As Disney+ , Netflix, Amazon Compete—Minno Emerges to Offer Alternative for Christian Parents

Featuring the World’s Largest Collection of Classic VeggieTales—Minno Provides Affirming, Faith-Based Content

NASHVILLE, TN, USA , November 19, 2019 / — (Nashville, TN—November 19, 2019)— Minno—a new, Nashville-based children’s digital media company—officially launches today and is offering Christian parents an alternative that is both entertaining and affirming. Featuring an ad-free, subscription digital platform with curated entertainment and educational choices the whole family will love—including the world’s largest collection of Classic VeggieTales—a publishing arm in partnership with Hachette Nashville with offerings such as the #1 Amazon bestseller The Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids, and Minno Life, a parenting blog with expert resources and voices for Christian parents, Minno aims to be a one-stop solution for parents and kids.

“Parents who care about their children’s faith are in a tough situation. While we attend church and have friends and neighbors who share our faith, the leading technology and media companies are fueling a content culture that is devoid of God and the importance of faith. Christian parents have more content choices than they’ve ever had, but fewer options that reflect their values. When you see media companies churning out more shows than ever but none of them reflect your family’s values you want to instill in your family, you are left with an impossible choice—not participating in culture or compromising what you care most about,” said Erick Goss, CEO and Co-founder of Minno and former senior manager at Amazon. “Minno resolves that problem, serving as a one-stop, trusted source and a partner in raising kids in today’s pluralistic, social, mobile and media-drenched world. Kids will see Minno as something fun to experience, while parents can feel good about the fact that our content is encouraging kids to deepen their faith and walk with God every day, at home or on-the-go.”

In the coming months, Minno will also offer parent’s guides on top-of-mind topics, family devotionals, and podcasts. In an increasingly secular world where faith and family values are often marginalized, there are few entertainment and education options available that parents can trust. The new Minno platform meets an important and largely unmet need in the $30 Billion U.S. children’s product marketplace by offering safe, high-quality and fun media choices for every situation.

Minno Distinctives

● Minno—ad free, subscription digital video platform. Featuring the largest collection of Classic VeggieTales in the world and the best curated collection of Christian kids content anywhere that can be streamed or downloaded and watched on the go. Parents can try Minno for free by going here:

● Minno Life—a lifestyle blog full of helpful articles, family devotions, and printables developed intentionally to meet the needs of today's families. Minno Life features curated content from expert thought leaders and parents in the trenches to offer the best in practical hope and help on top-of-mind issues such as spiritual development, education, social media, and culture. Recognized voices such as the team at Daystar Counseling Center—David Thomas, Sissy Goff, and Melissa Trevathan—are all featured contributors.

● Minno Kids publishing—because Minno believes the Bible should be at the center of every aspect of living—including parenting—Minno Kids publishing efforts are anchored by the new Laugh and Learn Bible for Kids and also features a wonderful new collection of children’s board books, picture books as well as middle grade novels.

● Minno Store—which includes books, Bibles, and other resources from our children's publishing program, aims to help families experience God together. From board books to middle-grade novels, Minno books help kids better understand what the Bible teaches and offers insights for living out their faith in everyday life.

By The Numbers

● 100M Christians go to church weekly in the U.S.
● 16M Christian families with Pre-K to 5th grade kids attend church weekly
● 32M Christian families with Pre-K to 5th grade kids attend church monthly
● The market for children’s products is $30B
● The market for Christian products is $4.6B

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About Minno
Minno is a Nashville-based children’s digital media company partnering with Christian parents to provide safe, values-based choices for their families. Minno’s offering includes an ad-free subscription-video-on-demand platform Minno Life, an expert-driven parenting blog, Minno Kids, its book publishing division, and Minno store, a digital shopping platform. Minno seeks to entertain, inform and inspire, encouraging kids and parents to laugh and learn together.

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New Book, Wings Not Strings, Equips Parents to Empower, Not Control

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Authors Guide Parents of Teens to Let Go with Confidence

Their toools to guiding the launching of our teens and letting them go have taken me from questioning our abilities to being confident I can release them to soar.”

— Trisha Novotny, Founder, 24/7 Moms

GIG HARBOR, WA, UNITED STATES, November 19, 2019 / — Signs are everywhere that young adults are struggling after they leave home, while parents are overwhelmed by the practical and emotional demands of preparing their teens for independence. These concerns are linked. In response, co-authors Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence created Wings Not Strings: Parenting Strategies to Let Go with Confidence (LifeSmart Publishing), to position the entire family to flourish.

