It Takes a Village to Launch an Indie Book – Reflections on Blogging from A to Z 2018

So it’s May and the April showers have turned into the May flowers and now as is traditional I get to reflect back on the crazy month of April when I challenge myself to blog from A to Z.

I started doing the challenge 5 years ago over at my sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles. For three years I puzzled from A to Z. You can find my old puzzles over here if you’re curious and I’m working to release a book sometime in the future.

Last year I decided to switch it up a bit. I brought A to Z over to this blog and introduced you to a character a day from my P.A.W.S. Saga. Confession here – I actually changed a few names in Londinium (the book I was working on at the time) so that I could have one for each letter! You can check my A to Z of P.A.W.S. over here if you’re so inclined.

This year April was a special month. I had planned to release my new picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon on Earth Day (April 22) that fell right in the middle of the month. I’d been frequented several Children’s Book groups on Facebook and had been wowed by all the talent there was out there in the indie community. But sadly while most of these authors and illustrators produced fantastic books, it was hard to get the word out. So I thought how about in exchange for spreading the word about my little dragon I featured a picture book a day on my blog.

I created a form and was overwhelmed by the response, so much so that for most days in April I ended up featuring not one, but two or three books. I also had to get a little cheeky on some days. For example no one submitted a book that began with the letter V – but I did have two awesome books that featured mice, so V became the day of VERY small creatures!

I hope you enjoyed my posts and have discovered some new great indie picture books for your little ones.

Here’s a link to all the posts in case there are some you missed.

And just a little nudge ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON is on sale this week for just 99 cents/99p on Kindle.

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Ziggy & Tiggy and Zoo Train – Blogging from A to Z

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And now we reach the final letter of the alphabet, the letter Z.

Our first Z book is ZIGGY & TIGGY by Briana Borgella, illustrated by Mary Biswas.

 

Take an adventurous journey through the jungle with Ziggy & Tiggy!

Available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle.

So you’d like to see some cool JUNGLE animals but can’t make it all the way to the jungle. How about a trip to the ZOO instead?

So climb aboard the ZOO TRAIN, an animal counting book by Tim Steiner.

 

Count with Claire at the Zoo! Introduce your young reader to animals, counting, and how to politely accept and decline invitations. For ages 1-3.

Available in Kindle or paperback.  

So there we have it we’ve traveled the alphabet from A to Z. I hope you’ve had fun and picked up some new reads for your little ones.

Many Thanks,

Adana

P.S. If you haven’t picked up my book yet – please do! Available in Kindle, paperback or audible or directly from Debbie on this website.

Y is for Yummy and Yuri – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here and we’re nearly at the end of the alphabet – Can you believe it? The last post will appear on Monday.

Today though we focus on the letter Y.

First up we have MY YUMMY CORN written and illustrated by  Surendhra Kumar Padayatchi.

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This is a story about a mouse that lived a content life in a corn field being usurped by a city dwelling mouse to enjoy the fruits of an urban living. Did the mouse settle down in the city? What happened after the mouse departed with his new acquaintance?

Pick up your copy in Kindle or paperback today.

Secondly, I’m going to cheat a little. I’d like to introduce you all to YURI SHAMNE. Yuri is an artist and puzzle maker from Russia and he has been providing picture puzzles for Debbie’s puzzle blog, Paws 4 Puzzles, on Wednesdays.

You and children can catch up on all of Yuri’s puzzles so far on this page. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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That’s all for today. Join me on Monday for the letter Z!

Adana

 

 

X is for Xtras – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here. We’re going to cheat a little today. Debbie couldn’t find any books that began with the letter X so instead she told me to introduce a couple of X-tras.

First up is an awesome book that Debbie edited, AND THAT’S WHY SHE’S MY MAMA written and illustrated by Tiarra Nazario.

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What is a Mama? A mama is someone who is always there for you. She makes you your favorite food, takes you to the park, and kisses your boo-boos better. Some mamas didn’t hold you in their belly, but they will forever hold you in their hearts. Mamas come in all different shapes, colors, and ages, but they all have one thing in common.

They love you!

Pick up a paperback copy directly from Tiarra’s website.

Next up is a little story from Debbie Manber Kupfer from the world of P.A.W.S.

The Great Bobbert has lost his weasel again.

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Where can that pesky Popgoes be?
Find out in this humorous tale available on Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

Come back tomorrow when we celebrate the letter Y with some Yummy corn and some puzzles from Russian artist and puzzler Yuri Shamne.

Bye for now,

Adana

Picture Books from A to Z – Day W!

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Hi everyone,

Adana here. Today for W day I’m going to introduce you to two very important books.

First up here’s Women Who March by Adena Raub Dershowitz (Author) and Heather Workman (Illustrator).

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A children’s book inspiring the next generation of feminists, Women Who March is an illustrated depiction of the author’s experience participating in the 2017 Women’s March. Written to spark conversation between parents and children, the book describes the march and the equal rights activism that fueled the marches around the world.

Available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback.

Next up is a book that deals with another serious subject and one that is dear to the heart of this little brown dragon, as I do have a tendency to worry.

Meet young Maya in When Worry Takes Hold by Liz Hazke and illustrated by  InSong Nam.

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One night just before the lights went out, Worry snuck into Maya’s mind. Worry grew bigger and bigger until there was no space left for anything else. Just darkness and fear. Join Maya as she finds Courage, through the form of a calming breath, and learns how to break free from Worry’s hold.

Pick up your copy on Amazon in Hardback, Paperback or Kindle.

That’s all for now – we’ll have something Xtra special for you tomorrow.

Good night,

Adana

V is for Very Small Creatures! – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here! Debbie informs me that today’s theme is VERY small creatures – that is to say we are going to meet two little mice.

The first is Mario: the Mouse who loved Spaghetti. I’m not really sure what spaghetti is (we don’t have it in Dragon Land), but it sounds yummy! Anyhow you can read about Mario in this book by John Geraci, illustrated by Shelby Lynne.

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Pick up this story of a cute mouse named Mario whose love for spaghetti gets him straight into trouble on Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

Next let’s meet another Very small rodent, the Mouse from Laos from the book by Bianca Ksoll and illustrated by Cristina Szemere Enderlin.

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Meet this little mouse in a special book from Moonjami Press, an independent children’s book publisher founded by a mom and human rights advocate.

From the author of The Mouse from Laos – “Reach for the stars. Look under every stone and remember to READ, READ, READ.”

Pick up your copy of The Mouse from Laos directly from Moonjami Press.

Well that’s all for today. See you tomorrow,

Adana

 

Under the Sun and Unicorns – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi everyone, I’m back again!

Today we are featuring two books on this blog that feature the letter U!

First up we have We Are One Under The Sun written by Jocelyn Marie Schlegel with illustrations by Jesse Musto.

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Sander the Shark tries to make friends with children on the beach and discovers that he scares them with his big, white teeth. He goes on an adventure to find friends in his habitat, meeting creatures of all shapes, colors, and sizes along the way.

Pick up your copy on Amazon in paperback.

Next up – who likes a good joke? Rich Linville has a whole bunch in Unicorn Jokes for Kids and How To Tell Them.

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What did the baby unicorn call her father? “Pop” corn!

This an oodles more can be found in the fun little book.

Pick up a copy today in Kindle or paperback.

That’s all for today – come back tomorrow when we’ll meet some VERY small creatures.

See ya,

Adana