Showing posts with label picture book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label picture book. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"Your Heart is So Big" by Gillian Jaeger


REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Your Heart is So Big:
Dogs Can Give Back
by Gillian Jaeger

Your Heart is So Big: Dogs Can Give Back by Gillian Jaeger

Author Gillian Jaeger stops by for today an interview and to share an excerpt from her children’s book Your Heart is So Big: Dogs Can Give Back. You can also read my review and enter our exclusive giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Description
After being abandoned, a loving and clever dog named Shane is rescued by a stranger who helps him find a new home. Though he enjoys his new life, the dog is determined to find Jack, the man who rescued him, to thank him for his wonderful life. It turns out that Jack needed Shane’s help just as Shane once needed Jack – and Shane is all too happy to help his new friend.
This is a powerful story about love, compassion and giving back to those in need – perfect for sharing with children this holiday season as we reflect on how we can help others.
Wonderful story for this holiday season!
The characters in this story are compassionate, warm, and diverse. The illustrations are vibrant and eye-catching.


Excerpt

Praise for the Book
“I love this story, it teaches children about kindness and giving back. It is especially heartwarming this time of the year to share to children. I am a Children's Occupational Therapist working with children that have physical and emotional challenges, I shared this story with them, they love Shane and the illustrations were captivating.” ~ Jan Smith
“As animal lovers your children are going to love this book! Teaches such a great lesson of compassion and helping others. What a great gift especially for the holidays!” ~ MelissaSwan
“Great book that teaches kids Morals. I would recommend this book to every child.” ~ Rebecca E Traish
“Kids and Adults will love this warm and compassionate story filled with unconditional love, kindness, humanity and compassion. You will fall in love with Shane! The illustration is amazing!” ~ Vernell W. Razor
“This book is a heart felt, easy read. I purchased a copy for my granddaughter. I encourage anyone with young children, and for all who love dogs, to get a copy.” ~ Wayne Reid


My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
The opening page of this book (shown in the excerpt above) reminds me of Red Dog, after John dies. So sad. But things improve for this poor dog. He gets adopted by a loving family and is given the name Shane. And then he gets the chance to repay the kindness everyone has shown him.
The illustrations are bright and colorful, and I love the diversity of the characters. However, in the copy I read, some of the text is hard to read and would be more readable in a different font. The names “Jack” and “Jake” are also too similar and might cause confusion among young readers.
The story delivers a powerful message, and I was surprised to learn that the title actually refers to Shane, the dog. In her introduction, the author states: “This story is inspired by our dog, Shane, who was abandoned and rescued by our family. Shane, Your Heart Is So Big! We are truly blessed to have you in our lives.” Touching stuff.


Interview With the Author
Gillian Jaeger joins me today to discuss her new children’s book, Your Heart is So Big.
For what age group do you recommend your book?
I recommend it for children ages 2 through 8.
What sparked the idea for this book?
The dog profiled in the story was rescued and has brought so much love that we would like to encourage others to rescue those in need. I am surrounded by wonderful and diverse people that do good things for each other, my hope is that sharing diverse images of people helping each other can contribute to children's development into good people.


