Posts in category Education

Monopoly didn’t teach us right

I used to play Monopoly with a young friend of mine. He was actually very good. He would buy a property and immediately put a hotel on it that way he can get the largest amount of rent. I would buy a property and maybe put a house on it, that way I could get […]

San Marcos Daily Record Article About Me

I was so honored today to have seen this amazing article written about me and my children’s books. I just wanted to share it with everyone. This is a link to the PDF so you can read it… Local’s childrens books rally against bullying behavior

Troll Patrol – Stopping Bullies, Before Th...

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

PAWS for Friendship Canyon Lake, TX – Award-winning author, Kathleen J. Shields, releases her latest Hamilton Troll book with the objective of stopping bullies, before they start. In collaboration with local elementary school teachers, Shields’ has created the Troll Patrol with the goal of promoting “PAWS for Friendship”. The mission of “PAWS for Friendship” – […]

Start your own Troll Patrol

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

What is the Troll Patrol? Hamilton Troll realizes in our next book “Hamilton Troll meets Rudy Rat” (available July 4th) that there are some children out there that are ‘mean’ to others…. You see Rudy Rat wasn’t a very nice rat to the other children.  He didn’t know how to make friends so he took their […]

The book publishing snowman theory:

Book publishing is like a snowman – follow me here. To build a snowman you have to have the desire to get out in that freezing cold snow. You have to have the talent and patience to do the job. You have to be willing to learn or research the aspects you don’t know. You […]

Doing business without advertising is like...

I like this one: Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does. Steuart H. Britt I find that hilariously true… and yet, can not do anything about it.  When you don’t have the economic means to advertise your product(s) to […]

How to make a Great Book Cover (Self-Pub)

       You’ve written the book, yeah! You’ve edited the book, super! You are ready to publish the book, wahoo! But Wait! You need a book cover. If you are not a graphic designer like me, you may feel a bit overwhelmed.  You are creative with words, not pictures.  How do you begin? Where do you […]

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 […]

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do w...

What a great quote! Yes I like quotes – they are great inspirational writing starter topics – perfect for blogs – but this one is truly amazing… Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and environment had these words to encourage your efforts; “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and […]

Read. Get Smart. Make Good Choices. Become...

– The more you read, The more you know. The more you know, The smarter you grow. The smarter you grow, The stronger your voice When speaking your mind Or making a choice. – I saw this poster in an elementary school library and I LOVED IT! What a great message! Read – Get Smart […]

Bullying: What are the answers to the ques...

I did some major research for a children’s bullying story I was writing for the Hamilton Troll series and what wowed me were the statistics. The in-depth research that was done as to the various types of bullying, the various reasons bullies are created, the various reasons bullies attack, but the ‘how to stop the […]

When one door closes another one opens.

When one door closes another one opens. – Alexander Graham Bell Easy to say, hard to see.  How many people can see the open door next to the closed door? The door that was open moments ago, the one that we were heading towards, had the goal of walking through, had been anticipating the idea […]

I can’t afford to follow my dreams the bil...

Have you ever said this?  I know I have, on many, many occasions. When my husband was first trying to get me to start my own website business I couldn’t fathom working for myself. Waiting for someone to just happen by and give me money to create something for them. I grew up KNOWING that […]

Experience life through a writers eyes!

You see things and say “Why?”; but I dream things that never were and I say “Why not?” – George Bernard Shaw* That is how I write. Or at least how I used to write.  So many of my stories came from dreams (stories that I haven’t published yet) and a few that I have.  […]

Have Children Read Your Children’s Book Be...

A recent comment from a LinkedIn member reminded me of a story that I felt would be really great to share, especially for those authors who are self publishing and even more so for those thinking to print in bulk to save money. When I was first starting out, regarding self publishing, I was still […]

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 […]

Encouraging Children to Write

Award Winning Author Kathleen J Shields educational books hamilton troll

As a children’s book author, I have found it incredibly important to be active in schools as my audience is there 75% of the year.  Yet that being said, how do you make it worth the teacher’s time? One of the key things I like to do upon reading a book to the students is […]

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 […]

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