My Top Book Choices for May

Here are the Books of the Month!

Rose and the Wish Thing: A Magical Story Of A Journey That Begins With A Young Girl’s Wish For Friendship


Caroline Magerl’s new children’s picture book, Rose and the Wish Thing, will surely strike a chord with children, parents and teachers alike.  Moving to a new city or town, or any change for that matter, can be a daunting task and it’s not always easy to adapt.  Rose’s story, coupled with beautiful illustrations, shows us that sometimes what we’re looking for is right outside our own window.

This is a delightful story filled with imagination and lovely illustrations. I highly recommend for young children ages 2-8. 

More about the Author:

Meet Caroline Magerl: talented author, artist, illustrator and print-maker. Magerl immigrated to Australia from Germany as a young girl and spent the majority of her childhood at sea on her parents’ yacht, sailing the east coast of Australia. This lifestyle accommodated little in the way of possessions, and so she especially treasured the East German picture books gifted to her by her Great Oma; “the two languages of imagery and words whose interplay had a profound impact on me”

This book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and all fine bookstores.


The Art of Connecting Generations Through Storytelling
Retired genealogist shares youth novel featuring atypical princess

Meet Alice – a self-sufficient young princess that uses her supernatural gifts to save herself, no prince charming necessary!

Alice is the magical main character in young adult novel “The Golden Princess” by L.R. Garner. After his family dispersed among multiple continents, Garner began writing this entertaining read as a method of staying in touch and keeping family ties strong.

“The story stems from raising our own family and having been made aware of royal family duties during my younger days of WWII,” Garner said.

In this coming-of-age story, readers follow 8-year-old Alice’s journey through childhood into her college years, introducing new friends, enemies and obstacles along the way. Pre-teens and young adults alike will relate to Alice as they face similar hurdles in their own lives.

Garner gets back to the basics of storytelling with “The Golden Princess” – the novel evolved from letters he wrote to his great grandchildren and great nieces every few months until eventually the book was a reality.

I like that the Princess does not need a prince to rescue her and found this a very interesting book to read! Highly recommend!

Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris LLC

This next one teaches an important lesson..Just be yourself! 


Through his delightful new book, Remember, Just Be You, William Campbell helps parents and children understand it’s ok to be “different” and to follow your own path. Readers follow character Mark through his first few weeks at a new school as he struggles with fitting in and feeling like he can’t do anything right.

Mark doesn’t enjoy sports, cannot play an instrument, is ignored at recess, has not learned how to ride a bike and doesn’t look like other kids. Mark doesn’t even have a puppy and now he’s not sure he wants to continue going to school. After all, he doesn’t feel like he belongs anywhere. Luckily for Mark, his parents understand and keep reminding him he can work on what he cannot do and to always, “Just be you!”

Thoughtfully written and beautifully illustrated, Remember, Just Be You, inspires adults and children to embrace:

  • Being different – we are all special and unique
  • Acceptance – true friends will always accept you
  • Unique talents – we all have hidden talents, we just have to discover what they are
  • Patience – with ourselves and finding those who accept us for who we are
  • Determination – never give up on yourself

I recommend this as a must-read for children of all ages! Many children do not think it is okay to just be who they are and I think that children will relate to this book and maybe realize that it is okay to be different.

Remember, Just Be You is available on Amazon. A portion of each book sold will go towards Saint Jude and Feed America.

This next book made me laugh out loud and I am sure kids will find this one a fun one to read!


The first Zombie Goldfish picture book, THE FINTASTIC FISHSITTER, and the final chapter book in the Zombie Goldfish series, ANY FIN IS POSSIBLE, both were released  this past March!

The Zombie Goldfish series are the perfect chapter books for kids in that tricky 6-10 age range, and the picture book will introduce new readers early so they can grow into the series!

These books are based on the true story of the time Mo and her brother resuscitated their childhood goldfish with a AA battery!

Yes, an AA battery! How creative and original this one is! Kids 6-10 will love the chapter books and the picture book will definitely be a hit with kids 5+.

The entire series can be found on

I love this next one! If you love cats, this one is a must-have!

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Paper Cats
By PaperMade™

Punch out, fold…voila! Instant Cuddly Kitty.

Paper Cats is the 5th in a remarkable series by paper toy maker PaperMade.™ The whimsical and playful cat designs are pre-cut, scored and perforated—easy to punch out, fold up and enjoy—instantly becoming adorable 3D objects to play with and love! Paper Cats also comes with 8 special pages that transform into the quintessential cat habitat—a carpeted cat condo! Paper Cats deftly combines paper craft with advanced paper engineering so no glue, tape or tools are ever needed!

Paper Cats make great companions for anyone age 7 to 101. Best of all, they don’t need litter boxes or food, and don’t kick up any dander—some people may love them more than real cats.

Paper Cats includes:

One oversized scratching post / carpeted cat condo
Piano Cat — the YouTube piano-playing feline
Mac — the orange tabby from Bryant Park
Surprise Kitty — another YouTube cat star
Cranky Cat — never content, even for a cat that sleeps all day
Spooky — redefining the term “scary black cat”

PaperMade™ Books are easy to understand and assemble—no glue, tape or tools are EVER needed. They’re a safe, simple, and nostalgic alternative to digital games that are fun for the whole family. PaperMade™ — Paper craft for the masses.

I did really have fun with this one and was surprised how easy they were to put together! 

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I love this next one because it is great for families! 

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LOOK AT US NOW: A Creative Family Journal (A Tarcher Perigee paperback, on sale May 5, 2016) by Bernadette Noll, an interactive diary for families to complete together. Filled with clever questions that will engage parents and kids alike, this illustrated journal encourages families to capture the essence of their lives during the present moment. It’s the seemingly mundane things – the sleep patterns, school choices, and family rhythms and rituals – that make up the fabric of daily life; and Noll captures this with playful prompts, including:

  • The last time we laughed out loud was because…
  • What does family dinner look like? Who talks the most? The least?
  • Inside jokes. Family sayings. And things only our family gets (Spill it):
  • Things we appreciate about each family member:
  • Something crazy that happened this month:

Designed for families of all ages, LOOK AT US NOW will foster connection, reflection, and creative fun.

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I love how this one encourages family time and also helps family members to get to know each other better! I recommend for all ages.

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Being a Teen is tough! I highly recommend this next one for all Teenagers!


Stop. Breathe. Chill. by Beth Stebner offers teens 100 short mindfulness meditations, each tailored to a specific situation, such as taking a high stakes exam, or dealing with decisions about risky behavior, to help teens find resilience and strength while practicing coping skills that they’ll need in school, and throughout their lives.

How I wish this book was around when I had been a teenager! I feel that this book really is a must-read for all teenagers and highly recommend! I’m hoping to get my 12-year-old son to read this one!

More about the book & author:

100 easy exercises for everyday mindfulness

 Stop. Breathe. Chill. can help teens focus on the present instead of worrying about what the future holds, as they learn to manage the stress of school, family expectations, and life in general.


Beth Stebner is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and reporter. She currently writes for several publications, including HelloGiggles, Bustle, theFashionSpot, and the Wall Street Journal, covering everything from the latest beauty trends to body-positive fashion. Visit her website at

You can purchase on and B&N.


Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post.


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