October, 2011

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month – American Sign Language (ASL) Facts

American Sign Language (ASL) Facts

• In 1817 the first free school for the deaf was founded in Hartford, Connecticut by Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet and Laurent Clerc.
• A curious fact is ASL came from the Old French Sign Language (OFSL). The British sign language is very different.
• Gallaudet University, located in Washington, D.C., is the first and only deaf university in the world.

Did you know babies can be taught to communicate with sign before they are able to speak?

At times people have been afraid to teach their babies to sign out of fear it would delay the baby’s verbal development, but studies have shown this is untrue. In fact increased cognitive skills and vocabulary are the result.

Did you know that American Sign Language has been used to teach primates to communicate?

Project Washoe http://www.friendsofwashoe.org/

In 1966 the project attempted to teach a chimpanzee to ask questions in ASL, to understand and interact with her environment using language. Raised like a member of a family in a trailer with a refrigerator, bed, clothes, etc. Everyone communicated with her through sign language. She learned 350 words and taught other chimps to speak ASL.

Koko http://www.koko.org/index.php

Koko is a gorilla who learned in over of 1,000 signs based on ASL. There is some disagreement about whether she truly understands language and uses it to express herself or only uses it based on a “reward response.” Her trainer insists she uses ASL to express herself and has created unique word combinations without any reward.


Go to http://www.start-american-sign-language.com/american-sign-language-alphabet.html

• Have students learn to spell their name.
• Play a game. Sign the spelling of objects, words, animals, people’s names, letters, etc. Challenge children to guess.
• Teach children the ABC song


American Sign Language Browser

Baby Sign Language

“About Monkeys Learning Sign Language”

Friends of Washoe


Koko’s World

NIDCD National Institute on Deafness and other Communicative Disorders
American Sign Language

The Andy and Spirit series by Mary Jean Kelso and illustrated by K.C. Snider, and Signs of Trouble by Janet Ann Collins and illustrated by Jack Foster, are Guardian Angel Publishing books that recognize the social and cultural contributions made by people with disabilities.

Visit our website at http://guardianangelpublishing.com/ to learn more about these and other GAP books.

J. Aday Kennedy, the differently-abled writer, & speaker is an award winning multi-published author of inspirational/Christian pieces and of children’s literature. Nine picture books are under contract eagerly awaiting publication with Guardian Angel Publishing.

She is a ventilator dependent quadriplegic making her dreams come true one story at a time. As a speaker, Aday entertains, instructs, motivates and inspires audiences of all ages. For children’s book reviews, research posts, and jokes visit Brain Fart Explosion, a blog for kids, teachers and parents.

Visit J. Aday online at http://www.blogger.com/www.jadaykennedy.com

Little Shepherd Virtual Book Tour, November and December 2011

GAP author Cheryl C. Malandrinos is going to be traveling the blogosphere in November and December to talk about her Christian children’s picture book, Little Shepherd.

Obed is in the hills outside Bethlehem on the night of Christ’s birth. Can he trust the miracle of Christmas to keep his flock safe while he visits the newborn King?

Read the reviews!

“Little Shepherd by Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a fresh rendition of the familiar story of the angels appearing to the shepherds in the field and announcing the birth of the Savior. The unique slant to this particular retelling of the scriptural story is that the reader sees the event through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. As a grandmother, I would be delighted to read this story to my grandchildren. As such, I recommend it to parents/grandparents/teachers everywhere who wish to bring this passage of scripture to life for impressionable young hearts to understand”.

–Kathi Macias, radio host and award-winning author of more than 30 books, including the Extreme Devotion series and Valeria’s Cross

“Heartstrings will be tugged as readers journey to the manger with a little shepherd boy. Obed’s father entrusted him with his first flock of sheep. Everything seems to be going perfect until angels fill the sky with an unusual request. Obed’s gripping tale promises to inspire and become a family favorite.”

–Dixie Phillips, award-winning author of Stubby’s Destiny, Angel Eyes, and other Christian children’s books

“The Christmas liturgy, presented from a child’s point of view – simple, innocent, open to wondrous occurrences – both highlights the majesty and wonder of Christ’s birth and makes the liturgy accessible to God’s beloved little ones. I bought four copies already for the children in my family and I can’t wait to present them. I’m sure this book will be treasured and read over and over again. This is a beautiful version of the greatest story ever told and I highly recommend it.”

-K.M. Daughters, author of Rose of the Adriatic

“The book is a fresh reinterpretation of a familiar biblical story of the angels appearing to the shepherds announcing the birth of the Saviour. Cheryl has a unique slant on the retelling of this scriptural story. The reader will see the events unfold through the eyes of a little shepherd boy, tending his first-ever flock of sheep. It is an enchanting story that will bring the important message to young readers.”