So, which comes first? The character's story or the idea for the book?
The idea for this book came first. We live in very troubled times, I believe that we can make a difference with children through books, as they are our future.
What was the hardest part to write in this book?
Two things. First, the beginning. Shane was abandoned and was left with no food. He is such a good hearted dog that it is difficult to understand how someone could not want him. Second, Shane finding Jack and talking about their similar situations. We never know when the tides will turn, but how wonderful it is to have someone to be there for you in your time of need. 
How do you hope this book affects its readers?
I hope that people treat animals with kindness. They give so much and ask for little. I would also hope that children are inspired to be kinder to their classmates and neighbors, even when they look different.
How long did it take you to write this book?
This took about six months because of the illustrations. I wanted to bring vibrant colors into the story and to ensure that alignment with the script.
What is your writing routine?
I like to write in the early morning. I am working on two more books as we speak.
How did you get your book published?
I self-published this book through Amazon.
What advice do you have for someone who would like to become a published writer?
Never give up. Where there is a will, there is a way. There are tremendous resources online, such as free webinars for writers to learn about publishing. I would encourage those interested in writing to use those resources. 
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like reading or watching movies.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are happy that I have found a passion that I truly enjoy.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
As a child, I enjoyed writing short stories. As a professional, I have considered writing professional books. But there is magic and excitement that happens when I think of engaging children. 
Did your childhood experiences influence your writing?
Yes, I had a good childhood with very positive role models. Unfortunately, too many children are not in this position. Books can inspire them to be the best they can be. 
Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
My readers are encouraging me to write more and to bring stories with good lessons for children to inspire them to make good choices.
What can we look forward to from you in the future?
Books about children coming together to solve problems and make good choices. Books about kindness, talking to each other, supporting, loving and accepting one another in a very global society.
Anything else you would like to add?
This is a great book to introduce children to diverse characters and to reinforce kindness to animals and others who maybe in need, especially during this holiday season.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by today, Gillian. Best of luck with your future projects.


About the Author
Gillian Jaeger
I am a retired Navy veteran and healthcare executive with twenty-seven years of active duty military service, wife and mother, and soon to be grandmother based in Northern Virginia. Teaching and helping young people to be the best they can be has always been a passion. During my naval career I had the honor of serving as an instructor, leader and mentor to many young sailors, and I am an adjunct professor at The George Washington University. I had always dreamt of writing stories that could make an impact on the lives of young people. To that end, I have decided to write children’s stories.
As a professional and as a parent, I have seen and experienced first-hand the issues of discrimination, intolerance, and lack of respect for others. As a society, we have made great strides, but there is still so much work to be done. I do believe that we can all play a small part to help society make more progress and advances in these areas. I choose to write books that are focused on bringing heart-warming stories with positive messages to children that can impact their lives. I am so happy to have you with me on this journey.
Special thanks to my husband Robert Jaeger, also a veteran, and my three children Robert, Chris, and Nicole for their love and support as I embark on this new journey. Thanks to my dear mother Valerie Reid, a true family matriarch. At eighty-five she inspires me to be resilient and never give up. Thanks to my brothers Wayne and Dale Reid and my daughter-in-law Nicole for their staunch support. I have two grand dogs – Shane and Pappi and a new grandchild on the way. They bring us so much joy and inspiration! Special thanks to my grand dogs Lenox, Bailey, and Brandy, who have passed away but will forever remain in our hearts.

Giveaway
Enter our exclusive giveaway for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card.


Links

Monday, October 22, 2018

"Sophia Writes to Her Bully" by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
Sophia Writes to Her Bully
by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

Sophia Writes to Her Bully by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

To coincide with National Bully Prevention Month, author Dr. Mildred D. Peyton is on tour with iRead Book Tours to promote her anti-bullying books for children. The tour stops here today for my review of Sophia Writes to Her Bully, along with an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well, including my blog post on A Bully on the School Bus.


Description
Sophia experiences verbal and social (also referred to as relational) bullying from her classmates during recess. Whenever Sophia attempts to play with a group of students from her fourth-grade class, she is rejected; Amber also calls her an inappropriate name. Only when Sophia takes action by confronting her bully with a letter does her victimization finally end. Want to know what Sophia was being called and how her classmates treated her? Read Sophia Writes to Her Bully and find out what her letter is all about!
Social exclusion is a form of bullying experienced by some children. When it occurs, they feel isolated, alone, and humiliated. It is important for parents to be informed and talk with their children about all types of bullying (e.g., verbal, physical, social/relational, and cyberbullying) so they are better equipped to intervene or prevent their child from bullying others or being a victim of bullying.

