Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Amazing Animal Alphabet earns the CLC Seal of Approval


The Amazing Animal Alphabet of Twenty-Six Tongue Twisters is a picture book full of mind-numbing, tongue-twisting phrases for each of twenty-six different animals from A to Z.  All with wildly imaginative word combinations created to joggle the mind and confound the tongue, this book will provide countless hours of giggling fun for children and parents brave enough to tackle this challenging read.

Written and illustrated by Robert Pizzo, The Amazing Animal Alphabet of Twenty-Six Tongue Twisters offers a brilliant display of whimsical characters and vivid backgrounds, with each page more wildly extravagant than the one before.  This book is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Monday, July 27, 2015

When a Dragon Moves in Again earns the CLC Seal of Approval


When you're a young boy and your mother is expecting a new baby, it's only natural to be less than thrilled at the prospect of sharing your home with a new little person.  But everything is better when you have a pet dragon, even dealing with the annoyance of accepting a new sibling. For instance, it's a given that your dragon will want to play in the baby's new crib.  And when your sister keeps insisting the baby will be a girl, even though you want it to be a boy, your dragon can't be blamed for spilling your sister's juice.  No matter the issue or area of frustration, a dragon can help.  But mostly, when you come to realize that babies aren't so bad after all, your pet dragon will always be there to help you sing your new baby to sleep.

Jodi Moore's When a Dragon Moves in Again is a lusciously imaginative children's picture book laden with fanciful scenarios that will entertain and delight young readers.  Illustrations by Howard McWilliam are the crowning glory of this lovely book which is highly recommended for home and school libraries.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Nickerbacher the dragon loves to make people laugh so much that he aspires to one day become a comedian. Nickerbacher's father, however, expects him to fulfill his duty as a dragon to guard the fair Princess Gwendolyn.  Torn between duty and the desire to follow his dreams, Nickerbacher must make some big decisions.

Nickerbacher the Funniest Dragon, by Terry John Barto, is an enchanting tale about family, friendship, duty and dreams.  Interspersed with funny jokes, as told by Nickerbacher, this book is sure to inspire children to follow their destiny while honoring family.  Expressive and whimsical illustrations by Kim Sponaugle are perfectly paired with this lovely book which will entertain and delight young readers.  

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sheila and the Magnificent Tail, by Jeremy Shapiro, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval



Sheila and the Magnificent Tail, by Jeremy Shapiro, is the story of a Leopard Gecko that is enormously pleased with her colorful and sparkly tail.  She so loves the admiration her tail brings her that she becomes exceedingly jealous whenever anyone else receives any sort of attention.  Her pride becomes her downfall when she suffers an accident in which she loses her tail.  Fearing she has lost the one and only thing that makes her special, Sheila becomes very sad.

Over time Sheila befriends Harriett, another gecko whose tail was also lost.  Sheila and Harriett come to find happiness as they realize the many things for which they can be grateful.  Eventually Sheila learns her tail was not what made her magnificent at all.  Now, rather than being known for her tail, she is known for being kind and considerate.

Sheila and the Magnificent Tail is a heartwarming story that will speak volumes to young children about humility, gratitude and kindness . . . and above all, cherishing the things that really matter. This book is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Pitter and Patter, by Martha Sullivan, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Pitter and Patter are two little raindrops which fall simultaneously from a rain cloud.  Pitter lands on an oak leaf before making his journey to the sea.  Patter finds her way to the soil where she eventually makes her way to an underground stream.  Throughout their travels the two raindrops encounter various creatures along the way.  They greet each one cordially with a friendly hello, or howdy before continuing on towards their final destination.  Eventually Pitter and Patter reunite in the sea where the warm air draws them back up into the sky to begin their journey once again.

