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Dr. Seuss’

birthday, The National Education Association has designated March 1st as Read Across America day, celebrating its 16th year as a national event. On this day, everyone is encouraged to read a book or two. Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to all as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904. He has authored over 60 books, and some of his best known children’s books are The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? The vote is in and we officially agree here at DBR Books, that our all time favorite is Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss gave practical life’s lessons using rhymes and poetry! Dr. Seuss had a good way of imparting valuable lessons through his writing, and one of the advice that stood out for us is how he taught kids to handle indecisiveness. He advised that we should not get caught in ‘The Waiting Place’. This means that you should not wait around for something great to happen in your life; instead you should go out there and make something happen! Great advice! So, what are you waiting for? Do you have a mountain to conquer or an exam to take. Then get to it…don’t delay! In the words of Dr. Seuss, “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!” DBR Books looks forward to hearing all about your reading experience; share with us on our Blog, and on Twitter! 3


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Poetry Examiner, Leila Rose-Gordon is a poet at heart. Her ability to write a poem, even on a whim, is a true and rare talent. We had the opportunity to get from her the scoop about poetry and how it can help to educate our children. Here’s what she had to say: Why should parents and teachers introduce poetry at an early age? Poetry can help a child develop his/her artistic nature. I believe that poetry is an art form that teaches young and old to write, and to express their thoughts clearly. Poetry teaches patterns and rhythms, and is really a form of musical expression. To write poetry well you have to be musical at heart. Poetry teaches you the application of stanzas, as well as the utilization of various parts of speech to create meaning and convey thoughts, emotions, ideas and experiences. Usage of parts of speech such as similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia, and imagery are tools used by poets to capture and hold the attention of their readers. Poetry is a good way to introduce English language to infants (through the use of nursery rhymes), as well as those who are learning English as a second language. Poems that rhyme especially, assist the listener to develop an “ear” for music. Poetry teaches children good diction, and helps them to expand their vocabulary in a fun, nonthreatening way. It also teaches brevity and clarity of expression, and is fundamental for good letter writing. Embracing poetry in various forms adds depth to writing, sharpens the intellect, and broadens the imagination. Introduction to poetry can help children to become analytical at an early age, as it helps the writer to analyze their subject matter in depth. Poetry can help children to express themselves, as in the case of the Emma Lazarus story. We see that Emma Lazarus, in the story Liberty’s Voice by Erica Silverman, was a poet at heart, and she expressed her life experiences through poetry even from a young age. Personally, poetry has helped me to hone my skills as a writer, and has given me the ability to convey my thoughts to the reader using words that not only stir the emotions of the reader, but which also solicits a response. 6

The aesthetic of poetry, how does it help children understand simple facts of life? Poetry has the tendency to soften ones outlook on life, and allows the individual to become more sensitive and loving. Poetry involves all the senses. It can create intense emotions, and it can be an outlet to release anger and other pent up emotions. It makes you more aware of objects, your surroundings, life, people, and heightens the awareness of sights and sounds. Poetry also makes us aware that people express themselves in different ways and relate to happenings and events differently. It is a form of selfexpression, a personal interpretation of events and experiences; and has meaning and purpose. Poetry evokes change. It is transcendental.


What can we do to help our children become more exposed to poetry? Let children read a lot of poetry, in various styles and formats; poetry from ancient times, as well as modern and contemporary poems. Nursery rhymes are a fun way to learn poetry. Let them read the words of songs and hymns. Give children lots of opportunity to show their natural creativity. Let them write, draw, paint and sing freely, without judgment or censure. Let them keep diaries and journals so they can record on paper their responses to life’s experiences. These activities will help them to identify their passions early in life. Let’s take a look at Liberty’s Voice by Erica Silverman, to see how poetry helped shape the kind of individual Emma Lazarus later became.

iberty’s Voice: The Story of Emma Lazarus is written by award winning author Erica Silverman and illustrated by Stacy Schuett.

