available on Kindle, Nook, and/or others
written and illustrated by Beth Roberts
Albert is the story of a mouse—a mischievous, fun-loving and very special mouse. There have been many stories about adventurous, talking mice, but there’s never been a story about a mouse who bakes delicious treats with love and sunshine and delivers them to your doorstep all wrapped in red bows. This is a story about how Albert came to live with Bob and Franny, and how he learned to share love, kindness, and sweet surprises with everyone just to make them merry.
Albert is about loving, baking, and giving. And inside, you’ll find recipes, labels, and inspiration for finding the Albert in your own heart.
Kindle ebook available here ($4.99)
Adder in the Path
Beautifully written and unflinchingly honest, Adder in the Path is a tragic chronicle of the Mormon War, and two very different families caught up in a maelstrom of intolerance and violence. It is a tale that teaches the fragility of human connection and the destruction caused by fanaticism and hypocrisy--crucial lessons that resonate long after the last word.
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Albert: A Frog and His Dream
written by Doug Warren
illustrated by Keegan Williams
When Albert the tree frog announces that he is going to learn to fly like a bird, his friends and neighbors all think it’s a big joke. After all, Albert is very clever, but he’s also a little odd, what with his constant daydreaming and odd hobbies. But Albert is determined to prove to his friends—and to himself—that with hard work and a little imagination, anything is possible!
Astra the Lonely Airplane
written by Julie Whitney
illustrated by Michelle Simpson
Astra is a sleek, shiny airplane who loves to go flying with her best friend, Captain Dan. But when Astra and Dan suddenly find themselves out of a job, Astra must wait in her lonely hangar for a new owner to come along and give them somewhere to go! As the weeks turn into months and the right buyer still doesn’t appear, Astra begins to wonder: Will she ever get to fly again?
Before the Foundation of the World
written by Susan Weiner
Before the Foundation of the World examines the nature of good and evil in God’s creation. Using poetry and song lyrics, this collection offers a celebration of joy in response to God’s covenant with man. From Christmas poems to simple lullabies, the author paints a vivid picture of the incredible experience of wonder in a world of God’s design. An extended exchange in Appendix I with “The Father of Lies”(“Pater Mendaciorum”) and the promises of Christian faith reflects our reconciliation with God and explores the redemption of mankind in the face of radical evil. Journeying from the psychology of evil to the good news of the spirit, Before the Foundation of the World speaks to the ways of God, embodying gratitude and love as the foundation for mature Christian belief.
PRAISE FOR BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD:
“Before the Foundation of the World is poetry of the highest sort. It is a wonderful fusion of artistry and truth. It takes the reader to places where prose cannot go, into the mystery of the spirit where good and evil reside. Susan Weiner has created an enduring Christian testament that speaks to both believer and unbeliever. It is a triumph for her. I feel myself drawn back into her poetry again and again.”
—Curtis J. Young, senior pastor, Church of the Atonement, Silver Spring, MD
“Poetry challenges us to see things in a different way. Susan Weiner’s lovely poems lead us to meditate on God’s love and greatness, His Son’s birth and ultimate sacrifice, and of His mysterious workings in our lives and in the world around us. In these verses, biblical events come alive, urging us to see the stars and the stable, hear the thunder of the stormy seas, feel the sand beneath our feet, smell the spices, taste the honey—and marvel at what God has done for us.”
—Anne Morse, author (with Charles Colson) of Burden of Truth and (with Congressman Frank R. Wolf ) of Prisoner of Conscience
“Like fine cuisine, Susan Weiner’s Before the Foundation of the World is rich food for the soul not to be devoured hastily, but savored slowly and deliberately. Powerful images engage all the senses, transporting the reader back to biblical times, bringing to life the realities of good and evil and the ultimate victory God has given us in Christ. This is poetry for our time—a beautiful declaration of God's glory and His unfathomable love for His people.”
—Joanne Hamilton, former president, Associate Reformed Presbyterian Women’s Ministries
Before White Night: Rescue from Jonestown
John Olsen hurries to rescue his daughter from the Jonestown Cult before it is too late.
by Joseph Hartmann
Bill Hausman, an American diplomat in Guyana, has scarcely heard of Jonestown, the religious “paradise” that has recently established itself deep in the Guyanese jungle. He knows very little about the Peoples Temple or their leader, Jim Jones, a passionate, pro-integrationist minister with a vision of a harmonious future for all God’s children—and dark personal demons that will twist that vision into a horrifying nightmare. Yet Bill quickly becomes acquainted with all these things when his world collides with that of John Olsen, an American businessman whose ex-wife has moved to Jonestown, taking their daughter, Katrina, with her. As rumors surface of hunger, beatings, manipulation, and other strange abuses within the closed cult settlement, John grows increasingly frantic to get Katrina out of there, before the cruelest of these rumors comes to fruition…before Jim Jones’ long-awaited White Night.
Set in the truth of history, with detail that comes from the author’s firsthand experience, Before White Night is a fictionalized account of courage at the threshold of one of the twentieth century’s most shocking and unsettling tragedies.
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A Cabbit Tale
by Cindy Chisholm
Meet Ace, a young and curious cat who loves his family. When Ace loses the precious stone his grandfather gave him, he must venture into the forbidden forest to retrieve it. Before he can get very far, however, his family sets out after him, determined to protect him against all odds. Along the way, Ace avoids a great winged beast and meets a woodland creature: a cabbit—half cat, half rabbit. What else lurks in these strange woods? Does Ace have what it takes to recover his stone, and perhaps solve another mystery along the way?
A Caterpillar at the Dentist
written by Dr. Shweta Ujaoney
illustrated by Kelly O'Neill
She’s never had a filling before! When Ira meets Zack, a talking caterpillar, in the dentist’s waiting room, Zack knows just how to make her feel better. Zack will explain that the dentist’s tools are simple, harmless objects used in everyday life. Through their imagination, Ira will learn to understand the nature and importance of getting a filling.
