Archive for December, 2010

Academic Wings- PUBLISHED BY GUARDIAN ANGEL PUBLISHING
Author: Janet Ann Collins
www.janetanncollins.com
Artist: Jack Foster www.jacktoon.blogspot.com
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-111-5; 1616331119
eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-112-2; 1616331127

Reading Signs of Trouble by Janet Ann Collins brought a huge smile to my face. I remember too well what happened when one of my students got separated from the group while visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. Fortunately, the student in question followed my instructions and went for help at the information desk.

In Signs of Trouble two girls were separated from their class during a field trip to the mall. This heartwarming story features what children should do in the event they are separated from their class. The girls did remember the simple and direct truths their teacher taught them: “If you get lost, stay where you are, someone will find you. If you have an emergency, dial 911. The police are your friends and will help you. Beware of strangers.” The girls put into practical application what they had learned from their teacher and were able to find help and were reunited with their class.

Jack Foster’s illustrations made the story complete by bringing the story to life visually. The author added an extra special element to the book by including some fun activities, games, and questions at the end of the book. This is a great resource for teachers.

This charming book should be read in every elementary classroom and teachers can use it as an easy guide to teach their students about safety while on field trips.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-signs-of-trouble-by/#ixzz17weSllQw

THE ADVENTURES OF BLUE OCEAN BOB-BOOK REVIEW

Are you a parent looking for ways to teach your child about character, confidence, kindness and enthusiasm? If you answered yes, you must read Brook Olbrys’book: The Adventures of Blue Ocean Bob.

It is a heartwarming and colorful picture book that tells of Bob and his best friend Xena.

Most children would consider Bob to be very lucky because he lives in a beautiful exotic island. But Bob is not content with the way things are. He is determined to find more meaning to life.

He goes to seek out advice from many beautiful sea creatures. Along the way he makes many friends eager to help.

A wise turtle gives Bob the advice that will set him on a new path.

The simple rhyming language and masterful illustrations brings the story to life. The message in the book is based on the principles and philosophies of Bob Proctor, the best-selling author of You Were Born Rich.

I think the positive message in this well-written book will resonate well with parents, and I highly recommend this book to any parent seeking of ways to talk to their children about setting goals for their future.

Read more: http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-the-adventures-of-blue/#ixzz17l0aOLZg

Suzanne Lieurance Discusses her middle grade historical novel The Lucky Baseball

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GEORGE W. EVERETT’S AUTHOR SHOWCASE

I’m thrilled to host, George W. Everett on the third day of his National Writing for Children Center’s author showcase. It is always a huge honor to meet other writers . I invite all to please feel free to leave comments. Thank you for your interest.

Day 3 – Tradebook Tips for Teachers from George W. Everett

I have attempted to make the illustrations of my books a story in themselves, and I believe that the children can relate to the cartoons long before they have the ability to read the story. It would be helpful to read to a small group so that the illustrations can be shared with all as the story is read. This story also features talking animals, so it could be used to teach personification. Students could discuss the various animals that are included in the story and explain why they think the author chose to include the various animals that he selected as characters for this story.

The book also features extensive dialogue. Students could study the dialogue and tell why they think the dialogue does or doesn’t sound like the way animals would talk if they could speak.

The story can also be used to help children learn to identify and count items. At the front of the book, before the story begins, I invite young readers to count the critters from Frog Holler that they find in the book.

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DAWN MENGE’S VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR WITH THE NATIONAL WRITING FOR CHILDREN CENTER

I am thrilled to host author Dawn Menge on my blog today. Thank you for your support, comments are greatly appreciated.

Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author Dawn Menge

The three books in the series are at different academic levels. The first in the series “Queen Vernita’s Visitors” is geared towards pre-k to first grade. For the younger learners taking a page at a time works best. Having the learners repeat the days of the weeks and months of the years as you read them helps to reinforce the math skills.

Queen Vernita visits the Blue Ice Mountains is centered on the flaura and fauna of Alaska. It is geared towards an academic level that includes up to fourth grade. During my school and library visits I have found that taking each page and discussing each animal or plant captures the learners attention. Encouraging further research by the learner themselves is always beneficial. I discuss where this research can be done, the internet, textbooks, libraries, teachers and parents.

Queen Vernita Meets sir HeathyBean the Astronomer is geared towards middle school and above. The same teaching style should be ued for this book as for the last one. Each page can be read and discussed seperately and it is encouraged to take each subject and explore it in further depth.

MY FAVORITE CHRISTMAS FRENCH MEALS

I feel extremely lucky because I come from a very diverse background. I am part Haitian , French and Spanish. In my household we celebrate diversity on a daily basis. Life is simply grand! I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas French meals.

