Thursday, October 8, 2009

Children's Book Review and Giveaway: Babysitting Sugarpaw

Giveaway now closed. Congratulations to alwayshopeful, comment 16 who said, HAVE TO GO WITH BILLY'S FAV PART,PUZZLES! thank you,this is a nice prize package,,

Today I am thrilled to be introducing you to an exciting children's author, VS Grenier and her first picture book Babysitting SugarPaw, because as a former kindergarten and special education teacher I know the importance of reading to your child every day. I love to share new authors with you, and I even have a signed copy of Babysitting SugarPaw to give away!Babysitting SugarPaw has already become a treasured addition to our library. I find myself reading it to ER every day, more than once. It is an especially timely addition to our household, because ER is going through something similar. While not with a babysitter, she is off to preschool for the first time and having to adapt to being with someone other than Mommy or Daddy.

Brief Story Synopsis:
SugarPaw is being left with a new babysitter. He is quite a handful for Bonnie Whiskers and trys to pull a fast one on her by changing the rules left by his parents. But SugarPaw finds out that no matter what he does Bonnie Whiskers is there for him. By the end of the narrative, he's figured out that not only is his babysitter a kind and caring one. She's the best babysitter he could have!

My Thoughts:
I always think the best way to talk to children about a new and unfamiliar topic is through a book connection. This would be a great book to begin reading shortly before having a babysitter over for the first time. It can be used as a vehicle for discussion with your child, about how Mommy and Daddy always come back and would never leave them with anyone they didn't trust.

It's an especially good book for children because it deals with a situation that can be scary for young ones. A short story with colorful pictures, it's audience will love hearing about all the mischeif SugarPaw gets into and relate to how he feels. It also teaches empathy, as SugarPaw feels remorse for how he's acted.
Meet the Author!
VS Grenier is an Award-winning author and Editor-in-Chief of Stories for Children Magazine. She learned how to hone her writing skills at the Institute of Children s Literature, and her works include: the Best of Stories for Children Magazine Volume 1 anthology and over 30 short stories, articles, and crafts for children along with newsletter articles for writers. A California girl at heart, she currently lives in Utah with her husband, their two children, and the family s big fat cat Speed Bump and miniature schnauzer Taz.

She is also the founder, owner, and editor in chief of a great free ezine Stories for Children. A new issue is available online the first Monday of each month. See my Saturday Spotlight on this great resource on my other blog ABC & 123.

Add to your Library!

25% of the book sales go to First Book to help a child in need! Click here to order your copy of Babysitting SugarPaw!

Babysitting Sugarpaw's author VS Grenier has put together a fun giveaway package with an autographed book, three coloring pages, bookmarks, butterfly body stickers, and pencils! Thank you Virginia, for such a generous collection for one Katie's Nesting Spot's family!

To Enter:
Visit this month's Stories for Children Magazine, and leave a comment on which story or feature is your favorite and why.

Extra Entries:
Publically follow my blog.
Post my link button.
Blog about this giveaway linking to my site and VS Grenier's.
Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Leave me a link to your tweet.
Visit VS Grenier's site and tell me something you've learned either about the author or a feature on her site that you like.
Tell me about an experience you had with either using a babysitter or being the babysitter.

Good Luck! Giveaway open through Oct 21 midnight EST to US residents.

To learn more about Babysitting SugarPaw, check out this cool video book trailer:

Disclaimer: Thank you to VS Grenier for the review copy and the giveaway package. This post relates my own personal opinion and experience with the book and was not influenced by the sponsor in anyway. Yours may differ.

16 Friends Said:

♥Jennette♥ said...

I follow this blog!

♥Jennette♥ said...

I love the young authers,thats great!

Crystal said...

House on the Hill was a fun story. We are really excited for Halloween.

Dolphin Girl said...

The Jack O Lantern's Ghost was fun. My kids are super excited for Halloween. Thanks!

Uncles said...

The Jack-o’-lantern’s Ghost

i loved it because of the picture

c allen said...

i like the golf ball mystery. my youngest child is learning to read and she can help with stories like this. clallen at ntin dot net

c allen said...

follow blog publicly, clallen at ntin dot net

c allen said...

a babysitting experience that i had and never will forget is when i was 15 i babysat 2 boys. one night they kept making "experiments" in the toilet with tooth paste, shampoo and all sorts of goo... i think that was a boy thing. clallen at ntin dot net

c allen said...

i like that vs grenier has fun links on her website for teens and kids, clallen at ntin dot net

Joannof10 said...

I like the easy access to puzzles and crafts on the site. Also, the young authors feature is great!

Joannof10 said...

I follow your blog.

Aimee said...

I liked House On The Hill. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Aimee said...

I follow your blog

alwayshopeful said...

thank you,this is a nice prize package,,
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alwayshopeful said...

Tell a babysitting story my sister had about 15 years ago!She babysat for a friend.It was her and 3 kids that night and it was about 10.00 when she got them all to sleep.Since she was spending the night she just laid down across the foot of the oldest kids bed and fell asleep.She was awakened by footsteps.She raised up expecting to see the mom and dad walk by and all she saw was a shadowed person with a trench coat on that dissapeared in front of her!!!!
She sat on the bed with lights on till they arrived a little later.They told her it was nothing to worry about ,they had already saw it several times.Needless to say that was one of her last babysetting episodes! true story....

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