Little Ewe, The Story of One Lost Sheep

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s children’s books blog!

I apologize for taking an unplanned hiatus from my blog.

I got very busy doing my Live at 5pm talks on Facebook every Sunday from January 11th until Easter. It was a Countdown to Easter series as I celebrated publishing in a new genre, Christian Fiction, and my newest book in that genre called The Cloak. It’s about the soldier who won Jesus’ cloak at the foot of the cross. It’s not a children’s book specifically, although I believe older children would enjoy it too.

Anyway, I’m back with a very special children’s picture book called Little Ewe, The Story of One Lost Sheep.

I won the book in a contest and was sent the hardcover in the mail which I just received.

I was impressed with the quality of the book…beautiful colors and wonderful quality glossy pages.

But, what made me fall in love with this book is multi-faceted. It has the cutest little sheep on the cover who just wants to explore and have fun, but eventually that gets her lost.

The story is told in expertly rhyming prose and includes numbers so the children can enjoy counting the items on each page.

But, most importantly, it tells the beloved Bible story of how our Savior, Jesus, will leave the 99 and come to find us.

That is a wonderful lesson to teach our children!

It’s available on Amazon at

www.amazon.com/dp/150646470X/ref=cm_sw_r_oth_api_glt_fabc_1WJX1TPCSGP3A28JH6C5

I highly recommend this book!

Thank you for joining me today!

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

Stay safe

Chick Chat by Janie Bynum

I came across the cutest book on a blog I follow called KidLit411.

I was particularly attracted to it because it has a cute little chick on the cover and it’s almost Easter, so it seemed a perfect time to share it.

It’s available in Hard Cover on Amazon

Check out the full story from the author and illustrator at the link below

http://www.kidlit411.com/2021/03/Kidlit411-Author-Illustrator-Janie-Bynum.html

Tails of Blueberry Street series (Return to Blueberry Street; Book 2 in the series)

Author, Debbie Burton

Hi everyone!

Today, I have a returning featured author, Debbie Burton, here to share about the second book in her series, Tails of Blueberry Street.

Meet Debbie Burton, author of the Tails of Blueberry Streetbook series.

Thank you, Wanda, for the opportunity to once again connect with your audience. My second children’s book, Return to Blueberry Street was released by Elk Lake Publishing in August of 2020. The story follows Buddy the beagle as he leads his canine companions on a mission to track down the porch pirate who is stealing their treats. A mystery for children ages six to nine, Return to Blueberry Street teaches the values of teamwork, fairness, and the importance of protecting wild animals. Told from Buddy’s point of view, the action begins with a camping trip where he meets a wild monkey named Freddy on a hike through the woods.

I was inspired to write this book during a visit to Silver Springs State Park in Florida. At a trailhead I saw a sign about the presence of wild monkeys in the area. These animals descended from of a group of rhesus monkeys brought to Florida from Asia for the purpose of entertaining tourists. The owner of the property put them on an island in the middle of the Silver River for boaters to see. He didn’t know monkeys can swim. They swam off the island and have lived in the surrounding woods ever since.

Return to Blueberry Street is book two of the Tails of Blueberry Street series. The first book, Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street, introduces the character of Buddy and shareshis struggle to recover from a serious injury which paralyzed his hind legs. Both books feature Buddy’s rival, a Doberman named Blitz, who is twice Buddy’s size. Blitz bullies Buddy for his disability and makes Buddy doubt himself. Their relationship teaches children to empathize with people who are different.Both books are perfect for classroom read-a-louds and include questions for discussion.

I am a retired elementary teacher turned author. For the majority of my life I’ve worked with children, but never thought I would write for them. My husband encouraged to me to write a children’s book in 2015. Since I love writing poetry, we both envisioned a rhyming picture book. After meeting with editors and agents at conferences, I discovered publishers were more interested in early reader chapter books. At first, I thought writing a chapter book would be impossible. What could I write about? Then I thought about our pet beagle, Buddy, who really did experience most of the events I describe in the first book.

Three years later I met Deb Haggerty, Editor in Chief of Elk Lake, at a Florida Christian Writers Conference. She loved my idea and offered me a contract. I am represented by Michelle Lazurek of WordWise Media Services. I plan to continue the Tails of Blueberry Street series, and I am currently writing book three. As an author I want to develop relatable characters whoengage children and encourage empathy for others. Both of my books are available in paperback and eBook.

