• Art,  Children's Books,  Health

    Fun-Filled Tummy Tour Teaches Kids the Importance of Gut Health

    Emily Enzyme and a host of unforgettable characters lead a little girl on an amazing journey of her digestive system in the book, Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo, from occupational therapist and nutrition enthusiast Jan Maximov Condon.

    Scientifically accurate without being overly detailed, Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo uses colorful illustrations and giggle-inducing rhymes (“It’s our most important duty: We make things happen in your booty.”) to introduce audiences as young as 2 years old to the existence of gut microbes and their vital role in our overall health.

    “I was 55 when I learned I had a universe inside me, and that I could help myself by my food choices,” Condon said during a recent interview.

    In Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo, Lulu is feeling anxious about her upcoming school science report. She falls asleep and dreams that she swallows herself! Emily Enzyme takes Lulu on an “incredible digestible” tour, first through the small intestine, where Lulu meets Abby Acidophilus and dances the Acidophilus Hula. In the colon, Lulu meets Benny Bifidus, the King of Poo, who tells her, “Here we are – we all work together. If you take care of us – we’ll help you forever!” (song: “Do the Acidophilus Hula!” on http://janmaxcon.com/)

    Condon’s second book, Lulu How Do You? (How Do You What? Be Good to Your Gut!) is a graphic novel suitable for children 8 years old and up that builds upon the concepts from the first book. Lulu How Do You? follows Lulu on another adventure during which she asks the digestive organs and microbes about their favorite and least favorite foods — and why. It’s a lesson about the effects that sugar and toxins can have on the body.

    Both stories are brought to life through brilliant and playful illustrations by Steve Ferchaud and Chris Ficken. With glossaries and pronunciation guides, Condon’s books are as educational as they are entertaining and aim to increase awareness from a young age about the importance of our gut microbiome and making healthy food choices.

    Ewww! Lulu Meets the King of Poo

    Publisher: Bowker

    ISBN-10: ‎ 1736960849

    ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1736960844

    Lulu How Do You? (How Do You What? Be Good to Your Gut!)

    Publisher: Bowker

    ISBN-10: ‎ 1736960822

    ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1736960820

    Both books are available from Amazon.com.

    About the Author

    Jan Maximov Condon is a part-time occupational therapist with a keen interest in nutrition for wellness. Her passion to share her important message about gut microbes came from personal experience: the overuse of antibiotics in childhood and the problems it led to. Condon and her husband, Frank, live in Chico, California, where they enjoy brisk, long walks, yoga and the joy of being alive. Condon is 81 years young and can still stand on her head!

    For more information, visit http://janmaxcon.com/, or connect with the author on Facebook or Instagram at Janslulubooks.


  • Children's Books

    Jamie Lee Hoffer Unveils Giggles & Stardust

    Award-Winning Artist, Teacher, Composer & Author Jamie Lee Hoffer Unveils Giggles & Stardust – Magical New Online Destination For Preschoolers Ready To Learn, Sing, Laugh, Share & Imagine

    Stream our entire Giggles and Stardust library ad free

    LOS ANGELES, NOVEMBER 1, 2022 – The screen lights up and you’re instantly transported to a magical place where colors are brighter, faces are friendlier, music is happier and the whole world is bigger and better than you ever imagined it could be. And, best of all, your host in this wondrous new destination is so instantly likable and trustworthy, you’re ready to follow her wherever her imagination – and yours – will take you.

    Welcome to GigglesandStardust.com, a brand-new online destination created by and starring a true Renaissance woman in the realm of child education – teacher, author, composer, illustrator, award-winning artist and loving Mom, Jamie Lee Hoffer.

    Featuring enchanting videos, original songs, book readings, colorful artwork, important life lessons, and a family of lovably unique puppets, Giggles and Stardust easily manages to be entirely contemporary while embracing the nostalgia of beloved childhood classics.


    Tipping its hat to the warm and loving sensibilities that made shows like “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and “Sesame Street” such timeless classics, GigglesandStardust.com stands in direct contrast to the overly slick, hyperkinetic children’s fare so prevalent today in favor of a thoroughly accessible environment designed not only to entertain young children but to educate them as well.

    On the new Giggles and Stardust site, for example, young children are invited to spend time with Jamie and her puppet pals – including Pickles, Aunt Gloria, Cody, Sequoia, Madison Dragonson and Wide Mouth Bullfrog – as they share music, stories, social interactions, and lessons about nature, creativity, and friendship. Highlights of the site also include jam-packed Giggle Time Episodes filled with captivating, learning-centric stories, art, dance, music, and adventures.

    Giggles and Stardust is a subscription-based site offering monthly, weekend or annual passes beginning at only $1.99 per month – making it an ideal gift for your own children or for family members, friends or co-workers with preschoolers in their lives.

