Self-publishing Picture Books with Angel Krishna: The Hindsight Interview

Angle Krishna Hindsight Interview

Originally published on Hindsight

Did you leave a job to become an Entrepreneur?

No, I did not.

What is the name of your current project / company?

Gabby’s Space Adventure!

Please describe for us in 1 sentence your current project.

Gabby’s Space Adventure is a picture book about a hippo that wants to go to space and won’t let anyone tell her she can’t do it!

Where did the idea of your current project come from?

I think it’s important for kids to go for their wildest dreams and believe in themselves, even when the odds are against them.

Why do you do what you do?

I’m a mom, and although my children are almost all grown up, I still love to tell stories that teach little ones important values in life.

What’s the one thing you wish you could go back and tell your younger self?

Education is key! Listen and learn. Does this sound a bit cliché? It may, but this is what I would tell my younger self. Look, whether it be traditional college or a different avenue, you must gain knowledge by learning. I feel I should have listened more instead of jumping first. I have learned certain skills and knowledge because I learned to listen then act on the information I received. Be creative in learning, don’t just be that classroom student. Be that person that takes initiative and seeks other ways of hands on learning. Make those connections that will teach you something in real time. Also, please use your common sense in life (hoping you have common sense). Please forgive me if I sound rude. Your knowledge and common sense gives you the upper hand in life; It really does! Last, be creative don’t be that rule follower. I understand there may be certain times you must follow the rules but hell, please think differently by being creative. What you learn is something you can always pass on to another person; please do so.

What’s the most important piece of advice would you give to someone just starting?

Be persistent and detailed oriented. Also, have a hawk’s eye when viewing your work. Then have someone else look at your work that has the ability to see what you may have missed. I write children’s books. In the process, I know I have to be patient, detailed-oriented, creative and have a great imagination. I know I have all the skills but being patient is lacking, lol… Find help! Writing a children’s book is a long process and thensome. If you have the idea of a book in your head, start writing your worlds, no matter if it’s a scattered mess or spot-on. Write the words! Trust me, you will make changes up till the last image is complete. It may be a word, a sentence or a tweak on color, etc.

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Time-sharing with other parents

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Ok, here is a nifty idea! You can start a time-sharing pool with the parents in your neighborhood or your kids’ school. As the time-share captain, you can share time watching the kids of the other parents. They will also have their turn to watch yours.

This can happen once or twice a month, depending on how many moms or dads are willing to participate. You may get once a week time-share if enough parents and friends join in.  It’s good to take 4-6 kids.  You set the day and the amount of time you can give.  Four hours is the usual time-frame, but of course it’s up to you and your time-share pool members. This is how it works!

  1. Depending on the number of parents and the amount of time each one has, structure a schedule. Make sure the days are good with all time-share participants and stick to them. This way you can make your appointments, run errands, do the shopping, catch up on house stuff, or even take a nap. Hell ladies, why NOT go to a movie!
  2. Whomever is scheduled for the “time-Share” that day, it’s up to you on how you spend the time. Kids will just start playing minutes after they are dropped off, so keep it simple! Don’t put so much pressure on your day! Pop in a movie, have some coloring books out, get out the building blocks. You can maybe put out an iPad or two with learning apps on them like Genius Kid. You can ask the kids to act out their favorite characters. Have different stations set up so they can rotate through the stations playing each one. You can bring the kids to a movie at the theater as well.  These are just a few suggestions.  It’s your time! You’re the Time-Share-Captain.
  3. Swapping Days! Sure, why not? If you want to swap a day and someone else is willing, then go ahead and trade.  Also, make sure you group-text everyone so they know where to drop their kid.  Believe me, this has been forgotten in the past. Yikes!
  4. Send thank-you cards. It’s really cool to have your kid send a thank you to their buddies who came over. In this way, they learn about etiquette, communication, addressing a card, using stamps, and good manners.  It teaches them more about communication and it’s neat for a kid to get something in the mail these days!

Ok, that is the gist of it all. You can make your own rules and schedules. It really does work and it’s very helpful to get a break. I was able to get 2 days a week out of my group. Everyone was totally into it. Good luck with yours!

Have you ever been a time-share captain? Share your tips!

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Children’s Author Says Imagination is Taken for Granted

Kansas City children’s author Angel Krishna uses her imagination every day when dreaming up her new books, and she believes imagination is something parents need to cultivate from a very young age. “We take “imagination” for granted,” Krishna says. “We need to encourage our children to use their thoughts and imagination on a daily basis. You can’t think without using your imagination. Think about it.”

