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We Have a WINNER! for the book Meet the Planets

Sunday, May 19th, 2013 chose Theresa N. as the winner.  Congratulations!  I will send you an email shortly.

Readers, Please continue checking out Sylvan Dell books for children – they rock!

Tomorrow is Last Day for GIVEAWAY on Meet the Planets –

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Meet the Planets


Tomorrow is the last day to try winning this great children’s book.  All you have to do is go to this link and post

GIVEAWAY – – Meet the Planets by John McGranaghan

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Meet the Planets

Soar into the Solar System to witness the first Favorite Planet Competition, emceed by none other than the former-ninth planet, now known as dwarf planet Pluto. The readers become the judges after the sun can’t pick a favorite and the meteors leave for a shower. Who will the lucky winning planet be? Could it be speedy-messenger Mercury, light-on-his-feet Saturn, or smoking-hot Venus? Readers learn all about each planet as Pluto announces them with short, tongue-in-cheek facts. Children of all ages will spend hours searching the art for all the references to famous scientists and people of history, space technology, constellations, art, and classic literature. 4-6 pg For Creative Minds educational section in the back 40-60 pg cross-curricular Teaching Activities and 3 Interactive Quizzes available free on the book s homepage eBooks with Auto-Flip, Auto-Read and selectable English and Spanish text and audio
My Comments:  I have been reading Sylvan Dell books to my second graders for the past week and they LOVE them.  I told them I was getting this book yesterday and low and behold when I got home it was there, so I read it to them today.  They LOVED it.  We do not have the opportunity to do lots of science, so they listen like there is no tomorrow when I read these books and especially for some reason when I read this book to them.  The illustrations are adorable.  The facts are up to date, and cute cute cute the way they teach the planets in a game-show format.  I know if you have a child from the ages of 5-10, this book would be beneficial and of interest.  The AR level is 4.2, which is a little high for my group of students, but the interest in the content is definitely there, so it is a terrific read aloud.
Giveaway:  If you are interested in a copy of this book, please leave a comment telling me your favorite topic of non-fiction children’s book.  I will use to choose a winner on Sunday, May 19.  Thank you for your interest!


Children’s Book Week with Sylvan Dell and a GIVEAWAY

Monday, May 13th, 2013

**Be watching this week for my review of Meet the Planets by John McGranaghan.  This will be our giveaway during this week of Children’s Book Week.  You can also download Sylvan Dell’s eBooks for only 99 cents this week!   Read the following announcement from Sylvan Dell:

Sylvan Dell Publishing Celebrates Children’s Book Week

Mt Pleasant, SC (April 23, 2013)-It’s all about reading! For Children’s Book Week Sylvan Dell Publishing and their authors are delighted to share the love of a good book with children. Not only will several authors be participating in events at bookstores, libraries and schools in their communities, but the publisher will also offer free access to new favorites at For tablet readers all of Sylvan Dell’s enhanced eBooks will be 99 cents on the Kindle and iBooks stores from May 12th through the 18th.

To spark a love of reading and an appreciation for science and the natural world around us is the foundation on which Sylvan Dell was built. Each of the authors has an interest in sharing this love with children; meet one of these dedicated authors in your city.

  • See Janet Halfmann author of Home in the Cave, Little Skink’s Tail and Fur and Feathers at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin on May 14th at 6:00 pm and the South Milwaukee Public Library on May 15th at 6:00 pm for story time and signing.
  • Marianne Berkes author of Animalogy and The Tree that Bear Climbed will celebrate Children’s Book Week at Woodward Elementary School on May 15th.
  • Terry Catasús Jennings will be signing Gopher to the Rescue on May 15th at Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, Oegon. Then she will be presenting at the Mount Saint Helen’s Institute on May 16th and at the Mount Saint Helen’s Coldwater Science & Learning Center on the 18th with a signing at Johnston Ridge Gift Shop later that day.
  • Scotti Cohn author of On the Move: Mass Migrations, Big Cat, Little Kitty and One Wolf Howls  will be presenting and signing at the Blue Ridge Bookfest in Flat Rock, North Carolina on May 17th & 18th.
  • At the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, Colorado Phyllis Perry author of Pandas’ Earthquake Escape will be part of a Book Week presentation at 7:00 pm on May 18th.
  • Illustrator of Count Down to Fall, Deep in the Desert and The Best Nest, Sherry Neidigh will be presenting at Malprops Bookstore on May 18th in Ashville, North Carolina.
  • Ann Downer author of Shark Baby will be presenting an ocean themed event at Books on the Square in Providence Rhode Island on May 18th.