  • Art,  Children's Books,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    ABCs of Beekeeping Spelled Out in Lively New Children’s Book

    Suburban beekeeper Justin Weiss aims to inspire the next generation of bee enthusiasts and environmentalists with his vibrantly illustrated new children’s book, B is for Beekeeping: An Alphabet Book.

    With concise, easy-to-understand language, such as “C is for comb,” and “H is for honey,” Weiss introduces young audiences to the ABCs of beekeeping and the critical role that honeybees play in the ecosystem.

    “Did you know one-third of the food we eat gets pollinated by honeybees?” asked Weiss, who started beekeeping a few years ago on a whim. “While at first I was afraid of handling honeybees, it turns out having thousands of them buzzing around is quite therapeutic. This hobby has lifted my spirits when I’ve most needed it, and I’ve enjoyed sharing it with my friends and family.”

    In B is for Beekeeping, Weiss uses each letter of the alphabet to teach a beekeeping term and idea, and each fascinating new fact is brought to life by a bright, playful illustration.

    Perfect for parents, grandparents and teachers, B is for Beekeeping intends to encourage children to explore the “un-bee-lievable” world around them and to respect some of the smallest, but mightiest, creatures.

    About the Author

    Justin Weiss is a husband, father and hobby beekeeper. He loves to explore the world with his family and try new foods.

    Born and raised in California, he currently lives outside of Dallas, Texas, on a small suburban homestead. He and his wife have a garden, keep bees, raise quail and chickens, and have an orange cat named Leo. He is fluent in Spanish, having also lived in Chile, Easter Island and Spain.

    Weiss serves his community as the assistant city manager and also as a board member for the local school district’s education foundation.

    It has always been a dream of his to publish a book — a special gift for his children that he hopes they will want to pass down one day, too.

    A portion of all sales of this book will be donated to organizations such as Pollinator Partnership, the Bee Conservancy and Project Apis m. For more information, visit www.bisforbeekeeping.com, or follow the author on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BeekeepingBook.

  • Art,  Books,  Children's Books,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego

    Hair: From Moptops to Mohicans, Afros to Cornrows by Katja Spitzer

    This delightfully informative and reaffirming celebration of hair through the ages not only explores the most outrageous hairstyles from across history, but also shows how hair is an important and powerful means of cultural expression no matter what your sex, age, or race.

    During the Rococo period, wealthy women tucked shells, necklaces, fruit, and flowers into their hair, which was styled into towers that reached as high as three feet over their heads. In 1970s London, young, disfranchised “punks” made themselves feel powerful by drawing on the 2,000-year-old Native American practice of shaving their heads except for a narrow strip from forehead to neck. These are just a couple of many fascinating moments of hair history whimsically illustrated in this book. Katja Spitzer’s colorful illustrations are presented in double-page spreads that offer an engaging description of a hair trend or style and its cultural and historic significance. Readers will learn why hair braiders in West Africa can spend an entire day working on one client; and how Black Americans signaled their opposition to racist laws and practices by not styling their naturally frizzy hair. Filled with important history and giggle-inducing facts, this wide-ranging book crosses cultures and oceans to offer an important lesson about self-expression that will encourage readers of all ages to let down their hair, and to let others do the same.

    • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Prestel Junior (September 13, 2022)
    • Language ‏ : ‎ English
    • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 40 pages
    • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 3791375288
    • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3791375281
    • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 – 7 years
    • Grade level ‏ : ‎ Kindergarten – 2
    • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
    • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.56 x 0.41 x 10.5 inches

    About the Author

    KATJA SPITZER is a Berlin based illustrator working for magazines and book publishers. The German edition of her book Hair! was longlisted for the World Illustrations Award 2021. Her many illustrations can be found on her website, www.katja-spitzer.de.
  • Art,  Children's Books,  Los Angeles,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    I Am Coco: The Life of Coco Chanel – by Isabel Pin

    Every girl dreams of a COCO Chanel handbag when she turns from a girl to a real lady. Same here, Chanel bag is a life goal to achieve when I can proof myself to be an independent woman. I know Chanel bag is so luxury, but the story of COCO Chanel is so legendary. No matter you are a fashionista or not, you know her name for sure. This book is the best way to tell you the life story of COCO Chanel. It is fun and cute with Isabel Pin’s lovely story-telling illustrations.

    This portrait of a fiercely independent creative thinker is filled with whimsical pictures and informative texts to depict the entire arc of Coco’s life and career, from schoolgirl rebel to haute couture icon.

    Young Gabrielle came from a poor family, was orphaned at age 12, and learned to sew in a convent school. She worked as a seamstress and sang in cabarets, where she was given the nickname Coco. This story—and the remarkable career that followed—is exuberantly told in Isabel Pin’s simple yet detailed illustrations. Young readers will learn about Coco’s beginnings as a hat designer, and how her earliest creations presaged the concept of sportswear.

