Amazon Rapids, “Turning Green on Halloween” is Published!

Headless horseman carved pumpkin c/o Hubby.
My youngest as Cinderella, age 4.
Cinderella carved pumpkin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Witch carved pumpkin.
My youngest as a witch, age 5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mwahaha! My third story on Amazon Rapids has been published.

In “Turning Green on Halloween,” Carla wants her brother Pablo to help decorate her wheelchair so she can enter the Halloween Parade. Pablo wants no part of the first prize–a ride on the Screamin’ Skyscraper–because he has a secret. Pablo is afraid of heights. Once Carla finds out Pablo’s fear, and convinces him that he doesn’t have to go on the ride, he decides to help…on one condition. Carla has to overcome claustrophobia by dressing up as a vampire in a coffin. In the end, Carla and Pablo both face their fears…and plunge ten stories in broken elevator filled with zombies. Fun!

Happy Halloween, hon!

Short, illustrated stories on Amazon Rapids, an App for ages 7-12, “are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other. The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and offers hundreds of original stories, with dozens of new ones added monthly.”

Amazon Rapids Includes: 

Unique chat style — Stories are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other, letting stories come to life one message at a time.

Hundreds of original stories — Kids can explore a large and growing library that’s filled with original stories spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports.

Age-appropriate content – All content is thoughtfully edited to be appropriate for kids ages 7-12.

Built-in glossary — Kids can easily look up the definition and pronunciation of words to help build their reading confidence. Each time they look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal glossary for easy reference. 

“Read to me” —Kids can have stories read aloud to them while they follow along with the text. “Having been a teacher for over a decade, I’ve learned to write stories in a way that compels kids to dive in and the Amazon Rapids format is a perfect way to make that happen,” said Raymond Bean, best-selling children’s author. “In my first Amazon Rapids story, Alien Invasion, a boy named Gordon and an alien connect via a misdirected text message and hilarity ensues as they discuss the aliens’ plans to land on earth.”

Parents can visit http://rapids.amazon.com to download Amazon Rapids today.

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Amazon Rapids, “The Easter Beast” is Published!

Wild bunny, Florida.

Woohoo! My second story on Amazon Rapids has been published.

In “The Easter Beast,” Bun Bun and Chewy Chirp, the last chocolate bunny and marshmallow chick on the shelf, desperately want to go on an Easter Egg hunt, but the store’s about to close and they are being stalked by the Easter Beast, aka the store clerk, who craves chocolate and marshmallows.

Short, illustrated stories on Amazon Rapids, an App for ages 7-12, “are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other. The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and offers hundreds of original stories, with dozens of new ones added monthly.”

Amazon Rapids Includes: 

Unique chat style — Stories are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other, letting stories come to life one message at a time.

Hundreds of original stories — Kids can explore a large and growing library that’s filled with original stories spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports.

Age-appropriate content – All content is thoughtfully edited to be appropriate for kids ages 7-12.

Built-in glossary — Kids can easily look up the definition and pronunciation of words to help build their reading confidence. Each time they look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal glossary for easy reference. 

“Read to me” —Kids can have stories read aloud to them while they follow along with the text. “Having been a teacher for over a decade, I’ve learned to write stories in a way that compels kids to dive in and the Amazon Rapids format is a perfect way to make that happen,” said Raymond Bean, best-selling children’s author. “In my first Amazon Rapids story, Alien Invasion, a boy named Gordon and an alien connect via a misdirected text message and hilarity ensues as they discuss the aliens’ plans to land on earth.”

Parents can visit http://rapids.amazon.com to download Amazon Rapids today.

Related Post: Amazon Rapids Press Release–My 1st Fiction Story is Published!

 

Amazon Rapids Press Release–My 1st Fiction Story is Published!

Original animal artwork by Kathleen Harte Gilsenan of Maddie Lab Studio.
Check out “Life is Better as a Writer” and other original animal artwork by Kathleen Harte Gilsenan of Maddie Lab Studio.

Amazon just launched an App called Amazon Rapids, and one of my stories is available on the App! Hon, would it surprise you that the story is titled “Triplet Party Panic?”

Press Release 

Amazon Announces Rapids – A Playful Approach to Reading for Today’s Connected Kids New App Features Fun, Engaging Short Stories Told in a Unique Chat Style Amazon Rapids Offers Readers Ages 7-12 Hundreds of Illustrated, Original Stories with Dozens More Added Monthly

Amazon announced a new app that offers a playful approach to children’s reading. Amazon Rapids offers illustrated short stories written in a unique chat style that brings stories to life, one message at a time.

Stories on Amazon Rapids are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other, from an alien texting about invading Earth to two chickens debating if they should cross the street. The app is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices, and offers hundreds of original stories, with dozens of new ones added monthly.