-V.S. Grenier, author of Babysitting SugarPaw

“While the title character may have more responsibilities than a child of today, tending to an entire flock of sheep, Malandrinos balances the difference in time period by showing the child-like joy experienced by the adult shepherds at seeing the Messiah. They willingly leave their sheep – even with wolves nearby – in order to heed the angelic announcement of Jesus’ birth. He wonders what could be so important that they would do such a thing. Their reaction to the newborn intrigues him, and he yearns to discover what it all means. It is a beautiful lesson for young readers to experience. The most important thing in life is not one’s job, status or material wealth. It is God.”

–Nicole Langan, Tribute Book Reviews

“This story gives us a fresh look at the miracle that happened so long ago. This is the kind of book parents should read to their children on the night before Christmas, one that should be in every family’s library to become a family tradition.”

-Marilyn Meredith, author of Lingering Spirit

Cheryl Malandrinos’ LITTLE SHEPHERD VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER ’11 will officially begin on November 1 and end on December 15, 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.pumpupyourbook.com/2011/09/22/little-shepherd-virtual-book-tour-november-and-december-2011/.

Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer, children’s author and editor. Her first children’s book, Little Shepherd, was released in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing. She is a member of the SCBWI.

Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. She is also a former contributor for the Writer2Writer eZine. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two children. She also has a son who is married.

Visit Cheryl at her newly redesigned website http://ccmalandrinos.com/ or visit the Little Shepherd book blog at http://littleshepherdchildrensbook.blogspot.com/.

Trick or Treat from Dotty and Chizzy

A coloring page drawn by Kevin Scott Collier. Chizzy and Dotty are featured in picture books available from Guardian Angel Publishing, Dotty’s Topsy Tale and Chizzy’s Topsy Tale. For more coloring pages and puzzles, visit Donna Shepherd’s Topsy Turvy Land.

*Click on the picture, then print! It will print out full size ready to be colored. If that doesn’t work with your printer, right click on the picture, and then ‘save picture as…’ and then you can print it out using your photo program.

Upcoming Event for GAP Author Kai Strand at the Oregon Book and Author Fair

Kai Strand, author of The Weaver, will be participating in the Oregon Book and Author Fair on Saturday, November 5th. The one day event will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Pointe, Oregon.

This year, the authors will be participating in a world record attempt to have the most authors signing books at one time. There will be other events throughout the day as well. For more location information and schedule of events visit the Oregon Book Fair website.

About The Weaver: In a town of word weavers, Mary suffers through her third year of Novice Word Weaving. Mary thinks her troubles are over when she meets a gnome-elf who grants her a wish. But instead of weaving a better story, she’s weaving strange yarn charms to accompany her still pathetic tales.

The Weaver has a little magic and a lot of storytelling. It is written for children 9 –12 years old. The Weaver has been name a finalist in the EPIC eBook Awards.

Children’s author, Kai Strand, writes middle grade and young adult fiction. Her short stories have been published in many online publications, The Weaver, is her first book. Learn more at http://www.kaistrand.com/.

For information on this and other Guardian Angel Publishing titles, please visit http://guardianangelpublishing.com/

Read this post by Shari Lyle-Soffe, it could save a life.


Upcoming Events for GAP Author Mary Jean Kelso and Illustrator K.C. Snider

GAP author Mary Jean Kelso and GAP Illustrator K.C. Snider have several events planned over the next few months. Here is a current list:

OCTOBER 15, 2011 – Saturday -11:00 am to 1:00 pm

The Fernley Branch Library in Fernley, NV will be hosting Mary Jean at a signing in their meeting room. 575 Silver Lace Blvd., Fernley, NV. 775-575-3366.

OCTOBER 31, 2011 – Monday -5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Mary Jean will be signing books at Zoo’n Around Learning Center on Crimson Street in Fernley, NV. Zoo’n is offering a safe place for children to trick-or-treat indoors.

NOVEMBER 4 and 5, 2011 – Friday, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

KC will be signing books at the Snowflake Show at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds. She has several new books out this year that she illustrated. Some new introductions include hardback covers available on some editions.

NOVEMBER 4 AND 5, 2011 – FRIDAY 4-8 and SATURDAY 10 TO 4

Mary Jean will be signing books at the HOLIDAY ART MART at 312 Ben’s Way, Fernley, NV. 14 selected artists will have art work available as well.

