Writing Your Own Book- Part 4- Submissions

You feel done. Your reviewers are satisfied with your work. You have combed over every word. You’ve trimmed the fat. Well done! It’s time to submit! The first thing I would recommend doing, which requires a little leg work from you, is finding books at the library that you love, that have a similar feel… Read more »


The Circus Ship: Book Review

Author/Illustrator: Chris Van Dusen Best for kids: who love animals and good books On the dust jacket: When a circus ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, the circus animals must stagger to the shore of a small island. At first the townspeople view them with suspicion, but it’s not long before locals and… Read more »


Writing Your Own Book: Part 3- Revision

At our book launch party a charming little girl named Mikayla informed me that she wanted to be a children’s book author. She treated me a bit like a celebrity and wanted to know all about my journey to authorhood. The role of celebrity suited me rather well, I thought. I love kids. Especially the forward ones. Mikayla informed… Read more »


The Name Jar: Book Review

Author/Illustrator: Yangsook Choi Best for kids: who are learning about diversity, who ever thought about changing their own name On the dust jacket: Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead… Read more »


I Took My Kids to See Storks this Week… Twice

My kids loved it, but then again, kids are easy to entertain.  Most will sit and watch the most inane drivel as long as the movie is brightly animated.  I’m looking at you, Turbo. Sometimes, especially with non-Pixar animated films, I get the feeling that the film was made just to provide Netflix content which… Read more »


How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans: Book Review

Author: David LaRochelle  Illustrator: Mark Fearing On the dust jacket: “Green beans are good for you. Green beans will make you big and strong.” Martha doesn’t believe what her parents tell her. And nothing will ever -EVER- maker her eat them.  But when some beady-eyed, boot stomping beans bust into town and start causing trouble,… Read more »


Writing Your Own Book- Part 2: Putting Pen to Paper

Since reading Part One, you’ve learned how to become inspired and how to hone that drive into a more focused idea.  Now it’s time to start writing something.  But what to write?  Where to start? Here are the two best pieces of advice I ever got about writing: First, write where the energy is; and… Read more »


6 Ways To Be A Little Better Mom Today

My mantra this month is, “Be a little better everyday”. This is a nice healthy mantra for me because I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of a person. Either I am the president of the PTA or I don’t go at all. Either I am making a perfect meal or we are having nachos… Read more »


Tadpole’s Promise: Book Review

Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Tony Ross On the cover: Where the willow tree meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar. They gazed into each other’s tiny eyes… and fell in love. “I love everything about you,” said the caterpillar. “Promise you’ll never change.” And foolishly the tadpole promised… But we all know that tadpoles… Read more »


Snip Snap! What’s That?: Book Review

Author: Mara Berman Illustrator: Nick Maland On the dust jacket: Snip snap! Snip Snap! Snip snap! What’s that? And what will the children do once they find out? Candy House Review: This book is a riot. I love when a book insists that you read it with gusto… this book insists! I was impressed by… Read more »

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    Maybe Days: Book Review

    Author: Jennifer Wilgocki and Marcia Kahn Wright Illustrator: Alissa Imre Gies Best for kids: in foster care On the cover: Will I live with my parents again? Will I stay with my foster parents forever? For children in foster care, the answer to many questions is often, “maybe.” Maybe Days addresses the questions, feelings, and… Read more »

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    What a Happy Marriage has that a Crappy Marriage doesn’t

    With affair season upon us, it felt appropriate to acknowledge a few of the attributes that truly happy couples have in common. Yes, I’ve worked with domestic violence victims, rape victims, taught classes full of teenagers about healthy relationships and I have a few close friends.  But that’s only part of where I am coming… Read more »

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    8 Reasons to do whatever you want

    I love working with teenagers. They have this view of life that’s bursting with unbridled possibilities. They honest to goodness believe that if they really wanted to, they could be a freaking astronaut. They literally think that if they simply decided that’s what they were meant to do, then they could do it. They fill… Read more »

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    I want to be an okay mom

    A dark and heavy silence filled the air. My four-year-old daughter sat petrified in her booster. I had caught her stealing. It was her first offence and yet, I felt she knew better. I let the fury fill me up and I refused to speak until it could be bridled. In the silence, in the… Read more »

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    Thank You, Poverty

    Dear Poverty, Thank you. There are numerous things I know now that I didn’t know until you were breathing down my neck. I needed that breath. You see, I never did understand what my Dad meant when he said things like, “Do you want it or do you need it?” and I never understood why my mom would… Read more »

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    Book Review: Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon

    Author/Illustrator: Patty Lovell & David Catrow For Ages: 4 to 8 Best for kids into: new school, new people On the dust jacket: Molly Lou Melon is short and clumsy, has buck teeth, and has a voice that sounds like a bull-frog being squeezed by a boa constrictor. She doesn’t mind. Her grandmother has always… Read more »

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    What every burned-out mom wants but is afraid to ask for

    I had a chance to be all by myself at the grocery store today. Which might I add, was AMAZING. As I walked down the aisle gingerly, I found myself smiling and humming a Jack Johnson song. Suddenly, there I was standing in front of me. I saw a young mother with a screaming two-year-old… Read more »

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    What’s Your Favorite??

    Rook Publishing is ready for our author photos!  We took a bunch and can’t decide which to use… what do you think? Leave your vote in the comment section or let us know on FB! Thanks for being part of the candyhouseblog fan club! We love you and can’t wait to share our little Candy… Read more »

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    Where much of our courage derives

    “I am the best horseback rider in the whole world!” My four-year-old daughter, Ellie said happily as she trotted around the arena. “No. You’re not. You’re new at this and I love that you’re having fun and feeling like a real cowgirl but you’re no where near the best”. I said matter of fact-ly. I… Read more »

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    Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes – Book Review

    Story By: Eric Litwin  Created and Illustrated by: James Dean On the book jacket: Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to wet as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes!… Read more »

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