Peanut Butter in the Middle, A New Release Children’s Book

Hi everyone,

I’ve got a new release for you called Peanut Butter in the Middle about, well, being in the middle, literally. A great children’s book for all children but especially a middle-born child.

Stuck in the Middle

NEW YORK, NY – Children’s author, Stephanie Lombardi bursts into the literary scene with her charming book, Peanut Butter in the Middle.

The story follows a young boy who is the middle child with a baby brother and an older sister. The young boy often feels left out as it seems like his siblings receive more attention than him.

His mindset completely changes one day while spending one on one time with his mom when she shows him the crucial role he holds in his family.

The young boy’s discovery emphasizes the main message that prompted Lombardi to write the book.

“The strongest message of my book is how each sibling even the middle sibling has an important role to play in their family,” she reflects.

Filled with gorgeous illustrations and a heart-warming message, Peanut Butter in the Middle is a story that will resonate with parents and children alike.

Peanut Butter in the Middle, published by Austin Macauley, was released on June 28th 2019.

Price: $12.95 ISBN: 9781641825306. It is available in Amazon, Barnes & Noble as well as other bookstores around the country. Review copies are available upon request.

For more information, please visit: www.austinmacauley.com/us.

About Stephanie Lombardi: Stephanie Lombardi-Terranova is a graduate of Rutgers University where she majored in Psychology. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor at Seton Hall University School of Law. She practiced as a family law attorney prior to having her three children: Madison, Peter, and Richard. She currently resides in Colts Neck, New Jersey, with her loving husband, Matthew, their children, and their cat, Rugby. She lives just minutes away from the home where she grew up. She loves spending time with her family at the beach, in Disney World, or really anywhere they are. She sees her mother every day.

Thank you, Stephanie, for sharing your book with us today! I encourage my readers to please purchase a copy of her book for the favorite child in your life and/or share with others so they can discover this wonderful book with an even better message!

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The Legend of the Lighthouse

Hi everyone,

I’m super excited to bring you this children’s book by J. A. Jones. I read it and absolutely love the inspirational message contained inside. Here’s the Press Release to tell you more about it….

A Lighthouse Magically Comes to Life

NEW YORK, NY – Imagine this: if a lighthouse magically came to life, how would it react? Legend of the Lighthouse by J.A. Jones explores this question in his inspirational story about a magical lighthouse that shows us we are all special in our own way.

The story begins with a swift fight between a Pirate King and a sea serpent; following the Pirate King’s battle victory, his luck continues, and he finds glorious treasure. The Pirate King buries the treasure on the Island of Forever which appears every twenty years.

As time passes, the Pirate King grows old in age and forgets where he hid his treasure. One afternoon, a soaring seagull discovers the misplaced treasure and magically transforms the Lighthouse into a living being. When the lighthouse comes to life he is afraid and confused, but with the guidance of the seagull he learns that we are all uniquely special in this world.

The lighthouse’s ability to come to terms with his new identity aligns with Jones’s beliefs about self-acceptance: “I believe how we deal with extreme situations can show us who we truly are, and we are only limited by our imagination,” he reflects.

Full of adventure, pirate kings, sea creature, treasure and a powerful inspirational message, Legend of the Lighthouse is a timeless read that will allow readers to teleport to a magical world whenever they wish.

Legend of the Lighthouse, published by Austin Macauley, was released on May 31st 2019.

Price: $9.95 ISBN:9781641825634. It is available in Amazon, Barnes & Noble as well as other bookstores around the country. Review copies are available upon request. For more information, please visit: www.austinmacauley.com/us.

About J.A. Jones: At an adolescent age, J. A. Jones began writing short scripts to entertain his family. He realized he had a gift for storytelling. Soon after the tragic loss of his mother at an early age, he isolated himself from friends and family for long periods. He escaped into the worlds of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis, evolving a love for fantasy which in turn helped him develop his unique imagination. After jobs such as high-rise window washer, hotel manager, and bodyguard, J. A. Jones decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and fulfill a dream of becoming a published author.

Summer Success for Teens and Tweens

Hi everyone,

Today, I’m bringing you some good parenting advice from our favorite school psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen…

Summer Success for Teens and Tweens

by

Dr. Valerie Allen

Summer can be long and lonesome for the teens and tweens in your life. They are out of their typical learning environment and circle of friends. It doesn’t mean the summer can’t be useful for acquiring new skills, information and friends. It’s important to keep the teens and tweens busy and engaged in new and interesting activities. Here are a few tips that will be helpful.

