Awards for Illustration Work:
New York Book Festival Honorable Mention for Best Children’s Book
(9) Gold Mom’s Choice Awards
(4) Silver Mom’s Choice Awards
(2) Indie Excellence Awards
(6) Creative Child Magazine Awards
Corinne’s Fin is a story for young children about courage and adaptability of a champion swimmer, Corinne, who thought life would always be the same at Lavender Lake. When things change unexpectedly, she must use her inner determination to begin the struggle to find and accept her new life, maintain her positive outlook on her circumstance, and keep smiling from Fin to Fin!
It’s not just about spaghetti-that’s for sure! Many will relate to the Italian heritage stories and the special family ties. From planting a garden, bug family holidays, and childhood memories of friends, family and games to special family recipes so graciously shared by the author- Spaghetti and Meatballs is a must read for all ages! Click here to Purchase!
Mom’s Choice Award for Children’s Picture Book: People, Places & Culture**Winner Pacific Rim Book Festival**Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention The Crystal Waterfall is an excellent early readers and includes culture of the Hawaiian Islands plus vocabulary words. Click here to Purchase!
Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner for Best Children’s Picture Book What happens when you give a mouse a “Cookie?” You get a wonderful children’s tale from Cookie Schultz about Tobias the mouse…keeper of the history of Morgantown, WV and the Old Stone House, one of WV’s oldest and most historic buildings. Click here to Purchase!
Indie Book Award Mom’s Choice Award Creative Child Magazine Book of the Year Award Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention Snuggie is back! A look into Snuggie’s childhood is the subject of the newest Robot Rhymes by Karen Teel. Snuggie makes progress through life, overcoming adversity and reaching for the stars. Inspirational and motivational, the illustrations by Ashley Teets bring this book alive for the reader. All ages will enjoy the rhymes and illustrations and learn how to write your own hip hop songs!
Halloween Book Festival Runner Up for Best Children’s Book Second in the Waddling Dead series by Joan Spilman, Megachomp, D.D.S continues the saga of the zombie ducklings. Each was born with a special gift and MegaChomp was born with teeth! Come join the fun that lurks in the Kingdom of Waddle. Click here to Purchase!
Mom’s Choice Award Recipient–Best General Fiction (ages 9-12) Open Dori’s Gift and experience a journey back to a time where life in the mountains was filled with family, work, and time to enjoy life. Dori experiences an unforgettable birthday as she receives a special gift, but her greatest gift cannot be held in her hand, for it is a gift from God that flows through the generations. Author Angie Wilson comes from a long line of Appalachian descent, and often listened to stories from and about her grandparents and their family. She realized they faced many hardships, yet in light of this, each had a happy childhood with fond memories of strong family bonds. Her series, “Appalachian Heritage,” is a collection of stories that bring the region to life as the reader travels back to a different time, an era where everyone did his/her part in the family as life offered many simple joys. It is her wish this story will open the door for further exploration of the Appalachian region as it is a part of the rich history of our nation.
Mom’s Choice Award-Juvenile Books (Level 2 – Ages 9 to 12): Activities, Crafts & Hobbies ( Includes Puzzles & Games) Dori has her own activity book and invites you to join the fun—-coloring pages, puzzles, and games that make a great companion to the award-winning book, Dori’s Gift by Angie Wilson and illustrated by Ashley Teets. Author Angie Wilson, takes her twenty years of classroom experience to create this book that is both fun and educational. Children will be captivated for hours with the numerous learning opportunities. There are independent activities as well as classroom comprehension sheets designed to assist in visually mapping out children’s thinking. Included are printable activities that will help children deepen their understanding of the story, Dori’s Gift, and of Appalachian heritage. Perfect for classrooms or the home school setting for students in grades K-5. So, open up Dori’s Activity Book and let the fun and learning begin!
Gold Mom’s Choice Award Benjamin “Stubs” Stafford recalls his early years of overcoming a deformed leg and hand since birth. His classmates nickname him “Stubby” even as he works through the process of having a prosthesis. With the love and support of his family, he wins an essay contest that changes his life and the way his classmates look at him. A story of compassion and understanding, The Essay, will educate and encourage readers of all ages.
Gold Mom’s Choice Award London Book Festival Honorable Mention Reader’s Favorite International Book Award–Honorable Mention for Best Children’s Grades 4-6 The Mystery at Darcy’s Discount Store is the first book in The Gracie Super Spy Mystery Series Gracie is ready to begin her summer vacation, but her inquisitive mind takes her on an adventure that lands her in the hospital. Crutches and stitches do not slow her down, but opens up a new opportunity to help the employees at Darcy’s solve a mystery. The story takes on a twist when the criminals are caught but merchandise is still disappearing. Gracie has an idea about the thief, but no one believes her. Can she convince the management to check out her lead?
Mom’s Choice Award Are you a Mountaineer? Mountain culture is a way of life enjoyed by thousands of people around the globe. Author Shannon Bennett Campbell has captured the customs of the culture in her Mountaineer series of coloring/activity books for children. Region based, these books offer adjunct learning to core curriculum for cultural aspects in a nature kind of way—bringing a child’s home culture and language into individual learning programs, whether classroom or homeschool. Children learn by experiencing the world in which they live and the captivating illustrations by Ashley Teets enhance this experience. Author Shannon Bennett Campbell, Ed. D., designed this instructional tool for young children to reinforce prominent values that are typical of mountain culture. She believes they will learn appropriate social skills, coping strategies, and a greater appreciation for their heritage. Within the pages are many activities including adding personal touches to the pictures…design the quilt Grandmother is making, name the jars of food that are canned on the pantry shelves, add time to the clock in the classroom…find and finish other activities, too!
New York Book Festival Honorable Mention – Best Children’s Book It’s a Rabbits Tale of immigration from Italy to the United States and landing on Ellis Island to be processed for entry to the USA. The rabbits venture on to Clarksburg, WV, taking their Italian heritage and culture to their new home.
Mom’s Choice Award 2014 Book of the Year Creative Child Award Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention Wally McBap Needs a Nap! is a fun read for all! Kids will love following Wally on his busy, adventurous day. Adults and children alike will identify with Wally as he fights his naptime, only to discover it was just what he needed. The silly rhymes will evoke giggles, while also teaching phonemic awareness. The rich vocabulary throughout the story exposes children to new words and allows for opportunities to discuss their meanings. A must read!–Julie McDonald, M.S. CCC-SLP, Early Childhood Speech-Language Pathologist
Book of the Year Award Creative Child Magazine Paris – Festival Honorable Mention Best Children’s Book Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best Children’s Picture Book Baxter has a busy, busy, day! What’s a dog to do? After he gets Sam on the school bus in the morning, Baxter goes over his check list and doesn’t miss a thing…even scaring the neighbor’s cat! Illustrated by Ashley Teets, this fun book will entertain and educate as author Donna Roberts includes tips on caring for your dog and getting a proper collar and license to keep him safe.