Playgrounds can be tricky for disabled kids. Imagine the disappointment of thinking you are going to get to go to the park and play with your friends only to realize, once you got there, that it is full of steps, pebbles, narrow walkways, and other barriers that make playing on it impossible for you. We have been there... a lot.
However, thanks to some awesome communities and engineers banding together, boundless playgrounds are making their way across the nation! We lived in Alaska for a time, and almost every playground there had been transformed into an inclusive playground. It was so nice for Kaylee to be able to play with her friends instead of sitting on the sidelines with me!
These playground's are life changing for disabled children and their peers!
Alexander Elementary, a school in a neighboring city, is currently trying to raise money to get their very own boundless playground! Their fundraiser was started by a mother who wanted her daughter, and other children with disabilities, to have the opportunity to play at recess. The community has raised over a 1/3 of the funds they need so far.
If Alexander is able to build their playground, it be the only playground of its kind in their city and I want to help them reach their goal!
Lets Help Alexander Elementary get a Boundless Playground!
dFrom August 26th 2021 to September 4th 2021 50% of all "Our Service Dogs" online sales will go to Alexander Elementary Schools Boundless Playground fund! This will include all book purchases from Amazon.com AND AmberDianeHill.com!!
It would not be a proper fundraiser without a coupon code so here ya go!
At checkout on AmberDianeHill.com, use code ALEX21 for %15 off your book purchase! The code will be valid until 9/4/21 and is only valid for hardcover purchases on my website.
Here are some buttons with helpful links ;) Use the last one to donate directly to Alexanders fund.
50% of profits from all purchases of "Our Service Dogs" on Amazon.com and AmberDianeHill.com will go to Alexander's Boundless Playground!
Amazon reviews are so important for a self published author like myself. Not only do they give valuable feedback for both the author and reader, but they also make it easier for potential readers to find the book. The more Amazon reviews a book has, the sooner it surfaces in searches. Thank you for your reviews!
Here are a few of my favorite Amazon reviews of "Our Service Dogs"
This book should be in every library, home, and classroom.
As a children's librarian and literacy consultant, I can think of few books that I consider essential to complete a collection for today's young child. "Our Service Dogs" opens the window for understanding the benefit of service dogs in an accurate and positive way by providing a range of children and their services dogs. There is no book that I can find like this and the illustrations and story engage the reader from the cover to the helpful notes at the end.
Absolutely lovely book! A smooth fun read aloud that also teaches kids all about different service dogs. I love how this book not only teaches about service dogs but also what behavior is expected from people around service dogs! Not to mention the adorable illustrations!
My Toddlers New Favorite
Ever since we got this book last week this book has become #1 for my toddler (and I thought it was more targeted towards older kids, so just goes to show that kids at any age will enjoy this). He's always asking to read the "doggy book" and we especially enjoy the illustrations since I think that's a big factor of keeping him so engaged. I also really loved this book for it's content. Even as an adult I loved learning about the different kids with disabilities and how dogs help out and what I can do to learn more. I love that my toddler is learning this too. Overall a wonderfully engaging, beautiful, and educational book!
Great Book... so glad someone made this
The information and illustrations are awesome to teach kids and others about service dogs. I love this. I hand it out to schools when I go to demonstrate service dogs. I give talks and demonstrations with service dogs that I train. This is a great adjunct to my visits. I bought several for my family members and to take along to my visits.
"Our Service Dogs" is a children's book about 9 different kids who use service dogs to help them with their disabilities. All of the teams featured in "Our Service Dogs" are based on real kids!
Click on the pictures to learn more about each team that is featured in my book "Our Service Dogs"
You may have noticed that one team is missing. Ben and his mom, from the book, are based on a team that wanted to remain anonymous.
A few of my featured teams have amazing social media accounts! Check them out by clicking on the names below (trust me, you're going to want to see these!)
Charley and Eevee Facebook (Team pictures and updates)
Charley and Eevee Instagram (Team pictures and updates)
Abri and Oliver Instagram (All about Abri's incredible journey)
Abri and Oliver Facebook (All about Abri's incredible journey)
Kaylee and Riley Instagram (Team pictures and updates)
Lane and Thunder Facebook (Updates about Lane, his rodeo adventures and his animal friends)
Lindsay and Quigley Instagram (Mental health inspiration by Lindsay)
Sarah and Bella Instagram (Team pictures and Updates)
Attention service dog trainers and educators!! Join me virtually on May 15th 2021 for an exclusive reading of "Our Service Dogs". Get a one of a kind look into my new children's book, "Our Service Dogs" and get access to awesome deals!
