LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:
TODAY: April 15, 2019
All I can say is God is in this book... Divinely inspired, brilliantly rendered. Check it out and decide for yourself, and check back here for author features and more. Learn more at KellyAnneWhite.com.
PREVIOUSLY: November 7, 2018
I believe the world needs more books like this... The world is hungry for more books such as this. I am excited to share with you what I believe to be a genre-bending book, The Legend of the Fairy Stones, by Kelly Anne White. Utterly unique in its story and design, The Legend of the Fairy Stones is an old-school fairy tale told in verse about what happened when the fairies learned that Jesus died. An elfin boy delivered the sad news, and the fairies cried and cried. But when their teardrops hit the ground, they turned into crystals shaped like crosses, able to ward off evils of all kinds. The Legend of the Fairy Stones tells the tale of a legend passed down through oral tradition, and boys and girls of all ages will love story of about real-life, cross-shaped crystals known as staurlolite, able to fend off dragons and demons and more. The author created the artwork by digitally collaging art and illustrations from the public-domain, with peek-a-boo fairies and hidden fairy stones throughout. The project actually grew out of an Easter weekend camping trip at Fairy Stone State Park in Virginia, one place where staurolite is found. Kelly White and I have collaborated on many excellent projects since first meeting through Girls’ Life, and I knew this book was special when Kelly first shared it with me. I have been honored and blessed to be a part of this project. The Legend of the Fairy Stones is a story with HUGE potential that began with a tiny stone. I hope you enjoy.
Total Solar Eclipse of 2017
In honor of this awesome event, a roundup of books about the stars:
2018 ROUNDUP OF FAVORITES
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Stand Beautiful, by Chloe Howard, illustrated by Deborah Melmon
Ages 2+, ALL AGES
Genre: picture book fiction, animals, self-esteem, disability, humor, love, friendship, growing, kindness, consideration, inspiration, encouragement, tackling fears, bullies, imperfections, EXACTLY WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS RIGHT NOW!
I love this picture book so much I immediately bought two as gifts, one for my daughter’s high school graduation, and one as a new baby gift. Simply put, I think every person who picks up this book can’t help but love it, because everyone EVERYONE can see themselves in one of the animal characters. Not only does the book promote kindness, it teaches kids to recognize feelings and emotions, it promotes self-esteem, and also breaks down bigger concepts into simple language, like bravery. “Stand beautiful,” is says, “Be true to who you are! And stand up for others. That’s standing beautiful.”
A young girl starts out on a walk and visits friends while making new ones and spreading a message of being proud of who you are, from the inside out. From the first giraffe through a wide variety of animal characters and boys and girls, including a young boy in a wheelchair. And the author knows from experience how sometimes it’s hard to stand proud of who we are. Chloe Howard was born with a foot deformity that required five major operations by the time she was fifteen. Through her hardships, she is now on a mission to empower people of all ages to embrace their uniqueness and boldly face their beautiful selves. Visit standbeautiful.me for more information about Chloe and her message.