Good Books For Children And Teens: Creating Book Lovers Video @AuthorEncounter

Are you looking for some good books for children and teens? Recently, I participated in Creating Book Lovers, a livestreamed event for children’s and young adult authors sponsored  by The Author Encounter.
The event featured three authors: Christina Francine, Tracy Diane, and myself. In honor of National Book Lovers Day, we explored our books and talked about tips for getting kids interested in reading.
Special memory

We started with a live reading of Christina Francine children’s picture book, Special Memory. Fiery five-year-old Emily is semi-cooperative when her mother announces the idea of making a SPECIAL MEMORY one summer morning. She doesn’t want to get used to getting up early for kindergarten. Despite herself, Emily finds dancing in the warm rain with her older sister and mother while wearing pajamas fun until the storm changes. Emily’s mother then pulls her daughters indoors and teaches them how special memories make a difference in our lives. Emily doesn’t think a SPECIAL MEMORY will help in kindergarten until her first day when she remembers sticky wet pajamas and hair, along with warm mud squishing between her toes.

Crystal cave adventures
Then we heard from Tracy Diane about her middle grade series, Crystal Cave Adventures. This novel and activity book series for elementary and middle-school kids is full of real, fun science facts, fabulous time travel adventures, and amazing activities. Nothing interesting ever happens in Diamond Falls, West Virginia, and that’s doubly true for local teenagers Emma and Brody. Little do they know that their neighbor, a famous geologist, is about to show them the wildest time of their lives.
Kids sports novels

Last, I read an excerpt from my young adult hockey novel, Face-Off, and talked about the sequel, Offsides. Rival twin brothers battle on and off the ice in Face-Off, a dynamic ice hockey novel written when I was just 16-years-old. Discover why this compelling sports book for upper elementary age, middle school, and high school has appeared on so many reading lists including Best Books for Young Teen Readers Grades 7-10 and a list produced by the Hockey Hall of Fame’s Junior Education Program.

Brad’s twin brother T.J. has gotten himself out of the fancy prep school his father picked for him and into the public high school Brad attends. Now T.J. is a shining new star on the ice hockey team where Brad once held the spotlight. And he’s testing his popularity with Brad’s friends, eyeing Brad’s girl, and competing to be captain of the hockey team. Meanwhile, the twins must also cope with problems at home, including divorcing parents and a troubled younger brother. The whole high school is rooting for a big double-strength win…not knowing that their twin hockey stars are heating up the ice for a winner takes all face-off.

Discover The Author Encounter

Learn more about creating book lovers and other author events with The Author Encounter by checking out their events page. The Author Encounter is a community of readers and writers dedicated to increasing visibility for authors and engagement for fans. They work as a hybrid company to best serve their members on every level. They are part professional association, creating networking and career advancement opportunities for all publishing professionals; part publicist, promoting and introducing new audiences to new writers; and part event company, creating intimate, uniquely themed events for readers and authors to engage each other.

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