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Activity Books from Bellartisan

Bellartisan activity books by Chloe and Grahame Arnould are a beautiful and creative way for young students and people learning English as a second language to practice cursive, printing and numbers at home, at school or while riding in the car.  Filled with rich information and whimsical entertaining visuals, these novelty books are fun to use and make great gifts for back-to-school.  In this increasingly  technological world, Bellartisan’s activity books are the perfect way to engage and entertain children away from the ever present tablets, gaming systems and laptops. For more information, visit bellartisan.com/.

The Art Of LEGO Design

In The Art Of LEGO Design, LEGO artist Jordan Schwartz delves into the building techniques of the LEGO masters and, with the aid of hundreds of stunning, full-color photos, shows us how the magic happens. A true LEGO prodigy, Schwartz became one of the LEGO Group's youngest designers ever when he landed an internship at the age of eighteen. Now, he shares his expertise with readers, teaching them the tricks of LEGO artists so that they can learn to create like the masters and discover the magic of LEGO art for themselves.

The New Dad Dictionary

Author and comedian Chris Illuminati offers a crash course in today's parenting language in The New Dad Dictionary, guiding new fathers through the foreign territory of doctor visits, magazines, and conversations with Mom. 

The Geek Baby Book

Tim Mucci prepares parents for baby’s first encounters with geekdom with The Geek Baby Book, which includes prompts for every geek-in-training, including character sheets, superpower quizzes, and baby’s first sock puppet. 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids

Filled with inspirational stories about kids making good choice and doing the right thing, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive for Kids encourages children to have self-esteem, tolerance, values and inner strength.

This collection of 101 stories provides positive role models for kids when it comes to doing the right thing and making healthy choices.

 

Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures

The latest installment in CRP’s Women of Action series, Women in Space, written by Karen Bush Gibsontells the incredible stories of the brave female astronauts and mission specialists who forged a path for many women to follow.

Women featured include:

  • Eileen Collins, the first woman to command the space shuttle
  • Peggy Whitson, who has logged more than a year in orbit aboard the International Space Station
  • Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space
  • astronauts from Japan, Canada, Italy, South Korea, France, and more

Their stories and the stories of pilots, physicists and doctors who followed them demonstrate the vital role women have played in the quest for scientific understanding of space. Young women will also find real heroines who pursued male-dominated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields and the varied career paths they took to become dream-driven astronauts. 

Earthrise: My Adventures as an Apollo 14 Astronaut

Only 12 people of the nearly 7 billion that live on Earth have ever walked on the Moon. Edgar Mitchell was one of them. In his new memoir, Earthrise, astronaut Edgar Mitchell writes a blow-by-blow account of what it was like to fly to and work on the Moon following the near-fatal and historical Apollo 13 mission, and the events leading up to his life-changing experience of gazing at Earth from afar and then blasting back through Earth’s atmosphere.

A memoir written for young readers ages 9 +, adults who recall the Apollo missions or who are interested in space will also enjoy Mitchell’s story. In Earthrise, Mitchell recalls his early days spent in Roswell, NM at the time of the alleged UFO crash, his first solo airplane flight as a young teen, his time as a navy combat pilot and finally, as a NASA astronaut. In fascinating detail,  Earthrise includes actual transcripts of NASA recordings from Mitchell’s mission alongside descriptions of the massive Saturn V space craft, space food, space ‘toilets,’  and he describes what it was like to take those first steps on the Moon and hike on its weightless, crater-ridden surface. With engaging sidebars on historical figures like “the father of modern rocketry” Dr. Robert Hutchings Goddard, the scientific objectives of the mission, and NASA’s historic Extra-Terrestrial Exposure Law, Earthrise will encourage young readers to get excited about science as they take a look at this modern-day space pioneer and read about the exciting vista of space exploration, the cosmos, and why these Apollo missions are still relevant today.

I See Me - Personalized Books

These books can help your little one feel more confident and ready to tackle the world.

The Very Important Preschooler (V.I.P.): In this personalized story book, preschoolers learn that being a “V.I.P.” means making new friends at preschool, sharing, helping out, cleaning up, learning new things and more.

ABC What I Can Be!: Young readers will have fun learning all the different careers in the alphabet that they can be, from an Astronaut to a Zookeeper. Perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners! Plus, it's personalized so your little one is the star of the story. 

Available to be purchased and personalized at www.iseeme.com.

