Monday, November 29, 2010

Picture Book that Helps Dyslectic Kids ~ "Horatio Humble Beats the Big D" - dyslexia

Children's author extraordinare, Margot Finke's latest rhyming book tackles dyslexia, written with helping dyslectic kids and their parents.

When Horatio has difficulty reading, his parents meet with the teacher to discover why. Horatio hears the words Dyslexia and Special Ed. "No way! Kids will think I'm dumb." But he does go and with amazing results. Suggested age range for readers: 5-10 Paperback: 16 pages

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc (November 2, 2010)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1616331011

ISBN-13: 978-1616331016

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving

"Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving:"

O God, source and giver of all things,

You manifest your infinite majesty, power and goodness

In the earth about us:

We give you honor and glory.

For the sun and the rain,

For the manifold fruits of our fields:

For the increase of our herds and flocks,

We thank you.

For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace,

We are grateful.

Supreme Lord of the harvest,

Graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil,

In union with Jesus, your Son,

As atonement for our sins,

For the growth of your Church,

For peace and love in our homes,

And for salvation for all.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.

From Living God’s Justice: Reflections and Prayers, compiled by The Roundtable Association of Diocesan Social Action Directors

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

National Writing for Children Center Day 6 VBT: Become a Fan of Children's Author Rachelle Burk

Introducing Rachelle Burk, creator of Resources for Childrens is an award winning site that provides 29 categories of nearly 250 helpful writing resources. It is for everyone who wants to write for children and see their work in print. You will find links to resources that will help you improve your writing, network with other children's writers, get your work published, and promote your book. Although targeted to writers of children’s literature, many categories are relevant to all writers. I welcome anyone to contact me with suggestions for additional resources, or inform me of broken links. Feel free to link to this site from your own blog or website.
My Facebook fanpage, alerts writers to updates and additions to my Resources website. I also post information about online writing conferences, workshops, and contests. You’ll also find updates relating to my publications, book signings or school visits.

You can link to all these pages from my main website:  

Thank you for your time and interest.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author, J. Aday Kennedy

J. Aday Kennedy joins us today to share the different ways you can follow along on her writing for children career. And as a special treat Aday is sharing her Klutzy Kantor synospsis and the link to book trailer.


Like Aday, Klutzy Kantor, the riddle-solving, klutzy Pegasus, is not afraid of facing adversity. He flies to a rainbow and challenges a tricky leprechaun to a mental duel. If he solves Cobbledom’s riddle, the leprechaun will end Kantor’s klutzy ways. Klutzy Kantor uses his mental muscles to solve his clumsiness problem.


FACEBOOK FAN PAGE!/pages/Minreola-TX/Klutzy-Kantor/241980995144

J. Aday Kennedy
The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker

Children's Picture Book Klutzy Kantor & Marta Gargantuan Wings
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Marketing tips, book reviews and author interviews
Klutzy Kantor Character Blog

I invite you to stop back tomorrow to learn about children's author, Rachelle Burk.

Thank you for your interest and time.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author, Nancy I. Sanders

You can be a fan of Nancy's and follow her posts in cyberspace! Stay abreast of Ms. Sanders illustrious writing career:

Blog for children’s writers:

Inspirational photoblog for writers:

Other sites of Nancy’s include:

Nancy’s books:

Teachers and librarians:

America’s Black Founders:

Book for children’s writers:

Writer’s Group:

Writer’s Group:



Wow! What a wealth of information.

Visit Nancy today at:

Thank you for your time and interest.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Become a Fan of Children's Author, Pat McCarthy

Today children's author, Pat McCarthy is sharing with us a recent review of Heading Weset Life with the Pioneers by Carolyn Phelan

"This clearly written account of the westward movement in American history begins in the 1700s, when “west” simply meant the far side of the Appalachians, and follows through the end of the 1800s pioneer era. Discussing topics such as wagon trains, pioneer homes, and community life, McCarthy provides plenty of detailed, specific information about clearing land and building houses (dugouts, soddies, and log cabins). She quotes whole paragraphs from the personal accounts of the settlers, an approach that is particularly effective in the chapter on pioneer children. Illustrated with line drawings, the activities include making a clothespin doll, a local history poster contrasting then and now, and apple butter (in a microwave oven). The text is illustrated with many sepia-toned reproductions of period photos, paintings, drawings, prints, artifacts, and sites. Though no source notes are provided, even for quotes, the book provides lists of recommended Internet sites and books. An information-packed resource for history students and their teachers. Grades 4-7."

