My First Animal Moves by Darryl Edwards @fitnessexplorer @rararesources #myfirstanimalmoves #childrenspicturebook

My First Animal Moves written and self-published by Darryl Edwards is available NOW in ebook, audiobook, hardcover and paperback format.

Book Blurb

Nathan loves to play, but he loves his video games more.

Can a trip to Animal Moves land convince him there’s more fun outdoors? Best-selling author and speaker Darryl Edwards has created this fun adventure inspired by his passion for encouraging kids to move in an ever-increasing sedentary environment.

MY FIRST ANIMAL MOVES
Discover the joys of animal moves with your little cubs in this first book of movement. Join Nathan and his cute, but sometimes lazy, dog as they crawl, jump and balance their way through the animal kingdom re-enacting moves designed to emphasise fun. It’s all in this exercise for kids book that focuses on family fun boredom busters.

HELPING KIDS MOVE AND GETTING KIDS OFF SCREENS THROUGH FUN ANIMAL PLAY

✓ Do you want to make physical activity for kids fun?

 Are you looking for ways to help your children develop strength, coordination and balance?

✓ Do your children love learning about animals?

 Are you worried about too much TV and screen time?

✓ Do you want to teach young children about the importance of physical activity?

✓ Would you like easy and fun fitness games to include in your day?

My First Animal Moves is your answer. Play along together, keeping everyone healthier and happier, promoting physical, mental and emotional well-being. You’ll all release more mood-enhancing hormones as a result, which help you feel good every day.

It’s written by professional movement coach and award-winning author Darryl Edwards who is best known for his groundbreaking TED Talk “Why working out isn’t working out“, viewed over a million times worldwide. My First Animal Moves distils the ideas in his bestselling Animal Moves book and Animal Moves Fitness Decks into a colourful picture book for children.

A Children’s Book to Encourage Kids and Their Guardians to Move More, Sit Less and Decrease Screen Time.

This unique story takes a different stance to many popular titles in this arena, with a fun activity that encourages children’s active play while aiming to get families moving and reading together. It takes the humour and colour in kids’ yoga books such as Breathe Like a Bear by Kira WilleyYoga Bug by Sarah Jane Hinder, and You Are a Lion by Taeeun Yoo to a whole new energy level with active play for the entire family.

Get My First Animal Moves to help your family thrive through movement today.

Purchase Links – www.MyFirstAnimalMoves.com

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

“movement is medicine”

My First Animal Moves is a delightful introduction of exercise for small children. The book can be used for an individual one on one experience or perfect as a group class activity.

Darryl Edwards is a Movement Coach and has created this charming picture book to encourage children to get up and move more with the help of a few animal friends.

I loved the introduction of the animals and learning about their individual movements. I can imagine children relishing the idea of roaming around like a bear or a frog. As a parent or teacher you could expand the activity and find out more details about each animal or you could find other animal moves to impersonate.

The illustrations are bright, colourful and charming.

A fun, entertaining, activity picture book.

Author Bio –

Darryl Edwards is a Movement Coach, author of the best-selling books “Animal Moves” and “My First Animal Moves”, and a thought leader in the area of creativity and innovation in fitness and health. 

Darryl developed the Primal Play Method™ to inspire others to make physical activity fun while getting healthier and more robust in the process. 

Social Media Links – www.instagram.com/fitnessexplorer, www.facebook.com/fitnessexplorer, www.twitter.com/fitnessexplorer,

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The King Who Didn’t Like Snow by Jocelyn Porter @FullMediaLtd @rararesources #childrenspicturebook #bookreview

The King Who Didn’t Like Snow written by Jocelyn Porter, illustrated by Michael S Kane, publisher Full Media Ltd, is available NOW in paperback format.

Book Blurb

King Mark is a higgledy-piggledy king and he gets into a pickle every day. “Do something, Bert!” he shouts, and Wizard Bert, and his sidekick, Broderick the bookworm, always save the day. When snow fell on Windy Hill Castle, everyone was delighted – except for King Mark! King Mark didn’t like snow and he started to sulk. Will Bert and Broderick save the day again? Will King Mark walk into trouble? Do the children of Windy Hill Village have the answer…?

