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Last Day to Celebrate E Book offer

 For the joy of reading, what special moments do you create for your young readers? A sleeping bag with a flashlight, a couch with a blanket? Maybe the cat curls up and read along, personally I think the cat would fall asleep. The family dog would be most interested in hearing the young reader read out loud. Dogs love to read along…..especially when the star of the book is a dog.

In the spirit of Lorax, here is a special offer to be green : Take advantage of the new EBooks formates. From Kindle to Sony each day there seems to be a new App for downloading great books for children to read. So I want to share with you a green moment. Here is a coupon code for Darby’s Story EBook ~ Enter this coupon code BU93U (not case-sensitive) receive your Kindle or Epub to PDF. Darby’s Story is offering a 40% off coupon for the 7 #ebook formates provided on http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94182 This 40% off coupon is good for the next 40 days, expires March 30, 2012.

March 30, 2012 at 7:28 am 1 comment

“T” They Stood Alone!: 25 Men and Women Who Made A Difference

Setting an example with great energy to help inspire the youth,  Sandra McLoed Humphry created a fanstastic book for all ages. Here is Sandra story ~ While doing my school visits, I discovered so many students who had already given up their dreams and no longer had any personal aspirations. They were willing to settle for “just getting by” and weren’t particularly interested in discovering their passions. I wanted to restore their hopes and their dreams by showing them that one person can indeed make a difference. Each of the 25 men and women in my book made a unique contribution which changed and shaped the course of history, and they weren’t afraid to take a risk even when it frequently meant standing alone. I write my books to encourage kids to believe in themselves, to discover their passions, and to follow their hearts and persevere until they fulfill their dreams. I also encourage my readers to always think in terms of eventually giving back to society as they are able to do so.

They Stood Alone!: 25 Men and Women Who Made a Differenceis a collection of brief biographies of 25 men and women who refused to conform to the societal beliefs and expectations of their time and, by stepping out and away from the crowd, they changed their world and ours as well. (For ages 10 and up). It has just received the 2011 Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Young Adult Nonfiction and was the 2011-2012 DIY Book Festival Winner for the Teenage category.

My Blog: My DARE TO DREAM BIG! Blog at http://www.kidscandoit.com/blog/is part educational/part inspirational and presents a new biography each week of someone who overcame great obstacles to achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams.

Here are some comments from Blog followers: 

Another incredible story Sandra. Thanks for sharing. Where would the world be without people who refuse to give up on an idea! Darlene Foster

Another wonderful story. I always leave this site thinking, if these pioneers can accomplish so very much. Maybe there is a chance for me to realize my dream. Back to the writing table!! Olyn Warfield

Love to read these! I always learn so much about such influential people. Thank you Sandy! Eli Pacheco

Love today’s post! Was it your intention to leave readers with misty eyes? If so, you succeeded! I am sharing this on a future blog if that’s okay with you. I am definitely linking this back on my blog. Thank you for your time and your work. Pam

I love these inspirational posts. I’m a firm believer that anyone who ever made it, and I mean, really made it, most likely faced adversity at some point(s) in their lives. He or she who tries nothing, achieves nothing. I’m a follower Sandra. Keep up the great work. Keith Flanagan

Sandra McLeod Humphrey is a retired clinical psychologist, a character education consultant, and an award-winning author of eight middle-grade and young adult books. She’s also the recipient of the National Character Education Center’s Award for Exemplary Leadership in Ethics Education (2000) and the 2005 Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature. You can learn more about her books by visiting her Web site at http://www.kidscandoit.com.

March 22, 2012 at 8:04 am 1 comment

“K” Kindly share LitWorld ~ Read Out Aloud ~ WRADvocate

Read Out Aloud participation keep on sharing with others, here’s my interview for being a WRADvocate! WRADvocate Profile: Martha Steward

DateFriday, March 2, 2012 at 8:41AM

Martha Steward is an award-winning author of  two children’s books inspiring pet adoption, blended family issues, and the courage to be a Marine Mom. 

Darby’s Story and Bangle Bear are both MCA Silver recipients for Best in Pet and Animal Care. Martha ‘s blog Darby’s Story and More shares information for would-be pet adopters, literacy programs, and features stories to inspire. 

As our WRADvocate, Martha Steward will be reading out loud at 2pm, Lakeport Public Library on High Street, Lakeport, California.

Read more about Martha below!

1. Is there a particular book that has changed your life in some way and why?

“The Yearling” By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, (now celebrating 50th edition). My word, the book was big, over four hundred pages, I was in 8th grade and wanted to run and hide. There was no way I could finish, yet I was willing to take the challenge that griped my heart with pounding thunder.

I had settled in the living room on the coach with a blanket, and opened to the first page. I was hooked like a gold-fish, turning the pages turned into chapters. Stopping was not an option, I was transformed to the setting in Florida, the boy in the story, and the adventures. I wanted more.

I finished the book in two weeks, and thought about the book for a few days before writing the book report,  (a required part of Mr. Bob Kay’s English class) which was the best mountain I could ever climb. I submitted the book report and waited.

