Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio Show with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Israel Mota were honoured to welcome the children’s author and educator Brandee Bublé to the studio. A fascinating show about the need for family and community support and love for special needs children and others who need to focus on their strengths and cope with challenges. Brandee spoke about her brother Michael Bublé and how much his support and caring meant to her in her life. She also answered a question from a big brother in Nigeria who wanted to know how to help his little brother. Also on the show, a poem Dreamers by Francisco X Alarcon read in English and Spanish from the new book dedicated to the World Poetry Poetathon, The Intercontinental Anthology of Poetry on Unisersal Peace created by Managing Editor Mutiu Olawuyi and music by Susan Lucas and Duane Prosk. To hear this fascinating show, CLICK HERE!
World Poetry would like to thank the wonderful publist Sarah Miniaci from / SMITH Publicity, Inc. for her help and the following source material.
World Poetry is so pleased to promote the release of Brandee Bublé’s debut children’s book — O’Shae The Octopus — which features a foreword from her superstar brother Michael and will be hitting bookstores across Canada on June 1st via critically acclaimed B.C. based children’s book publisher, Simply Read Books.
“Born and raised by “the most supportive, loving parents ever” alongside her big brother Michael and little sister Crystal in Burnaby, B.C., Brandee has always been passionate about two things above all else: the ocean and family.
Having spent countless childhood summers aboard her father’s boat, Brandee’s imagination would run wild about the creatures of the Pacific. In spring 2014, her passions culminate with the release of O’Shae The Octopus – her debut children’s book that puts the spotlight on the enduring lessons and power of inclusivity, acceptance and love in a vibrant underwater setting.
Brandee Bublé grew up in Burnaby, BC, with her big brother Michael and little sister Crystal. The daughter of a fisherman, as a child Brandee spent many summers aboard her father’s boat, where she had plenty of time to let her imagination run wild about all the creatures that surrounded her. Brandee taught children with special needs for eight great years, where she discovered that she loved writing fun stories to keep her students engaged, often communicating with them through rhyme. Married to her high school sweetheart, Brandee is a stay-at-home mom to her two awesome kids, O’Shae and Jayde. She is crazy about her family, absolutely loves the ocean, and can be found most sunny days on her boat with her family and friends. O’Shae The Octopus is the first book in her One Of A Kind Books series.
A former special needs educator (who taught herself how to read and write braille!), today Brandee is a proud Vancouverite, stay-at-home mom of two and happy wife of her high school sweetheart. While her life has largely been charmed, it’s not been without struggles: diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, last year she saw her 9-year-old daughter diagnosed with the same. Her resolve to help others “stand tall and never be ashamed of the things that make them different” – and joy for storytelling as a way to communicate with kids – has only grown stronger.
“Whether it’s special needs or a learning disability, the color of our hair or the way we talk, we are all self-conscious about something and there will always be bullies,” says Brandee. “But that doesn’t mean you don’t belong. I wrote O’Shae The Octopus as a reminder to believe in yourself, embrace your differences, see how they can make you shine, and as proof to my children and myself that a ‘label’ shouldn’t stop you from reaching for the stars!”
Vivacious, thoughtful and infectiously warm-hearted, Brandee has select availability for feature interviews around the June 2014 release of O’Shae The Octopus to talk about:
What she’s learned from her big brother – pop music superstar Michael Bublé (who wrote the introduction to O’Shae!) – about ignoring the “haters,” doing your own thing, and taking pride in whatever it is you’re passionate about
The incredible lessons she’s learned from working with special needs students and being a stay-at-home mom: why empowering children to embrace their differences can produce extraordinary results
Her experience as a young woman diagnosed with – and now a parent dealing with – dyslexia, and how to not let whatever it is you’re insecure about define you or your dreams
Finding the silver lining: how our differences are gifts in disguise
Using her platform as a children’s book author to help parents and educators better understand the impact of bullying, and to foster strong support systems
O’Shae The Octopus is available for pre-order via Amazon, and will hit bookstore shelves around the world in June 2014.