Purchase Links

https://full-media.co.uk/product/the-king-who-didnt-like-snow-jocelyn-porter/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/King-Who-Didnt-Like-Snow/dp/1916896820/

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating two picture books recently published by Full Media Ltd, today I have the pleasure of sharing my review of The King Who Didn’t Like Snow.

This was such a lovely story filled with magic, fun, surprise and joy but it also held an important message of finding happiness on days you don’t find comfortable.

Jocelyn Porter has written a lovely child friendly story with characters that will capture the imagination. The text is big and in a clear font, perfect for young readers to enjoy by themselves. The story is bought to life with illustrator, Michael S Kane’s colourful illustrations.

A very enjoyable fun read that will delight children of all ages.

Author Bio –

Jocelyn’s writing career began when she was asked to write a story for a preschool magazine. That story was the first of many. Jocelyn became the writer/editor of several preschool magazines and continued in that role for 15 years. Writing one new story every month, plus rhymes and activities was a tough gig, but very exhilarating.

Time is the big difference between writing for a magazine and writing a book.  You see your work on the supermarket shelves within a few weeks of completion. A book takes longer – a lot longer. Jocelyn has to be patient now – not something she’s good at.

Before becoming a writer, Jocelyn work in higher education as International Students Officer. It was a rewarding and interesting job even though she was on call 24/7.

Jocelyn also trained as a counsellor and volunteered at drop-in centers. She never knew who would arrive for counselling and had to be prepared for anything. This work gave her insight into some of the darker corners of life.

Motor sport was one of Jocelyn’s early loves, she had spine tingling thrill of taking part in a 24-hour national rally as navigator – those were the days when rallies were held on public roads!

Jocelyn work as an au pair in Paris in her teens. Having visited the city on a school trip, she fell in love with it, and always wanted to return.


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The Boy Who Breathed Underwater by Izzy Rees @FullMediaLtd @rararesources #childrenspicturebook #bookreview

The Boy Who Breathed Underwater written by Izzy Rees, illustrated by Sarah-Leigh Wills is available NOW in ebook, kindleunlimited and paperback format.

Book Blurb

When lying in his bed, a boy is visited by a genie. He is given a week to try out different superhero powers. What adventures will he have, and which power will he choose to keep?

Purchase Links

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour for two new books from publishers Full Media Ltd, today I have the pleasure of sharing my review for The Boy Who Breathed Underwater.

I’ve always adored picture books and sharing them with my three children when they were younger was such a joy for all. Now that my children are older and I am blessed with a grandchild the anticipation of introducing story time to a new little one is beyond thrilling.

My grandson is 5 months old and is starting to notice the world around him. I always find it best to introduce a new activity with babies when they are in a good mood so whilst he was playing on the floor I got to his level and read to him, pointing out the pictures and emphasising words. As you can see from the picture he was engaged in the activity and I can’t wait to read the book again to him and seeing him progress with the activity.

The Boy Who Breathed Underwater is such a lovely story with a wonderful positive ethos. The text has a great rhyme to it’s prose making it very easy for older children to learn the words and repeat them. The illustrations are bright and cheerful bringing the words to life. A picture book that is an enjoyable read perfect for one to one time or in a classroom situation. The ethos behind the storyline gives the adult and child starting points to expand on the subject. Enjoyable, educational and fun.

Author Bio – Izzy Rees was born in West London, but has spent the last thirty years living in Derby. Ten years ago, when her three girls were young, she began work on a series of rhyming picture books, created in snatched moments, and initially written on small scraps of paper or whatever was available. She always intended to revisit them, and Covid and lockdown presented the opportunity; unable to continue her work as a neurophysiotherapist, working with vulnerable patients, she decided it was now or never! She has written six books so far in the ‘The Boy Who’ series, The Boy Who Breathed Underwater being the first one. The others will be published in the near future.

Social Media Links – https://www.facebook.com/izzyreeschildrensauthor

Bertie at the Worldwide Games by Wendy H Jones @WendyHJones @malcomdown @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours #bookreview

Bertie at the Worldwide Games written by Wendy H Jones, publisher Sarah Grace Publishing, is available NOW in paperback format.

