Archives for December 19, 2017

Last Minute Book Suggestions for the Holidays!

This is one of my favorites! I think that girls of all ages should have this book! Forget the runway. These Awesome Women Who Changed History are dressed for the battlefields, the picket lines–and the White House!

These 20 realistic paper dolls have everything they need to shatter the glass ceiling. Prepare Sally Ride for liftoff with her spacesuit and helmet. Get Annie’s gun (and her hat and dress) before she heads into a sharpshooting competition. And please rise for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whose robes and gavel will have her ready to preside over the United States Supreme Court.

Whether conducting research while living with the chimps in the wild, taking flight across the Atlantic, or leading people to freedom on the Underground Railroad, the paper doll likenesses of these groundbreaking women are sure to inspire awesome women of any age.

This book is a real inspiration and would make a great gift idea! I loved the variety of women selected to be a part of this book!

Girls + Science = WIN! New children’s book combines earth science with incredible action! This is another great one for girls!

Cook’s debut children’s book, Veronica and the Volcano, is about ten-year-old Veronica who lives in a high-tech, gadget-filled house on the slope of an active volcano. When she leaves on a quest to find rare white volcano pearls on the far side of the biggest volcano of all, Mount Mystery, she leads her father, her best friend Maddy, and her friend’s dad, the blustering Captain John, into a series of incredible adventures. But when the colossal volcano erupts, fears wins an election, and Veronica must square off against a fear-mongering villain: the Man-in-White.

In Veronica and the Volcano kids will root for Veronica every step of the way, and while they are cheering her on, they’ll learn as well. Complementing STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum, the book is filled with educational elements about volcanoes, geysers, caves, and the wonders of physics. A glossary in the back provides an at-a-glance list of the facts in the book.

Important New Children¹s Book Celebrates What Makes Us Different!

They are words no parent wants to hear. Unfortunately, bullying is a very real (and growing) concern throughout schools and society. When children are constantly bombarded by media, peers, even grown-ups who are supposed to have their best interests in mind, who tell them that being different is something to be ashamed of, our worst fear is that they might begin to believe it.

But as we know, differences are things to celebrate, not things to hide from or mock. Enter the conversation-starting new kids’ book from Kathryn Hast, Batty Betty. From the beautifully illustrated cast of whimsical characters, including a confident tuba named Abel, a sad banana named Eve, a giant named Betty who delights in dancing like nobody’s watching, and a group of beaver bullies, to the words inspired by the rhythm of song lyrics, Batty Betty is not only fun to read for both children and parents – it tackles topics like bullying, kindness, and helping others.

I checked out this one and I think it is great for young children! I love how it teaches about kindness and helping others!

Batty Betty can be purchased from and is available on Amazon.

Pumpkin Spice Secrets
By Hillary Homzie
As Maddie picks up her pumpkin spice frappe, she spills it all over the cute boy behind her. Before she can tell her best friend about her crush on him the next day, her best friend announces her huge new crush — on the same guy! Maddie doesn’t want to cause trouble, so she keeps her feelings hidden. Can she stay true to both her friend and her heart… without it all turning into a sticky mess?

Have a Pet lover? They will love these books! Great for children but Teens and adults may love them too!

Kawaii Doodle Class by Zainab Khan

Sketching Super-Cute Tacos, Sushi, Clouds, Flowers, Monsters, Cosmetics, and More

The Japanese word kawaii translates to “cute,” and this how-to book is chock-full of super-adorable images of tacos, sushi, smoothies, clouds, rainbows, cacti, doodle monsters, Christmas trees, lipsticks, teacups, and more for your adoration. Popular kawaii artist Zainab Khan shows you how to draw 75 super-cute characters with simple step-by-step illustrations and instructions. She has also included fun search-and-find images and inspiration boards that show you how to give your characters different facial expressions and zany accessories.

Playful Painting: Pets by Faye Moorhouse

More than 20 fun and clever painting projects for animal lovers


From an affectionate French Bulldog and astute Boxer to a sassy tabby cat, if you love animals and art, then your tail will be wagging with each of our easy-to-learn lessons and the humor that goes with them. You’ll be an expert in gouache, pencil, and ink in no time! Playful Painting: Pets is the first title in Walter Foster’s new compact and portable Playful Painting series, and it is aimed at artists, doodlers, and painting enthusiasts. There has never been a better time to learn to paint and illustrate whimsical portraits of your pets and favorite animals! Startup is easy, with minimal tools and materials required.

Catdoodles by Akiko Masuda

The Cat Lovers Drawing Book

Cat lovers unite! Now you can doodle away your days like never-before with of fun prompts for doodling, drawing, and decorating hundreds of kitty cats. From cat feelings to cat colors, and cat dances to cats clothing, this drawing book will never let you down with its collection of fun, creative collection of prompts in the style of the beloved game Neko Atume. Scribble, doodle, draw, color, and love this cat-extravaganza.

Coloring Books Empower Women to Embrace Wackiness!

Tingle Boots Coloring book is the latest by Suzy Toronto. Toronto is a self-proclaimed “wacky” woman, and she wants others to embrace their inner wackiness too. In fact, she’s created an entire art brand that speaks (mostly) to girls and women, inspiring them to embrace their rarity, goofiness, and everything that makes them unique—no matter how silly it may seem. This is an inspiring and fun coloring book for girls and women too!

Four additional books comprise this series: Friendship Coloring BookSisterhood Coloring BookInspiration &Encouragement Coloring Book, and Light & Laughter Coloring Book. In each book, Suzy Toronto sprinkles encouraging and empowering quotes. “Release your inner child and believe in yourself again,” Toronto says. “There’s more inside you than you ever dreamed possible!”

Look for these books this holiday season! Many can be found (if not all) on

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books and I highly recommend all of them. Images and Information were also provided. 

Q WUNDER: Making Parents & Kids Happy!

EQtainment is on a mission to improve the world’s social and emotional skills through entertaining games, books and our new Q Wunder show and app. The show episodes and app feature Sofia Dickens, Chief Creative Officer of EQtainment and former video correspondent for the Emmy Award-winning quiz show, Jeopardy!, and anchored the nation’s largest youth news source, Channel One News, along with her celebrity guests, such as Michael Strahan, Nick  & Vanessa Lachey, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David  & Christina Arquette, Willie Robertson and many more!

Parents and educators love the way EQtainment’s products help kids develop self-awareness, manners, problem-solving, empathy, responsibility, grit and more. Kids just love that they’re so much fun!

EQtainment has also developed one of the first measurement tools designed to help parents identify and improve their children’s social and emotional skills with customized content delivered via our Q Wunder app.

I had the opportunity to check out a few of the products and the app and I highly recommend them! These are just perfect for teaching social skills! 

To check out the app, you can see a preview here:

For more about the Q Wunder games, books, toys, show and app, please visit:

And for more info about EQtainment, please visit:

About Sofia Dickens:

Sofia Dickens is a mom to three kids and the founder and Chief Creative Officer of EQtainment. Her mission is to make learning social and emotional skills fun and accessible by creating videos, games and books kids love. Sofia first became interested in the impact of emotional intelligence as a student at Harvard. Then she embarked on a career in educational media as a video correspondent for the Emmy Award–winning quiz show, Jeopardy!, and anchored the nation’s largest youth news source, Channel One News, seen by eight million teens daily in homerooms across America. She also covered politics, news, red-carpet entertainment and sports as a host of Tru TV’s Hollywood Heat. Now she’s empowering parents and educators and pioneering a new pillar of children’s education with EQtainment. Sofia lives in Austin with her husband Reed and their family.

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.