The waiting just killed me. My weak writing skills made me feel less of a person. I dreaded the poor grade I just knew I was going to receive. 

The day approached when the book report got handed back, and I wasn’t sure if Mr. Kay wanted to tease me or what, but I got the paper last, and with a not so pleasant expression on Mr Kay’s face, he handed me the report that had been folded in half, to provide privacy. I looked up at my teache and opened to find a giant  “A”!

When in doubt, I recall what I accomplished that day. It keeps me going.

2. What advice would you give to teachers, parents and caregivers who want to reach their struggling readers?  

Find the topics that interest the reader, start slow and allow the reader to build from there. With the lasted technology  from E books, reading along books, interactive story books, audio books stimulate the young reader to image being there or being that person.

3. It is said that stories and poems teach values. Is there one value in particular that has inspired your life and your good work that might connect back to a book that was either read to you or that you read on your own?

There is always a message to the reader within the pages of a book. Stories were created to share values, the lessons of right and wrong, how to stand up for the powerless. I cannot think of a single book that stands out, yet I can say that each book I read provides an insightful value to apply to my life.

4. What do you think the future holds for readers? 

Between the latest technology and the variety of  books being published, we have an endless selection, including the classics. One concern is that the past generation has spent more time playing video games than reading. I hope that with the latest Apps for books, the apps will provide a reading opportunity for this generation of young readers.

5. Will you share with us some final meditations on the power of the read aloud and of reading in general to the emotional lives of children and for all people?

Storytelling is the oldest form of sharing who we are as a culture, a family, and a person. Reading out loud to your children, students, and the elderly continues that long tradition. A means to discover new lands, take a time-capsule back, or step into the future. Readers grow by transforming their minds to expand theirknowledge and share what we have learned. When reading at the local library, the best apart is watching the little light bulbs turn on among the kids around me.

To know more about WRADvocate and support your local community sign-up for 2013 http://litworld.org/

March 13, 2012 at 8:12 am Leave a comment

Continue to Celebrate E Book offer

 For the joy of reading, what special moments do you create for your young readers? A sleeping bag with a flashlight, a couch with a blanket? Maybe the cat curls up and read along, personally I think the cat would fall asleep. The family dog would be most interested in hearing the young reader read out loud. Dogs love to read along…..especially when the star of the book is a dog.

In the spirit of Lorax, here is a special offer to be green : Take advantage of the new EBooks formates. From Kindle to Sony each day there seems to be a new App for downloading great books for children to read. So I want to share with you a green moment. Here is a coupon code for Darby’s Story EBook ~ Enter this coupon code BU93U (not case-sensitive) receive your Kindle or Epub to PDF. Darby’s Story is offering a 40% off coupon for the 7 #ebook formates provided on http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94182 This 40% off coupon is good for the next 40 days, expires March 30, 2012.

March 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm 1 comment

Liebster Blog Award

I’m honored to receive the Liebster Blog Award from Sandra McLeod Humphrey, author of the blog Kids Can Do It… Dare To Dream Big !!! Thank You, Sandra!

Liebster is German for dearest, beloved or favorite. This award is bestowed on blogs with less than 200 followers but deserve more attention.

What a great way to support fellow bloggers you admire!

Here are the rules that come with this award:

  • 1. Thank the blogger who gave you the award and link back to them.
  • 2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog. ( In my research to know more about the Liebster Blog Award, there are other blogs that noted three. I do wish to state I offered to 5 very interesting blogs to participate, three responded, should the others respond I would be happy to post their blog pages… why? When you find a positive site you think others will enjoy it’s worth the extra effort : )
  • 3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
  • 4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their three/five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

The three blogs I would like to recommend are:

1. The Cows Are Coming Blog  Martin Rothery, this gentleman from the UK adds humor like no other, The blog is the ramblings of a bovine obsessed writer. His newly published book, ‘Cows” ~ Cows are trying to take over the world! But how would these normally docile creatures do such a thing?

2. Net Working Chick Elizabeth ~ The networking chick blog is for the 20 something woman and will discuss workplace issues, startups, social networking, and careers. Her articles are incredible insightful and joy to read. I could not resist, in my reply to Elizabeth, I mentioned what a great resource for boys and girls graduating from High School and College  looking to get out in the world.

3. The Illustrators Onion Blog Greg Jackson Freelance Illustrator Australia ~ Illustration can make you laugh, it can make you cry but it can’t make your lunch! Everday illustrators tackle the big questions…life? …love? …breakfast cereal? Greg posted his project ” Sketch Book Project 2012″. I so appreciate the arts. Thought this global art project needed to be shared for all ages to participate. You can review Greg’s work here: “The King of Toast”

Have fun getting to know these bloggers!

Thanks again to Sandra!

Please visit Sandra’s website & Blog.  Sandra’s efforts she writes to inspire kids, with articles  Dare to Dream Big, including an on-line book store. A wonderful resource for school book report, summer reading ideas, and those kids that just love books. Kids Can Do It >>>>>>>

ps If the other 2 reply be happy to share : )

February 17, 2012 at 10:58 am 2 comments


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