Books, Authors, Illustrators

Check out some of the recent titles of the books we are featuring. As an Anchor Book Press, Ltd  author, your published books will be featured on our site in the Books Section. This will help your books show up in Google searches. Before your book is released, it will be featured in our Coming Soon Section along with other books that are to be released soon. This advertisement is included in your package when we accept your manuscript.

Defenseless by Barbara Marvin is a mystery set in sunny Florida. It was just another ordinary day on the job for Jack when a gruesome discovery was made. After years of planning and working out the details with the city of Sarasota, it looked like Jack was finally going to realize his dreams as the equipment began arriving to clear the land and excavate the foundation for the new development. That is until about noon, when John ran over to Jack screaming to call 911 and come quick.

COMING SOON!

Are you Stuck Inside? So is Ben and his family. Stuck Inside Activity Book is a black and white version of Stuck Inside that children can color. Ben is worried and confused. Mom says there is no school, the TV says everyone should stay inside, and Ben cannot even go see Grandma. This is the perfect book to start a conversation with your children about how they are feeling. Whether coronavirus, a serious illness, or some other trauma, it is important for children to be able to discuss their situation. As a blackline master, parents and teachers can make copies for each of their children.

I Am Proud of My Ancestors: They Overcame is a book to encourage Black youth and to remind others about the influence our ancestors have on our lives. I Am Proud of My Ancestors gives a historical overview of the African culture beginning long ago in Africa and continuing through the enslavement of Africans to highlighting success today. Focusing on their strength, and bravery through injustice and adversity reminds all of the predictable pride of the descendants. Continued determination through the years sets the stage as ancestors become role models for today’s youth, leading to success.

No Sweat Paragraphs – Help your child master the basics of paragraph writing with these simple and logical strategies. In today’s busy classrooms, teachers have very little time to spend helping individual students. This results in many children developing habits that are detrimental to future success. In just a few minutes a day, parents can provide individual support for a child and help establish a firm foundation for future academic pursuits. Learn a basic key that will help your child now and in the future. No Sweat Paragraphs helps a child develop the ability to write a simple paragraph. It also offers differentiation activities to use if a child is struggling or needs something more challenging. A blackline master, you can use No Sweat Paragraphs for more than one child by reproducing child activity pages.

The Road to Jordan is the personal memoir of Jacqueline Giorgi Wilson. Born in France, Jacqueline became a naturalized United States citizen after marrying Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. His post during The Road to Jordan was in Baghdad as Director of Affairs at the United States Embassy. Jacqueline talks of their time in Iraq both on a personal level as well as official duties and events. She recounts the United States evacuation of Baghdad in 1989 immediately after the bombing of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. And then addresses the difficulties she faced in returning to the United States while Joseph was still in Baghdad directing the evacuation of American citizens and securing sensitive documents vital to the welfare of the United States. The Road to Jordan will give you a look at the personal side of life in Baghdad in the 1980s.

Can You See Me Yet: The follow-up book to Belinda’s best-selling book, Can You See Me?, is a must read for educators, administrators, school support staff, and anyone else interested in how the academic and emotional outlook for students of poverty can be improved. Research shows that 21% of American children live below the poverty level; that’s 1 in 5 children who struggle with the traumatic stress of housing instability, food insecurities, and unaddressed physical and emotional issues to mention a few items.

These factors can result in troubled students who are difficult to educate and even more difficult to support emotionally unless we make ourselves aware of their special circumstances and implement strategies to meet their unique needs. Knowing the realities of poverty (and understanding these disparities might be part of a student’s life) may be the only way to take away the sadness and hopelessness that poverty instills. Belinda has spent her entire teaching career working with at-risk students, and the stories and strategies presented in this book have resulted in excellent academic growth and social/emotional regulation for her students. FREE Reflection and Implementation Guide included.

Mom’s Gift, by Belinda Adams released just in time for gift giving. Changes happen. In a child’s life, big changes can spell HUGE ANXIETY! In Mom’s Gift, the reader sees Mom’s decision to return to college through the eyes of an 8-year-old boy as he shares his feelings about dealing with the changes in his life. This is a heartwarming tale that can span many changes that may occur in a child’s life. Join Belinda, through the eyes of her son, in coping with change and keeping your love strong.

Click here to purchase Mom’s Gift on Amazon.

Why did our forefathers revolt against Great Britain? Was it really just about the taxes? Or was it mainly about a new threat to their Ancient Rights as Englishmen? Check out Roots of the First American Republic by Dan Madden as he takes us into the royal palaces in London and Versailles. We meet such colorful characters there as William Pitt, John Wilkes, Charles Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Madame Pompadour. Then, we watch as a new young king slowly undermines the loyalties of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Dickinson, and John Adams. Finally, the fatal chain of events that occurred after 1770 on both sides of the Atlantic. By September 1774, London officials are angry, and New Englanders are in open revolt. This is the tale of how the “world turned upside down.” It will fill Americans with pride in their Constitutional heritage.

Click here to purchase Roots of the First American Republic on Amazon.
Click here to purchase Dan’s first book Twisty Trail from Homer to Copernicus.

Saving My Sanity by Paul Tsuda is a collection of non-academic poems for readers to enjoy without the academic rules that restrain the poet. In this non-academic style, Paul Tsuda has published a collection of poems dealing with life in a way that is meant to connect with the reader.  Dealing with everyday life struggles, the author finds solace and sanity in writing and the written word.

Click here to purchase this Saving My Sanity on Amazon.

