My Secret Book Jungle

A Showcase for New Authors and Their Children's Books

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About Us
My Secret Book Jungle was created for new authors to showcase their amazing children's books without all the distraction of the millions of other wonderful children's books available in the worldwide marketplace.  We make it easier for you to find these awesome treasures.  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.  

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Meet Our Authors


MICHELE L. MEDLYN

Michele was born in Mesa, Arizona. She currently 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.

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CASON SMITHSON

Cason is known by most as a teddy bear, but can often be mistaken for a sheep when he goes too long without a haircut. Writing and drawing have been a part of his life from 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.

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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.

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RAUL JIMENEZ

Raúl Jiménez, 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.

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 Holy Little Lamb, A Christmas Story

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 Chicano Jr's Mexican Adventure

What Do You Mean I'm A Frog?


What Do You Mean I'm A Frog? What Do You Mean I'm A Frog? 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.

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 When I Grow Up

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 Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy

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? Cookies for Breakfast?

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 The Short &  Sweet Collection of Nighty-Night Poems

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 Prayers in the Night

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 If I Were A Mermaid

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

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 Trymbl: The Secret of the Golden Amulet

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.

Caralee Frederic, LCSW, CGT, SRT:

"When Mommy Feels Sad" With over 25 years of working with clients of all ages who have experienced depression, I have heard repeatedly the need to "de-stigmatize" depression. Most of us will struggle with it at one time or another. Heidi's book does just that! The simplicity and directness of her style make it easy for children to understand something that might otherwise be scary as they watch a parent or loved one struggle. Adults will also be drawn to her straightforward and gentle explanation of what it's like to be a typical mom who struggles with depression. What a great way to open a conversation about a difficult struggle, and to help loved ones better understand. Grab your copy today and start the conversation!

Caralee Frederic, LCSW, CGT, SRT

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

Barbara Murray, LCSW, Author of "Taking Back Parenting":

"When Mommy Feels Sad" is a MUST READ! Finally, a book that offers clear and simple ways for children to understand what depression is and how it can impact family relationships. Heidi Bartle offers understanding, hope and a safe place for kids to begin asking questions about depression. There is no other children's book on depression like it!

Barbara Murray, LCSW, Author of "Taking Back Parenting"

Jim R. Jacobs, LCSW, Author of "Driving Lessons For Life: Thoughts on Navigating Your Road to Personal Growth":

"When Mommy Feels Sad" Depression is real! Depression is hard! It hurts individuals AND families. Heidi has found a way to help children understand what depression really is, how it affects others, and how to get hope. Every home should have this book to help kids understand depression too!

Jim R. Jacobs, LCSW, Author of "Driving Lessons For Life: Thoughts on Navigating Your Road to Personal Growth"

Andrea Rice:

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

Andrea Rice

Richard:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" An incredibly beautiful story with a wonderful lesson. There really isn't very much more to say about it. This story is beautiful beyond words. Cason Smithson is a great author with awesome stories that leave you feeling much happier than when you began. Expect great things from him.

Richard

Dani Wever:

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

Dani Wever

Chris Kontos:

"Chicano Jr." A bite-sized delight! And it seems this is only the beginning! This is definitely my most favorite work of Raul and Felipe as they have crafted the most charming bilingual journey to Mexico. This first book sets up the very first glimpse of what is to come, an "origin story", if you'd like! I can't wait for more Chicano Jr.!

Chris Kontos

Jason:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" Much more than a simple story. I loved this book. It has great, colorful pictures with cute characters that all good children's books need, but it is so much more than that. It has a wonderful message, too. In a clear and simple way it teaches about addressing feelings of sadness and not ignoring them. After we finished reading the book, it lead to a discussion with my children about feelings. I highly recommend this book to anyone, young or old. It is an enjoyable book for all ages with an important message.

Jason

BrookeLynne:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" Teaches dealing with emotions healthily. I love this book for the bright colored characters and a story that has just enough to keep me, the parent wanting to turn the page without boring the kids (that can be a hard balance to reach these days). I also appreciate the lesson and reminder that it's good to be sad sometimes. I look forward to reading it with my kids often.

BrookeLynne

Sarah:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" Being sad can be a way to rest. This book had a fun little journey about trying to feel happy again when you are sad. I really like it, and I especially liked the end. It was very insightful saying that being sad is OK, sometimes it's a way to rest. It's true, we can't be happy 100% of the time. I like how it helps put that in a way kids can understand.

Sarah

Kathy:

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

Kathy

Sierra W.:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" Great message: sadness is ok! This story has a great message about accepting sad moments and the connection between sadness and happiness. It also has expressive, engaging illustrations and some really cute, creative touches.

Sierra W.

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

Anonymous:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" Great little book! This is a really cute children's book with a great message. It was captivating and interesting to read even for an adult. I thought the ending was just a little rushed, but overall a great little book!

