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THE HEIRLOOM by Alexandra Folz, Illustrated by Carol Ann Johnson

When eleven-year-old Indigo Monroe puts on the old leather bracelet that has been in her family for generations, the mystery of who she is brilliantly unfolds. A mystical mom, a dad who seems to avoid her, classmates who tease her because she’s peculiar, a tried-and-true best friend, and a menagerie of animal companions join her on the adventure from believing she’s a total misfit to confidently embracing her extraordinary gifts and standing up for herself.

From wondrously appearing objects, visions, and auras to her dead twin sister’s ghostly visits, Indigo learns to listen to her inner voice. Follow along as she takes an incredible journey toward self-awareness and self-acceptance. The magic of The Heirloom is alive for everyone.

“Lucky young readers . . . will discover the true potential they have for creating real magic in their lives.”—Lisa McCourt, best selling author of I Love You Stinky Face and more

Alexandra Folz has a master’s degree in nursing from University of Michigan. She is a writer, mother, and intuitive. She currently works as a team leader and member liaison for BuildingConnectedCommunities.com and is an intuitive counselor, meditation facilitator, and volunteer for hospice. Alexandra is passionate about expanding awareness, honoring her inner voice, and pushing through fears while sharing her gifts with others. One thing Alexandra loves most is collaborating, bringing innovative ideas to life by celebrating and engaging with other people’s natural abilities. Alexandra’s book, The Heirloom, is -living proof that collaboration and support by many create magical works of art. Alexandra currently lives in Washington State with her husband and two daughters. To learn more, visit www.alexandrafolz.com. Also, please visit zazushouse.org. This parrot sanctuary represents the heart of what Alexandra values and is the home to her beloved friend Beeba, an African grey parrot.

Carol Ann Johnson brings together the experience of over 45 years as an artist in her award winning Fine Arts and Illustration. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from Syracuse University and lived and created her art in Hawaii for 25 years and has been active in cultural, art, and community organizations in Gig harbor WA for the past 20 years. She is a long time member of Peninsula Art League and the Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour, and the illustrator of 7 books, including her original work, Holiday Magic. Learn more about her work at her website, www.carolart-studio.com.

 

LADYBUG YOGA CHILDREN’S TEACHER TRAINING CURRICULUM by Sandy Gologursky

Ladybug Yoga is a unique yoga program designed for children ages 3–14 that incorporates important, practical, and time-tested tools to enhance children’s daily lives. Ladybug Yoga’s goal is to positively impact children by nurturing their inner strength and self-acceptance while encouraging and challenging them to develop the following attributes:

  • Strength
  • Coordination
  • Flexibility
  • Concentration
  • Sense of Calm
  • Balance
  • Body Awareness
  • Better Focus
  • Self-confidence

The Ladybug Yoga Children’s Teacher Training Curriculum manual is a comprehensive resource used in the Ladybug Yoga Teacher Certification Workshop and Ladybug yoga class Practice. As a stand-alone resource, the poses and games in this manual can contribute to any child’s yoga practice.

“Whenever parents share with me that their children are implementing the tools from Ladybug Yoga at home, I always take that as a confirmation that Ladybug Yoga is truly making a positive impact on these children’s lives!” —Sandy Gologursky, creator of Ladybug Yoga

Sandy Gologursky, E-RYT 200, RCYT, YACEP, ECE, is the creator of the Ladybug Yoga system. She is a passionate advocate for Yoga practice for children. She believes that providing appropriate tools to parents and teachers will help them to make a positive difference in the lives of children as they grow and develop. Contact Sandy at contact@LadybugYoga.com or visit www.LadybugYoga.com

 

HELPING KIDS PERFORM: MENTAL SKILLS EVERY PARENT, TEACHER, AND COACH SHOULD MASTER! by Jacques Dallaire, Ph.D.

Helping Kids Perform_web coverIn today’s competitive world, the need to perform has never been greater. Yet, we all—adults and children alike—often are quite effective at mentally sabotaging our own performance! It’s not that we intend to, it’s just that we don’t really understand how our mindset actually affects our ability to perform. As a result, we systematically continue to make the same mistakes and our performance suffers. As adults, the unfortunate truth is that we sometimes are the agents responsible for triggering the mental sabotage of children that we are charged to support. We mean to help but in fact, our words and actions damage the mindset that allows them to deliver their best performance.

Helping Kids Perform will help you to better understand the mental skills side of the performance equation and show you how you can communicate these principles to your children. It offers a framework that will clarify how the way that we think really influences how we perform, and how mindset can affect health as well. This book examines issues of self-confidence; self-esteem; coping with stress; using imagery to shape performance; controlling focus; and more. The simple tools and proven strategies offered represent a roadmap for the development of a set of life skills that will empower you and your children to take control of the mental “noise” that has such a powerful influence on our emotions, our behaviors, and our ability to perform.

