Today, I have the pleasure of welcoming author Kimberly Kinrade, award-winning author of THE FORBIDDEN TRILOGY and THE THREE LOST KIDS series, for a guest post designed for parents and their kids. This is part of a blog hop running at Evolved Publishing this week, in which you can not only discover new authors, but win some cool prizes, too.
THE MAKING OF A REVOLUTIONARY
She turned 10 years old this Halloween, and while she still eats the occasional nugget (my children were contemplating a world where nuggets were made of people, butterflies and dinosaurs ^.^), she is still a revolutionary, and the staunchest environmentalist I know.
I have been recycling–and sometimes composting–since she was born. She went to a Waldorf School for her first year, and she loves animals and nature. It’s not surprising, then, that she doesn’t want the Earth to die. What is surprising to me is how consistent she is in the little things.
She will pick up the grossest, nastiest piece of garbage you can imagine, and walk blocks to find a proper receptacle for it. As a mother, I cringe. And caution. And buy her gloves. As a human, I applaud her. (I do this as her mom too; don’t get me wrong.) She even cleans up lunch trash while other kids play. And she is making a difference. With each piece of garbage she picks up, she is saving something of our Earth for the future.
Lessons from the Young
So often, we as grown-ups get so burdened by oil spills and toxic waste and ozone layers that we forget to bend down and pick up that paper on the sidewalk. Yes, we need to be conscious of the global impact our collective choices make, but, don’t let those issues become so overwhelming as to paralyze you from the simple day-to-day things we all can do to make life more beautiful.
When she was 8 years old, after cleaning up some trash in our neighborhood, she came home and drew the picture you see above. On her own. Without any prompting. I was floored, and awed, and proud. In case the quality makes it hard, that’s an “X” in the eye of the deer eating trash, because it will die. (The other deer is smiling, by the way, and I’m really—mostly—sure that’s a leg….)
My kids inspire me daily—in my writing and in life. They are the reason I took a small break from writing my YA paranormal novel Forbidden Fire (book #2 in the Forbidden Trilogy) to write three children’s chapter books based on worlds they discovered.
Now, all three of their books are out, and a new book, The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy, just launched October 2nd, and The Three Lost Kids & The Christmas Curse is following close on its heels, to be released November 26th. (I even managed to finish the Forbidden Trilogy as well!)
Don’t forget to stop by the Evolved Publishing pre-holiday blog hop. We’ve got 20 autographed books up for grabs! From thrilling young adult adventures to suspense nail-biters, thought-provoking literary novels, bright and cheery books for children, an uplifting memoir, and hot-and-steamy romance, we’ve got something for everyone on your holiday-shopping list.
About Lexie World
The first book in The Three Lost Kids series is Lexie World, all about the environment, and how one little girl and her sisters learn that the little things make a big difference. (No, this world does not include chicken nuggets made from people, or dinosaurs.)
5-year-old Lexie is tired of getting in trouble for leaving her stuff and trash outside. She doesn’t mean to litter or ruin her shoes, but it’s just so hard to remember sometimes.
When she, her two big sisters, and their dog TayTay end up finding a portal to Lexie World, Lexie discovers the consequence littering has had. Garbage Goblins have taken over and are destroying the Earth!
To save Lexie World, the girls (and dog) must travel with their new Unicorn friend through the Waters of Waste and over the Mountain of Lost Clothes to retrieve a piece of the Mirror of Ice in order to remind the Garbage Goblins of their true form and break their curse.
On this journey, Lexie learns about courage, love and the importance of taking care of her world.
(Just 99 cents, everywhere eBooks are sold.)
I’m a Mom
I’m a mom, and I wrote this book, and the subsequent books, for my kids. I also wrote them for your kids. Lexie World includes discussion questions for you and your child to talk about how they can participate in caring for the Earth.
About the Author
Kimberly Kinrade was born with ink in her veins and magic in her heart. She writes fantasy and paranormal stories for children, young adults and adults and still believes in magic worlds. Check out her YA paranormal Forbidden Trilogy—Forbidden Mind, Forbidden Fire and Forbidden Life—and her children’s fantasy chapter books Three Lost Kids series Lexie World, Bella World, Maddie World, The Three Lost Kids & The Death of the Sugar Fairy, and The Three Lost Kids & The Christmas Curse.
She is also the co-owner and marketing director of Daring Books Design & Marketing, and Marketing Director for Evolved Publishing. She lives with her three little girls who think they’re ninja princesses with super powers, her two dogs who think they’re humans, and her husband, also known as the sexy Russian Prince, who is the love of her life and writing partner.
For a list of her books, check out: http://Amazon.com/author/kimberlykinrade.
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