All of my picture books are designed to help parents turn children into readers by teaching valuable literacy and pre-literacy skills. Ideal for shared reading time, each story has a list of questions for discussion at the end to help parents engage their children’s minds and teach them not to be passive receivers of entertainment, but to think about what they’ve read both analytically and creatively—or “outside the book” as I like to call it.
Space Cop Zack
The three Space Cop Zack books are designed to help children foster imagination as Space Cop Zack and his robot sidekick GARG have zany space adventures based on Zack’s imagination and common household objects. Each Space Cop Zack book has a surprise illustration at the end where kids can see which household items inspired Zack’s adventures and try to match them up to events in the story.
Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy
Space Cop Zack and his faithful robot sidekick GARG chase the terrible Dr. Dogbreath across the galaxy. Together they brave bad smells, squishy slime, giant ocean monsters, and motion sickness. Will Zack and GARG finally capture Dr. Dogbreath or will he escape their grasp? That will all depend on where your imagination takes you.
Space Cop Zack, GARG’s Secret Mission
The notorious General Electric has captured Space Princess Dendra! GARG the robot goes on a secret mission to rescue her, but when Mission Control loses contact with GARG, Space Cop Zack must search for him in the Windy Cavern of Doom. Will Zack find GARG and help rescue the princess before it’s too late? Will Zack finally defeat General Electric? It all depends on your imagination.
Space Cop Zack, the Lost Treasure of Zandor
Zack and his robot sidekick GARG race the infamous Captain and his trio of evil minions—Gormag the Grievous, Noot the Tall and Terrible, and GARG’s nemesis, the gigantic robot Cantobor—as they scale the Colossal Cliffs of Pantera in search of the lost treasure of Zandor.
Superhero is the story of a young boy with big dreams and a mask and cape. He dreams every night that he is an amazing hero. He can conquer any villain and the whole city relies on him for help. But when he meets up with two nightmarish foes, he knows that even a superhero needs to have someone he can call on for help. This story is about how a dad can be the real hero to his son. It also helps open discussions about what makes a real hero and how everyone can be a hero to someone else.
The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon
The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon is about a homing pigeon named Hank who is an eager new student in flight school. He loves school until he discovers he has no sense of direction. Is this the end of his dreams? Maybe he should just quit. But a kind teacher shows him how he can compensate for his problem and still succeed. This story is about how everyone learns in different ways, and how anyone can succeed–even despite a learning problem – with the right kind of help and effort!
The Tortoise and the Hairpiece
The Tortoise and the Hairpiece is the story of a lonely young tortoise named Jake who is embarrassed by his bald head. Even though other animals invite him to play, he keeps to himself, positive that nobody will really want to be his friend because he looks different. When he tries to look like everyone else, it doesn’t quite work the way he planned, but he learns that no one needs to try to be someone else or look like someone else just to make friends.
Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge
Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge is a story about a bold, confident squirrel named Twitch who is something of a daredevil…and he doesn’t mind when his friends cheer him on! When his parents forbid him to cross an old broken rope bridge across a deep, dark ravine, he doesn’t understand why. He can do anything! And there’s a tree full of nuts just across the bridge! In this story, Twitch learns the importance of respecting his parents’ rules.
Shelby the Cat
Shelby the cat is kind and caring. He loves to read and tell stories. He’s friends with mice and birds and bugs. This makes the alley cats angry and jealous because Shelby makes them look bad. When they try to force Shelby to be like them, he refuses. Shelby knows who he is and what he wants to be and doesn’t let anyone pressure him to be different. This story is about resisting negative peer pressure and can help to start discussions about how to handle the problem of bullying.
The Incredible Martin O’Shea
The Incredible Martin O’Shea is the story of a first-grader with a great imagination. He finds his daydreams so interesting that he doesn’t pay attention in school. His grades fall, and his parents are not happy about it. Then a visitor to his class says something that changes his life. Martin learns that education can help him make his dreams reality, and that imagination plus learning can lead to real life adventures.
The Watch Cat
The Watch Cat tells the tale of an ordinary house cat that stops a robbery and becomes a neighborhood hero, permanently changing the way the neighbors think of cats. Watch Cat is a typical cat. He does what cats do best. And somehow, he manages to be a better watch cat than all the watchdogs in the neighborhood simply by being himself. This story is about appreciating the differences between dogs and cats and understanding that anybody can be a hero.
Chipper the Clown
Chipper only wants to make people laugh. So he packs up his things and joins the circus as a clown. Then he is embarrassed when he finds out he isn’t good at it. Nobody thinks he’s funny. Who ever heard of a clown in a pinstriped suit? So what will Chipper do? He turns to the older, more experienced clowns for some good advice. This story is about the benefits of asking the right people for help and not giving up when following a dream.
Chipper and the Unicycle
In this sequel to Chipper the Clown, Chipper travels the world in search of a new act to keep the crowds entertained…a unicycle seems like just the thing! How hard could it be since he already can ride a bicycle? After only one day of trying, Chipper takes the unicycle back to the store in frustration. He learns that you have to work long and hard to make something look easy. In the end, Chipper understands that some pursuits take time and effort to master, and he learns the importance of perseverance.