Introducing Sarah Sebring Binder, author of Pete the Parakeet

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Sarah Sebring Binder, a longtime resident of Ames, Iowa, and former resident of Tucson, Arizona, has been an educator for more than 40 years. She continues to engage and play with children in Caterpillar Club and Plant Pals. When she is not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel, and quilt. Brad, her husband of many years, is her biggest fan.

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Join in the fun and the grand adventure of a truly remarkable pet bird, Pete the Parakeet! When Mr. Sebring travels south for the winter, just like the snowbirds, he leaves his daughter and granddaughter in charge of Pipsqueak and Pumpkin. But Pipsqueak, the parakeet, escapes. And when Judith Ann and Alma see a few green feathers on the floor, they worry that Pumpkin, the cat, may have eaten the bird. Elsewhere in Mr. Sebring’s hometown, Sally and Brad spy a lime-green parakeet in their backyard. The parakeet stays for several days, along with the hummingbirds, orioles, finches, and other local birds. Sally and Brad love having the parakeet they fondly call Pete, but when the cold begins to set in and the other birds leave, so does Pete. Sally and Brad reach out to try to find Pete and his owner using posters and social media, and their excitement grows with each new sighting. Mr. Sebring, Judith Ann, and Alma join the hunt as Pete makes his way across the country through all sorts of weather. But will they ever be reunited with the adventurous little bird?

Introducing Lisa DeFini Lohmann, author of Different Like Me

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Lisa DeFini Lohmann wrote Different Like Me while she was unemployed, with her beloved Wilson constantly by her side. He was her inspiration to describe what life is like for those who don’t fit into society’s norms of “pretty,” “athletic,” or “popular.” A stepmom of four, and grandmother of three, Lisa is no stranger to the social pressures put on children today. With sensitivity and humor she uses Wilsons less-than-perfect physical attributes to help children learn to love who they are.

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2021 READERS FAVORITE SILVER AWARD WINNER. This award winning inspiring story is based loosely on the never-ending antics of the author’s dog, Wilson Highstep. Children and parents alike will fall in love with this little dog who winds up literally flying from one unexpected adventure to another. Wilson will grab at your heart while growing up and discovering how the challenges of being different are perhaps the best thing that ever could have happened to him. Along with his new friend Ellie, they tackle life’s everyday problems with laughter and sincerity … and discover that being different can turn out to be the greatest gift of all. This beautifully illustrated book also includes over 20 actual pictures of Wilson Highstep’s real-time fun-filled life. Look for future editions as Wilson and Ellie grow up and learn about themselves as they experience one life lesson at a time.

Introducing Myrna Doreen White, author of Marbles: Eye of the Tiger

“Everyone has been great in helping me through the publishing process. First-time authors like myself are in la la land for the first few weeks after publication. Thanks Outskirts Press.”

Myrna White’s gift for listening and her interest in people’s life stories led her naturally to a career in mental health. Now retired, she enjoys the company of her three children and six grandchildren, whose imagination inspires her lifelong love of writing. Myrna also enjoys gardening, watercolors, photography, and gatherings of friends and family.

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The Adventure of a Lifetime Underneath the City… When twelve-year-old Kyle and his mother move from San Francisco to India, he doesn’t know what to expect. He’s leaving everything familiar behind, except for his beloved pet cat, Tingy. But as they travel, Kyle finds something special in Tingy’s cage-a marble, unlike any he’s ever seen. The marble brings mystery into Kyle’s life, as other people seem interested in it as well. A stranger he meets on the train tells him that there are four marbles to be found. On the trip, Kyle also meets new friends-the Andersons and their children Rahip and Carrie. Kyle discovers that Rahip knows secret places in the city, where the outcasts live. But he never expects to be faced with the challenge of a lifetime when he and Rahip fall into a secret world, where Kyle’s talent for finding mystical marbles becomes a matter of life and death for the animals trapped there. Imaginative and exciting, Marbles is sure to become a family favorite for readers of all ages.

Introducing Donna Sorbello, author of Daughter of Liberty

“My experience of working with Outskirts Press was very good! Thank you to my Author Representative for all of her efforts with me. She was very responsive and patient with someone like me who had computer issues and had a complicated book to print.”

Donna Sorbello is a professional actress, a published playwright and poetess, and a professor of acting and playwriting. She has written for various publications and has degrees from Emerson College and Boston University. Married, Donna returned to her New England roots after several years in New York City. Her theatre experience playing varied roles, a visit to the Paul Revere House, and her daughter’s innate ability to imaginatively live in the past, all inspired her first historical novel, Daughter of Liberty.

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Two Worlds. A Spry Ring. Friendship that defies time. Mary Grayson Pratt, a typical eleven-year old, is bored with sight-seeing with her parents in historic Boston. But the journey Mary takes into the past is well beyond sight-seeing. Mary is plunged into the center of the excitement and intrigue of the American Revolution. How will she find her way home? The meaning and impact of true friendship, loss, and personal beliefs, are all important challenges Mary must face on her journey. How Mary’s story is resolved carries the reader into a world of historical tumult and human connections that span time.

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.