Renee Hand

Renee Hand writes because it is a passion.

She is a home schooling parent and likes to create books that educate and inspire the children of today.
She was born in Michigan and still lives there with her husband and two children. Renee is the author of the amazing mystery series known as the Crypto-Capers Series that encourages children to read by incorporating several topics of interest. The reader participates into the story by solving cryptograms and puzzles to solve the case. She is also the author of the Joe-Joe Nut Series starring animal detectives. This series is a great way to teach children about animals in a fun and interesting way, capturing the reader’s attention and providing them with the sort of knowledge they will be learning about in school.

All her books are great to use in a classroom setting to supplement various topics.

Ms. Hand is an award-winning author, receiving accolades such as a best book award, a national literary award, a preferred choice award, and A Seal of Excellence award for her children’s series and adult books. She has been writing for over 20 years and when she is not spending time with her family or participating in author events, she is coaching and playing tennis, as well as doing research for her books and many other things that keep her busy.

For more information about the author, readers can check out her website.

Book Reviews by Renee Hand

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Pierre the Maze Detective is a part of a series of sticker books designed by IC4Design that will delight sticker collectors of all ages.

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Dotty’s First Book is a delightful board book for young children that stimulates the senses as they learn colors, numbers, shapes, first words, and opposites.

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Groundhog’s Runaway Shadow is a fascinating story about friendship and acceptance.

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How to Catch the Easter Bunny  is a delightfully cute story about an Easter bunny named E. B. who is very hard to catch.

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One Lonely Fish is a counting book with a bite! With diecut shaped pages children will be able to count from one through ten in a fun and simple way.

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Bob the Artist is a 32-page hardcover picture book about self-acceptance and bullying.

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Brilliantly colorful cutouts are used to teach colors and shapes in this board book designed with artwork by Henri Matisse.

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Animal Parade makes learning fun with its stylish and tactile design as a puzzle book introducing the key concepts of bigger and smaller.

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Where’s Warhol is an incredibly detailed journey through various historical locations around the world.

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Abraham Lincoln: From Log Cabin to White House is an accounting of Lincoln’s humble beginnings in Kentucky to the height of his prominence and prestige as president of the United States.

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“bakers of all ages will enjoy this 72-page dessert extravaganza . . .”

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Wish is a wonderful 24-page story about the relationship between a wolf and her cub, standins for parent and child.

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Love from The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a simply told story for three to five year olds that is filled with colorful illustrations done by Eric Carle.

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My Bug Adventure is a funny fill-in by National Geographic that is colorful and potentially very silly. Similar to Mad Libs, funny fill-ins can be played alone or with a partner.

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Hoot, Hoot, Hooray! is an inspiring chapter book that tells about three different animal rescues. The first is Paul and Babe, two owlets that fell out of a tree.

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Ever wondered about the birth of movies? In 1895 the Lumière brothers invented the Cinematograph.

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Children who already love pop up books will find this one with sounds even more delightful.”

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a real treat for children and adults who love to learn about dinosaurs.”

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Readers will delight in the beauty of the story, inspiring children between the ages of 5–7 to look beyond what they see at first glance and to appreciate the world around

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The emphasis of this book is that love has no boundaries.”

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It is cute and funny, unique and whimsical, and has a good moral, too.”

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“Ken Jennings has created a new Junior Genius Guides series for children 8–10 years of age. Children will become experts as they learn clever map and geography facts.”

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Many people wonder about answers to some of life’s most basic questions, such as “Why the sky is blue?”, which can be answered from textbooks and in science classrooms and seem geared to younger, m

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“. . . readers feel like they are going along on the journey—minus the disease and frostbite.”

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“It is wonderful to help others in need.”

Gus, the Dinosaur Bus is cute story about a dinosaur that takes children to school as if he is a bus.

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“The author plants the seed for dreams of fantastic possibilities.”

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They have a touch so feathery light it can be barely felt on human skin. The vivid gold and black colored golden orb weaver spider is the largest webmaking spider on the planet.

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“My Little Blue Robot is a great concept realized in 3-D.”

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“Flora and the Flamingo is a visual masterpiece of storytelling that teaches children the concepts of hard work, forgiveness, and friendship.”

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“. . . an interesting take on a trip to the art museum. . . . who works there and what jobs they are responsible for doing.”

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This story teaches a great life lesson.

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Children will relate to this story about friendship and feelings.

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“Bartholomew Biddle and the Very Big Wind is an impeccably written book challenging the limitations of writing in verse.”

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“. . . information enveloped in humor.”

Unusual Creatures is indeed A Mostly Accurate Account of Some of Earth’s Strangest Animals!

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“deliciously funny . . .”

The world’s most unusual nanny pig is back in this side-splitting sequel to The Adventures of Nanny Piggins!

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“a superb combination of many boys’ (and girls’, too) favorite topics—vehicles and dinosaurs—and lots of adventure.”

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“The message: Too many sweets can make you sick. . . .

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“Children will love the different ways Sam and Sarah view the world, helping children ages four and up view art, exploration, museums, and writing with the imagination and verve the charact

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“Happy provides ample opportunities for extensive discussion about the expression of emotions—a true, potentially interactive delight for young readers and their caregivers.”

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“Children ages seven and up will love this new title in Mr. Stilton’s comic book/graphic novel series.

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“In this story the author captures the chaotic life of most children and their parents.

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Bang! How We Came to Be is an artistically colorful, interesting and powerful, scientific version of evolution broken down into digestible parts just for children.

