I met a wonderful person on Goodreads who offered to interview me on his blog! I’m thrilled to share about my newest book (in a new genre, Christian Fiction) to more people. Please enjoy this interview of me about my book, The Cloak!
I’m pleased to bring you this interview with Wanda Luthman, author of The Cloak.
Please enjoy it!
1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)? My author name is the same as my real name, Wanda Luthman, and I live in Florida
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre? My newest book is called The Cloak and it is the first book I have published in the Christian fiction genre. Up until now, I have been writing and publishing children’s books. I have 11 of those.
3) What is the book about? The Cloak is about the soldier that won Jesus’ cloak at the foot of the cross when they were gambling for it. He doesn’t think anything about the man who wore it…
Hello everyone, Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s children’s book blog. Today, I have a wonderful author, Maureen Larter, who is going to share with you some books she has published for other authors as well as her own books. Take it away, Maureen….
Hi everyone from Australia.
This last twelve to eighteen months have been a real trial. Where I live on the east coast suffered like the whole of Australia – firstly with drought, and even the weeds died! Then came the fires – everywhere. We were watching a fire north of us, which got to about 3 kilometres away before the wind changed, and then another fire racing up the hill only a kilometre from us to the west. It was a stressful time.
After all that, we got floods! And then, of course Covid hit. The lockdown has only just started to ease after 10 months.
Now … as a writer, the isolation really hasn’t been too much of a hardship, as I have sat at my computer and worked at more of my books, and I took on several other authors work to publish. I think I’ve been busier than ever.
This year I have published 3 books for other authors,
with another one ready to order and launch next year.
I have also written and published two of my own picture books and one chapter book.
I have another chapter book and three picture books almost ready to launch in the new year – just waiting on the illustrators to finish their pictures. They are ‘Smugglers and Dragons’ – a Kathy Edwards adventure book and picture books – ‘Conrad Camel and the Cutie-pie’, ‘Neville Numbat is Nosy’ and Peter Platypus’s Pond’.
I think the best defence against mental and emotional problems is to stay busy – and I’ve certainly done that.
I hope everyone in America is coping with the pandemic and staying as safe as possible. You all have had a stressful year, too.
Love from Maureen (Sweetfields Publishing)
Please visit me and friend me on Facebook (3 pages -fb/booksbymaureenlarter, fb/sweetfieldspublishing and fb/Alphabet Animals of Australia. Also on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Thank you, Maureen, for the good work you are doing to help authors get their books published as well as publishing your own books with wonderful messages for kids.
Thank you to my blog readers for stopping by today. I hope you discovered some new books to you!
As always, likes, comments, and shares are appreciated.
Hello everyone and welcome to Wanda Luthman’s children’s book blog.
Today, I have an author who writes awesome books about history in the Little Miss History Travels books.
She shares 2 books with us today. Barbara Ann Mojica take it away….
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Did you ever wonder?
·What it would be like to live and survive in the Wild West?
·About what kind of people lived and worked in a mining town
·The machinery and tools they used
·Step back in time to become a prospector in the Goodenough Mine
·Walk the streets with cattle rustlers and outlaws
·Watch the Earp brothers attempt to restore order
·Take part in the gunfight at the OK Corral
·Ride on a stagecoach
·If you are lucky, you won’t end up in Boothill Cemetery
DF Hello Amanda. Thanks for agreeing to be interviewed as your readers are eager to learn more about you.
AR Thank you, Mrs. Foster. It is so awesome to be interviewed. I’ve never been interviewed before.
DF Can we start with you telling us a little about yourself?
AR Yes, thanks. I can do that. (Clears her throat) My name is Amanda Jane Ross and I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. I am in grade six and attend Guy Weadick Elementary. It’s named after a cowboy who started the Calgary Stampede, you know. I live with my mom and dad, Evelyn and Don Ross. They’re both accountants and work a lot. I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I love to read and I do some writing. But what I really love the most is travelling to other countries.
DF Do you have any brothers and sisters?
AR No, sadly I don’t. But I have lots of cousins.
DF Who’s your best friend?
AR I have some good friends from school but my BFF is Leah Anderson who lives in London, England. I first met her when I was in the United Arab Emirates. We enjoy travelling together and sometimes get into a pickle, but we always have tons of fun.
