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Honeycake: Special Magical Powers – Trailer

In the third instalment in the charming Honeycake Book Series, Nala brings her outgrown toys and clothes to Rainbow Hall, and spends the day with her Grandma and Uncle JD discovering a special magical power we all have, called ✨KINDNESS✨

“Kindness is a “Special Magical Power” we all have inside of us. When we show kindness, it’s like spreading sunshine everywhere we go — no matter what the weather is like outside.

Could you imagine how much nicer the world would be if everyone smiled at each other or did a random act of kindness every day? We are kind when we use our manners by saying please and thank you, or by opening a door, or by giving our seat on a bus or train to a stranger in need.

Kindness is a gift we can all afford to give. Though it doesn’t cost a thing, your kindness can mean everything to another person.”

Use your “Special Magical Powers” and spread kindness everywhere you go!

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A Tractor Named Wilbur

A Tractor Named Wilbur: Friendships Last Forever (Wilbur the Tractor Book 1) by [Humphrys-Dunne, Deanie]

A Tractor Named Wilbur by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a short yet adorable children’s book featuring a little red tractor named Wilbur who lives in a barn. Wilbur lives with a man named Jim, who simply adores Wilbur. Every day, Wilbur helps Jim out with many errands both small and large, working faithfully without a single complaint.

This book contains key elements of a good children’s book such as interesting characters children can relate to, integral moral values and entertaining illustrations to keep readers hooked. The author’s hard work is shown through the apparent care given to developing a good story arc, flow and personification of the inanimate characters. However, I do think that this book could have benefited from a little humor and jokes as the story is slightly flat until the climax takes place. The theme of the book is lighthearted and cheerful, making it perfect for young kids’ enjoyment.

Pages: 41 | ASIN: B07XQNGJQJ

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Jingle Bells and Pigtails – Trailer

This Christmas take an adventure with twins Eva and Neva. Joined by their siblings Kristi and Gina. Together they go on a quest for the perfect Christmas tree. Will Eva ever stop ringing those Jingle Bells? Or will the sisters give in and wear pigtails? Play the interactive Reindeer seek and find along the way. Coming Christmas 2019. Jingle Bells and Pigtails By Eva Jo Sombathy.

Available at amewithoutwe.com

 

Becoming My Best Self: My Shero Attributes

I have heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. That is true for all the parents and teachers, coaches, friends, families and anyone who have the pleasure and responsibilities of inspiring our children. This book came as an inspiration and reflection of the important attributes that helps to shape our children. It is about all of our SHEROES and HEROES.  Studies have shown that the happiest, most successful children are those who can appreciate the differences and the opportunities and learnings that is experienced everyday.  I have taught my two daughters that it is important to start from a place of gratitude.  My hope is that this book will be a discussion for parents and teachers and anyone who wants to inspire important life attributes in a child’s life.  There is an opportunity to choose one the attributes each month and celebrate it, discuss, reflect and have a conversation without any judgement to build understanding and awareness.

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Empower Children

Medea Kalantar Author Interview

Medea Kalantar Author Interview

Honeycake: Help, I Swallowed a Butterfly is a precious account of one girl’s misunderstanding of the idiom, “butterflies in your stomach.” What was the inspiration for this charming children story?

I wanted to write a book to teach children how to overcome anxiety, and I thought about the common saying “I have butterflies in my tummy” when people described that they were nervous. I thought this anecdote would be the perfect play on words to help children understand.

This book teaches readers how to practice meditation and mindfulness. Why do you feel these are important for kids to understand?

As a Reiki Master and Practitioner I teach my clients how to manage stress and anxiety, through deep breathing and daily meditation. I felt it was important to teach these tools at a young age. By introducing them to the world of self care, it will empower children to practice mindfulness and meditation and setting positive intentions for the day, so that they are able to meet life’s challenges head-on in a healthy and balanced way. By starting them at a young age, they will grow up to be more balanced, healthy, happy adults.

Life can be stressful at any age, but with the right tools and mindset, we can overcome any obstacle!

The art in this book is very cute and fitting. What was the art collaboration like on this book?

I was involved in every step of the art creation in this book. The imagines are a replica of actual photos of my daughter Shanaz doing meditation. Nala is the only fictional character is my books. I used the same illustrator that did my first book. Honeycake: A Family Of Spices. The illustrators name is I Cenizal and she is so talented.

