This is my monthly roundup of books that were added to my shelves in the last month. I also share an update with you on other things going on in my life.

I didn’t think I would have many family updates or pictures to post, but things did get a little exciting around here for a few days.

Our son, Bennett, ended up having an appendectomy. It all happened very fast and was the farthest thing from my mind when he woke up not feeling great one morning. Due to the Covid-19 rules and since Bennett is over 18 , it was pretty frustrating. I wasn’t allowed to go into the ER with him and my husband and I had to sit in the parking lot for 3 hours waiting to know what was going on. Once I finally was able to talk to his doctor, I could go in and see him and meet with the surgeon. I was able to be there for his surgery and my husband was also able to be in the waiting room. All went well and he is doing great!
Both of our boys were thankfully able to keep their summer plans. So, they both moved out of the house again. Bennett moved into a house and will be working at the college this summer. Patrick has an internship at a church all summer and moved into a dorm for the summer. So, it is really quiet in the house again with just the 3 of us. This was their last day at home together with their required photo in front of our crab apple. Unfortunately, it had to be taken before it was totally blooming.
I was able to take a quick trip to Pella in early May to see the tulips. Their tulip festival was canceled this year, but the stores and bakery were open because their county had opened earlier than others in our state. It was a beautiful day and it lifted my spirits to walk among the tulips, shop and support small businesses, and even eat inside a restaurant.
The previous two years I had purchased my flower pots already planted because I had graduations to get ready for. The Mennonites in Kalona plant the most amazing flower pots. But, this year, I bought the flowers myself from a school fundraiser and from various Kalona greenhouses and then, over two days, got these and the ones in our back yard all planted. I am glad to have that job done!
Even though her freshman year was not what she expected, I still took a “last day of school” photo of Reagan when she turned in her iPad and cleaned out her locker.

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This month is a mix of physical books and eBooks. Some publishers are sending physical books if they have them, but most are still just sending eBooks.


By: Jodi Picoult

Published: September 22, 2020

Publisher: Ballantine Books


Format: eBook

I am one of those people that reads every Jodi Picoult book that comes out. They usually come out around my birthday so I usually treat myself to purchasing it. I was thrilled to get an email asking if I wanted an eBook copy for review purposes. I’m waiting to read it closer to the pub date.

Everything changes in a single moment for Dawn Edelstein. She’s on a plane when the flight attendant makes an announcement: prepare for a crash landing. She braces herself as thoughts flash through her mind. The shocking thing is, the thoughts are not of her husband, but a man she last saw fifteen years ago: Wyatt Armstrong.

Dawn, miraculously, survives the crash, but so do all the doubts that have suddenly been raised. She has led a good life. Back in Boston, there is her husband, Brian, her beloved daughter, and her work as a death doula, where she helps ease the transition between life and death for patients in hospice.

But somewhere in Egypt is Wyatt Armstrong, who works as an archaeologist unearthing ancient burial sites, a job she once studied for, but was forced to abandon when life suddenly intervened. And now, when it seems that fate is offering her second chances, she is not as sure of the choice she once made.

After the crash landing, the airline ensures the survivors are seen by a doctor, then offers transportation wherever they want to go. The obvious option for Dawn is to continue down the path she is on and go home to her family. The other is to return to the archaeological site she left years before, reconnect with Wyatt and their unresolved history, and maybe even complete her research on The Book of Two Ways–the first known map of the afterlife.

As the story unfolds, Dawn’s two possible futures unspool side by side, as do the secrets and doubts long-buried beside them. Dawn must confront the questions she’s never truly asked: What does a life well-lived look like? When we leave this earth, what do we leave behind? Do we make choices…or do our choices make us? And who would you be, if you hadn’t turned out to be the person you are right now?


By: Roselle Lim

Published: August 4, 2020

Publisher: Berkley


Format: eBook

I just read Roselle Lim’s previous book, NATALIE TAN’S BOOK OF LUCK AND FORTUNE, and really enjoyed it.

Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way.

Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves.

Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romantic life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.

The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by a traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is.


A Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery #3

By: Robert McCaw

Published: September 1, 2020

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing


Format: Paperback

I previously shared about McCaw’s book, OFF THE GRID.

