Compelling Reasons Why This Book Should Be in Your School Library


Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore Book Cover

Put Me In, Coach!

Children’s rhyming picture book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, tells the adventurous story of Sam, a tenacious land and sea fiddler crab who finds himself on the sandy shores of an idyllic island named Corte Magore. He wants to stay there and live there forever, but he’ll have to overcome obstacles to accomplish his dream. This book teaches children about courage and tenacity – to stand up to bullying and to fight for what they believe in, while also teaching them the importance of dreaming. Sam’s story is told in one big epic poem. This book is geared towards children ages 4-7, although all young children seem to enjoy it. Here’s why: 

The book is written in rhyme. Rhyming verse aids in early-development learning and recall. The British Council writes about teaching children English:

“…playing with the short texts of rhymes, children explore the mechanics of the English language. They find out how language works and become familiar with the relationship between the 44 sounds of English and the 26 alphabet letters – information which helps them when they begin reading to decode the sounds that make up words. The value of this type of language-play with rhymes in early learning is both underestimated and undervalued.”

The book utilizes many different poetic devices – typically difficult to teach children –such as alliteration, point-of-view, stanza, meter, repetition, assonance, personification, and my personal favorite, onomatopoeia. Poetic devices are used to take the reader to a different time or place and helps with imagery. Education Portal says:

“Poetry can follow a strict structure, or none at all, but many different types of poems use poetic devices. Poetic devices are tools that a poet can use to create rhythm, enhance a poem’s meaning, or intensify a mood or feeling. These devices help piece the poem together, much like a hammer and nails join planks of wood together.” 

Books Written in Prose May Be a Dying Art. Authors like Seuss and Silverstein paved the way for poetry in children’s literature, yet it’s hard to find new children’s books today written in prose. Carol Hurst intimates why it’s best to not let this great art die in the following excerpt taken from Hurst’s article on the website:

“…along came Shel Silverstein. He wrote poems about picking your nose and selling your baby sister and adults (some of them) winced and kids guffawed and kids’ poetry was changed forever. Now we’ve got the gamut of emotions and subjects in kid’s poetry. Poetry, of course, be it for child or adult (and the distinction is not always clear) is very much a matter of perception. Poems speak to the individual, even more than stories do, and some are not speaking to you — at least not right now. The rules of poetry selection are the same as for the selection of any kind of literary material that you’re going to use with your kids. It must speak to you as the living breathing adult you are before you can help it speak to kids. If it’s supposed to be funny, it should make you laugh or at least smile. If it’s supposed to be sad, it should choke you up a bit. If it’s a description of a thing or a feeling, it should help you see it or feel it in a new way. So, which of all the books of poetry will you choose for your classroom? Every one you can afford.”

Erin Koehler writes, “The more picture books I read, I start to notice the ones that catch my interest the most, and the ones I end up re-reading several times in a row, are the ones that feel the most poetic. By that I mean that even though the language may appear to be “simple” the language is actually rich in complex diction, syntax, and imagery–not to mention attention to rhythm, sounds, and pacing. Sound familiar? Like a poem maybe?”

Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore is published in more formats than the average book. In addition to hardcover, softcover, an audio version, and a soon published Spanish translation (being published for the Finding Corte Magore project) did you know this literary gem is also available in a picture book app available exclusively for the iPad? The iPad version, for all you tech-based schools, boasts interactivity, professional narration, full animation and an original musical score produced by Nashville singer and songwriter, Robby Armstrong. (Hint: Sam is a “fiddler” crab.)

Finally, have you ever heard of SpongeBob SquarePants? Of course you have! Kids love sea creatures! What we all admire most about the television series are the unique characters, setting and bold use of color. When one of my good friends told me her brother, a Storyboard Director for SpongeBob SquarePants would be interested in working on the book, I knew I had found the right art director. “Mr. Lawrence” -who incidentally is also the voice of Plankton, then brought in his colleague, another SpongeBob storyboard director, Marc Ceccarelli, to produce the original character art and many of the final illustrations.

So, as promised, these are succinct, definitive reasons why this book should be in a school or public library, despite my newbie authorness and utter lack of literary famelessness (I’m a writer, I get to make-up words.)

As always, thanks for the ear!

Tonia Allen Gould, Author

Click here to Order Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore on Amazon.

Camarillo Hosts 5th Annual World Multicultural BookFest


The Fifth Annual Multicultural World BookFest will be held at the Camarillo Community Center on Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10am-3pm.
I’ve been selected as one of the children’s book authors to present at the event at 11:00 AM, followed by book signings and readings.

• We will have six storytents representing: Asia; Africa; Latin America, North America, Europe, and Australia & New Zealand.

Location: Camarillo Community Center 1605 E. Burnley Street.
Take the 101fwy exit at Carmen Drive. Going north turn right @ light. Going south make 2 left turns; go over fwy. Continue on Carmen past City Hall to 4 way stop which is Burnley. Turn right then left into parking lot. Event will be inside the gated Community Center Room

Please join us for a day of books, readings, food trucks, fun and culture.

