Celebrate the small things

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Celebrate the Small things.

Hi everyone,
Another Friday is almost here so it’s time to celebrate whatever we want. Be sure to hop over to LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what everyone is cheering about. Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • We’ve had horrible colds this week, but they’re finally packing up and leaving.
  • Groundhog Day: once we reach this part of the winter, I pretend spring is almost here. If the groundhog says an early spring, he’s my hero. If not, I pretend he doesn’t know anything. 🙂 This year, 2 of the little fellows are having a dispute. One says early spring and the other says 6 more weeks of winter. They may have to go to arbitration. But, I just found out the CT groundhog, Chuckles, predicts an early spring. Way to go, Chuckles!
  • My sister and brother-in-law’s new company is now open. It’s called GoSparen. If any of you need rides to LGA, EWR, or JFK airports, check out http://www.GoSparen.com. Their limos will pick you up at home and take you to the airport or vice-versa. It’s much less expensive because they pool with other riders so you have no hassle and less traffic, too. You’ll save about 40% off regular fares.
What are you celebrating this week?
Copyright 2017 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

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.

For more on this story, please visit: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Celebrate the small things


Celebrate the small things

Hi Everyone,
Hope you had a great week. Thanks for stopping by.  Please visit LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what everyone is cheering about. The idea is to celebrate big things and small. I’d love to hear from you.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:


  • A new banner for Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. If any of you would like book banners, covers, or any kind of graphic art, I hope you’ll contact Rhonda Patton. She’s my friend and a very gifted author as well. Her website is FreckledFrogDesigns.com.
  • Christmas is almost here. It’s a great time of the year to reflect on your blessings.
  • We got some pretty good news we didn’t expect.
  • New covers for our living room chair. They are way overdue. 🙂
Have a great week with lots to celebrate.

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 conhttp://www.patheos.com/blogs/bristolpalin/2016/12/hero-boy-stops-help-dying-woman-shot-run/?Utm_Medium=email&Utm_Source=BRSS&Utm_Campaign=Politics+Red&Utm_Content=587tinued 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.”

reblogged from Childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

celebrate the small things

 Thursday, December 8, 2016

Celebrate the small things

Hi everyone,
Hope you had a great week. Be sure to stop by LexaCain.blogspot.com to see what Lexa and her friends have to say.
Here’s what we’re celebrating this week:

  • I interviewed a great children’s author, Yossi Lapid. His books are so cute.
  • I was one of the winners in the “50 Great Books You Should Be Reading” contest.contrats to all of the winners. (TheAuthorsShow.com contest)
  • I’ve reviewed lots of cute books lately.
Thanks for stopping by and have a fun week.
free samples of my books:

Insecure Writers Support Group


Hi everyone, please stop by AlexJCavanaugh.blogspot.com to see what everyone has to say this month. We all encourage each other to do our best and persevere.
This month’s question:
Where do you think you’ll be in 5 years and how do you plan to get there?
Here’s my answer:

Five years from now I hope to have many other books published, including picture books. I hope my work is able to continue to inspire children to reach for their dreams.
Have a great month everyone. I hope your dreams come true.

copyright 2016: Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

website: http://www.childrensbookswithlifelessons.com

Free chapters of books:


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.”

Author link for Yossi Lapid:


copyright 2016 Deanie Humphrys-Dunne