children’s books: fitting in

children’s books: fitting in

As a child did you strive to fit in? I did. Kids teased me because I couldn’t run and play the way they did. Today, I write children’s books to help build self-esteem, encourage sharing, helping others and teamwork. I also have written I book about a beautiful red horse named Charlene the Star, who doesn’t fit in because her friends have different talents. This is the first of the three children’s books in the “Charlene the Star” series.

Jessica Bird’s little girl, Nevaeh, was born with a birthmark called a “port wine stain” on her face. Nevaeh is five-years-old, but she never felt like she fit in. What did her mom do? She bought a doll and painted a stain on her face similar to Jessica’s. What did Jessica think? She loves the doll. Because of the simple, ingenious idea her mother had, now Jessica feels special. Don’t you think every child deserves to feel unique and gifted? I do. I’d like every child to know he or she has amazing abilities. If we all encouraged our children to find these skills and develop them, can you imagine how happy they’d be?

My parents always reminded my sisters and I we all had different skills, but no one is good at everything. For example, My sisters are excellent with anything requiring good coordination like driving a horse van or tractor. Besides, they learned any skill quickly. On the other hand, it took me much longer to learn those types of things. But while one of my sisters is an accomplished artist, I studied singing instead. Whatever I draw makes people laugh because they wonder what it is. So remember to celebrate your child’s skills, no matter what they are. Remind them anything is possible if you persevere.

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copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!


Coming Soon: Revised version of Charlene the Star!

 We have a big announcement today. A revised edition of Charlene the Star will be available shortly. Stay tuned for more updates. Here is the back of the book text from Charlene the Star:

Charlene the Star was born into a family of famous racehorses. Unlike her big brother, Charlie, Charlene decides she doesn’t like racing. How will she explain this to her mom? How does she show her trainers she doesn’t like racing?  Will she become a model instead?  Will Charlene discover her natural gift? Her career path takes many twists and turns before she finds her place to shine. You’ll love reading about Charlene’s adventures. She may surprise you with her unusual talent.

Charlene the Star is first in the series of Charlene the Star books. The others are Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. In addition, she wrote a children’s autobiography called Tails of Sweetbrier, as well as Charlie the Horse.

All of Deanie’s books have won  “The Fifty Great Books You Should Be Reading” award from, Deanie enjoys spending time with her family and their dog, Elliott. She also likes watching equestrian events, figure skating, and baseball.


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Charlene meeting Ann and Blossom : illustration by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj




Holly’s passion for Art began at an early age under the guidance of renowned artist, Ray Quigley. She earned a Fine Arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She devotes her talents to equestrian and family portraits, along with children’s book illustrations.

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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Are you setting goals?

Hi everyone,
Do you believe in setting goals? I think it’s a good idea because you have something to work toward. But make your goals realistic. Don’t write down you want to make a million dollars this week, or lose 10 lbs in a week. You want to set yourself up for success so keep that in mind. You’ll build your confidence along the way.
For example, what if you want to lose 5 lbs. in the next 6 weeks? The first thing to do is write it down because you can review it whenever you want and it’ll help keep you focused. Are you an author?Write down your goals as an author. Would you like to sell a certain number of books? Write 3 books this year? Remember, add that to your list if it’s one of your goals.
As a children’s author, I believe every child deserves to be inspired to follow his/ her dreams.My goal is to reach as many children as possible. My books, Tails of Sweetbrier, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, all share valuable life lessons like sharing and helping others.
What are your goals for this year?

copyright 2017: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
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Children’s books: generosity

What if you have a mission and everything changes after a chance encounter? That’s exactly what happened to Jakeem Tyler, whose mission was to raise money for the homeless. Jakeem’s parents taught him to help others so he planned to raise money for the homeless.  In fact, he felt so passionately about his mission even being hurt in a car accident didn’t keep him from working.  While Jakeem was working at Chick-Fil-A, a customer asked why he wore a neck brace and a sling. Jakeem said he was ina car accident, but he needed to work in order to raise money for the homeless. Don’t you think Jakeem could write great children’s books about his experience?

Tyler said after the car accident, he was “stiff and sore,’ but he wanted to come to work so he could complete his mission to raise money for the less fortunate.

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Children’s books: bravery


 Often we hear discouraging news about teens. News reports spread the word they are irresponsible or in trouble with the law. But Daniel Wesley is a hero. Perhaps someday he’ll write children’s books about the brave, heroic thing he did to try to help someone.

Daniel was driving his car when he noticed a lady lying in the street. She’d been shot.  He ran to help her, along with another person who was already working to save the life of April Peck. Soon after Daniel arrived, April’s attacker jumped out of his car and fired a shot, hitting him in the butt.  The attacker yelled,’If you’re helping her, you’re going to die too.”

