Karen S. McGowan

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Karen S. McGowan has worked more than 20 years as a teacher and holds a Master of Education degree. She is a children’s book author and leading advocate of education.

She believes in inspiring, strengthening and nurturing students and their families. Readers will discover different ways to make friends and build confidence, develop empathy, strengthen family relationships, deal with bullies and more!

Karen writes the Jolly Time Books series with Dennis E. McGowan—author of the widely acclaimed nonfiction book, The Living D.I.E.T.: Conquer stress in your life now.

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Jolly Time Books: Halloween Moon!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by Karen S. McGowan. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Bwahaha! Two evil monsters are after Lizzy! Her heart beats faster! Can Lizzy escape? Ben searches for ghosts and gremlins! Will he escape the witches? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!

Books

Jolly Time Books: The Handyman
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,520. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
In this humorous poem, the words are set to a familiar tune—“The Candy Man.” The Handyman is a special person because he uses his imagination and talents to create things and help others. Readers learn that it is important to have big dreams and wishes. It doesn’t matter if you are a girl or a boy. You can help others and bring them joy. So go ahead and be ambitious—go ahead and dream big wishes.
Jolly Time Books: The Good Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,580. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / New Baby, Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Birthdays
Follow the humorous adventures of a 5-year-old as she reviews her accomplishments in life. You will agree that life can’t get any better than when you are five years old. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: One-Ring-a-Dingy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,470. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Social Issues, Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Christian / Values & Virtues
We live in a wired-in and plugged-in world. It is difficult, if not impossible, to escape from cell phones. They keep us in touch with family, friends, music, movies, and sports teams. It seems like it is a right of passage to issue a cell phone to children as soon as they are born. But when does too much of a good thing become negative? Are we doomed to text until our thumbs fall off?
Jolly Time Books: 'Twas the Nightmare Before Christmas
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,570. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Witch Hazel and Winnie the Mouse arrived too late for Halloween. Follow their humorous adventures as they land on a rooftop—and are surprised by Santa Claus delivering gifts on Christmas Eve. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: I Want a Pet
Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Have you ever wanted a pet so much that your buttons were about to pop? KABOOM! Join Kelly as she learns that caring for an animal goes far beyond giving it food and water. Jolly Time Books tell whimsical stories the whole family can enjoy. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
Jolly Time Books: Leo the Lion Politician
Price: Free! Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Values & Virtues, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Peer Pressure
Leo the Lion is running for class president. When Leo makes a mistake, his first instinct is to let someone else take the blame. After talking with George Washington, Leo the Lion realizes that everyone, even politicians, should tell the truth. Jolly Time Books are full of individually hand-drawn vivid and colorful illustrations that will spark the imagination of any child.
Jolly Time Books: Elvira Tackles Picky Eaters
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,070. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
Elvira the teacher gets an ear full as she listens to students read their poems about eating healthy. Some are funny—some weird—but all are a blast. These poems will make any bird—or child—smile. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: Elvira Gets Tough on Bullies
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
Elvira’s students learn to be nice to others. It makes you a super hero. Don’t be a bully! Be cool. Make a new rule. Do the right stuff. This is no birdbrained idea. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: Elvira's Happy Feet
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
Elvira the Ibis has no idea why she is always tired and out of energy—until her friend Andy the Anhinga convinces her that she would feel more alive if she exercised. This is no birdbrained scheme. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: Mr. Wobbler's Long Walk
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,500. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
Gretta, the town gossip, is shocked to see Mr. Wobbler barefooted. Find out what happens after Mr. Wobbler runs away and hides from embarrassment. Will he learn to not let everything upset him? Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: Mayberry Park
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,330. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
The Mayor of Mayberry Park posts new rules for all kids in the world to see. They are magical and fill your heart with glee! Discover the fun of following these rules to be as happy as you can be. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: Today I Will Fly
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
When Devon’s energy goes phfft, big sister Destiny encourages him to make wiser food choices. Devon learns that fruits and vegetables are fun and tasty, give him strength, and will help him soar. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: Punxsutawney Phil and His Jealous Brother Gary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Poetry
Gary the Groundhog becomes jealous because his brother Phil gets all the attention. Read along as Gary learns that being famous requires eating fruits and vegetables—and a lot of hard work. Jolly Time Books are filled with whimsical and colorful illustrations—and are perfect bedtime stories. They will spark the imagination of any child. C’mon! Check out all the fun at Jolly Time Books.
Jolly Time Books: Kelly Saves the Day (Study Guide)
Series: Jolly Time Books: Study Guides, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 4,520. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This is a Study Guide for Jolly Time Books: Kelly Saves the Day, book 3 of an exciting children’s trilogy. You are encouraged to order a copy of the book before using this study guide. Most readers use this guide by first reading a chapter from the book, and then reviewing the corresponding section from this guide. The questions will facilitate meaningful conversations with readers.
Jolly Time Books: Chasing Kelly's Shadow (Study Guide)
