I Say Thanks by Julia O’Neill

This is another entry in an early literacy series by xist publishing. With rhyming text, and illustrations on every page, this book should appeal to beginning readers. Young learners will see that there are so many things to be thankful for! There are meals, friends and family, just to name a few. While practicing their skills, students will be able to think about the many things to be grateful for in their world.

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Another in the Terrific Toddler series: Bye-Bye by Zeavin and Silverbush

My last (for now, because I have no more) review in an excellent series for toddlers and their caregivers.  This time, the toddlers don’t want their mom or dad to leave.  In a sweet and repetitive way, this picture book reinforces that parents “always come back,” The adults in this simple read aloud acknowledge their child’s feelings and respond supportively.  As is true for the other books in this series, the section for adults at theend of the book is excellent.  Highly recommended for all who say byes to their young children.

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A good series for toddlers and their caregivers: Boo-Boo by Zeavin and Silverbush

This is the second book that I have read in this series, which has the backing of the American Psychological Association.  It is a simple read aloud/picture book.  A little girl falls and her father helps her by acknowledging her fear and, at her pace, patching her up with a band-aid.  This story will be reassuring to toddlers as it reminds them that boo-boos can be fixed.  There is a very helpful section for parents at the back.  An excellent choice for a home or day care library.

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The Recovering by Leslie Jamison

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its AftermathThe Recovering is, simply. an excellent non-fiction title.  The author, Leslie Jamison, also wrote The Empathy Diaries which was well received.

The Recovering is a hybrid book.  In parts, the author shares her own history of alcohol abuse and her candid thoughts about drinking, her efforts to stop and her life during these years.  At times, these sections read like a novel; the reader hopes for Ms. Jamison and keeps turning the pages to learn how she fares.

In addition, the author, who has a PhD, explores her thesis subject; she looks at the life stories of many authors who faced or did not face their issues with alcoholism; for example, there are sections on Raymond Carver and Jean Rhys.  There is also information about many treatment centers (some historical), types of treatment and attitudes towards addiction over the years.

If you would like to understand more about alcoholism, read this graceful and moving book.  Highly recommended.

Some other opinions:

A sprawling, compelling, fiercely ambitious book…Its publication represents the most significant new addition to the canon in more than a decade…Jamison’s writing throughout is spectacularly evocative and sensuous…She thinks with elegant precision, cutting through the whiskey-soaked myths…Jamison is interested in something else: the possibility that sobriety can form its own kind of legend, no less electric, and more generative in the end.”―Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic

Masterful…beautifully honest…Essential reading…The most comprehensive study of the relationship between writing and alcohol that I have read, or know about…The prose is clean and clear and a pleasure to read, utterly without pretension. Although the subject is dark, Jamison has managed to write an often very funny page turner…In short, The Recovering is terrific, and if you’re interested in the relationship between artists and addiction, you must read it.”―Clancy Martin, Bookforum

Magnificent and genuinely moving. This is that rare addiction memoir that gets better after sobriety takes hold.”―Dwight Garner, New York Times

A remarkable feat…Jamison is a bracingly smart writer; her sentences wind and snake, at turns breathless and tense…Instead of solving the mystery of why she drank, she does something worthier, digging underneath the big emptiness that lives inside every addict to find something profound.”―Sam Lansky, Time

Now out: Little People, Big Dreams-Jane Goodall by Vegara

Jane GoodallThis is a truly inspiring story in a continually inspiring series.

Jane Goodall knew what she wanted from a young age and figured out a way to realize her dream. Starting from the moment that her father gave her a stuffed animal named Jubilee, Jane was in love with chimpanzees. Unable to afford university, she made her way to Africa, met Leakey and began to patiently observe chimps in the wild. Touchingly, she named the animals and did not only see them as research subjects. Through patient study, Jane learned a great deal and made an amazing discovery (read the book to find out what this was). In later years, she has fought tirelessly for our environment.

Jane is a determined woman and her story will encourage young readers to be determined in setting and keeping to their own biggest hopes and dreams.

Highly recommended! Thanks to NetGalley, Quarto and the author for this excellent entry in an excellent series.