During Children’s Book Week Sylvan Dell will be hosting contests, giveaways and free fun activities.  The Sylvan Dell blog, Facebook page and @sylvandell on twitter will be dedicated to Children’s Book Week events beginning in May, get involved and win! For a complete listing of events, to schedule an interview with Sylvan Dell or any of the authors please visit or contact

About Sylvan Dell Publishing

Sylvan Dell is on a mission to improve child literacy with science and math through fictional picture books. Using prose and pictures, children are delighted with stories of their favorite animals, planets, or even place. This leads to the exploration of facts and learning activities in each book’s For Creative Minds pages. Sylvan Dell carefully designs each book to portray accurately the chosen subject. Vetted by experts in that field, and aligned to common core and state standards; each book is a unique asset to educational programs. Sylvan Dell has grown to include more than 80 authors and illustrators, and honored to have won more than 70 book awards since its inception in 2005.





We are back!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Hi Readers!  I just want to let you know that we are back and safe to visit again after being violated two weeks ago.  I will be posting about several books – both children’s and adults’ – so be watching for that this weekend!  Sally

REMINDER – 9 days left to enter contest!

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Giving away 2 copies of The Dreamy, Fishy, Happy Storybook by Alia Zobel Nolan. To enter please leave a sentence naming your favorite selection of the Bible for children. Thanks! Contest ends June 30.

Contest – win a children’s non-fiction book!

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Just a reminder that there are still FIVE days to enter to win a book published by Sylvan Dell – either The Glaciers are Melting or Carolina’s Story.  These are great books and would be a wonderful addition to a child’s or teacher’s library!  Just write a sentence under the post of the book you prefer.  Good Luck!

Free David Vann E-book Available Now

Friday, January 7th, 2011

David Vann’s book, Legend of a Suicide, was a critically acclaimed collection of novellas. It has even been opitioned for film by Chris Meloni.

His next book, Caribou’s Island, comes out this February and has one of the most stunning covers ever.

In anticipation of this forthcoming novel, and in celebration of the novella Sukkwan Island winning France’s prestigious Prix Medicis award, Harper is making the ebook version of Sukkwan Island available for free.

You can download it at Amazon, Sony, or Kobo and it should be available in other formats soon.

Did you get an ereader for Christmas? Now’s a chance to try it out!

I Need Help From My Reading Buddies!

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Hi, this is Sally – the mom of Leah and Amy.  This summer is one of staying in and resting for me.  First, I wait for  lower back surgery.  You will no doubt see lots of reviews from me.  Unfortunately I can’t do much because I can’t lift, I can’t bend, and I can’t walk correctly, and when I try to I wind up  in pain. Second, after I have surgery I will have to recuperate for several weeks.  Then, back to  teach school – actually school will probably begin before I am ready to go back.  Soooo, this is where YOU come in.  I already have a basket of books ready to read, but I can always use some other suggestions.  I need recommendations of books that kept you on the edge of your seat, so engaged that hardly anything could distract you.  My favorite book types are cozy mysteries (you can look at some of my reviews to see what I HAVE read), Amish fiction, engaging Christian fiction, James Patterson-type books, Nicholas Sparks-type books, Tess Gerritsen-type books, and others along that line.  I’m NOT a Twilight fan, nor do I like vampires or outright fantasy.  Any ideas?  Beach type fiction also  sounds good since I will be staying home all summer.  Thanks for your suggestions I REALLY appreciate your thoughtfulness!

Review: The Justice Game by Randy Singer

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

thejusticegameI always enjoy Randy Singer’s books and I was especially excited to read this one when he allowed readers to choose the verdict of the case! A few months ago he had a video with the closing statements that allowed readers to understand the issues and evidence and make a choice. Additionally, I had a strong interest in reading this book because it dealt with issues of gun control. I have mixed feelings on gun control because I believe in both non-violence and personal liberty. I am strongly against government control and regulation in most areas. Yet it does seem as though there should be a way to permit people to own guns without all the problems we have. I think Mr. Singer did a great job of exploring the issues and whether or not gun manufacturers are at fault when people use their guns in violent crimes.

The novel opens with a bang as a local news station is taken hostage by a mad gunmen. When lives are lost, a victim’s family member opens a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer because they knowingly supplied a dealer who knowingly sold guns through straw purchases.

Another aspect that I loved about this book was the exploration of whether or not Christians should be involved in lawsuits. I have always thought we shouldn’t, but Mr. Singer presents some compelling arguments that there might be some cases where it’s okay, while also making sure your heart is right.

This is probably my favorite Randy Singer novel to date. It was full of mystery and twists and turns. While the case was important, the lives of both lawyers were also examined, especially Jason Noble who I really enjoyed as a character. I hope that we get to see him again! It was also fun to see a few characters from previous books.

This is Christian fiction and while the characters are definitely exploring their faith, I don’t think it’s overbearing. I really recommend it! You can buy it Amazon.

(I received the ARC of this book from the author’s publicist for review.)