Melissa Harker Ridenour

Melissa Harker Ridenour, formerly a teacher and librarian, is now a children's book author and freelance writer.Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes is her fourth published book, all of which advocate for, educate, and entertain children of all ages.
An alumnus of West Virginia University with a Master's degree in English, Education, and Library Science, Melissa resides happily in Morgantown, WV with her husband and family.

Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts:
 Children's Tales of Fright and Delight.

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Also by Melissa Ridenour:

Amazing Adventures in Shelby's Shoes

What Would You Do? A Kid's Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers 

The Bully and the Booger Baby: A Cautionary Tale 
Amazing Adventures in  Shelby's Shoes

Amazing Adventures in Shelby’s Shoes is a sweet and funny story that offers a valuable life lesson to any child: Believe in yourself; you can be anything you want to be. As Shelby instantly transforms herself by changing her shoes, children feel it’s okay to ‘try on’ different interests and activities to see what is the ‘best fit’ for them. Shelby’s Shoes also sends the message to parents that allowing our children to pursue a variety of interests gives them the freedom and autonomy to make their own empowered choices, and thrive once they find the ‘perfect fit’.Shelby and her adventures are delightfully brought to life through the fun, unique, and engaging artwork of illustrator, Veronica Castle.

(Jenifer Gershman, author of Where Did Mommy’s Superpowers Go? Helping Kids Understand a Parent’s Serious Illness and Mom’s Choice Award Winner / Blog URL /

‘Kids will enjoy sharing Shelby’s adventure as she tries on different personas and, like Shelby, realize in the end that they can do anything (they want to do) and be anyone (they want to be) if they really try!’

(Sandra McLeod Humphrey, Retired Clinical Psychologist and Award-Winning Children's Author / Character Education Consultant at Kids Can Do It, LLC / Blog ‘Character Books for Kids’)

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Playing dress-up in her mother's shoes, Shelby's imagination takes her all over the world.  But she comes to realize that she has the power to make her own dreams come true.

With a chapter of information on achieving Girl Power, for parents to share, this is a lighthearted book of empowerment for children.


"In Amazing Adventures in Shelby’s Shoes, the author has created a delightful combination of fun rhyme and great imagination. The story teaches children that no matter where their inspirations may take them, there is always that possibility of dreams coming true, especially if the desire for them to happen is strong enough. This is a story children of all ages will enjoy!"

(Renee Hand, Award-Winning Author of Children’s Interactive Mysteries / Speaker)

Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children's Tales of Fright and Delight is a collection of invigorating tales that will delight children young and old who love the thrill of the unknown. Melissa Ridenour does an incredible job describing the scenes of these tales, creating an image for the reader that gives the tale a moody boost, sucking the reader in and making them wonder if the story they've read is true or not, but learning the lessons presented as well. We do not tempt the fates, but bring peace to the restless souls. Scary stories around the campfire have been traditions for many years for many people. This book will be a welcomed addition to these occasions. The tales are short, to the point, descriptive, fun, and, at times, bone chilling. It gives the reader food for thought while entertaining them as well.

- Renee Hand, Award-Winning Author of Children's Interactive Mysteries 


Scary Ghosts and Playful Ghosts: Children’s Tales of Fright and Delight is a clever premise coupled with the lively writing of Melissa Ridenour. Ghosts turn up where readers least expect them, and readers will delight in their antics such that it does not deny even the most sensitive child the fun of a good ghost story.

- Stacie Vaughn Hutton, Author of Moonbeam Award Winning book, Shovelful of Sunshine

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