By Sonya Kimble-Ellis, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 25, 2011

New Children’s Book Highlights Fantasy, Education, and Fun

Who are The Sandcastle Kids? Rosa, Richard, Daisy and Kamal are four playful friends who love to build sandcastles! Their hobby takes them to faraway lands where they learn about unique and interesting cultures.

In the first installment of a children’s picture book series written by Union, NJ author Sonya Kimble-Ellis, the Kids go on an odyssey to Central Peten. The Sandcastle Kids: A Mayan Adventure is a vibrant and colorful text for children age 6 and older. In it, the characters travel back to 420 AD after building a sandcastle on a beach near their homes in Southern California.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 23, 2011

As the school year ends, join Random House Children’s Books to


Because every beach bag should have sunscreen, a pair of shades, and a story…


By Lauren Kate

Before Luce and Daniel met at Sword & Cross—before they fought the Immortals—they had already lived many lives. Desperate to unlock the curse that condemns their love, Luce must revisit her past incarnations to understand her fate. Sweeping centuries and spanning the globe, PASSION is the third novel in the thrilling and romantic Fallen series by New York Times bestselling author Lauren Kate.

Delacorte Press | 978-0-385-73916-0 | June 14, 2011 | | $17.99 / $19.99 Can. | Ages 12+ | 432 pgs

By Frances Rinaldi, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 19, 2011

How Silver Fox and Coyote Came to Color the Butterfly is a recent release from Dr. Frances Rinaldi.

Dr. Rinaldi adapted this story related to her by her maternal Algonquin grandmother. This 24 page, fully illustrated book, tells the story of how a lonely coyote and a shy fox become friends, share talents, and discover new things.