Today, I am so proud to discuss author Maria Dismondy's latest book and to offer one of you the chance to win your very own, signed copy.
Maria is a woman who wears many hats. Her favorite hat is, by far, being the mother of two little ladies. Next up (maybe even tied with being a mother) is being a wife to her best friend. Before becoming a published writer, Maria taught elementary school. She also teaches fitness classes. Maria loves photography and scrapbooking and tries to squeeze in taking classes on both in any free time she has. Reading is one of her favorite past times. She reads everything from young adult fiction to cookbooks to romance novels.
In 2007, Maria and her good friend Meg started a Non-Profit Organization called Making Spirits Bright. Together, they strive to make a difference in their local community. You can find out more about them on their facebook page.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, Maria’s first book, made her an award-winning author winning both an Eric Hoffer Award and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award. It was based off of Maria’s childhood experiences of being teased and bullied for her big hair and funny concoctions she ate for lunch. Maria co-authored The Juice Box Bully with Bob Sornson in 2010 and her third book, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three came out last January.
Inspiration for this story came from experiences in her own life. Maria has witnessed children struggle with wanting it all. She was inspired by stories of children who have barely anything and give away what they do have. After years of researching bullying, Maria has found that what the world needs is an increase in EMPATHY. The Potato Chip Champ teaches empathy and contentment in a silly story with witty characters. Maria writes stories that children need to hear.
You can follow Maria on facebook or twitter. She has a blog called Be The Difference and writes about her experiences as a mother and gives advice and ideas to be used when parenting, teaching or dealing with character education.
You can purchase her books on her website at www.mariadismondy.com or on amazon or barnesandnoble.com
Maria is currently hosting this blog tour. You can find the schedule on her website under events. There will be more giveaways, reviews, interviews, guest posts and more.
If you have ever read any of Maria's books, you will see how incredibly talented she is, as well as, passionate about developing important character traits in children.
This latest book is about two boys who are as different as two kids could be. Champ has everything and always wants more, and Walter has very little, yet is always seen with a smile on his face. You can't help but love him! In the end, Walter teaches Champ, and everyone who listens to the story, a valuable lesson about character.
This book will make a wonderful addition to anyone's home and classroom library. There's no doubt that you'll feel happy when you finish it. It will definitely be enjoyed by you, your family, and your students.
Now for the good news! You can enter below to win your very own signed copy of this award-winning book. Good luck to all of you and happy reading!
Tomorrow, the tour takes you to Misty's blog! I hope you check out her post!