A Season of Gratitude

Happy Winter Holidays 2018!

One of the lovely things about this time of year is that reminders abound to express gratitude. I (Karin) recently came across an article on Aha!Parenting.com which brings together many of my favorite gratitude tradition ideas and has a few that are new to even this gratitude tradition collector! If you are looking for a gratitude activity or practice, the Aha! Parenting article has a nice collection. I also describe gratitude traditions on this website.

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area over the Thanksgiving Weekend, come visit with Lori and I at a book signing at The Multicultural Children’s Bookstore at The Shops at Hilltop in Richmond on Sunday, November 25, from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm. We are very much looking forward to talking with people about My Amazing Day. And we’ll have few activities related to its themes. The Multicultural Children’s Bookstore is a new treasure in our community with a bountiful collection of diverse books. More details on the book signing can be found on the Events page.

May the gratitude experiences of this season spread into your whole year!

Winter Holidays Gratitude and Goodreads Giveaway

Coming off the Thanksgiving weekend, it feels like a new time of year. Happy holiday time!

The winter holidays can be full of joyful, cherished experiences and good cheer, and for lots of us this time can also be stressful due to overscheduling, or sad for a variety of reasons. Even before I was part of creating My Amazing Day, I had experienced that gratitude was a gift in both those kinds of states. In fact, those experiences were a big part of why I was so excited when Elizabeth and Lori asked if I would work with them on the project that became My Amazing Day.

If you are having a joyful holiday time, a wish I have for you is to remember about expressing gratitude. That could be expressing it to others or expressing it to yourself, by speaking, writing. or creating art. I have found those expressions help me connect more deeply to sweet times.

And if you are having a hard time this year or have some difficult moments, I also have a wish for you to remember about expressing gratitude. For me, when I am feeling blue, identifying what I’m grateful for is the way I can cheer myself with the most ease. Often in those times, I find gratitude for the simplest things to be the most heartening—the feel of soft cotton, being able to see a color I love, appreciation for a painting or song.

If you have young children in your life, showing them your expressions of gratitude can help them connect this time to delights beyond the material parts, which can be so dazzling.

To spread some thoughts of wonder and gratitude in the winter holiday season, I’m giving away two copies of My Amazing Day at Goodreads. I invite you to enter and spread the word, if you’re on Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Amazing Day by Karin Fisher-Golton

My Amazing Day

by Karin Fisher-Golton

Giveaway ends December 04, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

And if you’re looking for copies of My Amazing Day for gifts, ways to find the book are listed here.

Wishing you a holiday season full of wonder and gratitude!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017

Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Today’s event, in its fourth year, is a time to discover and celebrate books by and about a diversity of people. The following website and other host sites have this linky collection of hundreds of book reviews. What a great resource! http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/welcome-to-our-4th-multicultural-childrens-book-day/

You can participate in the discussions by searching for the hashtag #ReadYourWorld on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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My Amazing Day and I (Karin) are participating in multiple ways this year.

I contributed review copies of My Amazing Day to Multicultural Children’s Book Day reviewers, which, fittingly, have received some diverse reviews:

  • The Spain-based website bambolango shared a review in both Spanish and English. The review includes some nice activity ideas.
  • This Facebook review is from an Australian reviewer who sells charming keepsake cards for babies’ first words via her Facebook page, WordsOfBub. I love what she said about how adults and toddlers might view My Amazing Day.
  • Over at Books, Babies, and Bows, the blogger shares a review of My Amazing Day, which includes her 4-year-old daughter’s drawing in response to being asked what happened during her amazing day. All us reading fans will love her response.
  • And at @Victors_Books on Instagram. Not only is there a review, but this awesome montage of photos from Victor’s own amazing day.

I also volunteered to be a reviewer and was treated to a review copy of a beautifully written and illustrated book from longtime multicultural children’s book leader, Lee & Low Books. My review of Mama and Papa Have a Store can be found on my author/editor website here: https://karinfisher-golton.com/2017/01/26/mama-and-papa-have-a-store-mcbd-review/

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Here is more information from the Multicultural Children’s Book Day team:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include ScholasticBarefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. RomanAudrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTVCapstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle SwiftWisdom Tales PressLee& Low BooksThe Pack-n-Go GirlsLive Oak MediaAuthor Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsors include: Karen Leggett AbourayaVeronica AppletonSusan Bernardo, Kathleen BurkinshawMaria DismondyD.G. DriverGeoff Griffin Savannah HendricksStephen HodgesCarmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid ImaniGwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana LlanosNatasha Moulton-LevyTeddy O’MalleyStacy McAnulty,  Cerece MurphyMiranda PaulAnnette PimentelGreg RansomSandra Richards, Elsa TakaokaGraciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use their official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

 

Indie Author Day at the Berkeley Public Library

I will be participating in Indie Author Day at the Berkeley Public Library this coming Saturday, October 8. Details are here: https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/indie-author-day-central. I’ll be one of the “speed readers.” (Much easier when your book is only 101 words long! I plan to get through the whole thing and have time to say a little about its creation.) I also look forward to visiting with readers and signing books.

Indie Author Day is a new event for readers and creators of independently published books. It will take place at libraries across North America. Here is general information about Indie Author Day: http://indieauthorday.com/.

My lifetime of loving reading and children’s books began in the Berkeley Public Libraries. When I think of them, images of being in awe at the number of books…and possibilities, of looking through low shelves at eye level, of having a librarian figure out just the book I’d love to read come to mind. I am so pleased to get to participate there as an author.

My Amazing Day Wins 2015 BAIPA Children’s Book Award

I am thoroughly delighted to announce that My Amazing Day was presented with the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Book Award for Fiction: Children’s Picture Book on December 12, 2015.

BAIPA President, Becky Parker Geist presents Karin Fisher-Golton with the BAIPA Book Award: Children's Picture Book Category. (Photo by Judy Baker, Brandvines)

BAIPA President, Becky Parker Geist presents Karin Fisher-Golton with the BAIPA Book Award—Fiction: Children’s Picture Book Category. (photo by Judy Baker, detail)

BAIPA is a highly regarded organization devoted to elevating the art of publishing. Its membership draws from the wider San Francisco Bay Area and ranges from novices to well-established professionals. Karin has found her membership in this organization both highly beneficial and enjoyable.

The BAIPA awards had not been given since 2013, so My Amazing Day was considered among a group of children’s books published between mid-2013 and mid-2015. A panel of judges evaluated the books for writing style, editorial standards, cover design, interior design, and marketability. A complete list of 2015 BAIPA Book Award winners is here.

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