Saturday, November 15, 2008

Children's Books by The Secret Mountain GIVEAWAY

*CONTEST CLOSED* Winner: Julie!

Are you looking for awesome children's books with cute stories, adorable art, and even a spin-off CD to listen to in the kids' rooms or the car?

Look no further! My Team Mom review this month included three books from The Secret Mountain publishing group.

Dream Songs, Night Songs features lullabies from around the world in a very multicultural collection of bedtime stories.

I liked the story pretty well; it was very abstract and ethereal, as you would expect a book about a dream to be. The art is an interesting representation of the words from different cultures, and I love that the words are written in English Spanish and French.

The music CD accompanying this book blew me away! Of course, with my background as a music teacher, I am bound to love authentic music from other countries, sung in the original language, with traditional instruments. This CD is top notch! It even comes with PDF files of illustrations, lyrics and translations. I honestly don't want to turn this CD off to review the other ones!

Down at the Sea Hotel is another bedtime story, where it's "lights-out time down at the Sea Hotel."

The story is an illustration of a song by Greg Brown, and it couldn't be cuter! The vivid colors, interesting characters, and whimsical tone make this book a real treat for eyes young and old.

The song CD is wonderful as well, with songs written by Mary Chapin Carpenter, The Wailin’ Jennys / Neil Young, Nanci Griffith, Billy Joel, Carole King and more! The perfect bedtime companion for this adorable book.

A Duck in New York City tells the story of a little prairie duck with a big idea – making it on Broadway.

Of course as a musical theater lover, and performer, this book hits me in the heart! It's a classic story encouraging kids to follow their dreams and relish the adventure! With the help of his friends, including a truck driver named Betty, the little duck makes it all the way! The whimsical, mixed media art is a treat for the eyes, as well.

The A Duck in New York City music CD has whimsical, silly songs that perfectly match the tone of the book. My kids had fun dancing around the kitchen to the upbeat tunes as I washed the dishes, then we settled down and read the book before bed.

In my opinion, these Secret Mountain Books are a win-win for parents and kids, and are sure to be favorites for a long time in your family. The artistic and musical quality is top notch, and I am definitely a hard critic to please in these areas. You can sample the music selections at the website. Click Here.


Since I received three of these books, I want to share the love, and give one away to a reader. Give it to your kids for Christmas, or donate it to your school! I'll be giving away Dream Songs, Night Songs Book and CD

Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment telling us your kids' (or your) favorite book to read.
  • If you are a RL Review Subscriber, you get an extra entry. Leave a separate comment.
The contest will run through Friday, November 21. The winner will be announce on Saturday. Only addresses in the US are eligible, and you must leave an email address or link to your blog, so I can contact you.


Maggie said...

Macyn's favorite is "I Love You Stinky Face"!

Wehaf said...

"I Am A Bunny" is a favorite here!

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Amy said...

Snuggle Bunny is a favorite here.

Sugary79 said...

My daughter is currently obsessed with "Just Like Dora."

Jayme said...

my favorite children's book is the little engine that could! i think it teaches children to never give up in life.


piece of me said...

We love The Velveteen Rabbit!
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JULIE said...

My wee one is only the size of a bean and snuggled inside me I can't really say what my child's favorite story is yet!! But two of my faves as a child were "The Little Engine That Could" and "The Poky Little Puppy"!!

Michelle said...

Llama, Llama Red Pajama is my baby's favorite right now.

Niki said...

One of Liliana's favorites is "Inside, Outside, Upside Down"

Niki said...

I'm a subscriber :)

janetfaye said...

My grandson loves, "Goodnight Moon".

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janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.

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mrs.mommyy said...

well besides dr suess and winnie the pooh... GoodNight Moon mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

Grammy said...

There are rocks in my sox is currently my 4 yr old granddaughter's favorite.

Anonymous said...

All 3 of my daughters love books and the oldest two (7 and 5) are voracious readers. The youngest one (2) loves to look at the pictures. :) Their all time favorite book (and
mine too probably) is "Miss Twiggly's Tree". It was given to us by the mayor of georgia's wife a couple of years ago.

Anonymous said...

I am also a subscriber.

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Goodnight Moon, it's a classic!


Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!


Jessica said...

My son loves Green Eggs and Ham! Thanks!

Jessica said...

I'm a subscriber now, Thanks!

crystal said...

My son has many favorite books - he's a book lover like me. But right now he really likes "Why I Love You God". It is such a sweet story!

Anonymous said...

I love reading to my lil ones:0)


judybrittle said...

My grandsons favorite book is anything with dinosaurs in it. Thank you so much!
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judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber
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