Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Harriet Can Carry It Launch Party: Part 2!

Everyone at Star Bright Books would like to extend our warmest thanks to anyone who attended the launch party for Harriet Can Carry It at the Old Town Newhall Library on November 1! To hear that almost 100 people were in attendance at the event is incredibly exciting and inspiring, and we greatly appreciate the support.

The event included a talk by the author about his journey as an author, the author's performance of his very own super-fun Harriet song, a silly auction, as well as the celebration of Harriet Can Carry It and all of its wonderful merit. For those who were unable to attend, no need to feel down; here are some awesome pictures of the event to lift you up!

Thank you Kirk Jay Mueller for putting together this awesome event and thank you everyone, once again, for your attendance and ongoing support of our book.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More Exciting News for Harriet Can Carry It!

Online book reviewer Jen Robinson has written a wonderful review of Harriet Can Carry It on her website, Newly available in both hardcover and paperback formats, Star Bright Books is very excited about the warm reception that Harriet is already garnering from readers. 
With careful attention to detail, Ms. Robinson highlights elements of the plot, the descriptive writing and vocabulary, the illustrations, and the book’s animal glossary as some of the book's best aspects.  Also commenting on the experience of reading Harriet, Ms. Robinson writes:  Harriet Can Carry It is an entertaining picture book that introduces kids to marsupials in a light, yet memorable manner. It would make a fun read-aloud for schools or libraries." 

Here at Star Bright, we are very delighted to see words such "memorable" and "fun" appear in reviews of this title. In addition to the lessons that we hope Harriet will convey to its young readers (one of which Ms. Robinson comments on in her description of "the idea that it is ok to say no when people are making unreasonable requests"), it is one of our deepest wishes that this book, and others, will inspire readers to pursue reading as an activity that brings enjoyment, fun, and happy memories. As a children's book publisher, this is one of our fundamental goals, and we thank Ms. Robinson, as well as anyone who shares their thoughts with us, for continuing to inspire our devotion to this goal.

The full review can be found at Jen Robinson's Bookpage, at

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Harriet Can Carry It Launch Party!

In celebration of  our BRAND NEW Star Bright title, Harriet Can Carry It, Star Bright Books welcomes anyone in the area to attend a launch party held by author Kirk Jay Mueller at the Old Town Newhall Library in Santa Clarita, California. The event, which will also include a signing by the author, will take place in the library's Community Room on Saturday November 1, 2014, from 2-4 PM. Full event details are available at the Events & Visits tab of the author's website,

Here at Star Bright Books, we are incredibly excited for the impending publication of this book. Through every read-through and discussion of this story, our delight in experiencing the journey of Harriet, her little Joey, and the quirky characters that she meets has never weakened, owing in large part to the fantastic and imaginative storytelling of Kirk Jay Mueller. While this is Mr. Mueller's first children's book, he has told many stories throughout his life and career; as a teacher of 4th-6th grade students for thirty years, he made sure to set aside time every day to introduce his students to engaging stories, the writing process, as well as a song or two (Mueller is also a singer-songwriter). He now especially enjoys going into schools and classrooms, guitar in hand, to share his songs and stories with children.

For more information on the author, his work, and his future events and visits, please visit his website. For more information on Harriet Can Carry It, our other new and exciting fall titles, as well as the rest of our catalog, please visit our website,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summertime Stories

I started this post hoping to be able to report on any kind of literary celebration that was to take place/has already taken place at some point throughout the month of July. Having missed both Read Across America Day (though respects should be paid to the late, great Dr. Seuss every day of every month of every year), as well as National Poetry Month (April, for those who are so inclined), I was disappointed to find that there wasn’t any nationally ordained celebration of books during the month of July. Sadly, the only celebrations that I could find for July were ones of national independence (fun fact: Canada Day is July 1st, and Bastille Day (France) is the 14th), food (Blueberries and Ice Cream, the foods of summer) and good manners (National Cell Phone Courtesy Month: take note, dinner-table occupants). To some of these I say, frankly but fondly, bah humbug.

In opposition, I propose that we use this month to appreciate all of the books that make us feel warm and welcome, like nice weather or a day at the beach. I propose that we use some of our down-time to experience the books, whether newly purchased or plucked from a dusty shelf, that stick out in our minds and make us feel inspired, moved, or fulfilled. For the parents of young children, these are the days that count; fill them with memories and love and beautiful words and stories. Pick up a book and hunker down with your little one, whether inside or outside, under the sun or by a fire, and help them as they embark on adventures that, while imaginary, are everlastingly valuable.

Here are some summer stories, courtesy of Star Bright, that would make a great start!

Harriet Can Carry It
                by Kirk Jay Mueller
               Art by Sarah Vonthron-Laver
Follow Harriet the Kangaroo as she goes on an adventure to the beach with her little Joey. Looking for some time off after a long week at work, Harriet packs her little boy in her humongous pouch and sets off looking for some rest and relaxation. But appearances by her many marsupial neighbors make Harriet's journey both difficult and troubling, as Harriet tries to accommodate all of their requests to carry their things until finally....

Beach Socks
by Michael J. Daley
Art by Estelle Corke

No more shoes! No more socks! shouts the young boy in Beach Socks, a book by Michael J. Daley and Estelle Corke that mixes beautiful illustrations and charming descriptions in a delightful story of one child's day at the beach.

