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Recommended Indie Children’s Books May 21 2013 Edition

I posted a couple of weeks ago about a couple of indie produced children’s books.  I want to start promoting other indie children writers, because most successful indie writers are in other genres.  People are writing about things other than vampires, the apocalypse, and romance.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

Here are couple to check out:

The Monster Who Ate My Socks


AJ Cosmo is a former teacher.  He is also a talented artist.  I recommended another book of his in my earlier post.  The Monster who ate my Socks solves the age old riddle of why my socks have holes in them and go missing.  This would have been useful info when I was 7.  I love his illustrations in this book, very detailed and great texture.  They come across very well on my Kindle Fire HD.

P.S. The Monster Who Ate My Socks 2 is now out.

Also follow AJ on Twitter.

How to be a Superhero

This book was written by high school student Rachel Yu, and published by her dad.  Rachel has many books out and I first thought she made the illustrations herself.  But I learned that she hires out the illustrations.  This the story of a slightly arrogant superhero explaining the rough life of a superhero.  A wonderfully silly story.

All of her books seem to rank fairly high in the Amazon Kindle store, as in the 1,000 to 9,000 range.  The sequel to this book, which I have not read, How to be a Super Villain, spent the 2011 Holiday Season outselling Watchman and Batman.

Rachel was 16 when that book hit the best seller’s list.

SIX-TEEN.

Welcome to the 21st Century.

I am happy to be here.

Recommended Indie books

Since getting a Kindle I’ve discovered some indie published books that are very enjoyable.  Despite not being published by one of the Big 6.  (I know…gasp…)  So I’m thinking from time to time I will share indie books I like, and in particular children’s and teenager books.

A Place Called Perfect

This book was featured along with Seven Lions on Freebooksy.  It is the debut book from Helena Duggan, an Irish writer and graphic designer.  It is a very vivid and fast paced book, about a place that goes to extraordinary lengths to make sure everything is “Perfect”.  After emailing her I learned that she was able to get some paper copies of her book into a local book store.  (Yes, I randomly email authors.  It’s the 21st century and the area of Choose Yourself.  If some doesn’t want to talk to me.  So what.)  Good for her.  I look forward to her next book.

The Little Bleeble

This is a short picture book by AJ Cosmo and I think this is his most recent release.  I was a little taken aback by how adorable I found this book.  It is the story of Mr. and Mrs. Beeble and their wish for a child.  Each parent dreams of how much the child will be like them, of course to only find out that the child is not exactly like them.  I have a one-year-old maybe I am just sensitive to a story like.  AJ also used to be a teacher, but he tweeted me that he no longer is teaching. (Yes, I randomly tweet people I want to meet.  See note above.)  He has several books out, and another book of his seems to be sitting high recently in the children’s category on Amazon.  Good for him.

And here is an article about the success of one of his books.

(While writing this post AJ tweeted that he had a new book out.  The Little Bleeble came out in March.  I hate AJ right now.)

Check out these books for your Kindle.  I hope to post more of these in the future.