Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends: Spotlight and Giveaway

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Guest Blogger, L. B. O’Milla 

The protagonist in my book is a girl, but there is an equal collaboration between girls and boys that help the teens to reach their goals. Dealing with their enemies the main characters find non-violent and peaceful solutions and compromises. The group of friends in the book consists of the foresters and humans, who do not only look different, but also come from totally different cultural backgrounds. Nevertheless, the teens embrace their differences and use them to their advantage in helping each other and those in need.

The story is entertaining, uplifting, humorous, and gripping. It’s an easy read, yet, its language is rich and poetic. The book teaches lessons of friendship, kindness, and determination and shows readers that “old-fashioned” values of trust, care, teamwork, acceptance, and love are still as important as ever, because they are the building blocks of the thriving and humane societies.

Little Yaga, is a main character of my book, Adventures of Little Yaga and Her Friends. She is a teenager who lives with her old hag of a grandmother. Their house is situated on top of a chicken leg, deep within the Enchanted Forest. Little Yaga is troubled by her appearance. While all the other Forest creatures have magnificent fangs, thunderous roars, and bony legs, she looks like a human. She even wears custom crafted dentures to give herself fangs. In her quest to fit in with the Foresters, Little Yaga listens to her great-aunt, an old enchantress, and travels to the human world where she meets a group of teenagers on the run from an evil sorcerer. Together with her new friends she returns to the Forest.

Scraggard the Immortal, the ruler of the Forest, sustains himself on human energy to remain immortal. When he captures Ashley, a human girl, Little Yaga takes pity on her. She gathers a group of both old friends and new to help Ashley escape from Scraggard and save the Forest from his malevolent reign.

As Little Yaga discovers the secrets of her forest home and her own origins, she comes into contact with creatures and settings straight out of Russian fables and mythology.

Best fit for readers: Middle grade/YA Fantasy/Adventure

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Author Bio:

B. O’Milla was born in Kiev, Ukraine (back then a part of Russia), and loved to read and write from an early age. Her dream was to become a writer, but due to the religious and ethnic persecution she faced, she was unable to pursue that dream in her motherland. When she was 26 years old, she with her husband and daughter fled the country. They wound up first in Vienna, Austria, then in Rome, Italy, until finally coming to America as refugees.

In the US, she graduated from NYU and worked as a physical therapist all while raising her family, but she never gave up her love of writing. Having grown up in a family that exposed her to literature, the arts, and music, O’Milla enjoyed Russian folklore and its characters. She worked very hard to learn English, so she could write in English, the language of her new country.

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Easy Ways to Designate Space for Reading With Your Child

Easy Ways to Designate Space for Reading with your Child

Guest Blog Post From, Danielle Hegedus

The Children’s Reading Foundation recommends reading with your child for at least 20 minutes a day. Reading with your children at an early age (even in infancy) is key to language development, listening skills, and overall academic performance. Read on for suggestions on how to create the space and time necessary to foster a love of reading in your child, making reading an important aspect of your relationship.

Keep Plenty of Reading Material On Hand

Building a library for your child doesn’t have to be expensive. Look for book fairs held at your local schools, libraries, churches and community centers. Also hit up yard sales and thrift stores. Talk to parents in your community about setting up a book swap to keep the books in your child’s library fresh. You can also sign up for magazine subscriptions or check out Zoobean to give your child new reading materials to look forward to each month.

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Create a Kid-Friendly Reading Nook

If you’re trying to convince your kids to read at the kitchen table while you prepare dinner, it will feel like a chore. Instead, make reading a special treat for your child by creating a space where they want to hang out. A reading nook just needs good lighting, a comfortable place to sit, and plenty of books. This converted closet provides a comfortable and inviting space for your child to curl up with a book. It also provides convenient storage to build a home library.


I love this whimsical tent with festive lights and comfortable pillows. Child or adult, who wouldn’t want to hang out in here? Reading is an adventure and this unique reading nook only adds to the excitement.


Take Reading Time Beyond the Page

You can make reading more interesting to kids by using fun voices for different characters, but you can take it to the next level with a puppet show. Put on a few puppet shows for your kids so that they understand how they work, and then let them run the show. After you read a book with your children, work together to make simple puppets out of thick construction paper or cardstock and popsicle sticks. I love this set up (pictured) because there is no real construction involved. Simply purchase a large tri-fold display board and decorate it to your liking. With time, you puppet shows can evolve into original works created by your children!

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My friend sets up a mini talk show set and encourages her 3-year-old daughter to interview various people in her life. Not only is it adorable, but it really builds her confidence and her vocabulary. Set up two chairs and a faux microphone and encourage your children to pretend to be characters from the book you just read. They can take turns interviewing and role-playing as various characters. “Mr. Caterpillar, just why are you so hungry?”

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Walk and Talk With Your Kids

Taking a walk in a park or just in the neighborhood is good for everyone in the family. Add to the benefits of fresh air and exercise by being mindful about the conversation you have with your children. Ask them to point out things that start with the same sound, like a flower and a fence. Encourage them to find objects in their environment that rhyme like tree and bee. Mess For Less has a fun template for a neighborhood I-Spy game. Growing Book by Book also has a fun activity for early readers working on learning the alphabet–a backyard dig!

Stacey Joyner, a reading specialist and program associate with Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) Texas Comprehensive Center says, “By helping your child learn to hear the different sounds in words, you are supporting one of the critical skills that children need in order to learn to read well. That skill is called phonemic awareness. By hearing and saying rhymes, singing songs, and clapping syllables, children focus on the sounds in the words.”

Make the Most of Your Commute With Audiobooks

Sitting in traffic is no picnic for anyone, but it can be an opportunity to make the most of having your child’s undivided attention. Between iTunes and and hundreds of free family friendly podcasts, there are opportunities for new lessons every car trip. According to Reading Rockets, some of the benefits of audiobooks for young readers include:

  • Introducing students to books above their reading level
  • Modeling good interpretive reading
  • Teaching critical listening
  • Introducing new genres that children might not otherwise consider
  • Introducing new vocabulary or difficult proper names or locales
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Audiobooks are also a great idea for travel during family vacations. Ditch the DVD player and allow the whole family to enjoy a story that you can later discuss. It will also help head off sibling bickering and the inevitable chorus of, “are we there yet?” Goodreads has a great list of recommended audiobooks that are great for kids.

Embrace Technology

Though parents seem more mindful of the amount of screen time that their kids get these days, it would be foolish to ignore all of the great technology that can help encourage kids to read. Imagination Soup has a long list of recommended apps that can not only help your child become a better reader, but also utilize reward systems similar to video games to motivate your children to continue to improve and master new material. Talk to you child’s teacher and find out what they are using in the classroom that you may also be able to build on at home.

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Have Patience

Your child may take a while to develop a love for reading. Their resistance may be because it feels like a chore, or because they feel like they are not good at it. Continue to encourage them. Model your own love of reading. Pick up smaller, more digestible reading like magazines or even blogs on topics in which you know they have an interest. Most of all, be supportive of them in their struggles with reading. Cereal boxes, billboards, or sports scores might not seem sufficient to you, but encouraging and rewarding all reading can give a child the confidence to take on new challenges.


Danielle Hegedus is a freelance writer based in Atlanta, GA. She currently writes about home décor ideas and inspiration for

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