Dr. Jacques Dallaire is an internationally-recognized performance expert who received his Doctorate in Exercise Physiology from the University of Alberta in 1979. Over the past forty years, Dr. Dallaire has worked with thousands of individuals from the high-performance sport world and beyond, including law enforcement and other high-risk occupational professions, the entertainment world, and the business community. He splits his time delivering sports team and corporate group performance programs as well as individual, one-on-one programs with high-performance clients. Dr. Dallaire is President of Performance Prime, a North Carolinabased company which he founded, is an author (Performance Thinking), a Founding Member of the International Council of Motorsport Sciences, and in 2007 was inducted into the Canadian Motorsports Hall of Fame, recognizing the positive impact he has had on the sport of motor racing.

 

DR. Z’S MENAGERIE by Jerry Zuckerman, Illustrated by James Siegfried

Dr Zs Menagerie_web coverDr. Z is a wonderful, whimsical character who solves a multitude of problems in the animal kingdom. When conventional methods don’t work, the animals turn to Dr. Z to fix what ails them. His solutions are certainly unique, as you will see in the stories within.

 

 

 

 

DR. Z’S MENAGERIE #2 by Jerry Zuckerman, Illustrated by James Siegfried

Dr Zs Menagerie2_web coverIn the second of the Dr. Z’s Menagerie books, Dr. Z continues to solve the unusual problems of various animals. With clever rhymes and imaginative solutions, Dr. Z once again comes to their rescue.Dr.Z’s code of conduct:

“I live by such a simple creed.

To help all those in time of need.

To me no creature is a freak.

Instead be proud you are unique.”

 

DR. Z’S MENAGERIE #3 by Jerry Zuckerman, Illustrated by James Siegfried

His work in animal behavior

Is known both wide and far.

He is the animal kingdom’s savior.

And a veterinary rising star!

Dr. Z is a wonderful, whimsical character. With degrees in veterinary science and psychology, he solves a multitude of problems in the animal kingdom.

In the third of the Dr. Z’s Menagerie books, Dr. Z continues to solve the unusual problems of various animals. With clever rhymes and imaginative solutions, he once again comes to their rescue.

Dr. Z’s solutions are certainly unique, as you will see in the stories within.

Dr. Z wears many hats. He has more than one degree. He’s a veterinarian and on top of that An expert in psychology.

Jerry Zuckerman is the author and creator of the Dr. Z series. Jerry lives in St. Louis with his wife, Linda, and dog, Spike.

 

LOVELIGHT MAGIC by Colette Fischer

 Lovelight Magic_Web coverA deep connection to self, nature and the greater universe fosters a silent strength within, that guides in times of need and celebrates in peace. Lovelight Magic offers an inspiring and heartwarming message that can simply be enjoyed, or utilized as a positive parenting tool encouraging peaceful behavior. In a format accessible to children, it also provides an enriching resource to classrooms pursuing conflict resolution strategies and holistic peace education.

Colette Fischer resides in Colorado with her husband and two sons, who inspired Lovelight Magic. The splendor of the Rocky Mountains warms their spirit and beckons them to explore throughout the seasons, rain, snow or shine. In their free time they can be found camping, hiking, skiing, or biking.

 

MY FOREVER FRIENDSHIP PONY by Jane Hansen, Illustrated by Mitchell Newson

My Forever Friendship Pony CoverAnabelle stared in amazement. Was it possible that her favorite stuffed pony could actually come alive with special messages just for her? Little Rock was extraordinary indeed and he knew exactly how to help Anabelle with her mixed-up feelings from missing someone that she loved. Through the colorful world of imagination, My Forever Friendship Pony takes children on a magical journey of self discovery. When children lose someone they love whether it be through distance or death, they are often overwhelmed with confusing feelings. Anger and sadness are all part of the grieving process. This book supports children through their healing as they find comfort in knowing that they are forever connected to those they love and can look within themselves to find their strength.

Jane Hansen has enjoyed a twenty-year career as an elementary school teacher. She has also served as a certified parenting instructor of the Redirecting Children’s Behavior course. She is the proud mother of three children, John and Jennifer (both of whom are grown adults) and Adriana, who just began first grade. Jane enjoys cooking, yoga, and learning about holistic health. Jane lives with her husband, Mark, and their daughter, Adriana, in Parkland, Florida.