PRAISE FOR A CATERPILLAR AT THE DENTIST:
“A Caterpillar at the Dentist is a must-read for parents who want to help their child prepare for their first dental visit. It is a positive story that provides child-friendly language for the different parts of a dental visit and a positive reflection of the dental team, along with the office setting and tools they use to keep kids’ mouths healthy! A great example of caring and collaboration with dental providers and families to maintain a healthy smile, which keeps kids healthy and ready to learn!”
—Tegwyn H. Brickhouse, DDS, PhD; Interim Chair, Department of Oral Health Promotion and Community Outreach; Director, Oral Health Services Research Core, Phillips Institute for Oral Health Research, VCU School of Dentistry; Director, Oral Health in Childhood and Adolescence; Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry, and Innovation
“Children almost always dread visiting dentists due to anxiety and fear that may stem from parents, peers, or other sources. This book will definitely help in eradicating such fears. It will not only boost the child’s confidence in visiting a dentist, but also make the child look forward to visiting one. I also congratulate Dr. Shweta Ujaoney immensely for coming up with this wonderful caterpillar story, which I believe is so beautiful and colorful that any child will read with keen interest.”
—Dr. Paul Chalakkal, Pediatric Dentist, India; Prestigious Young Pedodontist Award Recipient, Proactive Academician Award Recipient for Pediatric Dentistry
“Extremely well-written and well-illustrated! Very novel way to prepare kids and parents for a visit to the dentist.”
—Manju Mamtani, MD
“Little Ira has a cavity in her tooth, and she’s worried about seeing the dentist. But when she visits Dr. U’s office, she makes a friend who gives her the inside scoop. Join Ira and Zack as they take a special tour of the dentist’s office and meet all the fun characters who help Dr. U every day. Packed with information about tools and procedures, this bright book will be handy for any child visiting the dentist.”
—Pavi Raman, MD
“Informative, educational, and colorful are just some of the words that come to mind when describing A Caterpillar at the Dentist. Join Ira on a fun-filled adventure that thoroughly explains what a cavity is, how it is fixed, and what tools are used to fix it. As a registered dental hygienist, I truly feel this book will familiarize children with the dental office and ease dental anxiety because it is informative and explains things in such a vibrant and calming manner. It is a must-read for all young children.”
— Amanda Hann, RDH
“Informative, innovative, and inspirational!”
— Hemant Kulkarni, MD
Chester Chipmunk Will NOT Sleep
written by Kathleen George
illustrated by Louisa Mae
It’s bedtime in the nook of Cherry Hill, but Chester Chipmunk just can’t sleep! He’s had too much fun playing today, and he isn’t ready to stop now. Good thing Mom knows a trick or two to help change his mind! Join Mama Chipmunk and Chester on a whimsical journey to discover all the many adventures that await in his dreams!
PRAISE FOR CHESTER CHIPMUNK WILL NOT SLEEP:
“Chester Chipmunk Will NOT Sleep is a heartwarming story that celebrates the wonders of childhood. Through its title character and majestic illustrations, the reader is whisked away on an exciting journey through the imaginative world of dreams. This book is sure to delight and awaken the inner adventurer in all of us!”
—Stephanie Parwulski, author of Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift and Gloria’s Hope Tree
The Christmas Spider
written and illustrated by Beth W. Roberts
A Christmas long ago . . .
On the first Christmas morning, a sleepy spider awakes to a flurry of activity in the manger below. Coming down from the rafters, she sees the animals preparing the manger for some very special visitors. What can a tiny spider do on such an important day? Find out as she spins and twirls and weaves her way to becoming the one and only Christmas Spider! A special Christmas craft is included so that readers can make their own Christmas message.
Kindle ebook available here ($5.99)
City in the Sky
by Luke Yesbeck
“Freedom. Must. Fall.”
For Ryan Kendrick, being mugged on the way home from work is the perfect end to another terrible day. So when a stranger appears just hours later with a job offer from a mysterious organization, Ryan accepts without knowing anything more than the company’s name: Atlantis Technologies, Inc. But Atlantis is no ordinary company. In fact, it’s not a company at all—it’s a civilization.
Atlantis, thought to be long lost to legend, has been hiding in plain sight for millennia, and Ryan has been offered a chance to be part of it. Now, Ryan must adapt quickly to life on a city floating thousands of feet above the Atlantic Ocean, where telepathy and flying soldiers are commonplace. But even as he makes friends and strives to build a life for himself in this new world, Ryan soon realizes that Atlantis is not quite the utopia it claims to be.
And far worse, an ancient enemy known only as the Order has finally emerged from the shadows, vowing to destroy the Atlantean way of life. The Order sank Atlantis once before, thousands of years ago. Now, Ryan must do what he can to protect his new home and stop the Order from doing it again—this time permanently.
Edison the Christmas Elf and the Imperfect Perfect Toy
written by Papa V
illustrated by Melissa Blue
Edison the Christmas Elf dreams of making the perfect holiday toy. He’s full of imaginative ideas, but they’re often disastrous! Every year Santa Claus waits for Edison to reveal his new idea, and every year Santa worries: just what enormous, tremendous, monstrous problem will Edison build next? Can the elf create the perfect toy, or will he destroy the workshop trying? Join Santa and find out!
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Eleven Dollars and a Half Tank of Gas
written by Greg Drost
In this candid memoir of a classic American boyhood, Greg Drost—teacher, family man, and self-taught surfer—takes a moment to look back on the events that led him to where he is today. From summer hijinks and schoolboy woes, through hardship and heartbreak, and down the long and winding road to self-discovery, this delightful collection of anecdotes is more than the story of one man’s coming of age. It is an examination of all those moments, great and small, that shape us into the people we grow up to be.
