3 affordable kindle ebooks for kids

Today, I have an exciting announcement. My new design is finally live. A couple details still need to be ironed out such as my social media buttons love to travel around the header, but you can finally see what has been going on behind the scenes.

I have another great announcement for my readers. I did realize after the haze of going through a redesign that I actually misread part of the Amazon affiliate program change, and as long as I stop promoting huge lists of free Kindle eBooks and stop promoting free Kindle eBooks everyday, I should be able to still promote some free Kindle eBooks just for fun. (In fact, I even have one for you today!)

free kindle eBook and eBook deals for kids

Over the next couple of months, I have a lot of great posts planned. I am working on some holiday themed activities for kids, I will share my favorite books (with occasional free eBooks), and I’m starting a local acts of kindness campaign that I can’t wait to tell you about!

My prices are based on the current price in the Kindle Store and are subject to change. Prices may not include fees for international customers (but you can always search for the book within your own location’s Amazon store!).  If you don’t own a Kindle, you can still read Kindle books by downloading the free Kindle app to your electronic device. (Except for Nook owners. Sorry, Amazon and Barnes and Noble don’t seem to like sharing books.)

kindle ebooks for kids:

Brianna the Ballet Fairy by Julia Dweck

If you have read Brianna the Cooking Fairy, this cute free Kindle eBook has a similar theme. Brianna wants to impress the Fairy Queen with her dancing so that she will be picked as the Sugarplum Fairy. The mischievous Pixie has different plans for Brianna.

Brianna the Ballet Fairy is free today, March 9, but normally is priced at $2.99. In my opinion, the KiteReader eBooks are worth spending money on. The illustrations always fill the page, the words are easy to read, and the books are well-written.

Pandora’s Box by Julia Dweck and illustrated by Chris Robertson

Pandora’s Box is the first collaborative book between Julia Dweck and Chris Robertson (some of my favorite eBook author/illustrators). In Pandora’s Box, Pandora the penguin doesn’t follow the crowd. When she finds a box, her friends all encourage her to leave it alone, but she chooses to open the box instead. Her box ends up containing a wonderful surprise (a fun little twist on the original Pandora’s Box.)

Currently, March 9, 2013, Pandora’s Box is on sale for $0.99. Normally, this Kindle eBook is priced at $2.99.

 

Beewitched by Julia Dweck and illustrated by Aida Sofia Barba

Julia Dweck sent me a copy of her newest kids’ book Beewitched early this week and asked if I would tell you about it. Sounds like Dweck is busy as a bee with all these books that she has been publishing!

In Beewitched, Beetrice has a bit of a bee obsession. She reads about bees, tries to look like a bee, and eats an inordinate amount of honey. One day though, her bee obsession lands her into trouble when a taste of honey from a nearby hive transforms her into a honey bee. At first she is excited about her new life as a honeybee until she discovers that being a bee isn’t all she had imagined it to be. People don’t really like bees and making honey is hard work. Naturally, she finds a way out of her predicament {this is only a silly picture book after all}, but her perspective on life is changed forever. As Dweck says, “Beetrice still loved bees, but she was perfectly content to bee a girl.”

If you are familiar with Julia Dweck’s other kids’ books, you may be interested to know that this book does not rhyme. A pleasant surprise for me, because I’m not really a rhyming sort of person {though, I will admit Julia Dweck’s rhymes are clever and imaginative}. This Kindle eBook is a little longer with 50 pages and as a result the price is a tiny bit higher $3.99. Julia Dweck’s distinct love for puns does appear in the book, and I’m sure that you can imagine how many puns the word “bee” could generate. (Maybe this explains the 50 pages?) I did think that the Kindle eBook was a giggly sort of funny, and I would imagine that most children old enough to understand the puns would enjoy it.

The illustrations like all KiteReader book span the page and are attractive. The text features the pop-up text feature, though I had no trouble reading the book without using the pop-up text. I did think that one illustration was a bit awkward. Beetrice let a bee into the kitchen and the illustration nicely shows only the bottom half of mom wearing a swirly mini-skirt, jumping on a chair in stiletto heels, doing some odd foot-up pose which nicely shows off her shapely legs. Okay, I know that most of you are moms, and I don’t need to explain why this illustration is so ridiculous. Maybe mom is a dancer and on her way to work? But, jumping on a chair over a bee? I think that bee would be dead or swatted out a window in most homes.

I did like that Dweck threw in a couple science lessons and the illustrations did nicely show Beetrice’s transformation from egg to grown bee.

If you download any of these Kindle eBooks, I would love to hear what you think!

4 comments to 3 affordable kindle ebooks for kids

  • Hi Bethany!
    Great new look for your blog! I’m still very interested in doing that interview when you get a chance.

    Thanks,
    Chris Robertson

  • Bethany, the new site looks great! I am also glad to hear the issue with Amazon works out. To keep receiving emails, do we have to sign up again? I have not seen emails for the posts after the new site being up.

    • Thanks for letting me know. This is the first I’ve heard about anyone not receiving my emails, so I’ll have to check into it! I still won’t be writing much about eBooks, just because it really isn’t worth the time investment from my end with Amazon starting to penalize it, but I will write about them occasionally!

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