DF Why do you like her so much?
AR Well, she is totally different than me. I mean, she is tall and thin and has gorgeous blond hair and doesn’t wear glasses. She is so pretty and has this cool British accent, like Hermione in Harry Potter. She has lived all over the world because of her dad’s job. So she knows a lot more about travelling than me and seems a bit older, although we are the same age. She is just super cool.
DF So what made you want to travel?
AR I read so many stories that take place in other countries and I just wanted so much to actually go to some of those places. My life was boring as nothing interesting ever happened to me. My parents are always too busy to go on holidays. So, when I turned twelve I made a wish for travel and adventure before blowing out the candles on my cake. The very next day, airplane tickets for the United Arab Emirates to visit my aunt and uncle came in the mail. I couldn’t believe it! The trip was awesome and I met Leah there. We had a super adventure together. I got to ride a camel and help out a princess and I even got stuck in a sand storm, can you believe it! So when Leah invited me to spend a week in Spain with her and her parents, I just had to go. Now I have the travel bug.
DF What do you like so much about travelling?
AR Lots of things. I love seeing the sights, the old buildings and stuff. It sometimes feels like I’m in a storybook when I visit another country. I like meeting interesting people and trying new food. I know it sounds strange, but I enjoy visiting graveyards and there are some awesome ones around.
DF You mentioned you sometimes get into a pickle? I haven´t heard that saying for a long time. What do you mean by that?
AR My great-aunt Mary says that all the time. I´m curious and like to help people and sometimes that gets me into trouble, which is what in a pickle means. In The UAE I helped a runaway princess and got chased by bounty hunters across the desert. In Spain, I tried to help a young girl get her pony back from horse thieves and kidnappers. In Germany, a young, homeless musician gave me a valuable violin to keep safe for him, which wasn´t easy. Sometimes Leah gets annoyed at me for sticking my nose in other people´s business, but that´s just how I am.
DF Where have you been so far?
AR Let’s see. Besides the UAE and Spain, I’ve also been to England, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Oh, and Leah came to Alberta to visit me too. I went on a class trip to New Mexico in the United States. That was interesting and a bit spooky, but also fun! I went to Holland to see the tulips with Leah which was awesome.
DF Tell me more about your trip to Holland.
AR We did so much. We travelled the canals in Amsterdam, visited the Anne Frank House, checked out windmills and even a wooden shoe factory. I especially loved the flowers of Keukenhof Gardens. I wanted to find out what happened to Aunt Mary’s brother, my great uncle, who never returned from WWII and was declared missing in action in Holland. We found the cutest abandoned puppy and met Jan, a nice Dutch boy who offered to help us find a home for the puppy. A suspicious gardener went missing and a strange woman on a bicycle kept showing up. It was quite an adventure. I loved Holland.
DF Sounds like quite the trip. Do you know where you will go to next?
AR Leah is in Malta and I think she might be in trouble. So I want to go there and see if I can help her. There are so many other places I would like to visit. I’m a lucky kid to get to travel to all these amazing places. Now I just need to stay out of trouble.
DF Anything you want to share with your readers?
AR If you aren´t able to travel, you can always come with me by reading my books. I guarantee you will have a fun time and maybe even learn something new.
Thanks for the interview!
And thank you, Amanda and Darlene, for this wonderful interview. I enjoyed getting to know you better and I bet my readers have to.
Please check out all of Darlene’s books on Amazon!
Thank you to my blog readers for stopping by today!
As always, likes, comments, and shares are appreciated!
Today, I have a special guest who will give us some great holiday gift-giving advice this year.
Welcome Shannon Sullivan! (She’s the granddaughter of our favorite Child Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, who is a regular guest on my blog.)
So, take it away, Shannon…
10 Sustainable Holiday Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List by Shannon Sullivan
This sustainable gift guide will help you give with the environment in mind this holiday season. In my family, I’m known for two things: my commitment to the environment (I’ve taken bags of frozen food scraps on public transportation to the nearest compost site) and my gift-giving skills. I wanted to combine these two aspects to choose the perfect sustainable gifts this year—and I thought I’d share my expertise!
