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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Cowabunga! Brave and Strong Hangs Five!

#BraveAndStrongAllDayLong #BooksOnTour #BlogDash #Day5 These last five days have been absolutely fun-tastic, 'surfing' around the net with Elizabeth Cummings and her inspiring, lifesaving story, Brave and Strong All Day Long! Elizabeth has very graciously shared her Verityville series' inspirations and spoken up for under-represented voices. We paddled in company with guest bloggers, Educate. Empower, Brydie Wright, Creative Kids Tales and Julie Anne Grasso! Thank you. We've also had a fa...
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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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The Howling Sands Blog Tour: It’s a Wrap!

#TheHowlingSands #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day5 We've had a total blast this week, touring around the blogosphere and between fantasy worlds with Karen Hughes and her gripping adventure story, The Howling Sands!  Karen has been very generous in sharing her writing journey, inspirations and influences, as well as even sharing a piece of the magic for us to get lost in! We were also blown away by the reviews and interview of guest bloggers, Susan Day and Brydie Wright! Thank you. We've also ...
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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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Review: The Howling Sands by Karen Hughes

#TheHowlingSands #BooksOnTour #BlogBlast #Day1 We’re thrilled to run this blog blast with Karen Hughes and her exciting middle-grade novel, The Howling Sands! We hope you get swept up in the magic with us! :) Kalika Magic: The Howling Sands, Karen Hughes (author), November 2017. Synopsis: One hundred years ago, the mysterious Veladin vanished into the earth. Now Kai, Indie, Nima and Jabar must find them, or they'll never see Shaman Yanti again. The desert sands are shifting. Time i...
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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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Review: Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster

#EsmesWish #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day1 Welcome to the blog blitz for Esme's Wish by Elizabeth Foster, a fantastical mystery for tweens. Thanks for your company! 🐉 🏰 Esme’s Wish, Elizabeth Foster (author), Odyssey Books, 2017. Synopsis: When fifteen-year-old Esme Silver objects at her father's wedding, her protest is dismissed as the actions of a stubborn, selfish teenager. Everyone else has accepted the loss of Esme's mother - so why can't she? But Esme is suspicio...
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