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Women and Their Pretties or Mama Smith’s are readers. They both grew up reading and love a good book. They know the importance of reading from birth and have put together a list of some of the best books of the year – for all ages! Each book on this guide was personally tested and/or approved by one or the both bloggers. Please enjoy and remember to keep coming back because new items are added daily!
The Ultimate Annual Reading List

The SpinfordsThe Spinfords

What’s the one thing in the world that scares kids the most? Being different. But not Salvatore. You see, Salvatore’s webs are different. Much to his family’s disappointment. Because this family of circus-performing spiders has built their act off tradition. Webs are circles, period. But not Salvatore’s. And over his father’s squashed body is he going to let him perform with them. It would ruin all they worked for since Grandpa Sebastian Spinford started their show back in 1934. But Salvatore knows better. He knows the crowd is craving something new and fresh. And with his grandfather’s help, he’s going to prove it. Salvatore’s story will give children of all ages the confidence to be themselves, no matter what.

Written by: AnnMarie Martin
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Piper GreenPiper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony

Piper is back for more adventures in book three of Ellen Potter’s charming chapter book series: Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: The Sea Pony (on sale August 16, 2016)! Set on an island off the coast of Maine, where kids, lobster boats, and a hint of magic are part of everyday life, this laugh-out-loud series is perfect for fans of Junie B. Jones and Pippi Longstockings, and has back-and-white illustrations by Qin Leng throughout.

Piper finds an unusual whistle in the Fairy Tree in her front yard. But she doesn’t want a whistle… she wants a pony! On a trip with her dad to check the family’s lobster traps, the whistle attracts the attention of an unexpected friend. Is the fairy whistle working its magic after all?

Written by: Ellen Potter
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Coles Perfect PuppyCole’s Perfect Puppy

The first in a forthcoming series, Cole’s Perfect Puppy, by Frances Crossno, tells the heartwarming tale of a young boy and the, “love of his life.” Cole’s life is changed when he meets Scarlet, a rascally golden retriever puppy, after she escapes the pet shop the day before Christmas. Hopeful to see her under the tree the next morning, Cole is baffled when he finds a pot-bellied piglet from his uncle waiting for him on Christmas Day. Determined to reunite with Scarlet, Cole tries every way he can think to buy the pup on his own. Though winding and unconventional, the path that Cole takes to his ultimate goal is the epitome of determination and perseverance.

Written for middle grade readers, Cole’s Perfect Puppy highlights the value of family, friends and unconditional love. The journey that Cole takes to uniting with Scarlet keeps young readers immersed in the story while teaching them some of life’s most important lessons along the way.

Written by: Frances M. Crossno
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The AmateursThe Amateurs

As soon as Seneca Frazier sees the post on the Case Not Closed website about Helena Kelly, she’s hooked. Helena’s high-profile disappearance five years earlier is the one that originally got Seneca addicted to true crime. It’s the reason she’s a member of the site in the first place. So when Maddy Wright, her best friend from the CNC site, invites Seneca to spend spring break in Connecticut looking into the cold case, she immediately packs her bag. But the moment she steps off the train in trendy, glamorous Dexby, things begin to go wrong. Maddy is nothing like she expected, and Helena’s sister, Aerin Kelly, seems completely hostile and totally uninterested in helping with their murder investigation. But when Brett, another super user from the site, joins Seneca and Maddy in Dexby, Aerin starts to come around. The police must have missed something, and someone in Dexby definitely has information they’ve been keeping quiet. As Seneca, Brett, Maddy, and Aerin begin to unravel dark secrets and shocking betrayals about the people closest to them, they seem to be on the murderer’s trail at last. But somewhere nearby the killer is watching . . . ready to do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried. First in a new series by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard, The Amateurs is packed with the twists and turns, steamy romance, and stunning revelations that her fans have been waiting for.

Written by: Sara Shepard
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The Day I Dressed Better Than My WifeThe Day I Dressed Better Than My Wife

You will laugh out loud at The Day I Dressed Better Than My Wife, a collection of humorous essays, plays, and short stories from the mind of Robert O’Connell, author of the novels FLASH MOB and CRUISE MOB. This anthology includes – Bob Gets Cast Out of Hell – Strange Jew in a Strange Land – Slur Wars – Why I Can’t Run for President – Miracle Bra – Pumpkin Time – Tyrone was Right. Robert O’Connell is a career educator and humorist. He has three children and currently lives with his wife in South Florida. Follow his blog at and look for his novels at and

Written by: Robert O’Connell
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Flash Mob BookFlash Mob

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll dance. You’ll die! Home from graduate school for Christmas, Tommasina “Tommy” Pastor is filled with the holiday spirit—of dread. The thought of quality time with her overbearing and mob-connected North Jersey family drives Tommy to seek escape in Montclair’s New Year’s Eve Flash Mob, organized by Scotty, a local schoolteacher. Tommy’s grandfather, an aging mob legend, has something very incriminating to him sitting in a safety deposit box in the Montclair town center bank, to be opened by the FBI when the new year starts. While Scotty’s two best friends try to prevent him from screwing up yet another romance, Tommy’s brother concocts a scheme to use the flash mob as a diversion to protect the family secret. As the countdown to the New Year begins, everyone is in for a hilarious and romantic adventure where the only thing for certain is that family will always be there for you—like it or not. Funny like Dave Barry or Lawrence Block Gritty like Robert B. Parker or Lawrence Block Romantic like Janet Evanovich or Lawrence Block

Written by: Robert O’Connell
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Remember, just be youRemember, Just Be You

We have all had moments where we didn’t feel like we fit in as children and even as adults. We sometimes forget to just be ourselves. Follow Mark as he goes through his journey of finding out why it is always important to just be you.