A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of John W. Arens  Too young to join the Navy, John W. Arens served in the Merchant Marines until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during WWII. He was active in the Israeli-Arab war of 1948 and became an Airborne Ranger with the 187th Airborne during the Korean War. Arens served during the Belgian Congo Operation in 1963 before enlisting in the US Navy where he graduated from diving school. His dive training with the Navy Seals took him to the frigid Arctic waters where he dived for eleven years. During that time, Arens also worked his way up to Captain, skippering a Navy spy ship during the Cold War and in Vietnam. Captain John W. Arens is proud to have served his country for 37 years in three branches of the military. Read all about John’s extraordinary military service as you read A Military Mustang written by John W. Arens with Charley Valera, the best-selling author of My Father’s War.

Click here to purchase A Military Mustang on Amazon.

When Nathan Decety  shipped out for Marine Corps Basic Training, he brought note-taking gear. In the first part of Becoming a U.S. Marine: Basic Training in the 21st Century, Nathan Decety describes his first-hand account of the notorious Basic Training Program. Becoming a U.S. Marine is complete with stories and links to videos to generate an immersive experience. In the second part of Becoming a U.S. Marine, Nathan Decety explores recent developments in warfare and combat, the role of the Marine Corps in the 21st century, domestic policy challenges, and most importantly, suggested improvements to Basic Training. These recommendations reverberate far beyond the Marine Corps and the U.S. Military; for many lessons drawn from the chaos of the modern battlefield are applicable wherever people seek to achieve a mission in a perilous and fast-paced world.

Click here to purchase Becoming a U.S. Marine on Amazon.

If Only She Knew, is the latest book on trauma by best-selling author, Belinda Adams. Trauma does not discriminate. The lasting effects that trauma brings into a child’s life applies to all students of all demographics, varying financial status, culture and different family dynamics. Trauma does not discriminate. Trauma has impacted the lives of 1 out of 4 children. Chances are you have at least one of these children in your classroom or school today. Teachers are in a unique situation to positively impact the lives of children living with trauma, perhaps making the difference that helps them see their future with hope. After a special unit on Heroes, one of my students wrote: “I want to think that a hero can be anyone. But I see the bad that some people do. I want to be the kind of person someone thinks of as a hero.” Showing students to view their situation as hopeful can make you a hero to a child of trauma.

Click here to purchase If Only She Knew on Amazon.

When Cole Mitchell writes his first novel, his greatest hope is that it will sell. He misses his first local book signing, bringing his friend and newspaper journalist, Jon Albee into the picture. Jon refuses to believe Cole would miss the most important day of his career and starts making waves around town. When Cole’s body is found floating in the gulf, Jon reads clues in the soon to be best seller. The Murder Book is a mystery that will keep you hooked until the last page.

Click here to purchase The Murder Book on Amazon.

Oh! Sparky! is a delightful book about a lovable, mischievous puppy that can’t seem to stay out of trouble. This is the perfect read-aloud for preschoolers and early elementary-age children. The cadence is excellent for young children, as it teaches readiness skills for reading. Older children will enjoy the story of a much loved puppy, even though he is always in trouble. The perfect gift for boys or girls. Buy several books to give as gifts.

Click here to purchase Oh Sparky on Amazon.

So often, people associate “trauma” with “poverty”; however, in Don’t Look Too Closely, Belinda will introduce you to the children suffering from trauma. Kids from every ethnic demographic group and income range. Kids who are hiding the hurt inside. Kids who are lashing out in frustration. More importantly, Belinda addresses how that trauma negatively impacts these children in the classroom and what we can do to help these hurting children. With stories that will break your heart, Don’t Look Too Closely sheds light on the kids who want to remain in the shadows, but at the same time, are longing for someone to care. This book will provide strategies to equip us to accept and help the children of trauma.

Click here to purchase Don’t Look Too Closely on Amazon.

Click here to purchase Quick Start companion publication.

Can You See Me? is a book for educators, administrators, and just about anyone else who wants to understand why students of poverty are struggling in today’s white, middleclass educational model. Belinda Adams explains cultural differences and how educators can use this knowledge to change the classroom into a place where all children feel seen and understood. Years of success working with students of poverty has given Belinda a clear picture of what works and what doesn’t. Read this light-hearted and informative book, full of stories that will make you laugh and make you cry.

Click here to purchase Can You See Me on Amazon.

Click here to puchase Quick Start companion publication.

A week from Christmas, 1959, Cliff and Christine Walker and their two children were murdered by a person or persons unknown. The case riveted the attention of millions as it spawned a national manhunt. Yet, more than 50 years after the murders, they remain unsolved. Unfinished Business, based loosely on the crime, is steeped in Florida lore and culture. James Jenkins, recently released from prison, comes to Citrus City and learns that his brother, sister-in-law, and his niece and nephew were murdered. He starts an investigation that shakes the sleepy town and propels the good ole boy sheriff into taking action. Love, adventure and suspense make Unfinished Business a page-turner. The book’s evocation of the Walker murder makes it must reading for all who remember that tragic day in December, 1959. 

Click here to purchase Unfinished Business on Amazon.

Use this simple guide to help your child survive Common Core Math with self-esteem and your relationship intact. A quick read that will enable you to immediately help your child become successful while giving background information on Common Core problems and your goals for your child. Find out what the problems are with Common Core Math. Look at the goals we should all have for our children. Find out what will help your child make sense out of the confusion. Books are available on Amazon.

Click here to purchase this book on Amazon.

A power broker is found murdered in his own home, wrapped in duct tape, and stabbed to death with surgical precision. Sarasota detectives arrive and soon find out the dead man is not who anyone, including his wife, thinks he is. A trail of deception and betrayal leads Sarasota detective, Willa Dupree, on a hunt for a killer. Based loosely on the Mummy Murder Case of 1959, which remains unsolved, Deceptive Business captures the sense and sensibilities of Sarasota. Books are available on Amazon.

Click here to purchase Deceptive Business on Amazon.

