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Saturday, December 31, 2011

GAP Author Janet Collins's New Year's Resolution




Here is another New Year's Resolution from one of our Angels. Janet Ann Collins is the author of The Peril of the Sinister Scientist, Secret Service Saint, and most recently Signs of Trouble.

In 2012 I resolve to write things that can help people and make a positive difference in the world.

Janet Ann Collins is a writer, teacher, parent, and grandparent. She has been a columnist and feature writer for newspapers, her work has appeared in periodicals and anthologies, and she is the author of three books for kids.

You can visit Janet online at http://www.janetanncollins.com/ and her blog at http://onwordsblog.blogspot.com/


To learn more about this and other GAP titles, please visit us online at http://guardianangelpublishing.com/.

Friday, December 30, 2011

GAP Author Nicole Weaver's New Year's Resolution



We thought it would be fun to have some of our Angels share their New Year's resolutions. First up is Nicole Weaver. She is the author of the trilingual book, My Sister is My Best Friend.

My new year’s writing resolutions are to edit my middle-grade novel titled, There’s Nothing Wrong with being Smart and to start writing a woman’s novel titled, No Place to Belong. I recently took an eight-week YA class with Victoria Hanley, an award –winning author of teen fiction published in 10 languages. I learned so much from taking Victoria’s class. Each week during class, she critiqued 10 pages of my manuscript. Now, I need to take the time to re-write the manuscripts following her suggestions.

I plan to take a second class on writing woman’s fiction. I will be able to get No Place to Belong critiqued. It is a win-win situation for a new author.

Additionally, I need to make time to promote my newly released book My Sister is My Best Friend. I look forward to having a great 2012.

Nicole Weaver is a trilingual children’s author. She teaches high school French and Spanish. To learn more about her newest trilingual book, you can visit her blog: http://mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com. You can also visit her online at http://www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com/ http://nicole-weaver.com/.

To learn more about this and other GAP titles, please visit http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman an Amazon Hot New Release




After one night at her grandparents’ beach house, Jessica is ready to go home to Mommy and Daddy. Grandma suggests a fantastic outing with Grandpa that sounds like fun. The balloon Grandpa buys for Jessica takes them on a fantastic flight where they meet some unusual characters.

Suggested ages for readers: 4-7

Purchase Fantastic Flight by Barbara Bockman and illustrated by Jack Foster at http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/fantastic-flight.htm



Friday, December 16, 2011

Coloring Page for Christmas - Poodle and Doodle


Isn't that just like the Doodle in Poodle and Doodle? Always getting into something!

To see more fun illustrations by Jack Foster, visit Jacktoons. For 'Oodles of Fun, visit http://www.poodleanddoodle.blogspot.com
*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Follow a Star - Children's Christmas Story by GAP Author


Hear me (Donna Shepherd) read "Follow a Star" by Guardian Angel Publishing author Shari Lyle-Soffe about two raccoon brothers that rely on their faith to see them through difficult, and sometimes dangerous, times in this month's edition of Guardian Angel Kids, the online interactive ezine from Guardian Angel Publishing.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Interview with Alison Sansone, Creator of Be There Bedtime Stories




The Business 2 Community website recently interviewed Alison Sansone, creator of Be There Bedtime Stories, a webcam storytelling platform, as part of B2C's Persuasive Women Interview Series. 

Guardian Angel Publishing offers books for sale through this experimental platform. A Horse of Course by Shari Lyle-Soffe and illustrated by Eugene Ruble is just one of the many GAP books available on the site.

You can read Alison's interview by clicking here

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nancy Stewart's Sea Turtle Summer Virtual Book Tour Starts Today!



Join GAP author Nancy Stewart as she tours the blogosphere from December 5th - 16th with Pump Up Your Book to promote her second Guardian Angel Publishing book, Sea Turtle Summer!

Bella and Britt think living by the beach is the coolest thing ever. When they discover a Loggerhead Sea Turtle laying her eggs in broad daylight, the girls go into action to help.

No one, though, seems to care about the nest. The beach is a busy place and is getting busier by the minute on such a beautiful summer day. What can they do? Who will help, and what do they learn about themselves?

As a bonus, Sea Turtle Summer contains kid appealing facts about sea turtles.



SEA TURTLE SUMMER TOUR SCHEDULE!

Monday, December 5th

Book reviewed at Kristi’s Book Nook

Tuesday, December 6th

Guest blogging at Hollywood Daze

Book trailer featured at If Books Could Talk

Wednesday, December 7th

Book reviewed at Loves 2 Read

Thursday, December 8th

Guest blogging at Café of Dreams

Friday, December 9th

Book reviewed at One Day at a Time

Interviewed at Coffee and a Keyboard

Monday, December 12th

Book reviewed at Taking Time for Mommy

Tuesday, December 13th

Book reviewed This Little Book of Mine

Wednesday, December 14th

Book reviewed at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Thursday, December 15th

Book reviewed at 4 the Love of Books

Friday, December 16th

Book reviewed at Everyday is an Adventure

Book reviewed at Bassgiraffe’s Thoughts


After having been both an elementary school teacher, a university professor of education and a consultant for New Options, Inc. in New York City, Nancy Stewart writes children’s books full time. She, her husband and three sons, lived in London for eight years, where she was a consultant to several universities, including Cambridge.

Her travels take her extensively throughout the world, most particularly Africa. Nancy is US chair of a charity in Lamu, Kenya, that places girls in intermediate schools to allow them to further their education.

Nancy is the author of the Bella and Britt picture book series, One Pelican at a Time, Sea Turtle Summer, Bella Saves the Beach and Mystery at Manatee Key. All are published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Pelican was nominated for a Global eBook Award.

She was featured in the PBS Tampa (WEDU) series, Gulfwatch. It concerned the writing of One Pelican at a Time: A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill.

She and her family live in St. Louis and Tampa.

Nancy’s web and blog sites are:

http://www.nancystewartbooks.com/

http://www.nancystewartbooks.blogspot.com/

Friday, December 2, 2011

Guardian Angel Kids Magazine December 2011 Issue Now Online!




Stop by the Guardian Angel Kids Magazine website at http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/ and view our December 2011 issues of Guardian Angel Kids Magazine!

In this issue you'll find featured books, poems and stories. Kids can draw draw and paint an angelfish with Painting Board or play games from our books. This month's article for kids comes from Karin Larson. For parents and teachers, we have an article titled, "7 Simple Tips to Relieve Holiday Family Stress." There's also a letter from our poetry editor, Donna Shepherd.

You can also view past issues of GAK from our website.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Easy Language Acquisition Activities by GAP Author Nicole Weaver



Due you lack ideas on what activities to do to keep your child interested in learning French or Spanish. If you answered yes, here is what you can do.

Make a habit to introduce seasonal themes. This is an easy and fun way to introduce new vocabulary to kids. For example, since it is now fall you can spend some time introducing vocabulary relating to fall. Furthermore, you can always take your child to the park to experience what fall is like. Have your child gather leaves that have fallen to the ground and make a collage with it.

Next, have the child label each item in English first, then label it in the language your child is interested in learning.

Here are some concrete examples:


Autum/L’automne/El otoño


Leaves/Les feuilles/Las hojas


We go to school in the fall/On va à l’école en automne/Vamos a la escuela al otoño


Nicole weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. Her second children's trilingual book titled: My Sister is My Best Friend will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Her third children's book, My Brother is My Best Friend is currently under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing. She is also the author of a children's trilingual picture book titled : Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle. The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Nicole has traveled to France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Mexico, Canada and London.

