Guest Post by Author/Nutritionist/Blogger, Sally G. CroninThe Gift of Books for a Young Mind

Sally G Cronin

Sally G Cronin

Please welcome talented author/blogger and extraordinary nutritional therapist, Sally G. Cronin to Jemsbooks Blog Guest Post Segment. It is a pleasure to have you here, Sally.

(I posted this guest post back in August 2015 but wanted to share it again after I added three of my reviews of Sally’s wonderful books at the end.)

The gift of books for a young mind by Sally Cronin

I cannot remember a time that there was not a book on my nightstand. Picture books that morphed into fairy stories that evolved into thrillers and mysteries. They stimulated my need to learn and so non-fiction books were requested and received for Christmas and my birthdays.

When I was nine years old I received the mother-lode of information. My first children’s encyclopedia… Wow. I spent hours delighting over the pictures and stories from around the world and however many Famous Five books came and went, that encyclopedia was a fixture.

Of course by the time I went to school, text books also contributed to the learning experience, but I never lost my love of these compendiums. My father always had an updated version of Pear’s Cyclopedia which had been first published in 1897 (by Pear’s Soap Company). Apart from a few years in the 40s, from 1953 the year I was born, it was published annually. Its 123rd addition was published in September 2014.

Pears Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia 1Encyclopedia Geography

Human Body History

And whilst my father may have kept the latest version by his chair to help him complete his daily crossword, the previous edition had pride of place by my bed. It would soon be joined by more updated encyclopedias and also a wonderfully illustrated dictionary.

I doubt I would be writing today if it had not been for all those pictures, words, facts and figures that stimulated my young mind to discover more about the world.

I was lucky enough to travel a great deal and live in some exotic locations until my teen year. It would amuse me to see pictures of elephants and snakes when I had actually seen them first hand. But for children who do not have that gift of travel to broaden their minds, the encyclopedias of today are fantastic.

Perhaps next time you are thinking of books as gifts for children you might put together a treasure trove of fiction and non-fiction. You could not go far wrong by including some of Janice’s own books that are wonderfully illustrated and stimulating to budding readers and authors. Then perhaps you might like to include one or two of these as well.

The Children’s Encyclopedia

Geography-A Children’s Encyclopedia

History Year

Human Body

About Sally Cronin

I have set foot on a number of paths in life and at work and all have led me to this point in my life. I had dreams of acting, singing and from a very early age writing. I have devoured books since childhood, reading subject matter far above my pay grade as I filched most of my books from my father’s library book pile! Wilbur Smith was my idol and I still own all his published work and will always keep them safely on my bookshelf. 20 years ago I reached a watershed in my career and opted to retrain in nutrition at age 42. That was a turning point in my life and it has opened many doors.

Just about to release my 9th book and the 10th is on the way. Health is my primary focus, as is people skills in all areas, but I am delighted that my dreams have been realised by indulging myself with romance and humour in my fiction titles.

My daily blog is my lifeblood as is the community of amazing bloggers who share that space.


All books are available on Amazon Author pages. 

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Thank you, dear Sally, for this lovely and informative guest post. I know my readers will enjoy it as much as I did. It was a true pleasure to have you on my blog today. Please come back again and share more of your expertise. You are now a member of the Jemsbooks Blog family! Thank you for the mention of my books. You are too kind!

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read Sally G. Cronin’s guest post. Please check out her books and the encyclopedias today. I have read two of Sally’s creative books and thoroughly enjoyed them. I will post a review soon here.

Here are a few reviews of Sally’s wonderful books:

5 Stars – A Lovely Collection of Magical Tales from the Garden!, December 21, 2015

Sally Cronin does it again with her imaginative Tales from the Garden. She will transport you to other worlds where fairies live and interact with the stone statutes of the garden. You will see through the eyes of each statue as they guard the garden and all its flowers and trees from trespassers.

This author weaves creative short stories that will keep you mesmerized and believing in the creatures no one can see that live under the magnolia tree. You will begin to look at your own garden and its gnomes with a careful eye and want to stop and pat the head of each stone figure as you pass.

This is an enjoyable read for all ages. I found it captivating and would recommend it to all. Sally Cronin has many other lovely books that are also entertaining. Check her out today!

5 Stars – A Lovely Collection of Short Stories!, April 4, 2015
By Jjspina

This review is from: Flights of Fancy (Kindle Edition)
Flights of Fancy is an eclectic mix of stories that range from love and revenge to murder and mystery with a couple of talking animals to round things off. This was an enjoyable and interesting read by a creative and talented author. Each story kept me spellbound until the end. The author writes in an easy manner and the dialogue flows smoothly and naturally.

This is the first book I have read by this author and look forward to reading more. I recommend this lovely book.

5 Stars – A Lovely Story of a Woman’s Resilience!, August 17, 2015
By Jjspina

This review is from: Just an Odd Job Girl (Kindle Edition)
Just an Odd Job Girl is an entertaining and funny book. Imogen is a woman who doesn’t realize her own worth after being married to a man who himself is insecure. When Peter, her husband, leaves her for a younger woman she must take a close look at her life and rebuild. She doesn’t realize her own worth and how resilient she is until she goes out to find another job and must relive all her past odd jobs in an interview.

The author does a lovely job of telling the reader about each odd job Imogen has had in a comical way. I found this book to be a creative and thoroughly enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

Remember: Reading Gives You Wings To Fly!



About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 2 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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35 Responses to Guest Post by Author/Nutritionist/Blogger, Sally G. CroninThe Gift of Books for a Young Mind

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Janice Spina kindly combining a guest post on children books with reviews of three of my books.. who says you cannot have Christmas in February. Thank you so much Janice.. amazing.

  2. Thank you so much Janice that is really special.. Just heading off to bed and it ends the day in a wonderful way.. hugs

  3. Great post. Thank you.

  4. dgkaye says:

    I don’t know how I missed it the first time, but Wow, what a fantastic interview here Janice with Sally! So glad I found it now. xo ❤

  5. Reblogged this on writerchristophfischer and commented:
    Learn more about the gifted author, nutritionist and blogger Sally Cronin on Jemsbooks blog by Janice Spina

  6. Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: and commented:
    Two for the price of one here. We learn more about the lovely Sally and her writing. And her reviews of Janice’s great books

  7. Happy Tuesday Janice! How lovely to find Sally here this morning. Huge hugs all ’round.

  8. olganm says:

    Thanks, Janice for bringing us Sally. She’s so right about encyclopedias for children. I also loved mine to death (I think it’s my mother’s still). You’ve also reminded me I have to find time to read Tales of the Garden (although I read the stories in the blog, I want to savour them all together). Thanks so much!

  9. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne says:

    Reblogged this on deanieblog and commented:
    Glad to learn more about you Sally!

  10. Deanie Humphrys-Dunne says:

    It was fun learning more about you, Sally. I reblogged to my site. 🙂

  11. Ali Isaac says:

    Great piece ladies!

  12. Wonderful post Janice for an amazing person!

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