Welcome to the Children’s Reading Room where authors of books suitable up to 12 years of age can share their work and reviews.. Some authors will also have a listing in the Cafe and Bookstore with their adult books.
This Reading Room is for Children’s books and Early Teens (12 years old)…It is very difficult to market and books at the current time without physical launches, particularly for children’s books which many tend to be print only.
Getting into the Reading Room
If you are already an author in the main bookstore then I will automatically share your children’s books in this directory.
If you are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore please email me with the following to email@example.com
- Link to Amazon for the book ( and even if you have just one book please set up an author page on both Amazon US and UK as English speakers across Europe use that site) as this is an essential marketing tool and makes it a great deal easier for people like myself who are promoting your work) Also if you have a central book link site on your blog or website that is useful. I can only promote your book effectively online if it is on Amazon and even more so if it is also in Eversion.
- I will need an author profile photo or image and your official author’s bio. Please send any images attached to the email not inserted into it.
- You main social media links including website, blog, twitter, facebook, linkedin, and goodreads . Links in full please not short links, I will do that when they are inserted into the post.
- Goodreads is an essential site for an author, particularly now with Amazon’s policy of only allowing you to post a review on your country of origin. In recent months Amazon has been updating reviews and sharing them on multiple sites which is helpful. On Goodreads you don’t have to have bought the book from Amazon (so bookstores and other online bookshops) and also you don’t have to spend £50 or $50 for the right to review a book that you have been sent as an ARC or gifted! This means that reviews from around the world can be posted and seen by potential readers.
- In my experience of promoting authors in the last 20 years, it is not as effective if you do not have some presence on social media and a central page on Amazon or Goodreads where readers can connect with you and see all your work together in one place.
- If you do not have at least two social media accounts then you are limiting your book marketing potential.
What I will do.
- I have 45,000 + connections around my social media platforms of Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Facebook and I will automatically link the post to those sites and also boost again during the day.
- The post will be included in the weekly round up on Sundays.
- Your books (up to 7 covers of recent books) along with your profile photo, book covers, links to Amazon and your main website will then be put into the bookstore.
- You can then be included in the reading room updates which will go out once a week with any new releases and with exceptional reviews (for the reviews would suggest leaving six weeks between being included in an update)
- Your books will stay in the Reading Room automatically for six months and after that as long as there are new books or current reviews within the last three months.
I love promoting other authors and I am very happy to do so as a FREE service but it does take considerable time during the week to compile and promote posts with several authors work. It makes a difference when authors participate in the process. Also it works best when authors in the Reading Room share other author’s updates from time to time. If you feel that you don’t have the time to participate in your own promotions or from time to time support the other authors in the cafe, then perhaps this promotion is not for you.
I also ask authors to individually respond to comments from readers of their promotions including in the weekly updates, as it does encourage both engagement and sales.
One of the reviews for the book
Jack Hughes witnesses the abduction of his brother Dan by the wicked fairy Sylvie. Nightmares and visions of a mysterious tramp take over his reality and he becomes torn about sharing the truth behind his brothers disappearance. Catherine, Ken and Ken’s mystical mother Rosie become his confidants and join Jack in searching for clues on breaking the wicked fairies hold over his brother .
The tramp’s true identity soon unfolds when the team offer him food and shelter; he is Thomas the Rhymer, Prince of Elphane, who speaks in Rhyme:
“Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today. I wish that man would GO AWAY!”
The author takes the reader on a series of adventures through ancient ley lines, bathed in milky blue light that cross a fairy hill, churches and open countryside.
We meet the mysterious Horatio Grin and Agnes Day, whose sister Poppy was also abducted by the faeries. But can they be trusted? And can Jack and his friends find his brother and bring him safely back home?
I read this book slowly as there were so many mystical layers to Jack’s adventures. It is well written and will appeal to both young and old.
One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies.
I love seeing Ms. Cheadle’s cooking creations on social media. They are always fun and creative. When it was time to buy my granddaughters a gift, I knew a book about fairies and cooking would be the perfect fit for my four- and five-year-old grandkids. Before wrapping the book up, I read it. I was charmed with the story, loved the recipes, and impressed mother and son wrote it. I look forward to reading this with my youngest grandchildren and then picking a recipe to make together. This is a great combination book to give as a present!
