The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-13T08:41:59Z INSPIRATION FOR KIDS WORLDWIDE 2019-06-13T08:41:59Z inspiration-for-kids-worldwide To inspire kids worldwide to believe in their dreams, eco-friendly children's books publisher, blOOturtle Publishing, launches a "Flight Challenge" around the children’s book Willow Willpower at the end of May. The bookbased doll, Willow, is to be flown with the help of female pilots from Europe to the USA and back to her creator, Sarah Cannata, in Australia. In England, the Challenge starts with the young British pilot, Ellie Carter, who had the initial idea for this. In the meantime female pilots worldwide are called on to participate. Willow's experiences on every flight and in each country and city can be followed via blOOturtle's website and social media accounts. Paris, 13 June 2019 — The children's picture book, Willow Willpower, is all about believing in dreams and inspiring children to feel that they can achieve anything they truly put their mind to. Despite the fact that some female pilots have been world-famous since the early days of aviation, commercial aviation today is still very much a male dominated profession. At the end of 2018, the proportion of female pilots was a mere 5.18% worldwide (see BBC in November 2018) and the women’s share of new commercial airline licenses was below 3% at the beginning of 2019 (see iWOAW). In order to make it in this profession, a woman needs a strong belief in herself and her dreams. “The more we reiterate and highlight that anything is possible to kids at a young age, the more we inspire them to become whatever they want to be. Like Willow Willpower, we want kids to have big dreams. Ever since she can remember, Willow has dreamt of flying high in the sky. When Willow's mum takes her daughter to the local museum, Willow gets to know the aviation legend, Amelia Earhart. And that’s where the fun begins!”, said the Australian writer of Willow Willpower, Sarah Cannata. The message resonated with 16-year-old pilot Ellie Carter who made history in January this year when she became the youngest British pilot. "My father has written entire novels to strengthen my faith and encourage me to follow my dreams. I am very happy to promote Willow. We need books like that!“ says Ms Carter. A day after receiving her copy of Willow Willpower, she took the book in her "Taildragger" and posted her adventure on her Facebook page. But that was just the beginning - she then came up with a wonderful idea: to take a 'real' Willow onboard a flight with her and her colleagues! Nicola Ganaye, Creative Director of blOOturtle Publishing, was immediately excited about this idea, since this spirit is exactly what her publishing company stands for. "What could be more inspiring and motivating than witnessing the formation of a community of women pilots to fly Willow around the world on behalf of children?“ asks Mrs Ganaye. And author Sarah Cannata adds: ”Children cannot understand what they cannot see. So our women pilots will show that anything is achievable if someone truly believes in themselves, and with the little help from Willow Willpower.“ Eliane Schädler, a young illustrator from Switzerland, has created the look of Willow Willpower for the book - including her incomparably cheerful and curious gaze. Based on this image, belambolo - the maker of the doll - has crafted a one-of-akind Willow doll using only organic material. “The project is a wonderful challenge. Usually, I create Waldorf dolls but a ‘child’ who will fly around the world is a great idea that I needed to support,” explains Heike Gielen, the founder of belambolo. “It's fantastic to collaborate with an eco-friendly children’s book company and this wonderful story inspired me to give Willow a real body.” The Willow has just arrived at blOOturtle in Paris. blOOturtle will show Willow around the city first before embarking direct or with detours on her trip to Devon, UK, to officially launch the "Flight Challenge" with Ellie Carter. Will Willow find enough female pilots to fly high in the sky to Down Under?The challenge is on! If you want to join the challenge, contact Ms Ganaye via email to take Willow on your next flight! And please do spread the word: for the sake of all children, Willow needs all the support she can get! See our website for more information: http://www.willow-willpower.com. About blOOblOOturtle Publishing is a young, eco-friendly children's book company. According to our slogan Thinking Kids, Thinking Planet! we combine fantastic and creative stories for kids with green, eco-friendly and hence, kid-friendly book production. We are involved in finding extraordinary stories that inspire and encourage kids while thinking of a healthy future for you and them. Visit our website to learn more about our concept and our planet focused trOOblOO publishing programs: https://www.blOOturtle.com blOOturtle supporting Women and Girls 2018-11-08T12:23:27Z blooturtle-supporting-women-and-girls Sydney, 6 November 2018 — Eco-friendly publisher, blOOturtle, is placing its support around Share the Dignity’s Christmas #itsintheBag collection that aims to make life better for women and girls experiencing homelessness or poverty ahead of the festive season. The publisher will donate $1 for every English version sold online of its latest picture book release, Willow Willpower, to #itsintheBag between 16th November and 2nd December 2018. “At blOOturtle, we’re very passionate about our slogan: Thinking Kids - Thinking Planet.  