New Year, New Logo

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As a new year begins, it’s time for a new logo (or a first logo!).

Here it is in all its’ glory!

I called my work Lilacs in Literature because in each book I write, I mention lilacs.

My first book, The Lilac Princess, is the inspiration behind this. I wanted a flower that had a fragrance so beautiful that a Princess who didn’t have access to these would go to great lengths to get to them. Dreama, the Lilac Princess, is a strong female in charge of her destiny. She wanted to go outside the castle walls where she knew it wasn’t safe to be among these wonderful smelling flowers. She figures out a way with the help of her friend, Dirk. She meets a dragon who seems friendly at first and wins her trust, but he has evil plans for her. Does she make the choice for her safety or does she risk the entire kingdom that she has yet to inherit to stand up for what she believes in? You’ll have to read the story to find out. The Lilac Princess is about friendship, courage, and forgiveness. It’s a story that will touch both children and adults alike.

The other inspiration beyond this logo is that all my books address some positive characteristic to encourage good character in children. I’m using the fragrant lilac to represent good character because when we choose to be people of good character, we emit a beautiful fragrance out into the world that touches and changes the rest of the world. I believe we should be the change we want to see. Being people of good character does just that. And I want to help children be the best people they can be so that is why I have chosen to focus on good character in my books.

I do hope you will join me in 2017 to help spread good character. You can help by following me on WordPress, Facebook (www.facebook.com/wluthman), or Twitter (www.twitter.com/wandalu64) and by purchasing my books for your child or a family member or friend today.

All my books are available on Amazon, B&N.com, or contact me through my Contact Form in this website and I will personally sign your book and cover postage (in the US).

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A Turtle’s Magical Adventure is about a turtle who doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow. He goes on an adventure to meet the Wizard to request his shell be removed. He meets a lot of whimsical and interesting characters along the way who help him see his shell in a new light. Does Tad, the turtle, learn to accept himself the way he is before he meets the Wizard or will he be turned into turtle soup? Read the book to find out. This book encourages friendship and self-acceptance. A Readers Favorite Five Star book!

Little Birdie Grows Up is a picture book about a little blue bird who pecks his way out of his shell and into the hearts of parents and children. He longs to grow up and learn to fly. Come along on this universal journey that all children and parents go on. This book is about following one’s dreams.

I have 3 books to come out in 2017 plus I’m re-publishing The Lilac Princess (same great story, new cover).

The three books coming out are

Gloria & The Unicorn about a girl who is disfigured from a traumatic birth and no one believes in her. A unicorn comes along who teaches her to read and empowers her. She becomes magical herself but has to face the Wicked Wizards of Malcadore. Will she believe in herself and save her beloved unicorn friend or will she believe the lies about herself? Read the book to see what happens. This book is about literacy, empowerment and love.

Dirk and the Dragon is the sequel to The Lilac Princess. Dirk and Liam go on an adventure to tame the voices in their heads and come to terms with their choices. Many perils await them in their travels and new choices will have to be made. Will their friendship survive or will the Wicked Witch prevail? Read the book to find out. This book is about choices, being who you were meant to be and family.

Franky, the Finicky Flamingo is a picture book about a flamingo who doesn’t like anything the other birds eat. He seems to be a picky eater, but find out why in this beautifully illustrated story. This book is about withholding judgement until you know the whole story.

 

Children’s Author Interview–Diane Carr

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Please welcome Diane Carr today! You’ll enjoy reading her interview and getting to know her because she’s really special. If you live local (Brevard County, FL), you know of the dragon at the end of Merritt Island. She wrote a book called River Dragon about this special being. You’ll love it!

On a side note, I met Diane recently via email as she reached out to me through a mutual friend. Then, at the Book Fair we were both attending, we wound up being next to each other. And for a further twist, as we began talking, we realized we had met years earlier. I was her daughter’s Guidance Counselor in High School! We both have books with dragons in them and I had brought a HUGE dragon to this book fair. We called our little corner, Dragon’s Corner. She is an absolute delight. I’m very grateful to have met her in person and can now call her my friend. I know you will enjoy getting to know her as well.

