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Children's Book Week

May 3-9 is Children's Book Week, the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

Today, we are publishing a special edition of LitNuts, with a great selection of children's books from indie authors, just in time for Mother's Day. Enjoy!

Marty: The Completely Unexpected, Absolutely Dangerous, and Rather Fun Adventure by E.W. Choate Jr.

Children and Young Adult

"Fantastic story!! I read this story with my 8-year-old nephew, and we both really enjoyed this. Definitely a story I'd like to read to my son when he's old enough!" -Kylie, ARC Reader. The first book in the series, Marty is the classic family book that’s entertaining for all ages. Join Marty and Ruzo on an adventure that will tickle the funny bone, tug at the heartstrings and spark the imagination. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Letters From Liza by Johnette DeRose

Children and Young Adult

“Beautifully written and illustrated book. My grandchildren are enjoying Liza‘s letters very much and I appreciate all the sound information behind each story." -Amazon review. Read Letters From Liza and experience the dog’s perspective and adventures with her human siblings, Sam and Bea. "It is essential for children to understand the perspective of others, and using a sweet dog helps to teach children patience and understanding." -Amazon review From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Samba in Brazil by Paul Yanuziello

Children and Young Adult

A perfect addition to every child's library. Samba the Bernese Mountain Dog goes on a holiday in Brazil. Join in the fun, play on the beautiful beaches and find out if Samba gets to dance in the big Carnaval parade. Beautiful illustrations capture the magic that is Brazil. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

A Special Day by Mahmoud Elzein

Children and Young Adult

Do you believe in magic, that of kindness and love? One year, Christmas and Eid fell on the same day. On that day, two girls met. Find out how their magical friendship and acts of kindness spread the spirit of giving. This story inspires children to think of others and to give generously regardless of social backgrounds and beliefs. A reader stated: I was enchanted with its sweet message and lovely illustrations about a friendship between two young girls from different religious backgrounds. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Badfreaky: The Meanest Witch by Konstantinos Adamopoulos

Children and Young Adult

A four year old girl, Marily, lives happily with her parents, a good witch called Goodypie, and her husband Mr. Goodweather. One day while Goodypie was boiling some plants and flowers in her big cooking pot, Marily falls into the pot and turns into the notorious Badfreaky, the meanest witch! " adorable story with imaginative characters and story line." -Readers' Favorite From $2.99 SHOP NOW 

Frederick Fly-Catcher by Helen C. Johannes

Children and Young Adult

“A fun adventure that was a hit with my nine-year-old!” -Amazon review. What happens when Frederick, a champion fly-catcher, is confronted with a human? After all, humans are dangerous! And worse, this human is carrying a thing of troublesome, powerful magic. What if Frederick can’t get it to stop? “The best thing I could do was to relax and enjoy the ride, so that’s exactly what I did.” -Astilbe, Long & Short Reviews From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Bobby and Brad by Ann Warner

Children and Young Adult

Are fairy stories true? How long do spells last? Is dying forever? Although Bobby Kowalski can no longer run and jump and throw stones in the pond the way he used to, it doesn't matter once Brad, a German shepherd, and Ethel and Bethel, two goats, join the family. A touching story about a child facing illness and disability with imagination and grace. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Mystic Invisible by Ryder Hunte Clancy

Children and Young Adult

“If you are a fan of Harry Potter, this book is a must read.” -Sublime Book Review. A teenage wizard moves to the mystically jeopardized Scottish Highlands to discover that magic is forbidden in a land where legends run awry. “With flavors of modern folklore and old-world chivalry, a riotously-paced adventure with a hip edge.” -McKelle George, author From $5.99 SHOP NOW

Only My Horses Know by Cinda Jo Bauman

Children and Young Adult

Kylie loves her life with her horses, best friend Joey, and her parents on their Montana horse ranch. Then one summer, Mom can't get out of bed one day, and the next, she can't sit still. She's embarrassing and mean, and Kylie keeps secrets from everyone except her horses. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Children of the Future by Jane Suen

Children and Young Adult

A small yellow school bus pulls up in front of the little red brick schoolhouse. Telly, the bus driver, discovers all of the children are missing -- all except one very frightened Billy who has hidden in a cabinet. Where is everyone? The little town of Rocky Flats is stirred into a frenzy. As the clock ticks and the little town rallies together in the search, will they find the children before it's too late? From $0.99 SHOP NOW


Greenwood Gone: Henry's Story by Sioux Roslawski

Children and Young Adult

Twelve-year-old Henry Simmons lives in Greenwood, the thriving side of Tulsa, OK, known as "Black Wall Street." One night, Henry's life changes forever when a Black shoe shiner is accused of assaulting a girl. Henry witnesses violence because of the color of his skin and has to flee with his family. "This riveting, multi-layered story about family, race, and loss will appeal to adults as well." -Amazon review From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Don't Delay - Free Online Events TODAY!

EventBrite is a great source of online culture, comedy and fine arts events, free and paid. Note that a (free) Eventbrite account may be required to register for these events.

