Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Find Out How To Teach Your Children Values By Reading, "Alphabet of Honor"


In a society that often promotes values that many parents find unacceptable, mothers and fathers may struggle to find ways of teaching their children ethics and morals at an early age. 

In these instances, parents may want to read the book, Alphabet of Honor: The Children's Picture Book of Values by Ann Warkentin, to get some ideas of how to instill a clear sense of right and wrong into their children. 

Teachers may also want to use the examples in the book to generate discussion in their classroom about honor and integrity. 

Warkentin uses the letters of the alphabet and photos to open the lines of communication that create teachable moments. For instance, the letter "A," is connected to "Accept Responsibility." The picture shows a young girl whose facial expression indicates that something has happened to the toy that she is holding. Based on the photo, Warkentin asks her readers to consider the following questions: 

  • What do you think happened to the toy?
  • Is this girl in the photo the owner of the toy?
  • How would you feel if the toy were yours?
  • How could you accept responsibility?
  • Has this every happened to you?
  • How would you handle this? What would you do?

Monday, January 14, 2013

MANA Congratulates its 2013 Writers' Contest Winners!

The Winners of the MANA Sunrise Writers' Contest are the following:

First Prize: Richard S. Rose, author of Did You Ever Try to Melt a Lemon Drop? And Other Tales of Life Seen Through Rose-Colored Glasses. At no cost to the author, MANA will publish this work as an e-Book and hard copy and market the work. The cash prize is $500.

Second Prize: Carrie Mattern, author of It's All About Jane--A Novella. At no cost to the author, MANA will publish this work as an eBook and market the work. The cash prize is $250.

Third Prize: Sara Jamal, author of The American Experiment. Within a year's time, at no cost to the author, MANA will provide marketing services if this work is self-published or traditionally published. The cash prize is $150.

The winner of the MANA Passion for Poetry Poets Contest (Only one winner chosen):

The winner is Jessyca Matthews, author of Simply: A Collection of Poetry. At no cost to the poet, MANA will publish this work as an e-Book and hard copy and market the work. The cash prize is $350. Excerpts from Simply will be showcased throughout the 2013 year.

Again, congratulations to our winners. Also, MANA would like to thank all who entered the contests.

A time line for the debut of the publications will be announced at a later date.