Recommendations & Reviews

“A delightful, funny, heartwarming book for young readers! As the author of “Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms,” “Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four” is a must for young kids in new blended families. The style of rhyming and humor is reminiscent of Dr. Seuss, and the touching ending will reassure children that it’s all going to be okay. There just might be some happy surprises that come with adding new members to your family.”   
                                                                                          -Shawn Simon, Author: Stepping into a New Role, Stories from Stepmoms

"In a category where nearly three out of four marriages fail, you need to use every tool to help you succeed. If you've got young kids, Maria Ashworth's book is a must have. It will help kids adapt and help parents succeed."
                                                     -Stacey James Wheeler, Author of Stepdad 101- What to Know Before you Marry a Single Mom

"This soon-to-be-a-stepkid's story is filled with real fears and funny thoughts - all what a kid might think-  and certainly things so many kids in this situation could relate to!  The journey to 'maybe it's not so bad after all' is inspiring and adorable as one girl finds a way to appreciate a new houseful of stepbrothers. A great resource for blended families that offers a rare balance of reality and whimsy!"
                                                                                          -Erin Mantz, Editor, Hey, Who's In My House? Stepkids Speak Out 

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Step One, Step Two, Step Three and Four  takes a lighter approach to a child’s life altering event, and looks at the positive aspects of having a growing family. Children ages 4 to 8 will be entertained with its fun text and lively illustrations.
     The book focuses on blended families but gives a lesson on acceptance. 

Play an interactive critical thinking game from the book here.

Alicia Keys, What You do For Love, ​Blended Family Song,

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2012 Finalist
National Association of Elementary School Principal Contest