What Goes around Comes around


I came across this photo on the net. It is described as a prayer circle, but I’m not sure where it was taken or by whom. It just speaks volumes to me about the importance of each and every person on this planet. This one image says it all — we each play an important role…and if we don’t do our part, the circle is left incomplete.

Help your children understand how valuable they are in this world. Give them the confidence they need to fulfill their purpose in life.

Here are some sweet and simple ways to boost their confidence:

  • High Fives
  • Secret Codes (My children and I hold up 3 fingers or say, “Three.”  They know what this means, and I’ve been forbidden to share our secret message with you…but you can make your own.)
  • Bear Hugs
  • Tickles
  • Eskimo Kisses
  • Butterfly Kisses
  • Pinky Promises
  • Fist Bumps
  • Thumbs Up

Let your kids know you believe in them — and that God does, too!

Summer Hiatus


I hope you’re all enjoying a fabulous summer in the sun. Like most of you, I am trying to soak up every single second with my family this summer. I will resume author visits in August.

Please contact me  to schedule a visit to your school, church, mothers’ group, library, or store: juliepcantrell@bellsouth.net

Thanks kindly for your continued support. I hope the books are bringing tons of smiles and snuggles to you and your kiddos this season.

We’re All The Same


A friend shared a link on my facebook page that I’d like to share with you. No words needed. Just take a couple of minutes to enjoy the show, and remember – we all dance to the same internal rhythms. Can you hear the music?  Click here: Stand By Me

Creativity — Message from God?


If you haven’t read Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love, you should.  Her blazing honesty is refreshing and uplifting as she takes you on a journey across the world and across the realm of what it means to be human.

Now, I’ve only written two little picture books. I’m in no way comparing myself to the brilliance of Elizabeth Gilbert. Still, I’ve heard time and time again, “Aren’t you afraid people won’t like the books?” or “Isn’t it scary to write?”

True, throwing your soul to the wind can be a bit nerve-wrecking, but I believe we were born to create. We were born to contribute. We were born to enlighten – and to be enlightened by others who were born to share their gifts with us.

Do I have some special gift — heck no! I wrote these books to make kids happy, and to help them overcome their fears in this ever-so-frightening planet. Did I worry that people wouldn’t like the books. Sure I did. I mean, I still do. But I’m finding that children actually DO like the books. And that has been so worth the risk.

Will these books ever win a Nobel prize. No indeedy.

Will they be read at bedtime while a child snuggles safely in the arms of a loved one. Yes, they will. And to me, that means everything.

I hope you’ll enjoy Elizabeth Gilbert’s take on the creative genius – and that you’ll start creating something right away! I dare you!

To view Elizabeth Gilbert’s excerpt, visit: http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/453