Kathryn Rose Newey ~ Children's Book Writer, Poet, Environmental Author

Author of 'Animals in the Forest' and 'Inoblet Elmer' books

Join my Exclusive Reviewer Group – Get a Free e-Book!

Hello everyone, I need a favour please and wonder if you can help:

I’m looking for children and young teens as well as parents, teachers, grandparents and homeschoolers to join my Exclusive Reviewer Group and review my latest children’s and young teens’ science-fiction book ‘Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves‘.

What you get: A FREE copy of my latest kids’ science fiction ‘Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves‘ to keep (PDF e-book*).  Plus the opportunity in future for more free e-books and invitations to review other books if you want to.

What I ask of you: Simply read the free e-book and leave an honest review on Amazon (or elsewhere)** within a week or two. That’s it! Here’s the links to my book on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

Why am I doing this? Simply because authors need reviews! People are more likely to buy their books if there are reviews. For an author, it’s a bit like the ‘chicken or egg first’ scenario: how do we get reviews when the book is new and not yet shared? That’s where you come in! 🙂

Please contact me for further info or to join my Exclusive Reviewer Group!

** If for some reason you don’t have an Amazon account or aren’t eligible to write a review there, never fear! Simply write a review at my Author Facebook Page instead, write your review as a reply/comment below this post or at Goodreads.com, or email me your review and I’ll post it on my Author Facebook Page and/or this website.

** Eligibility: You can write a customer review on any Amazon website as long as you have an Amazon account – this is allowed by Amazon, who know authors get book reviews in a variety of ways. Here’s what Amazon says:

“The following reviews are generally allowed, provided they comply with [certain other] guidelines: A customer writes a review of a product received for free at a trade show, convention, or other similar venue where the provider does not monitor whether the customer writes a review or condition any benefits on writing a review or the content of the review.”

Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves is available in English at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.com.au, and most other major Amazon websites in the EU and worldwide.

* You’ll receive the free e-book as a PDF file, which I’ll email to you as an attachment. Adobe PDF files can be opened and read on any device as long as you have Adobe Acrobat Reader software (most computers, tablets and even mobile/cell phones come with it these days – but you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free here if not). 

Thank you for your help! 🙂

What are ‘Animal Rights’? And Why Should we Care about Animals?

Picture of animal rights activists at a rally. Picture credit: https://pixabay.com/en/rally-march-protest-signs-2712259/

The term ‘Animal Rights‘ is everywhere these days.

To the point where perhaps it’s easy to dismiss, like the myriad of other things vying for our attention in the modern world.

But here’s why the rights of animals are important. Now we could get into ethics and philosophy, but to me it’s simpler than that. (By the way, all clickable links included in this article are also included below under ‘sources’).

Firstly we can often see the suffering of animals. It’s right under our noses: stray animals, animals being treated cruelly or neglected, and social media posts and videos of animals suffering in zoos, tanks, labs and cages. We have to stop and ask – what kind of human beings are we, if we can see suffering, but do nothing to stop it?

Then there’s the animal suffering we knowingly or unknowingly cause through our actions. We know animals are killed or treated ‘inhumanely’ so we can eat their meat, wear their wool, fur and skin (leather), and eat or consume materials or ingredients they produce. These include: eggs from hens and other birds, tallow in banknotes, honey from bees, and things like castoreum, bone char and animal fats in perfumes, sugar, plastic bags and frozen dairy products. Not to mention rennet (from the innards of dead baby animals) in many cheeses, or gelatin (from animal ligaments) in most chewy, jellylike sweets.

Or the millions of animals we kill or maim on the roads every day with our fossil-fuel-guzzling cars and trucks, or the countless animals we hunt to purposely kill for ‘fun’ or ‘sport’. Again, if we know we are actively causing suffering of animals (or any beings, for that matter), why aren’t we doing something to reduce or stop our actions?

Cows going to slaughter. You complain about waiting in line at the grocery store - can you imagine the horror of the line they are waiting in? No living being wants to die. Picture from: http://www.rabbitadvocacy.com/animal_rights_page.htmNow I can hear the usual, sometimes loud or sometimes just confused arguments we humans like to make – “but I like eating meat/eggs/honey”, or even “but animals are just dumb and put here for humans to use”! Or perhaps “but we can’t simply stop eating cows/sheep/pigs/chickens because if we did, what would happen to the millions of these animals we have for this purpose?”

