2017 SCBWI Spark Honor Winner


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recognizes excellence in children’s books published

through an independent or non-traditional route.


From Simian Books


On a rainy, rainy day, Mrs. McGoody discovers a small

monkey on her doorstep... and he means business.


Written & Illustrated by Michael Hale.


ISBN 978-0 692-84542-4


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If you like monkeys, buy this book. If you don't like monkeys, this book might make you change your mind. And there's a zoo's worth of other

animals in this book so everyone can find a favorite. The text and illustrations carry each other perfectly in this story. It's great for a read-aloud or for just sitting alone having a quiet perusal of the pictures. I'll keep my eye on this monkey. I think he has a future in picture books.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dan Downs


As an elementary teacher and parent, I'm always on the lookout for a winning read-aloud. This whimsical story about a monkey on a mission has such a nice rhythm to the prose. With a subtle nod to the Cat in the Hat, young readers will be guessing the whole way through about what this naughty monkey is up to. The illustrations lend such a charm and sweetness to each of the supporting characters, and a real feistiness to the monkey! I can't wait to use it for teaching problem and solution this year to my first graders. I'd recommend this book primarily for ages 4-8. Here's to hoping there's a sequel!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Marie Twist


As a children's librarian and author of books for young children, I found Bad Monkey Business to be a delightful read-aloud! The rhyming text and detailed, whimsical illustrations make this an enjoyable book for all ages. With its message of "things are not always as they seem," Bad Monkey Business encourages discussion about the pitfalls of making assumptions. I highly recommend this book!

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Phoebe Fox



Bad Monkey Business is an action-packed read-aloud that is sure to capture imaginations. Michael Hale's delightful illustrations will spark young minds to predict what is really behind this bold monkey's business! Bad or brave? Naughty or nice? Things are not always as they appear. This engaging new gem will fast become a favorite!

                                                                                                                                                                                                       K. Schwartz,



                                                                                                                                                                                                       and parent



Michael Hale is a talented story writer and illustrator. His second book, Bad Monkey Business, will delight young and old. It is written in rhyming form and therefore rolls off the tongue masterfully engaging the reader. It's impossible to read this book and not pause at every page to look at the hilariously cute animals. A fun way to teach our little ones the importance of taking care of our animals in our ever changing world!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ileana M. Giordan

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Master Early Childhood

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Education Teacher


 The Candy Cane Princess From Granite Books CC is one of Santa's Elves and she loves candy canes. When a candy cane delivery doesn't go as planned, the other elves take that accident and change it to an opportunity. A simple act of kindness that changes a humble elf into Christmas royalty. Written by JS Dwyer. Illustrated by Michael Hale. ISBN 978-0 692-14100-7 Order Now! Books are available through:



From First Edition Project Books


There's a birthday Party on the 10th floor and everyone is invited.

The elevator seems to be the best route Up, Up, Up...

Or is it?


Written by Phoebe Fox. Illustrated by Michael Hale.


When you purchase "UP UP UP" , the publisher will

donate a book to a child in need for every copy sold.


ISBN 978-0 692-72770-6


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From PANDA Books


A bumbly, tumbly Panda bear is trying to help a sick

friend in need but isn't sure she's up to the task.

A story of dedication, friendship and helping

yourself by helping others.


Written by Phoebe Fox. Illustrated by Michael Hale.




ISBN 978-0 578-40495-0


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My 5 year old loved this book! It is a darling story of animal friends heading to a party. He loved that he could recognize and read some of the words and the "Up, up, up" on each page. The illustrations were also on point and beautiful! I would highly recommend this book!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Katie K.


This is a very cute book for little ones. The repetitive words are easy to recognize and say. The illustrations are so much fun! There's a lot going on and a lot to discover. Best of all - it has a subtle message that friends don't leave friends behind. By working together they can find a solution to their problem and enjoy the party.



This is one of my daughter's new favorites! The illustrations are wonderful, leaving a lot of dialogue between the children and the reader. Nicely chosen words in the text. This one will stay a favorite for quite some time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lauren C.