  1. Screen Time. Limit electronic viewing and contacts to two hours per day, in 30 minutes blocks. If they do not turn in their device after 30 minutes, they miss their next half-hour of allowed electronic time. There should be at least 30 minutes between each block of online time. Set time limits between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. At night all electronic devices should be turned in to a safe location with parental monitoring. Parents should have access to passwords and their child’s online social network. The summer is also a good time to do some electronic pruning of games, apps, and people.
  2. Missing Friends: Your child may not have as much access to his or her best friend or close social network during the summer. Children travel, have jobs, do volunteer work, visit with relatives, attend camp and so on. Encourage your youngster to participate in new activities. It’s important to learn new things, work with different authority figures, develop new friends, and engage in tasks without getting a “grade” or being judged. It is also important to have down time just to sit back and learn to do nothing–rest and relaxation can be a good thing!
  3. Summer Jobs. Your youngster may be too young to be an actual employee, however, he or she can earn money. They can babysit, dog walk, trim hedges, pull weeds, sweep driveways, patios, wash cars, and sidewalks, clean the kitty litter box, or make and sell crafts. They can learn about entrepreneurship, time management, marketing, supply and demand and sales. They can create a flier to explain their services and set fees. You can also offer to pay for some extra jobs at home, such as cleaning out the garage, cleaning the windows, planting a tree, and so on. Volunteer work is also a good choice to fill those long summer days with something productive.
  4. Curfew: The summer brings many discussions about curfews and bedtime routines. Involve your child in these decisions. Write out the fixed days, dates, and times of family events. Things to be considered are parents work schedule, school classes if needed, day care needs for younger children, pets to be cared for, family gatherings, plans for camp or travel. Typically kids can sleep in an extra hour or two in the morning and stay up an hour longer at night. Consideration should be given to how less or more sleep impacts behavior, attitude, moodiness, level of cooperation and so on.
  5. New Experiences: Often children have some anxiety when faced with change, especially unexpected change in their routines. Being away at overnight camp or with extended family or joining with a new peer group can be stressful and result in anxiety. When there needs to be a change in the plan try to provide advance notice. Explain why the change was needed and how it may impact other plans. Keep in mind some children thrive on new experiences and others can become fearful.
  6. New Behavior: The summer may bring opportunities for new and sometimes risky behaviors. Monitor your child for mood changes, high anxiety, unexpected fears, negative attitude, or dramatic responses to trivial matters. It could be a sign of normal hormonal changes or coping with social or moral dilemmas, typical for kids in this age group. However, youngsters may be negatively influenced by a new peer group, or experimenting with drugs or alcohol, or being exposed to inappropriate images or games online. If you notice anything atypical about your child’s behavior, the time to talk is now. Set aside a private and quiet time to discuss what you’ve observed and ask their opinion. Explain their behavior is out of the ordinary and you’re concerned. Allow them to talk without judgment. Take necessary precautions to avoid hurt feelings or harm to those involved.

Teens and tweens can use the summer months to gain new skills and explore careers. Use these suggestions to help them grown, enjoy and learn.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development and has published two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.” Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

Max and the Magic Sailboat, New Release

Hi everyone,

I’m excited to bring you a new children’s author with a cute book inspired by his own childhood, here’s Axel Behn’s press release for Max and the Magic Sailboat…

NEW YORK, NY – Author Axel Behn bursts into the children’s literary world with his beautifully illustrated story, Max and the Magic Sailboat.

Presented in a rhyming format, the story introduces Max who moves away to live with his grandparents; the only items he packs are his clothes and his favorite toy, his sailboat.

Each day Max happily sets his sailboat out for sail from the cliffs of the sea and watches it float away only to return every morning with notes and photographs from countries far away.

The different countries and cultures Max learns about each time he casts his sailboat to the sea will create magical adventures for readers and was what inspired Behn to write the book.

“I have always dreamt of writing books for younger readers. When I relocated to Mallorca the idea came to me about travel and the different cultures around the world,” he reflects.

Filled with gorgeous imagery, an engaging storyline and an educational message, Max and the Magic Sailboat will become a bedtime read that children and parents will continue to return to time and time again.

