This children story is about a group of animals who were previously abused, bullied, neglected, or endangered by humans, living together on an unconventional sanctuary. This once peaceful sanctuary was disrupted when two villains attempt to steal a few prized animals from an old farmer. Both the farmer and the animals face multiple challenges. Will they be able to overcome these dangers?
This exciting yet emotional story touches on environmental concerns, animal abuse, arrogance, and bullying. It also emphasizes the importance of recycling, respect, team work, and self-esteem to all readers. Each individual animal has different personality traits and strength; as they embrace and support one another to fight off many hardships which they are faced with.
Dilby R. Dixon was no ordinary 10-year-old boy. He was an outcast, the odd kid in school. Growing up as an only child, he had gotten accustomed to a life of solitude. In fact, he had no friends at all, which made him question whether or not he fit in with others in school or in this world. To occupy his time, Dilby turned to his wild imagination as he would dream of the most unbelievable places and have the most amazing adventures. From these dreams, he created a secret journal of weird words that he called, the Dilbonary, which he took it everywhere he went, guarding it with his life. No one knew the Dilbonary existed, that was until the 6th grade when Riley Rogers, the school bully, got a hold of it, setting off a chain of events that would alter Dilby’s life forever. Then, just after his 11th Birthday, something extraordinary happened, leading him to embark on the biggest adventure of his life and finding the truth behind who he really is.
Scant & The Golden Star is a bed time story told to two young cubs. Sometimes family is all you have, in Scants case his grandmother is all of his family that he has left. When she becomes deathly ill he strives to find a cure. Leaning on one last hope, that for all he knows will never work, he does the only thing he can think to do. He sets out to find The Golden Star. He encounters some dangerous situations during his journey and learns more about himself than he ever thought possible, but will it be enough to save the most important person in his life? Listen to mother polar bears story to find out!
Light in the Enchanted Forest is about a community of bugs who agree to upgrade their forest. They agree to live in love, trust, forgiveness, and gratitude. They go about their day, and as they do, first the bee, then the ants, and finally the spider have something negative come up that they must work through. They use the tools of love, trust, forgiveness, and gratitude to shift their energy and create harmony. This book is designed with everyday thoughts and feelings that we all have. It provides the opportunity for dialogue with our children about how to take everyday challenges and turn them into something great! How to transform those bad days, to talk about those things that happened that could have gone differently, and how to, in the moment, use the power of thought and choice to raise our vibration and choose love!
Thick as thieves since birth, Abby and Emma aren't just best friends. They're like two life forces sharing the same soul, certain the ties that bind them can weather any storm. Then a pretentious prima donna of a girl named Gretchen blows into their lives, swirling across the landscape of their friendship like a hurricane. Will Abby and Emma survive Gretchen?
Throw in a precocious younger brother, a guitar plucking prankster of an older brother, as well as a pet goat—all with a penchant for mischief—and Surviving Gretchen makes for a delightfully charming story which will have you crying one minute and laughing the next.
Bonnie Daly’s Surviving Gretchen, Book One in The Storms of Friendship Series, is a humorous, inspiring read for all ages which reveals not only the importance of trust, friendship, and family but also how we should never take those whom we love for granted.
Zenith’s Great Gift is a story for every child challenged by special needs—visible or not—and provides hope that their own challenges can evolve into gifts.
Zenith is a dolphin born without echolocation. Although Zenith wants to be useful, she is sad and lonely and fears her life will have no purpose because she is different. Then Zenith’s father presents her with an opportunity where she can use her special abilities to help others. She meets sick children along the way and discovers that being born without echolocation was the best gift she could have ever received.
Author and illustrator, Mary Anne Flavin, was inspired to write Zenith’s Great Gift after meeting a child (“Rica” in the book) who’d had two strokes before she was born. The strokes left her severely handicapped and dependent on her family for all her care. But this amazing child is irresistible. There is something special about her, a gift that makes everyone around her feel incredible joy. Ms. Flavin calls the gift her “love sensor.”
Being an orphan is tough and not knowing why makes it that much harder for Sandy. But now she's being sent to a new orphanage and middle school and needs to look forward not back. Before moving, Sandy meets Brian at school, and he reveals the existence of the magical Stone of Discedo that allows whoever has it to time travel. Maybe this is her one chance to go back in time and find out what happened to her parents. However, the stone has its own history and its own rules. Twelve years ago, it was stolen from a lab in Germany, and many people want control of its magical powers. Suddenly, Sandy, Brian, and the other orphans are thrust into a world of threatening notes, robbery, and murder. Will they be able to follow the stone's rules to go back in time and change history, so Sandy can have her one chance to find out what happened to her parents? Or will the stone fall into the wrong hands again?
