Book Reviews

Library Haul for May – Children’s Books

91xbFG3IYHLBrunhilda’s Backwards Day by Shawna J.C. Tenney – 2016 – I rather enjoyed this fresh story about a witch. The illustrations are beautiful and the story has a message, but subtle.

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold – 2011 – Reading this book took me someplace else, far away from my couch in Phoenix. The illustrations are classic and slightly different then the fluffy artwork we see in many newer picture books. The story read fresh and new, yet an old classic. I simply loved this book!

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt – 2017 – First off this book was a blast to read!!! Second, I felt maybe it was written for adults to enjoy over children. I say this because it seems a little aggressive for a picture book. Now, the story was well written and engaging, what a awesome way to get from beginning to end. I recommend this book for adults and older picture book readers.

Yoga Bunny by Brian Russo – 2017 – I would call this a quiet picture book. The story focuses on well-known yoga poses and mixes it with  curious animals, which take a while to warm up to the idea of what Bunny is doing.

Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields with illustrations by Sophie Blackall – 2009 – This is a fun story mixing non-fiction with fiction. The rhyming felt off in places, which caused me to not  get fully into the story. Loved some of the words, but overall it felt done before, as so many counting books do.


3 Things I Learned This Week, Spotlight on Writing

Keeping Your Book On Their Minds

Nonnie and I coverUnless your book is becoming a movie, you will most likely see sales fall after the release hype has died off. It’s important to keep people talking about your book in order to make sure the sales don’t forever see the bottom of the cliff. I have picked up a few pointers along the way for my book, which was released back in December of 2014.




  1. If you are able, host a Amazon, Goodreads, or LibraryThing giveaway to get your book cover back in front of people.
  2. Does your book have a theme that you can use to spark attention again? For example, Nonnie and I, is about the fears of starting school, so the perfect time to chat my book up is during the yearly Back to School happenings.
  3. Do searches for your name and the book within social media to see if anyone has been talking about it that you may not have know about. For example, Amazon listed Nonnie and I as a free e-book for 1 day and that popped up several search alerts of people promoting my book (that I wasn’t even aware of). Use this as a way to understand what works and doesn’t work in social media, and to thank the person who is spreading the word.
  4. Schools are always short on funds and often ask the public for assistance from authors to send in their books. Doing so might lead to a upcoming school visit or Skype visit that would promote your book even more.
  5. Offer to do interviews for blogs or vlogs. This is a great way to make more connects and find new readers.