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LOVE IS TE QUIERO

Parents' Choice Gold Award winner Alina Celeste presents a melodious expression of her Cuban-American heritage in her latest album, "LOVE IS TE QUIERO." Her songs carry messages of love, acceptance and friendship in a fusion of bluegrass, Caribbean, Latin American and contemporary styles. Your kids will love the bouncy tunes, "Love Is," "Vaca Lechera," "Clap Hands" and "Kitty Catchie." Available at CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.



— Jenny L. Heinbaugh


Book Reviews

June Fun and Fathers

By Mary Quattlebaum

babies / tots

Pigs in a Blanket

Follow the adventures of three porcine siblings as they rise with the sun, bake a pie and splash in a storm. The lively rhyming verse and playful illustrations depict daily activities familiar to many tots, from brushing teeth to climbing into bed at night. The mention of underwear is sure to spark giggles as youngsters, like the piglet characters, snuggle in their blankets and settle into sleep.


ages 3 - 6

The Great Indoors

As families head outdoors for summer fun, the wild animals in this funny tale embark on an indoor adventure. Bears, beavers and deer scamper into an empty house to gobble ice cream, watch movies and trip the night fantastic under a disco ball. Mess and mayhem abound, and soon the critters yearn to return to their usual pond- and-forest routine. Kids will love the topsy-turvy zaniness in text, art and dialogue balloons.


The Crayon Man

Inspired by his children and love of color, Edwin Binney invented the slim, bright crayons we enjoy today. This fascinating picture book biography takes readers through Binney's process as he mulls over ideas, experiments with different materials and pigments and demonstrates his new Crayola crayons at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. Intriguing backmatter shows how crayons are now made and includes informative tidbits and resources.


ages 7 - 11

Sparky & Spike

This inventive biography introduces Sparky and his pooch, Spike, who is "the wildest and smartest dog ever." Together, they read the Sunday comics, and the boy begins drawing and dreaming of the day he will be a cartoonist. Sparky knows that turning his dream into reality will take time and practice. Budding artists, performers and athletes will relate to Sparky's dedication and occasional frustration as he strives to perfect his skills. The ending is a delightful reveal: Sparky is actually Charles Schulz, creator of the world-renowned "Peanuts" comic strip, and Spike inspired the beloved Snoopy.


Mary Quattlebaum is the author of 27 award-winning children's books, most recently "Brother, Sister, Me and You," a National Geographic picture book about animal siblings. Mary is a popular school and conference speaker.maryquattlebaum.com