Interested in learning more about Pat, be sure to become a Facebook Fan of Pat McCarthy at and stay abreast of her writing career.

Stop back tomorrow when the National Writing for Children Center November Showcased Authors continues with children's author, Nancy I. Sanders

Thank you for your interest and time!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"All Books are Meaningless without the Fans" by Sean Noonan

Welcome to Day 6 of Sean Noonan's National Writing for Children Center's Virtual Book Tour. Today Sean shares with us the:

"All books are meaningless without the fans, the people who want to read the stories and love the characters."
Be assured that you will always be welcome in the Land of Dreams to join in the fun with Elannah, Sam and Friends.
I have to mention two other very special people who are involved in the books, the illustrators. Elannah my daughter, who draws the internal illustrations that work so well with the younger readers; and Victor Guiza the cover artist whose talents are all too obvious both here and in his work with Disney for the Little Mermaid.

The first adventure (Of Lights in the Night: Friends and Festivity - ISBN 978-1432752897) is about fireworks and it introduces us to the characters, Elannah and Sam, Rodger the Badger and Grumphspawn. It is a thrilling spectacle of fantastic fireworks and magic that is only possible in our dreams. All the stories take place in the Land of Dreams and are pure flights of our imagination.

The second book (A First Christmas: Friends and Festivity - ISBN 978-1432760892 ) takes Elannah and Sam on a Christmas Adventure. In this latest adventure, Elannah and Sam discover on Christmas Eve that the Bridge Troll has never celebrated Christmas before. Amazed and dumbfounded they embark on a mission to throw the Christmas Party of all Christmas parties for their friend. But… In the Land of Dreams… who will help them? Where will they find the perfect Christmas tree? What about decorations and lights? How will they manage to gather all the ingredients for the perfect Christmas party in time? Follow Elannah, Sam and their friends through the Mines of Abundance, the Magical Night Flower garden and a terrifying tumble down the side of a mountain as they prepare for the most fantastical Christmas party ever.

I am writing the third book already and have two more pushing to get in line. I am sure that others will follow, after all we never stop dreaming.

Be sure to stop back tomorrow, when Pat McCarthy stops by to share with us her Facebook Fan Page information on Day 6 of her NWFCC Virtual Book Tour.

Thank you for stopping by today and visiting with Sean.

Become a Fan of Sean at:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review ~ Lightning Strikes by Kevin McNamee

Title: Lightning Strikes

Written by: Kevin McNamee

Illustrated by: Eugene Ruble

Soft cover: 18 pages

Ages: 2-5

Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.

Print ISBN: 978-161633-095-8

eBook ISBN: 978-1-61633-096-5

Published: September 2010

$9.95 – Soft cover
$5.00 – E-book CD

Teaching our young muses how to count in a creative environment presents its challenges. Not sure where to start to overcome this obstacle? Look no further. Lightning Strikes combines the elements of Science and Math into an ingenious thunderstorm adventure with counting forwards and backwards.
Come along and learn what one young child does to comfort himself as a thunderstorm rages outside. The reader and child will surely laugh out loud at the antics that ensue. All the while learning the basic fundamentals of counting to ten and down again.
Eugene Ruble’s illustrations bring the thunderstorm and counting strategy to life, making it an enjoyable learning experience.

Kevin McNamee is an accomplished children’s author with several books to his credit, If I Could Be Anything, The Sister Exchange, and The Soggy Town of Hilltop. Learn more about Kevin’s illustrious career at:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Just in time for the 2010 Holiday Season - Personalized Autographed Book: The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

Donna M. McDine
Children’s Author


Phone: 845-721-7802


For Immediate Release

Just in time for the 2010 Holiday Season - Personalized Autographed Book: The Golden Pathway by Donna M. McDine
Give the wonder of an autographed book to the young muse in your life. Children’s author, Donna M. McDine is offering a terrific opportunity to build your child’s book collection with an autographed copy of her historical fiction story book The Golden Pathway for ages 8-12, two complimentary bookmarks included.

Be transported through time to the Underground Railroad, where high-pitched screams echo each night. David’s cruel Pa always chooses the same victim. Despite the circumstances during slavery, David uncovers the courage to defy his Pa.
Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David attempts to lead Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing, Inc.
Publication Date: August 2010
Print ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-081-1

eBook ISBN 13: 978-1-61633-082-8
FREE shipping via US Postal Service for the remainder of 2010.

Visit: and order yours today for the young muse in your life.

Thank you for your time and interest.
Best wishes for a blessed holiday season!

