Monday, March 30, 2015

WOI: Author & Illustrator Christa Pierce Visits the Stories for Children Show

Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. On today's Stories for Children show, listeners will get to meet Christa Pierce, a 24-year-old author and illustrator making her literary debut with Did You Know That I Love You?, published by HarperCollins, which Publisher’s Weekly calls a “sweetly assuring ode to unconditional love” and Brooke Shields raves, “I can't wait to read this to my girls. It so sweetly exemplifies the countless ways in which love is given.”

The show will air live on Monday March 23rd at 4pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 2pm Moutain - 1pm Pacific

Did You Know That I Love You? was originally written as a letter to her mother during a difficult time in their relationship, offers a heartfelt story about the importance of expressing your feelings to those you love.
The World of Ink Network is more than just a blog talk radio show network, it also offers writing and marketing help. You can learn more about WOI at

About the Host: Virginia S Grenier is a creative writing instructor for Dixie State University's CommunityEd program, a freelance content editor, director of the St. George Book Festival; along with being a Mom's Chocie and Award-winning author.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

WOI: Celebrate Early Childhood Tooth Loss on The Families Matter Show

Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. Today, Wed. March 25th (6pm Eastern - 5pm Central - 4pm Mountain - 3pm Pacific) on The Families Matter show, the hosts will be chatting with author Ingrid Bencosme, a former schoolteacher, about her interactive book for children, TEETH FAIRIES.

TEETH FAIRIES is a new, interactive book and doll set celebrating a child’s tooth loss process. From the age of about 5 to 12, the average child loses twenty baby teeth. That’s a lot of visits from the Tooth Fairy! This process is an exciting and sometimes stressful time for both children and parents.

This is a fantastic tool for moms and dads to help their kids get excited about losing their teeth and wanting to take care of their dental health!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New York Times Bestselling Author Andy Andrews Releases New Children's Book

Henry Hodges was one of the loneliest boys around. He didn’t have any friends who lived near him, and his house was the last on a dead-end street.
Each day, he swung on his old tire swing, often feeling bored and alone.
His parents often reminded Henry that he was, in fact, very special. They offered to help Henry find the perfect new friend…it wouldn’t be a boy or a girl, but a pet who, like Henry, was one-of-a-kind. When they went to a pet rescue shelter, Henry’s lonely world was changed!
At some point, almost every child struggles with feeling like they don't fit in or are left out, just like Henry Hodges. From New York Times bestselling author Andy Andrews, this playful and hilarious rhyming story, complete with charming art, offers comfort to children who feel left out or are in need of a good friend. This book will be a favorite among children and parents who love dogs and, ultimately, will comfort and encourage children who struggle with feeling accepted and finding friends. 
Hailed by a New York Times reporter as "someone who has quietly become one of the most influential people in America," Andy Andrews is a best-selling novelist, speaker, and consultant for the world's largest corporations and organizations. He has spoken at the request of four different United States presidents and recently addressed members of Congress and their spouses. Andy is the author of three New York Times bestsellers. He and his wife, Polly, have two sons.
About Tommy Nelson Tommy Nelson® is the children’s division of Thomas Nelson. As a leading provider of Christian content, Tommy Nelson publishes a wide variety of high-quality, enjoyable products that are consistent with the teachings found in the Bible. Tommy Nelson’s award-winning products are designed to expand children’s imaginations and nurture their faith while inspiring them to develop a personal relationship with Jesus. For more information, visit
By: Andy Andrews  
Thomas Nelson
On-Sale Date: March 10, 2015
ISBN-13:  9780529115768
Price: $14.99

Monday, March 23, 2015

WOI Special with Acclaimed Director, Alejandro Monteverde

Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. Today, Monday March 23rd (4pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 2pm Mountain - 1pm Pacific) we have Acclaimed Director Alejandro Monteverde as our guest. He will be chatting about his newest movie LITTLE BOY (starring Kevin James, Michael Rapaport, Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, and Ali Landry, and is produced by heavyweight TV and movie producer, Mark Burnett).

Set during the height of World War II, the film centers on a little boy, Pepper Flynt Busbee (Jakob Salvati), who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so that he can bring his father home. Through his struggle, Pepper learns lessons of morality, such as the value of self sacrifice, how to face the town's bullies (at times hilariously depicted), the importance of racial equality, and many lessons in between.