Mitchell Newson is originally from Long Island, New York. He moved to Florida in 2001 and currently resides in Delray Beach. Mitchell spends his time illustrating, as well as building, restoring, and playing guitars. He lives with his wife, Lauren, and his dog, Jack. You can contact Mitchell at mitchellnewsonillustrations @gmail.com.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PHOENIX & TUCSON: THE GREAT RESCUE by Stephanie Dikey, Illustrated by Chrisanthy Vargo

The Great Rescue CoverIn The Great Rescue, the Hopelynns are excited to have Tucker join them in their home. As Tucker’s name changes to Phoenix, many other things change as well. He has left his friends behind at the shelter, and although he is happy with his new parents, he begins to feel lonely at the Hopelynn’s house. Soon he will not be lonely. Phoenix will welcome his new furry sister, Tucson, into his home and show her that there is always room for more love . . . and adventure. Keep up with Phoenix &Tucson at www.dreamreacherbooks.com.

Stephanie Dikey is a second-grade teacher in Upstate New York. Writing was sometimes difficult for Stephanie, but when she began her career as a teacher, she developed a passion for writing and teaching the craft to her students. Her students have always been interested in her furry children, Phoenix & Tucson, and Stephanie often enjoys sharing real-life stories about their friendship. Now she finally has a book to share about their special bond! Says Stephanie (a.k.a. Mrs. Dikey), “I want my students to believe that they are writers even if it isn’t easy. Everyone has a story and it’s worth sharing.” Stephanie found her passion for teaching at a young age and began teaching in 2002. She received her Master’s in Literacy in 2005. “The more you read, the better life you will lead,” is something Stephanie lives by when teaching her students. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, walking on the beach, exercising, and spending time with her family and friends. She lives with Phoenix, Tucson, and her husband, Shashank, in South Florida.

Chrisanthy Gumas Vargo was born and raised in Pennsylvania. In college she majored in art and earned a degree in metalsmithing. She has been creating art ever since, making everything from fine jewelry to a bronze alligator for a cruise ship. Chrisanthy lives in Lantana, Florida, with her two children, 2 cats, and 1 dog. Just like Peter Pan, she has never wanted to “grow up,” and really enjoys teaching art to children in elementary school. She has always had a passion for drawing and is thrilled for Phoenix & Tucson and The Great Rescue to feature her first published illustrations. To see more of Chrisanthy’s lovely work, please visit her website at www.chrisanthy.com.

JACK TEACHES HIS FRIENDS TO BE KIDSAFE: THE SAFE AND SMART SERIES (Volume 1) by Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW

Jack Teaches KidSafe cover Jack Teaches His Friends to Be KidSafe teaches parents and children essential life skills to help keep children safe. Parents can use this book to comfortably open up the conversation with their children about their personal safety.

Jack Teaches KidSafe coverThis title is also available in Spanish.

Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, Child Safety Expert, Mental Health Professional, Educator, Public Speaker, Author, Mom, and Cofounder of KidSafe Foundation Sally Berenzweig is a former psychotherapist who has a Masters in Elementary Education and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has worked with ­survivors of sexual abuse as well as in private practice. She specializes in child safety, prevention education workshops, and parenting skills. Sally is the co­author of KidSafe for Kids, an 8-week curriculum for children ages 4–11, and two children’s books Jack Teaches His Friends to Be KidSafe! and the 2011 Literary Award Winning children’s book My Body Is Special and Belongs to ME!

Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW, Child Safety Expert, Mental Health Professional, Educator, Public Speaker, Author, Mom, and Cofounder of KidSafe Foundation Cherie has been working in the field of social work since 1989, specializing in children and families. After earning her MSW from Boston University, Cherie took a position as a public school guidance counselor (School Social Worker) in Boston. There she had the opportunity to work with early intervention through middle school students, teachers, and parents. She trained and specialized in violence prevention / conflict resolution, active parenting skills, and her main focus, personal safety. Cherie is the coauthor of KidSafe for Kids, an 8-week curriculum for children ages 4–11, and two children’s books Jack Teaches His Friends to Be KidSafe! and the 2011 Literary Award Winning children’s book My Body Is Special and Belongs to ME!

MY BODY IS SPECIAL AND BELONGS TO ME: THE SAFE AND SMART SERIES (Volume 2) by Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, and Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW

 My Body Is Special_#24CA66DMy Body Is Special and Belongs to Me! is a fun, safe, developmentally appropriate, and most of all comfortable way for parents to educate their children about the topic of personal safety.

Jack Teaches KidSafe coverThis title is also available in Spanish.