Having killed his father’s nemesis and gotten away with it, Hilo, Hawai`i Chief Detective Koa Kane, is not your ordinary cop. Estranged from his younger brother who has been convicted of multiple crimes, he is not from a typical law enforcement family. Yet, Koa’s secret demons fuel his unwavering drive to pursue justice. Never has Koa’s motivation been greater than when he learns that an elementary school was placed atop a volcanic vent, which has now exploded. The subsequent murders of the school’s contractor and architect only add urgency to his search for the truth. As Koa’s investigation heats up, his brother collapses in jail from a previously undiagnosed brain tumor. Using his connections, Koa devises a risky plan to win his brother’s freedom. As Koa gradually unravels the obscure connections between multiple suspects, he uncovers a 40-year-old conspiracy. When he is about to apprehend the perpetrators, his investigation suddenly becomes entwined with his brother’s future, forcing Koa to choose between justice for the victims and his brother’s freedom. 


By: Mary Kay Andrews

Published: May 5, 2020

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press


Format: Hardcover

I’m not sure how I’ve gotten to 47 years of life without reading a Mary Kay Andrews books. I’ve seen them everywhere and know they are quite popular at our library. It’s the perfect book for reading this summer when I want to be on a beach and likely won’t be able to be.

It’s a new season…

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small-town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.

For small-town scandals…

When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat—and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”

And big-time secrets.

Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman—a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.


By: Heather Gudenkauf

Published: May 12, 2020

Publisher: Park Row


Format: Paperback

Heather Gudenkauf is an Iowa writer and her books always feature a small town in Iowa with a mystery. This time her book is set in the area of the Maquoketa Caves, theoretically, of course. I preordered an autographed copy from her favorite bookstore in Dubuque, River Lights Books. My favorite so far by Gudenkauf is LITTLE MERCIES.

Twenty-five years ago, the body of sixteen-year-old Eve Knox was found in the caves near her home in small-town Grotto, Iowa—discovered by her best friend, Maggie, and her sister, Nola. There were a handful of suspects, including her boyfriend, Nick, but without sufficient evidence, the case ultimately went cold.

For decades Maggie was haunted by Eve’s death and that horrible night. Now a detective in Grotto, and seven months pregnant, she is thrust back into the past when a new piece of evidence surfaces and the case is reopened. As Maggie investigates and reexamines the clues, secrets about what really happened begin to emerge. But someone in town knows more than they’re letting on, and they’ll stop at nothing to keep the truth buried deep.


By: J. Ryan Stradal

Published: July 23, 2019

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books


Format: eBook

This one has been on my list since it was published. The holds list at the library was long and when it came up as a Kindle Deal, I snagged it. I loved his first book KITCHENS OF THE MIDWEST so much. I’m definitely anxious to read this one.

A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate, and the secrets of making a world-class beer.

Two sisters, one farm. A family is split when their father leaves their shared inheritance entirely to Helen, his younger daughter. Despite baking award-winning pies at the local nursing home, her older sister, Edith, struggles to make what most people would call a living. So she can’t help wondering what her life would have been like with even a portion of the farm money her sister kept for herself.

With the proceeds from the farm, Helen builds one of the most successful light breweries in the country and makes their company motto ubiquitous: “Drink lots. It’s Blotz.” Where Edith has a heart as big as Minnesota, Helen’s is as rigid as a steel keg. Yet one day, Helen will find she needs some help herself, and she could find a potential savior close to home. . . if it’s not too late.

Meanwhile, Edith’s granddaughter, Diana, grows up knowing that the real world requires a tougher constitution than her grandmother possesses. She earns a shot at learning the IPA business from the ground up–will that change their fortunes forever, and perhaps reunite her splintered family?

Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that’s often stacked against them. In this deeply affecting family saga, resolution can take generations, but when it finally comes, we’re surprised, moved, and delighted.


By: Brit Bennett

Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo

Published: October 11, 2016

Publisher: Riverhead Books


Format: Audiobook

This was a free choice from Penguin Random House’s Volume’s app. I have THE MOTHERS in a physical copy, but maybe I will get to it sooner if I have it on audio. Bennett has a new book out now called THE VANISHING HALF.

Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett’s mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret.

“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we’d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”

It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother’s recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor’s son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it’s not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romance—and the subsequent cover-up—will have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt.

In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a “what if” can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.


Transforming Fear into Action to Change Your Life and the World

By: John Perkins

Published: June 16, 2020

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers


Format: Paperback

This is quite the title for a book, but it makes you stop and think about what you are afraid to do. It comes with a recommendation from Deepak Chopra so it must be an excellent read.