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The Princess and the Pig is an interesting twist to a familiar fairy tale.

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The Fate of Achilles looks into the opposing forces of human strength and courage versus war and greed.

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I Am So Strong is a classic tale of ego run amuck.

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Zombie in Love is a bizarre rendition of searching for love in all the wrong places.

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“The author has created a perfect bedtime tale with this 32-page picture book.

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Pilot & Huxley #2: The Next Adventure is a combination of “Beavis and Butthead” with the inappropriate and indulgent humor of “South Park.”

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“. . . cute and entertaining and fits right in with the many little girls out there who think they are big cheeses.”

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“a delightful story that will put smiles on everyone’s face.”

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Bindi’s Wildlife Adventures series creates a wonderful blend of adventure, suspense, and wildlife conservation.

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“All children who love animals and want to make a contribution to their salvation will love the direction the series is going and will enjoy reading this book.”

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A Quest For Good Manners is an interesting and fun way to teach good manners to children.

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When a Dragon Moves In is a story about friendship, the beach, and a creative imagination.

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Energy Island is an inspiring story that demonstrates how a normal everyday community can pull together to reach energy independence.

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The illustrations in Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India are rich with vibrant colors, while the tale is equally peppered with cleverness and humor, and, of course, just the right amount of mischie

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This is a tale of how friendship can bloom and warm the most unique of hearts.

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Forsythia & Me is a story about friendship, devotion, and self-confidence. The tale begins with two best friends, Chester and Forsythia.

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True to all Scooby-Doo mysteries, A Very Scary Valentine’s Day follows a pattern similar to the other books in the series.

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Animal Disguises is a book filled with a plethora of information about the cleverness of animals and how they survive and protect themselves in the wild.

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A Vampire’s Kiss is a combination of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight, but without real vampires, blood, or age-inappropriate material.

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My Penguin Osbert In Love is a delightful story filled with friendship, devotion, and love. My Penguin Osbert In Love is the second book in this series.

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Maps and Mapping is a breakdown of various maps that are seen and used on a daily basis and some that are used to find information in different ways.

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The Crossing is a delightful recounting of George Washington’s journey into becoming one of the most memorable men that has ever lived.

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World of Wonders is an amazing voyage through stunning images that depict life and planet Earth in its most natural and awe-inspiring form.

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Who Will Be My Valentine This Year? is a cute Valentine’s Day tale that will delight children of picture-book age.

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Banana! Is a nearly wordless tale about two monkeys and their battle over a banana.

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Discover Science Insects is one of six books in the Discover Science Series. This book gives a close up look into the lives of insects and how they function, adapt and survive.

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Mummy Mazes is an amazing amalgamation of history, meticulously designed mazes, and archeology.

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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals is a wonderful animal reference that will delight children and will entertain them for years to come.

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Me, Frida is an exhilarating true story about an amazing artist who changed the way people saw her and inspired many others to not forget their own dreams.

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The Legend of the Golden Snail is an amazing adventure that will sail into reader’s hearts.

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My Dad My Hero, a 32-page picture book, examines how special fathers are in a child’s life.

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Nat Geo Wild Animal Atlas: Earth’s Astonishing Animals and Where They Live is a perfect tool to introduce young readers to the amazing animals across the globe.

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The Mystery of Journey’s Crowne is an amazing adventure drawing game that is unique and different.

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My Name is Not Isabella is a 32-page hardcover picture book about a girl named Isabella who has a very interesting imagination. She loves to pretend she is someone else.

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The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library shows young readers that books can be entertaining and educational at the same time.

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Nat Geo Amazing! is an awe-inspiring collection of human culture, animal oddities, and true tales of wonder.

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The Elves’ First Christmas is a 32-page picture book that begins with the elves living happily in the forest, enjoying life, and respecting nature and what it has provided for them.

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Pobble’s Way is a picture book about a young girl named Pobble and her father as they go on an adventure through the woods in the wintertime.

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What do you find when you place a curious girl in a house full of secrets?

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 You Wish is a whimsical twist on the movie Sixteen Candles with the hilarity of Liar Liar in a birthday wish scenario.

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The Raindrop is a beautifully illustrated picture book about a raindrop and its place in the world. The story begins with the Raindrop having a discussion with a cloud.

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When field worker Sucoh Sucop shows up at the Nicefolks’ farm looking for work, Ever and Ima Nicefolk hire him. In payment all they can offer him is a place to sleep and meals.

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Roly Poly Pangolin is a 40-page picture book about a pangolin named Roly Poly who is afraid of everything. One day Roly Poly sets out on an adventure holding tight to mama’s tail.

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Pony Scouts: Pony Crazy is a simple, 32-page, easy reader about horses and a girl named Meg. Meg loves everything to do with horses.

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Eloquent Books, June 2009

A Picture Book That Encourages Children to Believe In Themselves

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 Nobunny’s Perfect is a simply illustrated, 32-page picture book that teaches children about different kinds of behavior and about using good manners. Nobunny’s Perfect uses bunny chi

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Ladybug Girl at the Beach is a delightful story about conquering fear of the unknown.

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Duck and Cover is a deliciously cute story about a duck named Max and an interesting alligator named Harold.

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Cat the Cat, Who is THAT? Is a simply written story that teaches friendship to children up to five years of age.

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Children Make Terrible Pets is a 40-page hardcover picture book about a bear cub named Lucy who, on a walk through the woods dancing and frolicking about, runs across someone admiring her

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Animal Crackers Fly the Coop is a hilariously funny book that children will love and repeat the jokes in forever.