Katelyn Mabry on her KidLit, “Hi, It’s Me! I Have ADHD”

Reading with Your Kids Podcast Ft. Katelyn Mabry, an Educator, Speaker, Reading Specialist, and an ADHD Advocate

Hey everyone, Today we’re thrilled to introduce our listeners to a very talented debut picture book author Katelyn Mabry!

Katelyn is a conference presenter, an educator and an ADHD coach/consultant. She is here to celebrate her rhyming picture book for children, “Hi, It’s Me! I Have ADHD.” Diagnosed at age 10 with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Katelyn wrote this book so other kids don’t feel the same way she did. ADHD is a disorder that makes it difficult for a person to pay attention or control impulsive behavior.

Katelyn wrote this book and her brother drew the illustrations, based on her personal experiences. She hopes the story touches the hearts of many children so that they will never feel alone. In our exciting interview, Katelyn talks about her goal to educate, empower, and encourage the understanding of how the ADHD brain works and find the many incredible gifts beneath the diagnosis!

Tune in to this amazing episode to join us on the journey with Katelyn Mabry to see through the lens of ADHD!

Learn more about Katelyn Mabry

untitled-6.jpgKatelyn Mabry was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 10. It left her feeling very alone and different. She struggled with reading as a child, which ignited the desire to become a Reading Specialist, to face her weakness head-on and to turn it into her strength. She wrote this book and her brother drew the illustrations, based on her personal experiences. She hopes the story touches the hearts of many children so that they will never feel alone.

Katelyn was a Certified Early Childhood/Special Education Teacher for 7 years before choosing to stay home to invest in her own children. She continues to use her masters as a Reading Specialist to tutor children of all ages, with a variety of needs. Her dream is to become an ADHD life coach. Katelyn has a passion for working with children, to instill in their hearts the love of reading, learning and growing.

 

Where Online Can People Find Katelyn Mabry?

Visit her website at https://www.katelynmabry.com/

 

Connect with her on Social Media

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About the Illustrator

J. Charles FriedeJ. Charles Friedel is a freelance artist whose focus is on illustration and design. He often works in mixed media and found objects. Based in the Chicagoland area, Friedel lives with his wife and three children; he also happens to be the author’s brother! Growing up with his older sister chatting and moving around him offered an all too comprehensive understanding of ADHD. This personal connection made working on this project even more fun and unique from an insider’s perspective.

 

 

 

 

Learn more about “Hi, It’s Me! I Have ADHD”

Hi, It's Me!! I have ADHDFrom feeling high to feeling low, from thinking fast, to thinking slow; this busy child wishes adults could see inside her head.

Based on the author’s personal history with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Hi, Its Me shares the feelings, emotions, and experiences of a child dealing with the many challenges of ADHD.

Offering insight into the world of ADHD and presenting a list of tips, this rhyming picture book for children helps those who struggle with this disorder to feel empowered. It lets kids know the diagnosis doesn’t define them. It communicates they can find peace knowing they’re not alone in the way they feel.

 

 

 

In This Episode Of The Reading With Your Kids Podcast

  • Introduction to Katelyn Mabry and her picture book, Hi, It’s Me! I Have ADHD
  • Katelyn talks about writing most of the book when she was in college
  • Her experience of publishing the book by Archway Publishing, a self-publishing company of Simon and Schuster.
  • What is Katelyn’s description of ADHD?
  • Katelyn talks about her goal of  helping children to realize they’re not alone, and help parents understand there are a lot of gifts beyond the disorder
  • What kind of discussion families can have after reading Hi, It’s Me! I Have ADHD?
  • What is Katelyn currently working on, her future projects and much more…Be sure to tune in for all the great insights!

 

 

A big Thank You to Katelyn Mabry for talking to us and sharing her story with our listeners!

We are very excited to see what she does next!  We hope you have enjoyed listening to this episode and be sure to keep your eye out for her future books.

