Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Guardian Angel Publishing Authors Go On Tour

May 27, 2009 - In an effort to promote their books, six children’s authors published by Guardian Angel Publishing team together to tour the blogosphere in a two-week long virtual book tour.

Bounding for Books Blog Tour will last from June 1st until June 15th. Blog stops will include reviews, interviews, spotlights and inspirational articles. People who leave comments will be eligible for prizes.

Participating authors include:

Mayra Calvani, author of Crash!,

Jennifer Gladen, author of A Star in the Night,

Donna Shepherd, author of Dotty’s Topsy Tale,

Kim Chatel, author of A Talent for Quiet,

Margot Finke, author of Rattlesnake Jam,

Shari Lyle-Soffe, author of Nothing Stops Noah,

Also joining the tour is Joy Delgado, publisher and illustrator of Zooprise Party/Fiesta Zoorpresa,

Each author will be hosting another author three times a week (on Monday, Wednesday and Friday) for the duration of the two-week tour. For more information, visit

Aggressive book promotion is a must these days for all authors, but especially for small press authors whose publishers don’t have the resources for expensive advertising. It’s wonderful to see authors team together like this in order to bring visibility to their books and their publisher.

For readers and book lovers alike, this is a wonderful opportunity to check out the latest print and electronic titles for your children’s summer reading.

For more information, contact Mayra Calvani at mayra.calvani(at)
Visit the publisher’s website at


Friday, May 15, 2009

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is a 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist


PRLog (Press Release) – May 15, 2009 – The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing was written not only with the aspiring reviewer in mind, but for the established reviewer who needs a bit of refreshing and also for anybody-be they author, publisher, reader, bookseller, librarian or publicist-who wants to become more informed about the value, purpose and effectiveness of reviews.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is a one-of-a-kind book written to compile as much information on book reviewing as possible in one place for the convenience of new and experienced book reviewers. Written to serve as a guide, it is also an amalgam of resources for those aspiring reviewers who wish to have their reviews published in print and online.

A Foreword Magazine’s Best Book of the Year Finalist, EPPIE Finalist, and US Book News Finalist, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is currently required reading at Loyola College, and Kent and Claremont Universities.

The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing is the product of Mayra Calvani and Anne K. Edwards' tireless research on the subject and written in an informal language to make it easy to understand for anyone aspiring to become a book reviewer. It will be updated periodically to include new information on reviewing as it becomes available.

This book is available through all book sellers online and may be ordered from brick and mortar bookstores as well.

Sample of content, blurb, reviews and authors’ bios can be found at

Contact: Lida Quillen, Publisher, at

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards

The winners of the Children's Choice Book Awards have been announced.

Fellow examiner Lori Calabrese has a great article about it on The Examiner. Check it out at:

Lori is the National Children's Book Examiner, so you may want to consider susbcribing to her posts to keep up with publishing news.


Review of Beautiful Moon, by Dawn Jeffers

Beautiful Moon is an evoking, beautifully illustrated children's picture book about a little girl who wants the day to last forever so that she may play and play. She loves the moon, when everything is cool and fresh, but it's only during the day that she can play with her bike and bunny to her heart's desire. But then, it gets too hot, she gets too tired... and guess what? As much as she'll miss the sun, she's looking forward to her beautiful moon once again!
It's okay to play, but at the end of the day, even an active little girl looks forward to a time of rest.
The illustrations, done in soft colors, are lovely and sweetly capture the essence of day and night, the sun and the moon, bringing forth a mood of serenity. Beautiful Moon makes a wonderful bedtime story, sure to inspire calm dreams.
The text is simple and bilingual, with its English and Spanish versions on each page.

More info:
Full–Color • 9 x 11 • 32 pages
Jacketed Hardcover or Paperback
Reading Level 2.4
Publication Date: Spring 2009
Written by Dawn Jeffers
Illustrated by Bonnie Leick

To learn more about this book, please visit Raven Tree Press.

To read my interview with the author, who is also the editor of Raven Tree Press, click here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Did you know it's Children's Book Week?

Hi all,

May 11-17 is Children's Book Week!

Take this opportunity to read more to your children, borrow books from the library or present a child with a special book.

This is one more way to encourage literacy and the love of reading.

Learn how it all got started at

Happy reading!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Review of A Walk With Grandpa/Un paseo con abuelo

One sunny day, Daniela and her grandpa went for a walk.
They played a silly word game as they walked along.

Un día soleado, Daniela y su abuelo salieron de paseo.
Mientras caminaban, iban jugando un simpático juego de palabras

Thus begins this sweet, heart-warming bilingual children's picture book about the tender, special love that exists between a grandfather and a granddaughter.

As grandfather and granddaughter, hand in hand, take a walk through the woods, they discover and share the beauty of nature around them. And as they do so, they express how much they mean to each other. It's interesting to see the affectionate phrases both in English and Spanish.

A Walk With Grandpa/Un paseo con abuelo is a touching book and the perfect story to share in those quiet moments between a child and her grandfather. The text is simple, making the translations clearly understandable for young readers. The illustrations, in soft pastel colors, are beautiful and possess a serene, calming effect that matches the tone of the writing. This is a fine addition to any home, library or class bookshelf.

More info:

Full–Color • 9 x 11 • 32 pages
Jacketed Hardcover or Paperback
Reading Level 2.1
Publication Date: May 2009
Written by Sharon K. Solomon
Illustrated by Pamela Barcita

To purchase the book and learn about the author and illustrator, visit Raven Tree Press.

Read my interview with the Editor of Raven Tree Press.

--Mayra Calvani is the author of two children's books: Crash! and The Magic Violin.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Get Caught Reading Month

Celebrate Get Caught Reading Month on this its ten-year anniversary!

There are many exciting events happening this May for book lovers. Besides Cinco de Mayo, with its interesting array of titles for May 5th, and Latino Book Month, this May also happens to be the Get Caught Reading Month.

Created by the Association of American Publishers, Get Caught Reading month has been celebrated already for ten years. Every year, libraries, booksellers, educators and parents around the world, from the USA to Mexico, to the UK to Romania and Japan, get together to promote literacy and the love of reading for both children and adults. Celebrities such as Queen Latifah, Emma Roberts, children's author Jenna Bush, tennis star Nicole Vaidisova , Disney Channel's Dylan and Cole Sprouse and many others have joined in the promotional campaign this year. Pro bono support from both broadcast and print media is helping spread the word out. Leading newspapers and magazines such as USA Today, The New York Times, Miami Herald, People, Vanity Fair, National Entertainment Weekly, and Esquire have generously provided ad space.

The campaign is for print books, ebooks and audio books (Get Caught Listening). There's also its Hispanic/Latino campaign extension, Aja! Leyendo!

Visit their website to learn more about this literacy program and to download lists of recommended titles.

For more information, visit the Association of American Publishers at

Dowload celebrity posters at

The site also offers reading lists for Latino/Hispanic titles, so be sure to stop by and have a look.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Latino Book Month Giveaway!

On behalf of Hachette Book Group, I'll be hosting a Latino Book Month giveaway for the whole month of May!

Not here, but on

In order to be eligible to win, all you have to do is leave a comment at the end of my Examiner post or any of my posts from May 1-31. You can leave as many comments as you wish and as many as you wish. The more you comment, the higher your chance to win.

I'll be drawing a winner at the end of each week (on Sunday) and each winner will receive the whole set of 5 books listed here.

I hope you'll stop by TheExaminer for a chance to win these great books!

Mayra Calvani