Penelope’s 2nd Birthday iPad Mini Giveaway


  We are very excited to be celebrating Penelope's 2nd birthday by offering another iPad Mini Giveaway! Our last iPad Mini Giveaway had thousands of entries and many left wonderful comments about how they would use the iPad Mini in their daily life.  I love that the iPad mini offers small hands a better grasp as well as the fact that it can be used for educational and play time for the kids.  There are so many wonderful apps to choose from these days!  Good luck to me best mates - we appreciate you and all your support over the past two years!  And make sure to check out our interview with the illustrator of Penelope, Paul Johnson, and read more about Penelope's next purple adventure!  The developers below have generously supported this iPad Mini Giveaway so please stop by their Facebook pages to say hello!  The information about each company was taken from their respective … [Read more...]

Book of the Week: Celtic Run by Sean Vogel


This week we are featuring  Celtic Run, a middle grade novel by Sean Vogel and published by MB Publishing.  I am always game for a book that writes about adventure and treasure hunting and this one is sure to satisfy those interested in" action-adventure" books.   You feel like you are on the journey with Jake and enjoying the beautiful scenery of Ireland, where the story takes place.  I had a chance to speak to Sean this week about his middle-grade book that recently won a Dan Poynter's Global Ebook Award! Tell us how the idea for Celtic Run came about.  As a kid, some of my favorite stories featured ordinary kids who found themselves in extraordinarily harrowing situations, where all they had were their wits and each other to survive.  Growing up, I decided that someday I would write a series starring a gadget-oriented boy who, despite his own faults, would be able to lead his … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight: Margie Blumberg of MB Publishing


This past week we spoke with the Founders of the Children's Book Insider about the advantages and obstacles indie authors and publishers have to face in this competitive and changing market.  Indie author and publisher Margie Blumberg writes and publishes wonderful books through her small publishing house, MB Publishing.  We love the award-winning Sunny Bunnies and Breezy Bunnies particularly, and the illustrations are really top-notch.  Her new release, Celtic Run, is an action-adventure middle-grade novel set in Ireland. I had a chance to speak with Ms. Blumberg about her journey as an author and small publisher this week. Tell us how the idea to do Sunny Bunnies and Breezy Bunnies came about? The series, which will include one book for each season (so far, we have a spring tale—Breezy Bunnies—and a summer tale—Sunny Bunnies), came about while recovering from a sore neck … [Read more...]