Benjamin Bear feels very grown up when Mama Bear sends him to the garden all by himself to collect ingredients she needs to make her scrumptious stew. But when he arrives, there’s no savory sage! He will have to return home and tell Mama Bear ... unless he continues to the big garden, where there is sure to be savory sage, but also bees, and maybe worse!  


SUMMARY
In The Courage of Benjamin Bear, the first of a proposed series Molding Hearts One Virtue at a Time, Benjamin Bear feels very grown up when Mama Bear sends him to the garden all by himself to collect ingredients she needs to make her scrumptious stew. But when he arrives, there’s no savory sage! He will have to return home and tell Mama Bear ... unless he continues to the big garden, where there is sure to be savory sage, but also bees, and maybe worse! The manuscript is complete and included within the proposal, along with supplemental materials, STEM related back matter, and lesson plans samplers. 

DESCRIPTION
William Bennett meets Rosemary Wells Mother Goose in Benjamin Bear’s Courage, the first in the Molding Hearts One Virtue at a Time series which emphasizes values and virtues through adventure stories with Benjamin Bear and his animal friends. Each title is anchored with interactive, academic elements, such as in book one, Benjamin Bear’s Courage (wt), as Benjamin Bear overcomes his fear of bees with help from him friend Lois Lion. Mamma Bear sends Benjamin Bear to the garden all by himself to collect missing ingredients. But when he sees no more savory sage, Benjamin Bear has to choose between going home without all the ingredients or going to the big garden, past Papa Bear’s bee hives, and bees really, really scare Benjamin Bear.

Each book features a glossary, reading comprehension questions, and activities unique to each book, like simple recipes teaching mathematical aspects and measurements. An academic lesson plan highlights the book’s scholastic leanings, and a spiritual lesson offers a full experience from a faith-based angle.

Perfect for boys and girls ages 2-6 with crossover potential, perfectly lends itself to spin-off early readers, offering readers social and emotional skills while showing different character traits through stories of Benjamin Bear and his animal-characters friends. As a former elementary teacher and principle, plus mom to two growing young boys, Brooke Layton understands the mindset of young readers and class room needs. In addition to Brooke’s experience, Brooke is a vibrant and energetic speaker and a beautiful person inside and out, which is evident in her endorsements.
Series: Molding Hearts One Virtue at a Time
Genre: Picture book, fiction
Audience: Boys and girls ages 2-6 and adults in their lives, parents, grandparents, homeschoolers, libraries, educators, church libraries and Christian educators, Sunday school, summer reading
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Christian Fiction, Picture Book, Values, Virtues, Animals, Fantasy, Courage, Bravery, Inspirational, Feelings, Honeybees, Bears, Lions, Food, Family, Goals, Overcoming Fears, Teamwork, Friendship, Social Skills, Emotional Skills, Empathy, Compassion, Understanding
Possible Branding & Ancillary Products: Board book, early-reader, multilingual, mass-market, curriculum, plush animals, stickers, educational workbooks, journals and diaries, graphic organizers, growth charts for documentation and reflections.
Book Two: Patience


Brooke Layton is a former school administrator, teacher, adjunct instructor for Ashford University, and regular contributor to EducationWorld.com. Brooke obtained her Masters in Educational Leadership at the American College of Education after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. Brooke taught various elementary grade levels for over ten years, then became an assistant principal, and later an adjunct professor at Ashford University. Today Brooke is a full-time writer, adjunct professor, and mom who creates curriculum for Schoolhouse Teachers, a division of The Old Schoolhouse magazine, and she loves reading and writing encouraging stories while raising two growing boys, Tristan and Gabriel

the courage of benjamin bear: Molding hearts one virtue at a time 

(on writing, publishing, following your dreams, and creating for kids

brooke layton


​Former school administrator, teacher, adjunct instructor for Ashford University, and now full-time author, writing encouraging stories while raising a personal focus group of two growing boys


Kim: You have extensive experience in education, what made you decide to write full time? 
My experience in the classroom and knowing what teachers needed and how I searched and searched or ended up creating my own materials to go with books I read.  I feel like teaching a moral virtue in a book is important.


Kim: What are some of the reasons you decided to write for children?
I love the look in a child's eyes when they are intrigued.  When you can create a teachable moment through the use of a book that allows for the opportunity to give lasting learning opportunities that is invaluable.


Kim: How did you get the idea to write The Courage of Benjamin Bear?
My first born child, I wrote it for him.  My heart was filled as I wrote the pages I imagined he'd love about a bear and his forest friends.


Kim: What are some books for adults you have in your project queue, and what are some goals for parents and educators?
I just launched a YouTube channel, and I share free resources and ideas for parents and teachers through my blog, Words Chosen Wisely. I also have lesson plans available through SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I share ways to make learning fun, and ways to teach children through experience.  I strongly desire to give parents and educators excellent materials for teaching children, including project based, real-world learning, created through experience.


Kim: Your background perfectly complements writing for children, can you share a bit more about your background and perhaps some of your proudest achievements?
My greatest achievement will be molding the two hearts of my boys for Jesus and hopefully one day publishing a book that will reach the hearts of all children for God. I have managed to do was only through GOD's grace.  I do try hard though...

Kim: I always ask, any advice for writers?
Be patient ..... 

Kim: ​The traditional publishing process takes time, yes. Perseverance and patience are key! 


Thank you, Brooke Layton!