What is the next book in the Honeycake series that you are working on?

Book 3; Honeycake – Special Magical Powers

(release date Christmas 2019)

This book is to teach young readers all about the special magical powers each of us have by showing compassion to others my doing random acts of kindness.

I believe if we do this on a daily basics we can shift the universe into a positive direction.

It’s so simple to change one persons life and brightening up their day by; opening a door, giving your seat on the bus or train, donating unused toys and clothes… etc.

But the best way is to smile. A smile can change someone’s day from bad to good.

Kindness is gift we all can afford to give because it doesn’t cost a thing, but can mean everything to one person.

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Honeycake: Help I Swallowed a Butterfly by [Kalantar, Medea]“Help I Swallowed A Butterfly” is the second book in the delightful Honeycake series. In this sequel, Nala gets stage fright at school. But with the help of her mom, Nala learns how to get rid of those pesky butterflies in her tummy. This charming book empowers young readers to practice mindfulness and meditation so that they are able to meet life’s challenges head-on in a healthy and balanced way. Help I Swallowed A Butterfly is clearly written and incredibly relatable, with step-by-step instructions and guided meditation exercises for young readers. This book is also a valuable resource for caregivers who want to provide a positive introduction for children to the world of self-care and managing those butterflies.

Life can be stressful at any age, but with the right tools and mindset, we can overcome any obstacle!

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The Shine Hotel – Trailer

The Shine Hotel is a modern, prestigious, famous, dazzling, gleaming, glass hotel where people from all over the world visit some very famous people, and kings and queens stay and lots of children for the famous party nights in the glitzy piazza room, but early each morning, the hotel has to be sparkling clean yet again for all the guests. This is when Harvey and his super cool cleaning friends from Ajax and Ezma; to Jack and Trojan, or the legendary Sir Barron Broom and his young apprentice, Flash Broom, all come alive each morning to embark on a full fun adventure while getting the hotel to shine once again. It takes these special friendships to make it all come true.

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Who will save Butterball?

Julia Seaborn Author Interview

Julia Seaborn Author Interview

BUTTERBALL Goes to the Beach is an educational children’s picture book about a dog who explores the beach. What was the inspiration for the setup to this delightful book?

I’ve always enjoyed the beach environment and am fascinated by the range of different creatures that live in this setting. I thought it would be nice for children to read about a small dog meeting these creatures.

Do you have a dog or poodle of your own? Did you put any of their traits into the book?

Yes, I do have a miniature poodle, we live by the beach and he is a very inquisitive little dog.

I enjoyed the educational material sprinkled throughout the book. What do you hope readers take away from this book?

I hope young children who share this book with an adult will have a better understanding of the different creatures that live in the marine environment. This book also might help them with numbers and counting.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Yes, I do have further plans for another book which should be published within the next 6-12mths. I have yet to decide whether it will be another book about Butterball or another canine character.

Author Links: GoodReads | Website

BUTTERBALL Goes to the Beach by [Seaborn, Julia]Butterball is stranded on some rocks.

It is too dangerous to swim back to shore.

Who will save Butterball?

Butterball the poodle is the colour of butter and loves playing with a ball.

Join Butterball as she goes to the beach and meets Tickles the octopus, Starlet the starfish and Shelley the turtle.

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Literary Titan Book Awards September 2019

The Literary Titan Book Awards are awarded to books that have astounded and amazed us with unique writing styles, vivid worlds, complex characters, and original ideas. These books deserve extraordinary praise and we are proud to acknowledge the hard work, dedication, and imagination of these talented authors.

Literary Titan Gold Book Award

Gold Award Winners

End Times: More Great Adventures in Real America by [McCord, Michael]

Blood on the Chesapeake (The Haunted Shores Mysteries) by [Overbeck, Randy]

BUTTERBALL Goes to the Beach by [Seaborn, Julia]RESCRIPT the Story You're Telling Yourself: The Eight Practices to Quiet Your Inner Antagonist, Amplify Your Inner Advocate, & Author a Limitless Life by [Georges, Colleen]

Phoebe Douse: S3A2 by L. Samuels

The Farthest-Reaching Ball: A Memoir of Motherhood by Sandra Bowman

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

Die to Live Again: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel by [Crane, David]Experiment X: Exposed by [Haase, Nikki]Immortals' Requiem: An Epic Grimdark Fantasy by [Bobbe, Vincent]

Love and Happiness by [Burgess Jr., Ben]The Dream Defenders: A YA Sci-Fi Adventure by [DenHartog, Neal]

Son of the Serpent (Fantasy Angels Series Book 2) by [Quiroz-Vega, Vashti]

The Eighth: Intro to The Alt-World Chronicles by [Somerville, Sunshine]The Line Between: A Novel by [Lee, Tosca]

 

Visit the Literary Titan Book Awards page to see award information and see all award winners.

