Sweet T and the Turtle Team *Blog Tour & Giveaway*

BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the beautiful children’s book written by Cat Michaels and Illustrated by Irene A. Johns, Sweet T and the Turtle Team. The tour will run from July 12 – August 9, 2017.

About the Book


Title: Sweet T and the Turtle Team
Author: Cat Michaels
Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns
Publication Date: July 2017
Publisher: 2101 Ink
Number of Pages: 72
Recommended Ages: 6 to 11
Summary: It’s nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles on North Carolina’s Gull Island. Nine-year old Tara (or Sweet T as her family sometimes calls her) is determined to see hatchlings make it safely from their nests to their ocean home.Summering on Gull Island with Great Aunt Mae could be tons of fun, but T is having a hard time making new friends with island children, let alone finding kids to help her monitor a sea turtle nest.There’s little sister Jenna, but Jenna is, well, little. Fuzzy is around, too, but Jenna’s blue stuffy rabbit gets lost all the time. Besides, a toy bunny can’t help protect turtle nests.Tara befriends Billy, a moody island child. He teaches her skimboarding and shows her the best shelling spots. But Billy stomps away when she asks him to read the “Turtle Team Guide” and join her in saving baby sea turtles.
What’s up with Billy? He’s nice one minute and grumpy the next. And why does he refuse to join T’s Turtle Team? T can’t figure him out. A tropical storm threatens Gull Island just as the sea turtle nest is ready to hatch. T must abandon the nest and prepare for bad weather.

  • Will Sweet T and her friends keep safe from the storm?
  • Will the sea turtle nest survive angry ocean waves?
  • Will Billy reveal his secret?

Dive into adventure, fun and secrets on Gull Island with“Sweet T and the Turtle Team”to find out! “Sweet T and the Turtle Team” is the third book of the Sweet T Tales Series of chapter books for early and reluctant readers by Cat Michaels, MS., Ed. With a glossary, comprehension quiz, sea turtle hatch photo gallery, and discussion questions, “Turtle Team” delivers powerful messages about protecting marine life while helping young readers empathize with children who struggle to read.


My Review

In the third book of the Sweet T series, young readers will imagine themselves summering on Gull Island alongside Tara (Sweet T), her family and new friends. Slip on a pair of flip flops, sip a glass of Aunt Mae’s pink lemonade and nibble on some boiled peanuts, while learning about the loggerhead sea turtles and the great efforts taken to protect the species. The author teaches in a creative manner about the natural world and its hazards that her intended audience will find appealing. Intermittent chapters of text conversation to and from T’s older sister, back home, make a clever and relevant addition. Bonus photos, videos, mind ticklers and so much more are included after the story, for further enrichment. Soft watercolor illustrations add a nostalgic charm to the tale.

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About the Author

Author, blogger CAT MICHAELS, M.S., Ed., has more than two decades of experience helping students from kindergarten to college with learning disabilities and Asperger’s syndrome.
Her chapter books and Sweet T Tales series for beginning readers tell of every day life with a twist of magic and mischief. Cat’s books encourage young and reluctant readers to use their imagination and solve kid-sized dilemmas as they enjoy reading. Cat lives in North Carolina with her family, where she enjoys digital photography and graphic design, creates pocket gardens, works out as often as she can, and writes.

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Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $75 Amazon gift card or $75 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice
Open to: Internationally
Giveaway ends: August 9, 11:59 pm, 2017
How to enter: Please enter the rafflecopter HERE.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Cat Michaels and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.


 Tour Schedule

July 12, 2017
Blog Tour Kick-Off

July 12, 2017
Tickling Dragons (Excerpt)
Domestic Chanteuse (Promo)
The Blended Blog (Review)

July 13, 2017
Baby Boomer Bliss (Promo)

July 14, 2017
Java John Z’s (Excerpt & Promo)

July 15, 2017
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima (Excerpt & Promo)
PJ LaRue (Review)
Peggy’s Hope 4U (Excerpt)

July 17, 2017
Untamed Doodler (Review)
Bargnhtress (Excerpt & Promo)

July 18, 2017
A Wildflower Mom (Character Interview w/Sweet T)

July 19, 2017
Rockin’ Book Reviews (Excerpt)

July 20, 2017
Meg’s Blog (Review, Excerpt, Character Interview w/Sweet T & Promo)
Grab the Book (Promo)
Word Magic: All About Books (Review)

July 21, 2017
Sandra Bennett, Author (Review)

July 24, 2017
Raising Kids of Gratitude (Promo)

