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One thing that sets Angela Addington apart from many other writers is her sincere interest in people’s stories.  There’s a sense that she loves her work because it brings her into contact with so many fascinating people!  When Angela reviews one of my clients’ CDs, for example, more often than not she becomes curious about the artist behind the music and is inspired to “go the extra mile” by pursuing an interview.   Angela’s lucky readers learn not only about the music, but also about what went into creating that music.   In my experience, it is rare to encounter a writer with such dedication to telling the whole story.  Angela’s thoroughness and professionalism are to be admired.  What’s more, she’s a joy to work with:  good humored, organized, accurate, and, best of all, great fun.   I recommend Angela Addington without hesitation and only wish I could clone her!
– Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, Owner, Waldmania Public Relations

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  • I Say Ooh You Say Ahh

    I Say Ooh You Say Ahh

    ooh ahhA sure fire winner for story time – look no further than “I Say Ooh, You Say Ahh.”  Young readers help to tell the story by responding to simple verbal or visual cues – the perfect read aloud, and fun for the whole family.


    “There’s something very important that I need you to remember. When I say Ooh, you say Ahh. Let’s try it.” Ooh the donkey has lost his pants. Readers must help him find them! In this picture book, young readers help to tell the story by responding to simple verbal or visual cues. This hilarious book is perfect for reading aloud and is fun for the whole family.
    About the Author

    John Kane (Author, Illustrator) When John Kane was younger, he liked to make up stories for his little sister. Jimmy and Bear, who appeared in them, are still remembered to this day. John lives in Dublin, but has also lived in Australia, where he set up Australia’s number one independent advertising agency. His first book is I Say Ooh. You say Aah and his plan is that it won’t be the last.

    Why We LOVE This Book

    • Laugh out loud humor
    • Fun for the whole family
    • Great book to read aloud to one child or a group of children
    • Engaging and Interactive
    • Instills a love of reading
    • Adorable illustrations with a fun-loving donkey


    There won’t be a dull moment when you open the pages of this madcap, interactive adventure! John Kane, who says he liked to make up stories for his little sister when he was younger, will have youngsters oohing and aahing with this highly original and fun-packed, call-and-response debut picture book which encourages young readers help to tell the story by responding to simple verbal or visual cues. ‘There’s something very important that I need you to remember. When I say Ooh, you say Aah as loudly as you can.’ Ooh the donkey has lost his underpants and readers must help him find them. But it’s going to take a lot of oohs, aahs, whispers, searching and silliness to find them! Each page of this entertaining and energetic book is a kaleidoscope of colour and words, and the perfect book to read aloud and share with your little ones. Laughter all the way… — Pam Norfolk * Lancashire Evening Post

  • A Magical Adventure With Puzzles

    A Magical Adventure With Puzzles

    A magical adventureReaders will embark on a magical adventure and must help the main characters through puzzles, mazes and a lot more to get to the end of ” A Magical Adventure.”

    Two brothers set out on a magical adventure in search of happiness.  Their journey was filled with fairies, witches, wild animals….riddles, mazes, search-and-find challenges and more.


    This gorgeous picture book by award-winning illustrator Marianna Oklejak is an original fairy tale told in the classic style … and much, much more. Readers must help the main characters through a number of puzzles and mazes, and make choices to get to the end of the story. Which path will you choose? How many magic rings can you find? The outcome is up to you!

    Why We Love This Book

    • Interactive adventure
    • Dynamic and unusual art
    • Includes puzzles and mazes
    • Fun for children to work through alone or with an adult


  • 7 Tips for Online Studying

    7 Tips for Online Studying

    student-849825_640In the 21st century, not every lesson takes place in a traditional classroom. More and more students are turning to online courses to help them obtain degrees or qualify for jobs, and if you’re one of them, you could probably use a few tips for success. Here are just seven ways to improve your studying efforts as an online learner.

    1. Look at the Syllabus

    Online courses usually have syllabi just like regular classes. They might detail everything from test schedules to grading scales, so they’re worth checking out. Not only will they prepare you for what’s ahead, but they can also give you a chance to email the instructor about deadlines, book lists or virtual attendance policies.

