Books for Kids after an Epilepsy Diagnosis


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One of my daughter’s friends was recently diagnosed with Epilepsy. It is a condition of the brain which causes seizures. They are still completing testing and trying medications to control the seizures, and as you can guess, they have many questions. Most of the resources that are available to them are for adults. They contain scientifically researched and valuable information, but it is eons above the reading and comprehension level of an elementary school student.

I was very happy to be able to recommend Karen’s Epilepsy to this family. At an age appropriate level, it answers questions in a reassuring way as the main character moves to a new town and school and begins making friends.

Currently more than 2 million people in the United States and 65 million people around the world live with Epilepsy. More than 150,000 will be diagnosed every year in the US alone. Learn more from the Epilepsy Foundation.

If you know a child who has Epilepsy, this is a wonderful book written by an author whose own Epilepsy was diagnosed when she was 12. At that age, she couldn’t find any books that pertained to her class of seizures, so she wrote her own. Later, she attended medical school and became a primary care physician. Learn more about author Elizabeth Baltaro here.

karen-480x600Karen’s Epilepsy by Elizabeth Baltaro:

Written and illustrated by a high school student with epilepsy, Karen’s Epilepsy is a 28-page story about a girl with complex-partial seizures. When Karen’s family moves to a new city, she wonders if her new classmates will befriend her despite her differences. Karen struggles with her own self-acceptance until something unexpected happens. Written with elementary school students in mind, this heart-warming story speaks to both children and adults. With reassuring words and pictures Baltaro communicates a hopeful message of friendship, confidence, and determination.


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Cousin Time – Family Time – Books about Families


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We spent time recently at our in-laws house. Between cooking, donut runs, soccer, hiking and Foosball tournaments, there was still time to catch up on family news and events. This year, fortunately most of the news was good. But it isn’t always that way.

Other years there have been more difficult subjects to discuss. You know. The kind that make everyone feel rotten. Every family has them. Whether it is taking Grandma’s car keys away, moving someone to assisted living who doesn’t want to go, money trouble, addiction interventions or unexpected health trouble: these are the kind of conversations that are so hard.

Families in fiction offer many opportunities for drama and conflict as they resolve their issues. If you enjoy reading about other families and seeing how their disagreements work themselves out, here is a list of books that I recommend from BQB Publishing:


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New Releases – Spring into these Non-Fiction Books


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WriteLife Publishing is proud to announce our spring line-up. These non-fiction releases are written by experts in their field and we hope you enjoy the selections. View all WriteLife Publishing books at this link.

over50-196x300Over 50 and Motivated – A Job Search Book for Job Seekers Over 50 by Brian E. Howard

It happened. It may have been a surprise, or it could have been anticipated, but at this point, what does it matter? You lost your job. Or, the frustrations at your current job have hit the boiling point. You just can’t take it anymore!

In either case, change is inevitable. But, you’re over the age of 50 and intellectually or intuitively you know your age could be a factor in your job search. . .and, you are right. There are age-related biases that exist in the job market that will work against you. According to government statistics, job seekers over 50 encounter more difficulty in getting new jobs and suffer notably longer unemployment than their younger counterparts. But these statistics do not have to apply to you!

First, immediately stop with the worry and negative thinking. You’re in a better position than you think. There are employers out there that not only will hire you, they are looking for you! The key is to find them, sell them on you, and get them to hire you. It’s not as hard as you may think.

In the Over 50 and Motivated book, Brian Howard will teach you a systematic approach for conducting a real-world job search based on years of frontline recruiting experience helping thousands of tenured job seekers just like you. He will teach you how to effectively conduct a job search in today’s job market and techniques to successfully combat age biases. He will show you how to get job offers and your next fulfilling career position!

This book is available for pre-order now and will release on April 1, 2017.

workbook-240x300The Motivated Job Search Workbook by Brian E. Howard

Job search expert, Brian E. Howard, has been helping job seekers for over 25 years. From that depth of experience, Brian wrote The Motivated Job Search Workbook, which contains thought-provoking questions and exercises that correlate directly with Brian’s job search books: The Motivated Job Search and Over 50 and Motivated.

Conducting a job search can be a daunting task, especially if that job search was put upon you unexpectedly. Thoughts and questions like where to start, what to do, how to deal with feelings, and where to go for information, among so many others, can quickly overwhelm you and deflate your confidence. This workbook, used with The Motivated Job Search or Over 50 and Motivated will get you through it! It will lead you to your next job!

With plenty of writing space, The Motivated Job Search Workbook, takes you through the step-by-step process of a motivated job search. The questions and exercises are simple but will make you think about yourself, your professional value proposition, your successes, your brand, and all of the practical action items you must do to successfully execute a job search. Written as a comprehensive workbook for the entire job search process, it will keep you organized, keep you thinking, and keep you motivated!

This book is available for pre-order now and will release on April 1, 2017.

architect-200x300Be the Architect of Your Life: Design, Build & Start Living a Life Inspired by Karen Otis

In our modern world, so many people are battling unhappiness and dissatisfaction in their lives. Karen Otis, architect and author, delivers a groundbreaking new approach to designing and re-building your life with the creative ingenuity she has used in architecture for decades. By extending her “Architectural Method” to life-building, she reveals a completely new way of thinking where the results are profound, unexpected, life-changing, and transformational. Otis shows you how to take the architectural method of creativity and decision making and project it onto your own life to find direction and fluidity to spiritually “awaken your soul” to a life rich in inspiration and joy.

Whether you are unhappy or unfulfilled with your personal life, your relationships, or your career, this Method holds the answers to change all that. Her eight steps and thoughtful exercises unleash your power to take the mundane and make it meaningful; the expected, and make it memorable. Rather than r-e-a-c-t-i-n-g to life, you can begin c-r-e-a-t-i-n-g your life.

This book is available for pre-order now and will release on April 1, 2017.

ready-200x300Ready, Fire, Aim! – An Immigrant’s Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror by Charles Ota Heller

Under the best conditions, being an entrepreneur can be filled with anxiety and trepidation. Throw in some challenging circumstances, and trepidation turns to downright terror. Charles Ota Heller is a Holocaust survivor who arrived in the US as a penniless thirteen-year-old who spoke two words of English. Exhibiting strength, persistence, and determination, he earned an athletic scholarship to college and obtained three degrees in engineering. He became an academic at the cutting edge of new computer technology and was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug.

Over the next twenty years as CEO of technology companies and an additional twenty as an investor in, and mentor of, startup companies, Charlie experienced the joys, successes, failures, and terrors of entrepreneurship. When the FBI attempted to shut down his company on a trumped-up charge, memories of World War II and the Gestapo filled him with the terror of uncertainty. He was betrayed by a member of his management team and was deposed from leadership of the company he founded. Then he discovered that his partner in a venture capital fund was dishonest and Charlie had to fight to maintain his own reputation.

Ready, Fire, Aim is the story of his riveting journey, told as a powerful, candid, engrossing adventure that will not only entertain but will leave present and budding entrepreneurs with valuable takeaways.

This book is available for pre-order now and will release on June 1, 2017.

All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available on Amazon, B&N, or can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore.