Good News from Coast to Coast

On Friday night, ABC7-TV (KTO in San Francisco) did a feature “Salute to Cynthia Brian and Be the Star You Are!” A good bit of the feature centered around BTSYA’s Teen Star Review Team. In the story, you’ll hear about and see references to The Reading Tub. Check it out by clicking here.

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If you are an author or publisher who sent us a book for review, you should be excited to! Some of the books you’ve sent us that are currently being reviewed by the Team were a silent part of the story. Look at the video … the kids are handling your books, or reading your title!

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Easter Books for Kids

It just dawned on me, as I was preparing my Google adWords campaign, that I can post links to some of our favorite Easter books right here in the blog … so check ‘em out. Some are more about Easter, some are just springtime and bunnies.

Journey, Easter Journey
by Dandi Daley Mackall. The story chronicles Jesus’ life, from birth to his death and resurrection. This is an Easter poem.

The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown. A bunny finds an egg and dreams of whats inside, and finds the reality better than he could have hoped. This book introduces friendship in a sweet, fun, manner.

The Colt and the King by Marni McGee. An old donkey recalls the story of the day he was sold to strangers who needed a donkey that had never been ridden. When Jesus, the man he was to carry comforts him, his fear is replaced by pride and a desire to protect him from an “unsettling crowd.” This is the story of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on what is now Palm Sunday.

Hopalong Jack and the Blue Bunnies by Jeri Landers. With so many brother and sister bunnies, Jack desperately wants to find something that makes him stand out. But each time he thinks he’s hit upon the perfect thing, his brothers and sisters copy him. Ultimately, he learns that being unique comes from the inside. This is a picture book with a moral about understanding and accepting yourself.

Caterpillar Spring, Butterfly Summer by Susan Hood. A caterpillar makes friends with other insects, but is disappointed when they all fly away. After the caterpillar goes to sleep in its cocoon, he emerges as a beautiful butterfly, able to fly with his friends.

Boys + Books = Success

Check it out … Max Elliott Anderson has created a blog about books for boys. Here’s the link (you can also see it in our blogroll).

Max is the guy you want to talk to about books and boys. He was a reluctant reader and has made it his mantra to write books that boys will want to read. Max also makes sure that his stories have a purpose; there is always a lesson (or two) about choices and consequences.

You can read more about Max in the Reading Tub. Click here to see our interview. And here are some of Max’s books.

Big Rig Rustlers
Newspaper Caper
Legend of the White Wolf
Secret of Abbott’s Cave
Terror at Wolf Lake