How HumaneEducator.com Uses WCY Children’s Books in Its Educational Programs

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Humane Educator Debbie Gladwin with “Slow Moe”, by April Pedersen

Who Chains You Books loves to feature humane educators using our books in their programs. We asked Debbie Gladwin, founder of HumaneEducator.com, about her work for the animals and children, and how she finds our books useful. Here’s what she told us:

As a Certified Humane Education Specialist, I am always on the hunt for books with a humane education theme. At HumaneEducator.com, we often use animal themed literature. There is a unique bond between young people and animals that helps us to communicate empathy, compassion and respect for other living beings.

In our Bella’s Backyard Buddies program, we use many of the books published by Who Chains You Publishing. Books like Happy Dog: From Chained to Cherished, Sloe Moe: A Snail Tale and Doodle Bugs Second Chance are a part or our literature curriculum. They are perfect for read-alouds and compassion circle discussions. We have created art projects, writing activities, puzzles and games…all based on these animal-themed books.

We’ve created a body of curriculum based in part on the books and use them in a variety of environments like classrooms, after school programs, and service learning projects. These books make it easy for us to create activities that meet state academic standards and can easily be blended into an existing curriculum.

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Debbie’s rescue pups waiting for their bedtime story!

They are also great for family time reading at home. I’ve been known to read these books to my own rescue dogs!

What I love about Who Chains You Books as part of our program is watching the faces of the audience of young people light up as they listen to the stories of compassion and caring. They want to help.

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We love that the heroes and heroines of these inspirational books are compassionate and respectful activists who are role models for the young people we teach. We also love that the stories are about all kinds of animals…dogs, cats, horses…but goats, pigs, rats, mice, snails and birds too!

At HumaneEducator.com, we strive to provide young people with opportunities to develop critical thinking skills that will help them to make informed lifestyle choices. We help them to understand critical issues like animal abuse in a way that will help them to see that they can be a part of the solution instead of the problem.

Located in central Oklahoma, our mission is to empower students to understand the effect that their actions have on other people, animals and the environment. We give them the tools and skills they’ll need to make responsible lifestyle choices. In addition, we provide parent/caregiver training that empowers them to help the children in their lives to live with kindness, empathy and compassion. We partner with schools and individual educators to enable them to incorporate humane education principles into their existing academic curriculum and school culture.

Currently, we have three projects—Bella’s Backyard Buddies is our humane education literacy program. HumaneEducator.com is our character education program and BullyCrisis.com is our program designed to empower kids to be upstanders against bullying.

When I am not creating curriculum, searching for new ideas or attending events, I love spending time with my husband and three rescue fur babies. Charlie and Bella are my two senior dogs and Catboy is my senior cat who were all rescued while we were living in Southern California. My personal life goal is to partner with people, especially children, to help them to discover their own skills and talents and how they can use them to live socially responsible lives.

If you are interested in further information about our humane education programs, please contact us at any one of our websites: HumanEducator.com, BellasBackyardBuddies.com or BullyCrisis.com.

—Debbie Gladwin, founder, humaneeducator.com

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P.S. We LOVE working with humane educators! We’ve created some amazing books—featuring animals and issues that haven’t been addressed elsewhere—but we partner with those doing the work in the field to bring the animals’ voices to the children. That’s why we always offer wholesale discounts for humane educators and nonprofits. Check out our program for humane educators here, http://whochainsyou.com/humane-ed.html, and drop us a line if you have other ideas for projects we can do together at info@whochainsyou.com.

 

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Today’s Book Prize—Bravo’s Freedom, Tackling Both Animal and Environmental Issues

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We Welcome You to Wednesday with Today’s FREE Book!

We’re on Day 8 of our 31-Book Giveaway to Celebrate Who Chains You Publishing’s 2nd Anniversary, with a children’s book that tackles not only animal rights issues, but also environmental concerns. 

Today’s Prize? Bravo’s Freedom, by Samantha Riggi.