An Evening Dream in Springtime: Memories of My Grandfather
written by Mika Matsuno
illustrated by Jack Lefcourt
Most Saturday nights, young Mika races to her grandfather’s house, where she finds him painting artful calligraphy. He chants strange words in a stirring voice, surrounded by a house filled with eccentric treasures. Mika later sifts through remembered moments as she pieces together a fuller appreciation of her grandfather. She recalls favorite passages from an ancient book, Grandfather’s collection of fine writing tools, and the red stamp marking his most distinguished art. Mika wonders how it would have sounded to hear her grandfather play the biwa. What else didn’t she know about this hardworking, dedicated, gentle man? Mika’s story invites us to wonder: Who were our grandparents? How will we hold them close when their house and most of their things are gone?
From Basketball to Bow Ties: A Journey in Leadership, Self-Discovery, and Success through Service
by Harold E. Harris, Jr.
What do basketball and bow ties have in common? More than you’d expect. Namely: leadership. Part memoir, part self-help book, From Basketball to Bow Ties follows Harold E. Harris Jr. from his tumultuous youth spent playing and eventually coaching basketball to his adulthood as a successful businessman who is never without his signature bow tie. Harris’s journey through the hoops helps to shape his ultimate career path, where he leads a team with the foundations of teamwork and diligence. He skillfully translates lessons learned on the court to actionable tips for professional leadership. Leaders, professionals, sports fans, and students will find this book an invaluable resource for developing their leadership skills.
From Chaos to Connection: A Marriage Counselor’s Candid Guide for the Modern Couple
written by Lori Epting
Get inside the mind and marriage of Lori Epting, an experienced marriage counselor, wife, and mother who has guided thousands of couples from disconnection, heartache, and fighting to connection, security, and safety. Through the stories of her couples—and yes, even her own relationship—learn how she protects her marriage and helps couples survive during their most vulnerable times. You’ll walk away with candid advice that can help you and your loved one find connection amid the chaos.
From a Tree to a Chair
written by Roseanne McDonald
illustrated by Mary Barrows
Look around you. Do you see something made of wood? A chair or table, a toy or tool, perhaps
even the building you're in right now? Have you ever wondered where these items come from?
Prepare to find out! Beginning at a busy logging site deep in the woods, we'll follow the journey of a tree as it is harvested, processed into lumber, and carefully crafted into a beautiful set of chairs. With a deep respect for the trees, and for the useful things they give us, this book reveals all the hard work that goes into making the items we take for granted every day.
PRAISE FOR FROM A TREE TO A CHAIR:
"Rose McDonald takes an innovative look at how the trees we live under become the furniture we use. Readers will see just how much goes into the process, and may even be inspired to pursue one of the many careers described. From a Tree to a Chair is interesting and fun."
—Rob McCallum, social studies teacher and former newspaper reporter from timber country
Gloria's Hope Tree
written by Stephanie Parwulski
illustrated by Tania Ramírez Cuevas
Hope the maple tree is often overlooked by shoppers at the garden nursery because of her small size, crooked branches, and few leaves. Then, one spring day, Gloria and Daddy choose Hope, bring her home, and plant her by the roadside. Despite Hope's joy in her new home, Gloria and Daddy sometimes seem so sad. Why did they choose Hope, and how will she fit into their little family? Join Hope, Gloria, and Daddy to find hope in unlikely places.
PRAISE FOR GLORIA'S HOPE TREE:
“A lonely maple tree and a grieving father and daughter come together to discover time, nature, compassion, and love can heal. Stephanie Parwulski’s Gloria’s Hope Tree is an excellent primer for young children learning to define emotions and to relate to how others may be feeling.”
- KarenMarie Kauderer, BSW
“Just as she did with Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift, Stephanie has eloquently spread the much- needed message of love through the universal language of kindness with Gloria’s Hope Tree. She has mastered the art of capturing, understanding, and translating the essence of the human condition from adult concepts into simple children’s literature, expressing the infinite power of nature to comfort. The result is pure magnificence. Readers will laugh and shed tears of joy with this heartwarming tale. Storytime’s end is sure to result in a shared hug.”
- Mary Clista Dahl, founder of Capture Life Writing and author of Reconciliation of the Heart
“Stephanie does it again with her inspiring upcoming children’s book, Gloria’s Hope Tree. In this beautiful and timeless tale, we learn a story of love, strength, and hope for a better tomorrow. Gloria and her father, both grieving the painful loss of their mother and wife, encounter a courageous young tree, and through the power of love and hope, they all find a way to blossom together beautifully. Any young reader searching for answers in the pain of despair will find hope for a better tomorrow with the help of Gloria. A wonderful story that will surely touch the heart.”
- Will Mason, author of The Boy with the Rainbow Heart children’s book series, Keep
Walking, The Backyard, and Duffy, the Famous Wing
“Stephanie Parwulski shines again in her second book with an authentic and heartwarming story of eternal love, beauty, and acceptance. Gloria's Hope Tree intertwines delicate topics such as grief, belonging, and compassion in a gentle approach. Truly inspiring!”
- Tara Schafer, Executive Director of Literacy NY Buffalo-Niagara
"Gloria's Hope Tree is a touching story about how one family, during a season of sadness, finds hope in planting and growing a young sapling maple tree. This book teaches children that all their feelings are valid and important during the journey of grieving. In writing this book, author Stephanie Parwulski has given a beautiful gift to the world by encouraging young readers to plant and grow trees. This book shows the reader how powerful and beneficial nurturing new life can be for both the plant and the gardener."
- Liz Ballard Hamm & Andrew Ballard, authors of The Great Big Ark in the Sky
The Great Big Ark in the Sky
written by Liz Ballard Hamm and Andrew Ballard
illustrated by Lucy Koo
Where do animals go when they leave this world? After losing their family dog, a little girl and her brother embark on a magical voyage aboard a flying ark to seek the answer to that question. Come aboard this adventure into the great beyond!
PRAISE FOR THE GREAT BIG ARK IN THE SKY:
“The story is an enchanting tale of acceptance and assurance when a child faces the loss of a pet. The illustrations and placement of the words on the page provide a sense of wonder and adventure suitable for a variety of ages spanning the youngest of listeners to more advanced readers. This book provides an opportunity for families facing difficult times to imagine the possibilities and open the door for processing their loss across faiths.”
