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September Featured Title: Lead Like a Pro

This month’s featured title is Lead Like a Pro: Effective Leadership Styles for Athletic Coaches by Dr. Matthew Raidbard!

Drawing on over a decade spent as a college basketball coach and original research conducted on what leadership styles and behaviors help athletic coaches be successful, Lead Like a Pro provides the resources for coaches to transform leadership practice and reach their full potential. This book is for all leaders who want to gain insight into different leadership techniques and develop a strong leadership style that fits their personal values and beliefs.

We chatted with Matthew about what leadership training looks like, what professionals in other fields can take away from this book, and more.



How did your experience as a college basketball coach inspire you to write a book about leadership?

When I was a young college basketball coach, I spent a lot of time watching other more experienced and successful coaches. I would always try to model my leadership behaviors after what I saw them doing, which led to very mixed and inconsistent results. For a long time, I struggled with the feeling that I wasn’t being authentic and that I didn’t actually know what my leadership style was.

Later in my coaching career, I enrolled in the Educational Leadership Doctoral program at Chicago State (where I was working as a coach at the time), and over the course of my time in that program gained foundational leadership knowledge and the tools to practice the leadership behaviors that aligned best with my personal values and beliefs, not someone else’s. My leadership journey and Doctoral research led me to realize that coaches, at all levels of sports, were not receiving the necessary leadership education and training. This realization, as well as my own leadership experiences as a coach, were the inspiration for my book. I wanted to provide athletic coaches with the leadership tools they need to be effective and successful coaches for their athletes and team.



What do you think are some of the essential tools and resources that coaches must have to be successful leaders? What does this leadership training look like?

Coaches need to have a strong foundation in leadership knowledge in order to determine the best leadership style and behaviors for them to practice. They also need to understand the importance of making intentional leadership choices so that the leadership style and behaviors they choose to practice align with their personal values and beliefs. Lastly, coaches need to learn how to practice the leadership style and behaviors they believe are right for them. I structured my book in this way so that I first provided coaches with foundational leadership knowledge, and then used examples from my experiences to show coaches the positive and negative effects their leadership choices can have on their athletes and team.



What can other readers who are not coaches take away from your book? How are the leadership techniques you offer in Lead Like A Pro applicable to them?

I am a strong believer in the gathering of information and different perspectives. I am always reading books and articles or attending webinars on leadership topics unrelated to sports. There is so much that coaches can learn about leadership practice from people who work in other professions, like teaching, business, retail, etc.

Likewise, I believe that there is that same opportunity for people who are not athletic coaches to learn about leadership from my book and see a different perspective. I hope they discover an approach to leadership that they would not normally have the opportunity to have known if they solely read books on leadership related to their specific profession.



How do you think the recent NCAA name, image and likeness policy will affect how coaches approach their team? Will this change the attitude and leadership behind sports?

I think the new name, image, and likeness policy will lead to more emphasis on the individual athlete and potentially take away from the team concept. With certain members of the team receiving endorsements while others are not, this could lead to rifts or other types of negative feelings within the team. I definitely think coaches will have to look for ways to adjust their leadership practice by emphasizing a team-first mentality through servant leadership, or by promoting direct and open dialogue so that issues don’t fester under the surface and erode the team culture. Additionally, I think that charisma, a key aspect of transformational leadership, will also be key for coaches because it will help them develop strong individual relationships with their athletes. This will be something that the coaches can call upon later when they feel like any one individual might be rising above the rest of the team.



What do you hope this book will accomplish for coaches and leaders, in sports and in other fields?

My hope is that after reading this book readers will be firmly committed to the idea that they are a leader, and that every decision, big or small, that they make for their team or organization is an act of leadership. I also hope that readers will be inspired by the book to be more intentional about their leadership choices and continue to look for ways to learn about leadership practice and improve themselves as a leader.

My last, and greatest, hope is that readers will see that there is no such thing as a perfect leader and that there is no perfect leadership style that will guarantee success. I want readers to know that if they are constantly working to practice the leadership style and behaviors that align with their personal values and beliefs, then they are a successful leader who is doing everything they can to best lead their team or organization.

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September Book Releases

It’s back to school time, and our September release day! Have your child head back to the classroom with a children’s book on brilliant scientists or a young adult novel about moving away from home. And for yourself, check out some of our adult titles on coaching leadership and the music industry!


Children’s Books


Ava and Abel Learn They Are Able



By Jami Colgrave Harland

Ava and Abel search for their special talents on their way home from school. Along the way, they meet children who already know their special abilities—some of which Ava and Abel may not have expected. Join Ava and Abel as they learn that what makes us different makes us special. What’s your special talent?

This book is meant to be a tool for beginning the conversation with children that, regardless of our differences, everyone can still have a great and special talent.




Ava’s Arch: Cooking Capers and Creations



By Ava Ventrella

Join Ava in the kitchen to make family cooking fun! She is assisted by her companions, Luca Bear and Sergeant Captain Burt. Social cues and some tasks are not easy for Luca Bear, and he relies on Ava to help navigate sticky situations. With her lead and his trusted friend, Burt, Luca Bear finds confidence and reassurance in helping out his sister in the kitchen. Family favorites, lots of tasting, and a few messy situations make for enjoyable and lighthearted cooking adventures.

Ava Ventrella created the Ava’s Arch initiative for kids like her who have a sibling with special needs. She is passionate about helping to improve mental health services that support siblings and further enrich family connections. Kids working together with a common understanding can sometimes be more powerful than talking to adults or family members. Everybody needs a voice, some help, and a safe place to land. Ava’s Arch helps communities and contributes to a wide range of organizations that improve mental well-being for kids.




Bear’s Braid



By Joelle Bearstail

Bear and his friend Ben feel like they are living two lives: one, where native traditions—like long hair—are a crucial part of their identities, and the other, where indigenous expressions are mocked and treated with ignorance. When the boys encounter bullying because of the braids they wear, these two worlds collide.

Seeking guidance from his beloved grandma, Bear confides his doubts and questions himself and his heritage. Bear’s grandma knows about the strength it takes to overcome hardships, and with her help, Bear and Ben develop a plan to strengthen their connection to their roots while also bridging the gap between their schoolmates and their families.

Seamlessly blending discussions of modern indigeneity and universal experiences of bullying and resilience, Bear’s Braid is an essential and of-the-moment book that belongs on every bookshelf, and fits in easily with the classics of social justice children’s literature.




Better than Best be Respectful



By
Jim Waite

Respect is something that we all should show
to all we meet, wherever we go—
to the elderly, vets, and others, too—
for showing respect will reflect back on you.
So, respect your parents and what you’re asked to do;
respect places and things, both old and new.
A respectful person is something important to be.
Respect one another, and their respect you’ll see.




Bravo Anjali!



By
Sailaja Joshi

For Anjali, playing the tabla is something that comes naturally. She loves the feel of the drum beneath her fingers and getting lost in the music. But when a boy in her class gives her a hard time for being better than him, she messes up on purpose.

When her teacher announces a contest where the winner will get to perform with him at his next concert, Anjali is distraught. Winning the contest would be a dream for Anjali. But it seems like the better she gets, the meaner some of the kids are. In this follow up to Always Anjali, Anjali realizes that she should never let anyone make her feel bad for being good at something.

An important story for all children to remember to ‘never dim their light.’




Buster and the Brain Bully



By
Christina Pellegrino

My name is Buster, and I’ve got a Brain Bully.
It affects my mood, and I don’t understand it fully—
like during a storm, when I get so very scared,
or—during a test—when I feel unprepared.

Read along with me as I discover how to cope,
by helping others realize that there is hope.
We all have bad days, but together we face our fears.
Brain Bullies, be gone! You’re not welcome here.




Curious Minds & Great Voyages in Science



By
Sameet Sreenivasan

These are the tales of a brilliant bunch
who endeavored to describe:
chimp societies, the pull of gravity,
x-rays, the moon, and the mind.

They show us that the discoverer’s path
is seldom easy or clear,
but nature spills her secrets
when you gently persevere.

So for all you inquisitive minds at work
with a scientific inclination,
the spunky heroes tucked within
offer loads of inspiration!




Five Mile Charlie: A Special Pony for Carly



By Kimberly Adams

Wishes don’t always come true the way we expect them to—but they can be brought to life in a very different way!

Carly lives on Five Mile Farm in Oklahoma. She has many pets, but has always dreamed of having a pony. The magical bees in the valley know about Carly’s wish. Will Queen Bee Nora and her best friend, Journey, find a pony for Carly?




Grief Came to Visit Today



By Sydney Ford

A mysterious guest shows up after the loss of a family member. This guest calls himself Grief, and he brings a lot of unexpected emotions with him. Read along to see how each emotion brings something new, and how becoming more familiar with Grief can help one heal.




Hurts Like a Jewish Mother: A Cautionary Aleph-Bet



By Ruby Rosen and Rosie Rubin

“I laughed aloud at Rosen and Rubin’s hilarious take on maintaining traditions in a modern world. Ultimately, a joyous and uplifting celebration with beautiful illustrations to behold—Mazel Tov!”

— Rose HaShana, author of Jewish Jews and the Jews who Love Them

“A perfect gift to celebrate every Jewish milestone. No Jewish home should be without one!”

— Chava Negila, author of Jewish Humor for Humorous Jews

“I saw myself on every page!” — Hannah Kah, winner of the 2019 National Latke Award




I Am Loved: The Gift



By Hope Murphy

Could you give up the one thing you’ve always wanted? Matthew has read the Bible story of Jesus’s birth, death, and resurrection, but he’s about to discover the true meaning of Christmas for himself. Join Matthew as he experiences God’s love and faithfulness firsthand through simple interactions and friendships with others. By viewing compassion and sacrifice through the eyes of a child, Christmas will never be the same again.




Like Me: Leaders



By Quinn Woodard

It’s career day again, and Zoey has always been told she’s a leader in the classroom, but she’s unsure of what type of leader she can be when she grows up. As Zoey says, “It’s difficult to see what I can be when no one looks like me.” With the help of a friend, Zoey learns about all the leaders who are right here in her community! She also learns about a few pioneers who came before her. Like Me: Leaders, the second book in the Like Me series, lets children know that they’re often surrounded by leaders who make daily impacts in their lives!



Not Like Other Bears



By Shelby Huff

What difference can one bear make? Not Like Other Bears follows one real-life grizzly bear named “399” throughout her life. Because the main highway that connects Grand Teton with Yellowstone cuts through her home range, 399 possesses a tolerance for crowds that other grizzlies do not have. This makes sightings unusually reliable for the park’s annual five million visitors—so much so, that she is the most photographed bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Due to her location and longevity, 399 has been a household name in Wyoming for more than two decades. At least twenty-two bears are descended from her, including the four cubs she birthed in 2020 at the mature age of twenty-four.

Not Like Other Bears allows children to gain insight into 399’s incredible tale, providing a rare glimpse into the extraordinary world and significant impact of one grizzly bear and her cubs through a heartwarming journey that will delight and captivate readers of all ages.




The Living Christmas Tree



By
Kristin Sponaugle

During the day, the Miller family’s Christmas tree stands tall in their living room, sparkling with lights and ornaments. Little does the family know that their Christmas tree is anything but ordinary. Each evening, the magic of Christmas brings their tree to life—much to the delight of Hannah and William Miller. Follow along as Hannah and William experience the magic of Christmas in a whole new way.