Here’s what Daniel said about the events of that day. He spoke from his hospital bed.

“I wish I could have done more because that lady ended up dying,” he said.

They were trying to help Peck, but her attacker jumped from his Chevy Malibu and fired a round, which struck Wesley in the behind, he said.

“He gets out and he yells, ‘If you’re helping her, you are going to die, too,’ and he shot me in the butt and then he ran after everybody else,” the teen recounted.

The man con firing and hit a paramedic unit. No other people were injured, Wesley said. But the man wasn’t done yet.

“On his way back to the car, he shot me again, in the arm… My feet were hanging off the curb and [when] he pulled away, he hit my legs and broke my femur in half,” Wesley said.

It turned out the attacker was the father of April Peck’s two children. He was shot and killed by the police after the left the scene of the crime.

Daniel is the model of courage don’t you think?  He ignored the potential danger to try to help a stranger. He did everything he could to change the outcome that day. Daniel’s family has set up a Gofundme page to help with his medical expenses. If you’d like to help, here is the link:

Part of being a hero is standing up for your beliefs, the way Daniel did. In my children’s  book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, Hattie the chicken stood up against a bully. She helped him see that he was not behaving properly. Hattie acted in spite of her fear, the same as Daniel did. That’s what heroes do, don’t you think? I hope you read Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog and it becomes one of your favorite children’s books.

For more information, read Bristol Palin’s blog “Patheos Insider.”

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Interview with amazing children’s author, Yossi Lapid

kates-birthday-from-amazon“Today I’m chatting with the wonderful children’s author, Yossi Lapid. Welcome, Yossi, I’m so pleased to be spending time with you today. I can’t wait to share your story and your adorable books with everyone, so we’ll get right to the interview questions.

“Thank you, Deanie, It’s a pleasure to be here.”

Tell me how you started your writing career.

snowman-paul-at-the-concert-hall-coverIt depends, I guess, on what we mean by “career.” I started telling and writing stories at a very young age because, in Romania (where I was born) I had no toys and I was “forced” to use my imagination…Then, over four decades of being a college professor, I wrote and published a lot of “academic stuff”. But my career as a children’s books author started only a year and a half ago when I retired from my academic position and decided to try something new.

I’m really glad you wrote your stories, Yossi. They’re wonderful.

How did you come up with the ideas for your adorable stories?
First I came up with the two main characters, Snowman Paul and his young friend named Dan. The idea to feature a snowman took root in Canada, where I served for four years as a visiting professor of Political Science at Carlton University in Ottawa. Once I had a clear idea of the key characters I started thinking about how they would behave in certain situations. What if Snowman Paul really wanted to be a Winter Olympics champion but Dan was skeptical about this idea? What if Dan “accidentally” ate his sister’s birthday cake and went to Snowman Paul to get help? How would Snowman Paul help him? What if Snowman Paul wanted to be a musical superstar? and so on.
I’m so glad you are using your many talents by writing for children.

Do you have any projects you’re working on now?

snowman-paul-winter-olympics-coverYes, my fifth volume in this picture book series titled “The Amazing Snowman Duel” is almost finished and will be published soon on Amazon. In the first volume, Dan feels intimidated or bullied by his friend Bill who lives next door but thinks that snowmen are “dumb”. Dan builds a snowman anyway and ends up with a great new friend called Paul.

I asked myself how would Bill respond to this incident and the result was this new volume. The ending is surprising and I really enjoyed writing this story.

I can hardly wait to read it, Yossi.

Have you always wanted to write children’s stories?

Yes,I always dreamed about writing children’s stories, and at some point, I even considered switching careers, but the responsibility of having a family and three young kids dissuaded me from taking this path. In retrospect, I am quite happy with how things turned out. I had a long and wonderful career as a college professor and now I have a great new challenge for my retirement.

What age/ages are your stories best suited for?

snowman-paul-coverI think children 3 to 8 years old would enjoy and benefit most from this series. The series can be used as bedtime stories and as beginner readers. The stories are written in rhymes and children love rhyme because it helps them remember the story and predict what is coming next .These are winter stories, perfect for snuggle time in bed or in front of a fireplace.

They are fantastic stories, no matter what time you read them.

What advice would you give  to an aspiring author?

Aspiring authors should feel encouraged by the fact that this is a golden time for self-publishing. There are unprecedented opportunities which is both a blessing and a potential challenge. The children’s book market is blooming but it is also fully saturated.

All authors are therefore well-advised not to rush or cut corners. More than ever, it is imperative to take your time, do your best and come up with your very best product possible.

That’s valuable advice, Yosef. We always want to be careful to present our best work to our readers.

