Baylie Dog’s Summer Book BONEanza & Gift Card Giveaway


“I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king  without the desire to read.” – Thomas Babington Macaulay

According to the literacy fast facts from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), literacy is defined as “using printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” Estimates indicate that nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two-thirds of them are women.”  One child in four grows up not knowing how to read.

In news that probably isn’t going to blow your mind, researchers have found that reading is good for your brain.  Research indicates the amount of print children are exposed to has profound cognitive consequences, and that the act of reading itself serves to increase the achievement differences among children.  Did you know that teaching reading skills is one of the best ways to save an aging brain, as well?  Research suggests that after just a few months, people who volunteer to read to others show beneficial changes in their brains similar to those that other research teams have seen with exercise. Use it or lose it:  A new study finds that doing brain-stimulating activities from childhood — like reading books, writing letters and solving everyday problems — through old age, may help prevent clinical signs of dementia.


Photo courtesy of PAWS Reading Program

I have fond memories of fun times as a child participating in the week-long local library’s Summer Reading Program. The smell of the musty books that permeated the room is forever embedded in my memory.  Our local library currently has a program called P.A.W.S. (Pets are Wonderful Support)  Reading Dogs Program  where a select group of well-mannered pups and their owners visit the library each week for special reading time. Children can read one-on-one with the dogs without feeling shy or pressured as they sometimes feel in school.  We had hoped to enroll Baylie in this program.  Perhaps she will be better suited once she is past her rambunctious teen years.

School is out, sunglasses are on, and everyone has Summer on their mind.  Baylie has declared Summer as a perfect time to pick up a new book to get the ball rolling on your Summer reading plan.  In celebration of the Dog Days of Summer, we put together a fun group of animal-themed books that will pique the interest of the entire family; both young and old,  from a few of our favorite authors to include in Baylie Dog’s Summer Book BONEanza Review and Giveaway.   A special “thank you” to each of these talented authors who were so kind to provide us a copy of their book(s)!

Prize #1 – One Winner  – Gift basket of books
  Prize #2 – One Winner – $25.00 e-Gift Card
Easy Entry in the below Giveaway Tools Widget
Two random winners will be chosen

Baylie’s Pick of the Litter

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Sugar’s Furry Friend by Maria Rosalyn Acero
is a delightful children’s book about a Golden Retriever who discovers a
chipmunk in her backyard. As the story unfolds through four seasons, the visually appealing illustrations capture the heart-warming joy found in the
budding friendship 
between the two.
Written for children ages 3 – 6.
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The BARKtender’s Guide to Dogtails and Pupcakes by Elizabeth Dodwell
is a recipe book of healthy, easy to make treats for the discerning dog with names like the “BARKardi Coctail” and “Pound Pupcakes”.  What a great Summer way to entertain the kids by cooking up some cool treats for their furry BFF.

Life’s a Bark: What Dog’s Teach us About Love  – by Larry Kay
is  a charming book of woof wisdom celebrating the human-animal bond.  It blends hilarious, heartwarming photo’s and lessons that are guaranteed to put the happy back in your howl
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The Tiniest Tigerby Joanne L. McGonagle
The Tiniest Tiger’s
is a tale of a stray kitten that tries to find a home among
the “big” cats that reside at the local zoo after being displaced from her alley home.  Young readers will delight in this fully illustrated lesson that
advocates the protection of 
endangered species.

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An Ordinary Toad’s Extraordinary Nightby Joanne McGonagle
The Tiniest Tiger’s 

is the story of a young toad named Andrew pondering whether his life would be more interesting had he been hatched a frog as he embarks on his first solo hop to ask his grandpa about what it means to be an amphibian. Andrew’s journey teaches young readers that everyone is extraordinary in their on unique way.
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Conquering the Food Chain: Living Amongst Animals
(Without Becoming One) – by Stacy Mantle
is an inspiring and wildly entertaining collection of inter-connected stories all woven together with a philosophical approach to life. It is the life of a woman who has raised wolf hybrids and coyotes in the city, and has been chased by elk in the mountains of Colorado. It is the story of someone who has brought nature  into her home and has learned to live in relative harmony with animals of all species.
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The Healthy Hound Cookbook – by Paris Permenter & John Bigley

is a cookbook of over 125 easy recipes for Healthy, Homemade Dog Food–Including Grain-Free, Paleo, and Raw Recipes.  All dishes included use only real, whole ingredients so you’ll always know that your furry pal is getting a well-balanced diet.
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  • Bryn Nowell

    I’d love to donate the books to the reading program at Fast Friends Greyhound Rescue in New Hampshire

    • What a fantastic idea, @brynnowell:disqus!

  • Jane

    I am reading quite a bit! Finishing the Divergent books and have Lincoln child/Douglas Preston books

  • katsrus

    Right now I am reading Close to Home by Lisa Jackson. Thanks for the cool giveaway.
    Sue B

  • Daniel Scott

    Right now I’m reading dog tags a mystery/crime novel.

  • Kristen

    I’m reading Lend Me An Ear.

  • RitaMeow

    I’m reading the Game of Thrones series 🙂

  • ND

    Reading the Hunger Games series again, looking forward to the next movie whenever it comes.

  • Lisa F.

    I’m reading “Geek To Guitar Hero”.

  • doreenwrks

    I’m reading some of Beth Moore’s books! 🙂

  • LyricInTime2803

    I’m reading some agility training books, and I always seem to end up re-reading the Harry Potter series.

  • Ruckus the Eskie

    Clifford the Big Red Dog 😉

  • Trish B.

    I am reading “My Angels Wear Fur”.

  • Linda Szymoniak

    So far I haven’t really had time to read any books this summer, but I have several waiting for me. I will be reading (in part, to help proof-read) my daughter’s three novels, and those are my top priority.

  • Jessica Barrientos

    I’m reading Elin Hilderbrand!