Imagine Me With The Three Owls

Imagine Me With The Three Owls is a children’s picture book that teaches children how to use their imaginations and the importance of self-acceptance. This book takes readers or listeners on a relaxing journey through the magic of nature during nighttime and is a great activity that parents and children can enjoy together.

Everything Oz

An ideal resource for planning an Oz-themed party or simply introducing kids to this perennial favorite with a few playful crafts, Everything Oz captures a world of iconic vintage imagery with illustrations and ideas for projects as imaginative as Baum’s original story. Catering to a range of skills—from sewing to paper crafts to baking to doll-making and mixing up their own bath and beauty products—Leech and Read-Baldrey draw upon their collective professional experience working in design and fashion for publications like Marie Claire Runway, Vogue and Elle to deliver high-quality projects accessible to both novice and experienced DIYers. With clear instructions and templates and a catalog of resources for finding supplies, Everything Oz delivers all the essentials for creating beautiful handmade treats and treasures that will bring Dorothy, her companions and the world of Oz to life.

 

Can't Wait Willow

Willow is so excited that the Over-the-Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is that when left to make her own decisions, she can't say 'no' to her favorite things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just can't turn down. Willow arrives late and is sad to find that not only has she has run out of time, but money, and she won't be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she's been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say 'no' to good things to end up with something great!

After creating a financial literacy curriculum for 1st and 2nd graders, Christy Ziglar, niece of famed author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, recognized children have a hard time grasping the concept of learning to say no and overcoming the need/desire for instant gratification to get something better down the road. Inspired to teach this crucial life skill and leadership quality to not only her children, but also an entire generation of children, the idea of Can't-Wait Willow! was born. The first in the brand new series, Shine Bright Kids, from Ideals Children's Books, Christy is carrying on the legacy her uncle began and is setting out to inspire those same principles of leadership in a younger generation.

The Last Lamb

Follow a young Jewish girl as she experiences the first Easter, from Palm Sunday through the Resurrection.

Author Susan Christman’s simple poetry is supplemented with related Bible passages, giving families further reading opportunities to explore. The book features vibrant visuals that create an engaging story for children to enjoy while also learning important lessons.

A Young Scientist's Guide to Faulty Freaks of Nature

Are you intrigued by the effects of smog or methane clouds, the “Harry Potter” dinosaur, the Australian bird that screeches chainsaw noises, ocean “snot,” or the pink tentacles in the Korean dish where they swallow wriggling tentacles?

Then strap on your hat for adventure and learn how planet Earth has been modified by the crazy chemistry of bird-brained biology and foolhardy physics of human. A Young Scientist’s Guide to Faulty Freaks of Nature (Gibbs Smith, Jacketless hardcover, 160 pages, March 2013, ISBN 978-1-4236-2455-4) is your guide to some of the strangest science ever seen, and in it you’ll discover that some of the things scientists told you were “wrong” are actually right!

Fictional hobbits? They are real! You’ll even meet an all-new creature called a “spider-goat.” So if you have a thirst for the weird, the wonderful, and the downright wacky, then this is the science book for you. A Young Scientist’s Guide to Faulty Freaks of Nature contains hands-on experiments as well as startling facts about crazy chemistry and scientists creating planetary-wide chaos.

The Owl and the Pussycat

Celebrating a beloved visionary on what would have been his 200th birthday, The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense,  by Edward Lear, includes the title poem as well as “The Jumblies,” “The Dong with a Luminous Nose” and “Calico Pie,” and the imaginative, meticulously detailed drawings of Robert Ingpen breathe new life into the bong trees and piggy-wigs.  Ages 7 through 9

Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree

The entrancing music of North Africa is featured in a new book-CD for children from The Secret Mountain: Songs in the Shade of the Olive Tree: Lullabies and Nursery Rhymes from the Maghreb. This is the latest in a series of book-CDs featuring soothing songs and rhymes performed by singers from each culture. www.thesecretmountain.com

Head Spinners: Six Stories to Twist Your Brain

Head Spinners: Six Stories to Twist Your Brain, by Thalia Kalkipsakis, presents six bizarre, fast-paced stories that hinge upon plot twists with elements of science fiction. More than just an entertaining page-turner, Head Spinners encourages readers to think about their feelings concerning big issues, such as the ethics of plastic surgery and how to honor the death of a loved one. Perfect for avid readers and reluctant readers alike, this will not only have kids’ heads spinning, but will also leave them wanting more zany tales. Ages 8 through 12

