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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Learning Activities and a Lot of Fun!!





Enjoy looking for over a hundred items in this search and find about Jake and his dog named Cain. Picture finds for those not yet reading, word finds for those that are. Continue the fun at home with extra search and find ideas that are included at the end of this book. A portion of the profits from this book, will be donated to animals in need.


From Mrs.D:

Rosie Russell has created another delightful “Seek and Find” book that will entertain young children and keep them busy. The colorful art will amuse the young readers, and the pictures and words hidden throughout the book will encourage them to learn how to became real detectives.


The rhymes flow fast and smooth, lending irresistible cuteness to the artwork. The book is full of activities and is a lot of fun for children, who like to learn, search, and discover new things. The visual search clues for pre-readers and word clues for beginning readers are a great combination for any age. There are plenty of wonders going on as children follow Jake’s family on their thrilling short vacation.



Children are encouraged to go back through the book and take a closer look at their search. A list of extra rhyming clues is a surprising bonus, and suggestions for the games involving search and finding things is a hunting treasure. Children will fall in love with the cute puppy Cain, who is a truly great hunter and wonderful helper to Jake. Educational! Motivational! Engaging! Fun to read and play detective!











Rosie Russell is the author and illustrator of:
"Beasley's Journey" 
"Maggie, Millie, and Merrie's Magical Adventure," 
"Maggie, Millie, Merrie's Magical Coins" Book #2
"Avi Jackson Best Friends" 
"A Search and Find of Every Kind with Jake and his dog named Cain"
"Beasley and Friends to the Rescue"
"Sherman the Shopping Cart A Search and Find"

She studied Early Childhood Education and taught students in elementary and middle school for fifteen years in the Midwest.
Rosie now writes and illustrates full time and is looking forward to sharing her books with students, encouraging them to write and illustrate their own stories. 
A portion of profits from her books will be donated to different causes, depending on the subject of her books.
http://booksbyrose.com/


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Good Classic Books that Educate and Entertain Young Readers







Another year. Another book. Another award. Life is beautiful. Life is full of surprises. Life is worth living when you reach for your star. Standing in front of hundreds of people cheering you for good work is a dream of every author. That is how I felt receiving my awards at the Reader’s Favorite ceremonies. Finally all the troubles left behind, the struggles forgotten, the doubts disappeared—the worries mean nothing when the cold medal touches your chest. The hard work is rewarded. The sleepless nights finally paid off. The sacrifices seem small, and the fears less scary. It is one of the sweetest moments, and one I will always remember, when I look at my books that have won awards.




Little readers are tricky fellows, because they aren’t really yours until you catch their minds and capture their imagination. They are their own little individuals, who have their own wants, needs, and made-up minds: tiny people who unknowingly put themselves ahead of anyone, including a writer. You don’t own them until they have said YES to your book. And goodness no, you do not want to ever leave them disappointed. I am glad I met their expectations and earned the trust of their parents. Overwhelmed as I was at every Readers’ Favorite ceremony, I remembered why I chose to write for children, why I took this uneasy road, an exhausting journey with many up and downs.




Many things have happened since I typed my first word in English in 2011. It was not easy to lift myself above my fears and worries about being misunderstood and criticized. The doubts I had years ago about my ability to write in English now have little effect on my confidence. The mistakes I made appear smaller and less painful. The awards displayed in my office prove that nothing is impossible once I put my mind to work. It has been a wild ride, a speedy rollercoaster, with curves and hills, sleepless nights, and endless work, but it led me to 17 published books, recognition, and success. The multiple awards I received for my books made me realize that there is still a need for good classic books that educate and entertain young readers. Teaching children about real life, building their confidence, and helping them learn new things about themselves is my strong foundation. It is important to strengthen children’s first wobbly baby steps as they learn to read with the help of good books, leading to a strong and confident walk that will carry them toward new highs and a bright future. Writing stories with good lessons became my passion. Making great quality books became my job.