The answer to that is there’s no simple answer! But surely if we work together, we can work it out! If each person just took one action, say to cut down or cut out meat-eating, that would make a huge difference.

There’s another reason why animal rights are important too. Many of the things we do to keep, feed and kill the animals we feel we need, are causing very significant damage to the environment and to planet Earth. Our home, this planet, which is the only home we have, is being damaged by many of our everyday actions.

For example, factory farms (where animals such as cows, pigs, rabbits and chickens are kept by the millions in very confined cages or enclosures for their whole lives, limiting their natural behaviour) are very common. Not only does this intense farming mean animal diseases are more easily spread through the unhygienic conditions and proximity, which in turn leads farmers to overuse antibiotics, leading to the spread of super-bugs and the decline in effectiveness of antibiotics for humans, but the vast quantities of pollution from the animal waste of these facilities leads to serious environmental hazards and destruction.

Then all these millions of ‘kept’ animals need food and space to be kept. So we clear large areas of forests and other lands which are exceptionally important for ecosystems and environmental health, or those which belong to indigenous tribes, to grow food for the farmed animals we are going to kill and eat, while millions of humans on Earth are starving! Ultimately it just makes sense to care about animals and be compassionate towards them, because by doing so, that will also save our home, planet Earth.

Okay, so ‘Animal Rights’ is more than just being kind to bunny rabbits! Why not change something in your life today, to make life better for animals and the Earth?

I think it’s also really important that our kids – who are the adults and guardians of this planet in the future – get to engage in animal rights and environmental issues when they’re young. That’s why I’ve written Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came, so our children can start thinking and acting for animals and nature, when reading a story (and the extra information included) about animals living through their own environmental crisis.

Get your copy here: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com 


Sources and further reading:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/03/04/eating-meat-destruction-of-environment/

http://www.culturechange.org/issue8/roadkill.htm

https://www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-factory-farms-and-environment

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/24/health/flexitarian-diet/index.html

http://www.iep.utm.edu/anim-eth/

https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-food/factory-farming/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/11118956/Surprising-food-thats-not-suitable-for-vegetarians.html

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/aug/10/bank-of-england-to-keep-animal-fat-in-banknotes-despite-complaints

https://www.thoughtco.com/how-many-animals-are-killed-each-year-127631

Picture credits:

https://pixabay.com/en/rally-march-protest-signs-2712259/

http://www.rabbitadvocacy.com/animal_rights_page.htm

Animals in the Forest – Audiobook Available Soon!

Thought I’d give you a head’s up – Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came (already available as Paperback and e-Book) is going to be made into an Audiobook.

Once created, it will be available from Amazon and Audible.com.

I’ve chosen an English native speaker to read the manuscript, in keeping with the story which is set in an English/European forest. The narrator and all the animal characters are holed up in her recording studio, reading the story aloud and creating those audio files!

I’m very proud and excited that this book will also be offered as an Audiobook, so that those who are unable to access the written versions will still be able to hear the story as well as the environmental themes and educational content embedded in the story.

Look out for the Audiobook from early 2018! 🙂

In the meantime, get your Paperback or Kindle e-Book here:

 Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com 

School Readings, Home Schooling Visits, Author Talks

I’m available author talks, book readings, school/group visits, book signings, etc. Please ask!

I am based in Hertfordshire UK, so am currently offering these locally (anywhere within South East England, within reason). I am happy to come and visit your school/group for free, as long as my book(s) will be purchased either beforehand or at the same event.

Suitable for any small or large groups, such as primary/secondary schools, home schooling groups, home education meetings, Scouts/Guides, youth clubs, or any other clubs/groups.

Please contact me to book!


Take a look at my books:

Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came is available from:  Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com  or Lulu.com 

 

Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves is available from:  Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com 

New Children’s Sci-Fi Story with a Difference!

My latest book, Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves, just published (December 2017), is a fun children’s and young teens’ science fiction story with a difference.

Ilnoblet Elmer is an ordinary boy like any other.

Except for one thing. He’s from another planet – and his family, friends and teachers don’t know.

The story follows his adventures trying to defeat tricky and sticky aliens who come to Earth, wanting to interfere with him and create havoc.