Based on a true story . . . Thirteen-year-old Rose Williams has trouble fitting in. Every time her family moves to a new navy base, she wishes she could be more like her fearless brother, Les, and not her usual shy and practical self. On the Sunday morning of December 7, 1941, Rose hears the roar of low-flying planes. From her front yard she watches as Japanese aircraft attack the US ships and naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. While her dad rushes into battle, Rose and her mother take cover. Les is nowhere to be found. Later, with the whole island fearing an enemy invasion, Rose is told to stay inside with the doors locked. But when her friend’s Japanese American father is unjustly arrested and a wounded dog shows up on her doorstep, Rose realizes that—scared or not—everyone must be daring in times of war. Readers, don’t miss the last few pages to learn more about the real Rose Williams.
In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret...
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald's mysterious gems. When Ivy s magic and her life is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.
Twelve-year-old Martha loves to roam the fields, woods, and streams surrounding their home in rural Pennsylvania. The few neighbors they have keep to themselves, which is exactly how Martha likes it. Happiest alone or in the company of her parents, she thrives on routine. Dealing with people isn't easy for Martha. She never quite knows what to say or how to act. People don't understand her humming and tapping or her beloved Maggie, a blanket she's had for years. Its fabric is now thin and thread-bare, but Martha doesn't care. Holding Maggie close, and rubbing its frayed edge, helps her cope with the ups and downs of life. But Martha's ability to cope is pushed to the limit when her parents accept positions at a prestigious hospital in Pittsburgh. Her world is turned upside down as she struggles to adjust to life in a new city with a new house, new school, and new neighborhood. The one saving grace is the large park just across the street from their new home. A towering maple that stands near the center of the park instantly becomes Maggie's favorite climbing tree. But when a sudden thunderstorm whips up, Martha must scramble down the tree and head for home, and in her rush, she leaves Maggie at the base of the maple. Through the kindness of an elderly neighbor named Nonna, Martha is reunited with Maggie and in the process, gains her first new friend in the city. When Martha discovers a lost dog in the park one day, it's Nonna who helps her feed, bathe, and groom the animal, no questions asked. And it's Nonna who convinces Martha's parents to let her help care for the dog while they search for its owner. As weeks pass, and the attachment between Martha and the mutt becomes ever stronger, her dependence on Maggie lessens and her openness to new experiences and new people increases. But when the dog's owner is finally found, Martha must face the possibility of giving up the mutt, a possibility that tests her new-found confidence and growing maturity.
When Cyril the Royal Baker sets out to create a special treat for King Julius, he experiments with a variety of goodies. He isn't satisfied with any of them, however, until he concocts the chocolate chip cookie, a perfect mix of sweet, crunchy, and chewy. With its secret ingredient, the cookie is just the right ending to any meal or the perfect between-meal snack. Before long, word of Cyril's chocolate chip cookie spreads throughout the land and beyond! Orders for the cookie flood in from everywhere, and the proceeds from cookie sales quickly fill the kingdom's coffers. The funds improve the kingdom's schools, roads, and parks. All is well, and Cyril and his daughter Cicely enjoy the satisfaction and rewards that come with a job well done. Yes, everyone, it seems, loves Cyril's delicious cookies. Everyone, that is, except for the Ministers of Justice, Treasury, and Defense. Jealous and mean-spirited, they devise a plan that to undermine Cyril and replace his cookies with their own. Sneaking into the Royal Kitchen in the middle of the night, they spike his flour with the odorless herb bitterweed. The next day, an unsuspecting Cyril bakes tray after tray of his signature creation, not realizing that the Ministers' treachery has turned his cookie from delectable to disgusting. A horrible surprise awaits the King (not to mention the Queen, the squires, the townspeople, etcetera, etcetera) when he bites into his chocolate chip cookie that evening! In a rage, he calls for Cyril, demanding an explanation. Tasting the cookie, Cyril realizes something is terribly wrong, and he begs the King for time to find and fix the problem. Reluctantly, the King agrees, but when Cyril is unable to identify the cause of the terrible taste, he is thrown into the Royal Dungeon. Meanwhile, the Ministers set out to make their own chocolate chip cookies, hoping to gain the fame and fortune that Cyril enjoyed. Will they succeed? Do they have their own secret ingredient? Or will Cicely find a way to free her father and restore order and the kingdom's favorite sweet treat to the land?
