Welcome to the Sweet Summertime Giveaway Hop! Children love books with animals as main characters, and thanks to the sponsors, you can win two adorable books for your kids. One stars a kitty and the other a doggy! It’s the best of both worlds with Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten and Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends.
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Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten
“Young readers will identify with Clover’s feelings about starting school or any new adventure… A perfect story to share at the beginning of the school year.” —School Library Journal
“Salas shapes a read-aloud that will spark conversation with first-timers who are sensitive to stimulus, while Nakata humorously conveys the resolute feline’s emotions in expressive watercolor images.” —Publishers Weekly
Age Range: 4 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 1
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Two Lions (August 1, 2020)
Clover Kitty does NOT want to go to kittygarten! Although she might like a friend to play with, kittygarten feels overwhelming for a sensory-sensitive kitty like Clover. And when she arrives, it is exactly as she fears: her classroom is too loud, the lights are too bright, and everyone comes too close. So Clover throws a fit…and decides to quit kittygarten. But when a classmate comes to check on her, she begins to reconsider. Maybe it’s time for Clover to give kittygarten another chance.…
Get FREE activity sheets from the author here: https://laurasalas.com/clover/
My review of Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten
Poor Clover doesn’t know what hit her when she steps into her kittygarten class! It’s noisy. She doesn’t like all of the quick changes. Some of the other kids are wild! What a disaster! Will Clover ever go back to kittygarten? Read and see!
Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten is a sweet book with adorable illustrations. It’s a book that can help prepare your little one for school, whether it be preschool or kindergarten. Knowing what to expect is certainly helpful! These days it’s almost imperative that kids attend preschool before kindergarten. Now kindergarten is like first grade. They’ve already got to be reading and know how to do math when they enter! I miss the old days when kindergarten meant playing, learning letters and numbers, coloring, learning to share, etc. Oh well. The times they are (have) achangin’.
No matter what age your child is, I think they will enjoy looking at the illustrations as you read the story. It’s a good opportunity to talk about your child’s worries about school. Let them tell you about their day. Ask about new friends. They’re only little once! Enjoy them now!
About the author and illustrator
Laura Purdie Salas is an award-winning author of more than 125 books for children, including her recent books Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations, illustrated by Micha Archer, and Lion of the Sky: Haiku for All Seasons, illustrated by Mercè López. Her books have received such honors as Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books for Children, IRA Teachers’ Choice, the Minnesota Book Award, and NCTE Notable book. Laura went to kindergarten in Florida and now lives in Minnesota. She hates crowds and knows a good friend makes everything better.
Learn more about the author at www.laurasalas.com.
Hiroe Nakata grew up in Japan and moved to the United States when she was sixteen. She is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design. Artwork from her first picture book, Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate, was chosen for the prestigious Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. Since then, she has illustrated numerous books for children, including her recent titles, Baby Builders, written by Elissa Haden Guest, Baby’s Blessings, written by Lesléa Newman, and One More Hug, written by Inside Edition’s national correspondent Megan Alexander. Hiroe vividly remembers her daughter’s struggles in kindergarten and is happy to report that, at fourteen, her daughter excels in school and plays in the school band.
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends
Miss Olive Finds Her “Furever” Friends is the second book in the heartwarming and inspirational series The Doggy Diva Diaries.
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
Series: The Doggy Diva Diaries (Book 2)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: The Doggy Diva Show, Inc. (April 8, 2020)
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends continues the story of a little Italian Greyhound with three legs who is adopted by a loving family in the award-winning first book in the series, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home.
In Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends, Miss Olive learns that it’s her birthday and that her parents have planned a special celebration which will include treats, presents and friends. Her party is nearly ruined when she runs into a couple of grouchy dogs at the park who proceed to bully the poor pup. She realizes that true friends will stick by her and won’t join in with taunts from bullies. Miss Olive is thrilled to discover that she not only has a “furever” home, but she has “furever” friends as well.
My review of Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends is a sweet book about being a friend. Miss Olive and her mommy stop by the doggy park, so Miss Olive can let her friends know that its her birthday! Most of the dogs are happy to celebrate with Miss Olive, but wouldn’t you know it…there are always a couple in the bunch who are grumpy pants. They’re not happy for Miss Olive! In fact, I think they’re probably jealous that she gets a special day.
This book has sweet illustrations to go along with the cute story. Reading it with your little one can be the perfect opportunity to talk about bullying and jealousy. Even when someone has something you might not have (and want), it’s not okay to be mean to them! Kindness is taught at home! Find tools like this book to teach your child about always being kind. It’s never okay to be a bully!
Awards for Miss Olive
The first book in the Miss Olive series, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home, won the DWAA Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year from The Dog Writers Association of America. The book was also awarded the Bronze 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in the Animals/Pets Fiction category. The award is an honor that “identifies the best children’s books published every year in the North American market.” In addition, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home received top honors from the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA).
About Susan Marie
For over fifteen years, Susan Marie has been spreading the word about puppy love through her national weekly radio show, The Doggy Diva Show. On her show, Susan interviews pet industry experts, bestselling authors, pet health and lifestyle professionals and representatives from animal rescue organizations. Past guests include Bob Barker, Dean Koontz, Julia Cameron, Alison Eastwood, and America’s Veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker. The Doggy Diva Show can be heard on Pet Life Radio, Apple, Google Play, Stitcher and Speak Up Talk Radio.
Susan is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Florida Writers Association. A devoted champion of animals, Susan donates a portion of the proceeds from Miss Olive books to animal rescue organizations. She’s passionate about passing along the love of animals to future generations.
Visit her online: https://www.thedoggydiva.com/
About Miss Olive
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home and Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends are the first and second books (respectively) in a trilogy about the adventures of Miss Olive, an Italian Greyhound rescue. The real Miss Olive was adopted in 2015 by author Susan Marie from Italian Greyhound Rescue Gulf Coast. Miss Olive was a victim of neglect and health issues, having lost her teeth due to lack of medical attention and one of her legs to cancer. The neglect and illness that she experienced has never affected her loving, gentle spirit; she is always ready for a snuggle. Miss Olive joins Susan Marie at the microphone each week as the co-host of radio show The Doggy Diva Show on Pet Life Radio.
Enter the giveaway ENDED
There will be one winner of both books. Clover Kitty Goes to Kittygarten is courtesy of Two Lions. Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Friends is courtesy of the author, Susan Marie. This giveaway is open to the US only. Please note, the books will be coming from two different sources, so the winner will receive them separately.
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