 

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The Great Maritini by Jedlie

 

Check out The Great Martini, A fun and touching story about Sam, a lovable but far from a perfect magician who learns that the greatest transformation is transforming feelings of caring into action to help another human being. The Great Maritini, as an exclusive Amazon e-bookPlease click here to get your copy today.-

 

Meet Mark Gunning, author of “I Told You So! Series”

RWYK Author Interview: Mark Gunning on “I Told You So Book Series”

I Told You So! Book Series By Mark Gunning

 

 

Hey there!

Welcome to the brand new edition of the Reading with Your Kids Podcast! Joining us in today’s episode is the children’s author, Mark Gunning from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Mark is joining us to celebrate his children’s books series titled I Told You So! 

Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, And Then It Happened, Jerry the Squirrel, and Stick Cat books, Mark Gunning’s hilarious new series I Told You So is definitely here to entertain.

Michael Gunning spoke to us about the inspiration behind his books in the I Told You So! book series. He stressed the importance of reading with your kids every single day. He also discussed what inspired him to write for children and how to encourage kids to read! Be sure to listen in & enjoy!

 

Learn more about “Mark Gunning”

Mark Gunning, author of "I Told You! SeriesAfter many years, Mark Gunning has finally decided to share his stories from growing up as a kid in Chippawa, Ontario. Looking back and reminiscing, he realized he had many a tale to tell. As a dad, teacher, coach, and master storyteller ~ Mark enjoys sharing stories about his youth and the fun he had along the way.

Mark lives in Niagara Falls, Ontario with his three children, wife, two cats, and dogs Chewie and Ozzie.

I Told You So! is a series about Thomas and his best friend William. Read along as you find out what happens to the two of them as their plans usually go wrong. Don’t worry, William always has another!
Books in the I Told You So! Series
Book One: The Adventures of William and Thomas (Released June 2017)
Book Two: The Journey Continues (Released June 2018)
Coming 2019
Book Three: Strike Three, You’re Out!

 

Find Out More About Mark Gunning And Where To Buy His Books At

Author Facebook Page
Goodreads

I Told You So!: The Adventures of William and Thomas: Book 1

I Told You So!: The Adventures of William and Thomas by [Gunning, Mark]In The Adventures of William and Thomas, Book 1 of the I Told You So series~from Canadian author Mark Gunning~two best friends find themselves frequently on the wrong side of awesome plans! Follow the boys as they take you on a hilarious journey of adventures, stunts, and pranks.
Follow the boys as they get things stuck in trees, encounter angry killer bees, feed chili to Harry (a dog), create a monster in the basement, build a gigantic ramp, and make it snow in the summertime. Lost baseballs, angry bees, extra spicy chili, basement monsters, a massive ramp, and broken bones. Enjoy the adventures of short stories as they are sure to entertain children and parents. What more could you want? Oh, another book in the series!

 

 

I Told You So!: The Journey Continues: Book 2

I Told You So!: The Journey Continues by [Gunning, Mark]The boys are back! This time William and Thomas bring even more shenanigans. Follow them as they make their way to the local Comic Fest, host a pool party, sell the neighbor’s house (sort of), add a giant TV to their tree fort, and create a birthday to remember. Tidal waves, explosions, falling objects, and angry grannies. What else can happen?

 

“I Told You So!: Children’s Book Series” is available on Amazon!

https://amzn.to/2oJBhpH

 

 

In this episode, 

  • You’ll get a taste of I Told You So!: Children’s Book Series as Mark Gunning introduces us to the storyline and main characters of his books
  • What inspired Mark to transform his ideas into children’s book
  • Importance and benefits of reading with your kids every day
  • Importance of reading with reluctant readers
  • What does Mark Gunning hope that readers will gain from reading his series?
  • What’s next for Mark Gunning?

 

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Meet the “Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca”!!

RWYK Interview with Michael James – Author of the touching children’s book, “Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca”

Princess Pumpkin & Michael James

 

Hey RWYK Family!!

There are times in life when you may have been told that you weren’t good enough, that you don’t fit in, or that you don’t measure up.

If you have ever felt small or different or if you have lived with an illness or disability, one amazing little alpaca is here to remind you to be brave, be independent, and to be yourself, and to keep fighting and never give up.

