Children’s Reading Room- FREE Book Marketing.

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 sally.cronin@moyhill.com

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. If  you do not have at least two social media accounts then you are limiting your book marketing potential.

What I will do.

  1. 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.
  2. The post will be included in the weekly round up on Sundays.
  3. 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.
  4. 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)
  5. 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.

Please read

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.

#Paul Andruss, Buy: Amazon UK – And: Amazon USWebsite: Jack Hughes Books  –  follow Paul: Goodreads  Twitter: @Paul_JHBooks NB June 2020

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.

+#+++Robbie and Michael Cheadle, Buy :Amazon US And:Amazon UK – Robbie on : Goodreads – blog: Robbie’s Inspiration- Twitter: @bakeandwrite

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One of the recent reviews for Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies.

D.L. Finn5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great combination book to give as a present!  Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020

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!

 

#++Kevin Cooper, Buy: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US –   Follow Kevin: Goodreads blog:Author Kevin Cooper – Twitter:@KevinCo34737852

   

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!)

+#Eloise de Sousa buy the books: Amazon US – and : Amazon UK Follow Eloise Goodreads – Connect to Eloise: Blog –  Twitter: @mello_elo – Moofy and Flo: Lulu Ebook
 
One of the recent reviews for Space Dust on Goodreads
Jun 17, 2020 Joel Schueler rated it it was amazing

A really fun book with cute animations for children that will improve their vocabulary and send their imagination into orbit

+#++++Dawn Doig, Buy Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Dawn: Goodreads –  Website:  Dawn Doig – Twitter: @Shoebears

A recent review for Marisa’s First Fishing Trip

Ms Queenie Clem 5.0 out of 5 stars Cute picture book  Reviewed in the United States on December 4, 2020

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.

+#++D.L. Finn, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow D.L. Finn: GoodreadsWebsite: D.L. Finn Author –  Facebook: D.L. Finn Author – Twitter: @dlfinnauthor

One of the recent reviews for Elizabeth’s War on Goodreads

Mar 17, 2020 Maretha Botha rated it Five Stars it was amazing

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.

+++#++++Darlene Foster, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Website/Blog: Darlene Foster WordPressFollow Darlene: Goodreads – Twitter: @supermegawoman – 

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#+Annabelle Franklin, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  follow Annabelle: Goodreads – Blog: Annabelle Franklin – Twitter: @Anabel1Franklin

One of the Reviews for The Slapstyx on Goodreads

Caffee K. rated it Five Stars it was amazing

Recommends it for: everyone who enjoys a light read, younger readers who are working on expanding their vocabulary

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.)

++#+++Patricia Furstenberg, Buy:Amazon US – and: Amazon UK Blog:  Alluring Creations Follow Pat: Goodreads – Twitter: @PatFurstenberg

One of the recent reviews forJust Nuisance – The Sea Dog

Gina R Mitchell 4.0 out of 5 stars The excellent tale of a dog named Nuisance.  Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021

Just Nuisance, the Sea Dog by Patricia Furstenberg is a fun children’s tale about a Great Dane that loves to travel. Whether by ship, train, or plane, Just Nuisance finds a way to follow the humans he loves.

This children’s book is a great lead-in to the more in-depth book Joyful Trouble. It’s also the 6th book in Ms. Furstenberg’s series about animals.

Some of the great takeaways for this book are about perseverance and finding a solution when all seems hopeless. The book can simply entertain or open discussions between parents and children.

I recommend this tale to all lovers of dogs, parents, families, and more. I will be adding it to my library of great kids lit.

+++Jeff Goodman, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK –  Follow Jeff: Goodreads –  Website: Jeff Goodman Author – Facebook: Jeff Goodman Author – Twitter: @jeffgoodman2 – LinkedIn: Jeff Goodman

One of the recent reviews for the book

Melaw  5.0 out of 5 stars I highly highly recommend this book!!!  Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2021

On a scale of 1 to 10, this book is 100!!! “Feel Like Eggs?” by Jeff Goodman is a great new children’s book which I highly recommend for all ages to read, as perhaps now, more than ever, we could all use a fun way to process all the feelings that have come up, especially in the past year!!! I highly highly recommend this book, whether you have kids in your life or not!!! So fun and so good!!! Or…shall I say…EGGcellent!! 

+#++ Emily-Jane Hills Orford buy the books: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Emily-Jane: Goodreads – Website: Emily-Jane Books – Facebook: Real People Stories – Twitter: @ejhomusic 

 

One of the recent reviews for Mrs Murray’s Ghost

Jul 20, 2020 Lindie May rated it Four Stars really liked it

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.

