Gary and his best friend Smitty are going to Old Springs Pond to search for frogs. However, what they find certainly isn’t green and it does not “gribbet – gribbet!” What?-Ah?-Umm? – Who could it be?
Written by Stephen Schram
With Illustrations by Kimberly VanDenberg
Underwater Adventures with Louis and Louise follows a brother-and-sister lake trout duo as they receive life lessons from Grandpa Mack, spend a special night around the cedar stump, attend a birthday party, narrowly escape being eaten, and swim through the magic box. Along the way, they learn about the importance of respecting other fish, habitat loss, and the ecological health of the Great Lakes. Their kind, adventurous spirit provides a moral compass for all species.
Written by Gary Noel
Fifteen years ago Gary wrote a fictional story about his oldest grandchild when she was five. He read it to her that Christmas Eve and gave it to her as a present. It was such a hit, he promised to do the same for each grandchild. That story and the promise became the genesis of Grandpa Noel’s Stories. Twenty-three grandchildren and twenty-one stories later (one year he combined four grandkids into two stories), Grandpa’s stories are woven into the fabric of their holiday festivities. Despite the growth in both numbers and physical size, the family still crowds into the family room on Christmas Eve for the reading of the latest story. Now he would like to share these stories with a wider audience. Each story is a separate, stand-alone tale featuring a different child. The main character(s) and family members are real, but the story is pure fabrication. Some are magical, others dream-like and a few a bit scary. The focus of all is the wonder of childhood.
Written by Patricia James
Illustrated by Elisabeth Reinke
Meet Liam Lion and his friends! Learn about all the different kinds of animals who live in the zoo in this fun rhyming children’s book.
Written by Theresa Kopac
Illustrated by Mark Jankowski
One little girl learns the value in getting to know a classmate just a little better.
Jeremy stays in his bath for too long, and his mother tells him that if he doesn’t get out of the tub he will be sucked down the drain with the water. Jeremy doesn’t listen, and his mother’s warning comes true! Now Jeremy must outsmart King H2O and his henchmen or he will be stuck down in the pipes forever.
Written and illustrated by Danica Lee Badtke
In this rhyming tale, a shaggy shelter mutt named Baya competes with pure bred dogs. Why? To see which breed is best! The pure bred dogs are certain that they’ll reign superior when positioned against Baya…but they’re in for a surprise. Cheer on Baya as she proves once-and-for-all that shelter pets are just as good as pure bred dogs!
Written and illustrated by Jamal Bee
Penny’s Secret World is about an eleven-year-old girl named Penny Heart who loves reading and writing fantasy books, and make-believing she could be in one of them. Penny’s wish is granted when she is searching for one of her favorite books and suddenly a magical book appears and swoops her into its boundless pages! The book takes Penny on an adventure that she will never forget.
Rosemary is a small glitter fairy who doesn’t seem to fit in with the other fairies. But when a group of dragonflies tries to attack, the others may just need her help!
Thieves’ War A Novel by Brent Steffen
What is the price of Identity? Saldor has no memory beyond five years ago. He lives in a sparkling, but oppressive society where he and his closest friends-Sharia, the girl who teaches him magic; Lewis, his best friend; and Thad, his voice of reason-are accused of a murder they didn’t commit. The four friends must fight against a legendary band of assassins and the dark powers behind them to bring peace and balance to the Kingdom of Morran. From the depths of the earth to the darkest alleys of the kingdom’s capital, the Thieves’ War rages as Saldor desperately searches for a true Identity and to clear their names.
Written by Kelly Robertson
“All creatures great and small, . . . The Lord God made them all.”
A Novel by Laurel Bragstad
In the Comfort of Shadows is a story of family secrets and the love and romance often found hidden deep within sins of the past. The novel follows Ann Olson, a big city professor, who longs to fill in the empty pages of her childhood. Unfortunately the only man alive who knows the whole story is Emmett Pederson, her adoptive dad’s crazy, poor, hermit cousin who never married and still lives on his run-down farm in rural Wisconsin. Disregarding her sister’s objections, Ann stubbornly sets out to prove that Emmett is their “father unknown.” Once she gets over Emmett’s shabby clothes and missing teeth, she senses a surprising connection to him. That changes when she discovers Emmett’s WW2 diaries which reveal the truth about her Austrian-born birth mother. As Ann struggles to sort out the facts of her birth parents’ forbidden romance and her own adoption, she finds herself falling in love with a man who has heart-breaking secrets of his own.