The publishing world has taken a dramatic turn over the last decade. With many tools and ways to create books, there is always the chance to learn and improve. Self publishing opened many opportunities for many talented people. Sadly, it also brought many unworthy writings into the book industry, which polluted online stores and created some unappealing images for indie authors. A modern reader is lost in a mix of good and bad books. Parents have a hard time choosing quality books for their children, and most of the time don’t give independent authors a chance. As a grandmother of four, I face this dilemma when I choose books for my grandchildren. I wish there was some way to separate quality books from ones that aren’t done properly so readers could more easily navigate the ocean of books. As for me, I will continue to create classic children’s books, which help enable a child’s creativity and build a strong foundation, helping children to fly free in their imagination. Wishing you all a peaceful and happy new year ahead!








Saturday, December 30, 2017

A Bold Learning Tool for Children and Parents


Join Avi and Jackson to see all the fun things they like to do!





 From Mrs.D: 

Avi and Jackson, Best Friends” is a charming story written in rhyme and illustrated with bold, bright artwork. It celebrates a friendship of two boys with their own personalities, similarities, and of course some differences.

Avi and Jackson are two happy friends who enjoy each other’s company despite their age difference. They enjoy being indoors and outdoors while creating all kinds of games while the seasons are changing. The author invites young readers into the playful world of two friends who appreciate each other for what they are. Through this book, youngsters will learn what real friendship means. Children will benefit from this story too, because the boys are involved in many activities, giving them many ideas on what to do when they have their friends over.

Rosie Russell has written a fine lyrical story that boys and girls will enjoy. Throughout the story the author smartly hid special things for children to hunt, while educating them without preaching that the words “we’re bored” should not be in their vocabulary. There are plenty of things to do if you use your imagination and creativity. All kinds of indoor and outdoor games, sports, and seasonal activities are healthy and entertaining!

The colorful illustrations describe the story nicely, and the gentle bouncing rhythm and rhyme of the book make it a peaceful bedtime read. A wonderful book with a positive message—explore the world around you! A bold learning tool for children and parents!

About the Author:

Biography








Rosie Russell is the author and illustrator of:
"Beasley's Journey" 
"Maggie, Millie, and Merrie's Magical Adventure," 
"Maggie, Millie, Merrie's Magical Coins" Book #2
"Avi Jackson Best Friends" 
"A Search and Find of Every Kind with Jake and his dog named Cain"
"Beasley and Friends to the Rescue"
"Sherman the Shopping Cart A Search and Find"

She studied Early Childhood Education and taught students in elementary and middle school for fifteen years in the Midwest.
Rosie now writes and illustrates full time and is looking forward to sharing her books with students, encouraging them to write and illustrate their own stories. 
A portion of profits from her books will be donated to different causes, depending on the subject of her books.
http://booksbyrose.com/




Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Little Miss History Travels to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum


From the Author

Ever wonder about life in the Ice Age? Little Miss HISTORY travels back in time to LA BREA TAR PITS & MUSEUM in her eighth adventure of the award winning “Little Miss HISTORY Travels to” children’s book series. Springs of liquid petroleum and a great lake of pitch, filled with exploding bubbles, once dotted the landscape of modern Los Angeles. At La Brea scientists discovered fossils of plants and animals like mammoths, sloths, and saber-tooth tigers that lived there thousands of years ago. The George C. Page Museum contains a glass-enclosed laboratory nicknamed the “Fish Bowl” where visitors can see scientists at work cleaning and categorizing current fossil discoveries. Visitors will discover wonders as they meander through the Pleistocene gardens, view an Ice Age film, and gaze down into the pits - but Be careful! Watch out for those tar seeps.



From Mrs.D.

Now more than ever, kids want to know about our country’s history. And what a story the Mojicas have created! Illustrator Victor Mojica captures both the breathtaking landscape and the flavor of California wildlife. I promise you—the colorful illustrations will dazzle history lovers, kids and adults alike, as soon as they open this beautifully illustrated book.

