Have you ever heard a child say something negative about themselves, such as “I can’t do it!” “I’m not good at this!” or “I’m a mess!”?
Confidence is like a muscle that needs exercise throughout our lives. Helping children develop a supportive, resilient, and compassionate inner voice is a great place to start.
FOLLOW ALONG on a frustrating week that emphasizes how children can view mistakes as a part of learning and see themselves as a work in progress — a perfectly imperfect MESSterpiece!
GRAB a copy of this book for all the kids in your life that could use an extra BOOST of self-love.
About The Author
Lauren Eresman is one of those crazy over-committed moms that rarely says “NO.”
Following a journey to find herself and build boundaries, she recently fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a children’s book author.
Her desire to encourage young girls to feel empowered in their own skin has ignited a fire.
Lauren is passionate about telling stories that encourage girls to shatter the glass slippers, choose their own footwear, AND pick the path their feet will take. Making mistakes, being imperfect, or stumbling while they chase their dream is perfectly fine too.
Giving up is the only thing that’s not allowed.
You can find Lauren online at www.laureneresman.com.
Lauren’s Books: The Cherry on Top (2019) The Treehouse Trio (2020)
By way of introduction, here is Deborah Kalb’s bio.
Deborah Kalb is a freelance writer and editor. She spent about two decades working as a journalist in Washington, D.C., for news organizations including Gannett News Service, Congressional Quarterly, U.S. News & World Report, and The Hill, mostly covering Congress and politics.
Her book blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, which she started in 2012, features hundreds of interviews she has conducted with a wide variety of authors.
Hello, Deborah, welcome to Angel Kiss Publications! Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Thank you for having me.
When did the writing bug ensnare you?
I’ve always been interested in writing. I grew up in a family of writers and journalists, so I guess it was just something in the air. I remember writing a “novel” in third grade in a series of black-and-white notebooks.
Is writing your full-time profession?
At this point, more or less. I was a journalist for many years but have been focusing more lately on writing books, plus freelance writing and editing.
How long have you been writing?
Most of my life. But specifically, in terms of published books, for more than a decade now.
How many published books have you written?
I’ve written a nonfiction book for adults (with my father, Marvin Kalb)–Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama.
I’ve written three children’s books, George Washington and the Magic Hat, John Adamsand the Magic Bobblehead, and Thomas Jefferson and the Return of the Magic Hat.
They’re a series of middle grade novels focusing on a group of fifth graders in Bethesda, Maryland, who go on time travel adventures and meet the early presidents. I’ve also edited/written some reference books about U.S. history and government.
Which genres do you write?
It’s eclectic nonfiction for adults and fiction for kids. Plus, I have some other manuscripts I’m working on that are fiction for adults.
What do you find most challenging writing for these genres?
In terms of the children’s books, probably getting the right balance between the historical time travel events and the everyday 21st century events happening in the kids’ lives.
What are you working on now?
I’ve handed in book four in the series, James Madison and the Magic Book, to my publisher and am working on book five, about James Monroe.
Where do you find inspiration for your characters?
It’s all a matter of combining bits and pieces of things I see, hear, and experience. Somehow the characters emerge. And for the historical characters, I do a lot of research to make sure the details are right.
What has been your most rewarding experience since publishing your work?
Talking to kids in school groups or elsewhere about the books and answering their questions, which often make me look at things in a completely new way!
What advice would you give to authors just starting out?
Don’t give up! Keep trying. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you run into writer’s block.
Is there anything else you’d like your readers to know about you?
I live in the Washington, D.C. area and I have a blog, Book Q&As with Deborah Kalb, where I interview a wide range of authors about their books.
What message are you sharing in your books?
The importance of understanding history.
What are your favorite books?
Some of my favorite kids’ books are the Half Magic Series by Edward Eager. I loved them as a kid. There are so many others. For adults, again, there are so many it’s hard to say. Some authors whose work I admire include Elinor Lipman, Nick Hornby, Stephen McCauley, and Tracy Chevalier.
If you could create an author’s group with writers from any time period, who would you invite?
I’d invite Jane Austen, definitely. Maybe Louisa May Alcott and E.L. Konigsburg.
Who has influenced your writing the most?
My family. My parents are both authors, and so are my uncle and aunt and sister and cousins.
After almost six months in Maryland, fifth-grader Oliver still misses his friends back in New Jersey. But things start to change one day, when his neighbor—and possible new friend—Sam lends Oliver a magic hat that takes him back to the 18th- and 19th-century world of Thomas Jefferson.
Oliver and his sisters—Cassie, the nice one, and Ruby, the annoying one—end up learning more about Jefferson than they’d expected. And Oliver finds that his new neighborhood might not be so terrible after all.
Thomas Jefferson and the Return of the Magic Hat is the third in The President and Me series that began with George Washington and the Magic Hat and John Adams and the Magic Bobblehead.
This new adventure brings back previous characters Sam, Ava, J.P. (blink and you might miss them, though!), and of course the cantankerous talking hat itself.
When I started The Kamyla Chung Series I drew on my experiences as a public school teacher. During my tenure I witnessed the difficult situations many children live in and the violent outbursts that brought into my classroom.
I hope that Kamyla
Chung and the Classroom Bully will be a stimulus for heartfelt, meaningful
conversations between parents and their children and teachers and their
To cure school
violence, we must address the mental health of students and offer consistent
and viable support to those who are struggling. Books that approach the subject
gently are one tool educators and counselors can use to accomplish this.
Awards are a great way to earn the recognition required to spread a book’s message. Will you please help me get my message to those who need it by voting for Kamyla Chungand the Classroom Bully in The Author Academy Awards.
Yesterday I had the good fortune of meeting author Artie Bennett at River Reads, at Prallsville Mills, in Stockton, New Jersey. Mr. Bennett has written several books that will surely delight and educate children of all ages.
Through rhyming verse and lively illustrations, Bennett’s books address topics that children thoroughly enjoy laughing about. Some of his titles include The Butt Book and Poopendous!
Bennett’s book would be perfect for an ‘All About Me’ theme or a body awareness lesson. Mr. Bennett enjoys visiting schools and libraries, and if his titles are any indication, his visit is sure to be filled with fun and endless giggles.