Reviews and Awards

10-11-2010 Fire and Ice Book Review by Heather Zahn Gardner

Past Times GenealogyWhat Are You Thinking reminded me a lot of a set of books my family read when I was a child called “Power Tales.” It’s an uplifting motivational read for pre-schoolers and grade school readers. Valerie Ackley’s message to young children is that their thoughts lead to mood, which in turn leads to action. Children learn the ideas they foster in their mind are the power to ignite their future and can influence those around them. Each page is bright and colorful with visually stimulating patterns and illustrations. We found it sensory stimulating and my children particularly enjoyed finding the bright green frog hopping throughout the story. What are You Thinking will hold interest and teach small ones that they possess the key to the future inside their minds. It is an Award Winning Finalist in the Children’s ‘Mind/Body/Spirit’ category of the National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News 

September 9th, 2010 Book Review for Meridian Magazine by Michele Ashman Bell

Michele Ashman Bell

What are You Thinking? by Valerie Ackley, illustrated by Lori Nawyn  (ThoughtsAlive Books)

Best Books Award Finalist from USA Book News this book is filled with powerful messages, but is delivered with creativity and outstanding artwork.  Each page is a colorful, clever expression of positivity, encouraging young readers to think positive thoughts and understand the power this can have in their lives.  It teaches children that positive thinking can bring happiness and success and that even if bad happens, it will pass. I loved this book and recommend parents read it to their children and discuss the wonderful message it shares.

Lisa Bearnson, Founder of Creating Keepsakes, August 13, 2011

I’ve also been reading two amazing books on the power of thoughts. One is a children’s book, “What are you Thinking?,” and is authored by a dear friend of mine, Valerie Ackley.

It is a must-have in every family’s book collection. The illustrations are so clever… amazing!

Happy Reading! Enjoy your last weeks of summer!  Lisa Bearnson



October 20, 2009 positive thinking for kids

LOS ANGELES –, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of THE NATIONAL “BEST BOOKS” 2009 AWARDS (NBBA). Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin, W.W. Norton, Revell, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons, Thomas Nelson, American Cancer Society, Greenleaf Book Group, Sourcebooks & hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding NBBA competition. A complete list of the winners and finalists of the National “Best Books” 2009 Awards are available online at