October 15, 2015
Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Top Book Award Recipients
SOUTH DAKOTA – Literary Classics announced its 2015 selection of top books for children and young adults today. Award recipients were selected from entries received from around the globe. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.
TOP HONORS BOOK AWARDS
Inspirational / Visionary – Picture Book – Gold, “A Story of Becoming”, Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D., illustrated by Belle Crow DuCray – Infinite Light Publishing
The 2015 Literary Classics book award recipients will be recognized during an awards presentation to be held on April 2, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A complete list, including links to Literary Classics’ reviews of all award winning books, may be found at clcawards.org.
Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses key elements found in well-crafted literature.
The Literary Classics judging committee is comprised of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing. To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at www.literaryclassicsawards.com.
“A Story of Becoming” can either be a meaningful and transformational tale right in keeping with Harry Potter and such, or it may just be a beautiful, enriching story, good to read for adults and children. Either way, it leaves you wondering whether some of those aboriginal voices who claim that plants such as trees are not only sentient, they say they are even MORE conscious than animals. While that is something hard to believe, even though one of our own famous poets wrote “I wonder about the trees” and whether or not they would have as much to say if they could pull up roots and walk away from their self-imposed lack of forward movement.
Be that as it may, and whether apple trees can cause transforming fruit to grow or not (some people of shamanic wisdom say so indeed and point to peculiar practices to do so), any kind treatment of any plant is to be commended. I myself, via watching my mother minister to the smallest blossoms with utter care and always preserving them as best she could, have inherited the peculiar gratefulness of plants. I once had a cabbage tree from a dead-seeming stump of cabbage I found in the fridge drawer with little roots that had sprouted and so, in the tradition of my mother, I planted it outdoors, only to inherit several “heads of cabbage” on its multiple branches. And I have an apple tree I rescued from a nursery with all its “arms” broken off. “She” (her name is Anna, which was the grandmother of Jesus) gives us fruits twice a year, is so full of blossoms that I worry about her, and sends out more love vibrations than the pope on Sunday, as they say.
Do apple trees do what the author says they do? Go read and decide for yourself.
– Regina Jensen, “Space of Love” Magazine
Sparkle And The Gift was given a lovely review in the current issue of Whole Life Magazine!
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Ayn Cates Sullivan is teaching the world how to harness colors for self-empowerment
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – (FEBRUARY 1, 2014) – In a world where so much is out of our control, award-winning author and speaker Ayn Cates Sullivan Ph.D., is mobilizing others to utilize the colors inside of them, as well as the colors in their surroundings, to improve self-empowerment and enhance their lives.
A practicing color-reader, Sullivan has committed her life to writing stories based on the experiences, transformations and relationships that connect and distinguish us all through colors. According to Sullivan, everyone has colors inside of them that are a reflection of each individual’s personality, mood and disposition, while the colors of one’s surroundings – even their clothing – can also send messages that can make-or-break how one relates to themselves and the world.
Colors, Sullivan has found, also transcend language, background, religion and even age – a fact that changed her and her now adult-daughter’s lives, as colors became the central theme behind the stories, Sullivan wrote and told her young daughter in a time when she was facing childhood bullying and having difficulties in school. Today those stories make up Sullivan’s vibrant and inspiring children’s books, the “Sparkle Series.”
Colors become an inspiring and guiding force in the “Sparkle Series” stories, which all feature the fairy-heroine Sparkle. Sparkle’s message in each story is based on Sullivan’s teaching that we are all perfect and complete just as we are. The “Sparkle Series” speaks to readers young and old, as Sullivan carefully and compassionately addresses adversity at all levels, from bullying and self-esteem, to making difficult choices and righteous decisions, that both children and adults face today.
Through her use and understanding of colors, Sullivan translates the ethereal existence of colors into a practical tool used for enhancing one’s own life everyday. And, Sullivan’s writing, speaking and teaching helps to provide her readers and listeners with simple, accessible ways of harnessing their best selves from the inside out.
“It’s as simple as knowing what colors to wear for different occasions to bring out your best self and desired results,” says Sullivan. “A simple pair of pink undies, a yellow scarf or a switching into a blue shirt instead of red, can have a great impact on enhancing your self-esteem, lifestyle, relationships and career, as well as how others perceive you,” Sullivan insists.
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More About Ayn Cates Sullivan
With a master’s degree in spiritual psychology and a doctorate in literature earned between Columbia University and King’s College London, Ayn has amassed a wealth of academic knowledge that perfectly complements her life’s passion and pursuit to help heal, strengthen and empower people all over the world. In addition to the “Sparkle Series,” Sullivan has written several non-fiction books for adults, based on her mission to raise the consciousness of humanity and support a new time of light activation amongst individuals and through the ever-connected world. Learn more at http://ayncatessullivan.com.
