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Korean translation edition 2019

Did you ever lose something, because your room was so messy?  That is exactly what happened to Ruth, as she searches her very messy room for a potholder she borrowed from her mother.  Ruth 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? 

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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.  

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.

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Before I Sleep: I say Thank You

​Illustrated by Mary Rojas, Pauline Books and Media

Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?- A Story of Divorce    Illustrated by Sue Rama, Boulden Publishing

Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room
llustrated by Kimberly Soderberg,
Mazo Publishers

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 Boulden Publishing 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.

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Before I Sleep I Say Thank You Before I Sleep I Say Thank You
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ratings: 27 (avg rating 4.74)

Where am I Sleeping Tonight? Where am I Sleeping Tonight? (A Story of Divorce)
reviews: 4
ratings: 20 (avg rating 4.55)

Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room
reviews: 8
ratings: 15 (avg rating 4.93)

Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room

​illustrated by Kimberly Soderberg,

Character 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!

Ruth the Sleuth has a new publisher, Mazo Publishers as of February 2018, in a large print paperback edition.

ISBN - 1946124346




Carol Gordon Ekster

Author and Educator

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Read the interview with the illustrator here

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 and it is now in its third printing. Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You 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 Booksand Media and Amazon  and of course, it's always great to support your local book store and ask them to order it for you.

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ISBN –10: 0-8198-1225-0

ISBN – 13: 978-0-8198-1225-0

In Mama, Wist je dat? The Dutch version of You Know What?, beautifully Illustrated by Nynke Talsma Oliver uses his nighttime rituals to win some time before going to bed. The story is playful and humorous and one that most families will relate to.

It came out in Dutch, December 2016 and is available here.  The English version came out September 2017 and is available on Amazon and it is always great to support your local bookseller. The Korean language edition released 2019 and Chinese and Arabic language editions are in process. Check back for updates.

You Know What? received a literary award: CLEL (Colorodo Library Early Literacy) Bell Picture Book Awards Nominee for Talk (2018) and was a finalist for the 2018 Crystal Kite award in the Northeast region.

ISBN: 10-9044828576

ISBN: 13-9789044828573