Friday, May 22, 2015

Great Books for Young Readers


I wish this series had been around when I was a tween! Landry is a wonderful character – funny and insecure, sweet and sassy, good-hearted and likeable. Krysten Lindsay Hager gives Landry a fresh and genuine voice that makes these books as intimate as a conversation with a good friend. Young readers can identify with Landry and the ups and downs of her life. Fans of True Colors, the first book in the series, will enjoy catching up with Landry, her friends, her family, and her modeling career in Best Friends…Forever? Both e-books manage to be "clean" reads without getting dull or preachy, and that's not easy to do!

Get True Colors here.
Get Best Friends...Forever? here. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Now You're Cooking!

Milk-fed snails...ostrich stew...peas with leeks and cuttlefish...mmmmmm. Can you believe people used to cook up dishes like these? 

Read my guest post on the Hands-on-Books blog to learn more about old recipes -- and modern cooking fun for kids. Try out a special recipe from Now You're Cooking! Ten Short Stories with Recipes



These short stories cook up tales of friendship, fun, laughter, and food! Each story involves food or cooking and is followed by step-by-step kid-friendly recipes. Kitchen safety tips, general cooking instructions, a recipe index, and prayers for before and after meals are all included. Best for children ages 8-11. Available here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How old is...

... the oldest written recipe? Read my guest post on Hands-on-Books blog for the answer and for some fun cooking ideas for kids!  

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wonderful new novel!


 
      Kathy Cannon Wiechman brings history to life in Like a River – A Civil War Novel. The book is well researched, and the author's authentic detail and skillful writing draw readers into the realities of the times. Today's young readers can relate to the two main characters, Leander and Polly, but they seem to be genuine teenagers of their day, too. This powerful story of young people facing the horrors of war is captivating, moving, and inspiring!
        Get it here!



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Time's Almost Up!



Tick tock tick tock....Time's running out on my book giveaway! Enter to win a free copy of Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction, a faith-based resource designed to help you talk to young teens about sensitive subjects like modesty, depression, pornography, cyberbullying, and more.




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction by Diana R. Jenkins

Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction

by Diana R. Jenkins

Giveaway ends April 23, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to Win

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Don't Call Me a Bully!

One-third to one-half of teens have been bullied online, and just as many teens engage in cyberbullying others. Yet many cyberbullies don't view themselves as bullies at all. They think of, "bullying" as the "old-fashioned" kind of harassment -- upfront and personal. By comparison, their online behavior is no big deal. Harassing, teasing, threatening, or embarrassing someone on the internet or by cellphone is perceived as fun, funny, and inconsequential. And if somebody's feelings get hurt? Well, they probably deserved it!

Of course, cyberbullying is a big deal. The effects can be devastating to the victims, causing self-esteem issues, trouble in school, depression, and self-destructive behaviors like substance abuse and even suicide. Many kids would stop their bullying if they understood the consequences.

But how does a teen -- or anybody else -- know if their online activities have crossed the line into bullying? Here's part of a quiz from my book Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction. Even one "yes" answer can be a sign of cyberbullying:

Have you ever texted or posted rude comments or insults to or about anyone?
Have you ever forwarded photos, emails, texts, or anythng else someone wanted to keep private?
Have you ever posted something negative online that you would never say in person?

Need help talking to kids about sensitive issues like cyberbullying? I wrote Tackling Tough Topics to help you, and I'm giving away three free copies. Enter here:




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction by Diana R. Jenkins

Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction

by Diana R. Jenkins

Giveaway ends April 23, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to Win

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Book Giveaway!

I'm giving away three copies of my latest book, Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction. This is a faith-based resource designed to help caring adults talk to young teens about sensitive subjects like pornography, depression, modesty, cyberbullying, body image, and more. Each chapter uses fiction about contemporary teens as well as varied resource material (statistics, scripture, discussion questions, activities, etc.) to help teachers, catechists, and homeschoolers connect with kids and give them guidance. Enter below -- and please share!




Goodreads Book Giveaway

Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction by Diana R. Jenkins

Tackling Tough Topics with Faith and Fiction

by Diana R. Jenkins

Giveaway ends April 23, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to Win