Karl Beckstrand

Publisher info

Media professor Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author/illustrator of 22 multicultural titles and more than 60 e-books (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book’s blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. Formerly a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, Beckstrand’s early work was produced by small publishers (his first publisher died the day they were to print his book!). Since 2004 he has guided Premio Publishing & Gozo Books.
An engaging presenter and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, marketing & design, public policy, film & broadcasting. He teaches TV/radio/film scripts and Web content at a state college and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing. Beckstrand is a volunteer English teacher to immigrants from around the world. His Y.A. fiction, short stories, kids’ e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guides), and wordless books feature characters of color and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and speaks on creativity. He enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time).
Beckstrand has presented for SUECON (education conference), Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, California's Capital Book Festival, Utah Educational Library Media Association, Called to Learn conference, Salt Lake City Book Festival, PCI Webinars, Utah Humanities Council, Profnet, Murray City Writer’s Workshop, Utah Housing Coalition, LUW, Midvale City Reading Program, Utah Office of Education, professional groups, and schools. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Border’s, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Kobo, LDS Film Festival, Papercrafts Magazine, Target.com, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Walmart.com, various broadcasts, and PremioBooks.com. Find: “Karl Beckstrand” on FB, Twitter, and
https://karlbeckstrandblog.wordpress.com/
AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW, SPEAKING, & CONSULTATION: info@KarlBeckstrand.com
Speaker topics:
"Getting Your Book to the World - Traditional vs. Digital publishing"
"Entrepreneurship: Bless Lives, Make Money with Your Gifts"
"Artistic Education - How the Humanities Enrich Us"
"Writing Scripts for Shows, Film, Ads & the Web"
"Writing for Media: News Stories & Press Releases that Get Attention"
"How Diversity Enriches Everyone"
"Making Habit Work for You - Replace the Bad with Milestones"

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in San Jose, CA. My parents were also raised in California (which, being interpreted in my mind, means "paradise" --okay, any west-coast locale is paradise!)
When did you first start writing?
As a child I hated to read and to write. Then I got the measles in the third grade. My grandmother bought me Bicycles North: A Mystery on Wheels by Rita Ritchie. I learned that books don't have to be dull. They can transport and exhilarate. In college (when I should have been doing my homework) I began to be ambushed by story ideas--more than I've had time to develop--and, well ...
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Where to buy in print

Videos

Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story
Opened at #5--then shot to #2 on the top online store's Hot New Children's Books list. Find constellations, planets, and other heavenly bodies. Set in Monument Valley, it includes online SECRETS, rich illustrations to aid vocabulary comprehension (ages 4 - 9), American Indian characters, and a little space science. Hard cover ISBN: 978-0985398880, soft: 978-0615856155, ebook: 978-1310128097, LCCN: 2013913403. JNF051040, JUV011040, JUV036000, JUV010000, JUV020000, JUV054000

Multicultural Books by PremioBooks.com
Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids

Multicultural Kid's Books
A short video on the multicultural books by Karl Beckstrand and PremioBooks.com

Interview with Author Karl Beckstrand
Earl E. Literacy interviews author Karl Beckstrand on his multicultural and bilingual books

Karl Beckstrand on writing and a new thriller
Author Karl Beckstrand speaks on how he first got published and his latest thriller novel: To Swallow the Earth

Publisher Karl Beckstrand on Writing & Publishing for Children
Publisher Karl Beckstrand peaks on Writing, Publishing and Marketing books for Children

It Came from under the High Chair: A Mystery
Debuted at #1 in its category. A mysterious visitor brings intrigue, excitement, and humor to a biracial family. A picture book of prepositions, interjections, monsters, and heroes—with Spanish-English pronunciation guide, finding/counting activity, and online SECRETS for ages 4 – 7/ESL. 36-pages, 800 words; available in single language, hard/soft/e-book

