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Tasha-Nicole Terani’s A Tree for Me Wins Top Prize in International Book Excellence Awards Contest

A Tree for Me by Tasha-Nicole Terani is recognized for its outstanding writing, design and overall market appeal out of thousands of books submitted into the Book Excellence Awards.

Tasha-Nicole Terani is the multiple award-winning author of A Tree For Me, an inspiring children’s picture book that promotes self-acceptance, confidence, and the nurturing of one’s own well-being.

Tasha-Nicole is the founder of the Every Child’s Dream Foundation, 501(c)(3), an incredible organization that focuses on delivering vital supplies and items that provide emotional and physical comfort to babies, children and families in need worldwide. Founded in 2009, Tasha-Nicole’s foundation has delivered specialty care packages to over 96 countries and every state in the United States.

A multi-faceted talent, Tasha-Nicole is also the creator and CEO of the world-renowned TNT Soccer Training System for kids and an eight-time world record holder in soccer. She has also been honored by the United Nations as a Special Envoy for Peace through Soccer.

Tasha-Nicole is a living testament to what it means to turn adversity into advantage. Orphaned and abandoned as a baby, Tasha-Nicole spent the first years of her life in an orphanage andknows firsthand the deep yearning to belong and be unconditionally loved. Along her journey, she discovered that the way we see and love ourselves is the most important thing, a lesson she seeks to impart on readers worldwide through A Tree for Me. This one-on-one interview shares Tasha-Nicole’s experience writing the book.

Tell us about A Tree for Me.

A Tree for Me captures the meaningful journey we embark upon in search of unconditional love. It reflects the profound longing to be embraced for who we are. Throughout this quest, we come to realize that the love we yearn for from the external world must first be discovered and nurtured from within. The story portrays the tree as a reflective symbol, revealing the qualities and care we must bestow upon ourselves.

Through its vibrant illustrations and engaging storyline, A Tree for Me imparts essential lessons on self-acceptance, confidence, and the nurturing of one’s own well-being. It gently encourages young readers to look within themselves for the reservoirs of strength, resilience, love, and self-worth, encouraging a generation of individuals who are confident in themselves and compassionate in their interactions.

Gender and race neutral, A Tree for Me proudly upholds the values of inclusivity, embracing readers of all backgrounds, genders, and races. It seeks to awaken within its readers a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature and the boundless potential that resides within each and every one of us.

What inspired you to write A Tree for Me?

The inspiration for A Tree for Me was born out of my own life experience.

As an adopted child, I was always yearning for a sense of true belonging. Once I began to uncover my story about how I was abandoned by my birth mother in another country, I began to realize that I would never have a family tree. As this stark realization slowly began to sink in, so did my quest for the truth. Because of my unique welcome into this world, I’ve always had a deep appreciation for life. I felt some sort of obligation to myself to make it a great one!

Searching for connections outside, I finally found one. The tree in the story is a depiction of the actual tree that I visited in my childhood. It was there, in the company of that venerable tree, that I learned the true meaning of belonging. The tree, with its unwavering strength and quiet wisdom, taught me that the most profound connections are those rooted in self-acceptance and self-love. The tree became my sanctuary.

How did you feel when you found out you received a Book Excellence Award?

I had tears of pure joy when I heard the news! What I appreciate most about the Book Excellence Awards is their recognition of outstanding literary works and commitment to promoting authors and their books. Winning an award from this prestigious organization not only validates the hard work and dedication I put into creating my children’s book, but also provides valuable exposure and credibility in the literary world. I am truly grateful to be part of this esteemed community of writers and creators.

How did your background and experience influence your writing?

I have never known any of my biological family, so for a long time, I searched for unconditional love outside myself. But, because I was not able to connect with the heartbeat of my birth mother, I instinctively connected with the heartbeat of the Universe! Over time I learned that the love, strength, and support I craved were, in fact, mine to give.

I have also been working with kids for over 25 years and feel a special connection to them. I naturally gravitate towards them, and they gravitate towards me! I feel a certain depth in my understanding of what they seek. Working with children is a gift that I cherish.

I never thought of writing a book as becoming a writer; I just thought that I had a beautiful message to share at the perfect moment in time, and went from there!

What is one message you would like readers to remember?

We are all interconnected, not only to each other, but also to Mother Nature. To be in touch with the living soil beneath us, is to be in touch with ourselves. Like the roots of a tree, our self-care and self-love lay the groundwork for true growth and inner peace. By loving and nurturing ourselves, we in turn love and nurture all that surrounds us. The key to peace and happiness begins when we look inward, face our truths, and give what it is we seek.

Purchasing the Book

A Tree for Me has received positive reviews from well-known literary organizations, authors, and reviewers around the world. Book Excellence writes, “An original story with a powerful message, A Tree for Me is destined to become a classic in children’s literature.”

Readers, parents, educators and book clubs are encouraged to visit Tasha-Nicole’s website to purchase a copy of the book and receive updates on author visits and new book releases:

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