Wednesday, December 31, 2014

#164 A New Paperback for Beginning Readers

Monkey Tales by Lynda
is now available in paperback!

               Monkey Tales, an illustrated book for beginning readers, is only six chapters long. Its subjects include losing teeth, digging tunnels, observing the work habits of ants, and swinging on vines; all high interests for the children in its target audience.

          Mee-key is bored and sad. Mama-mo is having a busy day, and his older brother can go everywhere and do anything. Why does it take so long for a small monkey to grow bigger?
          However, Mee-key decides that being little has some advantages when his older brother can no longer fit on their mother's lap during a thunderstorm.
          "Sometimes I like to be little, and sometimes I want to be big," he concludes. "Little and big are both good. But when it storms, I'm happy to be little."

          Lynda  is a wife and mother of two grown daughters. As a retired teacher with two degrees in elementary education, she has written, illustrated, and published five other chapter books for children.  They are:

          The “Agent C Series” for middle-grade readers
                    Tiny Others by Lynda
                    Pomegranate by Lynda
                    White Rabbit Time by Lynda
                    Lucky Alana by Lynda
          A holiday book for middle-grade readers
                    Margaret’s Christmas Cookies by Lynda

The chapter books above are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your favorite bookstore.

Thank you for supporting children's literacy
and my publishing efforts.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

#163 Fourth Paperback in Lynda's Agent C Series

     Lucky Alana has just been published in paperback.  It is the fourth middle-grade novel in the Agent C series, and can now join Tiny Others, Pomegranate, and White Rabbit Time on your bookshelf.

   The Agent C books are non-sequential, unified by only one character.  Agent C is a tiny man with a pointy white beard who makes cameo appearances in each book. He gives the main character an important object that causes the story to change from that point forward. When an event or object causes such a dramatic change, it is called a "catalyst". 

   The "C" in Agent C stands for the word "catalyst".

   Lucky Alana is available from Just enter "Lucky Alana paperback" in Amazon's search window to pull it up.  The list price is $9.95. It can also be ordered from Barnes and Noble or your favorite bookstore just before the winter school holidays.

Summary of Lucky Alana

          After Alana's father dies, she tries desperately to control her unhappy life with "lucky" finger snaps. The snaps don't seem to be helping though, because her mother can't pay the rent, and they are evicted from their motel.
          Just when everything is at its lowest low point, Alana rubs the Wizard's lamp in a national contest and wins a solid gold charm bracelet.
          Suddenly, she has grandparents, a house, new friends, and amazing success in everything she tries. Is it all due to her luck?
          Alana's new friend, Jacob, doesn't think so, and the bracelet's mysterious little charms support his opinion. They suggest instead, that she is using her more dependable powers of people, a home, health, hard work, and positive attitude.
          This illustrated chapter book encourages middle-grade readers to examine the real value of some personal support systems we may be using to deal with life's difficulties.
          Lucky Alana is the fourth novel of the "Agent C" series. The "C" stands for the word "catalyst", meaning something that causes a drastic change.
          "Agent C" is a little man who makes cameo appearances in the books of this series. In Lucky Alana, he takes the role of the Wizard at the mall who awards Alana with her charm bracelet.
          Lynda has published four other illustrated paperbacks for middle grade readers. They are:

                    Margaret's Christmas Cookies by Lynda, a short holiday chapter book
                    Tiny Others, Agent C Series by Lynda, for middle-grade readers
                    Pomegranate, Agent C Series by Lynda, for middle-grade readers
                    White rabbit Time, Agent C Series by Lynda, for middle-grade readers

Thank you for your continuing support for 
my writing and for children's literacy.


Friday, March 28, 2014

#162 A Paperback for the Easter Basket

Easter is less than 4 weeks away!
Lynda  has published a new paperback,
and it will fit nicely into a little basket
on April 20th.

Order it today from 

For more details just enter:

“White Rabbit Time by Lynda”

(without the quotes, of course)
in the search box
on your favorite bookseller's home page,
 then click on the paperback edition.

It is also available from Amazon Canada
and many of the European Amazon stores.

For details about the eBook version 
visit my other blog at


Thursday, March 6, 2014

#161 Pomegranate in Paperback!

     Pomegranate is now available in paperback!

     Look for it on, or  Just enter "Pomegranate by Lynda" in the search window. Then click on the paperback version. 

     It can also be ordered at your favorite bookstore.  The list price is $9.95, but the larger markets offer it at a discount price.

     The reading level of this futuristic chapter book for middle-grade readers is 5.1, and it has a strong message about internet safety.  The story's plot also follows the Greek Myth of Persephone and Demeter.  Greek mythology is often studied as a part of the sixth-grade social studies curriculum. 

     Read more about Pomegranate and my other books by clicking on the following link:

     And please keep reading...

     (Just FYI, before I published this post, I also posted another one.  If it doesn't show up below, you might want to click on "older posts" at the bottom of this page.) 

#160 Welcome to Our Many Readers

     Each pin on this world map represents one of the 62 countries that has appeared on the stats pages of this blog and/or my second one, ebooks4kids, since September 3, 2010. 

     The list of these countries is as follows:

1.     Australia
2.     Belarus
3.     Brazil
4.     Bulgaria
5.     Canada
6.     Chile
7.     China
8.     Croatia
9.     Cyprus
10.  Czech Republic
11.  Denmark
12.  Egypt
13.  France
14.  Germany
15.  Honduras
16.  Hong Kong
17.  India
18.  Indonesia
19.  Iran
20.  Ireland
21.  Israel
22.  Italy
23.  Jamaica
24.  Japan
25.  Jordan
26.  Kenya
27.  Kuwait
28.  Latvia
29.  Luxembourg
30.  Malaysia
31.  Malta
32.  Mexico
33.  Moldova
34.  Morocco
35.  Netherlands
36.  New Zealand
37.  Nigeria
38.  Papua New Guinea
39.  Philippines
40.  Poland
41.  Puerto Rico
42.  Romania
43.  Russia
44.  Saudi Arabia
45.  Singapore
46.  Slovenia
47.  South Africa
48.  South Korea
49.  Spain
50.  Sudan
51.  Sweden
52.  Switzerland
53.  Taiwan
54.  Tanzania
55.  Thailand
56.  Tunisia
57.  Turkey
58.  Ukraine
59.  United Arab Emirates
60.  United Kingdom
61.  USA
62.  Venezuela

    I want to pause to welcome my three most recent audiences from Mexico, Cyprus, and Egypt. The world-wide interest that I observe in children's literacy continues to amaze and fascinate me.

     When I watched the ceremonies and performances of athletes from around the world at the Sochi Olympics, I thought again of my own diverse audience of readers from around the world. Sixty-two of those same countries had exhibited an interest in children's reading. What a civilized world we are becoming! 

     Often the international television news is less than positive however, and I can only hope that children in troubled areas might find books to be an escape and comfort from their lives of daily misery.

     This type of escape into the world of books is sometimes needed by youngsters on our own doorsteps as well.  As a teacher, I once welcomed a new student to my second-grade classroom.  He was living in a shelter with his mother, and resisted being physically close to the other children.  If someone passed too closely to him, he would push them away or shout at them.  

     This child was bright but had retreated into his world of books. He became especially interested in a biography of Louis Braille, and his mother helped him request a packet of information about this inventor of writing for blind people.  When he received it in the mail, he found enough confidence to share it with the class, and by the end of the year, he was even becoming something of a class leader.  

     I'm sure that books helped him to survive a difficult time in his young life, and the experience reminded me that books can mean many things to many different people.  

     Please keep reading, and appreciate all that books can do for us....