The Tree House Detectives and the Missing Crown of Thorns



By Kristy Andrews

The Tree House Detectives are on a mission to save the Easter play! Join Kristina, Kaity, and Lizel as they search for clues to find out what happened to the crown of thorns. Experience the mystery along with them as they question possible suspects. Would someone really steal something from the church? Will they find the crown in time for the Easter play? Come with them on their adventure as they try to solve their very first case: The Tree House Detectives and the Missing Crown of Thorns.




Where is Winston?



By Dr. Olivia J. Hodges

Winston is a lovable little boy who is popular and is often invited to visit with friends, attend birthday parties, and play games in his diverse neighborhood. That is, until one day, when one of his best friends bullies him and makes Winston cry. Who will Winston turn to during this time? Can Winston and his friend-turned-bully repair their friendship?

 


Nonfiction


Deserve’s Got Nothing to Do with It: Five Elements That Will Help You Survive Your Emotional Journey to Success



By Charlie Midnight

Deserve’s Got Nothing To Do With It takes you on a journey from Charlie Midnight’s no-nonsense childhood in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, with a mother his friends called Bella the Barracuda, through his successful music career, working with and for celebrated artists including James Brown, Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell, Joe Cocker, Cher, Billy Joel, Hilary Duff, Jamey Johnson, Idina Menzel, and Christina Aguilera. Charlie writes about being in the studio with James Brown recording the song “Living in America,” and thinking, If only the guys in the old neighborhood could see me now, I would finally be cool. He shares his wonder at how Joni Mitchell serendipitously covered his song, “How Do You Stop” (a duet with Seal), and how after an unsuccessful album on Columbia Records, his career was salvaged and kick-started by the brilliant artist and record producer, Dan Hartman. Deserve’s Got Nothing To Do With It follows Charlie’s circuitous odyssey filled with dead ends, reboots, and perseverance, and shares the Collaboration, Relationships, Ambition, Passion, and Persistence (CRAPP) that helped him survive until he found himself at the door of success.




Lead Like a Pro: Effective Leadership Styles for Athletic Coaches



By Dr. Matthew Raidbard

Athletic coaches are asked to wear more and more hats with each passing season, and in many cases, they are not receiving the support or training necessary to help them succeed in their ever-expanding roles. Drawing on over a decade spent as a college basketball coach and original research conducted on what leadership styles and behaviors help athletic coaches be successful, Lead Like a Pro provides coaches with the resources to transform their leadership practice and reach their full potential.

Whether you are a volunteer coaching your child’s team, a part-time high school coach who’s also a teacher, or a full-time college or professional coach, this book will teach you new ways to enhance your leadership style and become a better coach for your athletes and team. All coaches should be constantly working on improving their leadership abilities, but not all coaches have the time or opportunity to attend leadership conferences, training sessions, or classes. Lead Like a Pro provides insight into different leadership techniques, and teaches coaches how to evaluate their current practices so they can develop a strong leadership style that fits their personal values and beliefs.




Young Adult Fiction


State of Grace



By Sydney Walters

Growing up in Centralia wasn’t easy for Grace, who was just four years old at the time of the coal mine eruption that nearly destroyed her hometown and took her father with it. Her days were clouded with ash and despair until her mother, Rita, fell for the warm and heroic Bill. Together, Bill and Rita had a child of their own, a boy named Sam, who quickly became the light in Grace’s eyes. The pair grew up together in a world of uncertainty, until fate decided it had other plans: Sam slipped into one of the many sinkholes in the crumbled town, which led to the still-burning hellfire below him.

As tragedy envelops her family and her sanity again, Grace fights to make it out into the real world outside of Centralia. But where will she go, and what will she do? With a college scholarship, the help of her new friends, and the opportunities of academia, Grace struggles forward, trying to find a balance between letting go of the past and honoring where she came from.

 

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5 Ideas to Sell Your Books Fast

You’re ready to sell all your books in our warehouse as fast as possible, but you’re in a marketing rut. It happens to all of us, especially when it’s been a few years since the book’s release. But don’t fret because we laid out five marketing strategies to get you back on track! 

Read more below on relaunching your book, getting your audience excited, and selling the last of your copies in no time.


A Sale!

What better way to grab someone’s attention than a sale? Through your Mascot marketing contact, you can set up a promotional discount on your Mascot listing for whatever percentage and time frame you’d like (we usually recommend anywhere between 10 and 25%)! This can be something you activate for a particular holiday or for a reason related to your book (ex. if your book is about rescue dogs, you can start a sale for National Rescue Dog Day). It could be something as simple as starting a sale for the start of fall. Either way, everyone loves a good sale. Build some excitement on your social media platforms and in your community, and get consumers ready to type in the promo code when the sale has begun! 


Amazon Ad Campaign

Purchase an ad that we’ll run for you! The Amazon-sponsored product advertising campaign is an effective digital marketing tool to generate Amazon sales and drive traffic to your listing. A Mascot marketing person would list keywords on the backend of Amazon that relates to your book’s content and themes. We try to think of the phrases that consumers are typing into the search bar. For example, if your book teaches children to accept everyone’s differences, we’ll add keywords and phrases like “children’s books promoting acceptance” or “picture books with diversity.” Once it’s activated, the ad will bid with other ads to appear on a consumer’s screen!



Media Spotlight

Try re-launching your book in the news, even if it’s been a few years! Tying your book in with hot topics in the media can be a successful game plan to getting your book out there again. Compile a list of local media outlets, or outlets that fit your book’s audience, and reach out to them with a persuasive pitch. One of our authors has been a big hit in the news. In the last year, as much of the national conversation has been swirling around children getting the COVID-19 vaccine, Mascot Author Kat Picarde has appeared on major outlets telling parents how her book The Little Ouch can help children overcome the fear of shots.

If you can find anything in your book that can connect to current events, go for it! It can be as easy as telling outlets how your book is perfect for back-to-school. 



Pitch, again!

Pitch your book again to schools, organizations, reviewers, and bookstores. Sometimes it’s about emailing the right person at the right time, and completing another round of pitching can increase your odds of a response. Like with media outlets, find a way to make your book relevant again. Why is it especially important for children or your target audience? Why is it a must-read today? Why should a bookstore shelf it? Give it another shot, and see what happens. Approach these locations directly if needed!



Wear Your Book

Don’t just sell your book; BE your book! Think about ordering t-shirts, hats, canvas bags, pins, stickers, or any kind of gear that you can wear when you’re out and about. We can even design bookmarks and postcards for you to always have on hand. People WILL stop and ask questions! This is a fun word-of-mouth marketing technique to meet new people, talk about your book, and get some sales.


And although we’ve hit five ideas already, there’s one more thing you should always make sure to do: keep up with your social media channels. Stay on the minds of your readers by posting consistently and engaging with your followers. 

If you have any tips or questions for us, ask and tell us on social media by tagging @Mascotbooks on:

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August Book Releases

Another Tuesday, another Release Day! Interested in mastering the early stages of parenting or reading about one woman’s journey emigrating to the US from Israel? What about a picture book helping children with OCD? We have it all! Jump into our new August reads below. 


Children’s Books


A Duck from Oregon Tries to Fly!



By The Duck

Sometimes ducks fly. Sometimes ducks don’t. This Duck from Oregon recounts the thrilling tale of the day he attempted to take to the skies. A story of triumph in the face of adversity, this tale is inspiring to all ages.




Amoya’s Accent



By Dahlia Richards

Moving to a new country can be hard, and Amoya is finding that out firsthand! Not only is the cold in Chicago chilling her to the bone, but her new classmates are also making fun of the way she talks. Amoya stands up for herself, but will that be enough to fix the situation? Amoya’s Accent takes a look at why people sound different from each other and explores the power of a sharing circle.




Celebrate Diversity



By Dawn Marie Thompson

The people in our schools, churches, and neighborhoods may not be similar to us.

We all may have different colored hair, different colored eyes, and a different colored skin. We may like a variety of music, sports, or games. Our families may be from different countries, but we can learn from one another, all while celebrating our differences and showing kindness to one another.




Delilah…And The Right Hat to Wear



By Louie DeLima

Delilah is a free spirit and an amazing artist.

The Blue Hat Ladies just know Delilah would be a perfect fit for their club, but when she shows up to their meetings, they are all completely shocked and surprised!

In one Hat Lady meeting after another, Delilah shows how you can be part of a group and still be your true and authentic self.




Granny’s on the Run!



By Sarah Saunders

Granny’s on the Run! is the first book in the Look Who’s on the Run! series. While her grandchildren are fast asleep, lively Granny is off and running to conquer the most unique (and entertaining!) to-do list this side of town! Follow along with your own active grandmother as Granny feeds the ducks, fixes cuckoo clocks, and tackles her long list of chores.




Keeping Christmas Magic



By Anna and Gunnar Counselman

Shhhh, don’t tell! This is the secret, true story of Santa Claus.




Las Aventuras de Veggieman Libro 1: Lucha de Alimentos



By Karla Farach

Al entrar en una nueva escuela, Niko no se imagina que se encontrará al centro de una batalla épica entre las fuerzas del bien y del mal. El bien de los alimentos buenos y nutritivos y el mal de la comida chatarra.

Todo es un caos hasta que Niko consigue ayuda de Veggieman, un superhéroe fabuloso. Con su fantástico ejército de frutas y vegetales, ayuda a salvar la escuela y a la totalidad de sus estudiantes. Pero su logro más importante es mostrarles que cada quien tiene su propio superpoder—uno que todas las personas tenemos y podemos usar.




Let’s Go Birding! A Family-Friendly Guide to Forty-Six Birds



By Leslie Bains

There are 1,271 species of birds in the United States. The bald eagle is only found in the United States and is our national bird. It would be impossible to discuss all of them here, so I have divided this book into four sections— the Backyard, the Shore, the Pond, and the Woodland birds—to highlight some of the most common. Herein, learn about their environment, their habits, and enjoy a beautiful illustration of each of the forty-six birds to help you identify them. I also included two short stories that Ozzie the Osprey and Harry the Hawk told me.




Lettuce



By Gail Boe

Let us love US! Lettuce is an optimistic little head of lettuce who is trying to share his message with the world: Let us love US! We all have our own interests that make us unique, and that is what makes life exciting! Lettuce cheers on his friends for being themselves, and in the process, wears himself thin. Follow along as everyone comes together to support Lettuce, reminding us all to truly love us!




Life…According to Z



By mothasistah

What happens when your daughter introduces herself to you as your son? And he’s only seven years old? You scream. You cry. You blame. You wonder why. And then you realize—it ain’t about you. Life . . . According to Z is a “truth-tell” series revealing the painfully honest path of a maturing boy—in the wrong body— who fights a personal battle against an often non-accepting public. The first in the series, this book explores Z’s early life leading up to his coming out as transgender. Z is not just a transgender male. He is also a child who has the same hope ALL children do: to be accepted.




Listen Up, Buttercup!



By Kiera Ezell

Ebba the bear loves being out in the forest. She adores her silly friend, Daisy, who calls her Buttercup. The two enjoy many adventures together, but Ebba must be extra careful because Ranger Granger is out to capture her. This ranger is determined to have Ebba in his new zoo.

Come along on this adventure as Ebba works hard to show Ranger Granger that a gentle bear deserves to be out roaming the woods with the other animals because that is where she belongs.




Llamaste



By Keri Powers

Will there be sharks at the beach? What might happen tomorrow? What if it’s dark there?! Liam Llama has lots of worries—big and small—that send his head into a spin and bring knots to his stomach! Find out how Liam Llama’s mom helps him calm those worries. Follow along as he finds new, more helpful ways of thinking so he can feel calm and confident to face the day.




My First Boy Teacher



By Jacob Pinotkowski

After finishing an exciting year in Mrs. Taylor’s class, Charlie was enjoying her summer vacation. Or at least she was until the new school year started to arrive. What was the next year going to bring, or should we say, who?




My Little Monster: A Story About OCD



By Marin Canaday

A bossy little monster fights for control—will it win?

As the monster gains attention, it grows bigger, and bigger, and bigger still. But with the help of a doctor’s encouraging words, a young girl is empowered to face her OCD monster head on, which makes all the

difference in bringing it back down to size.

My Little Monster is a helpful tool for readers of all ages who are struggling with their own little OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) monster, or know someone who is.




Sophie Goes to Basketball Camp



By Sarah Fischer Pointer

Now that her first season of wheelchair basketball is over, Sophie’s ready for summer! She’s a little nervous as she heads to basketball camp for the first time, but seeing her teammates and getting to play basketball again makes her feel much better. Sophie works hard at camp to learn about new styles of defense and even gets a specialized basketball wheelchair to help her go faster. This will be Sophie’s best summer yet!

You can do anything you put your mind to!




Sparkle Our World



By Lori Glenn

Looking for ways to help your child develop good character? Meet Sparkle and Spike! Sparkle helps your child learn about treating others with kindness and respect, while Spike punches, kicks, and loses his friends quick!

In this lyrical story, Sparkle teaches children about sharing, helping others, using good manners, being a great friend, and sharing God’s love. By seeing how Sparkle and Spike interact with others, kids can learn how to navigate life situations in a positive way.

At the end of the book, you and your child will also be able to brainstorm ways to spread your sparkles at home, in the classroom, and throughout your community. A Sparkle and Spike curriculum is also being developed for teachers to use in the classroom to assist with character instruction. Your child will be ready to “sparkle our world” with kindness and love after meeting Sparkle and Spike!




Sparky’s Electrifying Tale



By Janelle London and Matthew Metz

Tina and Rory would like to go green,
but it’s hard when their family car burns gasoline.
Their new hamster Sparky’s a little bizarre.
Just wait ’til you see what he does with the car!

What can two children and a hamster do about climate change and air pollution? Tina and Rory follow gasoline’s trail from the age of the dinosaurs to the family car and beyond, their journey illuminated by the vivid imagination of their new pet hamster, Sparky. Just when Rory has had it with gasoline, Sparky magically finds a solution.




The Triumphant Tails of Rescue Dogs: Punk’s Plight



By Hope A. Walter

This is not just another book about a dog! Meet Punk, an eight-year-old petite English Bulldog. Her life appears great right now, but it wasn’t always that way. Join Punk as she recounts her story of neglect, her rescue and recovery, and her journey of learning to trust and heal again. Punk’s Plight is meant to help educators, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and allies of children teach children about the difficult topic of neglect. Punk teaches that neglect may change you forever, but it does not have to stop you from living your best life.




Too Much for Chumsley



By Nicole Cortright

Chumsley’s motto seems to be, “Go big, or go home.” This little dinosaur always takes things too far, and it completely ruins his fun. Will Chumsley ever find out that you can have too much of a good thing? This tale of moderation illustrates the need to show restraint, even with our favorite things.




UCF Knight in Training



By Jana Piragic

A child sets out on a quest to become a UCF Knight. While pursuing his dream, he gains the confidence and strength of a Knight. On his journey, he will explore the UCF campus high and low, with his proud parents encouraging him along the way to never give up.




You Are You



By Cassidy Burke

Pennelope the giraffe usually loves going to school and playing at recess. But when her classmates make fun of her laugh one day, she cannot stop thinking about their mean words. It will take the kindness of a friend to show her how special she truly is and that it does not matter what others say, as long as she knows she is not alone.

Tackling complex issues in an ethically confused world, You Are You provides adults the platform and tools they need to ask kids tough questions about mental health. The more we talk about suicide, the less power it has.




Fiction


The Dino Diaries



By Rhett Dawn

A bachelor’s life is often envied by men and disdained by women, but sometimes things are not always as they seem. “Dino” grew up in foster homes, which took its toll on his ability to love, and his ability to trust. This is quite simply the graphic story of his many affairs, from his first coming-of-age through his fiftieth birthday. We follow Dino through the many stages of his journey towards love, and the interesting times he had along the way, including sex, lust, desire, heartache, hoy, and even fear. The brutal honesty of emotions will bring the reader into the story, and into the inner workings of a complicated man, as he discovers the double-edged sword that is the magic of love.




Nonfiction


Sand and Steel: A Memoir of Longing and Finding Home



By Dorit Sasson

What’s it like to be lost between two worlds, only to find a home in neither? In this new memoir, Israeli-American author Dorit Sasson draws on the narrative she began in her award-winning debut Accidental Soldier: A Memoir of Service and Sacrifice in the Israel Defense Forces, detailing her journey to understanding what it means to exist between two different worlds.

When Sasson, a native New Yorker, returns to her kibbutz in Israel following the second Israeli-Lebanese war, she is confronted with the shocking reality of a country altered by an economic depression and social change. Faced with an uncertain economic future, Sasson convinces her husband to leave the country and kibbutz that have turned their backs on them and emigrate to the United States in search of a brighter future. In order to welcome the American dream of professional freedom that awaits her, she must leave the land she loved and fought for as an Israel Defense Forces soldier. But when she arrives, she finds herself more torn between two worlds than ever, changed by her time away from the United States and out of place in a country that is not all she remembered it to be. 




Weekend Conversations: Real Talk by a Real Dad



By Danny Mazzeo

“Parenting is easy!” said no parent ever. But what do parents say? Weekend Conversations reveals the untold and unfiltered truths of early stage parenting with tips, tricks, and a memoir of a new dad’s chaotic journey.




Why Not Me?



By Todd M. Simmons

WHY NOT ME? IS THE STORY OF TODD SIMMONS.

Growing up, he faced a number of challenges related to race, education, economics, and even family dynamics. Todd narrowly escaped the pitfalls of a life that swallowed up many others in similar circumstances.

But one day, Todd bumped into a military recruiter who changed his life. He graduated high school and joined the United States Air Force, where his life began filling with new opportunities. He continued to face professional and personal challenges as he moved through the ranks. Racism from fellow airmen, a terrorist incident, and petty competition worked against him from the outside. Depression and the emotional fallout from a troubled upbringing worked against him from within.

Through it all, he persevered and did everything he could to improve himself. He embraced the importance of education and mental health, which have become cornerstones of the message he wants to share with others—one of hope, perseverance, and self-empowerment. There were people along the way who opened doors and inspired him, and he has remained dedicated to paying that help forward to others who might need it now. Why Not Me? is an autobiographical account infused with reflection, one that will inspire you to overcome your challenges and be the best possible version of yourself.

 

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July Book Releases


It’s an exciting day because we have 19 new releases! From children’s books about circus animals on the loose to a collection of devotional and spiritual quotes, we have some exciting summer reads just for you. Fill your shelves with some of our new books below.



Children’s Books


A Crooked Crown Day



By Brandie Hollingsworth

A Crooked Crown Day is about an African-American girl who is just having a bad day. She is teased at school, forgets her homework, and is laughed at by the kids at school. By the time she arrives home, her invisible crown, representing her inner strength, is about to fall to the ground! Fortunately, her grandmother is there to fix her crown with her hands and wise words.




A Special Glow



By Jessica Crews

Just like in public schooling, ant colonies have one leader, and anything he or she says is what goes! But is what they say ALWAYS right? Read along to find out what makes one ant stand out in the bunch to help all other ants!




Amal the Thirsty Gamal: A Christmas Tale



By Robert Schorr

Amal the Thirsty Gamal is for every child who might be struggling with how he or she is perceived by others. (Oh yes, camels care about that, too!) Our little hero has spent too many years listening to all the wrong voices and thinking all the wrong things: about his hump, about his appearance, about himself. But—oh!—get ready! Because “wise men” have joined this particular caravan journey, and when one of them speaks up around the campfire one night, everything changes for little Amal the Gamal!




Austin’s Allergies Goes to a Birthday Party



By Erin Mandras

Birthday parties are the absolute best.
With food allergies, Austin is different from the rest.

He discusses details about food allergy safety.
And what friends can do to help him navigate bravely.

Austin even offers ideas for a party favor.
Nonfood items definitely keep him safer.

Finally, by following his rules, he won’t miss the fun.
Food allergies won’t stop him from being with everyone.




Cedar Creek Critters: From A to Z



By Jonathan and Joshua Masterson

Explore Cedar Creek from A to Z.
(You can also find Qs, Us, and Ps.)
The alphabet is all around town.
Look around—let’s see what can be found!




Emerson’s Exquisite Eyes



By Nikki Hennek

Emerson’s exquisite eyes are no secret; they’re what make her unique! Although she grew up learning how to do things slightly different than her friends, they all admire and like her for who she is. Emerson’s happiness and bravery shows how children of all abilities are superstars! Color along with Emerson as she experiences the world around her.




How to Not Be Attacked by a Bear



By Brian Griggs

Hey Bear!
Hey Bear!
I know you’re there.
Somewhere…




Jake’s Mom and the Runaway Circus Train



By T.P. Brennan

One day while working for the railroad, Brakeman Jake accidentally allows the animal section of a circus train to be set loose through a railroad train yard. Soon, the circus animals are on a collision course with the fastest freight train on the railroad, the Cannonball Express, which is traveling at full speed down the main track. Will someone be able to stop the circus animals in time and save the day?




Laundry the Giant



By Amanda Des Roches

Once upon a time in a house just like yours, there lived a gentle giant—Laundry the Giant. And three lucky children are about to discover just how magical Laundry can be…




The Adventures of Quintarus: Introducing My Big Biracial Family



By Dr. Tracy Williams

Being different
Is not always easy,
But our friend Quintarus
Shows how much fun it can be.

Quintarus explores
Special animals too
That are both black and white
Just like him and you!

Follow along
And you will soon see
What life is like
In his biracial family!




The Dream Tree



By Bridged Atkins

Meet Patrick and Chauncey, a curious boy and his floppy-haired best friend. While on a walk on a sunny summer day, they stumble upon a treasure that teaches them how to plant a dream and watch is grow. Join Patrick and Chauncey on his Aunt Kathleen’s farm in Montana for a moving adventure through life’s many seasons.




The Red Fence



By Ed Damiano

In the uniform town of Vanderloo,
Everyone, everywhere has the same view.
What happens when Astred, tiny Todd, and Ned
Decide to paint their white fence red?




The Show and Tell That Changed the World



By Kayla Webb

Instead of wishing away your beauty, why not embrace it? Catch a glimpse inside the lives of a group of diverse young ladies who share what makes them beautifully different. From a small girl who dreams of going to the moon to an amputee who loves to paint, this book will inspire you to find and embrace what makes you beautifully different. Why fit in when we were born to stand out?




The Story of Leaf



By Laura Packer

THE STORY OF LEAF is a thoughtful short story designed to help individuals of all ages understand the true power and freedom that accompanies a lifetime of inevitable changes. It opens a dialogue for thinking differently and welcomes the wisdom of nature to guide us through transitional events.

