Putting much time and effort into an important project whether it is a work of art, a game of sports, or writing that novel you have always dreamed of; one attains a great feeling of achievement and worth when that project is completed. Even more so when the effort is recognized and awarded. Publishing company, Blue River Press, author Claire Caprioli, and illustrator Moriah McReynolds recently experienced that feeling of accomplishment when Independent Book Publishers Association announced that All About Marie Curie won Gold in the YOUNG READER: NONFICTION (8-12 YEARS) category. Congratulations to Blue River Press, Claire Caprioli, and Moriah McReynolds.
Madame Marie Curie, a remarkable woman
In the late 1800’s Warsaw, Poland was under the rule of the Russian Czar. Though Maria was a proud Polish girl, she had no country to call her own. At that time, Poland didn’t exist, and life was a difficult for the Polish people. Children were not given the same chance as their classmates in school, they were handed lower grades, and women could not get a higher education. They were not permitted to speak their native language either. That, however, did not stop Maria Sklodowska. She completed high school at the young age of fifteen with the highest honors and a gold medal. Then behind the scenes, she was secretly hired to teach farmer’s children the Polish language. Today, Maria Sklodowska is better known as Madame Marie Curie.
Madame Curie was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize when she received the Nobel Prize in Physics, but she stunned everyone further when she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This made her the first person to ever win two Nobel Prizes!
Young readers will dive into and learn the fascinating life of this remarkable and inspiring woman in All About Marie Curie.
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award
It is always an honor when one of the Blue River Press titles is recognized by this award. We are appreciative and grateful for this.
This award recognizes “excellence and innovation in independent publishing. Unlike many other awards contests, the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards demand both editorial and design excellence.”
The All About…Series
Three years and four months after the launch of the All About… series books on November fifteenth 2016, Accelerated Reader released AR Quiz No. 508797 for All About Amelia Earhart. That book has gone on to gain 3.5 out of 4 stars for reader reviews. Since March of this year, AR has released quizzes on all but two of the titles.
More On the All About…Series
Each title is written by proven authors who are experts in their field. Students can earn 2 points on Accelerated Reader. It features illustrations, index, glossary, bibliography, recommended reading, and quotes.
The award-winning All About…Series is designed for readers in grades 4th-8th and their parents, teachers, and librarians to enjoy. A team of authors, illustrators, designers, marketers, and editors are committed to developing educational in addition to entertaining books. From people to places the All About…Series for young readers will help them understand better the lives of the world’s greatest explorers, innovators, scientists, personalities, and places that make a mark in this world. Teacher’s guides are available here.
Blue River Press has more than 100 books and e-books in print and is distributed nationally by Cardinal Publishers Group.
A Regular Column by Anthony D. Fredericks
Insights on the Creative Process
We all aspire to be creative individuals. Unfortunately, the concept of creativity is something often shrouded in secrecy, wrapped in myths, and subject to much misunderstanding. In this article, I’ll address some of the most pressing questions about creativity and why it can be a natural and normal part of your everyday activities.
- What is one of the biggest misconceptions about creativity?
One of the most persistent illusions about creativity is that it strikes when least expected (the Eureka! myth). Like a bolt of lightning, creative thoughts come “out of the blue” and we have an immediate answer to a most perplexing challenge. Truth be told, real creativity requires regular and daily practice.
- What is the biggest barrier to a creative life?
When it comes to matters creative, we frequently compare ourselves to creative giants – those individuals who are celebrated for their creative discoveries, inventions, or contributions: Georgia O’Keefe, John Steinbeck, Steven Spielberg, Elton John, Jane Goodall, and Misty Copeland are all creative icons. As a result, we tell ourselves that we’ll never achieve their creative greatness. The unfortunate consequence of this thinking is that we significantly diminish our individual creative potential.
- How can I be more creative?
There is compelling psychological evidence that we each select one of two mindsets to govern our lives. The first, the fixed mindset, is an internal belief that our talents and abilities are fixed and unchanging – unchangeable and unmovable. Those of us with a growth mindset, however, believe that our abilities can be improved with effort and practice. We work to improve ourselves – not prove ourselves – striving to overcome any handicaps or shortcomings and pushing ourselves into new areas ripe for exploration and discovery. As you might imagine, embracing the growth mindset leads to more creativity.
- Are there some easy ways to boost my creativity?
Yes, here are four easy-to-implement strategies:
- Daydream. According to recent psychological research, the time we spend engaged in meaningful daydreaming and the time we spend in thinking about fantastical alternative worlds frequently leads to new inspiration and renewed creativity.
- Walk. Researchers at Stanford University have conclusively proven that people are more creative during and after a walk than they are sitting down. Their study proved that the more we incorporate walking into our daily activities, the more creative ideas we are able to generate.
- Nature. A stroll through a meadow, a bicycle trip through a local park, or a venture to a lake, are all valuable experiences that enhance personal creativity. You’ll begin to see how nature has solved some unique and distinct “challenges” (e.g. the design of a spider web, the splay of roots at the base of a tree). Nature’s creativity stands as an example of how “challenges” are met in several unique ways.
- Play. The overriding consensus from the research is that play – even in our adult years – is a balm to our creative spirit. It underscores the processes important in looking at the world with a different eye – examining possibilities – not because they are right or wrong, but just because they are possibilities. As a result, we loosen up our thinking to tackle myriad challenges.
Dr. Anthony D. Fredericks is an award-winning author of more than 170 books, including From Fizzle to Sizzle: The Hidden Forces Crushing Your Creativity and How You Can Overcome Them. He also pens a regular blog for Psychology Today.com (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/ contributors/anthony-d-fredericks-edd)