April, 2011

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Children’s Book Week: May 2nd – 8th

“Since 1919, Children’s Book Week has been celebrated countrywide with author & illustrator appearances, parties, storytelling, and other book-related events in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs — anywhere where kids and books connect.”

Visit the Children’s Book Week website at www.bookweekonline.com to view events taking place across the country and to learn more about this annual celebration.

How will you celebrate Children’s Book Week?

GAP AUTHOR WATCH: Marilee Crow Attending LA Festival of Books on April 30th!


GAP Author Marilee Crow will be attending the LA Festival of Books on April 30th. She will be in the booth with Be There Bedtime Stories.

The annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will be held:

Saturday April 30, 2011 from 10am – 6pm

Sunday, May 1, 2011 from 10am – 5pm at:

University of Southern California

For more information about this event please visit http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/

Writing has been a passion for Marilee Crow since she was a child. She is a multi-published author of romance novels and children’s books. Her first book, Down By The Shore, was nominated for a Cybil award in the first few months of its release. Some of her children’s books includes: Alleycat, Cartwheel Annie, and A Short Tale about A Long Tail.

Visit her online at http://booksbymarilee.blogspot.com/.

GAP Titles Nominated for Global eBook Awards

The following Guardian Angel Publishing titles have been nominated in the Global eBook Awards.

THE GOLDEN PATHWAY BY DONNA MCDINE AND ILLUSTRATED BY K.C. SNIDER

Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

ONE PELICAN AT A TIME BY NANCY STEWART AND ILLUSTRATED BY SAMANTHA BELL


Bella and Britt love living by the beach. When they find oil washing to shore from a gulf spill, they want to help but are told there is nothing for kids to do. But when their old friend, the pelican, becomes covered with oil, they help save his life by their quick thinking and action.

SULLY’S TOPSY TALE BY DONNA J. SHEPHERD AND ILLUSTRATED BY KEVIN SCOTT COLLIER

The final picture book in the Topsy Tales trilogy features a jazz loving, bebopping, singing snake suffering with laryngitis. What’s an independent snake that only sings solos to do? While waiting for his voice to return, Sully learns to appreciate the talents of others and the value of friendship. 
 
Look for these and other GAP titles at http://guardianangelpublishing.com/.

GAP Author Watch: Mary Jean Kelso Signing at Zoo’n Around Child Center

GAP author Mary Jean Kelso will be signing books on Saturday, April 16th from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Zoo’n Around Child Center, 380 Crimson Way, Fernley, NV.

Mary Jean is the author of:

Andy & the Albino Horse



Andy & Spirit Go to the Fair


Andy & Spirit in the Big Rescue


Andy & Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen


One Family’s Christmas


RV Mouse


The Adventures of Andy & Spirit: Book 1 Tweens


The Christmas Angel

You can visit Mary Jean online at http://www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso.

Bestselling GAP Nonfiction Titles on Fictionwise!

In the Number 1 spot at Fictionwise for bestselling Children’s Nonfiction is Bill Kirk’s No Bones About It! from The Sum of Our Parts series. This book is illustrated by Eugene Ruble.

Learning the bones in the human body can be a challenge for anyone. Using this clever learning tool in rhyme may be just what you’ve been looking for, no bones about it. You’ll be amazed at how fast you will be able to learn them from head to toe. Study the bones, find fun factoids, take the quiz, discover the mystery bones.

Angel Eyes is a heartwarming adventure of two cherubs, Kennedy and Tristan. They help children understand what the angels might have felt when Jesus came to Earth and was crucified.

Currently ranked as #4 in Children’s Nonfiction.

This book invites you to view life down by the shore through unique poetic prose and enchanting photos that truly captures its beauty. Inquisitive students who love nature will delight in learning how sharks inspire fear in swimmers and what kind of birds share a rocky ledge with sea lions.

Currently ranked as #5 in Children’s Nonfiction.

This book about Earthquakes empowers your kids with information and preparedness. What causes earthquakes? Can we predict them? How are earthquakes measured? How do we prepare for them? There are lots of fun factoids and a few experiments. (Learn how to make your own seiche.) What was the biggest earthquake? Find out here.

Currently ranked as #6 in Children’s Nonfiction.

A troupe of hamsters celebrate a year of hare-brained holidays in their unique hamster style. The book highlights nouns and adjectives on each page, as well as exploring opposites. Activity pages include scrambled words, match-up and crossword puzzles—plus much more. Grammar becomes fun and games with hamster helpers.

Currently ranked as #7 in Children’s Nonfiction.

Have a frolicking good time Learning with Professor Hoot! Zany animal characters and colorful art teach kids the alphabet and colors with this delightful exploration of an alphabet learning experience. Alphabet animals from Aardvark to a zigzagging Zebra teach the alphabet to children of all ages. 28 pages, 28 illustrations. Activity page with Picture Seek & Finds and Word Puzzles.

Currently ranked as #9 in Children’s Nonfiction.

Look into each holiday and you’ll begin to notice the different shapes that make up objects that relate to each day. See if you can spot the different shapes in each picture. Now look around you. It doesn’t have to be a holiday to shape up into a great day. Uniquely illustrated with cut out art. Teaches shapes, colors and counting. There’s an activity page, too!

Currently ranks as #11 in Children’s Nonfiction.

