Wednesday, May 11, 2022

What Makes Me...Me by Anne Baldwin and Levi Baldwin - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

Join Us for This Tour:  May 2 to May 20, 2022
Book Details:

Book TitleWhat Makes Me...Me by Anne Baldwin
Category:  Children's Fictions (ages 3-7), 34 pages
Genre:  Children's Picture Book
Publisher:  Anne Baldwin
Release date:   June 2021
Formats Available for Review: print - softback (USA only), e-book PDF
Tour dates: May 2 to May 20, 2022
Content Rating:  G -Suitable for everyone.  
Book Description:

What Makes Me...Me is a story about harnessing your super powered brain. We are all special and unique and our differences are what make us all special. What Makes Me...Me was written especially for those kids with neurological differences, their families, and their friends.
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What Makes Me...Me is a wonderful children's book that shines a light on children who have neurological differences, such as Tourette's. It's a story about a little boy who has a brain that may work differently, but he doesn't let that stop him from living his best life. Even when the other kids may point or laugh, he keeps his chin up and doesn't let it get him down. 
As the parent of a child on the spectrum, and as someone who has lived with OCD (needing to move things into different positions until they're just right or else I have muscle spasms/facial tics) since I was a child, this book really resonated with me. I enjoyed how it was written in an easy to understand way for young children, but also allows for open discussion about differences with young readers and their parents. 
The illustrations are also lovely and really bring the story to life. It's a cute book, but also deals with a very important subject. And any book that helps kids understand other children who may be different so they can learn to be compassionate and kind is always a plus in my book. 
5 stars!

“Pageants and Paperbacks”
For most people, the word pageant conjures up images of big hair, sparkly dresses, and world peace. But for others it’s so much more than that — including me. Last year, I entered my first ever pageant at the age of 34. At first most of my friends and family didn’t understand why I signed up but when I explained why, they got it. Entering a pageant gave me a platform to stand on and to share the story of my family.

In September 2021 I was crowned Mrs. Michigan American (part of the Mrs. America pageant system). When the crown was placed on my head, I knew I had a huge opportunity and responsibility to help end the stigma around Tourette Syndrome in youth. Through the use of What Makes Me…Me, I did just that. I spent the next year of my reign sharing my story and the story of my son. Reading to classrooms, talking to educators and others in our communities, and donating copies of my book to kids across Michigan.

Throughout my entire reign, What Makes Me…Me was at the center of my advocacy. Sharing a story that helps teach compassion to children was an important key in ending the stigma around Tourette. Over the past 6 months I was able to donate over 350 copies of my book to schools and Little Free Libraries throughout the U.S. mainly because of the women I met through pageants. My goal is to help kids like my son feel understood and seen, one book and one state at a time

Meet the Author:

Anne Baldwin is a wife, mom, and fierce advocate for neurodiverse kids. Anne wrote her first book What Makes Me...Me after her son Levi was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome. Passionate about stopping the stigma around Tourette-Syndrome, Anne hopes that her books about embracing your differences as what makes you unique will help kids with Tourette Syndrome, ADHD, and other neurological disorders to feel included and accepted by everyone. Anne lives in metro-Detroit with her husband Nick, their sons Levi and Gus, 3 cats, a dog, and a leopard gecko. 

connect with the author:  website ~ instagram
Tour Schedule:
May 2 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
May 2 - Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
May 2 - Rockin' Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 3 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 3 - Baroness' Book Trove – book spotlight / giveaway
May 4 – Sandra's Book Club – book review / giveaway
May 5 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
May 6 – Splashes of Joy – book review / giveaway
May 9 – Triquetra Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
May 10 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
May 11 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 11 - @twilight_reader – book review
May 12 – Reading is My Passion – book review
May 12 - Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
May 13 – Lisa's Reading – book review / giveaway
May 16 – Kam's Place – book review
May 17 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
May 17 - Library Lady's Kid Lit – book review / giveaway
May 18 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
May 18 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
May 19 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
May 19 - The Phantom Paragrapher – book review
May 20 – Books for Books – book review
May 20 - Ravenz Reviewz – book review / giveaway
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