+++#++++Deanie Humphrys-Dunne, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Deanie Humphrys- Dunne : Goodreads – website: Children’s books with Life Lessons – Twitter: @DeanieHDunne – 

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A recent review for Charlene the Star 

Mary Schmidt5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story  Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
 

+++#++Elizabeth Jade, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: GoodreadsWebsiteElizabeth JadeBlog –Elizabeth Jade –  FacebookAkea Wolf Stories – Twitter@akeawolfstories
One of the recent reviews for Akea His Mother’s Son

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 December 2020

5☆ Uplifting, Thrilling, Inspiring and Tender. A Must Read!

Akea – His Mother’s Son is the second book in the series and can be read as a standalone without any problems. However these stories are so unique and heartwarming I strongly advise reading both these amazing books!

I don’t know where to begin with my review as this book has simply stolen my heart.

But let me just take a moment to say how incredibly talented Elizabeth Jade is.

When reading her books you become fully immersed in her captivating writing, soaking up the atmospheric surroundings she creates, you become a part of the story and feel every bit of emotion. It simply shines through how much passion and love she has for her characters, and how much research she does to make her characters feel authentic and real.

Salvador is a unique hybrid and has a zest for life just like his mum. You see Salvador is unique and special, it isn’t until he is captured and taken from his pack does he realise just how special he is. But can he escape and make it back to his family before it’s too late!

Salvador stole my heart as did his sister Fayth. Salvador is such a free spirit, yet kind, brave and a natural born leader. Fayth is so special her unique ability to see and sense things gave me goosebumps.

Akea – His Mother’s Son is a Thrilling, and Captivating story about Family, Pride, Survival, Fitting in, Standing up for what’s right, Love, Friendship, Strength, Courage, Determination, Joy and Working together.

This is a unique story about Akea, her family and her Pack coming together against all diversity and standing together.It was a roller coaster of emotions, joy, angst, suspense, danger, yet tender and inspiring moments all of which made one hell of a read. I devoured it in just one hour.

I can’t wait for the next installment! Would I recommend reading this book?….Without a Doubt….100% Yes!

+#Candy Keane, Buy: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK- Follow Candy: GoodreadsBlog:geekmamas.comFacebook: Geek Mamas Mag – Twitter: @sewgeekmama – Instagram: Sewgeekmama

One of the recent reviews for the book

TedO 5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun Read  Reviewed in the United States on December 31, 2020

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!

+#+++Jude Lennon, buy: Amazon UK – And:Amazon US – Other Reviews: Goodreads – Website and shop: Little Lamb Publishing – Facebook: Jude Lennon Author – Twitter:@JudeLennonBooks

One of the recent reviews for That’s Our Home

Jennifer Gilmour 5.0 out of 5 stars Educating through story telling – a perfect mix  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2020

Starfish, Crab and Seagull live on a beautiful beach which is being ruined by rubbish and plastic. Join them as they speak to the people on the beach and remind them about the importance of looking after the beaches and coastlines for everyone.

With plastics being a hot topic, Jude has taken time to think how she could use her writing to educate children on emotive side of littering. Using the characters to allow children to understand how they might feel because of our littering. It has questions throughout the book which asks what could we do instead. Our children had some very good ideas and I felt proud that I didn’t have to prompt them much.

I think I would have liked some statistics or a resource page as a parent at the back for further information. However I have to commend Jude and her work yet again talking about an important issue in our modern society.

I would recommend this book to any family who is looking to teach their children in a fictional way about being green.

#+++Donald Lloyd Jr. buy: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK –Facebook – Donald Lloyd  – InstagramDonald Lloyd Author – Twitter@DonaldLl0yd

One of the recent reviews for the book 

Kelly Kreis 5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute and fun loving story!  Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2020

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!

A recent review for Franky the Fearless Flamingo

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

+#Antoinette Truglio Martin, Buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Read more reviews: GoodreadsWebsite: Stories ServedFacebookAntoinette Truglio Martin – Twitter:@StoriesServed

One of the recent reviews for Daily Bread

Lorraine 5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!  Reviewed in the United States on February 1, 2021

As a person who’s been on every tour at the Tenement Museum in NYC, I absolutely love this subject and thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was a brutally harsh life that these immigrant families lived though in 1911but this story is told through the eyes of a child so you experience it in a more innocent way. Childhood games and delightful knot surprises contrast with the some of the extreme hardships they experiences such as of children that had to drop out of school to help support their families. It’s fascinating to see all the customs and daily rituals that went on in every day life and the auther did a great job of recreating this historical fiction in a way that helps you really understand what it was like to grow up struggling in this time period without the protections and laws we have in place today.  