Excerpt

Praise for the Book
“With everything kids are exposed to these days this book is timely. It is a good read, educative yet entertaining. It helps parents talk to kids about bullying and shows kids how they can deal with bullies. It also makes a good gift. Get it!” ~ Nasserdealfinder131
Sophia Writes to Her Bully is an open and shut bullying story that has a neat and happy resolution. While at first it seems unrealistic, the structure makes it a good choice as a conversation starter between children and adults.” ~ Hall Ways
“With easy to read pages and colorful illustrations, the author offers a complicated message in simple terms for families to discuss. While the bullying that Sophia endures is presented simply and straightforwardly - and a positive resolution comes quickly and easily - there is a larger message for families: bullying needs to be confronted. For families seeking to introduce a form of bullying - and a possible solution to the problem - this book is great option for that.” ~ Angela
“I am highly recommending Sophia Writes to Her Bully for all parents and their young children. I believe many would find this book relatable and useful. I will be donating my copy to my children’s school library so others in their school to read it, as well.” ~ Amy C
Sophia Writes to Her Bully is a story of understanding that is great for young children, parents and teachers. In one story much insight is given into how bullying can look, how it can make children feel and why it may not be resolved by teachers alone.” ~ Stephanie

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Sophia is having a hard time at school because the other kids, especially Amber, call her names and don’t want to play with her. Sophia’s mother comes up with a possible solution. Will it work?
I like how Sophia’s mother notices her daughter is not herself and encourages her to confide in her. She also comes up with a possible solution and empowers Sophia to resolve things with her bully. Reading this book with your children may open up the channels of communication and make them feel comfortable talking about bullying issues they may be experiencing.
The book contains cute, colorful, and expressive illustrations by Andy Hoang. The author provides some anti-bullying information at the end of the book: Definition of bullying, Facts about bullying, Tips for students, parents, and school personnel how to deal with bullying, Helpful resources for parents of children who are victims of bullying, and Bullying Statistics.

About the Author
Dr. Mildred Peyton
Dr. Mildred Peyton is the President and Founder of Peyton Consulting, LLC. Dr. Peyton established her consulting firm, which was initially geared towards school bullying services, in March 2016. She was inspired to create Peyton Consulting and become a children's author on bullying after completing her doctoral research study entitled, “Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children”.
During her undergraduate internship in 2002-2003 at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Dr. Peyton and her team developed and facilitated a mentoring program, providing one-on-one conflict resolution and mediating skills to students who were identified by the program coordinator with ongoing needs of behavioral issues. One of the key/primary areas Dr. Peyton and the other mentors focused on was educating and addressing bullying issues with bullies and victims. And in her graduate program, Dr. Peyton also facilitated a school bullying focus group in 2005 at Maryvale Elementary School in Montgomery County, to teach participants about bullying behaviors and how to avoid bullying others. She also attended several bullying workshops to learn about the latest studies while working with the students. Her passion on this topic followed her even as she served as a member on the Committee on Hate/Violence at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in 2013. There she developed a brochure for students and parents for the annual bullying symposium and, provided rich knowledge and skills on this topic throughout the year.
Today, the company has expanded its services to target workplace bullying as well. With the experiences of others and Dr. Peyton's personal experience with adult bullying in the workplace (which caused her to resign from her employer in 2016), she believes attention, guidance, and solutions are also critical in this area. Dr. Peyton holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Peyton is committed to using her knowledge and skills to influence positive change among students and adults.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Links

Thursday, October 18, 2018

"A Bully on the School Bus" by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

REVIEW and GIVEAWAY
A Bully on the School Bus
by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

A Bully on the School Bus by Dr. Mildred D. Peyton

To coincide with National Bully Prevention Month, author Dr. Mildred D. Peyton is on tour with iRead Book Tours to promote her anti-bullying books for children. The tour stops here today for my review of A Bully on the School Bus, along with an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well. Keep an eye out for my review of Sophia Writes to Her Bully on 22 October.


Description
A Bully on the School Bus is about a little girl named Nicole, who experienced being bullied while she is on the school bus. On her way home from school one day, Nicole is confronted by one of her fellow schoolmates who rides the same school bus. This book helps readers understand how bullying may occur among school-aged children and, also, how readers can address the problem if and when such a problem does arise.

