Accelerated Reader Picks Saltwater Taffy

Accelerated Reader Picks Saltwater Taffy

Accelerated Reader Saltwater TaffyAccelerated Reader picks Saltwater Taffy for it’s list of award-winning children’s books.  This is a SAWEET honor for us to be on the Accelerated Reader list because now children across the country can be rewarded for reading Saltwater Taffy.

For those of you who aren’t aware of this list, the Accelerated Reader program is a software assessment tool that assesses a student’s reading level, suggests titles of books at that level, and then assess whether a student has completed reading the book by asking a series of quiz questions.  The program is highly popular around the country because it enhances the reading skills of the students as well as the teaching experience.  It creates reading independence among students and accountability, which is perfect for reluctant readers.  If you are looking for books for kids, Saltwater Taffy is a perfect read for kids.


Saltwater Taffy Hits the Road with Author Visits

author visitsSaltwater Taffy hits the road with author visits to help spread child literacy across the country.  As a children’s book author, it appears that our children’s book tour and author visits with Saltwater Taffy are never ending.  Yes, my friends, this is a good thing.  Not only does it keep Saltwater Taffy fresh in the eyes of educators, parents and children, but it also allows me to continue to be an advocate for child literacy across the country.

On November 15th, I’m taking the family to Miami, Florida where we will be awarded the Reader’s Favorite GOLD MEDAL book award at the Miami Book Fair International.  Now, it would be easy to fly across the country and view this as a mini-vacation in Miami with my family, but as an independent publisher, I am always looking for new venues to promote child literacy.  It also gives me a chance to inspire young minds and help them ignore thoughts of fear, doubt and worry.

This is why, on Friday, November 16, 2012, I have an author visit & assembly at Water’s Edge Elementary in Boca Rotan, Florida.  Sure, I have to rent a car and drive over an hour down to Boca, but why not?  As authors, we need to be willing to travel the extra mile and do whatever it takes to raise awareness around our work.

On December 6, 2012, the Literary Festival at Seven Arrows Elementary in Pacific Palisades, California has scheduled a Saltwater Taffy visit for the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade author visit.  The Literary Festival is held every year, and we are excited be included in this years event.

On March 27, 2013, I will participate in the 5th Annual Lassen County Literary Jam in Susanville, California.  The Lassen County School District has booked me into 3 different elementary schools as well as a keynote presenter at the Awards Ceremony.

If your school would like a Saltwater Taffy visit, please do not hesitate to let us know.  Always remember, each moment is another adventure waiting to happen!  See you at the book store!



The Reader’s Favorite Book Awards and winners have been announced for 2012.  We are happy to report that Saltwater Taffy has taken home the GOLD medal in the Children’s Book category 4th-6th Graders.

Book Awards

This marks the 4th book award taken home by the amazing Saltwater Taffy team.  A big shout out and thank you to R.C. Nason for his amazing artwork, which helped bring the kids of Saltwater Taffy to life.

We would also like to extend a huge thanks to Perseus Distribution and especially Sabrina McCarthy for believing in this indie title…we couldn’t have done it without your vision and guidance.  We are heading to the Miami Book Fair International on November 17th for the awards ceremony and yes, more east coast marketing!  We hope to see you there!  Congratulations Saltwater Taffy!

Saltwater Taffy was written by Eric DelaBarre and has been endorsed by 12 Teachers of the Year around the country and will soon be a feature film.  Due to hit theaters in the summer of 2014, Saltwater Taffy follows the epic journey of five Tweens as they uncover a treasure map leading to the lost treasure of Jean Lafitte.


Readers Favorite Book Award Finalist

The Readers Favorite Book Award for 2012 has been announced!  We are happy to report that Saltwater Taffy by Eric DelaBarre, an advocate for child literacy, has been named a finalist for the READERS FAVORITE BOOK AWARD – Children 4th-6th.

Winners for the Readers Favorite Book Awards will be announced on September 1, 2012 and medal presentations will be at the Miami Book Fair International in November, 2012.

If you have read Saltwater Taffy, please go to our review page and rate the book with a few sentences!

Readers Favorite

Saltwater Taffy has been endorsed by 12 Teachers of the Year around the country and will soon go before cameras for the feature film adaptation.


Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award WINNER

Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award WINNER

Saltwater Taffy has been given the 2012 Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award in the LIFE SKILLS category!!!!

Gelett Burgess Children's Book AwardThe Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards advisory council looks for books that entertain and teach with an energetic and creative approach.  The books selected by the Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Council must stimulate a child’s imagination, as well as inspire them creatively.

Advisory council members want to know a book will make an impact in a child’s life by helping them grow: socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically.

Saltwater Taffy is not only an epic adventure novel for Tweens, the book teaches and guides young readers to live their lives on purpose with a purpose.  Endorsed by 12 Teachers of the Year around the country, Saltwater Taffy follows the lives of 5 tweenage friends as they embark on a treasure-hunting adventure.  Set during the 4th of July weekend, Saltwater Taffy is a g-rated story for the entire family.