+Maria Matthews buy: Amazon UK –  And: Amazon US – Follow Maria: Goodreads – Blog: Decidingly Bob – Blog: Mud Pile Wood – Facebook:Maria’s Book Page – Twitter: @matthewsmaria92

One of the reviews for the book

necros attacks 5.0 out of 5 stars A clever and engaging read for all ages  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 February 2021

Whilst definitely positioned as a children’s story, The Runaway Schoolhouse has the ability to reach readers young and old, plus everyone inbetween. I especially enjoyed the schoolhouse itself being a character – that was interesting, new, and engaging for this particular reader.

The story is short but moves at quite a pace. At first I thought the schoolhouse might revert to ghostly tropes (rattling chains, making woo-woo sounds) instead of communicating via the classroom whiteboard. How else is Clearie, the schoolhouse going to realise a dream trip to France?

Involving the Buggy twins, Sara and John brings a dream closer to reality for the century old house, but a sideplot involving a family of crabs seemed to come out of nowhere – and I was pleasantly surprised.

At my age now I rarely read children’s books, though go back to The Hobbit and Rebecca’s World on a regular basis. Indeed, Sara in this book had a lot of traits of Rebecca, and that’s no bad thing. 

+#+++++Barbara Ann Mojica, Buy: Amazon US – And Amazon UK – Follow Barbara Ann : Goodreads – BlogBarbara Ann Mojica – Twitter:@bamauthor

One of the recent reviews for Independence Hall

Nov 25, 2020 Alicia Ortego rated it Five Stars

Inspiring and educational book for young readers! “Independence Hall” is a great combination of historical details and interesting drawings + photos that tells about America’s fight for independence.

Readers will love interesting facts about Independence Hall and Continental Congress. Our children have to learn more about History and this book can do this in an entertaining and inspiring way – just what modern kids need.

I think parents can read this book aloud for younger readers explaining some words and it will even turn it into a useful family time.

+++#++Joyce Murphy buy both children and poetry books: Amazon UK –  And:Amazon US – follow Joyce: Goodreads  –  Blog: Joycie Reilly Poetry – Twitter: @JoycieReilly

One of the recent reviews for The Bee and The Dandelion

Alison 5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book!  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 February 2021

I bought this book for my nephew and he really enjoys having it read to him – he also loves to look through it on his own and it’s led to lots of questions about bumblebees! It’s a beautifully illustrated story of a young girl who discovers that bees are in danger and decides to rally her friends together and get something done about it. On the back pages there are some great facts about bumblebees to learn too! This is a lovely book and a good way of making children aware of our impact on the environment.

+#++Paul Noel, Buy : Amazon UK – And: Amazon US –  Blog:Paul Noel WordPress – Follow Paul: GoodreadsTwitter:@JunagarhMedia

One of the reviews for Busy Bee and the Silent Spring

Ms. Sarah E. Pearson 5.0 out of 5 stars A story of nature triumphing over adversity.  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 December 2020

#Doug Parker, Buy: Amazon UK – And:Amazon US – Follow Doug: Goodreads – Website: Doug Parker Author – Facebook: Doug Parker Author – Twitter: @DougAuthor

One of the recent reviews for the book

Norman Turrell 5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2020

How lovely to indulge myself and read these wonderful children’s stories. Superbly written and right on target for its audience, this book is an absolute delight. Diverse tales to fit all tastes, and just the right length for a bedtime read.

Hang on. I’ve someone here who wants to say something. “Squawk”. Oh yes, Squawk, I’m glad you reminded me. I recommend this book to all readers, young and old.

#+Annika Perry, Buy: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US – Follow Annika: Goodreads – blog: Annika Perry – Twitter:  @AnnikaPerry68

One of the recent reviews for Oskar’s Quest on Goodreads

Jan 28, 2020 Erica Henault rated it Five Stars

“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!”

#++++Jemima Pett, Buy: Amazon US – And:Amazon UK – Blog:Jemima PettGoodreads:Jemima Pett – Twitter:@jemima_pett – 

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One of the reviews for Princelings Revolution

Chris Graham 5.0 out of 5 stars A great finale to a great series.  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 October 2020

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…

+++#+Toni Pike, Buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – Follow Toni:Goodreads – Website:Toni Pike – Twitter: @piketoni1

  

+#++Cynthia Reyes, Lauren Reyes-Grange Buy: Amazon US – And  : Amazon UK – Follow Cynthia : Goodreads – Website:Cynthia Reyes – Twitter: @CynthiaSReyes

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One of the reviews for Myrtle the Purple Turtle

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Vibrant illustrations and a sweet story for your preschooler. Reviewed in the United States on December 8, 2020

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.

