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Coquette
San Francisco, CA
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Over the Moon By Natalie Lloyd Published by Scholastic Press ISBN-10: 1338118498 304 pages, Hardcover Age: 8-12 years old $11.72 on Amazon Last summer, my daughter Chloe and I decided to read together out loud, A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. We loved it so much we went on to her next book, The Key to Extraordinary. It was the best thing we did together all summer, I loved the bonding time we had – getting cozy before bed to each read out loud a chapter to each other each night. For Christmas I gave Chloe Natalie Lloyd's third... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at Coquette Maman
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Dear Ballerina By Monica Wellington ISBN-10: 0823439321 40 pages, Hardcover Ages: 3-6 years old $12.75 on Amazon Monica Wellington has done it again with her new book, Dear Ballerina, published by Holiday House. The book was inspired by her daughter Lydia who is a ballerina with the New York City Ballet. When Lydia was a young girl she wrote letters to ballerinas she admired and now as a dancer herself is receiving letters from young fans. At the New York City Ballet it's a tradition for dancers to give used pointe shoes to the young dancers who write them letters.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Coquette Maman
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Anyone else love notebooks like me? Well I have some exciting news here. Chronicle Books has just launched a new notebook line called The Go-To Notebook ($22.95 each on Amazon) featuring Mohawk Superfine Paper that's milled right in the USA.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Coquette
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Along Came Coco: A Story About Coco Chanel by Eva Byrne ISBN-10: 1419734253 32 pages, Hardcover Ages: 4-8 years old $12.14 on Amazon Most of you know from my blog Coquette, fashion has been a huge love of my life since I was a little girl and the pinnacle of fashion and good o' DIY is Coco Chanel. In this new book written and illustrated by Eva Byrne, Along Came Coco: A Story About Coco Chanel gives young kids a peek into the childhood of this iconic fashion designer. Byrne who also illustrated the bestselling children's book, Princesses Wear Pants... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Coquette Maman
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I'm going to be honest with you. I'm not a box subscriber kind of gal. I don't do Fab Fit Fun, Rachel Zoe or any of those highly popular Japanese stationery boxes. The only box I will do is the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Coquette
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I have been a #plannerlover for a few years now and I have gone through many different brands and versions. I finally streamlined myself down to a main planner that really works for me where I have everything for my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Coquette
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Crepes by Suzette by Monica Wellington ISBN-10: 0525469346 32 pages, Paperback Ages 3-7 years $8 on Amazon Monica Wellington's book, Crepes by Suzette has a sweet place in my heart. It was one of the early books I reviewed on this blog when my daughter was really young. (You can find my review from 2011 here.) I love Monica's adorable illustration style mixed with photo collage. Plus who can resist Paris or crepes for that matter?! I really wanted to buy the book back then for my daughter's collection and ended up contacting Monica to find out if there was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Coquette Maman
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Hi friends! I have taken a couple months off from the blog for two reasons. I actually wasn't even sure until recently that I was coming back. The most important reason I wasn't around was that my 78 year old... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Coquette
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Bikes for Sale By Carter Higgins, Illustrated by Zachariah OHora ISBN-10: 1452159327 40 pages, Hardcover Ages: 4-8 years old Preorder $16.99 on Amazon (release date April 2, 2019) I don't usually post about a new children's book until it's launched but with this wonderful picture book, Bikes for Sale by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Zachariah OHora (published by Chronicle Books), I just couldn't help myself! It's the story of Maurice, a chipmunk-like cutie who runs a lemonade stand on his bike and Lotta a stick-collecting hedgehog. The illustrations by Zachariah OHora is filled with vibrant color. The look and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Coquette Maman
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When you don't have time to visit the real zoo, take your kids on a virtual cute fest with Sago Mini Zoo ($3.99 App Store | Google Play | Amazon). This game lets kids explore the zoo, complete with 24 new animal characters. (My favorite is the little monkey!) The game is completely free play and you don't need WiFi, making it a great app for when you are traveling or on a road trip. What's great about all Sago Mini games is that there are absolutely no in app purchases. Davin Risk was the Play Designer for this game.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at Coquette Maman
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I am such a lover of books but as the book stack piles up on my nightstand, I just don't have time everyday to take the time to sit and read. I just started trying out a new app for audiobooks called Libro.fm that will change the way you read! For one thing, Libro.fm lets you purchase audiobooks directly through your local bookstore, helping you support your local business community. As a mom, I'm always driving around the city doing school drop offs, school activities, errands, after school events -- you know the drill. Even though I have Sirius XM... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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The Golden Girls: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas By Francesco Sedita and Douglas Yacka, Illustrated by Alex Fine ISBN-10: 1524789925 ISBN-10: 1524789925 32 pages, Hardcover $11.69 on Amazon I'm super excited to be a part of Penguin Book's Winter Wonderland Blog Tour. I usually blog about children's book here but this one is actually one for us. Yay! (I posted a story on Instagram of my unboxing last week when I received the book.) Today's featured book is based on the classic holiday tale with a 80's TV sitcom twist -- The Golden Girls!!! The Golden Girls: 'Twas the Night... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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Project Glimmer is an organization near and dear to my heart. The organization helps at-risk teenage girls and women with gifts of gently used jewelry, bags and new beauty products. As we move into the holiday season with food drives... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Coquette