A recent review forThe Wizard, The Girl, and The Unicorn’s Horn: The Chronicles of Geo Book One
An ancient evil power is encroaching on the world of Geo, blanketing the land in shadow and stealing villagers. The story tracks the daring adventures of three groups, two off to destroy the shadow, and one simply trying to survive. They all ultimately come together for a final battle.
One narrative follows the wizard, the protector of Geo. He joins with some rambunctious goblins who lead him through the mountain’s tunnels to Land’s End, the barren home of the shadow and its packs of demon wargs (wolf-like creatures). At the same time, Elyysa, a young girl with a magical past, allies with Geo’s wise trolls who collect tolls at the many bridges. She too heads for Land’s End and carries with her a powerful unicorn horn. The third narrative focuses on the villagers who find themselves swept up by the shadow and stranded in a cave. They must make their way through dangerous passageways to the surface.
The story is simply told with a steady pace and vocabulary that a middle-grade student would be able to handle … but there is quite a bit of tragedy in the caves, including the deaths of children and families, and significant violence during the warg attacks. For these reasons, I’d steer this read to mature middle-graders, preteens, and young teenagers who enjoy a fantastical tale of adventure and can deal with the scary and sad moments. (My 7-year-old grandson couldn’t handle it, but grammy enjoyed it!)
A really fun book with cute animations for children that will improve their vocabulary and send their imagination into orbit
A recent review for Marisa’s First Fishing Trip
When she goes to visit her grandparents, her Grampa takes her fishing for the first time. what does she catch?
This short story is about a bond between a grandchild and a grandparent. I really enjoyed the story. I love the illustrations. They went along with the story. The font size was great and was an easy read.
I give this picture book 5 stars.
One of the recent reviews for Elizabeth’s War on Goodreads
Elizabeth’s War by D.L. Finn is the fourth book I’ve read by this author who writes in diverse styles – short stories, poetry and memoirs, and now, this children’s book in the historical fiction genre.
Elizabeth is eleven years old in 1917 and lives a protected life on her parents’ farm – she almost died as a three-year old – thus her parents and even her siblings dote on her, and she does not seem to be given any real responsibilities even though farm life at the time would have dictated differently. Her mother and older sister, Pearl, protect her and make excuses for her. All this change once her father and eldest brother join the war, and suddenly, Elizabeth has to face a few challenging situations over the next year and a half. She learns to cook, knit and catch a baby (all very hilariously told by the author), and she also deals with the loss of a good friend.
Plusses for me: The author shows the reader much – not just telling a story – inviting readers into Elizabeth’s world with good scene setting and dialogue combination, creating a living-in-the-moment scenario. I love natural and fluent dialogue supported by good scene setting, i.e. showing, making the characters alive and thus involving the reader emotionally. I love this writing style where becoming part of the story and living in the moment, enhance reading pleasure. Dialogue throughout is natural and fluent, and looking from a Middle Grade reader’s point of view, language is easy to follow, but still suitable for older ones who prefer clean uncluttered stories.Historical fiction for children – not an easy genre to execute successfully – is challenging in that it is difficult to know how much background fact is needed without boring them with information overload while setting the different scenes. In my opinion, the author did an excellent job.
One of the Reviews for The Slapstyx on Goodreads
Even though this book was written for the 8 – 10 year age range of readers, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters were well rounded – both the good and the not-so-good ones with well developed desires and motivations for their actions. The trouble the young sisters found themselves in was presented with enough humor I couldn’t decide if I wanted to laugh or shake the adults silly.
None of the characters were predictable until after you had gotten to know them a little bit, which is refreshing with younger books. Each of them had their own unique voice, which made keeping track of who was talking very easy.
