Introducing Anne Toole, author of Shy Ty

“This is my ninth book with Outskirts Press and my Author Representative is always very professional and knowledgeable. Since I have other manuscripts I want to have published, I am sure I will be working with her again in the near future. She always does a great job!”

Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She graduated from Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina. She is also a graduate of the University of Georgia. Ms. Toole taught first grade for thirty years in Augusta, Georgia. After retiring, Ms. Toole worked part- time teaching ESOL for several years. She also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. She resides in Columbia, South Carolina. Ms. Toole is also the author of Mean Mike, The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be A Bird, The Frog That Lost His Croak, A Dog Named Cat, The Crow and the Big Oak Tree, Stan, The Little Turtle, Fat Maxine, Lily Pearl, and The Cat That Was Nothing But Trouble.

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There was a boy named Ty,
who was very shy.
Friends, he had none.
Ty was too scared to talk to anyone.
At times, Ty would cry
because he was so shy.
One day the teacher said a project each child must do.
Ty decided to do something that he knew.
What project did Ty do at school
that the other children thought was really cool?
Did the children want to know more about Ty after what he had done?
Did this help Ty become less shy to everyone?

Introducing Dorothy L. Williams, author of My Best Friend Was A Butterfly

“Outskirts Press made it happen for me…A million thanks to everyone!”

Dorothy L. Williams is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task. “My Best Friend Was A Butterfly” is the first in a series of recent pursuits, with work progressing quickly on the follow-up.

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Astonishing answers to unspoken questions revealed! Dorothy has always loved butterflies. She looks forward to summer just so she can watch the butterflies. In this children’s book, her imagination takes the reader on a trip of laughter and strong belief that one can talk with a butterfly.

Introducing Moshe Sonnheim, author of If You Could Change the Ending: New Endings for Old Fairy Tales

“From beginning to happy end of my publishing experience with Outskirts Press, I was guided patiently by your understanding and encouraging team. Tina gave me The Game Plan. Bridget patiently moved me along the system and she dealt gently with my frustrations and complaints. Allison sent me printed tips along the way. The editorial team made excellent edits. The designer made creative front and back covers in conjunction with my illustrator. Anna uploaded the Kindle, reassuring me along the way. To top it all off, Certificate of Publication, signed by Bret Sampson himself, left a sweet taste in my mouth. The Marketing Team then joined the action, and I look forward to favorable marketing and distribution. The pleasure I had, and the satisfaction I had in writing my book was augmented by my experience with you.”

Dr. Moshe Sonnheim is a retired Social Work educator. A former Philadelphian, he has lived in Jerusalem, Israel, since 1971. He is married to a Dutch “Hidden Child,” and they have two daughters and nine grandchildren. Moshe has published academic books, short stories of love, paranormal experiences, and poems. The idea for this book was suggested by his daughter, Idit Karni; typing of text was done by his granddaughter, Barr Karni (age 14), and colorful and creative illustrations were provided by Avi Katz. And so, at age eighty-five, Moshe shares with you, the magical world of fairy tales he told to his children and grandchildren.

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Once upon a time, grownups told stories. Once upon a time, children listened to the storytelling. There were tales of dark forests, magic mountains, hidden castles, and talking animals. There were tales of children lost or setting out to see the world. There were tales of greed, jealousy, and cruelty. But there were also tales of beauty, loyalty, kindness, and love. The parents who told these stories, and the children who heard them, lived in a world different from our world. The dwarfs and giants they heard about, walked among them. They saw the nightingale and heard its song. All these were enhanced by imagination and values. Your children, however, have grown up in a world of computers and fairy tale parks. This book will try to bridge the gap between the two worlds. New endings to 32 well-known (and less well-known) fairy tales will stimulate your child’s imagination, ability to confront moral issues, and to learn acceptance of “the other.” Each original tale is followed by a new ending and short definitions of new words and Internet sources of relevant pictures and bird songs.

Introducing Jason Akley, author of Sweet Pea and the Bumblebee

“I’m very pleased with how Outskirts Press handled the publication of my books. As a writer it can be frustrating when you hit that wall of ‘salability’ most traditional publishers adhere to. It’s good to be out of the slush pile. I’ve received e-mails every week from Outskirts, guiding me through the process as my books have gone into production and then into print. I had my first children’s story in my hands in about ten weeks! I’m very happy with the professionalism and quality of service. I recommend Outskirts to any writer who wants to see their work in print.”

