Power Down, Little Robot is an Adorable Children’s Book Just for Bedtime

~I received a copy of Power Down, Little Robot for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

My two girls are not the best sleepers to begin with and when it comes to bedtime more often than not they try and stall for a few precious minutes every single night. Their go to phrases include, “I need a drink of water or I need another hug” or they wait for me to leave and then follow me into the living room to tell me some not-so important information they forgot to tell me. I am here to share with you the perfect children’s book for those bedtime woes that is sure to bring a few giggles. Power Down, Little Robot is a children’s book about a robot that doesn’t want to power down for bed but his Mom unit knows what to do to make it happen. This book not only makes me laugh but my girls love it too. We have all been there and this book makes it a fun read right before bedtime.

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It’s time to power down for the night, but Little Robot isn’t ready! He quickly opens his stalling program. Luckily, Mom Unit knows exactly how to get him into his sleep module.

This fun twist on a familiar nighttime routine will click with bedtime avoidance experts everywhere.

Anna Staniszewski is the author of several tween books and lives near Boston with her robo-husband and their dogbot, Emma. Tim Zeltner is an award-winning artist who lives in Grafton, Ontario with his wife, Jackie, and dog, Jessie. Both their works blend together perfectly in this book with a fun story we can all relate to and bright illustrations that captivate my young audience.

Here are some sleepy time tips form the website inspired by Power Down, Little Robot to help your little ones power down for the night.

This book is perfect for the 3-6 aged bedtime crazy crowd. It is fun to see even robots struggle with bedtime and this book reminds my girls that all little ones must get their rest. The benefits of reading to your little ones will last a lifetime so it is important to find books that interest your kids. Remember that reading should be fun!

Connect: You can connect with Macmillan Kids on their website, Facebook and/or Twitter.


Pocket OT & The Special Needs School Survival Guide by Cara Koscinski

~I received a copy of The Pocket Occupational Therapist and The Special Needs School Survival Guide for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~

This past school year has been the first year that we’ve had to navigate the Special School District (SSD) with Tot. Having him in Early Education for a few years prior helped us to understand a great deal about the IEP (Individual Education Plan) and what different therapies and services were available, however, there are many families going into their first year without any help. Sometimes it can be seriously overwhelming and if I’m honest, it still is. That’s why I want to share The Special Needs School Survival Guide by Cara Koscinski as well as her previous book, The Pocket Occupational Therapist. This book offers more insight into Occupational Therapy, in and out of school.

The Pocket Occupational Therapist & The Special Needs School Survival Guide by Cara Koscinski

Both of Cara Koscinski’s books are valuable resources for families, but let’s begin with her newest The Special Needs School Survival Guide. This is not only a handbook for parents, but also for those teaching, working or living with different special needs. This includes: Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, learning disabilities, behavioral concerns, handwriting difficulty, fine motor delays, trouble with transitions, homework concerns, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and more.

It’s written in an easy to read Q&A Format that makes it simple to navigate and each section includes “Out of the Pocket” Activities that are designed to be used in a group or individual setting. Chapters the book covers are: 

  • IEP 101 – What You Need To Know (Includes 504 Plans)
  • Therapy in School 
  • Handwriting
  • Fine Motor in the Classroom
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorder in School
  • Behavior and Transitions
  • ADHD and Organization 
  • Learning Disorders

I personally benefited a lot from the section on Handwriting and Fine Motor in the Classroom. This area isn’t Tot’s strong point, although he loves writing! Fine Motor and writing are both areas that are covered by Occupational Therapy, otherwise known as therapy designed to help a student perform activities of daily living independently. It not only strengthens fine motor, but helps strengthen vision and perception skills and sensory processing.

The Special Needs School Survival Guide goes over a list of possible signs that your child may need one or more therapies, however, Cara Koscinski’s first book The Pocket Occupational Therapist delves into this section more.

