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BOOKS

Blankie Babies: Build a Pillow Fort

Everyone knows a Blankie Baby. They’re loyal, lovable, and lots of fun. In Blankie Babies: Build a Pillow Fort, we meet Noel, Pearl, Rip, and Zeb who are best friends and all have special blankies that they love. Together, they embark on a fun-filled adventure that every kid can relate to—building a pillow fort!

Through imagination, teamwork, and a little bit of frustration along the way, the Blankie Babies teach us how to be creative, and a good friend and that blankies make every situation better.

Written by Sara G. Walker, illustrated by Amelina Jones and Published by Mascot books

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I Can't Wait Till You Know

There are few things more incredible than seeing the Earth once more through the lens of a young child. For many parents, some of the biggest pleasures come from sharing the special experiences and delights from their own adolescence and lives. The pages in this charming keepsake take a tour of the various sensations of nature and urge its parent/child readers to explore the world together.

Written by Trey Little, Illustrated by Amelina Jones, and Published by Mascot books

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One Human Community

The world might feel strange, busy, and lonely. Growing up is getting harder, and overlooking what makes us human is getting easier. This story of ‘us’ reminds us that, although we appear different from one another, we are one and the same at heart and part of one big community. We all eat, love, talk and sometimes get sad. But it all will be okay as long as we interact. With soothing words and fascinating illustrations of Amelina Jones, One Human Community introduces children to the very condition of being human, with all of its faces. It aims to open our children’s and our eyes to the world around us. It invites us to become more aware of our relationship with each other as a community,  Written and illustrated by Amelina Jones and published by Dixi Books:

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The Famous Phoebe of Long Island: Phoebe’s Boat Trip to Montauk

The Famous Phoebe of Long Island is going all the way to Montauk with her family! At Montauk, Phoebe meets so many new friends, including her parent's friends and their pup, Rocky. Phoebe can feel that she and Rocky will have a super time together. But during her trip, Phoebe learns that friendship means more than having fun. When another new friend’s baby goes missing, Phoebe and Rocky have to team up to save her!

Written by Jean Derespina, illustrated by Amelina Jones and Published by Mascot books

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One Grillie

Grillie is a young grilled cheese sandwich on a mission to find her path in life. She wants to better understand what makes her different from her peers. Grillie’s life can go in many directions, such as being a to-go grilled cheese or staying in Griddleville with her other made-to-order sandwiches. She decides to find her own way, learns to stop comparing herself to others, and realizes that the best path for her is to love and appreciate what makes her special.

Written by Sandy Reitman, illustrated by Amelina Jones and Published by Mascot books

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The Famous Phoebe of Long Island: Phoebe's Adventures at Sailors Haven 

When Phoebe was a young pup, she was adopted from a shelter by Jeana and Frank. She had no idea how exciting life with her forever family would be. Phoebe's new parents planned to take her with them on all their boat trips. Come along as Phoebe tells the story of her first boat trip to Sailors Haven on Fire Island. Written by Jean Derespina, illustrated by Amelina Jones and published by Mascot books

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Greta's Voice 

In schools everywhere, children are asked what they want to be when they grow up, and people try to motivate them for the future. For a long time, we have all been going through these processes, looking for answers to the question, “What do I want to do?”

A child called Greta Thunberg decided what to do without waiting to grow up and took action. The reason that pushed her to take action was very simple. Climate change had turned into a climate crisis and the elders, who hold the power, were doing nothing. So, she had to do something to protect the environment. As she often said, she didn’t do it so willingly. Written by Ged Umlimi, illustrated by Amelina Jones and published by DixiBooks.

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Cool Kids

Like most kids, Michael and his friends are so excited for their first day at a new school. They have a lot of questions about what to expect, but most of all, they wonder if they'll get to join the football team. That would be the perfect way to start the year! However, Michael soon finds out that it's not as easy as he thinks. The team is filled with bullies, and to join, he has to become one of them. In order to be cool enough to get a spot on the football team, Michael has to start changing his behaviour for the worse! Suddenly, terrible things start happening to him. Finally, he begins to wonder: Was it all worth it? 

Written by Arlene Freeman, Illustrated by Amelina Jones and Published by Mascot books

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The Truth Fairy

Lily is a normal little girl, but she has one not-so-good habit that gets her into trouble: she often tells fibs. One day, Lily finds out about The Truth Fairy and begins to think twice about telling the truth. Written by Tori Praver, illustrated by Amelina Jones and Published by Mascot books

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Walk With Me: A child's first book of prayer 

Walk with me is an illustrated book for young children, with thoughtful words it takes the young reader on a quiet journey, encouraging them to offer good thoughts for their own and other people's lives. It has forty-four watercolour illustrations that illustrate different children from all over the world. It is just Simply and directly written, a passion project from my heart. Published by  Giant Mountain Publishing.

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Your Little Garden

Come and explore the gardens, walk on the grass and stop to smell the flowers. Come and meet the children who play, dream and care for them. Sit for a while to listen to their chatter. These colourful stories celebrate our connection with nature through the eyes of children wherever they may be. These are their little gardens. Written by Ida Williams, illustrated by Amelina Jones and published by Giant Mountain Publishing 

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HITCHED

Hitched was a commission for giant mountain publishing. Here I illustrated seven panels for the different chapter headings, index page and introduction page, as well as the front and back cover. The illustrations are outlined in brown ink and coloured with layered watercolours. When painting and working on the illustrations I tried to capture the love, friendship and fun in a relationship and the joy of working together in the kitchen. I tried to capture the emotion the author wanted to be woven into the delicious recipes.s. Written by Helen Bartlett, illustrated by Amelina Jones and published by Giant Mountain Publishing 

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