Please tell me a bit about yourself—your background in writing for children and in other genres.
I am an award-winning, best-selling author of fourteen children's books and three popular book series. I focus on writing fun, imaginative, colorful stories. For many years I was a freelance writer and wrote feel-good articles about children and families, but for the last three years I have been focused on my journey as a children's book author.
What inspired you to write children's books?
I am a mom of two teenagers, one of which has special needs. My son was a 25 week preemie and weighed 1 pound 11 ounces. He spent 143 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, NICU, and I would spend my days reading to him there. This instilled a love of picture books that he still has today.
What inspired you to write the counting book, Ten Little Sandpipers? How did this story come to be? And what about Ninja School Rules? They both come out August 2021, yes?
I wrote Ten Little Sandpipers after sitting on the beach one morning while my daughter was surfing. I watched the adorable little birds running back and forth toward and away from the waves and I thought that was a cute idea for a counting book. I started writing it right then and there. I wrote Ninja School Rules around my own family's experience with martial arts. My daughter is a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and I have seen how important the lessons of respect, focus, confidence, and kindness are. I wanted to write a book about these important aspects of martial arts with a strong focus on friendship. These two books will be launched in late summer of this year.
How did you come up with your characters for these two books?
My illustrator, Nejla Shojaie, designed the look of the sandpipers, after seeing photos of real sandpipers here in Huntington Beach, California. The characters in Ninja School Rules are all based off real kids! The ninjas were chosen in a couple of ways, First, I had a social media contest where anyone could enter for a chance to have their favorite child featured in the book. That is how we chose the five ninjas on the cover. Second, as part of my Kickstarter campaign, there was a reward where you could pledge my campaign and feature a ninja of your choice. That's how the Ultimate Ninjas were chosen.
What illustrated scene from each book is your favourite, and why? How did you come to work with Nejla Shojaie?
My favorite scene from Ten Little Sandpipers is the sunset scene where the sandpipers are winding down their day. It is my favorite because it is based off the beautiful sunsets we have here in California. One of my favorite scenes in Ninja School Rules is the first page of the story when the new students enter the room and they are both excited and scared. It's how they look in real life the first time they come to try a class. Nejla Shojaie and I have been working together since my first book, Ruby the Rainbow Witch: A Picture-Perfect Rainbow Day. We connected on a website called Freelancer. I posted that I was looking for someone to illustrate a children's book and she was one of many that responded. I put out a challenge to my top 10 choices asking for a sketch of a 6-year-old happy little girl in a twirl dress. When I opened her email, I knew she was the perfect illustrator for me. She gets me and she does such an amazing job.
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Bright and fun, Macaulay’s latest features an unlikely group of adorable friends trying to form their own music band. Alfie, a small Maltipoo, is good at playing guitar and singing. He dreams about having his own music band. Tunny, Ollie, and Raxl, Alfie’s best friends, leap up the idea, and Dog Band, the new musical band in the town, comes into existence. But there is one problem: the group has no idea what kind of music to play. They ask everyone—from dogs to frogs, but everybody has their own idea about the type of music the band should play. What will the band decide? Macaulay cleverly incorporates music-related words in the narrative, skillfully teaching young children about a vast array of musical instruments, kinds of music popular across the globe, and names of different dog and cat breeds. Wei Lu’s exuberant, delightful illustrations romp across the pages, detailing story elements through apt emotions. This fun tale, with its significant message about making one’s own choices will encourage readers to try their hands at various musical instruments while making them laugh. With its fun storyline and a wealth of visual treats, the book should make it to every young music lover’s bookshelf. -- 5 stars from BookView Review
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Welcome to BookView Interview, a conversation series where BookView talks to authors.
Recently, we talked to Regan W.H. Macaulay, about her writing and her recently released children’s picture book, Dog Band, a fun and vibrant story that delivers significant message about making one’s own choices, (read the review here).
