“ResQ Takes on the Takhi” by Eva J. Pell

“ResQ Takes on the Takhi” by Eva J. Pell is the second book in a series called “ResQ: Saving One Animal at a Time.” It’s about an organization called ResQ, headed up by a couple of kids on a mission to save endangered animals. The ResQ team is made up of Wheaton Guinto who is a brainiac and his cousin Stowe LeBlon

Interview with Teigan Margetts – Author of “Simon and the Sad Salad”

Teigan Margetts is the Co-Founder of Ethicool Books, a children’s book publishing company who create heartwarming kids’ books about the world’s big issues, and encourage children to create change.

“What Do the Plants Say?” by Lois Wickstrom

“What Do the Plants Say?” by Lois Wickstrom is a funny book about a little girl who invents something so that she can understand her flowers when she thinks they’re talking to her.

“Wendy Willow Water Ballerina” by Diane Garcia

Wendy learned that synchronized swimming was something that she loved to do and it made her feel really good about herself, which she learned is called self-confidence.

Simon and the Sad Salad by Teigan Margetts

In “Simon and the Sad Salad” by Teigan Margetts, there is a class of kids that is getting ready for a class party at the end of the school year. All of the kids are going to bring something to eat, most of them look like they’re going to bring candy or something sweet. There is a boy named Simon who doesn’t have a lot of money, so all he can bring is a salad.

“Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” by Sherrill S. Cannon

“Peter and the Whimper-Whineys” by Sherrill S. Cannon is the story of a boy bunny who only whined and complained all day, every day. Peter’s mom tries to talk to him to make him be nicer, but when he keeps complaining and whining, he got sent to his room.

Interview with Carmen Ellis and Sarah Cullen – Authors of “Nellie the Narwhal”

Carmen Ellis and Sarah Cullen are the authors of this delightful book, Nellie the narwhal. Not only are Carmen and Sarah sisters but they also have a company that takes people swimming with whales in beautiful places all over the world called Majestic Whale Encounters. Nellie the Narwhal was created to spread joy and hope to all the ocean loving kids and parents around the world.

“Fee, Fi, Fo Grow!: The Real Magic of the Beans” by Lois Wickstrom

“Fee, Fi, Fo, Grow!: The Real Magic of the Beans” by Lois Wickstrom is the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but with some different characters. This story doesn’t have Jack, but Jacqueline and her mother. Jacqueline and her mother are poor and are needing some money to buy seeds to plant in their garden to grow into food for them to eat.

“Cinderella’s Other Shoe” by Philippa Rae

I’ve read alternate versions of the Cinderella story, but I’ve never read anything like Philippa Rae’s version, “Cinderella’s Other Shoe!”

Interview with Tina Shepardson – Author of “Walkout”

Tina Shepardson is an award-winning teacher and debut picture book author of WALKOUT (2019) and CANINES UNLEASHED (2021), a chapter book, both with Clear Fork Publishing. She is a Debut Picture Book Study Group moderator, a CBA graduate and course assistant, and an active member of SCBWI and 12×12. Find her in Upstate New York with her family enjoying the latest snowstorm with her akitas.

“Nellie the Narwhal” by Sarah Cullen and Carmen Ellis

“Nellie The Narwhal” is an engaging picture book for ages 3-7. There are several layers to this book which makes it useful to teach different lessons. On one level, it is a fun rhyming story about the experience of an adorable narwhal and her sea creature neighbors. But it is also a great book for emotional learning. And finally, it offers a brief introduction to different inhabitants of the ocean world.

“Walkout” by Tina Shepardson

In the picture book WALKOUT, experienced educator and author Tina Shepardson takes on the difficult and scary topic of school violence. Based on a true story, the author helps children see what they can do about a situation that feels out of their control. She also helps children understand that feelings that are different from their own are acceptable and valid.

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