Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Brother Is My Best Friend won gold!


So happy to announce My Brother Is My Best Friend won gold in gender specific category!








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For Immediate Release

October 15, 2014

Literary Classics

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Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Winners



SOUTH DAKOTA - Literary Classics announced its 2014 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.



A list of the 2014 recipients follows:



TOP HONORS BOOK AWARDS:

Enchanted Page Book Award for the most distinguished children’s storybook - Scratch and Old Mouse, written by Kathryn England and illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg - Character Publishing



Eloquent Quill Book Award for one work of extraordinary youth fiction - Strange Metamorphosis, by P.C.R. Monk - Bloomtree Press



Lumen Award for Literary Excellence honoring the most notable work of youth nonfiction - The Men Who Made the Yankees, by W. Nikola-Lisa - Gyroscope Books



Words on Wings Book Award for the most highly acclaimed young adult fiction work - Dew Angels, by Melanie Schwapp - Independent



BEST IN CATEGORY (GOLD)

Best Illustrator - Morton Munson Built a Mansion, written and illustrated by Jeff Busch - Bongo Books

Best First Picture Book - Scratch and Old Mouse, Kathryn England - Character Publishing

Best First Chapter Book - Annie the Scientist, Daniel Johnson - Character Publishing

Best First Novel - ​Unveiling the Wizard’s Shroud, Eric Price - Muse It Up Publishing

Best Children’s Picture Book Series - Shelly’s Adventures (Shelly Goes to the Zoo, Shelly’s Outdoor Adventure), written by Kentrell Martin and illustrated by Marc Rodriguez - Shelly’s Adventures, L.L.C.

Best Chapter Book Series - 1950s Adventure Series by C.A. Hartnell (Scary Spring, Sinister Summer, Ferocious Fall, Wild Winter) - Hawk Prints Publishing



PRESCHOOL/EARLY READER:

General Infant / Preschooler GOLD - Benjamin Jay was a Bully, Emma Glover - Guardian Angel Publishing

General Infant / Preschooler SILVER - I Like Pink, by Vivian Zabel - 4RV Publishing

Picture Book / Preschooler GOLD - Even Poop Has a Purpose, Uncle Paul - PerBook Publishing L.L.C.

Picture Book / Preschooler SILVER - Without Me?, Kayleen West - Wombat Books

General Early Reader GOLD - Deputy Dorkface, How Trutherton Got its Honesty Back, Kevin D Janison - Stephens Press

General Early Reader SILVER - A Creepy Nothingness Came Crawling, Gideon Maxim - Dot and Odd Press

Picture Book Early Reader GOLD - Odie the Stray Kitten, Kristen Mott - Author House

Picture Book Early Reader SILVER - CougaMongaMingaMan, Nancy Scalabroni - Mascot Books



PRE-TEEN / TWEEN

Fiction Chapter Book GOLD - Benton Believes, Kimberly Bugbee, M.S. - Character Publishing

Fiction Chapter Book SILVER - The Mysterious Mandolin, Aneta Cruz - Independent

Fantasy Pre-Teen GOLD - The Magician’s Doll, M.L. Roble - Independent

Fantasy Pre-Teen SILVER - Karmack, J.C. Whyte - Muse It Up Publishing

Mystery Pre-Teen GOLD - A Secret in Time, HY Hanna - Wisheart Press

Mystery Pre-Teen SILVER - The Charelton Locket, Ann Morgan Taylor - XLibris

Fiction Pre-Teen GOLD - Glimpse, Steven Whibley - Steven Whibley Books

Fiction Pre-Teen SILVER - Sons of the Sphinx, Cheryl Carpinello - Beyond Today Educator

Health /Self Esteem GOLD - Kaylee, the “What if?” Game, Christine Dzidrums - Creative Media

Health /Self Esteem SILVER - Not a Doctor Logan’s Divorce Book, Sydney Salter - Character Publishing



YOUNG ADULT

Fiction YA GOLD - ​Alchemy’s Daughter, Mary A. Osborne - Lake Street Press

Fiction YA SILVER - Sway, Jennifer Gibson - Black Opal Books

General Young Adult GOLD - Curse of the Crystal Kuatzin, Jan H. Landsberg - CreateSpace

