Lonely Lola Ladybug
By Mary Jo Beswick
Lola is a lonely ladybug in need of a friend but afraid to leave her safe little nook in the big green tree. One day, encouraged by a lively party of line-dancing ants, Lola decides she must be brave and venture out beyond her nook. She loads her backpack, gathers her courage and into the big green tree she goes in search of a friend. (For ages 3-7)
Messy Magic Birthday
By Mary Jo Beswick
Mary Jo Beswick’s new book, Messy Magic Birthday, is the second children’s picture book for author/illustrator, Mary Jo Beswick. It is a romping rhyming birthday story for kids 4-8 years old about a boy’s birthday party gone happy right, or wrong, depending on how you like magic fairies and tornado rides. Beswick’s first children’s book, Lonely Lola Ladybug, won the 2016 Vinnie Ream Award from the National League of American Pen Women.
Beswick’s books are available locally at the RAL Art Center, Kilmarnock and The Tides Inn, Irvington, as well as on line at Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and her website www.maryjobeswick.com
Herman the Hermit Crab and the Mystery of the Big, Black Shiny Thing
By Sharon Canfield Dorsey
A story about adventure, bravery, and friends solving the mystery of a strange object that appears on the beach. Young readers will enjoy this story on their own and younger children will love having it read to them.
Available at sharoncanfielddorsey.com
Mandy, Mindy, Misty
By Ronald Munro
Mandy, Mindy, Misty is a heart-warming illustrated "golden rule" story told in verse. It's all about friendship, adventure, and kindness. Mandy, a sheltie with a big heart, Mindy, a bright and sprightly yorkie, and Misty, a sheltie who is a stranger to the neighborhood are destined to experience curious doings, strange developments, and unexplained happenings, all ending in friendship.