Recently on Hodge Podge Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sharifa Johnson, the brilliant mind behind Books N' Bops- an adorable children's literature program that incorporates dancing and books! Sharifa is a joy and masterfully creates a fun, inspirational environment for children to embrace the importance of learning in a super fun way.
Tommy Balaam is the founder of Captain Fantastic, voted the UK's no. 1 children's entertainment company. Tommy is trained as an actor, graduating in 2009 from the East 15 acting school. He has loved his career within the arts, including a range of different roles. As well as acting, Tommy has always had a love of music and performs regularly with his band, Dirty Mitts. Tommy's wealth of performance experience, combined with his creativity and flair, is at the heart and soul of the Captain Fantastic brand. His passion is in putting every effort into creating truly unforgettable experiences.
WOWPodcast.me is a podcast directory for authors, writers and illustrators worldwide– hosted by Darshaun McAway who helps creatives by allowing them to exchange ideas, share resources and network. WOWpodcast provides it’s listeners access to authors from around the world. Darshaun’s main focus is to instruct, inspire, and enlighten his listeners. In addition, Darshaun is a successful children’s book author. He coauthors (alongside his wife Stephanie McAway) the Anaiah’s Adventure Series inspired by their daughter whom the book series is named after.
Growing up can be scary. There are so many unknowns regarding the future. Storms rage, fear overcomes us at times, but the deeper our roots, the more solid our foundation– which builds a strong. self-confident character. Colin Discovers Confidence is book 3 of Tools of the Heart’s book series which depicts a tiny acorn seed called Colin that finds its way deep within the ground– far from its home. Mother Earth covers the itty bitty seed with her nourishment and love. Father Sun keeps the seed thriving with warmth.
When sadness takes over the mind, we should look for the rainbow within our heart to lead us back to our calm place. Meditation and finding your inner calm are the themes of Fluffy and the Rainbow in his Heart— book two of an endearing children’s picture book series by Tools of the Heart. Mother Earth and Father Sun (from book one of the Tools of the Heart book series) begin to worry when parts of their precious garden become sad. Father Sun makes it his mission to investigate the problem and finds a very sad little squirrel named Fluffy. With love in his heart, Father Sun helps to comfort Fluffy, and teaches him about the rainbow of wisdom in his heart– and how to replace the dark clouds with joy.
Amanda Marie Cottrell-- a gifted children's author and illustrator from Calgary, Alberta, Canada-- uses inspiration from her 12 plus year career as an educator to create beautiful, mindful children's picture books. Her passion is teaching young children and utilizing creativity within the classroom in order to assist children to believe in themselves through connection, which is also the aim of her books.