The Author:

Nayera Salam has a Master's degree in Education from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and more than thirty years of teaching experience. She is now retired and lives in Atlanta with her husband. She has two children and is the proud grandmother of two granddaughters.

"I have been writing stories in my mind for a long time...It seems like the characters 'create' themselves. I just write down what I get from somewhere. This applies to all my stories.

"I don't choose a topic, or select characters, they choose me!" Nayera Salam.

Book #7

Large 36-page hardcover book with paint by number watercolor activity

Book Summary:
The farm animals, and even Rags, the fat rat, made fun of Horace’s ears. Horace was sad but also very strong Through his courage, kindness and determination, he showed them that beauty comes from within. From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery.  Plus, enjoy a paint by number - watercolor - coloring page!

Book's Message: 
Inner beauty is what counts!

The Illustrator:
Golnar Servatian is an award-winning Iranian children’s book and magazine freelance illustrator. She has been illustrating for kids since 2006 and won awards at an international level. Publishing more than 50 books. She also enjoys painting and writing stories and poems. She has a Bachelors in Graphic Design and a Masters in Fine Arts.

Book #6

Large 48-page softcover book with 5 activities!

Book Summary:
Loudmouth Line makes fun of humble Decent Dot. Great danger! The entire Legendary Land of Pages could disappear, along with all its inhabitants, because of Line’s foolishness. From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery. Plus fun activities!

Book's Message: 
Wonderful things can happen when we work together!

The Illustrator:
Lamya Sharaby is a children’s book illustrator and graphic designer based in Cairo, Egypt.

Book #5

Large 48-page softcover book with 5 activities!

Book's Summary:
Chocolate Chum is the luckiest dog in the neighborhood! He not only has many doggy friends but he has many pals of a different kind. Frogs, gnomes, cats and more. Meet them all in this story that teaches kids about inclusivity and diversity. Plus fun activities! From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery. Plus fun activities!

Book's Message: 
Celebrate diversity!

The Illustrator:
Jenny Reynish is an artist and illustrator working mainly in children’s publishing and has created a wide variety of illustrations for US and UK publishers. Her individual and decorative style was sparked by a Persian rug from Isfahan, inherited from her aunt. She loves the colors and decorative patterns of the Middle East and India, and finds much inspiration from living by the sea. She works in watercolor, oil, and linoprint.

Book #4

Large 34-page hardcover book with attached coloring page!

Book Summary:
Linh and her fairy friends Jasmine, Rosie, and Bluebell frolic through the woodland, having fun and helping the animals. In this rhyming fantasy, the four nature lovers don’t end their day of fun until they help Mama Coquette, Uncle McBuck, Lady Lala, and Grandpa Howell one by one! From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery.

Book's Message:
Connect with nature and its beautiful creatures!

The Illustrator:
Natasha Wescoat is a professional artist-entrepreneur with 12+ years of experience. She has become a household name with over 1000 original works in private and corporate collections worldwide. She has nabbed over 20 licensing deals, several nationwide art exhibits and has even had her art in major publications and Hollywood films. 

Book #3

Large 24-page hardcover book with attached coloring page!

Book Summary:
When Matt, the orange tabby cat, sees Millie, the little gray mouse, he can’t decide between being mean or nice. After all, he must catch any mouse who sneaks inside the neat red brick house of old Mrs. Krouse. Millie pleads for a slice of cheese. Matt listens and thinks. They make a cat and mouse pact, build a friendship and become pals. From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery.

Book's Message: 
Resolve issues peacefully!

The Illustrator:
Teresa Abboud is a Georgia-based illustrator and a 2D animator.  She graduated from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts. She grew up in Lebanon in an artistic environment, in an atmosphere of integrity and disorder, war and liberty.  Teresa’s art reflects her inner feelings. Her esthetic choices come directly from this atmosphere that marked her childhood. Teresa wants to tell stories, share feelings, express ideas, and transmit emotions through her art.

Book #2

Large 24-page padded hardcover with a 24-piece attached puzzle!

