The Power of Your Child’s Imagination by Charlotte Reznick, PhD.

Kids seem to be dealing with more and more stress these days. Problems crop up that I never had to think about during my childhood. Thankfully there are helpful books like The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success by Charlotte Reznick.

A nationally recognized child educational psychologist and associate professor of psychology at UCLA, Reznick has created Imagery for Kids, which she has used for more than twenty-five years to help children reach their full potential.

The Power of Your Child’s Imagination will help your child thrive in an ever-changing and challenging world. Using the Nine Core Tools, parents are now able to apply Reznick’s principles in their own homes. Broken down into two sections, this book will explain what the Nine Core Tools are, the benefits of using them, and how you can harness your child’s imagination to transform her life.

The second part of this amazing book shows you how to put the tools to work, using examples from the author’s own practice to help guide you along. Reznick discusses how you can use the tools to tackle problems such as:

* Stress-induced headaches and stomachaches
* Phobias, panic attacks, and social anxiety
* Bed-wetting and sleepless nights
* Hurt, frustration, and anger

And so much more!

The author also provides tips for less stress and better parenting too. This is something that I truly appreciated, because I need to reduce my own stress levels before I can help my kids.

While I haven’t put these tools into practice yet, I am eager to, and hope that my daughters’ natural love of art will make this successful for our family.

If you’re looking for how you can better prepare your children to handle life’s daily struggles, then see how The Power of Your Child’s Imagination can help.

Rating:  :) :) :) :) :)

  • Publisher: Perigee Trade
  • ISBN-10: 0399535071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535079
  • SRP:  $14.95
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    From the Family Bookshelf

     

    Here we are once again.  It’s time for From the Family Bookshelf, the weekly (hopefully) column that talks about the books that we’re reading, have read, or want to read. There’s four of us in this little old house:  Mom (me), Dad, the Lil Diva (8), and the Lil Princess (6).

    Let’s see what we’re all up to this week!

    I’ll go first again this week. I just wrote up three book reviews: Noonie’s Masterpiece (MG), The Power of Your Child’s Imagination (Parenting), and The Way to Stillness (inspirational self-help). I posted one of these so far. The other two will appear later this week at The Book Connection. I also have two other reviews left to write.

    I am going to start Faith and Finances tonight. This is a book by several authors who collaborated to bring you spiritual insight and practical advice on:

    “Faith – Finance – Tithing – Provision – Generous Giving – Budgeting – Unemployment and Bankruptcy – Struggling to Pay Bills, Set Up and Manage a Budget – Concerns over Financial Security – Household Budgets – God Promises Daily Provisions – Living By Faith, Giving Away Wealth and much more.”

    Dad is still muddling through the thriller, Prayers for the Assassin , by Robert Ferrigno. Did I mention he’s a slow reader?  :) He’s liking it, so that’s what matters.

    The Lil Diva was happy to return to school today and find that her latest Scholastic book order had come in. It contained the much coveted Justin Bieber CD and a book on the teen pop sensation, Justin Bieber His World by Riley Brooks. I’m honestly not sure why she is so into Justin Bieber, but if it gets her to read, then she can buy every book about this teen pop sensation ever printed.

    The Lil Princess surprised me this week and picked up Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss.  She likes her Dr. Seuss books, but lately she’s come away from them and seeks more challenging material. She has one of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books if that gives you any clue as to what I am talking about. She’s can’t really read those, but she usually leans toward more complex books.

    Until next time, keep reading!



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    Noonie’s Masterpiece by Lisa Railsback

     You are going to fall in love with Noonie Norton!

    Noonie’s Masterpiece tells the story of Noonie Norton, a ten-year-old aspiring artist who is stuck living with her Aunt Sylvia, Uncle Ralph, and annoying Cousin Junior. Her mother died when she was in kindergarten and Noonie’s father is an archeologist. Rather than take Noonie along on his many digs, the stability of a regular family life is what her father believes is best for Noonie.

    Problem is, Aunt Sylvia, Uncle Ralph, and that annoying cousin of hers can’t possibly understand Noonie’s genius. So Noonie wanders through different periods of her life trying to make it the best she can, sure that she’ll be discovered at any moment.  

    When Noonie hears of her school’s art contest, she’s determined to win first place, even if Sue Ann Pringle wins everything. Maybe then, Noonie’s dad will come home pronto.

    Noonie’s Masterpiece is a brilliant story by Lisa Railsback. With Noonie Norton, Railsback has created a character that middle graders can’t help but sympathize with. Here’s Noonie, stuck with relatives while her father travels around the world with his job. She has a best friend, Reno, who is a bit of nerd. He’s a clumsy fellow, and he tries Noonie’s patience. Then, of course, there’s Sue Ann Pringle. That girl is perfect compared to Noonie and she wins all the school contests.

    To say that Noonie has a lot on her plate, is perhaps, the understatement of the day. This is just one of the many things that will allow readers to relate to Noonie. Since this story is told in a humorous way, even the tougher topics, like Noonie missing her mother, are easier for readers to deal with.

    The artwork for Noonie’s Masterpiece was created by Sarajo Frieden. From depicting Noonie’s many wonderful creations, to the illustrations of Noonie, Ms. Lilly, the art teacher, Reno, Sue Ann, and more, Frieden did a superb job of bringing this story to life in a visual way.

    I choose Noonie’s Masterpiece while sitting around waiting for my laptop to reboot. The book I was reading was downstairs, so I picked up Noonie for a few seconds. I ended up reading all of Noonie’s story before continuing on with the other book. Railsback hooked me right away and I didn’t want to let go of Noonie until I was done with her. Let’s face it, if a character tells us that she’s a brilliant artist who hasn’t been discovered yet, and proceeds to tell you that she is going to explain her art while she’s alive because you never know if tomorrow she would be “trampled by a herd of kindergarteners” or “might choke to death on a rotten nut”, you want to pay attention to what she has to say.

    I immediately fell in love with Noonie, and you will too.  It’s one of the best middle grade books I’ve read in while.

    Rating:  :) :) :) :) :)

  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • ISBN-10: 0811866548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811866545
  • SRP:  $18.99


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    From the Family Bookshelf

     

    This is a new column that I’ve been trying to kick off the ground for a while now. I finally figured I would just bite the bullet and make time to kick it off.

    From the Family Bookshelf is going to be a post about books our family–Mom, Dad, the Lil Diva (8), and the Lil Princess (6)–are reading or have in our bookshelves. We have many bookshelves in our home and my office is overloaded with the many books in my TBR pile–last count was 59, until I received a bound manuscript of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici by C.W. Gortner today.

    While the intention is to post this column every week, Dad is a very slow reader, and spring is a busy time for us, so we’ll see if weekly posts is a realistic goal.

    Enjoy!

    Mom (that’s me) is currently reading Fringe Benefits by F.M. Meredith. This is the third installment in Meredith’s Rocky Bluff P.D. series.  You can read more about this book by visiting the author’s website. I just finished reading Final Respects and Bad Tidings, the first and second books in this series. I came into this series with the fourth book, Smell of Death, and have been hooked ever since. It is great to read the backstories of characters I had read about in Smell of Death, No Sanctuary (Book 5) , and An Axe to Grind (Book 6). Some of these books are also available in Kindle format.

    As I mentioned, Dad is a very slow reader. I asked him to review a book for me once and it took him over three months to read it. In all fairness, it’s because he works so many hours; even though he would like to read every night, sometimes he’s too tired. Dad is currently reading Prayers for the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno. Dad had listed all three books from The Assassin Trilogy on his Christmas list last year. The Easter Bunny recently brought him the first two books. He’s really enjoying this one. You can read more about the author at his website.

    The Lil Diva is a reluctant reader, but when she finds a book she really enjoys, you won’t see her without it until she’s done. She is in the process of rereading the first book in Linda Thieman’s Katie & Kimble series, A Ghost Story. When Katie’s family moves to a new home, Katie discovers the ghost of a 10-year-old girl. Together, they uncover the mystery of what happened to Kimble’s mother.

    The Lil Princess has loved books since she’s been able to hold one. Before she could read she would make up stories based upon the pictures. Now she is heavily into reading to herself at night. It’s not unusual for me to find her in her room reading to her babies, though she enjoys reading to us the best. Biscuit Goes to School by Alyssa Satin Capucilli is one of her favorites right now. You can find this and more books in the Biscuit series by visiting the author’s website.

    Until next time, keep reading!



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    Cover Art for The Little Shepherd Boy by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

     

    This is happy day! When I checked my email tonight, Lynda Burch, owner and publisher of Guardian Angel Publishing had sent me a copy of the cover art for The Little Shepherd Boy, which is due to be released this fall.

    I was already familiar with Eugene Ruble’s work before he was contracted to design The Little Shepherd Boy, so I knew the cover art would be wonderful.

    I absolutely love this cover!

    I would appreciate some feedback from you, the readers of this blog, and hopefully future fans of Obed’s story, The Little Shepherd Boy. What do you think of the cover art?

    Thanks for all your support. Look for more information regarding The Little Shepherd Boy as we get closer to release time.

    April is National Poetry Month

    National Poetry Month (NPM) is a month-long, national celebration of poetry that takes place each April. Established by the Academy of American Poets, the concept is to increase public awareness of the art of poetry, living poets, our complex poetic heritage, and poetry books and journals.

    First celebrated in 1996, the Academy reaches out to educators, librarians, and booksellers, distributing hundreds of thousands of NPM posters and holding special events.

    The Academy’s website offers free poetry lesson plans and tip sheets for teachers, tip sheets for librarians and booksellers, and a list of 30 ways you can celebrate National Poetry Month.

    How do you plan to celebrate National Poetry Month?

    I think I’ll dig out a poetry collection that belonged to my late mother and read “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In high school, we were required to memorize the entire poem. It surprises me how much I remember of this poem despite the fact that I’ve been out of high school for over 20 years (yes, I am as old as dirt).

    I used “Paul Revere’s Ride” for an assignment in my college public speaking course. Condensing a famous poem isn’t easy, but it was neat to relive a tiny bit of my childhood by reciting it again.

    Whether you reacquaint yourself with poems you loved years ago or discover a new poet whose work you enjoy, be sure to celebrate National Poetry Month in some way.  If you decide to pen your own poem, I would be thrilled if you shared it here.

    The Christmas Pumpkin by Debbie Reece

      “A Christmas pumpkin? Who ever heard of such a thing?”

    When James’s father gives him a green pumpkin left all alone in the pumpkim patch, James decides he is going to decorate it for Christmas. But when he tells people what he plans to do, they all say the same thing, “A Christmas pumpkin? Who ever heard of such a thing?”.

    Will James get a chance to turn his green pumpkin into something special for Christmas?

    Those of you who know me are certain of one thing–I love Christmas! I enjoy reading almost any book that is centered around this holiday. And yet, Debbie Reece’s book got me to stand up and take notice because it is unique, fun, and inspiring.

    How often are children’s ideas discounted simply because they come from a young person? How often are children teased by their peers for suggesting something that isn’t the status quo?

    The Christmas Pumpkin shares a valuable lesson with its readers– “if you believe in something, you can make it happen”. The best part about this message, though, is that it is offered so gently readers don’t feel like they’re learning at all; to them, it’s just a great story.

    This is destined to become one of my favorite Christmas stories because it goes right to the heart and inspires children to have faith in themselves and their ideas.  The Christmas Pumpkin could become just as much of a holiday tradition in your house as the reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas.

    Ron Head provides the illustrations for this touching Christmas tale. He also designed the book. I’m interested in learning more about him, as his artwork in The Christmas Pumpkin is absolutely beautiful.

    Buy The Christmas Pumpkin. You won’t be disappointed!

    Rating:  :) :) :) :) :)

  • Publisher:  BeeBop Books
  • ISBN-10:  0-615-29072-8
  • ISBN-13:  978-0-615-29072-0
  • SRP:  $8.00


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    Bella: The Fairy Ball by Mandy Stanley

     Bella the bunny returns to delight your child in Bella: The Fairy Ball. While exploring outside her burrow, Bella meets a fairy. In exchange for Bella’s daisy chain, the fairy shrinks Bella down to fairy size and invites Bella to the Fairy Ball in Fairyland. Nothing could be more exciting! But when the Fairy Queen arrives with a special gift for Bella, she’s sure the day holds a bit more magic.

    Tiger tales released another book in the Bella series by Mandy Stanley last month. This one is even more charming and magical than the first.  As with Bella: The Birthday Party, Stanley begins the story on a summer day outside of Bella’s burrow, where she lives on the top of a hill with her family. Though we don’t meet Bella’s family in the first book, we get a glimpse of them in Bella: The Fairy Ball.

    Stanley’s artwork in soft pastels creates a lovely visual for the reader and the glitter accents that appeared on the cover of the first book are also on the cover of  Bella: The Fairy Ball.

    What I truly like about Stanley’s work here, is that she’s keeping Bella consistent for her readers. She’s a curious bunny with big dreams who likes to dress up in pretty things and dance.  Bella has magical adventures where she meets new friends. She’s furry, adorable and lovable, which will make Bella popular with readers.

    I’m eager to see what Stanley comes up with for the next Bella book.

    Rating:  :) :) :) :) :)

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589258517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258518
  • SRP:  $9.95


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    Bella: The Birthday Party by Mandy Stanley

    Your youngester will be eager to meet Bella, a curious bunny with big dreams. In Bella: The Birthday Party, Bella meets a little girl who invites the curious bunny to her birthday party. When it starts to rain, Bella shows her new friend a special place where they can stay dry and enjoy the party.

     

    This is such an adorable book. I am sure it is going to be a huge hit with young readers. Targeted for ages 2 – 5, some kids a little older might enjoy it too. Author and illustrator Mandy Stanley has created a lovely story of friendship and fun with Bella: The Birthday Party.  Her artwork in soft pastels is the perfect compliment to the story.

    When this book came in the mail, my girls (8 and 6) were drawn to it because the cover has glitter accents that made the book fun to touch, but also because both of them are dancers, and Bella looks like she’s just about ready to leap right of the cover and into the living room.

    Bella: The Birthday Party is a sweet and charming story that your child is destined to fall in love with.

    Rating:  :) :) :) :) :)

  • Publisher: Tiger Tales
  • ISBN-10: 1589258509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589258501
  • SRP:  $9.95


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