How Do You Win It? Just click on our promo image (above), or click here, to bring you to our page. Then let us know you want it in our comment section. Easy peasy!

The contest will run all day Aug. 8th, and we’ll select a random winner at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, August 9th.

Spread the word and join in the fun! Bravo’s Freedom is available in paperback, kindle, and audiobook, and is great for humane education, too.

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View the book trailer:

About the Book:

bravoscoverlo-dropIn Bravo’s Freedom, fifteen year old Gabriel is chosen by his village to travel to Old Guinea, where he must face the rulers to stop them from destroying the planet.

With the impacts of global warming in full effect, Gabriel leaves his village with evidence that there is still time to reverse the damage and repair the planet. Will the rulers of Old Guinea listen to what Gabriel has to say, or will Gabriel and his new friend Bravo get locked away forever?

Bravo’s Freedom makes a wonderful classroom addition for environmental and humane education studies, and is perfect for ages 8 and up.

Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle | Buy Audiobook | Watch Trailer

About the Author:

Samantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She is the author of Bravo’s Freedom, The Returned: Chewy’s Story, and Wesley Reese: Fourth Grade Hero.

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We offer wholesale pricing to humane educators, nonprofits, and indie bookstores. Find out more, and raise funds or educate society with our books today!

Need a Teacher Gift? 26 Books for Classroom Use in Animal, Family, and Environmental Education

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It’s that time of year when students love to bring a beloved teacher an end of year gift. With budget crunches and classroom cuts, many teachers across the U.S. find themselves spending way too much out of pocket for books and other materials to educate the students.

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That’s why books always make a great teacher gift, and Who Chains You Publishing and our Crescent Renewal Imprint offer 26 books perfect for classroom reading, reaching students from pre-school through middle school.

Pre-K teachers will love titles like Nana’s Banana, Happy Dog Coloring Book, What’s in the Corner, and Went Out to Get A Donut, Came Home with a Muffin.

Browse all our great titles for animal lovers on our book page here: http://www.whochainsyou.com/books.html

Browse all our excellent Crescent Renewal Imprint titles here: http://www.whochainsyou.com/crescentrenewal.html

Grade school teachers could share all of the above PLUS so many more—with a plethora of books that advocate for the animals, the environment, anti-bullying, and education!

Browse all our great titles for animal lovers on our book page here: http://www.whochainsyou.com/books.html

Browse all our excellent Crescent Renewal Imprint titles here: http://www.whochainsyou.com/crescentrenewal.html

Middle school teachers can share many of the above, plus more, such as Rescue Smiles, The Listener’s Tale, and The Shapeshifter’s Tale. And finally, high school teachers will love the YA Paranormal offerings of The Chained Gods Series.

Know that your teacher’s an animal lover and an avid reader? She/he would love one of our adult books in both fiction and non-fiction encompassing animals and society issues surrounding the care and treatment of animals.

Browse all our great titles for animal lovers on our book page here: http://www.whochainsyou.com/books.html

Browse all our excellent Crescent Renewal Imprint titles here: http://www.whochainsyou.com/crescentrenewal.html

Who Chains You Publishing would like to thank the teachers for another great year of giving the gift of education to your students. We know the work can be heartbreaking, but the effort you put in is appreciated by so many. Thank you!

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Our Authors & Their Animal Families: Samantha Riggi and Saki, a Katrina Dog

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Saki’s Story

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IMG_0261I grew up having pets and have always been an animal lover.  My husband and I married in July of 2005, and were living in the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago.

We had just bought our first place—a loft in an old globe factory with high ceilings, exposed brick and a fabulous view of the skyline.

In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. Prior to the hurricane, we had talked about getting a dog and had heard about a no-kill rescue called PAWS (Pets Are Worth Saving) Chicago.

We loved the message that PAWS sent about no-kill communities, and we knew we wanted to go through their organization to adopt. PAWS was a huge part of the rescue efforts after Katrina, and that is how our first dog made her way to Chicago.  