Christmas morning I make French crepes. Yummy! I roast a turkey or chicken. I also love seasoned , baked wild caught salmon. For dessert I make a yule chocolate cake. Depending on the mood I serve goose liver with crackers. Next post I will share pictures of some of my favorite Haitian meals.

PUMP UP YOUR BOOK TOUR

Here is the URL for the tour:
http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2010/11/12/marie-and-her-friend-the-sea-turtle-virtual-book-tour-december-10/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Littleton Colorado (Free-Press-Release.com) December 5, 2010
M E D I A R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Nicole Weaver
Children’s Author
Email: lumiereleclaire@yahoo.com
Phone: 303 263-6346

For Immediate Release

Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle coasts through cyberspace

Title: Marie and her friend the Sea Turtle/ María y su amiga la Tortuga del mar/Marie et son amie la Tortue de mer
Written by: Nicole Weaver
Illustrated by: Ruben Chavez
Ages: 8-12
Publisher: Outskirts press

Soft cover: ISBN: 9781432723774
Published: March 2009

Synopsis:
This story is about the love that developed between a little girl named Marie and a stranded sea turtle. The story tells the struggles Marie had as she helped the sea turtle back out to sea.

Esta historia es sobre el amor que se desarrolló entre una niña llamaba María y una tortuga que vino a tierra para poner sus huevos. La historia cuenta las dificultades que tenía María para regresar la tortuga de nuevo al océano.

Cette histoire est au sujet de l’amour qui s’est développé entre une petite fille qui s’appelait Marie et une tortue de mer qui est venue sur le sable pour pondre ses œufs. L’histoire raconte les difficultés que Marie a rencontrées pour remettre la tortue dans l’océan.

Virtual Book Tour starts Monday December 6, 2010

CLICK HERE FOR THE URL:

http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/ 2010/11/12/marie- and-her-f …

Monday, December 6
Book reviewed at Ohio Girl Talks
http://ohiogirltalks.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 7
Author interviewed at Paperback Writer
http://rebecca2007.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, December 8
Guest blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner
http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/

Thursday, December 9
Guest blogging at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection
http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/

Friday, December 10
Author interviewed at Pump Up Your Book!
Book reviewed at A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews
http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/

Monday, December 13
Author interviewed at The Hot Author Report
http://acozyreaderscorner.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, December 14
Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books
Guest blogging and giveaway at Acting Balanced
http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 15
Book reviewed at Acting Balanced
http://www.actingbalanced.com/

Thursday, December 16
Book reviewed and giveaway at Ellis
http://jdellis.blogspot.com/
Book spotlighted at Book Tours and More
http://booktoursandmore.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 17
Book reviewed at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
http://jdellis.blogspot.com/

Nicole will check in throughout the day at each location to interact with the visitors to field any comments and/or questions.

Thank you in advance for your interest and support.

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NEW WEBSITE

New Website Enables Families to Be There for the Holidays
New Website Enables Families to Be There for the Holidays
IRVINE, CA, December 1, 2010 – Webcam bedtime stories is an innovative new technology being added to the list of family-friendly media, this Christmas. ALISON SANSONE is Creator of BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES, a new website that combines e-books and video of a family storyteller.

Grandparents Read Bedtime Stories with a Webcam
“We believe this broadens the scope of users and the value to families as a fun and new alternative to existing multi-media products on the market,”
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) December 1, 2010
The process takes place entirely on the BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES website in three steps: 1) select a children’s book from the bookstore, 2) read the story in front of a webcam as it displays on the computer screen, 3) the child receives an email with the link to view the e-book on the website with video of the storyteller positioned on each page.
The beta website went live in September of this year with over one hundred published children’s books available in the online bookstore. There are one hundred more titles in production with the interface, from five different publishers so far, including ten original works to be published by BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES.
The business model for BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES was inspired by her own problem of living far from her only two nieces, who live in Chicago. SANSONE was working in video production at the time, in Orange County, California. “I was unable to be a part of their development – unable to be recognized when I would visit once a year,” SANSONE explains her frustration. “Bedtime stories seemed a convenient and entertaining activity that would solve that problem.”
SANSONE explains the findings of the initial two months of testing. “The effects exceeded my expectations. When I visited my nieces for the first time after four story recordings, they instantly latched onto me from the moment I walked in the door.”
An additional finding from the beta launch is children were excited to read a story back to family members, regardless of their reading level. “We believe this broadens the scope of users and the value to families as a fun and new alternative to existing multi-media products on the market,” SANSONE concludes.
SANSONE expects grandparents and military families] to see the value of a recorded bedtime story over live or real-time webcam services as a way to utilize more family members for childhood development, and to preserve those family memories for future generations. The stories are priced at $11.99 for unlimited children and there is currently a Buy One Get One Free holiday special. Live storytelling and Mobile App delivery are options scheduled for subsequent development.
ALSO SEE:
Guardian Angel Publishing, Sylvan Dell Publishing, Illumination Arts Publishing and Lobster Press are the initial four publishers to license works for sale in the BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES online bookstore.
ABOUT:
ALISON SANSONE, Creator and CEO, started her career in the hospitality industry. After a decade of working in diverse leadership roles ranging from national Quality Assurance Manager to Human Resources Director to Investor Relations, Alison decided to pursue a focus in marketing and business development as her true passion. In 2005, she combined her training in videography with her marketing acumen to start her own company, producing web-based media tools for small businesses and non-profit organizations throughout Orange County, California.
The idea for Be There Bedtime Stories came from a personal frustration, during that point in her career. The youngest of 6 children with just 2 grandchildren out of the bunch, she was frustrated living so far from her only 2 nieces, who lived in Chicago. Her experience with video media inspired the business model of connecting families across miles through the simple activity of a bedtime story.
She began building the business plan in early 2007, but the idea ended up on hold for two years, after the unexpected death of her husband that summer. Beginning in October 2009, she decided to commit full attention to the business plan, dedicating her own personal time and resources to the launch of Be There Bedtime Stories, based in Orange County, CA. The Beta site went live in September 2010.