An excellent resource for those with toddlers: All Mine! by Zeavin and Silverbush

This read-aloud/picture book is published under the auspices of the American Psychological Association. It is cheerfully illustrated with a diverse group of toddlers who do not want to share. A calm and lovely teacher repeatedly intervenes to help by respecting the child who does not feel ready to part with something and by offering the other child an alternative. The repetition will be helpful for young readers and will remind parents of the need for patience when coping with young children. At the end of the book, there is a VERY helpful guide for parents. Believe it or not, there is even a little spoiler there that you will discover for yourself. Highly recommended for toddlers and their caregivers.

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Lou Knows What to Do (and your child will too) by Tice and Litvak

As adults, it is easy to forget what it is like to experience something for the first time; things that we take for granted may be overwhelming for children. This short picture book/read aloud will help kids to know what to expect when they go out to eat in a restaurant.  This preparation may well help your little eater to have a more positive experience when dining out.   After hearing this story, children will have a better sense of who is who and what choices they will be making.  Ideas are also given for things to do when waits seems long.  At the end of the book there are additional suggestions for adults that will help them and the kids they know to enjoy this time together.

October e-book bargains: Viveca Sten

Still Waters (Sandhamn Murders Book 1)Guiltless (Sandhamn Murders Book 3)Tonight You’re Dead (Sandhamn Murders Book 4)In Harm's Way (Sandhamn Murders Book 6)In the Heat of the Moment (Sandhamn Murders Book 5)I have read the first Viveca Sten novel and very much enjoyed it.  The books were originally published in Sweden, have been translated into English and are now available in the U.S.  Still Waters was an involving read in which I cared about the characters and the mystery.  I read it a little while ago so here is the Goodreads summary

Still Waters

(Sandhamn #1)


Marlaine Delargy (Translator)


Laura A. Wideburg (Translator)

On a hot July morning on Sweden’s idyllic vacation island of Sandhamn, a man takes his dog for a walk and makes a gruesome discovery: a body, tangled in fishing net, has washed ashore.

Police detective Thomas Andreasson is the first to arrive on the scene. Before long, he has identified the deceased as Krister Berggren, a bachelor from the mainland who has been missing for months. All signs point to an accident—until another brutalized corpse is found at the local bed-and-breakfast. But this time it is Berggren’s cousin, whom Thomas interviewed in Stockholm just days before.

As the island’s residents reel from the news, Thomas turns to his childhood friend, local lawyer Nora Linde. Together, they attempt to unravel the riddles left behind by these two mysterious outsiders—while trying to make sense of the difficult twists their own lives have taken since the shared summer days of their youth.


I look forward to reading all of the books in the series.  Now is the ideal time for you to purchase them.

Now published! L.M. Montgomery

Every month I impatiently wait for news of new books in this series. This time I was delighted to see L.M. Montgomery as a subject. If anyone out there does not know, L.M. Montgomery wrote one of the (and my) most beloved childhood books, Anne of Green Gables. That story about an impulsive, loving young girl who brought new life to brother and sister, Matthew and Marilla, is full of the wonders of friendship, nature and life’s daily challenges. How did Miss Montgomery create the novel? This book explains that young Maud wrote a story of the childhood that she wished she had experienced. In doing so, she brought joy to countless children and the adults who read to them.

In this entry in the Little People, Big Dreams series, young readers will get to know Maud, understand her early years and see the spirit that moved her toward her dream of becoming a published author.

Read this book to a child you know and then, read or re-read the books that made Maud Montgomery a beloved resident of Prince Edward Island.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and the author.

Tis the Season: A Christmas Revelation by Anne Perry

Anne Perry has been writing Christmas novellas for many years; A Christmas Revelation is this year’s entry. This is a story about Worm, a precocious orphan, who lives at a shelter/ women’s clinic whose bookkeeper is a reformed criminal named Squeaky. Readers of the William Monk series will recognize the clinic as the one where Hester works and will also know that Squeaky is a regular series character.

Worm sees a beautiful woman on the street who appears angelic to him. When he realizes that she is in trouble, Worm wants to help. Because he cares for Worm, Squeaky becomes involved in a somewhat convoluted plot to help her. Their efforts form the plot of the novella.

In the fore and backgrounds of the story is the spirit of Christmas as is appropriate for this seasonal book. The reader observes as Worm learns the meaning of the holiday and has, what appears to be, his first true holiday celebration.

Long term fans of Anne Perry will want to read this book so as to be up to date with all of her series and characters. However, much as I love Anne Perry, I have enjoyed several of her holiday novellas more than this one.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. I very much wanted to read this book.