Rick and Erica Bergh

BERGH ER12 Rick and Erica Bergh

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Mr. Lumberjack is a children’s book for ages 5-9 (illustrations by Franceska Dnestrianschii)

Quick description: Mr. Lumberjack is horrified when he discovers his forest in a shambles. A journey takes him to the culprit and a surprise ending that leads to a valuable lesson about being a steward of the environment. Includes a free sing-a-long song.


Brief biography:
Rick Bergh has been telling children’s stories all his life – first to his own four children and now to his grandchildren. They are the inspiration behind many of his heart-warming and humorous tales.

Erica Phare-Bergh is an accomplished choral conductor, music educator and pianist. Her original songs that accompany these books include excerpts from classical composers in order to familiarize children with that genre of music.

Links to buy the Berghs’ book:
Mr. Lumberjack is available on Amazon.ca and Indigo online platforms as well as in select Chapter’s bookstores in Calgary.

The Berghs’ promo links:
Email: sunshine (at) songwitheverystory.com

What are you working on now?
Our next children’s book is entitled The Stretchy Cheese Pizza. It’s based on an experience that our young grandson, Connor, had when making a pizza with him mom. When she left Connor for a moment, he dumped the entire package of cheese on top of the pizza despite a warning not to do so.

What ensues in our children’s book is the crazy adventure that the cheese takes Connor on when it explodes out of the oven and all over the neighborhood.

The Berghs’ reading recommendation:
I’m really trying to figure out how to best promote our books and have enjoyed Michael Hyatt’s book, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.

Betty Jane Hegerat Recommends Glen Huser


Book title and author:
Time for Flowers Time for Snow
Written by Glen Huser
Illustrated by Philippe Béhe
Music by Giannis Georgantelis

What genre is it?
A children’s book—the retelling of a myth— but one that will surely delight all ages.


Quick description:
Time for Flowers Time for Snow is the retelling of the myth of Demeter and Perspephone. This book is the collaboration of author and lyricist, Glen Huser, composer and director Giannis Georgantelis and a choir of more than 180 Quebec children, and the Orchestre Symphonique Pop de Montréal. Illustrations are by Philippe Béha. The book includes a CD of the music, and narration by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame. The book is an enchanted telling of the myth in narrative and song. As well as the story of Demeter and Persephone it is a contemplation of why seasons change; the cycles of plenty and scarcity, and joy and sorrow.

Far more than a children’s book, this is a work of multi-disciplinary art of the highest calibre.

Why I recommend this book:
Everything about Time for Flowers Time for Snow delights me. I believe the best of books for children are equally appealing to adults and beg to be read aloud and shared. This book has the added eloquence of song—opera by children. I recommend it because I want it in my own library and I want to give it to every special child in my life.

Links for people to buy it:
Always, I recommend that readers first seek books from local independent booksellers who are usually delighted to order the book if they do not have in stock.
Online: Amazon
Tradewind Books

HEGERAT BR09Guest reviewer’s latest title or project:
My newest title Odd One Out (Oolichan Books) is a book for young teens to be released this spring 2016. Betty Jane Hegerat has been featured a number of times on Reading Recommendations, most recently announcing this new about-to-be-published book she mentions.

Sharon Clark – an update on two new books for children

Sharon Clark was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in May, 2014. She is back now to tell us about the publication of two new children’s books!

A Strange Guest in an Ant's Nest

A Strange Guest in An Ant’s Nest
written by Sharon Clark
illustrated by Roberto Gonzalez
Genre: Children’s picture book

A Strange Guest in an Ant's Nest-4This picture book will delight children between the ages of 5 to 9. It is told in a unique story format from the perspective of Amber, a meadow ant. Children will learn some fascinating facts and behaviours of this type of ant, as the story unfolds.

Amber has recently emerged from her cocoon and is amazed at her surroundings. She quickly learns how to help with various duties. She carries eggs to warm and dry locations within the nest and helps to feed growing larvae.A Strange Guest in an Ant's Nest-3

One day she needs to leave her nest to bring back food – the consequence of an ant battle. Most of her trips to and from the nest are uneventful. But one of them is different. She encounters a large and different creature that frightens her. Amber fills the air with alarm scents to call for help from other workers. But when they arrive, they don’t attack. Instead, they do something strange – they transport this odd creature into their nest.

A Strange Guest in an Ant's Nest-2This picture book illustrates how insects that are very different from one another can live together in harmony. Their peaceful co-existence benefits both species. Kids can draw on their example. This story will encourage children to embrace the differences of others. It will help kids to understand that people of other cultures, religions and races enrich our lives in many ways. Without them, we would never have the opportunity to experience their delicious foods, unique music and art, or their interesting ideas.

