ABOUT THE AUTHOR
From childhood through her college years, Kelly Lenihan was forever making up stories, often writing them down. After completing a general arts degree from the University of Washington, Kelly went on to enjoy a diverse range of creative endeavors, from fashion design and hand-painted pottery to web design and teaching global arts. Never losing her penchant for writing; she’s been published in various magazines and enjoyed her own newspaper column for several years. To this day, she is an avid blogger and has more children’s picture books in the works.
Goober and Muffin
Illustrations by Oona Risling-Sholl
Goober and Muffin were the best of friends; no matter that Goober was a puppy and Muffin was a kitten. As Goober and Muffin grow up, their friends started complaining that it was not okay for them to be pals. Succumbing to peer pressure and going their separate ways seemed to be the only answer, even though Goober and Muffin were both miserable. One day, a calamitous misadventure reunites this unlikely twosome, reminding them what really matters. Turning their backs on prejudice once and for all, Goober and Muffin go back to doing what they love best, being best friends forever.
ISBN 9780989869287 Goober and Muffin (English)
ISBN 9780997957822 Goober y Muffin (Spanish)
ISBN 9780997957808 Goober und Muffin (German)
ISBN 9780999120026 Goober et Muffin (French)
ISBN 9780999120057 Губер и Маффин (Russian)
ISBN 9780991174720 Goober and Muffin Coloring Book
A sweet story that helps teach both kids and their parents that friendship can cross boundaries; beautifully told and illustrated!
The Skipping Stone
Illustrations by Oona Risling-Sholl & Naomi Bardoff
Sometimes, when we truly hope and dream and wish really hard for something, it will come true—the power of our imagination is a wondrous thing. If you’ve ever tossed a penny in the fountain or made a wish on the North Star, you know what I mean. There are so many ways to make a wish, and sometimes we will discover yet one more way from someone we meet along the way, like Nick in The Skipping Stone. Nick is an ordinary little boy fervently yearning for something extraordinary to happen. One day, on a family outing, his dream comes true in a rather unusual way. When Nick’s wishful thinking finally pays off, could it be that he ends up with a special memento to remind him of his extraordinary day?
The Skipping Stone contains two bonus sections in the back of the book, Did You Know? and How to Skip Stones. Learn some fun facts about stone skipping as well as pointers on technique and how to choose the best rocks.
ISBN 9780989869256 The Skipping Stone (English)
ISBN 9780997957839 La Piedra que Salta (Spanish)
ISBN 9780991174799 Der Hüpfende Stein (German)
ISBN 9780997957891 Le Ricochet (French)
ISBN 9780999120071 Летит камень над водой (Russian)
ISBN 9780989869294 The Skipping Stone Coloring Book
This is a very interesting story that shows us how so many things are connected, and life has an incredible way of working. The illustrations are beautiful with gorgeous, vivid colors. A sweet reminder of how it truly is a small world. I look forward to more work from this author!
—Kat D. R.
Comfy, Cozy: A Bedtime Story
Illustrations by Marcia Lewis
There are many great reasons to introduce a children to the joy of owning a dog: dogs help children’s self-esteem, help them learn responsibility and help them learn empathy. However, children and dogs don’t automatically start with a wonderful relationship. In fact, it can be downright challenging figuring out what a puppy needs. A little girl named Lily adopts a puppy from a pet shelter. When it‛s time for bed, the puppy struggles to fall asleep, he misses the warmth and security of his brothers and sisters. Follow along as Rosco utilizes a little puppy ingenuity as he figures out how to get comfy, how to make his bed cozy.
In the back of the book, you’ll find child-friendly tips for introducing a puppy to its new home and a recipe for homemade dog treats.
Rosco, Lily’s new puppy, is finding it difficult to get comfy and cozy in his little dog bed. Filled with heart and humor, this story is sure to become a favorite with young kids who have trouble getting comfy, cozy and settling in for the night. Based on real events in the author’s home, Comfy, Cozy: A Bedtime Story, has a rich back matter section at the end of the book that offers tips and techniques to help families with a new pet. There is also a healthful recipe for dog treats and links to coloring pages and kid-friendly activities on the author’s website.
—Vivian Kirkfield, children’s picture book author
Adventures of Pig and Mouse: An Unusual Friendship
Illustrations by Anya Macleod
Pig isn’t like most pigs. She doesn’t like to roll in the mud or get dirty. She likes to watch birds and butterflies. She likes to sing and make up stories. She is a daydreamer. Mouse is a vagabond, always moving to keep safe. When events bring them together, an unlikely friendship forms as they bond over their first adventure: treasure hunting.
I read this book over and over again and every time I read it, I learnt something new. Every single time it made me smile—the illustrations are beautiful! My almost 3-year-old who doesn’t speak a lot loved this book and recognised the pig, mouse and pointed out so many things in it. I know for sure she enjoyed it too, even though she isn’t usually interested in reading, but this book was able to hold her attention. Pig is unique and not like all the pigs, that’s what makes her relatable, because at the end of the day, we humans may be human beings but aren’t all of us unique? The mouse was seeking a friend and the pig, even though she seemed happy in her own world, was more than happy to find a partner for her adventures. Their unique friendship is just the beginning of a beautiful life of friendship. This unusual friendship shall teach kids and toddlers the importance of finding their own joys and making friends who are different from them. The message the book imparts is commendable and the author has done a wonderful job in keeping the story short, simple, yet elegant.
—Alpana Chand, author and parent