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Official Release: Toilet Tales

This week marks the official release of TOILET TALES, a hilarious new “gross-out” book by Ryan Jacobson and Chantel Wiskur, which features true stories of bathroom humor!

Toilet Tales

People poop in their pants. It happens. No biggie, right? Wrong! Some bathroom accidents occur at the worst possible moments – on a first date, at the start of a new job, while stuck in traffic – and their stories ascend to the level of Toilet Tales. This book collects 28 of the funniest, most humiliating true accounts that anyone was ever brave enough to confess. Toilet Tales makes a hilarious conversation-starter and a perfect bathroom read.

Toilet Tales is available at bookstores and gift shops. Print and ebook editions can be found via online booksellers. You can also purchase an autographed copy here.

Can Werewolves Be Real? New Book Offers Evidence

Real Stories About Werewolves

Thanks to books, movies and various other sources of pop culture, you’re probably familiar with werewolves. But did you know there’s evidence to suggest that werewolves might actually be real? Just in time for Halloween, author Deb Mercier has collected frightening accounts of werewolf encounters that span the ages, and you can read all about them in REAL STORIES ABOUT WEREWOLVES.

Mercier takes readers on a tour of 13 bizarre reports of werewolf activity. She begins with European stories dating as far back as the 1500s and weaves her way forward through time, ending with tales that are closer to home and set in modern times. Mercier includes some of history’s most intriguing accounts, from France’s Beast of Gevaudan to Wisconsin’s Bray Road Beast.

Rather than dry collections of facts, each report is told in the form of a short story. Beautiful, historic pieces of art are sprinkled in, adding to the book’s allure. The result is a wonderful mix of history and horror that’s perfect for sharing around a campfire. REAL STORIES ABOUT WEREWOLVES is a real Halloween treat for any fan of the supernatural.

REAL STORIES ABOUT WEREWOLVES ($9.95, softcover) is available at bookstores and gift shops, through online retailers, by calling 800-678-7006 or by visiting www.AdventurePublications.net.

Three Musketeers cover revealed

Here it is: the final cover art for Alexandre Dumas’s Three Musketeers! It was masterfully drawn by David Hemenway with logo art by Shane Nitzsche. The book is scheduled to release on September 15.

Three Musketeers cover

Guest Post: Read to Your Child by Renee McCuen

Renee McCuen

Renee McCuen was an elementary school teacher for 34 years. She is the author of Amazing Ants and Slimy Salamanders. Renee lives in Worthington, Minnesota, with her husband, Bob. Visit Renee’s website at www.ReneeMcCuen.com.

I love reading. I always have.

When I started teaching first graders, my biggest thrill was helping them learn to read. When students understood the process and started to read, it was like magic. I couldn’t imagine anything better.

When I had conferences with parents, we would discuss many things. When I asked if they were reading to their child at home, many of them would say, “I don’t have to read to my child; they’re reading everything by themselves.” That would make me groan (inside my head, of course), and then I would explain why they should continue reading aloud with their child.

What my students’ parents didn’t realize is this: When you read aloud to your child, they learn rich vocabulary and new and interesting ideas that you can discuss as a family. I could usually tell which children had been read to. They tended to catch on to reading much more quickly. When they encountered unfamiliar words and worked through them, they would smile. “That was easy,” they would tell me. They had a confidence to try. Children who’d never been read to had a much more limited vocabulary. It’s tricky to figure out words and understand what you’re reading when you haven’t been exposed to them before.

Of course, you want your child to read independently. Encourage them to read books at their independent level. They will be able to read most of the words and understand the ideas in the book. When you read aloud, choose books to read that are beyond what they can read independently. Choose books they have an interest in. Choose books that teach a lesson or are just fun. If you’re busy, just read a chapter—or even a few pages. When you’re not busy, enjoy your book a bit longer.

Children who read well generally do well in school. When you read well, you can figure out other content areas. Reading with and to your child will help them to become a successful student.

Enjoy reading!

“Can You Survive?” is on 5 Minutes for Books!

One of the first blogs I ever started reading (and still love) is barraging its readers with reviews of our books! Swing on over and check it out. Their most current review is of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but so far they have also reviewed Campfire Crisis, Jack London’s Call of the Wild, and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Dracula

Plus, on their sister site, 5 Minutes for Mom, they have featured Greek Mythology’s Twelve Labors of Hercules and are giving away a set of the entire series!