In Liberty’s Voice Erica Silverman, who is also a poet, tells the story of the life of Emma Lazarus, the famous NYC poet who was born in 1849, and became the ‘voice’ for immigrants who migrated to the United States. As a girl, Lazarus loved poetry and was mentored by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Her poems were inspired and provoked by the injustice and violence against Jews in Eastern Europe. She spoke against these atrocities in her poetry to raise world-wide awareness of Jewish oppression. 7

Liberty’s Voice introduces kids to one of New York City’s greatest sites, the Statue of Liberty, and will help them understand its historical background. The Statue of Liberty was given to America as a gift from France, and it was to be the monument immigrants would see as they come into the New York harbor for the first time. Conscious of this, Emma Lazarus wrote the poem, The New Colossus, in its honor, to express the migrants’ feelings of liberty and hope represented by the Statue of Liberty. She donated her poem to help raise funds for the construction of the pedestal on which the Statue would stand. The words of her sonnet The New Colossus, a 14 line poem, were so inspiring that later they were engraved on a bronze plaque and attached to the inner wall of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. The name of the book Liberty’s Voice is befitting, as if the words in Emma’s poem were commanded by Lady Liberty herself. This is a story of a girl who loved poetry, and how she used her talent to help and inspire others. The beautiful and captivating illustrations of Stacey Schuett, helps to bring the story and its events to life. There are several other books written by Erica Silverman, including her award winning Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa, and Raisel’s Riddle. These too are must reads. (Reviewed by Children’s Book Examiner) 

Book & Author: Liberty’s Voice by Erica Silverman

Hardcover: 32 pages

ISBN-10: 0525478590

For Ages: 6 to 8 ISBN-13: 978-0525478591

We see in Liberty’s Voice, that an early introduction and to poetry and with the right mentor, sparks amazing results. However, many adults fail to tap into their poetic nature because they were taught at an early age that poetry is something that is difficult to create or analyze. They erroneously concluded that poetry was something they could not do, and stifled their natural creativity. As a result they robbed themselves of a deeper, richer experience that comes from exploring our own natural responses to life. For example, to write our immediate and natural responses to things that appeal to our senses is to engage in poetic expression, and is something that young and old can enjoy doing. If you want your poetry (kid friendly poems) to be featured on Leila’s Poetry Examiner site, then click the link for more info. Poems must already be copyrighted. (NYC Poetry Examiner) 8

DBR ‘s WISHLIST books for February 2013! Why not make them yours too?

Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea

A Flower in the Snow by Tracey Corderoy

Bad Kitty School Daze by Nick Bruel

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Middle School My Brother is a Big Fat Liar by James Patterson

Big Nate Flips Out by Lincoln Peirce


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Watch Forgiveness Video on YouTube and meet the author on her Website

Charlene’s Interview with Book’s Examiner reviewed the newly released e-book In January we Forgiveness Never by Charlene Gutzmore in which she adeptly covers the issue of un-forgiveness and choosing to forgive. Now we have the wonderful opportunity to link with the author in an interview. Here’s what she had to say: 1. Are you a first time author? This is my first time writing a book and self-publishing it. However I have written a number of articles for church magazines and I have authored a couple of blogs. I also journal quite a bit and have over 20 journals 10

2. What inspired you to choose the concept of forgiveness as your subject matter to write about?

times than none, we choose unforgiveness. Forgiveness Never will help us realize that choosing to forgive, no matter how difficult and painful, is the right decision in all cases because it ends up freeing you, the forgiver, and who doesn't want to be free?

The inspiration came from my own struggles with forgiveness. Like every woman, I have had friends who have hurt me and told lies about me. I struggled with holding grudges and planning to make my "friends" pay for what they have done to me. Through all this I realized I was not happy and realized it stemmed from the un-forgiveness I had in my heart. The book the Gift of Forgiveness by Charles Stanley showed me what my problem was and I wrote all the friends I felt hurt me and told them I had forgiven them. I also asked them to forgive me for holding a grudge against them.

4. What would you like to accomplish with Forgiveness Never? I would like Forgiveness Never to be a handbook for all to use on their journey toward forgiveness. I would like churches, counselors, schools, reading groups and especially women to use it to better their lives as well as others

5. Is this the beginning of a selfempowerment series for adults?

I am not exempt from causing pain to others. I am fortunate to have been offered the gift of forgiveness and I know how it feels when someone no longer holds what you did to them against you. It is a good feeling, a burden lifted.

Yes, I am working toward other selfempowerment topics that I believe make us whole persons and fulfilled human beings.

6. What's your best advice to first time authors?

3. Tell me a little about Forgiveness Never.

My advice to first time authors is never ever give up on your dream to publish your own book and don't listen to the negativity around you. It will only defeat you and prevent you from becoming the person God wants you to become. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you and believe in you and tell you the truth in a positive way. Research your topic and be an expert in it. Know what you are writing about. It will make it more real and easier to write if you have some experience in topic about which you are writing.

Forgiveness Never is about the difficulties and struggles we go through on our journey toward forgiveness. A journey I believe we all must take if we are to be truly happy and fulfilled. When I was writing this book I had women in mind because I have a heart for the struggles we women go through. We have a heart and we want to forgive and do the right thing but at times when we think about the pain and hurt we have suffered, more 11

What if the person seated next to you was the last person you’d ever want to see!

