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Cuddle Bear Book Drive

I can’t say I know what it’s like to be the parent of a child with cancer. I do, however, have some experience being the mother of a baby girl that has constant doctor’s appointments and has had surgery.

I give back because I know what it's like to be so scared for your child, going in to surgery and how much it can mean to receive an act of kindness from a complete stranger. | Jaime's Book Corner

No matter how much or how little time your child spends in a hospital, it is always a scary experience, full of anxiety. We were shown love by so many wonderful people who didn’t even know us during Ava’s surgery, I will never forget it. Whenever possible, I try to give back.

I am so blessed for the opportunity to work with the Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation on a Cuddle Bear Book Drive this Christmas season. The Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation improves the mental, social and emotional well-being of children undergoing cancer treatment across America! It’s truly such an amazing cause and I am really excited to be a part of their wonderful work. One of the many, MANY incredible things they do is deliver gifts to thousands of children undergoing cancer treatments in hospitals across the United States. I am working to provide them with as many Cuddle Bear book sets as I can for their initiative this holiday season!

Cuddle Bear Book Drive to support the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation | Jaime's Book Corner

The Cuddle Bear set includes an adorable storybook, and a matching plush teddy bear, making it a perfect gift for a little one that is sick and in the hospital all the time. Giving to this cause is a pure act of kindness and generosity to show these kids some love. The really cool thing is that my company is matching the sales by 50%, so for every two sets donated, Usborne will donate a 3rd one to these amazing children for FREE! Donating one set is just $24.99 and it puts a priceless smile on a child’s face this season. ♥

Your partnership over the next few days — both in donating and in sharing my campaign with those you think would love to take part — is so valuable. If you think this is a cause you’d be interested in supporting with me, you can donate here. The Cuddle Bear Book Drive will close Monday, December 17 extended to Tuesday, December 18.

If you would like to help me spread the word, Pin this post or invite your friends and family to my Facebook event. I will be posting updates and more information throughout the next few days. I am so grateful for any and all support to help a child smile this time of year.

Cuddle Bear Book Drive to support the Children's Cancer Recovery Foundation | Jaime's Book Corner

Book Recommendations, christmas

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Survivalist


The Survivalist - Holiday Gift Guide from Jaime's Book Corner

Survival Skills Handbook (Ages 8-13)
This practical, illustrated outdoor field guide is full of information with step-by-step instructions and tips and advice from Bear Grylls: camping and dangers to spot and avoid in the wild, finding your way, and mastering amazing knots. This is the must-have survival guide for all young explorers!
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Bear Grylls Survival Camp (Ages 8-13)
100 Things to Know About Space breaks down the enormous topic of space into bite-sized chunks, making it an accessible introduction for anyone who wants to find out about this fascinating subject. This book makes space fun for all ages – it is highly illustrated, in a pictorial, ‘infographics’ style, with snippets of information about all aspects of space.
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Survival (Ages 8+)
A guide to survival in extreme conditions and inhospitable environments, fully illustrated with a mix of photos, comic strip art and step-by-step diagrams. Learn how to find north, make a fire, send signals, evade dangerous animals, escape if you’re trapped in a car, cope with an earthquake or tornado, escape from a burning building and lots more.
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True Stories of Survival (Ages 9+)
From shark attacks and blazing airships to exploding spacecraft and sinking submarines, these are real stories of people who have stared death in the face and lived to tell the tale. Find out what separates the living from the dead when catastrophe strikes.
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For more gift ideas according to your reader’s interests, be sure to view our full Holiday Gift Guide.

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Book Box Subscriptions

Are you looking for a gift that keeps on giving this year?

I have been asked many times whether we offer subscription boxes and I am thrilled to announce they are finally here, just in time for Christmas!! Our Book Box Subscriptions make gift giving so easy AND they’re an incredible value.

Book Box Subscriptions || Jaime's Book Corner

🎁The subscription will ship to the recipient three times: January, February, and March. They will receive books valued at $130+ for only $100. Plus FREE Shipping, which saves you another $10.
🎁These will be all NEW TITLES released in January, so no worry of duplicate books they may already have. The books will be gender neutral and are grouped within four ages to choose from: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 or 9-12.

How do you get one? I’m so happy you asked! 😍 Simply go here and pick the preferred age for your box:

December 31 is the last day to order! I’m even running a special for the rest of the month, so contact me for details!

If you’re on the fence about ordering, I can now tell you which books will be in the boxes! Head on over to this post to find out.

And you better believe my mom ordered one for my daughter as soon as the subscription was announced – it’s the perfect gift from grandparents  If you want to gift one for Christmas, I can give you a gift certificate so you won’t be empty-handed.

Book Box Subscription for January, February, and March, available to order until December 31, 2018 || Jaime's Book Corner


Activities, Story & Craft Activities

M is for Mouse – Craft and Story Activity

I have to thank our local Children’s Museum for our story and craft idea yesterday!

M is for Mouse - Craft & Story Activity from Jaime's Book Corner

We made a mouse out of the Letter M. How cute, right?

I immediately thought of our fun book There’s a mouse about the house! and knew Ava and I would read it before nap time at home.

This was our first read-through and it really is a fun book! It’s interactive, allowing children to move the mouse through the book along with the story of the mouse trying to find some dinner. Ava is almost 2 years old, so I did help her with the mouse some, but she certainly understood the concept.

As is the case with many of our Usborne & Kane Miller books, I imagine you won’t be too surprised to find that There’s a mouse about the house! has some educational perks too. Moving the mouse teaches fine motor skills, the dotted lines to follow help encourage early writing skills, and the mouse always moves from left to reach, an important thing to learn with early reading skills. This book also helps children learn to turn one page at a time.  If they turn a few pages at once, the mouse won’t be there.

Here’s our mouse that we brought home. Ava is starting to get better with crafts that involve glue, but any tips for teaching kids to use scissors? That’s definitely new for us!

M is for Mouse - Craft and Story Activity from Jaime's Book Corner

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Christmas Eve Surprise Box

What are your family traditions around Christmas? We are just beginning to form a few with our new family and I’m definitely looking for some fun ideas.

We do have one that we’ve already confirmed will continue on every year! I’ve always felt it’s fun to have a gift or two to open on Christmas Eve. We open our Christmas PJs so we can get all cozy and ready to be surrounded by love and family on Christmas day. For our daughter’s first Christmas, we, of course, included a book in her Christmas Eve box.

This year, we’re adding in a little extra magic that I want to share with you as well.

Introducing…our Christmas Eve Surprise Box🎄📦

Christmas Eve Surprise Box from Jaime's Book Corner

Santa has done all the work for you! It will come wrapped and ready to go, straight from the North Pole, featuring 2 books – our “flashlight” Secrets of Winter and a Christmas activity book of your choice to keep your kiddos busy and calm on Christmas Eve. Plus a “Nice List” certificate to help put their minds at ease that their stockings will be full of more than coal. Oh and how about some reindeer food to sprinkle around to help Santa find your home on Christmas Eve?

If you’re interested in bringing a little extra magic of a Christmas Eve Surprise Box to your home this year, please place your order here: All orders must be placed by Saturday night, December 8, 2018 at midnight to get yours in time for the big day!!! 🎁