Great Cape o’ Colors
“This is a magic cape!” A picture book for exploring colors—and daring jobs—with full text & pronunciation guide in Spanish and English (ages 3+ ESL). Count the careers/colors/cultures, try on the costumes. 28-page, 8.5"x8.5" hard cover, soft, ebook, and coloring book; (English, Spanish, or bilingual) with black & Hispanic superhero characters, 100 words in dyslexic-friendly font by award-winning author Karl Beckstrand, illustrated by John Collado; PremioBooks. ISBN: 978-1732069619

Sounds in the House! Sonidos en la casa: A Mystery in English & Spanish
“Suspenseful without ever getting too intense." - Kirkus Reviews. Ever been scared by strange noises? A scaredy-cat dog faces his fears—with jolts and laughs! Spanish-English with pronunciation guide & finding activity (ages 3+/ESL, 24 illustrations, hard/soft/ebook)

If Cancer Was a Fish: I'd Throw It Back
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 330. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2017 by Karl Beckstrand. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
A humorous but pointed illustrated book addressing the roller coaster of emotions that arise with a cancer diagnosis (comes with tips for family conversations); 350 words, 21 pages (for ages 4 - 8).
A Sky So Big: A Romantic Clash
Price: $10.75 USD. Words: 53,300. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015 by Karl Beckstrand. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western
(Clean Romance, western) Winner: 2016 International Book Award & Literary Classics’ seal of approval. A strong woman and a Latino man clash in a Nevada silver rush scheme. What if you came home and your family was gone, someone else was in your house—and trying to kill you? Is the drifter her ally or her enemy? Diverse characters, additional short story (ages 14+), 54,000 words, 200 pages
To Swallow the Earth: A Western Thriller
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 53,320. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015 by Karl Beckstrand. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Winner: 2016 International Book Award & Laramie finalist (Survival/suspense, YA western) A tough young woman and a Latino drifter both search for missing family in a Nevada silver rush land scheme that leaves each unsure who to trust—and scrambling to stay alive (clean, ages 14+). Paperback/ebook/audiobook, includes short story. 54,000 words, 200 pages
Polar Bear Bowler: A Story Without Words
Series: Activity Books for Kids · Stories Without Words, Book 1 · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 710. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014 by Karl Beckstrand. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Polar Regions
(Bedtime humor, sports) “A charming wordless story…full of…polish and physical comedy” – Publisher’s Weekly. The adventures of a polar bear who hitches a ride to Antarctica. He’s never seen penguins before; to him they look like something fun to play with. You tell/write the story (Stories Without Words series, Vol. 1 for ages 2 – 6); 30 illustrations
Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California: Short Stories & Poems
Series: Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $3.05 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2013 by Karl Beckstrand. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Nonfiction » Biography » Adventurers & explorers
(Country living) “Simple language and homespun charm.” Ransom Wilcox’s adventures in the back country of Northern California show his courage and love of animals and nature (for ages 9+). 42-pages, diverse characters, approx. 8,000 words

Series

Stories Without Words
Wordless picture books help children cement vocabulary as they make up stores to go with the pictures.
Activity Books for Kids
Great family time activities: Make muffins, find insects, count objects, learn constellations, make up the story for a book with no words, learn opposites & contrasts, find animals, learn interrogatives, and solve mysteries with titles by multicultural author Karl Beckstrand.
Young American Immigrants
“The greatest story … for young and old alike.” - Jeff Gallup, TV producer. Ida and Anna live in 1880s Sweden. After suffering religious persecution—and brushes with death—the girls leave their mother and brother for a better life in America. The sisters become separated. Knowing no English, how will they get help—or hope to be reunited? Tales of courage and faith for all ages (#1 & #2, Young American Immigrants series, ages 5 yrs. & up, hard/soft/ebook, 2,000 words, 30+ illustrations, each), PremioBooks
Careers for Kids
Former Silicon Valley recruiter Karl Beckstrand finds many people haven’t had instruction on careers or how to earn a living. Beckstrand’s Careers for Kids book series comes with ideas for jobs and businesses; money-making and managing tips; and online resources on finding customers and moving up in an organization (for ages 5 and up, ChildrenEarn.com). Beckstrand’s books feature black, Asian, and Hispanic characters. Titles in the series: Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story; Ma MacDonald Flees the Farm; The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living; Great Cape o' Colors - Capa de colores. Premio Publishing & Gozo Books
STEM Books for Kids
Science, technology, engineering, math, and other concept books--with twists, humor, and online secrets for children and former children.
Food Books for Children
Great educational activities: Make muffins, find animals made of food, count objects, learn the names of dishes, and see online secrets about these food-based mysteries by multicultural author Karl Beckstrand.