— Samara Musselman, MT, M.Ed., early childhood educator
“The most significant relationships of a child’s life can be those they share with their pets. This book honors these relationships while illustrating the importance of giving kids language to talk about loss and death. I’m thankful that this book continues to expand the options parents have to explore these topics with their children.”
— Joy Outland-Brock, LCSW and therapist
“Reading The Great Big Ark in the Sky was a delight. Its tender language and gorgeous child-friendly illustrations pulled me in immediately. What a gentle and kind way to teach children that death is not an end, but a transition. The artistry of Ballard, Hamm, and Koo is on display, and their reverence for the subject of love, loss, and loving again will likely comfort many young and not-so-young alike. Kudos for such a gift.”
— Cynthia R. M. Rafala, LPC, LMFT, CCMHC, counselor and therapist
“The Great Big Ark in the Sky is an absolute must in your child’s library! Not only does it tackle difficult subject matter with a gentle word and a sense of wonder, but the illustrations are charming and approachable. A dream of heaven for all of God’s creatures has never been so natural or so beautiful.”
— Jessica Moretti, MFA, designer and illustrator
“People are often young when they first experience the permanence of loss and truly deep sadness that accompanies the death of a beloved animal family member. A cat, dog, guinea pig—it does not matter—the grief is real! I would like to think my Foxhound is sitting next to the helmsman, taking in the sights on The Great Big Ark in the Sky.”
— H. E. Burchard, DVM, owner of Amberwood Veterinary Hospital
“The Great Big Ark in the Sky is a sweet story! This book will bring comfort to anyone who has lost a furry best friend. I know that I have several friends who are waiting for me! The loss of a pet is definitely a tough topic that many families have to address with their children. This story will bring comfort to the sensitive little ones who worry about all animals and what happens when they die.”
— Lisa Ann Groves, MS, MLS, school librarian
“The Great Big Ark in the Sky will touch the hearts of all of its readers. This beautiful story’s universal message of love, shared by two endearing children, provides comfort and peace, especially to anyone who has experienced loss. Imaginative and inspiring, The Great Big Ark in the Sky reminds us that those we love will always be with us, forever watching over us from their heavenly home.”
— Stephanie Parwulski, author of Beatrice and the Sunflower Gift and Gloria's Hope Tree
The Grit and Joy of Being
by Anne Poarch
There is grit and joy in life.
You can eat a peach,
taste the soft silky sweetness of the fruit,
and still catch a flake of pit in your mouth.
I’ll take the unwelcome to get at the heart.
Come and visit the orchard with me;
We’ll shake the trees and give out bushels of joy.
(“Grit & Joy” by Anne Poarch)
PRAISE FOR THE GRIT AND JOY OF BEING:
"Within the interplay of nature and sensuality is where Anne's poetry soars. This collection, while steeped in the Southern tradition, is also about soulful transcendence." —Tembi Locke, actor, advocate, and author of From Scratch
Grow with Me Poetry
Grow with Me Poetry uses poetry as a means of introducing children and early teens to the practice of mindfulness. In Grow with Me Poetry, you will find both a primer on mindfulness and basic meditation techniques, as well as a guide to incorporating that practice into your daily life. Through unique interactive exercises and discussion prompts, adults and children alike will have the opportunity to engage, to converse, to learn about each other, and ultimately, to grow. This book is sure to become a treasured keepsake on any family’s bookshelf!
Happy Tails: Jitterbug Makes a Name for Herself
written by Joy Metzer
Jitterbug lives in a modest cabin in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The runt of a litter of dachshunds, she’s hopelessly at odds with her surroundings and can’t help but dream of making a name for herself in the big city. When opportunity knocks, Jitterbug escapes her pet carrier and lands herself in show business. Her impromptu adventure takes her across the country, acting on stage, on TV, and in commercials. But how fabulous is a life of work, work, work? And how long before she starts to miss home?
written by Abigail Olson
After graduating high school, Abigail achieves her childhood dream of getting her CDL and learning to drive 18-wheelers. That’s where she meets a big roadblock: due to federal age restrictions, she’s too young to drive trucks across state lines. Unsure what to do next, she works as a part-time dump truck driver and part-time receptionist. That is, until she quits her job and relationship on the same day and takes the next flight to Mexico, where she lives for the next four months. Come with Abigail on a journey to self-respect and self-discovery.
The King of the Stars
written by Brandon Layne
In the land of Kama, the stars are magical and constellations determine the future. Stars can even grant a person the power of astromy, enabling them to manipulate elements of nature. However, only one person is destined to be king. But of course, not everyone believes in the stars, and dark forces lurk with their own plans for the world.
Brian, the teenage son of a legendary warrior, is fated to possess the gift of earth astromy, but he can barely lift a rock. With a villainous overlord ruling the town, Brian needs to develop his skills -- and quickly. But then a strange boy appears in the woods, and Brian has the feeling there's more to this kid than meets the eye. It's a race against evil and against the odds to rightfully throne the king of the stars.
PRAISE FOR THE KING OF THE STARS
“Brandon Layne has created an imaginative fantasy world that young readers will love.”
—Colleen R. Lee, school librarian
“Brandon’s book is a great read to stimulate the minds and imaginations of a technologically overloaded generation.”
—Amy Powroznik, art educator for grades K-5, Henrico County Gilman Award winner 2009
Juan Patron: A Fallen Star in the Days of Billy the Kid
Follow the life and times of Juan Patron, one of New Mexico’s leading frontiersmen!
Juan Patron lived through one of the bloodiest chapters of the American West: the 1878 feud known as the Lincoln County War in New Mexico. Reputed for his heroics, Patron tried to tame a frontier plagued with violence, illiteracy and greed--first as a teacher, then as a desperado hunter, and eventually as speaker of the territorial house at age twenty-five, the youngest person to hold this position in New Mexico in history.
With keen, well-researched detail and the art of a master storyteller, author Paul Tsompanas leads us through Patron's life and times--and his fate at the hands of a Texas cowboy named Michael Maney, who outdrew him in a dramatic showdown. Many believe that, had he lived, Patron would have become New Mexico's first congressman when it entered the Union in 1912.
