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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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Animal Mouths, by Mary Holland, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Every once in a while we come across a book which catches us off guard, captivating us with its content.  Animal Mouths is one such book.  Who knew there were so many interesting factoids about the mouths of animals?  For instance, the Luna moth lives only for a week, and therefore does not need a mouth.  Because snakes can open their mouths wider than their bodies, they are able to eat very large prey.  

Animal Mouths is full of fascinating details and facts and every page is filled with vivid close-up photographs to illustrate the points represented within the book.  This book is excellent as a teaching tool and is highly recommended for classroom and school libraries.  Children who are intrigued by wildlife will love this book which is sure to educate and enthrall young readers.

Animal Mouths has earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Monday, June 8, 2015

Tame Your Manners, by Loretta Neff, earns the CLC Seal of Approval


Tame Your Manners is a picture book written to educate youngsters on the benefits and how-tos of cultivating one's social graces.  Covering everything from table etiquette to thank-you notes, author Loretta Neff approaches the important topic of manners in an entertaining way which will inform and inspire young readers to always put their best foot forward.  With safari animals as their guide, Neff demonstrates corollaries between various animals and the lessons which can be learned from them.  Wonderful illustrations, by Anirban Mitra, a list of core values, and a glossary of terms all help make this book a likely favorite for kids and adults.

Look out Emily Post, there's a new book in town and it's sure to guide young readers as they learn how to be the best version of themselves they can possibly be.  This book is recommended for home and school libraries and has earned the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval.   


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Thursday, June 4, 2015

New book by Nancy Scalabroni earns the CLC Seal of Approval


The children's picture book CougaMongaMingaMan Meets Maggie, by Nancy Scalabroni, is a story of a cat with a a long name to match its very long tail.  

When CougaMongaMingaMan's family brings home a new dog, Maggie, Couga is not too keen on the idea.  Couga, who prior to Maggie's appearance was an only pet, wonders if he will be displaced now that Maggie has arrived on the scene.  When he gets together with his other cat friends he expresses his concerns with them.  Most of Couga's friends agree Maggie could be trouble, but then some of his friends suggest that he should give Maggie a chance. 

Author, Nancy Scalabroni, has written a book to which kids will relate on many levels.  This book has a positive message which will speak to the hearts of youngsters who may be struggling with accepting change. This story, as it correlates to new siblings, provides a strong message of love and acceptance.  CougaMongaMingaMan Meets Maggie would make an excellent gift for youngsters with a baby brother or sister on the way and is recommended for home and school libraries. 


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A Life Redefined, by Tracy Hewitt Meyer, earns the CLC Seal of Approval



When Rowan was just ten years old, she helped care for her little brother one night as her parents were fighting.  The two month old baby boy appeared to be cold, so she covered him with a blanket. The next morning he was found dead. Rowan's family blamed her and despised her for the loss of his life.

A Life Redefined is a dramatic depiction of one girl's story as she struggles through grief, loss and self-doubt.  At times her pain is so great that she turns to cutting as a way to deal with the agony her heart cannot suppress. She works out a plan to escape the family which seems intent on keeping her from ever finding any sort of happiness.

Author Tracy Hewitt Meyer has skillfully crafted a book which will hold great appeal to a young adult audience. Strong character development and heartfelt introspection provide a greater depth to this book which is full of valuable life lessons.  A Life Redefined is highly engaging and full of interesting plot twists which keep readers engrossed from the beginning clear through to the powerful finish.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hope is Here!, by Cristina Kessler, earns the CLC Seal of Approval



Hope is Here! is the fascinating story of a small migratory bird called Hope.  Hope is a Whimbrel, a bird about the size of a duck, which was implanted with a solar antenna for the purpose of scientific research.  It is the research team's intent to learn the migratory patterns of these birds to help protect the eco-system upon which they depend. The story, as told by a teacher to her students, recounts the incredible journey made by Hope each year from Canada all the way to her breeding grounds in the Caribbean.  Over a four year period, Hope provided valuable data which will help ensure that more of her kind will continue to thrive in the many places they call home.

The book includes photographs and colorful illustrations along with a glossary and even suggestions on how to help protect Hope's delicate eco-system.

Hope is Here! is well written and provides a great deal of information to keep young readers engaged.  This book is recommended for classroom reading, and for home and school libraries.

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Collecting feathers, by Daniela Norris, earns the CLC Seal of Approval



The book Collecting Feathers, by Daniela I. Norris, is a collection of eleven short stories about people who have passed over to the “other side”.  But long after they've gone, the deceased still linger within the land of those still living. Each story explores the themes of life, time, and death while offering a glimmer of hope for those left behind living with grief. This book is a great read and flows easily. The author does a terrific job of casting the hook, and reeling the reader in.

In the first story, the main character, “Ollie”, was finally being released from a mental institution after many of years. Ollie was planning on killing himself with sleeping pills which he had been storing up for some time.  But then, as if by fate, he met a kind, old women. He carried her suitcases home, and was invited in for tea. He soon learned that the woman's son and father had killed themselves in the same way that he had planned. He fell asleep on her couch and “met her son” in a dream. Her son asked Ollie to take care of his mother until she passed away, giving Ollie a reason to live.

Another great story in the book is a story called “Clockworks”. It is an inventive story where watches made in Switzerland begin slowing down due to physic experiments going on at a collider at CERN.

The best story in the book was “Repent” It is a great story about a character named Paulo who tries to dig himself out of a proverbial hole which he's dug for himself.

The stories span many time periods and cultures, and the author does an amazing job bringing these stories to life.  It is clear that a lot of research went into achieving these great stories.

Collecting Feathers is highly recommended and has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.


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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Open the Doors to You earns the CLC Seal of Approval



Author Casey Rislov's Open the Doors to You is a book for children which helps them to see the excitement and wonder of what lies on the other side of a door.  The door to home represents comfort and love.  A door to school leads to learning and growing.  Doors are an invitation to exploring and discovery, friendships and activities. Kids will delight in this expressive book with its lovely illustrations and imaginative perspective on all the many ways doors can create opportunities.

This book is recommended for home and school libraries.

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