Here are my top 10 sustainable holiday gift ideas for every recipient:
Recycle, but make it fashion: Ideal For The Project Runway Binger For a fashion-forward friend, consider clothing made from recycled plastic bottles or upcycled fabric. More and more brands are adding pieces made from recycled materials, from athletic wear by Girlfriend Collective and Patagonia to luxury fashion from Prada and Gucci. Who knew sustainability could be so chic?
Steel drinking from plastic: Ideal For The Sustainability Beginner Tired: plastic water bottles. Wired: stainless steel water bottles. They’re sleek, stylish, and more eco-friendly than reusable plastic bottles. Stainless steel bottles also tend to be insulated, so your recipient can use it for coffee, tea, or soup.
Waste not, want not: Ideal For The Gardener/Home Cook You don’t need a backyard, or even a lot of space to compost! A composter makes the perfect sustainable holiday gift for someone who wants to minimize their waste or up their gardening game. Compost, made up of nutrient-rich organic material, soil, and water, is excellent plant fuel.
DIY it up: Ideal For The Hardest To Shop For One of the most heartfelt—and sustainable—gifts you can give is something that you make yourself! Tap into your creative side to make something tailored to your giftee, be it their favorite cookies, a piece of art, or a product of your cross-stitching hobby.
Go all the way waste-free: Ideal For The Activist The most sustainable gift is one that has no packaging at all! Donating in your giftee’s name to an environmental nonprofit or projects, like the GlobalGiving Climate Action Fund, goes even further by protecting forests and endangered species and helping communities around the world become more sustainable.
The gift of responsible relaxation: Ideal For The One Who Needs To Take A Breath Put together a kit for sustainable self-care! Pick a few minimal or no-waste favorites like bath bombs, solid lotion, bar soap, and solid shampoo and conditioner. You can even add a safety razor for a waste-free shaving option. Bonus points if you can find a Do Not Disturb sign made of sustainable bamboo.
One in a billion: Ideal For The Social Media Star For the person in your life who is attached to their phone—so, just about everyone— check out these sustainable phone cases. One billion phone cases are produced from plastic each year and will end up spending far longer in a landfill than they did in their user’s pocket. Cases made from cork or plant-based materials can be recycled or composted!
Zero-waste starter pack: Ideal For The Recent Sustainability Convert If your recipient is committed to a plastic-free lifestyle but doesn’t know where to start, look no further than a zero-waste kit! With basics like reusable sandwich bags, cloth produce bags, shampoo bars, and beeswax wrap, a kit is the perfect gift to set someone up for their waste-free journey.
Along for the ride: Ideal For The Adventurer Giving an experience rather than an object is the ultimate sustainable gift. Check out a masterclass, an annual pass to national parks, or a you can both try. After all, the greatest gift is being able to spend time together!
A virtual gift for the virtual age: Ideal For The Socially Distanced Giftee Another waste-free gift option is a digital gift card. Bought and used completely online, you don’t have to wrap it or worry about it arriving on time. A GlobalGiving Gift Card lets the recipient choose from thousands of nonprofit projects— working for every cause from coral conservation to forest regeneration—to support in 170+ countries. You can give the sustainable holiday gift that keeps on giving with a GlobalGiving Gift Card.
Shannon Sullivan was raised in North Carolina and currently resides in Washington, DC. After graduating from New York University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in French, she interned at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York and then spent several months in France teaching English to elementary school students. She works at GlobalGiving.com, a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits in more than 170 countries, as part of the Marketing and Communications team. Shannon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, Shannon, for your great advice! You’ve definitely given me some ideas.
And thank you, my blog readers, for being here today. I hope you gained some gift-giving ideas as well.
As always, likes, shares, and comments are always appreciated.
Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s children’s book blog. Today, I have a special surprise for you. Mr. Roses has written a couple of books that show success skills written into a storybook but he has also included a workshop at the end of each book that will help parents and teachers discuss the concepts with children in order to get everything out of the book possible. What a great concept!
I’m going to let Mr. Roses tell you about his books…
SKIPP – Children’s Success Series Vol. I by: Mr. Roses.