    2. Stay Organized

    Digital documents are a bit harder to lose than paper ones since computers come with search engines, but it’s still possible under the right circumstances. You might forget what you’ve named a file or corrupted an image with the wrong save format. Do yourself a favor and stay organized with your online coursework. Keep everything related to the class in a clearly-labelled folder.

    3. Know Your Tools

    Your first day of school should be spent playing around with the software of your virtual course. It might have different tools, applications and learning programs depending on its platform and class type, and you don’t want to discover that you don’t know how to submit your finished quiz when there are only five minutes left on the clock.

    4. Back It Up

    Make a habit of backing up your work as an online learner. Save it regularly; email it to yourself; upload it to the cloud; stash extra copies on external hard drives. It only takes one accidental mouse click to delete everything that you’ve done, and you’ll be furious if you lose a seven-page essay just because your laptop got jostled.

    5. Eliminate Distractions

    One of the dangers of online study is that it’s easy to have your attention pulled away by other browser tabs or social media notifications. Try to anticipate this in advance by disallowing pop-ups, putting text alerts on silent and moving your bookmarks to a place where they won’t catch your eye and lure you into temptation.

    6. Create A Schedule

    Don’t make the mistake of thinking that online classes will be a breeze. They often require just as much reading, writing and researching as a traditional class; it’s just that you get to create your own schedule for these things. A good rule of thumb is to treat it like a regular class with a set time and place. For example, you might study every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in your dorm room at 3PM.

    7. Reach Out

    Does your online course have a forum or chatroom? Is there a student support network available through the school? You’re probably not the only one struggling with your online workload, so don’t be embarrassed if you could use a little help. Even if it’s just crowdsourcing an answer to question number five, you might feel a lot less isolated with other students on your screen.

    These are just a few tips for studying in the digital realm. Whether you’re seeking an online masters in accounting or a simple certificate in typing, let these tips help you achieve your goals.

  • Pirasaurs


    One of our favorite authors is Josh Funk – not only are his books fantastic but so is his name!  We initially came across his book Dear Dragon and had to see what else he had out there.  Today we present Pirasaurs and Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast.

    Pirasaurs by Josh Funk


    We’re Pirasaurs! We’re Pirasaurs!
    We rule the open seas!
    We’ll cannon-blast you to the past!
    We do just what we please!

    Meet the Pirasaurs, a ragtag team of seasoned pirate dinosaurs looking for adventure and treasure! There’s fearsome Captain Rex, golden-toothed Velocimate, one-eyed Bronto Beard, and more fearsome, buccaneering beasts….as well as one new recruit who may be small, but who’s eager to prove he can learn the ropes and find his place on the team.

    But when a trap is set upon the Pirasaurs while looking for buried treasure, it’s up to the littlest recruit to show the team that there’s more to a Pirasaur than meets the eye patch!

    Why we LOVE this book:

    • It reads like a song
    • Adorable characters and illustrations
    • Just the right amount of swashbuckling mixed with prehistoric dinos
    • Fun to read one-on-one or to a small group

    Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

    Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast

    A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest “food fight” ever! Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship—until they discover that there’s ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee!

    Why we LOVE this book:

    • Adorable art and characters
    • Humorous story
    • Clever Rhymes
    • Perfect for boys and girls
    • Great for one-on-one or for a small group
  • Things You Can Do to Suppress Your Appetite

    Things You Can Do to Suppress Your Appetite

    apple-3128762_1920If you have ever attempted to lose weight, the first problem you will encounter is fighting hunger. The truth is that you can lose weight on any number of diets, but in the end, the issue will always be your appetite. For this reason, the success or failure of your attempt to lose weight will rest on your success at fighting your hunger pangs. Of course, the best way to do this is by suppressing your appetite, and there are several ways you can do this. The following are among the best methods you can employ.

    Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    Carbohydrates are known to cause hunger pangs, and they can trigger the need to eat before you normally would. Carbohydrates also make you crave more carbohydrates, and this creates a never ending spiral of carbohydrate intake. If you can reduce your carbohydrate intake by a significant margin, you will reduce the incidents of hunger pangs as well as their strength. This is one reason that people on a reduced carbohydrate diet have success. It’s not the reduction in calories, but the reduction in their appetite that helps them lose weight.