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Tell me something about yourself. (Where did you grow up, significant relationships, what do you do for fun besides writing, as little or as much as you want).  

I grew up in Massachusetts, currently live on the west coast of Florida, but still love love love the New England area.  Growing up, our family had a cabin in the woods of southern New Hampshire where I spent most summer weekends swimming, canoeing, catching frogs and turtles, building forts, and picking blueberries.  It was a childhood right out of Mayberry RFD and if I could wave a magic wand, I’d create that opportunity for every child.

I’m married to my best friend, Phil Mayrand and we call ourselves ‘two peas in a pod’. We love to walk the beach, ride our bikes, and travel to places where we can hike and spend time with Mother Nature.    

 

When did you know you wanted to be a writer? 

I knew I wanted to write when I was in my late teens/early twenties.  I began composing poetry (I’d be embarrassed to share it with anyone now) but it was the beginning of the seed that took hold.  In college, reports seemed to be my strong point.  Once I had children, I knew I wanted to write stories for them. 

 

What have you written? Tell me about them.

My exciting news and most recent release in October 2016 is Freedom’s Dragonflight, a coming of age adventure with dragons, dragonflies, Florida wildlife, an evil dragon, and flying under moonlit skies.  This fifth grade level chapter book is the sequel to the picture storybook, River Dragon ~ A Real Florida Fairytale, the story of Annie the dragon that stood on the southern tip of Merritt Island for 31 years.  River Dragon won second place in the children’s category in the 2004 Palm Award from the Florida Writers’ Association.

From 2007-2010, I had the perfect outlet for my love of natural and healthy living as  part time Assistant Editor for Brevard County Natural Awakenings Magazine.  I conducted interviews with holistically slanted business owners for Spotlight articles and edited news briefs.

My brief foray into poetry included a poem entitled Tiger that was published in the Flash Poetry section of The Florida Palm, Summer of 2006.

With members of the Space Coast Writers Guild, I had the unique opportunity to co-author Summer Storm and Camp Daybreak, chapter books published in the Florida Today newspaper in 2001 and 2003.  I also co-edited Keys Adventure, a third chapter book created by the SCWG also published in the Florida Today newspaper in 2004.

I dabbled in short storytelling with Gone Fishing, which was published in the Literary Liftoff, (magazine of the Space Coast Writer’s Guild) in the Fall 2005 issue.

My first byline was for an article written in the Massage Magazine, March/April 2001, entitled Destiny’s Path. Another magazine called Daughters, published my second article in Reaching for Maturity in April 2001.

 

 What is your favorite genre to write?

Without a doubt, my favorite genre would be writing for children.  I am always inspired by their curiosity, imagination, sense of freedom, and playfulness.  One of my goals is to retain my own childlike innocence in the way I look at the world.

 

Tell me about your writing process.

Ideas float through my brain or I’ll see something that triggers an interest.  If it feels as though it has potential, I’ll write it down.  I tell kids it’s like catching a butterfly.  If you don’t grab it immediately, it may just fly away.  When I get to the point of fingers on the keyboard, I write organically.  For me that means I begin a stream of thought process.  I don’t worry about storylines or character development, where the story is going or how it will end.  The important thing is to get my thoughts down however disjointed they seem at first.  That, for me, is the joyful part of writing.  No barriers, no censors, no rules. Just pure imagination.  It doesn’t matter if it’s silly, dumb, crazy, or impossible.  I try not to edit in that stage.  After the story is in a very rough draft, then comes the discipline which includes research, editing, re-writing, re-reading, re-editing, and all the other related levels of creating the story.  It is definitely work, and sometimes frustrating and challenging, but hopefully the end result will be a story I feel good about.

 

Where do you get the inspiration for your novels?

Life events and personal experiences become the foundation of every story.  Imagination becomes the magical fairy dust that makes it vibrant and come to life.