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Well, its finally here! The hardcover of "Our Service Dogs" is now available for purchase!
There are two versions of the hardcover available as of today: a regular, but still fabulous hardcover, and a "premium", signed, hardcover. Read on for the differences.
"Our Service Dogs" Hardcover
This copy of "Our Service Dogs", aka the "regular" version, is available to purchase on Amazon.com or my website for $21. It is printed through Ingram Spark, and is "Library Quality". These books are printed when ordered, and shipped right to your door. It is all set up for expanded distribution (discounted rate for businesses), so if a library or store were to sell my book, this is the version they would be selling.
Cover: Matte hardcover, case laminate
It has an ISBN so it is perfect for Libraries and bookstores. It is also likely to show up on B&N and at other book stores. The quality is definitely there! The cover is thick and strong but not too heavy. I color corrected my files a few times for this version, but they still turned out brighter than my KDP paperback. Some of my family members actually like the colors in this version better, but I honestly think they are both great!
Unlike the paperback, this hardcover has the dedication and legal stuff as the first page. Overall I was really happy with the printing and shipping process of this book.
"Our Service Dogs" Premium Hardcover
The premium version of "Our Service Dogs" is only available on my website. It comes signed by Kaylee, Riley, and myself. These copies were printed at a local printing shop, DiggyPOD. These books are printed in bulk and shipped by me once they are ordered.
Cover: Glossy hardcover, case laminate
The glossy finish on the cover and pages are really nice! I love the way it looks and feels. This version is the only one with the cute yellow pages before and after the body text. It does not currently have an ISBN as it is intended to be a limited edition and only sold on my website. That may change in the future.
I was impressed with the printing quality and the color is pretty much how I intended it to look. The spine of this hardcover is the sharpest and strongest of all three versions of my book, but it does make a very slight creaky noise when you open and close the book (most glossy covers do).
And of course, I love that I can add a personal touch with a signature and custom note! This version would make an excellent gift or addition to your home Library.
Today is the day!!!!!
"Our Service Dogs" is officially released!
I plan to celebrate with some tacos and lots of napping ;)
Not only am I officially announcing the release of "Our Service Dogs" paperback, which you can purchase on Amazon for $10.35 Here, but I am also here to announce that pre-orders for the hardcover are live!
I originally planned to release the hardcover in the summer, but so many people were wanting it for their home and school libraries that I thought I'd work really hard and make it available asap!
Pre-orders will be shipped by April 15th, Just a little over a month away!!
So here are the 3 ways you can buy "Our Service Dogs" (all prices include shipping):
The softcover/ paperback copy is available on Amazon right now for $10.35. It includes free "Prime" shipping and only takes a couple of days to arrive at your doorstep. I was really happy with the print quality and price!
How it is different: Softcover with "perfect binding". No text on the spine. Copyright page is in the back of the book.
2. Hardcover Pre-Order
Starting on April 15th the hardcover will be available on multiple platforms including Amazon and my website for $21. Until then, you can pre-order it on my website. These books will ship by April 15th 2021. I have not been given my proof yet, (I will do a video post when I do) but I have heard really good things about the printer. Libraries commonly purchase their books through them so I think we can expect excellent quality hardcovers.
How it is different: High-quality hardcover with matte finish. Ships April 15th. Will be available on multiple platforms including Amazon.
3. Premium Signed Hardcover
Starting today you can pre-order the premium hardcover of "Our Service Dogs". These will be printed by a world class printing company that just so happens to be local to me! Each copy will be signed by myself as well as Kaylee and Riley. I expect these to be shipped no later then April 15th.
How it is different: Premium Hardcover with gloss finish. Signed by Amber, Kaylee, and Riley. Only available on my website.
Well there you have it, I am officially a published author... self published... but it totally counts! Thank you all so much for your support and feedback! I have learned so much and created something that I am really proud of and cannot wait to share with the world.
Get a peek and learn more about "Our Service Dogs" here.
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