Angel Krishna believes in teaching children positive habits in a fun and easy way through her storybooks.

Her first book, Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball, is about communication and friendship. “Communication should always be encouraged with children,” says Krishna. “For that to happen, you must make sure children are at ease when speaking to you. It’s a must to make children feel they’re not going to be in trouble and feel one hundred percent comfortable when communicating their feelings on positive and negative matters.”

For the holidays, Angel Krishna released The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas, a tale about magical creatures who fix breaks and clean up messes left behind by the household pets. When asked what inspired the creation of the Gu-Glee-Goos Krishna says, “When my kids were very young, I would chase them around the house in a fun way and call them my little Gu-Glee-Goos. This all started around Christmas time, and I decided to write this book because I would tell the story about how the Gu-Glee-Goos were helpful and how kindness goes a long way!”

Angel Krishna Storybooks
Both Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball and The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas are available in ebook and print. Her new release, Gabby’s Space Adventure, is exclusively in paperback on Amazon.

Angel Krishna is available for interviews, appearances, and other features. Contact Angel Krishna by visiting her contact page. You can also find her on Facebook at facebook.com/angelstorybooks and on Twitter at @angelkrishna2.

 

Originally published in Kansas City Star

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#KidLit #BookReview: Gabby’s Space Adventure

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Gabby’s Space Adventure has been released on paperback! Check out the first review!

BOOK REVIEW

*****
5 Stars

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers’ Favorite

Gabby’s Space Adventure by Angel Krishna is an inspiring, well written children’s book about a young hippo named Gabby. Gabby has always wanted to go to space and have adventures. People always question her dream, though. One day a group of children wonder why she’d want to go to space, and if she could even go. Gabby explains that of course she could go, she just had to use her imagination, and has to be determined enough to not let anything get in her way. The group of children begin to see her point. Gabby asks them what they imagine themselves doing. What do you imagine yourself doing?

I really enjoyed reading Gabby’s Space Adventure by Angel Krishna. The book is very inspiring, because it teaches that you can do anything if you put your mind to it and try hard enough. The book is full of likeable characters, because Gabby won’t let anybody get in the way of her dream. The book is very well written and descriptive. I liked how the story is told from Gabby’s perspective. The pictures by Nancy Batra are very well drawn and clearly depict each scene and each character. The pictures are also very colourful. Many people will be able to relate to Gabby, and this book in general, because many people have had a dream that they wanted to come true. The book is well developed and well thought out. I would definitely recommend this book to all young readers.

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Stimulating Your Child’s Brain

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I personally feel when a child is able to touch, see, and feel many different elements, their brain is stimulated and they grow into to a smarter kid. Tactile exploration also builds common sense, which will strengthen their confidence.  We as parents must find time and try to introduce many colors, textures, and objects so your child can strive and use their imagination to build their problem-solving skills.

Do you all remember when we were growing up and played outside? I do. I loved it. I would stay out for hours on end. I never wanted to come in the house.  I got into pretty much everything, ugh – mud, dirt, tadpoles. I was climbing trees, swimming, and running. Doing all this helped me build my senses, thought process, confidence, and imagination.

I love when a parent lets their children jump in puddles, play with mud, pick up frogs, and climb trees. Outdoor activities are so fun for your child.  A child’s brain wants and needs stimulation to help it grow.  Let’s get those motors started!

Introduce as many different things to your child. Fill their minds up and expand their knowledge. Let them see, touch, feel all textures, colors, and objects.  The little kiddos’ brains are in motion and ready to explore! Sooo, let them…


Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

Coming soon – Gabby’s Space Adventure!

 

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Children’s Author Angel Krishna on Teaching Kids Values Through Books

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Allowing Your Kids to Help at Home

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Let’s get your kids helping at home

By teaching your kids to help around the house, they will become more hands-on and independent. This will build and strengthen their thought process, follow-through skills, independent thinking, creative thinking, and sense of responsibility.

Start by giving your kiddos small tasks. This will start to build confidence and a give them a good feeling of accomplishment.

We want our kids to be able to help out in the home so they can learn how to take care of themselves.

For example, if we moms and dads are tied up at the moment, then our little guy or girl should get their own snack or glass of water. Keep everything at lower level and within arms’ reach for them so they can get to what they want.