Max and the Magic Sailboat, published by Austin Macauley was released on May 31st 2019. Price: $9.95 ISBN: 9781641823890. It is available in Amazon, Barnes & Noble as well as other bookstores around the country. Review copies are available upon request. For more information, please visit: www.austinmacauley.com/us.

Axel Behn as a child and the picture that inspired the book cover

About Axel Behn: Axel was born in South Africa, where he attended school in Transvaal and Natal. After matriculating, he spent two years in the military. He received a diploma from Ruth Prowse School of Arts in Cape Town in 1989. Since then, he has held exhibitions in South Africa, Germany, and USA. In 2017, he relocated to Majorca, where he fulfilled a lifetime dream of writing a series of children’s books.

Penny N’ Pals Children’s Book

Hi everyone,

Have a new puppy? Here’s a great book that will capture your heart as you share it with your child as well as help your child have empathy for what your newest family member may be going through with underlying life lessons for your child as well.

Here to tell us more about her book is the author, Jenny Brunstein…

Penny N’ Pals is the tale of new beginnings as a child and his mother pick out a new puppy, Penny, after their beloved dog passes away. The story goes on to describe the family enduring new puppy tribulations in the form of both humor and fear as a mischievous puppy begins her life in a new home. Penny N’ Pals defines the underlying teaching that you can’t make it in the world of San Francisco without a loving family to guide you through the right life lessons.


Here is a little bit about me:
Jenny Brunstein is born and raised in the Bay Area, California. Prior to writing books, Jenny has spent a number of years in the tech industry of Silicon Valley. Past publications include her poetry at an early age in the Stanford Anthology for Youth. In her spare time, she loves to play basketball with the real-life Penny and her boyfriend and showcase to her loving family her visions of future Penny stories. Jenny was inspired to write the book after babysitting two adorable boys. The siblings are in different age ranges and she wanted to create a book that parents could read to their kids or kids at more advanced reading levels can read on their own.

 
Recommended for children ages 4 – 9.

Additional links for the book:

To Purchase:
Amazon

Social Media:
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Facebook

The Missing Alphabet Book–New Release

Hi everyone,

One of the author’s that I have featured before on my blog has a brand new release called The Missing Alphabet…I can’t wait for you to learn more about it, so here’s some of her characters to tell you!

Gregory the Boy: Hi everyone! My name is Gregory.

Sammy the Teddy Bear: *waves* Don’t be scared, but I can talk, too. I’m Sammy.

Gregory: Sammy is my best friend in the whole wide world. We go on a lot of adventures together. Don’t we, Sammy?

Sammy: Yup! Like the time when Gregory turned green at school.

Gregory: And you came to tell my friends and me about bulling.

Sammy: Someone had to.

Gregory: Then there was the time when you ripped your leg, Sammy, and Mom had to fix you up.

Sammy: *rubs leg* I don’t want to talk about that.

Gregory: Let’s not forget about what happened on Halloween night!

Sammy: We rode on a broom! *pretends to be an airplane*

Gregory: Now we have a brand-new adventure to share with everyone.

Sammy: We do! But maybe we should let Elaine Kaye share the details about the story of The Missing Alphabet.

Elaine Kaye the Author: Thanks, boys!

NEW RELEASE FROM ELAINE KAYE:

The paper alphabet letters in Gregory Green’s classroom have gone missing, and it’s up to him and his friends to find those missing letters. They go on a hunt through the school, hoping to find them. They spot letters next to things that start with those letters, like B for Bananas in the cafeteria. But will they be able to find the entire alphabet?

The Missing Alphabet is a great story for children learning to associate letters with objects, and four activities throughout the book will further help children to get familiar with the alphabet.

General Age Range – Kids 5-8 (Story Picture Book)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo

PRINT: Amazon 

A GREGORY GREEN ADVENTURE SERIES:

“Bullying is not fun and, with colorful illustrations and interesting characters, the author handles the topic in a simple manner, giving a clear message about how the color of one’s skin is not important.” – Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo

PRINT:Amazon / Barnes & Noble

“Tutors and educators can use it in classrooms and school libraries for read aloud sessions.” – Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo

PRINT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble 

“This is a perfect story for children and it will make them imagine, dream, and become adventurous. The illustrations are whimsical and they bring out the spookiness and eeriness of the adventure.” – Readers’ Favorite (5-Star Review)

EBOOK: Amazon / Nook / Kobo

PRINT: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

About the Author: Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.

Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher’s assistant in elementary schools. She currently lives in Florida, but has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.

Website / Goodreads / Amazon / Instagram / Facebook

Thank you, Elaine, for coming on my blog today and sharing your exciting new release!

And readers, please check out her new book and pick up a copy for your favorite child and be sure to share so others can get their copy too!

“You Are…” A Children’s Book That Will Help Your Child Develop a Positive Inner Voice

Hi, everyone,

Here’s another great children’s author whose book is in line with the type of books I write–social/emotional positive development.

Here’s the author, Stephanie Tayla, to tell you more about it….

Child development experts agree that our self-perception is shaped in early childhood. Those formative years can determine whether that little voice we each hear creates self-doubt or self-assurance.

This book aims to influence a generation of children to be self-assured thinkers who hear encouragement and positive guidance when they are alone, faced with the proverbial fork in the road.

The real secret?

It is your voice that becomes their most positive and optimistic inner narrative.

You Are... it is a simple phrase, but oh the possibilities. You Are Bright, You Are Clever, You Are Silly!

Throughout this book, feel free to insert your own words that best describe your little angel. Let them come up with words too! You’ll be amazed at how contagious positive words can be.

“You Are…” is a simply stated, fun picture book to read at bedtime or anytime!

From ticklish to caaalllllllmmm and everything in between, this book is full of happy words that kids will love to hear and say each day!

*Don’t forget to find the Ladybug hidden on each page.

The “You Are…” Movement is in line with the Social Emotional Approach that is being taught in schools across the nation.

Little readers (listeners) are always developing that little voice that will guide them through life.

Neurological scientists note the impact of communication in the early years but as parents it is intuitive; When children internalize discouraging words, they develop negative self esteem, when they internalize encouraging words they develop positive self esteem.

The relationship between parents words and children’s thoughts is clear. It really is how we learn to deal with our peers, teachers, and eventually, our own families. Most of us hear our parents voices in our inner dialogue… even as we become parents and grandparents ourselves.

What phrase do you hope will stay with your little one?

You’ve read the entire book description!

Thank you & Wow!

We hope, “You Are…” will become a nightly snuggle tradition in your home as it has in so many snuggly homes already.

Happy reading!

Publishers recommended Age range 0-8.

Hi there! My name is Stephanie. I’m a work at home mom with two little ones. I work for the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books…  and I simultaneously attempt to enforce naps!

I was inspired to write this book because I believe it is crucial that children hear positive phrases from the people they look up to, starting at an early age. I’ve researched early cognitive development and social emotional messaging extensively and ended up writing a story that supports both concepts.  Yet the book is simply stated with only 3 words per page and in a pattern style, it has quickly become the go to baby shower gift!

 It all started out as a story that lived in my mind and on my children’s ears. I would tell them these simple phrases every night at bed time. For my daughter I noticed her being told she’s beautiful very often and I wanted her to know that she’s also clever, determined, funny… so much more than beautiful. For my son I noticed him being told that he’s “going to be a heartbreaker and wow, look how strong.” I wanted him to know that he is also kind, creative, bright… so much more than strong. I did this intuitively as most parents do. We are ever aware that our words matter.

It has been said that we all have an inner narrative that is developed in early childhood. We each have a little voice that takes us to a place of self-criticism or self-comfort when we are faced with life’s challenges. We tell ourselves, “I can’t do it, I’m not (insert negative adjective-smart, worthy, determined) enough” or we tell ourselves, “I can do, I am (insert positive adjective-smart, worthy, determined)!” The social emotional approach of this book encourages a positive self-view that help children become self-assured adults. And isn’t that what we all dream for our children and – maybe even work towards ourselves?

Put simply, the goal of this book is for our children to look inside themselves for the strength and courage to thrive as the beautifully capable and uniquely talented individuals they are.

Additionally, this book serves as a keepsake. My own kids have an illustrated copy of their favorite bedtime story that they can take with them anywhere. The words now live in their heads and they share the messages with each other.  My kids tell each other that they are sweet, kind, Batman, a kitty cat, rock stars! My siblings never said those words to me! Side note: they also sometimes argue over who should close the refrigerator door and other daily bickers.    : )

And my biggest joy is that my young children are seeing mommy doing work she believes in. When marketing children’s books to toy stores and story time locales, every day can be take- your- kids-to-work day!

