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Literary Titan Book Awards July 2020

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

The Albatross: Contact by Connor Mackay

IZ – The Saga: Creation by DDWLEM

Literary Titan Silver Book Award

Silver Award Winners

Book of Chaos: From 22 Back to 21 by Yin Dolmah

 

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

 

Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping

Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping (Adventures with Pop Pop Book 1) by [Warren Martin, Star Huddleston, Karen Tucker]

Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping follows young Dean and his grandfather, ‘Pop Pop’, on a trip to a big-box store, which they endearingly call ‘big shopping’. Dean and Pop Pop’s trip to the store is filled with many things that many people are used to; pushing the shopping cart, roaming the aisles, and best of all, finding the toy aisle.

What I loved most about this book was how it presented an everyday trip to the store as an adventure. This book is able to capture the unique view of the world that children have and bring it to life on the page with colorful images that are bright, simple, and adorable. Children will love pointing out all the cute toys found throughout the book and parents will undoubtedly recognize things they do in the store with their own children. Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping shows that not every story needs to be about some wild fantasy world. Memories are made every day, within our normal lives, by doing them with the ones we love and creating our own fun. Grandman Dean Goes Big Shopping is the first book in author Warren Martin’s Adventures with Pop Pop series. I really enjoy this down to earth children’s series and I think any parent and child will as well.

Pages: 18 | ASIN: B084DKMB36

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ELI: More Than Just a Kitten with Ambitions to Go on a Mission

Eli: More Than Just a Kitten with Ambition to Go on a Mission by [Sherralee Tinney]

Eli is so many things. It’s funny, heart warming, passionate, creative and engaging. It’s a fiction story written with great depth. Animal books are always fun to read and the author gives life to a cat-dog relationship. I was expecting an adventure story but was pleasantly surprised to find that there’s more action that any reader will enjoy. Eli is an ambitious kitten that is born into a family of loving parents. This daring kitten is tasked with a dangerous mission and Eli is destined to fulfill it in one piece. It’s a dangerous road to take but work must be done. A supportive family is a pillar and source of hope and strength for Eli, his brother and sister are a motivation to him. Written with great compassion, this book is insightful with the writers voice being fluid, captivating and real.

Eli by Sherralee Tinney is a innovative work of art where every detail is laid out with a purpose. The author’s prose flows seamlessly with this book and relays a rich humanity in the animals. I think this is a great children’s book with a unique twist that shows that animals are strong and determined and have a desire to protect. I think this book will inspire creativity in children and express upon young readers the importance of respecting even the smallest things. Eli overcomes a great many obstacles and it’s relatable with real life challenges, therefore learning to solve a problem, or eliminate it is a good lesson, not giving up along the way. A child will look up to the strength a parent shows, as Eli’s father is strong even when injured, so does a child sees his/her own parents.

This is not your usual cat and dog story, Sherralee Tinney showcases her creativity, which captures the essentials of the human soul. Boys and girls will like this book, it willl also teach them that getting out of their comfort zone can allow them to do great things. For an adult reader this is a quick read, but this shouldn’t be too long for children as well. Children are naturally animal lovers, and a kid would easily relate to an animal story of heroism and be motivated. Sherralee Tinney has captured the hearts of animal lovers in a fun and refreshing story and I’m sure every reader will have at least one ‘aww’ moment as they read. Eli is an inspirational book that I heartily recommend.

Pages: 296 | ASIN: B0793Q9L6K

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The Gift of an Active Imagination!

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Where Are We encourages children to use their imagination as a doorway to endless possibilities. What role does imagination play in the education system?

Unfortunately at about age 3 imagination is stifled accidentally by parents and teachers and replaced with discipline and suggestions of; “don’t do that, you can’t do that” because “it” is not part of the classroom curriculum, or home discipline parameters, therefore imagination and creativity are suppressed, unknowingly by the adults in the room. Books, teacher’s and forward thinking adults can revitalize the child’s imagination by complimenting the child’s ability to think outside the box, letting them know they have the “gift” of imagination.