The setting was well done. Even the fantastical elements highlighted the realism, rather than detracted from it. I have seen a picture of the house that inspired this story. Even without that picture, I could easily envision the surroundings and where everything was from the quietly written descriptions and the explanations presented in the dialogue. When the story entered purely into the fantasy realms, there was a definite sense of surrealism for the good guys, and a bit of dry humor to keep the darker aspects of the bad guys from being oppressive.
Through out, the dry wit displayed in Annabelle’s writing kept the plot fresh and interesting while the character driven plot twisted and turned through the ride of childhood’s unwanted interest, ability to get into things they shouldn’t, and frightening results. The pace of the story was well done, and had several places that could serve as a stopping point after a bed time read without interfering with the flow of the narrative should someone be reading this straight through.
The tone of the work handled the age appropriate language with grace, and never sounded condescending of a younger audience. Even the not-so-pleasant ingredients that make up some of the dirty problems were not just age appropriate, but done with the typical understated British humor. (Mind you, I’m American, so I may have missed some of the humor or found some that wasn’t intended.)
One of the recent reviews for The Cheetah and the Dog
I bought “The Cheetah and the Dog” for my granddaughter’s birthday. She loves books, and I knew the subject of a dog and cheetah, and the colorful pictures would appeal to her. I read it after it arrived and loved the flow of the rhyming words. A sweet tale that’s based on a real dog’s relationship with a cheetah with a lesson in friendship, no matter what your differences are. Then, after the story, there are facts and photos of cheetahs, which is a wonderful bonus. I can’t wait to share it with my four-year-old grandchild. I’ll be buying more of Ms. Furstenberg’s children’s books as gifts.
One of the recent reviews for the book
My 4 year old loves this book! He has asked me to read it everyday since we got it. He loves the cute pictures and enjoys acting out the emotions as we read. The story is clever and entertaining for the adults reading it too. It teaches kids how to identify and express emotions in a fun, playful way. This is a must have for any parent, preschool or kindergarten teacher! .
One of the recent reviews for Mrs Murray’s Ghost
“A day without reading is like a day without sunshine.” A children’s novel, Mrs. Murray’s Ghost is a story of family secrets, mystery, magical Brownies (who live in the walls), and a ghost who tries to run off tenants who move into the Victorian house on Piccadilly Street. The author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, has created a well-paced, well written novel that is the first in a series for young readers. A story that takes place in the late 60s, a time when families still gathered around the dinner table and Grandma came to help whenever a child fell ill.
Mrs. Murray’s Ghost touches on bullying, family, friendship and the supernatural without scaring a child to where they would be afraid of sleeping alone in their rooms. The family suspects the house they have just moved in is haunted—but they are not afraid. They seem to take it in stride as lights are turned on and off and cabinet doors slam shut. Mary, the ten-year old of the family, suddenly becomes deathly ill. While her temperature rises, and she tries fitfully to rest, she is trapped in a nightmare, and the Brownies who occupy her home enter her dream world. Also making an entrance into Mary’s dream state is Mrs. Murray the ghost who walks the hallways of Mary’s home haunting those who live there. While in Mary’s dream, Mrs. Murray explains she was murdered in this very house by a gunshot wound many years before.
A well written novel, one which is sure to entertain your young readers.
A recent review for Charlie the Horse
This book took me back to my own childhood and to my sister who loved horses. At seven years old she finally got the pony of her dreams after saving change in large Mason jar. She named him Peanuts and rode him all over our many acres of country. We had a Morgan work horse that hauled wood for our stove. I loved those trips into the woods following along the road with our beautiful big horse as it pulled a trailer of wood back home readying for the cold winter ahead. Now to the book told from Charlie the horse as he grew from a colt to a fine horse that won important races by working hard in training.
The people in his life and his mom and dad gave him tender care and positive encouragement along the way which helped him to become successful at racing, something he loved to do. He learned to keep going even when discouraged and things didn’t go his way. He did his best and enjoyed the reward of a job well-done. The story unfolded in an easy to follow format with nice black and white images. I’d forgotten about horses needing milk and I enjoyed the humor here and there as Charlie was distracted by eating flowers and watching butterflies. I love flowers too although I don’t eat many like he did. The short explanation of horse-related terms gave readers a peek into the world of horse racing. I highly recommend this inspirational story for children and adults alike. Check out the trailer video. It’s really cute!