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Just Like a Flower
written by Sabrina Rigaud-Carrié
illustrated by Kendy Calixte
“Who are you going to grow up to be?”
How do our experiences shape who we are? How can we choose our thoughts to grow into positive people? Join a colorful little girl named Sarah on a walk with her mother, as they discuss the meaning of compassion, appreciation, acknowledgment, and learning from mistakes to discover the qualities that already live inside all of us, just waiting for the chance to bloom.
Laura-Leigh Learns about Storms
illustrated by Chad Thompson
While Laura-Leigh and her friends are playing outside, they notice a big, dark storm cloud moving in. Laura-Leigh has never seen a storm quite like this one! At first, she is nervous and scared, but Mom’s quick thinking and valuable instruction show Laura-Leigh that she can weather any storm that comes her way.
From award-winning meteorologist Nikki-Dee Ray Wren, Laura-Leigh Learns about Storms offers grown-ups a fun way to teach children about storm preparation.
The Little Green Pumpkin
illustrated by Vineet Siddhartha
Very soon it will be pumpkin patch time,
But the Little Green Pumpkin just won’t leave his vine!
All the other pumpkins in the patch want to be chosen by a child, but not Little Greenie! He’s scared to go to a new place with new people. He wants to stay rooted right where he grew up. But just because change can sometimes be scary, that doesn’t mean it can’t be exciting too!
A Little Rebellion Is a Good Thing: Troubles at Traymore College
When David Pritchard is hired to teach political science at a remote women’s college in 1969, he anticipates a quiet year before moving on to bigger things. However, it soon becomes apparent that all is not well at Traymore College. President Barton and his administration curtail basic academic freedoms, harass tenured professors, and impose tight constraints on students’ personal lives. Appalled, David engages in intimate alliances with sympathetic faculty and several members of student leadership to stand up to the school’s administration. Together, they aim to ignite the press and spark far-reaching legal action. But Barton will not go down without a fight.
Maddy and Mia: TriPaw Tales
written by Pamela Adler
illustrated by Monique Seibel
The family poodle has a litter of puppies, and Maddy’s parents say that she can choose one for her very own. Maddy instantly falls in love with the runt of the litter, who was born with only three legs. Little Mia becomes Maddy’s constant companion. When Finn and his family move in across the street, he joins Maddy and Mia on many of their adventures. Together, they learn the value of courage, acceptance, and friendship.
McKinley and the Present Pixies
written by Dirk and Debbie Kagerbauer
illustrated by Kelly Lane
It’s finally Christmas Day, and McKinley can’t wait to open his presents. In fact, he’s so excited that he doesn’t care about anything else. He wants to open his presents NOW!
That’s when Papa Dirk tells McKinley about the Present Pixies, Santa’s magical helpers who make sure you’re good even after Santa leaves your gifts under the tree. If you’re not good on Christmas Day, they make your gifts just go away!
Can the Present Pixies help McKinley remember to be good? Will McKinley save his presents and his family's Christmas?
Morning on Solomons
“In this book are gathered short stories relating my recollections of true events from my early years.”
So begins Sonny Robinson’s touching and personal collection of tales from his childhood and young adulthood on Solomons Island, a pipe-shaped piece of land located near the mouth of the Patuxent River where it empties into the Chesapeake Bay. Filled with tales of survival and innovation, tragedy and triumph, holiday celebrations and simple vignettes of everyday island life, this collection offers a unique glimpse into a bygone era, while giving hope and encouragement to the next generation to inherit the Bay.
The Mystics' Treachery
Anna Volkov has a lot on her mind. Her father has just been appointed Russia’s ambassador to the UN, uprooting the family from Moscow to Manhattan—and with her relationship with her twin sister already on the rocks, it’s shaping up to be a lonely, boring school year.
However, when a strange old woman appears on the street one night to deliver a cryptic warning, Anna finds herself thrown headfirst into a war that has been raging in secret for hundreds of years—a power struggle between the evil Mystics, and the Aura Readers who oppose them. Unsure of whom to trust or what to believe, Anna must rely on her wits as she masters an ancient power, and put a stop to a conspiracy that could change her fate—and the fate of the world—forever.
PRAISE FOR THE MYSTICS' TREACHERY:
“In Anna, Michlowitz has created a brave, likable young heroine whose quest to learn her true identity leads her deep into dangerous intrigue. Michlowitz’s relish for Russian history shines through on every page.”
~ Lucy Turner, Educator at The Hill School, Middleburg, VA
My Turn on the Couch: Our Cancer Journey
My Turn on the Couch covers the span of nine years in the Alimenti family, during which three family members each face a shattering cancer diagnosis. This is a true story of how that family confronted these challenges, drew closer as a family, and remained resilient despite the hardships. The primary author, Carol Alimenti, tells the story of her mother’s struggle with cancer, coping, caring, and fighting for her son, Chris, who was diagnosed with leukemia, then having to face her own terminal diagnosis. While caring for her son, she must come to accept the finality of her own life. The book began as a journal and as therapy, but transformed into a collaborative project among the family members as they united to help Carol finish this book and cross the final goal off her bucket list. All the family members who ultimately contributed to this story learned what it meant to be “on the couch.”
This compelling story is a testimony to the power of love, family, hope, and an unbridled faith in God. These key ingredients have allowed the Alimentis to defy the odds in the hope that one day they will reunite again in a land without suffering, tears, and pain—and most of all—without cancer.
Kindle ebook available here ($4.99)
Off to the Races with Mukha the Dingo
written by Ray Chung
illustrated by Emily Hurst Pritchett
When a shy but curious dingo named Mukha becomes lost at a horse racing event, she’ll do anything to find her humans. Mukha’s adventure is full of twists and turns as she accidentally runs in a terrier race, unintentionally participates in a fancy hat contest, and inadvertently winds up on the racetrack during the main event! Mukha will delight attendees and surprise race officials, but will she find her humans?
illustrated by Parks Duffey
Oliver is a lucky kid. His family lives along the shore of Virginia’s North River, and his backyard is home to a variety of wildlife—from baby rabbits to the majestic great blue heron. Oliver spends his days playing along the river’s edge among the animals, paddling around in the cove’s calm waters in his canoe, and helping his family take care of the cove’s wild inhabitants.