When New York Times bestselling author John Perkins was a young Peace Corps volunteer, his life was saved by an Amazonian shaman who taught him to “touch the jaguar”–to transform his fears into positive action. He went on to become an “economic hit man” (EHM), convincing developing countries to build huge infrastructure projects that put them perpetually in debt to the World Bank and other US-controlled institutions. Although he sincerely believed this was the best model for economic development, he came to realize it was really a new form of colonialism. Returning to the Amazon, he saw the destructive impact of his EHM work. But he also was inspired by a previously uncontacted tribe that touched its jaguar by uniting with its enemies to defend its territory against invading oil and mining companies.

For the first time, Perkins details how his experiences in the Amazon converted him from an EHM to a crusader for transforming our failing Death Economy that destroys its own resources and natures itself into a flourishing Life Economy that renews itself. He provides a strategy for each of us to change our lives and defend our territory–the earth–against destructive policies and systems.


Recipes, Meal Plans, and Exercises for a Healthier You

By: Andy De Santis, RD, MPH

Published: May 26, 2020

Publisher: Rockridge Press


Format: Paperback

I’m definitely interested in the idea of intermittent fasting. I feel like I do it already as I am not much of a breakfast eater, except for my coffee. I’m anxious to read more about intermittent fasting and its benefits.

Fasting is a practice with ancient roots, and its health benefits are enjoyed by people all over the world. Discover the benefits for yourself with The 21-Day Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss Plan. This easy-to-follow plan, complete with healthy recipes, shows you how to begin your intermittent fasting practice―and how regular breaks from food can support your health and weight loss goals.

Learn more about the science of intermittent fasting and why this dynamic tool can help you lose weight and improve your quality of life. Explore three daily and three weekly intermittent fasting types, each between 12 and 36 hours long, and find out how to implement them for your unique body and lifestyle. This complete guide even includes a wide variety of nourishing recipes for breakfast, soups and salads, veggie and meat mains, snacks, and fast-friendly drinks.


By: Will Schwalbe

Published: December 27, 2016

Publisher: Knopf


Format: eBook

I purchased this one as part of a Kindle Deal. I loved Schwalbe’s book THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB where he wrote about the books he and his mom read together during her illness. I love books about books and have a feeling my to-read pile will be even larger after reading this book.

“I’ve always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book,” writes Will Schwalbe in his introduction to this thought-provoking, heartfelt, and inspiring new book about books.

In each chapter, he makes clear the ways in which a particular book has helped to shape how he leads his own life and the ways in which it might help to shape ours. He talks about what brought him to each book – or vice versa; the people in his life he associates each book with; how each has led him to other books; how each is part of his understanding of himself in the world. And he relates each book to a question of our daily lives, for example, Melville’s Bartleby, the Scrivener speaks to quitting; 1984 to disconnecting from our electronics; James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room to the power of finding ourselves and connecting with one another; Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s Gift from the Sea to taking time to recharge; Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird to being sensitive to the surrounding world; The Little Prince to making friends; Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train to trusting.

Here, too, are books by Dickens, Daphne du Maurier, Haruki Murakami, Edna Lewis, E. B. White, and Hanya Yanagihara, among many others. A treasure of a book for everyone who loves books, loves reading, and loves to hear the answer to the question: “What are you reading?”


A 30-Day Program to Balance Your Hormones, Reclaim Your Body, and Reverse the Dangerous Side-Effects of the Birth Control Pill

By: Dr. Jolene Brighten

Published: January 29, 2019

Publisher: Harper One


Format: Paperback

I saw a fellow Iowan reading this book on Instagram and was interested in some of the passages she shared. I’m not embarrassed to say that I have been taking “the pill” for years and years. In the last 15ish years it has mostly been for non-birth-control reasons. In my last appointment with my doctor she had said we will need to wean off of it soon as I begin the stages of menopause. So, I’d like to see what other methods or treatments I can be looking into before that happens. I’m not sure I agree with the “dangerous side effects” part of the title. The pill has allowed me to live a “normal” life without pain and other issues. But, hopefully, I can move into a stage of life without it at some point.

Out of the 100 million women—almost 11 million in the United States alone—who are on the pill, roughly 60 percent take it for non-contraceptive reasons like painful periods, endometriosis, PCOS, and acne. While the birth control pill is widely prescribed as a quick-fix solution to a variety of women’s health conditions, taking it can also result in other more serious and dangerous health consequences. Did you know that women on the pill are more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant? That they are at significantly increased risk for autoimmune disease, heart attack, thyroid and adrenal disorders, and even breast and cervical cancer? That the pill can even cause vaginal dryness, unexplained hair loss, flagging libido, extreme fatigue, and chronic infection. As if women didn’t have enough to worry about, that little pill we’re taking to manage our symptoms is only making things worse.