Books

GROW: How We Get Food from Our Garden
Pre-release—available September 30, 2020. Price: $2.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Gardening
(Gardening) A black child and grandfather till, plant, water, and harvest produce in a colorful picture book garden. Includes online tips for starting your own garden. Ages 4 – 7; 8.5″x8.5″, 28 pages, 325 words by Karl Beckstrand, illustrated by Zanara; Hard ISBN: 978-1951599072,
It Came from Under the Highchair – Salió de debajo de la silla para comer: A Mystery in English & Spanish
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words
(Bilingual, parts of speech) A mysterious visitor brings intrigue and humor to a biracial family. A picture book of prepositions, monsters, and heroes—with finding/counting activity, Spanish-English pronunciation guide, and online SECRETS. Ages 4 – 7; 36-pages, 800 words in dyslexic-friendly font
Boliche polar: Un cuento sin palabras
Series: Spanish Children's Books · Stories Without Words · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 720. Language: Spanish. Published: March 23, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Sports & Recreation / Games
(Arctic Humor, Spanish) "Charming wordless story...full of...polish and physical comedy" - Publisher's Weekly. Un oso polar va a la Antártica. Él nunca ha visto a un pingüino. A él se ven como algo divertido con el cual jugar. Para niños de 2 - 6 años; 30 ilustraciones (Cuentos sin palabras serie). You tell the story.
De la silla de Ivan salió: Un misterio (with pronunciation guide in English)
Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 5 · Spanish Children's Books, Book 6 · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,390. Language: Spanish. Published: September 30, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words, Fiction » Children’s books » Monsters
(Spanish prepositions mystery) Un libro de suspense que enseña preposiciones. Elena es una niña sensible. Pero el mundo práctico de Elena está a punto de volverse sobre boca abajo gracias a un invitado inusual. Las actividades incluyen Encotrar "lo" y ver SECRETOS en línea para niños entre 4 a 7 años de edad. 36 pg., 800 words
Ida's Witness: The True Story of an Immigrant Girl
Series: Young American Immigrants. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,370. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Faith
(#1 - Young American Immigrants series) When young Ida almost loses her sight to scarlet fever in 1880s Sweden she learns to treasure every blessing. With new faith, she sails to America for a better life. But she knows no English. How will she share what she’s learned? A delightful tale of courage (ages 5 yrs. & up, 2,000 words, 30 illustrations)
Capa de colores: Carreras y culturas (Spanish with pronunciation guide in English)
Series: Careers for Kids · Bilingual Spanish Children's Books · Spanish Children's Books, Book 5 · Activity Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,120. Language: Spanish. Published: June 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Colors, Fiction » Children’s books » Business, Careers, Occupations
(Careers, language) Spanish picture book of colors/cultures/careers/costumes with pronunciation guide. “Ésta es una capa de colores mágica.” Un libro sobre carreras, culturas, y colores. Contiene superhéroes hispanos y africanos y actividades de búsqueda y para niños de 3 a 7 años. ¡A ponerse los disfraces! 100 palabras, 28 páginas
Great Cape o' Colors - Capa de colores (English-Spanish with pronunciation guide)
Series: Careers for Kids, Book 4 · Bilingual Spanish Children's Books · Activity Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,180. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Colors, Fiction » Children’s books » Business, Careers, Occupations
(Language, careers) “A magic cape” picture book for exploring colors—and daring jobs—with full text & pronunciation guide in both languages (ages 3+ ESL). Count the careers/colors/cultures, try on the costumes. Has black & Hispanic superheroes. 28 pages, 100 words in dyslexic-friendly font
Muffy & Valor: A True Dog Story
Series: Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 910. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Dogs, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Friendship
(Nonfiction, pets) After her own injury, a wary dog named Muffy learns empathy for a German shepherd that has been hit by a car. Illustrated book teaches compassion, friendship, courage, and trust (Hispanic characters, 28 illustrations, 700 words in dyslexic-friendly font for children ages 4 – 7);
The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living
Series: Careers for Kids, Book 3 · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 1,610. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Money, Fiction » Children’s books » Business, Careers, Occupations