Hope to see you there!

Tonia Allen Gould/Author
Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore

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Need Trade Magazine and Children’s Picture Book Writer Reviews, Please


Barnes & Noble has accepted Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore in their online distribution network, but before it will be accepted in stores, the book needs trade magazine reviews and comments from other well-known writers in the genre. The children’s book market is highly competitive and sales go to children’s books that have these reviews. I am learning something new every day.

All that said, I need some help there, and I’m the first person to ask for help when I need it. I’m happy to return the favor and write a review for your children’s picture book, or in any way I can, really.

We’re almost there! It takes a community to build an author. And, I can’t thank you enough for your contributions to the success of my tale, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore!

Sincerely,

Tonia Allen Gould

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My Book Signing at Mrs. Figs’ Bookworm


Thanks to Connie, the proprietor at Mrs. Figs’ Bookworm for the great book signing today! If you haven’t checked out her delightful bookstore in Camarillo, please do so and don’t forget to ask for your copy of Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore while you are there.

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Filmmaker, Robert Bella, to Shoot Trip to Nicaragua for Finding Corte Magore


20140609-011310-4390968.jpgI’m honored and delighted that award-winning, filmmaker, Robert Bella, will be traveling to Nicaragua with me to shoot this first trip to Finding Corte Magore.

“Bella” will be traveling with me to a coffee plantation called Zaragoza in La Dalia, outside of Matagalpa where we finally get to meet some of the children we are trying to help in the country. Zaragoza supports childhood education and even erected a small school on the plantation. When the government learned of Zaragoza’s efforts, they stepped in to subsidize the educational venture.

Bella will be joining me as well, as we review the numerous islands for sale in the Bluefields, Nicaragua area. The ultimate goal in having Bella around is to raise awareness for the Finding Corte Magore project and to capture footage for plea video when this thing goes to crowd-funding. When Bella learned he had an opportunity to help raise funds and awareness for such a special cause, through an author who supports literacy domestically and abroad, he didn’t think twice to lend a hand. Bella has film credits in legions of movies such as Colin Fitz Lives! (Director), The Help, I Am Number Four, Real Steel, and Delivery Man. Gayla Nethercott of the Nethercott Agency attached him to the project.

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Speaking Engagement Testimonials: Schools


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Hello,

I am pleased to recommend Tonia Allen Gould as a speaker for child related events -and adults as well.

I am a den leader for a group of Tiger Cub Scouts (first graders). Our meeting plan was how media is used to reach large audiences. I read about Tonia and her book Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore on our neighborhood Facebook page and decide to contact her about speaking to the boys.

Tonia accepted and her presentation was more than I could hope for. The other dens (2nd and 3rd grade) joined us. She told the boys how she got the idea for her story, and how she turned the idea into an interactive and animated children’s book. She showed them the story that had music, narration and pictures. The story itself is wonderful for kids (and adults) about overcoming adversity to make your dreams come true and Tonia’s personal story is living proof. It was a great experience on many levels. All of the boys were engaged and interested. They were thrilled to meet an author and have signed books to take home.

I highly recommend Tonia and feel honored to know her.

Sincerely,
Victoria Turk

 

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It was so nice to see you yesterday. It’s inspiring to see such a successful and kind person in such a positive place. Going to purchase your book for my little guy.
Wishing you nothing but the best!

Lisa Hothan M.Ed.
Third Grade Teacher
Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School

 

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Thanks for coming out. I know the students and teachers felt the presentation was inspiring. Let me know when the next book comes out. We would love to have you speak again.

Kelly Borchard
Dean – Santa Rosa Technology Magnet School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Tonia,

So great to have you in the office last week! Everyone had such great things to say about your fireside chat with Jeff (during #DevDay), and I know I can speak for everyone when I say you were one of the most inspirational speakers we’ve had to date.  

Best,

Brittany Johnson, Cornerstone onDemand

 

 

 

 

Speaking Engagement Testimonial


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Hello,

I am pleased to recommend Tonia Allen Gould as a speaker for child related events -and adults as well.

I am a den leader for a group of Tiger Cub Scouts (first graders). Our meeting plan was how media is used to reach large audiences. I read about Tonia and her book Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore on our neighborhood Facebook page and decide to contact her about speaking to the boys.

Tonia accepted and her presentation was more than I could hope for. The other dens (2nd and 3rd grade) joined us. She told the boys how she got the idea for her story, and how she turned the idea into an interactive and animated children’s book. She showed them the story that had music, narration and pictures. The story itself is wonderful for kids (and adults) about overcoming adversity to make your dreams come true and Tonia’s personal story is living proof. It was a great experience on many levels. All of the boys were engaged and interested. They were thrilled to meet an author and have signed books to take home.

I highly recommend Tonia and feel honored to know her.

Sincerely,
Victoria Turk

What Do a Nashville Star and a Children’s Picture Book Have in Common?


