Children’s author releases book for writers

Name: Anthony D. Fredericks
Age: 68
Lives in: Dover
Occupation: Professor of Education, York College
tonybookFamily: Wife, Phyllis Disher Fredericks; children, Rebecca (lives in England) and Jonathan (lives in Colorado).  Oh, and the cat’s name is Tubby.
Hobbies: Writing, hiking, traveling, and writing
Name of book: “Writing Children’s Books: 1001 Creative Prompts for Stories Kids Will Love”
Release date: 09/26/2015
Published through: Kindle Direct Publishing
Where to purchase: Amazon
Synopsis: It’s the universal question asked by thousands of children’s authors every day: Where do you get your ideas? It’s true – coming up with great ideas is tough! You want inspiration and you want direction – both of which often seem to be in short supply. That’s where this book comes in. This book will ignite your brain, stoke your creative fires, stimulate your imagination and get you writing stories, picture books, nonfiction, YA fiction and a plethora of other possibilities that will engage and entertain children. This book is your partner, your guide and your coach. It will get your creative motors started, set you on the writing road, and move you to your ultimate goal – a published children’s book.


Fredericks will be at the York Book Expo 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 17 at the York Expo Center.

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Follow the Reading Rainbow this weekend

Kids and their families are encouraged to follow the Reading Rainbow to York College this Saturday, October 10th to see children’s author Kim Norman.  Known for her  books ”Crocodaddy,” “Puddle Pug,” “Ten on the Sled” and more,  Norman will kick off the day’s festivities when she takes the stage at 11 a.m.  The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Yorkview Hall, which is located on the fifth floor of the Willman Business Center.

ZooAmerica is bringing a variety of critters along on Saturday to provide kids with a chance to see animals they might not otherwise see up close.  They will be on stage at 11:30a.m., followed by GO York! at 12:15 p.m. to announce the grand prize winners for its summer program.

The day wil feature stories, activities, and crafts related to Norman’s various books.  Partnering organizations involved in the day include:  the York College Department of Education, The School District of the City of York-Family Literacy Program, United Way FOCUS, South Central Reading Council, York Suburban School District Northern York County School District, and Wellspan Community Health and Wellness.

York College is located at 441 Country Club Road in York.  For more information, go to or phone 849-6942 to speak with children’s staff at Martin Library.

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What will be the next popular children’s book?

By Abbey Zelko @AbbeyZelko13 on Twitter

Elizabeth Dell, right, of York, picks out books with her daughter Mariah, 7, at Martin Library. She said that her daughter has read 100 books and she has read 200 books to her son. (Paul Kuehnel - York Daily Record/ Sunday News)

Elizabeth Dell, right, of York, picks out books with her daughter Mariah, 7, at Martin Library. She said that her daughter has read 100 books and she has read 200 books to her son. (Paul Kuehnel – York Daily Record/ Sunday News)

Clifford the Big Red Dog. The giant, but lovable character is a hard one to forget.

His silly stories of going to the circus, his first day of school, his first Christmas and more fill dozens of story books for the amusement of countless children.

More than 50 years later, the entertainment continues as Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and their friends Cleo, T-Bone, Charley, Jetta, and Mac come to life on stage at Hershey Theatre. As the characters take the audience on a journey to Birdwell Island, the theater will be filled with singing, dancing and lots of laughs — something guests of all ages can enjoy.

With more than 126 million books in print, there’s no doubt Clifford has become a literary classic for parents, teachers and children.

That got us thinking, what will be the next popular children’s book? Here’s what local librarians had to say.

Read the rest of this story here.

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Local author promotes recent published work

