Saturday, March 24, 2012

With recent events and sadness over the young teen Trayvon Martin. I began to think of the lyrics of the Jimmy Webb classic song: Let Brown Begin. They are posted below. Ponder. Tweet. Share. Love. Peace. xx

Jimmy Webb"s "When Can BROWN Begin"

To my mind it always seems a little strange
That people won't do the things
You know they ought to
Some folks say the world, it never gonna change
But in my heart I do believe
Those are the folks who guide to
Can't or for not to

The day turns bright and night turns wonderful
Twilight never really brings into an end
If white is right and black is beautiful,
Lord, tell me when can brown begin
Tell me, people, when can brown begin

Fire and water won't be mixed in, so they say
But I've seen the steamclouds
Floating high and free
Salt and pepper don't get in each other's way
No, they just cooked together
And when they don't agree, they just let each other be

The day turns bright and night turns wonderful
Twilight never really brings into an end
If white is right and black is beautiful,
Lord, tell me when can brown begin
Tell me, people, when can brown begin
(repeat til fade)
Thursday, March 22, 2012

Here a former graduate student from Touro College in the School of Education has her class show off their "Simple No-Sew Books with a Spine". This book-making activity and other project based learning crafts are in the "Paper, Scissors & Magic: How to Get Your Kids to LOVE Books". Enjoy.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Contact: Wayland Timme
Telephone: 212-685-8632


New book from Elaine Nikolakakos, Ed.D., and from award-winning author Timothy D. Bellavia, on the Sage Book imprint

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Combining America’s infatuation with singing contests and the recent disturbing trend in school bullying, “Dasha, Priscilla and the Talent Show” is a picture book for children aged 4-8 that stresses the importance of self-confidence in helping to overcome discouragement and teasing.

The book, with text by Elaine Nikolakakos and Timothy D. Bellavia and illustrations by Bellavia, is published by the T.I.M.M.-E. Company, Inc. in New York. An acronym for “Tolerance In Multi-Media Education,” the company was created by Bellavia as a way to promote peace, tolerance and acceptance for our common humanity.

The company’s publishing history began with the first book, “We Are All the Same Inside” (2000), which featured the character Sage. The book was cross-promoted with a doll-making curriculum. Bellavia has continued to offer the workshops worldwide ever since, including an appearance with the Anti-Defamation League and the We Are Family Foundation at the United Nations in 2003. A tenth anniversary commemorative edition (also in Spanish and French) came out in 2010. Dasha and Priscilla are characters from the first book.
Since 2000, Bellavia has published ten more books. Only one, “Pieces of Ice: An Autobiographical, Tell-All, Picture Book” (2009), was aimed at adults—the story of his own overcoming being “different” and being bullied. Bellavia says, “… As an educator, I am relieved that there is the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) in the state of New York, which is basically protecting any student from persistent teasing, harassment or bullying.”

Nikolakakos, a former New York City Assistant Principal with a doctoral degree in education leadership, heads a graduate literacy program and has spent over thirty years promoting literacy education, from kindergarten to college. “All children have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, and caring environment,” she says. “It is my hope that this book will gently promote tolerance and acceptance in our society.
“Dasha, Priscilla and the Talent Show” is available at all major online retailers. For more information, go to or Call 212-685-8632 above to make an appointment to speak with one of the authors or to arrange to have a workshop come to your educational facility.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

We are pleased to share that Sherlie Matthews's new book -- "Half as Much" is NOW available. Sherlie Matthews, carved out a decades-long career as a singer, record producer and songwriter working with the likes of GOLD and PLATINUM recording artists and dozens more household names from the pop music pantheon, from Motown Records and beyond. The versatile vocalist has also been heard on the theme songs for the film “Mahogany” and the classic television shows “Wonder Woman” and “The Wonder Years.” At Motown, she was known as the go-to gal for pitch!

Matthews teamed up with the T.I.M.M.-E. (Tolerance in Multi Media Education) Company for “We Are All The Same Inside: 10th Anniversary Commemorative Single” and DVD, “The Inside Story” a few years back.

Now, you can purchase Sherlie's ebook from Amazon or Kobo:
Sunday, March 11, 2012

We are happy that the latest WAATSI /Sage picture book, "Dasha, Priscilla and the Talent Show" is riding the charts at #6!

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