Jason Akley resides in New Athens, Illinois, and is the author of four books. Akley has a BS degree from Tulane University in physics and mathematical economics. The writing of Sweet Pea and the Bumblebee was inspired by Akley’s newborn daughter.

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In a beautiful garden, Sweet Pea has just been born. As she awakens, she is filled with a sense of wonder and so very many questions…At first all she noticed was the light. She wanted to weep it was so bright. Then she noticed the light was warm. Before she knew it her petals had formed. But what was this light that she could feel? And who was she really? What was the deal? But even if she wanted to she couldn’t answer such questions. For Sweet Pea didn’t know she was Sweet Pea. She was still open to suggestions. As a parent or teacher, how do you discuss the meaning of life and nature of being with a child? In this book, author Jason Akley uses rhyming verse to explore life’s intriguing philosophical concepts, as the wise bumblebee guides Sweet Pea in her quest to discover her purpose in life.

Introducing Janine DiGiacomo, author of Down the Drain

“My experience with Outskirts Press was absolutely wonderful! A life-changing adventure!! My author representative was professional, knowledgeable, helpful and patient with me. This was my first time to publish anything and all my questions were answered thoroughly and in a timely manner. It was a great experience and I learned so much! I would recommend Outskirts Press to anyone who is thinking about publishing. Thank you so much Outskirts Press!”

Janine DiGiacomo has been an educator in health care for the past fifteen years. She has worked with both adults and children in her professional life and enjoys teaching people how to live a healthy life. She lives in the San Francisco Bay area and has plans to write more children’s books, poetry, folk songs and other works. Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking and spending time in the beautiful California nature. The main character in this book was named after her son, Erik.

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WHAT IS DOWN THE DRAIN? Children love to take a bath! They splash and play and daydream. They also wonder what is down the drain. Children will delight in this fantasy, water wonderland down the drain!

Introducing Aliaunda A. Laniya, author of The Reading Adventures of Franklin in Philly Town

“I am pleased with how my book turned out.”

Aliaunda A. Laniya is certified therapeutic recreation specialist and psychotherapist. Her interests include faith, family, and promoting physical and mental health and wellness. This is her first children’s book written to promote awareness for community members and organizations to proactively support positive reading skills and reading opportunities for all children. Aliaunda works and lives in “Philly Town” (Philadelphia, PA) with her family.

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Most people who enjoy reading have had good reading habits introduced and modeled for them by family members, educators, and peers. When children see others reading for interest and enjoyment, it can inspire them to become better readers. However, for many elementary school children, reading on grade level remains one of the greatest life skill challenges they face. This negatively impacts their mental health and future success academically, socially, and economically. Franklin, the main character in this book serves as a model for young students to discover the wonder of words and reading. He becomes inspired to improve his reading and spelling abilities to earn a new favored item for school. The Adventures Of Franklin In Philly Town takes its young readers on a neighborhood journey with Franklin as he encounters a problem earning this item and tries to figure out what to do. Eventually, he receives some much needed advice and a new perspective on reading, spelling, and learning.

Introducing Evelyn Schwarz, author of The Hummingbird Garden

“The color illustrations turned out great and the font and print were just as I asked. The shadowing effect on the illustrations were a great added touch to make the pictures ‘pop’ and the boxing and color of it made the text catch the reader’s eye.”

Evelyn Schwarz loves the outdoors and volunteers as nature center docent at a local regional park in San Diego, California. She enjoys hiking and sharing nature with others. The Anna’s hummingbird is one of her favorites. Illustrator Kitty Quinn is a high school student who plans to attend the San Francisco Academy of Art. The author can be contacted at: Ev4schwarz@gmail.com

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Six-year-old Alexis and her parents have just moved from an apartment in the city to a home in the suburbs. While lying in the grass in her new backyard, Alexis is startled by a tiny flash of color darting by, heading for her neighbor’s yard. Peeking through a hole in the fence, she sees a wondrous sight. Her new neighbor’s backyard is filled with hundreds of beautiful flowers, and there are colorful glass balls hanging from some of the trees. But the most magical sight of all are the tiny, jewel-like birds flashing by, hovering in midair, and even flying backward! This delightfully illustrated book will bring the world of hummingbirds to life as Alexis learns a valuable lesson about what sharing can accomplish.

