Great New Books By Local Authors: Washington’s Finest


Pluto’s Secret: An Icy World’s Tale of Discovery is the first children’s book written and illustrated by National Air and Space Museum employees. The book tells the true story of this distant world through whimsical artwork and entertaining dialogue, for ages five and up. The National Air and Space Museum is offering Pluto’s Secret book launch events, one on March 15 at the building in Washington, DC and another on March 23 at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Kid Trips Northern Virginia Edition is a new family guide to all the fun and learning available in Northern Virginia for local families and those visiting the Washington, DC area. Written by veteran local blogging experts Claudine Kurp and Amy Suski of DC Metro Mom and Micaela Williamson of Super NoVA Mommy, this book is jam-packed with information and day trip ideas. They cover museums and historic sites, parks and playgrounds, skating, water parks, nature centers, arts, birthday parties, restaurants, pick-your-own-farms and much more. I myself learned so many new insider tips! $9.99 paperback and $4.99 Kindle.

Spill: Secrets from a Former Agency Executive & Spokesblogger is an essential read for everyone interested in professional blogging and acquiring partnerships with (and income from) brands. Spill is written by social media force Jessica Smith, a former vice president at a global communications firm specializing in blogger relations, and Smith is also a former spokesblogger for big brands. In Spill Smith, well, spills the amazing tips she before has shared only with her clients, colleagues and inner circle. This is an incredible must-read for individuals looking to increase their profiles, reach and revenue from blogging, and a seriously fascinating read for marketing professionals or readers of blogs who wonder just how those partnerships between brands and bloggers work.  $13.99 paperback, $8.49 for Kindle, and the Kindle version of this book is available from the Amazon Prime free lending library.


Living A Miracle, We All Do… Every Day is a spiritual, inspiring memoir by Nicole Crowley of the top-notch mom blog Banana Blueberry. Years ago, Crowley was in a car accident that paralyzed the right side of her body, collapsed her lungs and caused brain hemorrhages. She had to learn to walk, talk, and write again, as well as work to regain parts of her memory. Through the process of working to get her life and health back she learned to celebrate the ordinary and the extraordinary parts of her spirit, and strengthened her faith. $2.99 for Kindle, and available from the Amazon Prime free lending library.

Egret the Elephant: Meet Egret  Local dad blogger Corey Feldman (Not an ’80’s Actor) brings to life an adorable young girl elephant who loves to dance. My daughters Eve and Alice loved the rhyming stories and cute, colorful illustrations. They also delighted in the fact that Egret has a big sister Red, and that the girls wear dresses and sleep in a house. After hours and oodles of Dr. Seuss and Sandra Boynton, reading a book with my children by an author and illustrator with which they were not familiar really brought their attention to the soft sweetness of the stories. One of the mini stories in the collection, in which Egret dances beneath the moon, was inspired by and dedicated to Susan Niebur of Toddler Planet$14.53 paperback, $2.99 for Kindle (If you go the electronic route, I recommend reading on a Kindle Fire, an iPad or a tablet with a Kindle app so children can enjoy the colorful illustrations).

Beginning Again, Love, Accidentally and All Is Bright. These three intertwining novelettes by local treasure and novelist Sarah Pekkanen are sheer joy. All three stories feature relatable women’s journeys in and out of love, deep, believable characters with rich inner dialogues, and perfect pacing. They are novel-reader heaven for just .99 cents a pop, Kindle exclusive.

Affiliate links are used. I received courtesy review copies of Egret and Kid Trips, and downloaded others for free with Amazon Prime.



  1. What a wonderful group to be included in. Thank you.

  2. Those are some great books, and amazing writers. My kids love Corey’s book. I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah’s. Can’t wait for the Kid Trips to get itself onto my kindle. Spill is such a good read.

    Give me MORE! Now you write one Jessica.

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