Today, my blog is a little different. I have the pleasure of being in a book tour for a wonderful children’s book author, Carole P. Roman. This award winning author has several series and stand alone children’s books. The following reviews cover books for toddlers through elementary. Carole generously supplied me with several copies from her series – so if you see something interesting please comment if you would like to receive one of these educational and entertaining books. I wish I had found her years ago as all her books would have been an incredible addition to my library.
Carole recently was interviewed by Publisher’s Weekly and you can read her interview HERE.
One To Ten Squirrel’s Bad Day
This sweet book helps children understand that when a situation makes them sad or they have a problem just how to put everything into perspective as to how important or severe it may actually be. Squirrel has dropped his armload of acorns and is devastated – but his friends help him learn a balance of how some things are not as bad as they seem. This is a great book to add to your library or home collection and I can see how it would make for some great discussions with a class or at story time.
Stuck In The Doldrums – A Lesson in Sharing – Captain No Beard Story #3
This lively and entertaining series features Captain No Beard. In this story he finds out that being bossy may not be the best way to keep your friends. He quickly learns that working together and sharing the process can make everyone happy. Arrrrgh! It’s a nicely done book with an easy message for the preschool to early elementary crowd. I could have used this book so many times when Pirates were the theme!
If You Were Me and Lived In Mexico
This book fills a void I often had issues with when I worked in a school library. Finding books about other cultures at the pre-k through 1st grade levels was difficult. This book perfectly takes care of that. A nice bonus is the phonic spelling of some of the words to help those unfamiliar with the Spanish phrases to be able to pronounce the words correctly for read alouds. The simple yet informative text along with ease of discussion would make this a great enrichment book for any library, classroom or home.
If You Were Me and Lived In Colonial America
Written to be enjoyed by older elementary age children, this book includes questions that can be discussed and thought about by a child or in a classroom. The book includes a Glossary to help with vocabulary as well as pages of descriptions of famous people during this time period. I can tell that a lot of research went into the creation of this series. There is a lot of educational information but it is presented in a way to help children enjoy as they learn. I would definitely add this to my class or library.
About the Author
Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 for her first book, award winning author Carole P. Roman started writing as a dare from one of her sons. Using an imaginary game she played with her grandson as a base, Captain No Beard was born.”Captain No Beard- An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has not only been named to Kirkus Best of 2012, it received the Star of Exceptional Merit, and won the Pinnacle Award for 2012. The entire cultural non-fiction series If You Were Me and Lived in… was named Best Series by Shelf Unbound. Her nonfiction series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…” combines her teaching past with her love of exploration and interest in the world around us. The debut book in the series, “If You Were Me and Lived in…Mexico” has won the Pinnacle Award for Best in Children’s Non Fiction 2012. There are now 22 books in the series and include a trip to Mars in 2054.
Carole was recently featured in a two part article on Forbes.com where her book, Navigating Indieworld was discussed along with her self-publishing success. Writing for children has opened up a whole second act for her. While she is still working in her family business, this has enabled her to share her sense of humor as well as love for history and culture with the audience she adores. Roman lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children.