Links:

Amazon: Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street   amzn.to/3hTqRtA

​   Return to Blueberry Street  amzn.to/2QgUIAI 

Barnes and Noble: Buddy the Beagle on Blueberry Street  bit.ly/2RVrUP6

                             Return to Blueberry Street   bit.ly/34KzZOi 

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Website: https://debbieburton.blog/          

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

Twitter:    https://twitter.com/debbie_j_burton

Elk Lake Publishing Inc. https://www.elklakepublishinginc.com/debbie-burton/

Email: debbieburton@ymail.com

Thank you, Debbie, for sharing another awesome book in your series! I love the positive messages! We look forward many more in this series!

And thank you, blogging community, for stopping by my blog today!

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

Stay safe, everyone!

Job and Career Planning for Teens

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Wanda Luthman’s Children’s Book Blog.

Today, I’m having our favorite Child Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen, share a topic for our teens…

Job and Career Planning for Teens
by
Dr. Valerie Allen

As teenagers progress through high school their career plans may boarder on whimsical, fantasy, or the far fetched. Parents, don’t be alarmed! What must Mrs. Disney have thought as her little boy, Walter, kept drawing all those mice? It’s good to think big and plan accordingly, however, it’s also important to consider “Plan B,” just in case fame and fortune doesn’t come overnight for your special teenager.

Arts and Humanities: skilled production of creation and/or presentations for aesthetic appreciation and/or recognition. Think: artists, creative writers, journalists, musicians, entertainers

Construction: processes in the building trades which help citizens in their living environment and life styles to meet their needs. Think: architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, tradesmen, .

Education: application of knowledge in research and helping individuals in gaining skills and techniques necessary to accomplish tasks. Think: professors, teachers, trainers, researchers.

Government: developing and enforcing the system of community living at the local, state, and national levels and regulation of quality standards for the production of goods and services. Think: politicians, lawyers, judges, law enforcement, policy makers, city planners.

Health and Welfare: maintaining the physical and mental well-being of humans, as well as being active in the care of animals as they impact on the overall well-being of society. Think: medical field, mental health professionals, case workers, veterinarians, personal trainers, life coaches.

Manufacturing: the design and production of goods and materials in an effort to make a product suitable for consumer use. Think: factory production of parts and pieces, heavy equipment, machinists, factory workers, assembly line.

Personal Services: aiding individuals in their daily life functions as related to their needs and desires. Think: direct patient care, case workers, vocational/career guidance workers, barbers, cosmetologists, health and beauty spas.

Product Services: the repair and maintenance of goods being used by the consumer. Think: auto   services, appliance repairs, mechanical engineers, infrastructure maintenance, utility workers.

Natural Resources: the management of environmental reserves in the production of goods and materials to satisfy the needs and wants of the consumer. Think: forest workers, fish and wildlife officers, pollution control, waste management workers, recycle and re-purpose workers.

Recreation and Entertainment: the application of artistic skills and talents for an individual’s own pleasure and/or the pleasure of others. Think: sports, spas, gyms, playgrounds, zoos, culture, entertainment.

Trade and Finance: involves the process of exchange of goods and services as well as monetary services, to aid both the producer and the consumer personally or professionally. Think: banking, investing, insurance, real estate, stock market, bookkeepers, accountants, loan officers

Transportation and Communication: the transfer of goods and people by air, land, or water and the transmission of information throughout the community and world society.  Think: airline pilots, boat captions, train conductors, big rig drivers, bus drivers, computer/IT workers

All jobs are classified into one of three categories; those involving people, data, or things. There is,  of course, overlap but the basic focus of a job is in one of these three classifications. This list of career clusters would be helpful to assist your teen to explore where his or her skills and interests might be found. You can use this information as a good talking point with your teen.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She has written a work book for teens and parents, “Go to the Guidance Office and Ask the Counselor About Career Choices.” Amazon.com/dp/B08L5LKZ86
She has also published two children’s chapter books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New
Friends ” and a picture book for beginning readers, “The Sun and The Moon.” Amazon.com/author/valerieallen.
Oh yes, she has also raised six children from whom she has learned many things about life and love.

Thank you, Dr. Allen, for being a guest on my blog today and helping parents everywhere help their child be a success!

As always likes, comments, and shares are appreciated!

Thank you everyone for reading my blog.

Stay safe

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

Practice at Home to Prepare for School

2 young children huddled over a desk. One is writing and the other is looking on.

Hi everyone,

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but here in Florida, School is starting today!

I know, it feels early to me too!

So, to help you get this year off to a good start, here’s our favorite School Psychologist with some tips for parents on how you can support your child at home.

