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May 30, 2016

Across Five Aprils: Growing Up in Wartime

Irene Hunt's Across Five Aprils is the story of a young farmboy, Jethro Creighton, growing up during the American Civil War.

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May 29, 2016

The Corn Grows Ripe: Modern Mayan Boy

In Dorothy Rhoads' The Corn Grows Ripe, a modern Mayan boy (1950s) comes of age after his father's accident in the fields.

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May 23, 2016

Shannon Duncan: Biography

Shannon Duncan is a young South African, passionate about children's literature.

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May 23, 2016

Black Horses for the King: Anne McCaffrey's King Arthur!

Anne McCaffrey's 'Black Horses for the King' is the scifi legend's young adult take on the King Arthur story.

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May 15, 2016

The Little Prince: Recovering Imagination!

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's 'The Little Prince' reads like a meta-story about the stifling of children's imaginations as they grow up.

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May 15, 2016

Whimsical, Fun Illustrator

Whimsy! I am a published children's book illustrator. My formal education is in digital design and animation. Combined with my experience in illustration,

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May 14, 2016

Bugs in My Hair by Michelle Mullins

Michelle Mullins' free kids story is called Bugs in My Hair, about a child who gets lice!

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May 13, 2016

Superfudge: Fudge is Back! (2nd book)

Superfudge is the 2nd of Judy Blume's Fudge books, with Peter in 6th grade and Fudge entering kindergarten.

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May 08, 2016

A Light in the Attic: Bite-Sized Shel!

Shel Silverstein 'puts something silly in the world that wasn't there before' with his classic A Light in the Attic.

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May 07, 2016

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: Meet Peter

Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first of four in a series featuring Peter Hatcher and his two year old brother Fudge.

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May 07, 2016

Daniela Chamorro: Biography

Born and raised in Nicaragua, reviewer Daniela Chamorro has a B.A. in English from Amherst College.

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Apr 30, 2016

Disabled Freelance Illustrator-Artist

I am a physically disabled, self-taught, prolific, freelance, illustrator artist. My illustrations are all freehand. I mainly use Crayon Rocks to colour

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Apr 10, 2016

The Voice of Freedom--Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Carole Boston Weatherford creates an 'autobiography' of Fannie Lou Hamer in Voice of Freedom: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Apr 09, 2016

Cut paper, computer enhanced

Hi, I have a BA (Upper 2nd class honors) Illustration (UK). I am a mixed media paper cut artist. I enjoy the challenge of using materials to tell a story.

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Mar 29, 2016

Enjoys working with selfpub authors

Your first step in successful self-publishing - collaborate with me! Energetic, detailed artwork sure to bring a smile to your reader as they fall in

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Mar 14, 2016

Living pictures by Tatiana Ji

Hi. I am Tatiana. I'm an illustrator, graphic designer and artist. I work in a variety of styles and techniques, such as • colored pencils • watercolor

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Mar 07, 2016

Waiting by Kevin Henkes: Waiting Can Be Good!

Kevin Henkes' Waiting makes the case that waiting for something to happen--which kids do a lot of--isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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Mar 06, 2016

The Magical Snow Garden: A Penguin Dreams!

In 'The Magical Snow Garden,' Wellington the penguin has it in his head to make a garden like the one he's seen in books!

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Feb 23, 2016

Snowy Bear: A Girl and a Bear as Friends

It's Goldilocks turned on its head in Tony Mitton's 'Snowy Bear,' when a baby bear seeking shelter finds a little girl home alone.

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Feb 23, 2016

Grandad's Island: Death Made Beautiful

In Benji Davies' 'Grandad's Island,' death is painted as a beautiful place you don't come back from.

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Feb 23, 2016

Tassa Dimitropoulos: Biography

Raised in Canada and now living in London, Tassa Dimitropoulos is a stay-at-home mom and former schoolteacher.

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Feb 06, 2016

Parrots over Puerto Rico: Bringing 'em Back!

In Parrots Over Puerto Rico, Trumbore and Roth tell the still unfolding story of the near extinction (and early stages of recovery) of the Puerto

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Feb 04, 2016

Clemente! by Willie Pedromo - Boy named for the man

In Willie Pedromo's 'Clemente!' a boy named after the baseball legend tells the story of a man who was a hero both on the field and off.

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Jan 31, 2016

Drum Dream Girl: A Girl CAN Play Drums!

In Drum Dream Girl, Margarita Engle tells the story of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who felt drums shouldn't be only for boys.

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Jan 24, 2016

Trombone Shorty: Growing Up with Music!

'Trombone Shorty' is the story of Troy Andrews, renowned New Orleans Supa-Funk Rock musician, who took up a big instrument while very little!

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Jan 23, 2016

Last Stop on Market Street: Picture Book Newbery Winner!