When ‘Akea’ made its way through my letterbox this morning, I told myself I’d make a start on reading the first couple of chapters whilst I did a bit of exercise. An hour later, I was still on the exercise bike as I read the final page.
Akea’s a beautiful story about a husky that discovers she’s descended, partly, from wolves. She works to find her place in the wolf pack, balancing her wild instincts with the domestic husky and sled dog life she was born into. She bridges both worlds, eventually discovering acceptance in both.
This is a short novel. The ten chapters kept me occupied for about an hour, and I really enjoyed the experience. The length of the story meant that it was ideal to read in just one sitting, which is great as the compelling story kept me wanting to keep reading. Meanwhile, this novel is short enough that my young daughter can enjoy it without feeling too daunted. She’ll likely read it in smaller sittings, a chapter or two at a time.
This is a beautifully written novel that really captures the atmosphere of the forest, of sled dog life and of a young husky that wants to find where she belongs.
One of the recent reviews for the book
This was a great fun read and totally explains the Con Going experience in a way that a child could appreciate. Can’t wait for a sequel about building a child’s first costume!
One of the recent reviews for Astronaut Lamby
I enjoyed reading this book and following Lamby’s adventure into space. Lamby, who is the authors Jude’s mascot, is very appealing and the alien who guest-appears in the book will be a hit with the children too. This is a easy story for children learning to read and will appeal greatly.
One of the recent reviews for the book
The Adventures of Monkey and Toad : Two Remarkable Friends, by Donald Lloyd Jr., shows that no matter our differences in life we all have feelings and can all get along together. This is a beautiful story to teach children about making new friends, and being loving to others who come from different backgrounds, or do not look the same as they do. Not only is this a story for children, but it’s one that adults need to remember and keep true to as well. Everyone is different in this world and that what makes us all special!
The Franky tales have always been delightful fare for all ages and the newest installment “Franky The Fearless Flamingo” delivers another rousing fun one with underlying premises to all ages. Franky happens to be around when a big mean crab decides to play around with a young turtle. Franky steps into protect the youngster by steering the meanie into a new direction. “Franky The Fearless Flamingo” is also the longest so far and a nice addition to the arc of Franky stories
One of the recent reviews for the book
Ms. Martin has produced a wonderful piece that I wish we had when home schooling our 3 through their young teen years. It is a smooth and comfortable snapshot of the period that left me, as good historical fiction should, with mental images and vivid memories just like I was there watching her story unfold. Her characters mature and her drama is well suited to the teen years. I would have loved reading this story to my 8, 10 &12 year olds and can just imagine the conversations we would have enjoyed. I highly recommend Daily Bread for teenaged readers to taste good historical fiction but especially for home schoolers who I know are always looking for great books for their students.
One of the recent reviews for Independence Hall
The Little Miss History series is fantastic! Barbara Ann Mojica’s latest edition takes us to Independence Hall and the Museum of the American Revolution to teach us about the founding of the U.S. government. The illustration and photograph combinations, along with precise writing and an amazing character in Little Miss History herself, makes the adventures super fun. I love everything about this book and the entirety of this multi-award-winning series! Highly recommended.
One of the reviews for Busy Bee and the Endangered Meadow
I have read the story and enjoyed it. I thought the general plot was good for a children’s book and loved the way Bea thought of using the red pollen as a disguise and how the bees insects and animals came together to thwart the developers and their destruction crew. It made me smile imagining it all.
I liked the conclusion but maybe I shouldn’t say too much about that in case I spoil it for other readers.
I thought the story was just the right length to hold a child’s attention and will enjoy telling it to my granddaughter.
The illustrations are well done and like the fact they are also at the back of the book for children to colour in.
One of the recent reviews for the book Kirsty of the The Midnight Review November 11th 2020
We love bedtime stories and I’m always looking to expand our collection. My daughter is at the age where she wants more from a story but isn’t ready for chapter books. She loses interest in them. Six-minute stories is a great transition from picture story books to chapters.