Book Summary:
The tiny ants defeat big elephant Fritz’s threat when they decide to take action and fight for their right!  In this rhyming fantasy, the tiny ants unite and defend their colony’s mound.  They earn the respect of all the jungle animals even though they are the smallest creatures around. From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book's message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery.

Book's Message: 
Stand up for your rights, no matter how small you are!

The Illustrator:
Bina Damodar is a Sacramento-based illustrator and founder of BinaZen. She began her career in art by hobby as an Indian-style henna artist. She later transitioned into the healthcare industry, but that did not stop her love of art. Inspired by traditional henna designs and the ‪Zentangle‬® method of pattern drawing, she started turning her everyday doodles into works of art under her own trademark BinaZen. For Bina, art is the most direct path to peace, focus, and passion. 

Book #1

Large 24-page softcover book with a coloring page!

Book Summary:
Bad Mood is chased away by Big Belle, Susie Squirrel and her friend Gus, Graceful Dorothy Doe, and Lady Golden Beak. In this rhyming fantasy, Bad Mood, the gloomy, ugly guy tries to ruin their day in his own special way. But trial after trial he fails until Fairy Felicia changes him to Good Mood. Only then is he invited to stay and play! From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book's message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery.

Book's message:
Show the world your smile!
The Illustrator:

Elsa Estrada has a Degree in Fine Arts from La Laguna University, Spain specializing in Illustration. She is a London based graphic designer and illustrator, actively working for over twelve years. Her illustrations represent hours of meticulous work and the fine detail created is an expression of her dedication and passion.
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In the press:
Reading with your Kids Podcast review of Loudmouth Line & Decent Dot
Reading with your Kids Podcast review of Friends of a Different Kind
Book Review: Friends Of A Different Kind
Friends of a Different Kind Review
A Cat and Mouse Pact – A Review
Go Away Bad Mood - A Review 

More reviews...

Go Away Bad Mood:
"This is another super super positive lovely story. To be on your guard when the "bad mood" starts to invade your space! All you have to do is to recognize it and send it away! Nayera has a gentle and fun way of turning "bad" to "good!"" Tip Boonperm

"My grandchildren love the illustrations and the story. The puzzle in the back is their favorite part. They would not let me borrow the book to take to my other two grandchildren, because they did not want to part with the comfort of the character on the cover, and wanted me to read it again next time, they promised. It was past their bed time." Carol Anne Wien - Grandmother

"My daughter attended a reading of Go Away Bad Mood by Nayera Salam at her daycare. At three years old, my daughter loved the characters and the beautiful illustrations. The playful repetition throughout the book made it easy for the children to engage in the storytelling from beginning to end. As a parent, I love the message the book has to offer. Learning how to recognize and manage emotions is an essential part of growing up and this book offers an opportunity to explore this concept." Miriam Gomes - Mother

"Speaking from both the perspective of a parent of a three year old and an educational psychologist, I love this book! This is such a creative and fun way to introduce feelings. The character, Bad Mood, is very engaging and the ending when he becomes Good Mood is quite uplifting and is always exciting for my daughter. Now whenever she begins to get in a "bad mood," we can both laughingly tell her bad mood to go away and never ever come back! The puzzle must be mentioned as it is an added bonus. I highly recommend this book to any parent to help their child understand and manage challenging feelings in a lighthearted way that will fuel several future references and discussions. I am looking forward to the next book!"
Dena McManis, PsyD

"Go Away Bad Mood is a delightful book that appeals to children on many levels in my classroom.  The storyline is simple,  and easy for all  children to understand.  They quickly see how important it is to send Bad Mood away.  But then when he is all alone they find themselves sympathetic.  So when Fairy Felicia, Queen of Happiness, Laughter and Smiles changes him into Good Mood, the children cheered! Everyone can change his bad mood and make new friends.  The children’s spirits soared by the end of the book.  I love the puzzle on the back cover.  It’s a wonderful addition to an uplifting story.  Thank you for sharing it with my class." Jayne Euwer, M.Ed. National Board Certification, Kindergarten Teacher, Crestline Elementary School

