Today, I want to introduce you to a wonderfully creative and gifted children’s author that I had the privilege to meet at a book event recently, Sarah Ann Kinnear.
I talked to her about her inspiration and book concept and was blown away by her multi-faceted books from being beautifully illustrated by a woman who lives in Denmark (and Sarah flies to Denmark for vacation and has actually met her illustrator in person) to the fun adventure mystery stories told in a series of books to the puzzle piece that is included in each book that will ultimately be something a child can put together!!
More than your money’s worth is included in these wonderful books, plus the positive messages inside.
Now, let’s get started…
Little Pearl’s Reflection
Little Pearl’s Reflection is a children’s mystery adventure series of 7 books. At
the conclusion of each book there are 3 questions for children and adults to
discuss together, plus a surprise puzzle piece. Enter the contest to have YOUR
name as the character who helps Little Pearl find her lost mother! 70% of all
profit from sales is designated for helping children via children’s hospitals,
charities, schools, and Ronald McDonald Houses. Best of all – it’s fun and exciting
for all ages to read together!
On the eve of her 7th birthday, Little Pearl and her mother travel to a nearby
meadow and lie down side by side to watch the stars. Little Pearl falls asleep.
Suddenly she is awakened by a loud CRACK! When she opens her eyes, she sees
blue skies and no storm clouds – but she realizes that her mother is GONE! Little
Pearl decides to search for her lost mother by following the Old Winding River
around the Big Purple Mountain. Help Little Pearl search for her lost mother, Anna!
Volume 1: Little Pearl’s Reflection: The Light in the Window
Come along on her birthday adventure! In “The Light in the Window” you will meet five of Little Pearl’s new friends: Miss Sophie, a blind old woman who
gives Little Pearl a surprise birthday gift; Rusty, an inquisitive, talking red bird; InOut,
a disappearing blue bunny; the Ponte V, a wise and beautiful ivy bridge; and
Olivia, a shy, kind, and understanding gold fish.
Read or listen as Little Pearl, now a teenager, relates the tale of her search for her lost mother and her amazing birthday adventure. Follow the Old Winding River, and travel across the beautiful, small Pacific island toward the Big Purple Mountain.
Volume 2: Little Pearl’s Reflection: The Secret of the Smiling Rocks
Join Little Pearl as she continues her search for her lost mother, Anna!
Come along again on her birthday adventure in, “The Secret of the Smiling Rocks.”
You will meet three more of Little Pearl’s new friends: Henry, a small happy rock who explains part of ‘The Secret’ of the smiling rocks to Little Pearl; Rosie, a large pink elder crystal who tells the ancient tale of Little Pearl’s island home and the herd of Unicorns living in the caves of the Big Purple Mountain; and Syd, an adventurous turquoise snake who comes along to search with the friends by looking for Anna’s footprints. Little Pearl also learns about the majestic White Unicorn who flies and helps to heal all creatures on the island.
Volume 3: Little Pearl’s Reflection: When the Plants Throw a Party
Celebrate with Little Pearl and her friends on her next birthday
adventure, “When the Plants Throw a Party,” and travel into the deep, dark Evergreen Forest.
Meet Little Pearl’s new friends: Abraham, an old ironwood tree
who is celebrating his 100th birthday with his brother trees, Gulmohar and Baobab;
beautiful Gracie, an Egyptian cat dressed in gold jewelry who joins the search for Little Pearl’s mother; and Grinnd, a wise old owl who had made his home in Abe’s knothole. Join Little Pearl and her friends as they magically dance in the forest,
and Little Pearl receives a birthday gift of a mysterious old map.
Sarah Ann Kinnear, a teacher and principal for 35 years, has worked in the classroom and behind the scenes educating children and creating innovative curriculum that encourages independent thought and creative problem solving. She
has always appreciated imaginative stories and learning activities that inspire children and teenagers to ask questions, think for themselves and become life-long learners.
Inspired by her experiences as a mother and a teacher, Sarah wanted to write an interactive adventure series for young children who enjoy books, puzzles,
and mysteries. Little Pearl’s Reflection is filled with suspense and surprises,
including talking animals, plants – and even a talking river. Sarah lives with her
husband and dog Huey in Pensacola, Florida.
Bodil Sebrina Christensen is a self-taught designer, illustrator and artist. She is a trained teacher, and has worked with children and young people for 40 years. In her work she always implements art and creativity. For several years she worked on art projects for children and teachers in children’s homes and schools. For 35 years Bodil also held freelance jobs with Søbogaard, where she designed a myriad of labels for organic products, produced by organic fruit and berries.
In 2011 she worked with Søbogaard in Nepal drawing and designing for organic products for the International Development Assistance (Danida) project. Bodil lives in a
beautiful area north of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to a new children’s author, Lisa Beere. She has written several books but this one addresses a common issue with children, being afraid to go to sleep.
Here’s a little about the book…
Sam is a young child who can’t sleep, distracted by the many noises of the night. Each family member attempts to help him. Eventually, his Nan discovers the issue and sister, Junie, comes to the rescue with a solution that reassures Sam of how much he is safe and loved.
