Bloggger to WordPress

This started innocently enough. I followed a link to someone’s blog which was a WordPress blog. I had a WP blog years ago, but never fully converted over to WP. I was hesitant because I was used to blogger. Now that I’m more familiar with WP, I like the “clean” look that most WP blogs have.

As I visited my friend’s blog I decided to revisit my old WP blog. I started to toy around with it and I have to admit that I like this much better. It will be a pain to “start over” again, but I believe it makes sense. I’ve grown as an author and it is important to keep growing. You can’t grow if you never try new things. So, here I go. I’m starting a new blogging adventure.

Book Review: What is That Strange Noise

What is That Strange Noise 
Illustrated by K.C. Snider

I was delighted to have a chance to read this fun book about Piper and Grandma’s interesting car ride. The story starts out with Grandma and Piper going on one of their adventurous car rides, when something odd happens. A strange noise grabs their attention and they discover an even stranger guest in the car. The story continued, picking up many other guests along the way.




I liked how the story incorporated animal names and animal sounds, which can make this book a great tool for preschool and early childhood teachers. I also loved how Grandma names every animal every time they picked up a new guest. This is a great way to continue to review animal names. 

One thing that could have made the book even better is the ending. I would have loved to see where Grandma and Piper were going and what happened to all their guests at the end of the car ride. 

Overall, this was a delightful, fun story that would work well in a classroom as well as at home.


Where can you get it? 

Amazon

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Guardian Angel Kids October Issue

My publisher, Guardian Angel Publishing, has been doing a great job with their E-Zine for kids. They cover a variety of topics and there are many different engaging activites. There are stories and artilces along with poetry and a parent/teacher article.  Here is what is included in their October issue.

Guardian Angel Kids- Online Magazine 
October 2018 Boo-Hoo, Boo-Boo

BOOK FEATURE
Lola B. And the Skinned up Knee by Nancy E. Hughes
and Illustrator- Dougie K


POEMS
Heart-Hurt by Stephanie Malley


FICTION SHORT STORIES
Halloween Surprise! by Nancy Engler
Dr. Fix-It by N. Engler
The Birthday Kittens by Caroline Kiberd 
The Rainbow Ghost by Bonnie Kloster
Be Careful, Braden by Pamela Love


PARENT/TEACHER ARTICLE
When a Child Gets Hurt by Kelly Bakshi M.S. Ed.
I enjoyed all of the content, but I thought the Halloween Surprise by Nancy Hughes was especially heartwarming. I loved how the main character, Emma, came up with a creative solution to her Halloween problem. If you haven’t checked it out yet, head on over. 

Books, Books, Books #AtoZBlogging Challenge

As a follow up to yesterday’s post, my topic for the letter B is “Books, Books, Books”. More specifically, books for children with health issues.  As a teacher and an author,  I firmly believe that reading about something is the best way to start to deal with that specific problem. Children can identify with the characters or learn how that character handled the situation they were given.

Below is a list of books for children with various chronic diseases, along with a small description and a link.

Riley’s Heart Machine
By Lori M Jones

Riley  is afraid of what her friends will think if thy find out about her pacemaker. In Riley’s Heart Machine, Riley needs to overcome her fear of being different and finally shares her secret with her friends in a “unique” way.

Now Caitlin Can
By: Ramona Wood

This is a story about a little girl, Caitlin, who is in need of a Kidney Transplant. This is told by the point of view of Caitiln’s older brother Freddie.

Pennies, Nickels and Dimes
By: Elizabeth Murphy Meals

Ashley and her friend try to raise money for her Transplant  Operation and learn even more about Organ Transplantation in the process.

Going to the Hospital
By: Fred Rogers

A picture book detailing a typical hospital visit and common forms of treatments that occur there.

These are just a few of my favorites I found when I was searching for books for our family. What are some of your favorite specialty books?

Angel Donor and April #AtoZChallenge

A is For Angel Donor and the Month of April

I really didn’t want to start the A to Z Blogging challenge talking about one of my own books. I brainstormed writing tips, inspirations, book reviews and even favorite Disney characters. I went as far as typing my first paragraph when it hit me. April, in addition to being the month of the blogging challenge, is also a month that is close to my family’s heart. It is also known as Donate Life Month. This is not just any month to me or my family.


Donate Life Month is a month of features and activities to raise awareness of the need for life saving organs and to celebrate those who chose to save a life through organ donation. You can learn more about it here



Why is this month more than just a cause for our family? Unfortunately in 2002 we were introduced to chronic illnesses and organ transplantation with my daughter. As her disease went on, it was clear. She needed a liver. Her childhood was clouded by illnesses, doctors and hospitals. It was during this time that the idea for Angel Donor was born. 