NOVEMBER 19, 2011 – Saturday 10 am to 6 pm

Mary Jean will be signing books at the Fernley Intermediate School PTA Craft Faire in the gymnasium off Highway 95A behind Quick Stop in Fernley, NV.

NOVEMBER 25, 2011 – Nine days – Friday 11/25/2011 thru Saturday 12/3/2011

KC will be signing books at the Art of Christmas Botique at Urban and Sixth Street under the Arch in downtown Redmond, OR. Shopping hour details to come.

DECEMBER 3, 2011 – Saturday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Mary Jean will be signingbooks at a Made In Nevada event at The Flag Store, 155 Glendale Ave., Sparks, NV. Plans are to have the hardbound edition of The Christmas Angel available as well as all other childrens’, YA and Adult books.

JANUARY 14, 2012 – Saturday starting at 11:30 am

Mary Jean will be signing books at GRASSROOTS BOOK STORE in Reno, NV.

Mary Jean Kelso is a multi-genre’ author. Besides RV Mouse, The Christmas Angel, and its sequel, One Family’s Christmas, and the Andy & the Albino Horse series (Andy and the Albion Horse, Andy and Spirit Go to the Fair, Andy and Spirit in the Big Rescue and Andy and Spirit Meet the Rodeo Queen–with many more to come). The Adventures of Andy and Spirit and Cowboy James are scheduled for release soon. She is also the author of the young adult Lynne Garrett series:

Goodbye Is Forever, Abducted!, and Sierra Summer. Also Kat’s Cradle, Blue Coat, and The Homesteader series (The Homesteader, The Homesteader’s Legacy, Back to the Homestead and Life on the Homestead) and is working on the next–The Homesteader Chronicles–Annabel’s Story.

Mary Jean wrote for many newspapers and magazines and was an Asst. Editor prior to concentrating on fiction for children, young adults and adults. Mary Jean recently received awards from The Nevada Press Assn. and The National Press Assn. as a correspondent for The Lahontan Valley News.

She is a member of Made in Nevada–http://www.madeinnv.com/

Visit Mary on the Web at www.authorsden.com/maryjeankelso or


K.C. Snider, an honors graduate from The Eugene School for Art, is a prominent Oregon artist. Her love of the western life and of wildlife has been developed since her youth, with her natural talent for drawing and color exhibited since she was ten years old. She has shared her talents as an Art Instructor at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

K.C.’s paintings incorporate horses of all breeds, majestic wolves and buffalo herds, as well as eagles and other native birds of prey, in their rustic natural habitats. The western terrain in her art is not only very detailed, but it also transcends time. Now a resident of Redmond, Oregon, K.C. is inspired by the natural beauty of the high desert of Central Oregon.

K.C.’s artwork has won many awards during her long career. Her rainbow collection of prize ribbons from all over the Northwest is as colorful as her work. Recently, K.C. has won plaques from the 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 Western Art Roundup at Winnemucca, Nevada. She has won prizes in several categories, as well as the prestigious Snaffle Bit Award for her authentic Western Art, the Pioneer Award for the depiction of life on the High Desert, and the Indian Heritage Award for her piece titled, “Hope of the White Buffalo.”

In 2006, K.C. illustrated two children’s’ books, The Christmas Angel, with author Mary Jean Kelso and The Magic Violin, with Mayra Calvani. Both books were published by Guardian Angel Publishing and are also available as e-Books. The Christmas Angel has been an instant success with children, teachers and grandmothers alike. It tells the tale of a young girl who travels with her family to Oregon in the 1830’s on the Oregon Trail and protects a very precious possession, the family’s Christmas tree topper, a porcelain angel. She has now finished illustrations for Andy And The Albino Horse, the first book in a series about an albino horse named “Spirit” and the special children who get to know her. The Andy and Spirit books have a number of sequels already in print. And the sequel to The Christmas Angel titled One Family’s Christmas is now available along with K.C.’s first collaboration with author Marilee Crow called Does Heaven Get Mail?

K.C. has been married for 49 years to Fred who is retired from Weyerhauser and is K.C.’s biggest supporter. He does all her framing and some very vital computer work so that K.C. can stay in the studio. They live with their dachshund mix, Jack, in Redmond, Oregon. K.C. and Fred have two children and two grandchildren.

Visit K.C. online at http://www.kcsniderart.com/ or her blog at http://blog.kcsniderart.com/.

