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Q&A With Author Lillie Sloan

Please welcome children’s author Lillie Sloan. She’ll be discussing her debut novel, Winifred Rose Armstrong: IT Happened, an early chapter book. A. Hello, Shana, and thanks for allowing me to stop by. Q. I’m glad you’re here. Would you tell us about yourself? A. Sure, my name is Lillie Sloan and I’m a children’s fiction… Continue reading Q&A With Author Lillie Sloan

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Q&A With Authoring Trio Bec J. Smith

Summer vacation has just begun at our house and so has what I like to call the overplaying-of-video-games season. This week on the blog I’m featuring an author who writes, among other books, a series for kids inspired by the game Fortnite, which, of course, needs little introduction. 😉 But Rebecca’s story is very interesting… Continue reading Q&A With Authoring Trio Bec J. Smith

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Brightly’s Egg-cellent Book Gifts for Your Little Bunny’s Easter Basket

“With Easter quickly approaching, it’s a good idea to have some basket stuffers in mind, and nothing makes a better (or less sugary) gift than a book. Here are some of my favorite Easter books, any of which would make a great addition to your child’s Easter basket.” *REBLOGGED FROM Penguin Random House’s Brightly E-Magazine… Continue reading Brightly’s Egg-cellent Book Gifts for Your Little Bunny’s Easter Basket

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Science/Fiction: Q&A With Author Tracy Borgmeyer

My guest today, Tracy Borgmeyer and her science-themed middle grade books are of particular interest to me because I have a daughter (who’s fifteen now) who actually loves science and is thinking of focusing on it in some way when she goes off to college in a few years. She would have gone bananas for… Continue reading Science/Fiction: Q&A With Author Tracy Borgmeyer

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Children’s Books for Presidents’ Day

Contrary to what many elementary school children think, we don’t celebrate President’s Day just so we can have four consecutive days off of school in the winter, although that is an added bonus for some. We celebrate this holiday to honor our nation’s past presidents. The term Presidents’ Day is the name commonly used for… Continue reading Children’s Books for Presidents’ Day

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And now for something completely different: Q&A With Author M.D. Whalen

My guest today, Larry Feign, (aka. M.D. Whalen) writes for both children and adults and has had a fascinating career which has encompassed writing, illustrating, publishing, and more. Among other things, he authored a political and lifestyle comic strip for many years for a prominent Hong Kong publication. His work has been featured in Time… Continue reading And now for something completely different: Q&A With Author M.D. Whalen

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Holiday Books: Story Bird Dance and the Snowbird Ballet

Today in our holiday roundup I’d like to introduce a wonderful early middle grade book, Story Bird Dance and the Snowbird Ballet by author Yolanda King. The illustrations are done by artist Pia Reyes and the book is part of a series called Story Bird Dance. Story Bird Dance and the Snowbird Ballet The first… Continue reading Holiday Books: Story Bird Dance and the Snowbird Ballet

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New Release!

I am thrilled to announce that my Christmas-themed book is finally available! Rosco the Rascal and the Holiday Lights James’ and Mandy’s neighborhood has taken first place in the holiday lights Best Block contest. But will Rosco’s attempts to help, wreak havoc and wreck Opening Night? And will Mandy’s insistence on working independently be her… Continue reading New Release!

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Holiday Books: Princess the Cat Defeats the Emporer

Welcome back to my holiday books roundup. The next title I’m taking a look at is a chapter book by author John Heaton, who hails from the great state of Illinois. John pens a series for children in grades 3-6, currently in it’s fourth installment, which features a snooty house cat called Princess the Cat.… Continue reading Holiday Books: Princess the Cat Defeats the Emporer

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B&N KIDS BOOK HANGOUT Oct. 20

Just a quick note to let you know that I will be signing books at the Barnes and Noble of Temecula, CA, KIDS BOOK HANGOUT event, on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, 2-3:30pm. Please stop by if you are in the area and meet some local children’s book authors! The information on the store’s facebook event… Continue reading B&N KIDS BOOK HANGOUT Oct. 20