Civility Book for Children Wins National Award
06/26/2012

Civility Champion, Mary Jane McKittrick, takes us from sandbox to the ballot box - kids and politics.

Online PR News – 26-June-2012 – Southern Pines, North Carolina June 25, 2012 – Boomer and Halley - Election Day, A Town votes for Civic Responsibility wins the prestigious Mom's Choice award for helping adults discuss politics with young children. This is the third offering in the Boomer and Halley series from Civility Champion, Mary Jane McKittrick, and it comes at a time of national interest in promoting good behavior.

The horrifying video showing a 68-yr-old school bus monitor being verbally abused by four middle school students went viral in a big way. The sight and sound of the attack sickened all who saw it, and spawned an outpouring of national support for Karen Klein - a grandma just doing her job. This was reality TV at its worse, because it was REAL! What can we do to curb bullying and a lack of civility in our lives?

I draw upon my professional experience in media and the corporate world along with my time living on a horse farm rehabilitating animals to craft stories featuring animals that offer solutions to the questions of how to raise children to be kind and caring

"That's what I get asked everywhere I go. People feel powerless to address the many acts of rudeness they encounter on a daily basis. But there is a lot we can all do, starting right now!" Mary Jane McKittrick is a former TV news anchor, reporter, producer, and now an award-winning author, of the Boomer and Halley series that introduces civility to children 4-8 through humor. Each delightful story featuring Boomerang, the Australian Shepherd, and Halley's Comet, a silver streak of a cat, is embedded with life lessons featuring a blended family of humans and animals set in the small Southern town of Shady Pines.

"I draw upon my professional experience in media and the corporate world, along with my time living on a horse farm rehabilitating animals, to craft stories featuring animals that offer solutions to the questions of how to raise children to be kind and caring," says Ms. McKittrick. "We know that civility is the foundation for excellence that enables people to live successful lives. The sooner that training starts, and the more it is reinforced in a positive way, the better chance we have of helping children become productive adults."

Boomer and Halley - Election Day shows how the good folks of Shady Pimes hold their mayor accountable for some mistakes he's made. Young readers have a chance to experience an election process that is actually fun! Adults reading with a youngster are given a way to reinforce the life lessons embedded in the story including forgiveness, honesty, pet care, and responsibility.

"My hope is to influence young people to be their best selves. In that way, we can hopefully instill civility and respect and a host of other bedrock values. There is no violence, bad language, or anger in any Boomer and Halley story. Perhaps if we can all do our part, fewer people will have to endure the kind of hateful bullying Ms. Klein was subjected to by four teenagers on a school bus."

Boomer and Halley books are published by Tuxedo Cat Productions and can be found on AMAZON and the author's website: www.boomerandhalley.com

Tuxedo Cat Productions, Inc. produces entertaining stories filled with Little Lessons. Big Results.(tm) Life lessons leading to PAWSitive results are introduced through humorous stories for children 4-8, and the adults trying to guide them. An innovative, interactive approach to promoting discussion of highlighted civility lessons is included in every Boomer and Halley book.

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