Sunday, November 15, 2015

Katy is invited to her Nigerian friend Amaeka’s for dinner and fears their food may be too different and she won’t like it. Katy asks her mother and friends about Nigerian food. At the dinner, Katy decides to eat what she is served and is surprised by the main course.                                                  For readers ages 5 to 8

I think this is a cute idea for a story--and I think it's something kids REALLY worry about, whether they are going to eat foreign food or not. What if I don't like the way my friend's mom cooks? I think “What’s for Dinner” is great!    
~Margo Dill, Award Winning Writer, Editor, and Author

Culturally specific books are important because research has shown that children fair well when they can identify with people who are similar to themselves. I applaud award winning children’s author, Penelope Anne Cole for writing her newest book, “What’s for Dinner.” Children all over the world will be inspired  with  her book because  it celebrates diversity.
~Nicole Weaver, Multi-Award Winning Author

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Magical Max and Magical Mickey:
Matt is going off to college and Mea is entering middle school. At their family emergency meeting, Matt and Mea are surprised to learn Mom is having twin baby boys. Matt, Mea, and Grandma Nonie watch and wonder if twins Max and Mickey will be magical, too?                                                        For readers:  Ages 5 -8


“Penelope Anne Cole continues her series about magical children, “Magical Matthew” and “Magical Mea,” with her newest story about the arrival of new twins in the family. Children will delight in the story while discovering if the twins possess the magical gift their older brother and sister displayed of being able to fix things and help people. “Magical Max and Magical Mickey” is as vibrantly illustrated by Kevin Scott Collier as the earlier books in the series.”
         ~Connie Arnold, Poet and Children’s Author

“Fans of Penelope Anne Cole's Magical series will enjoy the new twists, turns, and surprising secrets revealed in the series' last book, “Magical Max and Magical Mickey,” as Matt and Mea's close-knit family faces new challenges together.”       
         ~Melissa Abramovitz

Sunday, May 24, 2015



Mea’s now in Second Grade. She wants more play time, but her big brother Matt wants her to practice using her magic secretly. Mea figures out how to get more play time. She’s still a little trickster. Can Matt figure out how to teach her what she needs to know?

Suggested age range for readers: 
Ages 5 - 8


Monday, April 6, 2015


Coming Soon:

Magical Mea Goes to School (ages 6-8)
Second grade Mea has to go to school and also learn to use her magic secretly. She thinks she's not having enough play time. What will she do?

Magical M and M (ages 6-8)
Matthew and Mea have to make room for twin baby brothers. Will they have magic, too? Matt, Mea, Lily, and Grandma Nonie are on the look-out for signs of magic.

Oh No, What's for Dinner? (ages 6-8)
Katy is invited to her Nigerian friend's house for dinner. She wonders what food she'll be served. Will she like it or will it be very strange? This story shares concerns that children have about eating foods they aren't familiar with, especially food from other countries and cultures. How can we learn about new foods and new cultures if we don't give them a try?
My Grandma's Pink House (ages 6-8)
This is a story about visiting Grandma. What kinds of things will three kids do at Grandma's house? This story showcases spending time at Grandma's in all seasons. It's a look back to a simpler time and place when children had more freedom to explore the outdoors. It's also a tribute to our grandmothers.

In and Out, All 'Round About (ages 6-8)
This rhyming story of two different friends is told in opposites. Can they keep their friendship in spite of their differences?
The Raccoon Witches of Calhoun County (ages 8-10) 
Beka and her two aunts have their hands full. They've been charged with offenses that may result in losing their magic. They have a year to prove themselves worthy. They're trying, but things don't always turn out the way they planned.