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Holiday Book Gift Guide for the Whole Family

Reading a book can be a solitary act or a delightful excuse to create some memories as a family. Who doesn\’t love some \”snuggle time\” that involves wiggly little bodies (two-legged or even four-legged!), a comfy chair and a crisp, new book?!

As the holiday season approaches, we ask that gift-givers keep in mind that Books are the gift that can be \”opened\” again and again.

And enjoyed repeatedly.

Quality picture books are also a wonderful way to invite a child into the world of reading and imagination. That fact is something that has fueled Audrey Press\’ fire to continue to create beautiful books for kids and adults for almost a decade.


For those who don\’t know, Audrey Press was created in 2010 and was born from a deep passion and desire to inspire children, families, and communities to experience, discover, and create a world together through the power of beautiful books for children. Over these last many years, CEO Valarie Budayr is honored to continually publish picture books, e-books, videos, interactive stories, digital books, and mp3s. Budayr\’s main focus in the very beginning, and also to this very day, was to create paths that open up the world of possibilities for readers of all ages, through the magic of beautiful books for children.

Beautiful Book Ideas from Audrey Press|Ages 0-8


A Year in the Secret Garden by Valarie Budayr and Marilyn Scott-Waters


As parents, we want/need quality books with extension activities to help our young ones unplug and create memories. Pulling books from shelves, and stories from pages is also an important act that will the habit of being life-long readers. Quality books with companion book extension activities are not only working to create special family time, but it also allows kids to solve the world’s problems without major consequences. A Year in the Secret Garden is just such a book.

This delightful children’s book that is co-written by Marilyn Scott-Waters and Valarie Budyar and it offers original month-by-month activities that allow readers to delve deeper into the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden.

Bring the children’s classic book, Secret Garden, to life with these activities, recipes and details that unlock the mysteries of the original book’s characters! \


Within the 120 pages (with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities)families will find many activities inspired by The Secret Garden that encourages them to step away from technology and enjoy getting hands and feet into the black earth of a family garden. This book will make a great gift and be the catalyst of many hours of family growth, learning and FUN!

Grab your copy on Amazon and “meet me in the garden!” More details HERE!

Dragons Are Real by Valarie Budayr


What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myth, and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you\’ve ever imagined?

Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats?


Dragons are Real by Valarie Budayr, with illustrations by Michael Welply is a 1st place Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winner and has been named Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. As readers turn the pages of this amusing read, they will learn the REAL truth about a dragon. They will discover that the fiercest of beasts in known history can actually make the best of friends. It’s a lesson in finding companionship in the most unusual of places Grab a copy on Amazon.

The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Enhanced Digital eBook is an entertaining and educational child’s book enhanced with animations, games, recipes, videos, and more providing hours of fun for kids and parents alike. Based on the beloved story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this interactive children’s e-book is filled with action and adventure. With over 20 crafts and activities (including creating Gobstopper Gum and Chocolate Rivers, golden tickets, handmade Willy Wonka hats, etc.), this beautifully illustrated e-book re-lives the wonder and amazement through Willy Wonkas world of magic. Download your copy ASAP


Don’t have an Apple device, but still want to experience the thrill, activities and magic of The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? This entertaining and educational children’s book based on the beloved story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is available in PDF form!  With over 20 crafts and activities (including creating Gobstopper Gum and Chocolate Rivers, golden tickets, handmade Willy Wonka hats, etc.), this beautifully illustrated PDF re-lives the wonder and amazement through


Willy Wonkas world of magic. Download your PDF copy ASAP for the Holiday Book Sale price of $5.00!

The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to Our Garden by Valarie Budayr

Experience the magical story of a family of foxes that took up residence right in the front yard of the author and publisher, Valarie Budayr. The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden offers an enthusiastically educational opportunity to observe this fox family grow and learn together.

The Fox Diaries\

From digging and hunting to playing and resting, this diary shares a rare glimpse into the private lives of Momma Rennie and her babies. Come to watch as they navigate this wildly dangerous but still wonderful world. Great to share with your children or students, The Fox Diaries speaks to the importance of growing and learning both individually and as a family unit.



It is a perfect book for story time or family sharing. Not only can you read about the daily rituals of this marvelous fox family, but there is also an information-packed resource section at the end of the book that includes lots of facts and even a few \”fox movies\” that you can enjoy with your family. Grab your copy of this beautiful and inspiring book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble Nook.

Aletha Press|Young Adult (YA)

In 2014, Budayr added two new imprints to the AP family and one of those was Aletha Press; a YA imprint of Audrey Press that focuses on books that are written by authors aged 16-26. Aletha is the Greek word for truth.

\”We want to give voice to the young writers of this generation,\” noted Budayr.

The very first release under Aletha Press was the award-winning and wildly successful book author Hannah Rials.  Ascension has not only proven to be a winner book #2 in the trilogy, Clandestine, (released in July of 2018) has already begun winning awards as well.


