Motherhood and parenting ebook bundle

Have you taken a peek at the new Bundle of the Week site?  It is a great place to pick up ebooks for a low price.  Every week features a new bundle of five ebooks with a common theme.  You can pick up all of them, in a bundle, for $7.40.  A good deal, right?

This week”s bundle is devoted to motherhood and parenting.  Included are some of my very favorites, including two books by Simple Homeschool editor Jamie Martin and one by Simple Kids contributor Amanda Morgan of the popular preschool parenting blog Not Just Cute.

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A Child’s Christmas: Holiday Songs & Carols from Susie Tallman and friends

The following is by contributor Jennifer of Swing Whistle Zing.

We add at least one new album (if not more) to our Christmas collection every year.  It’s a part of the season I really look forward to, and it’s an inexpensive way to give yourself a little gift that you’re sure to enjoy no matter how hectic things get.

However, finding children’s Christmas music the whole family can enjoy can be challenging.

I know my kids tend to latch on to an album that reinforces their excitement for the upcoming season, so we have to choose carefully.  We will be listening to it over and over.

A Child’s Christmas

We have no complaints, however, over listening to Susie Tallman’s A Child’s Christmas * Holiday Songs and Carols in the over and over category.

With 42 tracks and over an hour’s worth of music this is album is chock full of holiday fun.  Susie has carefully crafted a collection of family friendly holiday tunes, old and new.

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Music review: Lunch Money’s Spicy Kid (we got to meet the band!)

The following is by contributor Jennifer Brown.

This week, I imagine there are so many of you who are, like me, thinking about the start of school.  Either you recently have or are about to abandon your summer schedule for the routine of learning.  It’s a bittersweet time this changing of seasons.  There’s a little bit of childlike joy and carefree days that comes with the summer season.  At the same time there’s a lot of comfort and familiarity with the routine of fall and back to school days.

But today, I’m putting those thoughts aside for just a minute to relive one of my favorite memories from this past summer — a summer concert date with my five year old son (who will be starting kindergarten this week).

We spent a good part of our summer staying with grandparents in North Carolina while our family moved from California to Florida.  My two boys and I spent a lot of time “staycationing” in my childhood home city where I got to discover and rediscover so many of the fun kid things the city had to offer.

One of the places we frequented was the children’s library, where I had an awesome moment of serendipity:  Lunch Money, one of the guest bands on Recess Monkey’s recent album “In Tents” that I wanted to check out, was giving a free concert!

I couldn’t contain my excitement at the prospect of a) taking my kid to his first real concert, b) seeing my first kids concert as a kids music blogger and c) meeting the band!

I was not disappointed.

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Weekend giveaway: Captain No Beard An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life

This weekend’s giveaway is from Simple Kids’ sponsor Captain No Beard: An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life.

This giveaway is now closed.  Thank you!

Written by Carol P. Roman, Captain No Beard is a fun, whimsical tale that will please the pirates in your house, be they boy or girl, young or old. We’re reading this book at our house (look for my review, coming soon) and my three big kids love it!  It has inspired lots of pirate play and imagination at our house (as well as quite a few giggles).

Captain No Beard and his pirate ship The Flying Dragon set sail for a voyage of the imagination with his fearless crew of four: First Mate Hallie, Mongo the Monkey, Linus the loudmouthed lion, and Fribbit the floppy frog. Normally a young boy named Alexander, his cousin Hallie, and three stuffed animals, once they board his bed their world is transformed into a magical vessel, sailing the seven seas on dangerous and exciting adventures!

“Roman charms with an imaginative, whimsical picture book that will entertain even the oldest pirates.” Kirkus Review

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Books for tweens and teens

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Earlier in the Summer my daughter Jillian and I asked you for your recommendations for books for tweens and teens.  Boy, did you come through for us!

Thanks to you, we have discovered a few new series that we are both hooked on (I like to read what she’s reading) and we rediscovered a few old favorites.  Thank you!

I know that many of you who have children in your lives around the same age frequently are on the hunt for good reading material for them as well, so today I’m rounding up some of your suggestions, plus a few that the tween reader in my house loves, to share with you today.

Books for tweens and teens

Here are a few of our favorites so far this Summer …

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place (series) – many of you mentioned this series to us so Jillian and I were curious.  We began with book one, The Mysterious Howling and have moved on to book two and are eagerly waiting the third book to come out in paperback so we can continue the adventures of Miss Penelope Lumley and the “three wild creatures” in her care.  Written by Maryrose Wood, we’ve found these books to be funny, thoughtful, and intriguing. Plus, as the older sister to three “wild creatures” Jillian finds herself relating to the governess in more ways than one.

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