My Secret Book Jungle

Books for Children

About


About
My Secret Book Jungle was created to showcase Michele L. Medlyn children's books without all the distraction of the millions of other wonderful children's books available in the worldwide marketplace.  To purchase, just click on the "Click here to purchase" above the synopsis of the story and you'll be taken to the Amazon website.  Simple.  Don't forget to write a review!

We hope you enjoy your experience here!

Meet the Author


MICHELE L. MEDLYN

Michele was born in Mesa, Arizona. She has 7 great-granddaughters, 11 grandchildren and 4 daughters. She has high hopes of filling their personal libraries with fun stories to last a lifetime. Having an active imagination as a child, Michele spent her childhood "pretending" with her best friend, playing cowboys and Indians, spies, dolls and anything else they could think of. Over the years, Michele doodled pictures and penned poetry for both adults and children, usually with some humor involved or a twist at the end. Michele discovered she also had a talent for music at the age of 12, and she spent much of her teenage years playing the violin and singing with a trio. The young trio found some popularity in their community and also performed on a local television show, competing in a talent competition up against none other than the now famous entertainer Wayne Newton, who was a young teenager himself at the time, singing locally with his brother, Jerry. Although writing is her current focus, Michele continues to sing whenever the opportunity arises and now enjoys the opportunity to direct her church choir as well. Michele retired in 2018 as a legal assistant after 40 years and spends much of her free time writing.

Cookies for Breakfast?


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Bennie can't wait to run to the park to play with his friends. He quickly dresses in his favorite t-shirt and shorts, and rushes down to breakfast.  After rushing through his favorite breakfast (his first surprise of the day), Mom offers him a cookie - something she has never allowed at breakfast before (his second surprise). It's just the beginning of a day full of surprises. But when Bennie returns home, he discovers the biggest surprise of all!  Ages 5-10.  Sold at Amazon and Barnes and Noble online.
Cookies for Breakfast?

Max's first adventure


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Max finds the back gate open and decides it’s a good time to visit his grandma. She lives across town, but Max knows the way. On his journey he meets several friends, which slows him down getting to his grandma’s house. He has a wonderful day, but then has to hurry home before it gets too late. He arrives to finds his worried Mama waiting for him.
Max's first adventure

What Do You Mean I'm A Frog?


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Freddy loves his mom and dad. He just doesn't believe that he is a frog, like them. His friends compliment him all the time, but Freddy thinks they are just teasing. When Freddy's dad takes him to the pond for a father-son talk, he comes to realize that he is indeed a beautiful green frog -- with a special purpose in the woods. Lesson learned: Be proud of who you are.
What Do You Mean I'm A Frog?

The Short & Sweet Collection of Nighty-Night Poems


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Every child enjoys a good bedtime story that leaves them feeling happy, loved and ready for sleep. From silly monkeys to hide-and-seek to shadows on the wall, fun in the rain, and more, topped off with a sweet goodnight poem, this little collection will fill those needs and desires.  The pages are filled with colorful illustrations to capture their attention and imagination. The entire book is short enough to read all of the poems just before bedtime -- or pick just one. "Nighty-Night Poems" will sing them to sleep with the rhythmic cadence of poetry and bring them the warmth and comfort they love.
The Short &  Sweet Collection of Nighty-Night Poems

If I Were A Mermaid


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Dreams come true for a little girl as she takes her adventures into the sea, greeting and playing with the amazing creatures that live there. After a wonderful day learning about life under the sea, playing with the dolphins and visiting giant clams and manatees, she realizes it's time to go home to Mommy, Daddy and her friends on land, where she truly belongs. Rhyming story perfect for 1-10.  Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble online, iTunes and many other bookstores around the world.
If I Were A Mermaid

Holy Little Lamb, A Christmas Story


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Malachi has overheard the other shepherds talk about visiting the newborn Christ Child who has been born in Bethlehem. He knows that he must go with them, despite his father's instructions to stay behind to tend the sheep. Malachi's journey goes awry when he loses sight of the shepherds up ahead and ends up getting lost. With help from above, he completes his journey, an experience he will never forget.
Holy Little Lamb, A Christmas Story

Trymbl: The Secret of the Golden Amulet


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Trymbl is a 700+ year old man, who obviously has quite a story to tell. His journey begins when his mother sends him to the village of Mistmere to purchase some eggs so she can bake some custard for their evening meal. When he disobeys his father and turns off the path to the village to explore the Whispering Woods, his entire life is changed after he finds an old charm covered in dried mud. Local bullies try to take the charm from him, however, strange things begin to happen. Funny and exciting!  Perfect for chapter book young readers (10-13)
Trymbl: The Secret of the Golden Amulet