Dork Diaries 4: Tales from a NOT-SO-Graceful Ice Princess

Nikki Maxwell isn't at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter. He's such a sweet guy, of course he wants to help those adorable puppies! Then Brandon tells her that the shelter is in danger of having to close, and Nikki knows she can't let that happen. So she and her friends Chloe and Zoey enter a skating competition to help raise money to keep the shelter open, but of course Mackenzie has to stick her nose in and caused trouble so that she can be the one to swoop in and save the day. No way will Nikki let that happen -- so she'll just have to come up with some extra creative ideas this time. By: Rachel Renée Russell

Around the World in Eighty Days

A spectacular edition of Jules Verne's classic tale of travel and adventure, Around the World in Eighty Days with illustrations by Robert Ingpen follows Phileas's fantastic quest, which he makes with Passepartout, his lively servant who seems to be a magnet for trouble. Things do not go as smoothly as planned on their journey, and the two nen end up also travelling by ship, sledge and even elephant, getting pursued by irate Indian priests, being drugged in an opium den and saving a beautiful widow. Complete with a brief biography of Jules Verne and breathtaking depictions of the characters and places, this collector's edition will introduce a new generation of readers to the wonders of the this long-beloved story. Ages 9-12.

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook

The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook brings the enchanting and glorious world of Narnia straight to your kitchen, with over 150 easy-to-make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert recipes, including:

  • Beautiful Breakfasts- Share a breakfast for the Man-stomach of Centaurs, with stick-to-your-ribs porridge, crispy bacon, tender omelet with sautéed vegetable filling, baked york ham, and toast with sweet orange marmalade.
  • Magical Lunches- Have lunch straight from the Magician’s kitchen, with cold lamb, vegetable-cheese omelet, oniony garlicky pea’s porridge, strawberry ice, lemon squash, and hot chocolate. 
  • Delectable Dinners- Enjoy Christmas Dinner from Father Christmas, complete with roasted goose with fall fruit stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes with onion gravy, and plum pudding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Delightful Desserts- Have tea with Tumnus and enjoy buttered toast with honey or sugar-dusted sponge tea cakes.

From making your own toffee fruit to creating a fabulous feast of plum pudding and Christmas biscuits from Father Christmas, this cookbook gives children the opportunity to explore their imaginations and bring deliciously magical meals from Narnia to life in the comfort of home, without worrying about the White Witch!

Eat Well and Stay Slim

EAT WELL AND STAY SLIM by Michel Guérard once again redefines French cuisine by fusing traditional flavors with global influences to create more than 140 exquisite recipes with astonishingly low calorie counts. Readers will delight in dishes that are the foundation of the Essential Slimming Treatment offered at the world-renowned Eugenie-les-Bains Spa Resort in the southwest of France:

  • Crunchy vegetable spring rolls with a spicy sauce – 70 calories 
  • Ceviche of white fish with mango and ginger – 70 calories
  • Beef salad with red onion and red cabbage – 185 calories
  • Spiced carrot and orange salad – 75 calories
  • Mushroom tarts with asparagus tips – 165 calories
  • Warm Thai chicken salad with potatoes – 140 calories
  • Raspberry tiramisu – 205 calories
  • French toast with vanilla-scented apple – 240 calories

Kitchen Workshop: Pizza

With help from Kitchen Workshop: Pizza, by Ruth Gresser, readers will be pizza experts in no time. This easy-to-navigate book is a complete curriculum for making your own pizza using a regular home oven and the tools most people already have in their kitchens.

Great Gluten-Free Vegan Eats

One of the most frustrating aspects of a restricted diet is the lack of options for eating out and take-out food. What is a delicious and diverse range of prepared food available for most of us can be a daunting list of off-limit items for people who, for any reason, cannot consume animal products or gluten. Often, people on restricted diets are stuck in a meal rut consisting of the same safe food items and unable to enjoy the array of international options that most of us take for granted.

The obvious solution to this problem is also the healthiest—learn to cook your favorite meals at home. In the new book GREAT GLUTEN-FREE VEGAN EATS FROM AROUND THE WORLD [Fair Winds Press, JUNE 2013] author Allyson Kramer shows how easy and fun it can be to create some of the most beloved dishes from across the globe without any animal products or gluten.

Pop Art: Decorating and Shaping Custom Cake Pops

You've never seen cake pops like these! Hot Air Balloons, Pineapples, Giraffes, and Easter Baskets--cake pop artist Kris Galicia Brown shows you how to shape, dip, and decorate over 40 amazing designs. Make your cake pops phenomenal with "Pop Art"! Whether you're a beginner or a veteran, cake pop artist Kris Galicia Brown shows you how to shape, dip, and decorate over 40 amazing designs for any  holiday or event. Learn her personal techniques, tips, and tricks to create the most mouth-watering and beautiful cake pops. Available at Amazon.ca.

