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dax + jade - New Gift Boutique and Event Venue

dax + jade

Explore this charming new gift boutique and event venue in the small Hill Country town of Jonestown, nestled on the shores of Lake Travis between Lago Vista and Cedar Park: dax + jade.

Launched by mom and local resident Amy Stewart, dax + jade quickly won the hearts of the community, particularly among Moms and kids who have an affinity for creativity and handcrafted body and beauty products. 

By Birgit Sund on January 23, 2024

Stronger Than She Thinks by Nancy Kerrigan [Book Review + Giveaway]

Stronger Than She Thinks

Today’s featured book, Stronger Than She Thinks by Nancy Kerrigan, reviewed by our reader and local mom Sabrina, is based on a true story about the Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. 
By Birgit Sund on November 27, 2023

The Sun and The Planets by Patricia Geis [Book Review + Giveaway]

The Sun and The Planets by Patricia Geis
Today’s featured book The Sun and The Planets by Patricia Geis, reviewed by our reader and local mom Yvette, is a very detailed and informative adventure about earth and outer space, with pop-ups, pull-outs, sliders, and foldouts.
By Yvette Fischer on October 18, 2023

Adelaide and The Cosmic Rescue Squad by Zoe Twist [Book Review]

Adelaide and The Cosmic Rescue Squad
Today's featured book Adelaide and The Cosmic Rescue Squad by Zoe Twist is about a team of young trick or treaters who have to brave the dark by helping a tiny witchlet Zara create magical light bubbles for all the worlds children.
By Alyssa Comstock on September 28, 2023

Free Children's Books - Live Grow Play Austin “Read and Share” Program


Attention, fellow book enthusiasts, parents, and caregivers of budding bookworms! Is your little one an avid reader or do they simply adore listening to your soothing voice as you read to them?

We are inundated with numerous requests to review children's books, and unfortunately, we can no longer keep up with reviewing all of them ourselves. It pains us to decline authors, as we hold a deep love for books and a strong desire to support the incredible individuals who both educate and entertain our precious little readers.

Recognizing that many of you have young book lovers at home or have experienced this joy in the past, we wanted to gauge your interest in a "Read and Share" program. This program would offer you the opportunity to receive free books in exchange for providing book reviews. Interested? Read on for details.
By Birgit Sund on June 27, 2023

My Mummy is a Monster and My Daddy is a Monster by Natalie Reeves Billing [Book Review + Giveaway]


Today's featured books, My Daddy is a Monster/My Kids are Monsters and My Mummy is a Monster/My Children are Monsters by Natalie Reeves Billing and illustrated by Lisa Williams are part of  “The Monstrous Me Collection”. Both books are uniquely engaging and describe one story from two points of view, the children's and the father's and mother's respectively. Once you reach a certain place in the book, you flip the book over and read it again, it’s the same, yet different.   

Who's going to be the monster today, Mom or Dad?

Read the book review of a fellow Live Grow Play Austin reader and enter for a chance to win your own copy.
By Erin Thompson on October 8, 2020

Perry the Fairy and her Tail by Tsila Glidai [Book Review + Giveaway]

Perry the Fairy and her Tail
Today's featured book Perry the Fairy and her Tail by Tsila Glidai and Illustrator Tamar Efrati  is a charming lesson about acceptance, self- confidence and inclusion told by the sweetest grandmother to her curious granddaughter. This is the first book in a series of Tell Me A Story, Grandma Glee. Children ages 4-8 will enjoy this book as they engage in rhyming sentences on each page and beautifully hand- drawn pictures to compliment every page.
By Laura Schwarcz on September 29, 2020

Ravensburger 3D Labyrinth - Board Game of Minds and Magic! [Review + Giveaway]

Ravensburger 3D Labyrinth

It’s fall, y’all, and what’s better than cozying up at home with the kids and a fun board game on a cold, rainy day? We just got a new board game and we love it: Ravensburger 3D Labyrinth!

Just like in the classic and other versions of Labyrinth, the goal of this game is to be the first to collect all of your treasures by moving walls and open passages of a Labyrinth, and to foil and block your opponents. Better get your thinking hat on!

Read our review and enter for a chance to win your own copy of the game.
By Birgit Sund on September 23, 2020

This Book is Ridiculous by George Reistma [Book Review + Giveaway]

This Book is Ridiculous
Today's featured book, This Book is Ridiculous, was written by George Reistma and illustrated by Ronaldo Florendo. In this story we follow a snail named Sammy while he travels thru the park and observes other friendly animals doing things that look odd along the way. 

Read the book review of a fellow Live Grow Play Austin reader and enter for a chance to win your own copy.
By Birgit Sund on September 1, 2020

These Are My Pants by Jane & Katelyn Plank [Book Review + Giveaway]

These are my Pants
We have a new book review! These are my Pants was written by Jane & Katelyn Park and illustrated by Aniqa Ashfaq. This is a cute, colorfully illustrated book about a young squirrel named Sam who learns the importance of sharing. This book is great for 3-6-year olds.

Read the book review of a fellow Live Grow Play Austin reader and enter for a chance to win your own copy.
By Erin Thompson on August 10, 2020