Do you find that the current generation of children have an active imagination?

YES! After traveling the world to over 50 countries, 50 US states and many foreign provinces and states, I can assure that every child is born with the gift of an active imagination! Rich or poor nations all produce children, that when encouraged, bring forth a wealth of inventions, formulas, ideas and processes that continue to reshape and bless our present world, worldwide. This observance encompasses several generations up to 14 lustrums.

There is a helpful vocabulary list at the end of the book. Was this intentional or did you find you had a lot of big words when writing the book?

The glossary at the end of this book was added after my straight “A”, voracious reading granddaughter in 6th grade called to ask what a word meant in my new book. After a brief conversation she pointed out several other words that she knew, but her classmates did not. A glossary called, “Words to Use by Dr. Qooz” will be a trademark in every Dr. Qooz’ books. If the child understands the definition, they will incorporate the “new word” into their vernacular regardless of their age. Children are not ever too young to learn new words.

This is book three in the Fargone series. What can readers expect in book four?

Fargone is a journey that almost every child will trod to adulthood. The fourth Fargone Series Book, Chasing Scaredy Away, highlights, Child Fear. This very real state of mind or condition is addressed by discount, jest, shock or truth in hopes of the child achieving a state in which they will deal with the fear on their own. Dr. Qooz addresses child fear in a positive, truthful way without reinforcing fantasy creatures such as ghosts and monsters. The inherent fears of darkness, thunderstorms, creatures under the bed or in the closet are all fears that strike most children. These issues are revealed in a way that the child can more quickly deal with the fear crisis and get on to a less fearful event. Solutions are referenced in the story and on the back cover.

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Where Are We?: A field Trip to Paradise! (Fargone Book 3) by [Dr. Qooz]

Where Are We picture book is one of the top best sellers to debut this year. This exciting imaginative, class field trip is full of mystery and adventure.

The theme of the book continues the saga of a young class that receives a new student from a distant land that no one has ever heard of. After accepting Gerri Giraffe from Fargone as a friend, the class is puzzled of how Gerri got to the NoWay jungle when there are no roads, trains, planes or boat facilities in the jungle. This is the opening of the book.

This motivational book for children is the third book in the Journey to Fargone™ Series. #1 Best-selling author, Dr. Qooz, champions our National Treasure, our Children’s Imagination.

This historical mystery incorporates time travel, encouragement, guidance and entertainment for the children and the parents. This children’s book of positive thinking for alert growing minds keeps you spellbound to the last word!

The author encourages young readers to open their minds to amazing possibilities which an avid imagination can generate.
In addition to the animated characters, vivid colors, humor, surprise and fun, there is a lesson to learn of how important active imagination plays in all the years to come for the child.

Dr. Qooz demonstrates everyone’s imagination can lead to resourcefulness and believability.

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A Learning Experience

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

From Tree to Twelve is a counting book that follows a boy and his animal friend as they count from one to twelve on a fun road trip adventure. What decisions went into the scenes for each number?

Each scene was constructed to be a learning experience partially from the knowledge the child has at reading with the intent to get the child to associate the image with the number.

My favorite scene is the bed time scene of the bedroom because of the cute toys. Do you have a favorite scene from the book?

My favorite scene is making mud pies with fingers, toes and the hose as this was a fun time of my youth.

This is book one in your Nick and Millie series. What plans do you have for this series in the future?

The next Dr. Qooz book will be a companion book to this Counting book. The book will be an ABC’s book with underlying references to preservation of the world’s ecology, with Nick and Millie and will be complete this Fall.

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Dr. Qooz introduces Nick and Millie the monkey, that shares a new approach to counting for the new schoolers. A Trip to Twelve is an inter-reactive counting book with symbols that are immediately understood and remembered. From noses to toes-es are combined with items commonly identified by the new schoolers.