Websites:http://outskirtspress.com/nicoleweaver
http://www.melangeofcultures.wordpress.com/
http://nicole-weaver.com/

My Sister Is My Best Friend Blog:http://mysisterismybestfriend.blogspot.com/

My Birthday Is September Eleven Blog:http://mybirthdayiseptembereleven.blogspot.com/

Marie and her Friend the Sea Turtle Blog:http://marieandherfriendtheseaturtle.blogspot.com/

Educational Expert:http://www.bizymoms.com/city-experts-cp/ce-nicole-weaver-130.php

Blogcritics Contributor:http://blogcritics.org/writers/nicole-weaver

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Holiday Traditions by GAP Author Kai Strand



The day after Thanksgiving is often the day families decorate their homes for Christmas. But in my friend’s household, it is the kickoff day of a beloved family tradition. Each year, Jen pulls out a decorative sleigh large enough for a toddler to sit in and fills it with their collection of Christmas books. She’s been collecting books related to the Christmas holiday since her boys were babies. They have titles that range from traditional stories to quirky tales. But what makes the tradition so special in my eyes is that each night from the evening the books are set out until Christmas itself, her boys pick one book to be read. At some point in the evening, after homework is completed, or tae-kwon-do class is over, but before the boys shuffle off to brush their teeth and maybe even curl up with a book of their own, Jen and her boys settle together in the living room to read a Christmas story. They have some favorite books, which have been read repeatedly over the years, but they also look forward to sharing new stories together.

Can’t you just picture the cozy scene? The boys cuddled under their throws either laughing at Christmas antics or in awe over the story of Jesus’ birth; and Jen, sharing those moments night after night, year after year with her (now 10 and 13 yr old) boys.

What a lovely and enduring tradition.

Guardian Angel Publishing has several holiday titles to kick-start your annual tradition, or, as in the case of my friend, add to an existing one:

A BLESSED BETHLEHEM BIRTH- www.guardianangelpublishing.com/blessedbirth.htm

A STAR IN THE NIGHT- www.guardianangelpublishing.com/star-night.htm

ANGEL EYES- www.guardianangelpublishing.com/angel-eyes.htm

BABY JESUS IS MISSING! - www.guardianangelpublishing.com/baby-jesus.htm

CAMILLE'S JOURNEY: Christmas Musical Play & Master www.guardianangelpublishing.com/camille.htm

CURLEY, THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE- www.guardianangelpublishing.com/curley.htm

LITTLE SHEPHERD- www.guardianangelpublishing.com/little-shepherd.htm

O CHRISTMAS TREE- www.guardianangelublishing.com/o-christmas-tree.htm

ONE FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS- www.guardianangelpublishing.com/christmas-angel.htm

SECRET SERVICE SAINT- www.guardianangelpublishing.com/secret-saint.htm

THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT- www.guardianangelpublishing.com/best-xmas-gift.htm

THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL- http://guardianangelpublishing.com/christmas-angel.htm

'TWAS THE YEAR CHRIST LEFT CHRISTMAS - http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/christ-left.htm

Kai Strand is the author of The Weaver, a tween chapbook that offers a little magic and a lot of storytelling. Though it isn’t a Christmas title, it would make a fine Christmas present for any 9 – 12 year old.

GAP Illustrator K.C. Snider Joins the SCBWI



Artist K.C. Snider, who has illustrated such Guardian Angel Publishing books as the award-winning historical storybook, The Golden Pathway by Donna McDine, the tween chapter book, The Weaver by Kai Strand, the Andy and the Albino Horse series by Mary Jean Kelso, and newly released, The Milk Horse by Cat Luce, has become a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

K.C. Snider, an honors graduate from The Eugene School for Art, is a prominent Oregon artist. Her love of the western life and of wildlife has been developed since her youth. She had a natural talent for drawing and color exhibited since she was ten years old. She has shared her talents as an Art Instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. Her painting, the “Brothers of the Wolves I”, has been published by Colorado’s Leanin’ Tree, Inc. Her painting, “Spirit of the Hunter,” was chosen by Leanin' Tree for the 2006 Christmas card line.

Originally specializing in Western Art, K.C. has branched out into a variety of styles and subjects. Her collection of oil paintings, lithographs, and pencil drawings include portraits of the All-American Cowboy and Cowgirl and their lifestyles of days gone by. Recently, K.C. has been sculpting using a variety of subjects including cowboys, domestic animals and other funny caricatures and is working on her first bronze, “The All-American Cowgirl.”

K.C.’s paintings incorporate horses of all breeds, majestic wolves and buffalo herds, as well as eagles and other native birds of prey, in their rustic natural habitats. The western terrain in her art is not only very detailed, but it also transcends time. Now a resident of Redmond, Oregon, K.C. is inspired by the natural beauty of the high desert of Central Oregon. In some of her works, if one looks closely, the visions of spirits create an inspiring visual impact. K.C. has a gift for capturing the shimmering iridescence of the spirit world. In her reverent detail, one can almost hear the howl of wolves and the trampling of running horses on dusty trails as their stories depicted on the canvases come to life in the mind’s eye.

K.C.’s artwork has won many awards during her long career. Her rainbow collection of prize ribbons from all over the Northwest is as colorful as her work. Recently, K.C. has won plaques from the 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Western Art Roundup at Winnemucca, Nevada. She has won prizes in several categories, as well as the prestigious Snaffle Bit Award for her authentic Western Art, the Pioneer Award for the depiction of life on the High Desert, and the Indian Heritage Award for her piece titled, “Hope of the White Buffalo.”

K.C. has now completed illustrating a number of children’s’ books. The Christmas Angel, with author Mary Jean Kelso and The Magic Violin, with Mayra Calvani were the first of the books published by Guardian Angel Publishing.

You can visit her website at http://www.kcsniderart.com/  She also has two blogs: http://blog.kcsniderart.com/  and http://andyandthealbinohorse.blogspot.com/.

Friday, November 18, 2011

GAP Author Cheryl Malandrinos at Pump Up Your Book Live! Author Chat Tonight!



Cheryl Malandrinos, author of Little Shepherd, is participating in the Pump Up Your Book Live! November 2011 Authors on Tour Chat/Giveaway Party. The party starts at 8 PM Eastern and features numerous authors in a variety of genres. Cheryl is scheduled to chat with attendees around 10 PM.

You can check out the Pump Up Your Book website for additional details at http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/10/25/pump-up-your-book-live-november-2011-authors-on-tour-chatbook-giveaway-party/

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

How to Make a Picture Book Editor Yell, "WOW!"



November is Picture Book Month, so when I was asked to submit an article for the GAP Blog, I thought the logical topic was Picture Books. I write ‘em, I read ‘em, I critique ’em and I LOVE ‘em.
So, read on. . .

There are oodles of picture books out there. Some are waiting in slush piles, while others are contenders, already going through the approval process. Then, there are all those bookstores, large and small, that have shelves loaded with picture books. Every conceivable theme and plot line has already been written - thousands of times. So, how can you hit the jackpot with your PB?

The First Thing to Consider:

Don't worry about finding a new kind of story - it's not going to happen mates! What you need is a neat out-of-the-box scenario: a fresh new way to write a fun story about bunnies, horses, moonbeams or new babies - whatever. Nothing is set in stone. Jot down your ideas, and then turn them sideways, upside-down or inside-out. All things being equal, quirky and fresh gets the brass ring.

Think of the picture books you loved as a kid, or now love to read to your kids. Take one of these stories and think about what made it appeal to you or your child. Then reinvent it. This is not plagiarism. It is dissecting a PB: plot, characters and setting, until you know the secret of its success. Use that knowledge to craft a new story, completely your own. Exploit the principles of success you discovered while doing the dissecting.