    Drink coffee or tea
    Both coffee and tea contain caffeine, and caffeine is a well documented appetite suppressant. This is so well known, that many diet products that claim to suppress your appetite contain a lot of caffeine. Sometimes these products are in pill form, but when you read the ingredients, they are basically caffeine pills. This type of product may work for you, but the truth is that coffee and tea are much cheaper. If you like coffee or tea, then it is a lower cost choice that the pills. Keep in mind that the teas that are advertised as herbal teas are not likely to have caffeine. Some of them don’t have any tea in them. They are called herbal teas because they are used like tea.

    Drink green tea
    Although tea was already mentioned, green tea deserves its own paragraph. There are two reasons for this. The first reason is that, although it contains caffeine, it doesn’t make you as jumpy or jittery the way black tea of coffee does. This is an attribute that makes people fond of this type of tea. A second reason for drinking tea is that it has certain chemicals in it, other that caffeine, that will suppress your appetite. It is not clearly understood how this happens. One known effect of green tea is to increase metabolism, so there may be a relationship between this an appetite suppression.

    Try exercising a little more
    An increase in metabolism can help reduce appetite, and perhaps the best way to do this is with exercise. When you exercise, your metabolic rate increases, and your body will use up its energy from food intake, and then begin to tap into its reserve, in other words the fat cells. This process decreases your appetite, at least temporarily. Therefore, the best time to do this is in between meals. Instead of a snack, do a little exercise, and it doesn’t take much. Often a walk will do the trick.

    There are also many herbs that can be used as appetite suppressors, or spices that are impractical to use in quantities that suppress the appetite. Examples of this include ginger and saffron. You can shop for appetite suppressants online and have them delivered to your door. You can experiment with what works best for you.

  • How To Get Your Child Ready For Kindergarten

    How To Get Your Child Ready For Kindergarten

    kindergarten-2204239_1280Moving into kindergarten is a big step for children and their parents. If they have never been in a school environment before, it’s an even bigger transition to deal with. It can mean a whole new school, new teachers, and a new classroom, not to mention more structured learning and a longer school day. It’s important to prepare your child before kindergarten starts; here are some tips on how to do it.

    Plan A Visit

    If possible, book in a visit to your child’s new school so that they get a chance to see what it’s like before that daunting first day. If they have already met their teacher and seen their learning environment, they are less likely to be afraid of going. It’s not just the classroom that’s important though; try to see as much of the rest of the school as possible including the cafeteria, the gym, the outside play areas, and anywhere else where your child is likely to spend some time.

    Have A Bedtime Routine

    Your child is going to be exhausted during their first few weeks (or even months) at their new school. It’s important to have a good bedtime schedule in place at least a month before their first day as it will make things a lot easier for them once school starts. Parents often allow their children to stay up longer during the summer because it’s lighter outside and there is less of a structure to the day, but this will need to be stopped in the weeks leading up to kindergarten starting. If your preschooler is still taking naps, it’s time to phase them out; they won’t get to have one at school.

    Work Out Your Morning Routine

    Many parents (and children) find the time between waking up and getting to school the hardest part of the day. It is often rushed and frantic, and things can easily be forgotten. Tempers can fray. Before school starts, it’s a good idea to try some dry runs to work out exactly what time everyone will need to be up and dressed and out of the door. Make sure you allow enough time for breakfast as this can help your child concentrate better in their lessons.

    Work Out Your Afternoon Routine

    In many households, both parents work for at least part of the week, and this can mean needing a routine for after school pickup, homework, and mealtimes. You’ll need to plan all of this in advance, and make sure that your child can get home from school every day. It’s not just the adults who need to understand this routine either; let your child know who is picking them up and to whose house they will go each day.

    Make It Special

    Many children will be nervous about their first day of kindergarten. It is much more grown-up than preschool was, and it will be a lot different. They are going into the unknown. In order to stop them feeling so nervous and worried, parents need to show them how special school is. Don’t let your child know that you’re sad they’re going; remind them of how much they will learn and how many new friends they will make. On the day before school starts, take them out for a special day together. Do something fun. It’s a lovely idea to get them a gorgeous new outfit to go to school in, and you can browse some stunning designs on this site. While you’re out, you can also buy all their school supplies and get them involved so that they become excited rather than scared.