Donna M. McDine
Children’s Author


Full Media Kit, Headshot, Book Cover Art and more are available upon request.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Now Open for 2011 Submissions

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna McDine, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine


For Immediate Release

Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Now Open for 2011 Submissions

The 2010 holiday season is rapidly approaching and now is the time to brainstorm and write your fictional short stories, non-fiction articles, and/or poetry ideas around the 2011 Guardian Angel Kids Theme List.

January: Animals – Submission deadline December 15, 2010
February: Grandparents – Submission deadline December 30, 2010
March: Concepts (Shapes, Colors, ABCs,) – Submission deadline January 15, 2011
April: Health – Submission deadline February 15, 2011
May: Horses – Submission deadline March 15, 2011
June: Wheels – Submission deadline April 15, 2011
July: Outer Space – Submission deadline May 15, 2011
August: Cuisine – Submission deadline June 15, 2011
September: Good Behavior – Submission deadline July 15, 2011
October: Sports & Activities – Submission deadline August 15, 2011
November: Dogs – Submission deadline September 15, 2011
December: Faith – Submission deadline October 15, 2011

Our themes also tie into the Guardian Angel Publishing books, so be sure to check out the many books published each year at  

We need 1 article per issue for parents/teachers on the subjects of reading, writing, teaching, parenting or something that ties in well with a theme.

Please visit Guardian Angel Kids to read and adhere to our submission guidelines at

Thank you for your time and interest.


Friday, November 12, 2010

Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Announces New Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna McDine, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine


For Immediate Release
Guardian Angel Kids Ezine Announces New Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine

Jennifer Reed, original Editor-in-Chief is stepping down from Guardian Angel Kids and will be replaced by award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine effective immediately.
Ms. McDine comes to Guardian Angel Kids with 20 plus years of administrative and web design expertise in both Fortune 500 companies and as a virtual assistant. Along with her experience in the children’s publishing industry as a published author, National Writing for Children Center Publicist Intern, and former Stories for Children Magazine marketing manager McDine brings to the forefront her business, writing, and marketing know how to propel Guardian Angel Kids to further success in 2011 and beyond.
Please join, Lynda Burch of Guardian Angel Publishing, Kevin McNamee, Guardian Angel Kids Technical Director, and MarySue Roberts, Guardian Angel Kids Cover Art Director in welcoming Donna McDine to the family.
Please visit Guardian Angel Kids and become familiar with all we have to offer the young muses in your life at

Thank you for your time and interest.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Magic Lives in the Americas too ~ Fallon O’Reilly and the Ice Queen’s Lair by Debra K. Dunlap

Fallon O’Reilly and the Ice Queen’s Lair

YA Fantasy

By Debra K. Dunlap

Release: October 2010

MuseItUp Publishing

eBook ISBN: 978-0-9865875-2-8

Price $5.95

Pages: 207


Magic lives in the Americas, too…

Land of the Midnight Sun. The Aurora Borealis. Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Dog sleds. Mount Denali. 60 degrees below zero. Moose. Grizzly bears. Salmon. Gold nuggets. Blueberries. Bunny boots and duct tape.

To most people, the word “Alaska” evokes visions of a wild, mysterious land, but for Fallon O’Reilly, it means home. Growing up in a village hidden deep in the wilderness, she eagerly anticipates her first sojourn at the Borealis Academy of Magical Arts. Nothing dampens her enthusiasm; not the creepy bookseller, her sisters’ nagging or the world’s nastiest classmate.
However, when village inhabitants disappear, someone murders a student’s pet and she suffers a near-fatal attack by a horrible, hairy creature, Fallon’s curiosity draws her into a dark mystery. Can a twelve-year-old witch, together with her wheelchair-bound cousin and new found friend from Wyoming, uncover the identity of the evil behind the chilling events?
From the wind-swept tundra to the frozen peaks of Mount Denali, Fallon’s struggle to protect the school and her fellow students encompasses a journey of far more breadth than she expected.

Intrigued? Stay for a few more moments and meet Fallon O'Reilly herself:

My name is Fallon O’Reilly and if you like rugged, unspoiled wilderness, you will love my home. Fireweed Village lays hidden deep in Alaska. It remains hidden, like other wizarding towns, because kippups would find it upsetting. Kippup? Oh, sorry. That means a person who doesn’t use or believe in magic. Can you believe some people don’t believe in magic? Crazy!
I turned 12 years old this summer so I’m ready for school. I can hardly wait for my first year at the Borealis Academy of Magical Arts. Dad says Borealis has a stupendous library. Yes, I admit I’m a bookworm, a dork, a nerd. Choose a name that pleases you because it doesn’t bother me. Even though my nose is always in a book, as my Mother likes to tell me, either the book or my nose frequently leads me into trouble. I have a feeling this year will be no different.
There are rumors of strange events at the school and in surrounding villages. My intrepid cousin, Ardis, will be at my side as I delve into what I’m betting will be a dark mystery. Join us as we sojourn through our first year of wizarding school and across some of Alaska’s magnificent terrain. You’ll be surprised at some of the people, living and dead, you meet!

