Carol Gordon Ekster

Author and Educator

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Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You
Illustrated by Mary Rojas, Pauline Books and Media


Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room

illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg, Character Publishing, December 2011


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Carol Gordon Ekster's books on Goodreads
Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room
reviews: 6
ratings: 9 (avg rating 4.89)

Where am I Sleeping Tonight? Where am I Sleeping Tonight? (A Story of Divorce)
reviews: 4
ratings: 6 (avg rating 4.17)

Would you like to start a new bedtime tradition that underscores the importance of gratitude? Read Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You with your children to begin a nightly routine of saying five things you are grateful for before bed. It will add sweetness and joy before your little one falls asleep.

The book released on January 1, 2015. It went into its second printing in only eight months, won 3rd place in the children's category of the Catholic Press Association's Book Awards 2016, and was a finalist for the ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards 2016.

It's available at Pauline Books and Media and Amazon  and of course, it's always great to support your local book store and ask them to order it for you.

Watch the book trailer here.


ISBN –10: 0-8198-1225-0

ISBN – 13: 978-0-8198-1225-0

Did you ever lose something, because your room was so messy?  That is exactly what happened to Ruth the Sleuth, as she searches her very messy room for a potholder she borrowed from her mother.  Ruth the Sleuth gets distracted again and again by the wonderful items she finds within her mess. But, will she be able to find her mom’s potholder in time to have cookies with her friend, Zack?

Watch the book trailer here.
Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room was the 30th story I had written and the second to be published as a book. In October 2010 I saw a call for submissions on the SCBWI discussion boards from a new publishing company that sounded like a fit for my work.  I submitted Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room and heard back seven months later that the publisher was interested.  I was to be on the first list of Character Publishing.  It only took another seven months for the book to come out!  That’s not a long time in the world of publishing.

Then in July 2013 I found out that Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room was selected to receive the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval.  The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children's Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.  Awesome!

ISBN - 13:978-0-99839355-1-3

Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?- A Story of Divorce


Boulden Publishing
and Amazon

Ask for it at your local booksellers!  Buy local if you can.

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Ever wake up and not know where you are?  Not sure if your homework is due today or tomorrow?  Can't remember if you have hockey practice tonight? Forgot your homework at your mom's and now you're at your dad's and can't get it done? Welcome to the world of Mark and Evan...ever since their parents' divorce their lives and schedules have been scrambled leaving them feeling confused, frustrated, and even a little angry with their parents for getting a divorce.  But with time, effort, and the assistance of Mark's parents and teacher, Mark gets a little more organized, and most importantly, starts to come to terms with his parents' divorce.

Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?- A Story of Divorce is the first of my manuscripts that was bought by a publisher.  There was a request for stories about divorce, bullies, family issues etc. by BouldenPublishing in the SCBWI Bulletin.  I sent the manuscript by e-mail.  I heard the great news only six weeks later.  "Is this still available?" publisher Ken Harrison asked.  We spoke on the phone and I got an offer in the mail a short time later. 

ISBN - 10: 1-878076-30-2
ISBN - 13: 978-1-878076-30-4


Other published work:

Hip-Hopping Books - my first e-book! - is part of Schoolwide inc.'s digital library, available since spring, 2015.

The Library is the Perfect Place, appeared in the February 2010 LibrarySparks Magazine, in their web resources.  Go to "previous web resources" to access this story which is great for librarians to read, especially at the beginning of the school year,  to set up behavior expectations and tell all that a library has to offer.