NEW WEBSITE

New Website Enables Families to Be There for the Holidays
New Website Enables Families to Be There for the Holidays
IRVINE, CA, December 1, 2010 – Webcam bedtime stories is an innovative new technology being added to the list of family-friendly media, this Christmas. ALISON SANSONE is Creator of BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES, a new website that combines e-books and video of a family storyteller.

Grandparents Read Bedtime Stories with a Webcam
“We believe this broadens the scope of users and the value to families as a fun and new alternative to existing multi-media products on the market,”
Irvine, CA (PRWEB) December 1, 2010
The process takes place entirely on the BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES website in three steps: 1) select a children’s book from the bookstore, 2) read the story in front of a webcam as it displays on the computer screen, 3) the child receives an email with the link to view the e-book on the website with video of the storyteller positioned on each page.
The beta website went live in September of this year with over one hundred published children’s books available in the online bookstore. There are one hundred more titles in production with the interface, from five different publishers so far, including ten original works to be published by BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES.
The business model for BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES was inspired by her own problem of living far from her only two nieces, who live in Chicago. SANSONE was working in video production at the time, in Orange County, California. “I was unable to be a part of their development – unable to be recognized when I would visit once a year,” SANSONE explains her frustration. “Bedtime stories seemed a convenient and entertaining activity that would solve that problem.”
SANSONE explains the findings of the initial two months of testing. “The effects exceeded my expectations. When I visited my nieces for the first time after four story recordings, they instantly latched onto me from the moment I walked in the door.”
An additional finding from the beta launch is children were excited to read a story back to family members, regardless of their reading level. “We believe this broadens the scope of users and the value to families as a fun and new alternative to existing multi-media products on the market,” SANSONE concludes.
SANSONE expects grandparents and military families] to see the value of a recorded bedtime story over live or real-time webcam services as a way to utilize more family members for childhood development, and to preserve those family memories for future generations. The stories are priced at $11.99 for unlimited children and there is currently a Buy One Get One Free holiday special. Live storytelling and Mobile App delivery are options scheduled for subsequent development.
ALSO SEE:
Guardian Angel Publishing, Sylvan Dell Publishing, Illumination Arts Publishing and Lobster Press are the initial four publishers to license works for sale in the BE THERE BEDTIME STORIES online bookstore.
ABOUT:
ALISON SANSONE, Creator and CEO, started her career in the hospitality industry. After a decade of working in diverse leadership roles ranging from national Quality Assurance Manager to Human Resources Director to Investor Relations, Alison decided to pursue a focus in marketing and business development as her true passion. In 2005, she combined her training in videography with her marketing acumen to start her own company, producing web-based media tools for small businesses and non-profit organizations throughout Orange County, California.
The idea for Be There Bedtime Stories came from a personal frustration, during that point in her career. The youngest of 6 children with just 2 grandchildren out of the bunch, she was frustrated living so far from her only 2 nieces, who lived in Chicago. Her experience with video media inspired the business model of connecting families across miles through the simple activity of a bedtime story.
She began building the business plan in early 2007, but the idea ended up on hold for two years, after the unexpected death of her husband that summer. Beginning in October 2009, she decided to commit full attention to the business plan, dedicating her own personal time and resources to the launch of Be There Bedtime Stories, based in Orange County, CA. The Beta site went live in September 2010.