Thursday, October 13, 2011

Author And Child Psychologist James Beverly Teaches Children Moral Lessons In 'Seamus The Sheltie' Children’s Books

Written by author and child psychologist James Beverly, Seamus the Sheltie teaches children moral lessons and family values through fun to read children's books

Parents often have trouble teaching kids moral lessons and sharing their family values with them. They sometimes find it difficult to find the right words to comfort their children when they encounter difficult or frightening issues. Many feel unsure of how to share these values with their children, or feel ill prepared to explain difficult or moral situations. Author and child psychologist James Beverly has provided a valuable tool for parents who find themselves in such situations. His 'Seamus the Sheltie' children’s books can make these situations far less stressful and even fun. Seamus the Sheltie teaches children moral lessons through fun to read children's books.

"As a child psychologist," stated Mr. Beverly, "I wrote the 'Seamus the Sheltie' children’s books specifically to help parents and grandparents with those difficult tasks in a safe and fun way (no witchcraft or magic at all). Remembering the animal tales that were told to me by my grandfather, I decided to use simple, real life stories in books for children to help parents and grandparents introduce important subjects in a safe way that was also fun and enjoyable. I had plenty of material for kid’s books, thanks to the exploits of my Sheltie, Seamus. Using my education in clinical child psychology I used clever and humorous ways to address for children the morals and values that accompany each story."

Reading and discussing these stories with a child or grandchild will help form wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. To help with the discussions, a Discussion Guide for Parents is included in each Seamus book. Heartwarming and educational, the 'Seamus the Sheltie' books are enjoyable and fun for the entire family.

'Seamus the Sheltie' books are available at, Barnes and Noble, Itunes, most bookstores and at Mr. Beverly's website. Mr. Beverly recently appeared on The Children’s Authors Show. The interview is available at his website. Mr. Beverly is available for media interviews and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information (including some secret places for kids) can be found at his website.


James Beverly received his Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University and his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo Ontario, Canada. He was then invited by Dr. John Basmajian, the Dean of the Medical School at Queen's University, to join his research team. James spent the next two years enrolled in the Medical School at Queen's University in Kingston Ontario where he was involved in research projects involving physically handicapped children.

Since then James has worked in the field of mental health as a therapist and administrator in nine states for over forty five years. He has presented at a number of national and state conferences and he has been nominated for a variety of state and regional awards for innovative clinical programming. James retired in 2010.

During his many years of service, James worked directly with a wide variety of distressed children and their families in a variety of institutional and community settings. During this time, James became acutely aware of the poor communication that existed in many of the families, which led to a lack of meaningful family values being instilled in the children. It was apparent to James that there were very little written or easily available materials available for parents and children to assist in these tasks. These experiences laid the foundation for a series of books for children and their parents that was designed specifically to fill these values and communication gaps in a pleasant, fun, and non-threatening manner.

Following the success of his nationally award-winning book 'The Adventures of Seamus the Sheltie', James continued to receive many requests from parents asking if he would please write additional stories for them that would deal with some specific and difficult topics that they were having problems with trying to discuss them with their child. These requests led James to the publication of his two most recent books, 'More Tales of Seamus the Sheltie', and 'Seamus the Sheltie to the Rescue'.


James Beverly