Fun Spooky Books for Boys

It’s October . . . the perfect month to curl up by the fire and enjoy a spooky ghost story. Raymond Bial, noted Illinois children’s book author, is especially fond of the humorous tale, with restless ghosts haunting every old barn and overgrown cemetery . . . but also full of good messages about friendship, doing the right thing, helping… Read More

Raymond Bial book, Where Lincoln Walked, Selected for Illinois Reads Program

Congratulations to Raymond Bial, noted author of many nonfiction photo-documentary books for young readers, whose book Where Lincoln Walked was selected to the 2014 Illinois Reads program, a statewide reading initiative. As Bial says on his Facebook page: I was very pleased to learn that my children’s book Where Lincoln Walked has been selected for the Illinois Reads program: When… Read More

Warming Fires – Book of Short Stories Set in Wisconsin

[By Alissa Knop • For Immediate Release] If you’ve lived in the Midwest, these characters will be instantly familiar to you. Now in a second edition, Jeff Kunkel’s Warming Fires: Stories for All Seasons is back in print with an entertaining cast of Midwestern characters, with the bonus of a new story added to the collection. In this book of… Read More

Time of the Eagle – Kindle Edition Released

Crispin Books is pleased to announce release of Time of the Eagle: A Story of an Ojibwe Winter as a Kindle eBook. Time of the Eagle, by Stephanie Golightly Lowden, is a middle-grade historical novel about a winter survival trek by two young Native American (Ojibwe) siblings, a tale of courage and resourcefulness set in the fur-trade era of the… Read More

Jingo Fever now available as eBook

Did you know that Jingo Fever by Stephanie Lowden is now available as an eBook? You can get it from either Amazon (for Kindle readers) or Barnes & Noble (for Nook readers). Of course, it’s also available in the original trade softcover edition – the printed pages that require no electronic device to read! “Jingo Fever is a fine historical… Read More

Teachers Like New Jingo Fever Book

Here are a few recent comments from teachers about Stephanie Lowden’s new chapter book, Jingo Fever: One of the challenges in teaching is to use time effectively by finding materials that serve more than one purpose. Students who read Jingo Fever are provided with important background knowledge that enables understanding of complex historical events. Teachers can also find rich material for deep… Read More

Interview with Stephanie Lowden, Author of Jingo Fever

Here is an interview with Stephanie Golightly Lowden, author of Jingo Fever, our newest Crickhollow Book for young readers. Jingo Fever is a chapter book set in 1918 during World War I in a small town (Ashland, on Lake Superior) in northern Wisconsin. It deals with the effects of intolerance experienced by many German-Americans during the war. It’s a fascinating… Read More

Jingo Fever (New Chapter Book for Young Readers)

Our newest Crickhollow Books title is Jingo Fever. This is a middle-grade historical novel, set in 1918 during World War I on the homefront in a small town in northern Wisconsin. It deals in a quiet, thoughtful way with the effects of anti-ethnic bigotry (towards German-Americans) during wartime conflicts abroad. (And it has some clear parallels with modern-day issues involving… Read More

The Woman Who Walked Around Lake Michigan Featured at Lakefront Living Show

Loreen Niewenhuis, author of A 1,000-Mile Walk on the Beach: One Woman’s Trek of the Perimeter of Lake Michigan, will be a featured speaker at the Cottage & Lakefront Living show in Grand Rapids, Michigan this weekend (March 25–27). Loreen will present a talk each day (Friday, Saturday &  Sunday, see details on show website) . . . about her… Read More

Dripping Blood Cave – Best Title Ever!

Okay . . . we think this is the perfect title! Just in time for Halloween, Dripping Blood Cave and Other Ghostly Stories is a new collection of humorous ghost stories by noted children’s author Raymond Bial of Urbana, Illinois. Bial is the author of more than 100 books, including acclaimed photodocumentary books Amish Home, The Underground Railroad, Where Lincoln… Read More

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