Monday, November 29, 2010

Smelly Peter - The Great Pea Eater

Title: Smelly Peter – The Great Pea Eater
Author: Steve Smallman
Illustrator: Joelle Dreidemy
Hardback: 32 Pages
Publisher: Tiger Tales Books 2008 
ISBN-10: 1-58925-076-1 
ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-076-5
Ages: 5 and Up


Smelly Peter the Great Pea Eater is a wonderful rhyming adventure for kids and it even has aliens. Peter Pod loves to eat peas. He eats them for breakfast, lunch and dinner too! Of course, they do make him toot quite a bit. One morning he wakes of the color of the peas he loves so much. He thinks its cool and can't wait to show the kids at school. Unfortunately his classmates don't feel the same way about his green disposition or his tooty habits.

One night green aliens from planet Krell whisk him away and make him their King. They stand in line to serve him their best dishes. Peter asks for peas. They simply don't understand his need for peas. But as Peter tried their dishes he discovered they were delicious. There were parties and more food but Peter longed for home.
One morning when Peter awoke, he wasn't green anymore. His diet of non-peas turned him back to the pinkness he had been before. The aliens weren't very happy about this. They wanted their lean, green farting machine back. You will have to read the rest of the story to see what happens next.

Parents and Teachers can easily use this book as a tool for eating healthy. Smelly Peter is a perfect example of what can happen if we don't eat the right foods.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Mrs. McGee's Coconut

Title: Mrs. McGee's Coconut
Author: Allia Zobel Nolan
Illustrator: Peter Cottrill
Hardback: 28 pages 
Publisher: Tiger Tales Books 
ISBN-10: 1-58925-079-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-58925-079-6
Ages: 5 and Up

This story will have you whacking, bouncing, leaping and screaming with rhymes.

Mrs. McGee bought a coconut in Tennessee. Although the grocer offer to open it for her she figured she could do it herself. She tried whacking it with a golf club but it rolled out the door. It bounced into a tent where some ladies were having an event.

From there the coconut bounced on a cat, thundered into a bowling alley and made a strike. Mrs. McGee caught up with it on her motorbike, she parked by a tree and gave the coconut a whack with her shovel and it bounced again onto a ship. It so happens the ship was on its way to Kashmir. You will have to read the story to see if Mrs. McGee gets her coconut back or settles instead for a bag of walnuts.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 5 On the Go with Author Rachelle Burk

Welcome to Day 5 of The National Writing For Children Center Author Showcase

Featured Author Rachelle Burk

On November 12, during a visit to my hometown New Orleans, I was fortunate to have been invited to sign copies of my book at Maple Street Book Shop in the uptown Garden District.  (Hint: Face painting or other activities draw in the kids!). See photos on my Facebook page: "" \l "!/pages/Rachelle-Burk-Childrens-Author/163378720351272?v=wall" Rachelle Burk, Children’s Author

My first two Author Visits of the school year took place this month in north and central NJ schools.  To me, the opportunity for school visits is the best part about having a published children’s book. I love teaching kids about writing and encouraging them to be creative.

In the past year I’ve visited 8 New Jersey schools, and hope for the chance to travel to other states as well! My program, titled, “Meet Your Inner Creative Genius,” begins with a wildly funny magic trick which demonstrates “what you need to be creative,” and ends with an energetic group activity that sends the kids back to class with oodles of their own story ideas. For information on my school visit program, go to and click on the “Author Visits” link.) 

