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I get a lot of questions from people about why I wrote children's books for atheists. Some people think I am pushing atheism, while others think kids are too young to be labeled. Some parents choose not even tell their kids about god until a reasonable age so my books would not be needed, they say.
This show will answer those questions and hopefully ease concerns about my intentions.
There is more to being the author of childrens books than you know.
By Mary Rodd Furbee
1. Consider why you want to write children's books.
If you want to write books for children, it helps to be a little crazy. I developed a passion to write nonfiction biographies for middle-school children about four years ago. My daughter's experiences made me realize that there were hardly any children's books on America's founding mothers. It hit me, hard: This was what I had to write. There was a need. The subject was fascinating. I knew I could do it, and found the prospect exciting. If you have a similar passion, perfect. If not, perhaps you are meant to do something else. It's hard to write books, harder still to write books for children. It's difficult to get published, and you'll face a lot of rejection.
2. Don't expect to make big money or make it quickly.
Writing books for children is like starting a business. You must invest both time and money. I hoped to make money writing my first books, but I didn't. Four years and six published books later, I still haven't made as much money as I could have in most professional writing or editing positions. It's the rare children's book that hits the bestseller list or wins a Newbery Award, and the rare full-time children's writer who makes a living.
3. Read children's books.
When I decided to write biographies of women in American history, I read biographies, histories, books about writing biographies, and lots of middle-grade fiction and nonfiction. It's amazing what you can learn by reading the books you want to write - be they board books for infants and toddlers, picture books, early readers, middle-grade novels or young adult nonfiction. Read the best authors - over and over. If you can, take a class in children's literature or writing for children.
Join Cultural Conversations as we discuss how children's books have an impact on the kids reading them, their self-esteem, sense of community and family; with writer, and corporate communicator, Allyson Ward Neal. Call the show 347.857.3121, MONDAY, 7:00 P.M. CENTRAL TIME/8:00 P.M. EASTERN. Allyson is an author of the popular Ava children's book series, the story of an young african american girl and her family. Allyson is author of, "They are: Algiers: The Untold Story, the African-American Experience, 1929 – 1955, Algiers: The Untold Story of a New Orleans Treasure, Ava the Angel, Ava Lillian’s Blessing, Ava Lillian Goes to School, Ava Lillian's Christmas Play, How to Write and Publish a Book and How to Create Websites for Smartphones, tablets, laptops and more".Call the show 347.857.3121, MONDAY, 7:00 P.M. CENTRAL TIME/8:00 P.M. EASTERN.
Lew Steinhoff has published four children's books through Rocket Science Productions. They make up the well received Jacques the Bear Series.
What started simply as a father telling stories to his children at night has led to putting those words into writing. This series is intetended to be entertaining for a child with a great story line but it also conveys a positive message.
The four books are based of real life stories Lew has experienced, and incorporates one of each of his four children in their own book.
Learn more about Lew and his amazing books at his website, www.booksbylew.com.
(in editing, first 5 minutes or so, get ya some coffee or something - then we're golden)
Indie Book Rebels #5 - Writing Children's Books with authors Becca Price & Vivienne Matthews.
Also, possibly more Children's Book Authors will join us on this show - or make up, Part II on this fascinating side of Indie publishing.
Zetta Elliott’s essays have appeared in School Library Journal and The Huffington Post. Her thirteen books for young readers include the award-winning picture book Bird, A Wish After Midnight, Ship of Souls, and The Deep. She is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and lives in Brooklyn.
Take a stand for Kid Lit Equality; download your free Black Youth Matter posters here.Plunge into The Deep! See the trailer here. Learn more at Rosetta Press. The Deep is a companion book to Ship of Souls. Ship of Souls was a 2012 Booklist Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy Youth Title and a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award. It also received a starred review from Booklist: "Urban fantasies are nothing rare, but few mesh gritty realism with poetic mysticism so convincingly. By turns sad, joyful, frightening, funny, and inspirational, Elliott’s second novel is a marvel of tone and setting." Support childhood literacy by taking the Birthday Party Pledge!