The C.H.A.M.P. Within

In The C.H.A.M.P. Within, Traci S. Campbell shares not only her personal story of overcoming challenges as a teen in a single parent home, but she also tells us HOW she changed her life and helped her struggling single mom in the process. The C.H.A.M.P. Within is a fun and interactive program specifically designed to help teens and parents take charge of their lives, together as a team, by creating a strong mental and emotional foundation. Teen/Adult

From Bullied to Black Belt: The True Story of a Fight Back

By: Simon Morrell

Since a very early age, Simon Morrell was the victim of merciless bullying. His torment continued into his adulthood when the taunting became violent assault. At one point, an attempted stabbing was made on him by a vicious youth hell bent on causing damage. After more beatings, Simon eventually succumbed to agoraphobia and panic attacks. He seemed destined to live the life of the meek, a man afraid to leave his house and not daring to expand past his small comfort zone.

Something within him refused to accept defeat. With the help of his wife, the mild mannered man embarked upon a journey in martial arts. His original goal was to find confidence, but he surprised all around him by excelling. Simon became one of the U.K.’s leading Fight Masters obtaining 6th Dan Black Belt and being entered into the Hall of Fame - twice.

From Bullied to Black Belt, whilst written by a Martial Artist, is so much more than a book about martial arts. It is a story of a man finding himself when all seemed lost, it is a love story that may break your heart, it is a story that will leave you inspired. 

Bully

Lee Hirsch’s highly acclaimed documentary film “Bully” changed the country’s dialogue about bullying and launched a grassroots campaign, TheBullyProject.com, to end bullying, transform society, and help children being bullied. Now, there is a companion book, combining the stories of the families in the film with celebrity contributions and essays on identifying, addressing, and combating our bullying crisis. Adult

Circle the Date

The Wedding Business is Booming!

Best friends Lesley Manning and Patsy Gamble have it all figured out-especially when it comes to their dream job. They own a wedding planning business in beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, and there is a lovely rhythm to their lives. But when an unexpected client hires them to plan his wedding, things get complicated in a hurry.

This witty, high-spirited book explores what happens when relationships are challenged and unlikely roads of romance are explored. So grab a glass of wine, sit back, and Circle the Date! Written by Susie Beaty Green. Adult

We Are Canada:

In We Are Canada: A very, very short history Rikia Saddy – with the help of Cameron McLellan’s stunning illustrations – skillfully explores Canadian history in a mere 80 pages. Outlining the inspiring highlights (and occasional ugly truths) about our past as a people, We Are Canada is a short, vibrant read that equips anyone to participate in the conversation about Canada – and, in the midst of current political realities, and uncertainties – gives Canadians some credit for all that we’ve built thus far, and a framework so we can begin to move forward.

 

Memories of My Parents

The sixth of seven children, Amy Madge took on a tremendous challenge the day she stepped in to care for her aging parents.

While also working as a medical secretary, Madge faced her newest job with a brave face as a commitment to show her parents the compassion, gratitude and at-home care they deserved.

 

Her newly released memoir, Memories of My Parents is a collection of experiences, reactions and incidents that carries the reader through the life of Madge’s parents, her childhood and the eventual duties she took on caring for her parents until their passing. A powerful admission of her own feelings and tribute to her parents, Madge shares her family’s stories through the joyful, saddening, and difficult times.

 

Supporting her parents as they dealt with the passing of their oldest son, the burden was then shifted again to Madge as her father crumbled from the loss of her mother, his wife. Binding together in a somber attempt to move on, Madge found a new side to her father as he dealt with life without his wife and his newly diagnosed bladder cancer. Madge details the intense feelings of helplessness, waves of grief and loneliness after enduring the loss of three extremely close family members.

Regine's Book

Regine Stokke began her blog after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 2008. Her goal was to paint a realistic picture of what it’s like battling a life-threatening illness—and to share her experience with the world. During the 15 months Regine was sick and to her death she transformed from an average teenage girl, upset that she doesn’t have a private hospital room, to a grateful and humble young woman with a deep appreciation for the beauty all around her. Regine’s Book is Regine’s story as it was written on her blog and is supplemented with a selection of photos as well as comments from blog readers and entries from those who loved her most. The book deals with all the facets of living with cancer, from the good days to the bad and everything in between.

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