I truly love the small things my kids could do on their own. It helped me have an extra 5-10 minutes for a quick breather.

 

Next level

Once they are comfortable helping, it’s good to bump up the responsibility and give more tasks, such as:

  • Getting dressed on their own. I personally found it easier when I organized their clothes as best I could so they would look somewhat like a human being rather a clown doll coming out of the bedroom, Lol…
  • Cleaning the table after a snack or a meal.
  • Cleaning up their toys and organizing what toy goes in what bin. I found it helpful to color coordinate the bins and toys so your kiddo can learn organization and match what toy goes in what bin. I used the color circle stickers and put one on the toy and the same color on the bin. Also, you can buy colored bins and just match them to the stickers on the toys.
  • Sorting. Another great task I enjoyed was having my kids sort the mail. They loved it! I asked my little buggy-boos to sort the mail in two piles: one for bills and one for junk-mail. I demonstrated that the bills pretty much are white envelopes and the junk mail in many cases have a lot of color. This is a great teaching moment as well. e.g. What is a bill?  What is junk mail? Educate your kids on many aspects of money, bills and so forth. Learning the concept of money is a valuable lesson. Kids will learn that making a buck is hard. We must use it wisely and be responsible. 

 

How do you let your kids help out at home?

How has it helped them grow?

 

Hope to chat soon!  Have a great week and be creative.

 

Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

Coming soon – Gabby’s Space Adventure!

 

 

 

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Have you heard of the Genius Kid App?

Originally posted on Segilola Salami Children’s Corner

Well, what to do?  Should parents use an educational app for their kiddos? Sure! Educational apps should have many choices and opportunities to learn in a productive way.  The app should cultivate the thought process of the child. This is why parents shouldn’t look for an easy app.  They should look for an app that can help their child think, build common sense, and use their imagination.

 

Have you heard of the Genius Kid App? as seen on segilola salami's blog

 

The Genius Kid App does all that and more.  Genius Kid is very interactive and covers many learning tools – Letters and Sounds, ABC’s, Jumbled Word Puzzle, Tap the Right Number, Color Mixer, Math Puzzle, Solve the Problem, and much more.  We are busy moms and dads and we want the best for our children.  Today we juggle so much, we tend to push the eduction tools to the side and let the schools alone teach our children.  Hmmm… I say, lets try harder!  Genius Kid App will help your child learn in a productive, fun, and creative way.

 

Genius Kid App is currently on sale on Apple or Android.

 

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Teaching Your Kids to Be Willing to Learn

teaching-928637_960_720.jpgBeing willing to learn! This is a relatively simple thing to teach your little ones – lead by example. From firsthand knowledge with my kids, I discovered that I had to be willing to learn myself. I had to show that learning develops knowledge and that knowledge is power.

Teach your children to learn, but don’t make it stressful. If your kids have a question, whatever it may be, explore it and educate them. If you don’t know the answer, look it up together and enjoy the time with your kiddo.

Keep a journal of what you and you child are learning. Cut out pictures and paste them on the journal page with the words that explain the cool, weird, or funny thing they asked about. It’s an interesting project and fun for both of you and the whole family.


Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

Coming soon – Gabby’s Space Adventure!

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Chit-Chat Jar: Communication with Your Kids

 

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Let’s get your kids talking and sharing their thoughts with you by making a “Chit-Chat Jar.” How fun is this!

  • Find/buy a jar or container. Make sure the jar is clear so the kiddos can see what’s inside.
  • Write topics on small strips of paper. Make the ideas light and fun. They can be things like:
    • Vacation ideas
    • Friends
    • Games
    • Do you like your teacher?
    • Books
    • Foods they like
    • The library and scheduling a time to go
    • Favorite thing about school
    • Favorite subject in school
    • The art museum and scheduling a fun visit
    • Earth and our environment
    • Ask your kiddos what makes them happy
    • Music
  • The strip that is pulled out that day is what you will talk about.
  • The communication/talk can last longer if you are more engaged with what your child is saying. Encourage them by saying things like: so cool, tell me more, awesome, wow, interesting, love it, etc.
  • Please don’t make the topics serious …snore-zzzz… Your kids will lose interest really quickly. The point is too get them to talk, not tell you things you want to hear.

These are just suggestions.  You can do what you feel is good for you and your kids. The point is, communication is key! Take interest and enjoy the time you are communicating together.

 

Angel Krishna

Children’s Books Author

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball

The Gu-Glee-Goos of Christmas

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