Thank you, Stephanie, for your insightful description about how our verbal dialogue with our children actually shape their inner dialogue. So very important to be aware of a to choose our words wisely. Thank you for writing a book that helps us do that better!

And readers, I encourage you to check out her book on Amazon and purchase a copy for the favorite children in your life and to share with your friends and family members as well as on social media.

New Children’s Book “When Dinosaurs Go to Bed” Available for FREE Download Today

Hi everyone,

I’d like to introduce you to a children’s author I met recently and his adorable book about dinosaurs that I know children are going to fall in love with AND it’s available for FREE today!!

Josh, tell us about your book…

Growing up, I couldn’t get enough of dinosaurs. Dinosaur pillows, dinosaur socks, dinosaur movies, and of course, dinosaur books! Lots of dinosaur books!

I don’t think things have changed much. Children still love dinosaurs, and many own at least one all-time favorite dinosaur book!

Today is the launch of a new kind of dinosaur book: When Dinosaurs Go to Bed. The book is available for FREE Kindle Download until May 31, so grab it as soon as you can!

A beautiful and timelessly illustrated children’s bedtime story, the book is composed of dinosaurs in familiar bedtime scenes. It’s a quick read and the perfect book to help get your child get excited about going to sleep. At the same time, you will teach your child the names of popular dinosaurs while having a few laughs.

The book was inspired one evening when I was getting ready for bed and experimenting with the names of different dinosaurs and potential rhymes. In just a few minutes, I have a handful of funny rhymes about dinosaurs. It was clear to me at this point there was the potential for a great book with some beautiful modern illustrations, and here we are! Since then we’ve read the book to many children and the response has been incredible, with many asking for it to be read over and over again!

Download When Dinosaurs Go to Bed today! The book is available for FREE Kindle Download until May 31.

Hey, thank you, Josh, for sharing your adorable book with us today!

I hope, you, my blog readers, will not only download a copy for your favorite child today but share this post with others so they can get their copy as well.

Do It My Way…Please!

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DO IT MY WAY . . .PLEASE

Dr. Valerie Allen

At the heart of all misbehavior is noncompliance. You have told your child to do something and they didn’t do it. Often a cycle of negative interaction is then set into motion. You give more and more reminders. The youngster responds by ignoring you, crying, yelling, pouting, or with temper tantrums. His or her behavior escalates, you become frustrated and angry. Soon the original request gets lost in this smoke screen. If this sounds familiar, there are some strategies to help your child learn to cooperate:

1.  Tell Don’t Ask. Give your child a direct command. Tell him or her exactly what you want done. Do not request or ask if he or she would clear the table or hang up the towel, this implies that there is an option. If you want it done just give an order.

2.  Look ‘Em in the Eye. When speaking to children get their attention. Go to where they are, say their name, put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eye, and speak directly to them. Do not call to them from another room. Do not send another child to get them or have someone else deliver your message.

3.  Keep it Short and Sweet. Give one specific command. Using visual clues can be helpful, for example telling them to comb their hair while touching them on the head. If giving more than one command, have the child repeat them back to you. It is best to give one step directions; never give more then three tasks at a time no matter how old the child.

4.  Give One Reminder. If the child does not comply, give them one reminder. Tell them “this is a reminder,” then mention the consequence. For example, “put your shoes in your room or no TV.” Stay with the child until he or she initiates the task. Give them praise when they do so.

5.  Suffer the Consequences. Every behavior has a consequence, use it to your advantage. If the child is cooperative, give immediate praise and recognition, for example you can say “Nice job” or “Thanks for doing that so quickly” or “I appreciate your help.” If the child behaves inappropriately, immediately confront him or her with the misbehavior. Identify what they were supposed to do and what they actually did. “I said to put your back-pack on the table and instead you turned on the TV”. Give them one reminder. Do not hesitate to impose a consequence if they are non compliant. After the consequence, once again give them the command and give praise for their cooperation.

Consistently use these behavior management techniques to increase compliance and diminish conflict between you and your youngster. It will also present opportunities for positive interactions with your child which in turn build self esteem.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development and has published two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.”  Oh yes, she has also raised six children!