Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Maria Kamoulakou!

The Rhode Island Authors Showcase is back! Each day in November, I’ll be featuring a different RI author. Each post features a giveaway – a book, an anthology, or something else! All you have to do to be eligible for the daily drawing is leave a comment on the blog post. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner one week after the blog post (to give you time to catch up).

By commenting on each post, you’re also entered to win our bigger prizes: GRAND PRIZE is a $250 Amazon gift card, BONUS PRIZE is a $100 Amazon gift card, and the CHEER UP YOU WON SOMETHING PRIZE is a $50 Amazon gift card. The big prizes will be chosen, again using a random number generator, on December 7.

Maria Kamoulakou

I’m happy to welcome children’s book author Maria Kamoulakou to the blog today. Hi, Maria! I have questions for you:

What name do you write under?  Maria Kamoulakou

Where is your hometown? My hometown is Athens, Greece, but I currently live in Springfield, MA.

What genre(s) do you write? Children’s books for ages 7-10

What have you written?

Sky Cloud City: The Adventures of Hope & Trusty, 2016.

Sky Cloud City Activity Book, 2016 and 2018.

Arthur the Fly-Slayer & the Forty Dragons, 2018.

La Cité Sur les Nuées: Les Aventures d’Espérance et Fidèle, 2020.

La Cité Sur les Nuées Cahier d’ Activités, 2020.

Sky Cloud City: The Adventures of Hope & Trusty, 2021 (chapter book edition).

(Who are some of your favorite children’s book authors? Since I moved to the US, I’ve come to appreciate the books by E.B.White, Robert McCloskey, and Jane Yolen.

What were some of your favorite books growing up? During my childhood in Greece, I adored Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey for kids, The Little Match Girl and The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen. I still have the books and browse them from time to time.

What do you like best about writing? The transformation of an idea to a story to an illustrated children’s book. Getting to know my characters through writing and then visually meeting them on paper is a truly magical experience.

What do find most challenging about writing? Making time to write! The endless revisions and rewriting that follow a rough draft. The commitment it takes to turn an idea to a published children’s book.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Greek culture is a huge driving force behind me. Back in 2013, I made it my goal to familiarize English-speaking children with ancient Greek culture, Greek literature and traditional Greek folktales with kid-friendly retellings. My aim is to reach readers from as many cultural backgrounds as possible, not exclusively kids of Greek descent.

Learn more about Maria by visiting her websites: http://www.mariakamoulakou.com and http://www.littlecentaurpress.com

Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LittleCentaurPress and https://www.facebook.com/MariaKamoulakou

On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/author_maria_kamoulakou/

And at her Amazon page: https://tinyurl.com/3skhub4v

FIRST GIVEAWAY!

Arthur vs 40 dragons – Great warrior or fool?

Can a hopeless daydreamer save the village from a gang of thieving dragons?
It will take a lot m ore than a sword to defeat them!

Arthur is an apprentice to his father, the blacksmith. His mind constantly wonders off to imaginary adventures. Arthur has no achievements to boast of, except for . . . killing flies!

The family underestimates him. The townspeople tease him. BUT two strangers mistake him for a great warrior . . . and the village is in dire need of a hero.

An absolute must-have for boys and girls who are transitioning from picture books to chapter books.

  • A fun dragon adventure with multiple colored illustrations. 
  • Will keep children entertained night after night!
  • Inspired by an old European folktale.

Kids will ENJOY guessing what happens next! You can win a copy by telling us your favorite children’s book!

SECOND GIVEAWAY!

An award-winning chapter book inspired by an ancient Greek comedy (The Birds, Ornithes) by Aristophanes. When two young friends purchase a pair of talking birds, an adventure set in ancient Greece begins! The two friends -Hope and Trusty- embark on a journey to the Land of the Birds, accompanied by two caged crows and a couple of stray dogs. There they meet a colorful king and address a hostile assembly of birds. With skill, eloquence and courage, the two friends end up uniting the birds in a common goal: to erect a huge city high up in the clouds. The founding of this city shakes up humankind and humbles Zeus and the Olympian gods. It triggers a series of events that benefit the birds and improves their status in the world.

Written by a Greek archaeologist, this fun retelling of a popular ancient Greek play is an ode to friendship and to promises kept. It highlights the benefits of brotherhood, unity, democracy and peace. The story sends out a very positive message to young readers: never hesitate to dream big. Seemingly impossible goals CAN be reached with hard work and collaboration.

The skillful artwork by accomplished Greek artist, Natalia Kapatsoulia, brings the story to life, rendering the book appealing to kids and parents alike.

Sky Cloud City is a short chapter book for ages 7+, grades 2-4 and for the young at heart…

An absolute must-have for the kids who LOVE Greek mythology.

You can win a copy of this delightful book by answering a question: What is your favorite bird?

There will be TWO winners – one for each of Maria’s giveaways.

49 thoughts on “Rhode Island Authors Showcase – Featuring Maria Kamoulakou!

