If I Had a Magic Wand by Melissa Lavi

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If I had a Magic Wand by Melissa Lavi
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 41

If I had a Magic Wand is a delightful and heart-warming collection of wishes for our babies and children. Follow the magic wand as it is handed from parent to parent and baby to baby. The beautiful illustrations and poetic tone make this book a perfect bedtime story for children of all ages. Told in rhyme, it shares delightful and inclusive messages for all parents, soon to be parents, or anyone who BELIEVES IN MAGIC!

~ AMAZON ~

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Melissa Lavi is a published children’s book author, and pre-school teacher for the last 20 years. Working with children has given her the ability to address complex situations in a clear and simple way. Most of her stories are based on experiences she has encountered both as a mother and as a teacher, and they are all ‘tried and tested’ in her classroom each day.

Melissa lives in Hong Kong with her husband and three children

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Amaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt

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Amaleigha and the Big Idea by Janice Pratt
Genre – Kids, Family, Inspirational
Page Count – 45

Amaleigh is just five but she has big ideas. Spending a lot of time in her backyard forest she decides that she just has to find a way to share all the things she loves with the rest of the world. Find out how Amaleigh, along with the help of family and friends, ends up making a big difference in her community!

~ AMAZON ~ OMTASTIC YOGA ~ OLYMPIA PUBLISHERS ~

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Sometimes when you dream, it takes a while for it to become a reality. I have wanted to write books since I was a little girl and fell in love with my home town library. I read books at school, at home, in bed and even in the bathtub. I just couldn’t get enough of far away places, brave heroes and heroines and the experience of getting lost in a new and amazing adventure in each book. Through the years, I became  the owner of a preschool, a public librarian, a school librarian and a children’s yoga teacher but no mater what I did I shared stories with children. Finally, at age 62, I have published my first book but I know it won’t be my last. Check out Amaleigha and her big idea!

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom

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Super Enemies by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 32
Cover Designer – Janet King
Mira and Carl are enemies. They are also sister and brother.
They never want to do the same thing. Except, they both want to sit behind Daddy when they ride in the car. One day, Dad takes them to the beach. Carl is going to be the super hero and build a castle. Mira will be the super villain and destroy it. So, Carl builds better and stronger castles. And Mira comes up with more ingenious ways to destroy them.
Can being enemies be so much fun that it bonds them together?

~ AMAZON ~

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Lois is a former high school chemistry teacher and former head science teacher at Science in the City Summer Camp in Philadelphia. She has also been an adjunct science teacher at University of South Florida. Since retiring, she continues to take science classes. Her class in Forensic Biology led to Little Red, The Detective, in which Red is studying fingerprint identification, so she can tell that “Grandma” isn’t who she says she is.

Lois has taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales. She has invented what she calls Science Folktales. In each science-based tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending than the original because of learning scientific principles. She has turned some of these tales into plays.

She has also created a series of Mermaid Science stories, which make use of water science.

Lois is married to the love of her life. She has two children, four grandchildren and a dog.

Author Interview with Lois Wickstrom

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Dream-Shifter by Lois Wickstrom

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Dream-Shifter by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Fantasy
Page Count – 216
Cover Designer – 100Covers

Middle school student Gwendolyn is a dream-shifter. This means that when she dreams, she becomes what she dreams about, and she dreams about being different animals. If she awakens naturally, she becomes a girl again. But a fire alarm jars her awake when she’s dreaming that she’s an elk.  She awakes as an elk. It’s elk hunting season, and she doesn’t know how to change back to a girl, or how to stay alive.

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Lois is a former high school chemistry teacher and former head science teacher at Science in the City Summer Camp in Philadelphia. She has also been an adjunct science teacher at University of South Florida. Since retiring, she continues to take science classes. Her class in Forensic Biology led to Little Red, The Detective, in which Red is studying fingerprint identification, so she can tell that “Grandma” isn’t who she says she is.

Lois has taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales. She has invented what she calls Science Folktales. In each science-based tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending than the original because of learning scientific principles. She has turned some of these tales into plays.

She has also created a series of Mermaid Science stories, which make use of water science.

Lois is married to the love of her life. She has two children, four grandchildren and a dog.