SKIPP (ages 4-10) is a story about a boy who is chasing his dream of becoming a soccer star. He lives on a boat and visits a town where an opportunity may just present itself. While practicing his soccer skills, SKIPP is approached by two soccer stars and is invited to a scrimmage game. After controlling his composure, showing off his skills and winning the game, SKIPP is invited to join the team next year. SKIPP is written in a rhythmic writing style and has full-page illustrations.
SKIPP’s story focuses on success qualities such as deciding on a dream, using imagination and being enthusiastic. Each book in the success series has a story followed by a workshop, which includes a reading comprehension section, attention to detail section and a word search puzzle. The book then finishes with the three lessons on success being taught, SKIPP’s lessons mentioned above.
For kids, parents and teachers alike this story introduces the idea of picking a dream and setting goals. The bouncy rhythmical writing style combined with the charming illustrations provides a story that will keep the kids engaged. The workshop at the end provides tools that anyone can benefit from.
PIP – Children’s Success Series Vol. I by: Mr. Roses
PIP (ages 4-10) is a unique action story about the leader of a community of kids that live in the woods. She takes on the mayor of a neighboring town who is cutting down their trees. She tries a few different solutions to solve her problem. Some solutions result in a temporary win, some lead to her possibly going to jail. Until finally the right idea pops in her head and she takes on the mayor of the town Caprie. PIP is written in a rhythmic writing style and has full-page illustrations.
PIP’s story focuses on success qualities such as self-confidence, attention to detail, leadership and initiative. Each book in the success series has a story followed by a workshop which includes a reading comprehension section, attention to detail section and a word search puzzle. The book then finishes with the three lessons on success being taught, PIP’s lessons mentioned above.
For kids, parents and teachers alike this story introduces the idea of persevering through problems and solutions. The bouncy rhythmical writing style combined with the charming illustrations provides a story that will keep the kids engaged. The workshop at the end provides tools that anyone can benefit from.
Hi everyone, Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog. Today, I have a new author to me, Scott MacDonald, who wrote a cute book with an awesome message staring a Heron. Take it away Scott and tell us all about yourself and your book…
Hi everyone, I would first like to thank Wanda, for giving me this opportunity, I really appreciate it.
Where do I start?
Well my name is Scott MacDonald, 32 years old and I live in Inverness Scotland with my should have been wife, (We have Covid to thank for postponing the wedding) and our 2 year old Cockapoo called Rolo.
My day job is that of a Distillery Operator making whisky. I think the only thing more Scottish, is being on the cover of a shortbread tin.
Previously, I was in the Royal Air Force for 9 years, and during that time served all over the world.
I had always heard of people having these ‘’Lightbulb’’ moments, where something comes to them out of the blue, and they run with it, well, this really was mine.
Driving home from work, I was stopped at traffic lights when a pile of bird mess hit the car windscreen, and as I looked up to see them flying above, the ‘’lightbulb’’ moment happened.
The whole story literally flashed in my mind from start to finish, and because I was driving I couldn’t write anything down, so there are parts to the story that I have totally forgotten and they never made it to the book.
So once I was home I started typing, at first it was just like word vomit, trying to remember everything. This is where using the sound recording app on my phone would have come in handy, however, in the UK we aren’t allowed to use our phones whilst driving.
I reached out to countless publishers and received a good few offers to publish the book, however, the terms of the contracts didn’t really appeal to me, so I decided to self publish through Amazon.
I never thought I would classify myself as an author however I’m learning every day.
Also I can’t draw for toffee, so I used Facebook to find an illustrator, and wow did I find one.
Rebecca Truman really is an amazing artist, and I can’t thank herself and Bex Sutton from Primal Studios enough.
Onto the book itself.
The story follows a young Heron called Henry.
Him and his family are heading South for the winter, and they stop off to rest on the Isle of Barra.
The next day Henry wakes to find that his family had left without him, he now needs to find his way to them, but the problem is, Henry has never flown on his own before.
Henry makes friends with a Crab named Colin, and although very small, Colin sticks up for Henry and a wonderful friendship blossoms.
It’s a tale of friendship, coming together and working through adversity.
I don’t want to spoil the story so I won’t give away any more information 😉
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog post.
Even in difficult economic times, we live in a land of abundance. Most families exceed the basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Children have more than ample toys and clothes. Often, they have difficulty finding storage for the excess items in their bedrooms and play areas. In this land of plenty, it is difficult to teach children how to appreciate what they have. The joy of giving is often lost in the expectation of getting.
