Baby Penguins Everywhere

One penguin was all alone and feeling very lonely, until she found a hat floating in the water and out popped a baby penguin. Then another and another, and more and more until the penguin wasn’t lonely anymore. She was very busy playing with the  little penguins, watching over them as the penguins ran here and there, and everywhere doing what little penguins do. Soon she was tired, absolutely exhausted, and needed some time alone. And that was okay, sometimes we need a moment or two to recharge, it’s much more fun to be with others.

This delightful book will entertain little ones with its cute watercolor pictures depicting different things the penguins are doing, as well as with the story. Melissa Guion’s debut book is a treasure with an explanation that sometimes a person needs some time to be alone, but being with others is much more enjoyable.

I met Melissa at Cincinnati’s Books by the Banks in October.  She was every bit as charming as her book.


To learn more about this multi-talented author-illustrator visit Melissa on her web page Melissa Guion, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Goodreads.

To buy Baby Penguins Everywhere! Click the link.  Amazon, B&N, IndieBound, Greenlight (signed copies), iBook, Kobo


Books by the Banks 2014

October in Cincinnati means Books by the Banks, our book festival.  This year I met some new authors and visited with some I had met in the past.  It is always an exciting event with lots of authors and many, many books to buy.  Since ours is held in October, it is a great time to pick up some gifts for the holidays as well as books for yourself.

Smiley with BookMy husband came along again this year and took some pictures and helped carry my books.

My first stop was to visit my friend Catherine McKenzie (SPIN, SPUN, ARRANGED, HIDDEN) and Jon Harrison (THE BANKS OF CERTAIN RIVERS – review to come soon).


I then met Marci Jefferson whose GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN is in my TBR and is begging me to read it.


Of course, I also had to stop by and say hi to Mindy McGinnis.  Her first book, NOT A DROP TO DRINK, came out last year just before Books by the Banks.  Her second, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST, came out just in time for “The Banks”.


A trip to “The Banks” wouldn’t be complete without picking up a few children’s books.



THE FORGOTTEN PUMPKIN by Hugh G. Earnhart (review to come later this week).


Of course, there were other books in my bag but, unfortunately, those authors were not available during the time I was there.

It was a fabulous event and I can’t wait until it comes back next October.

Note:  Reviews for all books will be posted as I read them.