Brain Stormers is written by Camille Buffington and illustrated by Kristina Kalogeras. What better way to extend Mindset activites than teaching students about the brain and functions of the lobes. This fun book will delight students and provide a strong foundation for understanding how their own brain works. Check out the super heroes in Brain Stormers!

“In a little village called Cerebrum

In the state of Mind

There lived some heroes with splendid powers

Called ‘lobes’ by mankind.”

Click here to purchase Brain Stormers on Amazon.

A Month of Classical Music: A Music Lover’s Diary is a delightful book featuring an eclectic selection of musical pieces. Music lovers everywhere will enjoy reading about little-known composers along with some well-known favorites. With multiple selections each day, Moore shares information and his insights to add to listening pleasure and appreciation. Interesting tidbits and a personal response to pieces make this book unique. Unlike most books about classical music, Anthony shares information that everyone can appreciate. Sit back and enjoy the timeless pieces that Anthony has selected this month and be inspired to add to your personal collection.

Click here to purchase A Month of Classical Music on Amazon.

Surviving Special Education is a book about what it takes to be an advocate for your child. It is a quick read that presents essential information that will help you make informed decisions for your child. Less than 20% of students with a disability ever attend a 4-year college. Make sure your child has the choice to be in the group of students that graduate with a college degree. Decisions made in elementary school can limit your child’s choice for post-secondary education and the ability to live independently as an adult. Don’t be swayed by well meaning educators and deny your child the chance to be an independent adult.

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Meet some of our authors. Anchor Book Press, Ltd supports the up and coming author publishing a first book as well as the experienced author who is continuing to share published books with the world. To join our ranks of published authors, contact us today. Once your manuscript has been accepted, you can join our family of authors by sending a photo to add to our page.  Include a short author bio or we can help create one for you. In marketing your book, the more sites you are mentioned on, the higher you rank in the search algorithm. Just one more service that is included with our packages.

Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum is a nationally recognized playwright and performer whose solo performance of her art piece, Walking with My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle (2019) has won national awards. Ama has a PhD from Florida State University and teaches courses in Black Music and Ethnomusicology. She directs Ghanaian Drumming and Dance Ensembles and drum circles at the university. She is also a Queen Mother in Ghana, responsible for engaging youth as they move towards progress and success. As a researcher, writer, choreographer, performance artist, a storyteller, and a motivational speaker, Ama is interested in both knowledge for its own sake and in using knowledge to address issues in society. Her aim is to motivate others to accept and love themselves and help their communities. Ama enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She lives in the Midwest.

Photo Credit: élan Studios

Dan Madden has been fascinated with history since his high school days in Danvers, Massachusetts. He blames it on living near so many towns founded in the 1600s. Dan has a B.A. from Boston College where he specialized in European and Constitutional History. Later, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in American Constitutional History. Dan has published two books, Roots of the First American Republic: 1745 – 1775 and The Twisty Trail from Homer to Copernicus: A Bird’s Eye View. He is currently working on his third book, Beginning the World Again. Dan lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife, Judy.

Paul Tsuda has been writing poetry since his sophomore year at Stanford, but never considered publishing until recently. Paul was encouraged to continue writing by a professor who said he was truly a poet. Tsuda has a degree in English Literature with a creative writing emphasis in poetry. Poetry has been Paul’s way of dealing with a bi-polar disorder and the stress of working and raising a family. Paul enjoys Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, and other poets.

Captain John W. Arens and Charley Valera are both U.S. Veterans. When Captain Arens decided to write his autobiography, he did what all great Captains do – teamed up with an expert. Charley Valera, author of best-selling, My Father’s War, was the perfect match. Together they created A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens. In A Military Mustang, John and Charley tell the story of John’s journey from his boyhood during the Great Depression to his retirment today. The stories include Arens’ adventures of joining the Merchant Marines at 17 because he was too young for any other branch of the military, to being drafted while at sea, to paratrooper, to Arctic Diver, to Army Ranger and finally Captain of a U.S. Navy ship.  Going above and beyond in service to our country for 37 years, John served with honor and humility.

A native of Cape Cod, Camille Buffington holds degrees in Psychology and Creative Writing from Wheaton College (MA). She has previously published poetry in literary magazines and an article in an anthology.  Her latest work is a children’s book, Brain Stormers. Camille currently works in the publishing industry, but in her previous employment working with preschoolers, she discovered that children love superheroes. And I mean love. She hopes that the heroes in Brain Stormers will inspire kids of every age to investigate the structures behind their own thoughts. With a scientific mind and a literary heart, her favorite word has always been “why” (to the chagrin of her friends and family). Camille can be found practicing archery in her backyard, writing cryptically in her notebook, or playing her latest piece on the piano. Her own superpower is the ability to memorize long strings of numbers, and yet forget to grab the cookies from the oven.

An author and a Marine, Nathan Decety is passionate about improving major institutions. Nathan studied History at the University of Chicago before joining the Marine Corps. In addition to serving our country, Nathan Decety works in the management consulting and financial services industry. He previously published research on Ancient Sparta and is excited to write for non-academic audiences. He currently lives in the Chicagoland area – despite the cold.

A native Floridian author, Barbara Marvin has spent many years perfecting her craft. A writer’s writer, Barb wrote for years for herself. Upon completing Unfinished Business, Barb decided it was time to seek a publisher. Barb’s books are set in Southern Florida. The reader feels like they have been transported to the very cities in the book. Citrus City in her first book is a generic city that could be any small Florida town in the 50’s. Deceptive Business and The Murder Book are set in Sarasota, an area many people are familiar with. As her characters come alive on the page, the reader finds it hard to put the book down. Barb has just completed her 3rd novel, The Murder Book, which is available on Amazon.