Joining us on today’s edition of the Reading With Your Kids Podcast to share the courageous real-life story of Princess Pumpkin is Michael James, the owner of the Rolling Rock Ranch Alpacas (in Santa Clarita, California) and the co-author of Princess Pumpkin The Pocket Alpaca (now available on Amazon.com and on PumpkinTheAlpaca.com).

 

 

 

Learn more about “Princess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca”

Princess Pumpkin the Pocket AlpacaPrincess Pumpkin the Pocket Alpaca, the book, is an inspired and whimsical children’s story for ages 4 to 7. It contains 29 full-color illustrations that tell the story of a small, rejected, impish and real-life little alpaca born too small to survive at only 5 1/2 pounds (most baby alpacas are born 15-20 pounds). Adopted by humans and raised as a Princess, she seeks out friendship from other alpacas and learns that just being yourself is the key to acceptance. The book measures 8 1/2″ by 8 1/2″ and is 100% conceived, written, illustrated and printed in the U.S.A. To learn more about the real Princess Pumpkin, the authors or the artist go to @pumpkinthepocketalpaca or princesspumpkinthepocketalpaca.com. The book launch is a project to help raise awareness of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. With the book’s 2018 launch, Rolling Rock Ranch will donate $2.00 for every book sold direct from the website to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. For more information about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles go to CHLA.org. Other book-related products are available on the website. www.princesspumpkinofficial.com

 

Rolling Rock Ranch Alpacas is the home of Princess Pumpkin and all her friends. For more information on alpacas, please visit our website – www.rollingrockranchalpacas.com/

Official Website: PumpkinTheAlpaca.com

Instagram: @PumpkinThePocketAlpaca

Facebook: @PumpkinThePocketAlpaca

Princess Pumpkin The Pocket Alpaca is available on Amazon! – https://amzn.to/2kVi9Uj

 

 

Interview Talking Points & Guided Questions:

  • Princess Pumpkin’s birth into the world on Thanksgiving Day in 2015 (November 26th, 2015): Weighing 5 pounds, 8 ounces; She was as tall as two rolls of toilet paper and not much larger than a bag of sugar
  • How her human & animal family helped to save her.
  • The bond that was created between you two early on & how you both helped to save each other.
  • At what point did you realize that Princess Pumpkin’s journey needed to be shared…and in the form of a children’s book?
  • Some of Princess Pumpkin’s friends at the Rolling Rock Ranch Alpacas are a part of the book as well: Why was it important for you to keep the book as authentic and true to life as possible?
  • What have been some of the highlights and great feedback that you have received from children around the world who have read Princess Pumpkin The Pocket Alpaca?
  • For those who may feel challenged or struggling in some way (small or large), what do you hope people take away from Princess Pumpkin’s courageous story?
  • What’s next for Princess Pumpkin and her adventures? (Both in real life and story form)

 

We would like to say a huge thank you to Michael James for doing this interview! We’re very excited to see what he does next!  We hope you have enjoyed listening to this episode and be sure to keep your eye out for his future books.

 

 

We’d love to hear from you!  Contact us and together we can discuss what ideas you think should be included in a future episode, and we can explore potentially setting up an interview. Our goal is to have all voices at the table!

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RWYK Interview: “Looking for Something” by Susan Arts

In Conversation With Susan Arts, author of “Looking for Something”

When someone passes away at a young age, family and loved ones can take comfort in the fact that their life touched many and that their memory and legacy will live on.

One brave little girl from Buffalo, NY named Lydia, who passed away from cancer as a teenager, inspired many of her family, friends, teachers, and everyone she came into contact with, and her story now serves as the inspiration and the backdrop for an amazing new children’s book, which is encouraging kids all around the world to enjoy their adventures and to treasure the experiences along their path.

Joining us on today’s edition of the Reading With Your Kids Podcast is the children’s author Sue Arts, to share more of Lydia’s courageous story and the release of Looking For Something (published by Christian Faith Publishing), the new children’s book that Lydia helped to inspire.

 

More about the author

A dream about her honorary niece Lydia who passed away from cancer at the age of 16, inspired Sue Arts to write a story. It started out a personal story for Lydia’s family, incorporating figures and, events that had special meaning to them. With encouragement from Lydia’s parents, Linda and Albert, Sue took the leap to get it published.

