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Sometimes my book reviews crack me up

Just recently, I’ve managed to put my book, Rosco the Rascal Goes to Camp, into hardcover through Ingram Spark. I plan to promote it mainly to libraries, but also to bookstores across the US ($18.99 for sale through Ingram at a 55% discount, but full price on Amazon. However, the paperback is still $6.25 available… Continue reading Sometimes my book reviews crack me up

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15 Middle Grade Books About Summer Camp

Summer camp season is right around the corner. Your kids are either so excited that they’d tear through any book about the experience faster than you can stream their favorite episode of Bunk’d, or, they’re looking for more evidence before they believe that there are absolutely zero insects in Bug Juice. What better way to… Continue reading 15 Middle Grade Books About Summer Camp

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Q&A With Author Elena Paige

My guest today is Australian children’s author and Indie Kidlit Podcast co-host, the lovely Elena Paige. I was quite excited when I was finally able to catch up with her and ask her some questions. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a… Continue reading Q&A With Author Elena Paige

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Q&A With Author Jeff Whitcher

I found my next guest on LinkedIn when I chanced upon his poetry and immediately got a Shel Silverstein vibe. He not only composes the verse but he illustrates them, too. I had to know more so I asked him for an interview. I think you’ll like his work, if you take a little peek.… Continue reading Q&A With Author Jeff Whitcher

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Brooke’s Books Project

  One day Brooke Trevett, a 10-year-old living in Oswego County, New York, was clearing out her personal library of hundreds of books when she was struck with an idea: why not put these books directly into the hands of kids who don’t have enough books or who don’t have any books? Soon, with a… Continue reading Brooke’s Books Project

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My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

Today I’ve got a first for Rosco’s Reading Room and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you: video. It’s a video in which my guest blogger, author and illustrator Nathaniel Gold, discusses and illustrates on screen, the story behind his series, The Diary of Henry Chimpman. Hit Play on the video below… Continue reading My Meeting With Henry Chimpman

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Q&A With Author Francine Lauriano

Q. Hi Francine! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. Hi Shana. I write an LGBT series called the Everyday Family Series. It’s different from a lot of LGBT books because it focuses not on the gay parents, themselves, but on the kids living within those families. I use this… Continue reading Q&A With Author Francine Lauriano

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It’s Child’s Play … or Is It?

Author and illustrator, Heather B. Moon, on writing books for children It’s all in the Game. I’m an ex-teacher. I used to spend my day around children of all ages. Teaching them to write, inspiring their creativity, reading to them, helping them find books of their own to love. I would catch myself noticing little… Continue reading It’s Child’s Play … or Is It?

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Q&A With Author John Contratti

A quick online search of my next guest revealed pictures of actor John Contratti posing with no less than Hollywood stars Mary Tyler Moore, Danny Devito, Jenna Elfman, and Cuba Gooding Jr., just to name a few. As I dug deeper, I soon found that this actor-turned-teacher-turned-author has an impressive and wide-ranging professional background, with… Continue reading Q&A With Author John Contratti

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What Happened When I Placed a Print Ad in a Children’s Book Magazine

This month, my book, Rosco the Rascal at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade made a debut appearance in a quarter page ad in the March edition of Story Monsters Ink magazine. Rewind to early January for a moment, just long enough to explain that deciding whether or not to place the ad was a bit… Continue reading What Happened When I Placed a Print Ad in a Children’s Book Magazine