Name : Marilyn Jennerjohn
Age : 75MarilynPicture[1]
Lives_in : York Township
Occupation : Retired educator
Family : Married with two children
Hobbies : weeding and singing, not necessarily at the same time
Name of book : Education, Assholes and Orgasmic Gardening
Release date : 09/05/2015
Published through : Year of the Book Press
Where to purchase : or through the author (
BookCover[1]Synopsis : The book is a collection of essays and stories. With a bit of snark, some essays reveal the author’s quirks, such as her passion for extracting dandelions. Another defends her refusal to discard a thirty-year-old tank top. In “Toilet Tales,” she discusses her obsession with toilet paper-roll replacement and her success in improving the unsavory conditions in one female faculty restroom. With a degree of sentiment, stories follow both admirable and not-so-admirable characters. In one, a homely child seeks love from her uncaring mother. Its sequel shows this child, now an adult, alone and socially challenged. A poignant story titled “A Dear Father” reflects the narrator’s own father-daughter relationship as she talks to the young child pictured snuggling up to the man reading to her.
Idea : A weeding experience produced my title long before there was a book. Other events in my life led to several stories. I based “Missing Shoes” on a sleep-walking incident during my early teens. Unable to find my sneakers, I stood on a sofa and ran my hands around the edges of a mirror — actions similar to those of the protagonist. I used both my mother and myself as models for the main character in “Gram: A Day on the Street.” Many ideas surface from just watching, listening and taking a few notes. Having taught in secondary schools for twenty-eight years, I gathered a wealth of essay possibilities from faculty meetings, parent conferences and the wording of administrative memos. “Antidepressants? No Way!” is a prime example.
Website :

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Quiz: Test your English smarts

Kids are back in school and a lot of parents are shouting “Hooray!” To get parents prepared for the coming school year, here’s an English refresher built using Playbuzz.

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York Rescue Mission hosts fall book sale Sept. 18, 19

An “Insiders Tour” of The York Rescue Mission’s Fall Book Sale will be held Thursday, September 17th between 2 pm and 6 pm at the Fellowship Hall of York Alliance Church, 501 Rathton Road, York, PA.

Come join us and see how through the years, our volunteers have turned a few donated books into well-organized bi-annual book sales.  The York Rescue Mission Fall Book Sale will run Friday, September 18 – 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday, September 19 – 8 am to 4 pm.

Thanks to the generosity of the York Rescue Mission’s donors, thousands of books are available.  Book lovers can choose from fiction, nonfiction, children’s and young adult titles.  All books are priced at 25¢ or $1.00 and all proceeds will benefit the York Rescue Mission (YRM), a non-profit, faith based organization that offers food, clothing, shelter and spiritual guidance for the homeless and those in need living in York County.  The Mission depends on local businesses and churches, and the York County community to help with missionary relief and rescue work.

A group of Volunteers have managed this semiannual book sale for many years. Volunteers are an important part of the overall operations of the York Rescue Mission. Their dedication is a reminder to everyone that the York Rescue Mission is a community service organization benefiting those in York County.

Donations of books are accepted at the Mission’s new Donation Drop-Off Center, 350 West Clark Avenue, York or at our Economy Stores in Dallastown (33 East Market Street, Dallastown) or Dover (67 North Main Street, York) during normal business hours.  Please call 717-845-7662 for further information or go to

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Windsor writer pens new Harlequin romance

harperswishName: Cerella Sechrist
Age: 35
Lives in: Windsor
Occupation: Author/Barista/Secretary
Family: My father is Wayne Sechrist (owner of local business, Co-Del Construction) This book is dedicated to him.
Hobbies: Pugs, coffee, history, writing
Name of book: “Harper’s Wish”
Release date: Sept. 1
Publisher: Harlequin
Where to purchase:, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, etc.
Synopsis: A few weeks ago, Harper Worth wouldn’t even have eaten at the Rusty Anchor, let alone worked there. But now she’s in no position to be choosy. Fired from her lofty post as Washington, DC’s, toughest restaurant critic, she’s…desperate. Desperate to build a new life for herself in Findlay Roads. And desperate to prove to brooding Connor Callahan, owner, chef and overwhelmed single dad, that she can be a real asset to the Rusty Anchor. Maybe even to him. If he’ll just give her a chance. But he may never forgive her for the scathing review that cost him his DC dream. Or the plans she’s hatching for his current restaurant…
Idea: Living in southern York county, so close to the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland gave me the inspiration for the fictional town of Findlay Roads where “Harper’s Wish,” the first book in my Findlay Roads series contracted with Harlequin, is set. This first title centers around a restaurateur and food critic, playing to my interests as a foodie.

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York native returns for book event

Name: David Kennedy
Lives in: Phoenix, From York, Pa
Name of book: A Vicious Cycle: Escaping the Beast WithinAVCEBW Cover
Release date: 02/25/2014
Published with: Lightswitch Press
Where to purchase: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Ingram and Taylor
Synopsis: Before conception Devon was bestowed with a generational blueprint that was the ultimate design for failure! The city of York, Pa. played a major role in the birth of the United States, but unlike its rich colonial culture growing up in the ghetto wasn’t easy. Promiscuity reigned supreme in York,  and secrets were kept leaving generation after generation amuck. The people in this community also treated each other like crabs in a barrel where it was common to gossip and wish for the failure of their peers. This behavior and mentality among the typical “Yorker” posed many challenges for Devon forcing him to fight physically and mentally in order to reach his goals.

