Award-winning author, L.R.Knost

Imagination is the Language of Childhood

a walk in the clouds concept art collage











If “play is the work of childhood,” as Fred Rogers so aptly put it, then imagination is truly the language of childhood.

Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources is focused on helping parents to see things from their children’s perspective in order to connect and communicate, guide and inspire, and support and encourage their children throughout childhood and beyond.

Children’s books are a wonderful avenue for parents to connect with their children through that lovely language of childhood…imagination. Little Hearts Books LLC is excited to announce the July 2013 release of L.R.Knost’s newest children’s book, A Walk in the Clouds. Written in a playful, rhythmic cadence…

Little toes high in the air
Waving round without a care
Walking cross the sunlit sky
Spotting cloudy shapes go by
A duck floats in a crystal sea
Look! A bird’s nest in a tree
A dancing hippo takes a bow
And there’s a tiny little cow
Laughing penguins all lined up…

and illustrated with whimsical cloud shapes of dancing hippos, laughing penguins, and more, A Walk in the Clouds captures that magical childhood experience of laying in the cool grass while spotting shapes in the clouds drifting overhead and celebrates the pure and simple joy of ‘doing nothing’ that makes childhood such a beautiful season of life. For some ideas about connecting with your children through play, check out this Bucket List for a Happy Childhood!

Petey's Listening EarsOther children’s books by L.R.Knost include Petey’s Listening Ears the first in the Wisdom for Little Hearts picture book series focused on equipping parents with gentle parenting tools while entertaining and gently guiding children, and Grumpykins, a soon-to-be-released series by L.R.Knost, that develops children’s emotional health and intelligence as little Grumpykins’ bad attitude and grumpiness brings giggles as well as understanding about emotions, perceptions, and self-regulation.

L.R.Knost is the author of the Little Hearts Handbook series of parentingTwo Thousand Kisses a Day-Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages guides. Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages and  Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood are the first two books in the series. The next book in the series, due to be released in November of 2013, is The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline.

Other books in the Little Hearts Handbook series due to be released in 2014 are

  • Gentle Christian Parenting: Reflecting the Heart of Jesus
  • Raising Bookworms: Sharing a Love of Reading with Children.
  • Gentle Beginnings: The First Year

To find out more about the Little Hearts Handbooks, click here for reviews, sample chapters, author interviews, contact and media information, and giveaways!

Award-winnning author, L.R.Knost, is the founder and director of the children's rights advocacy and family consulting group, Little Hearts/Gentle Parenting Resources, and Editor-in-Chief of Holistic Parenting Magazine. Books by L.R.Knost include Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood ; Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages ; The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline ; and Jesus, the Gentle Parent: Gentle Christian Parenting the first four books in the Little Hearts Handbook gentle parenting series, and children’s picture books Petey’s Listening Ears and the soon-to-be-released Grumpykins series.

28 Responses

  1. Viviane Fois Gruendel

    I just love books and stories in american english! I’m from Germany and I’m teaching my little baby girl (11 months) to speak another language.

    April 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm

  2. I am an elementary school counselor and just found this site/resource while looking through pinterest! I am glad I found it because all of these books/series are great resources not only for myself to use when working with students ages 3-11, but are also beneficial to use as resources to give to parents!

    April 15, 2013 at 2:03 pm

  3. christina

    such a cute idea for a book. Can’t wait to check it out!

    April 15, 2013 at 2:07 pm

  4. Gissele

    I would love to win the books , 🙂 am a mommy of 2beautiful girls 🙂

    April 15, 2013 at 2:14 pm

  5. Amber

    I appreciate your wisdom and support, which I find daily on Facebook! It is as you know magically what I need to hear/read on some days to get through the tough moments!!

    April 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  6. Kelley

    I always find your posts inspirational and very needed during this sometimes stressful journey of parenthood!

    April 15, 2013 at 7:41 pm

  7. Nuttara

    Imagine what clouds look like is my favourite thing until today 🙂

    April 16, 2013 at 12:04 am

  8. Yes, we love books, all of us

    April 16, 2013 at 8:05 am

  9. The illustrations just captivated me. I would love to win the books to share with my kids!

    April 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

  10. Kate Nelson

    This is the only blog I read consistently. I love the messages I’m infused with in the posts on this site and I try to implement them into my parenting as best I can. It would be great to extend these messages in a format that would appeal to my daughter and these beautiful children’s books would be a great way to do so. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win such a lovely and helpful prize!!

    April 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm

  11. alexandrapintea

    I am so happy to have found you! Its one of the few blogs i read all the time!!! Thank you!!!

    April 18, 2013 at 3:09 am

  12. Yes,these books sound helpful to parents who can sometimes use a reminder of being a thoughful parent. My children and I love to find shapes in the clouds and stars.

    April 23, 2013 at 2:37 pm

  13. Lisa

    such a great blog. thank you for all your resources! lovely books, would love them for my kiddos!

    April 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  14. Jessica

    LOVE your resources! Thank you for the time you put into helping other parents 🙂

    April 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

  15. My kids’ bookshelves are overflowing. We love books in our house, and would love to add these to our collection.

    April 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

  16. Erica

    As a mommy of two this would be awesome to have!

    May 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

  17. Natalie

    What an awesome concept for a book…grown ups sometime need help getting back to our imaginative roots like our sweet babies! 😀

    May 1, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  18. What lovely illustrations!
    Thanks for sharing this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    May 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    • Thank you! My illustrator is multi-talented, for sure. 🙂

      May 4, 2013 at 12:34 am

  19. Thanks for the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop!

    May 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

  20. Georgia Beckman

    Thanks so much for participating in the book hop!

    May 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

  21. I would love to win! Great prize!

    May 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  22. nicole krutz

    So cute!!!

    May 17, 2013 at 10:41 pm

  23. Maryann

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    May 18, 2013 at 2:44 am

  24. Looks great! Would love to win!

    May 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm

  25. Fantastic giveaway! Thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. 🙂

    May 19, 2013 at 2:39 am

  26. I would love to have these in my home and classroom! Thanks so much for the chance to win! 🙂

    May 19, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  27. Jessica A.

    Great giveaway!

    May 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm

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