Each story is unique and features a different female lead. Doug also covers a range of genres in here which I very much appreciate. The stories are short and punchy, full of imagination and fun.
A personal favourite of ours is The Tri-Planetary Cup, space racer Annie and her robot crew mate Max race across space solving clues to try and win the cup.
That actually brings me to my one critique, there are no illustrations. Adjacent to each chapter starting there is a blank page crying out for an illustration from the story. My daughter is moving on to longer stories but still enjoys a picture, even black and white ones.
I also think this would be a great way to add some diversity to the book. Like a lot of people I am looking to expand the books my children have to show a wide range of faces and abilities.
Over all we have really loved adding this to our collection. My daughter loves it when her brother reads a bedtime story to her and he can easily read this out loud for her. My daughter is 5 and my son 9.
One of the recent reviews for Oskar’s Quest on Goodreads
“Oskar’s Quest” is a beautifully illustrated book sharing a message of courage, kindness and friendship. Annika Perry has a gift for writing up, not down to children. Even very young children are attentive, curious and observant. My four year old Granddaughter and I love reading “Oskar’s Quest!” My Granddaughter has already memorized parts of this book, especially the sound effects. She loves following “Oskar,” the blue bird, and “Maya,” the golden bird, throughout the story. Often a key to an engaging children’s book is how the adult also enjoys reading the book over and over and over again. I highly recommend “Oskar’s Quest!”
One of the reviews for Princelings Revolution
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every book of this series, but was apprehensive of reading this final book – because it is the FINAL book of the series.
However, I’m glad I did read it, with all its twists, turns and changes of fortunes for Fred, George and everyone else.
My only wish is, that more ‘sequels’ were forthcoming…
One of the recent reviews for Brody Cody
I purchased this book for my grandson, and this is what he said about it:
I liked this book. It’s about this boy, Brody Cody, whose mom died. He and his dad live together and Brody doesn’t have very many rules. Then his dad goes away and comes back with a new mom. Brody doesn’t like her because she has rules, like eat vegetables and do chores. He thinks she’s an alien. The best part is when he thinks he sees the spaceship. I liked Brody, and he found out having a mom was pretty good. I read the whole book. There aren’t pictures, but it was good.
A recent review for the Bakery Bears book two
This is another cute and beautifully illustrated children’s book by author and poet, Frank Prem. The book is about a collection of fluffy bears who live in a local bakery and who all contribute to the running of the bakery and the entertainment of the customers.
I read the ebook and each page has a beautiful colour photograph of one or more of the bears, with a little poem that complements the antics or actions of the bears in the picture. There is a bear baking scones and a bear who is chilling as well as bears who are boating and bears who are watching.
A young child could not read this book on his/her own, but would require parental guidance as some of the language is a little complex. I prefer books for children that expand children’s vocabulary and understanding and the reader of this book could have a lot of fun explaining sounds and teaching language concepts to a child.
One of the reviews for Myrtle the Purple Turtle
Murtle is a unique turtle – she’s purple. And when another turtle points out to her that she’s different, she does everything she can to change her color to green – all to no avail. Then, with the help of her friends, she learns that turtles comes in a lot of different colors, and that being purple is wonderful. The story’s message of self-acceptance and diversity is perfect for young children. and the vivid illustrations are a delight. I recommend this sweet book to preschoolers and their parents.
One of the reviews for Saving Hascal’s Horrors.
10-year old Mike Hascal loves horror movies, and it just so happens that his family owns a horror-themed shop—Hascal’s Horrors. Before his Dad’s death, the shop held a contest to see who could take a photograph of a real live ghost. Two teen boys entered the forest, where the ghost was purported to be, but only one returned. Will the ghost of Shawn MacKay seek revenge on Mike and his friends who are now out searching the woods for his body?
This story has turned out to be one of my all-time favorite pre-teen/teen reads! Smith touches on all the classic hallmarks of middle-school life as her characters deal with peer pressure, bullying, food fights, puppy love, and everything in between. Her main character, Mike, is an average 10-year-old, wondering about the usual things that 10-year-old boys wonder about. He’s an endearing character that shows a good deal of soul and dimension as he learns that you can’t judge everyone can by first appearances and their initial behavior.