Harry's Whoppers


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Harry Whitman loves basketball, playing with his friends and telling outrageous stories. When his new third grade teacher, Mr. Wetzle, gives the class an assignment to write a paper titled "What I Did This Summer,” Harry decides to put some fun into the otherwise boring assignment with his whopper of a story!
Harry's Whoppers

When I Grow Up


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"You can grow up to be anything you want to be, Daniel," his dad said.  Now the problem is: What does Daniel want to be?  There are so many choices.  Daniel carefully reviews what he might be when he grows up.  When he suddenly realizes that he can be anything and everything with one choice, Daniel makes his final decision.
When I Grow Up

Reviews


Kathy B.:

"Nighty-Night Poems" Super adorable book for my Grandkids. They also love her book, "If I Were A Mermaid."

Kathy B.
     

Joyce S.:

"If I Were A Mermaid" Each page has delightful, charming characters so beautifully illustrated. The story is sweet, and what I liked best was the way it encourages a child's' creativity imagination! Darling book to add to your collection! I'm keeping one, and sending others to the grandchildren!

Joyce S.
     

Misty Selvidge:

"If I Were A Mermaid" This book to so cute! I love the pictures and how the story rhymes! I personally know the author and she is awesome!! I have 5 girls and of course they all love mermaids!!

Misty Selvidge
     

Rebecca Maxwell:

"If I Were A Mermaid" Adorable! Very cute book. Well written and illustrated. My grand daughters have this book at their other grandparents house and now at mine too. We all took turns reading it to each other when they last visited.

Rebecca Maxwell
     

Kimberly Ross:

"Nighty-Night Poems" This is a sweet book to read to the Grandkids at night. Love this book and this author!

Kimberly Ross
     

Kathy B.:

"If I Were A Mermaid" Quick easy read. Keeps kids attention with great illustrations and rhyming. We all love it and hope she comes out with more.

Kathy B.
     

Kimberly Ross:

"If I Were A Mermaid" I bought a couple for my grand daughters and they absolutely loved it. Great illustrations and great story.

Kimberly Ross
     

Andrea Rice:

"If I Were A Mermaid" Excellent! An excellent addition to any mermaid's library!

Andrea Rice
     

Jo Ellen Guthrie:

"Cookies for Breakfast?" Michele! I just listened to your interview and it was great! I'm getting online and ordering books right now. Next meeting I'll bring them for your autograph. You read it so well. 😊 I was impressed when you talked about being accepted by a publisher with your first 2 books. I think that sparks confidence in people looking to buy books for their children." Well done! Jo Ellen

Jo Ellen Guthrie
     

Dani Wever:

"If I Were A Mermaid" Great Children's Book. Loved the book! Great idea! My classroom will love it! ❤️❤️

Dani Wever
     

Aaron C. Yeagle:Book Review Universe

"“What Do You Mean I’m a Frog?” is a lilypad-leaping tale of learning to accept oneself .. warts and all! I believe everyone’s had the same feelings as Freddy; dreaming of being someone else, of wanting to have or be something special. But, just like Freddy, we learn that what we are IS special and perfect. Perfectly illustrated and a clear story take this beyond typical children’s books. It’s best used as a read-to book in my view. Recommended."

Official Review
Aaron C. Yeagle

Kathy:

"If I Were A Mermaid" Keeps little ones attention. Beautifully illustrated and written! Granddaughter loved the book!

Kathy
     

Kim Ross:

"Cookies for Breakfast?" It is full of wonderful, colorful pictures that kids love! My granddaughter loved this book. She asked me to read it twice in a row.

Kim Ross

Anonymous:

"If I Were A Mermaid" Get this book like now! My daughter's absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I highly recommend it. 5 stars!!!

Anonymous
     

Kimberly Ross:- Copy

"Trymbl: The Secret of the Golden Amulet" This is a great book for young teens. My granddaughter started reading it and loves it. I love this author for children's books!

Kimberly Ross
     

Aaron Yeagle:Book Review Universe

"Cookies for Breakfast?" is loads of fun, even for an adult! I must admit to thinking those were “happy cookies” Bernie ate (if you know what I mean.) The most important element I find in Michele’s books for children is these aren’t your “See Dick and Jane” books. The style is very mature, it doesn’t talk down to children; the grammar includes much more complex sentences and words than books typical for the genre. This really means these books seem to be written for reading and reacting WITH your children. This, to me, is very important. The plot itself … well, I don’t want to give it away, let me just hint … The 9th season of Dallas.