Excerpt


Praise for the Book
“Very timely book to read to your little ones. My daughter enjoyed this book and also learned relevant lessons about bullying. She is in Pre-K and now know how to handle herself and others when it comes to bullying. Good read for kids!!” ~ Amazon Customer
“I am highly recommending A Bully on the School Bus for all parents and their young children. I believe many would find this book relatable and useful. I will be donating my copy to my children’s school library so others in their school to read it, as well.” ~ Amy C
“I feel this is a book that every kid should be assigned to read. Kids are experiencing bullying on the school bus, playground, and even online, but most kids don't know what to do when they are being bullied. Reading A Bully On The School Bus can help kids to see that standing up to the bully and also asking for help from adults can help stop bullying.” ~ 12 year old Jarris
“The book teaches children to report anything that makes them feel bad and shows them how to handle bullying situations. It's also a good resource for adults that work with children to look for signs. I really think this book should be in school libraries everywhere and part of the curriculum. Kudos to the author!” ~ Tae
“… this book is a great starting point for parents or teachers to introduce an aspect of bullying - and offer resources for help. While the book resolves the bullying issue quickly, it gives parents and teachers a starting point to launch the ‘what if’ sorts of questions. […] I would certainly recommend this book for use with other children's books and other resources for parents and teachers seeking to educate and support students facing bullying.” ~ Angela

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
Dylan tries to bully Nicole into giving up her seat on the school bus. How should she handle the situation?
This book gives a practical example of how a child should deal with a bully. I like how Nicole’s mother and the bus driver try to help Nicole resolve the situation as soon as she tells them what is happening. Unfortunately, the reality is that the child often doesn’t speak up. The language in this book is simple enough for children to understand on their own, but reading it together gives parents an opportunity to discuss the relevant issues with them in a non-confronting manner.
The book is colorfully illustrated by Andy Hoang with additional drawings by the author’s daughters, Leah and Jada. The story is followed by anti-bullying tips for students, parents, and school personnel, as well as helpful resources for parents of children who are victims of bullying.

About the Author
Dr. Mildred Peyton
Dr. Mildred Peyton is the President and Founder of Peyton Consulting, LLC. Dr. Peyton established her consulting firm, which was initially geared towards school bullying services, in March 2016. She was inspired to create Peyton Consulting and become a children's author on bullying after completing her doctoral research study entitled, “Exploring the Meaning of School Bullying Among Parents of Victimized Children”.
During her undergraduate internship in 2002-2003 at Salisbury Middle School in Wicomico County, Dr. Peyton and her team developed and facilitated a mentoring program, providing one-on-one conflict resolution and mediating skills to students who were identified by the program coordinator with ongoing needs of behavioral issues. One of the key/primary areas Dr. Peyton and the other mentors focused on was educating and addressing bullying issues with bullies and victims. And in her graduate program, Dr. Peyton also facilitated a school bullying focus group in 2005 at Maryvale Elementary School in Montgomery County, to teach participants about bullying behaviors and how to avoid bullying others. She also attended several bullying workshops to learn about the latest studies while working with the students. Her passion on this topic followed her even as she served as a member on the Committee on Hate/Violence at Montgomery County Office of Human Rights, in 2013. There she developed a brochure for students and parents for the annual bullying symposium and, provided rich knowledge and skills on this topic throughout the year.
Today, the company has expanded its services to target workplace bullying as well. With the experiences of others and Dr. Peyton's personal experience with adult bullying in the workplace (which caused her to resign from her employer in 2016), she believes attention, guidance, and solutions are also critical in this area. Dr. Peyton holds a Ph.D. in Human and Social Services with a concentration in Social Policy Analysis & Planning. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and Sociology and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Peyton is committed to using her knowledge and skills to influence positive change among students and adults.

Giveaway
Enter the tour-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Links