A Guide for Self and Group Reflection

By: Caitlyn Leslie and Kathryn Hager

Published: March 2020

Publisher: Ramble & Company


Format: Spiral bound paperback

This journal came as part of my Ramble Box through Ramble & Company, a small company in Wichita Falls, Texas. I LOVE their shirts and their message. I found them on Instagram am just in love with their mission to bring joy and happiness to others. You can find the journal/study, HERE.


By: Lynnette Mawhinney

Illustrated by: Jennie Poh

Published: June 9, 2020

Publisher: Magination Press


Format: Hardcover picture book

There has never been a more perfect time for reading and discussing this book with your child.

Lulu loves her family, but people are always asking

What are you?

Lulu hates that question. Her brother inspires her to come up with a power phrase so she can easily express who she is, not what she is.

Includes a note from the author, sharing her experience as the only biracial person in her family and advice for navigating the complexity of when both parents do not share the same racial identity as their children.


By: Sandra le Guen

Illustrated by: Stephane Nicolet

Translated by: Daniel Hahn

Published: June 1, 2020

Publisher: Amazon Crossing Kids


Format: Hardcover picture book

I’ve already reviewed this one HERE. It’s a great book for teaching about the hard topic of immigration as well as compassion and kindness.

A story about finding refuge in a new friendship and a new home.

“There’s a new girl at school. She never stops looking up at the sky! She likes the stars and comets.”

Jeannette tells her mom about her new classmate, who also loves astronomy but seems sad. She realizes it’s not easy to move to a new place. So the next day, at recess, Jeannette asks Iliana to play.

At first, it’s a little hard to communicate because Iliana is learning a new language. The girls have to use their hands and their drawings. But they keep trying, and, soon, Iliana tells Jeannette about her difficult journey as a refugee who had to leave her country. Then their families meet, and Iliana’s parents share their story too. The girls’ friendship blooms, as limitless as the sky and their imaginations.

Originally published in France and brought to life with wonderfully expressive artwork, this is a book about sharing stories and finding refuge in friendship, family, and a new home.


By: Megan Pighetti

Illustrated by: Tamara Piper

Published: March 26, 2020

Publisher: Megan Pighetti


Format: Paperback

I am happy to support this author and her sweet story and maybe spark a new tradition in your family!

What happens when someone makes a wish to be Fairy-Tailed on their Birthday Eve?

It’s up to Suzie and her fairies-in-training to see that the wish is granted. But when fairy dust meets toilet paper, things don’t always go as planned. Dashing up and zooming down, tying knots, and winding around, a nighttime mission can quickly go wrong and wake a sleeping child. Will Suzie and her fairies escape in time before they are discovered? 


By: Kataneh Vahdani

Published: July 1, 2020

Publisher: Two Lions


Format: Hardcover picture book

This story of an unlikely friendship and finding the courage to be yourself has such a great message for kids.

Kat likes doing things her very own way, but sometimes she doubts herself. So when a bird named Juju arrives, Kat hopes he’ll be the best friend she’s always wanted. He’s outgoing and silly and doesn’t worry about what others think—the opposite of who she is. Bit by bit, with Juju’s help, Kat discovers her strength, and how to have a friend and be one—while still being true to herself.


Our Little Welcomed Wish Come True

By: Leigha Huggins

Illustrated by: Melanie Darling

Published: Love Hugs and Books

Publisher: April 18, 2020


Format: eBook

A sweet story of love between a parent and a child.

A book filled with love, wonder, wishes, and welcomes throughout.

This story will create appreciated moments to be cherished for a lifetime to come.

I believe in love, I believe in happiness, and I believe these things can be contagious.  The world needs more reminders of the simple joys and love that surround us.  

It doesn’t have to be big, life-changing, dramatic, earth-shaking… It just has to be an appreciated moment…. 

May this book remind both you and your child of your deep thankful love, and may you always continue to create a beautiful journey and healthy mindset.  

This story is written from a parent’s perspective with an artistic flow of words, illustrations, and fonts throughout.

Grab your e-book now, snuggle in close, and create those precious cherished moments together.


By: Venessa Taylor

Published: May 28, 2020

Publisher: Hashtag Press

Fiction/Juvenile Fiction

Format: eBook

A great middle-grade fiction perfect for kids that dream of making the team.

Through a school newsletter, Shay and Frankie find out that the local football club is having trials and decide to try out for the team, but are both boys good enough?

