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Contact: Wanda Luthman


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The Mom’s Choice Awards Names Franky the Finicky Flamingo Among the Best in Family-Friendly Products


Summary: Lilacs in Literature Publishing Company is honored to announce that Franky the Finicky Flamingo has earned the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award ®. Having been rigorously evaluated by a panel of MCA evaluators, Franky the Finicky Flamingo is deemed to be among the best products for families.

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Cooca, FL. The Mom’s Choice Awards ® has named Franky the Finicky Flamingo as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost.

“We are thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” says Wanda Luthman, CEO of Lilacs in Literature. “We know all the great things the MCA does to connect consumers, educators, and caregivers with the best products and services available for families.”

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval.

“Our aim is to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, Executive Director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually. Parents and educators know that products and services bearing our seal of approval are high-quality and also a great value. The MCA evaluation program is designed to incorporate the expertise of scientists, physicians and other specialists; but we also engage parents, children, educators, and caregivers because they are experts in knowing what is best for their families.”

With the evaluation now complete, the testing samples of Franky the Finicky Flamingo will be donated to schools, libraries, hospitals and nonprofit organizations.

About Lilacs in Literature Publishing Company

Lilacs in Literature Publishing Company is the maker of the popular Franky the Finicky Flamingo picture book. Its books are known for their positive social/emotional messages. The company is located in Brevard County, FL and has won several awards for quality in literature.

The company’s website at contains additional information.

Information about Franky the Finicky Flamingo and where to purchase it can be found at

About the Mom’s Choice Awards ®

The Mom’s Choice Awards ® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries.

Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media look for the MCA mother-and-child Honoring Excellence seal of approval when selecting quality products and services for children and families.

Learn more about the Mom’s Choice Awards by visiting their website:

Released on July 12, 2018


Contact: Wanda Luthman

Xulon Fairytale Follows an Adventurous Princess and Her Friends
Luthman creates a whimsical world where young readers learn vital life lessons

MAITLAND, FL— With her new book, The Lilac Princess, ($10.99, paperback, 9781498412254; $5.99, e-book, 9781498412261) Wanda Luthman reminds readers of the sheer reality that everyone makes mistakes, and therefore, all are in need of forgiveness. The text transports readers to a mythical world filled with adventure—even dragons—knights, a princess, and more. Join Princess Dreama and her friends as they experience the journey of a lifetime, and come away with lessons that change them forever.

“The book is for children, but the message is for everyone,” states the author. “Within each of us is the ability to change the world for the better, not by strength, but by love and forgiveness.”

Wanda Luthman has her Master of Arts in both mental health counseling as well as guidance counseling from Rollins College located in Winter Park, FL. She worked at a community mental health center for ten years before transferring to the public school system as a guidance counselor. She has always loved reading, writing, and has written many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri. She presently resides in Brevard County (Florida) with her husband of nineteen years, her daughter, and two dogs.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Media Group, is the world’s largest Christian self-publisher, with more than 12,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order The Lilac Princess through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and


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IngramSparks Picture Book Follows a Baby Birdie through the stages of growing up
Luthman creates a charming world where young readers will enjoy sharing in Little Birdie’s hopes and fears

COCOA, FL— With her new book, Little Birdie Grows Up, ($10.99, hardcover, 9780692745090, $6.99, paperback, 9780692745106; $2.99, e-book, and Audiobook) Wanda Luthman takes parents and children on the emotional experience of having a child, helping them grow up, and letting them go.

“The book is for children, but the message is for both parents and children,” states the author. “Each of us wants to grow up so badly when we’re children. We don’t always realize that once we’re grown, we leave our “warm nests.” Parents enjoy watching their children grow and become independent, but there’s a bittersweetness to letting them go.”

Wanda Luthman has her Master of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling as well as Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in Winter Park, FL. She worked at a Community Mental Health Center for ten years before transferring to the Public School System as a Guidance Counselor. She has always loved reading, writing, and has written many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri. She presently resides in Brevard County (Florida) with her husband of twenty-one years and two dogs. Her daughter has left the nest and is away at college.