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Carol Pirog is an educator and author who has spent many years teaching students from all backgrounds. Working in wealthy districts and low-income districts, she has realized that all students learn differently. How students learn and approach education varies depending on background experiences.  One-size doesn’t fit everyone in clothing, nor does it fit everyone in education. Carol’s book, Surviving Common Core Math, shows that all students can be successful in math, but not using the same methods. All students are different and the education system will continue to fail a large number of students if teachers continue to teach everyone the same.  Carol Pirog is also the author of Common Core and Multiplication Facts and Common Core and Addition Facts. These books will help children build a strong foundation for higher level math skills in just minutes a day. 

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Belinda Adams has degrees in Psychology, Elementary Education, and Special Education. She worked a number of years in private business before completing her education degrees and changing careers to become a teacher. As luck would have it, her first job was in a school on the low-income side of a large district. After making it through that first year, she felt she had a calling to serve under resourced students and their parents. This was a number of years ago, before teaching was so regulated. Therefore, she was able to perfect her craft by searching for what worked for her students. With success rates at the top of the charts for students who had only known failure, Belinda decided to write a book, Can You See Me, sharing her experience with what works with low-income students. Last summer, Belinda finished her second book, Don’t Look Too Closelywhich takes a look at students of trauma and what educators and other adults can do to help students suffering from trauma. Both books have Quick Start guides.  Released in September, Why MATH Mental Anguish to Humanityis Belinda’s latest book on how to teach math and science when you hate those subjects.

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Angie Woodworth has spent many years working with young children. Of course, part of any teacher’s day is spent reading to children. Through the years Angie has written many poems for children. Oh! Sparky! is the first poem that Angie set in book format. It is perfect for young children. As they read about the lovable, yet mischievous Sparky, they learn that being lovable and making mistakes go together. Based on Angie’s multi-racial family, artist Gabrielle Anderson portrays the mischief loving Sparky in a multi-racial family. Oh! Sparky! is the perfect gift as a read-aloud for preschoolers or  a read-by-myself book for beginning readers.

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Zabrina Grisby A St. Louis native, Zabrina Grisby aka “Lady ZMG,” received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri. While working for AmeriCorps, she was chosen as a delegate for President Clinton’s Presidents’ Summit. Then she was offered a position as a Behavior Therapist at Hopewell Center with the St. Louis Caring Communities Program. Later she joined the St. Louis Crisis Nursery as a Family Support Counselor and became the Senior Family Support Director. Zabrina was instrumental in Crisis Nursery’s first community outreach center.

She is currently an elementary School Social Worker and an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri. Zabrina served three years as Vice President for the Board of Directors for Family Resources and Community Connections Inc. She was a member of Saint Louis University Black Alumni Association, enjoys serving God at her local church, being a mother, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing. Her motto: Doing the best I can with what God has blessed me with.

Dr. Audrey McKenna Wittenauer has 25 years of experience in the field of education where she has supported youth and families in numerous capacities. Currently she is responsible for designing and implementing district-wide parent and community involvement programs. She has a passion for ensuring that families, schools, and communities engage in children’s learning and development. Dr. Wittenauer believes that schools, families, and communities can raise the achievement of all students, one child at a time.

Dr. Wittenauer has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University as well as masters degrees from Southern Illinois University and Lindenwood University. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Maryville University. In her spare time, Audrey loves being with her family, her husband Christopher and their three children Jack, Alex and McKenna.

Dr. Karla Marie Holland has 20 years of experience as a mental health professional providing a myriad of services for patients, students, and families. As a School Social Worker, she is accountable for the home, school, and community connection for students and families. She is also the liaison for connecting students and families to resources for social issues. Dr. Holland truly believes that the “whole child” is imperative. The home, school, and community must collaborate in order to ensure student success.

Dr. Holland has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Central Missouri State University. She holds a master’s degree in Professional Counseling and a K-8 School Counseling Certification from Lindenwood University. In addition, she received her Educational Doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership also from Lindenwood University.During her leisure time, Karla thoroughly enjoys home organization and DIY projects. She also loves spending time with her immediate family, her dad Prines, her mom June, and older sister Kelli.

Jacqueline Giorgi Wilson is a political science major. She joined the French Foreign Service and returned to Africa (where she was born) after graduation. French by birth, she became an American citizen through marriage to American diplomat, Joseph C. Wilson IV. She met Joseph in Africa.

One of his assignments led them back to the Middle East. There was never a dull moment during her 13-year marriage to Joseph. Life was a nomadic existence with a great variety of circumstances over the years. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention her two wire-haired fox terriers, her constant and loyal companions for 25 years.

Kojo Kisseh Aduonum, a.k.a. Dark Chocolate, is a talented young artist, who has been drawing since he could hold a pencil at 2. He enjoys working with his 2 or 3 favorite mediums to create his artwork. Kojo’s career goal is to become an airline pilot. In the meantime, he plays the trumpet and mid-field on the soccer team. When he is not drawing, Kojo likes to skateboard, read comic books, listen to music, and play games with his family. He loves playing outside whether it is hot or cold and roams in the wilderness any chance he gets. Kojo lives in the Midwest with his family.

When not drawing, Gabrielle Anderson enjoys hiking and the outdoors. Gabrielle has illustrated several children’s books. Check out the books Gabrielle has illustrated: Hunting Red, Oh! Sparky!  and What Do Fish Do When It Floods?  Available on Amazon.

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Click here for Hunting Red.

Click here for What Do Fish Do When It Floods?

Sharon Burchett is a new illustrator for Anchor Book Press, Ltd. She has solo exhibitions in Illinois and Oklahoma in various locations. Sharon has an associates degree in art and a master’s degree in art history. Her works are displayed in over 140 private collections around the United States. Sharon’s works are based on inspiration and personal expression. Typical mediums include acrylic, enamel, watercolor, pastels, chalks and pencils. Contact Sharon through Anchor Book Press, Ltd or visit Sharon’s website.

