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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: Sniffer’s First Christmas

Sniffer’s First Christmas is a darling picture book by author Pippa Pennington about a dog who reminds me a bit of Rosco the Rascal, since he’s always getting up to a bit of inadvertent mischief. Check out the adorable illustrations in the sample pages below. She is offering the kindle version for free right now… Continue reading Holiday Books: Sniffer’s First Christmas

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Holiday Books: December Celebrations

My next installment in the holiday books roundup comes to us from Dr. Terance Shipman who hails from the great state of Georgia. He writes an absolutely delightful picture book series called Mr. Shipman’s Kindergarten Chronicles. Having spent over a decade teaching kindergarten in his early years, it’s my guess that at least some aspects… Continue reading Holiday Books: December Celebrations

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Holiday Books: A Nose for Teddy

Hello readers and writers. My latest undertaking here on Rosco’s Reading Room is to prepare to kick off my upcoming Christmas-themed release, Rosco the Rascal and the Holiday Lights (which is coming soon). I’m very excited about the new release, but I’m also finding it hard to be patient while I wait for all of… Continue reading Holiday Books: A Nose for Teddy

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San Diego Fall Back Festival 2018

In only a few weeks we’ll be setting back our clocks by one hour to observe Daylight Savings Time. So what, you say? Big deal, you say? Let’s make a fun day out of it, I say! San Diego’s own Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation agrees. In fact, it has created a whole festival to observe… Continue reading San Diego Fall Back Festival 2018

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10 Classic Picture Books for Fall

Most people say summer is their favorite season, but I’m an autumn gal at heart. I love the changing weather, the warm colors on the trees, the orange decorations, the apple pie, and the visits to an orchard or a pumpkin patch. Plus, it’s my birthday season! When my children were little, we’d visit the… Continue reading 10 Classic Picture Books for Fall

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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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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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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