“We wrote this book to answer the most pressing parenting question we receive: ‘When and how do I let go?’” state Trittin and Lawrence. “Whether motivated by fear, guilt, identity, or pressure, many are pursuing strategies that interfere with launching self-confident, well prepared, and mature young adults. Figuratively speaking, they are releasing a maneuvered kite versus a soaring eagle. The consequences can be devastating.”

Wings Not Strings surveys today’s young adult landscape, revealing how contemporary parenting styles and other factors are contributing to the adult-readiness deficit among adolescents. Then, it offers empowering solutions to build the leadership and life skills kids need to succeed.

The book is filled with encouragement, strategies, and occasional tough love to help parents let go and move over to the passenger seat in their teen’s life. It addresses the emotions, fears, and pressures parents are facing, equips them to let go naturally and confidently, and positions their adult relationships to thrive. Also, it offers prevention and coping strategies to help children deal with anxiety—a battle gripping this generation.

Trittin and Lawrence provide tools to build parenting self-awareness, closing each chapter with challenging questions. “By understanding the motivations behind, and consequences of, their parenting methods, readers are guided toward an empowering (wings), versus controlling (strings), parenting style.”

“Their tools to guiding the launching of our teens and letting them go have taken me from questioning our abilities to being confident I can release them to soar.”
~ Trisha Novotny, Founder and CEO, 24/7 Moms

The authors blend the perspectives of a father and mother from two different families, having launched seven children. In addition to their personal experience and work at LifeSmart, Trittin offers leadership wisdom from 28 years as an executive at a global investment firm, while Lawrence brings valuable insight from a career in family development.

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Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home

Parents Recognize Meaningful Message in Miss Olive’s First Adventure

SARASOTA, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, November 7, 2019 / — Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home, a children’s book about a rescue dog finding a loving home, was awarded by the National Parenting Product Awards (NAPPA). The prestigious award is respected and trusted by parents worldwide and is the ultimate source for education professionals seeking the best products and books for children. Written by Susan Marie and Miss Olive herself, and Illustrated by Rebekah Phillips, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home is the first in a trilogy about Miss Olive’s adventures.

Recommended for ages four through nine, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home teaches children an important lesson about life and what it means to be accepted for who you are. Through the Miss Olive book series, children learn that bringing a pet into a loving home can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

The NAPPA Awards, nearing its thirtieth year in existence, seeks to find and showcase the best toys, baby and family products and books. As one of the longest-running awards programs in the country, NAPPA is the “go-to” source for those seeking the best products for children.

“I’m thrilled that Miss Olive’s story has been recognized by the National Parenting Product Awards,” said author Susan Marie “It’s my love of all of the rescue and foster animals I've had in my life – and those that I have helped to find their forever homes – that inspired me to tell Miss Olive’s story to children. It means so much to me that Miss Olive is teaching children that one of the greatest gifts a shelter/rescue animal can receive is their forever home.”

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home follows a little Italian Greyhound with three legs who is alone in an animal shelter. She dreams of being adopted by a loving family. On her journey to find her forever home, Miss Olive feels love and kindness from her foster mom and finds friendship with other animals who are waiting for adoption. One by one, all of the other dogs are adopted into happy families and Miss Olive begins to wonder if it will ever happen for her. She ultimately learns that dreams do come true.

About Susan Marie
For over fifteen years, Susan Marie has been spreading the word about puppy love through her nationally syndicated weekly radio show, The Doggy Diva Show. On her show, Susan interviews pet care experts, dog trainers, authors and representatives from animal rescue organizations. Past guests include Bob Barker, Dean Koontz, Julia Cameron, Alison Eastwood, and America's Veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker. The Doggy Diva Show can be heard on Pet Life Radio, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Speak Up Talk Radio.

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home won the DWAA Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year. The award recognizes and encourages writers who exhibit talent, resourcefulness, dedication and integrity in their writing about dogs and dog-related topics. The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) was created in 1935 at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The best known feature of the DWAA is its annual writing contest, which encourages excellence in writing about dogs in all aspects of communication.

Recently, Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home was the Bronze 2019 Moonbeam Children's Book Award in the Animals/Pets Fiction Category. The awards celebrate children’s books and honor those who create the stories that encourage kids to foster a sense of wonder and a life-long love of reading.