All in between him attending school and getting his homework in on time!

The story has lots of fun references to science, water, space travel, numbers and special words (you might not know it, but certain words have an interesting effect on aliens – you just have to know which ones), as well as two poems! There’s even a glossary to help with understanding his original language – you’ll be speaking it in no time!

Get Ilnoblet Elmer and the Alien Water Thieves in Paperback or e-Book from: Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com 

Environmental Activists and Indigenous Tribes Honoured

Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came is much more than just a young person’s animal story. That’s because it’s also “a story to save the Earth”!

How does one story save the Earth, you ask?

The story itself is about an increasingly concerning environmental issue – humans ‘developing’ land where wild animals live. On other levels, the story introduces and implies questions about how humans interact with nature in various ways; and the book includes a number of discussion, research and action guides, with website links.

But more than that, the main characters in the story have been specifically included to honour, and stand in solidarity with, certain young environmental activists, defenders and protectors, indigenous tribes, and places where people fought and continue to fight for rights to land, and clean air and water. All of those honoured are listed at the back of the book, again with website links for further research.

These honoured environmental people, places and actions include:

  • Balcombe anti-drilling community groups, Balcombe, Sussex, UK.
  • Barton Moss anti-fracking protection camps and community, Barton Moss, Salford, Manchester, UK.
  • Bentley anti-drilling blockade communities, Bentley, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Dakota water protectors, indigenous tribes and activists against Dakota Access Pipe Line (#noDAPL), Standing Rock, Dakota, USA.
  • Flint communities affected by water pollution, Flint, Michigan, USA.
  • Moxateteu tribespeople (one of the last uncontacted tribes), part of the Yanomami tribespeople living in the Amazon rainforests, Brazil and Venezuela.
  • Ridhima Pandey, a 9 year old girl and young environmental activist, who has filed a legal case against the Indian government for failing to protect the environment, India.
  • Whanganui River and its protectors, the Whanganui iwi/tribespeople – the river has, after a legal battle, been accorded the same legal status as people, North Island, New Zealand.
  • Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, a teenage/young environmental activist and Youth Director of EarthGuardians, and part of a group of 21 youths who have filed a legal case against the USA government and various fossil fuel groups for failing to protect the environment, USA.

To find out more about how these environmentally significant people, tribes and places are honoured, you’ll need to read the story!

Get your copy in Paperback or Kindle e-Book from:

 Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com 

Happy reading, discovering, exploring and taking action to save the Earth! 🙂

Paperback and e-Book now available from Amazon!

Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came is now conveniently available as either Kindle e-Book or Paperback Book versions on Amazon.

You can get your Paperback or e-Book here:  Amazon.co.uk  or   Amazon.com  or from most other Amazon websites worldwide.

Previously the Paperback version was only available from Lulu.com, and can still be purchased there if you prefer.

Enjoy reading, exploring, questioning and taking action, Environmental Warriors! 🙂

Goodreads Author Profile

You can now check out Kathryn Rose Newey’s author profile at goodreads.com, where I answer reader’s questions, post books I’ve read, and announce book events.

Goodreads.com is a fun way for book lovers to connect. You can save ‘bookshelves’ of your favourite books under ‘read’ or ‘to read’, write reviews and ratings, and join readers’ communities. You can also contact your favourite authors or start a book club!

Have fun with Goodreads! 🙂

Animals in the Forest – Published!

News alert: The Paperback and e-Book versions of Animals in the Forest: The Day Terrible Things Came have been published!

Get yours from:  Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com (and most other Amazon websites worldwide). Or, if you prefer, you can get your Paperback copy at Lulu.com

 

Don’t forget – Animals in the Forest is more than just a story. It encourages questioning, research and learning around environmental issues and English  literacy skills. There are also WonderWorksheets to take your curiosity further. Get your WonderWorksheets for free, as my gift to you when you sign up to my mailing list here.

Have fun reading, discovering and growing, Environmental Warriors! 🙂

Environmental, Animal and Human Issues Poetry

I have added a page to showcase my poems.

Please note that while some of my poetry is fun and for everyone, other poems cover sensitive issues such as poaching, death or abortion, and are helpful for those wanting to discover and explore more than just the surface of things.

If you’re young or likely to feel upset by some of these themes, please read the poems with someone alongside for support.

You can find my poetry here.

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