The belief that basic personal hygiene products like pads and tampons are luxuries for homeless women and girls at risk of or who are experiencing domestic violence, is beyond words. We want to contribute to being part of the solution,” said Nicola Ganaye, Creative Director of blOOturtle Publishing. Share the Dignity’s #itsintheBag collection is simple. People are asked to choose a handbag in good condition that they no longer use. Then, they’re asked to fill it with items that have the power to make a woman feel special before popping in a thoughtful note or Christmas card to show the recipient that someone cares. Donations will be accepted between 16th November and 2nd December 2018, with Share the Dignity announcing collection points soon. “It’s all about showing women, regardless of the challenges they currently face, that they matter and deserve to feel special. Christmas is a challenging time for many people and especially women who find themselves in a situation where everyday necessities such as shampoo, conditioner, a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant and sanitary items are not easily accessible,” said Rochelle Courtney, founder of Share the Dignity. Willow Willpower encourages children (and people of all ages) from 3 years old to dream big and believe anything is possible. Since its release on 11 October to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, it’s been receiving rave reviews from kids and parents alike. “One of the most pleasing pieces of feedback about the book is that it’s acting as a real conversation starter. There are so many different threads that the book explores: gender, women excelling in traditionally dominated spaces, travel, exploration, discovery, pioneers like Amelia Earhart and the list goes on,” said the book’s author, Sarah Cannata. She added: “My journey with the book began three years ago, at a time when I was trying to start a business and really needed the support of the women around me. It’s an honour to support Share the Dignity’s Christmas collection and to see Willow helping to make even one woman’s life just that little big brighter.” Willow Willpower is available for purchase globally via blOOturtle’s website: https://blooturtle.com/product/willow-willpower/ Please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133 or via email (info@sarahcannata.com.au) with any queries or interview requests. blOOturtle PUBLISHING SUPPORTS WOMEN PROJECTS 2018-03-06T20:49:34Z blooturtle-publishing-supports-women-projects-1 Sydney, 7 March 2018 — blOOturtle supports children and their healthy future with their 100 per cent eco-friendly kids books. This Thursday, the publisher will campaign for girls and women by offering 1 euro (over $1 AUD) for every book sold online to its designated organisations, The Global Women’s Project and Lila in Köln, between 8 to 11 March 2018.   “When our author, Susan Bagdach, told me that even in Europe, at least every third women is affected by physical and/or sexual violence, we were shocked at blOO. We love to support women’s projects offer our help wherever it is needed – we have lots of authors who personify female empowerment after all! Unfortunately, our possibilities are limited being a publishing company in its infancy but we’re determined to do whatever we can,” explains Nicola Ganaye, Creative Head of blOOturtle.   "Holding half of the world’s population back will never be the answer to creating a more equal, sustainable and inclusive world. Change is not inevitable - it's something we fight for on International Women's Day and each day of the year,” says Sarah Cannata, a new blOO author, who is very much involved in the empowerment of women as the founder of women’s focused website, This Woman Can, in addition to being the author of the soon to be released children’s book, Willow Willpower.   Nicole Madigan, the author of the encouraging and highly entertaining Ballerina Monkey and Darcy and the Dinosaurs, often underlines the strength of women in her work as a journalist.   Meanwhile, writer of the extraordinary kid’s book, The Meadow, and founder of the intercultural care centre for girls and women, Holla e.V, Susan Bagdach said: “Every person is unique and can get involved by stopping violence against women and kids to make this world more liveable.” Bagdach will speak at this year’s International Women’s Day festival at City of Cologne.   blOO’s idea to donate was driven by the desire to give everyone the chance to contribute to help women and girls by simply buying a beautiful picture book, containing important messages for kids.   Two incredible organisations will benefit from the publisher’s International Women’s Day promotion. All donations collected for English titles will go towards The Global Women’s Project, an independent registered Australian non-profit organisation, who gives women around the world the tools and resources they need to build better lives for themselves, their families and communities. Meanwhile, Lila in Köln (Purple in Cologne) will gain the relevant donations from all German titles sold. The organisation assists and accompanies girls and women on a base of feministic society analysis. On a municipal, regional and federal level, it supports equal participation in all social scopes and strengthens the ideas of a self-determined life.   blOOturtle’s campaign extends from 8 until 11 March 2018 in celebration of International Women’s Day.   