The picture book Last Stop on Market Street won the 2016 Newbery Medal with its compelling view of the world through a poor child's eyes.

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Jan 16, 2016

The Shining Star by Jude Harrison-Smith

This free children's story by Jude Harrison-Smith is called The Shining Star. When a star's feelings are hurt, he can't shine as brightly.

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Jan 13, 2016

Illustration and Publishing

Children's Illustration and Publishing My name is Tina Modugno. I am from Quebec, Canada. I am a freelance children's illustrator and have worked with

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Jan 03, 2016

Paintings for children

Paintings for Children - Fairy Tale Style My name is Maryam Safa. I come from Iran, and I live in Denmark. I was born in a family where everyone loves

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Dec 20, 2015

Not Another Christmas Carol: Xmas in 40's Ireland

Barbara Hamilton's 'Not Another Christmas Carol' details the author's childhood Christmas in late 1940s Ireland.

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Nov 15, 2015

Waterslide Illustrations

Hi there! My name is Miriam Rue and I am a digital illustrator. I love drawing unique characters with motions and expressions to match! My style is cartoony,

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Nov 15, 2015

Never Say Never Self-Publish

Swore I'd never do it. Would never self-publish. I was 100% in the same camp about self-published books. I swore (with my hand in the air and everything)

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Oct 18, 2015

Dancing on the Edge: Mourning a Mother

A twelve year old mourning her mother joins her aunt on a pilgrimage in Kit Bakke's Dancing on the Edge.

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Oct 14, 2015

Leslie's Journal: Abusive High School Relationship

In Alan Stratton's Leslie's Journal, a high schooler living with her recently divorced mother becomes involved in an abusive relationship.

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Sep 28, 2015

The Painted Dog

I have been creating fantasy and children's art for seven years now. My style is inspired by Grimm's fairy tales and Aesop's fables, with the design inspiration

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Sep 19, 2015

Offering artwork free to build portfolio

Volunteering art skills, to build portfolio in childrens book illustration work As a life long, self taught artist, I am only now contemplating future

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Sep 14, 2015

Just Itzy: Don't call me 'Bitzy'!

Lana Krumwiede's Just Itzy is the story of Itzy, a 'spindergarten' aged spiderling who doesn't want to be called Itzy Bitzy anymore.

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Sep 13, 2015

A Reluctant Self-Publisher

I was a reluctant self-publisher...but now, I wouldn't do it any other way. Back in 2009, I was thrilled when a certain small-press publisher accepted

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Sep 13, 2015

Stealing Freedom: The story of Ann Maria Weems

Elisa Carbone's 'Stealing Freedom' is a fictionalized rendering of the true story of Ann Maria Weems, a young slave who traveled the Underground Railroad.

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Sep 08, 2015

Cute and simple

Cute and simple children's book illustrations What should I say about my illustration? Illustration is the one thing I live for. It the best thing in

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Sep 05, 2015

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss: Not This One!

With What Pet Should I Get?, another clearly unfinished, unpolished manuscript gets yanked from a Seussian drawer sent unready to a waiting world.

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Aug 31, 2015

Yellow Star: True Story of a Young Lodz Survivor

Jennifer Roy tells the story of her aunt, Syvia Permutter, one of only 12 child survivors of the Nazis in the Lodz ghetto in Poland.

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Aug 28, 2015

UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age by Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs 'UG: Boy Genius of the Stone Age (and His Search for Soft Trousers) is a silly-as-it-sounds, laugh-at-your-ancestors graphic novel

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Aug 27, 2015

Chanda's Wars: Sequel to Chanda's Secrets!

Chanda's Wars, the sequel to Allan Stratton's Michael Printz Honor book Chanda's Dreams, follows Chanda to her dead mother's village.

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Aug 19, 2015

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus

Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet's 'The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus,' tells the story of a child (then man) with a passion for categorizing words.

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Aug 19, 2015

Unique Style, Vivid Colors

Make your book stand out! Incredibly unique art style and vivid colors! With my art, the purpose is to stand out. You see the book on the shelf, and

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Aug 15, 2015

Freelance Artist and Illustrator

I do a versatile range of artwork and illustrations, ranging from watercolour paintings to pencil and pen drawings, of almost anything. I can also produce

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Aug 09, 2015

Jericho Walls: Race & Friendship in 1957 South Carolina

Jericho Walls, by Kristi Collier, tackles friendship and race between a black boy and a white girl in turbulent 1957 South Carolina.

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Aug 08, 2015

Chanda's Secrets: Living with AIDS in Africa

Allan Stratton's 'Chanda’s Secrets' is a compelling story set in a small African village being ripped apart by the HIV/AIDS virus.

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Aug 08, 2015

Karen Talley, Children's Book Reviewer: Biography

A former health professional with five grandchildren to pass her lifelong love of books to, we're honored to have aspiring author Karen Talley review for us!

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