Books of the Month of April 2018!

Here are my favorites for this month!

This one has such cute little dishcloths so if you can crochet, this one is a must-buy!

Dishcloths to Crochet: Fun Designs to Brighten Your Kitchen!

Crocheters of all skill levels will delight in these playful patterns for crocheted dishcloths — they’re as fun to make as they are to use! Animals, flowers, and fruits are among the themes of the 25 patterns, which include Sweet Strawberry, Perky Pig, Dandy Daffodil, and other designs.
Full-color photos accompany the easy-to-follow instructions. The directions also show how to convert any of the dishcloths into a potholder with the simple addition of a ring. Great to stitch during warm-weather months, the dishcloths make cheerful displays, and the textured stitches are ideal for efficient dishwashing. They’re great gifts, too!
Price: $14.95.
If you follow social media at all, you are bound to know who Grumpy Cat is and if you are a fan…then you will want this one!

Grumpy Cat’s Miserable Papercraft Book

Have some papercraft fun with Grumpy! Grumpy Cat hates just about everything, including papercrafts. Nevertheless, this book displays the furrowed-browed feline on several cut-out crafts that include bookmarks, door-knob hangers, masks, gift boxes, signs, paper chains, snowflakes, finger puppets, stand-up figures, origami of Grumpy’s face, a mobile, a paper fortune teller, and other items.

Price: $14.95.

If you have kids and are trying to figure out some fun things for them to do away from their screens.this next one is a must-read! I love all the different creative ideas in this book! 

Screen-Free Fun: 400 Activities for the Whole Family by Shannon Philpott-Sanders.

More about the Author:

Shannon Philpott-Sanders has written extensively about the joys of parenting for local and national newspapers and magazines throughout her fifteen-year career as a freelance journalist. A mother of two, she has dedicated herself to becoming a lifelong learner when it comes to parenting her son and daughter who are now in their late teens.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Philpott-Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in English. When she is not writing and offering tips for fun-filled experiences with children, she serves as an associate professor of English at St. Louis Community College – Meramec and advises the student-run newspaper.

The next one is known as The Book That’s Changing Millennial Parenting!


Written by an ivy league psychiatrist and a successful start up founder, The Birthday Rules  applies proven business and  human resources strategies to the world of parenting and offers a structure to help with one of the most important tasks parents have—creating a safe environment to communicate and demonstrate unconditional love.

“A child’s birthday is an excellent opportunity to have important conversations,”  says author Rachel Marsh, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University.

The Birthday Rules provides a fun and flexible framework of an annual review process combined with a structure for increasing permissions, responsibilities and conversations.

I found this one interesting and highly recommend!


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Jeff Wald is a serial entrepreneur having directly raised three companies, and, as an investor and advisor, helped raise about 100 more. Jeff is the proud uncle to three nephews and three nieces. In addition, Jeff is a renowned speaker and startups and growing companies. He has a BS and MS from Cornell University and an MBA from Harvard.

Dr. Rachel Marsh PhD is an associate professor of Medical Psychology in the Division of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. She is the mother of three: Milo, Lyla, and Ruby. Dr. Marsh speaks worldwide and has published papers on brain function and development.

These next two books are really fun for kids and adults that love to be creative!


Fanciful Sealife Coloring Book

This imaginative collection of 31 wondrous designs features a variety of stylized ocean creatures with highly detailed and decorative backgrounds. Images include schools of exotic fish, a sunken ship and treasure chest, a seashell castle, and such underwater dwellers as jellyfish, an octopus, sea turtles, striped angelfish, whales, and more. Pages are perforated and printed on one side only for easy removal and display. Specially designed for experienced colorists, Fanciful Sea Life and other Creative Haven® adult coloring books offer an escape to a world of inspiration and artistic fulfillment. Each title is also an effective and fun-filled way to relax and reduce stress.

Price: $5.99.

Stone Painting for Kids

This follow-up to the bestselling Art of Stone Painting offers a kid-friendly version of an engaging activity that helps promote creativity. Popular stone artist F. Sehnaz Bac, a seasoned archaeologist who markets her painted Sassi dell’Adriatico (Stones of the Adriatic) on Etsy, presents step-by-step instructions for simple projects, accompanied by full-color photographs. Her introduction explains how to find and choose stones, which kinds of materials and tools are safe for kids to use, how to set up a workspace, simple techniques, and other helpful tips.
A splendid variety of patterns begins with illustrations of basic shapes and designs for human figures and faces, animals, numbers and letters, and natural motifs—flowers, trees, and stars. Other activities include painting stones for games such as tic-tac-toe, chess, and dominoes. Kids will learn lettering techniques for writing names and words on pebbles and how to design holiday-themed decorations. They’ll also discover how to assemble multiple stones for picture-making and story-telling.