    They’ll learn about her iconic designs—the little black dress, the impeccable suit, the squared-off perfume bottle, and the acclaimed logo. And they will learn how a freethinking young artist who freed women from the corsets and extravagant ornamentations of the early 20th century grew into a ferociously ambitious designer who staged her own comeback at the age of 70.

    Whether they are interested in the history of fashion, or looking for encouragement to pursue their own dreams, young readers will find this entertaining biography both fascinating and inspiring.

    About the Author

    ISABEL PIN is an award-winning illustrator who has published more than 40 books, received numerous awards, and was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2011 and 2012. Born in France, she lives in Berlin, Germany.

  • Children's Books

    When I’m An Entrepreneur books

    When I’m an Astronaut: Exciting New Picture Book Inspires Kids’ Dreams To Reach For The Stars

    Written to break career gender stereotypes, this third book in Samantha Pillay’s Inspirational Careers for Kids picture book series, ‘When I’m an Astronaut’  delights and informs as it offers youngsters a giant leap forward in their understanding of what it takes to be an astronaut

    Following on from her hugely successful When I’m A Doctor and When I’m An Entrepreneur books, Dr Samantha Pillay adds a third title in her Inspirational Careers for Kids series with the publication of When I’m an Astronaut.

    Written to break gender stereotypes, and to encourage youngsters to dream big and aim high, this immersive picture book is supported by an activity book, bursting with fun activities that delve deeper into what’s involved in being an astronaut, whilst stressing the importance of embracing STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, maths) in order to fulfil their dreams.

    And with NASA’s planned test launch of Artemis 1 scheduled for the end of this month (August 2022),When I’m an Astronaut is the perfect vehicle for learning more about what’s involved in taking those first small steps towards a career with NASA or another space agency or organisation.

    A gem of a book, parents and kids everywhere will have one request for Dr Samantha Pillay – please keep adding to this inspiring and transformative series.



    What does it take to be an astronaut?

    The simple images in this unique picture book allow children to ponder over the wonders of space while building their self-belief.

    Career gender stereotypes and self-efficacy start to form in early childhood. This book encourages children to Dream Big and Aim High.

    Find the references for the grown-up astronaut hidden within the images on the author’s website: https://bit.ly/3vVjkEv

    Expand your child’s imagination with the companion Activity Book.

    Read the other series titles:

    Book One: When I’m a Surgeon

    Book Two: When I’m an Entrepreneur


    The author says:                                                   

    “Maths and physics were my favourite subjects at school. I loved solving problems and could spend hours lost in thought. This was not work but pleasure. I would fall asleep and dream about equations and derivations.

    “Career gender stereotypes can be embedded by age seven, long before young girls make subject and career choices.

    “Reshaping our ideas about femininity, providing STEM role models and challenging stereotypes will help address the gender imbalance in STEM careers.”


    Applauded by those involved in the space sector, reviews include:

    “The influence of a book like this may be ‘one small step’ in a child’s development, but for some, it will also inspire them to take the next ‘giant leap’.”

    Andrew Thomas, NASA Astronaut (retired).


    “This one-of-a-kind book brilliantly displays accurate space travel that will spark imaginations, inspire dreams, and delight space lovers, young and old. Look closely at the illustrations for hidden insider details that encourage readers to ask questions and discover even more!”

    Andrea Boyd, International Space Station Flight Controller and Deputy of Astronaut Operations for European Space Agency


    Garnering five-star reviews from Amazon US readers, these include:

    “This beautiful picture book may be directed toward STEM education, but it will reach many others, too. It shows how work and inspiration can take a person toward their dream profession.” – Sunny Sue

    “What a great find! Dr. Samantha has done a great job creating a beautifully illustrated book to inspire children, especially young girls, to reach for the stars. When I’m an Astronaut: Dreaming is Believing, has vivid, detailed illustrations that make ME want to go back to school! She even throws in a little whimsy for the kids who love animals, and so clearly shows that realizing your dreams takes hard work and study. I can see her passion in the pages, and was quite amazed when I read her personal story (About the Author), to see how she also, has followed her dream.” – yellow

    “This story is simple but very beautiful and inspiring. The illustrations are also out of this world (pun intended). I got the kindle version but plan on getting the hardcover version for my daughters.”  – Teneil


    Independently published, When I’m an Astronaut is available in paperback (£10.99/$17.99) and Kindle format (£2.99/$3.99 or free via Kindle Unlimited) on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3Sx0mhf and on Amazon US at https://amzn.to/3Pfs3Id


    About the author:

    Samantha Pillay, a urological surgeon, is no stranger to overcoming adversity to achieve her goals. She was born with hip dysplasia and underwent several operations, spending about 18 months in hospital from age two to four years. She then started school in a wheelchair, taking years to learn to walk. She completed school age 16 and became the first female to complete urological surgical training in South Australia. In 2021 she published When I’m a Surgeon – Book One in the Inspirational Careers for Kids picture book series. Samantha aims to break career gender stereotypes and instil a belief in children that they can fulfil their dreams.