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When we first brought Saki (aka Wilma) home, she was nervous about everything!  Being a Hurricane Katrina survivor, she’d had a traumatic start to life, so it was understandable. She didn’t want to get in the car or the elevator, she was scared by someone pushing a stroller down the street, and she often peed on the floor when friends stopped by.

The first time we left her in her crate with a brand new fluffy bed, we came home to find it completely gutted, and the crate filled with stuffing.

Saki was truly our first “baby” though, and we didn’t mind helping her overcome her fears.  We planned our weekends around trips to the dog park and walks in our neighborhood. We spent our evenings watching movies with her on the couch and even brought her on vacation with us. Saki became a regular at doggy daycare when we went to work, and quickly made friends with other dogs in our building. Slowly, her fears became less and less—though she steadfastly refused to go out onto our fourth floor balcony.

FullSizeRender (2)Since then, our family has grown and Saki has grown right along with our changing family dynamic.  We now live in the suburbs, and have three young kids who love her very much.

Saki has contributed to our lives in so many ways. As newlyweds, adopting Saki helped us feel like a family. As young parents, she has helped our kids learn how to care for others, become responsible pet guardians, and experience unconditional love.

The questions our kids ask about Saki’s history have allowed for many teachable moments regarding shelter animals, puppy mills, poverty, natural disasters and more. As a teacher, I enjoy the interest my children show in learning about her history, rescue groups, and doing right by animals.

FullSizeRenderSaki has given us the tools to teach them about compassion for animals, and to help those who can’t speak for themselves.

It’s hard to pick one moment or memory, but some of our favorite things to do with Saki are to take what we call “family walks” around the neighborhood.  Saki shows her appreciation when we return home with a lap around the house and the signal that she wants a dental bone.

Her signal is a “subtle” nudge with her nose, some leaps towards the kitchen and a long howl until she gets the bone.  Another favorite, and daily moment with Saki, is when she makes the rounds with us each night as we tuck the kids into bed. She joins us in each of their rooms until they’re settled in with lights off and we’re ready to close the door.

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Often times when we leave the house without Saki, I come home to find one of the kid’s stuffed animals has been carefully brought downstairs from their room and left on the living room floor. And every night Saki follows us upstairs when it’s time for bed, snuggles into her bed and snores lightly.

Saki truly is a member of our family and we’re so happy that she’s a part of our lives.  We believe in PAWS and their mission to have no-kill communities. We love the fact that PAWS helps people in low income neighborhoods experience the joy of pet guardianship, as well as all the events that families can participate in to support PAWS.

bravoscoverlo-dropMy dream for the future would be to someday be part of a no-kill world, with all animal shelters following that philosophy. Pets really are worth saving!

About Samantha:

Samantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She is the author of Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reese: Fourth Grade Hero.

The author is available for school visits, author signings, and interviews. She can be reached at skriggi@gmail.com.

Bravo’s Freedom is available from Who Chains You Books in Paperback, Kindle, and Audiobook.

Fundraising with Books: for our Animal Non-Profit Friends

To our Animal Nonprofit Friends:

Do you set up educational booths to promote your message for the animals? If so, our books (and our wholesale pricing for non-profits) will help you spread not only your message of compassion for all living beings, but also raise funds for your cause—which we know is crucial to keeping your nonprofit afloat.

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We offer wholesale pricing of only $6.50 per book (with FREE Shipping for U.S. Nonprofits), mix and match, to nonprofits and independent bookstores—and every book is available for the program. There is a 10 book minimum order, after that the sky’s the limit!

To check out our non-profit pricing and order form, visit this link: http://whochainsyou.com/nonprofitorder.html

happydogloWho Chains You Books sells and promotes only books by and for animal lovers, rescuers, and activists. We offer titles for both children and adults, in topics ranging from dog chaining, to shelter rescue, to thought-provoking poetry, to tales of hero pets and the folks who save them.

