Self Published Author, Allison Wood, Releases Her Children’s Picture Book “Sprinkles” Just in Time for National Sprinkles Day on July 23

 Local author and illustrator team Allison Wood and Samuel Waddle released their first children’s picture book, Sprinkles. Allison, an elementary English Learner teacher at St. Paul’s EXPO Elementary School, wanted to write a children’s book for many years and decided last summer to make her dream come true. She began crafting a story about a little girl who creates a big mess while eating a sprinkled doughnut. Allison’s words came to life with Samuel’s beautiful watercolor illustrations. The team were intentional about creating characters that represent the Twin Cities community and one illustration showcases the Minneapolis skyline.

Why sprinkles? Allison’s story inspiration stemmed from classic childhood messy food books such as Popcorn by Frank Asch and Lorna Balian’s The Sweet Touch. After witnessing the enormous mess created by her niece’s sprinkled birthday cake, she knew she needed to write a story about the joy and mess that sprinkles create.

As an elementary teacher, Allison was purposeful in seeking feedback from future readers throughout the process. The main character, Julia, was created using input from students on what they wanted to see in a book character. Student input guided Samuel’s illustrations based on what was important to them. EXPO students were treated to sneak peeks at its illustrations and learned about the publishing process, which Allison taught herself how to do. Luckily, her author proof copy arrived just days before the end of the school year. Kindergarteners were treated to the first official book reading and a surprise walk to local bakery La Boulangerie Marguerite in St. Paul, where they enjoyed sprinkled doughnuts.

“I want the pretty, pink, super-sprinkly doughnut, please.” (Wood, p. 7).

Sprinkles is a sweet story about Julia, who learns just how messy sprinkles on a doughnut can be. The sprinkles seem to have a mind of their own as they bounce, tumble, and dance around her new home. Julia has a real mess on her hands and very little time before her grandma’s visit. Can she round up all the sprinkles in time? Join Julia, her dad, and Luna the cat as they find out how fun (and messy) sprinkles on a doughnut can be.

Sprinkles will delight readers with its relatable plot, use of personification and charming watercolor illustrations. Story themes include: single parenting, multigenerational families, urban living, responsibility and humor. Sprinkles was created for children ages 4-8 and their doughnut-loving caregivers and educators.

Sprinkles is available via online through Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble and Walmart. Allison and Samuel encourage you to shop local and order from your community bookstore. Retailers and libraries may order through Ingram. The hardcover (ISBN 978-0578367361) retails for $20.99 and paperback (ISBN 979-8218011901) for $10.99.

Allison Wood – author and publisher

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Extensively Published Author Angela Deese Presents the 20th book in her Resume that Will Restore the Reader’s Identity as Children of God


Dementia is a term used for diseases that affect the cognitive functions of the brain. The most common symptoms of dementia are memory loss, poor judgment, confusion, difficulty speaking, understanding, expressing thoughts, reading and writing, wandering and getting lost in a familiar neighborhood, and many more.

Angela’s mother has dementia. One night, while visiting her mom, Angela was awoken from sleep by a knock on her door. When she opened the door, it was her mother. She asked: “Are you my daughter?” Angela knew right away that God was commissioning her to write another book.

“Are You My Daughter?” is a milestone book for Angela. It is the twentieth book in her extensive career as an author. The book offers reconciliation to readers who are losing their identity. She encourages everyone to continue fighting the good fight of faith and never let go of the birthright we have acquired through Jesus Christ. She presents narratives coupled with verses that practically sum up every experience she recounts in the book. Her recollections remind us that our innate tendencies to fail do not disqualify us from being sons and daughters of God. The journal section allows an interactive experience for readers. They can write down their thoughts and how they relate to the narrative. Angela also enforces the essentiality of continuously loving our parents, especially when they go through life-altering diseases.

The book and its multifaceted message will sure tug at any reader’s heart.

Buy the book at:

“Are You My Daughter?”

Author: Angela Deese

Publisher: Your Online Publicist

Published Date: June 2022

Book Genre: Memoir, Christian Book

About the Author:

Angela Deese is a Christian author that will inspire you in your own walk with Jesus Christ. She has an honest approach and is fully transparent in her writing. She believes that if you fully expose the lies of Satan that you will gain the freedom in your own walk with Christ.

She will captivate you with the stories that you can relate to personally in your own life. She brings her real life into the stories that bring faith and truth to the reader.

Angela is a mother of three grown children and eight grandchildren. She lives in Georgia with her family close by. She began writing as the Lord began to heal her from the bondage of past hurts that occurred in her life.

Angela has a way of bringing scripture to life and allowing it to heal the broken hearted. She never wants anyone to feel alone in their journey.

Angela is an author of twenty-five books in which fourteen are now published. You will love Angela’s style of writing as you will relate your own life to her journey.

As a mother and grandmother, you will find out how Angela has handled trials and tribulations in her books.

New Book Published by Carrie Scharf of Carrie’s Handmade Essentials

 Carrie’s Herbal Infused Skincare Cookbook : A Beginners Guide to Creating Your Own Personalized Skincare

“Attractive and easy to follow guide that eases you into the wide world of botanical healing and relaxation.” -Shannon Jones

Published on Amazon March 10, 2022.

Priced $9.99 e-book and $14.95 paperback

Carrie Scharf has a skincare business (Carrie’s Handmade Essentials) and is the author of Herbal Infused Skincare: How to use herbs and flowers for glowing skin. Carrie’s experience making skincare and experimenting with ingredients inspired her to write her books. Carrie has an associate in arts degree from Mayland Community College and a BS from the Universiy of North Carolina at Asheville. Carrie lives and works out of her home in West Virginia. She homeschools her two boys and plays clarinet with the Charleston Metro Band.

This book is for beginners who would like to learn how to use plants and oils to make natural skincare that is tailored to their skin’s specific needs. In it you will read about plants, oils and other ingredients and what they can do for your skin. You will also find over 20 recipes for things like lip balm, skin moisturizers, face cream, cleansers and bath items.

For further information, please contact Carrie Scharf at 828-332-7003, or

Social Media: Twitter @carrieslipbalm, Facebook @CHandmadeEssentials and Instagram @carrieshandmadeessentials

For review copies, email


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NJ MED Has Published Its First 2022 World Best-Educated Country Top 20 Poll

 NJ MED (New Jersey Minority Educational Development) has released its annual pre-season education rankings, which picks the top 20 education systems in the world. This year’s rankings were determined by each country’s ability to provide students with remote learning opportunities.

“The world is changing,” remarked Mr. Albert Mitchell II, CEO/Founder of NJ MED. The only way to keep track of what’s going on and when it’ll end is to reinvest in education. In other words, the better educated your populace is, the better informed they will be.

“If countries have a 50% increase in offsite learning, they are prepared to keep their students up to date with current learning conditions,” Mr. Mitchell II continued, “whereas if a country has only a 10% increase in offsite learning platforms, the chances of students staying up to date are reduced.”

This year’s favorite has been determined to be South Korea. Followed by France, the United States, Japan, and Denmark round out the top five countries. The top ten countries are Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Germany.

The complete rankings can be found on NJ MED’s website, If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Shomar Moore at NJ MED.

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