To support this worthy cause, you can buy any blOOturtle titles via our online shop at blOOturtle Publishing. blOOturtle Publishing announces new eco-friendly kids book 2018-01-11T23:38:13Z blooturtle-publishing-announces-new-eco-friendly-kids-book Sydney 12 January 2018 — The team at eco-friendly book company, blOOturtle Publishing, is excited to release their second book Ballerina Monkey by Nicole Madigan with its lively storyline and a message beyond.  Her first book Darcy and the Dinosaurs a wonderfully fun story with stunning illustrations. The same creators deliver again with Ballerina Monkey not only a colorful jungle story, but one which encourages all kids (and adults) to find the courage to stand up for their dreams. The book is an “honourable tale of belief, dignity and determination that reminds us all of the value of being true to ourselves,” says Romy Sharp in her book review on justkidslit.com.  Inspired by life when Nicole’s older son had been going through an “unboyish” time at the age of 4, Ballerina Monkey was written after she observing the difficulties her son was facing in front of other children and the environment. Nicole’s intention was to help him, and to tell him that he is okay just the way he is.  “Even as adults, being true to oneself in the face of outside pressures can be immensely challenging. As a child, the opinions of others carry so much weight, and being able to shoulder that weight takes courage,“ reflects Nicole.  But the book also teaches that sometimes you need even more than just desire to pursue your ideas. Developing your skills can be often discouraging and only resilience and determination can help you progress. “Nicole has found with her book the core of our concern at blOO. We want to be there for kids, creating a joyful and lively world but also helping them in their development, in their future – just like our motto Thinking Kids – Thinking Planet," explains Nicola Ganaye, Creative Officer of blOOturtle Publishing, and Founder of its ground-breaking eco-friendly trOOblOO program.  The book is available worldwide on the 18th of November via: http://blooturtle.com/product/ballerina-monkey/  You can find insights into the book and the author on: http://blooturtle.com/ballerina-monkey/index_bm.html  blOOturtle is very happy to release such a fantastic story following earlier books including Ogie (Ogopogo) about the (nice) Canadian sea monster, the first book by Nicole Madigan, Darcy and the Dinosaurs and also the first German book Die Wiese by Susan Bagdach.  New contracts with the international children's author A.H. Benjamin and the Amazon bestseller author Sarah Cannatta will be fulfilled in the upcoming months. For more information on blOO visit our website, www.blOOturtle.com or contact us at books@blooturtle.com . blOOturtle PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF FIRST TIME AUTHOR 2017-05-22T22:50:51Z blooturtle-publishing-announces-signing-of-first-time-author Sydney 23 May 2017 — the crew at eco-friendly children's book company blOOturtle are excited to announce the signing of author Nicole Madigan.  Nicole joins the blOOturtle catalogue as the first publication to be released through the trOOblOO eco-publishing program.  Founded on the idea that there are many unique and interesting stories being told to children by their loved ones, blOO works with story tellers/authors who are passionate, imaginative and have “creatively confirmed” their ideas with the children in their lives. “The stories adults tell their own children are filled with unique imagination,” says Nicola Ganaye, Creative Officer of blOO.  “It is these stories we are looking for and want to bring to life to share with others. In other words, books that kids want to read.” Ms Madigan’s signing has already produced two titles, Ballerina Monkey and Darcy and the Dinosaurs.  Darcy’s tale of adventure is available now, with Ballerina Monkey set for release in the next few weeks. Each title will be initially released in English, with additional printings in French and German to follow. “Working with blOO to bring my stories to life has been a fantastic experience,” says Ms Madigan, a widely published journalist and former television reporter.  “They have taken a truly collaborative approach, involving authors in all aspects of production, to bring each unique vision to life,” said Ms. Madigan. Ms Madigan is the first Australian author to be published by the company, which recently put out a global request for submissions. “It is exciting that our first signing as an Aussie start-up is from Australia,” says Tracy Weller-McCormack, managing editor for blOO.  “Nicole was one of the first to submit when we put out the request and we were instantly excited when we read her submissions.” blOOturtle began its journey in late 2016, with the release of Ogie Saves Christmas selling out before Christmas 2016.  The company has big goals for the upcoming year with plans to release 10 English titles by the end of 2017. “We are working our way through other submissions as fast as we can with hopes of more announcements coming soon,” says Ms Weller-McCormack. For more information on blOO visit our website, www.blOOturtle.com or contact us at books@blooturtle.com .