This story will appeal to children who have concerns about being alone in the dark and those older ones that will be sleeping “away” for the first time.
While written as a picture book this text is also accessible as an early reader.
Hello campbellsworld visitors and bookworms one and all.
Award-winning children’s author Wanda Luthman has dropped into the Author’s Corner today to tell us all about a recent book event she attended. I hope you’ll take a moment to read her story. Once you’ve enjoyed learning about the event, and all she experienced please read onward to find out about Wanda and her most excellent works.
The Space Coast Book Lovers (SCBL) Event 2018 was a great success!
This year is their second annual event. I attended both years. It is a two-day event held at the International Palms Resort in beautiful Cocoa Beach, FL.
One the first day, Friday, June 1st, the morning was for authors and other industry professionals. There were workshops and networking opportunities. I went to two—one on authors helping authors which I most definitely believe in and the other on using YouTube to market…
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Ladies and Gentlemen: How to Grow Them at Home
Every new birth gives hope for a kinder, gentler world. A child is not born angry, hostile, abusive, or violent; nor is he born loving, caring, kind, or considerate. Children gradually learn to become the way they are. As they interact with their environment and significant people it in, they are pushed, pulled, molded, and shaped by life experiences.
This is wonderful news, because it allows us many opportunities to be a positive influence on children. We have the knowledge, strategies, and motivation to help children fulfill their potential, become a positive force in society, and a joy to be with.
Here are ten things you can do to help children become kind, considerate, and thoughtful human beings.
Lower the Boom! Speak to each other in a quiet tone of voice. Avoid calling to your child from one room to another. Find her, make eye contact, and speak softly. Regulate the background noise from television, radio, and other audio/visual equipment; allow only one A/V or e-device on in each room.
Use the Magic Words. Set an example by asking, not demanding, your child to do things. Don’t forget, Please, Thank You, Excuse Me, and other nice words you learned from Grandma. They’ re still important!
Have Hands On Contact. We all need hugs, the more the better. Younger children enjoy cuddling and being held on your lap. Older kids may respond better to a high five or secret handshake. Teenagers may tolerate a pat on the back or a “bear hug.” Don’t force physical displays of affection if a child is resistant.
Speak Respectfully. Teach your child to speak to each person they meet, have eye contact, and use their name. Children should address adults in a respectful manner, using Mr., Mrs., Ms. or other appropriate title.
Offer Acceptance and Belonging. Home should be a safe and loving place, where we find comfort and support. Make your child feel needed and wanted by acknowledging her inner qualities, such as honesty, dependability, or trustworthiness. Each child should feel they enjoy a unique and significant place within the family unit.
Expect the Best. Assume your child will succeed and do well; look at misdeeds or failures as the exception. Focus on typical behaviors, that is, they usually have good grades in school, are home on time, and remember to do their chores, rather than dwelling on things that did not go well or pointing out how disappointed you are in them.
Show Respect. Treat your children with fairness and honesty. Ask their opinion and follow their advice when possible. Avoid dictating to them; give them an opportunity to make choices whenever possible. Never lie to a child, no mater how difficult the truth may seem. Do not violate their confidence by teasing or belittling them. Only in the most extreme situations should you intrude on their privacy by going through their personal belongings or reading their letters, journals, or email.
Problem Solving. When your child gets into trouble, use it as an opportunity to talk about problem solving skills. Give him a chance to explain the situation. Discuss the behavior and the reasoning which led up to it. Without accusation, take him step by step through the incident and explore his emotions, problem solving skills, alternative behaviors, and the consequences. The main focus should be his actions, how he dealt with the issue, not on the incident.
Be Patient. It is an eternal truth that children act their age. They are learning how to live life. It is during these formative years we are most instrumental in redirecting their behavior into adaptive and positive channels. Children make many mistakes, many times. It is important we share our moral and social values with them and lovingly tolerate their deviations without condemnation. Criticize the deed, not the doer.
Be As You Want Them to Be. Children learn by example. They will respond to stress, frustration, and anger in one of two ways: externalizing or internalizing. Externalizing behaviors are abusive tactics such as yelling, crying, teasing, name calling, temper tantrums, and aggression. Internalizing behaviors include withdrawal, isolation, pouting, and being silent. Teach your child how to react positively when life is unfair, things don’t go his way, or he is disappointed. Children are often a mirror of the adults around them.
Experts say kids are more stressed today than ever before. That’s no surprise.
We see the fast-paced, competitive, tech-savvy world they’re growing up in. We’ve heard the stories about kids getting bullied, struggling academically, being exposed to violence at home or school, dealing with economic uncertainty, and worrying about the environment or conflicts in their communities and country. That’s a lot to carry on small shoulders. There’s a lot at stake too. According to Bruce Compas, professor of psychology at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development and lead author of a 2017 study published in Psychological Bulletin:
Chronic stress is bad for adults, but it is particularly troublesome for children, because among many other effects, it can disrupt still-developing white matter in the brain, causing long-term problems with complex thinking…