  1. As a retired elementary school teacher with 33.5 years in the classroom I have many favorite books!! Mo Willems books are fun to read aloud to children-especially Knuffle Bunny!!

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  2. My favorite children’s book is The Little Engine That Could because I can hear my Mother’s sweet voice singing the chorus and reading it to us. My favorite bird is the red cardinal. This bird suddenly appears to our family in times when we are missing my Mother the most! When I wrote The Butterfly Club: “Is That you?” I found that the red cardinal is second only to the Monarch when people are sharing their true-life stories of “signs” comforting them after a loved one has died! Your books sound amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, Phyllis! The cardinal is one of my favorite birds. I just love them in winter, when everything is white and you see them hopping from branch to branch near the feeders . . . 🙂

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  3. All of your books sound so interesting, creative and unique! I know some children that would love to receive them for Christmas this year. My favorite book growing up was a huge anthology of children’s literature including everything from classic fairytales, Mother Goose to Uncle Remos. Whenever my Mom took out that book I knew I was in for a treat! My favorite bird, is the Common Grackle. We have a tree outside our kitchen window with a bunch of nests that they return to every year. They are far from common and I look forward to seeing them each spring!

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    1. Thank you so much! I am so happy you find my books interesting. 🙂 About grackles, we see large flocks in our yard, just before migration season begins and they make so much noise! I love it when they turn up but they empty the feeders in no time. . .

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  4. Thank you for featuring Maria

    My favorite bird is a hummingbird

    My favorite children’s book (after Maria’s books) is “How Winston Delivered Christmas” by Alex T Smith
    And/Or
    “My Wonderful Christmas Tree” by Dhalov Ipcar

    I wish you all happy and healthy holidays

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  5. My favorite children’s books were those written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. My favorite bird is the hummingbird. I’m always looking out for them as they frequently visit my garden.

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    1. Thank you Boonie! Good luck with the giveaway. We, too, love hummingbirds. Two males and a female visit our feeders every summer. They are truly a sight for sore eyes. . .

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  6. Hi, my daughter and her little family all love Greek foods. I have a grandaughter and a grandson with them and they gave them Greek names. Our granddaughters name is Athena Nicole and they named our grandson Alexander Sebastian. And both my grandchildren love Greek Mythology especially my grandson. They are 16 years old and 14 years old. My favorite bird is the Red Cardinal, I actually love all kinds of birds, we have had Green Winged Macaws, parakeets, canaries, zebra birds . I used to have a little parakeet who’s name was Pokey, and he would talk, I would call him Pokey Oaky and he would say “Pokey Oaky” he would also say I love you , my daughter had a parakeet and her name was Skye, so Pokey would say Skye aye aye, they were both so cute. My favorite childhood books are The Little Engine that Could and Charlottes Web. Have a Great day.

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    1. Hi Alicia! Athena, the goddess of wisdom and the patron of my city. Alexandre, “he who expels other men”, in other words “the brave, the mighty warrior”. What beautiful names your grandkids have! 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting. Good luck to you!

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  7. My favorite children’s book was called “The Treasure Seekers” and was given to me by my English grandfather, himself a writer and historian. I have had a LOT of pet birds (and I still have a 25-year-old cockatiel named Harry), but I have always loved seagulls! They take a lot of abuse for their naughty behavior, but they get to always be near the ocean — the land of my childhood dreams.

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    1. Thank you for commenting, Cherie! Good luck to you. I have had several pet birds in my life so far. My last ones were a pair of lovebirds. I let them breed and I ended up with five lovebirds (three babies and the parents). Giving them away, before moving to the USA, was soooooo difficult. . .

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      1. Yes, they become very dear pets. When my 4 sons were growing up, we had a cockatoo, cockatiels, a love bird, parakeets, and even chickens lol. The boys played with all of them a lot and found their behaviors fascinating. Now my grandchildren have 1 cockatiel and 23 chickens! They sell the extra eggs to neighbors. Birds are right up there with dogs as the best of pets!

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  8. Hi Maria, My favorite bird is a Bluebird. I love their beautiful l intense blue color and their cheerful expressions. They look so friendly, and they remind me of Prudence Island, where I grew up. Looking forward to seeing you at the Expo.

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  9. My favorite young children’s book is “Are You My Mother?”
    Favorite mid-level is “Charlotte’s Web.”
    Favorite young adult is “Anne of Green Gables.”

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting. Good luck to you! 🙂 I love Charlotte’s Web but I haven’t read “Anne of Green Gables” yet. I should put it do on my “To read” list . . .

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  10. My favorite children’s book is
    The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear
    By Don and Audrey Wood

    My family bird is the Blue Bird.

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    1. Aren’t we all! My husband and I adore hummingbirds. The feeders are always out towards mid April and we normally see the first visitor in late April / early May. Thank you for commenting, Jen, and good luck to you. 🙂

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    1. Oh! Really? I didn’t know that! We have several cardinals in the yard every year. At least two/ three pairs. Perhaps it’s our loved ones, watching over us from above. What a lovely thought! Thank you for your comment and good luck. 🙂

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