Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs by Susan Bernardo, Illustrated by Courtenay Fletcher

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs

Sun Kisses, Moon Hugs is a lyrical picture book with a powerful message: love lasts forever. This book reassures children that we are always connected to the ones we love. Great, soothing bedtime read - and also perfect for comforting kids experiencing loss or separation anxiety. Kids will love the poetic text and searching for hearts and kisses in the charming illustrations.

Lyrical examples from the book:
"No matter how far apart we are, I will always find ways to tell you I love you..." 

"Hugs by moon, kisses by sun,  
I'll always love you, little on."

Left: Courtenay Fletcher, Illustrator and
Right: Susan Schaefer Bernardo, Author

About Susan S. Bernando

Author Susan Schaefer Bernardo is a published poet who has a book on the International Space Station (The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, co-written with LeVar Burton)! She believes in the healing power of creativity and nature, and frequently enjoys both with her two sons and a scruffy terrier named Poppy.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

'The Old Library Cafe' by Veronica R. Tabares

Granddaddy and Grandmommy buy an old library and convert it into a bakery. But to run a bakery, you have to know how to bake. So while Granddaddy brushes up on his baking skills, Grandmommy tinkers in the basement and invents a machine that creates baked goods like no other in the world.

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About the author:

Veronica Tabares lives in Seattle with her family, who are all just enough short of perfection to make life interesting. She has an MFA in Creative Writing, an MLIS, and a BA in Anthropology.

Veronica worked for years as a librarian and truly believes that knowledge is delicious.

Monday, February 15, 2016

'Sock Monkeys Don't Bully and Neither Should You!' by Cindi Walton

At Sock Monkey Nation the sock monkeys are all about kindness and "being the kind of friend that you would like to have!" The material covered in "Sock Monkeys don't bully and neither should you," can be easily understood and implemented by those as young as 4 years of age up through 4th grade This book with it's full color sock monkey pictures addresses issues such as "what does a bully look like?" What actions make you a bully? What are mean and hurtful words and what to do about a bully? The delightful sock monkeys in the book discuss bullying at school, on the playground and even at home with emphasis on physical and verbal bullying. At the end of the book there is a "bully test" for the child to take to review what has been discussed along with a "Friendship pledge" to recite. This book stands on it's own or can be used as part of the "Sock Monkey Nation" anti- bullying campaign/presentation that will be used in a local library setting where it will demonstrate that kindness produces kindness, add that to teaching the value of friendship and children can see that there is no place for bullies!

About the Author: 

All Book Sales fund my kindness/anti-bullying program Please visit! 

Cindi Walton is a native Northern Michigan resident and the wife of Michael, mother of two grown daughters, Candi and Kristy, Nana to William and Kaleigh Jean and the doggy mom of Maxwell House, her standard poodle. Cindi believes that childhood should be a time of magic and wonder. She Has written several children's books and is the founder of Sock Monkey Nation, A kindness and anti-bullying campaign built around the gentleness of the sock monkey toy.

Monday, January 4, 2016

#FREE read! 'The Farmer's Water Buckets' by A.M. Marcus

Teach your children to celebrate their differences.

Being different is not easy, especially for young children. Sharing a story wherein the main characters celebrate being different is a very powerful tool for any child. This book shows a great example of looking at the bright side of things and aims to inspire children to embrace who they are with all their unique differences.

This inspiring tale tells the story of The Farmer's Water Buckets in which one of the watering buckets unfortunately breaks. From then on, the broken bucket feels sad about not living to the expectations of others and not being able to help the farmer like he used to before he got broke.
  • Will the cracked bucket manage deal with his difference?
  • Will the cracked bucket still help the farmer after being broken?
  • Can both buckets still be friends?

This book will help you teach your children the value of tolerance, cooperation and acceptance while celebrating their differences. It may help boost a child's self-esteem and realize that being different isn't a negative trait.

It reinforces the view that being different is a positive thing and encourages children to accept the fact that everyone is different.

"Tell me a fact and I'll learn. Tell me a truth and I'll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever."
Native American proverb

A. M. Marcus graduated from the Technion Israel Institute Of Technology with B.Sc. Cum Laude in Computer Engineering.

Throughout his studies, he has been teaching and helping children with math and through his work, he has helped them to discover their inner strength and motivation to continue studying and nurturing success in life.

He loves the challenge of early education, and especially enjoys working with children with learning difficulties. He has found great satisfaction in helping them conquer their fears and overcome the challenges associated with their education.

A. M. Marcus has read hundreds of self improvement books, and been influenced heavily by them. Through self-reflection, he found that his great dream was to share that wisdom, especially with kids.

A. M. Marcus left his computer engineering career in order to pursue his dream of becoming an author of children's books. Today, he continues to write these books, with the goal of teaching kids basic skills through his stories. He believes that a good story is an excellent way to communicate ideas to children.

Each and every story is based upon some deep issue, value, or virtue that can potentially make a huge impact on the lives of both children and adults. He has a vast collection of quotes, and usually bases his stories off of quotes he personally finds inspiring.

For example, the first book he published in English on amazon was, "The Peaceful Lion And The Nagging Crow."

The story can be summed up thusly:

"Don't Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering."
--- Don Miguel Ruiz.

Dear parents, attend to A. M. Marcus' stories carefully, for there will always be a message for you
as well.

Today, A. M. Marcus' stories are delivered to his English readers with great
love. Hopefully you will enjoy and appreciate them.

A. M. Marcus is always happy to get your reviews, answer your questions, or simply speak with you. Please feel free to contact the author at:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

'The Adventures of Captain Greenspud' by Blu de Golyer Illustrated by Sarah Wheeler

The peaceful land of Spry is in great danger when the fiendish carrot, Count Carrotine and his bad veggies fall from a hole in the sky. Only Captain Greenspud can save the day while teaching children the importance of eating their greens.

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About the author:

Blu de Golyer is an established screenwriter and producer in the film industry and he eats his vegetables.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

'The Night Before Christmas' by Rose Collins

Available in ebook and hard copy!

Look at these pictures from inside!

Available in ebook and hard copy!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

'Santa's Dragon' by Xander Ross

The week before Christmas Santa discovers that his reindeer are all sick with polar flu and will not recover in time to pull the sleigh on Christmas Eve. He sends out his elves to find another team to help deliver the presents.

Each day an elf returns with a different type of animal to pull the sleigh. Some of the animals are often used to pull carts or sleighs. Other animals are less suitable.

Santa’s Dragon is an original story for young children, with bright and colourful pictures published for the first time in November 2015.

About the Author:

Xander Ross is a pen name for a pair of great grandparents who live on the west coast of Ireland. Santa’s Dragon is their first children’s picture book.