Looking For Something is about a little girl, Lydi, who is bored, as kids get, and goes off on a day-long adventure. The first venture into writing books for children, it is a story that Sue intended for anytime enjoyment, but particularly bedtime reading. She wanted something fun and happy to encourage sweet dreams.

Looking For Something is just the beginning. Sue plans on continuing the Lydi & Sassy series, all in honor of, and dedicated to, the memory of Lydia.

The second adventure in the Lydi & Sassy series, The Green Gem, is right now in the hands of Sue’s publishers, Christian Faith Publishing, with its release coming soon.

Sue lives and works in Western New York with her husband Ted and their seven cats and are living a most wonderful life, side-by-side with birds, squirrels, and an occasional raccoon, opossum, or deer in their backyard.

Sue loves to interact with her readers on Facebook (@Sue.Arts.7).

 

Learn more about “Looking for Something”

Looking for Something Hardcover – April 11, 2017 by Susan ArtsLydi is a happy little girl who loves to explore. In “Looking for Something” it’s the beginning of summer vacation and already bored, Lydi is off on a day long adventure looking for something. Along the way she meets some wonderful new friends. Together they have fun, make interesting discoveries, and eventually meet a grand old turtle who shares his wonderful story and more. Join Lydi and her amazing friends on their great adventure.

 

 

 

 

Looking for Something is available on Amazon!! Get your copy today!!!

https://amzn.to/2mYp0wZ

 

Readers can purchase“Looking for Something” at traditional brick and mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble.

For additional information or inquiries about “Looking for Something”, contact the Christian Faith Publishing media department at 866-554-0919.

 

In This Episode Of The Reading With Your Kids Podcast,

  • You’ll be introduced to Children’s author Susan Arts, and her wonderful book, Looking for Something
  • What inspired Susan to write this book?
  • Her close friendship with Lydia & her family.
  • Why she decided to honor Lydia’s legacy and memory with a children’s book.
  • How real-life experiences from Lydia’s life provided the backdrop for Looking For Something?
  • What has been her reader’s reactions to this book?
  • What are some of the key points you hope children, parents, teachers, and anyone else who feels called to read Looking For Something to take away from your book?
  • A sneak preview of her forthcoming release, The Green Jem…Be sure to tune in for all the great insights!

 

A big Thank you to Susan Arts for doing this interview! We’re so cheerful to pass on her amazing book to our listeners and we hope you’ll check out more of her books in the future!

 

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Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies: #RWYK Certified Great Read

#RWYK Certified Great Read #Review – Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies by Natasha Carlow, illustrated by Keevyn Mohammed & Kyle Stephen

5 stars 

Happy Friday everyone!

We’re Back with our brand NEW Reading with Your Kids Certified Great Read!

Today on the Reading with your kids, we are ELATED  to introduce our readers to a very special children’s picture book that directly addresses the grief that parents may face over the loss of an unborn child and provides an opportunity for parents to explain the loss of children through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss in a way kids can understand. And that book is none other than Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies by Natasha Carlow!

 

 

Let’s Have A Look At The Book Blurb

Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies by Natasha Carlow

Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies“What are happy tears and rainbow babies?”One day, on a walk with Mommy and Daddy, Rosie and Capi learn all about happy tears and rainbow babies. Set against the backdrop of a rainbow, Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies tells the story of how faith brought healing and hope to one family after the pain and loss of miscarriage. Written from a mother to her children, this story engages the reader in a conversation that families everywhere can share and benefit from. Natasha Melissa Carlow is an Itinerant Counsellor from Trinidad and Tobago. She lives with her husband and two children, who love taking long walks.

 

 

Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies is available on Amazon –

https://amzn.to/2ZB4V1a

 

 

More About The Author

Natasha Melissa CarlowNatasha Carlow is a first-time author and longtime lover of the written word. Natasha is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and works as an Itinerant Counsellor and Lecturer.  She resides in East Trinidad and Tobago with her husband and two preschoolers. She and her husband are owners of Rainbow Babies, a company that specializes in customized clothing and accessories for rainbow families.