The Writing:

Tight writing for picture books is the golden rule. Use powerful and active verbs,

Great verbs are a PB writer's best friend. Search for adjectives that surprise and delight your reader. Be specific when referring to people, places, and events. Simplicity is a splendid goal. Beware like, nice, very, walked, sat, ran, and their ilk. You can find better, stronger, and more innovative words. Seemed, I think, perhaps and some - all four have weakness in common. Write with words that signify strength, action and power. Think of your text as a garden with rampant growth. Prune those sentences until your word count is way below 1,000 words.

The writer that prunes ruthlessly is the one who becomes published.

Your First Paragraph or Verse:

Editors are buried under piles of manuscripts waiting to be read, work related in-office conferences, and time spent conferring with the art director, and dictating rejection letters - to name just a few chores that crowd their days. If your first few lines don't make an editor say, "Wow!" you can forget advances and royalty payments. Those first few lines need to make an editor eager to read more. Your goal is to have her think, "Hey, this is something new and different."

So, set up those first lines as if your publishing life depended on them - because it does. Make them fun: full of action or quirky ideas. Introduce the main character in a way that makes a lasting impression. Describe a wild and way-out setting. Craft those lines using ideas with a twist, and characters that kids demand to read about, over-and-over. Of course this will cause you big problems with the rest of your story. Why? Because you have already set an incredibly high writing standard, and you must maintain that standard until THE END.

The Right Publisher:

You must find a publisher who publishes books similar to yours. More rejections are sent because the author chose the wrong publisher, than because the writing was lousy. If you write picture books about animals, it is a waste of time sending your manuscript to religious, non-fiction, or mid-grade only publishers. In addition, you need to fine-tune your search even further. IE: Some publishers will accept animal stories, but not stories about talking animals. It is a simple matter of doing your homework.

Finding a publisher that has an editor who needs a book like yours, loves your writing style, and is in sync with your ideas for your book can be a crap shoot. Because, unless you are already know to the editor (translation: published by them and made them lots of money), or have editorial or publishing connections via different sources, you are left to wade through miles of publishing websites, looking at the books they have recently published, plus their submission guidelines.

The CWIM (Children's Writers and Illustrator's Market) is a wonderful source of legitimate publishing houses, website addresses, and clues about what publishers want from you. Book stores and libraries are other places you can find stories along the lines of yours. Make notes about who published them.

Harold Underdown's Purple Crayon has many useful pages. Here are THREE articles that will help you search for a publisher. Harold's website has far too many great articles to mention all the useful ones- check it out Here.

Who's Moving Where

Magazines, Organizations & Websites

Basic Information: Several articles on how to be published.

Then there is:

Secrets of Writing for Children : Lots of help and guidance.

Amazon Book/Publisher Search: For more focused searches on individual authors, publishers, or subjects, the best bet is Amazon's dedicated search page.

Writer's Market: They update information regularly, including editors to contact. They have a program where you can track submissions, but it costs to join. Writer's Market also has a free update site. You don't have to subscribe to the magazine to get the updates.

Verla Kay's WebSite: A mult-published author. A wonderful resource site. Click Artists & Writers and then Transcripts. Look for back transcripts of chat with editors.

In Conclusion:

The principles of making sure your manuscript is ready for a publisher/editor is the same for all books: tight writing, great choice of words, strong story and memorable characters. For picture books, you need only a few words, and then weave them into a marvelous story. Your book must keep the interest of small children with the attention span of a puppy. How can an undertaking that looks so simple end up being one of the most difficult tasks a writer can tackle?

Don't ask me. I'm hooked!



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Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant now living in Oregon. She has 10 published picture books, and also writes young YA fiction. Her Manuscript Critique Service promises to help you write “As tight as your granny’s new girdle,” and her personal guidance will show you how to WOW an editor.

BOOKS and Manuscript Critiques: http://www.margotfinke.com/

HOOK KIDS on READING: http://hookkidsonreading.blogspot.com/  

Margot’s Magic Carpet: http://perfectmagiccarpet.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CELEBRATING NATIONAL FOOD DAY 2011: ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO EAT HEALTHY LUNCHES





Food Day was celebrated on October 24th! GAP author, Nicole Weaver offered us this great article she wrote, that is a great reminder every day of the year.

CELEBRATING NATIONAL FOOD DAY 2011: ENCOURAGE YOUR KIDS TO EAT HEALTHY LUNCHES BY NICOLE WEAVER

Incorporating healthy eating on a daily basis is not difficult. Most students, because of convenience, usually purchase lunch at school. I have seen firsthand the type of junk that is served at many school cafeterias. I have been teaching for twenty-six years at the middle and high school levels. I would not feed the slop at my school to my worst enemy. The stuff is completely devoid of nutritional value. What can a parent do? Many times kids feel very uncomfortable carrying lunch to school. I bribe my kids by paying them extra allowance if they eat what I make them for lunch.

Now, let us examine what constitutes a healthy brown-bag lunch. Children need to eat a balanced meal for proper brain development. They need to eat protein, carbohydrates, and fruit. I always pack a piece of fruit with a sandwich made of whole wheat bread, cold cuts, lettuce and tomatoes, along with sliced carrots or celery sticks. I only purchase cold cuts that are nitrites and nitrates free and raised without added hormones. Non-organic meats are loaded with deadly chemicals that have been proven to cause cancer. All of my fruits are also organic.

A healthy brown-bag lunch should also include snacks. I buy organic almonds, organic raisins and dried coconut from the health-food store. I mix and put some in a snack bag. VOILA! You have a very healthy snack, which is not laced with a ton of sugar.

How about beverages? I buy organic juices for lunch. Sodas are loaded with too much sugar; too much consumption of sugar is known to deplete your body of vital nutrients. It is shameful the many soda machines that are placed in schools. Many of my students come to class with a sugar buzz. Some even fall asleep before the end of class. I also encourage my children to drink plenty of water. I am not fond of school water fountains, so I buy a polycarbonate water bottle and fill it with filtered water. This bottle is glass-like, non-porous, no plastic or dioxine leaching. The traditional plastic bottle leaks cancer-causing chemicals in the water. The bottle can be kept in a locker or a backpack for easy access.

As parents, we have a duty to make sure our children are well cared for. Healthy minds and bodies start from the inside.

My daughter graduated with top honors from high school and now my sixteen-year-old will be a junior. I will monitoring his eating habits, just as I did my daughter's. He may get some weird looks, but at least he will be in the best of health.

Nicole weaver was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti. She came to the United States when she was ten years old. She is fluent in Creole, French, Spanish and English. She is a veteran teacher of French and Spanish. She is the author of a children’s trilingual picture book titled ” Marie and Her Friend the Sea Turtle.” The story is about a Haitian little girl who resided by the beach in Haiti. Her second trilingual children’s picture book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing. The book titled, ” My sister is my Best Friend ” will be published in 2011.

Visit Nicole online athttp://nicole-weaver.com/


Be prepared for Food Day 2012 by visiting http://foodday.org/!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Win A FREE Copy of O Christmas Tree by Lindsay Bonilla at Through His Eyes




Guardian Angel Publishing recently released O Christmas Tree by Lindsay Bonilla and illustrated by Jack Foster.

The Marshalls, a family wrapped up in their holiday traditions, can hardly wait to celebrate the season by decorating their Christmas tree. But when their tree, Treena, unexpectedly comes to life, she teaches them a lesson about the true meaning of the Christmas that they will never forget.