Sally Berenzweig, MEd, MA, Child Safety Expert, Mental Health Professional, Educator, Public Speaker, Author, Mom, and Cofounder of KidSafe Foundation Sally Berenzweig is a former psychotherapist who has a Masters in Elementary Education and a Masters in Counseling Psychology. She has worked with ­survivors of sexual abuse as well as in private practice. She specializes in child safety, prevention education workshops, and parenting skills. Sally is the co­author of KidSafe for Kids, an 8-week curriculum for children ages 4–11, and two children’s books Jack Teaches His Friends to Be KidSafe! and the 2011 Literary Award Winning children’s book My Body Is Special and Belongs to ME!

Cherie Benjoseph, LCSW, Child Safety Expert, Mental Health Professional, Educator, Public Speaker, Author, Mom, and Cofounder of KidSafe Foundation Cherie has been working in the field of social work since 1989, specializing in children and families. After earning her MSW from Boston University, Cherie took a position as a public school guidance counselor (School Social Worker) in Boston. There she had the opportunity to work with early intervention through middle school students, teachers, and parents. She trained and specialized in violence prevention / conflict resolution, active parenting skills, and her main focus, personal safety. Cherie is the coauthor of KidSafe for Kids, an 8-week curriculum for children ages 4–11, and two children’s books Jack Teaches His Friends to Be KidSafe! and the 2011 Literary Award Winning children’s book My Body Is Special and Belongs to ME!

 

AMY THE CLUMSY ANGEL by Julie Ducharme, Illustrated by Jack Madi

Amy tries so hard to do everything right in Heaven, but fails over and over again. Then she calls out to the Lord who helps her in an unexpected way-through her tears and not her own efforts. And she literally falls into the lap of the miracle she participated in! Amy the Clumsy Angel is a treasured tale of a little angel who God made strong through her weakness.

Julie Ducharme began writing at an early age in elementary school. Her wild imagination led her to write many short stories. Julie’s passion for writing grew when she was encouraged by her 5/6th grade teacher to use her creativity to write and publish her stories. The passion continued to grow and many years later Amy the Clumsy Angel was born. The original story was titled “Martha the Angel.” Martha eventually evolved into Amy, a clumsy and curious angel who just wanted to help. Dr. Julie Ducharme is an Author, Coach, Entrepreneur, and Executive Consultant. Dr. Julie has many publications in the areas of academia and business, but she has a strong passion for creative writing as well, specifically children’s books. Julie loves to encourage children to use their strengths and pursue their passion and dreams knowing that they are all destined for something great. Contact Dr. Julie Ducharme at juliemducharme@gmail.com.

 

DARCY AND THE FIREFLIES: THE GOOD NATURE SERIES (VOLUME 1) by Deborah Horner

Darcy is a young frog who lives in Pleasant Pond. His academic challenge in the area of writing has him at a crossroads. His friends help him at his time of need, thus cementing the important virtues of compassion and self-esteem.

Deborah Brams Horner is a storyteller, jazz musician, special education teacher, mother, wife, and outdoor enthusiast. Her story telling was cultivated by her loving daughter, Samantha Rose, who never got enough of her mom’s ingenious stories, all with colorful characters, age-appropriate language and humor, and life wisdom woven in every one of them. She received her Bachelor’s of Music from the esteemed Berklee College of Music after completing all coursework and proficiencies in two years. She went on as a struggling musician throughout her twenties taking day jobs in administration and computer programming. In her thirties she went back to graduate school to achieve four teaching credentials with a specialty in learning disabilities. While working mainly as a resource specialist in the south bay of San Diego, she raised a beautiful and gifted daughter and an array of household pets. Now, free from the constraints of full-time work and parenthood, Deborah is dedicated to inspiring young minds, and showing them the value of self-love, compassion, health, community, and knowledge. Her daughter, Sami, is the photographer, and friend Madi did the illustrations for this first book in the Good Nature Series. Deborah plays saxophone, flute, and percussion professionally around the San Diego area, reads her books to lower-grade classrooms, and is an inspiration to all around her.

 

T. REX AND HIS GIZMOS: MY STORY AS DRAWN BY ME, T. REX by Eric Boles, Illustrated by Anthony Ridenour

Hi! My name is Terrence Rex, but you can call me T. Rex!

There are a lot of things that people used to tell me I couldn’t do. It was all because I have these little arms.

Oh well, that’s the life of a Tyrannosaurus!

Eric Boles was born and raised in Central Ohio. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in psychology. He recently started spending his summers working for his local YMCA’s day camp, where he has met a number of fantastic kids and the inspiring counselors who lead them. It was during the second semester of Eric’s second degree, one in middle childhood education, that he decided to pursue a career in writing. To him, there was no more natural introduction for him than through children’s books. He put his second degree on hold and started on his new journey. Eric sat down with his long time best friend and illustrator, Anthony Ridenour, and T. Rex and His Gizmos was born. Join Terrence Rex on Facebook: facebook.com/trexandhisgizmos

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