Author Interview with Lois Wickstrom

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The Dwarves’ Dilemma (Science Folktales) by Lois Wickstrom

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The Dwarves’ Dilemma (Science Folktales) by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Fantasy
Page Count – 32
Cover Designer – Ada Konewki

The Queen is the fairest judge in the land.

All her subjects bring their problems for her to decide. She uses her magic mirror to see the Sparkle of Fairness in their eyes. The dwarves bring her a problem where both sides think they are being fair, and the mirror shows that the Queen is NOT the fairest one of all. Snow White is sent to investigate.

What she finds can change the kingdom forever.

~ AMAZON ~

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Lois is a former high school chemistry teacher and former head science teacher at Science in the City Summer Camp in Philadelphia. She has also been an adjunct science teacher at University of South Florida. Since retiring, she continues to take science classes. Her class in Forensic Biology led to Little Red, The Detective, in which Red is studying fingerprint identification, so she can tell that “Grandma” isn’t who she says she is.

Lois has taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales. She has invented what she calls Science Folktales. In each science-based tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending than the original because of learning scientific principles. She has turned some of these tales into plays.

She has also created a series of Mermaid Science stories, which make use of water science.

Lois is married to the love of her life. She has two children, four grandchildren and a dog.

Author Interview with Lois Wickstrom

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Lucas the Spy Cat (Jake the Growling Dog) by Samantha Shannon

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Lucas the Spy Cat (Jake the Growling Dog) by Samantha Shannon
Genre – Kids, Family, Educational
Page Count – 23
Cover Designer – Lei Yang

Lucas is no ordinary cat!

Though the family suspects, they don’t truly know where it is their cat Lucas really goes. He walks out the door at night, with a gravely meow “good-bye”, and doesn’t come home till the morning light. Lucas’ family is determined to find out where their cat goes and what he does, so they attach a spy camera to Lucas’ collar, hoping to find out the truth about his secret identity.

Mysteries & Capers

Wherever he goes and whatever he does, his family is sure that Lucas and his forest pals are solving mysteries of all shapes and sizes! 

Children will love following along with Lucas and his pals as they keep their neighborhood safe a sound. Who will they save next, or what mystery will they solve? The mysteries will be surprising and, best of all, fun! Join the fun as some animals need rescuing, while others need a friend or learn how to dance.

Superheroes and Superfans

Kids will love becoming superfans by picking out their favorite colorful characters in Lucas’ first tale, part of the best-selling Jake the Growling Dog book series. These superheroes and spies help other forest creatures and neighbors with feats of strength, wit, problem-solving, giving a hand (or paw), and showing kindness to all creatures, great and small.

For the Love of all Critters!

Do you have a little one who loves animals of all kinds? Lucas’ books highlight all sorts of animals kids love, including bugs, frogs, snakes, bats, deer, raccoons, opossums, owls, cats, dogs, turtles, and many more! Your children will have a hard time deciding who their favorite is, and they can even create their own in the activity pages.

Looking for Ways to Boost Creativity & Imagination?

Lucas and his friends love telling stories, but they also want their young readers to create their own fun. After the fun-loving story, kids and families will enjoy a hide-and-seek page, making their superhero or spy, learning about ways to encourage creativity and imagination, writing a mystery, and much more! Don’t forget to visit jakethegrowlingdog.com for more additional coloring pages and activities.

Beautifully Illustrated

Lucas the Spy Cat lives in a colorful, magical neighborhood where animals help each other save the day. Young readers will enjoy colorful pages full of exciting critters like owls, bats, deer, dogs, cats, snakes, frogs, and more, all in a natural forest setting under the moonlight. Each page is beaming with bright colors, which kids will love.

Perfect Gifts for Home, Classroom, and Offices

Licensed educational counselor and best-selling author Samantha Shannon builds upon her world for Jake the Growling Dog with a new spin-off book for Lucas the Spy Cat. While this fun-loving book is full of humor and colorful capers, it also includes activities and conversation starters that are sure to spark creativity and imagination in your kiddos and students.

~ AMAZON ~

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Samantha Shannon is a top-selling children’s book author and licensed educational counselor who uses her background in education, love for nature and animals, and experience aiding in the healthy social-emotional development of children to create fun and impactful books. 