Dr. Valerie Allen

Practice at Home to Prepare for School

There are four basic areas of development for the young child which can be fostered at home. These skills lead to success at school and set the pace for a positive educational experiences. Here are some home activities parents can support and encourage.

Intellectual:  Kids who read succeed. Take your youngster to the public library for his or her own library card. Allow your child to check out books from the library and spend time together reading them to each other. Play board games, cards, crossword puzzles, word searches which are challenging and appropriate for your child’s age. Help your youngster to explore, question, and discover new things.

Social:  Children need to engage in positive relationships with their peers as well as with adults. Encourage new friendships at school, in the neighborhood, and youth groups. Hobbies, team activities, and community organizations can offer new skills and nurture responsibility. Demonstrate a positive attitude toward rules and authority figures to develop respect and cooperation.

Emotional:  Children need to feel loved and accepted without demanding perfection. Openly show affection. Listen to your youngster and help him or her explore alternatives to find solutions to problems. Praise their efforts even if it doesn’t lead to success the first time.

Physical:  A child’s height and weight should be commensurate with his or her age. A good mantra for healthy children is “Eat less, move more.” Routines for adequate sleep, eating healthy foods, and personal hygiene support physical conditioning and offers preventative care. The best strategy to prevent disease and illness is hand washing!

Children will thrive in all areas of development when parents are actively involved in these simple day-to-day actions with and for their youngsters.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist, speaker, and author. She  has published two books for  children in grades 3 to 6 , ‘Summer School for Smarties‘ and ‘Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.‘ Oh yes, she has also raised six children! DrValerieAllen@cs.com

Holiday Homebody (Education doesn’t have to take a holiday during the break from school)

Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist.

Holiday Homebody

The clock is ticking, the phone is ringing, excitement is in the air! The children can’t wait to sleep in late, yet, learning can still find a place in your home. Holidays can be a time of enrichment and creativity for young minds. Here are six ways to turn the holidays into an enjoyable learning experience to share with your child.

1.  Discuss the meaning and the origin of your holiday celebrations. You can also talk about how other cultures celebrate at this time of year. Identify various customs, foods and traditions.

2.  Vocabulary:  There are many words related to holiday celebrations. Start a list and add to it everyday. Words can be classified into nouns, such as apply pie, candy canes, ornaments, candles and so on. They can be identified as emotions, such as happiness, sharing, caring, joy, and similar responses.

3.  Read: Give books as gifts. Refer to classic stories that celebrate your holiday traditions. Talk about real vs. make believe and encourage critical thinking about fact and fiction. Discuss fairy tales and characters in children’s books. Decide which parts of a story are about real things and which parts are pretend.

4.  Cultural beliefs.  Research the history of various celebrations. Talk about the significant religious, social and cultural aspects of the holidays.

5.  Food Celebrations.  There are certain foods we enjoy during specific holidays. You can find simple, no-cook recipes for children to make and enjoy together. Discussions can include favorite holiday foods and the basic healthy food list. You can read the ingredients used in desserts and compare them to the healthy food list. This can also lead to a discussion of sharing food with others in the community.

6.  Talk about giving, receiving, and sharing. Gifts don’t have to have a monetary value to have meaning. Make a connection between work and money and making financial decisions about how and why to spend money for the sake of others.

Just because school is out, learning doesn’t have to take a vacation during the holidays!

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist and author in Melbourne, FL.  She 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!

Halloween: Tricks & Treats for Learning

6 children dressed up in various halloween costumes holding a sign that says Halloween

Hi everyone,

It’s the beginning of Holiday Season, as I like to call it, and here to kick it off is our favorite School Psychologist, Dr. Valerie Allen…

Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist.

Halloween: Tricks & Treats for Learning

Those “teachable moments” can happen any time, any place, on any occasion. As we move into the holiday season, one such event is Halloween. Aside from your personal, school, or neighborhood activities, Halloween can be a prime learning opportunity.

Here are six ways to turn Halloween into an enjoyable learning experience to share with your child.

  1. Vocabulary: There are many words related to Halloween which can be categorized as nouns or verbs. Words can be alphabetized. They can be used to create word pictures or to find rhyming words. They can be sorted by number of syllables. Some words to consider: black cat, boo, broom, candy, costume, Fall, Jack-o-lantern, October, pumpkin, scary, treat, trick, and witch.
  2. Big Word into Little Words: Using only the letters in the word Halloween, make as many small words as you can in five minutes. You can offer points for the total number of words, with a bonus for words of five letters or more. Some of these words include: he, hen, hall, all, an, law, lean, low, eon, no, own, we, and when.
  3. Real vs. Make Believe: Encourage critical thinking about fact and fiction. Discuss fairy tales and characters in children’s books. Decide which parts of a story are about real things and which parts are pretend. This can also be an opportunity to discuss social issues about truth, misinformation, lies, and deception.
  4. Creative Imagination: Talk about costumes and who they represent. Discuss how people dress in different countries and those who wear uniforms. Talk about the difference between styles of dress and costumes. Use a story character and make up an adventure story. Discuss the purpose of clothing to offer protection from the elements, safety, and identification with others in a group or organization.
  5. Cultural beliefs. Research the history of the celebration of Halloween. There are significant religious, cultural, and agricultural roots in the celebration of Halloween. This can open discussions about differing beliefs, understanding, and tolerance.
  6. Food Celebrations. There are certain foods we enjoy during specific holidays. You can find simple, no-cook recipes for children to make and enjoy together. Discussions can include favorite holiday foods. You can talk about the ingredients used in pumpkin pie, apple pie, and mincemeat pie; which items are the same and which are different. Candies can be counted, sorted by texture or color, or by flavor. Other foods might include maple syrup, apples, cinnamon, and cider. This can also lead to a discussing of sharing food and candy with others in the community.

Halloween can be used to open doors to leaning, not just for those cute little Trick or Treaters!

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist and author in Melbourne, FL.  She has published two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties; Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends; oh and she’s raised 6 children!

Thank you, Dr. Allen, and be safe out there everyone and have fun!!

Reading with Franky the Finicky Flamingo

There is nothing like spending time with children to put a big smile on your face!!

I had that opportunity this past Friday when I was invited to a local Mom’s Group to read Franky the Finicky Flamingo.

 

I should have counted the children but I lost track after 8. They were all about 3 years old and under. They played with the toys available and interacted with each other. It was little girl with gray t-shirt on with a pink flamingo on the front and a saying that says, "Party Like a Flock Star"super cute! The host’s daughter was very outgoing and engaged everyone.

There was a little girl who was shy (I, too, was shy as a child so I knew how she felt) and she didn’t want me talking to her but she did eventually get over the fact that I was in the vicinity and started playing with the host’s child. She had an adorable flamingo shirt on for the event. See picture to the right.

One girl had gorgeous curls and so did one boy.  I love curls!

There was laughter and tears (when someone’s finger got caught on something or a head bumped) but those were short-lived.  Each Mom knew their child’s cry and they were quickly attended to and comforted and then went back to playing while at the same time, Moms were catching up with each other. Ah, the joy’s of being a parent! It was beautiful!

But, this is what parenting is all about right?! There’s stress but there’s laughter and hugs and quiet moments and loud moments. There’s times when you think you can’t take it one more moment and then your child looks at you and says in their sweet angelic voice, “I love you, Mommy.” That’s when you realize you wouldn’t want it any other way.

I can say that because I’m the Mom of a grown child. I remember the days of having a young child in the house. Toys are never quite all the way put up because they are in the midst of being played with. There’s bottles on the sink, there’s projects left undone. You feel like you’re not going to live through this time. But, you do. And when you look back, it’s the best time of your life!

I loved the energy of the host’s home. It was bright with hand-painted pictures hung up on the wall with tape. There were bright colors and kid-friendly chairs. It was perfect!

After about 30 minutes of playtime and Mom’s visiting, we made our way to the living room. The 3 year old children sat right in front of me and kept their eyes on me the whole time. The younger ones played nearby. A couple of children sat in their Mom’s lap.

Wanda Luthman, children's author, reading picture book Franky the Finicky Flamingo to children
Faces are pixalated to protect identity

I read my book and interacted with the children by asking questions and clarifying a few big words. I think they enjoyed it! They clapped afterwards.

I took the opportunity to share my upcoming Halloween book (Hayley the Halloween Cat) with the children and they are definitely interested in seeing it once it gets all done and made into an actual book!

I’m so grateful that I was able to spend some time with these wonderful women who value reading to their children and understand the need for community with other Moms. It was heart-warming to see the next generation parenting so well. I have great faith in the children coming up, even in this crazy world.

These children are loved. Their parents are supportive. And play is paramount.

I can’t think of a better place to spend my time. I’m thankful that my books will be part of the fabric of their lives to encourage them to be the best little people they can be! I have no doubt they will be wonderful!

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
Available on Amazon