No Ordinary Yarmulke ~Holden's incredible journey through Jewish history begins when he tries on a yarmulke at Yentl's Judaic Treasures, but what other surprises does the mysterious shopkeeper have in store for him as he prepares for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. Buy: www.amazon.com/No-Ordinary-Yarmulke-Dawn-Wilensky/dp/1568715838
Dawn Wilensky's site: noordinaryyarmulke.weebly.com
& Because I'm Elizabeth ~ Putting her faith and trust in God, Elizabeth, like her biblical namesake, never gives up hope. Called by Name Books aim to delight parents and children alike. They showcase personal photos of your child, they teach about your child's Judeo-Christian namesake and they promote good behavior and self-esteem in a fun and relatable way.
Buy at: www.calledbynamebooks.com/store.cfm Jacqueline McDonald's site: www.CalledbyNameBooks.com
JD's site: jdholiday.blogspot.com
You've heard KaliSara and RevKess talk about it for weeks, even months. The ABC Book of Goddesses is now available. Selina Wolfcat will be joining RevKess and special guest host Kyrja to talk about the book and the process of creating this wonderful children's book. From concept to press, the journey has been a long one - but well worth it. Selina created the book with the help of illustrator Ann Tendler. See the Amazon listing or visit the Facebook page for Pagan Children's Books for more details and get a look at some of the art work.
Kyrja is the author of Rupert's Tales and organizes children's and environmental events in Florida. Kyrja, RevKess and Selina also expect to be joined by Rayne Storm, author of Elmental Tarot for Kids, and Ancient Amber, author of the Sunchildren series.
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On Friday, March 13th Lead Woods will be in the studio to discuss her upcoming release, Ramona the Reindeer.
This is Ms. Woods third book. She is also the author of the Children's books, All God’s Children and Herbie and the Gang Go Green are currently available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.
Phone lines will be open, so call in with your questions and comments.
John Himmelman is an author/illustrator of nearly 80 books for children and books (for grown up kids) on various nature topics. He graduated School of Visual Arts in 1981, with his first book "Talester the Lizard" published later that year. Talester came about as a final assignment to create a story in his children's book illustration class. His teacher, Dale Payson, liked it enough to show to her editor at Dial - and thus began a career that continues today.
Himmelman's children's book genres range from whimsical to natural history. He is a naturalist, involved in many organizations where he gives lectures and leads trips in search of exciting flora and fauna (it all excites him). He strives to incorporate his interests with his career as an writer and illustrator because... it just makes both more fun. Sometimes, though, he just wants to make the reader laugh.
Please join us as our very talented, interesting, amazing and inspirational guest, Caroline Degler Travis, shares her Hurricane Katrina story and where she is ten years after. Caroline will tell the story from the perspective of a Baton Rouge vicinity resident....a first in the history of our radio blog show.
Caroline was born in 1953 to Ruth and Rolland Degler in Oregon City, Oregon. She moved to Louisiana at 5 yrs of age, married right after high school and had three children within six yrs of marriage. Caroline married Jerry Travis with whom she has one child.
Caroline, a former nurse, and current artist and painter, provided the illustrations for the children's book, "French Quarter Tori and the Red Owl" (by Cary and Gretchen Black). A book about the value and specialness of friendship through hard times and great moral and geographic lesson for children of all ages.
Caroline says, "I feel I have accomplished my dreams but there is still more in store for me. I have become an artist after my retirement although I knew throughout my life this talent was always there. I just never put it into action. I have recently bought a pottery wheel. This will be my next accomplishment. I will make pottery!! I am trying to pass some of my talents down to my grandchildren. My oldest grandson loves art also. I love spending time with my grandkids.
Please join us for an inspirational discussion with Caroline
Tune in and join me as I welcome this week's guest.
Author David Robert joins me this week to talk about his book: Wanderlush.
When David, a self-proclaimed anxiety-ridden introvert, convinces himself he’s dying of cancer, he invites his delightfully unpredictable, -popping, chardonnay-swilling mother on a series of international good-bye vacations. By doing so, he unwittingly opens a Pandora’s Box of hilarious and humiliating events that will test just how far they are willing to go to get a laugh.
David knows the trips will be anything but boring because he and his mom have been causing a scene for as long as he can remember. He describes her as a cross between Bea Arthur and Karen Walker from Will and Grace, and she is notorious for bending the rules.
But nothing can prepare him for escapades that include digging his mom out of a rain gutter in Costa Rica and being dragged across the Arabian Desert by a psychotic camel named Forrest Hump. As the vacations unfold, David discovers that although he and his mom are having the time of their life, she is ready to share a secret that will change everything.
For more about David Robert:
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