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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