Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Summer Reading Programs


The first Friday of the month finds me blogging at Christian Children’s Authors. Today’s topic is summer reading programs. You can find my post at

Children’s Book Week 2016



Children’s Book Week is a national celebration of books and reading that was founded in 1919. Libraries and bookstores around the United States hold all kinds of events in honor of Children’s Book Week. To find out more, visit

Here are a couple events in Massachusetts:

Wellesley Books

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May 7, 10:30am:
Heather Lang (Fearless Flyer), Cheryl Lawton Malone (Dario and the Whale), Deborah Sosin (Charlotte and the Quiet Place), and Jane Sutcliffe (Will’s Words)

Eight Cousins Bookstore

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May 5, 5pm: What the Kids Are Reading! panel featuring local librarians and teachers.

Happy World Book Day!


World Book Day celebrates the joy and value of books and reading, especially for children. Nurseries, schools and libraries across the UK celebrate World Book Day on the first Thursday in March. For more information, please visit:

Children’s Book Week Starts Tomorrow!

Children’s Book Week starts tomorrow. Each year the nation celebrates with various literary events. You can find the official list of events here. My publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing, is celebrating online. You can find out more about that here.

Each day this week, The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection will celebrate Children’s Book Week with a new review or author interview. Stay tuned!

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge 2011

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is hosted by Michelle,  The True Book Addict, over at her The Christmas Spirit blog. I don’t usually participate in reading challenges because my review schedule is so busy. I can’t however, pass this one up.  It’s about Christmas after all–something I love as much as the kids.

I’m choosing the Mistletoe level – 2 to 4 books. I think I can manage that along with everything else I have to read on my other blogs. The four books I plan to read are:

  • Deck the Halls by Veronica Vasylenko (Padded Board Book)
  • Jingle Bells by Veronica Vasylenko (Padded Board Book)
  • Kevin’s Christmas by Liesbet Slegers (picture book)
  • Ricky’s Christmas Tree by Guido Van Genechten (Picture book)

Since these are short books, I am going to toss in ‘Tis the Season (Main St. #3) by Ann M. Martin. I bought it at a book fair a couple of years ago and would love to get to it.

UPDATE–Added these books that I’ll be reviewing in December:

Humbug A Christmas Carol by Lee Baker

Holy Stable: Celebrate the Miracle by Heidi Hanseen

Also, for the moms that might be checking in here, I just finished reading The Nine Lives of Christmas by Sheila Roberts. I love unique stories set during Christmas, and this one definitely fits the bill.

Hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday season!

Did You Meet Your Summer Reading Goals?

The beginning of August brought about the end of our library’s summer reading program. The Lil Diva and the Lil Princess met their goals. In addition to their weekly prizes, they got a chance to attend a roller skating party at Interskate91. A picture of them participating in The Great Create, an art program offered in conjunction with the One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program, was published in our local paper. I’ll try to post it if I can get the hubby to scan it in.

I don’t set summer reading goals because I read almost every night anyway. So far this summer I have read and reviewed:

Horrid Henry Rocks by Francesca Simon
Love & War by John & Stash Elderedge
Born Under A Lucky Moon by Dana Precious
Murder is a Family Business by Heather Haven
Class Struggle by Steven Verrier
Cold Lonely Courage by Soren Paul Petrek
The Cause Within You by Matthew Barnett
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sheri D. Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
His Shoes Were Far too Tight by Daniel Pinkwater
Golden Daffodils by Liam Maher
Mister Topper, The Pot-Bellied Pig by Liam Maher
Pig Kahuna by Jennifer Sattler
Seven Miles to Freedom by Janet Halfmann
ShShSh Let the Baby Sleep by Kathy Stemke
Falling through Ice by Carolyn Huebner Rankin
Sea Monster’s First Day by Kate Messner
Sad Dog Happy Dog by Kathleen Porter
Bad Spelling by Marva Dasef
Horrid Henry Wakes the Dead by Francesca Simon
Stilts by Dixie Philips
Voices from the Land by Jan Marquart
How to Encourage Your Husband compiled by Nancy Campbell
In the St. Nick of Time by K.M. Daughters
My Brother the Frog by Kevin McNamee

I’ve read and haven’t yet reviewed:

My Dearest Friend by Hazel Statham

Peter: Rock Star from Galilee by Sherree Funk

The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb by Melanie Benjamin

Your Average Joe Unplugged by Joseph Schneller

I am currently reading The Queen’s Gamble by Barbara Kyle and next up is Once We Were Kings by Ian Alexander.

How about you? Do you set summer reading goals? If yes, how did you do? Also, what were some of your favorite books you’ve read over the summer?

Children’s Book Week: May 2th – 8th!


“Since 1919, Children’s Book Week has been celebrated countrywide with author & illustrator appearances, parties, storytelling, and other book-related events in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs — anywhere where kids and books connect.”

Visit the Children’s Book Week website at to view events taking place across the country and to learn more about this annual celebration.

How will you celebrate Children’s Book Week?

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