Susan is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the Dog Writer’s Association of America and the Florida Writers Association. A devoted champion of animals, Susan donates a portion of the proceeds from the Miss Olive book to various animal rescue services. She’s passionate about passing along the love of animals to future generations.

About Miss Olive:
Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home is the first book in a trilogy about the adventures of Miss Olive, an Italian Greyhound rescue. The real Miss Olive was adopted in 2015 by author Susan Marie from Italian Greyhound ‎Rescue of the Gulf Coast. Miss Olive was a victim of neglect and health issues, having lost her teeth due to lack of medical attention and one of her legs to cancer. The neglect and illness that she experienced has never affected her loving, gentle spirit; she is always ready for a snuggle.

Miss Olive joins Susan Marie at the microphone each week as the co-host of the radio show, The Doggy Diva Show airing on Pet Life Radio. Along Florida’s Suncoast, the name Miss Olive is synonymous with the bringing together of homeless pets to loving families everywhere.

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home is available on Amazon and

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Christian Mom Regina Raymond Launches Book With Creative Life Publishing About Daughter's Courageous Cancer Battle

Cecily's Hope by Author Regina Raymond

Cecily’s Hope by Regina Raymond

Regina Raymond shares story originally started by her Daughter on the courageous battle through cancer and the faith that creates legacy.

HICKORY, NC, UNITED STATES, October 28, 2019 / — Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute
Tricia Andreassen, CEO and Founder
Cecily’s Hope: The Story of Faith and Hope and A Courageous Cancer Battle

Creative Life Publishing Assists in New Book Release By Christian Author Regina Raymond
Regina Raymond of Texas shares her story of being by her daughter Cecily during a courageous battle through cancer. Tricia Andreassen, CEO of Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute is a part of the launch for this book that can be used in churches or personal study programs throughout the country. It is Raymond’s desire to bring hope, encouragement and comfort to those who are going through cancer or for those who have lost a loved one.

“While writing this book in honor of Cecily, God has taught me, grown me and instilled in me a desire to share with others how life and hope can go on to help others. Parents who have lost their child need to hear and know the encouraging words of God faithfulness.” Comments Raymond. The book can be purchased at

“I am hoping this book will find its way into the hands of many. I am hoping to keep Cecily’s memory alive through the works our ministry (CRG Ministry) will be doing to honor our sweet Cecily.” CRG Ministry will do all the works Cecily wanted to do, including scholarships, coloring books and bed sheets for children’s hospitals, providing bibles, and helping families at Christmas time. Regina hopes to travel and tell Cecily’s story to bring people closer to God and awareness to brain cancer. CRG Ministry can be reached directly by contacting Cecily's Foundation on Facebook at

Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute who has assisted Raymond is dedicated to helping aspiring writers express their voice and share a message of hope, encouragement, faith, and success strategies in life and business. The learning division is focused on providing educational resources to grow in multiple areas of life including: personal growth, parenting, dream building, business and marketing, faith and spiritual growth as well as writing retreats that help aspiring Authors become published.

Tricia Andreassen’s personal coaching practice varies on the individual on what they want to achieve whether it is business related or personal growth related. She also leads a team of faculty that provides teaching to the public. Andreassen’s business book, Interfusion Marketing: Unlock The Secret Code To Dominate Your Market hit #1 in less than 5 hours of book launch and has continued to be offered internationally and on the best seller list for over 59 weeks spanning multiple categories. She continues to write and personally is an 8 time best selling author. She continues to speak worldwide.Her latest book "Unlock Your Inner Warrior" also reached the best seller list.

For more information on Tricia Andreassen and Creative Life Publishing and Learning Institute visit or . For information on how to become a published Author and learn the strategies of becoming a Best Selling Author or have a desire to develop content as a professional speaker with a clear message please email

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Healthline Media Introduces New Resource for Parents at M2Moms® The Marketing to Moms Conference

Healthline Media Introduces New Resource for Parents at
M2Moms® The Marketing to Moms Conference

Taking control of their health and well-being – and now their family’s—is a way of life.”

— Dria de Botton Barnes, General Manager, Healthline Parenthood

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, October 16, 2019 / — Dria de Botton Barnes, General Manager of Healthline Parenthood, will introduce Healthline Parenthood a new resource for parents at. M2Moms® -The Marketing to Moms Conference, October 16 & 17, 2019. Healthline Media is the #1 online health property in the U.S. M2Moms® is presented by Fordham’s Center for Positive Marketing (CPM) at Fordham University’s NYC Lincoln Center campus. It is attended by national and global brand marketing executives to learn how to achieve better business with women and moms.