Also, based upon data gathered by Fictionwise over the past 20 days, Guardian Angel Publishing’s nonfiction titles hold four of the top five spots for bestsellers in their Children’s Nonfiction category. These include:

No Bones About It! by Bill Kirk and illustrated by Eugene Ruble

Angel Eyes by Dixie Phillips and illustrated by Kim Sponaugle

Down by the Shore by Marilee Crow with photo art by MarySue Roberts

Learning Your Animal ABCs written and illustrated by Eugene Ruble.

For more information about these and other GAP titles, please visit our website at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/!

Bestselling GAP Fiction Titles on Fictionwise!

Reanie is a shy girl. She has a new step dad whose shoulders seem to fill their small house. Afraid to disappoint him, she retreats to her room whenever Bill asks her to play. But when he invites her on a photo safari in the creek, Reanie can’t resist. As the father and daughter splash through the water, they encounter many creatures. Bill teaches Reanie how to handle a camera, and her new step-dad doesn’t seem so strange anymore.

Illustrated with Kim Chatel’s stunning photography, this is more than a story. It is a journey with Reanie as she finds her voice and her artistic talent. The back of the book includes five non-fiction pages about photography: a glossary of terms, tips on taking better pictures and historical tidbits about photography.

Current ranks as #2 in Children’s Fiction.

Whimsical rhymes speed Chizzy and Dotty into the jungle on a whirlwind search for tempting fruit. Kevin Scott Collier illustrates Chizzy’s rollicking escapades with a deft and humorous touch. Solid values, like helping a friend in need and minding Momma, make Chizzy’s Topsy Tale a wonderful read-aloud choice.    

Currently ranks as #10 in Children’s Fiction.

What child doesn’t wish for a horse of his own? Aaron certainly does! When his wish comes true Aaron is thrilled, but a horse in the house presents a few unexpected problems, and now Aaron has a tough decision to make. Will Aaron’s choice make everyone happy? What about Horace?

Currently ranks as #31 in Children’s Fiction.

Tabby tells of big and warm houses, meals everyday, soft beds to sleep in and people who stroke your fur. While the other cats laugh at the stories, Alleycat believes. His belief is so strong that he sets out to find one of those big warm houses.

Currently ranks as #37 in Children’s Fiction.

This endearing book introduces Splish, who longs to read—all by himself. Mama tells Splish to be patient and keep trying, and one day it will happen. Splish wants to believe Mama, but he still sulks and gets frustrated. In the end, perseverance and patience (everyone’s) are rewarded!

Currently ranks as #39 in  Children’s Fiction.

Andy and Spirit’s world expands as they grow together and experience things neither would have had the opportunity to do alone.  The two become heroes to each other as they meet and accomplish challenges Andy never thought possible before the two of them became a team.

Currently ranks as #40 in Children’s Fiction. Additional books in this series, Andy & Spirit in the Big Rescue and Andy and the Albino Horse rank #41 and 42 in Children’s Fiction respectively.

Guardian angels are being turned into bubbles! Join Alison and her pets—a golden retriever, a deer, and a mouse—as they cross forests, hike mountains, and climb rainbows in order to find God and help the angels. An adventurous, mythical journey!

For more information about these and other titles, please visit http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/!

Today’s Amazon Bestsellers, Most Gifted, and Most Wished For

Bella and Britt love living by the beach. When they find oil washing to shore from a gulf spill, they want to help but are told there is nothing for kids to do. But when their old friend, the pelican, becomes covered with oil, they help save his life by their quick thinking and action.

Bestsellers rank of #36 today! It is also #96 on the Most Wished For in Children’s Books list.

Eight-year old Melina wants to become a good violinist. When she loses confidence, her Rumanian teacher Andrea decides it’s time for a magic dose of self esteem. A mysterious old woman in rags gives Melina some curious advice; a violinist Russian hamster, who happens to live under the old woman’s hat, offers her a virtuoso performance; a shooting star fills her with hope on Christmas Eve. Is Melina actually playing better, or has her violin become magic? Who is the old woman in the town square, and why does she wear the same emerald ring as her teacher Andrea?

This book is #62 on the Most Gifted in Children’s Books list and #18 on the Most Wished For in Children’s Books list.
 
For more information about these and other GAP titles please visit our website at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/!

April Issue of Guardian Angel Kids Magazine Now Available!

The latest issue of Guardian Angel Kids Magazine is now available! In the April 2011 issue you’ll get to watch a video for Ouch! Sunburn by Donna J. Shepherd and illustrated by Kevin S. Collier. You can also read Sarah’s Socks: My World of Autism by Lisa Kamateros and Nia Morfonios.

You’ll also find featured stories and poems, along with great activities and games. And you won’t want to miss this month’s article for kids or our article on teaching kids to eat healthy.

Visits the Guardian Angel Kids Magazine website at http://guardian-angel-kids.com/ to read the April 2011 issue . You can also find back issues on our website.

Follow Nancy Stewart’s ‘One Pelican at a Time’ VBT

GAP author Nancy Stewart is going on a virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book! to promote her debut release, One Pelican at a Time. This is the first U.S. children’s book to tackle the issue of the 2010 Deepwater Gulf Oil Spill.

Bella and Britt love living by the beach. When they find oil washing to shore from a gulf spill, they want to help but are told there is nothing for kids to do. But when their old friend, the pelican, becomes covered with oil, they help save his life by their quick thinking and action.

Look for author interview, guest posts, book reviews, and chances to win a copy of this Amazon bestselling title. You can follow Nancy’s virtual book tour by visiting her tour page for a complete schedule at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/01/19/one-pelican-at-a-time-virtual-book-tour-march-and-april-2011/

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