Introducing Lillian M. Reinys, author of Sebastian’s Journey

“Dana was fantastic! Above and beyond, even taking week-end time to assist me. She’s a treasure.”

About Lillian M. Reinys: In Antarctica I spent time observing diverse penguin populations where a Gentoo penguin won my heart. As a teacher, I shared my experiences with Primary School age children. Retired, my husband and I live near Seattle.

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“Sebastian’s Journey” takes place in the Antarctic region. Sebastian, a tiny Gentoo penguin, finds himself stranded on an iceberg. With the efforts of other creatures, and Sebastian’s bravery, he is safely reunited with the penguin colony.

Introducing Randy Cochran, author of Critter Golf: The Adventures at Owl’s Nest

“This is the first book I have had published and I entered each stage nervously. As any author that has worked with Outskirts can tell you, each department will not let a rookie get too far ahead of themselves. The system has so many necessary check points …and there is always someone e-mailing you ‘great job’…before you can go on to another step. I had an incredible experience and will be using Outskirts when my next book is completed.”

Randy Cochran grew up as a caddy and attended Marquette University after receiving a Chick Evans Scholarship. He finished Marquette majoring in communications. After college he joined the PGA of America to become a golf professional. Randy married his wife, Barb, in 1984 and they have three daughters, Mandy, Tracy and Katie. Randy worked as the Golf Professional at Briarwood Country Club near Chicago for 26 years, teaching countless junior golfers. Having winters off, he coached youth and high school soccer where he helped even a greater number of kids. Throughout his golf pro and coaching life, he wrote hundreds of silly poems and told many made up stories for all occasions. As his own children became adults they and Barb urged him to write some of those stories down. Now he has.

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Critter Golf: The Adventures at Owl’s Nest is a story that mixes friendship, golf and true amazement. A possum, a rabbit, a raccoon, and a squirrel sure make an odd foursome, but these four furry pals prove there is nothing they won’t do for one another. You will cheer for them while they root for each other. You will laugh and smile as these friends giggle their way through many exciting adventures. There are so many questions to answer. How do these critters learn to play golf? Can a rabbit really learn to climb a tree? Can a possum escape a hungry pack of coyotes? What begins as a story of golf becomes a test for survival. These buddies never forget the lessons learned from local PGA pros or the lessons gained from the bonds of great friendship.

Introducing F.C. Wolf, author of Sam

“Publishing a story was a totally new experience and adventure for me. Everyone I encountered was polite, patient and and knowledgeable. What I found most helpful was my production team. I cannot praise them highly enough. In this high tech world, it is amazing how important it is to establish personal relationships. I know, without this talented team and the individual assistance I received, this fabulous and professionally finished book would have been impossible. I was excited to see my book on the Amazon and Barnes and Noble websites. My overall experience with Outskirts Press has been wonderful and I enthusiastically recommend them.”

F. C. Wolf was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She graduated from York College CUNY and currently lives just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Ms. Wolf has been teaching for more than thirty-five years and is still a special education teacher with Hanover County Public Schools. She enjoys teaching, reading and traveling. For the past five years she and her dog Sam, have been associated with Intermountain Therapy Dogs Inc., and Sprite’s Hero. Through these programs, they became a certified pet therapy team and also participants with “Paws to R.E.A.D” – Reading Education Assistance Dogs. The R.E.A.D. program works with people of all ages, but especially with children to encourage and develop reading skills. Ms. Wolf and Sam also trained with a canine search and rescue unit for more than a year in rural Virginia. “Sam, Search and Rescue” is a direct result of Ms. Wolf’s passion for teaching, working with children, love of animals, reading and the great outdoors.

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When ten-year-old, Petey, disappears on Halloween Eve, Sam and his handler get the call. Sam leads the way to an isolated and hidden cave. Once inside, all communications are cut off. They are all alone in the cave, or are they? Sam senses the danger first and without a moment’s hesitation, springs into action and not a second too soon. Sam is the story of a retired, ten-year-old Search and Rescue dog. As a young pup, Sam was wild and undisciplined. He would escape from his kennel and tear up the neighborhood. He was a free-spirited, country dog, stubborn and with a mind of his own. Sam’s journey from outcast rebel to trusting acceptance and heroism will keep young readers wanting to know what happens next.