A New Generation of Parents
“The new generation of Millennial and Gen Z parents is distinct from generations past as becoming a parent and parenting create a whole new dimension to their already fully engaged lives,” Barnes explained. “New parents believe in the power of personal development to make them better people. They want to be as informed as possible and are willing to research to learn. Taking control of their health and well-being – and now their family’s—is a way of life.”

Healthline Parenthood provides news and feature articles for new and expecting parents who care about their well-being as critical to creating a happy, healthy family. Healthline Parenthood is part of, the flagship property of Healthline Media that also publishes and Healthline Parenthood articles examine all aspects of health and well-being, including mental health, relationships, sleep, post-partum, nutrition, going back to work, managing chronic conditions and a baby, family planning, and more. Articles are authored and verified by specialists nurses, doctors, educators and thought leaders recognized for their expertise.

Healthline Parenthood stands out for its point of view and evidence-based approach to health, wellness and medical information. It speaks to a parent as a whole person, not just the care taker of a new baby, and focuses on an individual’s growth as a parent as well as baby development. Healthline Parenthood pursues Healthline's fundamental value of inclusivity and diversity, seeking zero bias in content development and reporting.

“Dria’s presentation zeros in on the overriding theme of marketing to moms and bringing them solutions in that moms are continually changing and evolving,” according to Nan McCann, M2Moms® producer. “We’re featuring multiple sessions on how moms and women are rapidly adopting new ways of parenting, embracing every new form of tech and using every screen at their disposal to network, search, get advice, recommend, shop & buy. The tech sessions & media discussions will be presented by Google, Facebook/Instagram, YouTube Kids, Foursquare, BuzzFeed, and Edison Research. Additionally, we’ll explore how “smart” innovation is changing the home environment.”

More 2019 Highlights:
“We’re also looking at how intergenerational marketing has become a key component of marketing to moms and women. It includes timely new presentations on the very real differences between millennial moms and the massive emerging cohort of Gen Z moms and women. And we’re seeing how micro-insights help marketers increase their research ROI and get the most out of their data and info. We’ll also take an in-depth look at the moms market in China. Every year 15 million new babies are born in China versus only 4 million new US babies. It absolutely dwarfs the US market,”

Creative Engagement & Awards:
“It’s not all work. In keeping with our annual traditions we’ll present our “Mom First” & “This Woman Means Business” Awards. The “Mom First” Award is given to a mom who saw and successfully pursued a business opportunity she discovered while being a mom. The “This Women Means Business” Award is presented to a proven business leader… an innovator and visionary…who in words and actions recognizes that women can be a transforming economic force in the world today…that for every successful enterprise, women mean business.”

Dria de Botton Barnes Bio:
Dria de Botton Barnes
GM Healthline Parenthood

Dria de Botton Barnes is General Manager of Healthline Parenthood. She's a mom of two pre-schoolers and was a media executive at Scripts Network Interactive, CBS Interactive and Cafe Media before becoming editor-in-chief at, which Healthline acquired in February 2019. Recognizing work-life balance doesn't exist in most companies, Dria calls for work-life integration where parents can be the best of both of their selves.

M2Moms® / M2W® Sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor for 2019 is The Center for Positive Marketing at Fordham University. Additional sponsors include: Google, AARP, Facebook, Healthline, Foursquare, WongDoody, GfK, The Motherboard, FlashLight Insights, Playwell LLC, Marketing to Mums, Tinybeans, Incite, The Female Factor, The Pepper Miller Group, Edison Research, BuzzFeed, Millennial Ad Network, Foundry 360 at Meredith, Snippies, Tiny Tutus and Destination Maternity. M2Moms® is proud to support The First 1,000 Days.

About M2Moms® / M2W®
M2Moms® -The Marketing to Moms Conference
M2W® -The Marketing to Women Conference
October 16 & 17, 2019, Pope Auditorium at Fordham University

For information:, or 860.724.2649 or
M2Moms® & M2W® are produced by PME® Enterprises LLC.

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Succulent Crystals Announces Whimsical Yoga Wear Collection for Fairies of All Sizes.

