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How Do I Feel?

For little kids emotions can be overwhelming and seem to appear left and right, making you feel like you are on a roller coaster. This little picture book talks briefly about the range of emotions you might have: happy, sad, angry or proud. It would be a nice beginner book for a small child.

The drawings in this children’s book are adorable, simple, colorful and expressive. I think this book would make a great addition to your child’s book collection. I received a complimentary digital copy of How Do I Feel from DK Children’s Books from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice.

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I Feel Happy

Who can’t help, but smile seeing a sun with a big grin on its cartoon face? This delightful children’s book on the subject of being happy is too, sweet not to share with your child, niece, nephew or grandchild. I like the optimism of this cute picture book. Many different things can make us happy, but even when there isn’t we can rest assured something else will pop up in our life to make us happy.

The drawings in this children’s book are adorable, simple, colorful and expressive. I think this book would make a great addition to your child’s book collection. I received a complimentary digital copy of I Feel Happy from DK Children’s Books from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice.

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I Feel Angry

Does your child struggle with anger? Does your child have a temper? This little picture book of a fireball learning about anger is just the book you need. This short book explains how anger can be positive, but also, a negative emotion if used for the wrong reasons. I think the author shows some great examples of how our body responds to an emotion like anger. I thought I liked the Star in this DK Children’s Book series, but the little fireball takes the cake.

The drawings in this children’s book are adorable, simple, colorful and expressive. I think this book would make a great addition to your child’s book collection. I received a complimentary digital copy of I Feel Angry from DK Children’s Books from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice.

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I Feel Proud

Being proud is an emotion that gets a bad rep. This little children’s book by DK is a short overview of what pride is when it’s used in a positive way and what it can be when used in a negative way. The little star character is cute and the examples of the forms of pride are varied. If you need an easy to understand book for your child this would make a great choice.

The drawings in this children’s book are adorable, simple, colorful and expressive. I think this book would make a great addition to your child’s book collection. I received a complimentary digital copy of I Feel Proud from DK Children’s Books from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice.

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I Feel Sad

Are you searching for a cute picture book for your child that helps explains what sad feelings are and how to deal with them? If so, DK Books has a short picture book for kids that has cute cartoons of little gray clouds that experience sadness for different reasons, but at the end of the book you get to see that sadness does pass and there is something even better at the end.

The drawings in this children’s book are adorable, simple, colorful and expressive. I think this book would make a great addition to your child’s book collection. I received a complimentary digital copy of I Feel Sad from DK Children’s Books from NetGalley. The views are mine and of my own choice.

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42 Reflections On My Life

1. Being a preemie survivor is a lot to mentally digest.

2. I have no shame in eating pizza with a fork and knife.

3. Were braces worth the four years of headgear torture?

4. Being a bookworm has always been a comfort to me.

5. I always seem to be drawn to the underdogs because I, myself am one.

6. Fashion is overrated compared to wearing comfy clothes.

7. Being babysat by a lady who rakes inside her house? Priceless.

8. First kisses sometimes don’t count.

9. Friendships come and go like the seasons.

10. I never allowed myself to be a classic girlie girl after my brief stint liking the color pink in 1st grade.

11. I don’t like odd numbers.

12. I can be very chatty or quiet depending on my mood.

13. I love writing poetry.

14. My first celebrity crush at 8 was Fergie.

15. I got to be in the audience of “Kids Inc.” as a preteen. That experience opened my eyes to the cruelties of Hollywood.

16. As a little kid I would dutifully look in the newspaper for any local movie auditions. I wanted to be an actress.

17. I still recall how much I loved my cheesy Punky Brewster high tops that had her hologram face on the side.

18. I loved being a tomboy with enjoying He-Man and Transformers.

19. As kid I had a big imagination (still do) and enjoyed exploring a ditch behind my house. Loved to make up stories to go along with random items found.

20. I was a dare devil as a little kid. I’d ride on my plastic imitation big wheel and fly down the street. It was a very steep street. I’m shocked I was allowed to.

21. I always wonder what my life would be like with a different name.

22. When I was 8 I wanted to be a pastor.

23. I was quite the legalist as a child. No drinking soda in the car.

24. I lived through the Loma Prieta earthquake. Once you’ve experienced one you never forget.

25. Reaching 100 books read in one year is a great feat, but a lonely one.

26. I will always love Six Feet Under, This Is Us, The Fosters and Gilmore Girls.

27. Trees energize me as does rainy/cloudy weather.

28. I can’t stand dresses, but a part of me longs to wear 40’s/50’s vintage style dresses.

29. Worst haircut of my life was a buzz cut.

30. Coming out to oneself is the hardest thing EVER.

31. I’ve always felt ‘different’ from others since I was a little kid.

32. As a small child I was always nervous hearing planes flying overhead, afraid of b**bs. I didn’t watch war movies growing up, but then fell in love with WWII in 4th grade. A few years ago watching a documentary on that topic I had a flashback of living in that time period. That freaked me out. Maybe there is something to past lives.

