Math Workbook for Elementary students, fractions, arithmetic, decimals

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Independent publisher releases math workbook

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Building Voices, an independent publishing company that specializes in Children’s Fiction, released their first workbook, Little Kids, Big Voices Math Workbook, Grades 1-3. It’s appropriate for ages 6-8 and covers those major topics learned in 1st through 3rd grade. Lessons include: arithmetic, fractions, and decimals. There are easy-to-understand directions and assessments, and it also includes a complete answer key. Priced at $12.99, it serves as a curriculum guide for basic math.

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “Our goal is to refresh your child’s math skills through repetition, independent practice, and review and develop their love for math with our easy-to-understand instructions.”

Building Voices’ mission is to build soft voices into outspoken leaders. The Little Kids, Big Voices book series is made up of chapter books, journals, coloring books, and more. This series is designed to entertain, inspire, and remind children that they have a voice in this world.

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. They publish chapter books, coloring books, interactive journals, and more. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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Building Voices is participating in the Mission Main Street Grant program in order to receive $100,000.  We need 250 votes by June 19, 2015 in order to be considered for the grant.  In order to qualify, we had to answer a questionnaire.  See questions and answers below.

1. Tell us about your business and what makes it unique. Please provide a general description of your product, customers, competitive landscape, and overall performance.

Building Voices ® is an independent publishing company that specializes in Children’s Fiction and related resources for home and school. In addition, we offer critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. We publish chapter books, interactive journals, coloring books, activity books, and more. Building Voices is unique because of the message that we are sending to parents, teachers, librarians, and educational officials that the voice of children matter. Our goal is to educate one mind and build one voice at a time. We believe our books will entertain, inspire, and build the future voices of this world.

2. What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? Describe both your greatest achievements and biggest challenges.

Being a teacher has allowed me to see first-hand what is missing at home and in the school system. I wanted to write books that encourage kids to be leaders and to devote more of their time to reading. I believe my humorous, inspiring, and educational book series will encourage kids to incorporate reading into their daily routine. Aside from having my daughter, one of my greatest achievements was writing my first book, Broccoli Chronicles. It won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award in Children’s Fiction and has been selected as a finalist in Foreword Reviews’ 2014 ‪INDIEFAB‬ Book of the Year Award for Juvenile Fiction! My biggest challenge is finding a balance with my family, my work, and God.

3. How is your business involved with the community you serve? Examples include: giving back to the community, sourcing locally, and/or contributing to economic development via hiring.

I am very active in my community. Through Building Voices and my non-profit organization, TCD Kids Foundation, I provide free writing tips to aspiring writers plus I donate tons of free books per year to kids. Building Voices recently started a reading program called Reading Builds Character which encourages kids to read at least 15 minutes per day. I am a big advocate for reading, writing, and building the voices of our youth. I use my social media sites to get the word out to parents to read more with their children.

4. What would a $100,000 grant mean to your business and how will you utilize the funds? Please be as specific as possible.

I believe that every book counts and no child should go without good reading material so a $100,000 would be the supreme blessing right now. It would allow me to donate more books to kids. Through book donations, we were able to donate at least 100 books. Actually having a financial budget would allow us to donate way more. Also, it would allow me to further develop our reading program, Reading Builds Character. Many parents, especially single mothers and parents from underserved areas don’t spend the proper time reading with their children. Well, this grant would allow us to educate more parents and supply kids with the proper reading material that they deserve. Lastly, the money would be used to enhance our book series, Little Kids, Big Voices. Currently, we have a chapter book, coloring book, interactive journal, math workbook, and a school planner coming soon. This money would allow us to create more curriculum guides, activity books, and educational novels.

5. What are your short-term (1-2 years) and long-term growth plans for the business? How will this grant contribute to your plan?

My short-term plan is to educate and build one mind at a time by bringing awareness to more children and parents about the benefits of reading and unleashing the voice that lives within them. My long-term goal is to reach 1,000,000 children and families by 2019.

Please vote for us here!

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


NIEA Winner Broccoli Chronicles Juvenile Fiction Children's Fiction

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5/18/15

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2015 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS ANNOUNCED

Local Author receives national recognition from the 9th Annual 2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards!

Los Angeles, CA — The 9th Annual 2015 National Indie Excellence® Awards recognized Broccoli Chronicles (Little Kids, Big Voices, Book 1) by Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva in the category of Children’s Fiction as a finalist in this year’s competition.

This prestigious national award, based in Beverly Hills, California is open to all English language books in print from small, medium, university, self and independent publishers.

The National Indie Excellence® Awards exist to help establish independent publishing as a strong and proud facet of the publishing industry. Recognizing authors that put their heart and soul into their work, the National Indie Excellence® Awards is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small and independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect. Awarded since 2007, the National Indie Excellence® Awards competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters.

Winners and finalists are determined based on overall excellence of presentation in addition to the writing. Broccoli Chronicles (Little Kids, Big Voices, Book 1) is a children’s fiction chapter book which highlights ten-year-old Myrtle Beckle who lives on Sugarbird Lane with Blabbermouth Samantha and the No Eating Vegetable Club. This vegetable patrol has banned every kid on their block from eating any vegetables, which is why they mock Myrtle, the vegetable nerd, for her bizarre fascination with broccoli. While dodging their antics, Myrtle plants broccoli seeds in her backyard in hopes of one day becoming a scientist and finding a cure for cancer through broccoli. This humorous, educational, and inspiring chapter book, filled with secret clubs, rivalry, broccoli experiments, and more, proves that the voice of a child should never be ignored.

Broccoli Chronicles, chapter book by Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

“We are proud to announce the winners & finalists whose books truly embody the excellence that this award was created to celebrate, and we salute you all for your fine work, said National Indie Excellence® Awards Award President & CEO, Ellen Reid.

