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5 Minute True Stories: Animal BFFs Wins an Award!

I’m honored that a team of librarians from the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Houston, TX chose 5 Minute True Stories: Animal BFFs as a 2018-2019 Horned Toad Tale Award list title.

The committee’s mission is to find quality literature appropriate for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. The goal is to have a list of books to encourage and capitalize on the love of reading for students.

In March of 2019, students from 56 elementary schools will vote on their favorite book! (Each child who votes is required to have read at least five of the books.) Can’t wait to see the winners!

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2017

Give the gift of reading this holiday season! Here are some of my most popular titles as well as a guide to who might be the perfect recipient.

For the teen DIY lover….
Botanical Beauty: 80 Essential Recipes for Natural Spa Products
Age level: 14 and up

These simple recipes are as fun to make as they are to use–or give! Teens will love working in the kitchen with essential oils, beeswax, and more to create their own natural and safe spa products. Younger kids could use this book with help from an adult.

Purchase Botanical Beauty on Amazon.
Purchase Botanical Beauty at B&N.

For the new middle schooler or high schooler… 
Project You: More than 50 Ways to Calm Down, De-Stress, and Feel Great

Age level: 9 and up

This book makes a great gift for a kid who’s feeling overwhelmed by homework, friends, and after-school activities. It’s packed with tons of fun tips on how to find balance, be confident, and take some time each day for self care.

Purchase Project You on Amazon.
Purchase Project You at B&N.

For the elementary school aged slumber party fiend… 
A Year of Slumber Parties: 12 Months of Celebrations for You and Your Friends
Age level: 8 and up

With this book, you can host an amazing themed party every month of the year! There are plenty of crafts, recipes, and games in this book that can be saved for a special party or tried any day of the week.

Purchase A Year of Slumber Parties on Amazon.
Purchase A Year of Slumber Parties at B&N.

For the young animal lover…
Five-Minute True Stories: Animal BFFs
Age range: 4-8 years

Read aloud 12 true tales of animal friendship to the young reader in your life. Colorful photos accompany each story, and each ends with a lesson in friendship, family, and the importance of caring for others.

Purchase Five Minute True Stories on Amazon.
Purchase Five Minute True Stories at B&N.