The story begins as Leaf finds comfort and safety high in his tree on the sunny, or yang, side of the mountain. But as the forest honors its seasonal shifts, Leaf is confronted with an uninvited journey and an important decision that literally transforms him forever.

Incorporating Taoist philosophy of yin and yang, Five Element theory, and Mountain Meditation, The Story of Leaf gently explores the larger meaning of one’s existence and the ability to find harmony and peace within life’s endings and beginnings . . . as is the way.




Will You Still Love Me?



By Bendu Jackson

Would I get to pick if it’s a boy or a girl? Will I have to share my toys? What about my time with Mommy?

Peppering his mother with questions, the hero of Will You Still Love Me? faces a challenge familiar to many children: the arrival of a new baby. By describing the normal feelings of jealousy and anxiety that come with welcoming a baby brother or sister, Bendu Jackson invites young readers to explore their emotions and process change when a new sibling joins the family.




With the Right to Fight: Planting Peace



By Anika Christopher

Wangari Muri Maathai is the winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize and founder of the Green Belt Movement.

In Kenya, there are trees standing tall, rivers running races, and village gardens growing. Seeing this with eyes eager to explore, little Wangari’s love for the earth grows as deep and as wide as the skies above her. But in a community where women are supposed to stay at home, her love is squeezed into the smaller space of her heart.

What no one knows is that the love that was forced by society to be small is actually a tiny seed that, with the right rain and sunlight, would sprout into millions and millions of trees.



Nonfiction


IT Auditing Defined



By Ibrahim Yussuf & Matthew Robinett

IT Auditing Defined will allow readers to grasp the key concepts of Information Technology Auditing and its many facets. It aims to deliver significant experience to an individual who is interested in learning more about the “Execution” of performing IT Audits within the federal space and preparing a Federal Agency for an external audit. It walks through the basics of Planning and Scoping, Test of Design, Test of Effectiveness, Workpaper documentation, NFR preparation, and communication with upper management in order to remediate control gaps.



Prayers and Po-Boys: A Cancer Survivor’s Journey through Chemotherapy and Beyond



By Larry Singleton

Prayers and Po-Boys is the author’s account of his own journey with cancer, taking readers from the earth-shattering diagnosis, to the ups and downs of chemotherapy, and ultimately to Singleton’s miraculous recovery. He details not only the physical pain he dealt with, but the mental and spiritual toll both cancer and chemotherapy took on his life.

Readers will find themselves inspired by Singleton’s courage in the face of everything cancer had to throw at him, including the extreme side effects that accompany chemotherapy. Prayers and Po-Boys will both touch and uplift audiences as they experience firsthand the trials Singleton experienced as both a cancer patient, and survivor.



What’s On Your Mind?: A Collection of Quotes for Meditation and Reflection



By Kimberly Headley

What’s On Your Mind is a wonderful devotional to add to your spiritual formation. The vicissitudes of life compel us to search our inner selves, find creative ways to tap into the Most High, and access the power that guides us into a journey of contemplation.

Take the time to engage your thought life in a healthy discourse with the Divine and with self. God has connected each of us to God’s presence and has invited us into a world of experiencing a divine level of revelation, wisdom, and insight. Never be afraid to share What’s On Your Mind!

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June Book Releases

Happy June Release Day! The summer days are upon us, and a new season calls for new books. Spend some time in the sun and get lost in one of our June releases!


Children’s Books


A Child Called You















By JD Wise

This book is about you! That’s right, it is about YOU! You can love others for who they are by showing them kindness without judgment. The first book in the Kindness is for Everyone series, this book will teach you that celebrating our differences is the true expression of kindness the world needs.




Adventures at the Hospital















By Michael Ban

Doctors, nurses, patients…superheroes? You never know who you might meet, or what you’ll wear on your feet, when visiting the hospital! It’s a unique place with a few new faces who do their duty treating patients with patience and the highest graces. This book follows the magical, and sometimes mystical, sights and sounds that kids might see, hear, or feel when they visit the hospital.




Avery’s Gift















By Jonathan Hoefer

Avery wakes up in the middle of the night to find herself in unfamiliar surroundings and has somehow lost her colors! The crickets call to her, and flowers from the wall guide her out of bed and into the moonlit garden. With the help of a fox, an owl, and a boy named Dalton, Avery goes on a quest to find her colors… and finds many other meaningful things along the way.

Avery’s Gift is reminiscent of fables told long ago, yet is based on a modern, true story of two, young children, Avery and Dalton. It highlights how their lives were connected one summer night and the gifts they gave each other.

Avery’s Gift is a timeless story of love, loss, friendship, and finding true colors.




Bizy Buddies Explore Digestion












By Kevin Kohlstedt and Rudy Valenta

Do you know where your food goes in your belly?
It’s quite a trip and might end smelly!
Join the Bizy Buddies on a fantastic, intestinal adventure and learn all about digestion.




Bob the Banana Goes Bad















By Steve Petzinger and Selai Akbar-Hussain

In this heartwarming story, Bob the banana goes on an emotional journey as he worries about going bad before he can be of any use to Mr. Abbot. With the help of his friends, he learns to hold on to the hope that he will get picked by Mr. Abbott before it is too late. Through their combined support and perseverance of his refrigerated friends, Bob may be just the right item for Mr. Abbot someday.




Brooklyn Tru, Is That You?















By Grandma Roses

As Brooklyn falls asleep each night, she snuggles her magical posy quilt until she takes off on an imaginative adventure. Join Brooklyn as she travels in her dreams to feed animals at the zoo, stargaze at the beach, and dance at a royal castle.

With fun conversation starters on each page, Brooklyn Tru, Is That You? provides the whole family with the learning tools they need to help early readers succeed.




Bullying No More















By Philip Sossou

The Boccovi forest is a very magnificent place in Africa where various animals live and thrive. The hyena finds a secret in the forest to dominate every animal, big or small. The hyena becomes a real bully, but he gets played by his own game.




Crosby the Farm Dog and the Rainy Harvest Day












By Kendal and Caelan Peterson

Crosby is a fun and friendly dog who is ready to welcome you into the adventures he experiences on the farm! The farm is an exciting place to live, where every day is full of new happenings, including the unpredictable weather! Crosby and his best friend, Leah, must overcome the challenge of their perfect harvest day being interrupted by an unexpected storm.  Will these two pals—and the rest of the family—be able to make the most of a tough situation? 




Elly Belly and the Can-Do Kids: The Winter Clothing Drive















By Ed Davies

Come and join The Can-Do Kids Club on their adventures to make the world a better place. Whether it’s using their bellies to bumpa-bumpa-bump or their feet to go thumpa-thumpa-thump, you’ll enjoy reading all the fun ways the club kids help their community!




Harry’s Horrible Hair















By Theresa E. Cocci

Meet Harry, a downhearted little dog who is saddened by the stares and laughter of others who only see his horrible hair. When his friend Miss Maggie knits him a handsome sweater to hide his messy hair, Harry quickly gains confidence. But when disaster strikes and his patchy hair is once again revealed, Harry wonders if others will ever see him for what he’s like on the inside—not just the outside.




Hello, Pounce















By Dr. Donna Pasternak and Dr. Hope Longwell-Grice

There literally isn’t one. The school didn’t want one and nothing appears on the back cover.




Henry and Harold: Adventures with Albert: The Invite



By
Stacey Pimm

This sweet little story is about twin brothers Henry and Harold, as they go on adventures and learn many things with their imaginary monster friend, Albert. In this book, Henry gets invited to his first party! This gives him the opportunity to show his classmates what being friends with an Autistic boy like himself is truly all about!

This is a story about the big emotions that all children go through, but it also highlights some of the particular transitions and experiences of kids with Autism. This is the first adventure of many that these twin brothers (and Albert!) will go through together. Come and join us for them all!




Izzy’s Dizzy Day



By Grandma Roses

Join Izzy on her exciting adventure at her Amish babysitter’s farm. As she discovers the world around her, Izzy soon realizes something is amiss. But will she have the courage to say something? 




Nurse Mommy



By Kristyn Boland

What does Mommy do when she goes to work? From giving medicine to listening with her stethoscope, Nurse Mommy’s job is important because she helps people feel better. But what about her family at home—does Nurse Mommy really have to leave to go to work? Nurse Mommy helps young children understand what the nurse in their life is doing when they go to work at night.




Skip & Deanie’s Flying Bike Trip: Anna Maria Island



By
Deanie Sebring

Deanie and her partner-in-adventure Skip are back for another exciting tale in Skip & Deanie’s Flying Bike Trip: Anna Maria Island. Travel with this fun-loving duo once again and experience life on Anna Maria Island . . . without even leaving your bed!




Smile and Say Hi


By Mary Jo Hazard

Michael Joe Bob is remarkably shy.
When he meets someone new, he won’t smile and say hi.
Mike runs and he hides, petrified through and through,
unable to do what he knows he must do.

Then, one night in Mike’s room, some fierce dragons fly
and whisk him away through the starry night sky
to adventures so daring. Mike searches inside
and seizes the courage to smile and say hi!




The Ruth Adventures: Best Friends Forever



By Nancy Youngdahl

Now that a new year of school is beginning, Ruth is about to experience a new adventure!

Instead of being homeschooled, Ruth will attend second grade in town at the elementary school. Ruth is nervous about her first day, but is assured by her parents that she will meet lots of students her age. Sure enough, Ruth meets a very thoughtful girl named Sue who quickly becomes her best friend. After a play day with Ruth, Sue learns about life on a farm and how fun it can be, even though it is so different from living in the city. When their day together ends, they are already planning their next adventure—together!




The Sperm That Came in Second



By Jay Provo

As you lay in bed next to your significant other after a night of passion, do you ever wonder what exactly is happening while you pray for (or against) the miracle of life? This fun and “educational” story will take you on an adventure of a lifetime: through a woman’s vagina. In this winner-takes-all race for survival, our little heroes will attempt to conquer the ultimate task of maintaining the human race. Answering questions like “Why are we here?”, “What is our purpose?”, and “Why didn’t we use a condom?”, The Sperm That Came in Second is a journey of existential proportions and will convert any struggles with the complexities of ontological thought into a comprehensible and transcendental view of life’s ultimate question.*

*This summary may have more words than the actual contents of this book.




There’s a Mermaid in My Pool



By Katie Roseborough

What would you do if you found a mermaid swimming in your pool?! Run away? Try to catch her? Or maybe jump in and join her? Let your imagination run wild as you dive into this underwater adventure full of fun and surprises.


Fiction & Poetry

East of Hell 



By Whiskey Emerson

One hundred and fifty years ago, New York City was not the city it is today. It was a hellish metropolis, a machine fueled and controlled by political corruption, murder, violence, and extortion. A place where no life was sacred…a place not for the faint of heart.

East of Hell, the much-anticipated sequel to West of Hell, finds our heroes scattered, every one of them fighting to make their way back to The Palace and to the Madame in their pursuit of taking down Richard Croker and Tammany Hall.

Still, what the Madame, Thomas, and the rest of her renegades have yet to discover is that Richard Croker might not be their biggest worry—the notorious Mr. Walsh, along with the Whyos, have been spreading mayhem all over New York City, and with that comes pain, death, and destruction. In the end, The Palace must decide who their true enemy really is, or rather, which threat must be dealt with first.

With everything at stake, alliances are tested. Trust is broken. War is on the horizon. And as the bodies keep piling up, one question lingers on every renegade’s mind…

Whose side are you really on?




