Arden Recommends: No, No Elizabeth by Carmen K. Jimenez

IMG_3227Book: No, No Elizabeth

Author: Carmen K. Jimenez

Genre: Children

Basic Description:  Elizabeth wants to play all day! From running around outside to jumping on the bed, she’s a curious little girl. But Mommy, Daddy, and even Liza the kitty can’t always play and sometimes they must say “no.” Through this sweet, colorful book, early readers will learn just because grownups say “no” sometimes, doesn’t mean they love any less.

Arden’s Thoughts: I love No, No Elizabeth for multiple reasons including the bold pictures, realistic characters, and easy-to-follow plot. What I love most though is the honesty of the story. As much as it breaks our hearts to tell our children, “no”, sometimes we simply cannot play with them. And our author, Carmen REALLY knows about the importance of play at the right time because she’s actually a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor. She’s writing her book from a place of expertise. Trust the tools in this book, especially the tool at the end: a play-by-play of how to have honest conversations with your children.

I believe books open doors and dialogues for all ages. No, No Elizabeth allows the open dialogue to start early with your children. Read it again and again!



Meet the author of What Kyle Can Do

What Kyle Can Do is inspired by a young man who brings such joy to his family and his mom wanted to share his story. Conni Branscom and her son Kyle want to meet you to hear how their story has impacted you.

Wednesday, October 18, you can do just that! Warren Publishing in south Charlotte will host Conni and Kyle for a special Wednesdays with Warren.

The family-friendly event starts at 5 p.m. and Warren Publishing is located 8145 Ardrey Kell Road, Suite 207, Charlotte, NC, 28277. We’ll see you there!


WBTV Segment from September 25, 2017


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone  by Brené Brown

The Hundred Story Home: A Journey of Homelessness, Hope, and Healing by Kathy Izard

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

As I continue to watch so much strife unfold on social media, I want to encourage whoever is reading this to get curious, ask questions, and be okay with difference. I think we too quickly jump to conclusions about “the other” and miss an opportunity to gain a new perspective. Quite often hate covers up something much more fragile. Give some grace. Have some conversations. Fight for love.



Arden Recommends: Despite the Height by Ivory Latta (Meet the Author Events)

61wzu0g1QzL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Book: Despite the Height

Author: Ivory Latta 

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Basic Description: Bounce Bounce! Despite the Height is the lively, true story of Ivory Latta, one of the smallest women to play for the WNBA. This full-color illustrated book for young readers follows young Ivory as she learns to play basketball, perfect her game, and outplay her big brothers – all despite her height. The book includes a dream journal to help motivate students and inspire conversation.

Arden’s Thoughts: I’m biased here. I love Ivory Latta. She helped make women’s in-lattabasketball relevant for UNC fans with her hard work, spunky personality, and being DANG good.

So, when I was given the opportunity to review her book I jumped on it. Despite the Height is a fun book for your younger children. Easy to read and beautifully drawn, you’ll find yourself cheering for the child Ivory as much as you cheer for the grown up Ivory.

And this week, my local readers will have several chances to meet the author. Check out the details below and make plans to meet this Wonder Woman!

Lynx_Mystics_Basketball-08362-JBCK-2991Rock Hill  Signing
When: Thu Jul 20, 2017 4 6pm
Where: Charlotte Avenue Branch YMCA, 402 Charlotte Ave, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books Signing 
When: Fri Jul 21, 2017 11am – 12pm
Where: Brilliant Sky Toys & Books – Charlotte, 9882 Rea Rd G, Charlotte, NC 28277

York Signing
When: Fri Jul 21, 2017 2–3:30pm
Where: 117 Carolina Crossing Dr, York, SC 29745

Clover Signing
When: Fri Jul 21, 2017 5 – 6:30pm
Where: Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St, Clover, SC 29710

Barnes and Noble Ivory Signing
When: Sat Jul 22, 2017 11am – 1pm
Where: Carolina Place Mall, Pineville, NC 28134