In the Nick of Time Book Review Spotlight & Book Tour Giveaway

I love finding new books for children--especially themed ones that help families share the meanings of special holidays and activities. Later this month, I will have an environmental themed book--but, today, I have a holiday themed book that is perfect for families as we head into the holiday season! Check out In the Nick of Time, learn about the author & enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post! 

Book Title:  In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category:  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7),  28 pages
Genre:  Children/ Holiday
Publisher:  Make a Way Media
Release date:   November 2019
Content Rating:  G: Children's Holiday Book

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About the Book

A Timely Tale about a Little Brown Boy who Saves Christmas. Nick Saint never really put a lot of thought into his name until one snowy day in December when he accidentally receives a letter meant for Saint Nick. Realizing there is not much time left until Christmas, Nick opens the letter. The unexpected message inside ultimately leads him on a journey of understanding poverty, gratitude, and service to others while discovering the real meaning of the holiday spirit. 

My Review

In the Nick of Time Entertains and Teaches. As little Nick comes to understand poverty and takes on the task of giving from the heart--readers will learn from Nick's story as well. This book is easy to read as a family and offers the perfect opportunity to teach children about the true meaning and goals of holiday gift-giving. Readers will come to love Nick and his family as the boy learns and grows on each page. Fun illustrations and a realistic storyline entertain and offer a great launching point for families seeking to give to those less fortunate.


Readers will Find a Relatable, Timely Story.  I loved that the book brought a real-world lesson about poverty and needs vs. wants to a little boy. As Nick realized that he wanted gifts for himself--he also understood that many people were facing the reality that they could not meet their family's basic needs and even simple wants were out of the question. In the Nick of Time is the perfect book to help children understand poverty and ways to help others during times of need. The author does a beautiful job creating a story with not only a satisfying ending--but, planting a seed for readers to take on similar giving and service roles themselves. 


Would I Recommend In the Nick of Time by Deedee Cummings? In the Nick of Time is the perfect book for families with young children or even older kids to use as a teaching tool for the holiday season. It is easy for children (and even parents) to feel helpless when faced with society's enormous problems. This book offers one family's solution to giving and public service that is sure to inspire others to try to make a difference in their own community, if even in a small way. I love the story--and the message of this book and look forward to reading and sharing more from this author. 


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Book Title: This Is The Earth by Deedee Cummings/illustrated by Charlene Mosley
Category Children's Fiction (Ages 3-7), 32 pages
Genre Children/ Holiday
Publisher Make A Way Media
Release date:  April 2019
Format available for review:  print (USA and Canada), ebook (PDF)
Tour dates:  Oct 12 to Dec 4, 2020
Content Rating: G. Children's Holiday Book.

About the Book

A recent Purple Dragonfly Award First Place winner, Cummings uses bold and bright illustrations in This is the Earth to share a message of peace, love, respect, compassion, inclusion. Published in early 2019, the book’s message bears repeating: peace is meant for all of us and it is everyone’s responsibility to care for each other like the united family that we really are. This exceptional and timely book shares the reality that we are all sharing this world that we call home instead of acting as though each continent, each, country, and each neighborhood is like a completely different planet. Within the pages of This is the Earth, readers will discover thought and conversation-invoking concepts on issues and struggles that has our world at odds with each other. Kids and adults will love the lyrical message and thoughtful artwork that reinforces the fact that every human being is our neighbor on Planet Earth; a place also known as Home.

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Meet the Author

Deirdre “Deedee” Cummings believes literacy is a fundamental human right. She is the founder of Make A Way Media, It Pays to Read & the Louisville Book Festival, as well as, an attorney, therapist, and CEO of Abi Behavioral Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Abi is an intensive therapy agency that works to prevent the placement of children in out of home care, such as foster care, hospitalization, and incarceration. Deedee attended Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, one of only two all-female Historically Black Colleges in the country. After graduating from Bennett, she earned a master’s degree and a law degree from the University of Louisville. All of her writing focuses on sharing inspiring messages that remind us all it is never too late to begin again. Deedee encourages the children she works with to write as a way to process emotions, document their journey, and express themselves more clearly. In addition to presenting on multiple topics around the country, Deedee donates hundreds of books and volunteer hours every year to families, children, churches and the local school system. She is excited to announce the launch of her tenth children’s book, This is the Earth. The inspiration for this book came from overwhelming negative media coverage about race relations in our country and across the world. This is the Earth is a book about peace, respect, and diversity inclusion: a message that must be heard and repeated often. She and her husband Anthony live in Louisville with their three children Kayla (an actress in New York), Anthony (a college student and athlete), and Nick (in elementary school).

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