Today’s Weekly Roundup post features adult books, YA books, and children’s books, as well as an infant positioner, a timer, and an interactive robot!
The products that you see below all come highly recommended from our parent evaluators! They received a Mom’s Choice Award last week between June 4 and 10, 2017.
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Time Timer® 20 MIN
The Time Timer® 20 MIN packs all the features that have made the other Time Timer® visual timers the first choice of teachers, students, parents and professionals into a new 20-minute timer.
The Time Timer 20 MIN offers a greater visual impact for shorter duration needs such as completing blocks of homework, silent reading, quiet time, instrument or sports practice, as well as perfectly managing the 15- to 20-minute work cycles in elementary education. The Time Timer 20 MIN is the new secret weapon for workplace meetings with 15- and 20-minute agenda items to keep each item on track and works perfectly when starting an organizing project at home.
Ages 5 to 8
Written by Barry Kienzle
The Indian is a sensational story of two young men approaching adulthood in the wake of the Great Depression and the challenges of the oncoming WWII. George and Schmitty encounter an old man with an antique motorcycle which seems to invoke the spirit of its previous owner – a soldier killed in WWI. Schmitty plans a cross-country trip to Sturgis and Mt. Rushmore to ponder his future, which brings unexpected results. With his and George’s futures weighing in the balance, they both make life-changing decisions which they will carry with them for the remainder of their days.
Fiction & Literature
The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant – Ellie Camps under the Stars
Written by Marci Fair, Elle Fair; Illustrated by Cornelia Murariu; Edited by Chloe Fair
Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin have captivated readers in five previous books. The newest addition to the Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant series follows the friends as they go camping and explore nature.
Ellie and Pudgy have fun planning their camping trip in the mountains and solving problems once they get there. They set up a tent, go for a hike, play games, make s’mores, and look at the stars. During their trip, Ellie and Pudgy talk about the importance of having new experiences and being mindful of their surroundings.
Marci and Elle Fair have written a charming story for every child with a cherished stuffed animal. Thirteen-year-old Elle knows what children like to read in a story and has helped create an unforgettable new journey for Ellie and Pudgy.
Included in the back of the book is a guide to help parents teach their young readers about the importance of appreciating and conserving the environment. Eco-conscious families will appreciate gentle suggestions about reducing their environmental impact and enjoying nature.
Juvenile Books (Level 1 – Ages 5 to 8):
Fiction – General
MU SpaceBot is an AI powered wooden interactive robot which can be built with a robot building kit.
MU SpaceBot can talk with you, or play music with you. Currently it supports three playing modes: talking, music, and programming mode. And the voice and costume can be customized.
Ages 9 to 12
LILLEbaby Complete All Seasons
The best of both worlds, this versatile hybrid is ready for whatever comes its way. Featuring an exclusive temperature-control panel that easily zips-up for warmth and zips-down to expose cool, breathable, 3D mesh. It’s lightweight, road-ready and built for daily use—be it in the brisk fall winds or blazing days of summer.
Gear & Accessories:
I’m Just a Little Someone
Written by Sharen S. Peters; Illustrated by Amanda Alter
A lonely little girl turns her world into a place of happiness with new friends. Watch and see what unexpectedly happens in the toy store.
A lonely little girl doll sits by herself in a toy store with all her toys. She sees a lonely little boy
doll across the room She invites him over to sit on her shelf. They play with her toys, read books and talk together. They are both laughing and playing when they see another little someone who also looks lonely. This time it is a four-legged animal with the biggest brown eyes. He jumps up to her shelf and then the three of them are as happy as can be! Together they become best friends.
The story captures the essence of loneliness and friendship.
Complete with Activity Pages at the end it extends the learning for home and classroom use.
Children ages 3-6 and their families can explore their emotions and learn more about forming friendships at a young age.
Children’s Picture Books:
Developing Social Skills
Halloween Holly: Santa’s Helper
Written by Cara Via
Are you sick of all the candy looming around after Halloween? Are you tired of all the sugar meltdowns? Do you wish your kids would happily give you their extra candy?
If you answered “YES!” …
You are going to love Halloween Holly!
Halloween Holly is a story about a unique little elf who collects children’s extra Halloween candy & takes it back to the North Pole where it magically helps energize Santa’s elves as they make the toys for Christmas.
Every book is packaged together with one of Halloween Holly’s Special Bowls where kids leave their extra candy for her to collect each and every year.
Halloween Holly: A fun way for families to have a Healthier Halloween and enjoy a little candy too!
Children’s Picture Books:
Grow Together: Parenting as a Path to Well-Being, Wisdom, and Joy
Written by Josette Luvmour, PhD
Parenting can be a transformational experience. As we work to nurture our child, we will inevitably grow ourselves—emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. More than just another parenting strategy, Grow Together offers us insight into how adult and child grow together and access greater well-being. In our time together we will look at the secrets to raising a happy, healthy, well-adjusted child. As you’ll see, deeper involvement in the life of a child can be transformative for you as well.
Grow Together contains information that helps families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually, promotes good will, and well-being in all family members. Whether you’re a parent or a childcare professional, such as an educator or counselor, you’ll find this book beneficial. Grow Together is packed with practical tools, examples, and stories for you to learn from and utilize. As you’ll see, deeper involvement in the life of a child can be transformative for you as well.
Parenting – General
Bombs Bursting in Air
Written by Lisa A. McCombs
Sitting in a move theater with her dad, Meri checks her phone for a good time to go to the ladies’ room. She leaves during a battle scene and meets her soon-to-be new best friend, Fiona, in the restroom. To their mutual horror, a bomb goes off in the theater. Meri awakes in the hospital to find out her world is changed forever.
Coping with PTSD is real to veterans and to those of all ages who experience shocking horror and loss. Meri sees the changes to her family and her life and with the help of an unlikely friend, her faith, and her family, is able to move forward to a new future.
Young Adult Books:
Religion & Spirituality