 

What sort of research do you do for your novels?

The research depends on where the characters are located and what they are experiencing.  For example, when I had a ghost crab scuttling across the beach in Freedom’s Dragonflight, I looked up what a ghost crab looks like, what it eats, and how it behaves.  When I wrote about Bok Tower Gardens, I spent a day there, experiencing first hand what I saw, touched, smelled, and heard.  I took pictures.  I read their brochures.  Many of these facts were placed in the story so the reader gets a visual, tactile, aroma, sound, or sense about the character or place.

 

Do you have a special place where you write?

Most of the time at my computer.  Impromptu ideas, however, are written on the first scrap of paper I can discover in the moment whether backs of envelopes, post-it notes, or tissue paper. 

 

Do you have any type of music you listen to while you write?

Not usually.  I prefer quiet so I can focus and listen to my thoughts and visualize the story. 

 

Do you have any rituals before or while you write?

Sometimes I quiet my mind by slow deep breathing or spending some time outside in the fresh air, but mainly, it’s when the story beckons my presence.

 

How long does it usually take you to complete a book?

My first children’s chapter book River Dragon ~ A Real Florida Fairytale, took four days to write the first draft and roughly six months to edit the manuscript.  Start to finish it was just over a year to hold the book in my hands.

However, and because there is no ‘usual’ with me, the first draft of Freedom’s Dragonflight, was written in 2003 and remained unread on my computer until there was word another dragon statue was about to be built.  The manuscript was dusted off in the fall of 2015 when I worked on it intensely on it from January to September 2016. The book was published October 2016.

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 What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

 It differs for every story.  Some of my first unpublished stories were written for and about my young daughters and just for fun.  The three chapter books co-written with the Space Coast Writer’s Guild were an exciting entry into writing, being edited, editing others, and being published.  River Dragon and Freedom’s Dragonflight stories needed to be told as it was a combination of reality and fiction and I wanted to keep the memory of Annie and her hatchlings alive.

 

Do you write full-time or part-time?

I write part-time, before work, after work, early mornings, and sometimes by the light of the moon.

 

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I’ve learned that simple stories are a good beginning but become more interesting when I develop the characters’ personalities, define where and how they live, what they encounter, and what they learn in the process.  In the beginning I’d use my own knowledge to tell the story.  Now I spend a lot more time researching whatever elements appear in the story.  That helps both the reader and myself learn something new.

 

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about the love of family and friends, nature and all it’s miracles, and protecting our precious Mother Earth.

 

 Have you written any books that made a transformative effect on you? If so, in what way?

 If there was any transformation, I would have to say it would be a stronger conviction of my beliefs of the above mentioned passions.

 

 Do you find yourself returning to any recurring themes within your writing and, if so, are you any closer to finding an answer? 

 Recurring themes would be my passions:  love of family, cooperation with others, and protecting our planet.  The answers to the issues I bring into the storyline continue to change with my research, clarity, and wisdom.  I believe we are always evolving, hopefully into someone that is better than who we were before.

 

 What can we expect from you in the future?

 Now that’s a mystery as I don’t know myself.  I try to go with the flow…

 

 If you could jump ahead in time, what would be happening for you?

 My perfect day would begin with yoga and meditation at dawn, writing in the morning, digging in the garden, hiking, or bike riding in the afternoon, then walking the beach at sunset.  The writing has to come because I have a story to tell and if I don’t experience life, there are no stories!  Jumping ahead, there could be another dragon story, a story about a Golden Retriever, or maybe a picture book.

 

What influenced your decision to self-publish?

I wanted creative control over my project. 

 

If you have experience with both traditional and indie publishing, compare the two.

 My experience is with cooperative and indie publishing.  I loved the creative control of self-publishing but the learning curve was challenging and overwhelming, especially once it came to marketing.  I had to get creative.  Cooperative publishing offered the help of a team of editors and publishers which helped create a superior product.  The challenge was sorting through the variety of suggestions and deciding which ones I agreed with and which ones I had to let go.  Cooperative publishing also offered additional resources I did not have with an indie project.  After experiencing of both, I think I’d lean toward indie for my next project mainly because each experience added to my pool of knowledge and I now feel better prepared to tackle another self-publishing venture.

