Friday, March 28, 2014

#BookBlast: Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism by Karina Poirier #PromoBookTours

Unlocking the Social Potential

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To your dismay, your child has received a diagnosis of autism. Along with this alarming news comes the barrage of emotions that suffocates you like an avalanche— denial—confusion—depression—guilt. You want to fix your child; you have a million questions; and you want answers immediately. Autism is a journey in which the child and her family navigate challenges and experience achievements along the way. To guide you in this rewarding journey, Dr. Karina Poirier offers her expertise in this book that parents will find incredibly useful.

In this book, you will find the answers you’ve desperately been seeking. Dr. Poirier has provided in simple, easy to comprehend language, an overview of child development, a descriptive explanation of how autism affects each developmental area, and guidelines for advancing your child’s functioning in all developmental domains. You will appreciate the multitude of hands-on, full-color sample lessons for teaching social and emotional skills, language, problem-solving and decision making, and play skills to children with autism.

Publisher: Social Cognition Publications | Irvine, CA
Color: Full-color illustrations
Pages: 300
ISBN (Print): 9780988798205
ISBN (Digital): 9780988798212
Available: March 2014
Available at: http://www.socialcognitionpublications.com/



Improving social and communication skills in children with autism

Dr. Karina Poirier, author of Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism, says that understanding a child’s unique needs is the key step to dealing with concerns and developing their strengths.

“Bring everything into the light. The worst thing you can do,” she said, “is to ignore the issue. Parents can help their children learn how to communicate better and develop social skills that will help them thrive later in life.

Get help early, identify the specific issues you are facing, ask questions, learn everything you can, and devise a concrete and detailed strategy for engaging your child so key skills are developed and strengthened”.

Here are her answers to some key concerns that parents of a child with autism are faced with.

Q: My child can sit through a learning task on the iPad or television; however, he becomes restless and fidgety when working with a teacher. Why?

A: Your child’s attention system is reactive. Consider how much children learn from viewing television. Teachers struggle to get children’s attention when an activity does not include the sensory kaleidoscope children are used to receiving when sitting in front of the television.

Key Action: Children must be taught at an early age how to develop the mental tools (attend, remember, think) to engage in deliberate and self-directed learning experiences with an adult’s guidance.

Q: My child does not respond appropriately to mood changes in others (e.g., when a peer’s mood changes from happiness to distress). Why?

A: Your child may be lacking the ability to read nonverbal cues. Children with autism often have impaired ability to read, interpret, and process social and emotional messages. Children who are unaware of others’ thoughts and feelings risk not developing the sense of self.

Key Action: Treatment to teach the child the emotional codes that are part of the social experience. The child needs to develop the ability to understand other peoples’ emotions from their facial expression, tone of voice, and body posture. The child should be taught to recognize and interpret how people around him think and feel.

Q: My child has difficulty with describing his/her day at school, recounting an experience, or relaying a message. Why?

A: Delayed recall skills utilize episodic memory. Episodic memory allows us to remember past events and share these events with others. In other words, it is how we engage in reciprocal conversations with others. Episodic memory produces a conscious awareness of events that have occurred at any one time; it enables people to remember what happened to them in the past or to conceive the future.

Key Action: Effective treatment is required for the child to learn about memory strategies and to practice remembering. Through repetition, the child develops not only better recall of past events, but also the skills to communicate the memory of the event to peers or adults during a conversation.

Q: My child is verbal and has good command of language; however, he has trouble initiating conversation with others and taking turns during a conversation. Why?

A: Children with autism have difficulties in social initiation and social-emotional understanding. Engaging in a reciprocal conversation with others requires the development and interaction of memory, information processing, and expressive communication skills—all of which are pervasive deficits of children with autism. It is not that these children do not desire involvement with their peers. On the contrary, they do have the desire to be socially engaged with others; however, the dilemma lies in the fact that these children lack knowledge of social norms.

Key Action: Effective treatment that emphasizes social norms and rules, and teaches children how to process social information by distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant information in a social situation. Initiating and maintaining a conversation requires a person to have social knowledge, which is knowledge of event schemas.

Q: How much play time is appropriate to include in my child’s learning routine?

A: For a young child, teaching through play is extremely important. Play gives children something to do with their ample free time; it also serves the important purpose of honing children’s physical, social and emotional development. Play does not occur spontaneously in children with autism the way it does for typical children.

Key Action: Investing significant time teaching through play focuses the child on developing fine and gross motor skills, interpreting the social cues of other children and adults, and responding to those social cues appropriately. Play can be used to develop the ability to interact with, explore, and, ultimately master their surroundings. Play is an essential part of the learning process, and its ability to mimic real-life scenarios makes it an ideal way to stimulate overall development.