 

WE ARE ALL ONE

Medea Kalantar Author Interview

Medea Kalantar Author Interview

Honeycake: A Family of Spices is a charming picture book about diversity and multicultural families. Why was this an important story for you to write?

With all the negativity around diversity in this day and age, I feel it’s very important to create books with positive messages that showcase a diverse multicultural loving family. My hope is that if we instill these valuable lessons to our youth at an early age, we can shift the universe into a positive direction.

I felt that this book gives parents and teachers lots to talk about with children. What were some themes you felt were important to capture in this book?

Honeycake will be understood by all ages and truly is a refreshing approach to human life with its joy, blessing and special qualities. While Honeycake has been written as a children’s book series, it has a charm which will delight people of all ages. I feel these books will be enjoyed by parents, grandparents, and children alike and I expect the timeless positive messages in the series to resonate for ages. The idea of a common human bond through the blending of culture and national origins is beautifully represented as mixtures of exotic spices in a manner that children can easily understand.

Just like the ingredients in the honey cake we can teach our children about diversity and acceptance because even though we look different and come from different places, we are all part of one race…THE HUMAN RACE. In this beautiful world we live in, WE ARE ALL ONE.

The art in this book is cute and fitting. What was the art collaboration like on this book?

The illustrations in all the Honeycake book series is the actual cartoon version of myself and my entire family. The only fictional character is Nala as I wrote these books when I found out I was going to become a grandmother. My daughter Shanaz ended up having a little boy. His name is Lukenzo. I worked very closely with the illustrator, and made sure every detail of each character and scene was exactly how I had envisioned it. I wanted to make sure that even though it was a picture book, you felt the realness of each of our family members.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

Just in time for summer, I just released my second book in the delightful Honeycake series, “Help I Swallowed A Butterfly!”

In this sequel, Nala gets stage fright at school. But with the help of her mom, Nala learns how to get rid of those pesky butterflies in her tummy.

This charming book empowers young readers to practice mindfulness and meditation so that they are able to meet life’s challenges head-on in a healthy and balanced way. “Help I Swallowed A Butterfly” is clearly written and incredibly relatable, with step-by-step instructions and guided meditation exercises for young readers.

This book is also a valuable resource for caregivers who want to provide a positive introduction for children to the world of self-care and managing those butterflies.

Life can be stressful at any age, but with the right tools and mindset, we can overcome any obstacle!

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Honeycake: A Family Of Spices by [Kalantar, Medea]

Honeycake introduces readers to a diverse, multi-cultural family that is full of love.

The grandmother explains why she calls her grandchildren “Honeycakes” while she teaches her granddaughter how to bake a honey cake.

Through imagination, the grandmother details how each delicious ingredient represents a different family member and his or her unique ethnic background.

This charming book also includes a recipe and step-by-step instructions on how to bake your own delicious batch of honey cake with your Honeycakes!

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It’s OK to be Different

In her children’s book, It’s OK to be Different, Sharon Purtill endeavors to teach her young audience an important lesson that all children – and adults – need to learn:  that although people may differ in the things they like, the way they live, and the way they look, everyone deserves to be treated with the same respect and kindness.

I think Purtill’s book has a great message and one that is especially important in a modern world that is connected globally like never before. By teaching children to be accepting of themselves and of others, Purtill challenges the need to fit into a stereotypical idea of “normal” while emphasizing that everyone is different in one way or another. The use of rhyming, simple examples, and colorful illustrations makes the book flow well and makes it one that is easy to read and is likely to appeal to Purtill’s young audience.

Although Purtill’s message is solid, I think she could jump to the issues that are likely to really matter, like differences in appearance, speech, or abilities/disabilities, earlier in the book. With that being said, the book has a great message for children, is easy and fun to read, and has delightful illustrations to capture the eyes and minds of its audience.

Pages: 30 | ISBN: 0973410442

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