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ULR Feature: Libby Redribbon and the Dance Recital by Julie Astier



Libby loves her dance class. Until she discovers that cartwheels are going to be part of the big recital. The upside down and round and round make her nervous. What if she lands on her head? What if she twists her ankle? Or worse, what if she isn’t good at it?
Libby considers the unthinkable. Quitting her dance lessons! Libby confides in her friend Aurora who is quick to offer help. But can Libby conquer the cartwheel in time?


ULR Feature: Trankarri: The Boy with a Magical Pen by Christopher Dean



When talented young artist Nathaniel Hancock receives a new drawing pen for Christmas, he promises his great-grandfather that he’ll prepare him a Masterpiece for the following year. But Nathaniel is naive for the Pen is magical-and as he makes his finishing touches, the Masterpiece comes to life before his very eyes. After entering the drawing, he discovers that he’s added new territory to the enchanted land that lies beyond: the Inkworld, a pen-and-ink realm where reality is limited only by the artist’s imagination. After Nathaniel rescues the drawing of an elf from a deadly prison, he realizes the Inkworld is far more complex than he ever imagined. For dark forces lurk beneath the idyllic surface. In saving the elf, Nathaniel accidentally unleashes an ancient evil that threatens to destroy all that’s good in the Inkworld… And it’s up to him to set things right…

About the Author

Christopher Dean spent the majority of his career operating a landscape business in Austin, TX. While in the field with 105 degree summers, stories of far-off lands kept his mind occupied and in his spare time he dedicated himself to the art of writing.

In 2010 he graduated from the Institute of Children’s Literature and started writing his first novel for children, Trankarri. Five years later it is now published and doing well on the market with its follow up coming in 2016. He lives with his wife and three kids in Austin, TX.

For a full Bio please visit trankarri.com

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ULR Feature: Why is the Moon Following Us?: The adventures of Lucy and Lulo by María Escobedo Cubas



Lucy is a curious and joyful girl. Alongside her faithful friend Lulo, her magic rabbit, what seemed to be a simple trip to grandma’s house will become a unique adventure, a journey of perseverance to find her own answers. Will Lucy solve the mystery of why the moon is following them?

The debut book of illustrator Maria Escobedo creates a world full of tenderness and magic, with an amazing story and exceptional art. The innocence of her stories and illustrations make this an indispensable book for the enjoyment of our children.


Book Review

“I bought this book for my kid, he is 3 years old. From day one he has been using it non stop. He loves it. The illustrations are really well made. The colors are nice and the story is easy to understand. I really want to see more books like this one. Totally recommended.” – Amazon Reviewer

About the Author

MariaI hold a B.A. degree in Digital Animation from Véritas University and I´m the author of the children’s book “Why is the moon following us?”. I have participated in several drawing/picture/illustration exhibitions in Costa Rica. At this time, I am in Japan, improving my professional experience and developing a completely new style of illustration through tactile exploration and exposure to new styles and cultures. One of my most important projects to date is an interactive app called “Why is the moon following us?”, which was, at first, my graduation project at Véritas University in Costa Rica. Completing the project took about a full year of research in terms of educational and aesthetic aspects. This app is an educational game for tablets that combines elements of children’s illustration, animation and interactivity. Considering my experiences with this initial project, which included intense exploration and firsthand contact with some of the most important illustrators of the country, I decided to recreate this graduation project in a book that gives children the opportunity to learn while they have fun playing. This is how the adventure begins of creating the children’s book “Why is the moon following us?”.

ULR Feature: The Trotters of Tweeville: Harraf Namrattle by Shirin Zarqa-Lederman

Available on Kindle for $3.99


In this second book of the Trotters of Tweeville series, one little girl works hard to practice kindness and care when speaking to others.
“Harraf Namrattle lives in Tweeville and is a girl who always says what she thinks–no matter what! She doesn’t seem to understand that sometimes words can hurt others’ feelings and that some things are better left unsaid. Today, however, Harraf’s mother reminds her to;…”
                      Think before you speak!
Harraf sets out to play baseball with her friend Bo, who has a new baseball mitt. What will she say when she sees it?Then she meets her friend Hennaj, who has a lemonade stand. What will she say when she tries the lemonade? When she sees another friend drawing on the
sidewalk, will she take her mother’s advice and be nice? Can Harraf Namrattle
learn to think before she speaks and to be kind to the people in Tweeville?