We also feature an educational coloring book, illustrating all the ways children can get active for chained dogs. To learn more about our Happy Dog Coloring Books, visit this link: http://whochainsyou.com/happydog.html

P.S. Did you know we’re seeking story submissions of 1000-3000 words for our award-winning Rescue Smiles series? We’d love to feature one of your happy ending rescue stories!

MoreRScover18loYour participation raises awareness for your organization, your mission, and provides you with another fundraising avenue. Find out all the details to submit your story at this link. https://whochainsyou.wordpress.com/2018/03/08/does-your-animal-rescue-story-deserve-to-be-in-a-book-nows-your-chance/

We hope to hear from you soon, and as always, thank YOU for helping our animals friends. We know the work is hard, and we are grateful for all you’ve done for our four-legged, two-legged, furred and feathered friends.

Tamira Thayne
Publisher, Who Chains You Books

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“Limbo” and “Bravo’s Freedom” Hit Audiobook Shelves: Buy One Get One Free!

Do audiobooks have shelves? Only in the virtual world, it would seem, so you’ll have to indulge us by imagining along.

limbocoveraudio-loWe’re pleased to announce that two of our titles, Limbo and Bravo’s Freedom, have just hit the proverbial audiobookshelves, with narration by John Carter Aimone and Gary Bennett, respectively.

The best thing about the audio version of Limbo? John Carter Aimone’s voice. He’s the PERFECT narrator for this book—you’ve got to take a listen to the sample and see why for yourself. We want to listen to it every day just to hear John’s voice characterizations!

About Limbo:

How would you spend your time if you died and found yourself in limbo? Most see purgatory as a kind of in-between afterlife for people who didn’t rate heaven and don’t deserve hell. The author’s limbo is a ghost town that includes animals that had been killed by humans: a dog, some cats, cows, chickens, and wild creatures, too. The animals are content with their lot in the afterlife, but the humans have an infinity of time on their hands and not enough to do. They think about the big issues, of course: the nature of God, how they screwed up in life, and how they can escape limbo and get into heaven.

But no one can spend all their time thinking higher thoughts, so mostly they do what they did in life: they gossip, they get on each other’s nerves, and they play poker.

In the end, you’ll share in their laughter and tears, and you might just ponder how you’d spend your time in limbo.

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bravoscoveraudioloIn Bravo’s Freedom, 15-year-old Gabriel is chosen by his village to travel to Old Guinea, where he must face the rulers to stop them from destroying the planet. With the impacts of global warming in full effect, Gabriel leaves his village with evidence that there is still time to reverse the damage and repair the planet.

Will the rulers of Old Guinea listen to what Gabriel has to say, or will Gabriel and his new friend Bravo get locked away forever? Bravo’s Freedom makes a wonderful classroom addition for environmental and humane education studies, and is perfect for ages eight and up.

Narrator Gary Bennett’s voice is the polar opposite of John Carter Aimone’s, providing a soothing and engagingly storytelling rendition of Bravo’s Freedom, perfect for kids through adults. Check out his sample here.

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Plus, for a limited time, if you Buy One of our Audiobooks, You Can Get a Second of Equal or Lesser Value FREE!

Simply email us your receipt to info@whochainsyou.com, and let us know which book you’d like, and we’ll send you back your free code. You can find all our available audiobooks on our home page at http://www.whochainsyou.com. Happy Listening!

Who Chains You Publishing Supports Humane Education in its Quest to Promote Kindness to Animals for Today’s Youth

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Humane Education is one of the most important tools we have to engender a sense of kindness in future generations. By breaking the chain of cruelty to animals through direct communication with youth in schools, we create a more caring society, for humans as well as animals. Our wholesale program is perfect to assist Humane Educators in teaching our youth about animal issues in society.

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We offer wholesale pricing of only $6.50 per book (with FREE Shipping—U.S. ONLY, please contact us for shipping to other countries), mix and match, to humane educators—and every book is available for the program. There is a 10 book minimum order for this program, after that the sky’s the limit!

