Hello and Happy Monday! Welcome to Kid Lit Love where a new release children’s book is featured on Mondays with an author and/or illustrator interview. Today we feature SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT by Amber Hendricks and Kyle Reed, published by Beaming Books, June 2, 2020.

SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT by Amber Hendricks and Kyle Reed


Superheroes leap buildings, chase bad guys, and save the city from the evil Emperor Zog. Superheroes DON’T babysit. Except when their dad asks them to. In an epic battle of sibling rivalry, will this superhero finally meet her match? Or will she find exactly what she’s been missing all along?

In Superheroes Don’t Babysit, author Amber Hendricks tells a story full of humour and heart, and illustrator Kyle Reed’s super-powered illustrations pack a punch with their bold colours and sharp lines. This book is fun to look at and to read with siblings who consider themselves rivals or friends, or maybe something in between.

Amber Hendricks, author

It is a pleasure to have Amber Hendricks join us on the blog today. Welcome and congratulations on the publication of SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT!

Please tell us why you write books for children.

I believe there is a real magic in introducing a child to the love of reading!

When I first started to pursue publishing, I thought I’d write Young Adult novels. But I was running a preschool/daycare at the time and picture books were a huge part of our day. I began to see the complexity in those seemingly simple stories and challenged myself to give picture books a try. I fell head-over-heels in love!

What part of being a writer do you love most?

I love the discovery…. of taking the tendrils of an ideal and weaving them together with words to form a fully fleshed out story. I also love being a part of such an amazing community!

Tell us about your path to publication.

Oh, goodness! It’s been everything I hoped for and nothing like I thought! Long and winding, and yet at times, a rush of activity. I’ve been blessed to work with great agents, editors, and critique partners along the way! I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all path to publication and success can come in many different forms, so it’s important to find what works for you.

Check out ALL of Amber’s Books!

  • Sophie and Little Star
    Clear Fork Publishing
  • Extraordinary Ordinary Ella
    Amicus Ink 2020
  • Superheroes Don’t Babysit
    Beaming Books 2020
  • Little Nature Explorers Board Book Series
    Amicus Ink 2020 and 2021

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Happy Book Birthday: The Lullaby Monsters with a Summer Reading Giveaway!

Happy Book Birthday !!

THE LULLABY MONSTERS written by me and illustrated by Paula Nasmith, is now available for you to order. And to celebrate, I’m doing a summer reading giveaway! You’ll receive these 3 books plus THE LULLABY MONSTERS book swag:

Here’s how to enter. Simply leave a comment on this post between June 30 and July 14. You can receive an extra entry by retweeting the post on Twitter and by tagging a friend. You must be over 19 years to win. Winner chosen by random draw. Contest closes July 14 at midnight, Pacific time. Winners will be contacted within 7 days and announced here on the blog!

THE LULLABY MONSTERS is great for children who love a little suspense and are just beginning to read/listen to longer stories. It is produced in a larger format to make it easier to read to a group of children so it will be an excellent addition to your classroom or library.

Spoiler alert: These monsters love to read!

Meet the Characters

Left to right: Kelsey and Thomas; Flon (on ball); Edwin (starry background); Gunther (with ice cream cone); Trixie (on tricycle); Jazz (in paper boat); Brio (with puffy clouds)


In this night time adventure, Kelsey is always her brother’s hero. She bravely helps with lost teddy bears, scraped knees, and favourite picnic foods. But when Thomas can’t sleep because of the lullaby monsters, Kelsey isn’t sure she can help.  Then Thomas’ precious lullaby box is stolen and Kelsey must face her monstrous fear. In doing so, she discovers that the lullaby monsters are a lot like Thomas.

This book a hybrid between an early chapter book and a picture book and will appeal to those who love Frog and Toad, Charlie and Mouse, or Jack and Annie (Magic Treehouse). Divided into 6 short chapters, it is ideal for children aged 5-8 years who want a slightly longer read-aloud story or are beginning to read for themselves. If your child enjoys ghost stories with a dash of suspense, this will be for them.

Release date: June 30, 2020

How to order:

Go to Indiebound to find a local independent bookstore. Request the book through them. You’ll be supporting a local business at a critical time! Or choose from the list below.

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Thank you! Have a wonderful day and maybe go and have a piece of cake to celebrate with me. I’d love that.