 

How do you market your book?

The variety of ways includes social media, book events, word of mouth, letters to schools and libraries, contacting newspapers, magazines, and book reviewers, along with a positive attitude!

 

Do you design your own book covers? 

No, my drawing skills need a lot to be desired.  For both River Dragon and Freedom’s Dragonflight, I hired illustrators.  John Goldacker was a good friend and did fantastic work on River Dragon.  Debbie Johnson was referred to me by my publisher for Freedom’s Dragonflight and after I saw her work, I knew she’d be perfect for the project.  Her amazing artwork makes the story come to life!

Freedom’s Dragonflight is the newly released enchanting children’s chapter book and the long awaited sequel to River Dragon ~ A Real Florida Fairy Tale. A coming of age adventure, the story promises dragons, multi-lingual dragonflies, an evil dragon, Florida wildlife, and flying under moonlit skies. The unique language of Mind-Speak and the mystical Dragonweb network help Freedom, Joy, Charity, and Sunshine search for an elusive portal. Using an unproven strategy, their teamwork must protect them from Leviathan, the evil dragon. Readers are inspired to think about personal challenges, family, friends, and our precious environment. A free Interactive Curriculum Guide for teachers is available.

Freedom’s Dragonflight Activity & Coloring Book includes thirty original and imaginative illustrations plus six engaging activity pages for hours of entertainment with a Crossword Puzzle, Word Scramble, Word Search, and Complete the Sentence.

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Diane Carr co-wrote and published River Dragon with her daughter, Kira Earley Marion. She also co-wrote four children’s chapter books with members of the Space Coast Writers Guild that were published in Florida Today. For more information, visit her website at www.mind-speak-writer.com/.

Freedom’s Dragonflight and accompanying Activity & Coloring Book are available at the following locations:

Brevard County:

Annie’s Toy Chest, 526 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa, FL  32922   Annies Toy Chest

Treasures Thrift Shoppe, 3040 New Haven Ave W. West Melbourne, FL 32904

Promise Treasures

Aquarian Dreams, 414 N. Miramar Ave (Hwy A1A) Indialantic, FL 32903

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Creative Framing by David, 1891 S Patrick Dr, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937  Creative Framing by David

Sarasota County:

Nana’s A Children’s Store, 223 West Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 http://www.nanaschildrenshop.com/

Online:

Diane Carr, Author http://www.mind-speak-writer.com/

Terra Sancta Press, Publisher http://www.terrasanctapress.com/

Amazon.com Freedoms Dragonflight Freedoms Dragonflight Activity Coloring Book

Contact Information

Email Diane Carr at dianelmt1@gmail.com Phone 941-275-5431

Email Terra Sancta Press at books4you@cfl.rr.com  Phone 321-914-2290 

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Little birdie by Wanda Luthman 

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Thank you, David Snape, for posting my write up about my newest book, Little Birdie Grows Up.

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You know the feeling when you bring your new born baby home and you’re both terrified and incredibly happy at the same time? Then, within a day or two, while you’re basking in the sweetness of new life, you start thinking about the future? What will they look like, what will they enjoy doing? And then your thoughts turn a little darker, will they still like me when they’re a teenager? And then, you think about them leaving home. You get sad. You love this bundle of joy so much, you can’t imagine them leaving!And there you are, crying a puddle in your living room, holding your sweet baby, and thinking about the future that hasn’t happened yet. Your child hasn’t suddenly grown up and left you. You have just allowed your thoughts to get ahead of you and are weeping for the loss of what you’ve just been given…

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After Christmas Crunch

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AFTER CHRISTMAS CRUNCH

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Dr. Valerie Allen

Not too far behind us are the holidays with all the trimmings, which for the most part, are packed away, safe until the next season of joy arrives. What to do with all the extra “stuff that has accumulated? The children’s toys and knickknacks need to find a place in their already over crowded  rooms. It’s often difficult for children to decide what to keep and what to part with.