Barbara and Victor Mojica’s children’s history books are all visually lovely, no doubt about it. They are also incredibly informative. Their new book, “Little Miss History Travels to La Brea Tar Pits and Museum,” is filled with amazing images and interesting facts. It takes young readers back in time to see and learn what the state was like thousands years ago. It is a special reminder of the history, milestones, and special people who contributed their knowledge, work, wealth and lives to the state and museum. This book not only has fantastic illustrations, but also great content that educates about scientific discoveries, geology, and amazing people who funded this national landmark. I went through the book several times and had a great time traveling through time while learning about the tar pits, fossils and oil.

The illustrations have freshness and vibrancy that will not dim with time. The text is a refreshing change from so many of the books we see for kids these days. It is informative and intelligent, while remaining fun and engrossing for the independent young reader or listener.
Barbara Mojica does a wonderful job depicting scenes and capturing the feel of the historical places and facts. There are lots of people and landmarks to explore, and the details are fantastic!

This book is a wonderful, nostalgic tribute to the wonderful city of Los Angeles and the people who contribute to La Brea Tar Pits and National Museum. It allows readers to visit the amazing places and highlights, with illustrations sure to amuse. It is a book that kids will enjoy for many generations. The artwork is compelling and the story line is engaging. It’s a perfect gift for those who fall in love with history from an early age. And for parents who love to travel through the pages of a paper book with your child, it is a wonderful experience and provides quality time together. The book is packed with remarkable pictures and interesting details.

I would highly recommend the Little Miss History series as a travel guide for kids, because it does a great job of touching on all the facts and special places that we all should visit. A great way to introduce little people to the history of various landmarks!




Biography 



Barbara Ann Mojica is a historian and retired educator. She writes historical articles for the Columbia Insider under the banner "Passages." Using the whimsical Little Miss History character, Barbara hopes to inspire children to learn about historical people and places. Little Miss History's antics make reading nonfiction a fun-filled adventure for all ages.


Little Miss HISTORY Travels to MOUNT RUSHMORE is her first stop. In her second journey she sails to The STATUE of LIBERTY. Little Miss HISTORY'S third adventure to SEQUOIA National Park finds her skydiving into the park to explore its history. This book recently received honorable mention in the Children's Literature Independently Published Principal's Awards (CLIPPA), and runner-up in nature/wildlife category of the 2015 Great Northwest Book Festival. In her fourth adventure, Little Miss HISTORY arrives at FORD'S THEATER in her horse and buggy just in time for the 150th Anniversary to witness an event that changed history. This book won the 2015 IAN Award for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction Book.



Where can you explore life on a submarine, an aircraft carrier, and outer space all in one place? At the INTREPID Sea, Air & Space Museum, visitors can watch war movies, view actual WW II planes, and explore the Growler nuclear submarine. The USS Intrepid served: in WW II, the Vietnam War, during the height of the Cold, and as FBI headquarters for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Read more about this one ship's amazing history, and the sacrifices of those who served on her, to keep the USA safe and free!



ALL Seven BOOKS IN THE LITTLE MISS HISTORY SERIES HAVE BEEN AWARDED THE PRESTIGIOUS B.R.A.G. MEDALLION.



THE LITTLE MISS HISTORY BOOK SERIES IS A FINALIST FOR THE GRAND PRIZE IN THE 2016 ERIC HOFFER AWARDS.



LITTLE MISS HISTORY TRAVELS TO MOUNT RUSHMORE WON HONORABLE MENTION IN THE CHILDREN'S CATEGORY OF THE 2016 ERIC HOFFER AWARDS.



A journey begins with leaving one place and venturing forth toward a new one. Millions of immigrants left their homelands in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to seek the promise of a better future in America. Why did they abandon their homeland? Some fled from political oppression or slavery, others sought work or the possibility of acquiring land to farm. Those who entered the Great Hall on Ellis Island did so with fear in their hearts and hope in their eyes.



Come follow Little Miss HISTORY Travels to ELLIS ISLAND and explore their dreams and experiences as they passed through the gates. Perhaps you will see one of your ancestors reflected in their eyes. For most immigrants the end of their transatlantic voyage was a new beginning, for others it became “An Island of Tears.”



