Handling Social/Emotional Issues…One PB at a Time.

For today’s post I am delighted to feature 3 children’s book authors who have self-published three delightful and important picture books dealing with some of the social/emotional issues young children encounter as they grow and enter school.  The first comes from author Traci Dunham who penned THE OYSTER’S SECRET.

Mr. Oyster may not be able to swim like the other creatures of the sea, nor is he colorful or agile, but he’s got a secret that makes him just as beautiful as any of his friends in the sea! The Oyster’s Secret is a beautifully illustrated children’s book that teaches youngsters the importance of inner beauty. Through Mr. Oyster, young readers learn that what is on the outside is not what counts; true beauty lies within.

Traci Dunham resides in Haddonfield, NJ with her husband and two daughters. She spends her summers at the Jersey Shore in Wildwood Crest. Growing up at the shore gave her the inspiration for this book. She hopes that young children who read her book will understand the Oyster’s Secret, “that true beauty lies within.”

The Oyster’s Secret can be found on amazon.com where it has been a #1 best seller. You can also contact Traci Dunham for readings at schools or events at        oysters secretTraci_sandy@yahoo.com.

Here’s how to make your own OYSTER CRAFT.
Take a paper plate fold in half. Put two Googly eyes on front glue on. Glue a Pom Pom ball inside for pearl. Color it as you like. On the inside, write your talents, skills, and what makes you special.


NEXT UP: Author Michele Seigfried has penned That Witch Ripped up My Flowers,  a story about a little princess just wants to plant her flowers. But, a mean witch rips them all up! What is the princess going to do? Find out in this fun story!
This book, told in rhyme, teaches children about finding solutions to problems and helping others. For children ages 2-8.

witch book front cover

Jane Finch for Readers’ Favorite says, “The author and illustrator, Michele Lynn Siegfried, has done a really good job in conveying a story that is not just about good and evil, but also about jealousy and envy…The fact that the princess finds a way to solve the problem rather than retaliate is a good life lesson in dealing with bullies.”

To purchase, click here:   Amazon:  http://amzn.to/1F0rcmj

Barnes and Noble:  http://bit.ly/1bIwgkV

Michele Lynn Seigfried is the author of humorous, cozy  mystery novels and a children’s picture book author/illustrator. This Jersey girl holds a B.A. in communication from the College of New Jersey with a minor in art. In combining her love of writing with art, Michele began writing and illustrating children’s picture books in 2013. She has won several awards for her novels.
michele photo for book cover (365x468)Michele is a member of Sisters in Crime, Sisters in Crime – Central Jersey, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the New Jersey Author’s Network. For more information, check out her website at http://www.michelelynnseigfried.com





Finally, I am happy to have a return visit from Oscar Hernandez who talks about his latest book: JUST US

Lucy is your typical 11 year old girl. She has to go to school, finish her homework, and brush her teeth at night. Well, there is one little thing that is different. She can teleport herself to any place on earth within a matter of seconds. Lucy does this often. She hasn’t made many friends – in fact she has no friends to speak of. All that is about to change when she meets “Squirrel,” a lovable character who becomes Lucy’s best friend. With the help of Squirrel, Lucy overcomes her annoyance of other people. Lucy and Squirrel help each other out, one overcomes the fear of interacting with people the other learns how to fly.          0Cover

I wrote this book for students and kids who have a hard time coming out of their shells. The book is about finding the inner strength to overcome a fear. A fear of heights, the dark, talking in public, eating new foods, this list could go on and on. My goal was to make a book that kids could refer back to and say “if the squirrel can do it, so can I”. I wanted a character that was funny, so I wrote the story to make the reader laugh, to have hope and eventually cheer!

I want people to know that this book can help someone they know. Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people. Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to “recharge.”
The book features the illustrations of Maria Iannone, a 9th Grader—yes, ninth grade! In 2011, Maria entered the annual Doodle 4 Google contest along with 130,000 other children in kindergarten to 12th grade. She won for both her state and her age group, placing her in the top 5 winners.

http://mrhernandez128.wix.com/oscar-and-friends                oscar pic

Oscar Hernandez is an elementary school teacher, from New Jersey. Oscar co-founded a children’s interactive read along app named Lil’ Readers in 2013. With five eBooks now published, One Ball One Love was his paperback debut. Never one to skip an interesting opportunity, he has tried his hand at building backyard benches from up-cycled pallets, playing the drums, and digital photography. Oscar still holds his high schools record for goals scored on the soccer field.

On Dad’s Shoulders: New PB by Oscar Hernandez

Oscar Hernandez                         oscar pic

Picture twenty two strangers in a large room, none speaking the same language. After everyone shook hands and made an effort to communicate, the room would probably be eerily silent. There would be some staring, some smiles, some head scratching. With the room now motionless and quiet, a ball is rolled into that room. But not just any ball. This particular ball is a soccer ball. Suddenly everyone is standing and looking around again.

Everyone now has 2 things in common. The first thing being “language” or lack there of, and two, this magical ball. Before long there are two teams of eleven, two goals represented by trashcans or maybe even shoes. Now there is only one language being spoken “Soccer”- “Futbol”- “Football”- “Futebol”. The formation for pick up soccer is simple- One goalie, 2 defenders, 3 midfielders and 6 attacking players. Before long everyone is talking to each other. It may be hand gestures or head bobbing or some moving of the eyes. Within 2 minutes of starting the game these 22 strangers are no longer strangers. This game is being played on a global scale, from the Mojave dessert to Ithaca New York.

Everyone remembers their first live sporting event. Ray is about to get a big surprise for his 6th birthday party. After opening his presents he discovers two tickets to a professional soccer game. Come join Ray, as he experiences the sighs and sounds of the game. Take a walk through time as fellow soccer fans share their stories with Ray. Do you remember your first game? Relive your favorite soccer memories with friends and family as you read One Ball One Love. Start your own memory book and share your love of soccer.

For me this book was an amazing trip through memory lane. The idea for it came after my wife and I took out son to his first game. Still little, he watched the whole game, and he danced to the music being played by The Sons of Ben cheering section. After the game, I called my dad and asked him about all the games he took me to. After dinner, we went though all the pictures we had. Those pictures inspired me to interview people to get their perspective on their first memory of going to a live game. I met and talked with so many interesting people. I felt like I had enough material to start the book.

My illustrator Maria Yearicks is also a huge soccer fan so we were often on the same page. The whole process took about 2 years and it feels so good to finally let everyone see the results.

The book can be purchased through Amazon.com