Current Titles in Print
Anabelly the Smelly Squid by MEGHAN CARLILE – Published August 1, 2014.
Sometimes being different can be hard, but it takes courage to know who you are and not let others change you. Can Anabelly help her classmates see how our differences make us special?
About the Author: Meghan Carlile has been in the Early Childhood industry for over 15 years and is the part owner and director of a childcare center, Exploring Minds Academy, located in Kansas City, KS. She has her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and her endorsement in reading. She has a love and passion for children’s literature and the early childhood classroom. When Meg is not writing or immersed in her educational surroundings, she spends all her free time with her four beautiful children and very supportive husband. Without them, none of this would be possible.
About the Artist: Rob Peters is a busy illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He graduated with a degree in Visual Communications from Judson College in Elgin, Illinois and worked as a cover artist and designer in the yearbook industry for over five years. In 2007, he started as a freelance artist and since then has designed logos, drawn games for smart phone apps, and illustrated over a dozen children’s picture books. He currently lives with his wife and son in Topeka, KS.
Senor Tortuga the Color Mixer by Deborah Eve Alastra – Published May 201, 2014.
Senor Tortuga the Color Mixer is a beautifully illustrated book that teaches young children to mix all the colors of the rainbow. The English and Spanish bilingual story is narrated by two very lovable characters, Senor Tortuga the Tortoise and his best friend Mr. Sissssss the Snake. This vivid picture book will draw in curious children of all artistic backgrounds and inspire their innate creativity and desire to learn.
About the Author & Illustrator: Deborah Eve Alastra is a painter and children’s book illustrator in the Pacific Northwest, USA. This is her second bilingual children’s picture book. Her love of art and passion for children’s art lead to the creation of this book. Her hope is that it will maintain the interest of young children while inspiring them to mix every color of the rainbow and paint.
About the Translator: Jose Luis Cortes is a writer and professional translator. A native of Mexico, he now lives in Toronto, Canada. In addition to his writing and translating, he maintains a blog of children’s bilingual book reviews.
The Flower Child by Deborah Eve Alastra – Published December 16, 2013
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The Flower Child by Deborah Eve Alastra is a simple story written in English and translated into Spanish about a Flower Child that loses and gains a best friend. Beautifully illustrated with bold and vibrant colors, this book is filled with a warm, heartfelt and emotional tale that is certain to enlighten and please children of all ages.
About the Author: Deborah Eve Alastra is a painter and children’s book illustrator living in Portland Oregon. This is the first picture book she has written and illustrated.
Shell’s Journey by Amye Webster – Published December 6, 2013
PRESS RELEASE: Introducing the New Book “Shell’s Journey” by Amye Webster. For Children of All Ages.
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Life has always been hard for Shell, an 11 year-old girl from rural Missouri. Her single father has found plenty of challenges in raising a daughter on his own also. However, there is one place where they both find comfort-the Sale Barn livestock auction. Shell has always dreamed of owning a horse, and when her birthday comes, she can think of nothing else. Little does Shell know that her dream will lead to a fearsome adventure, requiring her to become a brave young woman. In the meantime, her father is forced to confront his own parental fears and shortcomings. Will Shell’s love of horses and her father’s internal struggles unite or tear their family apart?
About the author: AMYE WEBSTER wasn’t actually ‘born in a barn’, but she most certainly grew up there! Amye was raised on a Quarter Horse farm in South Dakota where she discovered her love of horses. She later raised her own two children in the saddle. She has spent much of her life training horses and teaching kids and others about her passion. Today, Amye works and travels with her husband, who trains and shows reined cow horses. She has also found time to pursue her second passion – writing. This is her first novel. She lives in Missouri.
The Bad Alphabet by E.C. CHEN – published May 1, 2013
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The Bad Alphabet is an updated redesigned twist on the classic alphabet book. Written for kids of all ages, particularly those in early grade school, this clever book explains what many of the generally accepted “bad” behaviors in society are. The Bad Alphabet depicts an improper and disagreeable lizard named Lance who participates in an A to Z procession of inappropriate actions. Lance and his multiple animal peers are found in various settings of home, school, and public life. With superb professionally illustrated full-color pictures, Lance comes to life in a way that shows why being bad has consequences. Beautifully scripted with rhyming prose, young children who are still malleable, will be focused on the pleasing text, bright colors, and ethical concepts displayed. Social norms and values regarding views on unacceptable conduct are shown so that kids may understand what NOT to do. The Bad Alphabet is a truly fun book that allows kids to know what is “BAD” so that they can behave “GOOD”!
About the author: E. C. CHEN is an author, artist, and independent photographer based in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA. He was raised throughout the Midwestern United States and has lived in Kansas, Minnesota, Texas, New York and Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City. He also studied at the University of Texas in Austin. He received his graduate degree from Saint Louis University. He writes children’s books, as well as adult fiction and non-fiction.