Our Books


I’m Only a Little Bunny

Written by Patricia Jenks
Illustrated by Christine Lehto

Have you ever searched for the perfect puppy? Maddie Mae is doing just that. Will she find a perfect puppy?


The Perfect Puppy

Written by Michelle Marquardt
Illustrated by Anna Murfield

Have you ever searched for the perfect puppy? Maddie Mae is doing just that. Will she find a perfect puppy?


Dogs Don’t Have Pockets

Written by Sean Raffaelli & Erin Dreske
Illustrated by John Konecny

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?


Fish Food

Written and illustrated by Karl Kralapp

A hungry little fish searches for something tasty to eat.


Invincible Me

Written by Shawntay Schmidt
Illustrated by Brittany DuPont

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.”


The Bloody Trail: In Quest of the Best Wisconsin Bloody Marys

Written by Susan Fiebig
Designed by Jesse Roelke

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

By Linda Prokopowicz

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.


Dead Last

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.


Little Mouse Finds a New Home

Written by Liz Siivola
Illustrated by Brittany DuPont

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.


Absence Makes the Heart Ponder

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 Hide-n-Seek Adventure

Written by Heather Privratsky
Illustrated by John Konecny

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.


Squiggy the Squirrel Meets Wallis the Woodpecker

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!


Infernal Racket

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.


The Sea of the Morning Sun – 1493

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?


Washing Cars & Wasting Time

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.


Mikey

Written by Judy Cohen and Mindee Pinto
Illustrated by Mark Fairbanks

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.


Olivia West vs. Middle School: Round One

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 Butterfly’s Purple Surprise

Written by Jessica Baumann
Illustrated by Melinda Kordich

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!


Day Care

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!


Rare Vision

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.


Tales & Short Stories

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.


Fly, Little Birdie, Fly

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.


Miller: The Mostly Misunderstood Mischief-Maker Who Went Missing

Written by Rebecca Thieme-Baeseman
Illustrated by John Konecny

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

Written by Emily Waisanen
Illustrated by John Konecny

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.


Chosen Last

Written by Ariel Oehmichen
Illustrated by Brittany Du Pont

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.


Victims of a Tragedy

Written by Joshua Albrecht
Every day, there are many events that would be considered tragedies, and each of those tragedies has a victim. When people are killed in car accidents, they are usually the only victims we hear about. Unfortunately, they are not the only victims. This story follows the death of a young girl on her way to her first prom. The tragic event impacts multiple people, making them all victims. Victims of a Tragedy shares the point of view from each character as they react to the loss.


Growing up Cranberry

Written by Shannon Gray
Illustrated by Anna Murfield
Crandall Cranberry tells of his life growing up cranberry-from a flower on a vine to cranberry juice. A fun, easy read!


Work Your Body Grow Your Brain

Written by Erin Boodey
Illustrated by John Konecny
Work your body and grow your brain with these fun activity ideas. Children will be entertained while reading and participating in numerous ways to enhance their overall development.


Grant’s Special Summer

Written by Goytree Hakim
Illustrated by Brittany Du Pont
This book is about Grant’s first experience with animal adoption. After an emotional week, it was wonderful for Grant to know that Roxy was adopted into a loving home. His week of volunteering at the Animal Humane Society was a sentinel event for him, that has left an indelible memory, which he will take with him into adulthood.


Here We Are & There We Go

A memoir by Jill Dobbe
A heartwarming travel memoir filled with temper tantrums, disorienting jetlag, and zany, once-in-a-lifetime family adventures. Who says you can’t travel with kids? Dan and I find out we can do just that as we set off with our two very young kids, first to live and work on an island far out in the Pacific, then on to the continent of Africa with a few stops in between. Armed with strollers, diapers, and too much luggage, we travel to over twenty-five countries throughout a ten year span, while working together as international overseas educators. After surviving typhoon Yuri, almost being mauled by lions, and, being nearly shot by a presidential guard, we happily endure all of the good times and bad, while living life to the fullest. A decade’s worth of experiences and lifelong memories remain with us, as we return to the U.S., now with two teenagers in tow, and begin to experience our very own version of reverse culture shock.


Such Capable Hands

A compilation of personal stories, collected by Pat Robinson Schmidt
Such Capable Hands is a personal glimpse into the lives of 16 jewelry artists from around the world. It is a book that will inspire you to examine your own creative soul. Where did your artistic spark originate and how did you follow your own artistic path? Such Capable Hands is a gift for you and the creative people around you.


What the Heck, Dec?!

Written by Elizabeth Dudak
Marti Karnawski is waiting in the front office of Noteah Middle School trying to land first her teaching position, not a man. Yet one casual glance at Declan Reed – the school’s droolicious social worker with bad boy looks and cocky attitude – and she can’t help but fall head over in heels in crush. The fact he returns her interest, despite the other woman on his arm, poses a problem. Marti spent a lifetime trying to forgive a philandering father and understanding a mother in constant denial. She will not be the other woman – not even for one Declan Reed. Now all she has to do is convince her heart.


Echoes from Home

Written by Jim Carey
Not just for history and Civil War buffs. Echoes from Home is a story about friendship, family, love and survival. Meet Joshua, Missy Sue, Monte and others as they take you back to the era of the Civil War.


Sharlene and Her Animal Friends

Written by Sharlene Merline
Illustrated by Anna Murfield
Sharlene and Her Animal Friends is a cross-cultural story for young readers. Sharlene is a young Caribbean teenager who discovers that her new life in America is nothing like the island life she left behind. She bridges this cultural divide through many animal adventures, some of which evade her comic designs while others result in new friendships.


up, uP, UP Rose the Sun

Written by Misha Johnson
Illustrated by Kate Moreland
Author, Misha Johnson, teamed up with illustrator Kate Moreland to create a series of books that would teach simple lessons to children. In up, uP, UP Rose the Sun, the lesson for children is about the meanings of UP and DOWN.


Portrait of Murder

Written by Rob Riley
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.


Her Name is Grace

Written by Shidorr Myrick-Gayer
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.


A Day to Remember

Written by Chris Murfield
Illustrated by Anna Murfield
Join Matty as he remembers all of the exciting activities he was able to share with his mommy and daddy. He got messy finger-painting, went sledding, and even had a chance to play with his neighborhood friend Girl! This story reminds us to enjoy life’s simple pleasures.


 

Twin 1 and Twin 2

Written by Kaye Nemec
Illustrated by Adriana Hayes
Do you have a very best friend? In the whole wide world? Or a super special, can’t-live-without-him-or-her sister or brother? If you do, then you know exactly how Twin 1 and Twin 2 feel about each other, and you will especially love tagging along on the big adventures they encounter as very active 7-year- old girls.


 

Priscilla the Peppermint Pig

Written by Cathy McAlister
Illustrated by John Konecny
Get cozy on the couch with your child and read this book about a little pig who is loved very much. Find out what extra special things her owners do for their beloved pig!


Spaghetti Head Ned

Written 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 Cake

Written 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.


Daddy’s Little Helper

Written by Chris Murfield
Illustrated by Anna Murfield
It’s Saturday and that means Cael and Daddy get to work together all day. Cael helps Daddy work in the garden, the yard, and even cook dinner! We learn that working together can be very rewarding, and Daddy is a good helper too.


The Time the Earth Shook

Written 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.