On the day of the trials, many boys turn up, all nervous and excited but happy to be there. Jamie, known as the fidgety boy, has ADHD and is only ever truly focused when playing football. Tandeep, despite being a fantastic footballer, is so shy that he struggles with communication. Like Shay and Frankie, every boy hopes to make the team. The boys are looking forward to the opportunity to train with the great Coach Joe and the chance to meet the local legend that is Coach Reece.


A Wild Introduction to Kid-Friendly Poses

By: Paige Towler

Published: April 2, 2020

Publisher: National Geographic Children’s Books


Format: Hardcover picture book

A great way to introduce your little ones to the calming practice of yoga.

Adorable animal photos and lyrical text guide kids step-by-step through easy animal-inspired yoga poses.

Roar like a lion! Arch like a kitten! Stretch like a cobra! Did you know that many yoga poses were inspired by animals? Let these creatures inspire your young ones to get moving, practice mindfulness, or calm down after a long day. Simple step-by-step instructions explain the kid-friendly moves. Kids will get a kick out of the accompanying photos of animals that mimic each pose, and the sweet poem is sure to delight.

The foreword by Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga, reminds us that we’re never too young to start enjoying the health benefits of yoga and mindfulness. Animal Yoga is the perfect intro to this ancient practice–great for engaging (and quieting!) a class, reading aloud one-on-one, or helping restless little ones fall asleep at bedtime or naptime. 


Over 50 Word Searches, Dot-to-Dots, Mazes, and More

A Coloring and Activity Book for Kids

By: Courtney Carbone

Published: May 19, 2020

Publisher: Rockridge Press


Format: Paperback

Keep your kids learning all summer with this fun activity book.

Dive into an ocean of adventure―mermaid coloring and activities

Wave hello to the wonderful underwater world of Sandcastle Kingdom! This enchanting choice in mermaid books will bring you hours of mermaid coloring and learning. Discover more than 50 pages of activities, games, and glimpses into life under the sea!

Looking for mermaid books packed to the gills with fun? Discover a mermaid’s favorite hobbies, explore a shipwreck, swim with dolphins, and get creative with color. Tons of coloring pages alternate with games and puzzles galore. If you get stuck, there’s an answer key at the back of the book.


By: Krissy Bonning-Gould

Published: May 19, 2020

Publisher: Rockridge Press


Format: Paperback

If you have a child starting preschool this fall, this is a great workbook for getting them ready for school.

Big animal activities for little ones―can you solve them all?

Get your child wild about wildlife with one of the best activity books for kids ages 3-5, featuring fun animal-themed activities designed to encourage thinking, coloring, and laughing. This book takes your little one on exciting animal adventures as they puzzle their way through fun and engaging dot-to-dots, coloring pages, mazes, matching games, and spot-the-difference puzzles. Kids will have a blast gobbling with turkeys, swimming with sea horses, and buzzing with bees―all while practicing spatial thinking, honing hand-eye coordination, sharpening memory, and growing creativity.


25 Simple Stories & Activities for Beginner Readers

By: Laurin Brainard

Published: May 26, 2020

Publisher: Rockridge Press


Format: Paperback

Start the reading process with sight words and phonics for your preschooler.

Phonics is a technique that relates specific sounds with letters, or groups of letters, in the alphabet. It’s an important skill to master as a new reader. Learn to Read: A Phonics Storybook contains 25 cute stories and fun activities that feature the common phonetic patterns your child will need to know to become a confident reader.


25 Simple Stories & Activities for Beginner Readers

By: Kimberly Ann Kiedrowski

Published: May 26, 2020

Publisher: Rockridge Press


Format: Paperback

Help your child recognize and practice their sight words this summer!

Watch kids learn 50 of the most common sight words right before your very eyes

Sight words are words without phonetic rules that appear frequently in the text―such as “like” and “can.” Getting a head start on recognizing these words can greatly speed up the process of becoming an independent, successful reader. Learn to Read: Sight Words Storybook contains 25 cute stories and fun activities that feature 50 of the most common sight words.


By: Lindsey Sagar

Published: May 19, 2020

Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books


Format: Board Book

I loved THE STORY OF ROCK and THE STORY OF RAP and think this is such a great series for toddlers.

Dust off your cowboy boots and learn all about the history of country music!

From Dolly Parton to Johnny Cash, from Carrie Underwood to Garth Brooks—country music has been the soul that shaped a generation. Line dance along with the greats in this delightful baby book that introduces little ones to the buckaroos that started it all!

Parental Advisory: May cause toddlers to start wearing ten-gallon hats.

Which one (or two or three) of these books will you be adding to your list?

To see all the posts featuring new books on my shelves, click HERE.

So many books, so little time!

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