On a small dairy farm, a Holstein calf is born that doesn’t quite look like all the others. Will Ollie J. Hoofenstein be bullied or befriended by the herd? Can a quirky calf that has been diagnosed with C.O.W.S come to his rescue? When it’s time to choose between one true friendship or popularity with the herd, Ollie has a difficult decision to make. Will Ollie finally understand the lesson his mother has been trying to teach him all along?
Patricia’s bunny character comes to life within the pages of this delightful book that looks at the life of a bunny and his huge affection for flowers. He believes every flower was planted just for him. The hippity hoppity bunny finds a treasure trove of flowers to nibble to his heart’s content. After reading this book, you will have a “taste” of a bunny-eyed view of the world.
Have you ever searched for the perfect puppy? Maddie Mae is doing just that. Will she find a perfect puppy?
Written & Illustrated by Karl Kralapp
A hungry little fish searches for something tasty to eat.
If dogs don’t have pockets, then what should they do to make sure they’re cared for and loved all day through? Taking care of a dog is a lot of work! Besides needing love, they need a lot of stuff. If dogs don’t have pockets to hold these precious things, how will they be prepared for what each day may bring?
Join a mom and her young son as they daydream about what he can be when he grows up. “Watch me fly to the moon and back again.”
This handy guide will help you find the best Bloody Marys in Wisconsin (so far). Take it anywhere The Bloody Trail takes YOU!
Rocky the Reading Dog is a book that is sure to inspire everyone to pick up a book! Rocky has a passion for reading and shows you a few of his favorite books in his collection while making you laugh along the way. Rocky the Reading Dog is all about a silly dog who loves to learn and relax through reading, all while making a few wardrobe adjustments along the way. Even if you’re just a kid at heart, Rocky is sure to have everyone in the family smiling.
A portion of the profits from Rocky the Reading Dog will go to the shelter Rocky came from- The Dodge County Humane Society in Juneau, WI so more animals can find good homes just like Rocky did.
Written by Rob Riley
PI Jack Blanchard is roped into investigating the small-town murder of Hale Brockman, scion of major Wall Street player Walter Brockman. After police bungle the investigation and Walter Brockman’s personal legal counsel, Marty Reid, hires Jack to look into it, Marty immediately disappears. Foul play is suspected. From there Jack embarks on a journey that takes him from Walter Brockman’s mansion in River Bend to the hard and dirty streets of Manhattan’s business district. Several more murders in Wisconsin force a suddenly too-visible Jack underground. And that’s when the real investigation begins.
This is a true story about a mouse found in a hospital on Christmas Eve. Young readers will enjoy the story of the mouse’s adventure and how she finds a new home. Little Mouse Finds a New Home demonstrates how an animal found in an unlikely place can be rescued, cared for, and returned to its natural habitat.
Written by Nels Garthus
Absence Makes the Heart Ponder takes the reader to the center of the known universe, Port Washington, Wisconsin, and into the lives and minds of three thirty-something men as they meet and form a lasting friendship through unusual circumstances. Adventure, intrigue, and romance ensue as they try to balance their personal and work lives while coming to grips with the now looming threat of middle age. Absence Makes the Heart Ponder gives the female reader a glimpse of the male perspective and attempts to answer the age-old question What is going on in his head? with humor and sarcasm while giving an outlet to the male reader for the unique banter and camaraderie that only men share.
A young child goes on an imaginative adventure playing hide-n-seek with Jesus. At the end of it all, the child discovers that the greatest adventure comes from following Jesus, instead of hiding from Him. Enjoy this unique story with your child as they learn to embrace God’s omnipresence.
