I am ecstatic to announce that my book, Finding Ecohappiness: Fun Nature Activities to Help Your Kids Feel Happier and Calmer, was honored with a GOLD award from the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) Benjamin Franklin Award program.
In May, I traveled across the country to San Diego for the much-anticipated awards ceremony. I knew I was a finalist and could win silver or gold that evening. But when I heard the title of my book announced as the gold winner in the parenting category, it was the most incredible feeling ever!
Here are some review comments from the award judges:
“A focused and important book. So many parents don’t consider the life-long benefits of establishing a relationship with nature and all the options it provides. The suggestions are simple and doable and break down the myth that a relationship with nature means trips to national parks and arduous camping outings.”
“This book was a joy to read. As I read through the chapters, I found myself remembering instances from my life in which spending time in nature made all the difference. I felt a renewed sense of commitment to give my daughter as many experiences in nature as possible after reading this book.”
“The book is very well-written, and I did not find any grammatical errors. The structure is consistent throughout, with activity checklists and resource lists in each chapter. The various nature pictures included in the text give the reader a feeling of peace and reinforce the author’s message. The tone is scientific, which is appropriate for the subject matter.”
“The book cover is intriguing and piques the interest of the reader. The attention to detail of the colors radiates and the text and format make for excellent readability, and a conversation starter all in its own.”
“The images used are engaging to the reader and provide insight on what the book is going to be about and makes you want to look at the bubbles and join the fun on the cover. There is consistency from the front to back cover with text that is spaced and throughout the book, the interior appearance is appeasing to the eye.”
Learn more about IBPA’s annual Benjamin Franklin Award program.