Cefa the Cat, a Children’s Book

Childrens author, Cristine, and her cat, Cefa

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog where I showcase children’s books with positive social/emotional messages.

Today, I have an author who wrote about a cat and if you know me at all, you know I love cats! I’ve rescued 15 feral cats. They still live outdoors in their colony but they have all been fixed and I feed them every day. Most of them let me pet them which is a real honor for any cat, much less a feral one.

Enough about me, here’s Cristine, to tell you about her book and her cat, Cefa.

Take it away, Cristine…

The Story…..

Cefa is a cute and curious little cat.  He manages to get into mischief and, along with his new found friends, always seems to find a way out of each sticky situation.

In this introductory book you learn Cefa lives at the Animal Shelter. It tells about his life there and how he ends up being adopted.

This books leads to the series of children’s picture books called The Adventures of Cefa the Cat.Each book tells how he meets a new friend and how they form a long and lasting bond.  We hope you like this little introductory book and will want to read more about Cefa, his adventures and all his friends.

Available on Amazon

This series is based on the adventures, or misadventures as some will find, of our Russian Blue cat. He was a very active cat with a lot of character. He would roam around the yard and eventually found himself in various situations. It was fun to watch as he tried to decide just how he was going to find a way out. I used these situations as the basis of our stories.

Biography…

I started out as a primary school teacher – second grade.  It was a lot of fun but then my life changed and I went through a serious of career moves and actual city moves until I landed in northern California. 

My husband and I bought a print and copy shop and I taught myself how to use various software programs such as photoshop, corelDraw, etc.  This was in the mid-80s when computers were just starting to become popular.

After I retired, I needed something to keep me busy, hence “The Adventures of Cefa the Cat” came to be.  I decided to put my teaching and computer skills to use and with the help of my cousin, who did the illustrations, we published our first Cefa book.

“The Adventures of Cefa the Cat” is an internet collaboration in the true sense of the word. Pictures were sent via email and put into a graphics program for finishing touches. After much writing and editing, drawing and redrawing, changing and rearranging the final product was made available online.

Since then Ive expanded.  There are now 6 Cefa books and Ive also created several other childrens picture books too.  Ive created a Cefa website, a Cefa facebook page and a Cefa blog.

Two years ago I decided I needed something else to do, so I volunteer for a program sponsored by our local United Way called Reading Pals.  Through Reading Pals we visit a local school two times a week and read various picture books to a Kindergartener.

It took me back to my earlier teaching days.  It was a lot of fun reading to each youngster and see their faces light up when they liked the book or express their controversy when they didnt.

Then came Covid-19 and you all know what happened.  Schools were closed and so was the Reading Pal program.  I missed my little guys.

I then decided that since I was already writing blogs about our favorite childrens books why not talk about them too.  Just like I was doing during my Reading Pal period.

I created a video blog channel on Youtube.  I’ve started by featuring two of my books and it is expanding to include other books too.  The channel is called Cefa’s Book Blog and I hope you will visit it and let me know of other books to feature.

Website – http://www.cefathecat.com

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/cefathecat

Youtube channel – Cefa’s Book Blog

Cefa’s First Adventure on Youtube

Thank you, Cristine, for sharing your Cefa the Cat book series on my blog today. Cefa sounds like a fun cat and beautiful too!

And thank you, my loyal blog readers. I hope you will check out all Cristine is doing with her books and blog!

As always–likes, comments, and shares are appreciated!

Hector the Inspector

Elaine Pritchett, Children’s Author of Hector the Inspector Books

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Books Blog today!

It’s a Monday and that can make you feel a little blah, but it can also be exciting as you think about starting a brand new week with all sorts of possibilities out in front of you!

That’s what I hope you’ll feel while reading this post from a wonderful children’s author, Elaine Pritchett.

I love a rhyme and Hector the Inspector is just fun to say!

So, here’s Elaine to tell us about her books.

Take it away, Elaine…

Just over two years ago, I awoke from a dead, dreamless sleep with the picture of a little, red-headed boy in an much-too-big trench coat and the words, “Hector the Inspector and the Quest for Kindness” taking up all of the little brain space I have left.  I instantly knew who Hector was as a character:  a sensitive, introverted, child who needed to face the often-overwhelming world around him by learning to look for the good amidst the noise. 

Initially, I was going to go back to sleep and think about it later, but I couldn’t.  So, I picked up a pen and paper and wrote down that first title (which has since become the second), and then more titles just flowed unexpectedly out of my pen.  By the time I was finished, I realized I had a children’s book series in my hands.  Totally unexpected.  While I have always enjoyed writing and hoped to one day have the time to take on a meaningful writing project, I’d never thought about writing children’s literature.  But, then, there was Hector, compelling me in this unexpected direction. 

As I was writing, it became quite obvious that my draft of The Quest for Kindness was too long for an early elementary children’s book, so, out of necessity, I split it in two.  Hector the Inspector introduces the reader to the main character, and Hector the Inspector and the Quest for Kindness begins his journey of looking for the good in the world.  I kind of see Hector as a Mr. Rogers in training.  He’s a gentle soul, but he’s still a kid and still figuring things out.

Because some of my older children thought some of my word choices were too advanced for young kids (I don’t know that I agree with them), I included a glossary in the back.  Because Hector deals with some pretty big feelings, and I have experience with kids who have had to deal with pretty big feelings, I also included a glossary of feelings that come up in each story, as well as some suggested discussion questions to help parents and caregivers who might find them useful.  Basically, there is a lot of back matter that is born either out of my English degree, love of education, many years of homeschooling my children, and/or my experiences with adoptive/trauma parenting.

My husband and I are the parents of six kids, ages 13-22.  Some are biologically ours, and some are ours through adoption.  If I have learned one thing through parenting and homeschooling my biologically diverse pack (until they reach the high school years), it’s that the nature vs. nurture debate is kind of silly.   It is both.  Every child comes with a basic personality (nature), and we, as the adults in their lives, have to help them identify and channel their strengths and temper and overcome their weaknesses (nurture); and, with our help and guidance, things that may seem to be weaknesses can become strengths.

You can follow me at:

www.ProbityPublishing.org

www.facebook.com/ProbityPublishing (mostly here)

To purchase:      https://probitypublishing.org/shop/ , amazon.com,  or your favorite bookstore’s website.

Thank you, Elaine, for sharing your fun, quality books with us that help to spread kindness in our world. Something we desperately need right now.

And thank you, my blogger friends, for reading my post today. I hope you will jump online and purchase both of Elaine’s books and share them with the children you love in your life today!

As always, likes, comments, and shares are always appreciated.

Stay safe

‘Little Miss History’ Children’s Books

Hi everyone,

Welcome to today’s edition of Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Books Blog.

I’m really excited to introduce you all to a children’s non-fiction author today. I think you and your children are going to love her books!

Barbara Mojica writes Little Miss History books and she’s here to tell you more about them.

Take it away, Barbara…

“If you don’t know your history, you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Magical mountains carved with faces, mysterious murders, giant trees, and secret submarines are just a few things that kids will learn about when they open a Little Miss History book.

The entertaining series for kids makes reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages. Not only are the stories compelling, but the illustrations mixed with real photos keep readers intrigued. Dressed like a wannabe park ranger character, Little Miss History takes kids on whirlwind adventures around the globe and shows them icons that we all treasure.

One becomes a character in history at birth. History is full of blazing drama and emotions and kids can be real heroes if they understand where they came from, how the past shaped them, and how they can plan their future. Kids will see that leaders come in all shapes and sizes, just like kids, and that life is filled with success and failures. Hop on board with Little Miss HISTORY and see how knowing history opens a window to understanding the present.

Available on Amazon

The Little Miss HISTORY book series has garnered two dozen awards including B.R.A.G. Medallions, International Book Excellence Awards, International Readers’ Favorite Awards, Eric Hoffer, and Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards. https://LittleMisshistory.com.        