IngramSpark is the self-publishing part of Ingram Book Company. Retailers may order Little Birdie Grows Up through IngramSpark as well as, and


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                                                                        About the Author’s Books

Wanda Luthman published her first children’s book, The Lilac Princess, in 2014 about forgiveness. Next, came her wonderful tale of Tad, in A Turtles Magical Adventure published, March 2016 about self-acceptance. In August 2016, she debuted Little Birdie Grows Up which is her first picture book which exemplifies perseverance. In May 2017, she published Gloria and the Unicorn about a special needs child and empowerment. Most recently in October 2017, she published her second picture book, Franky the Finicky Flamingo which depicts a flamingo as a picky eater until he discovers the food that is right for him.


Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She has worked as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Adjunct Professor, and Hospice Counselor for teens. She’s currently a Guidance Counselor at a local High School. She is an award-winning, best-selling, international author who has self-published 5 children’s books (The Lilac Princess, A Turtle’s Magical Adventure, Gloria and the Unicorn, Little Birdie, and Franky the Finicky Flamingo). She belongs to the National Pen Women Organization in Cape Canaveral; the Florida’s Writers Association; Space Coast Authors; and Brevard Authors Forum. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 22 years and 2 dogs. Her daughter is away at college, like Little Birdie, she has left the nest. To download a free ebook, visit Wanda Luthman’s website at and follow her on Facebook at


From the Author

“I want to inspire young children to be the best people they can be. If I can capture children’s imaginations and entertain them, then the underlying positive character message will come through in each of my books.”


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Wanda Luthman’s Books



IP Ebook (New Lilac Princess Cover)

 The Lilac Princess is a modern fairy tale of a young Princess with too much responsibility and not enough freedom. She is an only child to an elderly King and Queen of a Kingdom in turmoil. Upon her rests the responsibility to rescue her Kingdom one day. But for now, she is held within the castle for her safety. She longs to go outside, just for a moment, to smell the sweet lilacs growing in the meadow. Come along on her exciting adventure when she dares to escape the castle walls and meets a cursed dragon. Little does she know that while the dragon has one plan, her sweet spirit will unravel it. The Lilac Princess will capture your imagination and your heart as it joins adventure with life lessons for the young and old about the merits of responsibility, forgiveness, and standing up for what you believe.


Quotes from The Lilac Princess reviews

“I recommend this very sweet, fun read to anyone who enjoys action, adventure, and dragons.”

“The story line is incredible!”

“The Lilac Princess isn’t a good princess story it’s a great princess story.”


Turtle's Magical Adventure Ebook Cover final

 A Turtle’s Magical Adventure which is a charming, heart-warming story of a turtle who doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow. Tad asks other slow animals if they also mind being slow. Each one gives an answer that helps Tad feel better, but, still he wants to be fast. He happens upon a snake who tells him there is a wizard that can make him fast. He goes on an adventure into The Magical Timberwood Forest to meet the wizard and hopefully get his wish fulfilled. He encounters delightful, magical creatures along the way but also meets with danger and choices. Will Tad get his wish or will the wizard turn him into turtle soup?

Quotes from A Turtle’s Magical Adventure reviews

“This is such a cute and lovable story. Perfect bedtime reading to the little ones.”

“This is an excellent children’s book full of life lessons.”

“This is a captivating story about Tad, a turtle; who has a perplexing problem to solve.”


Little Birdie Grows Up, a picture book, by Wanda Luthman showing Readers' Favorite Silver Medal Award 2017 and Gold Badge (highest rank) from Readers Review Room (2017)

Little Birdie Grows Up s a delightful rhyming picture book with charming illustrations about a little blue bird who pecks his way out of his shell and into the hearts of parents and children. He meets his Mama and yearns to fly up in the sky. His Mama reassures him that one day he will be able to accomplish his dream. His first attempt is mostly falling. But, when he finally does learn how to fly, well, it’s time to say good-bye. Come along on the journey of Little Birdie Grows Up.

