Author Feature

Christmas Stories to Read to the Little Ones

We’ve gone through Archway Publishing’s huge bookstore and picked out some Christmas books we thought you might like to read this holiday season! Leave a comment below if you read and enjoyed these books and let us know which Christmas books are your favorite. There are so many to choose from!

Angelo is only sixteen months old, but he is old enough to know that something is going on. There is excitement everywhere. Beautiful music, songs about joy and cheer fill the air. 602667_XLThere are mysterious bundles and boxes in all corners, and there is a beautiful tree covered in lights and colorful balls in his house. There’s magic in the air, and the adults keep calling it Christmas. What is Christmas?
Join Angelo as he experiences the events of Christmas with his family—the sights, sounds, food, and fun. He meets Santa Claus and sees the eighty-foot Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. And then on Christmas Day, he has lots of presents to open and play with, along with his family.

Bringing back memories of a child’s experiences of the holiday season, this children’s book recalls the joy and wonder of Christmas through the eyes of a toddler.

ResizeImageHandlerAt Christmas time, Steven—who is already dealing with a new home and school—sees only two presents for him under his grandmother’s Christmas tree. When he finally opens the gifts on Christmas morning, he is disappointed. Inside the boxes are only paper and a box of crayons. Unhappy, Steven runs to his bedroom. Even so, he feels bad for his grandmother and decides to draw her a picture for Christmas. But when the picture comes alive before his eyes, Steven can hardly believe his luck.

Now he can use the crayons to draw and transport himself into any adventure he can imagine! Steven first draws food, and then toys, and finally a land made of candy. As Steven creates one adventure after the other, he rides in a hot air balloon, becomes king of a village, and hikes in a jungle. Whenever he puts his crayons away, he returns back to his bed—safe and sound. But one night when Steven arrives home after yet another adventure, he sees a strange, orange light under his door. What could it be?

In this children’s tale, a little boy learns that people are more valuable than things when he uses his simple Christmas gifts for good.

ResizeImageHandler (1)In just a few short weeks, it will be Christmas. Every year, Chloe and her mommy and daddy go to a special gift store to do some shopping. It is an important tradition! The store is the place they go to pick out their yearly Christmas ornament, and it makes you feel like you are in a Christmas story yourself! This is no ordinary shopping trip.

Back at home, something magical happens to a box of Christmas ornaments when the full, bright December moon mixes with a magical snowfall. The ornaments come to life and start talking to each other. One of the ornaments learns a valuable lesson about bullying, and all of them learn about being respectful to each other.

With colorful illustrations, Enchanted Snowflakes narrates a Christmas story in which everyone learns about the gift of friendship and that everyone is important—everyone matters.

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Writing

4 Words to Unleash Your Creativity

Creativity is a very interesting and often debated topic. Is it something you are born with or something you can develop? Is it something that only happens when limitations are removed or is there a process you can follow to foster creative ideas?

Keith Ogorek, senior vice president of marketing for Author Solutions – which operates Archway Publishing for Simon & Schuster, shares 4 words that will help you unleash your creativity in his Indie Book Writers blog. In the post, Ogorek explains how 4 simple words can fuel your creativity.

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Publishing

Publishing Mumpkin the Pumpkin

From time to time, Archway Publishing turns over its blog to its authors, giving them the opportunity to share stories and perspectives about their individual self-publishing journeys. The following are the words of Abbey McCormack, author of “Mumpkin the Pumpkin.” Download the Archway Publishing free publishing guide for more information on our supported self-publishing services.

My publishing journey went a little like this:

Start children’s book.
Get hit by a car.
Heal.
Get pregnant.
Move to Japan.
Give birth.
Husband gets deployed.
Get pregnant again.
Lose a parent.
Give birth.
Husband gets deployed again.
Publish Mumpkin the Pumpkin.

A lot can happen that could derail you from your dreams. Don’t let it.

What would have happened if Steve Jobs decided that his ideas of intuitive technology were better left on the shelf?

What would the world be like had Mark Zuckerburg decided to focus on schoolwork rather than tinker around with his creation: The Facebook?

SKU-001042846Ok… a self-published children’s book about a little pumpkin without a mouth is no iPhone or technologically redeemed tower of Babel – but it is my Holy Grail.

For this creative scatterbrain to actually accomplish something is flippin’ miraculous. I was employed as a nanny when the idea of Mumpkin the Pumpkin came into my mind. The little girl in my care had a habit of naming things with words that rhymed (think: Pog the dog or Mig the pig). Well, one day she named the pumpkin we had spent the afternoon painting, Mumpkin. Ding! There it was.

“Hey what if there was a little pumpkin and someone forgot to carve out his mouth? He could go looking for the right mouth and it could teach kids about their emotions! Wouldn’t that be a cute idea for a kids’ book?”

And four short years later Mumpkin the Pumpkin was born.

I could have been derailed by any one of the life events that are listed above but with the constant nagging… I mean… encouragement of my husband I was gently nudged further and further toward the finish line.

I worked on and off throughout the years as time and life would allow. Then finally, Mumpkin was ready. The illustrations were completed. The words had been parsed for the last time. Now what?

Enter Archway Publishing.

All I had to do was sign some paperwork, submit my materials, a little tweak here, an edit there and Poof! All of the sudden this little pumpkin searching for his mouth – that only existed in my imagination – was now in physical form, ready to share with my friends and family all around the world.

Now my little Mumpkin is one of Archway Publishing’s bestsellers and I couldn’t be prouder of him… and myself. The funny thing about accomplishment is that it’s addictive. Once you attain your dream you realize that sheer will is the only thing needed to attain another.

Be patient. Life happens. Slow down and give attention to those things in life that need it – but be persistent. Don’t give up. The world needs people to chase their dreams and better yet – to catch them – and share them with us all.

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