Author Barbara Ann Mojica, M.A. S.A.S., S.D.A is a historian and retired educator. Her education career spans more than forty years serving as a teacher, special educator, principal, and school district administrator. Barbara writes monthly historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner “Passages” and maintains that literacy is the heart of knowledge.

She is a top reviewer on Amazon and shares book reviews of family-friendly literature on her blog https://bamauthor.me. She feels that families can use their time at home reading together, sharing family experiences, and dreaming about their next family adventure.

The Little Miss HISTORY Travels to…BOOK SERIES MAY BE PREVIEWED ON MY WEBSITE https://www.LittleMissHISTORY.com

The books are available online at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound.org, bookshop.org and Walmart.com

Ask for them at your favorite bookstore.

Here is the link to my Amazon Author Page  https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Ann-Mojica/e/B00B9DOVKC/

My links to social media:

Website               http://LittleMissHISTORY.com

Blog:                      https://bamauthor.me

Twitter:                https://twitter.com/bamauthor

Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/LittleMissHISTORY.com

Instagram:          https://www.instagram.com/bamauthor

Goodreads:       https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6851359.Barbara_Ann_Mojica

Linked in:          https://www.linkedin.com/in/bamauthor

YouTube              https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVUU3m8cCeBUr2wxHAQi6Lw/channels

Tumblr:                https://www.tumblr.com/blog/bamauthor

Congratulations on your book awards, Barbara! And thank you so much for sharing your Little Miss History books with us today.

And thank you all, my blogger family, for reading today’s post. I hope you rush out and purchase these books for you little ones.

As always, likes, shares, and comments are much appreciated!

Stay safe

Dreams of Zugunruhe

(Headshots: Williamsburg Therapy group team shots: October 5th 2018 pictured here: Dr. Victoria Frisse. photo: Lizzy Snaps Sullivan)

The first time I saw an Arctic tern, I was in the open ocean off the coast of northern California.  The bird was following our boat, awaiting in mid-air, for batches of chum tossed off the back of  the vessel. The bird was tiny, virgin white, and wielded scythe-like wings that cut through  the mighty sea winds.    

At the time, I was in my mid-thirties–about to launch my career as a psychologist. I don’t  know how old the tern was at the time, but a tern’s life is over after thirty years, give or take.  By the time that tern I saw approached its thirtieth birthday, it would have circled the earth  many times over.    

My new beginning as a psychologist came after several false starts in career, a fair bit of  wandering and exploring, and tons of book learnin’ and socialization. I suspect that my  presence on that boat, to watch birds, breathe the sea air, and feel a kinship with primordial  mother ocean, was a way of reconnecting with my animalistic nature.     Humans need education and socialization, of course. But it has struck me that there is an  inherent tension between the power of our training and the force of our instincts.

I was on  that boat to find a better balance between mind and drive. How ironic that I’d be so  interested in reconnecting with my creatureliness after all my efforts to transcend it through  higher education!      The rest of the natural world is not equipped with so much insulation from nature “red in  tooth and claw” (Tennyson, 1850, Canto 56). Terns brave sea, land, and air throughout the  course of their lives–in some of the harshest conditions to boot. They are equipped with  little more than their slight, angular stature and their instincts. Migration takes them to  distant locations that serve their needs for food and ideal breeding conditions. They sign  no social contract; they simply respond to an overwhelming instinctual restlessness called  Zugunruhe​.   

Available on Amazon

I wrote ​Dreams of Zugunruhe​, a story about a young tern awaiting the arrival of this  migratory restlessness because my instincts were not treated with the same respect in my  youth. And I don’t believe that I’m the exception, I believe I’m the rule. The better we as  humans get at surviving, whether through improved healthcare, technological advancement,  and stockpiling basic necessities, the worse we seem to get at living.    

