My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing

Not a bad introduction for the pk-3rd-grade kids in your world if you are introducing the concepts of meditation/mindful breathing. Having the ability to center yourself is handy skill no matter what your age. 

"Take a deeeeeep breath in…and BLOW it out…

…and like magic, you can feel better just by breathing! Sometimes it’s hard to feel happy. But with this interactive picture book, children breathe along as they learn how to make angry or sad thoughts disappear."

A short and sweet picture book that provides an easy calming method for all ages.

Verdict- borrow

Please note that I received a free advance ARC of this book from the publisher without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

 

 

My Magic Breath: Finding Calm Through Mindful Breathing by Nick Ortner

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Jennifer Naughton

I'm a lifelong bibliophile who happens to love children's books and who should have become a librarian. Instead I horde books in case of apocalypse or the enactment of a Fahrenheit 451 type law. My five kids accept my addiction and have learned to accept books in odd places.

The Button War

World War 1 books for the middle grade are few and far between. Like all the books Avi writes this one sounds like:

1. It is meant to be read aloud

2. A true story

3. Even though the story may be set long ago and far away the characters seem like they may be your friends.

In Patryck's small Polish village the Russians have taken control of everything. The school was bombed and people are on edge. Things get worse when the Russians leave and the Germans arrive. His group of friends devises a game wherein they attempt to collect buttons from the soldier's uniforms. They are egged on by a bully type boy (Jarek) that none of them like much, but in a small town, everyone your age is a friend of one kind or another. 

Neither of the invading armies is particularly beneficial to the town. As Patryck's father says- "They aren't Polish" The adults in the community are just as scared as the kids (understandably so) and no one knows what will happen to them next. The overwhelming fear grows as conditions worsen and there are several deaths. 

The overwhelming fear grows as conditions worsen and there are several deaths. 

Verdict- Buy 

 

Please note that I received a free advance  ARC of this book from the Kid Lit Exchange without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book

The Button War by Avi

6/12/18

A Hint of Hydra (Lailu Loganberry #2)

This story is a sequel to A Dash of Dragon which I haven't read. In this universe, the Scientists and the Elves are mortal enemies and thirteen-year-old chef Lailu Loganberry must stop a war between them. You don't have to have read the first book, but I wish I had. The magic in the cooking was so fun and all the characters make you giggle while you read. 

I'm often asked for "happy" books for younger middle graders- this is one! I can't wait to see where the story goes from here.

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from NetGalley without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

Verdict- buy

A Hint of Hydra (Lailu Loganberry #2) by Heidi Lang

July 10, 2018

Courage

You all know that I love a good geographically correct book set in Chicago. This story is so much more than that, of course. A look inside day to day life of a family on the South Side of the city. T'Shawn lives with his Mom, sister and soon his older brother will be released from prison and he will live with them again also. That fact causes T some anxiety as his brother has been gone two years and was not a good guy when he left. 

T has an interest in diving and gets a scholarship to a diving club right around the time his brother arrives home so he has a lot of changes all at once. There are some issues with the neighborhood/ reentry/ parole officer stuff- all valid concerns for all of the characters. It all works out in the end which is nice because in real life it often doesn't wrap up in a neat bow.

Verdict- Buy

Courage by Barbara Binns July 31, 2018

Please note that I received a free advance E ARC of this book from Edelweiss+ without a review requirement or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that, I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

I think teens will get a lot of reading this story as they do reading anything by Jason Alexander or Angie Thomas. It is suitable for younger readers which is a plus in the category of book.