The Woman on the Bus by Dawnette BlackwoodRhoomes, is a short story of a girl's (Melissa) unexpected encounter with a mysterious passenger and seat partner on a bus heading towards Rhode Island. "The bus buzzed to life as she watched a welldressed woman burst through the terminal door, obviously fearful she was too late. She had one piece of luggage, which she carried unsteadily on her shoulder as she lengthened her stride towards the bus door."

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That day when she boarded the bus, she entered Melissa's life. As they journeyed together, it became apparent that the woman on the bus was the last person Melissa wanted to meet! 

Title & Author: The Woman on the Bus by Dawnette Blackwood-Rhoomes

File Size: 98 KB Print Length: 13 pages

Publisher: DB-R Designs; 2 edition (June 2, 2011)

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Lending: Enabled


DBR Books is taking the plunge and we are reading outside our usual genre! Take a look at what we are reading now! The Best American Short Stories 2012 (Best American Series) by Tom Perrotta (Editor) and Heidi Pitlor (Series Editor) Book Cover Excerpt: The Best American Series® First, Best, and Best-Selling The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country’s finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume’s series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best twenty or so pieces to publish. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected — and most popular — of its kind. TOM PERROTTA is the author of six works of fiction, most recently The Leftovers, published to wide acclaim in September 2011. His novels Election and Little Children were made into award-winning movies. HEIDI PITLOR is a former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Her fiction has been published in Ploughshares, and she is the author of the novel The Birthdays. The Best American Short Stories 2012 includes: Nathan Englander, Mary Gaitskill, Roxane Gay, Jennifer Haigh, Steven Millhauser, Alice Munro, Lawrence Osborne, Eric Puchner, George Saunders, Kate Walbert, and others.



Goodreads Christian Romance Novel Giveaways

In keeping

with the Reading Challenge 2013, to read outside our usual genre, here is a genre which the average reader does not subscribe to - Christian Romance. Challenge yourself and choose any of the four Christian Romance novels listed here in the Goodreads Giveaway: 1. Tangerine Morning-Book Two of the Serenity Cove Series by Rita Garcia - 20 copies available for Giveaway! Giveaway runs from February 22 to March 10, 2013. 2. The Icecutter’s Daughter (Land of Shining Water, #1) by Tracie Peterson - 15 copies available for Giveaway! Giveaway runs from February 21 to March 5, 2013. 3. Love’s Journey Home by Kelly Irvin - 5 copies available for Giveaway! Giveaway runs February 9 to March 9, 2013. 4. Amberly by Mary E. Hall - 5 copies available for Giveaway! Giveaway runs from December 23, 2012 to March 23, 2013. Good luck with accomplishing your goal for the Reading Challenge 2013! See the rules and the four challenge levels listed on the next page, and enter the challenge! Log into your Goodreads account to win these great reads! Happy Reading! 15

2013 Reading Challenge Join in the FUN!

b00k r3vi3ws invites you to participate in its 2013 Reading Book Challenge! So you want to read books by authors you’ve never read before? Well here’s your chance to do it!

Then here's what you need to know about b00k r3vi3ws 2013 Reading Challenge: 1. Read as many books as possible, by authors that YOU haven't read before. 2. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. 3. Books read may be any form (audio, print, e-book). 4. The books can overlap with other reading challenges. 5. Post your links to your reviews each month to share with other participants. 6. The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013. Its never too late to Join In! Challenge Levels are: Amateur : Choose to read 1 - 10 New Authors Lover : Choose to read 11 - 20 New Authors Expert : Choose to read 20 - 25 New Authors Fanatic : Choose to read 25 or above New Authors To know more about this Reading Challenge and to join in with countless readers and authors, sign up for free on b00k r3vi3ws website and begin today! 16

Reading Challenge Books you might be interested in!


This Part of the Sky by Wendy Maragh-Taylor


The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult


The Chance by Karen Kingsbury


Hearts Bouquets by Craig, Cunningham, Hilton, Fromke, Schab, and Laine * Kindle edition 17


is a list of newly released books to keep your kids busy! These are now available in our local libraries nationwide or anywhere books are sold:

For Ages 8 to 12: 1. I Funny by James Patterson 2. The Second Spy by Jacqueline West 3. On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s by Barbara O’Connor 4. Potterwookiee (The Creature from My Closet) by Obert Skye

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For Ages 3 to 7: 5. Say What? by Angela DiTerlizzi 6. The Box by Axel Janssen 7. Miss Mingo and the Fire Drill by Jamie Harper

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