Click here to visit Sharon’s website.

Kristina Kalogeras is a new illustrator for Anchor Book Press, Ltd. She has worked on the Brain Stormers by Camille Buffington. Kristina has a degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She enjoys storytelling. She has been part of the Great Woods Symphony Orchestra and worked backstage in theatre. A dual citizen, Kristina spends her summers in Greece participating in music festivals as a wild card. She does anything from photography, tech crew and social media management, to performing in choruses and chamber ensembles.

Check out some of the recent titles of the books we are featuring. As an Anchor Book Press, Ltd  author, your published books will be featured on our site in the Books Section. This will help your books show up in Google searches. Before your book is released, it will be featured in our Coming Soon Section along with other books that are to be released soon. This advertisement is included in your package when we accept your manuscript.

Defenseless by Barbara Marvin is a mystery set in sunny Florida. It was just another ordinary day on the job for Jack when a gruesome discovery was made. After years of planning and working out the details with the city of Sarasota, it looked like Jack was finally going to realize his dreams as the equipment began arriving to clear the land and excavate the foundation for the new development. That is until about noon, when John ran over to Jack screaming to call 911 and come quick.

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Are you Stuck Inside? So is Ben and his family. Stuck Inside Activity Book is a black and white version of Stuck Inside that children can color. Ben is worried and confused. Mom says there is no school, the TV says everyone should stay inside, and Ben cannot even go see Grandma. This is the perfect book to start a conversation with your children about how they are feeling. Whether coronavirus, a serious illness, or some other trauma, it is important for children to be able to discuss their situation. As a blackline master, parents and teachers can make copies for each of their children.

I Am Proud of My Ancestors: They Overcame is a book to encourage Black youth and to remind others about the influence our ancestors have on our lives. I Am Proud of My Ancestors gives a historical overview of the African culture beginning long ago in Africa and continuing through the enslavement of Africans to highlighting success today. Focusing on their strength, and bravery through injustice and adversity reminds all of the predictable pride of the descendants. Continued determination through the years sets the stage as ancestors become role models for today’s youth, leading to success.

No Sweat Paragraphs – Help your child master the basics of paragraph writing with these simple and logical strategies. In today’s busy classrooms, teachers have very little time to spend helping individual students. This results in many children developing habits that are detrimental to future success. In just a few minutes a day, parents can provide individual support for a child and help establish a firm foundation for future academic pursuits. Learn a basic key that will help your child now and in the future. No Sweat Paragraphs helps a child develop the ability to write a simple paragraph. It also offers differentiation activities to use if a child is struggling or needs something more challenging. A blackline master, you can use No Sweat Paragraphs for more than one child by reproducing child activity pages.

The Road to Jordan is the personal memoir of Jacqueline Giorgi Wilson. Born in France, Jacqueline became a naturalized United States citizen after marrying Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV. His post during The Road to Jordan was in Baghdad as Director of Affairs at the United States Embassy. Jacqueline talks of their time in Iraq both on a personal level as well as official duties and events. She recounts the United States evacuation of Baghdad in 1989 immediately after the bombing of Kuwait by Iraqi forces. And then addresses the difficulties she faced in returning to the United States while Joseph was still in Baghdad directing the evacuation of American citizens and securing sensitive documents vital to the welfare of the United States. The Road to Jordan will give you a look at the personal side of life in Baghdad in the 1980s.

Can You See Me Yet: The follow-up book to Belinda’s best-selling book, Can You See Me?, is a must read for educators, administrators, school support staff, and anyone else interested in how the academic and emotional outlook for students of poverty can be improved. Research shows that 21% of American children live below the poverty level; that’s 1 in 5 children who struggle with the traumatic stress of housing instability, food insecurities, and unaddressed physical and emotional issues to mention a few items.

These factors can result in troubled students who are difficult to educate and even more difficult to support emotionally unless we make ourselves aware of their special circumstances and implement strategies to meet their unique needs. Knowing the realities of poverty (and understanding these disparities might be part of a student’s life) may be the only way to take away the sadness and hopelessness that poverty instills. Belinda has spent her entire teaching career working with at-risk students, and the stories and strategies presented in this book have resulted in excellent academic growth and social/emotional regulation for her students. FREE Reflection and Implementation Guide included.

Mom’s Gift, by Belinda Adams released just in time for gift giving. Changes happen. In a child’s life, big changes can spell HUGE ANXIETY! In Mom’s Gift, the reader sees Mom’s decision to return to college through the eyes of an 8-year-old boy as he shares his feelings about dealing with the changes in his life. This is a heartwarming tale that can span many changes that may occur in a child’s life. Join Belinda, through the eyes of her son, in coping with change and keeping your love strong.

Click here to purchase Mom’s Gift on Amazon.

Why did our forefathers revolt against Great Britain? Was it really just about the taxes? Or was it mainly about a new threat to their Ancient Rights as Englishmen? Check out Roots of the First American Republic by Dan Madden as he takes us into the royal palaces in London and Versailles. We meet such colorful characters there as William Pitt, John Wilkes, Charles Montesquieu, Voltaire, and Madame Pompadour. Then, we watch as a new young king slowly undermines the loyalties of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Dickinson, and John Adams. Finally, the fatal chain of events that occurred after 1770 on both sides of the Atlantic. By September 1774, London officials are angry, and New Englanders are in open revolt. This is the tale of how the “world turned upside down.” It will fill Americans with pride in their Constitutional heritage.

Click here to purchase Roots of the First American Republic on Amazon.
Click here to purchase Dan’s first book Twisty Trail from Homer to Copernicus.

