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Friday, December 18, 2020

Once upon a COVID-19 Christmas... REMEMBER TO SMILE by Shannon Q. McDonald - REVIEW!

Hi there!
Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers.

Today, we're throwing the book spotlight on a Picture Book title that was set in motion thanks to the lovely...the wonderful...coronavirus!  (*so silent I can hear crickets chirping*)  Okay, so those adjectives have never before been uttered, let alone written in conjunction with this definitely-not-wonderful pandemic, but the book that we're setting our sights on today helps make a bit more sense of the "new world" we're living in for the wee ones among us.  I mean, we've not grown up wearing masks, so it's hard enough to get use to, so imagine the strangeness to a child...

Ladies and gents, may I present today's title in the spotlight and ebook of choice...

Remember to Smile
Shannon Q. McDonald

About the book...

As more and more places are requiring masks, and young children are having to experience so many new, confusing, and sometimes scary things, Remember to Smile adds playfulness and laughs around mask-wearing to help kids see masks as something fun. With the help of some giggles and an adorable wiener dog based on the author’s family pup, Remember to Smile will help children become more comfortable with the idea of face masks, and encourage them to keep smiling, even if it has to be hidden from sight at times

Remember to Smile proudly supports the COVID-19 Relief Fund (for Teachers and Students) through the non-profit organization Visit to learn more.

Available now in hardcover, paperback and ebook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.


With an adorable puppy leading the way, readers of all ages will gladly follow this adventure from start to finish!  Throughout our journey, we discover the many types of masks that are worn in day to day life, depending on your job or occupation, and the importance of wearing their gorgeous smile whether it can be directly seen or not.  We see the many fabulous shades these protective shields come in, and the patterns that can add a dash of pizazz to your every day outfit.  We also see how they can help us be as serious or silly as we want to be, especially with masks that give us the face of a puppy, kitten, or our favorite animated character!

The most important thing it does though is help normalize in a kid-friendly way a situation that is anything but normal...and THAT can be the difference between having kiddos wear this not-as-comfortable accessory willingly and an every day struggle.  We know they're not fool proof, but until things are safer, they're are certainly better than nothing in most situations.  Much applause to the author for bringing this perfectly timed topic to the forefront and making it absolutely FUN-tastic!


About the author...

A Midwest girl at heart, Shannon Q. McDonald is originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan. Not long after graduating from law school, she moved to California to work in entertainment law at WME. After a few years in California, she and her husband moved to South Florida to raise their own family. Along with daughter Sloane (5), son Sean (3) and their wiener dog, Rudy, they are now residents of sunny Delray Beach, Florida. When not balancing remote-school schedules and playdates, Shannon works as corporate counsel for a large technology and outsourcing company, Everise Holdings, while still maintaining her own law practice for select clients. Learn more about her book at and connect with her on Facebook.


Special thanks to Smith Publicity for the chance to bring this title to you as well as the ecopy for review.  (THANKS!)   For more information on this title or the author, feel free to click through the links provided above.

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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