This heartwarming family film expertly captures feelings similar to those recognizable in so many great American movies.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

WOI: The JNP Project, a movement for children on The Empowerment Show

Welcome to BTR's featured World of Ink Network. Today on The Empowerment Show, founder Dona Rudderow Sturn will be chatting with our hosts Irene Roth and Traci McDonald about the first two books in JNP's multi-book series, Jane & Jake’s Adventures to Awesome.

The Empowerment Show will air live on March 20th at 4pm Eastern - 3pm Central - 2pm Mountain - 1pm Pacific

Kids, parents and educators will all enjoy the interactive website, It features an adult public Forum, Members Only Private Q&A Professional Forum, a Forum for Kids to talk to Jane & Jake directly, downloads, and more. JNP gives parents, teachers, caregivers and counselors the tools to help children develop confidence, strengthen self-esteem, and grow into assured leaders.

In addition to a focus on building children’s self-esteem, JNP offers both unparalleled artistry and collaboration among published international authors in the story development. The 31 chapter-books, set in three series, are available in traditional as well as digital interactive book formats.

The JNP Project was born out of the understanding of what makes up the faces of our inner awesome.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015


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“Aram Haigaz captures the stark tragedy of the Armenian Genocide in one boy’s remarkable story of suffering and survival. This English translation is as riveting and heart-wrenching as the original in Armenian, and, on the occasion of the Genocide’s centennial, is essential reading for all.” 
--Vartan Gregorian, president, Carnegie Corporation of New York; former president, The New York Public Library

FOUR YEARS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF KURDISTAN is a remarkable first-hand account by Aram Haigaz, an Armenian-American author and youthful survivor of the Armenian genocide of 1915. Haigaz was only 15 when he lost his father, brothers, many relatives and neighbors to the month-long attack by the military forces of Ottoman Turkey.  He and his mother were put on a forced march and deportation of Armenians into the Syrian desert, as part of the systematic destruction of the Christian Armenian population in 1915 by the Ottoman Empire. His mother urged Aram to convert to Islam in order to survive, after which he was taken by a Turkish bey into his household. Aram spent four long years living as a servant and shepherd among Kurdish tribes, rising from ‘infidel’ servant to trusted aide and secretary  because of being the only person among the peasant workers who could read and write. He grew from a boy to a man in these years and his narrative offers readers a fascinating coming-of-age story as well as a valuable eyewitness to history. Haigaz was able to escape to the United States in 1921.

Aram Haigaz was the pen name of Aram Chekenian, an Armenian-American writer who was born in the town of Shabin Karahisar, Turkey. Scholars and historians often cite first book, The Fall of the Aerie, published in an English translation in 1935, for its eyewitness details of the genocide. Although he lived in America for most of his life, Aram Haigaz, the author of ten books in total as well as numerous articles and essays, wrote only in Armenian.

Translated from the Armenian into English by his daughter, Iris Haigaz Chekenian, FOUR YEARS IN THE MOUNTAINS OF KURDISTAN is the tale of one young man’s struggle to survive, while also a rich and compelling narrative of life within a little known ancient society and tribal culture. 

Publication date: March 26, 2015                                                                                                                                        Hardcover; ISBN 978-1-940210-06-3; $26.95; 362 pp 
E-Book; ISBN 978-1-940210-07-0; $12.99

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Can a loon chick hatched late in the season survive the many challenges its environment presents?

Sometimes the best stories are based on true events.

In the newly published children’s story "The Littlest Loon," author Robert Kutter and illustrator Debra Johnson show how a loon chick hatched late in the season manages to survive and thrive, in spite of significant challenges.

Born late in June, a full month behind schedule, a baby loon chick finds itself literally in over its head when the fourth of July holiday brings water skiers, jet-skis, and pontoon boats to its Minnesota lake.
Bobbing alone in the water, separated from its parents, the tiny chick struggles to stay afloat as waves threaten to swamp it.

A man and woman watching from shore realize the baby is in peril. They hop in their fishing boat, speed to the chick, and scoop it up with a fishing net. Driving to where they last spotted an adult, they release the peeping chick.

Victory! The parent loons are reunited with their baby.

Having survived the peril of a holiday weekend, the chick grows bigger and stronger, as revealed in Johnson’s lovely pastel illustrations. But when summer turns to fall, the parents migrate south, leaving the loon chick to fend for itself. Now the question is, will it be strong enough to fly from the lake before ice settles in for the winter?

