Penguins and Pets – Blogging from A to Z


Hi Everyone, Adana here. What a Perfectly Pretty day!

In Dragon Land I’ve never met anyone that wasn’t a dragon (apart from that mean Giant, but he’s far away now.)

But I love to go to the Dragon Land library and look at books from around the world. And from those I’ve learned about all kinds of creatures including dogs and penguins and cats!

Our first book today is written and illustrated by Jennifer Stolzer an author that lives in the same city as Debbie — St. Louis, MO.


Lily, Parker, and Cowboy spend a fun day at the dog park, but when Cowboy tries to make a new friend, things do not go as planned.

This book is based on the award-winning short film “Dog Park” by Jennifer Stolzer that received “Best Animation” award at the St. Louis Filmmaker’s Showcase at Webster University Film Festival and was shown at the St. Louis International Film Festival in 2008.

Pick up your copy in paperback on Amazon.

Our second book today is called THE WOBBLY PENGUIN by Clair Maskell (Author) and Dean Maskell (Illustrator). This is a very special book with a mission to teach children what it might be like to live with Multiple Sclerosis.

Bye for now.
Come back tomorrow to meet a Quail called Quincy.

O is for Orangutan and Ollie – Blogging from A to Z


OOOOOOOO – I like saying that! Today I’m going to introduce you to two books featuring the letter OOOOOOOOOO!

First up a gorgeous book about an ORANGUTAN. Debbie owns a copy of this book and says it’s beautiful and informative. Rita Goldner did a wonderful job in both the story and the illustrations. Isn’t that orangutan adorable?


When a young orangutan wakes in his nest of leaves, his day in the rainforest begins. He swings through the canopy searching for food, visits the river below, and encounters other Borneo wildlife-some of which create great danger. At day’s end, the young orangutan settles into a new nest of leaves with his mother, ready for another adventure tomorrow. Full of colorful, whimsical illustrations, the book also includes words to know, fun facts, and activities on related website.

ORANGUTAN: A DAY IN THE RAINFOREST CANOPY is a Nautilus Book Award silver winner in the picture book, non-fiction category! This national book award honors books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities, and global citizens.

Pick up your copy in Kindle or Hardcover.

Next meet OLLIE in Ollie Discovers the Planets by Anya Akers


Ollie is an adventurous little alien who is both inquisitive and fearless. He lives with his Mum and Dad on a little planet called Pluto , just left of the twinkling, winking star. Ollie wanted an adventure, and as he looked up at the beautiful shimmering stars, he decided that he wanted to explore the biggest, and the brightest star of them all. It was called the Sun, and it sparkled, it shimmered and it shone.

You can pick up a copy of Ollie’s book directly from Anya’s website and also follow Ollie on Facebook.

Come back tomorrow to celebrate the letter P.



N is for Night and No Place Like Earth – Blogging from A to Z


Hi everyone,

Did you have a good weekend? Debbie had an exciting one as she got to go see Hamilton this weekend with her son, Joey at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

Today we’re celebrating the letter N with two awesome books. The first features a word that is dear to my heart, Earth. In NO PLACE LIKE EARTH by Lori Fettner and illustrated by Michael Fettner, we follow a child’s dream on a journey through space.


The child looks for a place to land while exploring each planet, but some are too hot, some are too cold, and some are just made of liquid and gas. Only planet Earth is just right.

Fun rhyming text introduces children to each planet and basic facts about it. The text is accompanied by stunning images of a rocket traveling through the solar system, interspersed by close up images of each planet in order.

While each planet is amazing in its own way, there is only one we can call home. If parents choose, this can be the start to a conversation about how we can take better care of our planet.

Pick up your copy on Amazon in Kindle or paperback. 

Next up we have SHIMMER: SONGS OF NIGHT by Raven Howell  (Author) and‎ Carina Povarchik (Illustrator).


Love the kitty on the cover here. They’re obviously a fantastic artist as the moon painting this awesome NIGHTtime scene.

For a child, the time between sundown and sunup can be an enchanting world of mystery and fun, a time when fairies dance, night creatures creak and hum, and stars reign over all. What are a child’s thoughts when he or she hears the evening’s first cricket, has a sleepover with friends, or looks up at the stars and wonders, “What’s up there?”

Pick up your copy in hardback or paperback on Amazon.

Come back tomorrow when we’ll meet a space explorer called OLLIE and an ORANGUTAN.

See ya,


M is for Math! Blogging from A to Z


Hi Everybody,

Adana here. Do you like MATH? I have to say it was never my favorite subject. Today though I’m introducing two awesome picture books that make math fun.

The first is MATHIMALS by Jon Hales (Author), and Charlene Mosley (Illustrator)


Do you find it hard to add?! Brace yourself for a fun, slightly unusual and mildly chaotic lesson in basic addition! What happens when you add 1 mouse + 1 sheep, for example? Or 4 caterpillars + 4 fish? You’ll find out in this hugely entertaining picture book filled with weird and wonderful creatures.

Packed with brightly coloured illustrations, clever wordplay and lots of fun details, this rhyming story is sure to capture the imaginations of young children and is designed to help easy sums stick in the mind.

Perfect for ages 3-5 but with plenty for younger and older children to enjoy.

I had the privilege to read this one and was very impressed both with the concept and the illustrations.

Pick up a paperback from Amazon UK or US or a Kindle copy.

Next up meet MACKENZIE THE MATHEMATICIAN by Samara Lynch (Author) and‎ Rahana Dariah (Illustrator)


Look at Makenzie out in space! Doesn’t that look awesome?

Mackenzie the Mathematician tells the story of a 3rd grader, Mackenzie, who has such a deep adoration for math, she spends most of her time daydreaming about becoming a famous mathematician. However, that all changes when she enters a math competition.

