Saturday, May 7, 2016

Featuring indiebrag Children's & Middle Grade Books


This week on indiebrag is Children’s Book Week and this month on Layered Pages I will be featuring indiebrag award winning middle grade and children’s books. Indiebrag’s mission is to discover new and talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves. Their primary focus is fiction across a wide range of genres; however, they selectively consider non-fiction books as well.

“The More that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go,” -Dr. Seuss

Today, I am sharing books by, June Keating Sherwin, Safia Guerras, Ron Sission, Josh Armstrong and Laurie Lunsofrd. Be prepared to be swept away on a journey, face challenges with amazing characters, adventures and learning the expression of love through art.



When a family takes a trip in their nine-foot aluminum pram, down an unknown stretch of river, will they make it to the bridge where the car is parked before dark or will they spend the night “Lost on Big Otter River ”? Amy and Matt are bursting with excitement when Dad packs up the car, and they take off for Big Otter River with their favorite fishing pram strapped on top. Because Dad carelessly plans the trip and under-estimates the distance, things become uncertain, but when a stranded blind calf needs their help, the adventure takes a turn for the worse. Confident they have already passed the halfway point, Dad agrees to try rescuing the blind calf. As he and Amy lead the calf down-river on foot, Matt struggles to keep the pram from passing them in the strong current. Believing they are nearing the end of their journey, Dad allows Matt to go on alone while they continue leading the calf slowly downstream. It is only when they suddenly come upon the true halfway point that Dad realizes the gravity of his mistake. Matt will be alone for many hours and none of them may reach the bridge before dark. Can Dad and Amy find Matt in time? Will they all make it safely to the bridge? In this river adventure, you never know what could be just around the next bend.




Pack your bags and join Lou Lou on an extraordinary journey!

This is the amazing story of Lou Lou, a little girl who faces challenges and overcomes them with the majic of love and hope. Lou Lou’s travels take her around the world. She makes many friends along the way, including a magical mermaid named Oceana who is always there to help. Join Lou Lou on her first adventure as she leaves Paradise Island in search of a new home.
Discover new countries and learn about different cultures from around the globe as you take the adventure of a lifetime.




Eleven-year-old Chad Hatcher was only trying to get proof. No one would believe him without it. He’d spotted some men hauling suspicious looking rocks off a reef near his house in the Florida Keys, and he suspected that the shiny bits of metal embedded in the rocks were pieces of treasure from an ancient shipwreck site. It couldn’t be a legal dive site; not that close to a protected reef.

Coming up with a plan to stop the looters before they destroy the reef is simple . . . finding a way to get past his big sister, Georgene, is not. But when things suddenly go wrong, Chad, and his sister, must scramble for their lives through the backwaters of Sugarloaf Key–with no one to turn to but each other.


It’s a Piece of Cake is simple and fun to read and will delight young readers.Through its colorful and whimsical illustrations, children will see the results of hard work and practice to accomplish things like learning to ride a bike, learning to skip, learning to get along with others, overcoming handicaps and many other important things in life. Each page is a springboard for talking about experiences. There are small details scattered through the pages that can be discovered in multiple readings.






Six-year-old Grace aspires to be an artist like her grandfather Walt, who is under pressure from the gallery owner Delilah to finish his latest masterpiece. When tragedy hits, Grace learns about art as an expression of love through her grandfather’s final painting. Picture of Grace was illustrated by Taylor Bills, whose credits include Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen’s acclaimed children’s book Tear Soup.


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