But one day, storm winds push Oliver and his canoe into the dangerous waters of the North River! Will Oliver be able to make it back home safely? Or will he drift out into the ocean and be lost forever?
Oliver’s Adventure is a grandmother’s love letter to her grandson and the home they once shared. This isn’t just a story about a boy’s adventure; it’s a story about home, family, and how the love we give to the world around us carries on long after we’re gone.
Panic: One Man's Struggle with Anxiety
by Harry Floyd
Anxiety and panic are a part of life for almost everyone. They can come without warning, and for many people, facing and overcoming these conditions can be a lifelong battle. In Panic, author Harry Floyd shares his own struggle with anxiety in an effort to guide others who suffer with this often debilitating condition. To combat anxiety in his own life, for years he explored myriad approaches and treatments, including counseling, medication, behavioral techniques, meditation, and spiritual practices, all of which he shares in these pages. Join Harry on his personal journey from anxiety and the paralysis of panic, to self-understanding and acceptance.
Among other topics, Panic discusses:
- Anticipation and its role in anxiety
- How to react when anxiety strikes
- Understanding the life cycle of a panic attack
- Trying new habits to combat the condition
- Trusting oneself
- How openness can make a difference
Smashwords ebook available here ($3.99)
The Perfect Pointe
written by Victoria Coniglio
illustrated by Lintang Pandu Pratiwi
Poppy loves ballet, and her dad loves to see her dance. When Poppy finds out her class will be performing the Nutcracker, she works harder than ever to get the role of Clara. But Poppy's dad is in the US Army and away on deployment. If Poppy gets the part, will he even be able to attend the performance? Day after day, Poppy rehearses her perfect pointe.
Peter Polo and the Snow Beast of Hunza
written by Craig Bradley
illustrated by Laurie Conley
Peter Polo has been waiting his whole life for this: The Great Khan has sent him on a dangerous quest to the far-off valley of Hunza. Peter finally has a chance to step out of his famous brother’s shadow and into the light of his own adventure. But the path to greatness is treacherous. Someone (or something) is causing the sacred snow leopards to disappear, and the people of Hunza fear the return of a legendary monster known as the Snow Beast. It’s going to take great courage for Peter and his friends to uncover the truth and save the people of Hunza . . . before it’s too late.
Eric’s life sucks. Born without the use of his hands and treated like a burden by his adoptive parents, he finds himself haunted by frightening spirits—until an altogether different sort of spirit appears to him, in the form of an old man. The old man has a story to tell—the story of a boy named Phoenix . . .
After losing his mother when he was just three, Phoenix knows he has to fulfill her last wish: protect Hali, a young girl who came to Willow Oaks Orphanage along with Phoenix and his twin sisters. But fourteen years after her adoption, Phoenix has no idea where she is. To find her, and his own purpose, he’ll have to follow his instincts and heart—perhaps straight into the ocean. And along the way, the lives of Phoenix and Eric will intertwine in a way that Eric never imagined.
written by Diane Forti
illustrated by Maryana Kachmar
When Maggie moves away to Urbanna, she and her mother pinky swear that she will still be able to see her best friend Brooke as often as possible. But Maggie was born with only one arm, and nobody in Urbanna understands her. When Maggie discovers a lost pink dolphin living in the river by her new house, she learns that she is not the only one feeling lonely. She names the dolphin Paddy and visits her every day. But when the weather turns cold and Paddy gets sick, Maggie must choose between keeping her new friend close, and letting her go. Join Maggie in this story of acceptance, faith, and friendship, and learn about the many ways that we can all reach out to save each other!
Pirates and Spooks, Beware!
written by Susan Weiner
illustrated by Bobbie Kogok
Shiver me timbers! Pirates and parrots, mummies and mermaids—get ready for these fun and funky creatures to tickle your funny bone and send a chill down your spine! Between the lines of these eerie poems, a lady pirate fights her battles in stolen ball gowns, a cannibal decides to become a vegetarian, and a ghost hitches a ride in the family car. You’d better get started: it’s all hands on deck!
PRAISE FOR PIRATES AND SPOOKS, BEWARE!
“Pirates and Spooks, Beware! is a collection of refreshingly fun, funny, and sometimes rascally poems, sure to delight elementary and middle school readers (and their teachers)! This entertaining collection of works from clever and talented poet Susan Weiner lends itself to enjoyable reading and a deeper study of poetic conventions, all the while providing subtle vocabulary, geography, history, and even meteorology lessons. Each poem reads equally well both silently and aloud, and could also provide a wonderful ‘old school’ memorization activity at the end of the unit of study. (Slam poetry, anyone?!) These rhyming poems appeal to the reader while telling a story in the most charming way. The lovely illustrations make them come alive, and thanks to Ms. Weiner’s incredible imagination, we walk away smiling, thinking surely, ‘Why, pirates (and spooks) are just like us!’ Arghhh, matey . . . ENJOY!”
~ Pat Talbert Smith, former Head of St. Francis Episcopal Day School and former Lower School Head/Assistant Head of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD
“Many areas of study have been lost or seriously curtailed in the push to include the latest technology into classrooms across the country. One of these areas is poetry. Children do not read, study, or memorize much poetry as they have in past generations. Susan Weiner is doing her part in trying to alleviate this gap through this little volume of pirate poetry. Most kids go through a ‘pirate phase’ in their lives, and these poems capture the essence of the pirate lore quite fancifully. The fact that they also employ rhythm and rhyme are icing on the cake and serve to provide instruction in one of the basic skills of early literacy. I recommend this book for anyone interested in the drama and intrigue of pirates!”
