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Picture Books about SUCCESS


           

Mort, the tooth fairy, has chosen some great Picture Books about Success!


        

  • If You Tell Me, I Can Fly! by Sharon Thayer  This inspirational book uses flying as a metaphor for success to convey the message, "I believe you can do anything!" It's a reminder that your goals are reachable with encouragement and a belief in yourself.
  • The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper  Everyone loves The Little Engine That Could, that classic tale of the determined little engine that, despite its size, triumphantly pulls a train full of toys to the waiting children on the other side of a mountain.

  • Whistle for Willie by Ezre Jack Keats  WHISTLE FOR WILLIE is about a boy named Peter who tries and tries to whistle. Peter wants to whistle so badly that he practices and practices until it finally hap- pens. In fact, just as Peter suspected, when he whistles his dog Willie stops and looks around to see who is calling him. 

  • What do You do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada  This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers  This story tells the tale of the boy as he goes on a quest to catch a star of his very own exploring the boys plots to seize his star – ranging from using a lifebelt as a lasso to jumping up and grabbing it. The detail Jeffers goes into in the boys quest to get his prize is reminiscent of any child who longs to fulfill their dream – they’ll try anything to succeed.
  • The Little Red Hen   Like most folktales, the story teaches a lesson: this story is used to teach kids the value of working hard and the consequences of laziness. 
  • Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss  Everyone laughs when Horton the Elephant offers to sit on Mayzie bird's egg while she goes on holiday. Horton's kindness and faithfulness are sorely tested when he, and the egg, are kidnapped and sold to a circus - but his reward for being faithful is more wonderful than he could ever have dreamed!

Monthly Special: FREE inspirational static cling with each copy of "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!" purchased from www.carousel-publishing.com As always, FREE shipping and signed by the author.

Monthly Contest: Share your unique ways of setting goals, observing, or celebrating success in the comment section below and I will choose one, at the end of June, to win a FREE signed book: If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!

Contact info: sharon@carousel-publishing.com 903-871-9872

Nature Projects: Exploring SUCCESS in plants and animals.

Nature Projects: Exploring SUCCESS in plants and animals.

Head out into nature to see beautiful examples of success.

  1. Nature Scavenger Hunt (Click link to print your list and directions) Fun for a fun activity for the whole family!
  2. Plant some flower or vegetable seeds. Help the seeds be successful. Give them water, sunshine, encouragement (yes, plants like to be talked to), and celebrate when they bloom or produce food that you can enjoy.
  3. Take a nature walk and look for signs of plants and animals being successful. Baby birds, a fat caterpillar ready to make a chrysalis, a butterfly who has recently emerged, new plants blooming…
  4. Purchase a butterfly kit. It comes with caterpillars and everything you need to watch them go through metamorphosis: https://www.nature-gifts.com/shop/grow-butterflies/caterpillar-butterfly-kit

For other nature projects (like the butterfly feeder above) check out Nature Watch: https://www.nature-watch.com/advanced-search-result.php?keywords=life+cycle

Monthly Special: FREE inspirational static cling with each copy of "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!" purchased from www.carousel-publishing.com As always, FREE shipping and signed by the author.

Monthly Contest: Share your unique ways of setting goals, observing, and celebrating success in the comment section below and I will choose one, at the end of June, to win a FREE signed book: If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!

Contact info: sharon@carousel-publishing.com or 903-871-9872

Make SETTING GOALS a Family Tradition!

 Make SUCCESS a Family Tradition! 

 

Start a new tradition of setting goals monthly, weekly, or even daily. A family meeting is a good place to do this, around the dinner table, or perhaps one-on-one at bedtime. Find what works for your family. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles can do this by phone, FaceTime, or other methods.

The process: (Download your Goal Action-Plan Worksheet here.)

  1. Who: anyone/everyone
  2. What: commit to a goal and write it down.
  3. Why: explain the drive behind the goal.
  4. When: set start and end times/dates .
  5. How to succeed: asks for support or help from family or others.
  6. The reward: define the reward or celebration ahead of time.

Monthly Contest: Share your unique ways of setting goals, observing, or celebrating success in the comment section below and I will choose one, at the end of June, to win a FREE signed book: If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!

Monthly Special: FREE inspirational static cling with each copy of "If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!" purchased from www.carousel-publishing.com As always, FREE shipping and signed by the author.

Contact info: sharon@carousel-publishing.com or 903-871-9872

May: Success and Celebration!

May: Success and Celebration!

Notes from a Scribbling Sage

May: Success and Celebration!

We celebrate success throughout the year, but May holds an abundance of opportunities to honor the successful: graduations, continuations, marriages, anniversaries, Mother’s Day...

This year Covid19 has set the stage to celebrate success in very different ways. But, no matter what the situation is, celebrations must take place. Just as the dream, the goals, the hard work, and the failures along the way are essential parts of the process, so is the celebration at the end. Dive into your imagination and you will find the perfect way to celebrate.

Monthly Contest: Share your unique ways of setting goals, observing, and celebrating success in the comment section below and I will choose one, at the end of June, to win a FREE signed book: If You Tell Me, I Can Fly!

3 Easy Ways to Raise Goal-focused Children

1. Lead by example. Your actions always speak louder than your words. Share your dreams, the goals you set to reach them, and the steps along the way with your children. Let them see you work hard, make progress, get discouraged, and yet keep going. And at the end, include them in your joy of celebration!

2. Make goal setting a family activity. Start helping your children set goals when they are young and make it a regular habit throughout their childhood. Here is a Goal Action-Plan Worksheet to download.  

3. Encourage children to surround themselves with positive influences. From motivational pictures on their bathroom mirror to friends and family who will encourage and support them. Be sure you are one of those positive influences. Tell them often, because if you tell them, they will fly! 

Monthly Website Special! FREE inspirational static cling with each purchase of If You Tell Me, I Can Fly! Enter “Success” in the discount box at check-out. As always, FREE Shipping and signed by the author. Carousel-Publishing.com

Contact info: Sharon@Carousel-Publishing or 903-871-9872

NEW BLOG: Notes from a Scribbling Sage

Notes from a Scribbling Sage

Welcome to my new blog!

As a children’s book author, past owner of a nature-based childcare center, and fairy whisperer, my goal is to inspire children and their loved ones to go outdoors and discover the wonders of nature, to explore their creativity and imagination, and to bond with each other through new and age-old traditions.

I will share stories, activities, and sage advice as we work together to help our children build foundations that will support their wildest dreams.

Be sure to look for:

  • Monthly website specials for blog readers only!
  • FREE give-aways
  • Activity ideas
  • FREE downloads

I hope to see you every month. If you can't visit because you are too busy, I hope that business includes hiking, biking, kayaking, walking in the rain, or watching the birds at your bird feeder. 

                                           Dream big and never stop believing!

                                                                         Ms. Sharon

Bio: Sharon’s journey from dyslexic, non-reading child to national award-winning author has been an adventure filled with all the dramatic twists and turns of a great story. During her years as owner of a nature-based childcare center, in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, she discovered the importance of teaching beyond the basics. Immersed in the magic of nature children easily learn respect, values, tolerance, and passion. It was there, in the mountains with the children, where she discovered her passion and creativity for children’s stories that bring awareness, inspiration, and joy to children as the develop into who they are meant to be.

Contact info: Sharon@Carousel-Publishing or 903-871-9872

...and they flew!

...and they flew!

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Security and Predictability

“Just as the rising sun each morning, and other laws of nature, provide security and predictability so too should the rules of childhood.”  Sharon Thayer

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