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Thank you for your time and interest.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Book Bites for Kids: Interview with Children’s Author, J. Aday Kennedy

M E D I A  R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Suzanne Lieurance, The Working Writer’s Coach

For Immediate Release

Book Bites for Kids: Interview with Children’s Author, J. Aday Kennedy

Book Bites for Kids, hosted by Suzanne Lieurance is a delightful way to interact with children's book authors, illustrators, publishers, editors, and publicists to learn more about the world of children’s writing and publishing.

We are pleased to invite you to tune in on Monday, November 8 at 2 pm CDT, at Book Bites for Kids to meet J. Aday Kennedy, the differently-abled writer. Kennedy is an award winning multi-published author of inspirational/Christian pieces and of children’s literature and has eight picture books under contract. She is a ventilator dependent quadriplegic making her dreams come true a story at a time. As a speaker, Aday entertains, instructs, motivates, and inspires audiences of all ages.

Not only can you listen to the show online, you can also call in during the live broadcast at (646) 716-9239 and ask the author being interviewed a question, make a comment, or just say "hi." If you can't call in during the live show, visit and click on the author's Book Bites for Kids page and leave your question in the comment section there, which automatically enters you into our weekly Book Giveaway? Visit the National Writing for Children Center online at or the Children's Writers Coaching Club at for more information on showcased authors and classes. We look forward to your visit.


Full Media Kit and more are available upon request electronically.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

VBT - Writers on the Move - November 2010

Join the members of the VBT Writers on the Move as they swirl through cyberspace on their November 2010 stops.

1st Karen Cioffi is featuring Nancy Famolari

2nd Debra Eckerling is featuring Janet Ann Collins
3rd Nancy Famolari is featuring Mayra Calvani
4th Margaret Fieland is featuring Virginia Grenier
5th Dianne Sagan is featuring Robert Medak
6th Janet Ann Collins is featuring Debra Eckerling
7th Carolyn Howard-Johnson is featuring Mari Taylor
8th Heather Paye is featuring Carolyn Howard-Johnson
9th Marvin Wilson is featuring Margaret Fieland
10th Stephen Tremp is featuring Kathy Stemke
11th Darcia Helle is featuring Karen Cioffi
12th Martha Swirzinski is featuring Marvin Wilson
13th Heidi Thomas is featuring Maggie Ball
14th Kathy Stemke is featuring Stephen Tremp
15th Dallas Woodburn is featuring Donna McDine
16th Maggie Ball is featuring Dianne Sagan
17th Virginia Grenier is featuring Darcia Helle
18th Kevin McNamee is featuring Shelby Patrick

19th Elysabeth Eldering is featuring Heidi Thomas
20th Marietta Taylor is featuring Dallas Woodburn
21st Robert Medak is featuring Kevin McNamee

22nd Donna McDine is featuring Elysabeth Eldering
23rd Shelby Patrick is featuring Martha Swirzinski
24th Mayra Calvani is featuring Heather Paye

Thank you for your time and interest.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Book Review ~ If Babies Went to School by Barbara Lock

Title: If Babies Went to School

Author: Barbara Lock

Illustrator: Gus Tarantino

Soft cover: 40 pages

Publisher: Author House / August 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1-4520-5940-2

“What if” questions are one of the most profound ways to get children to develop inductive reasoning. How can teachers and parents bring this process seamlessly into the articulation process of our young muses without making it feel like work? Through reading of course.

Come along on a “what if” adventure in If Babies Went to School. Siblings, Brian and Amanda start off their day wondering how it would be possible to bring their baby brother, Luke, to school with them. Brian and Amanda start to toss around a broad range of scenarios on how to make this possible. Coupled with their remarkable inductive reasoning with Brian’s “what if” statements and Amanda’s inquisitive questions bring them to their answers and soon learn why it is not possible for babies to attend school.

Author, Barbara Lock expertly brings the story of If Babies Went to School, to the forefront of prediction and critical thinking without preaching. A must have for the youngest school age children. Visit Barbara at

Illustrator, Gus Tarantino’s real life illustrations make the character come alive in the humorous scenes.