Selected for Vermont’s primary financial literacy curriculum. A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. Illustrated Asian folk tale teaches the value of work and includes career and business ideas (for ages 4+). Young children grasp the story; older ones want to apply what they learn. 530 words in dyslexic-friendly font; 26 pages
Anna's Prayer: The True Story of an Immigrant Girl
Series: Young American Immigrants. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 750. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Woman biographies, Nonfiction » History » North America
(Non-fiction, biography) “The greatest story…for young and old alike.” - Jeff Gallup, TV producer. Young Anna arrives in 1880s America alone and unable to speak English. She prays for someone who will understand her. The answer to her prayer goes beyond what she could have hoped. A delightful tale of courage and faith for all ages (4 yrs. & up, 1,000 words, 30 illustrations)
Butterfly Blink: A Book Without Words
Series: Stories Without Words, Book 2 · STEM Books for Kids · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 900. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Insects
Winner: Promoting Picture Books’ Art Cover Contest. A wordless picture book fantasy that helps kids cement vocabulary. Blink—and the butterflies multiply. Includes insect habitat conservation info & characters of color (24 illustrations for ages 2 – 6)
The Dancing Flamingos of Lake Chimichanga: Silly Birds
Series: Food Books for Children, Book 5 · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 880. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Dance
(Bedtime humor) 5 glowing Vine Voice reviews! Quirky birds with a zest for life, revel, feast, and dance on the shores of a shimmering lake. Counting activity for ages 3 – 6 (350 words, 24 illustrations). "5 out of 5 stars…Playful, inspired, funny…full of fun! …Brilliantly colored!" - Jean B. Yates, Vine Voice Reviewer
A Sky So Big: A Romantic Clash
Price: $10.75 USD. Words: 53,300. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015 by Karl Beckstrand. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Western
(Clean Romance, western) Winner: 2016 International Book Award & Literary Classics’ seal of approval. A strong woman and a Latino man clash in a Nevada silver rush scheme. What if you came home and your family was gone, someone else was in your house—and trying to kill you? Is the drifter her ally or her enemy? Diverse characters, additional short story (ages 14+), 54,000 words, 200 pages
To Swallow the Earth: A Western Thriller
Price: $9.95 USD. Words: 53,320. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2015 by Karl Beckstrand. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Winner: 2016 International Book Award & Laramie finalist (Survival/suspense, YA western) A tough young woman and a Latino drifter both search for missing family in a Nevada silver rush land scheme that leaves each unsure who to trust—and scrambling to stay alive (clean, ages 14+). Paperback/ebook/audiobook, includes short story. 54,000 words, 200 pages
4 Bedtime Stories (for Wide Awake Kids)
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 510. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Polar Regions, Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Astronomy
Includes critically lauded Sounds in the House: A Mystery; Polar Bear Bowler: A Story Without Words; Why Juan Can’t Sleep; Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story. Includes finding, counting, and describing activities (ages 3 - 9 years). Humor, mystery, animals, stars, characters of color, and family fun
4 Activity Books: Fun & Learning for Families Vol. I
Series: Activity Books for Kids. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 770. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Opposites
Critically acclaimed Sounds in the House: A Mystery, Polar Bear Bowler: A Story Without Words, Ma MacDonald Flees the Farm: It’s Not a Pretty Picture … Book; Arriba UP, Abajo Down at the Boardwalk--each with finding, counting, or reading activity (for ages 2 - 8 years). Humor, bears, characters of color, and family fun time
4 Activity Books Vol. II: Fun & Learning for Families
Series: Activity Books for Kids. Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 530. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology
Includes critically-lauded: Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids; Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story; She Doesn’t Want the Worms: A Mystery; Why Juan Can’t Sleep--each with family learning activity from cooking, to finding constellations, to identifying insects (for ages 4 - 10 years). Humor, characters of color, and fun family time
4 Mysteries for Kids: Humor, Activities & Intrigue for Minors