Anonymous

Sara Ruiz:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" It's okay to Feel...such a simple yet important lesson to be taught. This is a great childrens book. It's never too early to teach our children that it's okay to walk through our "feelings". The good and the bad. Looking forward to more from Cason and this series of books!

Sara Ruiz

AZGal4:

"Chicano Jr." Fun book. I love how it has the text in both English and Spanish. The illustrations are a fun style and I enjoyed this book!

AZGal4

Debra G. Spilsbury:

"Prayers in the Night" Very uplifting. This is a beautiful story! The artwork is incredible and the message is what everyone needs to hear. It is a powerful story about relying on prayer to get you through hard times. God answers prayers and this will help everyone see that. A beautiful story that I am excited for all my children to grow up reading and loving.

Debra G. Spilsbury

Dean Brinkerhoff:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" CREATIVE AND SWEET. This short story is detailed and full of heart. It's a fun escape with creative characters and beautiful art. A sweet tale is found in this book and should be in every family's home.

Dean Brinkerhoff

Anonymous:

"Prayers in the Night" Great book. Read it to my family and they loved it. Then brought it to work and it put a team member in tears (in a good way). Very well organized book with meaning and great illustrations.

Anonymous

Anonymous:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" Great Feel Good Story. This book is an awesome uplifting story! The illustrations are so cute and it is such a fun book for me and my kids!

Anonymous

Becky Crowther:

"Prayers in the Night" Heart warming!! Such a heart warming reminder that we are not alone. That prayers are heard. Simple for young hearts to remember to pray!!

Becky Crowther

Anonymous:

"Cassy and the Un-Happy Happy" Cute, heartfelt children's story. This storey is so cute. My nieces and nephews loved it! It has a good theme letting the reader know it is okay to be sad.

Anonymous

Naji Haddad:

"Prayers in the Night" Faith serves all equally. I like the author's portrayal of how faith helps a predator, a prey, and an innocent child similarly. Great illustration and captured my child's attention while at the same time delivering the message.

Naji Haddad

Hayden McDaniel:

"Chicano Jr." Cute drawings and fun to read! I'm learning Spanish and teaching my daughter. This is such a cute little book! We love reading it!!

Hayden McDaniel

Kaylie Sommers:

"Prayers in the Night" Very uplifting. This is a beautiful story! The artwork is incredible and the message is what everyone needs to hear. It is a powerful story about relying on prayer to get you through hard times. God answers prayers and this will help everyone see that. A beautiful story that I am excited for all my children to grow up reading and loving.

Kaylie Sommers

Aviva Gittle Publishin:

"Chicano Jr." Nice story of discovering your roots. I enjoyed this bilingual story of a little boy who visits his grandparents in Mexico for the first time. The illustrations are unique; I love how the characters were drawn. It also shows that traditions can be shared even when the same language is not. Recommended.

Anonymous:

"When Mommy Feels Sad" Perfect for parents who suffer from depression!!! The author of this book did an excellent job of explaining depression to kids and frankly, adults too. When someone suffers from it, it's not their fault and help is available! Thank you for this book!

Anonymous

Carrie Griffiths:

"Prayers in the Night" My kids love it. This is a cute little book for teaching children about prayer and heavenly father answering our prayers. My kids love the cute pictures and adorable little story.

Carrie Griffiths

Gabriela:

"Chicano Jr." Loving Chicano Jr!!! This book is absolute awesome, the story behind Chicano Jr. and his family it's really lovely and learning Mexican Culture is so much fun through the adventures of little Chicano Jr., there are a lot of details about all Mexican stuff and how is to live in Mexico. I really enjoyed reading this great book! Highly recommended for your kids or for you!!

Gabriela

Lincoln Poore:

"Prayers in the Night" I loved this book!!!! This book has a dr. Seuss like rhythm. It teaches lessons that even adults need reminding of, and the illustrations are wonderful!!! I am definitely glad I purchased this book. Does anyone know of some other books from this author?

Lincoln Poore

Aaron Everitt:

"Prayers in the Night" What a wonderful book! This is a great book with wonderful life lessons for kids to learn!

Aaron Everitt

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

Emily J:

"Chicano Jr." A really good book. A beautiful story so familiar to people from all backgrounds. A gorgeous ode to Mexico which my little girl really enjoyed.

Emily J

Sarah Busby:

"When Mommy Feels Sad" I loved this book! It was beautifully written and illustrated. It does an excellent job of explaining depression and acknowledging the impact it has on the family. I highly recommend this book for parents who have suffered with depression, as well as children who may have parent with depression. It is positive and uplifting, a wonderful way to open up dialogue with children about something that is not always easy to understand or discuss!!

Sarah Busby

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."

Aaron C. Yeagle

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

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