“Thank you so much for the interview, Yossi. It was great fun learning about you and your books.

“You’re welcome, Deanie. I enjoyed my time with you as well.”

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copyright 2016 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

Kid’s books: Caring


Do you remember reading kid’s books where the main character cared about other people? Do you know anyone who thinks about other people all the time? Let me introduce you to Ayden Quimby. Every year he does something special to show he loves others and wants to make their lives better. Are you wondering what he does? He collects blankets and distributes them to homeless people. Ayden knows what it feels like to be cold because he and his mom lived in a car at one time.

Ayden is ten years old and he’s been collecting blankets for the homeless for three years. The first year, his total was 10 blankets. Last year, it was twenty-five. This year,  his goal was one hundred thirty-two blankets. But his project received quite a bit of media attention so he was able to gather a total of five hundred blankets. Each one has a note pinned to it saying”The Ayden Project 2016: Because everyone deserves to be warm.” Can you imagine how proud his mom must be?

A pilot heard about Ayden’s project and donated about three hundred blankets.  Ayden’s aunt reported that people as far away as Italy sent donations to Ayden’s project. Isn’t that amazing? Perhaps someone whose life has been impacted by Ayden’s generosity will write kid’s books about his/her experience. Ayden says “He has no plans to stop” helping others. Ayden said, ““It makes me feel very happy and feel good that other people are helping,”

Several of my kid’s books highlight caring and generosity. For example, the animals in Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes collect money for orphans. They also start a coaching business to help build self-esteem in some of their friends. If you read it, I’d love to know what you think.

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Boy collecting blankets for homeless surpasses 2017 goal

Children’s books: helping others

Perhaps you have a talented child you loves acting or singing. Maybe he or she even writes children’s books about their experience. What if your daughter uses her talents to help others? That’s something Abigail Lupi does regularly.  How does Abigail help others? For several years she  has been singing at assisted living centers because she noticed many of the residents don’t have visitors. But that’s not all. Abigail is an enterprising young lady. She started her own group of thirteen girls who perform at children’s hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The singers and dancers are called “Care Grilz.”

Abigail earned a great deal of recognition for her talents. “She and only seven other children nationwide were selected by the magazine as “Kids of the Year” and featured in the February 2011 article, “Eight Amazing Kids Who Make A Difference.” “It was so amazing to see my face in ‘Parenting’ magazine,” said Abigail. “This award was a complete surprise. A phone call came ‘out of the blue.’ A woman at Parenting magazine said that I had come to their attention and they wanted some more information about me!”

Did you know Abigail began performing at the tender age of three years old? Isn’t that remarkable? At first, only she and her sister performed for the assisted living facility where their great-grandma lived. But before long, Abigail wanted to start her own group of talented performers. How did she choose the name for the group?

“We love what we do,” said Abigail. “I think there are three things that all the Care Girlz want kids [others] to know — you are never too young to make a difference, always try your best and do what you love.” Isn’t that excellent advice?

When I began writing children’s books my instructors said, “Write about what you know.” Because I grew up with horses, they’re featured in my books. In  my book, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog,” Hattie the Chicken and her friends are very upset when they read the headline in the newspaper. Hattie comes up with a wonderfully creative plan to help her friends. Whether you choose to write children’s books or something else, I hope you love your work as much as I do.

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copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

What if your child has a disability?

What if your child has a disability? You’re probably thinking you feel like the world came crashing in on you. But if you look outside the sun might be shining and the sky is right where it belongs. How do I know about this?  The reason is simple. My parents were told I’d never walk when I was nearly four years old. But he didn’t handle it in the average way. He refused to accept that as fact. My dad told me,”Don’t pay any attention to what the doctor said. It doesn’t make him right. I’m going to teach you to ride and you’ll be fine.” I totally trusted him so he and I started on our journey together.
I loved riding and my first pony, Little Man. He was a little devil though and much smarter than I. He played a trick on me every chance he got. If you read my true story, Tails of Sweetbrier, you’ll find out exactly what Little Man did when he got bored.
I think when you face any type of adversity, the outcome depends on the action you take. What if my dad had taken the doctor’s word as the truth? Maybe he’d have babied and coddled me. Worse than that, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to set goals and work toward them. I’d have missed the experience of a lifetime. If you battle any type of adversity, you choose the course of action. In many ways, you may determine the outcome by persevering until you succeed.
I fell of my horse or pony so many times. It seemed I became an expert at falling off and getting up. In our family none of us were allowed to quit. It’s a blessing because quitting only assures defeat.
In closing, I’ll leave you with the last sentence in my book, “You have the power to make your dreams come true so reach for them and don’t accept anything less!”

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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