Atlantis Rising & other family-friendly book collections from author T.A. Barron {review & giveaway}

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TA Barron Atlantis Rising
Photo of the author reading with kids via T.A. Barron's photo stream on Flickr.

As a kid, I loved going to the public library after school, our town's library was just a few blocks down from my grade school.  I can still remember walking through those big wooden doors, pausing only long enough to take in the scent of what must have been millions of worn pages, and immediately feeling at peace.

Personally, getting lost in a book was my escape from the stresses of being a kid.  Today, I believe that reading helps us (kids and adults, alike) to understand a little more about the realities of the world we live in, which perhaps can help to improve our minds, as well.

It's sort of the same feeling I get when reading some of my favorite blogs.

It is my honor and privilege to introduce you to author T.A. Barron, a writer of books for young people (ages 6 through 16) and father to 5 kids...enough said.  I am also thrilled to be able to share a wonderful assortment of his books with one of our online friends, just in time for the holidaze.

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A Gift From The Heart: I Love You More

I_love_you_more72rgb_2_4 Are you one of about a gazillion (yes, it's a word!) people who use the phrase, "I love you," everyday?  Are you part of that magical giving and receiving of love?  Have you heard of the Hippie Bald Chick? No? Wait, which one?

No matter, let me start by telling you a little about Author Laura Duksta (a.k.a. "The Bald Chick") and Illustrator, Karen Kessler who earned the nickname "Hippie" from her love for people and the planet.

The Bald Chick? Well, quoting Laura directly from her website:

"The first thing most people notice about me is my head. At the age of 11, I lost all of my hair to a 'disease' called Alopecia Areata. Besides having no hair, I am perfectly healthy. This is a condition that affects about 5 million people in America and 1.7 percent of the total population. It's not been an easy journey, though it's one that I am eternally grateful for."

After 19 years of wearing wigs, Laura made a decision on her 30th birthday to throw a coming out party as "The Bad Chick."

Her mission is to share her story so that others might see that no matter what challenges they are facing, anything is possible with love.  She is now fulfilling this mission with her book, I Love You More.

Well, quoting from the letter I received from their publicity manager:

"Once opened, I Love You More is a gorgeous and touching combination of heartfelt message, rhyme and rhythm and child-like illustrations.  Its cleverly conceived flip story, which ends in the middle and starts from either side, will show you what love looks like from both a parent's and a child's perspective."

Upon receiving a copy of the book in the mail, I was instantly drawn to its beautifully illustrated cover (being child-like and all) of a woman, holding a child, with their arms wrapped tightly around each other, and placed the book aside to read with my 6-year-old, later.

Much later.

"What's this?"

We had just finished chasing our 4 children off to bed (read:  on our last nerve and having given our final warning) and I was trying to clean something very, very sticky off the kitchen table.

"Oh, it's a book I was going to read with Mini-Me at bedtime."

Whenever, she finishes brushing her teeth...that is.

"What's it about?"

Well, quoting Mini-Me's response with a toothbrush in her mouth:

"It's about a mommy...who says she wuvs her baby more dan any-fing...and den da baby gwo-ohs up...wuving her know, Daddy...just wike our mommy...except, she's your wife!"

Yes, she gets it and so should you!

In the meantime, I'd like to personally thank "Hippie and The Bald Chick" for reminding my husband Garth (not his real name, either) and me to go ahead and tell our children, "I love more!"

Even if it is, you know, way passed their bedtime.

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Disclosure: No payment, service or product, other than a complimentary book to facilitate this review, was received for this blog post.

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