We are absolutely crystal crazy! ✨💎🔮
So much so that our middle grade fantasy manuscript was inspired by crystals! Literally... the main island in our realm is called ‘Crystalline’ and features enchanting places like the Celestine Sea, the Whisper-Tree Woods, the Glass Galleria and the Mineral Mountains! We love world building and had so much fun creating these themed locations and elements! 💖✨🗻🌊
As mentioned before, we’ve been working on this project for a few years now and are so excited to share it in the next few months! Earlier in the year, we bid on and won a manuscript assessment with the absolutely wonderful Affirm Press for #authorsforfireys and are getting closer and closer to submitting it! 🎉
We did pitch this project at a writing festival two years ago (and won woohoo!) so we have made a few connections over the years who are wanting to see this project once we get it to its final stage! So beyond grateful to have some interest in it!!! 🥰💕 This project means SO much to us and we’re putting everything we have into it! Squeezing our crystals extra tight for good vibes today! 💎✨
Q - Is there a theme or something specific that inspired you running through your wip?
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With only 6 days left until Yoga Baby releases, here’s a short list of things you may not know about the author📚
1. I’m not a yoga instructor but I do love the practice! My degree is actually in Child Development, which (believe it or not 🙃) was helpful in writing this book 📖 .
2. Yoga Baby is my debut book. I have two more under contract (both faith-based, YB is not) and about five more fully polished and looking for homes. I am just getting started 🥰
3. My favorite things (outside of people & God) are: coffee, books & of course, yoga 🧘🏽♀️ But I also love adventure, and anything that challenges me to grow—physically and mentally 😉
4. I’ve been married to @flinn_andy for almost 16 years and together we have three boys. None of them like books or yoga, but they do love their mama 😘
5. If I could be anything else, other than an author, I would be a doula. I haven’t started working toward it yet, but could definitely see this in my future 😊
What questions do you have, about me, or the author life? 🤔
Ask anything—would love to get to know you better ❤️ #askanauthor#childrensauthor#yogababybook@beamingbooksmn@shanecramptonillustrator
So... my very first attempt at a children's picture book, written and illustrated by me, is available now for Kindle download . (Iphone, tablet suitable. not doing print just yet) (I say very first... I've redrawn the thing 3 times!!) It's a funny... slightly scary... story about a little boy who thinks his sister is a werewolf. I've marked it as suitable for 5-10 years olds but I have no idea if that is appropriate, nor if 5-10 years olds would even enjoy it. This is very much a learning experience for me.
I'm already working on my second book - 'Leprechauns Stole My Underpants'... (trust me, its hilarious)
So, if you fancy downloading something that both you and the little-un can read and have a giggle together at...... And if you fancy supporting the hopeless artistic tw*t that I am...... Please purchase on the link in bio
Public reviews and private feedback are both MOST welcome. (Ps. Not doing this for financial gain. All proceeds will go to Fegans - supporting mental health in young people)
Thank u thank u xx
Yesterday I had a request for a popular children's classic which unfortunately isn't one of our titles.
Although we don't stock some of the likes of Roald Dahl, Jacqueline Wilson etc we do have equivalents. Check out the picture below
After years of putting my writing on hold - for one reason or another - I’d forgotten how to believe in myself, in my writing, my writing purpose. A realisation two days ago that I can’t not write is boosted my an email from The School Magazine @theschoolmagazine
We’re applauding 9-year-old superhero Aaliyah Hall who created Dreamland with Aaliyah, a nightly virtual storytime to inspire other kids to stay hopeful. We’re thrilled to have her read "The Rabbit Listened" by Cori Doerrfeld, to help our Tinkergarten little ones learn about what it means to be empathetic. Please check out more of Aaliyah’s fantastic read-alouds on her Facebook page, which you can find at the link in our bio.
Did you ever think your teacher was a ninja? The students in Mr. Walker's class think he is! Are they right or are they just imagining things?
Today's book is a personal favorite of mine. It's "My P.E. Teacher is a Ninja" by Joey (@ackersbooks) & Melanie Acker (@melroseacker) .
The story is short but humorous, and kids ranging from 4-10 years old will surely love this book because of the fun illustrations. Plus, you'll be able to see from the mind's eye of a child. Your kids will love thinking their P.E. teacher might be a ninja!
Overall, this was a really great read for all readers (struggling or advanced), especially those who are timid during P.E. classes. So, do I recommend this book? Absolutely!
Did you know I have printed Space Whales on 100% recycled paper with eco-friendly ink? 🌏
Of course I would! .
With a bit more searching I have also found recycled mailers, how good is that! .
We're getting closer to lift-off! YAY!
Thanks so much for your support! 🌈🌻
3 253 June, 2020
We have a brand new author interview for you today! Esther Marshall, author of 'Sophie Says I Can, I Will' spoke to us about why she was inspired to write her book, which empowers children to follow their dreams. @sophiesaysofficial.
The story follows a young girl as she gets excited about what her future might hold and what kind of job she might have when she grows up. It shows a diverse group of women succeeding in a wide range of roles, many of which are traditionally considered to be ‘male’. 🌍
In her day job, Esther's role is focused on diversity and inclusion and this is very much evident in the story. She is also the founder of a charity called sTandTall which helps children who have been bullied build their self esteem and achive their full potential. She is currently crowdfunding to get copies of her book in to the hands of thousands of vulnerable young children. A link to this (and also our review of the book) can be found within the interview.