Molly Warner, a sixth-grade student at Robert K. Howard Middle School, had a wide reputation for being a gossip. If something was happening, she knew all about it and would share it with anybody who was within earshot of her. It even led to a new school policy that the teachers privately referred to as ‘The Molly Warner Rule'. Rather than punishing her, the school principal places her on the newspaper staff where she puts her skills to good use. With her journalism teacher's help, she learns the importance of a free press and strives to be a great reporter. When strange things start happening at school, Molly resolves to find the real story behind what is going on and who is to blame. Little did she know what she would uncover and the journey it would take her on.
Throughout the Kingdom, the grayness has returned and the ground is collapsing beneath Brandon's feet into a giant, bottomless void. Nutritious fruits and vegetables are no longer growing. And people are missing, including his Grandpa Alvin.
With the help of a giant bald eagle and his best friend, Brandon must elude the tenacious Officer Reed, escape from the dangerous Spider Riders, endure the robot Color Collectors, find the twin princesses Gwendolyn and Sapphire, and rescue his Grandpa Alvin.
In the final chapter in the Land Without Color series, Brandon must hurry to defeat the vile vipers and restore the color to the Kingdom.
When her fisherman husband fails to come home after a storm at sea, the beautiful maiden Ling Yee is heartbroken. Every morning, she puts her baby on her back and clambers to the top of a cliff looking for any signs of his return. But day after day, she is disappointed. The villagers try to convince her to give up her vigil. “No,” she would say, “He will come home soon.” Tin Hau, the Goddess of the Heavens, takes pity on her grief and turns Ling Yee and her child into stone so that they would mourn no more. The fisherman eventually finds his way home—only to discover that his wife has been transformed into the Rock Maiden. Will the family forever be kept apart? Or will devotion and faithfulness ultimately be rewarded? Find out in this re-envisioning of an old Hong Kong legend by award-winning author Natasha Yim, featuring stunning illustrations by renowned Finnish artist Pirkko Vainio.
Princess Sophie, the spirited young heroine of this adapted tale from the Brothers Grimm, finds herself faced with an incredible challenge and some lessons to learn. She had forgotten her departed mother's warning to temper loyalty and strength with a compassionate heart. Antagonized by Sophie's resentful words, her powerful new stepmother turns Sophie's six brothers into swans and sets her the task of saving them. Will Sophie succeed in helping her brothers? Can she spin six shirts made from the thorny thistle, while never speaking a word, even in her defense? And what will happen when King Yoren captures Sophie and takes her prisoner? Featuring stunning artwork by renowned illustrator Kim Jacobs, her retelling of this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale also contains an author's note with fascinating details on family heraldry and mute swans.
Fantasy and realism collide as Mama Turtle and her precious hatchlings attempt to stay together on a journey to sea riddled with danger. With a little suspense, and a lot of heart, "Stay Where I Can See You" will hold readers and listeners spellbound until the last page! Kids will want to read the story again and again.
Created by veteran teacher, Lori Samlin Miller, this entertaining and educational picture book will have parents and children enthralled, laughing, and cheering with every challenge, emotion, lesson, and plot twist. Includes information about turtle protection!
Dearest Readers and believers of all ages: With this story, I would like to take you on a fantastic and emotional journey. I hope you will also experience all those beautiful feelings that came over me as I was writing this book. This children's chapter book expands on two girls whose friendship forms when the two meet on a playground, and then blossoms as their single parents fall in love and get married. However, their faith and awareness of life are tested when the oldest girls is stricken with cancer, allowing the family to make long lasting memories before it is too late. This is not an ordinary fairy tale since it is also based on real life events, and mixed with uncertainty and the magic of the unknown. We should all learn from an early age the importance of such things as love, happiness, gratitude and strong family bonds, and I try to show the importance of all of this throughout the book. The book is divided into 16 chapters making each one of the perfect for reading as an individual bedtime story. Additionally, each chapter contains a fundamental moral to learn from, and most episodes have one of my favorite bedtime prayers that you can enjoy before going to sleep. So, won't you please join me in this heartwarming story about one of my elves, and her beautiful family. They will make you laugh, and they will make you cry, but most of all, I hope, they will make you all feel good inside. By the end of the story, as the mystery of where elves come from is revealed, I hope that you will also believe in the power of a little magic! Warmest wishes, SANTA