Kutter comments, "The loon is the state bird of Minnesota and one of the most beautiful and beloved migratory birds to inhabit the Great Lakes states and Canada and Alaska during the summer season. After rescuing a loon chick last summer with my wife, I thought the story would make a good children’s book about survival and perseverance in the face of unlikely odds."

Author: Robert Kutter is a retired high school language arts teacher who lives with his wife Nancy at Big Birch Lake near Grey Eagle, Minnesota. He edits the lake association newsletter and maintains its web page and Facebook page and enjoys observing the natural wonders on and near a body of water.
Illustrator: Debra Johnson is a retired high school science teacher who enjoys working in pastels. Her illustrations for "The Littlest Loon" were based on photographs taken by the author and others. She too lives at Big Birch Lake, where she and her husband Craig enjoy the natural surroundings of water, land, and beautiful sunsets.

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The Littlest Loon, Written by Robert Kutter, Illustrated by Debra Johnson; Sunray Printing Solutions; Category: Juvenile Fiction; Hard Cover: 978-0615877174, $16.95; Availability:, Book World stores in Minnesota, and independent book stores and specialty shops

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fourteen-year-old ninth grader publishes acclaimed fantasy novel seven years in the making

Even when they like to read, kids today usually have higher priorities than writing, polishing, and publishing a book. Think video games, cell phones, sports, dance, martial arts classes, and the list goes on.
A notable exception is the young author of the newly published fantasy Snowspirit: The Virgo Key. Rainye Day, a 14-year-old California native, has spent much of the last seven years creating this slim novel. Along the way, she’s piled up numerous writing awards and devoted the vast majority of her free time to researching, editing, and revising.

Snowspirit begins with a prologue that explains how, with the help of the traitorous thirteenth horoscopian, a powerful demon god has trapped the rest of the twelve gods of horoscopes. Together, the demon and the traitor are biding their time as they plot to take over the universe. Without the twelve horoscopia, the protectors of the galaxy, nothing seems to stand in their way.

Enter 12-year-old Elia. She has no inkling of this otherworldly power struggle and is peeved because the birth of her new baby brother is playing havoc with her normal schedule. Then the mysterious Snowspirit enlists her to retrieve the Virgo key, the first step in saving the horoscopia and preventing doomsday.

Elia and her dog, Troy, embark on a terrifying journey across a scorching desert, where Elia’s biggest enemy is the wild. With the odds stacked against her and the world depending on her, Elia must prove that she is qualified to join the Snowspirit’s team of twelve. This means risking her life in impossible conditions as she journeys to find the Virgo key. Along the way, Elia discovers the magic of new beginnings and unexpected adventures.

The author comments, "From glittering snowfields to barren deserts, creating this book may have taken a toll on my social life, my family, and my school. But today, when I look back at the long way Snowspirit has come, it has been rewarding and satisfying. I hope that this book will encourage children and adults of all ages to not only read, but to write as well!"
She adds, "Be brave and take the leap!"

"A wonderful story of a young girl who travels on an amazing journey through the snow and desert on a quest to find the magical Virgo Key. Rainye Day provides vivid details and a compelling narrative that will entertain children and even adults as they follow along on this fantastic adventure." ~ Dr. Rebecca Nee, assistant professor of Journalism & Media Studies

AUTHOR: The author with the pseudonym Rainye Day is otherwise known as a passionate reader and writer with big dreams. Born and raised in San Diego, California, she has been reading and writing since she was crawling and has won multiple awards in the National PTA Reflections contest. A black belt martial artist and avid animal lover, she’s currently a fourteen-year-old ninth-grade student. To see more of her writing, go to

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Snowspirit: The Virgo Key by Rainye Day; Future Cultures, Inc.; Category: Juvenile Fiction; Soft Cover: 978-0990764496, $7.99; eBook: 978-0990764441, $2.99; Availability:,

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up


On March 12, join the "Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” Tween safety campaign

