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Looking a last minute gift idea? A book to read? Find a book that supports a local author. There is something for everyone in this list: 4 authors with a dozen different books. All are written by local authors, many from Warrenville. There are links to purchase each book on Amazon. And if you don't find what you want here, check out the 2015 list of books by local authors.


Circles of Gold by Vickie Austin

Circles of goldNetwork skills for those in career transition or building their business - or anyone for that matter. An easy read with a powerful message that provides practical tips and tools. From the formula for your “thirty-second commercial” to a template for launching your own marketing campaign, Vickie walks you through the steps of networking with grace and dignity, focused on honoring the people you already know! A gift for someone else, or an investment in yourself.

Circles of Gold on Amazon

Toby and the Princess by Jack Schmitt (author) and Christopher Gradoski (illustrator)

Toby and the princess

Local author Jack Schmitt teamed up with local artist Christopher Gradoski to create this beautifully illustrated story about a young princess who overstays her playtime at a neighboring castle. She chooses the shorter path home, which leads her through the Dark Woods. This leads to unfortunate adventures, and the princess learns a lesson in being mindful of the time.

Find Toby and the Princess on Amazon.


Books Featuring Artwork of Carolyn McNellis

Carolyn McNellisFour books featuring the artwork, life, and family traditions of longtime Warrenville resident, Carolyn McNellis.

’26 Cousins’: Carolyn's had 26 grandchildren. This book captures the unique and personalized birthday cards that Carolyn created, complete with the heartwarming stories behind the cards.  (image is Danny's card)                              

’McQuillan’s Family Fare’:  A thoroughly entertaining mix of healthy food, sharing & creating recipes, and raising kids. IT includes over 100 of the family's time-tested recipes (including a recipe for dog biscuits for those dog-lovers out there). And because everything delicious being served around an island comes with a discussion on healthy food or raising kids.                                                           

’Art: In Spite Of It All’: A Collection of over 115 works of art by Carolyn P. McNellis
’Joy In Learning’: Unlocking Your Child’s Potential by Annie McNellis Carlson.  An educational philosophy that includes social, physical, and emotional development in the educational process to help children thrive academically. It appreciates children's innate sense of curiosity & that they learn at they own pace. The hard but necessary ‘work’ of early learning isn’t a chore but a ‘Joy’. 

Books by Shawna Coronado

shawna illinois guideShawna Coronado, a Warrenville resident, promotes topics including green living, healthy lifestyle, and organic gardening. She has published 7 books, with an 8th (101 Organic Gardening Hacks: Eco-friendly Solutions to Improve Any Garden) due out Jan 1, 2017. Maybe a gardener on your shopping list would enjoy Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers

Visit Shawna's book page for information on all the titles.


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