Official Review:
Aaron Yeagle
     

Book in the Works: "Lula's Luck"

Check It Out Today!

Read Chapter 1 on ChapterBuzz at http://www.chapterbuzz.com/author/mmedlyn

Thoughts


"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his needs, is good for him." —Maya Angelou

"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book." —Frank Serafini

"One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children." —Carl Sagan
Thoughts

Michele's Author Friends & Their Children's Books


Cason Smithson

Cason fostered a love for writing and drawing at a very early age. Between Mickey Mouse Golden Books, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, he gained a sense for the rhythm of a story and the impact of illustrations. It wasn’t until he began attending high school that he truly developed a motivation to write and illustrate professionally. He went on to be published multiple times in his school magazines, with both his short stories and his artwork. His story Secrets of the Grand Canyon was selected as a winner in the local Centennial Voices 2012 magazine. Pursuing degrees in creative writing and graphic design, he began experimenting with digital and charcoal art in addition to his initial pen and pencil sketches. This led him to obtain a job working as a graphic designer for an online company that developed website banners, logos, and podcast covers for various online businesses. Cason is currently attending ASU, continuing his major in creative writing and graphic design.

Raul Jimenez

Raul Jimenez, co-creator of Chicano Jr., is a writer from Tampico Tamaulipas, Mexico. He is in his early 30's and writes often about Mexico. For the parents interested in Mexican culture, you can find his book on Mexican Slang "Mexislang" (=18) on Amazon or Audible, as well as "The Gringo Guide to Moving to Mexico," a guide with all the necessary information for living in Mexico.

Heidi Bartle

Heidi is grateful to devote most of her life to mothering five energetic children. After marrying her wonderful husband, Garry, she graduated from Brigham Young University, where she studied and worked in the health science field. Heidi accompanies a women's singing group and plays volleyball for fun. She recently summited Pikes Peak, the 14-er closest to her home in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Heidi and Garry also run a non-profit organization called For the Love that supports foster children in their city.

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Prayers in the Night


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As night descends on the forest, a wolf, milking cow, and little boy are struck with fear. With no light and no hope, each turns to Heavenly Father for help. Told in rhyme, this poignant picture book teaches that when the darkness comes, if only you'll pray with all your might, the Lord will come near and send you His light.
Prayers in the Night

Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy


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Everyone feels sad sometimes. And that’s okay!

When Cassy and a Happy named Wink are bullied by a mischievous Wind Spirit, their fun day of playing with blocks soon becomes a race to save their happiness.

Wink quickly turns from gleeful to gloomy and Cassy seeks out the help of her friends. But when things don't go according to plan, Cassy must learn that trying to make someone happy, isn't always the best way to help. Sometimes, it’s okay to just be sad.

This simple, yet powerful story illustrates the importance of facing our sadness, and learning to embrace it, rather than erase it. Wonderfully illustrated, and told at an easy to read pace, this book will teach young readers and adults alike how to pay attention to their sadness and give their happiness some time to rest. Through the example of a kitten and her Happy, we can learn that allowing ourselves time to cry, may just be the secret to feeling true joy.
Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy

When Mommy Feels Sad: A Mother's Journey Through Depression


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When Mommy Feels Sad captures one mother's journey through depression. Her steps toward recovery include self care, doctors, medication, and a therapist. She explores her feelings and actions and their impact on her family. The story's resolution is not one of healing, but of hope. Parents, teachers, school counselors, physicians, and therapists can use When Mommy Feels Sad as a vehicle for discussing and understanding depression. It can give children and adults alike a vocabulary to describe this mental illness and normalize the experience for everyone involved. Each page can spark a meaningful conversation.



When Mommy Feels Sad: A Mother's Journey Through Depression

Chicano Jr's Mexican Adventure


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Easy and Fun Spanish Learning For Children And Children At Heart.
From Raúl Jiménez, the writer of the Amazon Best Sellers “Mexislang” and “The Gringo Guide To Moving To Mexico”, here comes the brand new bilingual children’s book with a Mexican-American kid as the main character.

Chicano Jr. is a young boy with Mexican roots, who has lived his whole life in the US, and is travelling to Mexico for the very first time to meet his grandparents.

Experience Chicano's adventures as well as his cultural shock in this book for children and children at heart, and marvel at the beautiful crayon-like cartoony art-style by Mexican Illustrator, Felipe Vasconcelos.
Chicano Jr's Mexican Adventure

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  • Mesa, Arizona, United States