Written and illustrated by Kristi Dilley
Squiggy is one fun squirrel who LOVES to go on adventures. Each day, Squiggy discovers a new animal friend. Join Squiggy on his adventure as he learns about a fascinating bird and even learns a little about himself!
Written by Dominic Breiter
In this psychological thriller, two vagrants subject a sleepy Pacific Northwestern town to their arrogance, insolence, and wry disillusionment. Meanwhile the town itself revels in newfound cultural fame as the setting of a vampire blockbuster. But reality, along with all its flesh-and-blood residents, proves peculiar enough to hold the duo’s attention for one evening. An evening that can only culminate in heartbreak, chaos, and the explosion of an ever-swelling bubble of lies.
Written by Walter W. Fredricks
A young Taíno Indian from San Salvador is the first on his island to see those strange, white men coming from his Sea of the Morning Sun in a great canoe that seemed driven by clouds. Thus began the boy’s extraordinary adventure to Spain, an exotic land with curious customs and a pantheon of revered Catholic saints. That same year four young men and a boy escape Spanish law and Barbary pirates and sail to the Caribbean as crew in Columbus’s Grand Fleet. Searching for gold, spices, and the Isle of Women, they, too, encounter peculiar customs and the threatening religion of a fearsome Carib tribe. The tribe’s priest has his own fears to contend with, as some eerie presence bedevils his village. Who is this evil creature? Why are his people dying? What do his gods want of him?
Written by John C. Oliva
Have you ever been given the impromptu offer to buy a crossbow from a random stranger? Has your life ever been threatened over $1.75 in quarters? Can you say that you have ever been so bored that sifting through broken glass and cigarette butts constituted an accepted pastime? Those are just a sampling of the many adventures that I had while working as an attendant at Speedee Car Wash in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I also learned to never untie a plastic grocery bag that you find in the trash. I was taught that there is not as great of a distinction between a car wash and a pawnshop as most people may think and that there are fewer bikini-clad girls washing cars than Hollywood would have people believe. Despite all of the abrasive customers; cold, tiring winter hours; hot, boredom-filled, and even longer summer hours, I got some great stories to tell out of those years. And they are compiled here in Washing Cars & Wasting Time. Oh yeah . . . and we managed to wash a couple of cars amidst all of the chaos as well.
In this book, Mikey explains how a young child with autism sees, hears, and feels the world around him in his school environment. Mikey is not just intended for educators; although, all teachers should read it to their classes. It is intended to educate adults as well as young children to increase their awareness and understanding of the child with autism. This book, and others to follow, was inspired by my vast experiences as a teacher working with children with autism.
Written by Kara Floyd
When Olivia West enters sixth grade and begins her middle school years, the well-liked, straight A student is faced with the three P’s: puberty (and her inevitable journey into “womanhood), parents (who want her to never grow up), and popularity (or a lack thereof). Olivia is confident that she is about to embark on what will be the greatest years of her life. But her impression of Glendale Middle School changes the moment she enters the doors on the first day of school and encounters the meanest, most overbearing group of girls she has ever seen . . . the Cardinal Crew. Does Olivia have what it takes to break into the popular crowd without losing who she really is?
Bella-Blue loves to fly and sing! But one sunny day, she keeps flying into things! Join Bella-Blue Butterfly as she discovers the purple surprise that unlocks her flying troubles and allows her to set to the skies again!
Written and illustrated by Danica Lee Badtke
Where can you go to meet new friends, play with toys, race on the playground, and dance to music? Day Care!!! Join these tots for an exciting day of fun-fun-fun at day care!
Written by LaDain Jackson
A typical American high school student named Jake Greenburg lives through hard times after the mysterious death of his father, Dr. Robert Greenburg. Jake has a desire to be accepted into the in-crowd at school and struggles with building a relationship with a girl in school named Ashley. One day his eyes strangely turn into a different color, and through them, he can now see things that carry messages about life and truth. Suddenly a stranger enters his life who says he knew Jake’s father and claims to have the answers to what’s happening to Jake. While facing dangers with new people coming in and out of his life, Jake goes through different stages of really looking at life and its meaning.