A starry background with the silhouettes of fairies flying into the moon, with the words, "The Faerie Folk Collection by Succulent Crystals."

Succulent Crystals Announces New Yoga Wear Collection for Fairies of All Sizes.

A Snow Fairy surrounded by crystals, succulents, roses, and pinecones, with the words "The Faerie Folk Collection by Succulent Crystals."

The Faerie Folk Collection by Succulent Crystals launches Nov. 1st at 12pm EST.

A dark forest and a fairy with bat wings, with the words, "coming November 1st."

The Faerie Folk Collection will be available exclusively in the Succulent Crystals Etsy shop starting November 1st.

Known worldwide for magical yoga clothes in color-drenched designs, Succulent Crystals is launching a new fairy-themed collection this winter in sizes XS-6XL.

It's a unique lifestyle. My designs aren't for everyone, but for those who resonate with the art and message behind Succulent Crystals, it means finally feeling seen, understood, and represented.”

— Leslie Athanason

OCALA, FL, USA, October 11, 2019 / — The world of modern yoga wear brims over with monochromatic yoga sets in muted shades, modeled on ultra-thin Instagram influencers in perfect ponytails. Independent artist Leslie Athanason, designer and CEO of Succulent Crystals, constantly strives to break that mold by creating outrageously bold, colorful, enchanting designs with truly inclusive sizing, inspired by the crystal-collecting, plant-parenting, wand-waving lifestyle of the modern fairy. Her upcoming Faerie Folk Collection is no different, with five brand-new fantasy-themed designs that come to life on luxuriously soft yoga leggings (XS-6XL) and sports bras (XS-2XL).

“My customers, and especially the ones wearing plus sizes, were sick and tired of searching for fun workout clothes and finding the same old thing,” Leslie says, “I wanted to offer them something different. Something that lets them express themselves and feel magical, beautiful, and worthy at every stage of their journey. Like a moving, breathing, dynamic work of art.”

Fans (AKA "Fairies") of Succulent Crystals eagerly await the Faerie Folk Collection, which launches Friday, November 1st at 12pm EST. Over the past several months, Leslie has meticulously painted the Moon Fairy, Snow Fairy, Forest Fairy, Garden Fairy, and Briar Fairy designs, then (with a wave of her wand) turned them into cozy yoga leggings and bra sets. To eliminate wasted materials and overstock, each piece is printed, precision-cut, and hand-sewn to order for each individual buyer.

The Faerie Folk Collection will be available for purchase exclusively in the Succulent Crystals Etsy shop at

Leslie Athanason began designing her richly artistic, fantasy-themed athletic wear in 2018, after noticing a problem women like her were having. “As a lifelong athlete, yoga-lover, and comfort enthusiast, I’ve worn my share of leggings. You’ve got your workout leggings, which are durable and functional, but usually pretty stiff and boring,” Leslie quips, “and then you’ve got your ‘cute’ leggings that show your personality, which are probably covered in unicorns. And in the back of the drawer are your worn-to-death leggings, which are faded and have no waistband left, that are so comfy you keep them to sleep in. I just started wondering, why can’t we have it all?” Succulent Crystals was born from the idea that a woman should be allowed to feel gorgeous, magical, and comfortable, all at the same time, at any size, whether she’s lounging on the couch or running a marathon.

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CEOGC’s HEAP Winter Crisis Program Begins Next Month

CLEVELAND, OH, UNITED STATES, October 10, 2019 / — The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland’s HEAP Winter Crisis Program officially begins on November 1 and will operate through the end of March.
The program helps income-eligible Greater Cleveland residents who have been threatened with disconnection, maintain their utility services.

This is a one-time benefit and is to be used in emergency situations. You MUST schedule an appointment to utilize the HEAP Winter Crisis Program.

To schedule an appointment please call, (216) 350-8008 or use a smartphone or computer to visit Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Walk-ins will not be accepted.



In order to apply for emergency energy assistance, a resident must have the most recent bills for gas and electric utilities, proof of citizenship and/or U.S. residency, photo identification, Social Security numbers for all household members and verification of all income for all household members eighteen years or older for the previous 30 days or 12 months. Permanently and totally disabled customers must provide proof of disability. For those households who have no income, an IRS Tax Transcript is required. Self-employed applicants must provide an IRS transcript and/or copy of filed 1040. Renters living in multi-unit dwellings may be required to provide their landlord’s name and contact information.