33. I believe God is BIGGER than any Holy book.

34. I was bullied for being so small and short.

35. I have a Booktube addiction.

36. I studied with a JW for four months. Fascinating to be challenged to explain my faith and why I believe what I do. Sadly that friendship’ was not legit.

37. I don’t know why cults are fascinating to research (JW, Mormonism, etc). I think it’s the desire to belong and have your life scripted for you. I think there’s a comfort in that and a feeling of safety.

38. I am learning in life it’s not about how many friends you have, but the quality of friends, those you can truly trust with your life.

39. I can’t believe I’ve been a book blogger for over 3 years.

40. I never expected to love reading fiction from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

41. I’ve always felt awkward about receiving gifts, like I’m not worthy to.

42. LOVE is not cookie cutter.

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Meditation For Kids

I mean to start meditating, but of course it’s the starting that’s a tad challenge. This little book of different meditations geared for little kids between ages 4-8 is the perfect starter for kids and adults. The 40 different exercises are unique, fun, silly and yet serious at times. Each meditation comes with cute artwork to help you visualize that particular meditation.

If you need to break out your creative, little kid side then I recommend this book. As adults we are focusing on being serious so much of the time we forget to know how to play and let go of our adult stresses. I think my favorite meditation in this book is the one on the topic of anger where you pretend to throw down potatoes that are too, hot (think of the game hot potato as a kid) then stomp on them to turn them into mashed potatoes.

I received my complimentary copy of Meditation For Kids by Tejal Patel from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. Even though I’m an adult with no children I find these books on meditation for kids is perfect for those of us late to the meditation lifestyle. Simple doesn’t mean dumbed down. Go grab a copy to begin your meditation journey.

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What Is Empathy?

Empathy is a trait you learn by example. In, What Is Empathy, best friends Ava and Sofia learn what empathy is when Sofia has to move away from Ava. With that life change Ava makes a new friend, but this new friend wants to hog their friendship, so Sophia is left out. Will Ava and Sofia make amends? This story is told from both their perspectives.

This middle grade book brought up my own memories of being bullied in elementary school. If bullying is a trigger for you, as an adult, then you may want to tread gently. Even though it is a simple book for kids on what empathy is and how they can reflect it in their lives, the examples of bullying in the story are realistic.

It’s strange how you can recall incidents as if it happened yesterday. I recall as a kindergartener/1st grader the older kids would pick me up and not put me down when I nicely asked. I was small for my age. One time I visited my old school the other kids thought I was there to visit the Kindergarten class. Another time in second grade an older boy almost beat me up at school, but the kid whose grandmother’s house I stayed at after school rescued me. Even in junior high I got asked why I didn’t shave yet. I was 12. Calm down. Needless to say kids and teens can bullies.

I received my complimentary copy of What Is Empathy by Amanda Morin and John Joseph from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. This picture book is a great book to add to your child’s school classroom or personal home library. It makes a great conversation starter and I’d say it affective for any age group, young or old.

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Wonderful You

In times that are scary and nerve racking I recommend picking up this slim, little gem of a book next month. Wonderful You provides great quotes throughout with different styles of artwork on each page. The book is broken up into different themes. This book had me smiling, laughing and nodding in agreement on some of the quotes.

I received my complimentary copy of Wonderful You by Carin Rockind from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. I loved this little quote book. It cheered me up. One thing on a later edition of it would be neat if the pages were perforated so that you could hang up your favorite pages to decorate with.

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Bedtime Meditations For Kids

I’ve wanted to dive into meditation for the past few years. I’ll admit the idea of it is a tad daunting. When I saw this book available to review I thought well if it’s geared for kids then it will be less intimidating for an adult. Bedtime Meditations For Kids is an adorable picture book filled with cute artwork to accompany each meditation. The different meditations are fun, silly and perfect to practice along side your child, or child you are taking care of (niece, nephew, step-child, grandchild, etc).

I received my complimentary copy of Bedtime Meditations For Kids by Cory Cochiolo,MA, CHt from Rockridge Press, care of Callisto Publisher’s Club. The views are mine and of my own choice. If you are looking for a book that is a fun introduction to meditating with kids then this is just the right book. I found the artwork to be fun, playful and it definitely brings out the little kid in you.