Best of Summer 2013: Kid Lit Blog Hop

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Because of the popularity of previous Giveaway Hops, Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are hosting a fabulous Best of Summer Giveaway Hop to end the summer! Check out our Top Ten Summer Favorites below as well as our Giveaway, and then Hop along to check out all of the Best of Summer Giveaway Hop.

Best of Summer

Summer is nearly over, and we can all almost taste the pumpkin flavored season of fall! Looking back, we had a very bookish summer – we cancelled cable! We still have streaming Netflix, but everyone in our house had fun reading this summer.

Here’s our Best of Summer 2013 – Mom & Toddler Edition of our Top Five Favorites:

Toddler Top

Can you tell our toddler loves Sandra Boynton? Well, if you saw how loved our Pajama Time book is, you’d understand – we have read it almost (and, I mean nearly, almost) every night before bedtime since he was an infant.  This summer, though, we really repeated the Critter books & any “truck” books – but, we highly recommend Road Work Ahead.  Each of these books has wonderful and detailed illustrations.  My toddler, as many children do, loves to be able to study the picture and find funny little animals or hidden things.  Most of these have simple dialogue or rhyming that’s easy for us to repeat.

What did your toddler love to read this summer?

Mom's Top

These were my top five YA/Children’s books that I read this summer – I thought this list was going to be difficult, but, as I read through my reviews, it became pretty clear which books made me write rave reviews:

Red Scarf Girl

The Toothpaste Millionaire

Ruby Holler

Listening for Lions

Three Times Lucky

Secondly, I love summer and summer camp so much, that my first children’s novel is about a Bookworm who goes to her first summer sleepaway camp: Camp Bug Juice on Goodreads

With challenges like rock climbing, backpacking, river rescues, swimming, wilderness survival, and even campaigning for Camper of the Year, hopefully, Bea can make it to the fall!

Check out the giveaway below where TWO winners will EACH receive a $10 giftcard to Amazon as well as a Kindle copy of CAMP BUG JUICE! 

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  1. LovableLobo said:

    I love Sandra Boynton too! Have you seen her album where she teams up with Brad Paisley?

    August 26, 2013
    • Brittany said:

      No, but I will be checking that out – sounds adorable!

      August 26, 2013
  2. VivianS (@AskViv) said:

    Me Hungry is one our faves right now!

    August 26, 2013
  3. Dianne said:

    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

    August 26, 2013
  4. alynky said:

    The best book I’ve read with my son this summer is “Goodnight, Little Monster.” (rafflecopter alycia cartwright morell)

    August 27, 2013
  5. Sarah said:

    If I Built a Car had a resurgence this summer with my youngest and my elder is totally sucked into the Dinosaur Cove series

    August 27, 2013
    • Brittany said:

      Those sound like something my son would enjoy, too!

      August 27, 2013
  6. Les Johnson said:

    My daughter has been enjoying The Dork Diary series this summer.

    August 27, 2013
    • Brittany said:

      Those look like fun books!

      August 27, 2013
  7. My daughter loved James Patterson’s “Max” books this summer. I loved Written in Red by Anne Bishop.

    August 27, 2013
    • Brittany said:

      Oh, I’ll have to check those out!

      August 27, 2013
  8. Dominique said:

    I didn’t get a chance to read much this summer with my two little ones running around!

    August 27, 2013
  9. Jenny Stanek said:

    Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank

    August 28, 2013
  10. mom254321 said:

    My daughter love the oldies like Little Red Ridding Hood, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, and the Little Red Hen!

    August 28, 2013
  11. Dorothy Teel said:

    I enjoyed “For Nick” by Taylor Dean.

    August 28, 2013
  12. bn100 said:

    fallen too far by Abbi Glines

    August 29, 2013
  13. My mommy time favorite this summer was Chautona Havig’s long Past Forward series. It was like visiting a friend whenever I could get away!

    August 30, 2013
    • Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday this week!

      September 3, 2013
  14. Tiffany Drew said:

    A Matter of Days by Amber Kizer, it was an amazing read! Thank you 🙂

    August 30, 2013
  15. Lu Worley said:

    I have many favorites this summer. One was Julie Bellon’s Ashes, Ashes

    August 31, 2013
  16. diamondnazaneen said:

    My favorite book was The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan!! ^_^

    August 31, 2013
  17. Kim said:

    I found a new author, Taylor Dean, and I love everything I have read so far. My favorite is Sierra but I also really enjoyed Joshua’s Folly and For Nick. Still have more to read.

    September 1, 2013
  18. Allie L said:

    Peter Pan 🙂

    September 1, 2013
  19. Kathy Davis said:

    My favorite book this summer: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hossei

    September 2, 2013
  20. sablelexi said:

    My favorite read this summer was The School for Good and Evil.
    Jennelle J

    September 2, 2013
  21. Leslie Nakagawa said:

    I love reading From Head to Toe with little ones!

    September 2, 2013
  22. snacksformax said:

    My favorite new book this summer is Fireman Small. We’ll review it soon @ SnacksforMax!

    September 2, 2013
  23. Linda Bradshaw said:

    My daughter likes the Little House series.

    September 3, 2013
  24. Before Happily Ever After Series great for kids.. 😉 Mine love it.

    September 3, 2013
  25. Katie said:

    This summer, I loved reading Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood. 🙂
    Thanks for participating in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop!

    September 3, 2013
  26. Brynna said:

    My favorite book this summer was probably Siege & Storm by Leigh Bardugo.

    September 4, 2013
  27. Savage Hunter by Terry Spear was great! thanks for the hop fun.. 😉

    September 5, 2013
  28. Jennifer P - Vicki Furrin on Rafflecopter said:

    My favourite book this summer was “The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human”. Good book… fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway.

    September 5, 2013
  29. georgia beckman said:

    I’ll Follow The Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara has been my favorite book this summer.

    September 6, 2013
  30. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews said:

    Oh, we love Sandra Boynton in our house. Our favorite is Snuggle Puppy which I literally sang to my almost 7 year old just last week!

    September 6, 2013
  31. Daniel M said:

    haven’t had a fav yet

    September 6, 2013
  32. JANET BENTHIN said:

    I enjoyed Mirror mirror!

    September 6, 2013
  33. bethany said:

    The Elite by Cass

    September 6, 2013
  34. Susan Smith said:

    Insurgent Veronica Roth

    September 6, 2013
  35. Alice the Fairy has been a fave here.

    September 6, 2013
  36. Karen Propes said:

    Our favorite book this summer was Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems, loved it.

    September 6, 2013
  37. Marissa said:

    I honestly did not read that much. I had an english summer course to take but did read some short stories and plays, including Metaphors by Sylvia Plath. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

    September 6, 2013
  38. Dorothy Teel said:

    Thank you so very much my granddaughter will love this and will pick out a book she likes.

    September 8, 2013

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