Throw Down Your Dice: A Thread of Poems



By Ravin Singh

Throw Down Your Dice is a collection of poems that follows four threads of passion and perspectives. This journey connects simple words and tangled emotions that arise when you take a chance.



Middle Grade & Young Adult


AMAZING Adventures of Young SuperHeroes














By Don Rose

Meet the Superheroes—the Adventurers—and take a wild ride into the future.

Meet Avery the Warrior and The Tree Walkers; see Lizzy’s Wish; join The Adventures of Roxy, Riley, and Uncle Frank; and meet Max. POOF will have you laughing, and The Diver—what a story he has to tell! Not all are Superheroes: Bungalow 12 is about a small cottage that chooses you to live there. What would you do if, one day, you woke up and had a special talent, a gift, or an incredible ability? Find out!



Rea and the Blood of the Nectar



By
Payal Doshi

It all begins on the night Rea turns twelve. After a big fight with her twin brother Rohan on their birthday, Rea’s life in the small village of Darjeeling, India, gets turned on its head. It’s four in the morning and Rohan is nowhere to be found.

It hasn’t even been a day and Amma acts like Rohan’s gone forever. Her grandmother, too, is behaving strangely. Unwilling to give up on her brother, Rea and her friend Leela meet Mishti Daadi, a wrinkly old fortuneteller whose powers of divination set them off on a thrilling and secret quest. In the shade of night, they portal to an otherworldly realm and travel to Astranthia, a land full of magic and whimsy. There with the help of Xeranther, an Astranthian barrow boy, and Flula, a pari, Rea battles serpent-lilies and blood-sucking banshees, encounters a butterfly-faced woman and blue lizard-men, and learns that Rohan has been captured. Rea also discovers that she is a princess with magic. Only she has no idea how to use it.

Struggling with the truth her Amma has kept hidden from her, Rea must solve clues that lead to Rohan, find a way to rescue him, and save Astranthia from a potentially deadly fate. But the clock is ticking. Can she rescue Rohan, save Astranthia, and live to see it all?


Nonfiction & Memoirs


From the Rice Fields to the Holy Land















By Eli Fischer and Lani Samson

Born and raised in an isolated shack in the middle of a rice field, Lani Samson seemed to have no hope of escaping the poverty that mired her. When faced with the challenge of supporting her family and funding her children’s education, Lani made a difficult and risky decision: she was going to immigrate.

Through ambition, pluck, and hard work, this young Filipina girl set out on a journey far beyond what she could ever imagine. In the face of every challenge and uncertainty, Lani’s strong religious beliefs sustained her. After spending many years in Tel-Aviv, Lani became a respected woman as the Personal Assistant of the owner-president of an international pharmaceutical company.

This is her story.



Key to Command: The WWII Journey of the 50th Signal Battalion from Iceland to Germany with Exercise Tiger, D-Day, The Bulge, and Nordhousen Along the Way



By Michael Godbout

The 50th Signal Battalion was activated July 1, 1940, at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, not long before the United States was drawn into World War II. In September of 1941, a portion of the Battalion was sent to Iceland, followed by the rest in January of 1942 in order to build a communications infrastructure for Iceland Base Command on the island. Upon completion of that assignment, the Battalion was sent to England to prepare for the invasion of continental Europe. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Battalion landed on Utah Beach in support of VII Corp and its assigned units, which continued until the end of the war in Europe.

Much of the information and many of the photographs contained in this book came from meeting or conversing over the phone with World War II veterans of the 50th Signal Battalion or the surviving members of their families.




The ABCs of Public Education: Abuse, Bullying, and Corruption: A Story of Institutionalized Mobbing in Education















By Dr. John J. Pepi Sr.

The ABCs of Public Education tells a story about how bullying affects not only the educator going through the abuse, but also the students and the whole educational community. It will put you in the shoes of the educator to experience what he and his family went through, from the torment of destroying his name to the assassination of his character.

The story also brings a message of hope—that no matter what happens to you, there is an opportunity to recognize the narcissist agenda and learn to fight back. The events of this story could happen at any place of employment, but through the heat of the battle, you too can become victorious. It is up to us to place narcissist behavior on notice and change the mindset within our workforce, and this book will show you how.

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May Book Releases

Those spring allergies can be miserable, but luckily, we have new books to distract yourself from the sniffles and sneezes. From heartwarming picture books to gripping memoirs, enjoy our May releases below!



Children’s Books

 

Balloons for Tiger















By Lori Orlinsky


How can children begin to heal after losing a pet? Balloons for Tiger takes an imaginative look at this tough topic as colorful balloons travel from the hands of children to their beloved cat who has passed on. This book lets children open up their hearts and imaginations for a magical journey to the farthest corners of the world, where they’ll meet skydivers, astronauts, superheroes, and everything in between. As they watch the balloons’ voyage to the other side of the rainbow bridge, they learn to positively process their grief. Balloons for Tiger is a great tool for any child who has experienced the loss of a pet—or any other loved one, too.




Bluette and Poppy Celebrate a Birthday















By Kelli Baker-Bennett

Bluette is a seahorse who loves blueberries, pizza, and her Poppy! Poppy’s birthday is a very special day…so special, in fact, that Bluette saved up all of her clams to buy Poppy the best gift imaginable.

But when the gift falls through on Poppy’s birthday, Bluette will have to think on her fin to come up with a creative solution.

Will Bluette save Poppy’s birthday?




Fishy, Fishy















By Brielle Lilygarten


Fishy, fishy has so much to do! Will little fishy be able to get it all done? Follow along with little fishy as it finds some food, plays with friends, and sings along to a happy tune.




Go Bananas!















By Emily Cole


Hannah is a girl who is confident and cool,
until her classmates start to make her feel like a fool.
You see, she is different in a way some don’t understand,
because Hannah was born without her left hand.
She learns that trying to find your place in the world is hard,
especially when your “friends” leave you scarred.
However, on a trip to a Savannah Bananas game,
Hannah starts to understand it’s ok to not be the same.
She starts to realize that she is special in her own unique way,
and that won’t change, no matter what others say.
Join Hannah and the characters and players at the park,
and learn how you can show the world your special spark.




I Am a Rainbow Baby















By Lindsey Leask


I am a rainbow baby. But what does that mean? Before there was me, there was another baby. Then some storms came, and when they were over, there was color and light—that’s me! Now, Mama and Daddy have me, and we still love the baby who came before we became three. I am a rainbow baby, and this is my story!

A note for parents: a miscarriage is likely one of the most devastating events that can happen to a family. Whether the parents were expecting their first child or had a future sibling to share in the joy of a new baby, the loss is heartbreaking. In this story, a rainbow baby shares the tale of the painful events that happen to a family during a miscarriage, but proves that light can shine after even the darkest storms.



I Love You More

By Logan Phillips


SERIOUSLY SILLY!

How much does a father love their child? This fabulously funny book tries to answer this important question. Story time, bedtime, or anytime—this is a perfect way for any dad to laugh with their kids and let them know just how much “I LOVE YOU!”




It Smells Like Tuesday















By Amy Thomas

Have you ever smelled something, and the scent immediately took you to a specific place and time? Like the smell of roasting marshmallows around a bonfire or walking into the warm, sweet smell of a bakery?

A little boy named Tyler never wants to forget his favorite smells. He bottles them up, adds a label, and puts each one neatly on his bedroom shelf to smell whenever he wants.

What new, exciting smells will Tyler sniff and save next?



Lexi Decker and Her Super Power















By Amy K. Harris


Lexi Decker wants to try new things — but she’s worried about feeling silly and making mistakes.
Until one day, she realizes that believing in herself is the best way forward.
Follow along as Lexi discovers her super power … CAN-fidence!




Lima The Lime Green Bear















By Judy Gray


Lima’s the new toy on the block, and while she thinks she’s great, the other bears aren’t so sure. Join Lima on her rollercoaster journey to explore self-esteem, resilience, and confidence.




My First Book of Shona and Ndebele Words



By Yeve C. Sibanda

Little learners will read essential first words in Shona and Ndebele, the two main native languages of Zimbabwe. Colorful illustrations are paired with simple first words for readers of all ages to learn.




Papa’s Gift















By Denise D’Angelo Roland


Kurt loves to visit Papa’s farm! There’s just something different about being there, but he can’t quite put his finger on it. Spend a weekend unplugged with Kurt, his family, and Papa on the farm to discover the secret of Papa’s gift.




PINK















By Kyle Little


Every year, flamingos flock by the millions to the heart of Africa to feed on the algae in the fiery-red Lake Natron. The lake becomes the perfect place for the beautiful birds to hatch and raise their newborn babies, absorbing the crimson color from the water and turning their wings from grey to pink.

Shine and wonder, coats of pink,

Pink is best; we need not think,

For every creature, everywhere,

Wishes they were pink!

When the river stops flowing to the lake, what will happen to the flamingos? Who will save their beautiful coats of pink? Will the flamingos ever dance again?

PINK is the story of Arossa, a baby flamingo, and how she saved the birds and their beloved pink feathers. She’ll teach everyone how being different can be a wonderful thing!

Pink is great, but it’s not better

It’s not about the fur or feathers—

We’re all just better off together.




Raindrops to Rainbow















By Lorraine Sperone Stocks


Have you ever felt like you just don’t know what to do? Do you sometimes feel like you can’t really say how you feel, or that no one is listening anyway? Well, no matter how you’re feeling or how your day is going, you can always turn your day around! You will feel so proud when you challenge yourself to use your imagination to solve your problem. Remember, there is always a rainbow after the rain!




Ralphy’s Rules for Living the Good Life















By Talar Coursey


Ralphy is a very happy dog. Joey is a very cranky squirrel. When Joey bumps into Ralphy at the park, he finds a friend who shares his rules for living a better life. As Ralphy shares his “Rules for the Good Life” with Joey, Joey learns the value of kindness, not taking things personally, and being brave. It’s never too early to practice these important skills of emotional intelligence, and this duo is the perfect pair to start those conversations.




The Comfy Spot















By Krista Legge


Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? Well, Keira does!

Keira is a strong and adventurous girl, and she loves skateboarding and karate. But she also has trouble winding down and falling asleep. She often needs help, and has a special “spot” to calm her. One day, when she and her family move to a new house, she notices that her “spot” has gone missing! Luckily, her “spot” is just as eager to make its way back to Keira as she is to find it. Will they be reunited?




The Fin-Tastic Cleanup















By Laura Mancuso


Sara, Alix, and Lucy are happy mermaids living in their quaint coral village . . . until, one day, the three mermaids are forced to face the pollution riddling the sea that surrounds them. With the help of some friends, the mermaids jump into action! The Fin-tastic Cleanup will transport young readers to an imaginary world while they explore a real world problem.




The High Flying Adventures of Luke and Dancing Duke















By Robert Reid and Ruth Reid


Inspired by a true story, a young boy named Luke and his dog Duke were THE most famous and beloved barnstorming duo ever! Every day they would thrill the crowds with amazing death-defying daredevil stunts way up in the sky. Everyone loved seeing Duke dancing on the wing and standing on his hind legs. On this autumn day the wind was blowing very strong; Luke and Duke were uncertain whether to perform given the weather conditions, but not wanting to disappoint everyone, they decided to proceed with the show. As the plane rose skyward, they could see the smiling faces of the crowd cheering and waving. Midway through their act, a strong gust of wind violently shook the plane, the wind grew in intensity, and they were left with only one option: to abandon the plane and parachute to safety. When Luke touched ground, he quickly looked around, but sadly Duke was nowhere to be found. This would begin Luke’s frantic search to find Duke.