To celebrate the book's release, Lindsay is offering a FREE copy as a giveaway during her interview at Through His Eyes. The winner will be announced at the Through His Eyes blog on November 14th. Find additional details at: http://throughhiseyestoo.blogspot.com/2011/11/o-christmas-tree-by-lindsay-bonilla.html

Sunday, October 23, 2011

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month - American Sign Language (ASL) Facts



American Sign Language (ASL) Facts

• In 1817 the first free school for the deaf was founded in Hartford, Connecticut by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc.
• A curious fact is ASL came from the Old French Sign Language (OFSL). The British sign language is very different.
• Gallaudet University, located in Washington, D.C., is the first and only deaf university in the world.

Did you know babies can be taught to communicate with sign before they are able to speak?

At times people have been afraid to teach their babies to sign out of fear it would delay the baby’s verbal development, but studies have shown this is untrue. In fact increased cognitive skills and vocabulary are the result.



Did you know that American Sign Language has been used to teach primates to communicate?

Project Washoe http://www.friendsofwashoe.org/

In 1966 the project attempted to teach a chimpanzee to ask questions in ASL, to understand and interact with her environment using language. Raised like a member of a family in a trailer with a refrigerator, bed, clothes, etc. Everyone communicated with her through sign language. She learned 350 words and taught other chimps to speak ASL.



Koko http://www.koko.org/index.php

Koko is a gorilla who learned in over of 1,000 signs based on ASL. There is some disagreement about whether she truly understands language and uses it to express herself or only uses it based on a “reward response.” Her trainer insists she uses ASL to express herself and has created unique word combinations without any reward.



ASL FUN

Go to http://www.start-american-sign-language.com/american-sign-language-alphabet.html

• Have students learn to spell their name.
• Play a game. Sign the spelling of objects, words, animals, people’s names, letters, etc. Challenge children to guess.
• Teach children the ABC song



REFERENCES

American Sign Language Browser
http://commtechlab.msu.edu/sites/aslweb/browser.htm

Baby Sign Language
http://www.babysignlanguage.com/

eHow
“About Monkeys Learning Sign Language”
http://www.ehow.com/about_5436028_monkeys-learning-sign-language.html

Friends of Washoe
http://www.friendsofwashoe.org/

HANDSPEAK.COM
http://handspeak.com/

Koko’s World
http://www.koko.org/index.php

NIDCD National Institute on Deafness and other Communicative Disorders
American Sign Language
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/asl.aspx

The Andy and Spirit series by Mary Jean Kelso and illustrated by K.C. Snider, and Signs of Trouble by Janet Ann Collins and illustrated by Jack Foster, are Guardian Angel Publishing books that recognize the social and cultural contributions made by people with disabilities.

Visit our website at http://guardianangelpublishing.com/ to learn more about these and other GAP books.



J. Aday Kennedy, the differently-abled writer, & speaker is an award winning multi-published author of inspirational/Christian pieces and of children’s literature. Nine picture books are under contract eagerly awaiting publication with Guardian Angel Publishing.

She is a ventilator dependent quadriplegic making her dreams come true one story at a time. As a speaker, Aday entertains, instructs, motivates and inspires audiences of all ages. For children's book reviews, research posts, and jokes visit Brain Fart Explosion, a blog for kids, teachers and parents.

Visit J. Aday online at http://www.blogger.com/www.jadaykennedy.com

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Little Shepherd Virtual Book Tour, November and December 2011




GAP author Cheryl C. Malandrinos is going to be traveling the blogosphere in November and December to talk about her Christian children's picture book, Little Shepherd.

Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth. Can he trust the miracle of Christmas to keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

Read the reviews!

“Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a fresh rendition of the familiar story of the angels appearing to the shepherds in the field and announcing the birth of the Savior. The unique slant to this particular retelling of the scriptural story is that the reader sees the event through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. As a grandmother, I would be delighted to read this story to my grandchildren. As such, I recommend it to parents/grandparents/teachers everywhere who wish to bring this passage of scripture to life for impressionable young hearts to understand”.

–Kathi Macias, radio host and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the Extreme Devotion series and Valeria’s Cross

“Heartstrings will be tugged as readers journey to the manger with a little shepherd boy. Obed’s father entrusted him with his first flock of sheep. Everything seems to be going perfect until angels fill the sky with an unusual request. Obed’s gripping tale promises to inspire and become a family favorite.”

–Dixie Phillips, award-winning author of Stubby’s Destiny, Angel Eyes, and other Christian children’s books

“The Christmas liturgy, presented from a child’s point of view – simple, innocent, open to wondrous occurrences – both highlights the majesty and wonder of Christ’s birth and makes the liturgy accessible to God’s beloved little ones. I bought four copies already for the children in my family and I can’t wait to present them. I’m sure this book will be treasured and read over and over again. This is a beautiful version of the greatest story ever told and I highly recommend it.”

-K.M. Daughters, author of Rose of the Adriatic

“The book is a fresh reinterpretation of a familiar biblical story of the angels appearing to the shepherds announcing the birth of the Saviour. Cheryl has a unique slant on the retelling of this scriptural story. The reader will see the events unfold through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. It is an enchanting story that will bring the important message to young readers.”

-V.S. Grenier, author of Babysitting SugarPaw

“While the title character may have more responsibilities than a child of today, tending to an entire flock of sheep, Malandrinos balances the difference in time period by showing the child-like joy experienced by the adult shepherds at seeing the Messiah. They willingly leave their sheep – even with wolves nearby – in order to heed the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth. He wonders what could be so important that they would do such a thing. Their reaction to the newborn intrigues him, and he yearns to discover what it all means. It is a beautiful lesson for young readers to experience. The most important thing in life is not one’s job, status or material wealth. It is God.”

–Nicole Langan, Tribute Book Reviews

“This story gives us a fresh look at the miracle that happened so long ago. This is the kind of book parents should read to their children on the night before Christmas, one that should be in every family’s library to become a family tradition.”

-Marilyn Meredith, author of Lingering Spirit



Cheryl Malandrinos’ LITTLE SHEPHERD VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER ’11 will officially begin on November 1 and end on December 15, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/09/22/little-shepherd-virtual-book-tour-november-and-december-2011/.



Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author and editor. Her first children’s book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is a member of the SCBWI.

Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. She is also a former contributor for the Writer2Writer eZine. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl at her newly redesigned website http://ccmalandrinos.com/ or visit the Little Shepherd book blog at http://littleshepherdchildrensbook.blogspot.com/.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Trick or Treat from Dotty and Chizzy


A coloring page drawn by Kevin Scott Collier. Chizzy and Dotty are featured in picture books available from Guardian Angel Publishing, Dotty's Topsy Tale and Chizzy's Topsy Tale. For more coloring pages and puzzles, visit Donna Shepherd's Topsy Turvy Land.

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Upcoming Event for GAP Author Kai Strand at the Oregon Book and Author Fair



Kai Strand, author of The Weaver, will be participating in the Oregon Book and Author Fair on Saturday, November 5th. The one day event will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Pointe, Oregon.

This year, the authors will be participating in a world record attempt to have the most authors signing books at one time. There will be other events throughout the day as well. For more location information and schedule of events visit the Oregon Book Fair website.

About The Weaver: In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish. But instead of weaving a better story, she's weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.

The Weaver has a little magic and a lot of storytelling. It is written for children 9 –12 years old. The Weaver has been name a finalist in the EPIC eBook Awards.


Children’s author, Kai Strand, writes middle grade and young adult fiction. Her short stories have been published in many online publications, The Weaver, is her first book. Learn more at http://www.kaistrand.com/.

For information on this and other Guardian Angel Publishing titles, please visit http://guardianangelpublishing.com/

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Read this post by Shari Lyle-Soffe, it could save a life.

