Quick backstory on my new children’s book, Something Special In The Stands. Last year, some of our dear friends got the news they were having a baby with Down syndrome. We all wanted to surround that baby and that family with as much love as possible. And all I kept thinking (selfishly, I admit) was how much that sweet girl could teach our children. That’s when I decided to write this book. And then I thought about a couple of the special people in my life—Hannah and Amber—and how they could help me bring that lesson home. Hannah, Amber and their families were so gracious to hold my hand in writing this book. And then Baby Charlotte was born. And we all fell in love, but Hattie in particular. This book is so special to me because of the sweet souls who inspired it. LINK TO BUY IN BIO. #childrensbooks
We had lots of fun at the ABC: Dogs in Hawaii book launch this past Saturday! It was so nice to celebrate with the dogs and their families who helped make this book possible. A big thank you to @hawaiidoggiebakery
for hosting and always making these pop ups fun!
If you like to purchase a book before Christmas, I’ll be at the Ala Moana Bloomingdale’s on Saturday 12/22 from 2-5pm. Starting January, they’ll be sold online, at the @hawaiidoggiebakery
, and a few other retailers around the island.
I know I said this hundreds of times but I truly mean it - thank you so much for your support! I’m extremely grateful to be apart of this amazing community ❤️
The two best pals! I’m drawing a kids’ book and having the best time 🐦 🐻
How fabulous is this gift we received from @_booktribe_
It’s perfect for my book lovers (8 👦🏻 & 11 👧🏻) 📚
Book tribe offer a monthly home delivered book subscription box that contains a new release book and gifts & activities to inspire literacy, creativity & imagination - all handpicked and relating to the theme of the book. Boxes are tailored to kids aged 8-12.
This is perfect as a gift for Christmas, birthdays or just because. You’ve still got a couple of days left to order the December “Tech To The Skies” Box 🎄
Check my stories for a closeup of what’s in our box ❄️ #booktribe #gifted #kidsbooks #bookstagram #giftsforkids
Usually, by bed time this Mama has had it, but it’s so important to remember to read to our children. The evenings I read to them prior to bed vs when I do not, are a million times different! When I lay and read with them it puts them in such a calm place, it opens their minds to things they’ve not yet experienced and gets their minds thinking. It’s one of the most important things we can do for our children. 📚
🌸First time playing with Procreate on the new iPad Pro with Pencil 2. I think I like it!🐞🖍✏️🖊📏
My heart is exploding! This dog is my miracle. She has healed me more than most doctors, she has loved me unconditionally, she has shown me joy in my darkest moments, she has saved me time and time again. .
There was absolutely no logic to us getting Bowie, a third dog when we were both first year grad students, while I was falling more ill by the minute. It was crazy and everyone thought we were crazy but it is so clear now that she was supposed to come into our lives. We got her as a pet and she started picking up on my heart rate and seizures on her own. I’m am so incredibly lucky to have her by my side. .
My dad and I were talking today about how there is just something about her, everyone is enamored by her (even when she was unvested at the park) and I think that’s because people know they are witnessing something truly special when they see her. I can’t wait til our children’s book is finished and we get to spread her joy even further!
Looking for some children's books this holiday season? Check out our recommendations that are sure to make story time fun this Christmas!
#Christmas #Childrensbooks #Christmasbooks #Holidaybooks
Wanted to paint something fun when I got home. I found an artist Instagram @art.nagar
and he has very expressive brushstrokes. One of his paintings inspired my dino bee. Please follow his work!
Two week countdown to Christmas! 😱 As much as we’ve really slowed down our days, it still seems to go by too fast. We are almost halfway through our December book stack. Swipe left to see covers. Sorry for the bad lighting and glare (dust jackets drive me crazy)... and swaying video (my little helpers are in bed). ☺️ Our December book list can also be found in my link tree. 🎄 So far, “Apple Tree Christmas” seems to be a new favorite! 🍎 Tucking “Love, Santa” away until they are ready. 🎅🏼 Which may be soon. 😢❤️ #welovebooks #booktree #decemberbookstack #readaloud #christmasbooks #childrensbooks #booknerd #homeschoolfamily
Being a self published author can be an interesting road and it’s amazing to find a friend who is on the same path! I met Courntey through fb last year in a self publishing group but I feel like I’ve known her forever and today our schedules alligned perfectly for us to meet for an hour while she was in AZ for the day! It was awesome! If you haven’t seen her Christmas book it’s awesome with an amazing message of giving!l you can check out her IG page @secretsantateam #selfpublished #selfpublishing #kidsbooks #childrensbooks
The amazing process to illustrate Please Don’t Cry 😍 follow @jetzyey
on how it was done... 💖📚
How I illustrated... New Episode: Painting in sections
I decided to not paint entire pages as one painting, but to split the painting up in elements and do them separately, actually on separate paper, and later set them back together digitally. I used the light box to trace the layout onto water colour paper and I would pick for example only the character to trace and nothing more, or I would pick the background and trace it as if there was no character on top. This way, I would concentrate on painting only one element. This removed a lot of pressure to make every stroke right. If a mistake happens, I would redo just that element and not the entire picture, which helped working faster. Mistakes can be as simple as choosing wrong colours, or as big as completely messing up shadows. I also was able to experiment with a lot of backgrounds. Yesterday I posted three backgrounds for you to guess where in the book they would appear. When you swipe through the post, you will see the solution. Enjoy!
P.s. This trick I told you might demystify art a bit, but this was my business decision. For me it is important to get the job done and not get stuck.
Follow me the next weeks to read the whole process. Also make sure to check out @pleasedontcrylullaby
and her webpage (link in her bio) where you can directly buy your copy of Please don't cry. Shipping internationally. Big thanks to @littlestepspublishing
for the amazing work they did in bringing us together and print the book in high quality.
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Today’s book is a big book. It is thick, full of childhood rhymes, and poems, and stories, and recipes, and everyday things. It is the perfect storybook for little children. A lovely collection of nursery rhymes, even if you already have too many on your shelves. (Is there such a thing as too many books of any kind?) I was so pleasantly delighted by this storybook, and it is a wonderful gift for any small child in your life. Take a peek at Sylvia Long’s Big Book for Small Children on my book blog. Link in profile.
Cheering on Villanova at the historic Palestra during a Big 5 game! It wasn’t the outcome we wanted but it’s always fun to see the team and Will D! As I’ve mentioned Jake is a spirited child. In the book, Raising Your Spirited Child it describes a spirited child as more. Everything is more, more intense, more passionate, more happy, more sad and more sensitive to touch and sounds. Jake was always more sensitive to sound, sometimes a movie theater can be too much but it hasn’t happened for awhile. Tonight The Palestra was too noisy for him so the two of us left at halftime. He was holding his ears most of the game, we were talking about just focusing on the game and not the noise but he said the noise was taking his energy. I told him that I love that he’s so tuned into himself and knows what is best for him. He’s the biggest Villanova fan but knew he needed to leave. As a parent of a spirited child or any child you have to go with the flow. The best intention plans may just not be the best plans for your little one. I’m just so proud he knows to follow his intuition at a young age and advocates for what he needs.
#spiritedchild #basketballmom #momlife #parenting #meditation #mindfulness #intuition #breathe #namaste #villanovabasketball #familyfun #yoga #kidsyoga #wellness #healthylifestyle #peacefulparenting #love #happiness #childrensbooks #childrensbookauthor
ONLY SIX DAYS TO ENTER!! ⬇️ Scroll Down for details ⬇️ Thanks to the wonderful Tessa, we have two copies of her latest book to giveaway: 'Tessa’s Books of Elegance: ‘The Lovely, Beautiful and Very Elegant Tea Party’, just in time for Christmas!
We really love this series and how they focus on ways to spend quality time with our kids. Written by the very talented Jacqui Preugschat, each story encourages children to use their talents and discover new ones, to inspire them to create, to communicate and show hospitality and kindness to others.
This book invites children from 5-12 to join Tessa in doing everything from beginning to end in having a tea party - from making the invitations, decorations, food, sewing, dress/hat designing and much more! How cool!
To enter, is simple!
1. Tag a friend
2. Like our Tassie4Kids Page
We will be drawing the winner THIS SUNDAY, 16th DECEMBER AT 10AM, to make the post in time for Christmas.
To discover more about Tessas books, visit
Winner is selected at random and will be notified via Facebook messenger. This competition is in no way associated with Facebook, and completely independent.
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Why did I write this book?? Two reasons!
First, I believe that this book is God-inspired. Secondly, writing this book reminded me that even though I am a strong, successful, brilliant woman, there are times when some of the personal insecurities I had as a little black girl can resurface. So what this book enabled me to do was release negative thoughts and reaffirm the positive things I already know about myself but sometimes disregard.
THIS LITTLE BLACK GIRL: I Am Enough! Available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble Order your copy today. Visit my website at www.thislittleblackgirl.com
Video cred @_project31
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