George Washington is best known as America's first president, but he was also a military hero. If you asked George Washington what he really wanted to be, he would reply, "a farmer." Seeking to revolutionize antiquated 18th-century farming methods, Washington experimented with crop rotation, fertilizers, plowing, and plants. The Mount Vernon Ladies Association began restoring his estate to its former glory in 1853. Today the buildings, grounds and The Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center reveal the real Father of the United States of America. Step inside and take a look.



Ready for some fun? Now you can color some of my adventures in this first of my coloring books. Grab those crayons, pencils or markers and put your colors on these historical people and places.



Little Miss HISTORY has packed three of her NYC adventures into one exciting book, The Adventures of Little Miss History, Volume 1. Visit the STATUE of LIBERTY the symbol of hope and promise for the immigrants who passed it on their way to fulfilling their dreams as they awaited inspection on ELLIS ISLAND. Then journey up the Hudson River to the USS INTREPID to witness and explore hands on one ship's amazing history in WW II, the Vietnam War, the space age, and the war on terrorism. Hold on to your hats for a rollicking ride back into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries with Little Miss HISTORY!


Connect with Barbara Ann Mojica 





Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Lovely Surprise for Young Readers!








From Mrs.D: 

Once again Rosie Russell transports her readers into the world of animals, but this time on the farm.


“Beasley and Friends to the Rescue” is a delightful story about a caring and tender dog named Beasley. In this book, young readers will meet the anxious Lola Duck, who tends to overstate many things. Lola warns Beasley of bizarre noises coming from Farmer Bill’s barn. She is concerned, and sways Beasley to help her find out what is going on there. Beasley again turns for help to his friends, but Lola fusses over every little thing. Is this the end of the world? I hope not! The mystery starts right here...


Readers will enjoy this adorable, sweet book, with a charming little character, Beasley the dog, trying to solve the mystery of Farmer Bill’s barn. The colorful illustrations and lovable characters added a lot of charisma to the special surprises that Rosie Russell hid in her book. There will be many eye-opening sights, amazed shouts, and heart-melting sighs from the little ones as they join this great adventure. Friends help friends, sometimes disagree, and sometimes get annoyed, but still help each other solve the mystery. One word—wait for the surprise in the barn!


This storybook is perfect for children! Along with the pictures, youngsters will meet all kinds of amusing characters and caring animals. A lovely surprise for young readers, with captivating illustrations and an unforgettable story line! Well done, Ms. Russell!






About the Author







Rosie Russell is the author and illustrator of:



"Maggie, Millie, and Merrie's Magical Adventure," 
"Maggie, Millie, Merrie's Magical Coins" Book #2


"Avi Jackson Best Friends" 
"A Search and Find of Every Kind with Jake and his dog named Cain"
"Beasley and Friends to the Rescue"
"Sherman the Shopping Cart A Search and Find"


She studied Early Childhood Education and taught students in elementary and middle school for fifteen years in the Midwest.
Rosie now writes and illustrates full time and is looking forward to sharing her books with students, encouraging them to write and illustrate their own stories. 
A portion of profits from her books will be donated to different causes, depending on the subject of her books.
http://booksbyrose.com/







Monday, December 4, 2017

If Dogs Could Read




From the Author:

Beasley goes on an unexpected journey. He meets many friends along the way. Will he make it to his destination? Come along to find out!! (One dollar of each book sold, goes to animals in need.)




From Mrs. D:

If dogs could read, they would love this book! This is a story about a courageous dog and his determination to find his family. Beasley happily lives with his family in the city, but one day everything changes. The family moves to the countryside, and in all the commotion, their dog is left behind. The shrewd, daring, and determined dog starts looking for his family. On his way to the countryside, Beasley meets adventures aplenty. He makes new friends with all kinds of animals, who are willing to help, but sadly cannot. However, it doesn’t stop brave Beasley.

Through the dog’s adventures, young readers learn about nature and its inhabitants and where they live. Beasley is an extraordinary dog that never gives up, and this is a lesson that young readers must learn early in life. Never, never, never give up! No matter how hard and scary it is—always move ahead!

