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Entries in children's books (5)


What is the ONE thing everyone does when eating cereal?


So it makes a whole lot of sense that Kellogg's and Scholastic would team up on a promotion, right?

I mean, don't we deserve to read more than a ceral box (no offense Kellogg's) at breakfast?

Get $5 toward a Scholastic Book from Kellogg's and Walmart

Buy 2 specially-marked Kellogg's products (sold at Walmart wouldn't ya know) and redeem the code inside for a $5 gift card to buy a book from Scholastic Book Clubs or the Scholastic online store.


WIN a Kellogg's / Scholastic Prize Pack

It just so happens that one lucky reader can win a bounty of Kellogg's products and Scholastic books to celebrate the partnership.

Here are just some of the goodies you'll win.

  • a mix of picture and chaper books from Scholastic
  • an assortment of Kellogg's products
  • a $15 gift card to Walmart

Here is a link to the complete rules.

Here's how to enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me what Scholastic book you would purchase with a $5 gift card (or which book you would apply the $5 to)

2. Post this on Twitter, "What is the ONE thing everyone does when eating cereal? #giveaway via @JanineNickel"  (Then leave a second comment with a link to your tweet.)

That's it! Giveaway ends 10/14/11 at 11:00 pm Eastern. Winner will be chosen using A complete list of giveaway rules are HERE.

Disclosure: I received a prize pack of my own as a thanks for helping spread the word. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published. Also, I LOVE the Kellogg's products we received and purchase them on my own all the time. In addition, I have big readers and we're always big supporters of our school's Scholastic Book Fair. Great books. Great company.


Discovery Girls Magazines and Fab Girls Guide Books are Perfect for Tweens

The Twofer are turning the corner into tweendom. It's evident not in their age (8) but more in their attitude. They want more independence, they are asking difficult questions, and they are wanting to spend more time with friends than with me! (How dare they!)

Their world is getting more complicated every day. They are kids, but they want to be more grown up. They have issues with friends and they are learning to work them out. They are starting to look at themselves more and compare differences.

So when Discovery Girls asked if I would like a sample of their magazine to review I was thrilled.

Discovery Girls Magazine and Collector's Edition

The Discovery Girls issue I was sent has articles that cover everything from spending versus saving money, to shopping for your first bra. Each story has quotes from real girls discussing their experience, or how they dealt with a particular situation. The theme is that whatever you are feeling about the topic (nervous, scared, excited) it's NORMAL. If I squint my eyes and try to remember back to that age when everything around you seems like it's would be nice to read about other girls who are feeling the same way.

(The silver issue in the photo is a Collector's Edition that is filled with 10 years of Discovery Girls history from fashion to embarrassing moments to quizzes and advice.)


I was also sent a set of the Discovery Girls' Fab Girl Guides

Fab Girls Guides book collection

The Fab Girls are twins Carmen and Dallas. They are about as different from each other as night and day. The guides are written to help girls get through the difficult middle-school years and you can see by the book titles they cover everything.

How to deal with mean girls & frenemies

What do you do if you show up at school in PJs for pajama day...and it isn't pajama day?!?

How to get your mom to stop listening to your phone calls

And what it's like when a family is going through a rough time.

I was not going to let the Twofer dig into these books just yet but they picked them up before I could say anything and they haven't put them down. Some of the topics are tough...losing someone your love, being cyber bullied, having an alocholic parent. I realize this is a great opportunity to set the example that in our family we TALK about those things. If they have questions after reading a book, I will answer it. Starting the dialogue now about tough topics will hopefully show them they can come to me when they really need to.

WIN a Discovery Girls magazine subscription and Fab Girls Guide book set!

One lucky TwoferMom reader will be chosen at random to receive a Discovery Girls prize package valued at $70 including a 1-year subscription, the collector's edition, and all 4 Fab Girls books! All you have to do is enter here to win.

How to enter: (leave separate comment for each)

1. Leave a comment telling me who you would give the magazines and books to

2. Tweet a link to this giveaway on Twitter and include me @JanineNickel

3. Subscribe to TwoferMom via email (click on the coffee mug in the right column)

4. Include a link to this giveaway on your own blog

Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over and ends at 11:59 pm on Friday, July 29, 2011. Winner will be notified via email and prizing will be handled by Discovery Girls.

Good luck to all who enter!

Want to order the books now? Head on over to Amazon!


Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the the magazines and books for the purpose of a review. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being posted.


Enjoy Disney's newest "Tangled" star Rapunzel through her Journal

Any girl who does not already keep a journal will most likely start journaling after reading this book and if you aren't already excited for the new Disney film, "Tangled", then you will be.

Tangled: Rapunzel's Journal: Letting Down My Hair

As we already know, Rapunzel has been locked away in a tower with her mother all her life. And, she's really overdue for a haircut. In her journal we can see how she has spent her days making friends wtih a chameleon, naming the trees she looks out onto, and various chores and hobbies. We also get to read first-hand what she did when she finally leaves the tower for the first time!

Rapunzel is a teenager and she has dreams that are very different from the dreams her mother has for her. What girl can't relate to that? What are her dreams and just how does she plan to make them come true? Read the journal and see!

Then, let's go see the movie!


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from Disney. All opinions are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to publishing. Some links are affiliate links.

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Books for Holiday Gifts


Fun Disney Books to Give as Holiday Gifts to Kids

The Twofer love books. They love to read them, they love to write them, they love to smell them. Yes, smell them. But that's another post.

And so they always get a few books for Christmas either from us, Santa, or from their aunt who also loves books. Below are some fun, and different books from Disney Publishing that will make great gifts for various reasons. Check out the books and the reasons below. Then, let me know if your giving your kid books this holiday!

Phineas and Ferb Comic Reader #3: Hey, Where's Perry?

Who doesn't like Phineas and Ferb? Even I get sucked into that show on occasion. What I like about this book: it's A REAL comic book! Lots of colorful comic strip pictures but still a book with a beginning, middle and end. Perfect for any kid that likes the show, but maybe doesn't love reading. A comic book like this is a great compromise to get them interested in reading.


Super Chicken Nugget Boy vs. Dr. Ned-Grant and his Eggplant Army

Any book that makes a chicken nugget into a hero is perfect in my book. What I like about this book: it deals with bullies, beacause really, all super hero stories are about dealing with bullies. Super Chicken Nugget Boy helps to fight crime while keeping the reader giggling. It's a chapter book which can challenge readers, but has some pictures to keep the image in their mind active as well.

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Terrible Terrel

Even my twins can related to books about The Sugar Plum Ballerinas and they don't even take ballet! Why? Because these ballerina stories are filled with girl drama and deal with issues like believing in yourself, doing the right thing, and accepting that your dad has a girlfriend. WHAT? Yep, in the latest Sugar Plum book, we follow along as Terrel tries to stay in control of everything...including her father.


Disclosure: I received copies of each of these books for the purpose of this review from Disney Publishing. All opinions are my own and this post was neither approved nor reviewed prior to being published. Some links are affiliate links.


Lessons to be Learned in Back to School series of Disney-Hyperion Books

I have been reading to the twins since there were just a few months old. For some reason it always calmed them. It was also something I could easily do with two children on my lap. What I love about children's books is that often, I learn something new.

Recently I had the opportunity to review some really cool children's books that the Disney Book Group put together as part of a Back to School Survival Guide. Here are the three books we reviewed and a little recap of what we all learned.

"Jack's Path of Courage: The life of John F. Kennedy" by Doreen Rappaport

JFK did not become a great president overnight. He was active in extra-curricular activities, he volunteered, he was a war hero, and a published author at a very young age. This book follows John F. Kennedy through his life so we see that sometimes a struggle can make us stronger...and maybe event President of the United States!

"OH NO! (Or How my Science Project Destroyed the World" by Mac Barnett

If the title doesn't grab you, the illustrations by Dan Santat most certainly will. In this story we follow a young girl who is retracing the steps she 'should' have taken when she was building her science maybe she should have given it ears, or the ability to feel pain. At the very least, it's important to have a back-up plan!

"Clementine, Friend of the Week" by Sara Pennypacker

Clementine is picked to be Friend of the Week so it's her turn to enjoy being line leader, collecting milk money, and getting a booklet in which all the other classmates write why they like her. Clemintine wants a booklet filled with compliments like her friend Margaret received. But what starts out as a great week, may turn out to be one of the worst and we learn that being a friend is not as easy as you'd think.

What are your kids reading since heading back to school?


Disclosure: I received review copies of these books from Disney-Hyperion Books. All opinions are my own and this review was not approved prior to posting. Some links are affiliate links.