What inspired the premise of your book? And how do you come up with names for your characters?
The four dogs/main characters of Dog Band are all based on real dogs that have been in my life at one time or another. Ditto goes for the two cats who are also eventual members of Dog Band at the end of the book. I have had a lot of pets in my life, not only because I love animals so much, but because I’ve worked with so many in several different capacities—as a vet assistant at the Cat Doctor in Toronto, working at Pet Cuisine and Accessories, also in Toronto, as an Animal Care Specialist and Wrangler on the set of Once Upon a Hamster (Season III), and now I am a Certified Canine and Feline Massage Therapist (and Reiki Practitioner)—my mobile business is called Kuri K9 Massage.
Alfie, lead guitar, lead singer, and overall leader of Dog Band is based on a most adorable and incorrigible Maltipoo (Maltese Poodle cross), who very obviously had a big impact on my life before I was even a dog mom myself. He wasn’t my dog, but he was my friend and made a BIG and lasting impression.
Raxl, singer and “swing” player (of any instrument she likes) is based on my own pupster, the super and most wonderful Chihuahua dogger of my life! She is also kind of a mascot for Kuri K9 Massage ...
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BK21A - Be Kind to One Another day...and month! Featuring 25 authors and books with themes of Kindess and Acceptance...PART 7
Celebrating Day #24 of Be Kind To One Another Days!
Find out what happens in Nicky and the Mysterious Bag written by Kateryna Reshetova.
A fictional, entertaining story about a boy named Nicky and his mysterious bag. This book talks about helping others in difficult times, even though a person may look different than others. Find out what the mystery in the bag is!
(Available in English and Russian)
Celebrating yet another double-dose of KINDNESS for our month-long "Be Kind To One Another Days" celebrations.
I'm excited to introduce DRAKE by Children's Author, Lee Porter. Drake (the dragon) and this wonderful tale will leave readers wanting more! With incredible, vibrant images, children will be drawn in from the moment they see this book!
Drake doesn't fit in with the rest of kids that live in the forest. He is too big and clumsy and his friends no longer want to play with him. What will happen when a fire breaks out in the forest and Drake is the only one who can help? Will Drake do the right thing and help his friends?
Teachers, parents and caregivers will be sure to find this a must-have for their children's book collection.
BK21A - Be Kind to One Another day...and month! Featuring 25 authors and books with themes of Kindess and Acceptance...PART 6
It's Day #20 of Be Kind To One Another Days!
Today we celebrate this wonderful book by Singer/Songwriter and Children's Author, Carmelita Clark.
Her book KIND WORDS is the perfect addition to our event.
Originally written as a song, Carmelita has turned her inspiration song into a children's book! With over 30 years of teaching experience, she knows how to draw children in with her music and creativity.
You can find out more about her work here: www.joynthespiritpublishing.org.
Celebrating another double-dose of Kindness on Day #21 of Be Kind To One Another Days!
The Smiley Girl, written by Children's Author Ornella Ngabire, is an adorable story about a little girl who creates a kindness calendar to share with others! A wonderful tool for teachers and parents to use with their own children and students.
-with Confidently Chloe
Celebrating Day #22 of BK21A Days with a little FUN!
Oodles and oodles of noodley noodles by Children's Author Cindy Ninni Grant is a fun-filled book about a little girl who just LOVES her noodles.............but will she end up sharing them?
Let's find out!
Find out more here: https://www.ninniauthor.com/shop/one-hardcover-copy
Enjoy more great books during the month of May here: Wee Bees Learning Centre
-with Confidently Chloe
Day #23: Woo-hoo! It's my turn today (times 2) in this month of Kindness! First, we have Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana!
And my next entry for this month of Kindness, Mixter Twizzle’s Breakfast!
Some incredible news! Our picture book, “Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana”, which was reviewed in Kirkus online, was chosen to have its review featured in the Indie section of the 5/15 issue of “Kirkus Reviews”!
