit by a grenade in life and somehow still survive.”

I certainly experienced my share of grief and despair during those dark days, but at the same time, the positive attitude I scripted for myself led me to two professionals: a wonderful, resourceful Life Transition Coach and a highly regarded spiritual healer.  And as the many drops of love I was receiving from friends and family began to collect in what I called my grief-filled bucket, that now overflowing bucket of love started lifting me from my despair. 

 At first, my positive attitude in spite of my tremendous tragedy was all about my son.  But as began to re-build my life and once again experienced JOY, it also became about me.

ABOUT IRENE WEINBERG:


They Serve Bagels in Heaven: One couple’s story of love, eternity, and the cosmic importance of everyday life begins with the amazing messages Irene Weinberg received from heaven during the tragic car accident that took her husband Saul’s life. Irene resides in Northern New Jersey, where she oversees business interests. She is a mother, a stepmother and a grandmother. The author invites readers to connect with her on her website



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