July 25, 2017
Barbara Ann Mojica’s Blog (Review)

July 26, 2017
Kay LaLone (Review)

July 27, 2017
Amanda’s Books & More (Review)

July 28, 2017
Deal Sharing Aunt (Character Interview w/Sweet T)

August 1, 2017
Stitch Says (Review & Character Interview w/Sweet T)

August 2, 2017
Eloquent Articulation (Review, Excerpt & Promo)

August 3, 2017
Reading Authors (Review)

August 4, 2017
Books Direct (Review & Excerpt)

August 7, 2017
Bound 4 Escape (Review)

August 8, 2017
Fundinmental (Review)

August 9, 2017
Bookworm for Kids (Review)

Blog Tour Wrap-Up


My Two Cents on 5 Newly Released Picture Books

How to Raise a Mom

Written by Jean Reagan

Illustrated by Lee Wildish

Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

March 28, 2017

Age range: 4-8

32 pages

Another charming book in the HOW TO series. This one instructs the reader on how to raise a happy and healthy mom using creative role reversal techniques. Predictable but very sweet.

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The Giant Jumperee

Written by Julia Donaldson

Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Published by Dial Books

April 18, 2017

Age range: 3-5

32 pages

A mysterious voice that’s coming from Rabbit’s burrow scares Rabbit and his friends with threatening words. Mama Frog solves the mystery in what seems a very brave way.  Repetitive phrases and some rhyme will keep young listeners’ attention as will the delightful illustrations.  A wonderful collaboration between this well known author and illustrator.

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Olivia the Spy

Written and illustrated by Ian Falconer

Published by Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

April 4, 2017

Age range: 4-8

40 pages

Olivia is back in all her porcine glory and with a bit of an attitude. She eavesdrops on her mom’s conversations and it leads her to fear the worst. She learns that partial truths and misinformation can lead to insecurity and suspicion. Ian Falconer’s illustrations masterfully set the tone for his text as Olivia once again steals the (ballet) show.

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Be Quiet!

Written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins

Published by Disney-Hyperion

April 4, 2017

Age range: 2-5

40 pages

Rupert so longs to star in a wordless picture book but it becomes an impossible task with such chatty friends. I adore this author-illustrator’s humor and this one is just as clever as his last two picture books—MOTHER BRUCE and HOTEL BRUCE. Visually appealing and eagerly waiting to be read out loud.

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Little Ree

Written by Ree Drummond

Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers

Published by Harper Collins

March 28, 2017

Age range: 4-8

40 pages

Ree Drummond of “The Pioneer Woman” fame, uses her own experiences of moving to the country after living in the big city to draw from, in this new series. Both country dwellers and city slickers will find appeal in this down-home tale as the spunky Little Ree learns how to live on her grandparents’ farm.

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February is the Month to Celebrate International Book Giving Day and Newly Released Picture Books Full of Heart

Give a BOOK on Valentine’s Day to celebrate INTERNATIONAL BOOK GIVING DAY, an initiative that aims to get books into the hands of as many children as possible.

Check out how you can get involved in this year’s event: HERE



Let me introduce you to some super SWEET newly released picture books that you may want to consider giving as gifts this month or any other month, for that matter.


I’ll Love You Always


Written by Mark Sperring

Illustrated by Alison Brown

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

January 12, 2017

32 pages

Told in rhyme while using time comparisons to show just how much you love your child, this book conveys pure sweetness. The delightful illustrations and adorable characters will melt your heart.


How long will I love you?
A second is too short.
A second is no time
for a love of this sort.

A minute is no better,
for minutes fly by!
They’re gone in a moment
like a sweet butterfly.

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I’ll Hug You More

Written by Laura Duksta

Illustrated by Melissa Iwai

Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

January 3, 2017

Age range: 4-8

32 pages

This book is like two books in one. After reading it half way thru you flip the book to read it in the opposite direction. The parent talks to the child and then the child talks to the parent. The animal characters sweeten the appeal for young readers and listeners.

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Mommy Loves You!

Written by Helen Foster James

Illustrated by Petra Brown

Published by Sleeping Bear Press

March 15, 2017

Age range: 4-8

32 pages

Another charming, rhyming book from this author and illustrator team that has as much heart as their first book, GRANDMA LOVES YOU! This book celebrates that special love that mothers give with illustrations that are reminiscent of Beatrix Potter’s PETER RABBIT.

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ABC Love

Written and Illustrated by Christiane Engel

Published by Walter Foster Jr

January 1, 2017

Age range: 3-6

36 pages

This alphabet book pairs the letter with different concepts rather than the run-of-the-mill animal portrayals. That alone makes this book unique. Bright, colorful images accompany the letters.