Book Review

“Harraf Namrattle is a typical young girl that likes to say exactly what she thinks without thinking about how it may affect the feelings of others. One day before she goes out to play, her mother tells her to think about what she has to say, and to try to be nice. Throughout the day, she comes across several situations where she thinks before she speaks and finds the nicer things to say. She learns that by doing this, she can be nice and feel better about herself as well. It’s a good lesson of ‘think before you speak’.”

– Reviewed through Netgalley and Smith Publicity.

Available on Kindle for $3.99

About the Author

Shirin Zarqa-Lederman is a wife and mother of five children. Shirin lives in New Jersey with her family, where she was born and raised. She is a Board Certified Professional Counselor and is licensed in NJ. Her 17 year counseling career has focused solely on children and adolescents and their families.

Most recently Shirin’s practice has transformed into “mobile” therapy, where she counsels in a clients’ home rather than the traditional counselor office. This allows her to experience a child in his/her element-a much more natural setting. Her attention has been children and adolescents who have difficulty socializing with their peers, developing and maintaining focus on daily tasks, managing behavior within a school setting, as well as a familial setting.

She utilizes experiential therapies, which is a process whereby-as she puts it- “if you can experience it you can feel it, and if you can feel it you can choose whether or not to recreate it.” When asked about her inspiration for this book, she stated, “This book series is my attempt to ‘recreate’ the practice of that infamous ‘golden rule.'”

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ULR Feature: Children’s Books: The Gnomes of the Night by Itzik Klein

Available on Kindle Unlimited!

Picking up his mess is just too much for Ryan.

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Between brushing his teeth, taking a shower, and being a kid, Ryan can’t be bothered with another chore.

That is until his dad warns him about the Night Gnomes who snatch up misplaced items and sometimes claim them as their own.

At first, Ryan doesn’t listen, but when his discarded shoes go missing, he has no choice but to use his secret detective skills and so he braves the night in search of the mysterious gnomes. What he finds, though, is even more than he bargained for.

In this wonderfully illustrated children’s book, young Ryan shares a few laughs with his dad while he unravels the mystery of the gnomes.

✿ This fully illustrated story is filled with many original rhymes and contains new words for kids. it’s fun and enjoyable and great for expanding their vocabulary
✿ Read this book FREE as part of your Kindle Prime Unlimited Membership.
✿ This story is great as a read-aloud book or for beginner readers. It could be one of the funniest books for kids 9 to 12 and can be read as one of the first books for kids 4–8 years old.
✿ Listen to an audio sample here: http://smarturl.it/gnomes-audio-sample.
✿ This book will look great on a kid’s bookcase. Use “Look inside” to preview more of the pages.

Download it to your Kindle!

Book Review

“As the aunt of a young boy who never puts his clothes or his toys away, this cute story resonated with me, and I will be using it as a bed time book each time I baby sit him!

Itzik Klein ha s written a fun narrative of a little boy who doesn’t realize the importance of putting stuff away – whether it’s the dishes from the table, or his clothing before he goes to bed. His dad attempts to teach him a lesson by pointing out that the Gnomes of the Night will come and take away all of his stuff if he doesn’t put them in their proper places. Ryan is clever and turns the tables on his dad, but by the end of the book he has learned his lesson.

The illustrations are very well done by Fanny Liem. They’re just the right practically-realistic characters that I enjoy. And the colors are so bright that they practically pop off the screen of my Kindle Fire, highlighting one of the benefits of reading an illustrated book on an e-reader rather than on the flat page of a book.

Itzik Klein tells his story in rhyming form, and he has to work a bit to make some of the rhymes come about (in other words, a couple of them are a wee bit tortuous), but that actually adds to the charm of the book.

Highly recommended.” – Amazon Reviewer


About the Author

Hi, how are you?     author_in_its_prime
My Name is Liran and my Dad is the author of The Gnomes of the Night, the book you are currently checking out.

My favorite things in the world are playing video games and mind games and also harassing my little sister. She is very annoying, because she’s always getting into my things and you can actually see it happening in the book.

My Dad is funny, even though I think he tries too hard sometimes. Still, I think he is a really cool Dad. Geez, he still tries to convince me from time to time to do stuff by mentioning these Gnomes, who will come when night falls….

I’ve seen him working on this book for ages, trying to make every single illustrated page as perfect as it can get. Draft after draft, picture angel after picture angel. Well, I’ve heard this story like a gazillion times, way before he started working on it, and now I’m glad this book is finally out there so other kids can enjoy it. I really hope you will like this story, too.

And maybe you can learn a few funny ideas from it; all you need is a bit of imagination and creativity. But please, whatever you do, don’t tell your Mom I said so!

