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Two Books You’ll Love {{and can take away with you}}

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If you aren’t into giveaways of books, skip to my last post on shouting at your kids. If you never shout at your kids, skip to my friend Abbey’s awesome story about being okay with quitting a field trip with her kids. Loved it.

Two books to share about today. One is a compilation of essays by many of my friends who are excellent writers, the other is a unique children’s book that encourages exploration of feelings and verbalizing them through word art.

The first book, Rosaries Aren’t Just for Teething, was compiled by my friend Michele, a lovely blogger & writer. We met at a conference earlier this year and was struck by how comfortable she was in her own skin, and how genuinely interested in reaching out to others she was. All at the same time. A beautiful combination. She brings together twenty authors whose essays are reflections on each mystery of the Rosary through the lenses of their experiences as mothers. Let me just say 180ish pages and I was one weepy lady. So much packed in joy & beauty & suffering.


A must read for the woman interested in the life of Jesus’ mother. Just. Must.

If you aren’t the winner, or you like paperback instead of e-books, head to amazon & get it.

The second book, Happy, Too, by Victoria Marie Hamaty and illustrated by Kiara A. Sanchez, is one my kids can’t put down. Perhaps it is the last page, entitled “talk time, by your side” which is when we talk through their happy and sad parts of their day after reading the book. The story of a triangle who wasn’t happy but then found her worth and value has morphed into many little moral lessons for us throughout the day about looking at a situation from a new viewpoint.


How does that make you feel? How does that make your sister feel?? Did the triangle think she wasn’t happy? Let’s work this out. Remember what happened in the book?

happy too

These ladies have put together a book that is visually appealing to children and packs a great tool set for parents to talk through emotions with their kiddos. I REALLY love that it provides a simple litany of questions for little minds learning to access their feelings and feel empowered to change their feelings.

happy too

Available also on amazon & barnes&noble.

So winners take home one Rosaries e-book AND one Happy hardcover.

Roll the dice. See how luck you are!

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  1. Katie on May 28, 2015 at 4:35 am

    I’ve been dying now to read Rosaries aren’t Just for Teething! And that picture book looks so lovely! I’m always on board with a book giveaway!

  2. Ruth Anne on May 28, 2015 at 6:00 am

    oooo, love book giveaways! 🙂
    Favorite reads loud times with the kids – before bed because it calms everyone (myself included) down just a little bit. And sometime in the morning because I’m actually not falling asleep while reading and can actually enjoy it a little more 🙂

  3. Bethany on May 28, 2015 at 7:23 am

    We like to read outside.

  4. Alicia Copley on May 28, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Thanks for offering these giveaways!

    My favorite place to read would be outside when it kinda warm and breezy. But, my favorite time of day to read stories with my son is bedtime. He’s a very go-go-go toddler, so bedtime stories is a nice time to wind down and get in some snuggles.

  5. Jessica on May 28, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I love to read to my daughter before bed, when she’s snuggled in bed. We read the same book every night and I love the ritual.

  6. Ellen ThatChicMom on May 28, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    That book looks great as does the cute Thank You cards they have!

  7. Kathy H on May 28, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    We read every night before bed and at random times throughout the day when the toddler wants too. I love just sitting together and watching be absorbed in each page, studying everything. I would love copies of these books!

  8. Melissa on May 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Wow those books look amazing! Whether or not I win, I plan to read the rosary book asap. It looks great! My favorite place to read is on the couch, with a kid on each side of me and a blanket on our laps!

  9. Maureen B on May 28, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I love reading with my son in the grass under a tree/in shade!

  10. Kirsten on May 28, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    I am very intrigued by the picture books on feelings, love tools like these!

  11. Kathleen on May 29, 2015 at 5:53 am

    My favorite place to read with the kids is snuggled up together on the couch. The littles sit beside me and the older kids can sit next to them and still see.

  12. Amy @ Motherhood and Miscellany on May 29, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I have so many favorite places to read with my girls! We always do bedtime books on the floor in my youngest’s bedroom. I love piling on the couch together. I also love reading on a blanket in the yard or around the table outside over lunch. P.S. The pictures of your kids with this book are adorable!!

  13. Emily Barnes on May 29, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    My favorite time of reading is before bedtime in the rocking chair. It is one of the few times the toddler will actually sit still (ish) and read a whole book with me. I treasure that.