Thanksgiving Special Episode with Carol Gordon Ekster!

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Author Interview with Carol Gordon Ekster – Thanksgiving Special 2017!

It’s Happy Thanksgiving 2017! Time for sharing and spreading happiness. Thanksgiving is a perfect time to start teaching your little ones about gratitude and being thankful. One of the best ways we have found to teach this concept is by reading books about thankfulness.

In this episode of Reading with Your Kids Podcast, we’re pleased to be joined by  Carol Gordon Ekster, an extremely talented children’s author of BEFORE I SLEEP: I SAY THANK YOUWhere Am I Sleeping Tonight?- A Story of Divorce and Ruth the Sleuth and the Messy Room. Carol is joining us today to discuss the importance gratitude & to share with us some of her favourite books focused on gratitude that will appeal to children and inspire their young hearts. Get your cup of coffee ready, and let’s get started!

Here’s more information about Carol Gordon Ekster

Carol's professional photo for booksCarol Gordon Ekster taught elementary school teacher for 35 years.  Her first published book, Where Am I Sleeping Tonight?-A Story of Divorce, Boulden Publishing, 2008, was an Readers’ Choice 2012 finalist for Best Children’s Book for Single Parents. The Library Is The Perfect Place”, was acquired by Library Sparks magazine, 2010.  A picture book, Ruth The Sleuth and The Messy Room, was on Character Publishing’s debut list, 2011 and was awarded the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Her picture book, Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You, Pauline Books and Media, released January 1, 2015 and is now in its third printing. The book was the 3rd place winner in the Catholic Press Association’s 2016 Book Awards in the children’s category and was a finalist for the ACP Excellence in Publishing Awards 2016. Her first e-book came out spring 2015 as part of a digital library with Schoolwide, Inc. Her new book, You Know What? with Clavis Books came out first in Dutch, December 2016, and the English version released September 1, 2017. Korean and Chinese versions are in the works. Carol spends time in critique groups, doing exercise and yoga, and working on her books.

More about Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You

Before I Sleep I Say Thank You is a charming tale that teaches children to be thankful for the gifts each new day brings and the second chances we have to make a difference. At bedtime, a mother and child think about their day and remember one thing each is sorry for, then the child recalls five things to be grateful for, takes a peaceful breath, and falls asleep. Includes notes for children and adults.

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • Carol talks about importance of teaching children about gratitude & thankfulness
  • Carol is pleased to share some of her favorite books on being thankful and grateful that will help young readers on their journey to understanding gratitude.
  • Listen in as she talks about her sweet children’s book Before I Sleep: I Say Thank You which encourages a bedtime routine & much more…

This episode is not to be missed and  If you enjoyed today’s show, please share it by using the social media buttons at the bottom of this page. Happy Thanksgiving to all our listeners! 

We’d love to hear what you think about the podcast, and any suggestions on what you’d like to hear in future episodes. Feel free to connect with us on our social media, or email us anytime by contacting us.

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