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I am Rosa Parks (Ordinary People Change the World Series) By Brad Meltzer, Illustrated by Christoper Eliopoulos Published by: Dial Books ISBN-10: 0803740859 40 pages, Hardcover Ages: 5-8 years old $10.43 on Amazon Today I am a part of the I am Justice Blog Tour and so happy to be presenting this week's book I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer, illustrated by Christoper Eliopoulos. As you know, this is one of my favorite book series because it covers famous people in history from when they were a child, giving kids inspiration on how they too can easily change the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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What Can a Citizen Do? By Dave Eggers, Illustrated by Shawn Harris Published by: Chronicle Books ISBN-10: 1452173133 40 pages, Hardcover Age: 4-8 years old $13.57 on Amazon Today is Election Day around the United States and I thought it was poignant to review one of my favorite books to debut this fall, What Can a Citizen Do? By Dave Eggers, illustrated by Shawn Harris. Eggers and Harris are the same creative team that brought us Her Right Foot , about how the Statue of Liberty came to be and what her deeper meaning is for freedom. Eggers brings civic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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Tomorrow I'll Be Brave By Jessica Hische Publisher: Penguin Worshop ISBN-10: 9781524787011 40 pages, Hardcover $12.75 on Amazon Just out this week is the book Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische. Hische is an San Francisco based designer and typographer who has created a beautiful picture book filled with her gorgeous lettering and imagery. It touches upon positive words for kids that helps kids grow into strong little people. From Adventurous, Strong, Smart, Curious, Creative, Confident and Brave – I love the beautiful message it gives to empower young kids. On today's blog tour stop, it's all about Confidence.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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Girls Who Code: Spotlight on Coding Club (Book #4) By Michelle Schusterman Publisher:Penguin Workshop ISBN-10:039954254X 144 pages, Hardcover $9.33 on Amazon It's Day #4 of the Girls Who Code Blog Tour and I'm so excited to be here to celebrate the 4th book that just launched a couple days ago! Girls Who Code: Spotlight on Coding Club! by Michelle Schusterman is the new book that features a storyline centered around Erin, who is Chloe's absolute favorite character from the series. Chloe of course devoured this book immediately upon arrival! Book Description: It's almost time for the talent show at school,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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I have spent most of the summer using less products on my skin and it's made a huge difference. One brand and one product I will never take out of rotation is my Clarins Double Serum ($89 for 1 fl... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2018 at Coquette
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I am Neil Armstrong (Ordinary People Change the World Series By Brad Meltzer, Illustrated by Christoper Eliopoulos Publisher: Dial Books ISBN-10: 0735228728 40 Pages, Hardcover $10.52 on Amazon Today's the last stop for the I am a Traveler Blog Tour and I'm so excited to review the book, I am Neil Armstrong that is part of the Ordinary People Change the World Series. It's definitely one of my favorite book series for kids. Where else can you read about heroes of our time with glimpses into their childhood? These stores are positive and give kids strength and inspiration to know... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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Avery has teamed up with one of my favorite artist/designer Amy Tangerine for a line of colorful binders, folders and dividers is a stationery horders dream! It's perfect for students going back to school or for those of you like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2018 at Coquette
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The Who/Was books series from publisher Penguin/Random House have taken their show on the road with a new TV series "The Who Was? Show" on Netflix! The series, just like the books, takes a fun approach to biographies of famous people in history and popular culture. The show takes it one step further though creating a hip, variety style educational show much like "The Electric Company" with some elements of the old late 60's-70's TV show "Laugh In" (dancing and people talking through different window frames) and some "Monty Python" comedy feels thrown in. Who Was Julius Caesar? by Nico... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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I'm in the throws of summer here in Napa and I've been using these three sunscreens from Clarins non-stop. The two bottles I use each day are the UV Plus Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Multi-Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($43) for my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at Coquette
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Professionally, I'm also blogging these days on Adafruit on STEM and kids topics. Just posted today is my review of three STEM-related activity books for kids. They are perfect to take with you on road or plane trips and will help keep kids busy when they are bored. Here on Coquette Maman, I particularly want to call out how amazing the Girls Who Code fiction book series is. Girls Who Code is a movement started by founder Reshma Saujani. Girls in middle school and up can take coding classes at various locations all over the United States. There are also... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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Have your toddlers and young kids experienced the Sago Mini world of apps yet? I love their cast of characters and safe game play. I don't know if many of you know but I spent over seven years as a designer and creative director in an interactive agency in late 90's - early 2000's. My specialty was designing kids games (in Flash back in the day). I worked on the Mattel account for five years as well as other large kids brands. Sago Mini does such a great job with their game play for young kids to explore that it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2018 at Coquette Maman
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Just launched is the new Toca Boca Mystery House app ($2.99 at the App Store | Google Play | Amazon). You know that scary house down at the end of a dark street? Well this one isn't so bad at all as it's filled with musical trolls, a lab filled with potions, a slimy kitchen and more! As with all Toca Boca games there are no in app purchases and I love that it's always a place to uncover and discover things all around with lots of fun hidden surprises. Take the stairs or use the eerie elevator! Head down... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Coquette Maman