You can get your very own copy of “Libby the Lobivia Jajoiana” from Mirror World Publishing & directly from this website!
Welcome to my first interview in the world of children and children's literature!
This interview is with Ms. Kay of Kayz Little Einstein Academy!
Kayz Little Einstein Academy, LLC provides a mobile early learning and development service exclusively for children ages 6 months to eight years old in the comforts of the parents’ own home at an affordable cost. It will base in the Tampa Bay area.
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Now, check out the interview in the video below:
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The Theme for this year's summer camp is Around the World, where we offer kids ages 2 - 6 an opportunity to travel and learn about the world and the many cultures while remaining in the classroom.
We provide a structured and age-appropriate day for growth and development. Our enriched program is designed for campers to promote independence and self-confidence all while making new friends and learning exciting new skills and cultures.
To find out more and to discover if our Summer Camp is a good fit for your child, please read on or get in touch with us.
Be sure to check back for my next interview with Sami Orlando (Facebook handle), who is studying to be a Child Life Specialist ... it will be posted in July, after my annual June break!
BK21A - Be Kind to One Another day...and month! Featuring 25 authors and books with themes of Kindess and Acceptance...PART 5
Celebrating Day #16 of BK21A Day!
Be Kind To One Another Days is delighted to share Children's Author Annette Bentley Smith's book; Nyra's (Bully) FRIEND!
This heart-warming story teaches kindness and compassion and is a great teaching tool for parents and educators. This book will teach your children how to overcome obstacles they may face in school, all while teaching them about kindness and compassion along the way.
Find out more from this amazing author and all of her books herehttps://www.instagram.com/mrsanniebooks https://www.facebooks.com/mrsanniebooks
Celebrating Day #17 of Be Kind To One Another Days!
Today's feature is a delightful story by Children's Author Jessie Bairos-Retsas called The Sun Prince.
This is a wonderful little story with a message of KINDNESS!
A wonderful example of why we need to be kind to one another
Celebrating Day #18 of BK21A Days! Be Kind To One Another Days is delighted to share Lucky's Adventure in The Great Outdoors by Children's Author; Elizabeth Macy.
Find out what happens when 2 furry friends go camping in the great outdoors! Will new friendships blossom?
Follow Wee Bees Learning Centre during the month of May for more wonderful books celebrating KINDNESS !
-with @Confidently Chloe
Celebrating Day #19 of BK21A Days with Children's Author Kelly Hay-Vurinaris and her best-selling book; Hi, I'm me.
This heart-warming tale about and a mother and daughter captures the beauty in human differences. It's the perfect story for parents and teachers who want to teach children about inclusivity, and how everyone has equal value no matter how they look.
Kelly Vurinaris is a mom and an advocate for kindness and acceptance for everyone. She is committed to changing the world one face at a time. She created this book to help children with differences understand that if you add your voice, you are no longer an object to be stared at, you're a person.
You can find more details about this book here: Confidently Chloe and https://www.amazon.ca/Hi-Im.../dp/1989756301/ref=sr_1_1...
HAPPY WORLD TURTLE DAY!
To celebrate, I’m offering the Kindle version of my picture book, “Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far” for FREE all weekend!
I’d also love to get some more reviews, if you’re willing, so please take this opportunity to get your free digital copy—and you, too, can help turtles in need of rescue, just like Tamara!
Tamara the turtle's life is about to take an unexpected turn.
After Tamara's owner loses interest in her, she is released into a nearby creek. There's just one problem: she doesn't belong in that environment. Will she be rescued and brought to safety?
Join Tamara on her journey as she learns more about herself and other pet turtles like her.
About HALF of all proceeds will be donated to reptile rescues.
Get your FREE Kindle copy of “Tamara Turtle’s Life So Far” on Amazon.com and Amazon.ca
Find out more info about World Turtle Day at https://www.worldturtleday.org/