Book Blurb

Bertie the Buffalo is having fun on the farm where he lives in Scotland. Then a mysterious letter arrives inviting him to represent Scotland in the Worldwide Games. Bertie and his friends fly to Tokyo where they meet new and exotic animals and try to win first prize in all the different events. Bertie is sad when he isn’t winning any medals but finds out if he works together with his friends, he will be a winner in the end.

To buy link:

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Wendy H Jones latest children’s picture book: Bertie at the Worldwide Games.

This is my first introduction to Bertie the Buffalo and from the gorgeous illustrations by artist Barry Diaper you can see that Bertie is a cutie and will instantly attract the attention of children just by the book cover. Barry Diaper continues with such endearing illustrations throughout and I was charmed by them. The illustrations complemented the story perfectly.

Bertie is a buffalo that lives on a farm in Scotland and with the help of his friends on the farm they are off on an adventure to Tokyo to represent Scotland at the Worldwide Games. Author Wendy H Jones has written such a lovely children’s book with a wonderful message. The games highlight each animals strength and character and working together as a team brings all the strength and qualities together making one big super squad!

There is a lovely rhyming prose that children will soon learn and want to regale. The storyline is comical in places bringing fun and warmth. With the gorgeous illustrations and mix of characters children could create their own stories about them and also they could research further the animals they have encountered in the book.

An enjoyable picture book that I believe children will want it to be read again and again.

Author Bio

Wendy H. Jones is the award-winning author of the DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries and Cass Claymore Investigates. She lives in Scotland and is also an international public speaker and the president of the Scottish Association of Writers.

Twitter: @WendyHJones

Illustrator: Barry Diaper  

Barry Diaper is best known for his cartoons and caricatures for The Beano. He was once short-listed for the Daily Mail’s ‘Not the Turner Prize’. He lives in Salisbury, England.

What the World Needs Now: Bees by Cheryl Rosebush @cherylrosebush @freshly_press @lovebooksgroup #lovebookstours

What the World Needs Now: Bees written and self-published by Cheryl Rosebush, illustrated by Zuzana Svobodova, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

Book Blurb 

Inside the sprawling forests of Ontario, Canada lives a  friendly black bear named Melly. One of Melly’s favourite  things to do is EAT! And many of the delicious fruits she  snacks on wouldn’t grow without the help of some very  important little forest creatures. 

What the World Needs Now: Bees! explores the vital role  busy, busy bees play in helping plants to grow the food  people and animals love to eat.

Purchase Link: Environmental Kids – UK

Note from the Author:

As you might have seen on IG, our UK Shopify online store is now open for business: www.Environmentalkids.co.uk.  We are really proud of our set up in the UK. All books in the series are printed in and shipped from the UK, which means we can pass along shipping savings to the customer, and the books have the lowest carbon footprint possible.

100% recycled paper, biodegradable lamination, vegetable-based inks and carbon-balanced printing we use, and now more than ever, these are books you can feel REALLY good about buying.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Chery Rosebush latest novel: What the World Needs Now: Bees. This is my first introduction to the work of both the author, Cheryl Rosebush and the artist, Zuzana Svobodova and I can honestly say my eyes, mind and heart have been opened to the beauty of the words and images and I will definitely be purchasing all the books in the What the World Needs Now series.

A delightful picture book with an important message. Author Cheryl Rosebush has written a lovely, very child friendly informative story about the importance of bees. Paired with the enchanting illustrations of artist Zuzana Svobodova I can totally imagine that What the World Needs Now: Bees becoming a firm favourite for reading time. With a few activities included in the storyline this little book could become a great starting point for a classroom discussion on plants, pollination and food sources for all living creatures on planet earth.

I also appreciated learning about the different species of bees at the end of the story.

Overall this book is bright, eye catching with it’s charming illustrations and very thought provoking for young minds to easily understand a little creature that has such a huge responsibility.

About the Author

I was born and raised in Southern Ontario, Canada in the cities of Burlington and St. Catharines. Long before the internet and mobile phones (now I’m aging myself!), my childhood was spent in forests and parks, on bike rides, and playing hide and seek until the streetlights came on. My family did comical Griswold-style road trips in wood-paneled station wagons. We spent summers swimming in friends’ backyards. These are my very fortunate roots.