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 510. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Includes best-sellers: Crumbs on the Stairs; She Doesn’t Want the Worms; Sounds in the House; and Why Juan Can’t Sleep; plus finding and counting activities
4 Spanish Books for Kids - 4 libros para niños (with pronunciation guide in English)
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 980. Language: Spanish. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
(Language learning) includes beginning vocabulary, pronunciation guide in English, and finding/counting activities; actividades de búsqueda y de contar, protagonistas Hispanos (ages 3 - 8), picture books with multicultural characters (ebook too), 100 illustrations, about 1,200 words / palabras
4 Spanish-English Books for Kids - 4 libros bilingües para niños: With Pronunciation Guide
Price: $6.95 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish, Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Words
(Language learning) 4 libros bilingües para niños. Comes with Spanish-English pronunciation guide, beginning vocabulary, finding and counting activities (ages 3+/ESL), multicultural picture books; about 1,200 words, 100 illustrations
Ma MacDonald Flees the Farm: It's Not a Pretty Picture...Book
Series: Activity Books for Kids · Food Books for Children, Book 4 · Careers for Kids, Book 2 · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.95 USD. Words: 780. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nursery Rhymes, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(Zoo humor) When animals ruin Mrs. MacDonald’s catering business she takes action—you can too with finding activity, food, and diverse characters (for ages 3 – 7). 500 words, 32 illustrations
Polar Bear Bowler: A Story Without Words
Series: Activity Books for Kids · Stories Without Words, Book 1 · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 710. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014 by Karl Beckstrand. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / Polar Regions
(Bedtime humor, sports) “A charming wordless story…full of…polish and physical comedy” – Publisher’s Weekly. The adventures of a polar bear who hitches a ride to Antarctica. He’s never seen penguins before; to him they look like something fun to play with. You tell/write the story (Stories Without Words series, Vol. 1 for ages 2 – 6); 30 illustrations
Bright Star, Night Star: An Astronomy Story
Series: Activity Books for Kids · Careers for Kids, Book 1 · STEM Books for Kids. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 1,390. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Astronomy, Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology
UP Authors cover design award. A picture book introduction to the night sky through the eyes of an American Indian child. STEM activities include finding constellations, stars, and other heavenly bodies (ages 4 - 9). Space science book with online glossary; 400 words, 30 illustrations
Why Juan Can't Sleep: A Mystery?
Series: Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 4 · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 890. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Health & Daily Living / Daily Activities
(Bedtime humor) "Crosses cultural boundaries...Lovely exploration...fabulously rich and evocative of the artistry of Shel Silverstein” - Mark Condon, Unite for Literacy. Worn-out Juan “Must sleep!” Tonight he’ll dream of dragons...or will he? Includes finding activity, Spanglish (for ages 4 – 8); 32 illustrations, 290 words
Arriba, abajo en la playa: Un libro de opuestos (with pronunciation guide in English)
Series: Spanish Children's Books, Book 4 · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 980. Language: Spanish. Published: December 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Opposites, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Foreign Language Study / Spanish
(Spanish opposites). “Highly recommended” – Midwest Book Review Un libro de comparaciones, opuestos y de búsqueda con protagonistas hispanos. Includes finding and counting activity, parts of speech (niños/ages 2 – 7, 93 words, 26 ilustraciones)
Arriba Up, Abajo Down at the Boardwalk: A Book of Opposites in English & Spanish
(Bilingual, word concepts) “Highly recommended” – Midwest Book Review. A multicultural activity picture book—with a pronunciation guide in both languages, finding, and counting. Set in California’s historic Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (ages 2+ ESL, 93 words, 36 illustrations)
It Ain't Flat: A Memorizable Book of Countries
Price: Free! Words: 980. Language: English. Published: November 25, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Games & puzzles, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Science & Nature / Earth Sciences / Geography