IT ALL ADDS UP
http://www.momblogsociety.com/page/it-all-adds-up

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Upcoming Events for GAP Author Mary Jean Kelso and Illustrator K.C. Snider




GAP author Mary Jean Kelso and GAP Illustrator K.C. Snider have several events planned over the next few months. Here is a current list:

OCTOBER 15, 2011 - Saturday -11:00 am to 1:00 pm


The Fernley Branch Library in Fernley, NV will be hosting Mary Jean at a signing in their meeting room. 575 Silver Lace Blvd., Fernley, NV. 775-575-3366.

OCTOBER 31, 2011 - Monday -5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Mary Jean will be signing books at Zoo'n Around Learning Center on Crimson Street in Fernley, NV. Zoo'n is offering a safe place for children to trick-or-treat indoors.

NOVEMBER 4 and 5, 2011 - Friday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

KC will be signing books at the Snowflake Show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. She has several new books out this year that she illustrated. Some new introductions include hardback covers available on some editions.

NOVEMBER 4 AND 5, 2011 - FRIDAY 4-8 and SATURDAY 10 TO 4

Mary Jean will be signing books at the HOLIDAY ART MART at 312 Ben's Way, Fernley, NV. 14 selected artists will have art work available as well.

NOVEMBER 19, 2011 - Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

Mary Jean will be signing books at the Fernley Intermediate School PTA Craft Faire in the gymnasium off Highway 95A behind Quick Stop in Fernley, NV.

NOVEMBER 25, 2011 - Nine days - Friday 11/25/2011 thru Saturday 12/3/2011

KC will be signing books at the Art of Christmas Botique at Urban and Sixth Street under the Arch in downtown Redmond, OR. Shopping hour details to come.

DECEMBER 3, 2011 - Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mary Jean will be signingbooks at a Made In Nevada event at The Flag Store, 155 Glendale Ave., Sparks, NV. Plans are to have the hardbound edition of The Christmas Angel available as well as all other childrens', YA and Adult books.

JANUARY 14, 2012 - Saturday starting at 11:30 am

Mary Jean will be signing books at GRASSROOTS BOOK STORE in Reno, NV.


Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre’ author. Besides RV Mouse, The Christmas Angel, and its sequel, One Family’s Christmas, and the Andy & the Albino Horse series (Andy and the Albion Horse, Andy and Spirit Go to the Fair, Andy and Spirit in the Big Rescue and Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen--with many more to come). The Adventures of Andy and Spirit and Cowboy James are scheduled for release soon. She is also the author of the young adult Lynne Garrett series:

Goodbye Is Forever, Abducted!, and Sierra Summer. Also Kat’s Cradle, Blue Coat, and The Homesteader series (The Homesteader, The Homesteader's Legacy, Back to the Homestead and Life on the Homestead) and is working on the next--The Homesteader Chronicles--Annabel's Story.

Mary Jean wrote for many newspapers and magazines and was an Asst. Editor prior to concentrating on fiction for children, young adults and adults. Mary Jean recently received awards from The Nevada Press Assn. and The National Press Assn. as a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News.


She is a member of Made in Nevada--http://www.madeinnv.com/


Visit Mary on the Web at www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso or

http://www.andyandthealbinohorse.blogspot/


K.C. Snider, an honors graduate from The Eugene School for Art, is a prominent Oregon artist. Her love of the western life and of wildlife has been developed since her youth, with her natural talent for drawing and color exhibited since she was ten years old. She has shared her talents as an Art Instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

K.C.’s paintings incorporate horses of all breeds, majestic wolves and buffalo herds, as well as eagles and other native birds of prey, in their rustic natural habitats. The western terrain in her art is not only very detailed, but it also transcends time. Now a resident of Redmond, Oregon, K.C. is inspired by the natural beauty of the high desert of Central Oregon.

K.C.’s artwork has won many awards during her long career. Her rainbow collection of prize ribbons from all over the Northwest is as colorful as her work. Recently, K.C. has won plaques from the 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Western Art Roundup at Winnemucca, Nevada. She has won prizes in several categories, as well as the prestigious Snaffle Bit Award for her authentic Western Art, the Pioneer Award for the depiction of life on the High Desert, and the Indian Heritage Award for her piece titled, “Hope of the White Buffalo.”

In 2006, K.C. illustrated two children’s’ books, The Christmas Angel, with author Mary Jean Kelso and The Magic Violin, with Mayra Calvani. Both books were published by Guardian Angel Publishing and are also available as e-Books. The Christmas Angel has been an instant success with children, teachers and grandmothers alike. It tells the tale of a young girl who travels with her family to Oregon in the 1830’s on the Oregon Trail and protects a very precious possession, the family’s Christmas tree topper, a porcelain angel. She has now finished illustrations for Andy And The Albino Horse, the first book in a series about an albino horse named “Spirit” and the special children who get to know her. The Andy and Spirit books have a number of sequels already in print. And the sequel to The Christmas Angel titled One Family's Christmas is now available along with K.C.’s first collaboration with author Marilee Crow called Does Heaven Get Mail?

K.C. has been married for 49 years to Fred who is retired from Weyerhauser and is K.C.’s biggest supporter. He does all her framing and some very vital computer work so that K.C. can stay in the studio. They live with their dachshund mix, Jack, in Redmond, Oregon. K.C. and Fred have two children and two grandchildren.


Visit K.C. online at http://www.kcsniderart.com/ or her blog at http://blog.kcsniderart.com/.

GAP Author Donna McDine's Upcoming Appearances



Donna McDine, author of The Golden Pathway, has the following events planned:

October 16, 2011 - 1:00-4:00 pm


Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Library
25 Flywheel Park West
Piermont, NY
845-359-4595

Local Authors' Meet and Greet, Book Reading & Signing, Activity, and Q&A



October 17, 2011 - 7:00-8:00 pm

Orangeburg Library
20 South Greenbush Road
Orangeburg, NY
845-359-2244

Author Meet and Greet, Book Reading, Signing, and Activity

October 23, 2011 ~ 1:30-4:30 pm


Hilton Westchester Rye Brook
699 Westchester Avenue
Rye Brook, NY
in the Grand Ballroom (North & South)

The New York State Reading Association's "Hudson Valley Author's Fair"



The Golden Pathway:  Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.

AWARDS:

Literary Classics 2011 Finalist Picture Book Early Reader ~ The Golden Pathway

Literary Classics 2011 Seal of Approval Picture Book Early Reader ~ The Golden Pathway

Finalist in Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards – Children’s Picture Book Fiction category – The Golden Pathway

Donna McDine is an award-winning children's author: Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications and her interest in sports resulted in writing and publishing The Hockey Agony. Her first book, The Golden Pathway, was published in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing and she recently signed her third book contract with Guardian Angel Publishing, for Powder Monkey. She writes, moms and is the Editor-in-Chief for Guardian Angel Kids Ezine and Publicist Intern for The National Writing for Children Center and Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Musing Our Children.

Learn more about Donna at http://www.donnamcdine.com/ if you sign the guestbook, you’ll receive a FREE e-Book Write What Inspires You: Author Interviews, and http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com/ and http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October 2011 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids Now Available!



M E D I A R E L E A S E

CONTACT: Donna McDine, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine

Email: submissions@...

Website: http://guardian-angel-kids.com/

For Immediate Release


Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Sports and Activities – October 2011 Issue

Although technology is a wonderful learning tool, it’s important to teach our children the importance of getting up and outside to enjoy the boundless adventures of sports and physical activity. Not only is it good for the body to stretch your muscles and participate in physical activity it does wonders for the brain and soul of one’s body by releasing endorphins.

Join us at Guardian Angel Kids Ezine October 2011 issue and get you and your children grooving through physical action by becoming inspired by this month’s poetry, stories, activities, and articles at http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com.