The Pocket Occupational Therapist offers an overview of occupational therapy and issues that might be addressed with a child of special needs, or in rehabilitation from illness or injury. This includes core muscle strength, feeding, fine motor skills, sensory sensitivities, transitions and life-skills; interspersed with simple activities. This book covers a whole lot and if your child is attending OT at home or in school, this is an amazing little handbook to have on the shelf. Chapters that are covered are:

  • What is Occupational Therapy? My Child Doesn’t Work!
  • What Are Core Muscles and Why Are They Important to My Child’s Function?
  • Feeding and Oral-Motor (Muscles of the Mouth)
  • Handwriting and the Upper Extremity (Arm)
  • What Do You Mean, We Have More Than Five Senses?
  • Behavior and Transitions During Daily Activities
  • OT in School vs. OT in an Outpatient Setting/Clinic

Every section is followed by a detailed explanation to make it easier to understand. It’s a wonderful resource, not only for parents of children with OT, but also OT graduates and those looking to get into pediatric therapy!

Along with the books, you will also find at Pocket OT, approved products for OT Therapy, tutorials and videos, OT courses, webinars, handouts and much more. To keep up to date on what new resources are becoming available, make sure to follow along on Facebook and/or @PocketOT on Twitter. 

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Little Passports Has Expanded for Early Explorers

~I received a one month subscription to Little Passports for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

Last year I reviewed Little Passports, a monthly subscription box which takes your little explorer on an educational global adventure. You can read that post HERE and it explains the World Edition for ages 5-10 and the USA Edition geared for ages 7-12. I am super excited that they now offer an Early Explorers Edition for ages 3-5. Now my 3 year old can join in on the fun like her 6 year old sister!

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Your first month includes everything you need to get started on your adventure:

  • A fun orange suitcase
  • Wall-sized World Map
  • 20-page activity booklet
  • Luggage Tag
  • Stickers and wall decal

A new theme is explored each month, and packages include:

  • 20-page activity booklet
  • Souvenirs
  • Flashlight Adventures
  • Stickers and wall decals

The suitcase stickers and character stickers were immediately put all over her luggage. We then attached the luggage tag with her name on it right to the handle. The map is pretty big and the perfect amount of detail for the young preschoolers. Lil Sis thought it was so cool to now have a map in her room like Big Sis.

Max, Mia and dog Toby explore world themes each month. The activity booklet is the perfect mix of education and fun.

Big Sis on the other hand is continuing her adventure with the World Edition. This month is Brazil.

Each month she learns about a new country and receives:

  • Letters from Sam & Sofia
  • Fun souvenirs
  • Activity sheets
  • Stickers for your suitcase, passport & map
  • Photos
  • Access to Boarding Zone for more online games

The worksheet we go through together really is fun and educational. The postcard is super nice and it might be my favorite item each month.

Big Sis was THRILLED to receive her very own real amethyst. She considers it her very own treasure!

This is the sort of monthly subscription program I look forward to getting in the mail as much as the girls. I love to see theirs eyes light up when a package is coming just for them. It is packaged in a way not to feel educational even though it is and is all just a lot of fun. You can order as a 12 month, 6 month or monthly subscription plan. Little Passports is taking my girls on an adventure and all of us could not be more excited!

Connect: You can connect with Little Passports on their website, Facebook and/or Twitter.


Kohl’s Cares Disney Pixar Collection

~I received samples from Kohl’s Cares for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

Kohl’s Cares newest collection is Disney Pixar and with my love for every one of their movies that means that I am extra excited to share this program with you. This plush and book collection is available now through April 4, at Kohl’s stores nationwide and on Kohls.comThrough the Kohl’s Cares program, 100 percent of the net profit from this collection supports children’s health and education initiatives nationwide.

At $5 each you can’t find a cheaper price for high quality hard back books anywhere else. The illustrations are colorful and the stories are perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and kids alike. These books and plushes bring some of your children’s favorite childhood films to life.

The Pixar Look & Find Book is especially a big hit with my 3 year old. She loves finding stuff over and over again.

This one is dry erase so she circles everything and then it wipes clean when she is done so that we can do it over and over again. Do you see Boo?

Check out the entire collection including Wall-E, Up, Cars, Finding Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story 2.

Kohl's Cares

These come at the perfect time as these would make most excellent Easter basket gifts. A book with a matching plush is a gift that works for years to come. For reluctant readers you just need to keep looking till you find books that interest them. Most kids have a favorite Pixar film so getting them a matching book set works great. I am just in love with the dog plush from Up and I just want to squish it!

So far more than $257 million has been raised since 2000. The $5 price tag might not seem like much but when you see the total donated it reminds you that it is all worth it when we all purchase from a program that gives back.

Connect: You can connect with Kohl’s on their website, Facebook and/or Twitter.


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