This is an opportunity for parents to help children learn and practice organization skills and decision-making. One topic of discussion can be the difference between what we need vs what we want. Children can also learn to appreciate material things, which make our lives safe and enjoyable, as well as gratitude toward those who provide for us. It is timely to focus on sharing with others. Parents can also encourage reuse, repurpose, and recycle to contribute to maintaining our environment and safeguarding natural resources.

Helping children cooperate with the task of organizing their belongings can be made easier with these few strategic steps.

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  1. Set aside a specific day and time to work with each child. When trying to decide what to keep, consider the child first and always allow him or her to select a few favorite toys for safe keeping. As a parent, you may also want to choose items that have sentimental value. These things should be set aside with assurances to the youngster that his or her “special” things will not be taken away.
  2. Next, consider which toys are still usable. If broken or missing pieces render them useless, it’s time to get rid of them. Consider the “play value” in light of the child’s age. If the toy is still in working order, but too immature for your child, it’s time to pass it on. Take a look at your child’s “interest level”; has your child played with this toy recently? Is it too simple or too complex for their maturity level? Left over parts and pieces can be recycled into an arts and craft box for future rainy day activities.
  3. Get organized with large trash bags, tape, storage boxes, and zip lock bags of all sizes. Use permanent markers to identify items inside of bags and boxes. Repair and tape broken game boxes and book bindings. Put small game pieces, puzzles, books with audio tapes/CDs, and miniature toys into individual zip lock bags. Larger games can be keep together in storage boxes. Use the trash bags and separate the usable toys from those that have seen better days.

What To Do With It

  1. Toys should be kept in a safe place with easy access for your child. Low shelves with each item in view is a good option and safer than high shelves; a deep toy chest may work well for stuffed toys and dolls. Use clear plastic boxes to easily see the items inside and label each one.
  2. You may decide to have a yard sale and allow your child to participate. Be sure to discuss ahead of time the etiquette of customer service – no tears when an item is sold! No taking it back. Have your youngster price and tag items. He or she can also collect money at the “check out” counter. This is a good opportunity to use the proceeds to open a savings account for the child or allow him or her to use the money for a special purchase.
  3. Items in good condition can be donated to agencies working with children such as a homeless shelter, domestic violence program, day care center, library, community mental health center, health department, or Head Start Program. Try to recycle as many items as possible.

The process of parting with the old to make room for the new can be a learning opportunity and a positive experience for your youngster. Taking these steps will provide maximum use and fun with their new items and put reusable items into good hands.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She has published two books for children ages 7 to 12, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.” Oh yes, she has also raised six children! You may learn more about her at www.DrVAllen.com and purchase her books on Amazon at www.Amazon.com/author/ValerieAllen

3 Important Traits your child will learn from the Dragon Dreamer Books

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The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke is Book I of this middle grades/young adult science fantasy adventure series. It won a 3rd place SIBA Award for Best Children’s Book. Dragon Lightning is the recently published Book II; it can be read as a stand-alone book.

It is extremely important to foster empathy and consideration in children. These traits enable true friendship, which lays the foundation for success and happiness in all areas of life. The Dragon Dreamer books foster these traits by displaying acceptance, understanding, and true friendship between characters.

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Summary:

Dragon Lightning by J.S. Burke is a science fantasy adventure with flying dragons, an undersea world, and unlikely friendships. It’s a fun, fast-paced adventure story that can entertain adults as well as kids. One reader noted that this book is a great family read.

Drakor seems like a normal young ice dragon with a talent for making lightning swords. But he alone feels the changing heart of his island Volcano. It destroyed his beloved sire. Now he foresees their doom, but none will listen. As he seeks proof, the Volcano shakes him off into the frozen sea.