We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angel-Kids-Ezine/163785080346247

Letter from the PUBLISHER: Lynda S. Burch

Featured Book and video:

Cartwheel Annie Flipping Book by Marilee Crowe and illustrated by K.C. Snider – Annie likes being upside down. When the neighborhood children see her cart wheeling down the sidewalk on the way to school, they begin to tease her. That embarrasses her siblings. It seems everyone is tired of her gymnastics, until the circus comes to town, and Annie becomes the star of the show.

Whispering Wally, art and story by Kevin Collier - Watch a special video of Wally the Whale and his treasure hunt, keeping active swimming.

Children’s poetry, Short Stories, and Articles:

“The Name of the Game,” by Ellen Javernick – clever poetry that takes you for a whimsical ride through sports.

“Once Upon Home Plate,” Katie – 5th grader – self confidence soars at the awe inspiring homerun.

“The Magic Bat,” by Marcia Faber and illustrated by Samantha Bell – imagination and fantasy takes you on a delightful outcome of a special bat.

“Fall Freeze,” by Erin K. Schonauer and Jamie C. Schonauer and illustrated by Kathleen Bullock – two sports plus one party equals an icy situation. Can a figure skater and a hockey player learn to balance their differences or are they bound to collide?

“Turtle and Rabbit Relay,” by Karen Robuck – Does the turtle always win the race? In the familiar fable he does, but what about in real life?

“Ways to Use Activities and Games to Teach Vocabulary,” by Dorit Sasson – Engage your students in games of vocabulary and have fun along the way.

Featured Drawing, Games & Activities:

Draw yourself being good with Painting Board – PAINT page

Featured Games from Books - GAME page

Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine an email at submissions@... and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you'd like to see in the future. They aim to please!

We look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week - September 24th - October 1st




This week we celebrate Banned Books Week. According to the American Library Association (ALA), this annual event that takes place during the last week of September, celebrates, "the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment." 

Those books featured during Banned Books Week have been the targets of attempted banning. Thanks to the efforts of teachers, librarians,booksellers and concerned citizens, many books that were targeted have not been banned or restricted.

It might surprise you to find some of your favorite books on the list. Classics such as The Grapes of Wrath, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gone With the Wind, The Call of the Wild, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest have all been targets. Did you know Charlotte's Web was a target on more than one occasion? In 2002, the ALA listed the Captain Underpants books as the sixth most challenged. The Junie B. Jones series came in at #71 on the ALA's Top 100 Banned or Challenged Books from 2000-2009.



In honor of Banned Books Week, readers are being encouraged to hold a virtual read-out. Everyone is invited to create a video of themselves reading from their favorite banned or challenged book and upload it to a special Banned Books Week channel.

More information on the virtual read-out and Banned Books Week can be found at www.bannedbooksweek.org/.

Monday, September 12, 2011

South American Expansion by Global CONNECT of Guardian Angel Publishing

Burch says, "Guardian Angel Publishing's global presence will continue to grow as Ingram Content Group, both Guardian Angel's innovative printer and distributor, partner and purchase more facilities around the world."

Lynda S. Burch, Publisher http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com
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Ingram Content Group announces worldwide expansion with the launch of Global CONNECT, a print and distribution program and its first alliance with Brazil’s Singular Digital
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Ingram Content Group Inc. today announced the launch of Global CONNECT, a new worldwide program combining Ingram’s print and distribution services and a network of book manufacturers around the world, with state-of-the-art print on demand technology and connectivity to local networks of retailers. Singular Digital, a leading book manufacturer in Brazil with extensive regional distribution, will launch Ingram’s South American expansion.(The company is the only complete broad-based digital distributor in Brazil, serving over 1,000 Brazilian bookstores - including all the major chains - all the Brazilian book distributors, and the local author and publisher communities.)

“Today's marketplace is no longer bound by national borders or languages. Global access offers publishers an untapped opportunity, and Ingram is reshaping the content distribution model to help them realize their full business potential,” said David “Skip” Prichard, President and CEO, Ingram Content Group. “The pairing of Ingram’s distribution strength and proven print-on-demand solutions with leading providers in key territories creates a comprehensive solution that is truly unmatched in the industry today.”

Mr. Prichard continued, “Making the right content available, in the right format, to the right audience is key to success. Ingram’s Global Connect program was built to accomplish this for our customers on a worldwide scale.”

Ingram’s Global Connect program is more than just a printer network. It expands the reach of publisher’s physical content beyond Ingram’s current channels, which include Ingram-owned facilities in the U.S., U.K., Australia and France, to new markets through a network of selected book manufacturing and distribution partners. What differentiates Ingram’s Global Connect program from other printer network solutions is the unique combination of print on demand alliances with established local retail channel relationships. Publishers will gain access to new sales channels without the worry of inventory in market, importation and customs issues, and shipping and warehousing costs. No matter where their readers are, publishers can now reach them and never miss a sale.

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Visit http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com GAP's online interactive ezine for kids!
http://guardianangelfamily.blogspot.com

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Don’t Force-Feed Your Emerging Reader by GAP Author Kai Strand


An important key to a child’s developing literacy is to read and be read to frequently. Our school assigned homework of 20 minutes per day through elementary school. Twenty minutes can be a lifetime to a reluctant reader. Trust me, I know from firsthand experience.

So how do you get your child to put in their required reading time without a lot of whining or a spectacular tantrum? Don’t force-feed them the material. If your child wants to read The Bone Series by Jeff Smith, don’t wrinkle your nose because they are graphic novels. Ask your child to read it to you and experience something new for yourself. If they pick up the board book version of, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, don’t dismiss it as too juvenile. Allow them to read it again and again. Take them to a bookstore and let them browse the section that carries content with the appropriate reading level and let them choose two or three titles without your input.

Handing your child Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, and expecting them to have interest just because it is a classic might turn your child away from reading more than enticing them to read. Setting Charlotte’s Web in a stack of several books for your child to choose from, might result in you experiencing the classic together when your child chooses it to read on their own and you take turns reading aloud to each other.

A child needs someone to guide their choices in order to assure the content is appropriate for their age and reading level, but they don’t need you forcing your childhood reading preferences upon them.

Reading is reading, whether it be a picture book or the instructions to a new board game. Letting your child choose what they read during their required reading time will make the experience much more enjoyable for both of you.

Guardian Angel Publishing has many titles for children from 0 to 12 years old. Browse our online bookstore with your emerging reader and let them choose some titles to fill their required reading time.


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About The Author:

Kai Strand is the author of the best selling GAP title The Weaver, a chapbook for tweens. You can stay informed of Kai’s upcoming publications and appearances by liking her author page on Facebook. For more information, visit Kai’s website at http://kaistrand.com/

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September 2011 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids Magazine Now Available!




Just in time for Back-to-School, Guardian Angel Kids Magazine focuses on good behavior. We're featuring A Pocketful of Manners by Marliee Crow, and Monster Maddie by Susan Stephenson. Both of these GAP titles were illustrated by K.C. Snider.

Our featured poems talking about forgivness, helping, and taking turns, while our featured stories remind readers of the importance of being careful what you say and sharing. We also have games and painting for the kids.

In our Articles for Parents and Teachers section, Kelly Bakshi offers reminds us of the importance of praising good behavior and Dorit Sasson offers her tips for successful parent/teacher conferences.

Visit Guardian Angel Kids Magazine online at http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/ You'll also find back issues available on our website.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Back to School Count Down by Karen Cioffi





Author Karen Cioffi posted a Back to School Count Down at her blog this week. It offers a great list of ways you can get ready to start the new school year.

Please visit http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/2011/08/back-to-school-count-down.html

Have your kids started school yet? Ours start next week. Do you feel ready?

