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Q&A With Author Deontae Henderson

Today, I’m thrilled to introduce to you an extremely accomplished young man, still in college, who has already started his journey as an author and entrepreneur. Please welcome the first featured guest on Rosco’s Reading Room whom I’ll call the next generation of children’s authors, Deontae Henderson. And, mark my words, I’m also calling him… Continue reading Q&A With Author Deontae Henderson

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February is Literacy Month + Free Ebook!

Welcome to February, in children’s book terms, Literacy Month. It’s also a time for celebrating several things that stave off the winter doldrums: Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Chinese New Year, and Mardi Gras. With all that in mind, what better way to celebrate than to share a few links (and… Continue reading February is Literacy Month + Free Ebook!

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12 Books for Groundhog Day

Two things I love: list making and children’s holiday books (one reason my books are often centered around holidays). So I’ve decided to start a new type of post here highlighting such books, in list format! These will be a mishmash of new and previously released titles, both traditionally and independently published. They’ll contain picture… Continue reading 12 Books for Groundhog Day

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Sticky Fun for Kids at the La Brea Tar Pits

Almost a year ago, I posted an interview with children’s author Barbara Ann Mojica, author of the award-winning series, Little Miss History. Her latest release was published in November of this year, and because I, personally, love using the down time during winter break to visit museums with my kids, I thought her book about… Continue reading Sticky Fun for Kids at the La Brea Tar Pits

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Cyber Monday Children’s Ebooks 99c

Today I’ve joined the Cyber Monday hype and joined in on a children’s author Group Deal. Each of us is offering an ebook for just 99c. There’s a little something for everyone here: mystery, fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, adventure, and more. Picture books, graphic novels, middle grade books. Visit this page for purchase links. It’s always… Continue reading Cyber Monday Children’s Ebooks 99c

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WriterLIFE Update ~ Children’s Book Festivals

Hi all, I’ll be at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival next Sunday, Oct. 1! Thought I’d share the details with you. I’m excited to host a booth at this wonderful event, which yearly sees over 25K visitors! Free to the public and in its 13th year, it will be held at Orange Coast College… Continue reading WriterLIFE Update ~ Children’s Book Festivals

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The Colombian Mermaid with Author Janet Balletta

Today, I’d like to welcome author Janet Balletta to the Reading Room. Her first book, based on a Colombian legend and available in Spanish as well as in English, has a wonderful  and unusual Easter theme. Q. Welcome Janet! Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your books. A. I was born in… Continue reading The Colombian Mermaid with Author Janet Balletta

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Q&A With The Macalino Authors

Today I’m featuring an entire FAMILY of authors. That’s right! Each member of the family—mom, dad, and both kids—writes and publishes children’s books! Please welcome the delightful Macalino Authors to the Reading Room, from left to right below: Damien, Tonya, Heléna, and Raymond. Q. Hi everyone! Could you tell us a little bit about yourselves and… Continue reading Q&A With The Macalino Authors

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Q&A With Children’s Author Barbara Ann Mojica

Today in the Reading Room, we’re talking with the lovely Barbara Ann Mojica, author of the award-winning, nonfiction Little Miss History series. The seven books in her series take young readers across the USA from the Sequoias to Mount Vernon. Even the savviest of young travelers and history buffs are sure to enjoy these books.… Continue reading Q&A With Children’s Author Barbara Ann Mojica

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Mandy’s Valentines

Last year, a Rosco the Rascal short story of mine, Mandy’s Valentines, was published on Bedtime Story, an ezine that publishes stories for children, complete with pictures. The stories are meant for either reading aloud to a child but work just as well for independent reading. I wanted to share it again this year since… Continue reading Mandy’s Valentines