Books of the week!

I Can Fly Girl

Looking for a book for your children that will teach them about believing in themselves? This is the perfect book! If You Tell Me, I Can Fly is a stirring tale for children about transformations in life and how one day they, too, will emerge from childhood’s cocoon to fly as young adults. Thayer’s words are complemented by the illustrations of Linda Nagy.

Children and parents will follow along as a hummingbird, a bumblebee and other winged creatures leave the earth behind and take flight for the first time. This unusual book comes in two versions with two inspiring endings – one featuring a girl, the other a boy.

It is a delightful story with beautiful illustrations! I highly recommend!

About The Author


Sharon Thayer also is the author of The Myth of Santa’s Beard. She is a former teacher and owner of a nature-based childcare center who now is a full-time author of children’s books. As a child growing up in Rockford, Ill., Thayer’s attempts to read were stymied by dyslexia, but today she enjoys reading aloud and sharing her stories with children

The following are some great creative choices for kids!

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Duct Tape Engineer: The Book of Big, Bigger, and Epic Duct Tape Projects by Lance Akiyama is a great one for teens! I recommend this one for ages 14+. From a working cannon to a bridge, this powerful everyday adhesive is perfect for creating incredible things! In Duct Tape Engineer, master tinkerer Lance Akiyama shows readers how to design and build fourteen mega projects ranging from backpacks to queen-size beds from nothing but duct tape. Every project is specially designed by Akiyama to be a blast to build, and last a good long time. Packed with full-color illustrations and easy to follow instructions, Duct Tape Engineer is perfect for crafters of any age.

I was really impressed with the variety of different projects and that they weren’t complicated.

About the Author:

Author Lance Akiyama combines tinkering and education into a single aspiration: to create a better world by inspiring the next generation of innovators with exciting hands-on projects. He has created project-based learning tutorials on, started an after-school engineering service, and is currently employed as a STEM-based curriculum developer for Galileo Learning. Lance spends his free time designing elaborate plans for advanced contraptions, keeping journals in cryptic backwards writing, and attempting to fly by strapping paper wings to his arms and leaping from rooftops. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area. Lance Akiyama is the author of Rubber Band Engineer (2016), Duct Tape Engineer (2017), and the forthcoming 2018 book DIY Ballistics Engineer–all from Rockport Publishers.

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Have a teen who loves Star Wars? This one is a must-buy! Star Wars: Build a Scene –  Build Papercraft Scenes from a Galaxy Far, Far Away by Benjamin Harper and Claudio Dias.

Star Wars: Build a Scene includes everything you need to make iconic papercraft scenes from the Star Wars universe. The kit provides ten sheets of punch-out pieces and step-by-step instructions for creating three detailed 5″ x 8″ x 4″ paper dioramas, including one with LED lights.

Re-create the drama of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader’s duel on Mustafar from Revenge of the Sith; the nail-biting trench battle on the Death Star from A New Hope; and the Kylo Ren and Rey lightsaber fight in the snowy forest of the Starkiller Base from The Force Awakens. The accompanying book includes illustrated assembly instructions for the models, along with three essays on each classic scene and how they were designed and filmed.

Each model takes roughly 2–4 hours to build.

This one will keep older kids busy if they are still on summer vacation!

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Stick Sketch School: An Animal Artventure – Mastering the Art of Stick by Billy Attinger and Rachel Kochackis is a lot of fun! I had fun with this one! I am not the best at drawing but am pretty good at drawing stick people so I had fun drawing stick animals! I recommend this one for ages 10+.

About the Authors:

Author Billy Attinger is an artist, entrepreneur, and creator of successful brands, including Stick World(r), an iconic collection of stick figure art whose multi-million dollar program has been licensed and sold successfully throughout major retailers around the world. Billy resides in sunny Southern California where lives with his wife and three beautiful children, whom he credits as the major source of inspiration for his lively, playful, and humorous style. His company, Inconceivable Studios, as well as his portfolio, can be viewed at and


Author Rachel Kochackis was a pioneer in early digital warfare (video games) and was part of the original Stick War think tank (high school Spanish class) with Billy Attinger. A consistently misunderstood frequent flyer to the school psychologist, she helped co-found the faux-rock band The Roach Motels. She has enjoyed success writing books and screenplays and currently resides with her three trilingual dogs: Victoria, Chloe Osita Horachata, and Jasper.

Middle Grades Summer Reading: Harry Potter Fans Will Love Seven & Two!


The first book in the “Our Young Guardian” series, Seven & Two launches the epic journey of a group of children who leave their family to join an ancient quest against a dark, evil army. Reminiscent of such coming of age stories as Lord of the Flies and the epic tales of Harry Potter, Seven & Two is really magical and middle school age children will love this one!

About the author:
Rodi Szoke was born in Mexico City but now lives with his family in Texas. His ancestry blends Hungarian and Mexican heritages across generations. He earned his bachelor’s degree in information technology in 1991 and has worked in that field ever since. Early in his life, Rodi developed a keen interest in fantasy and sci-fi adventures, making him grow into an avid moviegoer and casual gamer. Seven & Two is his debut novel.

Learn more about Rodi at and connect with him on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

Our Young Guardians: Seven & Two is available on Amazon.


“Otis Grows” Offers Adventure, Perspective, and Comfort.

In the beautifully crafted new children’s book Otis Grows by Kathryn Hast, we’re introduced to young Otis, a red onion who is forced to question his origin and allegiances—given that his mom, a yellow chicken, is part of the Nuh-Uhs, and his dad, a blue flower, stems from the Yes-Chums. Struggling to find answers, Otis runs away, only to encounter more colors and cultures than he could ever imagine. Rooted in the challenges of family conflict, this book appeals to any child – or adult – who knows that growing up can be tough, but that, ultimately, love and wonder will win.

This is a delightful story that I recommend for families to read together! 

More info:

Kathryn Hast has a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in writing and a Master’s degree in Education. She is from York, Pennsylvania, and she lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and two children. She has one dog named after a Beatles song, and one that barks at the television. Otis Grows is her first published work of fiction, and her next book Batty Betty is forthcoming.

Learn more at www.lujubooks.comFacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Otis Grows can be purchased from and Amazon.

The next two our delightful picture books!



This one is a really delightful story about Little Plane who learns to sky-write. Children will laugh out loud and enjoy this story!In the tradition of Stephen Savage’s award-winning picture books, the main character learns a big lesson about persistence and determination as he learns to master loopity-loops — the one trick that doesn’t come easily for him.

More info: 

Stephen Savage

Stephen Savage is the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling picture book Polar Bear Night, also named a New York Times Best Illustrated Picture Book. He’s also the creator of Little Tug, which School Library Journal called “petite but powerful,” and Supertruck, which earned six starred reviews and a Geisel Honor.

DON'T BLINK by Tom Booth_FC

DON’T BLINK! by Tom Booth is unique! It is quite different than most picture books out there!  Don’t Blink breaks the fourth wall, drawing readers into an actual staring contest with the characters on the pages. Young readers and fans of Press Here and The Book With No Pictures will love interacting with this story on a whole new level.

More about the Author:

Tom Booth

Tom Booth actively shares his artwork with fans on Facebook, Tumblr, and especially Instagram, on which he has over 30,000 followers alone. On Instagram, nine posts featuring characters from this book received over a thousand likes each.


Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above books to facilitate this book feature. Images and info were also provided.



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