About the author:

Karina Poirier, Psy.D., BCBA-D

Dr. Karina Poirier is the Director of the Center for Social Cognition , a board certified behavior analyst at the doc-toral level (BCBA-D), and a certified cognitive educational therapist. Her clinical practice is devoted to providing outstanding individuals and group therapy that improves social and cognitive outcomes for individuals with autism, ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and related disorders.

Learn more at www.drkarinapoirier.com.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#BookBlast: Grimmtastic Girls by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams #MDBookReviews

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Book #1

Title: Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays Late


Summary: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia...

A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda's totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome's ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them--before the last stroke of midnight!

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My review: Grim Academy is such a unique idea and puts such an interesting twist on the fairytales. This seems to be the new thing right now. I have seen different versions of dolls that were out around Christmas this past year which show the different characters from Grimm fairytales in teenager form. My niece loves them. It had sparked my interest in how the fairytales are being changed for the modern generation. In this series, each character is from Grimmlandia and kept safe by the Brothers Grimm. If they are lucky enough, they attend Grimm Academy. In this story, Cinderella has joined the academy. What I found interesting right from the start is that Cinderella's dad is still alive. He just works a lot for his newly acquired money. Her step sisters these and torture her at school, but they have to be more tame than you would expect due to school rules. What is really neat is how elements from the original fairytale came be found in this story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The character are really neat and well thought out. I plan to give this book to my niece. Perfect for preteens and teens.

Book #2

Title: Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Red Riding Hood Gets Lost


Summary: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help!

Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia...

Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she's great at it--too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what's going on!

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My Review: This story picks up where the first one left off only it is being told from Red Riding Hood's perspective. We get to learn a little bit about her background as the overall series plot continues. It turns out that she wants to be an actress, but she had never been in an actual play. The school requires students to be in Drama, the class, in order to try out for the school plays. This year Red, as they call her, finally had the chance to do just that only her first audition is a flop. She faints right on stage. The result though is that auditions are pushed back and Red gets her very own charm. Each student in Grimm Academy awaits the day that they are picked to receive their magical charm. This item holds magical powers that only the charm owner can unlock. It looks like each charm also happens to be some item from their original Grimm fairytale. Red gets a wicker basket. However, Wolfgang is talked to steak her basket in order to price himself worthy of joining E.V.I.L., a group of villains that have some unknown motive at this time. Wolfgang had his own agenda and Red somehow plays a huge role. It also is worth mentioning that this "wolf" and Red seem to get along really Ewell and not is all that it seems. It's another cute book that I look forward to sharing with my niece.

About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Joan Holub

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children's books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com

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Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com

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Co-authors Joan and Suzanne have written the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. Though they live in different states and hardly ever get to see each other, they spend lots of time together in Grimmlandia.

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#GuestPost: Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull #LBPromotions

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Beans and Cornbread

By Molly Noble Bull


A friend asked me for a family recipe. I gave her my late mother-in-law’s recipe for cornbread. Those who grew up in the South like I did are familiar Southern cooking. At our house, beans and cornbread was what we had for supper at least once a week.

The choice of beans varies depending on what Southern state you came from. However, in Texas, it’s pinto beans, no question. Pinto beans warm up good, making an excellent leftover meal, and in my opinion, they taste better on the second and third day than on the first.

Forgive me. When I discuss beans and cornbread, I talk Texas.

Some add sugar to their cornbread. We don’t. We love cake and cookies like anyone else. But we don’t want our cornbread to taste sweet like cake.

I like to mash up my beans and mix them with the cornbread and bean juice. But that’s just me.

Old habit die slow, I guess. Or should I say, “I reckon?”

So what do Beans and Cornbread have to do with my new and slightly scary Christian Gothic Historical?

For one thing, it shows how different I am from the conversations between the Brits and Scots and the French characters in that novel.

I said, “I reckon.” The evil Frenchman in Gatehaven would say, “It would seem so.”

Shannon would say, “Is that true?”

Ian would say with a Scottish accent, “Aye.”

The British earl would say, “Perhaps?”

As the daughter and granddaughter of real cowboys from Texas, I spent part of my growing up years on a sixty thousand acre cattle ranch, and I’ve never been to England or Scotland except on the magic carpet of my imagination. As you can see, my history as well as my thoughts and speech patterns are very different from those found in Gatehaven.

God gave me the ability to write fiction novels. I also believe He gave me the desire to play dolls as a child. My doll-playing included various plot-lines and characters with individual speech patterns and motivations, preparing me for my writing career ahead.

