The most challenging part of writing a children’s book is choosing the words to have a big impact. You have to choose every word and sequence carefully and the cadence has to work. The most fun was making up the illustrations and having the story brought to life pairing the words with illustrations.
Below is one of those illustrations. Let me know what you think!
Planting My Values
Lynn Powell, author
Imagery by Thinkstock
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781480809642, $22.99, www.archwaypublishing.com
“Planting My Values” is a story of a young boy’s search for establishing roadmarks of right and wrong, good and bad. Written in narrative verse, “Planting My Values” calms and reassures a young reader’s doubts with faith in goodness, and encouraging acts of kindness and deeds of honesty to grow. Manners, empathy, integrity, thoughtfulness, respect, being responsible, loyal, showing gratitude and courage – these are all values that are demonstrated and defined, in child behavioral terms. The boy is encouraged to tend a garden of positive values as he grows “values that help me to judge and decide. Each day I can choose any value I need. My actions grow bigger and better, indeed!” Even more inspiring are the words that follow: “I will know in my head. I will know in my heart. I will make good choices. I will know how to start. I will make some new friends! I will hold open doors! I won’t exclude anyone! I will do my chores!” This is the way, the boy learns, to encourage good values to blossom in his heart. “Planting My Values” is an inspirational book for school age readers.
Instilling strong, positive values in our children is one of the most important things we can do as parents. The values and moral lessons we teach our children will serve as a compass that will guide them through their entire lives!
One of the lessons that we should teach our children is the importance of being kind and sharing. This lesson will help our children as they work with others through school and careers later in life. Continue reading
In todays fast-paced society we sometimes fall short in the category of promoting youth values. Our children are obsessed with technology. This is wonderful yet can be challenging to parents. We are busy, rushed, stressed. Often we don’t understand the technology that is driving our young ones.
Lets get back to the basics. Our children are our future. A strong value system will help our little ones as they maneuver the world as it is today. Fast and furious- connected yet disconnected. Help your children acquire the value system that you want them to have.
Planting My Values will touch on these core values:
Invite your little ones to have a voice!
As parents we influence many aspects of our children’s lives. Our own moral values shape what we want our children to believe in and adopt in their own lives.
A strong moral compass will be the foundation for good decision making as our little ones enter adolescence.
In Planting My Values I talk about some of the values that I believe children should conquer on their journeys of self-discovery.
Here is a sampling:
What values do you want to instill in your children?
I want to share my background so you can get to know me better. I went to business school and received an MBA from the University of Minnesota. I worked for Apple Computer for 10 years. Then I had children – four within six years. Life got extremely busy.
My new job was raising my children. No corporate job can prepare you for this! I took the skills I learned from business school and became the CEO of a family of six!
Along with this was my desire to instill a strong foundation for my children. As much as we want to give we want our children to have a solid foundation throughout life. We want them to contribute in a responsible manner.
Whether our children are 5 or 15 we want them to make good decisions, learn from their mistakes and become better citizens of our world.
Planting My Values will help our young ones as they begin their self discovery and journey to being the best they can be!
When my four children were young I loved reading picture books to them and frequently volunteered in their classrooms to read for story time. Those brief moments were magical and fleeting. As a teacher or parent we savor those sweet smiles, wiggles and giggles, big yawns and inquisitive faces.
Those motherly moments resonated strongly and I wanted to write my own stories as a way of giving back to my community. Raising children is one of the hardest jobs in the world. Instilling a strong moral compass in our children is the cornerstone to raising responsible young adults. It takes dedication, motivation and a little magic!
I penned my notes early on but life got busy. Last year I felt compelled to finish what I had started so long ago as a legacy to my own mother.
Join me in my journey! There is much more to come.
Hi, and welcome! My name is Lynn Powell, author of Planting My Values. I’m so happy to have you as a visitor to my blog about my new book. This project is very special to me, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you here.
I’ll be using this blog to interact with you about Planting My Values, expanding on some of the topics in it and posting on some of the ideas related to my book. This is a great place for you to get to know me, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you, too.
What did you think of Planting My Values? What questions do you have for me? How do you relate to my book?
I’ll be returning here frequently with new posts and responses to feedback from you.
Until next time, please tell me a little bit about yourself. Thank you!