As a mother of two amazing rainbow babies who spent much of her time reading stories to her young children, Natasha noted that there were no stories that spoke to her family’s journey. So…she decided to write one. Set against the backdrop of a rainbow, Happy Tears and Rainbow Babies tells the story of how faith brought healing and hope to one family after the pain and loss of a miscarriage. Written from a mother to her children, this story engages the reader in a conversation that families everywhere can share and benefit from.

Natasha Writes At  Natashacarlow.Com

You Can Follow Her On Facebook And Instagram

 

 

Our Review

A beautiful book to tell your children about the baby or babies you have lost.

Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies written by Natasha Carlow is a book for young children, ages 2 to 6 years old that helps parents open the lines of communication explaining the term Rainbow Babies and the loss of children through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant loss in a light and childlike way. The birth of a “rainbow babies,” children born after loss, is a complex and emotional journey and a very sensitive topic to discuss with kids.

The author, Natasha Carlow, draws on the true story of her own miscarriage gives us a window into how she and her family experienced the loss. The book begins by introducing readers to a beautiful family of four. A five-year-old Rosie, her little brother, Capi, and their parents. One day, while taking a walk with mommy and daddy at the park, Rosie encounters a beautiful rainbow and points it out to everyone. They are so excited! But Rosie notices her mommy is crying. Daddy and Mommy then explain to Rosie that not all tears are a sign of sadness. They explain in a gentle way the loss of the children they had in their life before Rosei and Capi. Parents held on to the hope and positivity and welcomed Rosie and Capi in their life. They then share how Rosie and Capi are called rainbow babies because it is like a rainbow after a storm: something beautiful after something scary and dark. The illustrators Keevyn Mohammed & Kyle Stephen have an extraordinary gift of capturing feelings in their drawings that tell the story beyond words.

Final Verdict

The term rainbow baby may not be familiar to people who haven’t experienced a loss. But to those who have, it has a very deep and even life-changing significance and there comes a time when parents need to tell their current children or future children about the baby or babies that have died. Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies is a wonderful resource for families and an encouraging way to share such a difficult subject with your children.

If you know someone who has just experienced miscarriage, pregnancy loss, or stillbirth, giving Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies, as a gift will bring much encouragement.

 

Congratulations To Natasha Carlow For Winning The RWYK Certified Great Read StatusClapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2Clapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2Clapping Hands on Apple iOS 11.2

 

A big thank you to the author for providing us a free copy of his book through Reading with your Kids certified program. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely our own.

 

In case, if you’ve missed, Be sure to check out Natasha’s appearance on the podcast!

“Happy Tears & Rainbow Babies” by Natasha Carlow

 

 

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Samaya C. Wilkins on her KidLit “Searching 4 Sunshine!!”

Reading with Your Kids Podcast Ft. Samaya C. Wilkins, author of “SEARCHING 4 SUNSHINE”

Hey everyone!

We have a wonderful show for you today! Our guest is Samaya C. Wilkins joins us on the Reading with Your Kids podcast to talk about her incredible new KidLit “Searching 4 Sunshine!!

In our exciting interview, Samaya talks about her book, her project SCW KIDS—“Smart. CARES! What?! … KIDS”, a new, independent multimedia company; specializing in publishing children’s books, apparel, and children‘s toys.

Samaya tells us that she was inspired by a child whose parents suffered from mental illness. We also talk about her goal to motivate young readers, and adults alike, when things seem dismal–push through, because things aren’t always as great as cotton candy and ice cream! SCW Kids chooses to show their readers how to move through these trials early & with positivity!

 

Learn more about “Searching 4 Sunshine!!”

YOU EVER WANNA RUN AND FIND HAPPINESS !?

Searching 4 Sunshine!!In this interactive tale, “Searching 4 Sunshine”, Prince Mayhem is a lonely and depressed young boy. His determination for happiness leads him on a trek introducing him to friends along the way who accept his leadership and believe in his focus. When things get tough, they rely on each other to achieve their goal of finding sunshine!