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Heart to Heart

Written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Published by Beach Lane Books

January 3, 2017

Grade level: Preschool – 3

72 pages

Using fun word-play the author/illustrator creates a very vibrant book with simple images, text talk and puns. It’s doubtful that preschoolers will enjoy or grasp its punniness, especially given its length, but what fun it would be to give an adult as a greeting card.

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 I’m giving away books to the special young peeps in my life to celebrate this month and I hope you will consider doing the same! ❤

Newly Released Picture Books with Dandy Dads

Thunder Boy Jr.


My thoughts: Thunder Boy Jr. wants a name that is all his own, one that celebrates his very own uniqueness and identity. A nice ode to the Native American culture with striking illustrations that show the special relationship between father and son.

Written by Sherman Alexie
Illustrated by Yuyi Morales
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
40 pages
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
May 10, 2016



Hammer and Nails


My thoughts: Darcy and her dad come up with some innovative ways to tackle their day’s to-do list after Darcy’s friend cancels a play date. Delightful illustrations depict the day’s compromises and a fun connection between daddy and daughter.

Written by Josh Bledsoe
Illustrated by Jessica Warrick
Age Range: 5 – 7 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 2
32 pages
Published by Flashlight Press
April 1, 2016




Grandpa Loves You!


My thoughts: Soft and sweet illustrations along with charming verse tell this tender story about the special bond between a child and his/her grandpa.

Written by Helen Foster James
Illustrated by Petra Brown
Age Range: 2 – 6 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 1
32 pages
Published by Sleeping Bear Press
February 15, 2016




A Brave Bear


My thoughts: Dad Bear and his cub trek to the river to cool down on a very hot day. This book encourages young children to try new things and offers a lesson on bravery. The earthy color palette and textural illustrations are a pleasure to behold.

Written by Sean Taylor
Illustrated by Emily Hughes
Age Range: 2 – 5 years
Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
32 pages
Published by Candlewick
April 12, 2016



Happy Father’s Day!

Dragons Are Real *Blog Tour & $100 GC/PP Giveaway*

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My review: Look at the cover! I admit I’m a sucker for a GREAT dragon book. I do believe my love of dragons began when Puff the Magic Dragon lived by the sea and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Honah Lee. There’s just something about a creature that breathes fire and resembles a large flying lizard, that my inner child would like to believe is indeed real. And now this story tells us that they have a love of sugar and they may me to blame for YOUR sweet abductions. This may explain why a box of chocolates disappears so quickly in our house. The dragons! In this book the reader learns of their love of reading, books, poetry, dancing, and laughing. Who wouldn’t want to believe they are real? The illustrator did a scrumptious job with color and glorious detail portraying each dragon’s personality. It’s a gorgeous book with a playful storyline. The dragons ARE out there…just waiting to be your next very best friend. I believe.

Read the full Kirkus review HERE.

“An imaginative, smile-inducing, beautifully designed introduction to a favorite magical beast.”~Kirkus Review

About the Book

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Title: Dragons Are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Michael Welply | Publisher: Audrey Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Genre: Children’s Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32
Book Description: What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you’ve ever imagined? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.
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About the Author: Valarie Budayr

vb Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website, www.jumpintoabook.com. Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children’s Book Day , #ReadYourWorld, a celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and intercity areas. www.multiculturalchildrensbookday.com Valarie’s other best-selling and award winning titles are: The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.

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About the Illustrator: Michael Welply


Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy tales.

Blog Tour Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or $100 PayPal cash prize, winner’s choice

Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter the rafflecopter HERE.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.


Celebrating Motherhood in Newly Released Picture Books!

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May is the month to celebrate the being that made and/or nurtured YOU.


Silly Wonderful You


Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

Published by Balzer+Bray

January 5, 2016

40 pages


Every young healthy child has boundless energy. This book captures the spirit of that truth and the reality of life never being the same…but, oh so much better, after motherhood. It’s a charmer and would make a perfect gift for new mothers. The illustrations are cartoonish and certainly add to its sweetness.

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You Made Me a Mother


Written by Laurenne Sala

Illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Published by HarperCollins

March 8, 2016

Age range: 4-8

32 pages


From early pregnancy to birth and beyond this book takes you on the sweet journey to motherhood. Expressive illustrations capture each memorable moment. Another touching tribute to the joy of having children.

