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Hingham mom's etiquette book sees success

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 26, 2013 02:04 PM

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Photo courtesy of Beth Brainard

Brainard accepts the bronze medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) ceremony in New York alongside IPPY Award Director Jim Barnes.

Hingham mother and author Beth Brainard has won even more accolades for her book, “Soup Should Be Seen, Not Heard!” an etiquette guide for children.

After winning the International Mom’s Choice Award in October, Brainard recently took home the bronze medal in Juvenile Teen Non-fiction, Excellence in Publishing from Independent Publisher’s Group.

Out of the more than 5,000 entries for the awards, presented annually, only 382 received medals.

“It all been great and happening very quickly, and it’s a result of people taking a look at the book and seeing what it has to offer,” Brainard said.

The book stems off Brainard’s experience teaching business etiquette and social skills to corporate groups. She soon realized the information would have been more helpful if the adults had learned the same skills as children.

Soon, the book was on shelves in The Paper Store and RSVP in Hingham, and on, where it became a hit.

According to Brainard, parents use the book on their coffee tables to nudge politeness into both children and adults. Librarians and educators have even raved about the publication at book signings.

“Librarians said they don’t have anything like this on the shelves, and it will be a nice [addition] to the collection because it’s a big book of manners and appeals to both boys and girls,” Brainard said.

All the success has Brainard’s wheels spinning, and already she is working on a book about golfing etiquette for beginners.

“It’s called “Don’t crunch your chips while I’m putting.” I love golf, my husband and I are avid golfers, and I started out writing it for just children, but [several people] said there are so many people that begin golf as adults that this would be helpful. That’s coming out this summer.”

In the meantime, Brainard has been busy. Not only has she been named a global ambassador for International Group Parenting 2.0, she is a resident etiquette expert on the Mom’s Choice Matters Blog with a weekly Tuesday post.

To read more about the book, click here.

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