Written by: William Campbell
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Love and Compassion Is My Religion: A Beginner's Book into SpiritualityLove and Compassion is My Religion

Jane Zarse was born in Lake Forest, Illinois. She grew up in the private school world of privilege and excess as she spiraled into alcoholism before joining Alcoholics Anonymous and finding her way back. InLove and Compassion Is My Religion, she writes about learning to love herself again and how finding spirituality helped her do so.

Written by: Jane Zarse
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coloring for momsColoring for Moms and Moms-to-Be

Especially for new moms and moms-to-be, this stylish and detailed coloring book – with charming, detailed images of a new baby’s world – is an ideal way to relax, unwind, and spark creativity during those moments of quiet in mom’s busy life. Small enough to slip in a handbag, diaper bag, or travel bag, and featuring a gorgeous gold-foiled cover!

Written by: Random House
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Piano for KidsPiano for Kids

Piano for Kids is a fun, easy course that teaches children to play piano or keyboard faster than ever before. Popular songs such as: Let It Go, Beauty and the Beast, Over the Rainbow, Heart and Soul, We Will Rock You and more famous classical/folk tunes will keep kids motivated. The clean, simple page layouts ensure their attention remains on each new concept. Every new song builds on concepts they have learned in previous songs, so kids can progress with confidence. The method can be used in combination with a teacher or parent.

Written by: Jennifer Linn
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Drums for kidsDrums for Kids

Drums for Kids is a fun, easy course that teaches children to play drumset faster than ever before. Popular songs will keep kids motivated, while the simple, easy-to-read page layouts ensure their attention remains focused on one concept at a time. The method can be used in combination with a drum teacher or parent. Demonstration tracks are included online for download or streaming. Songs include: Another One Bites the Dust * Crazy Train * Free Fallin’ * Living After Midnight * Old Time Rock & Roll * Stir It Up * When the Levee Breaks * and more.

Written by: RScott Schroedl
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Mary Had a Little GlamMary Had a Little Glam

This little Mary has STYLE! In this fun take on Mother Goose, fashion-forward Mary helps some of childhood’s most beloved characters go glam. From the kid who lives in a shoe (and dons some fab footwear, too) to Jack, who breaks his crown but gets a great new one, Mary’s school friends look fantastic in their finery. But are they now too well dressed for recess? Not to worry—Mary always shows her flair for what to wear!

Written by: Tammi Sauer
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Brunhilda's Backwards DayBrunhilda’s Backwards Day

A picture book for 3 to 6 year olds, this book teaches kids that being kind and nice to people actually makes you feel better than playing tricks and being mean. A good lesson for young children, teachers and parents will enjoy the message while kids will be enthralled with the bright, colorful illustrations and the silly, warty witch.

Written by: Shawna J C Tenney
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Talking with Your ToddlerTalking with Your Toddler

Are you concerned that your child is not verbalizing? The solution may be as simple as a game. Talking with Your Toddler teaches you how to stimulate speech using everyday play. It makes learning to talk fun and engaging for your child. With proven therapies and easy-to-follow activities, Talking with Your Toddler makes an ideal home companion. Written by experienced speech professionals, this book’s straightforward approach is equally useful for parents at home, teachers in the classroom or therapists in a clinic.

Written by: Teresa Laikko M.S. CCC-SLP 
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where-do-pants-goWhere Do Pants Go?

Where do pants go? Do they go on your head? Do they go on your neck? No! This humorous story shows kids how to put on their clothes—from the underwear on their bottoms to the hats on their heads and everything in between. But sometimes getting dressed doesn’t happen without a few fun missteps! These adorable toddlers and their trusty dogs are sure to tickle every young reader . . . from their funny bones to the bottoms of their soles.

Written by: Rebecca Van Slyke 
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leaping-lemmingsLeaping Lemmings!

Think before you leap! Lemmings look alike, they sound alike, and they act alike. So if one jumps off a cliff, the others will jump right after him . . . except Larry. Larry’s very independent-minded and he won’t follow his fellow lemmings blindly to their doom. But can he teach them to use their brains and stop making terrible group decisions? John Briggs has created a wonderfully funny, quirky tale about staying true to yourself, while Nicola Slater’s witty illustrations capture all the humor and pathos of Larry’s situation.

Written by: John Briggs
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even-superheroes-have-bad-daysEven Superheroes Have Bad Days

All kids have trouble getting a grip on their emotions, sometimes—even young superheroes! But what do they do when they’re having a bad day? Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

Written by: Shelly Becker
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The Complete Walt Disney World 2017 BookThe Complete Walt Disney World 2017

Your best vacation ever. It’s easy to have with the help of this award-winning full-color guidebook. Filled with the most detailed information ever published about Walt Disney World, it combines a thorough description of everything Disney has to offer with a cornucopia of advice and insight to help you enjoy it. In other words, it’s a handbook on how to have fun. Critics agree. The Orlando Sentinel calls it “a fantastic planning tool.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says it’s “refreshing in its honest opinions.” Also included: more than 454 photographs and over a thousand fun finds and facts. Smartly organized, the 416-page book fits easily in your purse or backpack. 

Written by: Julie Neal and Mike Neal
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starpassage bookStarPassage: Book One, The Relic

Clark Burbidge was born and raised in the mountain valleys of the Rockies. He earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS from the University of Utah. Clark and his wife, Leah, live near Salt Lake City, Utah, where they enjoy their blended family of ten children and five grandchildren. StarPassage is Clark’s seventh book.

Written by: Clark Rich Burbidge
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