Pitter and Patter is an enchanting book for children which provides a lively and uplifting story that is entirely unique and fun to read.  Kids are sure to enjoy this story which clips along at a happy pace, introducing youngsters to various creatures while briefly eluding to the science of rain. Illustrations by Cathy Morrison are a joy to behold in this book which is highly recommended for home and school libraries.  Pitter and Patter has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Spinner, by Michael J Bowler, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Spinner, by Michael J Bowler, is the story of Alex, a young boy who was born with Spina Bifida and is confined to a wheelchair.  In addition to his physical setbacks, Alex also suffers from learning disabilities.  He and a group of friends from his special education class form a tight bond after a series of events occur, starting with the murder of their teacher.  Alex has a special ability to heal and take pain from others.  There are those who would capitalize on Alex's unique talents including the house mother from his foster home who aims to sell him out to the highest bidder.

Bowler has created a tangible cast of characters who nearly leap off the page as they come to life in this highly suspenseful book in which murder abounds.  This book is extremely graphic at times, but the overall theme of good vs. evil makes this a book which is sure to keep readers enthralled clear through to its finale.


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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Literary Classics International Book Awards - Final Award Entry Deadline August 15, 2015


The 2015 Literary Classics Top Honors Book Awards, along with the 2015 Literary Classics International Youth Book Awards, will be presented in Los Angeles on April 2, 2016 in conjunction with the AWP annual conference and bookfair.

All Gold, Silver and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend the awards ceremony and to participate in Literary Classics’ author-in-booth book signings, both of which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Top Honors Award recipients will receive an admission pass to attend the AWP bookfair, meetings, panels, readings, and public receptions (meals, lodging, and travel not included). Top Honors recipients may also be invited to participate in Literary Classics readings as available.

Visit the Literary Classics website for more information.

Literary Classics International Book Award Entry Form

CLC Top Honors Book Award Nomination Form

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Royal Palm, by Mrs. D., earns the CLC Seal of Approval



The royal palm is a beautiful young tree growing up in the shadows of her simple cousins, the short, plain palms.  While she is still little, the royal palm's cousins protect the young tree from the storms that threaten to whisk her into the raging sea.  But as the royal palm sees herself growing and becoming more tall and slender than the other trees on the beach, she begins to think herself too good for them.  She is determined to be alone and dreams of someday leaving everyone and everything behind.  Despite her haughty attitude, the royal palm's cousins remain loving and welcoming towards her.

After a terrible storm uproots her from her home the royal palm soon learns to appreciate her cousins, finally coming to understand that everyone needs someone.

The Royal Palm, by Mrs. D., is beautifully told with powerful imagery which brings this story to life.  Vibrant and expressive illustrations provide an exquisite backdrop for this book which is sure to delight young readers.  The Royal Palm is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Runaway Clothes, by Mrs. D., earns the CLC Seal of Approval


One day young Nika wakes up to discover her closet is bare.  Upon discovery of her empty wardrobe her hangers gleefully announce that Nika's clothes have had enough of her mistreatment and have decided to run away.  It seems Nika has cared for her clothes quite poorly.  But as Nika laments the loss of her favorite clothes she looks around her room at total disarray.  With toys stacked upon one another in chaotic disorder, she is struck with a terrible thought. What if her toys were to decide to leave her as well?  With a little help from her friends Sun and Wind, Nika learns a valuable lesson about treating her things with respect.

Author, Mrs. D., has written a beautiful book full of wonderfully imaginative scenarios and lovely imagery.  Runaway Clothes is sure to strike a chord with young readers, inspiring them to take good care of their belongings.

Runaway Clothes has earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval and is recommended for home and school libraries.


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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Author Book Signings and Awards Presentation at the Vegas Valley Book Festival




If you're in the area, plan on visiting us in Las Vegas on October 17th, 2015.  We will be at the Vegas Valley Book Festival where we will be showcasing our award winning authors and their books.  Join us for book-signings followed by an awards presentation.  We will hold a drawing for many of our award winning books.  So make sure to mark your calendar and stop by.

Be watching for updates with scheduled book signing times.



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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Universe Builders, by Steve LeBel, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Bernie has issues.  His famous dad left home when he was young. To make ends meet, he and his mother are forced to live on the poor side of town in the projects.  He has no real friends to speak of; but he does have one colossal enemy in Billy, a boy determined to make Bernie pay for an incident which happened years earlier.