Wheyd’s Grate Adventure















By Atheana Zinser


Wheyd is a cunning, determined, and spunky mouse who dreams of having his very own farmstead—with Gouda cheese—to call home. As he travels from the Netherlands to America to pursue his dream, he encounters self-doubt, hardships, and harrowing adventures. But Wheyd believes in himself and, with the help of some new friends along the way, refuses to give up. Follow along to see Wheyd’s adventure unfold!




Wiggly Worm and Her Friends Recycle Organics















By Lissa Landry


This is the story of a Red Wiggler worm named Wiggly. Wiggly has a special job she is a natural recycler! Wiggly and her friends help the farmer by turning organic materials into compost for growing fruits and vegetables. Follow Wiggly as she teaches all about recycling organics.




You Can Do It, Chickadee















By Maria Luisa Salcines

You Can Do It, Chickadee uses vivid, person-centered, age-appropriate language to describe the physical and emotional challenges brought on by depression. One step, two steps, three steps, four—by putting one foot in front of the other, Chickadee models resilience, patience, and self-compassion for children who can relate to her thoughts and feelings.


Early Chapter Books


Football Magic: A Pirate’s Tale















By Sean Stellato and Gianna Stellato

Buddy and Gianna are riding high after winning the league championship at school. Even better, Buddy’s dad decided to keep the family in Salem, so that Buddy and his sister can stay with their new friends after adjusting to life in a new town in Massachusetts.

What could go wrong?

When Buddy and Gianna discover something magical, it leads them on a mysterious adventure through historic Salem and Marblehead. Things seem to be going great—until the wicked Kurtin Drapes and his raven reveal some dreadful plans. With the clock ticking and time running out, will they be able to outwit Drapes? Can Buddy and Gianna do the impossible, or will the magical ball lose its luster forever?




Ruby Foo and the Traveling Kitchen: Ruby Goes to Spain















By Tiffany Foo

RUBY FOO might seem like a normal middle schooler—until you get a taste of her amazing culinary creations! In the kitchen, Ruby transforms into a fearless superhero, the Fantastic Foo. In her latest culinary exploration, Ruby embarks on an adventure in Spain. She’ll need ingenuity, sleuthing skills, and empathy to uncover more family secrets. Follow Ruby in Adventure #2 as she dives into new culinary challenges in Madrid, Spain and discovers how history can change your life.




Autobiographies, Biographies, and Memoirs



Finding What’s Missing















By JoAnn Manali

JOANN MANALI’S LIFE HAS BEEN ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY: raised by abusive parents, stepparents, and other adults, JoAnn was physically, mentally, emotionally, and sexually abused as a young girl. Through unparalleled strength and faith, JoAnn survived her childhood and adolescence, eventually becoming a successful businesswoman and, finally, meeting a special man who, for the first time, would provide JoAnn unconditional love and support. 

Candid, surprising, and inspiring, Finding What’s Missing is an unbelievable true story of survival, one that will surely illuminate the possibility of happiness, love, and success against all odds.

This story contains depictions of emotional, verbal, sexual, and physical abuse. Reader discretion is advised.




Mixed: Exploring What It Means to Be Blended in America















By Jeanne Jones

In Mixed, Jeanne Jones reflects on being a white wife and mother raising her blended biracial family in the Midwest, while providing the call to action America so desperately needs: we need to fix the rampant racial injustice this country faces. Not tomorrow, not in a year, but today.

The Jones family exemplifies the race-related dichotomies that exist in America: their biracial twin girls have ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War and came to America via Ellis Island on one side, and rare documentation tracing their family to a runaway slave from Virginia who was captured and taken to Mississippi on the other.

Exposed to different cultures and races from a young age, Jeanne Jones has always been interested in viewing the world through the lens of others. Her children’s experiences with identity come to the forefront as she explores colorism and the impact it has already had on their twins: one is viewed as “passing,” with light skin and blue eyes, while the other is often perceived as Hispanic. Touching on the hypocrisy of race relations in America, Jones highlights experiences had by her own mixed family as they navigate the world as we know it, including contrasting the way her husband is treated by those who recognize him from his college football career, and the lack of awareness by others who questioned him as a possible “robber” while taking a walk in his own neighborhood.

Candid, compelling, and ultimately revelatory, Mixed is a heartfelt, necessary, and timely exploration into the heart and soul of what it means to be and live as mixed, blended, and biracial in America.




My Pseudo-College Experience















By Jess Kimball

At age sixteen, most high schoolers are trying to navigate college applications, Friday night football games, and SAT scores. But for Jess Kimball, age sixteen meant graduating high school and moving abroad, alone. Her decision to focus on running a business instead of going to college is one that she had no regrets about—except for her curiosity about college life. What did people mean when they referred to college as “a must-have experience,” or “the good old days?”

At age nineteen, Jess decided to audit classes at Dartmouth College; an experience that would change her life. What resulted was the social experience of college, minus the debt and anxiety—a pseudo-college experience.

In the current era of creative and unique career paths, is college necessary for everyone? Are the debt and stress worth it? Are you “missing out” if you choose a trade school or other career path, and can you get the “full college experience” without actually attending? Jess did—and she did it Ivy League style.

In My Pseudo-College Experience, Jess explores Greek life, party culture, course loads, student stereotypes, and her overall experience at Dartmouth, all through the lens of a “pseudo” student.

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Capitalizing on National Financial Literacy Month

There’s no better time to brush up on your financial smarts than during Financial Literacy Month! Whether you’re fresh out of college or getting ready for retirement, it never hurts to reflect on your savings and spending.

We assembled some of our informative, accessible, and easy-to-understand financial books for those looking to find lifelong financial security, work toward a safe retirement, or move out of their parent’s basement. Find your roadmap to financial success!

Owning the Dash














By Anthony Delauney

MASTERING MONEY CAN SEEM IMPOSSIBLE IN A SOCIETY FOCUSED ON SHORT-TERM IMPULSES: LIVE FOR TODAY. FORGET ABOUT TOMORROW. OWNING THE DASH TURNS THAT MINDSET UPSIDE DOWN.

The phrase “Owning the Dash” was adopted by fitness guru, model, motivational speaker, and Anthony Delauney’s late cousin, Greg Plitt. A force of nature in and out of the gym, Greg pushed his clients—and himself—to take advantage of every moment and opportunity, making smart decisions now to ensure a healthy future. The more Anthony, a Certified Financial PlannerTM practitioner, became familiarized with Greg’s philosophies, the more he realized that they applied just as much to his field of expertise: personal and family finance.

In comes Owning the Dash, a clear, concise, and accessible guide to finance that makes planning for your future easy and pain-free. Learn how to manage cash flow, knock out debt, minimize taxes, financially protect loved ones, invest with confidence, and save for both education and retirement.

Leaving a lasting legacy is important. Let Owning the Dash help you establish yours.




Middle-Class Millionaire Women: Essential Strategies to Ensure Financial Longevity















By Clark A. Kendall

Being a millionaire used to mean you were really wealthy. These days, one million dollars is still quite a bit of money, but many people will need to save at least that much to be financially secure for life.

The first book in this series, Middle-Class Millionaire, described how hard-working middle-class people could achieve lifelong financial security. This sequel focuses on overcoming particular challenges women may face when it comes to financials—including earning less than men on average, often taking breaks from their careers, and outliving men—to achieve solid financial security.

Written by Clark Kendall, CEO and founder of the successful investment management firm Kendall Capital, and his associate Carol Petrov, Middle-Class Millionaire Women is a compelling guide that includes many practical examples and suggestions for women from all walks of life, whether single, married, divorced, or widowed. Accessible and thought-provoking, this book is organized so that, no matter where you are in life, you’ll quickly be able to find helpful, practical information.

One size doesn’t fit all, but regardless of your level of financial knowledge or interest, Middle-Class Millionaire Women will help you follow best practices and create a lifetime of smart, sensible saving, spending, and investing. Middle-Class Millionaire Women is your guide to lifelong financial security.




Middle-Class Millionaire Women: Surprisingly Simple Strategies to Grow and Enjoy Your Wealth
















By Clark A. Kendall

The middle class makes up most of the population. Defined as a household that earns a yearly income that hits above the poverty line but falls shy of the upper class, people in the middle class come from all walks of life, hold various types of jobs, and lead vastly different lives. One aspect does tie them together: they work hard to live well, and without realizing it, may be on the path toward becoming a millionaire.

In this day and age, millionaires aren’t as rare as they used to be, with many individuals possessing at least one million dollars of amassed net worth by the time they retire—including the value of their home(s), cars, financial assets, and other assets. By living within their means, saving well, and spending wisely, members of the middle class can soon be part of a group that is growing by the day: the middle-class millionaire®️.

In this informative and comprehensive guide, Clark Kendall, CEO and founder of the successful investment management firm Kendall Capital, shows you just how to secure your financial future. Middle-Class Millionaire is full of applicable insight into the ins and outs of short- and long-term saving, spending, and investing, for those working toward a safe and comfortable retirement.

Living well in the years up to retirement and beyond depends on your financial preparedness. Let Middle-Class Millionaire help get you there.

 

A Young Adult’s Guide to Personal Finance (How to Move Out of Your Parents’ Basement)
















By Mike McGuinness

Welcome to A Young Adult’s Guide to Personal Finance (or, It’s Time to Move Out of Your Parents’ Basement). No, this book won’t magically make you a millionaire overnight. But it will give you the tools to understand many finance topics, allowing you to ask smart questions to make even smarter decisions in the near future—and over the course of your lifetime.

This guide is not intended to be an overwhelmingly comprehensive review of every personal finance topic. Rather, it addresses many of the key financial topics young (and sometimes older) adults will encounter, highlighting key information that you need to know to understand the workings of day-to-day finance, and how decisions made today can affect your financial health in the future. Actual financial documents are reviewed and explained in an easy-to-follow Q&A format, allowing the reader time to absorb and understand key concepts. You don’t have to read this book cover-to-cover, as individual topics stand on their own and can be easily followed. Let A Young Adult’s Guide to Personal Finance serve as your fundamental financial guide for years to come.




Budgeting is a Breeze: A Stress-Free Guide to Financial Freedom















By Shelta Hopkins

Getting what you want is never easy. However, if you budget your money right, you can make it happen, regardless of your income or your goals. This simple budgeting manual provides crucial financial advice that people from all walks of life can follow and use every day.

 

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April Book Releases

The warm days are upon us this April, which means it’s time to get out in the sun with your next favorite read! Check out our new releases below because we have some special books waiting for you.

Children’s Books



A Dog Named Trouble…Goes to a Forever Home















By Anthony Gonzalez

Uh oh…here comes TROUBLE!!

What do you get when you have a giant Saint Bernard alpha dog with a voracious appetite, infectious smile, formidable strength, and a desire to experience everything that life has to offer? You get Trouble!

Trouble is a seven-year-old, 195-pound Saint Bernard, rescued from a kennel where he spent the majority of his time in a cage. In his new life, he wants to see and do everything: from making friends and playing with his own toys, to tasting every type of food that is not dog food, Trouble is determined to live life to the fullest. Along the way, he finds love, acceptance, and a joy that he never knew before.

