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Clermont, FL  July 2012

Interested in teaching your little one how to speak French?

In this first volume of “The Annabelle Book Series”, Annabelle teaches young readers how to say the Alphabet in French.  Annabelle is a multi-cultural little girl who is stylish, well-traveled, and sports a beautiful head of big & bouncy natural hair.  In this book, she uses a method of word association to teach the young reader French with the help of English words.  As a way of making this book seem less like a lesson, and more like a fun adventure, Annabelle points to many images and travels to various locations to entertain the readers, and to help them visually connect the alphabet with these images.  This book is very unique in that it not only features a child of color teaching the young reader a foreign language, but also does it with visual and linguistic aids.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 24, 2012

Join the 9 week “Countdown to Ivy and Bean Blog-A-Bration!”

Each week, you can enter to win the weekly featured paperback Ivy and Bean book and 3 sets of Ivy and Bean Mini Notes. During week 9 a Grand Prize Winner will be chosen from all of the previous winners* to receive:

  • Grand Prize

    A complete set of Ivy and Bean hardcover books signed by Annie Barrows

  • 1 set of Ivy and Bean Paper Dolls
  • 1 Ivy and Bean Button Factory
  • 1 Ivy and Bean READ Poster signed by Annie Barrows
  • 1 set of Ivy and Bean Silly Bandz
  • 1 set of Ivy and Bean stickers
  • AND – a super-secret really cool prize we’re working on (stay tuned!)

Giveaway begins September 24, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends September 29, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 6-10

Paperback: 128 pages

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CHINO VALLY, Arizona – “It was not my intention to write a novel about sexual abuse,” according to Amazon author Gene Twaronite. “Each story has a life all its own, and sometimes you just have to follow it to whatever places it takes you—even if those places make you uncomfortable. But my novel is not just about sexual abuse. It’s also about how we confront the problem of evil and the hells we create inside ourselves.”

By Nicki RichesinThe Children’s Book Review
Published: September 20, 2012

Maggie Stiefvater
Photo credit: Robert Severi

Maggie Stiefvater is kind of a phenomenon. She’s the author of many bestselling YA novels including the Shiver trilogy, The Scorpio Races, and the Books of Faerie. She’s also an incredibly talented musician of multiple instruments and an astonishing visual artist. Her latest series The Raven Boys debuts this week. Maggie kindly took a few moments out of her busy launch week to discuss her road to literary fame, her daughters’ favorite books, and the wonders of Mr. Toad.

By Nicki RichesinThe Children’s Book Review
Published: September 19, 2012

Thomas Beller

We’re honored to have Thomas Beller contribute his family’s favorite books to The Children’s Book Review. Tom is a wonderful writer, the author of two books of fiction, Seduction Theory, and The Sleep-Over Artist, and a collection of personal essays, How To Be a Man. A former staff writer at the New Yorker Magazine and the Cambodia Daily, he is currently a contributing editor at Travel and Leisure Magazine. He founded and for twenty years co-edited Open City Magazine, and created the literary website about New York, Mrbellersneighborhood.com. He divides his time between New York and New Orleans, where he teaches writing at Tulane University. In his column “The Examined Life” for Babble, he writes about his family. Many thanks to Tom for sharing his remarkable insights with us.

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: September 18, 2012

Enter to win one of two autographed copies of  Peter J. Goodman’s book We’re All Different but We’re All Cats; illustrated by Nicolás Milano.

A thought-provoking and triumphant narrative with an anti-bullying theme.

Giveaway begins September 18, 2012, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 16, 2012, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Reading level: Ages 3-7

Hardcover: 48 pages

By Jill Baguchinsky | The Children’s Book Review |September 18, 2012

Character Development of a Paranormal Investigator

When I began working on SPOOKYGIRL: PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR, I knew right away that its main character, Violet, would have a ghostly pet. Because she has the ability to communicate with otherworldly spirits, Violet is all too used to ghosts. They don’t frighten her; they’re just a part of her daily life. It made sense, then, for her to have one as a sidekick.

The result of that decision became Buster, a mischievous supernatural being Violet refers to as an abnormal poltergeist. Loud and rambunctious, Buster likes to toss around squeaky dog toys, eat cookies, and turn furniture upside down. He’s like an invisible, overactive puppy—and luckily, he’s crate trained.