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Beryl Reichenberg

             Children’s Stories and Books

Have you ever wondered how animals hide and protect themselves in the wild? Or how to deal with a child who is a picky eater? Or do you like to read mystery stories?  “Camouflage”, “Ants on a Log” and “The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake” are only a few of the stories I have written and illustrated for young children and their families over the past seven years. These three books are published by Oak Tree Press and are now available from them, as well as 

I have also self-published over 35 other titles, including “A Real Dragon” about a young dragon who wants to learn how to breathe fire and roar like his parents and “Blue” about a tiny bird who falls out of a nest and the children who find him. These and other titles may be viewed and ordered directly from Several more books are self-published on CreateSpace and are available from Amazon.

Some of my books are in verse and some in prose.  Inspiration for mant of my stories comes from my four, young grandchildren: from something they have said, or a question they have asked or something I feel might tickle their fancy.

I hold a Master’s Degree from UCLA and have taught school in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Currently I live in San Luis Obispo, California. I am a member of the Society for Children Book Authors and Illustrators and the San Luis Obispo Nightwriters. If you are interested in knowing more about my books or have comments about my stories, please visit my website at I am also on and I am looking forward to hearing from you.




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07/24/2016 General

 Six of my books published by Oak Tree Press are currently available for Ebooks. Check out my webside for prices and to order. Books include Ants on a Log, The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake, Butterfly Girls, When Caterpillars Dream and Camouflage. 

12/24/2014 General

 I just returned from a trip to India and will be adding comments and images of my trip to my website:, my facebook page, my wordpress blog and other media sites. Drop by these sites and enjoy India through my eyes. Beryl

11/26/2014 General

 Suggestions for Book Signing and Other Events

I have set up a number of my own book signing and other events and have the following suggestions for other authors. Most of my events occur outside, so some of these suggestions may not be appropriate for all venues. 


l. Buy brightly colored balloons to display outside the event. These create movement and draws attention to the event. 

2. I usually have a paper craft available for people to do when I hold an event. These are something simple that might appeal to all ages, especially children. 

3. Don’t rely on the venue to do all the publicity. It is important for the author to do some of their own. Your own news releases, flyers, emails and other forms of publicity will help get the word out about the event. People sometimes need to see the publicity in several places for them to remember.

4. Have a raffle. People like to turn out at events if they see that they might win a prize. I usually give away one of my children’s books to be given away by the venue the next day, so that they will return at least once to the store. 

5. Have the event in a location where there is likely to be a captive audience, preferable locations that are popular with local residents. I like locations where there are lots of people strolling by . At some locations, I might have a small grouping of chairs for readings and at others there may not be room.

6. Food is important. For our children’s book event at Whiz Kids Toy Store, we had popcorn, appealing to kids and adults alike.  Food helps to create a festive atmosphere. Even if I am on the street, I have a bowl of candy or cookies.

7. Have an inviting display. With my own events, I usually have stuffed animals on my table, my books in a display rack, a bright table cloth and colorful signs and banners. I like to engage people in conversation as much as possible.  Include brochures, business cards, bookmarks, newsletter copies and a clipboard to gather email addresses on your table. 

8. If on the street, remain standing and talk to people. Don’t sit at the table and look bored. Be lively and engage potential buyers in conversation.


Please share your suggestions about what works or doesn’t work at your events. Thank you, Beryl




11/21/2014 General

Article, Interview and Much More About Kid Lit

What issues should an author consider in working with a traditional publisher vs. self-publishing? How important is it to work with an editor? What should you consider when choosing a cover or fonts for your children’s book? What are some of the other issues that may arise if you also illustrate your own stories?  How important is it for parents to find time in their busy day to read to their children? 

To see my answers to these and other questions, drop by Earl Robert’s website at Read his article as he weaves together a discussion of many of the issues we all face when writing children’s books along with information about my background, writing process and publishing experiences. Earl combines his article with a video and description of my latest picture books, including my newly published book, Clowning Around. He also provides the URLs where my books may be purchased. 

Earl and I have exchanged comments from time to time over the past year on Linkedin. I have always found his comments insightful. A true professional, he is generous with his expertise. I am delighted to have this spot on his website.

11/12/2014 General

 If you wonder how parents can maximize their reading time with their children, or how I write my chidlren's stories, or what advice I give to children authors, or what my new book, Clowning Around, is about, read my interview on Female First website's :

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A Note From Beryl Reichenberg

In addition to writing children's picture books, I am a fiber artist and conduct book making classes for children. My fiber art can be seen at In my bookmaking classs for children, I explore many types of books, including accordion books, book in a box, exploding books and others. I enjoy working with children of all ages.

Current Releases
This is the story of Charlie, a young clown fish who delights in performing antics for the children who come to the aquarium to watch the action in the fish tank.
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Clowning Around
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Hopping to the Moo
"I'm a City Bear"  is written from the bear's point of view in diary format. Based on actual events, the story relates the adventures of a hungry bear who comes down from the mountains to find food. He discovers a paradise with...
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I'm a City Bear
A book for children of all ages. It is full of squigglly line drawings of animals and silly poems.
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How does a Monarch butterfly teach two young girls to fly?  
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Butterfly Girls
What do caterpillars dream about while they are in their chrysalis becoming butterflies?  
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When Caterpillars Dream

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The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake

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A children's story about Jack the Rabbit who won't eat vegetables until he eats Ants on a Log at school and finds it delicious. Gradually his mother persuades him that vegetables can be tasty.  ...
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Ants on a Log

A Peek Into the Life of Beryl Reichenberg

Rocky Raccoon from "The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake"

Rocky Raccoon from "The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake"
A Pleased Young Reader

A Pleased Young Reader
Demonstrating Folded Books

Demonstrating Folded Books
Beryl at the San Luis Obispo Book Festival, 2011

Beryl at the San Luis Obispo Book Festival, 2011

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