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
(Non-fiction, geography) Illustrated list of countries meant to be read aloud to facilitate easy memorization (ages 4 – 12). 8-page FREE ebook with characters of color, 311 words
Bad Bananas: A Story Cookbook for Kids
Series: Activity Books for Kids · Food Books for Children, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Interactive Adventures, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Desserts
(5.00 from 1 review)
“Bizarrely funny” - Horn Book blog. A wisecracking picture book about the short (shelf) life of a bunch of bruisers—with 7 easy, low-sugar recipes—the perfect family activity: tasty, funny, hands-on fun for ages 4–12; 320 words (plus recipes), 24 illustrations
Ella no quiere los gusanos: Un misterio (with pronunciation guide in English)
Series: Spanish Children's Books, Book 3 · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,020. Language: Spanish. Published: November 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
(Insects, Spanish) ¿Quién regala gusanos — y POR QUÉ? Mientras piensas y repiensas, cuenta los bichos. Diversión para niños entre 3 – 8 años, protagonista hispana. Bugs! Find them—don’t eat them. STEM book; 24 illustrations, 180 palabras, online secrets; ages 3 – 8
Ruidos en la casa: Un misterio cómico (with pronunciation guide in English)
Series: Spanish Children's Books, Book 1 · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,080. Language: Spanish. Published: October 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Concepts / Sounds, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings
(Humor, Spanish) "Suspenseful without ever getting too intense" - Kirkus Reviews. ¿Has oído en tu casa ruidos que te asustan? No hay nada que temer – un libro chistoso (para niños entre 3 – 7 años) con una actividad de búsqueda. ¡Te vas a divertir! 180 palabras, 24 ilustraciones
Migas en las escaleras: Un misterio (with pronunciation guide in English)
Series: Spanish Children's Books, Book 2 · Activity Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,020. Language: Spanish. Published: October 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Activity Books, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
(Humor, Spanish) ¿De dónde vienen estas migajas? A Hispanic child takes readers on a finding and counting search for the crumb culprit. Includes Spanish interrogatives and pronunciation guide in English (ages 2 - 7, 95 words, 24 illustrations)
She Doesn't Want the Worms! Ella no quiere los gusanos: A Mystery in English & Spanish
Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books, Book 3 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 3 · Spanish Children's Books · Activity Books for Kids · STEM Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,160. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
(Humor, bilingual) Top 10 Best Books of 2011 – ForeWord Reviews. “Delightful...humorous...bright illustrations” – Ana Rodriguez for School Library Journal. A STEM book about a bi-racial girl who responds to some unusual gifts--that happen to be alive! Full text and pronunciation guide in both languages, bug finding activity, online secrets (ages 3+ ESL, 180 words, 24 illustrations)
Sounds in the House! Sonidos en la casa: A Mystery (in English & Spanish)
Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books, Book 1 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 1 · Spanish Children's Books · Activity Books for Kids · Animal & Pet Books for Kids. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Emotions & Feelings, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish
(Humor, bilingual) “Suspenseful without ever getting too intense." - Kirkus Reviews. Ever been scared by strange noises? A scaredy-cat dog faces his fears. Spanish-English picture book with pronunciation guide and finding activity (ages 3+/ESL, 180 words, 24 pages)
Crumbs on the Stairs - Migas en las escaleras: A Mystery in English & Spanish
Series: Bilingual Spanish Children's Books, Book 2 · Mini-mysteries for Minors, Book 2 · Spanish Children's Books · Activity Books for Kids · Food Books for Children, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: October 10, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Spanish, Fiction » Children’s books » People & Places / United States / Hispanic & Latino
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
(Bedtime humor, bilingual) WHERE did all the crumbs come from? A Hispanic child takes readers on a finding and counting search for the crumb culprit. Includes full text and pronunciation guide in English and Spanish. “Elevando la Lectura Bilingüe” – Tania Navarro, El Observador (ages 2+/ESL, 95 words, 24 illustrations)

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