Saturday, May 2, 2015

'The Trotters of Tweeville: Harraf Namrattle' by Shirin Zarga-Lederman


Harraf sets out to play baseball with her friend Bo, who has a new baseball mitt. What will she say when she sees it? Then she meets her friend Hennaj, who has a lemonade stand. What will she say when she tries the lemonade? When she sees another friend drawing on the sidewalk, will she take her mother’s advice and be nice? Can Harraf Namrattle learn to think before she speaks and to be kind to the people in Tweeville?

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Author Bio:

Shirin Zarqa-Lederman is a wife and mother of five children. Shirin lives in New Jersey with her family, where she was born and raised. She is a Board Certified Professional Counselor and is licensed in NJ. Her 17-year counseling career has focused solely on children and adolescents and their families.

Most recently Shirin’s practice has transformed into “mobile” therapy, where she counsels in a clients’ home rather than the traditional counselor office. This allows her to experience a child in his/her element-a much more natural setting. Her attention has been children and adolescents who have difficulty socializing with their peers, developing and maintaining focus on daily tasks, managing behavior within a school setting, as well as a familial setting.

She utilizes experiential therapies, which is a process whereby-as she puts it- “if you can experience it you can feel it, and if you can feel it you can choose whether or not to recreate it.” When asked about her inspiration for this book, she stated, “This book series is my attempt to ‘recreate’ the practice of that infamous ‘golden rule.’"

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

'Daniella the Dinosaur Has Dinomania' by Jenna Caroline Maddix

Story description:

Daniella is a dinosaur at Mesozoic Elementary. She loves to sing in the choir and act in every school production. That is, until she finds out the next show is a musical and there is a dance audition. The musical is called Dinomania and it's all about dancing. Daniella loves to dance but not in front of anyone. She has a very unique dancing style. Will Daniella get over her fear of dancing in front of others and give it all she's got--dancing and all?

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About the author:

Jenna has been writing, for what feels like her whole life. Her first story was in middle school for an extra credit assignment and was given additional points for being so creative. Creating is definitely a passion and it's given her unique opportunities before she started writing children's books, including one of her favorite experiences—writing PSA’s for astronauts to encourage kids to stay in school.

Jenna worked for NASA Johnson Space Center for close to 10 years in the Public Affairs Office. During that time, she coordinated film shoots for TV networks such as Discovery Channel, History Channel, and National Geographic. She also coordinated kid-centered outreach events to area hospitals, worked in the newsroom during Space Shuttle missions, and did lots of writing, from feature articles and press releases to PSA's. She left in 2012 to care full-time for her son, who was born with a rare, genetic condition called Lowe Syndrome.

When Jenna isn't writing or thinking of a new, unique story idea, she enjoys spending time with her family and is regularly involved with community theatre.

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Friday, April 3, 2015

'Tootie Mctoot and the Quest for Her Boot' by Millie Mora


“This is the story of Tootie Mctoot, wouldn’t you like to try out her book?”

Come and read the delightful adventures Tootie has with this picture and rhyme book for kids to read with their moms and for the beginning reader. Tootie is a delightful young girl with a very active imagination that will fill you with joy and make your kids smile and laugh. In this book you can follow her in the quest to find the boot she misplaced. She revisits places she went the day before and uses the help of her friend and even a bumblebee to search all around until she finally finds out that her boot is now a home for a cuddly new friend.

Author bio:

A +15 years experienced children and young adult dance teacher who is venturing into the world of picture books and digital publishing. With the help of her husband and a very talented graphic artist they both have brought to life the cute and lovable character based on their niece named Tootie Mctoot who is anxious to share her adventures with children around the world. Upcoming projects include a fantasy chapter books and Tootie’s second book "Tootie Mctoot and the Basement Adventure”.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

'Oh Brother! Why Is He My Brother?' by A. Law Shettleworth


Whether you have ever had a little brother or not, everyone will appreciate the annoying little pest they can sometimes be. In this story, one little brother’s (Richard) overly adventuresome nature saves the day for his older sister (Katie).

Learning to appreciate our siblings can be a challenge. This little story, written by A. Law Shettleworth will teach all children how to look at their little brother or sister in a brand new light.

Read an excerpt:
He started to flap his arms like a bird and roll all over the floor. Katie came down the stairs, and Richard kept rolling on the ground…

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Daughter of an African American father and a Chinese mother, Antonette Yolanda Drayton grew up in Hong Kong, where she attended Chinese schools before moving back to the United States in 1997. While in Hong Kong, she was given the Chinese name Kayee Law (羅加怡). Antonette earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from San Jose State University, and resides in California with her husband and two sons.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

'Nightmare Schmightmare' by Spencer Platt


Nightmares? Nightmare Schmightmare is a fun book about dealing with the monsters that creep into our children’s dreams with silly and creative solutions. Join this father and son duo as they roast marshmallows with dragons breathe, defeat a rock monster with paper airplanes, brush a sharks teeth and much more.

Check out these sneak peeks inside the book!

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'That's Nothing!' by Clint Morey on Kindle Countdown!


Three boys learn that always trying to out-do one another sometimes gets in the way of friendships. A Kindle Countdown Sale for only 99 cents!


Clint is a storyteller who loves touching people with a good story. He writes screenplays and novels but he also likes writing picture books. Perhaps his 25 years as a classroom teacher has something to do with that.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

#FREE 3/19-3/21 'Sean T. Close: The Irish Santa' by C. O. Manahan


In "Sean T. Close: The Irish Santa" Sean Timothy Close is a young boy living in Ireland many years ago.

He has a very special father, however. His Da, Nick travels all around the world at Christmas bringing presents to little children.

A naughty boy tries to sabotage Nick's Christmas run and poor old Nick gets sick. 

Sean has to save Christmas and his father's reputation, but he has to travel to the North Pole to learn how to get round the world by sleigh in just one night like Santa Claus!

How will he manage since he has never driven a sleigh before?
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