Pick up your copy on Amazon in Kindle or paperback.

By for now – see you next time with the letter N!


Life and Lily – Blogging from A to Z


Hello Lovelies,

Today we celebrate the letter L with a Sassy Chick and a penguin called Lily.


When two silly sisters, Carly and Riley are busy playing in their tree house, they stumble upon a strange object on the window sill. It is a purple egg with pink fuzz.! What in the world will hatch from this thing? Can you guess? When the egg cracks, the creature inside is unlike anything they have ever seen. The adventures begin as the girls come up with fun ideas on how to take care of this adorable new pet.

Pick up Cindy’s book on Kindle, Hardcover, and Paperback on Amazon.

Next up meet Lily Penguin who is stuck inside on a snowy day.



A little penguin discovers that she can explore her surroundings and see the world around her by using her imagination.

Read her tale in paperback or Kindle from Amazon.  

Now I’m off to use my imagination. Come back tomorrow to explore two fun mathematical books for the letter M.


I is for Invisible – Picture Books from A to Z



Hi Adana here,

Can you see me? Or am I perhaps INVISIBLE? Which just happens to be the title of the picture book I’m introducing today.



I’m going to let the author Rachael J. Parkin tell us a little about her book:

I’m Rachael, a 30-something mum, author and data analyst from Pontefract in West Yorkshire, England. As I sit here writing this I am comfy in my pjs and dressing gown, thinking that a nap may be a good idea this afternoon!

I have suffered with a number of invisible illnesses throughout my life and in the last 4 years have had more operations and diagnostic procedures than I care to remember. I am thankful to have a family who have always been supportive but it is very difficult to explain exactly how I feel, especially to my children. I decided to use my passion and talent for writing and drawing to try and bridge the gap.

This is my first book about invisible illness, although I envisage more along the way. I already have two children’s books published on Amazon and this will be my 3rd!

Visit Rachael’s website at

And her Facebook page

And pick up copy of INVISIBLE on Amazon.

Picture Books fro A to Z – B is for Breeze and Big Sisters!


Welcome back, Adana here and today I’d like to introduce to two awesome B books!

First up meet a tired little cloud that falls asleep on the BREEZE. He wakes to realize that he has drifted far from the lands he knows. He sets out on his new adventure eager for what awaits. The little cloud is confused when things don’t go the way he expected. He has visited new places. He has seen new faces. Will he make new friends?

Find out in Kristen Iten’s ADVENTURES ON THE BREEZE.



Do you have a BIG sister or a brother? As far as I know I have no brothers and sisters as I’m the only Earth Dragon in my land.

But even you don’t it’s okay. You can still enjoy this book. Sometimes it’s hard for small children to accept their new sibling. this book teaches sibling love along with a few questions in the back.

What are Big Sisters for? by Jazmine Wright


Announcement! For the next few days Debbie is going to be part of YASH – the awesome Young Adult Scavenger Hunt. So while this blog is devoted to YASH the A to Z of picture books will continue over at Debbie’s sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles.

Come by tomorrow for the letter C (which of course is for CAT).

Bye for now, I’m going to get some sleep – Adana


A is for Adana – Picture Books from A to Z


Hello everybody and welcome to Paws 4 Thought. I’m Adana the Earth Dragon and I’m going to be your host throughout the month of April for Blogging from A to Z.

The theme of this month is indie picture books and I have oodles to introduce, plus I’m really excited because my own book ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON is releasing this month on Earth Day, April 22.


So do you want to know a little about me and my story? Well I’m Adana and I’m small and brown and really not that interesting. I’m also the only Earth Dragon in the world of the dragons and don’t have the special skills of other dragons. I can’t fly like the air dragons, or swim like the water dragons or make flames like the fire dragons.

So what can a little earth dragon do? I guess you’re going to have read my story to find out.  You can preorder my story today on this blog or on Amazon.

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Come back tomorrow when I’ll introduce some awesome picture books beginning with the letter B.

Urban Fantasy Reads and A Very Busy April!

Hi folks – got a very busy April coming up, both on this blog and out and about. So what’s up? Well starting April 1st I’ll be participating in the annual Blogging from A to Z challenge. You may remember last year I did an A to Z of P.A.W.S. characters in April and in fact you can still check these out.

This April I’m releasing a new picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon, on Earth Day (April 22) and so decided to devote this year’s A to Z to sharing the awesome picture books from a bunch of indie authors.

But that’s when it gets complicated. Every year for the last several I’ve applied to be part of the YA Scavenger Hunt, but sadly have never been accepted – until this year that is. So between April 3 and April 8 I’m excited to be hosting YASH on this blog. I’m part of purple team – and purple is my favorite color. Come by and enter and you’ll have a chance to win a whole bunch of books from a number of YA authors PLUS I’ll be running a separate rafflecopter giveaway on this blog.

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So what of A to Z you ask? Well for the days I’m hosting YASH my A to Z posts will continue over at my sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles – and then after YASH they’ll be right back here.

But wait, there’s more … From April 6th to 8th I’ll also by participating in Brains to Books over at Goodreads and I’m going to be participating in Camp NaNoWriMo and trying to finish the first draft of Cotula (P.A.W.S. 5). AND for the whole month of April I’ll be celebrating the release of Adana the Earth Dragon at two release events in St. Louis – at The Novel Neighbor on the 21st and at the Book House on April 28 plus if you preorder the paperback directly from me you’ll be entered into a giveaway for an cute little dragon of your own.

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Just one more thing. Do you need something good to read this weekend? I’ve got together with a bunch of awesome Urban Fantasy authors for a special promotion. All of our books (including my P.A.W.S. Saga) are on sale this weekend for either 99 cents or FREE. Check it out.