Top 17 of ’17

It's time for the annual book selections that topped our ‘favourites list’. The ones that had us rip roaring with giggles, the ones that made our hearts stop beating, and the ones that simply took our breath away. It's always tough to choose, especially since we literally turn over hundreds of books in a year. But here they are, picture books as picked between my girls and myself. Which ones were your favourites? A Very Quacky Christmas, Frances Watts (author), Ann James (illus.), ABC Books, ...
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Brave and Strong Craft: Lifeguard on a Surfboard

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day5 How to Make a Paper Roll Lifeguard Fiona on a Surfboard...that floats! What do you know about the role of lifeguards? What kind of person can be a lifeguard? What kind of rescues do you think they can do? What uniform might they wear? What kinds of equipment / clothing do they need for their job? What is a rip? Do you know how to stay away from rips? What can you do if you're stuck in one? How else can you stay safe at the beach? Can f...
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Brave and Strong All Day Long: An Interview with Elizabeth Cummings

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day4 Just Write For Kids and Books On Tour are dripping with excitement to welcome teacher and author, Elizabeth Mary Cummings here to discuss her Verityville series and the charitable intentions behind the stories - primarily focusing on strengthening marginalised or unheard voices in the community. Thank you, Elizabeth, for what you bring to children's literature! 👙 🌊 🏄🏼‍♀️ Congratulations on the release ...
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Review: Brave and Strong All Day Long by Elizabeth Cummings

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day2 Welcome back to our sunny blog tour! Here's our take on this important book with a universal, child-centred appeal. Review: Brave And Strong All Day Long, Elizabeth Cummings (author), Johanna Roberts (illus.), EC, November 2017. Aptly dedicated to those who risk their lives to save others, and to the brave and strong role model; lifeguard Fiona, this picture book is an asset to the wider, water-loving community. And coincidenta...
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Character Q and A: Indie and Kai from The Howling Sands

#TheHowlingSands #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day2 It's a thrill to welcome such honourable characters from the Kalika Magic series to our blog tour; the esteemed Indie and the pragmatic Kai, here together to discuss their adventures and responsibilities of being saviours. Thanks for joining us, Indie and Kai! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves? What makes you good candidates for being a part of the five children of the prophecy? Indie: Your question is so funny! Obviously I’m going ...
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It’s Like a Fantasy Come True: Interview with Elizabeth Foster

#EsmesWish #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day3 Just Write For Kids and Books On Tour are excited to have the talented debut novelist, Elizabeth Foster sharing her insights about her sensational fantasy adventure, Esme's Wish (review). Once displeased by the undesired nickname, Dizzy Lizzy, Elizabeth now regards her daydreaming as central to her writing. Glad to find out more about her and what makes her tick. Thanks, Elizabeth! Firstly, congratulations on the release of your debut fantasy nove...
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Ballerina Monkey Craft: Dancing Monkey Puppet

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day4 How to Make a Dancing Ballerina Monkey Marionette Puppet What kinds of dance do you know? Ballet is one, but there's also jazz, hip hop, and tap, just to name a few. How do you feel when you dance? How do you think Malik the monkey feels when he’s twirling and whirling in the jungle? Make your own adorable dancing monkey puppet to get your Ballerina Monkey pirouetting all over town! Materials: Brown coloured paper White cardboard (such as a...
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Review: Ballerina Monkey by Nicole Madigan

#BallerinaMonkey #BooksOnTour #BlogBop #Day1 We're back again for another spectacular blog tour! This time we'll be 'blog bopping' through the virtual blogosphere with Ballerina Monkey and its author, Nicole Madigan! Thanks for grooving with us! 🌟 🐒 🌟 Ballerina Monkey, Nicole Madigan (author), Joe M Ruiz (illus.), BlOOturtle Publishing, October 2017. Besides his love of bananas, more than anything else that Malik the monkey yearns to do is stretch his legs in t...
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Ori’s Christmas Craft: How to Make an Underwater Snow Globe

#OrisChristmas #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #BonusDay How to Make an Underwater Snow Globe Besides Ori the octopus and his friends in Ori's Christmas, what other creatures, plants and marine life can be found under the sea? What kinds of Christmas activities did the sea friends enjoy in the story? How do you like to celebrate being with friends and family on Christmas Day?  Create your own underwater themed snow globe representing some of your favourite creatures, activities and decorations. Wha...
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Review: Ori’s Christmas by Anne Helen Donnelly

#OrisChristmas #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day1 Welcome to the blog blast for Ori's Christmas and its author, Anne Helen Donnelly! Thanks for coming along for the ride! It's sure to be a 'jolly' good tour! Enjoy! 😊 Ori’s Christmas, Anne Helen Donnelly (author, illus., publisher), October, 2017. Facing the conundrum of how to please each friend’s wishes, Ori the octopus navigates his way through an armful of demands during what should be the most festive time of the year. But here...
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