The striking illustrations give an appealing look to this beautiful book. Rosie Russell invites children to look for some shrewd accompaniments and clues. She makes sure that the story gives parents and children plenty of room for discussion about what to do if they are ever in a similar situation. It is a very educational book that teaches important lessons and manners, and most importantly it shows children how to survive when things look really dark, when to ask for help, and how to be kind to others around you. The story also highlights the importance of loyalty and the meaning of family, and the bold illustrations capture that well. It is a sweet and gentle story, sad in some places, but it conveys the feeling that the uncertainty of Beasley’s voyage will come to a happy ending. There will be a lot of cheers and joyful sighs at the end of this story!

I like that Rosie Russell donates a portion of the sales of this book to animals in need. So BUY this book to save another Beasley!






Biography


Rosie Russell is the author and illustrator of:
"Beasley's Journey" 
"Maggie, Millie, and Merrie's Magical Adventure," 
"Maggie, Millie, Merrie's Magical Coins" Book #2
"Avi Jackson Best Friends" 
"A Search and Find of Every Kind with Jake and his dog named Cain"
"Beasley and Friends to the Rescue"
"Sherman the Shopping Cart A Search and Find"

She studied Early Childhood Education and taught students in elementary and middle school for fifteen years in the Midwest.
Rosie now writes and illustrates full time and is looking forward to sharing her books with students, encouraging them to write and illustrate their own stories. 
A portion of profits from her books will be donated to different causes, depending on the subject of her books.
http://booksbyrose.com/




Beasley and Friends to the Rescue




 





Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Explore the Beauty of Nature and the World Outside




From the Author:

These eight fun, calming stories are also available in CD or audio version - beautifully and professionally read with gentle musical backgrounds. Imagine, the e-book version, is the optional script companion to this collection of stories and narratives, intended to be read aloud to a child or group of children. Children can be encouraged to join in with the stories with miming, movement, acting etc – or the stories can be used as relaxation visualizations where children simply relax, listen and use their imaginations to go on the different adventures.
Read the scripts slowly, pausing so that children can follow instructions where needed. The pace can be adjusted to your particular group of children/child’s needs.
The final story/narrative is a simple, calming relaxation for children.
Recommended: the CD or audio to accompany this script.


From Mrs.D: 

Well, this was my first experience with children’s audiobooks for my grandson and me. And boy, we weren’t disappointed! Finally we have something interesting to get Grayson away from the iPod and YouTube!

The book included eight soothing stories, perfect for young children to feed their fantasies, and for me to experience a peaceful time. Grayson enjoyed mimicking all kinds of animals and growing things. And taking a trip to a magical woodland was pure pleasure! And don’t start me on the voyage into outer space with gentle background music and a great storyline. So much fun!

Listening to these engaging stories, we learned a lot about trees and what they try to teach us. The author beautifully linked the life lesson with the intriguing stories and beautiful music. This book will bring a child a sense of stability and security. Just like in nature. “Sad things can happen. Difficult things can happen. Good and exciting things can happen!”

Hilary Hawkes has created a beautiful message for children and grown-ups. Great stories to listen to in the car, on a trip, or just before bedtime. It is a very soothing and interactive fable for any age, teaching children to explore the beauty of nature and the world outside. If you want to calm down your child, this book is definitely for you!




Biography


Hilary Hawkes began her writing career in her late teens and twenties, writing short stories and articles that were published in magazines. Her first children's fiction books, and non-fiction books for adult readers, were published from 2000 onwards. Today she writes mainly for young readers up to age twelve. She says she especially likes writing about crazy things that might not really happen, but that really ought to happen. And stories that nurture and inspire. Visit her website at www.hilaryhawkes.co.uk

As well being traditionally published by several different UK publishers, Hilary created Strawberry Jam Books (aimed at children from preschool to age 12). Strawberry Jam Books produce stories and resources that promote kindness, friendship, awareness of differences and disabilities and understanding of ourselves and others. It includes the Story Therapy(R) series - stories, audios, cd that help children with feelings and emotions. Follow the link to Strawberry Jam Books on her website for more details.

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