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Award-Winning educational Children's Books and exciting chapter books for ages 8+

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Erin Go Bragh Publishing a small publisher of educational books for children and adults.

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God has blessed me with these talents and I want to share His gifts with others.

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Happy Trolls, Happy Friends

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

Hamilton Troll makes friends everywhere he goes. Do you know why? Is it… a) Because he’s happy? b) Because he talks to others? c) Because he asks questions? d) All of the above? You know the answer.  People like people who smile, who make them feel welcome. By talking with someone, you make yourself available. […]

Why is it that 2 wrongs don’t make a...

Why is it that 2 wrongs don’t make a right but 3 rights make a left?

  When traveling up north (I’m from Texas) I came across those crazy cloverleaf’s on the road. They are so completely confusing to us southerners who are used to simply making a left turn that I couldn’t wrap my head around them for the longest time. If you look at it from overhead, like from […]

It’s not Education if it’s Fun...

Education – acquiring knowledge through teaching and instruction. Enlightenment – giving or imparting knowledge by removing the dimness from one’s eyes or heart. These two definitions talk about gaining knowledge, the difference is the means to the end. Learning lessons, through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or […]

You can’t have a rainbow without a little ...

Life is hard. When it is easy, it seems that it is only the lull before the storm. Something will happen. Something will test you. Something will make you want to cry. Whatever it is, those tears need to be shed. Whether in silence at night when everyone is asleep or bawling and screaming in […]

Desire is the talent that makes new things...

Wanting something very badly does not automatically give you talent for it.   – I want to be a rockstar! – I want to be an actress! – I want to be a multi-million dollar business tycoon! What you want is only the beginning. It is what you do to get to that goal that […]

Stop waiting for life to start

The other night I woke up in a panic, out of breath, with thoughts of all of the things I needed to do, that were coming up, and I was looking forward to. From Christmas wrapping, shipping and giving, parties, dinners and events, to upcoming readings, tradeshows and work. Again I realized that all of […]

Do you ever worry about writers block?

Writers block can definitely be a problem. So can deadlines. How can you write something on a deadline, especially when you don’t know what to write about? This reminded me of those weekly journal reports we used to do back in high school.  For ten minutes we needed to write in our journals.  It could […]

I know I’m in my own little world, but the...

As a writer how many times have you thought this? The worlds I create, that I escape to are so cool! I am not me, boring little me. I am super-human, perfectness that everybody loves. I can do amazing things, I can kick-butt! I tell the students I talk to about writing: “Writing is magical! […]

Hamilton Troll’s Theme Song

Most of my close friends have heard this, either through Facebook, Linked-in or via an email newsletter but it occurred to me that there may be some who follow this blog who haven’t heard it yet. (Shame on me) Lyrics written in about 15 minutes after the initial line came to me on a Saturday […]

Starlit Troll’s duck is about to lan...

Hamilton Troll meets Starlit Troll Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

Surprise! Looking up to the sky watching ducks fly by, Hamilton sees something he has never seen before; another troll! Hamilton suddenly realizes he’s not the only troll in the world. Leaping at the chance to learn more, he begs Starlit to stay for a while then introduces her to all of his friends. The […]

Roman Numerals and Super Bowl XLIX

So I was watching the Super Bowl last night… for those who know me – they KNOW that would NEVER happen! But alas, I was invited to a Super Bowl party, so I studied up on football and went in ready to enjoy the game (and commercials and halftime show!). While watching the game I noticed […]

Ready to Meet Fiona the Dog?

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

Oh my! Things are going missing! Don’t believe me? Here are real live testimonials from a dog, a frog and a bunny. Enjoy! New Book Coming VERY soon!

Love – the Dreaded Four Letter Word

A number of months ago I was visiting with a librarian at an elementary school who admitted changing the word ‘love’ in “Hamilton Troll meets Pink Light Sprite” to ‘care for’.   “And when you are frightened think of me in the dew, and remember my friend that I do love you”  — …“and remember […]

Who’s going to win the race?

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

Yes – there is a winner AND a loser – but it’s HOW you play the game that really matters. This is an important life lesson every young child needs to learn. It may not be fun to lose but it is rewarding to be happy for the winner. In our latest book “Hamilton Troll […]

Remembering 9/11 from a Writers Perspectiv...

When I remember 9/11 – when I watch those scenes unfold as they replay in their compilation videos each year – I look at the faces of the people. I take in the trauma in the eyes of those walking stone statues covered in soot. I see the people running and feel their fear as they are terrified to turn around to see that billowing cloud of debris barreling towards them. I see the disorientation of the students standing next to President Bush, having smiled with excitement for this auspicious visit, only to hear a terrorist attack has taken place and not having a clue how to respond because even the teachers you look up to are flabbergasted.

Play the Find the Trolls Game

Count the Trolls Game Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

In our latest book “Hamilton Troll meets Starlit Troll” Hamilton learns he’s not the only troll in the world. In fact, there is even a game inside the latest book! Buy the book to play the game. www.HamiltonTroll.com –

Crazy an adjective for good

In 1570 the word crazy was used to describe someone who was diseased or sickly. In 1580 the word crazy described a person of unsound mind, or who was insane. Jump to today and crazy means cool or good. When did insane become cool? And let’s not forget about driving someone crazy. In the sixties, […]

You never know what’s in store – GRWC

What an interesting day! It started out before sunrise Saturday. I was drinking my first cup of coffee when the windows illuminated a brilliant pinkish red color – Uh oh, I thought. Red skies in the morning, sailors warning. My mother’s voice echoed in my head. This was a bad omen. Is this going to […]

How to Create/Publish Children’s Boo...

1. Write a Good Book This is such a ridiculous suggestion it may even be over-looked but the key to this statement is “Good” and not just good in your head but good for children.  What age group are you writing for? Have you read it to children in that age group and received a […]

Christian Messages in Pink Light Sprite

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

As someone young to the Christian faith (when I wrote Hamilton Troll meets Pink light Sprite) I was eager to take in Gods word.  Like a sponge I soaked up everything I could get, so I guess it makes sense that in my writing, some of that Word, would spill out. While it was never […]

I was interviewed by the Van Show!!

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books

This was so much fun! I felt like I was 5 years old again and my dream of meeting the muppets had finally come true! I LOVE educating children and I LOVE talking about my books! Hollywood here I come (hint, hint). Watch other great author interviews on their website: library.austintexas.gov/literature-live/van

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