Ascension by Hannah Rials

What an extraordinary debut novel with new and intriguing twists on vampires—a strong female protagonist as one. I already can’t wait for book two.-Jill Murphy Long, author of The Conduit


Are you ready to be mesmerized by a modern day teenage romance filled with \”double-blooded\” vampires and revenge-seeking witches?
Steeped in the mystery, intrigue and rich history of New Orleans and the secretive world of the Deuxsang, teen vampire, Cheyenne, and her forbidden love, Eli, embark on a very different, and vastly more dangerous, journey as the net of betrayal tightens around them. This intense and fresh novel is enchanting, engrossing and impossible to put down right up to the cliffhanger ending. Remember, the end is not the end. Grab Ascension on Amazon or visit Hannah\’s website to see what this super-talented young college student is up to.

Clandestine by Hannah Rials

The much-anticipated sequel to JIAB intern, Hannah Rials\’ first runaway YA hit, Book Two in the Ascension series is Clandestine and its already bringing in raves reviews.

“Gripping until the very end.”Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia

“Dark, surprising, and full of twists, the Ascension series is a delectable addition to vampire canon. Rials paints a rich and engrossing world of vampires, half-vampires witches– each with their own agenda. Cheyenne’s struggle to be free is one that every girl will recognize, and I rooted for her as she bristled against the roles cast for her by society. It’s the story of a girl yearning to come into her own powers, powers both frightening and beautiful.” ~Maggie Thrash, author of L.A. Times Book Prize nominee Honor Girl

Clandestine by Hannah Rials\
Cheyenne Lane never believed it could come to this—imprisoned by her own family, who are plotting to overthrow the vampire Council. Ripped away from the happiness of her summer romance and friendship in New Orleans, Cheyenne is forced to begin her education at Clandestine, the secret Deuxsang University, one year early.

At 17, Cheyenne finds herself the center of a centuries-old conspiracy involving the vampires, Deuxsang, and witches, and everyone is telling her who she should trust and what she should do. Her head is too full of voices and opinions, and it’s time for Cheyenne to make up her own mind. Is she ready to step into the role she was made for? Who can she trust? Who is her friend and who is her enemy? Is she really a born leader? All questions that only she can answer. As the information and scenario gets more confusing, she knows she must listen to her intuition if she is going to shift the truth from all the lies. Grab your copy of the #YAThriller Clandestine HERE and get sucked in…

Purchase your copy of Clandestine on Amazon and visit Hannah\’s website to see what this super-talented young college student is up to.

Labyrinthine Press | Beautiful Books for Adults


HOW TO COACH GIRLS by Mia Wenjen and Alison Foley


Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by the age of 13, with girls quitting at 6x the rate of boys?

Alison Foley, Boston College’s Women’s Head Soccer Coach, and Mia Wenjen, parenting blogger at, help coaches — both parent volunteer and professional — crack the code of how to keep girls in sports.


HOW TO COACH GIRLS focuses on the key elements to keep girls coming back next season covering topics like Coaching Your Own Daughter to Pitfalls of Choosing Captains to Developing Team Chemistry. This is a hands-on manual to help coaches keep girls in sports!

Grab your copy on Amazon or visit the HTCG website for more details and free downloads.

Pilgrimage: A Modern Seeker\’s Guide by Evans Bowen

Evans Bowen’s voice is clear and comforting as she encourages spiritual travelers to engage in mindful journeying before their first footfall on the path. Then she takes us into the heart of the journal of 40 transformative days with her deep questions to lead us toward soulful integration. I highly recommend this work for even the most seasoned traveler. ~ Normandi Ellis award-winning author of Awakening Osiris


A tradition of all religions, Pilgrimage is a journey to sacred sites as an act of devotion and dedication. It is time to expand the definition of Pilgrimage to inform modern life. Taking time to visit a place near home or around the globe, to open the mind and heart to the Divine, brings healing and new meaning to life. Pilgrimage is both an external journey to a place longed for and an internal journey to the center of our most authentic self.



Each part of the journey, from the first desire to visit a holy place, to the return home to integrate the experience, becomes the pilgrimage to expand our world, both body, and soul. Combining practical steps for the physical journey and 40 days of inspiration for the spirit, this guidebook gives this time-honored journey to the Divine to inform the whole person in our increasingly fragmented world.

Purchase your copy of Pilgrimage: A Modern Seeker\’s Guide on Amazon and visit Evans travel blog, a Perpetual Pilgrim.

Waldorf Homeschool Handbook by Donna Ashton

The Waldorf Homeschooling Handbook\

A simple step-by-step guide to creating and understanding a Waldorf inspired homeschool plan. Within the pages of this comprehensive homeschooling guide, parents will find information, lesson plans, curriculum, helpful hints, behind the scenes reasons why, rhythm, rituals, helping you fit homeschooling into your life.

The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook\

Whether you are just starting to homeschool, or always wanted to, imagine this for a second…

You feel confident that you are doing it right. The first steps are clear and you know exactly where to find the resources and support needed to be successful. There’s no second guessing. No confusion. No lack of focus. Without any floundering, your homeschooling falls into place with ease, assurance, and joy.

This list of common sense and nurturing advice within the pages of this book are long. Go here to learn details, the Waldorf plan and the myriad of amazing things parents can learn from the Waldorf Homeschool Handbook. Grab your copy on Amazon ASAP!

For those looking to give the gift of magic, adventure, education, sacred travel or thriller-filled suspense, books from the Audrey Press publishing house will be a great gift because they are meaningful, beautiful, portable, appealing, and inexpensive.

PLUS, books are the perfect gift for any age and are a gift that doesn’t require batteries or sizing instruction!

Happy shopping!