I have a new book in the works, that I can’t wait to share with you all! No Matter What I Love You - You Are My Sister, You Are My Brother will make its way into the world on Global Love Day: May 1, 2021.
For several reasons I opted back to self-publishing this one, including wanting to work with children’s champion Trevor Romain — his illustrations of real children from around the world are coming along magnificently. He is generously donating his proceeds from this book to the Botshibelo Orphanage/Children’s Home in South Africa. The message is both timely and timeless, and a blessing I want spoken over our children, and into our hearts and world NOW. You can pre-order your signed first edition copies.
I'll Hug You More arrived in January 2017, and is a perfect companion to I Love You More. It is also a flip book and shares all the times it's a good time for a HUG! Love and hugs are two of the greatest gifts we can give our children. It's being shown that a healthy sense of self-worth is created when children and people feel connected. When we take the time to read with our children it does a wonder of good, and they're never too young- even in utero! You're fostering a sense of connection, developing language and imagination, and you simply being present with them is the greatest gift of all!!
When I sign I Love You More, the message I write is "You are a magnificent gift to your family and the world! Always know how truly loved you are." I knew the message would make a great book, and the result was You Are a Gift to the World /The World is a Gift to You. My intention with this book is to encourage and empower our children to love themselves, one another and the planet we all call home!
You Are a Gift to the World is temporarily out of print, but you can order a copy with the child's name on the cover at www.PutMeIntheStory.com or find a gently used copy through a 3rd party seller. Reach out to me for other opportunities — especially if you are an educator. Sign up for our newsletter and receive a free digital version that you can share with your children or students. We would love to hear from you if you do!
When I introduce my books at schools for the first time many students ask which one is my favorite? I share that's like asking their mom, which child is her favorite--she'll tell you she doesn't have one. I Love You More will always be my first, You Are a Gift to the World is my second and I love it's message and that it's multi-cultural, I'll Hug You More is the toddler, and the one getting the most attention at the moment is No Matter What, I Love You. Like a mother loves all of her children, I love all my books! My mom jokes that she has grandchildren and “grand-books” and she’s excited there’s a new “grand-book” on the way!
I Love You More (ILYM) will always hold a very special place in my heart. It was an answer to a prayer, and the many ways this prayer affects my life and the lives of others continues to unfold. It's sold over 800,000 copies and counting, and is printed in Korea, Israel, Italy, China, Vietnam, and the Spanish board book version is available here in the US.
ILYM was written for my nephew Tyler. There was a lot going on in his world when he was young. After sending the book to print on 9/10/2001, the day before 9/11, I realized…
the message is meant for children of ALL AGES, so that we might know, that no matter what's going on in our lives, or the world around us, how truly loved we are.
I believe when people know they're loved, our natural, creative talents and genius shine through, and we are able to live our best and brightest lives! Keep in heart that YOU are a magnificent gift to your family and the world. Always know how truly loved and appreciated you are! Keep Shining!