Thursday, May 15, 2008

News upon GIFTS First Anniversary

It's now been one year since Gifts was released, and we've received tremendous support from readers like you. So far we've sold over 14 thousand copies. With the money earned, we've bought thousands more copies that have been distributed to medical professionals, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the National Society of Genetic Counselors. With your help, Gifts II will be another big success!

The Gifts website ( has been redesigned to include several interactive features, including:

You can be part of the site by linking to us on your blog from time to time, adding your blog to our sampler, suggesting links for our links page, and adding feedback to our feedback page. Instructions can be found by following the links above.

Thank you for your continuing support!

Kathryn Lynard Soper
Gifts Editor

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Cover Photo Contest for Gifts Volume II

Woodbine House, publisher of Gifts, is sponsoring a Cover Photo Contest.  They're looking for Color or B&W photos of children with Down syndrome from early childhood through adolescence.  Candid, close-up photos are sought, of a single child, or pair of children (at least one with Down syndrome), or a child and adult.  Outdoor photos preferred.  A prize of $250 will be awarded to the photographer of the winning photo.

Contest deadline is October 15, 2008.

Gifts is award winning.

Gifts, Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Have Enriched Their Lives has been awarded a 2008 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) Gold Award.

The NAPPA Parenting Resources winners showcase the best in books, CDs, baby gear and innovative products that help make parenting easier and more fun.


Gifts has been awarded a 2008 Mom's Choice Award by The Just For Mom Foundation.  The award honors excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007



** Shop at any Utah Barnes and Noble bookstore on SATURDAY OCTOBER 13 (all day).

** Present this bookfair voucher when you make your purchase.

** Barnes and Noble will donate up to 25% of the sale to the Gifts Outreach program.

** Gifts Outreach will use these funds to provide copies of GIFTS for Utah Down syndrome organizations.

** These organizations will distribute free books to new parents and medical professionals statewide!

Special events will be held at the following stores:

Layton (1780 North Woodland Park Drive)

11 a.m. GIFTS book signing with editor Kathryn Lynard Soper

1 p.m. Down syndrome storytime

2 p.m. Starbright dancers

Bountiful (340 S. 500 W.)

1 p.m. Down syndrome storytime

Sugarhouse (1104 E 2100 S)

1 p.m. GIFTS book signing with editor Kathryn Lynard Soper

1 p.m. Down syndrome storytime

Fort Union (7119 S 1300 E)

1 p.m. Down syndrome storytime

Orem (330 E 1300 S)

1 p.m. Down syndrome storytime

3 p.m. GIFTS book signing with editor Kathryn Lynard Soper

If this event is successful, Barnes and Noble will consider a regional or even nationwide book fair event in Spring 2008.

Thank you for supporting Utah's families!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Minnesota Book signing

Come to the GIFTS book signing at Barnes & Noble in the Mall of America, located in Bloomington, MN.

Date: Wednesday, September 5 at 7:00pm

Participating authors:

Ann Bremer (Chapter 20, The School of Life)
Leah Spring (Chapter 31, Enjoying the Ride)
Emily Zeid (Chapter 38, Loving Emma Jayne)

More news to enjoy

Read about Nicol Hudson (Chapter 49, The Eighth Grade Dance) and her son Alex in the East County Times

Read about Elizabeth Price (Chapter 43, When the Other Shoe Drops) and her son Jude in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Read about Nancy Iannone (Chapter 30, A Hopeful Future) and her daughter Gabriella in the Courier Post.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Reviews and other good reads

Go read this nice review of GIFTS in Opinionated Parent. Then enjoy Jennifer Graf Groneberg's weekly column "A Little More" at, and Kathryn Lynard Soper's essay about her son Thomas at Literary Mama.