As an expert on human attachment, I know that people need safe havens to thrive. We need  care, support, food, clothing, and shelter. But I also know that we work hard to meet these  needs so we can live a little bit like Arctic terns. Societies are secure bases from which we  leap into the unknown, trust our instincts to take us somewhere interesting and to  overcome unexpected challenges.    

Dreams of Zugunruhe is a book I hope all families will own. It reminds both parents and  children that no matter how much you learn, how successful you become, and how much  discipline you acquire, you’ll never outgrow your inner wildness and lust for adventure. It’s  as important a reminder for kids going to their first day at preschool as it is for a college  graduate and a 90-year-old woman who has just lost her husband of 60 years.     The quote famously attributed to George Eliot reminds us that “It’s never too late to be what  you might have been.” ​Dreams of Zugunruhe​ carries the message that it’s always time to  live and feel as you were born to do.   

To purchase Dreams of Zugunruhe, click ​here​.   

Website: ​https://mindsplain.com   

Twitter: @mindsplain & @DreamsZugunruhe   

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Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Childrens Franky the Fearless Flamingo: A ‘Using Your Strength for Good’ Hero Story (Franky the Flamingo Book 4) by Wanda Luthman

I just want to thank Sally for sharing my newest book, Franky the Fearless Flamingo, on the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine!

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Award winning children’s author Wanda Luthman has just released a new book Franky the Fearless Flamingo: A ‘Using Your Strength for Good’ Hero Story (Franky the Flamingo Book 4)

About the book

Franky is back with his 4th book in the Franky the Flamingo series (although each is a standalone book so you don’t have to have read previous books to understand this one).

Franky the Fearless Flamingo rescues the helpless wherever he does go.

In this tale of strength and compassion, a mean crab owes a debt as his ration.
The little sea turtle that he hurt, he later helps with kindess, his new passion.

The crab learned to use his strength for good to help someone in need, just because he could.

Franky the Fearless Flamingo is a hero for helping a mean crab learn the important lesson of empathy.

Head over to buy the book:Amazon US

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Want To Be My Guest?

Hi everyone,

If you are an author of children’s books that share positive messages, consider this your personal invitation to be a guest on my blog.

This blog has been ranked among the top 100 of children’s book blogs.

I have wonderful followers who like, comment, and share posts. Some have even purchased books.

I absolutely love sharing other authors’ works!!

I’m here for you! I want to help you get the word out about your awesome book.

Together, we can make the world a better place by sharing our books that teach children how to be the best people they can be.

So, if you have always wanted to find a blog to share your books, you’ve come to the right place.

Contact me through either leaving a comment below, using the ‘Contact’ tab, or using the “Guest Blog’ tab.

I look forward to having you as my guest and sharing your work.

Don’t delay. Contact me today.

See what I did there?! I do love a good rhyme.

As always, likes, comments, and shares are appreciated!

I love you all! Stay safe

Tony the Pickle

Jacky Braun, children’s author

Hi everyone,

Welcome to my children’s book blog today. I really enjoy finding new children’s books with wonderful messages told in clever ways. I discovered Jacky and absolutely loved the idea of a pickle having a story to tell. I believe children will love this character too!

So, here’s Jacky to tell us more about herself and the inspiration behind Tony the Pickle…

J. B. Zuker was born in Guatemala City on the morning of the 10th of March 1988. At a very early age, she embraced her passion to write poetry, travel, and explore the world.


She had the amazing experience to be part of a youth group that changed her life, provided her leadership skills and alternative educational methods. Through this group, she was able to influence youth in her community.

After graduating high school, she packed her bags and permanently moved to Israel. Where she lived six months in a Kibbutz and later decided to move to Tel Aviv City.

She graduated from RISS Recanati International School after three and a half years of Finance and Marketing studies. Graduating with a BA in Finance and Marketing.

Today, she is happily married and has a beautiful daughter. She inspired her to take Tony’s stories back to the light. After keeping Tony only for bedtime stories and the kids she babysat in the past.