I still eat beans and cornbread as often as I can, and I am thankful for every event in my life—the bad as well as the good. These experiences prepared me to become a novelist. More important, they prepared me to become a child of God.
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Title: Gatehaven
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Publisher: Creation House
Description: Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic historical novel set in a haunting mansion in the north of England where Ian Colquhoun and Shannon Aimee battle a Frenchman with dark secrets—spiritual warfare vs. the occult. Will they learn enough about God’s words to defend themselves and others or will evil overcome them?

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Molly Noble Bull was born in Kingsville, Texas—home of the famous King Ranch. Her father and maternal grandfather were real Texas cowboys, and she enjoys writing western romances. But she also writes historical novels.

Gatehaven, her long Christian gothic set in Europe in 1784, won the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest while still a manuscript, and Gatehaven is the novel being featured today. However, Molly’ first two published novels came out from Zondervan. Her Zondervan novels were later reprinted and published as Promise Romances from Guideposts. Molly also sold novels to Love Inspired and Tsaba House, and Westbow Press published The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities, a non-fiction book she wrote with four other Christian authors. Molly owns the rights to her Zondervan romance novels now, and she will soon self publish The Rogue’s Daughter as an e-book. Rogue is a western set on a South Texas cattle ranch in 1890.

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Monday, March 24, 2014

#BookTour: First Impression by Pauline Creeden #PromoBookTours

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First Impression

A Shadow Maven Paranormal



Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she's wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?

ISBN-13: 978-1495303944

ISBN-10: 1495303942

Expected Release Date: March 24, 2014
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance/Urban Mystery

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Author Bio:

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. Her books have hit #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List and Armored Hearts won the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Award in Historical Fiction. First Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal is her first mystery. It’s a dark urban fantasy and will be released March 24, 2014.

 

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She rips my hall pass from her pad and points it toward the young man sitting across from her desk. “Chira Kelley, meet Ben Oscuro. He’s new here and needs someone to show him around. It just so happens he’s also a member of class 18B.” I finally focus on the boy. He doesn’t look up at me, and his disheveled dark hair is just long enough that it hides his eyes. But he pushes himself up from his chair, and his slim form towers over me. He’s at least six-feet-two and his uniform is almost as crumpled as his hair. He swings his backpack onto a strong, square shoulder and nibbles his full bottom lip. His smooth olive skin and dark hair make him look like a foreign rocker, and there’s something about him that seems vaguely familiar.

“Here’s a copy of his class schedule. When you’re not in the same class, I want you to leave a few minutes early and help him find the next class room. That’s your job for today. Got it?”

I swallow back and resist sniffling again. Taking the hall pass and the copy of the schedule from her, I say, “Um…sure.”

“Excellent. Robin, you’re off the hook.”

The office aide pumps a fist in the air before returning to file more papers in the cabinet. The secretary’s chair squeals a dismissal, and Mrs. Campbell picks up her phone, returning to her duties without another word.

Ben pulls open the office door and stands to the side to allow me to go first. The hallway that was empty only a short while ago is now full of students and their continuous conversations. With a shrug, I eye his class schedule quickly. Except for second and sixth period, we have exactly the same schedule. He’s in all of the advanced classes, too. Only he has gym for second period and Latin for sixth – opposite of my schedule, except I take French. Piece of cake.

I glance up at him again, and his eyes meet mine. My breath hitches. His intense gaze makes me feel like he’s measuring me. The dark pools of his eyes seem deep and bottomless, but there’s something strange about them. They’re brown, but he has colored contacts. Why would anyone color their eyes brown?

My heart flutters. A sniffle escapes me before I can stop it. Ugh. I clear my throat and start in the direction of first period. “Follow me.”

We elbow our way down the freshman hall toward the second floor, but before we start up I point down the way. “Do you know what your locker number is?”

Ben nods and pushes his backpack on his shoulder farther.

I wait for a second and then smile. “What is it?”

“706.” He has a slight accent, and his voice is deeper than I expect. I suppress a shiver at the jolt the musical timbre of his voice sends through my body. I’m resonating like a tuning fork. I really want him to speak again with every fiber of my being. What’s with me?

“Uh…okay.” I swallow, trying to regain composure. I take him to the general area of the locker. “Here it is.”

He looks at it, nods, and returns his hard gaze to me. Is he always so stiff? Probably just nerves from being new. “I know you don’t have any books to put in it, but do you want to try out the combination?”

He lifts one shoulder in a shrug and spins the combo quickly through the three numbers. I purposefully avert my eyes so he knows I’m not peeking. He opens the locker wide, nods toward me, and then closes it again. “Great. We have first period over here.”

“You and I have the same first period?”

My body vibrates again, and I blink hard. So glad my back was to him so he couldn’t see the effect his voice has on me. I swallow and face him. “Actually, yeah. Our schedules are very similar. It’s a smallish school, so there’re only a few tracks that juniors can be on.”

He nods, and his eyes are half lidded as if he’s bored already.

I lead him toward our classroom. “We don’t really have assigned seats, so you can pretty much sit anywhere you want. I’ll show you to the gym at the end of class. I have French next, but it’s not too far from there.”

I lead him to the front of the class, and my friend Tasha gives me a wan smile and raises her eyebrows, looking back and forth between me and Ben. She mouths, Who’s that?

I roll my eyes and put up one finger toward her to let her know I’ll tell her in a minute. Then I turn to the teacher. I hand him the schedule from the office. “Hi, Mr. Scott, this is Ben Oscuro, a transfer.”

Mr. Scott’s kind blue eyes smile at us both. He sets down the Mountain Dew he was drinking and offers Ben a wide grin. He puts a hand out for him to shake. Ben hesitates but takes the hand in what looks like a firm grip. Mr. Scott shakes his hand afterward. “That’s some grip you’ve got there.” He laughs and leans down to the bottom drawer of his desk and hands Ben a geography text book.

With a nod, I return to Tasha and squeeze into the desk next to hers. I’m at Jackson Hall partially on my father’s insurance money partially on scholarship because my stepdad works at the school. What he does, I don’t know, because I’ve never seen him. Because of all this, I’m somewhat of a social pariah. My only real friend is Tasha Brown, a pariah herself, being one of the few African-American kids in the school. Still she tends to be more popular than me, because at least her family has the money they’ve made in the night club and music business. But then there’s that rumor… “So who is the new hottie?” Tasha hops up and down in her seat.

I shake my head at her. “You are one big hormone, you know that? Sure, he’s cute, but is there any guy in the room you don’t consider a hottie?”

Tasha scans the room with her hand on her chin and a very serious expression on her face. Her hair is in the typical pigtail braids she usually uses to play up the uniform. She has on no sweater, and her shirt is one size too small, the buttonholes at the front stretched to expose part of her red bra. Finally she returns her gaze to me. “There’s only one guy in here that doesn’t rank hottie.”

“Really? Who?”

She leans in conspiratorially and whispers, “Mr. Scott.”

I nearly choke on a laugh as I eye the middle-aged, balding teacher at the front of the room. But I have to admit, Jackson Hall is a prep school. And there's no one who can afford to make their children look their best more than the wealthy. I guess if I take my father’s words to heart, it’s better to be the poor kid in the rich kids’ school…than the other way around. Right?

Tasha’s smile returns, and I follow her gaze to figure out why. Ben Oscuro walks down the aisle between us and takes the desk right behind mine. The hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. I close my eyes and take a deep breath. He smells like pine and mint, and it reminds me of the outdoors. When I open them again, Tasha’s smile has grown impossibly wider. She leans towards me and whispers, “What was that you said about hormones again?” I shove my elbow toward her, but she dodges me with a giggle.

 

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Gatehaven


Title: Gatehaven
Series:
Author: Molly Noble Bull
Publisher: Creation House
Description: Gatehaven by Molly Noble Bull is a Christian Gothic historical novel set in a haunting mansion in the north of England where Ian Colquhoun and Shannon Aimee battle a Frenchman with dark secrets—spiritual warfare vs. the occult. Will they learn enough about God’s words to defend themselves and others or will evil overcome them?

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Kindle / Paperback
Barnes And Noble -
Smashwords -


About the Author:
Molly Noble Bull


Molly Noble Bull was born in Kingsville, Texas—home of the famous King Ranch. Her father and maternal grandfather were real Texas cowboys, and she enjoys writing western romances. But she also writes historical novels.

Gatehaven, her long Christian gothic set in Europe in 1784, won the 2013 Creation House Fiction Writing Contest while still a manuscript, and Gatehaven is the novel being featured today. However, Molly’ first two published novels came out from Zondervan. Her Zondervan novels were later reprinted and published as Promise Romances from Guideposts. Molly also sold novels to Love Inspired and Tsaba House, and Westbow Press published The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilities, a non-fiction book she wrote with four other Christian authors. Molly owns the rights to her Zondervan romance novels now, and she will soon self publish The Rogue’s Daughter as an e-book. Rogue is a western set on a South Texas cattle ranch in 1890.

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March:
24th Lorilyn @ Lorilyn Roberts
25th Phaedra @ Identity Discovery
26th Sheila @ Sheila Deeth
27th Vicki @ Deal Sharing Aunt
28th Lisa @ Seeking with all Yur Heart
31st Katheryn @ Shelf Full of Books
April:
1st John 3:16 marketing network
2nd Renee @ Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot
3rd Debra @ Three Partners in Shopping; Nana, Mommy& Sissy Too
4th Brooke @ I Blog 4 Books
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Friday, March 21, 2014

#BookReview: Billy Had To Move by Theresa Ann Fraser

Billy Had to Move


Title: Billy Had To Move
Series: Growing With Love
Author: Theresa Ann Fraser
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Description: Child Protection Services have been involved with Billy and his mother for some time now. He has been happily settled in a kinship placement with his grandmother and enjoys his pet cat, interacting with neighbors and even taking piano lessons. As the story unfolds, Billy's grandmother has unexpectedly passed away and so the story of Billy Had To Move begins.

Unfortunately, Billy's mother cannot be located. Mr. Murphy, Billy's social worker, places him in the foster home of Amy, Tim, and their baby "Colly." Billy experiences great loss resulting not only from his grandmother's death, but also the loss of the life he knew. Billy's inner journey therefore has also begun and with the help of Ms. Woods, a Play Therapist, there is hope.

Therapists' Acclaim for Billy Had To Move

"This gem of a book gently frames the stages of a child's natural quest to make sense of his story. Fraser has created more than a teaching story: she generously offers a sacred space that compassionately holds and supports the multidimensional realities of our foster children and their birth families, our social workers and foster families, our teachers and child psychotherapists."--Gisela Schubach De Domenico, PhD, MFT, R-PTS

"Billy Had To Move is a profound story about the complex issues children in foster care often face. Fraser provides important lessons for caregivers. The book gracefully introduces the sandtray and provides insight into how powerful the experience can be when the child has an opportunity to explore their trauma in the sandtray." --Mark E. Hulbert, MA, LLP

"A wonderful addition to the bibliotherapy field. This is a much-needed book for foster care children to help them in adjusting to a new caregiver and placement. It offers a welcoming view of how children's worries and losses can be understood by a caring Play Therapist, in a warm and inviting setting."--Athena A. Drewes, PsyD, RPT-S; Director of Clinical Training, The Astor Home for Children, Poughkeepsie, NY

"In this engaging, warm-hearted story, Billy grieving the loss of his grandmother, finds a way to heal by expressing his thoughts and feelings in Play Therapy. Highly recommended!" --Charles E. Schaefer, PhD, RPT-S Director Emeritus, The Association for Play Therapy

Review: Billy Had To Move is not a story about a kid coping with moving away from the place he grew up. It has that element to it, but there is so much more to it. Billy enters the foster system at the beginning of this story when his grandma and sole care giving dies unexpectedly. He has lived with his grandma since his mom stopped being able to take care of him. Social Services moved him there and then his mother disappeared. Now he has to be put in the foster care system because no one can find his mom to see if she is finally able to take care of Billy. Billy loses more than his grandma. He loses his home, school, and cat. He is placed with a family who has a little baby. The baby is his first step in healing since she likes Billy right from the start. Anyway, he ends up developing an anxiety disorder partly due to not understanding what is happening. He kind of understands what it means for his grandma to be dead, but he doesn't understand the concept of a funeral or why his mom hasn't been found. With time he learns to accept living with his foster family, but still can't stop the headaches, stomach aches, and nightmares he suffers from his anxiety. Being a ward of the state has an advantage though. The social worker that placed him in this home puts them in contact with a psychiatrist that specializes with kids that have suffered loss. She shows him how to play in order to vent his feelings, i.e. a coping mechanism.

I enjoyed the book and felt like it put the situation into something kids could understand. It is meant for slightly older kids in my opinion though. The pages have a lot of text on them. There is a lot to read. I think that it turns a scary situation into something that shows kids that it can turn out ok. It doesn't make them think "Happily Ever After" but at least they see that they could be happy.

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About the Author:
Theresa Ann Fraser


I started in Children's Mental Health as a Child and Youth Worker, Family/Youth Counsellor, Adult Mental Health Worker,then Foster Parent, then Play Therapist,Youth Minister and Part/time College Professor.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

#BookBlast: Maisy and the Missing Mice by Elizabeth Woodrum #MDBookReviews

#ReleaseParty: Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio by Jennifer Jean Miller #ReleaseDayDiva

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
The story of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio is a timeless tale. Both of these legends had extraordinary careers in their individual fields, as well as remarkable existences. 
This book chronicles each of their lives, from the days before they met, until that magical night in 1952 when their paths finally crossed.
Their lives would never be the same after that.
Though their marriage lasted for nine months, their love endured beyond those years and Joe’s heart yearned for no one else, even at his deathbed thirty-seven years after her untimely passing.
This account shares of their love and focuses on their marriage in 1954, and their trip to Japan and her trip to Korea, during the nearly one month time span that the couple was in the Far East together. 
A segment of the author’s collection of rare and unpublished photographs of both stars are featured within this EPUB edition, some never before seen since they were taken approximately sixty years ago in Japan and Korea. Due to file size constraints with file delivery via EPUB that inhibits image quality, the print version of the book has the expanded selection of photos from the author's collection, as well as memorabilia from both of the stars.
This book weaves in elements about baseball, entertainment, the military, the tragedies of stardom, and above all, the love Marilyn and Joe shared.
The story told here unveils other characters in the casts of both of their lives, including interviews with family members of Marilyn Monroe, headed by Marilyn’s second cousin, Jason Edward Kennedy. 
This book begins to also debunk the myths and propaganda about the life and death of Marilyn Monroe. Additionally, controversy within Joe’s final days is also explored. 
Marilyn Monroe & Joe DiMaggio – Love In Japan, Korea & Beyond, is the first book in the series endorsed by MarilynMonroeFamily.com, the website run by the relatives of William Marion Hogan, Marilyn Monroe’s great-uncle.

Where to buy:
Amazon ~ B&N ~ Kobo ~ Smashwords ~ Indigo ~ Flipkart ~ Book Depository ~ Google Store ~


Join the event!! We have tons of Marilyn themed fun and prizes for you!! Join us Thursday March 20th from 4-8 est!


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

#BookReview: Transcendent by Olivia Hardin

Transcendent


Title: Transcendent
Series: For Love of Fae, book 2
Author: Olivia Hardin
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Description: To the Women on the Hill McKenna is a spy who sails the nightwind to keep close tabs on her people. In truth, McKenna is a double operative, an integral part of an underground rebellion. The Women are secretly bleeding the fae of their powers then banishing them to the Island Anethemusa; but the Dissenters, rebels who suffer under the crushing power of the Women, mean to put an end to their reign.

When McKenna happens upon a talking weasel, she knows she’s found the perfect envoy for her covert mission. Robin Weir’s punishment for a life of betrayal is to be stripped of his magic and exiled as an animal in a foreign realm. He’s used to dirty jobs and subterfuge so becoming McKenna’s errand boy should be a simple task.

But things heats up when Robin finds he has the power to shift into a man again. For McKenna the pet she’s invited into her home now wants nothing less than to possess her heart, body and soul. With the uprising at the ready, lives could be lost if McKenna can’t balance her separate identities of spy, rebel and lover.

Review: The Fae saga continues with this fantastic addition to the For Love of Fae trilogy. In this story, we get to see things from the perspective of Robbie the Weasel. If you don't remember him, he is from the first book in the trilogy. He had been Devan's boyfriend before she discovered that he was using her in the scheme of seeking magical children to values. When she discovered who she really was, she sent Robbie to the Fae dimension thus stepping him of his sorcerer powers. This was mercy seeing as she could have killed him instead. Well now we get to see him turned from the terrible person he was into someone worth loving, specifically by the sentinel fairy McKenna. This story will show you how Robbie transitions from a weasel into a man as well as how the war in the Fae world begins.

Another amazing book by Olivia Hardin. I have been enjoying her books for a while now and look forward to finding out what happens with this war that had been being for for and a half books. Great job Olivia.

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4 Rose Icon 5

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#BookReview: Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair by Jewel Kats

Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair


Title: Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair: An Empowering Fairytale
Series: Growing With Love
Author: Jewel Kats
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Description: In a Kingdom far, far away lives Cinderella. As expected, she slaves away for her cranky sisters and step-mother. She would dearly love to attend the Royal costume ball and meet the Prince, but her family is totally dead set against it. In fact, they have gone so far as to trash her wheelchair! An unexpected magical endowment to her wheelchair begins a truly enchanted evening and a dance with the Prince. Can true love be far behind?

  • This fairy tale demonstrates people with disabilities can overcome abuse
  • Children with disabilities finally have a Cinderella story they can identify with
  • In this version, Cinderella uses her own abilities to build a new future for herself
  • The connection Cinderella and the Prince share illustrates love surges past mutual attraction


Acclaim for Cinderella's Magical Wheelchair
"An inspiring and exciting read for children of all ages and abilities. Finally here is a book which shows that wheelchair-mobile children can achieve anything. A clever, modern twist on this traditional and much loved story."--Joanne Smith, TV Producer, Terry Fox Hall of Fame inductee, Gemini Award winner

"This strength-based present day Cinderella story reminds readers that everyone, including someone with a physical challenge, can have the experiences and relationships they hope to have. This Cinderella found that 'success was of her own making'. A must have for every school library and therapy office."--Theresa Fraser, M.A., Child Psychotherapist and Play Therapist, author of: Billy Had To Move

"A wonderful, upbeat, modernized version of a familiar fairy tale. Cinderella's physical disability is taken in stride, and life goes on regardless. I loved it!"--Dr. Laurie Zelinger, Child Psychologist, author Please Explain Anxiety to Me

"A magnificent modern-day Cinderella story teaching children of all ages--about creating one's own success, happiness, and positive self-image while embracing life's challenges."--Sherry Jones Mayo, RN, EMTP, NCCN, author Confessions of a Trauma Junkie

Review: A new twist to the Cinderella story. In this tale, Cinderella is in a wheelchair. She still has a stepmother and twin stepsisters. She is treated poorly and has chores she must always do. The only chore detailed in the story was that she had to spray perfume on her stepmother's used gym socks. I mention this because I found it funny and gross. The very idea of perfuming socks instead of washing them is just gross. Anyway...The king is dying and wants to marry off his son before he is gone. All eligible women are supposed to go to a ball. When Cinderella asks to go, in true fairy tale fashion, she must do something first to get the priviledge of attending. She has to make fancy jewelry for her stepsisters and in her spare time make her own costume for the ball. Of course, the twins wear her beautiful jewelry and destroy her costume much like the dress from the original story. The stepmother even goes so far as popping one of the wheels on her wheelchair. Her fairy godmother shows up to help her to the ball by giving her wheelchair plane wings. Of course, the prince and Cinderella fall in love. When she flies away from the ball, he grabs her hand pulling off one of her gloves in the process. When Cinderella goes home, she decides to leave her step family. She starts her own jewelry making business which leads the prince to find her again. Of course they get married in the end.

It's a very cute story. I love how it is a normal fairy tale that incorporates a wheel chair. It's a story for kids with disabilities but also for kids without. It can serve to help them to see disabilities as normal. These kids need friends and have normal lives even if it is tinged with a bit of make believe. It's a great story.

My Rating (Out of 5): Rose Icon 1 Rose Icon 2 Rose Icon 3 Rose Icon 4 Rose Icon 5

Purchase the book:
Amazon.com - Kindle / Paperback / Hardcover
Barnes And Noble - Hardcover & Paperback / Nook


About the Author:
Jewel Kats


Once a teen runaway, Jewel Kats is now a two-time Mom’s Choice Award winner. For six years, Jewel penned a syndicated teen advice column for Scripps Howard News Service (USA) and The Halifax Chronicle Herald. She gained this position through The Young People’s Press. She’s won $20,000 in scholarships from Global Television Network, and women’s book publisher: Harlequin Enterprises. Jewel also interned in the TV studio of Entertainment Tonight Canada. Her books have been featured in Ability Magazine (USA) twice. She’s authored eight books-five are about disabilities. The Museum of disABILITY History celebrated her work with a two-day event. Jewel has appeared as an international magazine cover story four times! Recently, her work was featured in an in-depth article published in “The Toronto Star”. Jewel’s work has also appeared as an evening news segment on WKBW-TV and on the pages of “The Buffalo News”.

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About the Illustrator:
Richa Kinra


Richa Kinra (1984) is the internationally published illustrator of over 110 children’s picture books.

Illustration examples from the picture books I've illustrated are in the "Portfolio" section of her website. You may also be interested in looking at the illustration procedure which she follows

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

#BookReview: Good Night, Animal World by Giselle Shardlow #MDBookReviews

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Good Night Animal World by Giselle Shardlow

Title: Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story | Author: Giselle Shardlow | Illustrator: Emily Gedzyk | Publication Date: September 20, 2013 | Publisher: Company: Kids Yoga Stories LLC | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 2.5 to 6 years

Summary: Say good night to the animals of the world! Calm your mind and body before bedtime by taking a journey around the world with this kids yoga storybook. Join six Kids Yoga Stories characters as you perch like a bald eagle, crouch like a tiger, and curl up like a sloth. The book includes a list of Kids Yoga Poses and a Parent Guide with tips on creating a successful bedtime experience. Learn something new, explore movement, and unwind together before bedtime!

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This is a really cute book. I mean that from the artistic stand point. I loved the artwork. Each page is focused on a different yoga move that children can do and would serve as a good starting point for a yoga novice. The names of each move have been slightly changed to reflect a typical animal pose. This is so that kids willv remember them better. I can see that the poses picked would also make a great stretching routine after extreme play. They have been put together in this book to help children relax and get ready for bed.

I have never done yoga before but I really want to try it. This book is actually something I am considering starting with and to get my son to do it too. It will be hard to get him to concentrate on it, but if I do it too, he just might do it too. I think it's a great thing for you to try with your kids either before you Ajay have a bed time routine or when they are old enough to change their routine.

 

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"This book has been so amazing for my 2.5 year old daughter! The illustrations are adorable! She is always so rambunctious at bedtime and this lets her get out some of that excess energy. She loves the book so much that this has been one we read every night. It helps my daughter fall asleep faster which means more time for mom in the evenings." ~ 5 Star Review, cwalt047, Amazon

"Another GREAT book!! I used this book for my kids yoga classes for ages 2-5 years old. After a very active yoga class, we read this book and did the yoga poses before the resting portion of the class. My little yogis loved the pictures and saying Good Night to all of the animals one by one. I played a calming song with some animal noises in the background and we were then able to quiet our minds and bodies for the pose of rest. I think this will become a regular pre-resting story for my classes with this age group. My 5 year old son loves to read this book again and again too! Keep the great books coming!" ~ 5 Star Review, Stacy Daniels - Kids Yoga Teacher, Amazon

"What a delightful book to get young children reading and moving in a wind-down, calming story about saying goodnight to the animals of the world. I am a k-12 Reading Certified teacher who blogs about parenting at The Educator's Spin On It. I am big fan of literacy activities that combine movement and geography in a loving parent / child interaction experience and Good night, Animal World does just that. This book would be a great addition to your book shelf." ~ 5 Star Review, Amanda at The Educators' Spin On It, Amazon

 

About the Author: Giselle Shardlow

Giselle Shardlow from Kids Yoga Stories
Giselle Shardlow


Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories found at www.kidsyogastories.com or on Amazon (amazon.com/author/giselleshardlow) worldwide.

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Good Night, Animal World Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

March 10

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

My Devotional Thoughts (Review)

Books Direct (Author Interview & Review)

Amanda's Books and More (Review)

K&A's Children's Book Reviews (Review)

March 11

Brooke Blogs (Review)

Doodles, Doodles Everywhere (Review)

Reading List (Review)

Coffee & Books & Art (Review)

March 12

When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book (Review)

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

Alwaysjoart (Review)

March 13

Baby Bookworms in Black Words - White Pages (Guest Post)

Christy's Cozy Corners (Review)

Christy's Houseful of Chaos (Review)

Hazel Nutt's Toddler Talk (Review)

March 14

For the Love of Books (Review)

Books, Babies and Bows (Review)

Sweet Day's LifeBook (Review)

March 15

Stitch Says (Review)

WS Momma Readers Nook (Review)

Edventures With Kids (Review)

The Reading Room (Book Spotlight)

March 16

Deal Sharing Aunt (Review)

Lakshmi Gosyne (Review)

Growing Intentional Families Together (Review)

March 17

BeachBoundBooks (Author Interview)

Adalinc To Life (Review)

A Year of Jubilee Reviews (Review)

No Doubt Learning (Review)

March 18

Generation iKid (Review)

Domestic Randomness (Review)

Identity Discovery (Review)

Storytime Books (Review)

March 19

Victoria Simcox's Blog (Author Interview)

Mommynificent (Review)

Desperate Homeschoolers (Review)

March 20

Looney's Literacy (Review)

Dawn's Disaster (Review)

Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys (Review)

Hershey Wishes and Kisses (Review)

When Did I Become My Mom (Review)

March 21

Lobo's Follies (Guest Post)

Grandbooking (Review)

Picture Books & Pirouettes (Review)

Say What? Savannah Mae Kids (Review)

March 22

Nana Three and Counting (Review)

Once Upon a Time (Review)

Learning and Growing the Piwi Way (Review)

March 23

The Owl's Skull (Review)

The Squishable Baby (Review)

A Leisure Moment (Review)

Living as We (Review)

There is a coupon code available for this Book Tour which will provide a discount of 20% off the current sale prices on all of the Kids Yoga Stories books. Here is the link to the website:http://www.kidsyogastories.com/

To apply the coupon code, you simply enter "marchtour" before you checkout and you will receive 20% off the cart value. The coupon expires on 04/01/14. Note that the 20% off will be on top of the current sale prices.

 

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Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: April 8, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Giselle Shardlow and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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