Children Book Publishing

Children’s books are among the top selling books in the publishing business. It’s no wonder. Children have loved stories for thousands of years, passed down through the centuries by their parents. Haven’t you made up an entertaining tale for a child somewhere along the way?

Today, children’s story books have the most fantastic illustrations, with glitter, pop-ups and hologram effects which can certainly capture the attention of any child. Parents can’t resist these books and friends and family members love to give them as gifts to young children. So, the children’s book publishing market is booming.

In the not-too-distant past, the children’s book publishing industry was dominated by the big “houses” of publishing. With net technology, graphic design software and e-book compilers, you can start your own children’s book publishing company, offering both hard copy and electronic formats. If you’re really on a shoestring, start out with an e-book only format.

If you’re so lucky as to be both an artist and writer, you’ve got a lucrative, entertaining and soul-stretching online business venture just waiting out there. Enough of the starving artist!

If you’re not so gifted, the worst case scenario means you’ll need to hire a professional illustrator or graphic designer and an editor who can polish your story. If you’re not web-savvy, you’ll need a web designer as well to put your page up. If you think you’ve got the ideas that will appeal to your audience, your investment will be worthwhile.

One low budget advertising campaign that produces significant amounts of traffic to your site consists of articles pertaining to your product subject. For example, if you’re selling a children’s book telling the story of migrating whales encountering the joys and dangers of their journey, write an article targeted to educational sites. Write a piece that shows you’ve done your homework, have accurate facts and have a passion for your subject.

Your subtle advertisement is contained in your byline. “Mary Jones writes children’s books, specializing in animal stories and ancient myths. Mary’s books are widely admired for their accurate depictions…” You can see how you’ll garner attention from potential buyers with a simple article posted on article directories.

In this scenario, another effective marketing strategy would be to submit articles to newsletters pertaining to parenting, books or children’s education. Offer your article for free, the only condition being that a byline and link to your site be included.

The children’s book publishing industry is making a transition to the electronic and digital world, with all the magic the new technology offers in visual pleasure for children everywhere. If you’re looking for a home-based business that puts a little good in the world, think about children’s book publishing.

Buying Educational Toys

A baby starts learning at home by playing with familiar objects and exploring new ones. Children learn more during their early formative years by playing with educational toys. As children play with toys, they acquire new skills and improve their existing ones. This learning phase is vital for formal learning in the later stages of a child’s life. Many educational toys provide an enjoyable medium to learn effectively. It is important to buy educational toys after a careful assessment of what role it will play in educating your child

An educational toy can be anything that provides knowledge and develops skills for learning. Books, games, toys or animated movies are some examples of educational toys. A few toys that children enjoy are organic stuffed animals, dolls, block-games, cars and wooden toys. These toys are carefully designed and crafted to help shape young minds.

There are educational toys available on the market for all age groups. There are certain criteria to understand before buying any educational toy. The age of the child is of foremost importance. A one year old who is given blocks of numbers to play with will only shake or throw them, not understanding the potential for learning numbers. There is an orderly sequence of physiological and physical growth in children and educational toys have to be bought based on this sequence.

When children play, they are active and perform actions with their eyes, hands and bodies. They manipulate objects and often tend to explore the objects with all their senses. When a six-year-old child is given a set of trains, he starts assembling the track and the train, based on his perception of how a train looks. Without this opportunity to act on the toy, and to explore it with his senses, the learning process becomes restrictive.

There are many companies that advertise products through magazines, newspapers or television. The purchase of toys should be based on an assessment of their utility rather than their brand. A wise purchase can also be done after a personal survey of what is on the market, and by seeking advice from other parents or teachers who regularly buy educational toys.

My Alien Penfriend – Book Review – Children

My Alien Penfriend by Faiz Kermani is a fun and unique science fiction fantasy book about a young boy on earth and his pen-pal on another planet. After joining a youth group that connects people across the universe, the boys write letters to each other and send them through spacemail, a futuristic version of email. These letters are used for a majority of the story telling technique employed by Mr. Kermani.

Life on the planet Bartoch is about to undergo huge changes. Governments refusing the advice of a controversial scientist pay for this mistake with many lives and utter destruction of communities. Worry for his friend sets in during a communication shutdown with the planet and the depth of their friendship takes on a whole new meaning for both boys.

My Alien Penfriend is an interesting tale of two boys ranging in age from 11-15 who learn from each other by comparing differences and similarities of each other’s planets and in the process, they develop a strong intergalactic friendship that will last a lifetime.

Author Faiz Kermani is a scientist by trade, and My Alien Penfriend is his first children’s book. A fan of Roald Dahl, George Orwell and John Steinbeck, his style certainly reflects a love for space and children. This illustrated children’s book is tidy package at 94 pages and retails for under $12 (US).

Many parents may find themselves reminiscing about their own childhood pen-pals and the excitement they felt waiting for each letter. Educators can use the book to encourage pen-pal writing with youth in other countries and improve creative writing skills.

Author: Faiz Kermani
Publisher: Author House
ISBN: 1-4208-5860-2