Parenting a tween involves compromise. But here’s one rule that’s not up for debate – the car doesn’t move until everyone is wearing a seat belt. If you say it, and if parents buckle up themselves, your tween will buckle up. And if they don’t, that’s a fight worth having. It might just save your tween’s life.
Over the past 5 years, 1,609 kids ages 8-14 were not wearing seat belts when they died in a crash - one in four were age 14. As children get older they’re less likely to buckle up. Our “Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” campaign aims to put an end to this trend – but we need your help.
On March 12, NHTSA will hold a Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up Twitter Chat to help spread the word to parents about the need to wear seat belts. During the chat you can question NHTSA experts, engage with your followers, and help ensure that tweens grow up to become young adults and safe drivers. We’ll also have terrific videos, banners, and other tools you can use to spread this lifesaving message far and wide.
Who: NHTSA and Our Team of Experts
What: Tween “Never Give Up Until They Buckle Up” Twitter Chat (follow along at #kidsbuckleup  and #tweens)
When: Thursday, March 12, 3-4pm Eastern
How: Use hashtags #kidsbuckleup and #tweens when the chat is about to start to join in the conversation. Feel free to mention @NHTSAGov in any of your tweets and NHTSA will get back to as many of your questions or comments as they can! Remember to include the hashtags #kidsbuckleup and #tweens in your comments so others can follow the conversation.
Invite your friends and followers to join us and help us spread the important message about tweens and seat belts. Let them know the dangers of failing to wear a seat belt and that parents are an essential part of protecting their kids by insisting on seat belt use at all times and by sending the right message by always wearing seat belts themselves. See you on March 12!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

A Book About Learning Disabilities and Acceptance: Janine

In March 2015, Albert Whitman & Company (Park Ridge, IL) will proudly publish veteran author-illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler's Janine, a sweet and personal story inspired by her own daughter's life as a child with disabilities.

Janine stars a fun-loving girl with a contagious upbeat attitude. Janine is one of a kind.She talks to her imaginary friends, reads the dictionary for fun, uses lots of big words, and remembers unusual facts. Some kids think she's strange and don't want her to come to their "cool" party unless she changes. Janine stands up for her spectacular self and ends up changing the attitudes of her classmates. 

Maryann's daughter, Janine, was the inspiration for this delightfully spunky character and the story itself, which is based on a bullying incident Janine experienced. Janine Leffler, who bravely gave her mother permission to tell her story, focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She has become a role model to children and adults, encouraging them to focus on abilities and promoting respect, tolerance, and kindness.

Cocca-Leffler states, "Through my book, Janine, I hope to encourage kids to celebrate their differences and stand up for themselves, as well as inspire all children to stand up for those who are left out or bullied."

Maryann Cocca-Leffler has written and illustrated over 50 children's books and lives and works in New Hampshire. Her spring 2015 school visit program is entitled Stand Up, Inspire, Include & Invite. She and Janine are available to come to schools, libraries, bookstores, and beyond to help get children excited about reading and writing, inspire those with challenges, and encourage acceptance of all.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Don't Tolerate Bullies

We all seem to encounter bullies in our lives from time to time. Bullies are a fact of life. Kids seem to be the most prone to be bullied by others. A bully is anyone who keeps doing something that has the power to hurt you. Once a bully finds out what hurts you, they sometimes keep doing or saying the same hurtful things over and over.

If this happens to you, here are a few things you can do.
1. Spend any free time with your friends. Bullies hardly ever pick on you if you're in a group.
2. Tell the bully to stop and walk away whenever the bully starts his/her tactics. Be as stern as you can be to make sure that (s)he knows that you aren't kidding and that a no nonsense message is passed on.
3. Tell a trusted adult about the person's bullying behaviour. This isn't telling tales. This is about keeping yourself safe, which is of ultimate importance if you're being bullied.
4. If you can, try to act as if you are unaffected by the bully's tactics to undermine you. This could dissuade the bully from persisting because bullies love to see you upset. If you appear not to be upset, some bullies may stop as there is no more incentive for them to continue.
5. Don't lash out at the bully, either physically or emotionally. Instead, stay strong and walk away. Otherwise, you may be accused of being a bully yourself.
6. Bullies are usually angry people. So, it's best if you don't reciprocate a bullies tactics or attitude without support from others. If in doubt, just calmly walk away.

Just because bullies are all around, doesn't mean that you have to tolerate bullying behavior or actions. The best remedy for bullying is to stay strong and focused and walk away as if you are unaffected. Bullies hate that!

Irene Roth is a freelance writer for kids and teens. She specializes in writing nonfiction articles on relationship issues and commitment. She also writes articles about writing for freelance writers.

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