Thanks for stopping by, please be sure to leave a comment.
If you would like to learn more about Rachelle please visit the other hosts on the tour at:

Day 1 Host: Irene Roth -
Day 2 Host: Terri Forehand -
Day 3 Host: Nicole Weaver -
Day 4 Host: Suzanne Lieurance -

Monday, November 22, 2010

Day 5 On the Go with Author J. Aday Kennedy

Welcome to Day 5 of the National Writing For Children Center Author Showcase

Featured Author J. Aday Kennedy

On December 4, 2010 I’m holding a book signing for “Klutzy Kantor” and “Marta’s Gargantuan Wings.”  It will be at the Ranchero Country Buffet in Mineola, Texas. The address is 1112 Pacific Street Mineola, TX 75773. There will be drawings for prizes, discounts on the books, and all books will be “signed” by me. (I actually put my thumbprint in each book, because I’m unable to make a legible signature.)
I offer fun and educational school visits, too. Each visit incorporates picture book reading(s), an activity or game and question and answer period. If you are located in or around East Texas, schedule a visit with me. I can be contacted Each visit is personalized to a class, school or group. The details are listed on my website at

My speaking presentations for adults vary in content. Each is inspirational, but the other content varies with the audience. For example, when speaking to medical professionals, I discuss patient advocacy, the diagnosis and treatment of spinal meningitis, and lung  maintenance for patients on a ventilator. 

If you would like to learn more about J. Aday please visit the other hosts on the tour at:
Day 1 Host: Irene Roth -
Day 2 Host: Terri Forehand -
Day 3 Host: Nicole Weaver -
Day 4 Host: Suzanne Lieurance -

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Day 5 - On The Go With Children's Author Nancy I. Sanders

Welcome to Day 5 of the National Writing For Children Authors Showcase Featuring Nancy I. Sanders.

Nancy I. Sanders delights in touching the hearts of young readers through the wonderful world of books.  She also loves to teach and inspire other writers how to experience success.  

Nancy's book America's Black Founders is a hit for kids, parents and teachers.

In this amazing age of technology, her favorite avenues to “speak” are virtual! Teachers and librarians can contact her for a virtual school “visit” (find out more details at
Plus, she was just hosting a week-long forum/workshop at the Muse Online Writers Conference in October. It was awesome!
To explore where Nancy’s been speaking recently (CDs of some of her classes can be ordered) or link up with her in the year ahead to hear her speak, see the following schedule. Her speaking schedule is updated frequently on her site at

August 12-14, 2010
Write His Answer
Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers’ Conference
Nancy taught a 5-class Continuing Session on Writing for Children. CDs of the classes are now available if you weren’t able to attend the conference. Here are the CONTINUING SESSION workshop titles you can order of my CDs on their website at

C8A Build a Successful Writing Career
C8B Writing for Children’s Magazines
C8C Create Fictional Characters Kids Love
C8D Write for the Beginning Readers Market
C8E Yes! You Can Write Picture Books

October 11-17, 2010
The Muse Online Writers Conference
Yes! You are a Children’s Writer: Week-long Forum
Nancy offered tips and advice on how to focus your writing tasks in one hour each day for one month to lay the foundation for a successful career as a children’s writer.

October 19, 2010
Tuesday at 7:30 pm in Rancho Cucamonga
Nancy spoke at a teacher’s sorority and shared an inside peek into the life of a children’s writer.

November 9, 2010
Tuesday at 10:00 PST
Let’s Talk about Book Contracts
Children Writers Coaching Club
Hop on board for this live teleclass (on the phone) or purchase and download the recording to learn more about book contracts. Nancy will be reading from a selection of the 80 actual book contracts she has signed over her 25-year career.

January 8, 2011
Saturday, 2:00-4:30 pm
SCBWI San Diego
Cost: $7 members, $9 nonmembers
Yes! You Can Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Career
Need inspiration, motivation, and practical application to start experiencing success as a children’s writer? Come join this workshop with Nancy and watch your career set sail!

February 17, 2011, 9:30-12:30
Nancy I. Sanders will share tips on how to establish a writing career. Her books will be on sale for purchase for a special author signing.

May 20-21, 2011
Antelope Valley Christian Writers Conference
Nancy is the Keynote Speaker on Friday night and will be sharing her message, “Called to be God’s Scribes.” On Saturday, she’ll teach a workshop for children’s writers and take private appointments.