General Young Adult SILVER - My Name is Rapunzel, ​K.C. Hilton - CreateSpace

Fantasy Fiction YA GOLD - Strange Metamorphosis, P.C.R. Monk - CreateSpace

Fantasy Fiction YA SILVER - Firelight of Heaven, Lizbeth Klein - Wombat Books

Science Fiction YA GOLD - Protostar, Braxton A. Cosby - Winter Goose Publishing

Science Fiction YA SILVER - ​The Heir, Lynne Stringer - Wombat Books

Faith Based Young Adult GOLD - The King, Lorilyn Roberts - CreateSpace

Faith Based Young Adult SILVER - Motive Games, L.D. Taylor - Wombat Books

Historical Fiction GOLD - Alchemy’s Daughter, Mary A. Osborne - Lake Street Press

Historical Fiction SILVER - My Name is Luke, Jim Ruddle - Amika Press

NonFiction YA GOLD - The Men Who Made the Yankees, W. Nikola-Lisa - Gyroscope Books

NonFiction YA SILVER - Once Upon a Road Trip, Angela N. Blount - Artifice Press



SPECIAL INTEREST (GOLD)

Rhyme Book - ​If Chocolate Were Purple, Jen Barton - Flickerfawn

Self Esteem Preschool - Alex and the Rabbit, Monica Dumont - Independent

Gender Specific Picture Book - My Brother Is My Best Friend, Nicole Weaver - Guardian Angel Publishing

Interactive Book - Bubble Tubbie, Epiphany Schwarz - Black Catapult Publishing

Faith Based Early Reader - Sì Mama, Sì Papa, Nancy Scalabroni - Mascot Books

Holiday Book - The Santa Spy, Patrick Bates - Character Publishing

Educational Book - Cockroach Invasion, Dr. Sherry L. Meinberg - Archway Publishing

Environmental Issues - Cycle, Jay Amberg - Amika Press

Guide Book - What Do They Want from Me?, Kristina Kumar - Character Publishing

Gender Specific Young Adult - Hometown Heroines, Betty Boltè - ePublishing Works

Inspirational / Visionary - The Undecided, Robin Donaruma - ​Sunbury Press

Cultural Issues - Dew Angels, Melanie Schwapp - Independent



Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.



The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing. To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at www.literaryclassicsawards.com.



Thursday, October 2, 2014

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT





I am so elated to report that my newest book, My Brother Is My Best Friend is a finalist in the prestigious award contest, Literary Classics.  My Sister Is My Best Friend won gold in 2012.  This will be the second award for My Brother Is My Best Friend.  





All winners will be announced on the 15th of October.  Be sure to come back and check to see whether I get gold again. Go here to check the list of all finalist.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: TEN LITTLE TRICKSTERS by PENELOPE ANNE COLE



Penelope Anne Cole's newest book, Ten Little Tricksters is by far the cutest book I have read about Halloween. The colorful illustrations done by Kevin Collier will capture the attention of every child reading this book. This is an ingenious and fun way to introduce young children to counting from one to ten.

This Halloween, be sure to make an effort to give this cute book to the little ones in your life.

Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 Bronze Medal Winner

So happy to announce that My Brother Is My Best Friend has earned a bronze medal in Readers' Favorite International Award Contest!


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Congratulations Nicole Weaver!
My Brother is my Best Friend
is a 2014 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner in the Children - Grade K-3rd category! 

2014 Blogger Appreciation Giveaway

 I am always happy to help other authors promote their book.  This July, I participated in Mother Daughter Book Reviews bonanza. I enjoyed learning about some very talented authors and their books.  I want to extend a big shout out to Renee for sponsoring this giveaway for all the bloggers that participated . Good luck to all!

Welcome to the $200 September Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2014 hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Book Review: 'I am Living in 2 Homes by Garcelle Beauvais and Sebastian A. Jones