So, have a good read and a good night, friends. Goodbye!

Please feel free to reach out my Dad at itzikklein1978@gmail.com. He enjoys hearing from his fans. Tell him I sent you, maybe He will give me some candy 😉

ULR FEATURE: Planet Kindergarten by Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Available on Kindle for $11.99

Also Available in Paperback and Audiobook


This clever picture book will prepare young explorers to boldly go where they have never gone before: Planet Kindergarten. Suit up for a daring adventure as our hero navigates the unknown reaches and alien inhabitants of this strange new world. Hilarious and confidence-boosting, this exciting story will have new kindergarteners ready for liftoff!

Book Review

” For one brave boy, kindergarten isn’t just a grade—it’s a destination. He gets to school via rocket (one that looks suspiciously like his father’s hatchback), and considers his classmates to be aliens, including two that could be relatives of Cousin It. The boy adjusts to “zero gravity” (“We have to try hard to stay in our seats. And our hands go up a lot”), discovers that he likes space food, and freaks out during naptime: “Is the room running out of oxygen?” Prigmore’s manic digital art gives a nod to Jetsons-era cartoons, while Ganz-Schmitt’s metaphor will ring true with intrepid readers. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Jennifer Unter, the Unter Agency. (May)”

A genius way to ease kids into the new adventure that is kindergarten.”  – –Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Nominations and Awards

Kirkus Prize Nominee for 2014
American Bookseller’s Association: Summer 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List
Amazon Kid’s Best of May 2014 (kids 3-5)
Amazon Editor’s Pick for Summer Reading 2014 (kids 3-5)
Apple iTunes Spring’s Biggest Books (for Kids)
Chosen as the theme for San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Reading Program (Summer 2014)
Artwork chosen by the Society of Illustrators for their Original Art exhibit (2014)
Planetary Society’s Emily Ladakawalla top reviewed choice for space themed books for 2014 : Top of the List


Available on Kindle for $11.99

Also Available in Paperback and Audiobook

About the Author


Children’s book author, mother and philanthropist, Sue Ganz-Schmitt, is passionate about helping children, and families globally. She is co-founder of an AIDS orphanage in Haiti, has traveled to China to help medically challenged orphans, and set up a birthing clinic in rural India. Yet, her writing is inspired by local children with diabetes, severe allergies, leukemia. She graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business (Marketing) in 1986, and now lives now lives in a rural mountain community in Los Angeles with her two daughters and husband. She produces children’s musical theater, has sung on Broadway in RENT, and contributes to an L.A. area local paper.

ULR Feature: Tucker’s Story by Bobbie Asad



A Children’s Story:
Tucker, a German Shepherd mix, has a great home, up until he finds himself homeless. This is his journey from homeless to a business logo. This story is fiction based on truth.

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Book Review

“Tucker’s Story” by Bobbie Asad is sweet and heartbreaking – even more so because you know this is a scene that is played out countless times a year across the Country. Tucker was is a German Shepherd mixed breed dog, one who was loved and sheltered in a close family for 3 years. Unfortunately, that relationship came to an end and Tucker was left, alone, in a park.
How many time have I read a news article on line regarding abandoned pets? Too many, way too many. Tucker was lucky, he was found by a rescue – but other dogs and cats are not so lucky. This story ends well, with a smile and a tear in the eye, but it also teaches and relays a very important message. Written from Tucker’s viewpoint and aimed at children 7 and up, it’s a quick tale that will have a lasting impact.
We need to care for the responsibilities we accept, and if life prevents that from happening then please, for the love of everything, take them to a Rescue – don’t leave them alone and don’t take them to the pound.
This story deserves more than 5 stars and I would give them if I could.


About  the Author

If you were laid off after 30 years in engineering would it make you mad as a hatter? Bobbie Asad embraced her change and became the owner of Mad Hatter. She took her fascination with hats as a member of the international social group the Red Hat Society, along with her love of teas, and the specialty shop Mad Hatter was born. Bobbie opened Mad Hatter in its present location about a year ago in downtown Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, where the unique shop has been earning rave reviews. Bobbie’s skills as an entrepreneur are apparent in the range of services and delights available in one shop from teas and tastings to hats for every occasion, along with locally produced and sourced lotions, sprays and soaps. Bobbie is a smart retailer who knows hats and her customers – women who want to stand out- no two hats are the same. She has the evolving marketplace that prizes originality and locally produced products well in hand-she even features specialty food items that are also locally produced. Bobbie Asad took the lemons life handed her and made tea!