For more information please visit: www.indieexcellence.com.

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. They publish chapter books, coloring books, interactive journals, and more. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


Broccoli Chronicles IndieFab 2014 finalist

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Broccoli Chronicles (Little Kids, Big Voices, Book 1) named Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards Finalist

Los Angeles, CA—Today, Building Voices is pleased to announce Broccoli Chronicles has been recognized as a finalist in the 17th annual Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. Here is the complete list: https://indiefab.forewordreviews.com/finalists/2014/

Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on a select group of indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out from the crowd.

In the next three months, a panel of more than 100 volunteer librarians and booksellers will determine the winners in 63 categories based on their experience with readers and patrons.

“After 17 years, our awards program has become synonymous with quality because our editors set such a high bar on the finalist round, which makes it especially tough for the judges who select the winners,” said Victoria Sutherland, publisher of Foreword Reviews. “In every genre, our judges will find an interesting, high-quality selection of books culled from this year’s entries.”

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “It is an honor to see my hard work finally pay off.”

Foreword Reviews will celebrate the winners during a program at the American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco on Friday, June 26 at 6 p.m. at the Pop Top Stage in the exhibit hall. Everyone is welcome. The Editor’s Choice Prize for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Foreword Reviews’ 2014 INDIEFAB Publisher of the Year Award will also be announced during the presentation.

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. They publish chapter books, coloring books, interactive journals, and more. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

About Foreword: Foreword Magazine, Inc is media company featuring a FOLIO: award-winning quarterly print magazine Foreword Reviews and a website devoted to independently published books. In the magazine, they feature reviews of the best 160 new titles from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. Their website features daily updates: reviews along with in-depth coverage and analysis of independent publishing from a team of more than 100 reviewers, journalists, and bloggers. The print magazine is available at most Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million newsstands or by subscription.

You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. They are headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, USA.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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Independent publisher releases a school planner for kids

Los Angeles, CA: Today, Building Voices, an independent publishing company that specializes in children’s fiction, released their first planner, Little Kids, Big Voices School Planner. This planner is a fun and unique way for kids to keep track of all of their tests, activities, and duties as a kid. It contains weekly checklists reminding them to eat healthy, turn in their homework, and complete their chores. There’s also space to help them keep track of important information. Priced at $9.99, it is a must-have item to keep kids organized.

Building Voices’ mission is to build soft voices into outspoken leaders. The Little Kids, Big Voices book series is made up of chapter books, journals, coloring books, and more. This series is designed to entertain, inspire, and remind children that they have a voice in this world.

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “I’m excited to finally introduce our new product to the world.  This kid-friendly planner will keep any kid organized throughout the year.”

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2011, Building Voices is steadily gaining interest from parents, teachers, and school officials through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other social media avenues. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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Independent publisher releases an interactive journal that promotes strategic writing for kids

Los Angeles, CA: Today, Building Voices, an independent publishing company that specializes in children’s fiction, released their first journal, Little Kids, Big Voices Interactive Journal. It features the first chapter from Broccoli Chronicles, as well as sentence starters, writing prompts, and lots of blank pages intended to inspire kids to find their inner voice. Priced at $10.99, it is a great addition to the Little Kids, Big Voices series.

Building Voices’ mission is to build soft voices into outspoken leaders. The Little Kids, Big Voices book series is made up of chapter books, coloring books, activity books, and more. This series is designed to entertain, inspire, and remind children that they have a voice in this world.

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “Kids will love the opportunity to jot down their sketches, thoughts, plans, and ideas for their future. This journal is a must-have.”

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2011, Building Voices is steadily gaining interest from parents, teachers, and school officials through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other social media avenues. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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Independent publisher releases their first coloring book intended to improve hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills

Los Angeles, CA: Today, Building Voices, an independent publishing company that specializes in children’s fiction, released their first coloring book, Little Kids, Big Voices Coloring Book #1. This 32 picture coloring book is a part of the Little Kids, Big Voices series, which highlights different children and their unique gifts. This amazing coloring book features Myrtle, Mr. Doodlebug, and many of your favorite characters from the novel, Broccoli Chronicles. Priced at $3.99, it will be available before the end of the year.

Building Voices’ mission is to build soft voices into outspoken leaders. The Little Kids, Big Voices book series is made up of chapter books, coloring books, activity books, and more. This series is designed to entertain, inspire, and remind children that they have a voice in this world.

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “Little Kids, Big Voices Coloring Book #1 is a perfectly illustrated coloring book that all kids will enjoy. There are 32 pictures to color, providing a fun and stimulating activity for children.”

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2011, Building Voices is steadily gaining interest from parents, teachers, and school officials through Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and other social media avenues. In addition to books and publishing, Building Voices offers critiquing services and writing mentorships for aspiring writers. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their second chapter book in December 2015. For more information, visit www.buildingvoices.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 4/28/14

Los Angeles, CA: Today, Building Voices, an independent publishing company that specializes in Children’s Fiction, announced their new Kickstarter project. After creating the Kickstarter account nearly two weeks ago, Building Voices is increasing its fan base with over 50 Twitter followers and 28 likes on Facebook.

Building Voices’ CEO Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva said, “Knowing that parents and teachers support our movement has been one of my proudest moments as an educator. I’ve worked with children for over ten years and one of the major issues that they face is their inability and lack of passion to read. Our goal is for more children to devote their time to reading.”

About Building Voices: Building Voices is a children’s publishing company based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 2011, Building Voices is steadily gaining interest from parents, teachers and school officials. Building Voices is scheduled to publish their first book in December 2014 called Little Kids, Big Voices: Broccoli Chronicles.

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