Karen is an author, ghostwriter, freelance writer, and editor. She is a member of the International Association of Professional Ghostwriters, the Professional Writers Alliance, and National Association of Independent Writers and Editors. DKV offers many affordable and professional writing services: ghostwriting for businesses and children's writers, blog and article content, editing, and more.

Visit Karen online at http://www.karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com/

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Coloring Page for Back to School


Here's a coloring page from GAP author, Donna Shepherd, and GAP illustrator, Kevin Scott Collier. Do you think Dotty's friend, Violet, from Topsy Turvy Land looks happy about being in school again? Why do you think her name is Violet? (You'll know if you read Dotty's Topsy Tale. ;)

After you've colored this picture by
Kevin Scott Collier, visit Topsy Turvy Land for more coloring page, puzzles, and fun stuff to do.
*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn't work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then 'save picture as...' and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 2011 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids Now Available!




Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Cooks its way through Delicious Cuisine August 2011


Rachel Serves a Stew by Diane Kirk and illustrated by Susann Batson

Rattlesnake Jam by Margot Finke and illustrated by Kevin Collier
“Red Hot Treats,” by Sheila Foard, tempts your taste buds with spicy treats

“Escargot,” by Lee Rosenfield, provides a unique twist on snails

“Love Cookies,” by Shari L Klase, warms the heart with a special cookie recipe

Love Cookies illustrated by Clara Batton Smith brings to life special times with mom

Percy and the Persnickety Plate by Suzanne Purvis, Percy’s plate comes to life

“Percy and the Persnickety Plate,” illustrated by Jack Foster leaps off the page

“Cutting Through the Crusts,” by Alandra Blume the origins of pb&j sandwiches
Info for Parents Intellectually Stimulating Activities for the Summer, Nicole Weaver
“Local Geography-The Story of Your Community,” by Kelly Bakshi

Mud, Sticks, and Grass: Kids and Cuisine Quiz by Bob Delaney different types of foods quiz

Guardian Angel Kids is an online interactive no ad ezine for kids http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/

Enjoy Guardian Angel Kids Ezine beyond the monthly features with the interactive games http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/games.htm

Select Guardian Angel Publishing books come alive through interactive games http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/games.htm

Challenge your child with word jumbles, word puzzles, and mazes at GAK Ezine interactive games http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/games.htm

Not sure what Guardian Angel Publishing children books to select? View book trailers GAK Ezine http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/videos.htm

Are your children interested in writing? Visit GAK Ezine, learn about writing opportunities http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com/

Nominations Being Accepted for the I Love My Librarian Award



Do you feel a librarian you know deserves special recognition. Then consider nominating him/her for the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award!


You can nominate a librarian in a:

  • School Library
  • Public Library
  • College, Community College, University Library

"The award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians." They want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

"Up to ten winners will be selected this year and receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York hosted by The New York Times.

The award is administered by the American Library Association with support from Carnegie Corporation of New York and The New York Times."

For more information, please visit http://atyourlibrary.org/ilovemylibrarian

Monday, August 1, 2011

New Releases from Guardian Angel Publishing





Liddil is trying to get her light to come on, but no matter how hard she tries it won’t come on. She learns to take smaller steps, to build herself up. Then she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to.


Frankie Armadillo has too many brothers. His burrow is too crowded, so he sets off in search of the perfect home, just for him. But every place he likes is already occupied, sometimes by fierce looking creatures. Will Frankie find the perfect home?


It’s a chicken! It’s a giraffe! It’s a penguin! It’s my brother? Humor and imagination come together in this entertaining picture book about sibling rivalry. When a boy accidentally changes his brother into different animals, he learns something new about himself and his brother while trying to change him back.


Learning the major muscles in the human body can be a challenge. Bill Kirk’s muscle book is here to help. Written in rhyme and illustrated by Eugene Ruble, it breaks down the body’s muscles into manageable chunks. You’ll be amazed at how fast you will learn them. Factoids, word quests, and glossary, too.


A child duchess, Lady Geyr, must reclaim her heritage after it is stolen by the Red Knight. Can she do it with only the gargoyles of Castle Geyr to help her?

For these and other GAP titles, please visit us online at http://guardianangelpublishing.com/

Check out Guardian Angel Kids Back Issues

Current GAP Books

OUR BOOKS ARE ALSO SOLD AS eBOOKS! Look for them at Guardian Angel, Nook, Follett, Kindle, and
iBooks!


A BEAUTIFUL DAY
A BLESSED BETHLEHEM BIRTH: as told by Abraham and Anna Mousenstern
A BRAINY REFRAIN : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
A DUCK AT THE DOG POUND
A HORSE OF COURSE
A NECKLACE FOR JIGGSY
A POCKETFUL OF MANNERS
A SHORT TALE ABOUT A LONG TAIL
A MIDSUMMER'S DANCE
A STAR IN THE NIGHT
A TALENT FOR QUIET
A TODDLER'S ABC OF BLESSINGS
ABIGAIL PLATT'S CUSPIDS
ABC's OF HEALTH and SAFETY
ALLEYCAT
ANCIENT SYMBOLS, ARTWORK, CARVINGS AND ALPHABETS: SYMBOLOGY WITH PROFESSOR HOOT
AND THEN MAMA SAID ... IT TAKES TIME TO LEARN TO READ
ANDY & THE ALBINO HORSE
ANDY & SPIRIT GO TO THE FAIR
ANDY & SPIRIT IN THE BIG RESCUE
ANDY & SPIRIT MEET THE RODEO QUEEN
ANGEL DONOR
ANGEL EYES
ANGEL IN A BUBBLE
ANGELS DO THAT
ANGELS WATCHING OVER US
ANIMAL SOUND MIX-UP
APRON STRINGS
AS I WATCH

AVA'S SECRET TEA PARTY
BABY JESUS IS MISSING!
BEARLY LEARNING ABOUT WATER
BLUE DINOSAUR'S FRIEND
BOBBY COTTONTAIL'S GIFT
BRADYBUG
BURGHER AND THE WOEBEGONE
BUFFALOED BADGER
BUSTER BEAR & UNCLE B
BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE Free eBook
CAMILLE'S JOURNEY: A Christmas Musical & Play- Playbook, Master w/Scores, CD
music
CARTWHEEL ANNIE
CATS OF MANY COLOR
CHASING A POT OF GOLD
CHASING THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE
CHESLEY'S CRAZY HAIR
CHESTER, THE WATCHCAT
CHIP'S SHARING DAY

CHIZZY'S TOPSY TALE
CINDERFELLA & THE FURRY GODMOTHER
CIRCULATION CELEBRATION : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
CHOCALIN!
CLIP-CLOP, TIPPITY TAP French Vocabulary on the Farm
CLOUD JUMPERS
COBBLEDOM'S CURSE
CODY KNOW'S
COLOR ME HAPPY!
COWBOY JAMES
CRASH!
CURLEY, THE CROOKED CHRISTMAS TREE
DIENTECITO Y EL ATAQUE DE LA PLACA Spanish Edition
DIENTECITO Y EL CASTILLO DEL PELIGRO-Spanish Edition
DIENTICITO Y LA PLACA PELIGROSA-Spanish Edition
DILIGENCE THE DRAGON
DOES HEAVEN GET MAIL
DOGGIE DAY CAMP: VERB AND ADVERB ADVENTURES
DOTTY'S TOPSY TALE
DOWN BY THE SHORE
DREAMCHASER