“SEARCHING 4 SUNSHINE” is intended for children ages 4-8 years old.

 

 

 

“Searching 4 Sunshine” is available on Amazon!

https://amzn.to/2lsiiyy

 

In This Episode, You’ll Learn

  • More about Samaya C. Wilkins and her brand NEW KidLit “Searching 4 Sunshine!!
  • What do SCW kids mean?
  • What inspired Samaya to create SCW and write “SEARCHING 4 SUNSHINE”?
  • What kind of discussions families can have after reading Searching 4 Sunshine!?
  • Where can people find out more about Samaya, upcoming projects and more.

 

 

We would like to say a huge thank you to Samaya C. Wilkins for doing this interview! We’re very excited to see what she does next!  We hope you have enjoyed listening to this episode and be sure to keep your eye out for her future books.

 

We’d love to hear from you!  Contact us and together we can discuss what ideas you think should be included in a future episode, and we can explore potentially setting up an interview. Our goal is to have all voices at the table!

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RWYK STEM Tuesday Special— Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures

In Conversation with Jennifer Swanson on RWYK STEM Tuesday Special Episode— Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures

Welcome to STEM Tuesday on the Reading with Your Kids Podcast!

Today we’re delighted to have our favorite STEM author Jennifer Swanson back on the podcast! She is joining us today to talk about how great things can happen even if there are blunders and mishaps along the way. The pathway to great discoveries is always fascinating. In this episode, Jed and Jennifer delve into some epic achievements and fantastic failures with some terrific STEM titles that will challenge your thinking. Jennifer highlights some of the fascinating books listed on the STEM Tuesday website.

With Stem TuesdayJennifer and Reading With Your Kids aim to inspire kids to become creative writers, thinkers and will encourage their imaginations to SOAR WITH SCIENCE. Our weekly interview with Jennifer will provide parents and educators to teach kids to think critically, abstractly, and creatively.

 

About Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer SwansonAward-winning author Jennifer Swanson’s love of science began when she started a science club in her garage at the age of 7. While no longer working from the garage, Jennifer’s passion for science resonates in the fascinating 25+ nonfiction and fiction books she has written for children. 

Her book, SUPER GEAR: Nanotechnology and Sports Team Up (Charlesbridge) was selected as an NSTA Best STEM book for 2017. Jennifer has received awards from the Pennsylvania TriState Young Adult Review Committee and her books in the “How Things Work” series by The Child’s World were named to the 2012 Booklist’s Top 10 Books for Youth: Series Nonfiction. Top reviews include a starred review in Booklist and recommended reviews from School Librarians Workshop, Library Media Connection, School Library Journal, and the National Science Teacher Association. Jennifer’s new books include releases with National Geographic Kids, Charlesbridge Publishing, and Rosen Publishing.

A perpetual writer, Jennifer is always developing new story ideas and concepts. Keep an eye out for her in the future. You can learn more about her at www.JenniferSwansonBooks.com

Connect with her on social media

Facebook    Twitter    YouTube

 

Here is the link to Jennifer’s STEM Tuesday blog –

https://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/category/stem-tuesday/

Here is the link for her new initiative –

https://kidliteracy.org

Link for Jennifer’s Amazon page – https://amzn.to/2LgiFrw

 

In Our STEM Tuesday Special, we discuss

  • Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures booklist
  • Books mentioned during the interview: The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving into History by Erik Slader and Ben Thompson; illustrated by Tim Foley, The Wright Brothers for Kids: How They Invented the Airplane, 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight by Mary Kay Carson, The Book of Massively Epic Engineering Disasters: 33 Thrilling Experiments Based on History’s Greatest Blunders by Sean Connolly, Google It! A History of Google: How Two Students’ Mission to Organize the Internet Changed the World by Anna Crowley Redding, Moon Mission: The Epic 400-Year Journey to Apollo 11 by Sigmund Brouwer
  • Jennifer talks about Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures– In the Classroom

  • Epic Achievements and Fantastic Failures – Writing Craft and Resources available on the STEM Tuesday website.

 

 

Thank you,  Jennifer, for joining us and for sharing your wonderful insights with us!