New review of Sparkle & The Light in Whole Life Magazine on page 30:
Sparkle and the Light Combats Bullying with Mindful Forgiveness
By Audrey LaBenz16/11/2013
When Ayn Cates Sullivan, who has a doctorate in literature, was told that her daughter Katherine couldn’t read, she was astonished. Katherine was already in fifth grade. She was being tormented by her fellow students and was deemed a remedial learner by the school system. How had this gone on for so long?
I pulled her out of school to try to find out what was going on. It turns out she had college-level I.Q. and college-level vocabulary. She was on the autism spectrum,” said Sullivan.
Inspired by 10 years of studying with a woman who was blind but could sense energy radiating from people’s bodies in the form of colored auras, Sullivan wrote stories that used colors to help her daughter understand herself and the world. In Sparkle and the Gift, a young girl’s mother tells her a fairytale about being one with the beauty of nature and the value of staying true to oneself.
Great Review by Emilee Summers on Readerviewskids.com
Sparkle & The Gift” by Ayn Cates Sullivan is a story about a girl named Sarah who pretends she is a HUE-man named Sparkle and that she is made of light. Her mother Alice asked Sarah to come outside and show her what she means by this.
As they are walking, Sarah explains that we are all made up of light and that the light is everyone’s friend but that people sometimes forget that. So she tells her mother she has an idea to help people remember to keep light close to them and include it in their lives. The mother and daughter continue walking as the mother asked the little girl if she would like to hear a story. The book then leads to the second story “The Gift.”
Alice, the mother, tells Sarah about a fairy named Kachina who lives with a tribe of nature fairies that tend to the forest. Kachina enjoyed flying with the hummingbirds and watching the older fairies work their magic but something was troubling her. The next day on one of her trips into the forest she meets up with her bird friend called Scrub. Scrub then follows Kachina as she discovers a manmade garden where she decides to help grow a beautiful flower only to be picked by Joseph, the owner of the garden. Kachina then discovers the true meaning of beauty as she understands why Joseph picked the flower and the reason for sharing it with a special person.
I loved the beautiful illustrations and the two stories lead into each other well. I would recommend “Sparkle & The Gift” by Ayn Cates Sullivan to kids who like art and magical stories about people caring about nature.
Wonderful Review for “Sparkle & The Gift”
“One day Sarah announces that her true name is Sparkle, and that she is a being of light and color. When she is said because people have forgotten their true natures, her mother tells her the story of a fairy named Kachina. Kachina loved to help the leaves unfurl and the flowers blossom. She heads out of the forest on an adventure, and encounters Joseph, a sad man who has lost touch with the spirits of nature. Kachina helps a beautiful rose blossom into a gift that helps Joseph and his wife remember their connection to the earth and all living things. The story is unusual and joyful, and the illustrations charming and unique. This enchanting book will be a treasured favorite for children and adults.”
This book is available on Amazon and signed copies can be purchased on www.infinitelightpublishing.com.
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Award-Winning Inspirational Author Tackles Bullying in New Children’s Book
“Stand up for yourself” or “Just tell an adult!” are the all too common responses given to children who suffer from bullying. Considering that 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, the rowdy and defensive antidote is doing little to curb the growing social epidemic. Ayn Cates Sullivan, Ph.D, the award-winning author behind the inspirational Sparkle series, offers a more compassionate response in her latest book in the series, Sparkle and the Light.
Sparkle and the Light is a spellbinding story-within-a-story which invites us to treat negative problems such as bullying with a conscious approach, lending compassion to both the victim and the bully, and reinforcing positive thinking, self-acceptance and living from a place of authenticity.
Ayn’s Sparkle series has won numerous awards including medals from the Los Angeles Book Festival, London Book Festival and Mom’s Choice Award, making her writing a favorite amongst moms and “children of all ages” alike. Ayn holds a master’s degrees in psychology and a master’s and doctorate in literature from Columbia University and King’s College London. She has has been featured in LA Splash, In Hollywood Magazine, Late Night Health, Sedona Talk Radio, The Maria Sanchez Show, and Ojai Valley News.
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The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named Sparkle & The Gift among the best in family-friendly literature, winning the gold award for both the myth, fantasy & legend, and New Age Children’s books.
March 20, 2013
Sparkle and the Gift is given the GOLD award of Excellence by the Mom’s Choice Awards!
March 18, 2013
Sparkle & The Gift in the Ojai Valley News, see B2 for full article:
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