Ohio Development Services Agency’s Office of Community Assistance (OCA) now requires 30 days or 12 months of income to qualify for HEAP, Summer and Winter Crisis, and PIPP Plus. All seasonal and self-employed applicants must provide 30 days or 12 months of income.

The Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland is a nonprofit organization and the Community Action Agency for Cuyahoga County that operates programs and services dedicated to transforming the lives of residents. The Council delivers education, personal and professional development programs and support services to residents of Cuyahoga County. Programs include Early Head Start (birth to three) Head Start (three-five years of age); individual assessments for classes and coaching sessions on topics including parenting, anger management, and life skills; job readiness, customer service training, and job placement. The Council also delivers the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). For more information, visit

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By Popular Demand: Bilingual Picture Book that Explores Animal World Released in New Stroller Bag Size

Front cover of the bilingual book shows three cougars cuddled together like cats.

Small stroller-bag book pokes out of a blue diaper bag, all ready to go.

Educational children’s book promotes family attachment and jumpstarts English and Spanish language development

When parents read it with their children, it not only gives them a chance to enjoy a special time together, but it also helps model attachment for the parents while promoting curiosity for the child”

— Tangela Johnson, Healthy Start Program Assistant in Tulsa, OK

WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES, October 9, 2019 / — Platypus Media is thrilled to announce the release of a new edition of their beautiful bilingual (English/Spanish) children’s book, Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado. This new “stroller bag” edition of the popular book––perfect for reading on the go––contains engaging new back matter in an adorable grab-and-read size.

The title was originally released in June 2018 in a larger “story time” size (8.5”x11”) in paperback, hardcover, and eBook formats. The original book is perfect for group reading and classroom use, but customers also wanted a more portable size. This new release, in a convenient 6”x 8” paperback edition, also contains new educational content on animal classification as well as mammalian caretaking strategies in the natural world.

Through gorgeous art, this book introduces young children to exciting mammals from all over the world. It celebrates the cherished bond between mother and child across the mammal class. With simple text and captivating illustrations, children begin to see the differences and similarities between themselves and animals who share the Earth with us.

The warm paintings and lyrical text resonate with babies as well as older children. “This book has made quite the impression with the children in our program. It has risen to become the single most popular book for our first graders, and the fourth most popular book overall,” says Bonnie Lurie, head of book selection at Kids Read Now, a literacy program in Troy, Ohio serving over 35,000 children across eight states. “We love the fact that it is bilingual. It helps our English Language Learners work toward proficiency, while introducing our English speaking children to the concept of bilingualism.”

In addition to literacy programs, healthcare and parenting groups are also using this book in their family support programs. “We love giving this title to the families we serve. When parents read it with their children, it not only gives them a chance to enjoy a special time together, but it also helps model attachment for the parents while promoting curiosity for the child,” explains Tangela Johnson, a Healthy Start Program Assistant in Tulsa, OK.

The New Mexico Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program is also using the book in their family support programs. “We fell in love with this book as soon as we saw it,” explains Sharon Giles-Pullen, Breastfeeding Promotion Manager. “The art captures everyone’s attention and the message of nurturing is powerful. We were happy to order several thousand of these to support our work with new parents.”

The accompanying Teacher’s Guide is an excellent resource for educators as well as parents. Available for free download at, it includes additional content, vocabulary, and hands-on activities that help children develop cognitive skills and improve literacy.

“I’m so glad to see this book getting recognition. I wanted to show children that animal families are not so different from human ones,” explains Michels, who is also the author of If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers. “I want children to think about how each species matures, survives, and what their communities look like—whether pride, flock, or family. Showing children this type of attachment in the natural world fosters empathy, kindness, and compassion.”

Dia L. Michels is an internationally published, award-winning science writer who is committed to promoting attachment parenting. She has authored or edited over a dozen books for both children and adults. She can be reached at

Mike Speiser’s beautiful images of mother and baby animals have appeared on the cover of National Geographic’s Wild Animal Baby magazine. His work can be seen at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI. He can be reached at

Platypus Media is an independent press that creates products with a broad appeal to diverse families who believe in the importance of close family relationships for the full and healthy development of children. The publisher is committed to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding, and donates a percentage of profits to groups that work in this field.

