Reading With Your Kids with @jedliemagic

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I was a guest on the Reading With Your Kids Podcast with Jedlie. Have a listen as I talk about my books and how they apply to the real world situations kids face every day.

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Author Interview 

Children’s author Angel Krishna writes stories about communication, helping others and believing in yourself. Through her new children’s book Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball, author and fun-loving mom Angel Krishna encourages communication development through relatable jungle friends playing America’s favourite pastime. Angel encourages parents to listen to their children and to communicate with an open mind and a full heart. She reminds herself and those around her to enjoy life, always move forward, and be creative.

In this interview, Jed chatted with Angel Krishna to talk about her new books Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball & Gabby’s Space Adventure. Angel also discusses what inspired her to write these stories, why communication is a great skill for children to have and the importance of using your imagination & teaching kids values through books. Stay tuned as Author Angel Krishna takes us through her new children’s books & more.

Gabby’s Space Adventure:

Gabby is a hippo who has a dream to go to outer space. Hippos in space, hmmm. . . Gabby is very determined, smart and always willing to learn. She has faced many challenges but nothing will stop her from achieving her ultimate goal, going to outer-space! Never let anyone tell you, you can’t do it! always keep going and moving forward. Be that positive force and prove to yourself you can do anything you set your mind to.

Monkeys and Crocodiles Play Baseball:

Join the Monkeys and the Crocodiles as they learn a valuable lesson about friendship, feelings and communication.

Listen to this episode to find out what Angel Krishna has to say about teaching kids values through books  & you will be amazed!

To know more about Angel Krishna & her books visit

https://adkstorybooks.com/

Angel Krishna Amazon

Twitter: @AngelKrishna2

 

Originally published on readingwithyourkids.com

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Talking About Writing and Publishing Children’s Books on Change It Up Editing

Angel Krishna with Candace Johnson

I went on Candace Johnson’s blog at changeitupediting.com to talk about my experience as a self-published children’s author. Read on to learn more about signing with a publisher versus going indie, working with a professional editor, and managing book promotion.  Continue reading

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Traveling with Kids: Making Road Trips Fun and Creative

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Road-Trip! These two words are NOT my favorite, lol. Actually, they give me immediate stress. Then I say “Okay, I can do this.”  Before the road trip I automatically think of what to bring and or make before we take off.  I try to include some fun educational things for the kids to do, like bring my Chit-Chat-Jar that I wrote about a few posts ago. You can take a word out of the jar and talk about it during the ride. Here are some ideas that worked for me:

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Author teaches lessons through children’s books

Author Angel Krishna takes us through her new children’s books.

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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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