The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale Author: Melissa Harker Ridenour Illustrator: Shaun Crum

Bullying is a silent pandemic threat. The statistics on bullying in our schools, communities, and on the Internet are alarming. I would like to announce the release of my new children’s book that addresses this increasing concern, offering solutions for children, parents and schools alike.


The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale is not only a fun and imaginative school story about a big bully, the kids he picks on, and a little boy robot who tries to lead the charge to stop the bullying problem in their school, but it is also an informational book. It includes two sections of researched and effective strategies and resources for children, parents, and teachers to help them better deal with today’s ever-increasing bullying problem.

The book is available now in paperback and Kindle on Amazon and also in paperback and Nook on Barnes and Noble and in paperback format on Books-A-Million. It is also available in the Ingrams and Baker & Taylor catalogues.

See The Bully and The Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale listed on the popular Book Club Reading List website.

Read my Author Interview with the Book Club Reading List. 

Read the excellent Readers' Favorite review for The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale. In addition, the book is listed as a recommended resource by the Brookline Parent Education Network.

Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes, is now in paperback and e-book formats through Amazon,Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Milion.




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Read the excellent five-starred review of Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes posted by Readers' Favorite.and see its listing on the prestigious Book Club Reading List.



Amazing Adventures in Shelby’s Shoes


Playing dress-up in her mother's shoes, Shelby's imagination takes her all over the world.  But she comes to realize that she has the power to make her own dreams come true.


Written in fun rhyming verse and, with a chapter of information on achieving Girl Power for parents to share, this is a lighthearted book of empowerment for children.


Colorfully illustrated by Veronica Castle, the book is published by Crimson Cloak Publishing.


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Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children’s Tales of Fright and Delight, by Melissa Harker Ridenour,is a collection of ghost stories targeted to upper elementary to middle school age students, as well as teens. The collection is divided into three parts. Part one, Scary Ghosts, offers three stories about scarier haunting experiences that are guaranteed to give readers just the right amount of fright. They are a little scary, but “not too scary.” Part two, Playful Ghosts, offers three stories about more mischievous ghosts that will delight young readers. Part three is called Do Ghosts Really Exist? It offers researched evidence claims of both believers and non-believers in the existence of ghosts.


The book was published on September 1, 2015 by Crimson Cloak Publishing and was illustrated by Veronica Castle.  It is now available on Amazon and Books-a-Million, , Barnes & Noble, and Apple, and many other online outlets in both paperback and e-book formats.




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