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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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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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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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How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Even General Mills has gotten in on the leprechaun trap-making trend this year, as I noticed on my grocery store run this morning. While building these traps and leaving them overnight in the classroom on the night before St. Patrick’s Day has been a popular activity for elementary school children during the month of March for… Continue reading How To Trap Your Leprechaun – A Wee Collection of Books for St. Patrick’s Day

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Q&A With Children’s Author Sally Huss

Please welcome children’s author and illustrator, the lovely Sally Huss, to the Reading Room today. Q. Thanks for joining us, Sally! I know that you write children’s picture books for all seasons and that you base many of them upon an inspirational message. I’d love to hear about what sort of theme you wrote for… Continue reading Q&A With Children’s Author Sally Huss

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The Obsession of Writing-Why Do I Write? By Mackenzie Reide

…I remember reading a biography of Sting and how he was asked to describe his music. He realized that he couldn’t call it a hobby because that description was not strong enough, yet he couldn’t call it a business because he was at a job interview.