~ Carol Parent, learning specialist and former school administrator and classroom teacher
The Presidents Did What?
illustrated by C. Rod. Unalt
Step right up for a spooky tour of the White House! A long-dead, but still charismatic, Millard Fillmore will serve as your ghostly guide as you make your way through the Executive Mansion. Learn about the history of each room you visit from ghosts of presidents past—arguably the worst presidents in US history. Discover how they ended up there, cursed for all eternity to haunt the rooms of the White House, and find out why it’s so important for us to learn from their mistakes.
The Ride of Molly Tynes: A Tale Passed Down
illustrated Emily Hurst Pritchett
When Molly Tynes learns of an impending attack on a neighboring town, she mounts her horse without hesitation, risking life and limb to warn and protect her community. Four mountains, rough trails, and wild animals stand between Molly and her journey’s end. Through this legendary tale of a courageous Civil War-era woman, the storytelling tradition of Southwest Virginia lives on.
PRAISE FOR THE RIDE OF MOLLY TYNES:
“The Ride of Molly Tynes is a tale well remembered and very well told. . . . Molly’s story will inspire parents and children alike to be their very best selves and to face hard times with bravery and confidence.”
— Susan Weiner, author of Pirates and Spooks, Beware! and Before the Foundation of the World
“I wish my grandma could have had stories like this to tell me when I was a child—the story of one young woman’s selflessness, daring, and bravery. Molly Tynes is an inspiration not only for young girls but for us all.”
— Ted Lewin, author and illustrator of more than 170 books for children
illustrated by Mary Barrows
The Ticks were the leaders, and every Prole knew,
because of the Ticks, the Proles’ lives were blue.
Roly-Poly Prole and his prole neighbors live under the tyranny of the terrible Ticks. Finally Roly-Poly Prole decides that enough is enough, and it’s time to take control of the future. Rise up and speak out with our tiny hero, and learn that change is possible when good people come together.
The Santa Beacon
written by Graham Gardner
illustrated by Nancy LeBlanc
Can Santa find you this Christmas?
It's Ava's first Christmas away from home and she's excited to spend it with her Grandmart and Pop Pop and all her fun cousins. But how will Santa know where to find her? Ava knows her younger brothers will be sad if they wake up and there are no presents under the tree, so she sets out to save Christmas. Ava soon learns, though, that Santa has a way of finding every good little boy and girl, simply by following their hearts.
Kindle ebook available here ($5.99)
Santa’s Sick of Cookies: An Eastern Shore Christmas Tale
written by Karen Young Foley
illustrated by Jessica Gibson
Santa flies South from a Pole far away
as Eastern Shore young'ns keep watch for his sleigh . . .
Surely even old Saint Nick gets sick of cookies on Christmas Eve! A little boy from the Eastern Shore of Virginia is determined to give Santa some variety in his Yuletide snacks . . . But how?
PRAISE FOR SANTA'S SICK OF COOKIES:
“A creative twist on a timeless tradition that gives children everywhere a taste of Eastern Shore life . . . a must-read for Santa’s list.”
~ Jimmy Kelley, aquaculturist, Willis Wharf, VA
“My kindergarten students will be delighted by this imaginative holiday tale that captures many iconic landmarks and traditions unique to their lives on the Eastern Shore.”
~ Susanne Spady, National Board Certified Teacher, Kiptopeke Elementary School, Cape Charles, VA
“Children will learn to love and appreciate the wonderful bounty of our local waters in this enchanting Christmas book.”
~ Sally Dickinson, Education Director, Barrier Islands Center, Machipongo, VA
Santa’s Sleigh Is Stuck: A Hog Island Christmas Tale
written by Karen Young Foley
illustrated by Michelle Simpson
Dreaming about clams and oysters to shuck,
Santa parks beachside and gets his sleigh stuck.
Santa’s sleigh is stuck in the sand on Christmas Eve! As St. Nick and the reindeer cook up a plan to get off Hog Island, teamwork takes a surprising turn. Will they lift off in time to deliver all those toys?
Short Pump Bump!
A lyrical, spherical, rhyming romp through Richmond's treasured locales
written by Angie Miles
illustrated by Scott DuBar, with photographs by Angie Miles
Just about anywhere you go in Virginia’s capital city, you find history, beauty, and interesting stories just waiting to be told. Whether you read the sweet, silly, and poignant collection of poetry on your own or share it aloud with little ones dear to you, Short Pump Bump! will entice you to play a little, smile a little, and forevermore see the place Richmonders call home in a new and endearing way.
There's an Elephant in My Bathtub
written by Connie Bowman
illustrated by Kelly O'Neill
There’s an ELEPHANT in the bathtub!
And a CAMEL in the study—and a LION on the couch—and a GORILLA in the kitchen! When wild animals make themselves at home, what’s a dad to do?
PRAISE FOR THERE'S AN ELEPHANT IN MY BATHTUB:
“A delightful read full of surprises, as a dad discovers his son’s animals around the house. Young readers will enjoy the adventure of finding all of the different animals and their hiding places. Connie Bowman has created a timeless tale that will become a favorite story to read again and again.”
~ Stacey Summerly Morrison, children’s media specialist
“There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub is a charming, imaginative story about a menagerie of ‘wild’ stuffed animals coming to life. Though each animal found throughout the house appears scary, they are actually docile and sweet. It is a great confidence booster for young children, teaching them to use the power of their imagination to turn what is fearful into that which is friendly and harmless. The adorable illustrations and imaginative story are sure to please readers both young and old. I highly recommend it!”
~ Mary Sidhwani, RN/PsyD
“Ever wonder what happens when you are at school? Sometimes even dads have adventures and meet friends in unexpected places!”
~ Hannah Graham, director of Christian Formation and summer camp chaplain
“Connie Bowman has created a truly magical, incredibly creative story about the importance of joy, childlike play, and open mindedness that will delight and positively guide children and adults alike. This is the perfect gift for any child and will most definitely become a family favorite.”
~ Julie Reisler, author, TEDx speaker, podcast host, life designer (PR)
“Parents, you will want to read this book with your children! It will engage your young reader while providing clever examples of figurative language. Suspense throughout with a sweet, wholesome ending!”
