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Children's Books

Here at City of Light, we know that lifelong readers begin their commitment to books during childhood. That’s why we strive to create meaningful, beautiful, and engaging books for children of all ages. (Yes, that means even after you’re technically an adult!)

New Releases & Forthcoming

The Mystery of the Barking Branches and the Sunken Ship, Book One of the Cayuga Island Kids series

$12.95$17.95 Available March 15, 2021.

Available now for pre-sale. Release date: March 15, 2021

What happens when a group of friends sets off on a hunt for a certain kind of tree and uncover a buried cannonball instead? Who knew that the island they live on is also home to a whole lot of history? And, it turns out, a whole lot of mystery, too…

Meet the Cayuga Island Kids! It’s summer vacation, and that means there’s plenty of time for a hunt, a mystery, and an exciting adventure. Are you ready? Open the book and join the fun. Find out what the Cayuga Island Kids are up to in this mystery story based on historical events on Cayuga Island near Niagara Falls!

Story by Judy Bradbury l  Illustrations by Gabriella Vagnoli

130 pages

ISBN: 978-1-952536-14-4 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-1-952536-16-8 (hardcover)

Check out the Cayuga Island Kid’s trailer:

Hello, I’m New Here | Hello, You’re New Here

$14.95$19.95 Available September 1, 2021.

Meet Habiba, Aleksander, Ma Talay, Elisa, and Dipesh. They have left everything they have ever known and arrived in a classroom in a new country. Meet Grace, Jaylyn, Cameron, Miguel, and Yu. They have never lived anywhere else. Hello, I’m New Here is the journey through the challenges that young refugees must navigate to find a sense of belonging in a new place. Flip it over and this two-books-in one also tells this story through the eyes of the students who welcome them in Hello, You’re New Here. In this Welcoming Story, all discover the power of embracing differences. Young refugees have traversed the world, escaped violence, and yet still struggle with the sense of identity forged in the way they dress and the foods they eat. The youngsters in this book encourage each other to be their unique and authentic selves. It is powerful for children to imagine themselves on both sides of this shared experience. It will elicit complex and important conversations with students of any age. Share this diverse book with your children and grandchildren, with your students and their teachers, and with your new neighbors. Experience the joy of feeling accepted and remember the power of Hello!

ISBN: 978-1-952536-28-1 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-1-952536-29-8 (hardcover)

Elinormal

$13.95 Available October 15, 2021.

While skipping lessons at the prestigious ballet academy that her mother forced her to enroll in, 11-year-old Elinor Malcolm meets Indira, a mysterious older girl who encourages her to explore her identity and expand her world. A touch of magical realism infuses their encounters and shapes their relationship. Indira’s influence helps Elinor find a path that ultimately is satisfying for both her and her mother. Friendship, family, identity, and the importance of honest communication and being true to oneself are interwoven themes that create a fascinating tapestry and a very compelling story.

ISBN: 978-1-952536-22-9 (softcover only)

 

The Adventure of the Big Fish by the Small Creek, Book Two of the Cayuga Island Kids series

$12.95$17.95 Available September 15, 2021.

It all begins one mid-summer day. First, the Cayuga Island Kids rescue a mallard caught in the plastic rings from six-pack of cans. Litter. Moments later, a girl on a bike carelessly tosses a plastic bottle in the creek. The Cayuga Island Kids successfully retrieve it, but then they notice all the litter in the park. That’s when they decide it’s time for action. But moving from knowing something has to be done to getting it done takes determination, teamwork, and sometimes, looking in a new direction. How the Cayuga Island Kids go from fishing a plastic bottle out of the creek to bringing the community together to build a recycling bin big enough to hold plenty of plastic makes for a lively adventure. Best of all, readers will cheer on the Cayuga Island Kids as they come to realize that although we are each just one person, together we can make a BIG difference.

ISBN: 978-1-952536-17-5 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-1-952536-18-2 (hardcover)