Meanwhile, Arak sails north with golden dragons and undersea shape-shifters. Dorali joins the quest, searching for adventure and escape as she struggles to cope with her terrible scars. The crew seeks a beautiful legend but discovers a terrifying reality when they rescue Drakor. Ice dragons are not what Arak expected, and Drakor’s waking volcano threatens all three realms.

Author Bio:

J.S. Burke has worked as an author, artist, teacher, and marine biologist. She painted the book covers and drew the chapter pictures. Burke is certified to teach Middle Grades (all subjects), Gifted, High School Science, and High School Math. She loves the sea, and teaches her students for success.

From Amazon Reviews:

The author incorporated life lessons on relationships, social responsibility, diplomacy, and learning to accept those who are different both physically and culturally.”

Another amazing story by J. S. Burke. Her stories are about compassion, friendship, dreaming big and striving to accomplish the improbable.

After reading through this second Dragon Dreamer book I am convinced that her books would make a great addition to elementary school libraries and classrooms. There is so much education slipped into this fun, youthful, fantasy world. Science and exploration along with environmental issues, cultural diversity and acceptance, charity and generosity, political systems with different leadership structures engaging in cooperative trade agreement treaties, etc… all in an enjoyable entertaining package of dragons and octopi with a squid tossed in for good measure. The adventure is expertly penned and draws in even the mature reader. The older reader recognizes the educational value and the children are introduced to valuable life lessons in a fantasy world of intriguing adventure and interesting characters.”

https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RT6T597U8B7HS/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01MA1ZOJ6

Dragon Lightning Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Lightning-Dreamer-Book-ebook/dp/B01MA1ZOJ6/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=0PSCSZ989XECGTD0EJX9

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragon-Lightning-Dreamer-Book-ebook/dp/B01MA1ZOJ6/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32598789-dragon-lightning

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Jenny-S-Burke-721518861218158/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/J.-S.-Burke/e/B00NVRVHWE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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This snowflake was grown by dragons in the winter clouds to practice energy control and was drawn by J.S. Burke herself!

Quote from Dragon Arak: “Everything worth doing starts with a dream.”

 

 

 

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PB at the library 2 I catalog hundreds of new picture books each year, and I read as many of them as I can. Unfortunately, I can’t review them all, but I can share them. Below are a few recent titles. (Summaries have been taken directly from the books whenever possible.) Check your local library or bookstore for availability.

29092965 A little boy pretending to be a dinosaur insists that dinosaurs do not have bedtimes.

28114524 Badger must wait and wait and wait for snow, but patience does not come easily for Badger.

29662496 The mice, hares, and deer settle down for the night, but Little Bear wants to stay awake a bit longer.

29092966 Picnicking penguins from the South Pole lose their way and find themselves at the wrong pole.

27431978 Bedtime is near, but from the end of dinner until lights are turned off, it is not time for sleeping, until a child receives a special good night…

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Finding Children’s Holiday Gifts That Are Fun and Educational

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By Leslie C. Halpern

 

With a little imagination, it’s easy to find gifts that challenge a child’s mind as well as occupy his or her time. Children enjoy playing with stuffed animals, dolls, and action figures, but sometimes they also need diversions that encourage their abilities and challenge their areas of weakness. This helps then develop particular areas of giftedness and improve on the underdeveloped areas to achieve a better balance.

 

The following list offers suggestions for nurturing particular forms of intelligence through play.

 

Gifts For Verbal Thinkers

 

  • Give books that match the child’s intellectual and emotional level. Try books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction (especially about their own ethnic heritage or special interests), plays, crossword puzzles, and illustrated encyclopedias.
  • Board games focusing on words, such as Scrabble, force players to think in order to win. Computer games and other electronic games with word challenges also encourage simultaneous thinking and playing.
  • Consider annual subscriptions to children’s magazines such as Highlights, Ranger Rick, National Geographic Kids, or from a variety of Nickelodeon and Disney

 

Gifts For Verbally and/or Introspective Thinkers

 

  • Journals and diaries make nice gifts. Look for interesting covers and decorated pages to hold a child’s attention. Specialty pens and pencils (printed in colors, with a cartoon character, or with the child’s name) enhance the journal or diary.
  • Digital recorders allow children to record their thoughts, feelings, and dreams. Recorders also encourage imaginative games such as making music mixes, pretend radio shows, and reporter interviews.