Platypus Media products are available for direct purchase. They are distributed to the trade by National Book Network. Library-bound editions are available from Children’s Plus. Review copies available upon request. Sample pages, cover scans, and Teacher’s Guide at

Cuddled and Carried / Consentido y cargado – Stroller Bag Edition
Platypus Media • October 2019
Written by Dia L. Michels • Illustrated by Mike Speiser
Bilingual English/Spanish • Ages 0-4 • 6 x 8” • 32 pages
Paperback ($8.95) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-65-7
eBook ($7.99) ISBN 13: 978-1-930775-66-4

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Screenings of New Documentary Expose Trauma Inflicted on Children of Divorcing Parents by our Family Court System

Canadian Screenings Start Oct 9th, Run in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat


Screenings of New Documentary Expose Trauma Inflicted on Children of Divorcing Parents by our Family Court System

Canadian Screenings Start Oct 9th, Run in Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat

TORONTO, ON — (October 8, 2019) – The new documentary Erasing Family gives voice to the avoidable trauma experienced by over one million Canadian children of divorcing parents.

The goal of this film is to make family break-up healthier for children by offering a concrete road-map for policy and service improvements. This message resonates with a broad consensus that we have a broken family law system that urgently needs repair. With an election around the corner, the film is a wake up call to policy makers to work toward structural reform that puts children first.

The film interviews activists for change who believe the most impactful remedy would be a presumption of equal parenting between mothers and fathers in the event of separation or divorce. Although a Nanos poll showed that 70% of Canadians support equal parenting and only 13% oppose it, and despite social science research demonstrating that equal parenting provides the best outcomes for children, legislative efforts have been repeatedly blocked.

The film's prequel, Erasing Dad, which explored parental alienation in South America, was originally banned from YouTube because it exposed how some professionals make money by keeping parents and children separated. The ban was overturned, the film became incredibly popular and it helped to improve family law in Argentina.

For full information and the screening schedule, visit


Justin Trottier
Executive Director,
Canadian Centre for Men and Families

The Canadian Centre for Men and Families is a men’s health and social service agency with offices across Canada.


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Author and Nationally Syndicated Columnist Lisa Sugarman Dispels the “Perfect” Parent Myth

Meet Lisa Sugarman, author and parenting expert

Lisa Sugarman shares her vivacious laughter with friend and contributing author Debra Gansenberg, MSW, LICSW as they discuss topics in their new book, “How To Raise Imperfectly Perfect Kids And Be Ok With It.”

Parenting expert and author Lisa Sugarman dispels the “perfect” parent myth in her latest book “How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be OK With It.”

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In her newest book, “How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be OK With It,” author and columnist Lisa Sugarman dispels the “perfect” parent myth.

Sugarman uses her humanistic approach to parenting Gen Z kids and tells it like it is. The goal is not to raise perfect kids; the goal is to raise kind, responsible adults.”

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HOUSTON, TX, UNITED STATES, October 3, 2019 / — Modern parents face different challenges from their predecessors. In the age of social media, comparison can easily make moms and dads feel inadequate as they raise their kids. The pressure to be the “perfect” parent and to raise the “perfect” child surfaces everyday.

Children are also growing up differently. Born in a time when society tells every kid they should be the best and brightest in the room, parents of Generation Z kids often foster entitled attitudes by mowing down every obstacle in their kid's path, instead of letting them learn resiliency and be able to grow on their own.

Nationally syndicated columnist and author Lisa Sugarman dispels the “perfect” parent myth in her newest book, "How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be OK With It." Sugarman uses her humanistic approach to parenting Gen Z kids and tells it like it is, with a heavy dose of reality and advice straight from the front lines. The goal is not to raise perfect kids; the goal is to raise kind, responsible adults.

Contributor Debra Fox Gansenberg, MSW, LICSW uses her years of experience as a psychotherapist to sprinkle accessible tips and strategies alongside Lisa’s honest humor, giving readers a true field guide for how to navigate some of the common pitfalls of parenthood.

Lisa recognizes the power of harnessing relatable resources to help moms and dads find parenting success. She is a MentorMama on the SocialMama App, a ground-breaking social platform that connects moms to other moms on a similar path. As a parenting expert, Sugarman interacts with mothers nationwide through SocialMama, answering their burning parenting questions and offering connection and support.

“How To Raise Perfectly Imperfect Kids And Be OK With It" is bound to become a bedside companion for any mom or dad looking for a reminder that parenthood isn’t a straight line, and it’s not supposed to be.

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Source: EIN Presswire