#+Laura Smith, buy: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Follow Laura:Goodreads –Blog:Laura’s Books and Blogs – Twitter: @lsmith335 – Facebook: Laura Smith Author

One of the reviews for Saving Hascal’s Horrors.

Author JB Richards 5.0 out of 5 stars A Remarkable Coming-Of-Age Horror Story With Just A Touch Of Magic! Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2018

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.

+#+++Janice Spina, buy:Amazon US – and :Amazon UK – Follow Janice: Goodreads – blog:Jem’s Books – Twitter: @janice_spina –

One of the recent reviews for Drystan the Dragon and Friends: Book Four

Mystery “Fran” 5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Little Dragon!  Reviewed in the United States on January 20, 2021 

This 4th book in the children’s series Drystan the Dragon and Friends, Delfina Solves a Problem, features a new dragon, Delfina. She’s adorable – small, purple and pink, and best of all, she loves to solve problems. Delfina offers to help Drystan and his friends with a problem. Drago the dragon is bullying and treating them badly. When Delfina confronts Drago, she discovers that he has a problem of his own that is causing his bad behavior. In a blink, she helps Drago and makes him promise to be kind and nice to others from now on. Good messages for children abound in this book. I can’t wait to share it with my granddaughter once the pandemic is over!

+#+++Bette A. Stevens, Buy:Amazon US – and : Amazon UK – Follow Bette: Goodreads – Blog:4 Writers and ReadersTwitter: @BetteAStevens

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One of the recent 5 Star reviews for Amazing Matilda

This is a beautifully illustrated children’s book about a sweet little caterpillar named Matilda. She embarks on her transformation to a lovely Monarch butterfly but focuses on one big wish hoping it will come true. During her journey, she finds encouragement from three new adorable animal friends. And they gladly share their wisdom which conveys a deeper message: to persevere, be patient, and never give up – fundamental lessons for all ages. Stevens also illustrated this delightful book, which adds an impressive layer to her talent and skill as an author. But reading about Matilda’s metamorphosis isn’t only for the youth; this wonderful and educational story will also be enjoyed by those who have been reading for decades and decades. I highly recommend Amazing Matilda, A Monarch’s Tale for all ages!

#+++Jann Weeratunga buy: Amazon US –And: Amazon UK –  Follow Jann: Goodreads – Website: Kids Books Without Borders – Twitter: @Jannweeratunga

A selection of books by Jann Weeratunga.

      

One of the recent reviews for Parrot Paralympics book 3

That’s What She Read 4.0 out of 5 stars Yar Matey! Read this book!  Reviewed in the United States on October 9, 2020

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!

++#+++Sue Wickstead, Buy: Amazon UK – And: Amazon US –  More reviews: Goodreads –  Website/Blog:Sue Wickstead –  Facebook:Stories Sue –  Twitter: @JayJayBus

A selection of books by Sue Wickstead.

A recent review for Gloria The Summer Fun Bus

Mr R D Baker5.0 out of 5 stars A great storybook for children  Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 February 2021

This is a lovely story book for children. Not only does it include a play bus (which is based on a real bus!), but also includes a number of positive messages such as giving things a go and being kind.

I loved the fact that one of the main characters thinks he’s too old to have fun and play with the other children, but after a while comes around to the idea and finally joins in. Once he does, he realises that he’s been missing out and enjoys having fun with the rest of them. The children in the story play a range of games so I love that it promotes physical play and encourages children to use their imagination.

I also like that it’s told from Gloria’s perspective and we hear her thoughts and how she hopes that he’s having a good time.

I read this with my daughters (7 and 4) and they both really enjoyed the story and liked the illustrations.

#+Pamela S. Wight, buy: Amazon US – And : Amazon UK – follow Pamela : Goodreads – website:Rough Wighting – Twitter: @pamelawight

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A recent review for Molly Finds Her Purr

D. W. Peach 5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable book about friendship  Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2020

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.

#++Victoria Zigler, Buy:Amazon UK – and : Amazon US – Follow Victoria on: Goodreads –Website:Victoria Zigler – Twitter: @VictoriaZigler – NB – June 2020

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One of the reviews for Witchlet on Goodreads

Robbie Cheadle rated it Four Stars

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

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