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Christy Watkins – Aristo P.R. – 615-269-7071 – christy@aristomedia.com
Adelaide Yoder – Aristo P.R. – 615-269-7071 – adelaide@aristomedia.com

Robby Armstrong Produces First Musical Score For Children’s eBook, “Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore”

eBook/App now available on iTunes

(Nashville, Tenn. – July 17, 2013) Country artist Robby Armstrong has produced the musical score for the children’s eBook, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore (Skies America Publishing, 2013), which is now available on iTunes.

A children’s book written by Tonia Allen Gould, the story is of a tenacious land and sea fiddler crab that will stop at nothing to build and save his home from his rival. Complete with a fiddle and his bow, Samuel T. Moore marches forward with his mission, even though he is met with adversary while onlookers and naysayers mock him in disbelief. The book teaches children about courage and tenacity, to stand up and fight for what they believe in.

Gould creatively directed and hand-picked the celebrity talent to make this eBook/app an engaging experience for children ages four to eight years old, leading up to the animation where Skies America Publishing Company picked up the project.

The eBook was partially illustrated by one of the original creators of SpongeBob Square Pants, “Mr. Lawrence” who, incidentally, is also the voice of Plankton from the hit, animated series by Nickelodeon. The narration is done by two-time Marconi Award nominee, and one of the top radio personalities, broadcasters, and voice-overs in the country, Mr. Steve McCoy. Steve is a major market voice and his work for animation has become famous. In addition to his many character-related projects, he did the voice work for a Rise of the Guardians app by DreamWorks Animation.

Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore is available through the iTunes store for $4.99.

The release of the eBook coincides with Armstrong’s current single release, “Rodeo,” which is currently at Country radio. Written by Armstrong and Darrell Brown, the toe-tapping track is Robby’s first single from his forthcoming 2013 full-length album, which is additionally produced by Brown (LeAnn Rimes, Ty Herndon, Radney Foster). Robby has three songs, including “Rodeo” in the major motion picture, Gambit (featuring Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth), wherein he and his band make a cameo appearance. The songs are also on the official soundtrack. Additionally, “Rodeo” is featured in The Sims video game and has been heard at Angels’ stadium as the Los Angeles Angels’ rally song. The dance remix for the song is circulating through line dance clubs across the country.

For more information, visit RobbyArmstrong.net.

SamuelTMoore is in the top 5 apps of the week at IHeartThisApp.com


Please help my newly published book get noticed by parents and teachers. #SamuelTMoore is in the top 5 apps of the week at IHeartThisApp.com, but needs more votes to be #1 by only clicking a heart! No registration is needed, and it only takes a second. http://t.co/YJUV7UzHrs

Thanks in advance!

Tonia

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I received this great email today about getting the word out about my new app so that parents and teachers can find it easier. Check this out, and please vote for Sam! Also, please feel free to pass along the site information for other authors trying to get found and to be read. Here’s the email!

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Finding Corte Magore


Check out this teaser video for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, an animated children’s picture book with narration and an original musical score.

Where on Earth is Corte Magore anyway?


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Where on Earth is Corte Magore? One author wants to make a fictional island a real place, to show children that it is okay to dream.

Until now, you wouldn’t have been able to find Corte Magore on any map. Now that Samuel T. Moore has discovered this beautiful place, we had to have a map created just so kids could find it. In the coming months, be on the lookout for more news and information on Corte Magore, and how this fictional place may actually become very real one day…because the author of Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, wants to teach children that its okay to dream.

Can your kids find Corte Magore on the map? Look closely and they might actually find Sam’s hut.

An interactive and animated children’s picture book, Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore (Coming Soon!)


Check out my new teaser video for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore.

Because Every Fictional Fiddler Crab Needs a Fiddle and a Bow


I had the distinct pleasure of going down to Huntington Beach to catch Robby Armstrong’s act live. You wouldn’t believe the energy Robby exudes when he’s singing and playing on the guitar. Meet Emily Kilimnik, the awesome fiddler behind the music in Robby Armstrong’s original musical score he wrote, produced and directed for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore, my children’s picture book slated to release on 7/1/13. Robby Armstrong is one very talented individual and I can’t wait for you to hear the amazing music he created for a crab trying to find a home. Click Here to Watch Talented, Emily Kilimnik, on the Fiddle

That’s a Coconut on the Ground, Not a Pile of Poo


My animated children’s #picturebook is almost out of production and I am ecstatic. The publisher is just working on a couple of little tweaks and it’s complete! Please be sure to follow my Author’s Page on Facebook, too. I’ll be posting the latest news about my book’s release there.

What a pleasure it has been to collaborate with so many incredibly talented people on Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore. Just look at all these wonderful people I have to thank!

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Author Announces Release Date of #Animated #Childrens #Picturebook


Author Announces Release Date

Author, Tonia Allen Gould, announces the release date of her animated and narrated children’s picture book, coming on 7/1/13 on iTunes.

Page 4 Sample Voice-Over Work for Samuel T. Moore of Corte Magore


I had the distinct pleasure of working with Steve McCoy, a broadcaster with a voice you won’t ever forget, on my children’s picture book project this past week.
Check out his narrative voice on Page 4 of my interactive children’s picture book. Page 4 Narration