Award: Silver Medal in the International Reader’s Favorite Competition, Coming of Age Category, Fall 2017 

Quotes from Little Birdie Grows Up reviews

“Wanda Luthman does a very good job with this book. Lots of colorful pictures. Lots of rhyming that small children could quickly learn. Highly recommend this book for children ages one to five.”

“Although “Little Birdie grows up” is written for very young children, who cannot fail to be immediately and deeply attracted to Bryce Westervelt’s vivid pictorial narrative, it is a book which most likely will also engage genuine adult interest.”

“This was the first picture rhyming book I have read and the first time a book has made me cry – but a good cry. Little Birdie Grows up is such a beautiful story.”

Unicorn KDP cover 03.29.17

Gloria and the Unicorn is a story that will delight you as well as pull on your heart strings as Gloria struggles with her facial disfigurement and wanting to fit in. Gloria’s mother died at birth and her father gave her to Miss Libby, the owner of a children’s home. Miss Libby loves the little girl and feels protective of her. But, it’s not until Sir Louie, the unicorn, shows up that Gloria starts to believe in herself. She has a conflict at school and never wants to go back and then she finds herself in an even worse situation; she encounters the evil Wizards of Malcadore who want to kill her. She must decide if she will face her fear of certain death to save her friend, Sir Louie, or lose him forever. Come along on Gloria’s marvelous journey with Sir Louie.

Quotes from reviews

“this tale by Guidance Counselor, Wanda Luthman, is the charming ‘feel-good’ pill that can trigger discussion that parents, educators, and children will enjoy.”

“Issue books like this are crucial to helping children and parents cope with these times. The messages are important, and Ms Luthman makes them very accessible to the young reader in a gentle story.”

“This was such a cute story!!… This book sends a great message to children!”

“This was such a great book to read with my grandson. It truly has a very meaningful story and a great lesson in love. I recommend this book for all young children and I assure you the adults will love it too!”

Franky the Finicky Flamingo picture book cover by Wanda Luthman and illustrated by Mara Reitsma showing Top Shelf Nomination Award and Mom's Choice Award emblems

Franky the Finicky Flamingo is a children’s rhyming picture book that tells the story of a handsome flamingo named Franky who is a picky eater. He tries foods that other birds enjoy but none taste good to him. Then, an awful thing happens. His beloved shade of pink begins to fade. Will Franky figure out that the food he likes best is also the food that keeps his bright color? Will Franky’s finickiness finally be solved?

Awards: A recipient of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award Summer 2018; A nominee for the Top Shelf Indie Book Award Summer 2018

Quotes from reviews

“Oh, this is beyond cute!! I love the amazing illustrations.!!”

“I believe this has all the makings of a classic children’s book on a par with “The Pokey Little Puppy.”

“I highly recommend this book to anyone with little ones!!!”

“My grandson insists we read it every time he comes to visit.”

“Fun book to introduce new foods and trying different foods.”

“I highly recommended this book to all parents and grandparents.”

“This was such a great book, colorful and with a great message.”

“This book has such colorful pictures that it made the children want to turn the page. They laughed and felt bad for the flamingo when he got hungry and his color was fading.”

“The story was easy to follow for the children and it has become one of their favorites to read every day.”

“I highly recommend reading this book to your children, I know they will enjoy it as much as ours did.”

“I’ve found my nieces getting my kindle just so they can look at the book again and again.”

“Great book for the kiddos.”

“I like that the author tried to get kids to understand that not everybody likes the same thing. My son was so happy that that he got to eat pink food it blew his mind!”

“My son loved it.”

Franky the Finicky Flamingo seen on NBC, CBS, and FOX, showing their icons on a bright blue background


Where to find Wanda Luthman’s Books


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Links to Book Trailers

The Lilac Princess


A Turtle’s Magical Adventure


LittleBirdie Grows Up


Gloria and the Unicorn


Franky the Finicky Flamingo




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Updated 7.10.18


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