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Pop-Up London by Jennie Maizels is reviewed by Krista Jefferies: 

As the torch is passed to the Mother Country for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, who can resist a book of fun facts about London, especially when it’s a pop-up?  Jennie Maizels’ Pop-Up London ($19.99, Candlewick, ages 5 and up) is suggested for ages 5 and up, but adults will enjoy it just the same as they take a journey along the Thames with their toddlers and teens.  Richard Ferguson’s paper engineering brings London to life. In a few impeccably detailed pages, readers will learn of the Globe, Parliament, and Oxford boat races to traditions, attractions, and England’s famous faces.  Though a bit of care must be taken to keep the pages fresh and intact, readers will enjoy finding tips and trivia that hide under every flap and in every corner of the page. So travel across the pond without leaving home by making tracks to your local bookstore. Pop-Up London offers the best views around and no crowds. Add this to your reading list and I know you and the kids will simply flip for this book while you enjoy the games this summer! 

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Let’s Save the Animals: A Flip-the-Flap-Book

514uplvdt8l_sl500_aa300_As soon as young children see the cover and unusual shape of Let’s Save the Animals: A Flip-the-Flap-Book (Candlewick Press, $12.99, ages 4-7), by Frances Barry, they’ll be compelled to open it. Kids aren’t the only ones who love turning over all the flaps to see what’s on the other side; parents like me enjoy it too! With simple prose and illustrations, readers learn a little bit about some of our earth’s most endangered species. There are also tips in the back of the book suggesting how readers can help protect these species. This book is a perfect way to introduce the youngest readers to saving the earth and the creatures who live on it.

debbieglade2Debbie Glade, today’s guest reviewer, is the author, illustrator and voice talent of the award-winning children’s picture book The Travel Adventures of Lilly P Badilly: Costa Rica, published by Smart Poodle Publishing. She visits South Florida schools with her reading, writing and geography programs. For years, Debbie was a travel writer for luxury cruise lines. She writes parenting articles for various websites and is the Geography Awareness Editor for She blogs daily at

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wheres-spot_ane280a6_coverloresTo celebrate the world’s favorite pre-school puppy, Spot, who happens to turns 30 this year, Good Reads With Ronna will give away one special prize package commemorating the 30th anniversary of Eric Hill’s beloved and world reknown Where’s Spot? book. Read below to find out details how you could win a copy of the book, a DVD and plush toy!

spot30thwithfriendsTo enter for your chance to win, please click here and remember to write SPOT in the subject line. For rules, click here. The contest ends on May 18 so don’t wait. Good luck!

Where’s Spot? The original lift-the-flap book by Eric Hill ($12.99, courtesy of G.P Putnam’s Sons)


Where’s Spot? and other stories ($9.98,DVD courtesy of BBC), based on the best-selling books by Eric Hilll

– Spot plush toy ($10, courtesy of Kids Preferred)spotplushlores

Did you know that there are 50 million books in print in 60 languages in 100 countries around the world!?

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Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill in 1980 and since has become has become a global publishing phenomenon. Hill was a pioneer of the lift-the-flap format as a children’s book concept and his work was ground-breaking. He created Spot in the late 1970’s while working as a graphic designer. He had noticed that his two-year-old son was fascinated with the lift-the-flap mailing pieces he was designing for his advertising clients.

spotpartyhatandhornAlthough initially created just as a story to please his son, Where’s Spot? was published in 1980 and started a new publishing concept of ‘interactive’ books for babies. The combination of this format with Hill’s charming illustrations and easy-to-read text has kept Spot in the “spotlight” for 30 years. In 2008, Hill was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for his service to children’s literature.

Spot’s birthday festivities will take place across the country and around the world and you can easily find out how to participate by clicking here.

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