With Samantha’s background in educational counseling, Jake’s stories focus on fun while also including important socio-emotional and character topics such as: friendship, kindness, mindfulness, diversity & inclusion, gratitude, sharing, disability awareness & loving-kindness and more. Each story includes fun and impactful activities for children, families, schools, & counselors centering on pure childhood fun, the topics touched on in the book, and encouraging creativity and imagination. Jake’s stories speak to all of us about accepting, and appreciating, the differences in others–both caring attitudes we need in our diverse and beautiful world. 

When Samantha had her first child in 2009, she wanted to write a picture book based on her sister’s dog, Jake. While visiting her sister in the Pacific Northwest, Samantha realized that Jake growled all the time. He growled while playing frisbee, getting an ear rub, running, and even when he was sleeping! Despite his unusual choice of noisemaking, Jake is a sweet dog, which makes him the perfect character for a children’s picture book.

Samantha’s love for creatures great and small has led her to incorporate animals in all of the books- from eagles to cheetahs! Throughout her life, Samantha’s family has always included a dog, and they’ve always been more than pets. They were fur-brothers, sisters, and babies.

Samantha has also published multiple books under her pen name, Parker Sinclair, in the fantasy and YA genres.

Visit: parkersinclair.net & jakethegrowlingdog.com for more information or find all books on Amazon and Ingram Content.

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The Veil by Wanda Luthman

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The Veil by Wanda Luthman
Genre – Inspirational, Family
Page Count – 26
Cover Designer – Mara Reitsma

The Veil is a biblical fiction book about the tearing of the veil inside the Jewish tabernacle when Jesus died on the cross. We don’t know of any eye witnesses to this from the Bible, but in the bibilical fiction story, The Veil, a Priest and a young boy who is being trained to become a Priest are eye witnesses to this spectacular event. Come along on this journey and experience this heart-pounding, fear-inducing, yet awe-inspiring event that holds so much meaning to the Christian faith.

There are references to the tearing of the veil in 3 books of the Bible (Matthew, Mark, and Luke), “the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” Inside the Tabernacle were two rooms, The Holy Place and the Holiest of Holies. The veil separated these two rooms. The Holiest of Holies was where God lived and only one Priest was allowed to enter that room and only after being both physically and spiritually cleansed.

The tearing of the veil upon Jesus’ death represents what Jesus did for mankind on the cross–he paid the ultimate price for our sin, so we are no longer separated from a Holy God, our Creator. Therefore, we now have access to God because of the blood of Jesus. All of our sins are forgiven and we are made righteous. There is no more guilt to bear for our sins. We are free! Hallejuah!

This book was written to inspire all who read it regardless of age to “live” the experience and contemplate the wonderful gift Jesus gave us when He died upon the cross. But, his death was not final. He was raised from the dead in 3 days as was predicted by ancient prophets in the Bible. Because he was raised from the dead, He overcame death. We do still die physically, but after we die, if we have accepted this free and wonderful gift that Jesus offers us, we will join Him and His Father (God) and the Holy Spirit in Heaven and live for all eternity!

At the end of the book is a prayer and an opportunity to accept Jesus as your personal Savior so that you can accept His gift and live forever! Your eternity starts the moment you accept Jesus into your heart. You will live without guilt or shame from any past or future sins you may commit, if you sincerely repent. You will know LOVE like you have never known it before. You will know JOY and PEACE no matter the circumstances you are in. You will find a FRIEND that will NEVER leave you and that’s Jesus!

~ AMAZON ~

 

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Wanda Luthman is an international multi-award-winning author. She’s been a Christian since she was 3 years old, was baptized at 12 years old, and attended a Christian College in the Midwest double majoring in Psychology and Sociology. She has practiced in the field of counseling for over 20 years. But she felt she really “met” God in her late 40’s when her Pastor taught her contemplative listening which is a Christian form of meditation. Since then, she’s been on a mission to share God’s love with everyone she meets.

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Just One More Egg (Science Folktales Book 6) by Lois Wickstrom

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Just One More Egg (Science Folktales Book 6) by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 24
Cover Designer – Francie Mion

Cuckoos Lay Eggs in Warbler Nests and fly away. Should Mama Warbler raise the cuckoo baby as her own?