The Caterpillar That Learned to Fly

The Caterpillar That Learned to Fly
written by Sharon Clark
illustrated by Roberto Gonzalez
Genre: Children’s picture book

The Caterpillar That Learned to Fly-2This picture book will delight children between the ages of 5 to 9. It is told in a unique story format from the perspective of Cutter a caterpillar. Children will learn fascinating facts about this caterpillar as the story unfolds. They will also discover the amazing transformation of one caterpillar into a butterfly.

Cutter is a caterpillar that eats, grows and sheds his outer skin a number of times. Although he lives a simple life on milkweed leaves, it often is filled with danger. The Caterpillar That Learned to Fly-3

A few weeks later he feels different, and he senses that he needs a very long rest. This time, as he hangs upside-down on the stalk of a milkweed leaf, great changes occur to his body. Cutter transforms into Flutter, a beautiful Monarch butterfly. The Caterpillar That Learned to Fly-4

He wastes no time in exploring a vast new world that he never knew existed. This book will let kids see how wondrous the natural world can be. It will also encourage them to follow Flutter’s example and discover what is beyond the world they are familiar with.

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Where to buy Sharon’s books:
AmazonA Strange Guest in an Ant’s Nest
AmazonThe Caterpillar That Learned to Fly

Thomas Wharton – an update on a new children’s book

Thomas Wharton was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in August 2014, and is back now to tell us of a new illustrated book for children he has just published!


Rutherford the Time-Travelling Moose
written by Thomas Wharton
illustrated by Amanda Schutz
Hardcover, ISBN: 978-0-9948434-2-5, 32 Pages
Contact Information: info (at) rutherfordhouse.ca

Robin had no idea that a trip to Rutherford House with her grandma would lead to an adventure with a time-travelling moose! Come with Robin and Rutherford as they journey through Edmonton’s history, from the ice age to the present day, and discover how our city has changed through time. This 32-page adventure visits such sites as Rutherford House, the Alberta Legislature, Strathcona Library, Princess Theatre, the High Level Bridge and Garneau Theatre.

Available to purchase from:
Rutherford House – The Lilac Tree Gift Shop
11153 Saskatchewan Drive

Audrey’s Books
10702 Jasper Avenue

Tix on the Square
9930-102 Avenue NW

Carbon Environmental Boutique
12543-102 Avenue NW

Nicholas C. Rossis – an update on a new book for children

Nicholas C. Rossis was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in October 2014 and is back now to tell us about a new illustrated children’s book for which he has written the text.


text by Nicholas C. Rossis
illustrations by Demitris Fousekis

Purchase copies here

Let’s Face the Music and . . . Conduct

A group of animals has evolved into musical instruments. Or is it the other way around? Whichever the case, they have now formed their own little village: Musiville. And bands. Lots and lots of bands. When everyone starts playing their own tune, buildings get torn down by an invader. Can Musiville be saved from this unexpected threat?

Here is Musiville, in all its glory. I think you’ll agree that Dimitris Fousekis did a amazing job with the illustrations, and Alexios Saskalidis a great job with DTP. I hope you enjoy it! This is the perfect opportunity to step into the world of Niditales – my award-winning children’s books series.

Musiville is the second children’s book of Nicholas C. Rossis. Until the year’s end, you can read it in its entirety for free on Nicholas’ blog. The first book, Runaway Smile: An unshared smile is a wasted smile is also available. You can check it out on Runaway Smile’s page.

Nicholas C. Rossis Recommends Charles E. Yallowitz

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Legends of Windemere: Beginning of a Hero by Charles E. Yallowitz

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Quick description:
Luke Callindor was born into Windemere’s most decorated family of adventurers. Since his birth, he has been treated with the greatest amount of respect and awe. Now, with a lifetime of training and the reckless cockiness of youth, Luke sets out to prove that he deserves the admiration that comes from being a Callindor.

Soon, he finds himself in over his head and constantly in trouble, until he realizes that the only things he has on his side are some new friends and his unwavering courage.

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Why I recommend this book:
Yallowitz weaves an intricate plot that begins with Beginning of a Hero and already spans half a dozen books. He has plans for publishing a total of 15 books! His world is richly detailed, but it’s the characterization that makes his books an exciting read. More than anything, his characters are three dimensional. They bleed, laugh, suffer and make mistakes. In a sense, the major plot of story is not as important as the subplots that force the characters to mature along their path. These focuses make his books relatively quick reads and help them appeal to a wide audience. For more information about Charles, visit his website, The Legends of Windemere.

Links to purchase Charles’s book:

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Guest reviewer’s latest title or project:
Nicholas Rossis lives in Greece, is the author of an epic fantasy series, Pearseus, has also published The Power of Six, a collection of short sci-fi stories, and was previously featured on Reading Recommendations in Oct. 2014.

Runaway Smile: An unshared smile is a wasted smile is his most recent publication. It’s an illustrated children’s book you may currently read free online.