You can be a fan of Nancy’s and follow her posts in cyberspace!

Teachers and librarians:
America’s Black Founders:
Book for children’s writers:’s Group:
Writer’s Group:



Blog for children’s writers:
Inspirational photoblog for writers:
Facebook for family and friends.

Other sites of Nancy’s include:
Nancy’s books:

If you would like to learn more about Nancy please visit the other hosts on the tour at:
Day 1 Host: Irene Roth -
Day 2 Host: Terri Forehand -
Day 3 Host: Nicole Weaver -
Day 4 Host: Suzanne Lieurance -

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Day 5 - On The Go With Children's Author Pat McCarthy

Welcome to Day 5 of the National Writing For Children Center's Author Showcase

Featured Author Pat McCarthy

This week Pat McCarthy is on virtual tour for her book Heading West: Life with the Pioneers, and I'm pleased to be hosting Day 5 of her tour today. 

Traveling isn't always easy for authors. Pat says, "I had a complete knee replacement recently, so I haven't done any appearances this fall. Last year I did several school visits, in Englewood, Columbus and Greenville, all in Ohio.

I love doing school visits, so hope to get more in the future. Information is available on my website,"

I signed books at a large book fair in Wooster, Ohio, an author fair in Piqua, Ohio and at the Annie Oakley Festival in Greenville, where I live."

If you would like to learn more about Pat McCarthy and her busy life as an author you can find out more at these other sites:

Day 1 Host: Irene Roth -
Day 2 Host: Terri Forehand -
Day 3 Host: Nicole Weaver -
Day 4 Host: Suzanne Lieurance -

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Day 5 - On The Go With Children's Author Sean Noon

Welcome to Day 5 of the National Writing For Children Center's Author Showcase.

Featured Author Sean Noonan.

Today author Sean Noonan is sharing what it's like to be an "On The Go" author. His new book A First Christmas:Friends and Festivity. It's just in time for the holidays.

I work and travel full time running a company, so I have very limited time to travel to promote my book. I hope to be able to spend days signing books and exchanging thoughts and ideas with fans someday, though.

The reality of my life is that I must work at both my job and my passion.
However, rest assured that the third book is nearing completion of the first draft and the next two books after that are pushing forward with great impatience. One day…

Learn more about Sean Noon and his writer's life at:

Day 1 Host: Irene Roth -
Day 2 Host: Terri Forehand -
Day 3 Host: Nicole Weaver -
Day 4 Host: Suzanne Lieurance -

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Don't Read This Book!

 Title: Don't Read This Book!
Author: Jill Lewis
Illustrator: Deborah Allwright
Hardback: 32 pages 
Publisher: Tiger Tales Books
ISBN-10: 1-58925-094-X 
ISBN-13: 9781589250949

Ages: 3 to 7 yrs


This is a great book for kids. Parents and Teachers will have fun discussing the various fairtale characters as they help the story unfold. Readers will be excited to see what happens to the King's story.
The very irritated King doesn't want anyone turning the pages of this book. You see, the story is not quite finished. He chases down his writer only to find that he has lost the pages of the story. As you, the reader tags along on the search for the story, you  will be threatened with prison and a dungeon.

You must keep reading to see if the King and his writer find the missing pages. Along the way you will encounter some curiously familiar characters from stories you have read over and over.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Anyia - "Dream Of A Warrior"

Title: Labyrinth's Door: Anyia “Dream Of A Warrior”
Author: Jacquitta A. McManus
Illustrator:Toujour Byrd
MagBook: 64 pages
Publisher: Worlds To Discover, LLC
ISBN-13: 978-0-9828027-0-0
Ages: 6-12 yrs

What kid doesn't challenge traditions? Without really understanding how traditions come to pass, most kids think they are cumbersome and old school. Kids feel there are too many rules and beliefs which just adds extra pressure to their existing growing pains. Anyia is no different.


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