Join him on his journey of discovery and see the crazy antics he gets into to earn the name TROUBLE every day!




Adventures of the Ausome Kid: Brailynn goes to Paris, France















By Brailynn Camille

The Ausome Kid, Brailynn Camille, is an eight-year-old little girl with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She travels the world with friends to educate them about different cultures, teach them character traits, and promote Autism awareness and acceptance. In this book, Brailynn and her friend Starr use their imaginations to fly to Paris, France. They visit beautiful sites, eat yummy pastries, and learn that an act of kindness can make someone’s day.




Billy Braveheart















By Marielle Pariseau

A speck of cinnamon and white fur, Billy did more than any mouse could have ever done. He helped Jeanne find her place in the countryside. He conquered her heart.

Based on the true story of a little deer mouse who lived in the author’s kitchen for nearly half a decade, Billy Braveheart is a tale of survival, courage, and friendship. When Billy narrowly escapes the claws of a barn cat, he finds his way into an old farmhouse. Alone for the first time in his life, he struggles to find food, water, and nesting material. Just when things are looking up, his life is irrevocably changed when the aroma of peanut butter lures him into a trap set by Jeanne, a young urban professional determined to eradicate all mice from the porous old house she and her husband Franz have just bought. When Jeanne, horrified at the sight of the seriously wounded mouse, decides to spare Billy’s life, he ends up captive in a round cage. Struggling together under the same roof in an environment totally foreign to both, Billy and Jeanne develop a mutual admiration and, as the seasons unfold, an unlikely friendship.




Bottle and Stick















By Jennifer Stephens

Starting school can sometimes be scary. Especially after Pencil, Eraser, and Scissors warn Bottle and Stick about being squeezed, twisted, dried up, and wasted!

Will these two ordinary school supplies approach their first day of school with fear, or will Bottle and Stick decide to be brave and stick together? After all, anything is possible when you have a friend by your side!





Giving Hope: A Child’s Journey Through a Pandemic















By Toni Wengerd

Life was busy, exciting, normal – until, with one phone call, everything changed. Everything was canceled and shut down until further notice. While navigating the stay-at-home order during the pandemic, many different emotions were felt. This story is told through a child’s journal entries that demonstrate many of these emotions. What begins with worry and frustration evolves, with this story showing how one child learned ways to give hope even when things seemed hopeless.




I Hug You in My Heart















By
April Goff Brown

This story is based on visits with April’s two youngest granddaughters. During one visit, her granddaughter Kayla asked her the very question Zoe asks Nana in this story: “Nana, when I’m not here, do you ever forget me?” This story is written to help children understand that even though they cannot see their grandparents all the time, they are always inside their hearts.




Little Rascal Finds a Family















By Jessica Sizemore

Little Rascal Finds a Family is a heartwarming tale narrated by a tiny dog who finds himself alone in a big, scary world. Taking matters into his own hands (or paws?),

Little Rascal sets out to find himself a family and shares his journey from lonely stray to loved “Little Rascal”—all in one day!




Look at Me!















By Niya Hicken

Look at Me! takes you inside the mind of a child exploring everything he can be, and guides us through his hopes and dreams in a world of possibilities. As he reaches for his mommy’s hand and climbs to the moon to fulfill his destiny, he brings the reader along on a journey through the parallel worlds of his imagination. As the adventure unfolds, it gives the reader inspiration for who they can strive to be, too.




Melanin Brown Discovers America















By Candice Davis

Melanin Brown is a very wise thirteen-year-old seventh grader who witnesses a new student being bullied because of his beliefs. This situation makes her feel very uncomfortable, and she knows that the actions of those students are wrong. With the guidance of her parents and her experiences with teachers and friends, paired with her own desire to treat people the way she wants to be treated, Melanin learns how to deal with and address various social constructs while coming into her own voice.

Melanin is the type of everyday heroine we all wish we had when we were young. Knowledgeable beyond her years, caring, and innocent, Melanin is a leader whose empathy (and even sarcasm, at times!) transcends boundaries and limitations. Meet your new favorite role model as you join Melanin along this journey of self-discovery—you might just learn a lot about yourself, too!




Not Nice, Virus!















By Jordan Morrison

Let me tell you about a time when we had to stay inside and wait—it’s a story to which I think you will relate. This is a tale about a virus that changed everything we know. Not nice, virus! Will you please just go?




Shirley the Pony Who Always Won: A Story of Good Sportsmanship















By Cathy Fragale

There’s nothing Shirley enjoys more than competing at horse shows. She loves traveling to new places, spending time with her friends, performing in front of crowds, and most of all—winning! But when things go awry for Shirley during a competition, she’ll have to rely on her best friend Henry to teach her about the true value of sportsmanship and what it means to love and respect others.

Shirley the Pony Who Always Won is the second book in the Henry & Shirley series and follows the unlikely friendship between Henry the dog and Shirley the pony.





Teddie Goes Airborne















By Eve Swanson

Each morning, Teddie slid down the embankment to launch himself into the sky. He loved the feeling of flying! He hoped to fly like the birds, bees, and dragonflies. A near-impossible endeavor for such a little turtle.

One day, something unexpected flies overhead and gives Teddie the chance of a lifetime. Does this little turtle know his dream will soon become a reality?

Let’s hope so!





The REAL Story of Little Red Riding Hood















By Joe Bunting

Everything you thought you knew about the story of Little Red Riding Hood is totally WRONG. Come along on this exciting journey with Willy the Wolf to experience what really happened. Deep in the Dark Forest, you will find the truth about who the REAL victim is in this tale.




Fiction



The Away















By Cassandra Dejesus

Sonia Peterson can’t help but be excited for the bright future ahead as she nears the end of her last year of high school. But she quickly discovers that things are not what they seem in the quiet community of Glendale. After her neighbor’s suicide and a slew of disappearances, Sonia’s friend Devon divulges one of the town’s best-kept secrets: at eighteen, residents are required to receive a serum that takes away their immoral impulses and imperfections, or they are exiled to a place called the Away.

At first, Sonia can’t believe what she’s heard, but when her turn for the appointment comes, all of her worst fears are confirmed. Now, she must decide who she can trust and discover who is really at the core of the plot to rob Glendale’s residents of their elemental human nature. Her journey takes her deep into the heart of the Away in pursuit of freedom for herself, her friends, and her community. Can she unravel the conspiracy before it’s too late?




To Every Page a Turning: One Life’s Journey















By Carl Buccellato

Each man who journeys through life must travel through its season and ultimate lessons. For some, the journey is brief, and their life’s light is fleeting. They are like rockets that flare to the heavens, glowing brightly only to go black in the next instant. Still, others travel what seem to be an abbreviated journey, missing some of life’s seasons, never knowing the agony or the ecstasy of what they have missed. But some live each season, taste each tear, relish each sunrise, and brace themselves against each burst of wind. They have traveled life’s highways and finally joined the many pieces of themselves into the whole person they were born to be.

When a man is clearing old files out from his garage, he comes across a folder containing an old manuscript he wrote twenty years previously as part of his

recovery therapy. It had served as a catharsis for him to help transition old painful issues from his past. He was still a young man when he wrote the words, and as a senior in his seventies, he begins to reflect on his life’s journey. As he reads the old papers, many memories come flooding back. He begins to find that our lives are like pages turning from one place in our lives to another, each unique, holding treasures and pains of its own, and each a window to growth, learning, and acceptance of who we are and who we were born to be.

In this novel, the journey begins in the innocence of America in the 1950s. Traveling through hope, a great cause, disenchantment, hopelessness, discovery, and rebirth, the novel also recounts the travel of a generation as they move through time. As you read the pages of this book, you will discover a man perhaps not unlike yourself, seeking knowledge, peace, and faith. Perhaps you, like he, have traveled through the paradigm shift of the twentieth century both in awe and fear of what lies ahead.




Nonfiction



Developing & Executing Winning Campaigns: Applying the 75 Axioms of Political Campaigning















By Terrence Gourdine

Developing & Executing Winning Campaigns is the hottest new book on political campaigning and presents a practical, gut-level, nuts-and-bolts compendium on creating and waging winning campaigns. From discovering the political truth and defining if a bid for elective office is actually in the cards, to planning a winning campaign, to budgeting, to campaign organization, to messaging, to fundraising,

Developing & Executing Winning Campaigns offers the reader a step-by-step guide to achieving electoral success. This book addresses the following strategic concepts:

• Campaign Development & Planning.

• Campaign Organization.

• Theme, Messaging, & Communications.

• Funding & Fundraising.

• Building Positive Perceptions.

• Tactical Campaign Activities.

• Conducting the Campaign.

Developing & Executing Winning Campaigns outlines what candidates and campaign staffers should do in the creation and implementation of winning campaign strategies and most importantly, what they should not do. It identifies the political pitfalls that often derail and impede many campaigning efforts, and how to navigate around them. In addition, this book provides critical advice on how to avoid the frequent mistakes that many campaigners make.

Whether you’re a first-time campaigner or a seasoned politico, Developing & Executing Winning Campaigns is a must-read for all potential candidates and campaign staffers who want to craft and wage winning campaigns.




Middle-Class Millionaire Women: Essential Strategies to Ensure Financial Longevity















By Clark A. Kendall

Being a millionaire used to mean you were really wealthy. These days, one million dollars is still quite a bit of money, but many people will need to save at least that much to be financially secure for life.

The first book in this series, Middle-Class Millionaire, described how hard-working middle-class people could achieve lifelong financial security. This sequel focuses on overcoming particular challenges women may face when it comes to financials—including earning less than men on average, often taking breaks from their careers, and outliving men—to achieve solid financial security.

Written by Clark Kendall, CEO and founder of the successful investment management firm Kendall Capital, and his associate Carol Petrov, Middle-Class Millionaire Women is a compelling guide that includes many practical examples and suggestions for women from all walks of life, whether single, married, divorced, or widowed. Accessible and thought-provoking, this book is organized so that, no matter where you are in life, you’ll quickly be able to find helpful, practical information.

One size doesn’t fit all, but regardless of your level of financial knowledge or interest, Middle-Class Millionaire Women will help you follow best practices and create a lifetime of smart, sensible saving, spending, and investing. Middle-Class Millionaire Women is your guide to lifelong financial security.


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Commemorating our Women Authors


Happy Women’s History Month! March is the month to honor the achievements of women, educate people on women’s equality, and shine a spotlight on women’s history. We admire and appreciate all of the women authors that we’ve worked with, and wanted to feature some of their books that highlight women’s issues, empower women and girls, and feature strong women characters. Thank you for your inspiration and ability to make positive changes through publishing!


Aspire!















By Patty York Raymond

About the Book

Join Jessica on her exciting weekend adventures. Witness some of the possibilities for her promising future as her mother reaffirms her daughter’s positive character traits. “You’re brilliant! You’re inquisitive! You’re strong!” says her mom. Observe Jessica’s growing sense of autonomy and self-empowerment while she explores a variety of careers and occupations.


About the Author

Patty York Raymond is a multi-award winning children’s book author and native Texan. Patty earned her M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Houston as well as an Educational Administration & Supervision certificate from Texas A&M International University in Laredo. She is best known for writing children’s picture books with rich language that incorporate music and movement and celebrate family and heritage. It’s Too Windy! and The ABCs to Ranching—along with their corresponding original theme songs, “That’s What My Grandma Said” and “Take Me To The Ranch,”—have received state and international acclaim. In addition to her published works for children, Patty contributed the poem, “We Are Sisters” featured in the Poets Facing The Wall anthology by The Raving Press in 2018.

