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The ABC’s of Summer Reading 99¢ Sale: The Letter W

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Summer is a GREAT season for encouraging your little ones to read. That’s why Ambassador is holding the ABC’s of Summer Reading 99¢ Sale! We’ve been highlighting a different letter each week, all summer long. It’s time to finish off our ABC’s of Summer Sales with the letter W!


For one week only we’re offering three exciting children’s literature titles for just 99¢ each on iTunes! Pick up Barbara Collins’s ebook Water Baby Learns to Ski, Maria Bostian’s ebook What Should Daisy Do?, and Doug Routledge’s ebook Waking the World for a discounted price for ebook during our one-week sale event. This special iTunes pricing will remain through August 9th, and then it will return to regular price.

Water Baby Learns to Ski

Synopsis: Look! A Baby on Skis!   At 9 months old, most babies are just learning to climb.  Not Water Baby!  In this true story, author Barbara Collins brings to the life the journey of a baby who learns to ski and goes on to become a national champion.   The first book in the Water Baby series, Water Baby Learns to Ski will surprise in more ways than one with its delightful story and charming illustrations.  BUY NOW

What Should Daisy Do?

Synopsis:  An Interactive Story with a Surprise Ending!

Daisy Dog and Pete the Pig are the best of friends, going everywhere and doing everything together. Often times, Daisy has to get Pete out of tricky situations.    While at Pete’s house one rainy Saturday, Daisy is faced with a tough decision when Pete invites her to play with his “special” toys: matches and lighters.     Children Have a Voice!     “No way, Pete!” yells the group of preschool children. “Matches and lighters are tools, not toys.”     Imagine their voice being heard as they tell others what Daisy should do with dangerous matches and lighters!  BUY NOW

Waking the World

Synopsis: This is the Story of the Night a Little Cricket Woke the World.

Rickety Bitick Cricket has a dream – a dream to wake the entire world with the loudest chirping any cricket has ever made. After nights of planning and practicing Rickety is ready! In this charming story written and illustrated by Doug Routledge, readers are encouraged to dream big and reminded that the biggest of plans can come from the smallest of creatures.
With its vivid illustrations and descriptive narrations, Waking the World is sure to be a bedtime favorite night after night.  BUY NOW

Children’s Book Shares the True Story of a Water Skiing Baby

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Water Baby Learns to SkiSouth Carolina author bases the tale on her son, a champion water skier

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, there are more than 74 million recreational boaters and more than 10 million water skiers in the US. But very few of those water skiers are babies. In her new children’s book Water Baby Learns to Ski (Ambassador International; May 2013; $14.99, hardback) author Barbara Collins shares the true story of a nine-month-old who learned to water ski.

Collins based the book on her own son, Chevis. Collins’ husband Dean pulled the baby on trainer skis in the family’s den at just nine months old. Before his first birthday he was “skiing” in the front yard and at 19 months began skiing behind a boat. “He began to compete when he was just six,” remembers Collins. “Water skiing is something my family has done for more than four decades.” Collins’ son was ranked among the top water skiers in the country, winning Nationals in California at age 13 and competing for Clemson University during college. “We love the sport of water skiing because it is family oriented,” says the author. “We practiced together every day.”

The illustrations in Water Baby Learns to Ski are based off of actual photos of Collins’ son. It’s the first book in the Water Baby series. The next installment is expected to be released in 2014. “My goal is to share my family’s love of the water and the outdoors with young readers,” explains Collins, a former elementary school teacher. “It’s an inspirational and fun story for children.”

About the Author: Barbara Collins, a native of Anderson, South Carolina, is a retired elementary school teacher specializing in reading. She has a BA and a Masters degree in education from Clemson University.

About the Illustrator: Water Baby Learns to Ski is illustrated by award-winning artist Gale McKinley. McKinley is an artist-in-residence with the South Carolina Arts Commission.

To learn more about the author and her book Water Baby Learns to Ski, visit h For interview requests, please contact Alison Storm at [email protected].

Can Babies Really Water Ski?

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Water Baby Learns to SkiCan babies really water ski? That’s the question we’ve been hearing quite a bit since the release of our children’s book Water Baby Learns to Ski. Author Barbara Collins wrote the story based on the life of her son, who began water skiing at just nine months old. Barbara’s son went on to become a national champion water skier and the family still skis together on a regular basis. This adorable book is a great gift for a summer baby shower or birthday party.

Still skeptical about whether the story is true? Check out this video of a 7-month-old in Australia learning to water ski.

The video went viral last month and before you get too worried about the child’s safety we should tell you that he’s not being pulled behind a boat. He’s actually being pulled behind a person running along the shore. What amazing things have you seen babies do?