I knew from an early age that my destiny would take me far from Southern Ontario. I graduated high school and moved to Montreal to study international politics at McGill University. The subject fascinated me, but as graduation approached, I realized I didn’t know what I wanted to do with a degree in international politics. I didn’t want to become a lawyer. I didn’t want to become a politician or civil servant. The media industry, on the other hand, intrigued me. 

The West Coast of Canada also intrigued me. So, after graduating McGill, I packed up again, moved to Vancouver and took the first media job I could get at a local Top 40 radio station (Z.95.3) in Vancouver. Best job. Great bosses. I learned so much. But after a couple of years there, the winds of change came calling again. 

September 11, 2001. In a heartbeat, Z95.3 went from playing Britney Spears to reporting up-to-the-minute information on the local, national and international fallout of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. In that moment, I knew I had found my calling. I wanted to do something that was needed on a good day, and needed even more on a bad day. I wanted to become a full-time journalist. 

So, I packed my bags again (a running theme in my life), and moved to Ottawa, Ontario to do my Masters of Journalism. Another incredible two years culminated in me getting a research internship with the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) in London, England. That position helped me land back in Montreal for a second chapter there as local news reporter for the CBC. While I was there, I wore just about every hat you could in CBC’s radio and TV newsrooms. Depending on the day, I was a researcher, producer, reporter, or online writer. I even filled in for the weather reports every once in a while.

https://www.cherylrosebush.com/

Twitter: @cherylrosebush

Instagram: @environmentalkidsbooks

The Alphabet for Life by Fran Norris @authoright @fayerogersp #picturebook #bookreview #blogtour #AlphabetForLife #AlphabetofLife #mindfulness #values

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The Alphabet for Life written and illustrated by Fran Norris, publisher Clink Street Publishing, is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.

To buy link: https://amzn.to/2PPH60m

Book Blurb

An alphabet book with a difference! Who said A is for Apple? Why not A is for Acceptance?! Let’s learn the alphabet using words that will inspire and empower everyone to thrive in life! Packed with fun illustrations and thoughtful quotes and themes, The Alphabet For Life is a unique children’s book the whole family can enjoy and learn from for a lifetime.

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I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book. All opinions are my own and no content may be copied. However, authors and publishers may use elements of my reviews for quotes.

I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Fran Norris’ debut book: The Alphabet for Life.

The Alphabet for Life is a truly special picture book, it says in the write up on amazon that’s it is aimed at children aged 4-7 but after reading and enjoying this little book I would say it is completely suitable for all ages.  I’ve worked in environments with children of all ages and have had the pleasure of reading to my own children so can totally appreciate the gift of learning and enjoying through books.

Fran Norris has created an alphabet reference book with meaningful words.  For example instead of A is for Apple we have A is for Acceptance.  Alongside each alphabet there are quotes that correspond and relate to the new themes and in the foreground we have delightful drawings.  These quotes would have more emphasis on older children and adults and I found myself thinking how true and relevant the words were.

The drawings in the book need a praise all by themselves as they are clear, colourful, quirky and lots of fun and if you look closely you can spot lovely little scenes being played out by the animal characters, some slightly going off-piste.  The images reminded me a little of the Richard Scarry books with lots going on across the page to keep your little-ones talking about the characters for a good while.  I could easily imagine a child creating their own story just from looking at the pictures in the background.

In a world that is fast-paced we need constant reminders to slow down and pick up a book.  A book that is suitable for all and would be an ideal ‘coffee table’ style book.  Whether you read the whole alphabet in one go or just a few pages you will gain something from this unusual take on the alphabet.  Mindfulness is a process that needs to be in your everyday life and the combination of inspirational quotes and words with delightful drawings I think Fran Norris has created a winning formula.

About the Author

alphabet for life IG profileFran Norris is a mother of two living in Devon. Like most parents, her daily life largely involves coming up with creative approaches to making the good-for-you stuff enjoyable and appealing to children. She believes that education should nurture our natural curiosity and empower each individual to reach their fullest potential. Inspired by the playful way children approach any task, from brushing their teeth to eating toast, Fran is convinced that fun should be at the core of all learning.
As a former scientist, Fran approaches life as a wonderful experiment and loves to question everything. Her children provide a never-ending source of mystery and challenges to be solved. Creating THE ALPHABET OF LIFE reconnected Fran with her love of drawing and painting, encouraging her to work as an illustrator now.

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