Patty York Raymond has enjoyed working with children, families, and educators as a social worker, bilingual teacher, and administrator. She especially enjoys visiting elementary schools throughout Texas and beyond, sharing her stories and encouraging students to read and write.

She and her family reside in South Texas where she is an independent education consultant as well as owner/director of Abrazo Case Management Services for Children and Pregnant Women. Visit Patty at pattyraymondbooks.com. She can also be contacted for school visits and presentations at pattyraymondbooks@gmail.com or at patriciaraymondconsultant.webs.com.



Girl Strong!















By Megan Touchton

About the Book

With the light of your heart, you’re determined to soar.

Your inner strength will guide you across every mountain and shore.

Written in honor of strong girls everywhere, Girl Strong! reminds us all that girls are resilient, intelligent, and independent, and that true strength comes from within.

About the Author

Megan’s life is full of love! Love for her children, her family, and for writing. She lives in the foothills of Colorado—often drawing inspiration from nature and her two daughters—and has always dreamed of writing books. Prior to pursuing her life as an author, Megan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado Boulder with a double degree in business administration and human communication. Megan completed a double major of finance and marketing with her degree in business administration, and wrote and defended an honors thesis in interpersonal communication.

She then went on to become a globetrotting corporate trainer and work in the natural foods industry. She even worked in fashion as a sales manager and makeup artist before eventually taking off time to raise her two daughters. Megan returned to her first passion—writing— in 2017 and hopes to share love, light, and compassion with all of her readers, whether they are young, young at heart, or old souls.




untold: defining moments of the uprooted


Edited By Gabrielle Deonath and Kamini Ramdeen

About the Editors

GABRIELLE DEONATH is a Guyanese-American writer, editor, and content creator based in New York. She hopes to give voice to those without a platform and promote authentic representations of minorities and marginalized communities through storytelling. Her writing has appeared in publications including SISTERS Magazine, the Muslim Creative Writers Network anthology Survival of the Hardworking, VirtualMosque.com, and Brown Girl Magazine, where she has also served as an assistant editor for the Indo-Caribbean and political teams. Read more of her work at www.hijabdiaries.com.

KAMINI RAMDEEN is a Guyanese-American editor, graphic design artist, photographer, and small business owner based in New York City. She previously managed editorial teams at Brown Girl Magazine, where she led political and Indo-Caribbean coverage. She is the founder of Paulo Grand, a streetwear apparel company that seeks to create awareness and spark conversations about the first-generation American identity and its many intricacies.

About the Book

untold: defining moments of the uprooted is a collection of real stories that explores the South Asian experience in the U.S., U.K., and Canada through the lens of identity, being, and relationships. Thirty-two emerging voices share deeply personal moments relating to immigration, infertility, divorce, mental health, suicide, sexual orientation, gender identity, racism, colorism, casteism, religion, and much more, all while balancing the push and pull of belonging to two cultural hemispheres. Every story sheds light on the authentic truths of living as womxn with hyphenated identities that have only been whispered – until now.




Revolutionary Girls















By Toriè J. Anderson


About the Book

Why be ordinary when you can be REVOLUTIONARY?


About the Author

Toriè J. Anderson is a native Detroitor, urban educator, writer, literacy advocate, and activist. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English Language Literature and Writing, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Master of Education in Literacy Studies. Needless to say, she is well over her head in student loan debts, like most Americans her age.

Toriè currently teaches 11th grade English for the Detroit Public Schools Community District, where every day she stands in front of a classroom of 25-35 students and encourages them to:

Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy,” courtesy of the trillest* teacher she’s ever known, Ms. Frizzle. When she’s not teaching, reading, writing, or procrastinating, she can be found spending time with her furry children: her cat, Egypt, and her dog, Tinkerbell. Together, they enjoy taking well-deserved naps.

You can follow her on Instagram at: @torie_torie_torie_ and @teachingittrill. For more information and to contact Toriè, visit teachingittrill.com





My Hair Went on Vacation















By Paula Quinn

About the Book

This story is about Rosie, who lives in Chicago.
Within three weeks she lost all of her hair and asked, “Where did it go?”
Rosie loved to rock the bald, without even skipping a beat.
She happily wore sunscreen—not even a hat!—in the summer heat.
At bedtime, Rosie would tell her own stories with a smile on her face.
She’d imagine her hair going on magical adventures all over the place.
From a young age, Rosie loved herself and was not phased by her look,
So her mother decided to share her spirit to teach others through this book.
Come on this adventure with a confident bald girl,
Who tells us ”Bald is beautiful!” as she smiles with a twirl.
We hope this book can inspire you to love others as they are,
And to love yourself every day, whether your hair is near or far.

About the Author

Paula and Rosie Quinn are the founders of Coming Up Rosies, a nonprofit dedicated to fulfilling Rosie’s dream to make bald kids like her smile confidently. At two years old, Rosie was diagnosed with Alopecia Universalis, an incurable autoimmune disease that results in baldness. From a young age, Rosie taught her parents how to embrace her difference by coming up with magical adventures of her hair each night before bed.

Despite Rosie’s confidence, awkward questions and comments about her baldness started to bother Rosie. One day, her parents surprised her with a headscarf made from one of her paintings. Rosie immediately felt confident again, and wanted to share this feeling of pride with all bald children. Rosie lives in Chicago with her sister Caroline, her parents Paula and Larry, and their bernedoodle, Enzo. As a family, they love to go to Cubs games, have dance parties, and cook Italian dinners at home.




Voices of LGBTQ+: A Conversation Starter for Understanding, Supporting, and Protecting Gay, Bi, Trans, and Queer People














By Lynda Wolters

About the Book

Why do so many in our modern society reject those who are different?

Though the mainstream acceptance of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer community has made leaps and bounds over the past few years, many pivotal groups within our modern society still respond to the LGBTQ+ community with an overwhelming, knee-jerk reaction of “us” vs. “them.” Despite the progress that has been made, misunderstanding, hatred, animosity, aggression, and violence still affect this community on a deep level. Lynda Wolters knows firsthand: a strong ally, she has come to know, understand, and have a deep respect for the community through her son, who is gay.

Including highly personal, real-world anecdotes, Voices of LGBTQ+ helps outline some of the most critical challenges the community faces today, with topical insights into:

• Homelessness

• Hate crimes

• Suicide

• Economic challenges

• Discrimination and lack of equality

• Religious and biblical conflicts

Though judgment and divisiveness still run deep in our society, Wolters highlights the first key distinction, among many others, that will help eradicate bigotry: those who are different are not choosing to be, they simply are, and it’s our differences that make us stronger. Voices of LGBTQ+ helps educate, dispel fears, and start positive conversations about what knowing, loving, or simply peacefully and positively coexisting with someone in the LGBTQ+ community really means. After all, there is no “us” vs. “them.” We are all human.


About the Author

Lynda was born and raised in a tiny farming community of four hundred in northern Idaho, where she worked on the family farm. After high school, she traveled to New York to be a nanny for a few months before moving to Las Vegas to further her education. She moved back home to Idaho to raise her three sons while working in the legal field, a career that spanned over thirty years.

Watching her gay son navigate the LGBTQ+ community and the world in general, Lynda recognized a need to educate others—through a parent’s eye—on what LGBTQ+ people endure that others are immune or ignorant to simply because of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Lynda lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and long-haired dachshund, Tucker “Bug,” where she spends her days writing and volunteering. Voices of LGBTQ+ is the second in the Voices Book Series, following the successful Voices of Cancer.




Becca’s Feat on Feet















By Becca Pizzi

About the Book

Becca has been running since she was just six years old. She ran her first race with her dad by her side—and she’s never stopped. After years of competitive racing, including over a decade of Boston Marathons, she decides that it’s time to raise the bar and run in one of the toughest races on the globe: the World Marathon Challenge.

Seven marathons.

Seven continents.

Seven days.

Running in this challenge will push Becca to her limits—and beyond. From icy terrains to hot desert climates, Becca must brave the elements and run faster and harder than she ever has before. Will she be the first American woman to win? Join Becca on this incredible, odds-defying adventure that shows everyone just how much they can accomplish with hard work and dedication. 

About the Author

Becca grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband, Joe, and her daughter, Taylor. She graduated from Belmont High School in 1998. She loves the Belmont community and credits her success to Belmont for inspiring her to do her best. She has completed the World Majors. The Boston Marathon is her favorite marathon, and she has run it sixteen times! Becca is on track to complete a marathon in all fifty states. She is most passionate about directing the Becca Pizzi 5k race in Belmont, and loves seeing her community come together to support Belmont High School athletes. 




Good to Be Me















By Jessica Parham

About the Book

Good to be Me celebrates our differences and gives parents the opportunity to have an open conversation with their kids about disabilities, race, body types, and more.

About the Author

Jessica Parham lives in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Andrew, and their three amazing kids. Her daughters and son inspire her every day to write fun kids’ books. When Jessica isn’t working on her newest original story, she loves baking (sourdough, anyone?), spending time with her family and friends (especially hosting at home!), and enjoying the beach (no matter the season).




Birdie Can, Too!















By Malaika Underwood

About the Book

Author Malaika Underwood was the first girl to play high school baseball in San Diego, California, and has been a member of the USA Baseball Women’s National Team since 2006. She lives in Atlantic Beach, Florida, with her husband and two amazing daughters.

Anika Orrock is an award-winning illustrator, designer, and author of The Incredible Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.




Anna Incognito















By Laura Preble

About the Book

“Lots of narrative pull…wonderfully complicated.”

–Jincy Willett, author of The Writing Class, and anthologized by David Sedaris in Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules

Anna Colin Beck knows all too well what can happen when things go wrong—really wrong. So, she’s spent the last several years living an extremely regimented life at home, doing everything she can to avoid subjecting herself to the torments of a germ-infested world. Everything must be just so, and when things don’t go to plan, she punishes her own body…and that still hasn’t helped alleviate her pain.

After a chance meeting in a laundromat, she finds herself completely infatuated with another person, something that hasn’t happened to her in a long time. Dr. Edward Denture is seemingly brilliant and magnetic…and in the blink of an eye, she’s attending intense somatic therapy sessions as his newest client. The more he draws from her, the further their relationship grows, until it’s crossed countless lines and consumed Anna with a fierce toxicity. And before she knows it, she finds herself buckled into the driver’s seat of a powder-blue El Dorado for a solo cross-country road trip, determined to stop his wedding. It’s a trip that will test every limitation she’s ever set for herself, and though she’s planned extensively for all contingencies, there are some twists and turns you just can’t prepare for.

With wry observations on the intersection of luck, fate, and life, Anna Incognito is a searing, darkly witty exploration of what it means to be alive.

About the Author

LAURA PREBLE is the award-winning author of the young adult series Queen Geek Social Club (Penguin/Berkley Jam), which includes the novels Queen Geeks in Love and Prom Queen Geeks. Her novel, Out, deals with the concept of LGBTQ rights within a young adult dystopia; Alex Sanchez, author of Rainbow Boys, says, “Out explores an intriguing, mind-bending, and challenging portrait of an upside-down world that turns the tables on homophobia, acceptance, and love.” She has won a Kurt Vonnegut Fiction Prize, and has been published in North American Review, Writer’s Digest, Hysteria, and NEA Today.

 

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