Saving My Sanity by Paul Tsuda is a collection of non-academic poems for readers to enjoy without the academic rules that restrain the poet. In this non-academic style, Paul Tsuda has published a collection of poems dealing with life in a way that is meant to connect with the reader.  Dealing with everyday life struggles, the author finds solace and sanity in writing and the written word.

Click here to purchase this Saving My Sanity on Amazon.

A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of John W. Arens  Too young to join the Navy, John W. Arens served in the Merchant Marines until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during WWII. He was active in the Israeli-Arab war of 1948 and became an Airborne Ranger with the 187th Airborne during the Korean War. Arens served during the Belgian Congo Operation in 1963 before enlisting in the US Navy where he graduated from diving school. His dive training with the Navy Seals took him to the frigid Arctic waters where he dived for eleven years. During that time, Arens also worked his way up to Captain, skippering a Navy spy ship during the Cold War and in Vietnam. Captain John W. Arens is proud to have served his country for 37 years in three branches of the military. Read all about John’s extraordinary military service as you read A Military Mustang written by John W. Arens with Charley Valera, the best-selling author of My Father’s War.

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When Nathan Decety  shipped out for Marine Corps Basic Training, he brought note-taking gear. In the first part of Becoming a U.S. Marine: Basic Training in the 21st Century, Nathan Decety describes his first-hand account of the notorious Basic Training Program. Becoming a U.S. Marine is complete with stories and links to videos to generate an immersive experience. In the second part of Becoming a U.S. Marine, Nathan Decety explores recent developments in warfare and combat, the role of the Marine Corps in the 21st century, domestic policy challenges, and most importantly, suggested improvements to Basic Training. These recommendations reverberate far beyond the Marine Corps and the U.S. Military; for many lessons drawn from the chaos of the modern battlefield are applicable wherever people seek to achieve a mission in a perilous and fast-paced world.

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If Only She Knew, is the latest book on trauma by best-selling author, Belinda Adams. Trauma does not discriminate. The lasting effects that trauma brings into a child’s life applies to all students of all demographics, varying financial status, culture and different family dynamics. Trauma does not discriminate. Trauma has impacted the lives of 1 out of 4 children. Chances are you have at least one of these children in your classroom or school today. Teachers are in a unique situation to positively impact the lives of children living with trauma, perhaps making the difference that helps them see their future with hope. After a special unit on Heroes, one of my students wrote: “I want to think that a hero can be anyone. But I see the bad that some people do. I want to be the kind of person someone thinks of as a hero.” Showing students to view their situation as hopeful can make you a hero to a child of trauma.

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When Cole Mitchell writes his first novel, his greatest hope is that it will sell. He misses his first local book signing, bringing his friend and newspaper journalist, Jon Albee into the picture. Jon refuses to believe Cole would miss the most important day of his career and starts making waves around town. When Cole’s body is found floating in the gulf, Jon reads clues in the soon to be best seller. The Murder Book is a mystery that will keep you hooked until the last page.

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Oh! Sparky! is a delightful book about a lovable, mischievous puppy that can’t seem to stay out of trouble. This is the perfect read-aloud for preschoolers and early elementary-age children. The cadence is excellent for young children, as it teaches readiness skills for reading. Older children will enjoy the story of a much loved puppy, even though he is always in trouble. The perfect gift for boys or girls. Buy several books to give as gifts.

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So often, people associate “trauma” with “poverty”; however, in Don’t Look Too Closely, Belinda will introduce you to the children suffering from trauma. Kids from every ethnic demographic group and income range. Kids who are hiding the hurt inside. Kids who are lashing out in frustration. More importantly, Belinda addresses how that trauma negatively impacts these children in the classroom and what we can do to help these hurting children. With stories that will break your heart, Don’t Look Too Closely sheds light on the kids who want to remain in the shadows, but at the same time, are longing for someone to care. This book will provide strategies to equip us to accept and help the children of trauma.

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Can You See Me? is a book for educators, administrators, and just about anyone else who wants to understand why students of poverty are struggling in today’s white, middleclass educational model. Belinda Adams explains cultural differences and how educators can use this knowledge to change the classroom into a place where all children feel seen and understood. Years of success working with students of poverty has given Belinda a clear picture of what works and what doesn’t. Read this light-hearted and informative book, full of stories that will make you laugh and make you cry.

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A week from Christmas, 1959, Cliff and Christine Walker and their two children were murdered by a person or persons unknown. The case riveted the attention of millions as it spawned a national manhunt. Yet, more than 50 years after the murders, they remain unsolved. Unfinished Business, based loosely on the crime, is steeped in Florida lore and culture. James Jenkins, recently released from prison, comes to Citrus City and learns that his brother, sister-in-law, and his niece and nephew were murdered. He starts an investigation that shakes the sleepy town and propels the good ole boy sheriff into taking action. Love, adventure and suspense make Unfinished Business a page-turner. The book’s evocation of the Walker murder makes it must reading for all who remember that tragic day in December, 1959. 

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Use this simple guide to help your child survive Common Core Math with self-esteem and your relationship intact. A quick read that will enable you to immediately help your child become successful while giving background information on Common Core problems and your goals for your child. Find out what the problems are with Common Core Math. Look at the goals we should all have for our children. Find out what will help your child make sense out of the confusion. Books are available on Amazon.

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A power broker is found murdered in his own home, wrapped in duct tape, and stabbed to death with surgical precision. Sarasota detectives arrive and soon find out the dead man is not who anyone, including his wife, thinks he is. A trail of deception and betrayal leads Sarasota detective, Willa Dupree, on a hunt for a killer. Based loosely on the Mummy Murder Case of 1959, which remains unsolved, Deceptive Business captures the sense and sensibilities of Sarasota. Books are available on Amazon.