E F G H I J K L
EARTHQUAKE!
EBENEEZER'S COUSIN
EL PRIMO DE EBENEEZER Spanish edition
ELLIOTT & ANASTACIA
EMILY, THE BRAVE
FANTASTIC FLIGHT
FIRST SPRING
FLUTTER BUNNIES
FLUTTER BUNNIES-FOSSIL OF FORTUNE
FRANKIE'S PERFECT HOME
FRANK'S LIVING ON THE MOON ADVENTURE 1
FREDERICO, THE MOUSE VIOLINIST
GILLY, THE SEASICK FISH
GIFTS FROM GOD
GOD LOVES YOU WHOEVER YOU ARE
GOLDEN DAFFODILS
GROWING UP DREAMS
HAMSTER HOLIDAYS
HOPE, THE ANGELFISH
HORATIO HUMBLE BEATS THE BIG D
HORSE CAMP
HUMBERTO, THE BOOKWORM HAMSTER
I DON'T WANT A HAIRCUT
IF I COULD BE ANYTHING
I RIDE MY BICYCLE BK1 Free eBook
I RIDE MY BICYCLE BK2 Free eBook
ITCHA ITCHA GOO GOO BLUES
IT'S BIRTHDAY TIME, JAKE!
I SEE SEASIDE BIRDS
HORSE CAMP

JORDIE'S SCHOOL DAY ADVENTURE JP's HALLOWEEN PARADE
JAMIE'S DREAM
JOURNEYS OF HOPE "A STAR SHALL LEAD THEM"
JOURNEYS OF HOPE "PEARL OF WISDOM"
JUST THE THING TO BE
I AM ME
KATYDIDN'T

KATRINA AND WINTER: PARTNERS IN COURAGE
KITTY KERPLUNKING: PREPOSITION FUN
KLUTZY KANTOR
LADY GEHR
LAST PAGE IN THE DIARY
LEARNING YOUR ANIMAL ABCs WITH PROFESSOR HOOT
LEARN THE BASICS OF COLOR WITH PROFESSOR HOOT
LEARNING TO COUNT 1-10 WITH PROFESSOR HOOT
LIGHTNING STRIKES
LIDDIL GETS HER LIGHT
LILLY LOLLER'S ALWAYS LATE
LILY & THE CITY OF LIGHT
LITTLE SHEPHERD
LONELY
LITTLE LEAF

LUCKY PENNY
LUCY'S
PURPLE PULLOVER


M N O P Q R S

MAMA GRIZZLY BEAR
MARTA'S GARGANTUAN WINGS
MAGICAL MATTHEW
MAYBE WE ARE FLAMINGOS
MEET ME AT THE PARK
MICE IN MY TUMMY
MICHAEL'S NEW NEIGHBOR
MISTER TOPPER, THE POTBELLIED PIG
MOONLIGHT MEDALLION
MONSTER MADDIE
MUSCLES MAKE US MOVE: : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
MY COPAN ADVENTURE
MY GRANDMA'S KITCHEN RULES!
MY BROTHER THE FROG
MY SISTER IS MY BEST FRIEND
MY TOOTH IS LOOSE : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
NATALIE'S ARK
NO BONES ABOUT IT! : THE SUM OF OUR PARTS SERIES
NO MORE GUNK!
NOTHING STOPS NOAH
O CHRISTMAS TREE
OLLIE OAK SAVES THE DAY
ON THE GO WITH ROOTER & SNUFFLE
ONE IN A BUZZILLION
ONE LARGE PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH TO GO
ONE NUTTY FAMILY
ONE FAMILY'S CHRISTMAS
ONE NOBLE JOURNEY
ONE PELICAN AT A TIME : A Story of the Gulf Oil Spill BELLA & BRITT BEACH SERIES
OUCH! SUNBURN
POODLE & DOODLE
PRESTON, THE NOT-SO-PERFECT PIG
PROFESSSOR HORACE, CRYPTOZOOLOGIST
PUT IT BACK, JACK
RACHEL SERVES A STEW
RAINBOW NIGHTS
RAINBOW SHEEP
RATTLESNAKE JAM
RIBBERT'S WAY HOME
RILEY'S HEART MACHINE
ROMEO'S RESCUE
RUTHIE AND THE HIPPO'S FAT BEHIND
RV MOUSE
SARAH'S SOCKS MY WORLD OF AUTISM
SCAREDY : A CLOUD AFRAID OF THUNDER
SEA TURTLE SUMMER: BELLA & BRITT BEACH SERIES
SEYMOUR THE SEMI - SPACE TRUCKIN'
SH SH SH LET THE BABY SLEEP
SHAPING UP THE YEAR
SIGNS OF TROUBLE
SHOO CAT!
SILLY MOMENTS
SLIME AND ALL
SMILEYTOOTH AND BUSHWHACK PLAQUE
SMILEYTOOTH AND THE CASTLE HASSLE
SMILEYTOOTH AND THE PLAQUE ATTACK
SECRET SERVICE SAINT
SPARKIE: A STAR AFRAID OF THE DARK
STAY AWAY FROM ELECTRICITY FREE eBook
STELLA, THE FIRE FARTING DRAGON
STOP THAT PUDDING!
STILTS THE STORK
STUBBY'S DESTINY
SULLY'S TOPSY TALE

T U V W X Y Z

TACONI & CLAUDE: DOUBLE TROUBLE
TALES FROM INDIA: CHARACTER COUNTS! RESPECT
TALES FROM KENSINGTON FOREST
TERESA'S SHADOW
THAT'S A LOT OF LOVE
THE ADVENTURES OF CHICKOLET PIGOLET: THE BRIBE OF FRANKENBEANS
THE ADVENTURES OF CHICKOLET PIGOLET: MURMUR ON THE OINK EXPRESS
THE ADVENTURES OF ANDY & SPIRIT- Book 1 Tweener
THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT
THE CAT CAME BACK
THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL
THE CLOWN AROUND KIDS
THE DOLL VIOLINIST
THE FIRST AMERICANS
THE GOLDEN PATHWAY
THE JUMBO SHRIMP OF DIRE STRAITS
THE LEGEND OF LUMPUS AND OGOLS
THE LITTLEST COWBOY
THE LONELY LIGHTNING BUG
THE MAGIC VIOLIN
THE MILK HORSE
THE MISADVENTURES OF ROOTER & SNUFFLE
THE ODD CHICK
THE PERIL OF THE SINISTER SCIENTIST
THE PLUMBER AND THE WISHING WELL
THE POTTY TRAIN
THE SAD LITTLE HOUSE
THE SISTER EXCHANGE
THE SKUNK'S GIFT
THE SOGGY TOWN OF HILLTOP
THE TURTLE WHO IMAGINED
THE WATER CYCLE: WATER PLAY SERIES bk 1
THE WEAVER ANOTHER WEAVER TALE
THE WISHING WELL ANOTHER WEAVER TALE
THERE'S A BEETLE IN MY BED
THERE'S A SPIDER IN MY SINK
TINY ANGEL
TODAY I AM A PENGUIN
TOO MANY KITTIES
TROUBLE FINDS ROOTER & SNUFFLE
TUCKER'S TALE: The story of a rescue dog
'TWAS THE YEAR CHRIST LEFT CHRISTMAS
VIVIEN'S BEACH DREAM
WE'RE BROTHERS AND SISTERS: THE BOOPLES
WHAT IF THE MOON...?
WHAT IS THAT THING?
WHAT IN THE WORLD SHOULD I BE?
WHERE IS SALAMI?
WHISTLING DIXIE
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! AUTOMOBILES 1
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! BOATS 1
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! BUSSES
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! EMERGENCY VEHICLES
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! HOT AIR BALLOONS
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! TRACTORS
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! TRAINS 1
WICKY WACKY THINGS THAT GO! TRUCKS 1
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