“Saving Hascal’s Horrors” is a remarkable coming-of-age/horror story with just a small touch of magic. The tale is quite reminiscent of the popular cult movie “The Goonies”, and it and will likewise take readers along on a grand and noble quest, treating the macabre with wonder and humor as it appeals to the curiosity of pre-teens and the young-at-heart everywhere.
One of the recent reviews for Drystan the Dragon and Friends: Book Four
Delfina is a small, quiet Dragon who shows the rest of the Dragons how to deal with a Bully nicely. She flies up to Drago, the BUlly Dragon, with Drystan. They hope to get Drago to stop bullying everyone. What Delfina does is very nice & she & the other Dragons make a new friend!
I really like Delfina’s Purple & Pink scales! I also Love how Janice teaches children how to deal with a bully in a peaceful way.
One of the recent 5 Star reviews for Amazing Matilda
Matilda wants to fly. I love her determination and how her friends cheer her on. The story is easy to read with delicate illustrations breaking up the story into bite-sized reads for young ones. My favorite part is how hard Matilda works for her dream. And I learned about the monarch chrysalis, too!
A selection of books by Jann Weeratunga.
One of the recent reviews for Parrot Paralympics book 3
Pirates, galleons, and swords, oh my! An engaging story that mirrors the world paralympics but with pirates! This is an exciting story that celebrates inclusion and multiculturalism with a generous sprinkling of pirate speak. Throughout the book, the reader is asked to draw their favourite ship..thus creating an interactive experience. I would love to have seen some illustrations sprinkled throughout this book (maybe a future edition?) but nevertheless and engaging read!
A selection of books by Sue Wickstead.
An early review for Barty Barton
Barty Barton reminds me of my own little teddy bear he is called Snowy and has beautiful blue, now sadly dull eyes. He like, Barty needs some serious repairs. I loved how all Barty’s little toy friends rallied round to offer reassurance when Barty was so scared. Such beautiful illustrations too. A truly delightful read for the young or those simply young at heart like myself.
A recent review for Molly Finds Her Purr
Molly is a stray who sees a pampered cat named Clara purring as she gets some loving from her owner. Molly wants a purr too, but has trouble finding it, since life on her own is pretty lonely. That all changes when she encounters Petey the squirrel and a couple of other friendly creatures who create a circle of friends.
This is a lovely story about friendship and belonging. As a rescuer of feral cats, I happen to know that inside every cat there’s a purr waiting to come out. How true for people too. The sweet message of friendship and kindness will resonate with children, young and old. Beautiful illustrations and perfect for preschoolers.
Please visit Amazon or Victoria’s website to view all her books.
One of the reviews for Witchlet on Goodreads
The Witchlet is a lovely story about a nine year old girl, Paige, who is a witch. Paige is an obliging girl who is happy to assist other people in need but she has a quick temper and bears a lot of unjustified guilt due to an unfortunate accident, when she was only three years old, when her uncontrolled magic powers resulted in her cousin being injured and permanently disfigured. Paige’s aunt has never forgiven her and when she comes to visit, Paige’s mother hides all indications that she is a witch.
Paige is frustrated and the reasons are threefold: 1. her father was not able to cope with the idea of her being a witch and left her and her mother to manage on their own, 2. people do not have faith in her abilities initially due to her age and she is tired of being treated like a child, although she is one and her powers don’t change that fact, and 3. her guilt and her aunt’s attitude towards her which are things she has been unable to change.
In this book, Paige performs an act of magic which saves the life of a three year old girl, a feat for which the girl’s grandmother is extremely grateful. When Paige’s aunt comes to visit after this piece of magic, certain disclosures and events are put in motion which will change life for Paige. Will these changes result in positive changes to Paige’s life? You’ll have to read the book to find out
Thank you for dropping by and if you are a children’s author and would like to add your books to the shelves in the Reading Room.. please check out the details at the beginning of the page.. thanks Sally.