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Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie by Michelle R. Eastman and Illustrated by Kevin Richter

When your favorite book reviewer takes a crack at your book…in a good way!

The Picture Book Review

aggie_cover_front_v2_hiAbsolutely Aggie is a fantastic book that will make you simultaneously feel as if you’ve been given a hug and told to stand up straight.  It’s a book about accepting who you are and finding the courage and hope to being even better than ever.  This book will put a mirror up to you, analyze your flaws, fears, and self-doubts and then tell you to get over it because you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing.

Aggie doesn’t fit in with the other female fairies.  She’s loud, she’s clumsy, she plays the bagpipes, she’s outgoing, her appearance is a bit ragtag, and she can’t quite figure out how to be so “perfect” all the time.  The other fairies try to help her and give her lots of advice, but as much as she tries, it isn’t for her.  She’s most content and truly herself when she’s playing her…

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Picture Book Personals (3)

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newspaper Picture Book Personals

Boy seeks three portly bakers with a giant pitcher of milk to help make the morning cake.

What Classic Picture Book Am I?


Leave your best guess in the comments below. Find out the answer when the next Picture Book Personals is posted.

And the answer to last week’s Picture Book Personals is…

Curious George


I bet you got it right!

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Live Online Tomorrow: Reading is Fundamental’s 50th Birthday Bash

Happy Birthday RIF, and go Tara!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)


Three years ago I visited RIF Headquarters in Washington D.C. to deliver a donation from Picture Book Idea Month. I was told an incredible story of how a RIF executive had just returned from one of the poorest areas of Appalachia. She visited a school with children who lived in run-down homes of five families each. Many more lived in tents patched together. These children had no books of their own. The books RIF provided would help give them a chance to succeed.


I wish I could recall the story in full. I was riveted listening about the sheer joy of the children. Many couldn’t believe the books were theirs to keep.


Every year I have taken the proceeds from the PiBoIdMo Cafe Press shop and given it to RIF. Every year I wish it were more. RIF is a charity I believe in so deeply. I believe in the power of…

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There is hope for our reluctant readers…

Nerdy Book Club

I have a confession. I did not read books when I was a kid. Of course, there was the time in 5th grade that I conspicuously placed A Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson on my desk, but that brief brush with literature was meant only to impress the two bookish girls in my class that I liked (one of whom is now a children’s writer but I’m not telling who!). Other kids were skateboarding to look the part. I was pretending to read books.

It’s not that I wasn’t surrounded by these bound bits of paper. My professorial parents lined our living room with volumes of fiction and non-fiction to quickly pull off the shelf if my sister and I needed help with our homework. I was a good student. Valedictorian even. But reading was something I only did when someone made me. Not because I didn’t like…

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Authors-Hollywood is Calling…Sort of…

I recently received this request, and I thought I would pass it along:
“I am the Associate Producer for Stephen Folker Films, an indie film company in Davenport, Iowa. We are in need of several books for a low budget feature film titled, Overdue. The movie, Overdue, is about a library janitor that goes after people that have overdue books in order to win the heart of the library director. It is a comedy slasher. The books will be seen in the background on the carts, in the book drop box, the characters homes, etc.”
If you’d like to see our past work you can visit the website
Would you or anyone you know be interested in having their book in a movie?
Please send your book(s) to:
Kristina Smith
PO. Box 281, 226 Main
Alburnett, IA 52202
Please include a letter stating that you give permission to Stephen Folker, Davenport, IA, and Stephen Folker Films to show your book (specify the titles) on screen in the feature film tilted, Overdue. And that you understand that you will not be paid.
We will be able to add the authors name in the closing credits under the “Thank You’s.” I will let you know as soon as the website and Facebook page are live and you can follow the progress of the film.
We will need some books by August 18 and the bulk of them by October 10th.
We appreciate your support!
Kristina Baker Smith Associate Producer, Stephen Folker Films

New Kid Lit Site Seeking your Stories to Read to Kids…

Happy summer, everyone. I have been taking a break from writing to spend time with my son; however, I wanted to take a moment to spread the word about a new kid lit site, Storytime Pup. You can also find Storytime Pup on Facebook, Twitter and You Tube.

In addition to their kid-friendly web site, Storytime Pup hosts a You Tube channel featuring children’s books.

I was delighted to have my book, The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale, featured last week

Storytime Pup was created by Bill McManus. Bill lives in upstate NY with his wife Diane and his 3 kids: Ryan, Colin and Shannon. He is the creator of Storytime Pup.  He is also an author, entrepreneur, inventor and actor. He enjoys entertaining and writing books for children because their joy makes him happy.

If you are a published children’s author (traditional or indie), I encourage you to contact Storytime Pup for submission information. There is no charge for having your book/s featured on the site.

I wish you all a wonderful summer!





NEWSFLASH – Story Reading Ape Publishes Book…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog


“But…but…but…THAT”S not YOUR name as the Author!” I hear you declare indignantly…

That’s TRUE – I’M not the AUTHOR, my Mother is, but unfortunately she is not alive to publish it herself, (she died in 2000), so I’ve published it in her name.

Today would have been Mum’s 90th birthday if she’d still been alive, so my sister and I felt that this book would be a nice way to celebrate Mum’s life and memory.

What’s it about?

As stated in the book description:

We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’?
From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.

Each poem tells a story.

My sister…

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