From the author: My inspiration came from my own life experiences as I grew up in York, Pa. I decided to create a fictional story based on my own life with the intent of bringing awareness to various social issues that plague not only York but every community.
Event: September 26th 2pm-5pm at Music and More by Williams at 52 W. Phila St. York, Pa

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One Book, One Community organizers seek public votes for the 2016 book title

One Book One Community organizers are once again asking the public to vote for next year’s One Book, One Community book selection!  The public vote initiative is a way to promote community involvement in the selection of the title, rather than handing over a single title each year.  This year there will be four titles on the ballot.   The 2016 OBOC regional campaign represents collaboration between 80 libraries in six counties: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York.

How the voting works…

From a ballot with four book titles that made the final grade by the Book Selection committee, the public is asked to pick one of the four books that they would be interested in reading and discussing in 2016.  To vote the public will go to to access an online ballot.  For those who wish to fill out a paper ballot, they must go to participating libraries to cast their vote.  The public may also submit their vote at Isaac’s Restaurant locations in the region. Readers who vote at Isaac’s will also be entered for a chance to win $100 Isaac’s gift card.  Readers who vote at libraries or online at are automatically entered for a chance to win $100 Giant Food Stores gift card.  Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties will participate in the 2016 campaign.

One Book, Your Vote for the OBOC 2016 title will take place August 1 – 31, 2015. The winner will be announced to the public in October, 2015.  With the public vote for the 2016 title, reading of the OBOC title will take place in January, and programs at the public libraries will begin in February, which is designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month.  Multiple copies of the winning title will be available at your local public library beginning in January 2016.

Meet the Candidates

These are the titles on the One Book, Your Vote 2016 ballot:

  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk KiddThe Invention of Wings 1JOYJPEG

Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings is a fictionalized account of the Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina (Nina), prominent voices in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements.  Their story is intertwined with the story of Hetty, a slave in the Grimké’s Charleston household.  Historically accurate, this novel delves into America’s past with a captivating story that is sure to touch all readers.  Summary by Mary Jo Keiter, OBOC Selection Committee

Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard

Fresh out of college, Forrest Pritchard had grand ideas about saving his family’s farm in Berryville, Virginia; but when all the expenses were paid and the grand profit was $18.16, he knew he had to do something differently and quickly.  Having visited Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, Forrest knew he could make a living from sustainable farming but just how he does it makes up his experiences in Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm.  With plenty of humorous stories of both animals and humans, Pritchard charts his course from a know-nothing young farmer to a purveyor of sustainable, locally raised, high-class products sold at farmers’ markets in the Washing, DC area where Smith Meadows Farm continues to serve its customers every weekend.  Summary by Kris Peters, OBOC Selection Committee

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals WarriorsDon'tCry_cover (2)JOY

Before the Selma march, before Birmingham Sunday, before the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech, nine black high school students volunteered to integrate the Little Rock High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was 1957.

This memoir is the story of one of those nine children and what they all endured in that year — the unrelenting bullying and physical brutality faced with indifference by the faculty and staff as to what was happening to them. This book is the most important and memorable one you will read about the civil rights movement from someone who survived that year.  Summary by Betsy Fordon, OBOC Selection Committee Member

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Just like a small stream, a thread of commonality runs through this futuristic novel. Arthur Leander, a movie actor trying to revive his career, dies of a heart attack while on stage performing King Lear, and as all roads lead to Rome, all the storylines here come back to Arthur. Shortly after his death, a pandemic virus destroys most of the Earth’s population, ending the modern electrical-dependent civilization we know. The surviving characters have to live without electrical lights, cell phones, iPads and all the rest to which they have become accustomed. A travelling troupe of Shakespearean troubadours and musicians brings the story full circle and ties the remaining communities together. Could you live your life stranded in a deserted airport or traveling on foot from one small community to another?  Summary by Kathy Hale, OBOC Selection Committee

It is not necessary to read or have read these titles to place your vote!

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