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.

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.

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

 

T is for Tree – Picture Books from A to Z

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Hey folks, Adana here,

TODAY we reach the letter T which is dedicated to one of my favorite things the TREE. There are some lovely trees in my home in Dragon Land, but not one like this one featured in a book by Mary Ann Vitale with art by Milena Radeva.

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The Street Where the Dollar Tree Grew is a story of Lincoln, a young boy who happens to find a dollar tree in a very special garden. Strange things begin to happen when he doesn’t share his treasure with others. The child learns a great lesson about the acts of giving and receiving.

Pick up the book on Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

And check out Mary’s other books on her Amazon page.

As an added bonus today how about a little Christmas puzzle in April? This puzzle of course features a TREE. Click the picture below to download the PDF.

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That’s all for today. Come back tomorrow to go UNDER the sun and meet a UNICORN.

Adana

 

S is for School and a Sheep – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here! It’s SATURDAY and I’m really excited. You see today Debbie is going to read my story at a bookstore in St. Louis.

Debbie will be at THE NOVEL NEIGHBOR from 10:30 to 11:30 am this morning for storytime. If you live in St. Louis come on by. You’ll be able to pick up a signed copy of my book, ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON and the companion Coloring and Activity Book.

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Now on to the letter S – today we are featuring three books in our picture books from A to Z. First up meet Charlie Chameleon who is going to SCHOOL.

Readers first met Charlie and his bossy pet fish, Frankie,  in The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: New Beginnings back in 2015. Now Charlie is back in a new adventure where he is taking the big step of going to school.

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In this second in a series of humorous multicultural books, Charlie Chameleon and his friends are having trouble with Boris Bunny, the class bully. Charlie thinks Boris is putting on an act, but his friends disagree. Follow Charlie’s adventures as he helps Boris learn how to be a friend. Fans of the Arthur the Aardvark series will enjoy the antics of the characters in The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days. Even bullies can be bullied—who knew!

Pick up your copy of The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: School Days by Ellen L. Buikema with illustrations by Elizabeth Engel from Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

Next up is a book that Debbie edited, STANLEY & HALF-PINT written and illustrated by Elizabeth Bullock.

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This is a short novel based on a true story. Stanley (a horse) and Half-Pint (a ram) are the title characters and narrators of the tale.
Together, they tell their story of friendship, life’s experiences and their view of the world today.

Pick up a copy on Amazon in Kindle or Paperback. 

Come back tomorrow for a special day, release day post for my book, ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON!

Good night,

Adana

 

A Rocket and a Raspberry – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Adana here and we’ve finally reached the Letter R.

Today I’m going to introduce to two awesome picture books.

First up here’s THE ROCKET THAT FLEW TO MARS written and illustrated by Audrey Sauble.

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A rocket, a robot, and the beginnings of a Mars colony…

A long time ago, in the house that Jack built, a rat ate the malt, a cat chased the rat, and a dog, a cow, and a maiden all-forlorn came by for a visit.

Now, on a red planet near our own, a truck builds a house, pressurized by an air system powered by a solar array and maintained by a robot…but space exploration comes with a few surprises.

This picture book is a fun STEM / science story for preschoolers and early readers. Through this space-age nursery rhyme, children can discover how life on Mars might, possibly, come to be—when The Rocket Flew to Mars.

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

Next up meet RASPBERRY SASSAFRASS by Allison Holland a story of a cow that moves to the city!

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The first book in this series introduces the reader to Raspberry Sassafras, a cow who moves from the farm to a high-rise apartment with her friend Jane, and learns to adjust to life in the big city. At the same time, Jane discovers that her friend Raspberry is far from being an ordinary cow.

Pick up your copy today in Kindle or paperback.

That’s all for today,

See you tomorrow,

Adana

 

 

Quincy the Quail and a Little Princess – Blogging from A to Z

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Hi Everyone,

Today we reach the letter Q – Quick, I have a Question. Can you think of a Quintet of things that begin with the letter Q?

Here’s one his name is Quincy and he’s a Quail and he’s the star of his own story QUINCY THE QUAIL SAVES A LIFE by Barbara Renner with illustrations by Amanda M. Wells.

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Quincy the Quail is a little clumsy, but that doesn’t stop him from taking care of his family. When the quail family hunt for food in a new neighborhood, they encounter a bullying hummingbird. Quincy protects his chicks from the bully and ends up saving a life.

Audio QR codes throughout the book allow the reader to hear the quail calls and hummingbird sounds by using a free QR Code Reader App. In addition, interesting facts about the Gambel’s Quail and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are included on almost every page. This book is appropriate for ages 3-7 and is educational as well as entertaining.

Children love hearing the animal sounds. Parents and teachers love the interactive innovation.

Available in paperback. 

Next up meet DADDY’S LITTLE PRINCESS (who may someday be a QUEEN) in this heart warming story by Steve Proutsos and illustrated by Callie Faye Lips.

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Daddy’s Little Princess is about a beautiful relationship between father and daughter.

It shows how a first time dad grows to become a confident and loving father and how a little girl, with the help of her dad, overcomes her fears and becomes a responsible, confident young woman.

The story takes places through eight nights during certain ages of the daughter’s life where she is scared to go to bed. In infant and toddler stages, she is frightened to be alone, but in the later stages, she is afraid of what is to come in her life. Her dad comes in her room to help her conquer her fears and show her how much he loves and cares for her.

After each night, the daughter has extraordinary dreams that helps her conquer her fear at that moment. Her father’s hopes are for her to grow up to be an independent and responsible young woman, but also know that he will always be there for her no matter what.

Pick up this story in Kindle or paperback.

That’s all for now. This little dragon is Quite tired and needs to sleep.

See you tomorrow,

Adana