Dawn is featured over at the Cybils blog this week with her list of her favorite read-aloud picture books. You might be surprised by some of the picks, but I guarantee you and the little ears who are listening, will find at least one new treasure.

And we have a quick giveaway going on at 5 Minutes for Mom that I wanted to share. Anna reviewed David Weisner’s new Spot app. It’s beautiful and amazing.

David Wiesner's Spot

The giveaway is a quick turnaround, so you have even more of a chance to win a prize pack which includes the app, 3 of his picture books, and some other fun goodies as well. Hurry and enter now. It closes March 17!


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Here’s Hank: Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards with #Giveaway

Thumbnail image for Here’s Hank: Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards with #Giveaway For years, actor and author Henry Winkler has had great success with his Hank Zipzer series for middle grade readers. Now, together with author Lin Oliver, he’s sharing Hank’s adventures from his younger years in the “Here’s Hank” series, aimed at readers 6-8 years old. My 1st grade son and I recently read Here’s Hank: Fake Snakes and Weird Wizards together. It’s the 4th book in the series, though each book can actually stand on its own. About the book… Hank’s sister Emily wants Ralph’s Reptile Show to perform at her birthday party more than anything, but Ralph is booked solid. So Hank comes up with a plan: he’ll disguise himself as a magician called The Westside Wizard and pull a snake from thin air! But
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One Plus One, Book Club Guide #Giveaway

Thumbnail image for One Plus One, Book Club Guide #Giveaway I reviewed One Plus One (with a 5-Star rating) when it came out in hardcover last summer. At the end of this month, it’s available in paperback, which makes it even more accessible and might help it reach even more groups and individual readers. It’s the kind of story about non-traditional families, people coming together: weaknesses, warts and all. I enjoyed it, and I think it would make a good book to discuss in a fairly lighthearted way. The characters are so unique, and there are so many points about mothers — mothering kids who aren’t technically yours, dealing with special needs, going out of your way for your kids — everything that we moms see in our own lives or those of our friends.
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Breakfast for Dinner with @Krusteaz #BreakfastNight #Giveaway

I received a sample pack from Krusteaz to help promote Breakfast Night. Keep reading and enter below for a chance to win your own set of mixes! Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast month? It is. And if you’re like me and many other busy moms, you might agree that breakfast isn’t just good for the first meal of the day. Whether it’s an easy bowl of cereal after a big heavy lunch, or a filling and comforting meal of pancakes, bacon and eggs, it’s something that feels easy to prepare and a meal for which I always have ingredients on hand. The kids were more than willing to have some blueberry belgian waffles one night as a part of my experiment.
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The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence #ZodiacLegacy #Giveaway

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence introduces a brand new series from Stan Lee, Stuart Moore and Andie Tong and Disney Press. I’m reading it aloud with my 5th grade son. We aren’t quite finished, but I wanted to post my thoughts, and point you to my phone interview with the creators, who helped me explain exactly how this new series came to be. It’s not a comic book, it’s not a graphic novel. It’s a full (very long, in fact!), novel, with a few images per chapter, but the whole thing reads very visually. In spite of the fact that it’s so long, I think that a reluctant reader, especially one interested in super heroes and already a fan of comics, would definitely be engaged by
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