Friday, May 1, 2015

Janine: A Children's Book Review and Giveaway

Thanks to Media Masters Publicity for this review opportunity

Meet Janine. She is one of a kind! Janine dresses a little different, remembers random facts, reads the dictionary for fun, and has her own style of cheering. Nobody does things the way Janine does things! One girl in Janine's class is throwing a party and all the COOL kids are invited. But Janine is not cool. Some kids think she is strange and want her to change. Will Janine try to be different or just be her spectacular self? In this charming story, Maryann Cocca-Leffler uses her own daughter as inspiration for a delightfully spunky character. Janine Leffler focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She has become a role model to children and adults, encouraging them to focus on abilities and promoting respect, tolerance, and kindness.

My husband has an older brother who was born with Cerebral Palsy. He's known his whole life that everyone should be treated equally, and we try to instill that in our four girls as much as we can. While the world can be a hard cruel place, we want our children to know that everyone is a person, they deserve respect, and treating everyone equally is the right thing to do. When I got the email about reviewing this book, I really loved the message behind it and couldn't wait for it to arrive!

This book is amazing. Now that Madison is 7 years old and can read, she's always reading to her sisters. While some books can be hard to read, this one is great for her because there aren't a whole bunch of words, and the bright pictures really help bring the story to life. She is obsessed with this book! She reads it nightly before bed, and even took it to school to share with her class. I started the conversation with me about the meaning of the book and how well it came across, saying that the kids in the book were mean for not allowing Janine to be friends with them. This was a great time to re-discuss the importance of being nice to others and not changing because some one may not like you. 

We go to the library every two weeks, and this last time I noticed the Janine book sitting front and center at one of the kids books rows. I got pretty excited when I saw it, and then was happy to see it displayed so well since it has a good message to offer. 

This book retails for $16.99 on Amazon for the hardcover, and you can connect with the author on Facebook, and "Janine's Party" on Facebook as well.  

Enter below for your chance to win your own copy of the Janine book. 
Open to US residents, 18+years old.
Giveaway ends May 15, 2015 at 11:59pm EST


Maryann Cocca-Leffler said...

HI- Thanks for highlighting my Book JANINE. We are very excited that our message is spreading...
Kids- Be your SPECTACULAR self! Maryann & Janine
Author-Illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler