About Eric

Eric VanRaepenbusch loves to read children's books.
He reads with his four children.
He reads with groups of school children in their classroom.
He reads with children at local businesses.
He reads with children at Little Free Libraries.
He has also been known to dress up and wear silly hats while reading to large groups of families with young children! 
He has written his own children's books, Baby Beards! and THREE GHOST FRIENDS, and he loves to read those too!

-- Books I've Written and Illustrated --

Baby Beards!

Baby Beards! is a book that explores the fun and excitement of healthy eating for a toddler. The BIG messes and HUGE smiles bring plenty of photo opportunities.  Young children will love the colorful illustrations, rhymes, and trying to find the dog and camea on each page.  Parents will love interacting and talking with their child as they read.  As an added bonus, parents can add photographs and record eating milestones, making this book one that children will ask to have read OVER AND OVER again!

PERFECT GIFT FOR A FAMILY WITH A NEW BABY!

Are a retail store looking to purchase larger quantities?  Contact Eric at (happybirthdayblog at windstream dot net)

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Baby Beards! - Picture Book and Memory Book for Little Eaters!


Perfect Gift for Baby Shower - Baby Beards! by Eric VanRaepenbusch

Baby Beards! - Baby Book for recording eating milestones! Add your own photos!

ADDED BONUS -- Record Eating Milestones with this "My First Foods" page and "My Favorite Foods" page.
AND THERE'S MORE -- Add your own Baby Beard Photos! (3 included in book!)

Three Ghost Friends: Learn About Colors

Buy the Book: CreateSpace eStoreAmazon.com

Buy the eBook: iBookstoreKindle Store

Watch the Trailer: YouTube

Three Ghost Friends eat, change colors, dance, jump, and play. A story to teach primary and secondary colors to young children.  This book is for children ages 2-5 and teaches primary colors, secondary colors, and color mixing.

Review for the iBookstore: Cute little story, with easy-to-draw characters.  There's a lot of color information packed into a simple format, and the book does exactly what it promises.  I see a ton of potential for its use in preschool, primary art classes, and at home to foster creativity and spark experimentation.

Three Ghost Friends: Learn About Opposites

Buy the Book: CreateSpace eStoreAmazon.com

Buy the eBook: iBookstoreKindle Store

Watch the Trailer: YouTube

Three Ghost Friends learn about many opposites as they play.  A story to teach opposites to young children.  This book is for children ages 2-5.

Review for the iBookstore: Easy and challenging for a preschooler at the same time.  Once the opposites are mastered, reading the text is next.  My favorite of the three ghost books!

Three Ghost Friends: Learn About Shapes

Buy the Book: CreateSpace eStoreAmazon.com

Buy the eBook: iBookstoreKindle Store

Watch the Trailer: YouTube

Summary: Three Ghost Friends play hide-and-go-seek at a campground.  A story to teach shapes to young children.  This book is for children ages 2-6 and teaches the shapes; circle, square, triangle, oval, rectangle, and trapezoid.

Review from the iBookstore: My daughter and I read this book together. She really liked it a lot. I like the author's approach to teaching shapes. So simple it's beautiful.

Three Ghost Friends: Learn About the ABCs - Halloween Edition

Buy the Book: CreateSpace eStoreAmazon.com

Buy the eBook: iBookstoreKindle Store

Watch me read the book: YouTube

How I made this book: Blog post

It is Halloween. Three Ghost Friends hope finding costumes that match will be as easy as ABC. But, will they agree on costumes before they get to XYZ?  This book is for children ages 2-7 and teaches the alphabet and categorization.

Review for the iBookstore: Eric VanRaepenbusch has a great way of making learning fun. This time he tackles the ABCs with a Halloween theme and a "one of these things is not like the other" twist.  I have to confess that I get the Three Ghost Friends for myself because they're so darn cute and silly.  Oh, yeah, the grandkids have been enjoying them, too.  A few minutes with TGF and they practically have the books memorized!


-- Books I've Contributed To --

How to Promote Your Children's Book by Katie Davis

Buy the eBook: Amazon.com's Kindle Store

This book is full of ways to promote your children's book.  It includes great ideas from children's author and illustrator Katie Davis and many other contributing writers.  Katie Davis asked me to write a chapter on how to use Pinterest for book promotion after I experienced success marketing my Three Ghost Friends series. I am honored to be a part of this comprehensive guide.


I welcome comments, suggestions, and notes to say hello. I would love to hear from you.
Thanks for visiting Happy Birthday Author.

Have fun celebrating,
Eric VanRaepenbusch

Author Website - www.ericvr.com
Email - happybirthdayblog at windstream dot net
Twitter - @birthdayblog
You can also find Eric on Facebook, Google +,  and Pinterest.


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