 

Check out STEM Tuesday blog for STEM books that ENGAGE. EXCITE. and INSPIRE! Join us each week as a group of dedicated STEM authors highlight FUN topics, interesting resources, and make real-life connections to STEM in ways that may surprise you. #STEMRocks!

 

 

“The Day Punctuation Came to Town” by Kimberlee Gard

Author Kimberlee Gard on “The Day Punctuation Came to Town (Language Is Fun! Punctuation)”

Happy Sunday everyone!

After spending most of her childhood running from books due to a learning disorder, Kimberlee Gard started a children’s book series, Language is Fun, to help other struggling readers. We are ELATED to have Kimberlee joining us for an interview to share how her children’s book series came to life.

The Day Punctuation Came to Town is a wonderful introduction to punctuation and the important role it plays in language. The first book in the Language is Fun series, The Little i Who Lost His Dot won the 2019 Colorado Book Award for Children’s Literature and was a nominee for the 2018 Cybils Award.

Come join us for this exciting new episode of the podcast to learn more about Children’s Author Kimberlee and her love for books, children, and sharing!

 

About the Author

 

 

The Day Punctuation Came to Town (Language Is Fun!) (Language Is Fun! Punctuation)

The Day Punctuation Came to Town by Kimberlee GardThere’s a new family in town: the Punctuations! When Exclamation Point, Question Mark, Period, and Comma join the letters at school, they form words like Wow! and Why? and Yes. But Comma isn’t sure where he belongs. He just seems to get in the way. Is he really important?

Kids, parents, and teachers will enjoy this latest installment in the Language Is Fun series. With colorful illustration and clever wordplay, The Day Punctuation Came to Town is a wonderful introduction to punctuation and the important role it plays in language.

 

 

Follow Kimberlee Gard on Amazon to learn all about her books, to get new release updates and improved recommendations!

https://amzn.to/2mUxTr7

 

In This Episode Of TheReading With Your Kids Podcast, You’ll Find Out:

  • Everyone is eager to learn about your new book, The Day Punctuation Came to Town. Can you give us a hint as to what it’s about?
  • What inspired Kimberlee to write a book about punctuation?
  • As someone who had dyslexia growing up, what kind of struggles did Kimberlee have with the Grammer? How did she deal with those challenges?
  • What kind of things can parents look for that might be an indication of their child having Dyslexia?
  • What does Kimberlee hope that her readers will gain from her books?
  • What are Kimberlee’s goals for the future? Does she have another story on the boiling pot?

 

 

A big Thank You to Kimberlee Gard for joining us! Glad you all could join us for today’s guest interview! We hope you’ve enjoyed this interview and we look forward to introducing you to some great guests in our next episode.

 

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Introducing “Planet Earth Is Blue” by Nicole Panteleakos

Meet Nicole Panteleakos a playwright, Ravenclaw and a middle-grade author of “Planet Earth Is Blue”

Hey there!

We have a very exciting episode for you!

Our guest today is Nicole Panteleakos, an author, playwright, thespian, and Ravenclaw. Her debut novel PLANET EARTH IS BLUE is available as of May, 2019 from Wendy Lamb Books (Penguin Random House). She is joining us today to talk about her debut novel, her inspiration for writing and her goal of inspiring kids to achieve their dreams.

PLANET EARTH IS BLUE is a heartrending and hopeful debut novel about a nonverbal girl and her passion for space exploration, for fans of See You in the Cosmos, Mockingbird, and The Thing About Jellyfish.

Looking for a perfect book to encourage kids to go after their dreams –  Listen and hear what Nicole Panteleakos thinks – you might be surprised!

 

About the Author

 

Learn more about “Planet Earth Is Blue”

Planet Earth Is BlueTwelve-year-old Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger–it’s the first time a teacher is going into space, and kids across America will watch the event on live TV in their classrooms. Nova and her big sister, Bridget, share a love of astronomy and the space program. They planned to watch the launch together. But Bridget has disappeared, and Nova is in a new foster home.