These may sound like ordinary teenage problems, but Bernie's troubles are on a much larger scale than that of most young people . . . because Bernie is a god.  Fresh out of school, Bernie hopes to become a builder like his father.  But unlike most gods, Bernie must overcome a litany of obstacles which make his lofty goals seem nearly impossible to achieve.  As he works to protect everything dear to him, Bernie learns he is not alone.  With the support of unlikely allies, Bernie finds friendship and acceptance in the most inconceivable places.

Steve LeBel's The Universe Builders, is a rare literary treat with a genuinely likable cast of characters sure to win the hearts of readers.  The Universe Builders is imaginative and unpredictable, whimsical and heartwarming.  This book will appeal to readers of all ages and is highly recommended.


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Monday, June 22, 2015

The Clay Lion, by Amalie Jahn, earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval


Brooke loses her brother to pulmonary fibrosis and attempts to go back in time to save him. Along the way she encounters obstacles she never dreamed she would, including a love that had eluded her in her original timeline. A gripping read that will simultaneously break your heart and warm it, The Clay Lion will transform readers’ perspectives as the main character plays with fire, teetering dangerously on the borders between mind and matter, fate and free will, and loss and life.

Author Amalie Jahn skillfully creates moments of powerful imagery interspersed with moments where the picture is left to the readers’ personal interpretation. The overall message of the book is that everything happens for a reason, and that no matter what, we just have to keep moving forward. It shows that destiny and fate are two different things, that while we control our fate, destiny can’t be avoided.

The Clay Lion is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Mystical Rules for my Magical Daughter, by DJ Corchin, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


As a parent of a very special daughter with the potential for greatness, one would most assuredly provide her with guidance on how best to utilize her talents.  If that daughter possessed magical abilities, the task of lighting her path would be even greater.  Mystical Rules for my Magical Daughter is a book written from the perspective of one such parent passing on generations of wisdom to a child who possesses the power to change the world, one person and one action at a time.  This compilation of proverbs written as to a young girl who lives in a castle and encounters trolls and other mythical creatures, offers insight into living a magical and mystical life to the greatest of one's ability.

Gems of wisdom hidden cleverly within wonderfully imaginative scenarios provide young girls with lessons which will help guide them throughout their life in the most magical of ways.  Fanciful illustrations are utterly delightful and help tie together each wonderfully whimsical page of this book which is sure to be treasured by young girls who are blessed to receive this jewel of a book.

Mystical Rules for my Magical Daughter, by DJ Corchin, is highly recommended and has earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval.






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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wandering Woolly, by Andrea Gabriel, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Wandering Woolly, written and illustrated by Andrea Gabriel, is a children's picture book about a young Woolly Mammoth which becomes separated from its pack. The young Woolly doesn't realize the potential for danger until it's too late.  When she is caught up in the swiftly flowing river, the current takes her further and further from her mother and the safety of the pack. The final outcome of this story is upbeat and heartwarming.

This is a lovely book which incorporates learning about the Woolly Mammoth while teaching an understanding of the importance of staying close to an adult for safety's sake.  Gabriel has skillfully blended fact and fiction in this book which young boys and girls are sure to connect with on many levels.  This book is highly recommended for home and school libraries and for classroom reading.

Wandering Woolly has earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval.



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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Greg's First Adventure in Time


When Greg finds himself transported in time back to 1,000 BC he feels more than a little lost. Greg is an outcast in this foreign time and place; but then he finds a friend who helps him to survive. Hopelf is a Native American who teaches Greg how to hunt and fish and about the cultures of his people.  After Greg saves his friend Hopelf’s life the native people honor him for his bravery. Despite finally achieving a sense of belonging, Greg is still determined to find a way back home.

Young history buffs will revel in this book which offers fun and interesting historical elements wrapped up in an engaging story; and reluctant readers may discover an affinity for the subject of history.  Greg's First Adventure in Time sets the stage for many more books, all of which are likely to spur an interest in the imaginative minds of young readers while fueling an interest in learning about history.

Greg's First Adventure in Time is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

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