Series: Jolly Time Books: Study Guides, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,550. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This is a Study Guide for Jolly Time Books: Chasing Kelly’s Shadow, book 2 of an exciting children’s trilogy. You are encouraged to order a copy of the book before using this study guide. Most readers use this guide by first reading a chapter from the book, and then reviewing the corresponding section from this guide. The questions will facilitate meaningful conversations with readers.
Jolly Time Books: Searching for Kelly (Study Guide)
Series: Jolly Time Books: Study Guides, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,970. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
This is a Study Guide for Jolly Time Books: Searching for Kelly, book 1 of an exciting children's trilogy. You are encouraged to order a copy of the book before using this study guide. Most readers use this guide by first reading a chapter from the book, and then reviewing the corresponding section from this guide. The questions will facilitate meaningful conversations with readers.
Jolly Time Books: Kelly Saves the Day
Series: Jolly Time Books: A Dog Named Kelly, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,590. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
The pressure on Lizzy heats up after she flips over backward at a student council political rally. Will anyone vote for her now? Will Kelly survive the operation to save her life? To relieve tensions, the Jolly family plans a picnic and hike with friends. Could Ben’s teacher with psychic powers have predicted that this daytime hike would turn into a nighttime rescue?
Jolly Time Books: Chasing Kelly's Shadow
Series: Jolly Time Books: A Dog Named Kelly, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,640. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Lizzy and Ben Jolly have always been in a hurry to move to a larger city. But will moving solve all their problems? Can they deal with the awkward events that occur at school? Or will the black cat that followed them continue to cross their paths? Is Kelly the only one to blame when Grandma decides to ride the Christmas tree, and winds up sprawled on the floor?
Jolly Time Books: Searching for Kelly
Series: Jolly Time Books: A Dog Named Kelly, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,080. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
Barfing all over her best friend’s house was the most embarrassing event of Lizzy Jolly’s life. When a black cat crosses her path, Lizzy knows it can only get worse. Big changes are in store after their dad gets a new job and the Jolly family moves to Washington, D.C. They discover that a new puppy only adds to the chaos. Who knew?
Jolly Time Books: Keeping Up!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 12. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,110. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
A mysterious car appears in the driveway. Two people step out! Will a kooky idea save the Jolly family from this crisis? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Special Delivery!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,840. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Mr. Jolly warns Lizzy to be good before he leaves her. Will she ever see her daddy again? Mr. Jolly is trapped! Can anyone rescue him? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Blast Off!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,170. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Lizzy hears weird noises coming from the dungeon! Ben blasts off in a rocket ship to the space station. Will he ever return? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Save Janie!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,460. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Someone is swept off a raft and into the ocean! Man overboard! Lizzy and Ben march in a protest rally. Will they ruffle the mayor's feathers? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Lost in the Jungle!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,260. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Mr. and Mrs. Jolly have an exciting jungle safari. Ben hears lions and gorillas all around him! Is Ben lost in the jungle? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Yikes! It's Alive!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,270. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Lizzy and Ben hear scary noises coming from the dungeon! They help Mrs. Jolly trap the huge monster behind a green door! Yikes! It's alive! The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Halloween Moon!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013 by Karen S. McGowan. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Bwahaha! Two evil monsters are after Lizzy! Her heart beats faster! Can Lizzy escape? Ben searches for ghosts and gremlins! Will he escape the witches? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark the imagination of both young and old. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Goat Finger!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,770. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
An exciting day turns into disaster for Lizzy. Oh, no! Did that just happen? Gross! The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark your imagination. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Are We There Yet?
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Mr. Jolly hears sirens following him. Why is he happy when a police officer pulls him over and finds crime scene tape in the car? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark your imagination. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Yucky Boogers!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
What is Ben watching that is long and skinny and icky and crawling around in the back yard? Why does he shout "Yucky boogers?" The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark your imagination. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Into the Dungeon!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,220. Language: English. Published: October 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Mrs. Jolly takes Lizzy and Ben into the dungeon! Does Mr. Jolly have a plan for escape? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark your imagination. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!
Jolly Time Books: Captured by Aliens!
Series: Jolly Time Books: The Jolly Family, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: October 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Mr. Jolly is missing! Lizzy wonders why. Have aliens captured him? Will he ever return home safely? The Jolly family is just like yours, hanging on for the ride! Jolly Time Books are full of everyday experiences and written with humor that will spark your imagination. C'mon! Join Lizzy and Ben for a Jolly Time!

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Smashwords book reviews by Karen S. McGowan

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Nov. 10, 2013

    Awesome update guide, including configuring first line indent styles to trick Kindle, and recognizing the importance of avoiding "directly formatting" your book. Great tips on modifying or creating new styles. Thanks, Mark!