Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Celebrate the Season!

If you're looking for a kids' book about this special time of year, consider Celebrate the Season! Twelve Short Stories for Advent and Christmas available at Pauline Books. This collection (which includes some of my stories) evokes the joy and meaning of the season. Kids 8-12 years old enjoy the stories, and teachers and parents find the book useful since each story is follow by "Questions to Think and Talk About." Would it make a nice gift for someone on your Christmas list?

Monday, November 16, 2015

Cats in Trouble!

I've enjoyed all of this mystery series by my talented friend Leann Sweeney, and I'm always looking forward to the next book! The characters are wonderful – both human and animal – and the mysteries are intriguing. (And, no, the stuff about the animals is not cutesy! The cats are always important to the mystery and skillfully woven into the story.) Leann  throws in a little romance, a little sadness, and a little humor to create wonderful books that are hard to put down. The Cat, the Sneak, and the Secret is a great addition to the series. Poor Jillian Hart has to deal with planning a wedding and solving a mystery at the same time! Get the book here!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fantastic New Book for Middle Graders!

Inside Biosphere 2: Earth Science Under Glass tells the story of the original Biosphere experiment, but it doesn’t stop there. With well-written text by Mary Kay Carson and remarkable photographs by Tom Uhlman,this amazing book takes us inside this unique research facility and lets us follow the scientists who work there. While readers learn about the researchers and their experiments, they'll also pick up information about photosynthesis, soil erosion, solar energy, animal survival, and other topics related to environmental science. This book paints a fascinating picture of scientists at work and brings scientific method to life. Highly recommended! Get it here!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Another great character...another great book for young teens!

In Next Door to a Star, Krysten Lindsay Hager has created another great character who is believable, relevant, and relatable for young teens. Hadley Daniels is spending the summer with her grandparents who live next door to a teenage television star. Hadley has never had much of a social life, but she meets her celebrity neighbor and tries to become friends with her and her group. It's not easy! Over the summer – and even afterwards – Hadley struggles with the ins and outs, ups and downs, joys and sorrows of relationships. Young readers will identify with her and enjoy sharing her journey. Hager nails Hadley's first-person voice as well as her dialogue with friends and family. Hoping for a sequel!

(Isn't this a great cover?)

Get the book here!

Thursday, November 5, 2015


That's what I'm calling my new Facebook page. Fridgerix=refrigerator poetry! Like this:

You can read and share refrigerator poetry on Fridgerix. Check it out here!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Saints Said It!

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."

Those words of wisdom come from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pictured above.  For more inspirational quotes from the saints, check out my Facebook page Saints Said It. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

A Great Halloween Ebook for Kids

Just wanted to remind everybody about this delightful holiday story. Avery's Pumpkin: A Halloween Tale by Tam Cassidy is a wonderful read-aloud for home or school as well as a great book for kids to read independently. There's lots of Halloween fun in this story, but the author also "sneaks" in some real substance. What does it mean to be a "winner"? How do families love each other despite their differences? What really matters in life? Kids will enjoy Avery's story now and each October for years to come. Get this ebook here.