By Eric DelaBarre, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 29, 2011

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

Literacy rates continue to plummet in America and everyone tries to point the finger of blame at someone else.  Lazy parents believe that reading is a subject at school and the responsibility of the teacher.  Teachers want to blame politicians for cutting education and union busting.  Politicians want to blame teacher tenure and lazy parents.  Such has become the American way of life; blame someone else for the literacy status quo of our children.

By Harold Jenkins, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 22, 2011

THE ADVENTURES OF DUSTY POPSALLOT
Written by : Dr. Chris M. McDaniel
Illustrated by: Dawn Josephine

The Adventures of Dusty Popsallot is the charming story of a little boy named Dusty, who constantly seeks adventure and with the help of his sidekick, Funny Bunny Hopsallot, he always finds it! Whether they’re crashing through waves and cannon fire aboard their pirate ship, or trekking through jurassic jungles on a prehistoric

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 20, 2011

When executed with expertise, a well-written and illustrated biography can be just the book to hook young readers. This year, Jane Goodall, the famous British primatologist and conservationist, is the subject of two wonderful picture books: Me … Jane, written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell; and The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life With the Chimps, Written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter. Environmentalist, primatologist, humanitarian, and United Nations Messenger of Peace, Jane Goodall makes for a wonderful role model—especially for girls. Both of these books, while showcasing Goodall’s brilliant and dedicated work with artistic differences, highlight how a childhood dream can become a reality.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 31, 2011

Dawn Wynne, Author of "I Remember When ..."

Dawn Wynne is an award-winning educator with more than 15 years experience teaching students from kindergarten through high school, including special needs students, English Language Learners, and at-risk youths. She was recognized and honored with the “Teacher of the Year” award and the “Superintendent’s Award” for her teaching excellence.  Wynne earned a Bachelor of Arts in theater at UCLA and holds a Master’s degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University. She has appeared in many television shows including General Hospital, Renegade, and Nightman. Wynne’s short film, “Stalkers“, won numerous awards, including the Audience Choice selection at the Palm Springs and Sarasota Film Festivals. Dawn is embarking on a new journey as she combines her love of education and writing with motherhood, producing her first children’s book, I Remember When. She and her husband, Rob, live in Redondo Beach, California with their young daughter Giovanna.

By Dawn Wynne, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 20, 2011

The night before Dawn Wynne’s first child was born, her grandmother passed away.  Wishing her daughter Giovanna to hear the same stories she heard growing up prompted Wynne to write “I Remember When … ”

A nostalgic children’s board book, “I Remember When …” features illustrations of a grandmother reading to her grandchildren, demonstrating how life was simpler with rotary phones, record players, TVs in black and white with antennas, car seats in the front of the car without seat belts and other items from the past.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: June 14, 2011

Happiness begins within! Enter to win one of three signed copies of Hugo the Happy Starfish Wants to be Different, by Suzy Liebermann. Hugo goes on his journey and discovers that being himself is the best way to be. Giveaway begins June 14, 2011, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 12, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading Level: 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages