Ben’s School Daze by Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom

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Ben’s School Daze by Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom is an excellent resource to raise awareness of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

Ben finds daily sensory experiences overwhelming. But with the help of those who understand, he can get through the day.

This short, rhyming story focuses on SPD and how having people around you who understand it can make a huge difference. Kids will enjoy reading about Ben and discovering how the adults in his life help him. The opening page of this book shares ideas on how to use it before and after reading the story. At the end, it defines what SPD is; let’s you know how we can help; and provides a list of online resources. There is also a page with Classroom and School Concepts.

Helen Devenish’s fine artwork is an excellent complement to a great story. I’m sure Ben’s School Daze will be helpful to many.

 

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Title: Ben’s School Daze
Authors: Robyn Sims and Joanne Larcom
Publisher: Peence & Rogue Designs Pty Ltd
Pages: 28
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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For More Information

  • Ben’s School Daze is available at the authors’ website.
  • Watch the book trailer at YouTube.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

I received a free PDF version of this book from the authors through Pump Up Your Book. This review contains my honest opinions, which I was not compensated for in any way.

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Coming Soon!: The Book of Dares for Lost Friends by Jane Kelley

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Val and Lanora have been friends forever. Val expects their relationship to stay the same. But after they start middle school, Lanora decides to reinvent herself. Her parents have split up, and she wants to rise above that. Unfortunately Lanora’s choices lead her into trouble. Val hates watching her friend lose her way. She wants to rescue Lanora, but how? Val doesn’t know what to do until a stray cat leads her to a strange boy who lives in an even stranger bookshop. Together they embark on a quest. Will they be able to save a lost friend? Will they get lost themselves? Or will they find a way to help each other become who they want to be . . . .

Jane Kelley has created a nuanced, universal story about friendship and that delicate time of adolescence when there is much to lose and much more to find.

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (July 14, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250050871
ISBN-13: 978-1250050878

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Writing Goals Update

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Now that I am sharing my writing goals here instead of at my Little Shepherd blog, it’s high time to get back to quarterly updates. Since this blog is dedicated to children’s books, I will only be posting writing and editing goals.

Complete Amelia’s Mission by May 31st.

When I set this goal in January, it appeared realistic. I had no idea my real estate career would take off the way it did. I am currently reworking Chapter 13 based upon feedback from my writing group. I want to have it completed before I return home so that I can read it to my writing group and then move forward. I’m not ready to set a new completion date, but want to announce it at the end of the month.

Future projects.

Many moons ago, I began a project titled Searching for Popularity. In it’s original format, it was a memoir of my middle school and high school years. Part of the reason I haven’t done anything with it in so long is that I wasn’t quite sure if it was better as a memoir or as a novel. After reading it to my writing group and hearing their opinions, I’ve decided to fictionalize the story. I’ve made some rough notes on it and am eager to get to work; though I plan to finish Amelia’s Mission first.

Complete editing projects.

I completed a non-fiction project for a client. At this point, I won’t be taking on any new adult full-length projects, but am  still able to accommodate editing projects for children’s manuscripts.

Next update is scheduled for September. In the meantime, I would love to hear about your writing goals. What have you accomplished this year? What are you focusing on in the future?

Special Feature: Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson

quiltAs a seamstress in the Big House, Clara dreams of a reunion with her Momma, who lives on another plantation–and even of running away to freedom. Then she overhears two slaves talking about the Underground Railroad. In a flash of inspiration, Clara sees how she can use the cloth in her scrap bag to make a map of the land–a freedom quilt–that no master will ever suspect.

“A particularly effective way to introduce the subject to younger children, adding a trenchant immediacy to their understanding of a difficult but important chapter in the country’s past.”– (starred) Horn Book.

“This first-rate book is a triumph of the heart.”— (starred) Publishers Weekly.

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New from Guardian Angel Publishing

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Elliott was abandoned at the hospital in Tanzania, Africa weighing only 1.65 lbs. His first four months were spent in a hospital bed because he was so tiny. Elliot was Neema’s Baked Potato Boy in this true story. He has thrived at Neema House Orphanage and has now been adopted by a great Tanzanian family.

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Bolt, a passenger train, increases his speed between Boston, MA and Washington DC so his favorite passenger Daniel can have more time to spend with his Meemaw on the weekends. The railway superintendent notices Bolt’s speed and efficiency and renames his line the Amtrak Acela. Bolt reaches speeds of 140 mph.


Samuel is a brave little firefighter. His special angel will carry him to Heaven very soon. His sister Gracie finds it hard to say goodbye. Mama teaches Gracie to fill her memory with special moments of Samuel. On windy days, she can hear him whisper to her when she listens with her heart.

To view these and other new releases, please visit www.guardianangelpublishing.com

Blogging at Christian Children’s Authors – Bullies

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Now that I have combined my Little Shepherd blog into this one, I will be posting writing announcements and goals here. This is my Friday to post at Christian Children’s Authors. Today’s topic: How Bullies Changed My Daughter. I hope you will visit Christian Children’s Authors and comment on my post. You will find it at http://christianchildrensauthors.com/2015/06/19/how-bullies-changed-my-daughter/