"The book sends a strong message that we are in control of our own emotions. We have a choice in whether to allow others to impact us negatively. With the power of positive thinking, we keep our positive mood, which will also lead to positive behavior." Dr. Enas El Shiwick, PsyD, LMFT Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

“…a little treasure! This delightful little book sends Bad Mood scurrying away time after time with wise words until he is finally replaced with Good Mood. There is a very important message here for children and adults as well. You will read it again and again.” Sandy Smith, Grandmother
"This is fantastic! It's super cute and great writing." Giulia Balicchia, Mother

"I absolutely loved it! I loved the story telling aspect, and the characters were all so colorful, really brought them all to life! Great message for kids of all ages. Kids and adults alike." Renna, Mother

"I like the way it can be enjoyed by younger children but even [older] ages can enjoy the wonderful whimsical characters...I believe children LOVE the repetition of words in story telling making a greater impact in the moral of the story! The story is fabulous by teaching us a lesson on how NOT to let small things ruin our day and to learn how to let negativity get replaced by positive and happy thoughts." Hala Brown, Mother

“The message and struggles that are presented in Go Away Bad Mood by Nayera Salam are positive and up lifting. It is an amusing story that will help kids and adults understand more about emotional literacy and leave us all feeling happy at the end.” Patricia M. Cruz, M.A., L.M.F.T Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

"This is a lovely book and I believe your message is one that should be taught to all little ones, it teaches them to recognize their feelings and behavior around others, adorable book." Beth Norman Hanafi, Mother

"Nayera Salam is a talented writer of books for children as demonstrated in Bad Mood Go Away. Pull this book out, and it will have you laughing instead of crying!...This book is a treat for sure!" Panna Ansley, Mother"I thought the illustrations were outstanding. The storyline of the Bad Mood—Good Mood triumph, portrayed a calming almost stabilizing feeling as I read it. Go Away Bad Mood is just as relatable to adults as children. Every body loves good endings especially transformation that turns bad to good. Loved it. I did give one to an adult!" Sharon

Big Elephant Fritz and the Tiny Ants:
"This is an absolutely delightful story with such rich and beautiful illustrations. It is a story of courage and wisdom and shows that might is not always right! It is told in a very charming and lyrical way. As a collage artist, I love the vibrant color, the details, and the ambience of the story. It is just perfect!" Tip Weniger - Collage artist and docent at the Michael Carlos Museum at Emory University, Atlanta, GA

"[Big Elephant Fritz and the Tiny Ants] is a very inspiring book. It conveys an important message to kids: if they stand together they can overcome bullies. The book is filled with colorful, amazing illustrations." Maha Safwat

"I thoroughly enjoyed reading your new book 'Big Elephant Fritz and the Tiny Ants' with my 4 year old son David. It sparked his vivid imagination and he asked many questions about the wonderful characters' adventures. Your ideas and writing style certainly entice the young reader's thirst for more. The imagery was extraordinary and the messages about values superb! Thanks for your wonderful words. David lastly was intrigued by the inclusion of a puzzle that followed the story line!" Juliana Bermudez

"The story of Big Elephant Fritz and The Tiny Ants is a clever tale that will teach children about courage, determination, and teamwork. The use of descriptive language stimulates vocabulary-building while impressing upon young readers that they have the power to overcome opposition which might seem to be overwhelming if they follow a well-planned course of action." Marsetta Ray, Business Owner, DocuTrain Solutions, Inc

"I always look for children's books that are fun to read aloud, and this book has a lovely musicality that begs to be heard. There is an important message in the story, and the illustrations cheerfully catch your eye." Gay DiGirolamo, Retired Music Teacher and Grandmother"I love it! The illustrations are wonderful." Phyillis Ghani, Grandmother

"This is an absolutely wonderful book. It is beautifully illustrated.The author's strong descriptive language conveys to young readers the message of the importance of courage, determination, and teamwork to overcome life obstacles.The story of Big Elephant Fritz and The Tiny Ants could be a great resource for character education." Sherry Khaki, M. Ed. Special Education Teacher River Eves Elementary School