~ Amanda Smith, Loudon County Public Schools teacher
“Everyone will enjoy this adorable story of a dad’s adventure rescuing wild animals throughout the house. Connie Bowman does an amazing job describing the characteristics of each animal as they are politely escorted back to the bedroom.”
~ Katie Parker, Early Childhood Educator, Special Education
“Children will love to hear this charming tale of a dad’s adventure as he finds animals in the most unexpected places. This imaginative story is one families will love to explore night after night!”
~ Emily Baxter, kindergarten teacher
“Connie Bowman offers a charming and cleverly illustrated tale of a father and his young son, and the beloved animals that are an important part of their relationship. This story will become a bed-time favorite.”
~ KCT, retired children’s librarian
“We love this creatively imaginative story written by Connie. I especially love that it is teaching my two-year-old to clean up all of his animals around the house with kindness and manners. There’s an Elephant in My Bathtub is a favorite read morning, noon, or night for the entire family.”
~ Sara Corcoran, educator
The Unstoppable Jimmy
written by Liam O'Brien and Noreen O'Brien
illustrated by Jessica Berg
Nothing’s going to stop this kid! When Jimmy gets an unexpected diagnosis, his parents seem to take it a lot harder than he does. As negative feelings come out, Jimmy has an important lesson for his parents: he’s still the same old Jimmy!/
written by Steven Vaitonis
illustrated by Lindsay Wallen
When Kristen’s beloved Bear vanishes, she’s willing to do anything to find him. Looking under her bed for Bear, she finds a mysterious hole in the floor full of glowing light. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s falling into another world! She lands in West Wind, the place where all broken and unwanted toys live. And now, to find Bear, she must face explosions, magic teapots, forest mazes, flying furniture, talking boats, and a building that loves to play Monopoly. Along the way, she meets Cymryn the Tinker, serendipitous Stanley the talking toy, a wise teddy bear named Granther, and Mr. Benjamin, Recorder of Things Important and Trivial. Come along with Kristen on this fantastical journey as she discovers what it means to be a true friend!
Paperback available here ($12.95)
Kindle ebook available here ($4.99)
Verities: A Journey by Tracks
written by Randy White
“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” Take a ride down the train tracks in the small town of Verities, and you’ll see one young man’s quests for meaning in his troubled life. Follow Sam’s journey as he grows up facing ugly truths about love and loss on the wrong side of the tracks. Verities is a hopeful story of rising above one’s circumstances, even in the cruel face of social injustice.
PRAISE FOR VERITIES:
“What’s important in life? No, what’s really important? Is it material possessions; what others think of you? Or, what at the end of much searching leads you to real happiness and contentment? Through a tornadic life, Sam faces questions about family, friends, trust, love, and the price to be paid for securing his dream. Fast-paced, with unexpected but clever plot twists, Verities carries the reader along with its stand-out characters every inch of the way. It also spotlights, in an era of receiving information in short bursts, the enduring value of books that make you think and see things you might never have seen.”
—Rich Garon, author of Felling Big Trees and Lee Fitts
The Very Nice Family
illustrated by Maryana Kachmar
There once was a very nice family, with a Mommy, a Daddy, and two young boys. They were very busy, with church and school and work and sports, but something was missing. Was it a dog? No, it wasn’t a dog. Finally, the Mommy figured it out: what they were missing was a little girl!
Join the very nice family as they bring a baby girl into their home and hearts, learning to rely on God's plan as she grows into her own person. Based on author Diane Forti's true life adoption story, The Very Nice Family reminds readers that love is full of surprises!
Waiting for Adeline
illustrated by Britt Van Deusen
When Mama and Daddy bring home a new baby, Adeline, big sister Alice isn’t too sure about her. At first, there’s too much crying, and later, Adeline struggles to speak. But as Alice watches her sister grow, she comes to realize that words aren’t the only way to understand her. Waiting for Adeline is a story of patience, connection, love, and the bonds that can grow from adversity.
What Happens at School When You're Not There?
written and illustrated by Edward J. Denecke
Do you want to know what janitors see
when children are gone? Then listen to me.
I’ll tell you right now what happens past three,
when teachers go home and students run free . . .
Longtime elementary-school janitor Edward Denecke knows the secret of what unfolds in the magical hours between last and first bell. Now, he’s excited to share it in this imaginative story about the amazing visitors that turn schoolrooms topsy-turvy when nobody’s there to see it. Nobody, that is, except the night crew of custodians who are the guardians of this whimsical world.
What happens at school? It’s time you knew!
Kindle ebook available here ($5.99)
by K.E. Bonner
Every once in an eon, when the Earth eclipses the moon on a winter solstice, an immortal is born under a witching moon. Anne has always had the strangest feelings--memories she couldn’t place; strangers she inexplicably yearned for. After she rescues the enigmatic Phillip from a shipwreck, her comfortable life on the island of Cusabo is shattered, and the mystery of her destiny starts to fall into place. Anne leaves behind the life she’s always known and sets out with Phillip on an arduous journey to Amaranth, where her ancient family awaits her. But the path is dark and daunting, and Anne’s powers have only just begun to manifest.
The 3rd Option
by Ben Sharpton
Allan Chappel enrolled in seminary to change the world, but people lied and people died, and he turned in his clerical collar for an office cubicle. Now, years later, the ghosts of his past are back to haunt him, and they’re uglier and more powerful than before. When the offices of a new medical think tank called Inc.Ubator are destroyed in a fiery blast, Allan finds himself the prime suspect and the target of an international manhunt. Forced into hiding, he sets out to find the terrorists responsible and clear his name. But his quest for answers only leads to more questions: What were the researchers at Inc.Ubator hiding? And who was willing to spill blood to keep their work a secret? Allan must stay alive long enough to untwist the truth. Unfortunately, the forces opposing him will stop at nothing to prevent the release of the 3rd Option.
Smashwords ebook available here ($3.99)
Kindle version available here ($3.99)