Author Archive | Kimberly Charleston

Little Penguin Gets The Hiccups

This is a circuitous tale of a penguin desperately trying to rid himself of hiccups he got from eating spicy foods. Terribly bothered by them, he enlists his friends to help. He doesn’t have success until his friend the whale plays a trick on him that thwarts his hiccups for good; or at least until […]

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Berkley: A Nose Tale

Berkley’s a basset hound with a shockingly big nose. While Berkley doesn’t mind it—it allows him to inhale scents he likes such as smelly socks—his unusual snout seems to a bit of a nuisance for his owner Jeremy. That is until Berkley’s special gift helps Jeremy’s friend Becky when she needs it most. I absolutely […]

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Great Resources for Writers

I love finding new resources to support my work as a writer. While sites that inspire are certainly subjective and there are many resources out there that are too numerous to quantify in this blog, here are some of my favorites: Writer’s Digest. The online and physical digest contains market updates, competitions and articles from […]

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The Bad Seed

We’ve all been bad seeds. Sometimes words hurt us. Some days we feel alone. Sometimes we feel like failures. And somehow we all make mistakes. And sometimes it just feels good to be bad. A little sunflower seed is the star of this book by Jory John and illustrated by Pet Oswald. This seed shows […]

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Textrovert

You’ve Got Mail meets Romeo and Juliet in this teen romance by Lindsey Summer. Keeley and Talon find each other’s lost phones. Their plan for returning them one to another is delayed since Talon is away at football camp. In the meantime their texting soon blossoms into a friendship and Keeley, who’s always in the […]

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Phonics

This picture book by Corey Bryan tells the heartwarming tale about a young boy’s struggle with learning phonics. Rudy is frustrated by the difficult time he is having perfecting the sounds and spellings of words, especially his favorite word ‘magic.’ When letters make multiple sounds it’s confusing, but thanks to his teacher and the gift […]

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A Visit With James Patterson

I wish I were writing to tell you about my recent sit down with the New York Times Bestseller, but unfortunately I’m not. I don’t get the chance to rub elbows with celebrities that much. Still, I am going to share a story about him that has stuck with me until this very day. Fifteen […]

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Support One Another

As writers, authors, readers and members of the literary world, we know the importance of supporting one another. While we don’t always do so—we are human after all—it is something that those in the realm of books do more often than not (at least that’s what I’ve experienced). To give you a snapshot: Recently, I […]

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Kind is the New Classy

I picked up this book by Candace Cameron Bure to use as part of a collection of recommended resources for a training I gave last fall. What surprised me was how much I enjoyed reading it. I realize that many get bent out of shape when a celebrity decides to “preach to the masses about […]

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