How do we teach children to be thankful for what they have? We need to engage them in the act of giving and doing for others. They will not only develop an appreciation for what they have, but will learn to care for their belongings, and have the satisfaction that comes from sharing and helping others.
Here are some activities you can do to develop gratitude and appreciation in your youngster.
1. Thoughtful Families: Set an example at home. Discuss acts of kindness by friends, coworkers, or family members. Acknowledge heroic acts, which are reported in the paper or on the news. Talk about charitable donations and organizations such as the March of Dimes, Hospice Houses, and Habitat for Humanity. Help children understand there are others less fortunate who are in need of financial and emotional support. Tell them about Mother Theresa and her famous words, “We cannot do great things—only small things with great love.”
2. Thankful Thursdays: In the spirit of Thanksgiving, plan a day of gratitude each week throughout the year. Children can make a list or draw a picture of all the people and things in their lives to be thankful for each week. They can keep track of what they have done for others, as well as what others have done for them. You can help them plan a random act of kindness for the following week. Soon they will develop the spirit of Thanksgiving during every season of the year.
3. Take Action: Children can help a neighbor with yard work. More formal activities can be arranged through a church or volunteer organization to help at a school, collect canned goods, or work at an animal shelter. Children can make place mats, napkin rings, or menu cards for meals-on-wheels. They can participate in community clean up days, plant a tree, or help collect litter at a park. Encourage your children to become a positive influence in the community.
4. Thank You Notes: Children should get in the habit of writing notes to express appreciation. Not just for birthday or holiday gifts, but for those who give their time or help with projects. Write letters to teachers, neighbors, firefighters, police officers, the pediatrician, or the choir director to recognize their time and effort. Cyber kids can send thanks via email.
5. Thrift Stores: Teach children to share. Have your youngster clean out toy boxes and clothes closets once a month. Have them remove an old item when replacing it with something new. Have them bundle up the items and take them to a consignment or thrift shop or a domestic shelter to be shared with others.
6. Twice Around: Recycle, reuse, and repurpose. Recycling is a wonderful way to respect and preserve our environment. Children can save and sort newspapers, cans, glass jars, and plastic containers. They can also be creative by using items in unique ways. For example, the plastic bags from groceries can be reused as trash bags. The Sunday comics can be used as wrapping paper. Small plastic containers can hold pieces and parts from board games, hair accessories, or jewelry.
Money is not the essential factor in helping others. Children need to learn giving of themselves is the most important gift they can offer. Doing for others is the best way to develop an attitude of gratitude in your youngster.
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My name is Andrea Olatunji and I write books to inspire and empower children. I am originally from Uruguay and I live in the United States where I have been teaching Spanish for almost twenty years. I have taught all levels from Kindergarten to college and doing so, I discovered that everybody (without exception) likes a good story.
I have used stories to engage, entertain, teach a language, highlight culture, heal, connect, validate and much more. Yet, I have always found it challenging to find the right stories. I wanted books in Spanish that represented my beautiful Hispanic culture. I wanted books where my kids could see themselves reflected. I wanted stories that were beautifully written and illustrated and that delivered powerful messages. These stories were hard to find, so I decided to embark in the beautiful journey of writing and illustrating my own books.
Omar, el jaguaris my first book and the first one in a Spanish series that features animals that are native to the Americas. Omar is a lonely jaguar looking for friends. He encounters some that invite him to play but he thinks these animals are not fit to be his buddies because they don´t look like him. Later on, he discovers that they have more in common than he thought.
This is a beautiful story about celebrating diversity and protecting our environment. Since it published last year, Omar, has gained a lot of media recognition and it won two awards: The Moonbeam Spirit Award (in the Conservation category) and The International Book Award (in the Children´s Educational category). It has also become an asset for many parents and teachers, especially during the pandemic. I created a guide with lesson plans, project ideas, and guiding questions to use with the book.
My second book, Guillo, el armadillo, follows the steps of his predecessor by inspiring kids. It is based on a project I did with my own students where they have to teach something they knew how to do well. In this process, many of them discovered their unique talents. The book is coming up in December.
To learn more about me and my books, you can visit Cuentacuento.com