Take It From Me: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Book Review & Giveaway) CLOSED

January 16, 2012

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Book Review & Giveaway) CLOSED

"Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group encompasses three award-winning imprints as well as the HMH franchise line and the Graphia and Sandpiper paperback lines. Houghton Mifflin introduced its first list of books for young readers in 1937 and has published such luminaries as H. A. and Margret Rey, Virginia Lee Burton, Bill Peet, Holling C. Holling, Scott O'Dell, and James Marshall; its contemporary authors and illustrators include Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry, Steve Jenkins, Joyce Sidman, Brian Lies, Sy Montgomery, and Allen Say. Houghton Mifflin is also home to some of the best-loved children's book characters: Curious George, Lyle the Crocodile, George and Martha, Martha of  Martha Speaks,  and Tacky the Penguin."
One of my many New Years resolutions this year is to read more with my kids. Literacy is such an important part of our lives, I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Houghton Mifflin HarcourtHoughton Mifflin Harcourt books have helped us with this goal by providing our family with great books to read together as a family!
I married a man who lives for sports, so while we were visiting our friends house, we both noticed a book on the shelf that intrigued us both, Bats at the Ballgame. We pulled it off the shelf and started to read it. We were surprised at how adorable the story was and the word choice was absolutely delightful. From Cricket Jacks to Mothdogs, this book will have you reading this story over and over with your kids.
We liked this book so much, we were ecstatic when we found out there were two more Bat books in the series. Bats at the Library tells the story about bats sneaking into an opened library window, playing and exploring until dawn interrupts their stay and they must head home. The detail in this book is outrageous and has been so much fun to read.
Bats at the Beach is about bats who spend the night at their favorite beach. Roasting bugmallows over the fire, and lathering moontan lotion on themselves is just a glimpse of the creativeness of this book. Like the others, the illustrations are beautiful and very eye catching.
All three Bat books have superb, whimsical illustrations and have been favorites in our home.  Seeing my husband get excited to read these to my kids makes me thrilled, and gets my girls super excited to get story time with Daddy!
Lastly, we received The Family Storybook Treasury to review, which is a collection of stories and poetry all in one book. What I have really enjoyed with this collection of stories is that it comes with an audio CD. On those days where I am absolutely exhausted, I cuddle up with my kids and we listen to the stories together. My kids love it, and it's nice to change things up a bit from our regular nightly reading routine. 
My daughter has really enjoyed this book because of the fun stories and illustrations presented. One of her favorites is Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, which we read daily! She will jump on my bed while singing and jumping! Other stories included in this book are:
Curious George and the Firefighters by Margret and H. A. Rey
Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
Lyle Walks the Dogs by Bernard Waber, illustrated by Paulis Waber
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw, illustrated by Margo Apple
Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
The Great Doughnut Parade by Rebecca Bond
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Buy It!
Visit Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to find a local bookseller or an online bookstore.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has generously offered 1 of our lucky Take It From Me readers a copy of The Family Storybook Treasury!


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Giveaway closes Tuesday January 24th at midnight
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A big thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for providing me with the Bat book series and for the Family Storybook Treasury to review and for providing the Family Storybook Treasury as a giveaway for one of our readers.  These are my honest opinions, your experience may vary.

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