"Another thought-provoking book by Nayera Salam that has many lessons for children. With its beautiful illustrations, Big Elephant Fritz and the Tiny Ants delivers a strong message to children about the importance of cooperation and respect for everyone. My four- year -old daughter loves the book, which has promoted many discussions and has helped her to understand the importance of working together." Dena E. McManis, PsyD Educational & School Psychologist

A Cat and Mouse Pact
"A Cat and Mouse Pact imparts an important message to children, their caregivers and educators in a fun and entertaining way. We can all learn something about friendship and tolerance from Matt and Millie." Carolyn

"Another wonderful tale of how you can create a "friendship pact" even though you were enemies! The illustrations are lovely and colorful!" Tip Boonperm

“What a beautiful tale. It’s full of down-to-earth morality and easy-to-grasp principles. I wish humans could follow Matt and Millie’s example!” Omneya Serry, Literature Specialist

"David loved the book "A Cat and Mouse Pact." He especially liked the picture and character of the fat cat! He also especially liked the part where the mice gave the cat a fish to eat!! It was a positive and uplifting message for today's children. Thank so much for brightening his day and keep writing great children's books. Can't wait for the next one."  Eduardo Montana, Father

"A Cat and Mouse Pact is the perfect story to read to my grandchildren because it has a sweet way of getting the lesson across to the kids. The rhymes and repetition make it fun to listen to and the pictures make it fun to flip the pages.Such an important lesson of being able to be friends despite differences and the best way to get a point across is by being nice! Thanks for helping us make lots of happy book-reading memories together." Grandma Nina

"Common to all of Nayera Salam's children's books, A Cat and a Mouse Pact provides wonderful examples of kindness, gratitude, and friendship and highlights the importance of honoring a promise. My four year old daughter and I enjoy frequently reading the book with all of the colorful illustrations." Dena McManis, PsyD, Educational & School Psychologist

Woodland Fairies
"As a mother of three and a grandmother of six, I enjoyed reading "Woodland Fairies" to the children.  They loved the book, and we all like thinking about fairies.  You never know what those little people are going to do next!!!" Panna Ansley, Mother

"I just finished reading Nayera Salam’s new children book “Woodland Fairies” and it definitely is one of the best children books I’ve ever read! What a WONDERFUL book! Its free rhyming prose flows naturally, just like poetry, subtly instilling in children the love of meanings and words, which will linger long after the reading is over. The story, the fairies, the inspiring characters names transport the reader, adult or child, to a whimsical world of imagination and innocence where every tree, every leaf, every animal in nature becomes a vibrant living creature with a heart and a narrative of its own.  The Fairy Friends that greet little Linh on her birthday take her on a celebration of Life and Love in all their forms, playing hide and seek with butterflies, finding and returning lost baby birds to their parents, healing sickness and age, sharing a delicious picnic with Velvet Ears and drinking from acorn shell cups, among many others! The illustration is just as whimsical as the story! A truly inspiring and invigorating all of Nayera’s children's books!" Hala Agha, Mother

Friends of a Different Kind
"Our son David loves your new book “Friends of a Different Kind” as it reminded him that at school he has friends of all colors and nationalities! He likes animals and especially dogs. He enjoyed the way you had dogs see and become friends with other animal groups. Lastly he loved the games and puzzles at the end." Juliana and David Montaña"Friends of a Different Kind is an introduction for children to diversity. The book invites children to make friends with people that look like them and ones that do not. Having a diverse group of friends broadens a child’s perspective on the world." Book reviewer Khadijah AbdulHaqq

Loudmouth Line & Decent Dot
"Salam’s sweet story of Dot, Line, and the friends in Legendary Land of Pages sparks young readers’ imagination with gender, race, and ethnicity-neutral characters, allowing everyone to identify. She reminds her readers that being boastful is bad and being unkind to one actually hurts all. Readers see that in the face of adversity, there is power in numbers. It’s ok to apologize. There is purpose to forgiveness, and even the little can be mighty, especially when they stick together." Dr. Nina Agrama, retired professor, Western Connecticut State University



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