Author(s): Rana DiOrio
What does being present look like? Noticing when someone in your class needs help and taking the time to help them. Sound like? The rain outside your window. Smell like? Briny seaweed at the beach. Taste like? A bite of orange. Feel like? Allowing the rhythm of your breath, in and out to make you feel peaceful. Follow a group of friends at school, at home, and at the beach as they experience just what it means to be present. The third book in Rana DiOrio s award-winning What Does It Mean To Be (r) series, What Does It Mean To Be Present? has won four awards: The Living Now: Books For Better Living Award; The Nautilus Silver Award for Children s Picture Book; The Moonbeam Gold Children s Book Award for Mind-Body-Spirit/Self-Esteem; and The Mom s Choice Gold Award."
What Does it Mean to Be Present? demonstrates practical ways to practice being present. Bright illustrations and lyrical text concisely and delightfully deliver the message of the importance of now. --The Children's Book Review"
Author Bio: Rana DiOrio was born in Providence, RI and grew up in a colorful Italian-American family. Her curiosity about the world began in kindergarten, while studying Western access to China and, obviously, panda bears. As a political science major/psychology minor in college, and then as a law student, she became fascinated with understanding perspective, and how just about any person, place, thing, or situation can be interpreted in so many valid ways. "I believe that I have two ears, two eyes and one mouth intentionally, so I listen and observe more than I talk," she explains. "As a result, I think I'm better able to respect and appreciate diversity." Rana's inspiration for writing "What Does It Mean To Be Global?" was the election of President Barack Obama and explaining its significance, on so many levels, to her children. Rana has written her way through life-as a student, a lawyer, an investment banker, a private equity investor, and now as an author and publisher of children's picture books. Her interests include practicing yoga, reading non-fiction, dreaming, effecting positive change, and, of course, being global, green, and present. She lives in Tiburon, California with her three Little Pickles. Illustrator Bio: Eliza Wheeler, was born into a family of musicians, artists, and teachers, and was raised in the north woods of Wisconsin. As a toddler, she adored crayons, and drawing has been her favorite creative outlet ever since. Eliza received her BFA in Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout; shortly thereafter, she abandoned the mouse and embraced pen on paper to pursue a career in illustration. She began studying illustration in earnest and fell in love all over again with the picture books of her childhood. Now, Eliza has found her true calling illustrating for the children's book market and creating illustrated gifts for her online gallery. While illustrating What Does It Mean To Be Present?, Eliza reflected upon her life experiences of being present: as a young girl, swimming in the Brule River and picking blueberries with her grandma; as a teen, running on long country roads; and today, hiking in the Hollywood Hills and walking to the farmer's market. Eliza's interests include camping, reading, listening to music, and appreciating art. She and her husband live in Los Angeles, ""like two peas in a pod.""