Books Reviews, Children's Books, Gift Guides, Parenting

Lou Knows What To Do: Supermarket – A Book About Social Skills

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Lou Knows What To Do: Supermarket - A Book About Social Skills

Lou Knows What To Do: Supermarket (Book 1 of 3 in series)

By: Kimberly Tice and Venita Litvack

When our 9 year old was growing through stages in life it was books I would turn to when I needed tools. Books helped up potty train, get over the fears of the first day of school. Books helped when I needed to teach him against talking to strangers so freely and even for learning to tie his shoes. When your child goes through stages or even challenges, books can help you explain or teach your child at their level. Lou Knows What To Do is a series of 3 books and the first title in the series is Supermarket.


Lou has a special bubble wand that he carries around to help him see into the future so he knows what to do. A trip to the Supermarket is easier with his wand because he will know just what to expect and how to handle himself regardless of who he is with. He needs this help sometimes or it gets very tempting to want to run down aisles or make a fuss at checkout.

The story was written to show children how to apply social skills in their daily experiences. It is rated for Pre-K to Fifth Grade and is great for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Find Lou Knows What To Do: Supermarket this September on Amazon.

Books Reviews, Children's Books

Children’s Book Review: Open in Case of Emergency

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Children's Book Review: Open in Case of Emergency

Open In Case Of Emergency

by: Richard Fairgray and Jim Kraft

You will need your imagination for this one! Both Zack and Cyrus receive a mysterious box on their doorsteps. Zack treats every mishap as an emergency and keeps breaking into his box. Cyrus, on the other hand, is a bit reluctant to use his even in apparent emergencies. So what happens in a real emergency to Zack’s box already opened and Rhino’s that was left untouched? It’s not the outcome you may expect…..

The book has fantastic illustrations and is a lot of fun. Anthony is 8 and boy did the last 2 pages stir his imagination!

emergency book

About the Author

Richard Fairgray was born and raised in New Zealand and has been publishing since he was seven years old. His main focus since then has been comic books, but he has taken time out during his life to work on films, to perform stand-up comedy, to teach high school, and to stick labels on honey jars. He has been working exclusively in comics for the last six years with long-time collaborator Terry Jones. Their main work together is the on-going series called Blastosaurus. He lives in New Zealand.

Like this title, find more books at Skypony Press!


The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom Children’s Book Review

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The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom!

The Tuttle Twins and The Road to Surfdom

by: Conner Boyack

If you have not heard of the Tuttle Twins book series, they are easy-to-read chapter books that touch on the topics of law and politics in simple terms for kids to follow along. With titles such as, The Tuttle Twins Learn About the Law and The Tuttle Twins and the Food Truck Fiasco kids are engaged as they learn about economic principles.

In The Tuttle Twins and the Road to Surfdom the twins learn that a new road that will be a quicker route to their favorite beach also has major effects on the community. A problem was solved, but many more were created. The words are easy enough for my 8 year old to read and the illustrations are colored and engaging.

tuttle twins

About the Author

Connor Boyack is president of Libertas Institute, a public policy think tank in Utah. He is the author of several books on politics and religion, along with hundreds of columns and articles championing individual liberty. His work has been featured on international, national, and local TV, radio, and other forms of media.

A California native and Brigham Young University graduate, Connor currently resides in Lehi, Utah, with his wife and two children.

History is not just for the classroom books. With relatable stories children will love you can continue the education of law, history and policy at home. No biased opinions, just a look at problems like when you get what you want it can have negative effects on others. The word ‘politics’ and ‘educating children’ can be a scary combination, but the book is brilliantly written without opinions or bias notations. Just a simple message that everyone can relate to. Visit The Tuttle Twins book site to see all of the titles.

Apps, Books Reviews, Kids

Books and Music Lyrics for Story Time with Kidioke

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This month I have been focusing on Reading with Children and have been offering tips, free resources, book reviews and more. With this Kidioke feature we are talking about engaging books and music that kids will want to read and sing along to. Some of the best lullabies are not kid in nature, but those popular songs our parents and grandparents would sing us.


With Kidioke the songs that are the inspiration for the books are songs we love as parents and can share with our children in the most engaging way. I do a lot of book reviews, some interactive some online and I have never seen books quite like this.

The book’s title is the song featured:

  1. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
  2. Lullabye Written by Billy Joel
  3. My Girl by The Temptations


There is an app you can download. The Kidioke Media app is free and the song downloads are only $2.99 each. You can record your child’s reactions to the stories or their singing talents and play back saved versions for friends and family. Available on iTunes for iPhone and iPad. Visit Kidioke to learn more. The books are available on Amazon as well.

Books Reviews, Education

My Kingdom Books Brings Stories to Life

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My Kingdom Books

Prince Jack and the Spell of Fun-less-ness

by My Kingdom Books

Finding engaging stories is in important tip in trying to encourage your child to enjoy reading. This month we are focusing on tips to use when reading with children. I am featuring My Kingdom Books because these books are as engaging as they come. When you combine a fun story, colorful illustrations, personalization and technology in the form of an app you get a story that comes to life in a pop-up appearance.


Whether your child is young, has learning challenges or just can’t find the motivation to read I highly recommend trying a My Kingdom Books story. Add it to a wish list for their upcoming celebration or pick a copy up today because they will see a story like they never have before.

We read Prince Jack and the Spell of Fun-less-ness. If this were for your child, the name Jack would be replaced with your child’s name and gender relative Prince and Princess. When Jack wants to have fun he goes for his toys but they are gone! He suspects the evil With of fun-less-ness. With help from friends along the way he seeks to break her spell and win fun back. What will the magic word be? He has to spell it out to see.

The story sounds fun, but nowhere near as fun as downloading the My Kingdom Books app (on iOS and Android). Once you download it you choose your character and name him or her. Turn to sound on your phone and aim at the right page of the spread each turn of the pages. The book is shipped FREE worldwide. Plus 10% of the proceeds are donated to children’s charities.


Wait! Before you put the book away and say Goodnight to your child, there is a special feature to see. Make sure you point the phone camera at the name p[age in the end. Learn more on the official website.