Even better, for humane educators who need books in higher quantities, orders of 50+ books are only $6.00 each, a savings of over 50% off retail.

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Are you a humane educator in need of books? Then look no further! If you have questions or special needs, or would like to ask about other wholesale opportunities, email us at info@whochainsyou.com for more information.

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Interested in checking out all our available books? Please use the order form on our site to check availability and place your order.

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Our books are already in use in classrooms and libraries by teachers nationwide, like Sonya Wilson, pictured left.

Humane Educator Susan Hergert took books from Who Chains You to her first school visit. She writes in her blog: “When it was all over, I gave the students some books to keep there. They were thrilled with the selections and began to immediately read them! I truly wished I had brought more…a book for each child, perhaps. As I left, I told Nancy that I will bring more in the future.”

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Calling all Humane Educators:

Let us know what other topics or animal issues you are interested in sharing with students, and the age ranges you’d like the books to fit. We’d be happy to get our authors brainstorming book ideas for your topic of interest. Leave us a comment, below, with your suggestions. Thank you for caring about the kids and the animals!

WCY Holiday GiftPaks: Save on Ideas for the Book-Reading Animal Lover in the Family

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Who Chains You Publishing is offering a limited number of Holiday Gifts Packs direct from us to those who love animals or want that special gift for a loved one. We’re also adding in Free Shipping in the U.S., with shipping added for international orders.

Our combo packs are saving anywhere from $4-$17 dollars off retail prices, and are extremely limited due to our low in-house inventory.

First come, first served! Check out all eleven GiftPaks at this link: http://whochainsyou.com/giftpacks.html

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Our Crescent Renewal Imprint is now in full swing, and offers books which feature educational and/or uplifting books that—while they aren’t animal-themed—ensure any animals playing a part in the book are treated with the respect and caring they deserve. We currently offer three children’s books under this imprint, and they are also available as part of our GiftPaks: http://whochainsyou.com/giftpacks.html

Our online store offers a wide variety of animal-themed merchandise and holiday ornaments, including our Rescue Angel line, which offers dog, cat, or dog and cat together, as pictured here. Check out our full line and make your choices today at: http://www.cafepress.com/whochainsyou

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There’s nothing much more exciting for dog lovers who’ve seen the misery of a dog on a chain than to see this meme put out by the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office. Can you imagine? All those years of fighting for a law, and now the governor is making sure everyone knows the law and to bring their dogs inside from the cold! Color us happy.

Currently Accepting Submissions for 2018

Have you written a book for animal lovers? We’re currently accepting books submissions for publication in 2018. Visit our page at http://whochainsyou.com/submissions.html to learn more.

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A Teen Fights for Guinea Pigs and the Planet in “Bravo’s Freedom”

Now Available, from Who Chains You Books and author Samantha K. Riggi: Bravo’s Freedom.

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In Bravo’s Freedom, fifteen year old Gabriel is chosen by his village to travel to Old Guinea, where he must face the rulers to stop them from destroying the planet. With the impacts of global warming in full effect, Gabriel leaves his village with evidence that there is still time to reverse the damage and repair the planet. Will the rulers of Old Guinea listen to what Gabriel has to say, or will Gabriel and his new friend Bravo get locked away forever?

Bravo’s Freedom makes a wonderful classroom addition for environmental and humane education studies, and is perfect for ages 8 and up.

Buy on Amazon | Buy on Kindle

About the Author:

samanthariggiauthorphotoSamantha K. Riggi is an elementary school teacher with a passion for animals, the environment and writing. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, children and two old dogs. She is the author of Bravo’s Freedom, and Wesley Reese: Fourth Grade Hero.

About the Illustrator:

aprilpedersenApril Pedersen is a freelancer based in Reno, Nevada. She is partial to frogs, geocaching, science fiction, video poker, and chess. April is the illustrator of Adopting Adele, Brave Benny, and Bravo’s Freedom.

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