Books Will Never Go Out of Print!

Grab a cup of coffee. Sit back. Check out meanderings about books I've loved.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

I Can Give

I Can Give by Angie Quantrell (Woman's Missionary Union, 2003)

Whoo-hoo! Happy 10 years of publication, I Can Give! I just noticed that it has been 10 years since publication. How time flies.

Meet Juan Carlos and his family in I Can Give. Juan Carlos learns many different ways that he can give to help others. He can give his time, his energy, his ideas, his help, his friendship, his thanks, his praise - even his money. Juan Carlos learns that giving is not just about money, but much more.

I Can Give features single phrase sentences for young preschoolers. Each simple sentence is also given in Spanish, together with the pronunciation. For older children and beginning readers, a longer story tells about Juan Carlos and his adventures. Adorable illustrations show Juan Carlos as he gives to others.

I am so excited to realize that I Can Give is 10 years old. That is a decade worth of young readers. Happy Birthday, I Can Give.

Visit or call 1-800-968-7301 to purchase I Can Give. Thank you!

Hmmmm. I'm thinking it's time for some happy cake!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I Can Pray

I Can Pray by Angie Quantrell (Woman's Missionary Union, 2000)

Abby is a young child with a family getting ready for a big change. The words tell about Abby's discovery of her ability to pray for different situations while the illustrations show her family and the world around her. By the end of I Can Pray, Abby is empowered by her prayer connection and understands that she can pray for anything or anyone.

Written for preschoolers and young children, I Can Pray has easy to read, large text. For the youngest readers (or listeners) one sentence lines tell the main points of the story. For beginning and practicing readers, the full page text is large, matches the illustrations, and contains many sight words. Tips for using the book and extra ideas are included for parents, families, grandparents, caregivers, and teachers.

I love this book! My very first book in print - what joy and memories it brings! The hours spent at Inklings Bookshop at a little cafe table plotting and writing away...

Go to to get a copy. Please. :)

Other I Can Books:
I Can Give
I Can Do It
I Can Be More Like Jesus

Saturday, July 20, 2013


Dragonspell by Donita K. Paul (Waterbrook Press, 2004)

I have discovered a favorite author!

Donita K. Paul is not new to the field of writing. Nor is my love of her characters and writing style recently discovered. I have been reading her books for several years. Notice my worn copy of this first book in her DragonKeeper series.

After stumbling upon her books while searching for a new read, there has been no turning back. Dragonspell has delightful and real characters set in a fairy tale world. The world of Amara has a spiritual base of Christianity. Wulder and Paladin guide the inhabitants of Amara who choose to follow their leading. Others who choose the opposite follow Risto and his plans.

Meet Kale, a used-to-be-slave-girl, who is recruited by Wulder as a gifted dragon keeper. She has the special talent of discovering dragon eggs. In the scheme of things, there is one very special egg, a meech egg, that is diligently sought out by Risto, who has not so good plans for the egg.

Paul has the fine fingers and voice of storytelling. Realistic details, character personalities and actions, and social interactions of beings on a quest make for a very good read. Paul's writing reminds me somewhat of C.S. Lewis. Now you have to read her books.

Check out Donita K. Paul's Web site to find out about other books, e-books, and even Monday night chats. Visit

Happy 10th Year of Publication (2014)!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tuesdays at the Castle

Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George (Bloomsbury Publishing, Inc., 2011)

Princess Celie has a special relationship with the castle. The castle in return, seems to favor Princess Celie.

Not a normal castle by any means, this castle sprouts new rooms, makes new pathways and shortcuts, and even boots out unwanted guests. Everything is fabulous as Princess Celie spends her time mapping new rooms and routes. And then the King and Queen disappear.

This story is great for elementary readers (and some adults, like moi). I enjoyed the imaginative setting, creativity, and fun writing of this book. Perhaps I shall make sure my grand-daughter reads it when she is a bit older.

Definitely a good read.