All of the books featured on this website focus on The Twelve Gifts of strength, beauty, courage, compassion, hope, joy, talent, imagination, reverence, wisdom, love, and faith. Here you will find information about the books authored by Charlene as well as about other books that reinforce the understanding that we are all born with inherent gifts and that using these gifts can help us to live well.

“Children are made readers on the laps of  their parents.” Reading-to-Newborn-300x231
                                          ~ Emilie Buchwald

“It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations–something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own.”          ~Katherine Patterson 

I would add that we must give children books that help them to see their goodness, their value, their worthiness, their strengths–all their gifts–and books that encourage them to be themselves, follow their dreams, and help make the world a better place. When you read a good book–either for children or adults–that does any of these things, please write and share the news of it so that it can be added to the growing recommended bookshelf that others can find here.