Coming Soon from the Pen (short), Please Welcome Historical Author Jill Stengl!

Today is the last day of historical author Jill Stengl’s launch blog tour for her newest release, “Until that Distant Day”. Please stop by and see a short version of a Coming Soon from the Pen post where she answers my question, “What was the first book you really remember reading that stuck with you and gave you a love for books?”

You might also find a treat for yourself… *wink*

Continue reading

The Great Unexpected (Now in Paperback!)

From Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech comes a grand story that is a celebration of the great and unexpected gifts of friendship and forgiveness, and weaves together two worlds, one in Blackbird Tree, USA, and the other far across the ocean in Ireland. Kirkus Reviews, in a starred review, called it “an enchanting tale to treasure in which ordinary folk find fairies’ gold, run across crooked bridges, and mend their broken hearts.”

Continue reading

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech

Heartfelt and hilarious, this is a classic and sweeping yarn, a story of pairs-of spirited young orphans Naomi and Lizzie in Blackbird Tree, USA, and of Sybil and Nula, grown-up sisters from far away Rooks Orchard, Ireland. Beloved author Sharon Creech deftly weaves these two rich worlds together, as unraveling mysteries of identity unfold with alternating stories across the ocean. Naomi’s and Lizzie’s misfortunes turn into lives filled with hope, as old misunderstandings between Sybil and Nula give way to love and forgiveness. With captivating language and an amazing cast of characters, such as Elizabeth Scatterding, Miss Pilpenny, Witch Wiggins, Mr. Dingle, and Paddy McCoul, this is a tale about unexpected gifts-the kindness of neighbors, of strangers fostering children, and of young people helping old and old helping young. This breathtaking tale reminds us that magic is everywhere, though not necessarily where we might think.

Continue reading

The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck by Emily Fairlie

Using a unique blend of notes, lists, and classic prose, The Lost Treasure of Tuckernuck tells the story of Bud and Laurie’s quest to find the infamous Tutweiler Treasure. They’re hot (or at least lukewarm) on the trail of clues, but time is running out-the school board wants to tear down Tuckernuck Hall. Can Bud and Laurie find the treasure before it’s lost forever?

Continue reading

The Enchanted Attic by L.L. Samson

Award-Winning Author Lisa Samson Offers an Imaginative Twist on a Classic Tale

Linus and Julia Easterday find themselves in the strangest situations. Repeatedly. And it’s entirely their own fault.

Samson, the author of over twenty-five books, draws kids in through a witty narrator who never takes the job too seriously, a fun plot, and quirky characters with heart. Parents, teachers, and librarians will find The Enchanted Attic series a great tool for introducing children to classic literature and inspiring a love for great writing.

Continue reading

Mia and the Daisy Dance by Robin Farley (I Can Read!)

Mia and the Daisy Dance by Robin Farley Illustrated by Olga Ivanov, Aleksey Ivanov Level My First I Can Read! – Ballet Genre: Juvenile Fiction / Readers Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover Date Published: April 3, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Mia links arms with a friend for a special spring dance in her third I Can Read book. Mia’s dance class is putting on their first show! Each dancer will perform her own special part, and Mia can’t wait to practice. The dance is going to be perfect! But when Mia’s friend Anna leaves class early without learning her part, Mia begins to worry. Will Anna be able to dance at the show? Together, Mia and Anna learn that sometimes it’s not about the end result, but the fun of learning with a friend that’s important. Now as a fan, I look forward to read about Mia and her dance class again.. . .

Continue reading

Mia and the Big Sister Ballet by Robin Farley (I Can Read!)

When Mia grows up, she wants to be just like her big sister, Ava!

Ava is a ballerina in a real show, and Mia’s class is taking a trip to visit her. Mia and her friends watch Ava dance in the ballet, and then Ava shows them how to do some new moves. Mia tries to dance her best so that Ava will watch, but Ava is too busy helping Mia’s friends to notice. How can Mia show her big sister what a great ballerina she is?

Mia and the Big Sister Ballet is Mia’s fourth My First I Can Read book, perfect for all beginning readers and aspiring ballerinas everywhere.

Continue reading

Amelia Bedelia Cub Reporter (I Can Read!)

Stop the presses! Amelia Bedelia volunteers at a school newspaper and helps the students slug copy, create briefs, and determine if their stories pass the cereal test in this classic Amelia Bedelia I Can Read Level 2 adventure.

Continue reading

New Harper Summer Reads for Ages 8-12

From the Emmy Award-winning head writer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart comes a hilariously illustrated “Year in the Blog” of awesomely nerdy seventh grader Tad, based on a feature in MAD magazine. Move over, Wimpy Kid!

Continue reading

Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie

Ever wonder what Amelia Bedelia was like as a child? Amelia Bedelia, the housekeeper for the Rogers family, has been entertaining generations of readers since 1963. Now she is starring in her own full-size picture book series…here as a little girl baking her first apple pie!

As an adult, Amelia Bedelia charms one and all with her delicious cakes and pies. But how did everyone’s favorite housekeeper get her culinary education? For the first time, fans can join Amelia Bedelia as a child as she bakes her very first apple pie. Herman Parish-together with Lynne Avril’s the adorably fresh art-brings the humor and fun of Amelia Bedelia, whose beginning reader books have sold more than 23 million copies, to a whole new level in this best-selling picture book series. A wonderful book for apple-picking season and all year round, Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie will have readers hungry for more.

Continue reading

Pinkalicious: Purpledoodles by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious: Purpledoodles by Victoria Kann Genre: Children’s Coloring and Activity Book Ages 3-103 Pages: 128 Paperback 8 1/4 x 11 Date Published: June 12, 2012 Publisher: HarperFestival, a division of HarperCollins Children’s Get ready, get set, use your pinkermagination! Drawing and coloring is doodlicious! Over 100 pages of purplicious pictures for you to complete Includes coloring, drawing, and activities to inspire creativity Perfect for Pinkalicious fans of all ages Oooh!! We are just starting to get to know Pinkalicious and her adventures and now to find activity books like this make me want to squeal. Pinkalicious: Purpledoodles is a coloring and activity book that is written in all purple lines (like Harold and the Purple Crayon shade…). Every page has something to color, doodles to finish and even puzzles, word searches, blank pages for your own art and more. The guide says ages 3-103 and I agree that anyone could. . .

Continue reading

Creative Madness from Tween Fiction Author Naomi Kinsman

How did I get into writing teen/tween literature? Stories are just as much a part of my life as sleep, food and exercise. As a child, I curled up in the library and escaped into imagined worlds drawn by Chris Van Allsburg. I visited with old friends like Lucy and Aslan, Meg and Calvin, and Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The stories I wrote myself were magical in a different way. As my own first reader, I set off into uncharted territory as my words filled the pages. After college, I acted and directed in the theatre—a very collaborative process. When I came home at night, slipping into my own stories recharged me. Perhaps because stories about young people usually involve facing overwhelming challenges and becoming who we’re called to be, these stories became my way of grappling with my own enormous questions. Who am I? What am I meant to. . .

Continue reading