Her mission is to bring educational morals to kids through Tony’s adventures.

Available on Amazon

The Wacky Adventures of Tony The Pickle https://amzn.to/3dhQrqE is the first book of a series of wacky and imaginative adventures where Tony takes the young readers to the extremes of imagination and leaves room for learning and dialogue.

Almost 15 years ago, I had the very hard task to satisfy the hungry minds of 5 children I used to babysit. They didn’t like their books at home and wanted a made up story. Tony came to life that day, together with The Big Fat Lady, Froggy and even Pickleinna. The forest became a wonderful playground and the sea was more than just a strange place where they could dive into adventures and let their minds go wild.

Every night those kids craved more stories. So the characters developed along those fun story nights. I would write new ideas while attending school so I could come and tell them new stories every weekend night. They loved the stories so much so when I left to live in a Kibbutz in Israel my sisters took over my babysitting nights with them and even then they would demand new stories of Tony The Pickle.

I always had in the back of my mind that Tony needs to be known by more kids. So I kept on telling his stories to new kids I met and it had the same effect on them that it had on my kids back home. I knew I had to write the stories. So I did. The Wacky Adventure of Tony The Pickle just marks the beginning.

I also created complimentary memorabilia. Including socks, backpacks and more to keep Tony close. You can check it out at www.TonyThePickle.com

Thank you, Jacky, for sharing your very interesting story about yourself and how Tony came to life! We look forward to hearing about his future adventures.

Thank you, blog community, for your love and support. As always, likes, comments, and shares are very much appreciated.

Stay safe

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Author on the Shelves – #Children’s – Franky the Friendly Flamingo: An Anti-Bullying Book (The Franky the Flamingo Series) Wanda Luthman

A big thank you to Sally who has added my books to the Smorgasbord Cafe & Bookstore! I feel honored to be amongst such great authors. Please check out my books as well as the other authors listed here.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Delighted to welcome Multi-Award-winning Children’s Author Wanda Luthman to the Cafe and Bookstore. Wanda has a new book out that I will feature later in the month, but as an introduction to her work, here is Franky the Friendly Flamingo: An Anti-Bullying Book (The Franky the Flamingo Series)

About the book

Franky was a finicky dude, until he found his perfect, pink food. He then went in search for the perfect drink and wondered if it would also be pink. Now he’s back and he’s here to say, “Being yourself is always okay!”
This children’s book contains an anti-bullying message through the beloved flamingo character named Franky. He is friendly with all the different birds, but one day he spots a little bird being bullied by a bigger bird and he intervenes in a loving way that teaches the other birds who had just been standing by how they can…

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Franky the Fearless Flamingo

Get your copy HERE

Hello everyone,

I’m super excited to announce that Book 4 in the Franky the Flamingo series, Franky the Fearless Flamingo, is now available on Amazon. Right now, only the ebook is available, but the paperback is coming soon!

Franky the Fearless Flamingo is a story that centers around a crab, named Herman, who is mean to a baby sea turtle just as she is hatching from her nest and trying to make her way to the ocean.

Franky, the superhero, jumps in and teaches the crab the important lesson of using your strength for good.

Herman later makes it up to the sea turtle. You’ll have to read the book to find out how.

I can’t really emphasize the importance of empathy in today’s world enough. It saddens me to see us coming out of a pandemic where we were all virtually holding hands and singing kumbaya and instead of this carrying over into our new “normal,” we have come out to a world of deadly hate. It saddens and it scares me.

We have a long way to go before this pandemic is over and we have conquered Covid 19. We discussed at length during our quarantine about not judging one another and loving each other. I don’t want this post to become political, but my little book, Franky the Fearless Flamingo, that teaches empathy to children, maybe should be read to adults as well.

Remember this, my friends, “it’s never okay to be mean at all just because you can to someone who’s small.”

I wish you all love, peace, and joy and above all, safety, in this world.

Likes, shares, and comments (keep them kind) are always appreciated!