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Our Love Grows


Written and illustrated by Anna Pignataro

Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

April 5, 2016

Age range: 4-8

24 pages


Pip, the panda bear cub, has questions for his mama and wonders if things will change. Mama answers in  tender ways and eventually reassures her cub that her love for him will only grow. Told in rhyme with lovely watercolor illustrations.

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Are You My Mother? ¿Eres tú mi mama?


Written and Illustrated by P.D. Eastman

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers

January 12, 2016

Age range: 6-9

72 pages


A classic done in Seussical fashion. P.D. Eastman was hired by Theodor Geisel to create his Beginner Book series and had his own style that is reminiscent of his protégé and colleague, Dr. Seuss. Baby bird hatches while mother bird is out looking for food. The little hatchling then goes off to search for his mother in this simple and sweet tale. This edition is larger in size than the original (released in 1967) to accommodate both the English and Spanish text (translated by Teresa Mlawer). A great addition for a bilingual family or for those learning either of the languages.

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Baby’s first trip to Barnes & Noble.

This year, I’m celebrating my first Mother’s Day as a grandmother. It’s super special in so many ways. And think of all the picture books I’ll get to share with Lil’ Precious!


Happy Mother’s Day to all who have cared for or mentored a living being, human or not!


All is well in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu. Or is it?

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What dark magic lurks here?

Ooh…the intrigue.


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Findor dove straight into chatting about all things they had heard of the other’s kingdom.

And the kingdoms’ characters!


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Without much warning, he blasted out a sure and swift fireball that pounded the wall and spread out like a squid’s tentacles.

There’s peril.


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“I pronounce you, Sir Petra of Kingdom Boogy Gobees.”

 And the noblest of knights…and princesses.

About the Book

Title:  Sir Princess Petra’s Mission – The Pen Pieyu Adventures Book 3

Author: Diane Mae Robinson

Illustrator: Michael Bermundo

Publication Date: January 12, 2016

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Pages: 106

Recommended Ages: 7 and up


Book Description

Sir Princess Petra has already attained her knighthood in the Kingdom of Pen Pieyu and her non-princess-like talent certificate from Talent School, neither of which pleases her father and mother, the king and queen. The king writes up more silly rules in the royal rule book to deter Sir Princess Petra from her knightly ways and useless talent, and turn her into a real princess once and for all. Will the king finally succeed with this newly written, ridiculous mission for Petra?

My Review

Ms. Robinson’s word play will delight both young and old readers in book 3 of this charming series. Silly new rules send Sir Princess Petra on a mission, accompanied by her entourage. Snarls continues as her loyal dragon BFF and their antics will, without a doubt, entertain. The Kingdom of Pen Pieyu’s princess gains pride from doing what is right and noble and wins the day while teaching a moral lesson. Fun, full page, grayscale illustrations are included in each chapter and help early readers picture the action. Admittedly, I’m a bit smitten with the big fella, Snarls, and secretly wish he would appear in my neck of the enchanted forest. Petra’s adventures are girl empowering and full of non-stereotypical behavior. This isn’t your average princess story full of tiaras and tutus but is one that can be equally enjoyed by both genders.

The Buzz

“Sir Princess Petra is a brilliant role model for both girls and boys who may feel somewhat out of the mainstream with their goals, attitudes and ambitions, and she fulfills that function marvelously.” ~Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

“Her story is told with light-hearted humor, excitement and highly readable action sequences, accompanied by vivid characters who leap off the pages.” ~Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

“Author Diane Mae Robinson has done a wonderful job in creating a fun, energetic and adventurous female character that her readers will love reading about.” ~Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers’ Favorite


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About the Author: Diane Mae Robinson


Diane Mae Robinson is a multi-award winning author for her series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures.


Sir Princess Petra – The Pen Pieyu Adventures (Book 1) Book Awards

2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Award

2012 Purple Dragonfly Book Award

2013 Sharp Writ Book Award

2013 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award

Sir Princess Petra’s Talent – The Pen Pieyu Adventures (Book 2) Book Awards

2014 Reader’s Favorite International Award

2015 Purple Dragonfly Book Award

2015 Children’s Literary Classics “Seal of Approval”

2015 Children’s Literary Classics Book Award

Grammar for Kids and Dragons, an easy-to-understand grammar book for middle-grade children (dragons and adults too), will have all of the Pen Pieyu characters explaining the grammar lessons making this an easy and fun read, forthcoming 2016.

Diane Mae Robinson lives in central Alberta. She enjoys riding her horses, playing with her dogs, visual arts, visiting Maui often, and of course, writing. The author is also an art teacher, writing instructor, children’s book editor, and a judge in an international short story competition.

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