Parents who sign up now can subscribe at a special introductory rate of $2.99 per month to give their kids unlimited access to short stories. Parents can start a free two week trial at http://rapids.amazon.com. “Many kids already love using phones to chat with friends and family,” said Rohit Agarwal, General Manager of Amazon K-12 Education. “We wanted to see what authors and illustrators could create with an app that made it easy to tell stories that way. We’re excited to share Amazon Rapids with parents and their kids.”

With Amazon Rapids, kids can choose from many types of stories including adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports. Stories feature a variety of topics, from a grandma invading her granddaughter’s group chat to a duck taking over a rooster’s duties on a farm. Additionally, with age-appropriate content and key features like the built-in glossary and “read to me” mode, kids can feel confident and read independently. Whether a kid is on her way to soccer practice and has 10 minutes in the car, or waiting with friends for the school bus to arrive, she can quickly immerse herself in a hilarious adventure and enjoy the simple pleasure of a great story.

Amazon Rapids Includes: 

Unique chat style — Stories are told through the lens of characters chatting with each other, letting stories come to life one message at a time.

Hundreds of original stories — Kids can explore a large and growing library that’s filled with original stories spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports.

Age-appropriate content – All content is thoughtfully edited to be appropriate for kids ages 7-12.

Built-in glossary — Kids can easily look up the definition and pronunciation of words to help build their reading confidence. Each time they look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal glossary for easy reference. 

“Read to me” —Kids can have stories read aloud to them while they follow along with the text. “Having been a teacher for over a decade, I’ve learned to write stories in a way that compels kids to dive in and the Amazon Rapids format is a perfect way to make that happen,” said Raymond Bean, best-selling children’s author. “In my first Amazon Rapids story, Alien Invasion, a boy named Gordon and an alien connect via a misdirected text message and hilarity ensues as they discuss the aliens’ plans to land on earth.”

Parents can visit http://rapids.amazon.com to download Amazon Rapids today.

Source:  Art by Kathleen Harte Gilsenan of MaddieLabStudio

Nurture the Wow, Published Book Review

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“Putting Prayer Into Parenting,” my published review of Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg’s book Nurture the Wow, was published in the October/November 2016 issue of Hadassah Magazine. Click here to read the review and an interview with the author.

Woohoo to an insightful parenting book, and to the opportunity to write about it.

 

Highlights Article and Easy DIY Summer Treasure Jars

Decorated Mason Jars.
Decorated Mason Jars.

DIY Summer Treasure Jars

Camp visiting days are an opportunity for kids to show and tell. They’re also a great source of craft ideas. This year, I was particularly excited about the Treasure Jars so I included them in my Highlights article, 12 Ways to Reboot Your Summer. My daughter said the camp provided glow-in-the-dark paint. Turn out the lights and let summer memories shine!

Supplies:

–mason or mayonnaise jar

–any combination of stickers, pom-poms, paint, paint markers, permanent markers, colored tape and feathers

–craft glue that adheres to glass

Directions:

–Decorate jars.

–Add summer keepsakes such as seashells, souvenirs, movie stubs, show stubs, cards, letters, etc.

–For a personalized touch, label with name and year.

Party Favors or Take Home Party Activity:

How fun would these DIY Treasure Jars be as a take-home party activity for ages 8 and up? Or, decorate smaller jars, fill with candy, and hand out as party favors. Come to think of it, that’s just what I did a few months ago. Check out Quick and Easy Candy Jars to see how I carried the middle school musical, Little Shop of Horrors, theme through the candy jars. Hon, you know I love a theme!

Colorful tape, stickers, paint markers, paint, pom poms and thread were used to decorate these jars.
Colorful tape, stickers, paint markers, paint, pom poms and feathers were used to decorate these jars.

 

Highlights Article for Father’s Day

My dad with "Baby A"
My dad with “Baby A”

Happy Father’s Day!

Father’s Day means family time.  Thanks to these dads for making a difference in my and my children’s lives.

Need Cool Ideas for Father’s Day?  My article was published in Highlights this week.

Have a great day, hon.

My son and Grandpa.
My son and my dad.
Hubby and son.
Hubby and our son.
Hubby and son.
Hubby and our son.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family patriarch.
Family patriarch with his grandkids.
Another great dad.
Another great dad (and uncle.)
My uncle, aunt and Plus One.
My uncle, aunt and Plus One.
Hubby, my brother and niece and nephew.
Hubby, my brother and niece and nephew.
Hubby and our Plus One.
This is one of my favorite photos of Hubby!

Highlights Parents Memorial Day Ideas

Me, Hubby and two daughters. Lucy looks winded from our walk along the Hudson River in Manhattan.
Me, Hubby and two daughters. Lucy looks winded from our walk along the Hudson River in Manhattan.

Top Ten (plus One) Ideas of What to Do Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day is coming up and I have ideas of what to do.  Eleven, in fact.  Here’s a link to  my 1st article published in Highlights Parents online magazine titled 11 Crazy-Fun Ideas to Make Memorial Day Weekend Special.

Have a nice holiday, hon!