GAP Author Donna McDine’s Upcoming Appearances

Donna McDine, author of The Golden Pathway, has the following events planned:

October 16, 2011 – 1:00-4:00 pm

Dennis P. McHugh Piermont Library
25 Flywheel Park West
Piermont, NY

Local Authors’ Meet and Greet, Book Reading & Signing, Activity, and Q&A

October 17, 2011 – 7:00-8:00 pm

Orangeburg Library
20 South Greenbush Road
Orangeburg, NY

Author Meet and Greet, Book Reading, Signing, and Activity

October 23, 2011 ~ 1:30-4:30 pm

Hilton Westchester Rye Brook
699 Westchester Avenue
Rye Brook, NY
in the Grand Ballroom (North & South)

The New York State Reading Association’s “Hudson Valley Author’s Fair”

The Golden Pathway:  Raised in a hostile environment where abuse occurs daily, David attempts to break the mold and befriends the slave, Jenkins, owned by his Pa. Fighting against extraordinary times and beliefs, David leads Jenkins to freedom with no regard for his own safety and possible consequences dealt out by his Pa.


Literary Classics 2011 Finalist Picture Book Early Reader ~ The Golden Pathway

Literary Classics 2011 Seal of Approval Picture Book Early Reader ~ The Golden Pathway

Finalist in Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards – Children’s Picture Book Fiction category – The Golden Pathway

Donna McDine is an award-winning children’s author: Honorable Mention in the 77th and two Honorable Mentions in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competitions. Donna’s stories and features have been published in many print and online publications and her interest in sports resulted in writing and publishing The Hockey Agony. Her first book, The Golden Pathway, was published in August 2010 by Guardian Angel Publishing and she recently signed her third book contract with Guardian Angel Publishing, for Powder Monkey. She writes, moms and is the Editor-in-Chief for Guardian Angel Kids Ezine and Publicist Intern for The National Writing for Children Center and Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Musing Our Children.

Learn more about Donna at http://www.donnamcdine.com/ if you sign the guestbook, you’ll receive a FREE e-Book Write What Inspires You: Author Interviews, and http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com/ and http://www.thegoldenpathway.blogspot.com/.

October 2011 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids Now Available!


CONTACT: Donna McDine, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine

Email: submissions@…

Website: http://guardian-angel-kids.com/

For Immediate Release

Children’s Ezine Guardian Angel Kids: Sports and Activities – October 2011 Issue

Although technology is a wonderful learning tool, it’s important to teach our children the importance of getting up and outside to enjoy the boundless adventures of sports and physical activity. Not only is it good for the body to stretch your muscles and participate in physical activity it does wonders for the brain and soul of one’s body by releasing endorphins.

Join us at Guardian Angel Kids Ezine October 2011 issue and get you and your children grooving through physical action by becoming inspired by this month’s poetry, stories, activities, and articles at http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com.

We also invite you to stay connected with Guardian Angel Kids through our Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Guardian-Angel-Kids-Ezine/163785080346247

Letter from the PUBLISHER: Lynda S. Burch

Featured Book and video:

Cartwheel Annie Flipping Book by Marilee Crowe and illustrated by K.C. Snider – Annie likes being upside down. When the neighborhood children see her cart wheeling down the sidewalk on the way to school, they begin to tease her. That embarrasses her siblings. It seems everyone is tired of her gymnastics, until the circus comes to town, and Annie becomes the star of the show.

Whispering Wally, art and story by Kevin Collier – Watch a special video of Wally the Whale and his treasure hunt, keeping active swimming.

Children’s poetry, Short Stories, and Articles:

“The Name of the Game,” by Ellen Javernick – clever poetry that takes you for a whimsical ride through sports.

“Once Upon Home Plate,” Katie – 5th grader – self confidence soars at the awe inspiring homerun.

“The Magic Bat,” by Marcia Faber and illustrated by Samantha Bell – imagination and fantasy takes you on a delightful outcome of a special bat.

“Fall Freeze,” by Erin K. Schonauer and Jamie C. Schonauer and illustrated by Kathleen Bullock – two sports plus one party equals an icy situation. Can a figure skater and a hockey player learn to balance their differences or are they bound to collide?

“Turtle and Rabbit Relay,” by Karen Robuck – Does the turtle always win the race? In the familiar fable he does, but what about in real life?

“Ways to Use Activities and Games to Teach Vocabulary,” by Dorit Sasson – Engage your students in games of vocabulary and have fun along the way.

Featured Drawing, Games & Activities:

Draw yourself being good with Painting Board – PAINT page

Featured Games from Books – GAME page

Please feel free to drop Editor-in-Chief, Donna McDine an email at submissions@… and let them know what you think of Guardian Angel Kids and what you’d like to see in the future. They aim to please!

We look forward to your visit. Thank you for your time and interest.


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