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BUTTERBALL Gets Lost

BUTTERBALL Gets Lost (Butterball the Poodle Book 2) by [Julia Seaborn]

Butterball Gets Lost by Julia Seaborn is a children’s picture book about a poodle named Butterball, with illustrations by Toby Mikle. After Butterball is left home alone when her owner goes shopping she digs under the fence and goes exploring. Butterball then sees an interesting hole and looks inside where she gets stuck. This is when the cute little bunny named Binky helps set her free. After Binky helps her get free, Butterball continues on and meets JillaRoo, a kangaroo. Later, Butterball ends up at the circus and realizes she doesn’t know the way home. Will someone be able to help her find her way home?

Butterball Gets Lost is able to capture the feel of adventure and exploration in a short picture book. The artwork was beautiful, with a soft color pallete and simple art, it easily captures your attention and inspires the imagination. I liked the illustrations, especially the colorful lizards and other animals that Butterball meets along the way. These creatures were all emotive and usually happy. This book teaches young readers about animals and counting while entertaining children with a fun story. The questions at the end of the story help children practice counting and assess comprehension. I appreciated the Fun Facts at the end of the book which provides more information about owls, although this section might require a slightly more advanced reading level than the story.

Butterball Gets Lost is the second book in the Butterball the Poodle series. This is a fantastic continuation in Jualia Seaborn’s children’s literature series. Beginning readers will be entertained and educated all in one book.

Pages: 32 | ASIN: B08863JHJW

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Accentuating the Positive

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Dr. Qooz Author Interview

Chasing Scaredy Away empowers children to conquer their fear by showing how Zora the zebra overcomes her own. How do children develop a fear of the dark and how can parents help overcome it?

Children develop fear of the dark from what they hear from electronic media, friends, and parents. Accentuating the positive, pointing out early that there are no ghosts, monsters and boogie man and explain light chases the imagined creatures away.

Your books always have bright and clean art. How do you choose which animals to incorporate into your story?

The animals in Dr. Qooz’ stories all have personalities of their own. These personalities are matched to the story for best inevitability.

What can readers expect in the next installment in your Fargone series?

The next Fargone story will be about individualism of the child and how important it is to be you and not what your friends declare they want you to be. Fat Harriet the Hippo is accosted by a new classmate, Weezy the Weasel, that wants to do a makeover.

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Chasing Scaredy Away is a picture book with a positive solution to help your child’s night fears. Zora has a history of being a fraidy-zebra. A simple shopping trip creates an imaginary monster that comes home to frighten Zora that night. Mother Zebra shows Zora a solution for dissolving her night fears, chasing scaredy away, and leaving Zora empowered and unafraid. Reading a children’s book with facts the child can use and depend upon for the rest of the child’s life will help your child overcome their fears and move on.

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Sasha and His Red Leash

Sasha and his Red Leash: A picture book about safety and fun for dogs lovers (The secret Diary of a Lucky Pup 1) by [Yossi Lapid, Joanna Pasek]

 

 

Sasha and His Red Leash is the first installment of Yossi Lapid’s “The Secret Diary of a Lucky Pup” and introduces young readers to a cute little dog named Sasha as he interacts with his loving family. Of particular focus in the book is his relationship with the red leash his Big Boss Bob puts on him when Sasha is taken for a walk.

Joanna Pasek does a wonderful job of illustrating this delightful children’s book; the charming pastel watercolor illustrations throughout create a world with calming and serene imagery. Yossi Lapid is able to educate young readers about the importance of keeping their dog on a leash by using Sasha’s dislike of his red leash to spark conversation about keeping beloved pets on a leash while outdoors in order to keep them safe. This instruction is done in a child-friendly, participatory manner that presents different scenarios involving Sasha and asks readers for their input on Sasha’s safety. Sasha and His Red Leash is a fun and educational book that is a great story time addition for young readers who are between preschool age and 2nd grade.

Pages: 25 | ASIN: B0852C55DV

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