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Wonderful Picture Books About Fall

Fall is here! Read aloud these wonderful picture books about fall to your children to help them learn all about the fall season—the characteristics of the weather, harvest, animals, and changes in the landscape. These are my favorite stories to share with kids… Reblogged from Melissa Taylor’s Imagination Soup… Counting on Fall by Lizann Flatt illustrated… Continue reading Wonderful Picture Books About Fall

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It’s Christmas in July Sale

Are you out of ideas for keeping your kids busy this summer? Take it from me, reading is ALWAYS a good fix. 😉 If you’re looking for some help with that, I’m running a Christmas in July Sale for Prime Day ~ 3 of my ebooks are FREE, including my latest release, Rosco the Rascal… Continue reading It’s Christmas in July Sale

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IF I WERE HUMAN Blog Tour and Giveaway

I knew I’d like author W.B. Tyler when I read the following on his Amazon Bio page: “A lifelong daydreamer, he is best known for laughing quietly to himself during serious business meetings.” I liked him even better when I learned that his book’s main characters are dogs. (Consider the source 😉 ). Over the… Continue reading IF I WERE HUMAN Blog Tour and Giveaway

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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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12 Picture Books About the Wonder of Winter

The holidays may be over, but the fun of winter has just begun. So cuddle up on the sofa and enjoy some new and old favorites to celebrate the season of winter with your child–all while staying warm and indoors. 1. The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven KrollPaperback | AudiobookA sequel to the New York… Continue reading 12 Picture Books About the Wonder of Winter

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Holiday Books: Four More Christmas Reads!

To wrap up my holiday books roundup today, I’ve got four more delightful titles to share with you. I hope you’ll check them out. Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! P.I. Penguin and the Case of the Christmas Lights by Bec J Smith. Illustrated by Adit Galih For ages 5-8 This holiday, P.I. Penguin… Continue reading Holiday Books: Four More Christmas Reads!

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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