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Brain Stormers is written by Camille Buffington and illustrated by Kristina Kalogeras. What better way to extend Mindset activites than teaching students about the brain and functions of the lobes. This fun book will delight students and provide a strong foundation for understanding how their own brain works. Check out the super heroes in Brain Stormers!

“In a little village called Cerebrum

In the state of Mind

There lived some heroes with splendid powers

Called ‘lobes’ by mankind.”

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A Month of Classical Music: A Music Lover’s Diary is a delightful book featuring an eclectic selection of musical pieces. Music lovers everywhere will enjoy reading about little-known composers along with some well-known favorites. With multiple selections each day, Moore shares information and his insights to add to listening pleasure and appreciation. Interesting tidbits and a personal response to pieces make this book unique. Unlike most books about classical music, Anthony shares information that everyone can appreciate. Sit back and enjoy the timeless pieces that Anthony has selected this month and be inspired to add to your personal collection.

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Surviving Special Education is a book about what it takes to be an advocate for your child. It is a quick read that presents essential information that will help you make informed decisions for your child. Less than 20% of students with a disability ever attend a 4-year college. Make sure your child has the choice to be in the group of students that graduate with a college degree. Decisions made in elementary school can limit your child’s choice for post-secondary education and the ability to live independently as an adult. Don’t be swayed by well meaning educators and deny your child the chance to be an independent adult.

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Ama Oforiwaa Aduonum is a nationally recognized playwright and performer whose solo performance of her art piece, Walking with My Ancestors: Cape Coast Castle (2019) has won national awards. Ama has a PhD from Florida State University and teaches courses in Black Music and Ethnomusicology. She directs Ghanaian Drumming and Dance Ensembles and drum circles at the university. She is also a Queen Mother in Ghana, responsible for engaging youth as they move towards progress and success. As a researcher, writer, choreographer, performance artist, a storyteller, and a motivational speaker, Ama is interested in both knowledge for its own sake and in using knowledge to address issues in society. Her aim is to motivate others to accept and love themselves and help their communities. Ama enjoys cooking and spending time with her family. She lives in the Midwest.

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Dan Madden has been fascinated with history since his high school days in Danvers, Massachusetts. He blames it on living near so many towns founded in the 1600s. Dan has a B.A. from Boston College where he specialized in European and Constitutional History. Later, he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in American Constitutional History. Dan has published two books, Roots of the First American Republic: 1745 – 1775 and The Twisty Trail from Homer to Copernicus: A Bird’s Eye View. He is currently working on his third book, Beginning the World Again. Dan lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife, Judy.

Paul Tsuda has been writing poetry since his sophomore year at Stanford, but never considered publishing until recently. Paul was encouraged to continue writing by a professor who said he was truly a poet. Tsuda has a degree in English Literature with a creative writing emphasis in poetry. Poetry has been Paul’s way of dealing with a bi-polar disorder and the stress of working and raising a family. Paul enjoys Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, and other poets.

Captain John W. Arens and Charley Valera are both U.S. Veterans. When Captain Arens decided to write his autobiography, he did what all great Captains do – teamed up with an expert. Charley Valera, author of best-selling, My Father’s War, was the perfect match. Together they created A Military Mustang: The Extraordinary Life of Captain John W. Arens. In A Military Mustang, John and Charley tell the story of John’s journey from his boyhood during the Great Depression to his retirment today. The stories include Arens’ adventures of joining the Merchant Marines at 17 because he was too young for any other branch of the military, to being drafted while at sea, to paratrooper, to Arctic Diver, to Army Ranger and finally Captain of a U.S. Navy ship.  Going above and beyond in service to our country for 37 years, John served with honor and humility.

A native of Cape Cod, Camille Buffington holds degrees in Psychology and Creative Writing from Wheaton College (MA). She has previously published poetry in literary magazines and an article in an anthology.  Her latest work is a children’s book, Brain Stormers. Camille currently works in the publishing industry, but in her previous employment working with preschoolers, she discovered that children love superheroes. And I mean love. She hopes that the heroes in Brain Stormers will inspire kids of every age to investigate the structures behind their own thoughts. With a scientific mind and a literary heart, her favorite word has always been “why” (to the chagrin of her friends and family). Camille can be found practicing archery in her backyard, writing cryptically in her notebook, or playing her latest piece on the piano. Her own superpower is the ability to memorize long strings of numbers, and yet forget to grab the cookies from the oven.

An author and a Marine, Nathan Decety is passionate about improving major institutions. Nathan studied History at the University of Chicago before joining the Marine Corps. In addition to serving our country, Nathan Decety works in the management consulting and financial services industry. He previously published research on Ancient Sparta and is excited to write for non-academic audiences. He currently lives in the Chicagoland area – despite the cold.

A native Floridian author, Barbara Marvin has spent many years perfecting her craft. A writer’s writer, Barb wrote for years for herself. Upon completing Unfinished Business, Barb decided it was time to seek a publisher. Barb’s books are set in Southern Florida. The reader feels like they have been transported to the very cities in the book. Citrus City in her first book is a generic city that could be any small Florida town in the 50’s. Deceptive Business and The Murder Book are set in Sarasota, an area many people are familiar with. As her characters come alive on the page, the reader finds it hard to put the book down. Barb has just completed her 3rd novel, The Murder Book, which is available on Amazon.

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Carol Pirog is an educator and author who has spent many years teaching students from all backgrounds. Working in wealthy districts and low-income districts, she has realized that all students learn differently. How students learn and approach education varies depending on background experiences.  One-size doesn’t fit everyone in clothing, nor does it fit everyone in education. Carol’s book, Surviving Common Core Math, shows that all students can be successful in math, but not using the same methods. All students are different and the education system will continue to fail a large number of students if teachers continue to teach everyone the same.  Carol Pirog is also the author of Common Core and Multiplication Facts and Common Core and Addition Facts. These books will help children build a strong foundation for higher level math skills in just minutes a day. 