Visit our website ( for these titles and more!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends: Star Bright Books!

Star Bright Books has recently been included in an American Academy of Pediatrics list of recommended titles for babies and toddlers! The list, thoughtfully titled “Books to Start a Lifetime of Reading,” is inspired by the organization's advice for all parents to promote “reading together as a daily fun family activity.” The academy, which has famously advocated for the development of early literacy skills in the past, previously stated that early reading "can enhance parent-child relationships and prepare young minds to learn language and early literacy skills." With this mission still a priority, the Academy has put together this list in the hopes of putting great books in the hands of every committed parent, and of inspiring a magnificent world of stories to take root in the ever-growing, ever-hungry, and ever-curious minds of young readers. Star Bright Books is both incredibly honored to be included on this list, as well as enormously proud of our growing collection of titles, titles that, in the warm words of the Academy, are "beautiful books for you and your children to enjoy!"

Here are the amazing Star Bright titles that were included!

Books For Babies:

My Face Book
by Star Bright Books

Babies On the Go!
by Debby Slier

Are You My Baby?
by Kathleen Rizzi

   Carry Me
by Star Bright Books

by Star Bright Books

Books for Toddlers

Hip, Hop
by Catherine Hnatov

How Many?
by Cheryl Christian

Big Box for Ben
by Deborah Bruss
Art by Tomek Bogacki

Animal Colors
by Brian Wildsmith

Amazing Animal Alphabet
by Brian Wildsmith


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

More New Titles For The Fall!

Arriving alongside our brand new titles this upcoming fall are two new installations in the Teach Your Children Well and Backpack Baby series. Marking the return of two of Star Bright’s favorite protagonists—Madison, the young girl who is always on the look out for a good life lesson, and Jacob, the now adolescent “Backpack Baby”— these new titles are perfect additions to their much-celebrated series. 

So be on the look out, fans both new and old, as these new publications will not disappoint!

In Madison and the New Neighbors, Dr. Vanita Braver’s young protagonist faces yet another important lesson regarding how to treat people who are different from us. Given a new mission—to sell enough candy and to raise enough money to earn a school t-shirt—Madison calls upon her neighbors to support her in her feat. Eager to approach many of her neighbors, Madison, despite her need, absolutely refuses to go to visit the Patel’s, a family who has recently moved to the neighborhood from India with their young daughter, Seema. Filled with thoughtful conversations between parent and child about the virtues of acceptance and diversity, young readers will follow alongside Madison as she grows from a reluctant peer into a more tolerant, accepting, and welcoming friend.

In Jacob’s Little Sister, Jacob the Backpack Baby has not only gotten older, but is now a big brother! No longer carried on his father’s back, Jacob delights in helping his father take care of his baby sister, a wild girl who is always escaping from her stroller to run around at the park. Though Jacob loves his little sister, she can be so much to handle! It’s hard, but Jacob never fails to meet his responsibility, knowing and accepting the fact that it’s a big brother’s job to take care of his little sister.

Keep an eye out for these new titles and visit our website ( for more information on all of our publications.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Exciting new titles for Fall 2014!

Star Bright Books is thrilled to introduce some brand new titles to our collection this fall 2014! With stories ranging from one tired kangaroo mom’s much needed trip to the beach, to a collection of riddles that answer the much anticipated question “What animal needs a wig?,” our new publications are sure to delight any young reader. 

 In Harriet Can Carry It, author Kirk Jay Mueller and Illustrator Sarah Vonthron-Laver tell the story of Harriet the Kangaroo, a hardworking kangaroo mother who, after a tough week at work, packs up her little Joey and heads to the beach for some much needed time away. Told in thoughtful rhyming verse and packed with snapshots of Australia’s diverse community of animals, Harriet Can Carry It combines rich language and beautiful watercolors in a playful, endearing story of one mother’s search for peace, quiet, and some time off with her little boy.

 What animal is the best to tell jokes to? What animal is always in a bad mood? From where did a laughing hyena get its name? All these questions and more are answered in What Animal Needs a Wig?, the hilarious new addition to the Star Bright collection that invites young readers to explore both these pressing riddles, as well as the animal world in which they are based. With the perfect mixture of facts and humor, What Animal Needs a Wig? will provide readers with plenty of new and enlightening information, along with plenty of laughs.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

My Face Book has been included in the 50 best "Books for Babies" list!

"My Face Book" published by Star Bright Books, available in 10 Languages and English, has been included in the Read To Me, 50 best Books for Babies list.

Read to Me Launches 50 Best Books for Babies! “When introducing books to babies, the key is to choose the right books for the right time”, says the program’s director, Carol McDougall, “We are often asked by parents for guidance on selecting the best books to read to babies, and we felt that a list of titles specifically geared to babies would be a useful and welcome resource.” The books on the list were chosen by Read to Me with assistance from a group of Nova Scotia children’s librarians. The selected books contain strong rhythm and rhyme to help build vocabulary, feature bright colors and bold images for visual stimulation and help nurture bonding and attachment by encouraging playful interaction between parent and child. The Nova Scotia Provincial Library has purchased sets of the 50 Best Books for Babies for every library system in the province. Says McDougall, “We are so grateful for the support from the Provincial Library, which will help get these great books into the hands of families across Nova Scotia.” Thank you, Read To Me for including one of our favorite books in the 50 best Books for Babies!