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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Book Review and Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to review four wonderful books from Pretty Please Press. Of course, how could I pass up the opportunity when the founder of this company is a woman named Lauren Aimee Garn? (I'm a total sucker for anyone and everything that uses the name Aimee spelled just like me!) But, seriously, I love reading with Lucas and love discovering new books so immediately said Yes!

Pretty Please Press was founded in 2001 and publishes children's books that are designed to be read aloud and talked about. Each book contains a message about character and values that helps parents and children think and talk about a variety of issues. In addition, the website offers parents and teachers additional free resources like vocabulary guides, reading comprehension materials and lesson plans for each book.

I know that especially during this time of year we parents are trying hard to make our celebrations about more than food and presents and general excess. But, it's tough, isn't it?

For our family, the strategy isn't One Big Talk but rather trying to incorporate discussions about our values into the every day throughout the year. And, with that, Pretty Please Press is here to help.

Each of the four books above is lovely and thought-provoking. The one Lucas and I have come back to several times since receiving our copies is Kick Block Punch. Lucas is already a pretty rough and tumble kid. Add to that his recent obsession with the movie Kung Fu Panda and we've got a budding martial artist on our hands. There are many areas for discussion within Kick Block Punch but I've been able to use it to discuss the fact that real martial artists don't pick fights or practice on their friends or siblings. In fact, in real life they'd run away from a fight or a stranger.

At almost four, Lucas is definitely on the young end for taking advantage of all that the books from Pretty Please Press have to offer. I am certain we'll keep them in our collection and come back to them again and again over the next few years with each reading leading to a rich discussion.

And, now, dear readers, Pretty Please Press and Out by Ten have a great offer for you! Leave a comment below and you'll be entered to win your very own set of four Pretty Please Press books! Even if you aren't the lucky winner, you can take advantage of a special discount price: 4 books for the price of 3 or 20% off the list price of all books purchased. Click here to order, offer expires December 31.

Here's the fine print:

This contest is open to readers in the United States (sorry, overseas shipping is just a bit too pricey). Leave a comment, any comment, on this post by Monday, November 30 at 8pm. You must include an e-mail address on the comment form or in your comment so that I can reach you. Winner will be chosen via and notified by Tuesday, December 1 and will have 48 hours to respond with their shipping address. If I am not able to reach the winner via e-mail or if I do not hear back from them with a shipping address within 48 hours then I will select another winner.

Disclosure: I received free review copies of these four books from Pretty Please Press. They are also providing four free copies to the lucky winner. I was not compensated in any other way for this post.

Original post by Out by Ten. Thanks for reading!


  1. As A Montessori teacher I am always a sucker for books with messages! Christine

  2. These books sound great!


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