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Belinda Adams has degrees in Psychology, Elementary Education, and Special Education. She worked a number of years in private business before completing her education degrees and changing careers to become a teacher. As luck would have it, her first job was in a school on the low-income side of a large district. After making it through that first year, she felt she had a calling to serve under resourced students and their parents. This was a number of years ago, before teaching was so regulated. Therefore, she was able to perfect her craft by searching for what worked for her students. With success rates at the top of the charts for students who had only known failure, Belinda decided to write a book, Can You See Me, sharing her experience with what works with low-income students. Last summer, Belinda finished her second book, Don’t Look Too Closelywhich takes a look at students of trauma and what educators and other adults can do to help students suffering from trauma. Both books have Quick Start guides.  Released in September, Why MATH Mental Anguish to Humanityis Belinda’s latest book on how to teach math and science when you hate those subjects.

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Angie Woodworth has spent many years working with young children. Of course, part of any teacher’s day is spent reading to children. Through the years Angie has written many poems for children. Oh! Sparky! is the first poem that Angie set in book format. It is perfect for young children. As they read about the lovable, yet mischievous Sparky, they learn that being lovable and making mistakes go together. Based on Angie’s multi-racial family, artist Gabrielle Anderson portrays the mischief loving Sparky in a multi-racial family. Oh! Sparky! is the perfect gift as a read-aloud for preschoolers or  a read-by-myself book for beginning readers.

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Zabrina Grisby A St. Louis native, Zabrina Grisby aka “Lady ZMG,” received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri. While working for AmeriCorps, she was chosen as a delegate for President Clinton’s Presidents’ Summit. Then she was offered a position as a Behavior Therapist at Hopewell Center with the St. Louis Caring Communities Program. Later she joined the St. Louis Crisis Nursery as a Family Support Counselor and became the Senior Family Support Director. Zabrina was instrumental in Crisis Nursery’s first community outreach center.

She is currently an elementary School Social Worker and an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri. Zabrina served three years as Vice President for the Board of Directors for Family Resources and Community Connections Inc. She was a member of Saint Louis University Black Alumni Association, enjoys serving God at her local church, being a mother, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing. Her motto: Doing the best I can with what God has blessed me with.

Dr. Audrey McKenna Wittenauer has 25 years of experience in the field of education where she has supported youth and families in numerous capacities. Currently she is responsible for designing and implementing district-wide parent and community involvement programs. She has a passion for ensuring that families, schools, and communities engage in children’s learning and development. Dr. Wittenauer believes that schools, families, and communities can raise the achievement of all students, one child at a time.

Dr. Wittenauer has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University as well as masters degrees from Southern Illinois University and Lindenwood University. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Maryville University. In her spare time, Audrey loves being with her family, her husband Christopher and their three children Jack, Alex and McKenna.

Dr. Karla Marie Holland has 20 years of experience as a mental health professional providing a myriad of services for patients, students, and families. As a School Social Worker, she is accountable for the home, school, and community connection for students and families. She is also the liaison for connecting students and families to resources for social issues. Dr. Holland truly believes that the “whole child” is imperative. The home, school, and community must collaborate in order to ensure student success.

Dr. Holland has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Central Missouri State University. She holds a master’s degree in Professional Counseling and a K-8 School Counseling Certification from Lindenwood University. In addition, she received her Educational Doctorate degree in Instructional Leadership also from Lindenwood University.During her leisure time, Karla thoroughly enjoys home organization and DIY projects. She also loves spending time with her immediate family, her dad Prines, her mom June, and older sister Kelli.

Jacqueline Giorgi Wilson is a political science major. She joined the French Foreign Service and returned to Africa (where she was born) after graduation. French by birth, she became an American citizen through marriage to American diplomat, Joseph C. Wilson IV. She met Joseph in Africa.

One of his assignments led them back to the Middle East. There was never a dull moment during her 13-year marriage to Joseph. Life was a nomadic existence with a great variety of circumstances over the years. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention her two wire-haired fox terriers, her constant and loyal companions for 25 years.

Kojo Kisseh Aduonum, a.k.a. Dark Chocolate, is a talented young artist, who has been drawing since he could hold a pencil at 2. He enjoys working with his 2 or 3 favorite mediums to create his artwork. Kojo’s career goal is to become an airline pilot. In the meantime, he plays the trumpet and mid-field on the soccer team. When he is not drawing, Kojo likes to skateboard, read comic books, listen to music, and play games with his family. He loves playing outside whether it is hot or cold and roams in the wilderness any chance he gets. Kojo lives in the Midwest with his family.

When not drawing, Gabrielle Anderson enjoys hiking and the outdoors. Gabrielle has illustrated several children’s books. Check out the books Gabrielle has illustrated: Hunting Red, Oh! Sparky!  and What Do Fish Do When It Floods?  Available on Amazon.

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Sharon Burchett is a new illustrator for Anchor Book Press, Ltd. She has solo exhibitions in Illinois and Oklahoma in various locations. Sharon has an associates degree in art and a master’s degree in art history. Her works are displayed in over 140 private collections around the United States. Sharon’s works are based on inspiration and personal expression. Typical mediums include acrylic, enamel, watercolor, pastels, chalks and pencils. Contact Sharon through Anchor Book Press, Ltd or visit Sharon’s website.

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Kristina Kalogeras is a new illustrator for Anchor Book Press, Ltd. She has worked on the Brain Stormers by Camille Buffington. Kristina has a degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. She enjoys storytelling. She has been part of the Great Woods Symphony Orchestra and worked backstage in theatre. A dual citizen, Kristina spends her summers in Greece participating in music festivals as a wild card. She does anything from photography, tech crew and social media management, to performing in choruses and chamber ensembles.