Written by Stanley Joseph Bieda
Stanley Joseph Bieda currently lives with his wife Peg in their log home on a small alpaca farm in central Wisconsin. Retired after forty plus years as a Sanitarian (health inspector) in Illinois and Wisconsin, he enjoys visits with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Story and design by Lindsey Riese
Meet a little birdie and watch it grow. The little birdie’s parents have the most memorable moments as their little one achieves all the milestones in the first years of life.
Everyone thinks Miller is a mischievous kitty, including the Ringos, who are the proud and sometimes embarrassed owners of this daring kitty. But Miller simply feels misunderstood as he finds himself in trouble rather often—from eating all of the fish in a neighbor’s newly installed pond to stealthily stealing people food behind the backs of his owners. Follow Miller as his appetite for adventure gets him into his most memorable predicament yet!
Read the story to learn about Miller’s mischievous memories. While you read, look for purposefully placed patterns of alliteration! Alliteration, also known as front rhyme, is a pattern in writing when front sounds or letters are repeated.
The book monster loves to eat books. Not read them-EAT them! Whether it’s munching on mysteries or chomping on children’s books, the book monster is always looking for a delicious read in this delightful debut by Emily Waisanen. It is sure to leave readers of all ages smiling and satisfied.
When it is time for Lucy and her littermates to find new homes, Lucy cannot wait to have a family of her own. However, as days pass and she is still not chosen, she fears nobody will ever want her. Lucy soon learns that not everything is as it appears, and what seems like a sad story may just have a happily ever after.
PI Jack Blanchard is hired by his close friend to find his missing sister, who has a long history of drug addiction. Blanchard has little trouble finding her, but subsequently becomes entangled in an investigation that links the past murder of her drug dealer; the current murder of a top City Official – and a mind bending expanse of government corruption that involves the police department, and leads directly to the Mayor’s office. With disparate sources providing help – a prison inmate who had been an eye witness to key events, and Juanita Velez, head of the Social Services Department – PI Blanchard comes upon a twisted tale of criminal behavior and multiple murders, and a shocking conclusion that no one could have anticipated.
Brooke is a guilt-stricken, battered woman who finds out she is pregnant. For the sake of her unborn child, she tries to change her outlook on life, but she is murdered before she gets the chance.The angel planet, Mahlai, is a place where certain children who die on Earth are taken to be trained as guardian angels, since new angels are no longer being created.
Unbeknownst to Brooke, her unborn child, Grace, will be a very special child.Grace’s daily agenda consists primarily of guardian training with her fellow trainee and best friend, Max. However, during off hours, Grace and Max explore the planet and often find themselves in forbidden areas. It is on one of these adventures that Grace discovers the power of the Well, which is a portal that the angels of Mahlai use to watch after the people of Earth. Through the Well’s power, Grace falls in love with a boy on Earth named Sam. She becomes obsessed with discovering a way to leave Mahlai to be with her Earthly crush.
Torn between the obligation of the world she lives in and the longing to be in the world where Sam lives, everything Grace has worked for will be put to the test as she chooses between what she was trained to do and what her heart tells her she must do if she wants to achieve the happiness she is destined to attain.
Spaghetti Head NedWritten and illustrated by Lauren AndersonJoin Ned and his friends as they discover the choices they make have the power to turn an accident into something good.
Shimmy, Shimmy, Shake! Let’s Bake a CakeWritten by Elizabeth Witcik Illustrated by Adriana Hayes Experience the joy of baking a cake with a mother and her child on a rainy day. With the recipe included, you and your child can share the joy of baking together.
The Time the Earth ShookWritten by Susanna CarlsonThirteen year old Annie Mathews wakes up in the middle of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake to find that her parents are not in the house. She and her brother Jeremy must navigate the broken streets of San Francisco in a search to find them before tragedy strikes. Along their journey, they come across broken buildings, torn streets, and many horrors that question Annie’s perception of reality, and it is only when a fatal accident occurs that Annie realizes her life will never be the same after the earthquake.