Gifts For Visual/Spatial Relationship Thinkers

 

  • In addition to coloring books and watercolor paint sets for young children, buy scrap books, photo albums, picture puzzles, 3-D puzzles, Etch-A-Sketch, books on drawing and artists, movies on DVD, art posters, easel and paints, charcoals, sketch pad, other tools for creating art.
  • Older, more responsible children, will enjoy a video camera or still camera, plus a book on how to use their new equipment or perhaps art classes or private instruction.

 

Gifts For Musical Thinkers

 

  • Consider music lessons, a new instrument, sheet music to suit his or her taste, concert or orchestra tickets, or CDs/DVDs of favorite recording artists such as Weird Al Yankovich.

 

Gifts For Physical/Kinetic Thinkers

 

  • Buy sporting equipment (bicycle, skateboard, pool table, surf board, roller skates, ice skates, bowling ball, etc.) or electronic sports game, plus games of movement like Twister and Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Other gifts to consider: Lessons in a favorite sport or a jersey from a favorite team; personal training sessions, or tickets to live sporting events; DVD movies about sports teams involving children, e.g. (Pride [competitive swimming], Bad News Bears [baseball], Friday Night Lights [football]).
  • For the physical and/or naturalistic thinker: Purchase a gardening kit with gloves, tools, and seeds.

Gifts For Mathematical Thinkers

 

  • Children should enjoy anything that uses systems, strategies, and numbers, including intricate puzzles, books of puzzles, mysteries, and brainteasers, an abacus, art-by-numbers. Also consider board games such as chess, Life, Monopoly.
  • Buy toys that require construction including Legos, Lincoln Logs, other linking toys, and model building kits (cars, boats, planes, etc.).
  • Other fun ideas: Toy cash register, electronic games involving numbers, or computer games such as Zoo Tycoon.

Gifts For Interpersonal Thinkers

 

  • Buy them memberships in organizations, including Young Mensa (if they qualify), local sports teams, arts and entertainment organizations, or scouting.
  • Children might enjoy a specialty telephone in his or her favorite style or color for talking to friends. A decorative telephone and address book can complement the gift.
  • For older and more responsible children, give them a small pet to care for and love.

 

The most important aspect of gift giving is to consider what makes the recipient happy, rather than caving in to peer pressure from the media or other parents.

 

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Award-winning poet Leslie C. Halpern is the author of Frogs, Hogs, Puppy Dogs (2014), Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes (2013), and Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub (2012), all early reader books from Cricket Cottage Publishing. Leslie also writes nonfiction books for adults about the entertainment industry, including her most recent publication: 200 Love Lessons from the Movies (2016). All her books are available on www.Amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and through her website at www.LeslieHalpern.com. Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/funnychildrenspoems.

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Check out my first article in Florida Now News!I feel blessed and honored to write for this up and coming business magazine.

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Merritt Island, FL. – Merritt Island High School (MIHS) is taking students’ dreams of working in the business world and turning them into a reality through their Academy of Hospitality & Tourism. It’s known as the HEAT Academy which stands for Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, and Tourism at MIHS which has been in place for about 8 years. However, under the astute leadership of Mrs. Lauren Little, Academy Director, HEAT has grown and is continuing to grow, bringing new business partners, industry credentials, and classes.

Two seniors, Skyla Murray and Timothy Compton, said, “We joined because we wanted the academy experience.” The Academy experience involves having three classes each year with the same like-minded students, having special speakers, taking business-related field trips, doing business-related internships, and visiting business college campuses. While Timothy prefers Science as a subject matter, he has enjoyed his experience in this Academy. Skyla has always been interested in Business…

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