I often wished I could read my daughter a book that she could identify with on the subject. She worried about her doctor visits and hospital stays and at times struggled to really understand what was happening. Thankfully, because of the generosity of a family during one of their most trying times, our daughter received her much needed transplant.
However, this was not going to be our only experience in our family. Our third child was also born with a chronic condition and may need a transplant in the future as well. 

While I haven’t been active lately in blogging, I have several posts on my Angel Donor blog, which offers just a glimpse into the transplant community. I urge you to take a look and leave a comment on any of the posts. 

So as I was brainstorming and wondering what I could write about, I chose something that I hope will be meaningful and inspirational to anyone who comes across this post.

Have you had any experiences with organ transplants? What are your challenges? Hopes?




A Star in the Night featured on Blog Talk Radio’s show Halo Kids

I’m excited to announce my book A Star in the Night, illustrated by K.C. Snider and published by Guardian Angel Publishing, will be featured on Blog Talk Radio’s show Halo Kids. JD Holiday will be there as well to ask a few questions. This is a great opportunity to see if my book is something you might want to purchase.


What is the book about? On Christmas Eve, David sees this is no ordinary night. Accompanied by a shimmering star David encounters three experiences that will change his view of Christmas forever.


At Halo Kids Tales, JD Holiday reads 2-3 stories per show and talks briefly with the authors of the books. What a fun way to connect with books and an author. 

Where:  Halo Kids Tales  Be sure to click the show link.
When:  Thursday December 19, 2013  1:00 PM
 So tune in, give my book a listen and get the book for this Christmas season.  See you there!   



Book Review: Chances Are

“Chances are you’ll never see animals as strange as these…” Thus begins the great adventure with Author Sue Bangert-Wood and Illustrator Jack Foster in the comical alphabet book titled Chances Are.

This light-hearted book displays unique animals wearing a swimming suit, driving or even playing guitar. I love the creative animals Sue Bangert-Wood comes up with in this fun A-B-C book. The rhyme in story flows smoothly and adds a nice rhythm as you read. As someone who has worked in the classroom, I see this book as one that would engage the readers and invoke  some fun reactions out of the readers.
The activities and puzzles at the end of the book are sure to be a hit with teachers everywhere. The bright, energetic illustrations done by Jack Foster breathe even more life into the story. He illustrates well the essences of the characters and their fun, energetic antics.
This is an all around great book which I recommend reading to kids of every age. 

Books in a Basket

Yesterday there was a “Basket Extravaganza” to raise money for my local parish.  When my son’s first grade was looking for donated items for their basket, I offered an autographed copy of A Star in the Night and Teresa’s Shadow. The teacher was thrilled and thought it would fit in nicely with their “Cold and Flu” theme.  Who couldn’t use a book to cozy up with when they’re sick, right?

It was a fun event and I wished I could have stayed for the whole event, but my first grader wasn’t feeling well. (Anyone else find the irony in that?)  So we stopped on by, took some chances for some other great baskets and left. Of course, we didn’t leave before snapping some pictures of the basket with my books.

Let’s see how sharp your eyes are.  Can you spot A Star in the Night?

 Teresa’s Shadow is lurking in the back of the basket As always, thanks for your continuous support, CTK!

Click on the links to get your own copy of A Star in the Night and Teresa’s Shadow.  When you do, stop by my facebook page and tell me what you thought!

Come check me out on Goodreads

I’ve been making better use of Goodreads lately. Goodreads is a great place for authors and readers alike to share, recommend and discuss books and their love of books. They even have a special Author page for authors who are promoting their books and works.  Come check me out on Goodreads. Be sure to add me as a friend and fan my page. Leave a comment with your link and I’ll gladly return the favor. 

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4447596.Jennifer_Gladen

Some author updates:

  • I am consolidating my facebook pages into one author page. If you are a fan of Teresa’s Shadow or A Star in the Night on FB, please head on over to my AUTHOR PAGE and follow me there as well. I look forward to connecting with you all there.

  • I am in the process of booking several author events. More info will be provided once the information is official, so stay tuned.

  • Parents or family of children with special medical concerns may be excited about my new book coming out soon titled Angel Donor. This is a medical specialty book about a young girl in need of a liver transplant and her journey toward this life saving surgery.

                                           

A Star in the Night featured in Susanne Drazic’s Christmas in July

This July, fellow blogger Susanne Drazic is having a Christmas in July blogging party! Stop on by and check it all out. There’s giveaways, guest posts, book reivews and more. Later this month my book, A Star in the Night (illustrated by the talented K.C. Snider) will be featured. When A Star in the Night is featured on Susanne’s blog, leave a comment under her post at http://susannedrazic.blogspot.com/. with a link to your Fb or Tweet about my book and you could win a free autographed copy! DO NOT COMMENT YET. You must wait until she features A Star in the Night. I will provide another link when the time comes. So stay tuned….

This post is also published on the official A Star in the Night Blog