You can read what she had to say over on the blog. The link is in my bio 👆🏻
My first step is to diversify my my school library, after realising my children had a very limited choice of non-white literature, to the point where it was drowned out by white and animal protagonists. It’s my duty as an educator to show children the beauty in diversity, so I made a start by placing an order with an fab UK-based bookseller @roundtablebooks.
They’re closed due to COVID-19, but I’m happy to wait, as a I am also trying to support smaller booksellers instead of always resorting to Amazon.
The books I have chosen are a pretty safe start but a start nonetheless:
• Sulwe, Lupita Nyong’o
• Jabari Jumps, Gaia Cornwall
• Julian is a Mermaid, Jessica Love
I hope by exposing the little learners to non-white protagonists it will help them embrace diversity and I also hope that my non-white pupils feel loved and valued as well.
You are your child’s first example of love.
Speak love into them
So that they grow to believe it is what they deserve.
I wrote Dear Brown Child as an open love letter to encourage self-love and appreciation for all brown skinned children and their features, because they’re beautiful and they deserve to hear it over and over again.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐧?
Yesterday we celebrated Shannan’s birthday - ✨Twenty Seven and sparkling!✨ So naturally we glitter-fied everything, from the house, to ourselves ... even the dogs were glitzy! 😂💖💫
We were grateful to have a day spent focusing on family and being together! Thank you to everyone for the kind birthday wishes, they were much appreciated! 🥰 ⠀⠀
It's something many parents begin to wonder about from the moment their children are born — who will they be when they grow up?
“My child, my little one,
Who will you be when you are grown?
There’s loving kindness in your eyes, like your daddy’s
and boldness in your heart, like your grandma’s.
Will you be like them?"
Be on the lookout for tomorrow's storytime!
14 412 June, 2020
What if your P.E. teacher is serious, quiet, swift, and knows when someone is up to no good? What if your P.E. teacher is a... what? Guess! Comment below! 🥋
My daughter was far too quiet after dinner so I had to check to see what she was doing (usually quiet means trouble in our house). It was a pleasant surprise when I entered her bedroom and saw her reading OUR book!!! I say our book because my kids inspired me to write it. Just like they inspire me to do anything great.
Hi, Amigos and Amigas!
JUNE BOOKS ANNOUNCEMENT!!
For Bedtime Stories:
"Who Will You Be?" by Andrea Pippins.
For the Easy Readers:
“Hey, That’s My Monster!" by Amanda Noll.
For the Older kids:
“The Boxcar Children Book 1” by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
Stay tuned to watch full reading videos, reviews, crafts tutorials and so much more!!
3 322 June, 2020
Diversity in Books 📚
We took on the #inclusivebookshelfchallenge with @inclusivestorytime. I’m sad to say that I didn’t find as many diverse books as I would have hoped. That didn’t stop me from posting though and now I know that we need more diverse books in our home collection. So, we will definitely be adding more! Let’s BE the change. No one is born a racist. It is learned. As parents we have a huge responsibility to model the correct behavior and demonstrate LOVE for everyone. They are always watching even when we think they are not. It starts at home. What has happened is heartbreaking. How are you teaching this to your children? ❤️ “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” - Nelson Mandela ❤️
The big test to see children’s reactions to ‘Freddie the Sheddie’ to say they absolutely loved it was an understatement, just watch the video with sound
It was difficult with wipes, social distancing etc etc but it worked.
I honestly believe that Freddie would make the most fantastic series of children’s books, so if you know any publishers/authors etc, send them my way.
A lovely book by Daisy Hirst, about friendship, loss, resilience, play, and a little girl with a parrot on her head!
Have you come across this author?
Follow this page for books that help children with emotions.
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” Whew! What a week we’ve had. Still weary from dealing with the pandemic, seeing all the recent brutality and injustice against Blacks and other minorities feels like a sucker punch. My emotions have ranged from rage to despair as I worry about our children and our country’s future. I’m hopeful that we can make a difference and that in the words of Sam Cooke, “a change is gonna come.” This week I’m trying to focus on positivity and healing for our nation. How are you holding up? 🙏🏾
I’m a wife, homeschool mom, and Catholic author. ❤️ Last December I started writing books that are available on Amazon and wholesale for bookstores and parishes. I’ve had such a blast creating these books! So far I have eight children’s books available and one prayer book for women—with many more in the works!
“Write what you know.” “If the story you want to read doesn’t exist, tell it yourself.”
When I was a kid, I often felt isolated because of my health. No one readily spoke about what it’s like to spend time in the hospital, and I could never find books that echoed my experiences in a real way. So after a few decades weighed down by 14 surgeries, I knew that this was a story I needed to tell. It was the story I was born to tell.
SURGERY ON SUNDAY is for every kid going through something tough. It’s a book about being brave even when it’s hard. It’s the book I craved as a kid. And to see it come to life is a dream fully realized — as a writer, as a patient and as a person whose life has been written by the state of her body.
World, meet Sunday. She’s the everyday hero in the narrative of her life, and I am luckiest to share her with you.
To @warrenpublish, thank you for believing in my vision and for helping me champion the kids who often get overlooked. And to @shanecramptonillustrator, you have breathed so much energy and life into the world that lived in my head for much too long. Thank you for being my partner in this creative venture — thank you for saying “yes”.