While foster families and teachers dismiss Nova as severely autistic and nonverbal, Bridget understands how intelligent and special Nova is, and all that she can’t express. As the liftoff draws closer, Nova’s new foster family and teachers begin to see her potential, and for the first time, she is making friends without Bridget. But every day, she’s counting down to the launch, and to the moment when she’ll see Bridget again. Because Bridget said, “No matter what, I’ll be there. I promise.”

 

Follow Nicole Panteleakoson Amazon to learn all about her books, to get new release updates and improved recommendations!

https://amzn.to/2LI0IkK

 

 

In This Episode Of TheReading With Your Kids Podcast, You’ll Find Out:

  • What is “Planet Earth Is Blue” all about? Nicole shares the storyline and describes the main character of her book
  • What drew Nicole to creating the nonverbal and autistic character?
  • What kind of research Nicole did to get into the mind of her main character, Nova?
  • What kind of conversation families can have after experiencing “Planet Earth Is Blue”?
  • Nicole gives us a peek inside her upcoming books & some interesting facts about her story.

 

 

A big Thank You to Nicole Panteleakoson for joining us! Glad you all could join us for today’s guest interview! We hope you’ve enjoyed this interview and we look forward to introducing you to some great guests in our next episode.

 

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Loukas and the Game of Chance by Anthony L. Manna & Donald Babisch

RWYK Podcast Welcomes Anthony L. Manna & Donald Babisch, author and illustrator of “Loukas and the Game of Chance”

Hey RWYK Family!!

Join us as we welcome Anthony L. Manna, an author of picture books and a collection of folk tales and fairy tales. He is joining us to talk about his forthcoming book, Loukas and the Game of Chance. This book is about loss and the journey to recovery. Anthony is accompanied by Donald Babisch, illustrator of the book to talk about their inspiration for the book, and to share their experience working together as a team.

Anthony L. Manna is the award-winning author of Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale, The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece, and Greek Folktales: A Treasury of Delights. Loukas and the Game of Chance, a middle-grade fantasy, will be available in October 2019, wherever books are sold.

Be sure to tune in to get all the insights!

 

 

About the Author

www.anthonymannabooks.com

 

About the illustrator

Donald Babisch illustratorDonald Babisch is an artist and art educator focusing primarily on fiber art and mixed media. His work was recently exhibited at the Ashton Gallery in California and at the crooked tree gallery in Michigan. Donald has also taught art at all grade levels in public schools. His articles have appeared in several art education journals And he wrote and illustrated Who Is That peeking In My Windows for beginning readers.

 

 

Learn more about “Loukas and the Game of Chance”

Loukas and the Game of ChanceWhile Loukas is playing his flute at the seawall one day, he befriends a mysterious talking, dancing snake that rewards him with fortune and favor. Some years later, tempted by greed and pride, Loukas loses all his riches and his family. He must now set off on a treacherous journey through a frightening forest filled with suspense and strange creatures to find Destiny, her son Ilion, the Sun, and her daughter Luna, the Moon. These celestial guardians will surely allow him to reverse his misfortune, restore his honor, and win back all that he loves and treasures, won’t they?

A reimagined Greek folktale, Loukas and the Game of Chance is illuminated with dramatic and evocative pen and ink drawings that provide an ideal backdrop for the dark intrigue that fills this haunting story of human struggle, courage, and resilience.

 

Loukas and the Game of Chance will be available on October 1, 2019, on Amazon and wherever the books are sold!

https://amzn.to/2Mb4aDw

 

 

In This Episode, We Discuss

  • Introduction to Anthony L. Manna & Donald Babisch, author and illustrator of Loukas and the Game of Chance
  • What inspired the story of Anthony’s book?
  • How has Anthony’s teaching experience influenced his writing?
  • How was it for Donald to create images for such an interesting story?
  • What kind of conversation families can have if families are co reading Loukas and the Game of Chance?
  • Donald shares how to encourage kids to show their creativity to the world
  • Where can people find more information about Anthony & Donald?

 

A big Thank you to Anthony L. Manna & Donald Babisch for doing this Interview! We’re so cheerful to pass on their AMAZING book to all our listeners and we hope you’ll check out more of their books in the future!

 

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Have great Tuesday listeners!