This is the Earth Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I love finding new books for children!  Last week, as part of the In the Nick of Time book tour, we featured In the Nick of Time, a holiday themed book for kids from author DeeDee Cummings, and today, I have a peace on Earth themed book! Check out This is the Earth, read my review of In the Nick of Time if you missed it, 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: 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.

My Review

This is the Earth Introduces Some Valuable Life Lessons. The author does a beautiful job sharing the concepts of acceptance, diversity, and peaceful living in a simple children's book. With easy to read words and brightly illustrated pages, the author expresses a wealth of emotions and ideas.  This is the Earth is another book that presents many life lessons and social skills in a short space. Every time we read the book, we can pick up something new to discuss as the author and the illustrator present many emotions and more profound points to ponder on each page.


This is the Earth is the Perfect Teaching Tool for Families. I loved that the book opens up so many teaching opportunities for families. Basic acts of kindness and acceptance are presented simply and matter-of-factly--with illustrations that speak volumes beyond the picture book words. With our world in its current state--this is the perfect book to remind our children of the benefits of kindness and cooperation. Whether reading during the holidays or any time of the year, this book offers important reminders and opportunities to reflect and build on the story for more in-depth lessons. 


Would I Recommend This is the Earth by Deedee Cummings? This is the Earth is the perfect book to help caregivers teach some fundamental life lessons and skills. And it is a good reminder for adults reading it that basic kindness and acceptance is simple enough for even young children to understand! I love the author's word choices throughout the book--and the illustrations are perfect for aiding understanding of the emotions involved in the story. I would recommend this for school/library storytimes as well as family reading. 

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You May Also Want to Read:

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. 


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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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