Inspired by The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson. This story shows mutual benefit to both warblers and cuckoos when a cuckoo lays an egg in a warbler’s nest.

Cuckoo babies eat six times as much as warbler babies. Soon they are bigger than their warbler mamas. They are stinky and hungry and huge.

Will Mama Warbler love her new baby?

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Lois is a former high school chemistry teacher and former head science teacher at Science in the City Summer Camp in Philadelphia. She has also been an adjunct science teacher at University of South Florida. Since retiring, she continues to take science classes. Her class in Forensic Biology led to Little Red, The Detective, in which Red is studying fingerprint identification, so she can tell that “Grandma” isn’t who she says she is.

Lois has taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales. She has invented what she calls Science Folktales. In each science-based tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending than the original because of learning scientific principles. She has turned some of these tales into plays.

She has also created a series of Mermaid Science stories, which make use of water science.

Lois is married to the love of her life. She has two children, four grandchildren and a dog.

Author Interview with Lois Wickstrom

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Moby Plays the Flute by Eeha Bhatt

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Moby Plays the Flute by Eeha Bhatt
Genre – Kids, Family
Page Count – 45
Cover Designer – Tabletop Publishing

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Eeha Bhatt devoted herself to writing and drawing during her school years. Many of her stories were selected for the school magazine as well as many drawings for the kid’s exhibition organized by Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University.

Ever since she aspired to write stories for children and convey the messages to be better with each step towards betterment. Her stories are based upon her own experiences in life, that have helped her to always move forward. She writes to tell this message to all of the kids out there.

Eeha Bhatt is a self-taught part-time artist and a full-time Japanese language interpreter/translator and teacher. She graduated from the Visva Bharati University (University in India opened by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore and also where Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen comes from) with a degree in Japanese Language. She completed her Masters in Japanese Language from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2012. 

 

Bhatt has published her artwork in Dragonfly Hopeworks’s 2018 magazine of Howards County, Maryland, US. She has won an exhibition opportunity in Greenbelt Arts Center, MD, US, and an award for a Tsunami Picture collage/story at Kizuna India organized by Japan. She is currently located in Dallas, Texas, aspiring to be a full-time artist and story writer.

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Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom

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Dinosaur Friends: 2 books in 1: A Present for the Volcano and Saving Conifer’s Eggs by Lois Wickstrom
Genre – Kids, Family, Sci-Fi
Page Count – 36
Cover Designer – Nicolás Milano

Two Dinosaur Stories in One Book. Flip it over and read another story. These dinosaurs are best friends, but sometimes they disagree.

A present for the Volcano

Spike (an ankylosaurus) sees a volcano erupting. He thinks it is unhappy.  He wants to give the volcano a present to cheer it up.  He gets his friend Conifer (a tyrannosaurus) to help him build a necklace of stones around the base of the volcano. When it does erupt, the stones block the lava flow.

Saving Conifer’s Eggs

Spike and Conifer smell smoke and know they must leave the forest. But Conifer is sitting on her eggs. She has three eggs and only two hands.  When she lifts her nest, she must walk carefully so they don’t clack together. Spike is impatient and swings his tail back and forth.  He knocks down a Ginko tree. The two friends decide to take the fallen tree to the river and use it to float away from the fire.

Learn about volcanos and egg-laying dinosaurs. Learn about friendship, too.

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Lois is a former high school chemistry teacher and former head science teacher at Science in the City Summer Camp in Philadelphia. She has also been an adjunct science teacher at University of South Florida. Since retiring, she continues to take science classes. Her class in Forensic Biology led to Little Red, The Detective, in which Red is studying fingerprint identification, so she can tell that “Grandma” isn’t who she says she is.

Lois has taken so many science classes that she believes science is the solution to almost every problem, including the dilemmas in fairy tales. She has invented what she calls Science Folktales. In each science-based tale, the protagonist achieves a better ending than the original because of learning scientific principles. She has turned some of these tales into plays.

She has also created a series of Mermaid Science stories, which make use of water science.

Lois is married to the love of her life. She has two children, four grandchildren and a dog.

Author Interview with Lois Wickstrom

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