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Haitian actress Garcelle Beauvais and co-author Sebastian A. Jones have done it again. They have written a must read book.  I am Living in 2 Homes handles with grace and wisdom a very important problem prevalent in today’s society.
It is never easy for children to understand why their parents have to live in separate homes. Oftentimes, the children are caught in the middle and they end up paying the price for the confusion that derives from their parents getting a divorce.  As a classroom teacher, I have seen firsthand what happens to children whose parents are divorced.  In most cases, it is not a pretty picture.
Beauvais and Jones address a serious issue in a compassionate way. All children living in two homes who read this well written book will fully understand that it is not their fault mommy and daddy live apart.
One thing that resonates well with me from reading this book- the authors focused on the positives. In life, we can let negative situations define who we become, or we can muster enough courage to seek out the positives.
I see I am Living in 2 Homes as a must read for all parents who are divorced and want to find a way to help their children cope with their new living arrangements. More importantly, the book teaches children, regardless of where they live, that they are deeply loved by both parents.
This passage from the book is priceless:
When Jay and I go to Mommy’s house, she says: “Be at peace, my gentle loves, my favorite people under heaven above; it’s a grown up choice, through no fault of your own, your Dad and I are happier… living in 2 homes.”
Children are smart little people that adults often take for granted. I believe if we are honest and speak the truth in love to them, they will respond in a favorable way.
The illustrations by James C. Webster make it easy for the reader to connect with the story.  Mr. Webster’s illustrations are by far some of the best I have seen.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Maisy Files Mystery Book Blast

 

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the first book in The Maisy Files mystery chapter book series by Elizabeth Woodrum, "Maisy and the Missing Mice". Book 2 in the series, "Maisy and the Money Marauder" is coming August, 2014. If you haven't checked out Book 1, you can grab a copy for only 99 cents from Amazon!

 

About the Book

Maisy and the Missing MiceTitle: Maisy and the Missing Mice (The Maisy Files) | Author: Elizabeth Woodrum | Publication Date: September 24, 2013 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 75 | Recommended Ages: 6 to 10 Summary: Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school's mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help return the mice to their home in the science lab? Will she ever see her beloved lollipops again? Find out in the first book in The Maisy Files series.      

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The Buzz About the Book

"Maisy and the Missing Mice is a fun chapter book featuring a smart and sassy tween girl as the title character; a solid and interesting plot featuring age-appropriate intrigue and suspense; and some terrific writing that carries the reader on a journey as a detective uncovering clues and solving the mystery of who stole the missing mice. I highly recommend this book as a read aloud book for children between the ages of 6 and 10 or for independent readers between the ages of 7 and 12 who love to read mysteries." ~ Renee, Mother Daughter Book Reviews
"Woodrum certainly knows her target audience and does a very nice job with the character development of Maisy. This is an incredibly kid-friendly story that makes a great introduction to the genre of mystery for newly independent readers. It's a quick page turning read that encourages kids to think outside of the box." ~ The Children's Book Review
"The delights from this book start with the cover art and continue with a fun story that is well-written." ~ 5 Star Review, R. Johnson, Amazon
"My name is Kat. I am 9 years old. I would rate this a five because I like everything about it, the mystery the most. It was fun to read. My favorite part was the mystery and the end. I love this book so much. I think other kids would love it too because it has mystery and most kids would like mystery books. Most mystery books have a good mystery. I would love to read the whole series." ~ 5 Star Review, Heather A., Amazon
"What an Amazing book. I totally love it. I admire the author dedication for writing an incredible book. While reading this book, it was very clear that author understand kids. I’ve always been an avid reader and this book is one of the best books I have read in 2014. This book grabs my attention from the very start of the book and couldn't put it aside till I finish it." ~ 5 Star Review, KristinT, Amazon
"I knew I would love this book simply because I knew it would remind me of the mystery books I read in my childhood. I really love how much trust the teachers and community as a whole put in Maisy. She is well deserving of their admiration as the way she finds clues and finds the mascot for the school is well thought out. This is a story any child would love to read. I hope Maisy continues to solve mysteries..." ~ 5 Star Review, Josh, Amazon
 

About the Author: Elizabeth Woodrum

Elizabeth Woodrum Elizabeth Woodrum[/caption] Elizabeth Woodrum is an elementary teacher in Ohio. She came to love writing when she was in elementary school, but more recently began writing material for use in her classroom. From that writing, grew the desire to write books for the general population of children and adults alike. The Maisy Files, a children's series, is the first series that she has published. As a reader, Elizabeth prefers the fantasy genre, but she enjoys realistic fiction as well. Some of her favorite authors include JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins, and Nicholas Sparks. Originally from Indiana, Elizabeth currently resides near Dayton, Ohio with her two pets: a cat named Butterscotch and a dog named Reese Cup.  

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Amazon 25 gift card Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: August 7, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Elizabeth Woodrum and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway MDBR Book Promotion Services