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Millie and the Moon

Millie and the MoonNew!

How did it get so dark? Millie wasn’t sure. All she knows is that she’s scared. Clutching her teddy bear helped a little, but she always felt safest when Moon glowed just outside her window. Could Moon return full and bright each night like Millie asked? Would others notice? What harm could there be in that? Moon remembered what it felt like to be afraid.

This sweet story begins with a vulnerable mouse named Millie who eventually learns that although the moon can’t stay full for her each night, it always comes back. With help from Moon, Millie is able to put her fear of the dark aside when she realizes that what might be good for one is not always good for all.

**Note: All copies are signed by the author**

Millie and the Moon is available on Amazon.

Happy, Healthy Heart

Happy, Healthy Heart

Your heart is one of the most important organs in your body and it’s important that you take care of it.

Here are a few things you can do to have a happy and healthy heart:

Leopold the Lion by Denise Brennan-NelsonGet moving
Your heart is a muscle and it is stronger if you are active. Try and be active every day for at least 30 minutes. Walk, run, and play every day!

Eat right
Eat the rainbow! Eating colorful foods are good for you. Think apples, oranges, peppers, carrots, blueberries, etc.  Try and eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.

Leopold the Lion by Denise Brennan-NelsonStay away from sugary soft drinks and fruit drinks.

Get plenty of sleep
The CDC recommends that school-aged children get at least 10 hours of sleep a day.

Don’t smoke!
Cigarettes are toxic and dangerous and smoking them can shorten your life. According to the American Heart Association, smokers die more than 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.

Make choices every day that will keep your heart happy and healthy.

Download Leopold the Lion Activity Pages
for more tips and ideas on staying healthy.



Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great Lakes

Tallulah: Mermaid of the Great LakesReleased in April….

Tallulah doesn’t look like the other young mermaids living in the ocean. Her tail is a dull gray. And when all the other mermaids go on a quest to find the special gemstones that make their tails sparkle with color, Tallulah doesn’t find her gemstone at all. When Turtle suggests that Tallulah searches the Great Lakes she is eager to give it a try, even though the other sea creatures believe mermaids don’t belong in lakes. Tallulah explores the Great Lakes from north to south and east to west, until she finds a beautiful Petoskey stone and she realizes that she is finally exactly where she belongs.



A group of young mermaids is given instruction on searching for a personal gemstone to enhance their tail colors and deign magical powers that allow them to assist mariners and create “enchanting melodies.” Platinum haired Tallulah (her name is Native American for “leaping water”) lacks success until her companion Sea Turtle convinces her to move her quest from ocean to the Great Lakes. After exploring the many pleasures of these waters, they finally locate a Petoskey stone that transforms her tail and inspires her song as the Great Lakes Mermaid. Hartung’s cartoon watercolors of young mermaids and undersea flora and fauna will enchant preschoolers. The expected array of blues and greens brighten with the inclusion of corals in orange, pink, and purple. VERDICT Ideal for fans of the Great Lakes region, the basic story could be appealing to a wider audience.

–Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

Little Halloween

Little HalloweenTen Halloween-related topics are presented in a rhyming riddle format with illustrated clues and answers. Costume, candy, and black cat are included in this board book.

He’s Been a Monster All Day

He's Been a Monster All Day by Denise Brennan-NelsonAfter an especially “busy” day, a preschool-age boy overhears his mother say, “He’s been a monster all day.” So the little boy starts to fantasize about what life as a monster would be like. “I wonder why Mommy thinks that of me? / I guess if she does then a monster I’ll be! / I’m big and strong! / I grumble and growl / and scare people off / with a sneer and a scowl. / Being a monster is fun!” There are no rules to remember or manners to follow. And monsters can stay out as late as they please, scaring everyone away. As it turns out, being a monster isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. No one wants to be friends with a monster. And who will read a story and tuck a monster into bed? Maybe being a little boy isn’t such a bad thing after all.


With his rosy cheeks and impish smile, how could the little boy in this picture book possibly be mistaken for a monster? But that’s exactly what his mother, surrounded by a path of destruction, calls him: “He’s been a monster all day!” The boy, who overhears her, looks so sad about being called a monster that readers and kids will likely feel sorry for him. In response, the boy says, “I wonder why my mommy / thinks that of me? / I guess if she does / then a monster I’ll be!” At this point, the book shifts into fantasy as the boy, depicted by Moore as a warty, toothy green creature, sets off on a mud bath–filled, monstertruck-driving, manner-free romp. Eventually, though, he realizes nobody wants to befriend a monster, and hopes “maybe by now / Mommy forgot.” (Aww.) With sound effects throughout, this rhyming read-aloud provides the opportunity for discussing appropriate and inappropriate behavior with preschoolers, as well as the concept of unconditional love.

— Ann Kelley, Booklist

He’s Been a Monster All Day!

A mother’s descriptive complaint sets her misbehaving preschooler to imagining the enjoyment of the crude mischief of a monster’s life.

Transforming himself into a scaly-skinned, green-faced ghoul, this boy begins to growl and grumble, sneer and scowl. He befriends the pet monster under his bed and makes general mayhem. This little guy revels in the grime of the gooey, slimy mud, loudly revving up his monster trucks and staying up all night, unafraid of the dark. But without manners and basic courtesy (please and thank you), he realizes that playing solo is disappointingly unpleasant. “Being a monster isn’t so great. / I’m going home—hope it isn’t too late….” Cozy in bed, sweetness returns him to a brown-haired, smooth-featured, sleepy little human. Moore’s soft-toned, gentle and whimsical cartoon drawings in pencil and watercolors easily complement the smoothly readable, rhyming text.

— April 1 Issue of Kirkus Reviews


Dream it. Do it
Eat dessert first
From a family of 10
Imagination is key
Journaling helps
Mom of 2
Nourishes Enthusiasm
One of a Kind
Read, Read, Read!
Trust your instincts
Usually right
Voice opinion
What kids say
Xantippe – not!
Zealous singer