Price: $19.93.

This next one is a delightful story that I recommend for all young children! It is simply a magical story!

It’s late in the fall when Oyster Jack and his boat Dinah sail out to the Chesapeake Bay to harvest oysters. Their friend Wind helps them by blowing against Dinah‘s sails. But Wind is cold and Oyster Jack won’t share his coat or blanket. When Wind hears of a nearby coat of frost and then a blanket of snow, she rushes off to look for them. Oyster Jack and Dinah can’t sail without her. He must find a way to keep Wind warm—and with him. Readers of all ages will be delighted by the clever wordplay and imaginative solution in this feel-good story about the importance of looking out for your friends. Ages 0-6.

Marcia G. Moore has studied the effects of wind upon sail and sailors for more than forty-five years. She and her husband explore the coves and rivers of Maryland’s Eastern Shore in Little Bird, a replica of a Chesapeake Bay skipjack. Her boating stories have been published in Sail magazine and The New York Times.
Heather Crow, winner of numerous awards including the prestigious national Robert Rauschenburg Power of Art Award for Maryland, spent her career as a public school art teacher. She and her husband live on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, where she enjoys illustrating stories her big family can read together over and over.

About the Publisher:

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. Visit to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles. To receive regular announcements about new releases from Schiffer Publishing, sign up for our e-newsletter.

This next one is really cute and fun for young kids!

Paint by Sticker Kids: Beautiful Bugs just was released this month and it’s a must-buy!

Many view bugs as terrifying little creepy crawlers, but thanks to movies such as A Bug’s LifeAntz, and the Bee Movie, these flying and scurrying insects have been given a cute and adorable appeal for children!

The newest addition to the Paint by Sticker series, PAINT BY STICKER KIDS: BEAUTIFUL BUGS ($9.95; April 3, 2018) features a diverse selection of itsy bitsy critters including colorful butterflies, a glowing firefly, marching ants and more!

With a combined 1.2 million copies in print the Paint by Sticker series has become an amazing success which is sure to grow as children all over being sticking together the images of these enchanting and charming bugs.

The perforated pages make it easy for each picture to be torn out and proudly displayed on the refrigerators and office desks of proud parents everywhere!

And, last but not least..I love these fun and educational books!



Sharpen your search and find skills by locating BigFoot at his favorite metropolis. It won’t be easy! BigFoot is visiting ten major cosmopolitan destinations, from the Big Apple and London to Paris, Athens, Tokyo, Toronto, and more.

This handsome hardcover book presents each urban oasis as an immense two-page visual puzzle, full of teeming people and creatures. Your task is not only to find BigFoot and his legendary footprint, but also more than 500 other unusual and sometimes unexpected personalities and objects. Fun facts and pictures accompany each scene to help you learn more about the world’s most popular cities.


BigFoot is enjoying his holiday in ten different ways, from deep sea diving and joining a balloon festival to taking a cruise, going to the beach, visiting Yellowstone National Park, and more. This handsome hardcover book presents each getaway as an immense two-page visual puzzle, full of teeming people and creatures.

I gave these two books to a young family friend for Easter and he just loves them! These are perfect for ages 5 and up.

HAPPY FOX BOOKS are for children and all of those who enjoy beautifully illustrated books.

ABOUT D.L.Miller: As with Bigfoot, D.L. Miller is a bit on the reclusive side, rarely seen in public, spending most of his days sketching from his studio located amongst the mighty oak trees only found in the deep dark woodlands far off the beaten path. After spending decades learning the habits of the elusive bipedal humanoid, he has finally agreed to share his illustrative journals that capture the sightings of this larger-than-life creature that has mystified generations.

Connect with Fox Chapel Publishing on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook and learn more about the fun, educational, and friendly BigFoot at

BigFoot Visits the Big Cities of the World and BigFoot Goes on Vacation are now available for purchase in hardcover via Amazon and wherever fine books are sold.

Self Disclosure: I received copies of the above books to facilitate this post and feature the books in my featured book posts. I only feature books that I highly recommend. Images and Information were also provided. 



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