Here are a couple of great events happening TODAY, May 7: 

“Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.” ~Thomas Wolfe

The Tender Grip of Desire by Melia Banu

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Injured in a car accident, Jane contemplates life in a wheelchair. When her best friend, Isabelle, connects her with a famous doctor, Jane starts believing in miracles until he takes an unprofessional interest in her. Is he in love with her, a married woman, ten years his senior? Or is it all in her head? To find out, Jane must choose between a crumbling past and a dangerous future. From $2.99 SHOP NOW

Sea of Glass by Tricia D. Wagner

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Twelve-year-old Teo spends his days helping his drunken papá hang windows on shanties along Baja’s wild coast. When an old angler presses Teo to seek a goddess—the Sea Angel—for rescue, Teo sets out to test whether help can be found at the hands of the gods. To learn the truth, he must look beyond legends and summon the courage to challenge his papá. And to reach freedom, he must tap his own strength, hidden beneath wounds laid by glass. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

The Secret of Azuron by J.R. Kearney

Science Fiction and Fantasy

In a small fishing village in the south of Ruun, eleven-year-old Landau discovers a long lost artifact that will change his life forever. When all creatures of myth begin to reveal themselves to him, Jema the knight is tasked to safeguard him to the wizard leaders of the Capital to find an answer to why these demons pursue him. What they discover will lead young Landau on a perilous journey across Heldorn to battle the greatest evil the land has ever known. From $4.99 SHOP NOW

Mission by Paul Forrester-O'Neill

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

“This book will stay with me.” -Sarah Haywood, The Cactus. A boy and his father are separated by an unforgivable lie. Twenty years later they meet, and the dying father tells his son of the men who cheated him and the town of Mission that spurned him. John plans his revenge. What follows is a twist of guile and brutality, mud and gold, as his father's enemies are played by the young man with the crooked snout and the pocketful of hatpins. “Powerful” -Tamar Hodes, The Water and the Wine From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Dark Horse by J.D. Underwood

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

After losing a promotion, Maria Henderson struggles to recapture career success. Meanwhile, Tony Carpenter, a former outlaw motorcycle gang member, returns under a shadow to his elderly mentor save his failing gym. When Carpenter’s unsavory past catches up with him, it threatens to undo all the work he and Maria have done. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

Crossroads - The Discovery Journal: Reflecting and Reaching Out by Gloria Jean Berry

General Nonfiction

It is said, "Experience is a hard teacher: she gives the test first, the lesson afterward." Life's challenges do not have to proceed in this manner. This innovative book and journal was written by a former teacher to enhance decision-making skills targeting teens and young adults and for individuals involved with these age groups. Features include: Self-help/discovery activities, Reasons to interact with others, Words of wisdom from influential & powerful figures. $11.99 SHOP NOW 

A Recent Release from a Prolific Indie Author, plus More Online Events

Today's featured books include a recent release from our long-time friend and Chicago Writers Association member Libby Fischer Hellmann. If you know Libby's work, you know her novels are always gripping and meticulously researched. If you don't know Libby, A Bend in the River would be a great introduction. 

Looking for online literary events you can attend from anywhere? Check out the listings on the Book Signing Event Calendar. They list a combination of in-person and virtual events, so look for listings that have been labeled as "Online Events" or events in your area.

"A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living." ~Rudolf Steiner

Like No Other Boy by Larry Center

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Publishers Weekly says Like No Other Boy "finds true beauty in the moving love of fathers for sons" in this emotional tale of a single father fighting for the happiness of his autistic child. By weaving in scientific concepts about communication barriers, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and humans' connections to animals, author Larry Center creates an optimistic story filled with hope. From $3.99 SHOP NOW

Crying, Learning, and Laughing: Why Students Visit the Teen Center by Tamika M. Murray

General Nonfiction

The struggle is real, but the help is sincere for adolescent students in Crying, Learning, and Laughing: Why Students Visit the Teen Center. The author recounts the stressful, but the often fun position as a case manager in a Teen Center. Students' daily interactions in a School-Based Youth Services Program add color to the murky topics of teen dating violence, child abuse, and mental health issues. The unexpected crises don't hinder the adolescents' high energy, but it brings insight for the curious reader. Interesting and helpful, Crying, Learning, and Laughing explore the often chaotic life of teens and how social workers in schools shine a light during dark times. From $0.99 SHOP NOW

If We Had Known by Arlene Lomazoff-Marron

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

While time often seemed to stand still, and tedious weeks stretched into months with no occurrence out of the ordinary, their lives had irrevocably changed in an instant. It was his eyes that told her. Those blue eyes. Like the water in the Caribbean. A college student. A professor. A secret. A devastating medical diagnosis. A young woman looking for meaning in her life. A man searching for his beginnings. A couple who wanted it all. Were their fates linked by circumstance? Or were other forces at work? From $2.99 SHOP NOW

A Bend in the River by Libby Fischer Hellmann

Literary Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

Is there a warning before life shatters into pieces? In 1968 two young Vietnamese sisters flee to Saigon after their village on the Mekong River is attacked by American forces and burned to the ground. The only survivors of the massacre that killed their family, the sisters struggle to survive but become estranged, separated by sharply different choices and ideologies. From $1.99 SHOP NOW

A Day at the Beach by Cassie Roberts, Judith Richards (Illustrator)

Children and Young Adult

Join William and Rose as they enjoy a fun-filled day at the beach helping their new friends to work together as a team. With cheerful and entertaining rhymes, A Day at the Beach is a wonderful read for all ages. From $6.57 SHOP NOW