Nick Katsoris Loukoumi In The Basket

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Loukoumi In The Basket

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9780984161089: Loukoumi In The Basket

Loukoumi In The Basket, the seventh book in the award-winning Loukoumi book series, narrated by Emmy Award winning Entertainment Tonight Co-Host Nancy O'Dell, the book teaches children that the secret to happiness is in doing things for others. For a download of the book's narration visit: Loukoumi.com In Loukoumi In The Basket by Nick Katsoris, Loukoumi is disappointed in her Easter basket each year because she wants a lamb in her basket instead of an Easter Bunny. As the adventure progresses Loukoumi visits a magical wonderland of sweets with a candy river, hills made of marshmallow chicks and jelly bean petaled flowers in every color. Loukoumi then meets the Easter Bunny, who is contemplating skipping his Easter journey this year. In the end Loukoumi saves the day by helping the Easter Bunny and learns that Easter is about more than just what she receives in her Easter basket. Entertainment Tonight's Nancy O'Dell, who previously participated in the 2011 release, Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook, lends her wonderful voice to the project as narrator of the e-book and the download that comes with the hardcover book. To download the narration visit Loukoumi.com. Past narrators of the Loukoumi books include Jennifer Aniston, Morgan Freeman, Nia Vardalos, Gloria Gaynor and Olympia Dukakis, among others. All proceeds from Loukoumi In The Basket benefit The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization that teaches children to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. The Foundation sponsors Make A Difference with Loukoumi Day, which unites over 50,000 children nationwide to do various good deed projects. The Foundation also sponsors Loukoumi Dream Day, where children's dream careers come true for a day. Past winners have played soccer with the NY Red Bulls, sang from the Broadway stage, spent the day with their favorite actress at Lincoln Center, watched a spaceship land on Mars, cooked on TV and met with Rachael Ray and Cat Cora, and more. For more on the Foundation please visit LoukoumiFoundation.org

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Ten years ago, New York attorney Nick Katsoris was inspired to write a book about a fluffy little lamb named Loukoumi that just wants to make the world a better place. The first book was written just for fun after his son was born, but a decade later, there are 7 books in the series and Katsoris has donated proceeds from the books to numerous charities including St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Make A Wish Foundation and Chefs for Humanity. The series includes the following titles: Loukoumi, Growing up with Loukoumi, Loukoumi's Good Deeds, Loukoumi's Gift, Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook, Loukoumi and the Schoolyard Bully and the latest, Loukoumi In The Basket. The Loukoumi books have received two iParenting Media Awards, two Mom's Choice Awards and The Family Choice Award. Loukoumi's Celebrity Cookbook has also received two World Cookbook Awards and features favorite childhood recipes by over 50 celebrities including Beyonce, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Eli Manning, Betty White and others. Based on the themes in his books, Katsoris sponsors several national programs including the Growing Up With Loukoumi Dream Day contest, which grants kids the opportunity to spend the day in their dream careers. Past winning children have witnessed a spaceship land on Mars from NASA s mission control, played soccer with the NY Red Bulls, cooked on TV and traded recipes with Rachael Ray, spent the day with their favorite actress, the NY Giants and the NYPD, and sang from the Rock of Ages stage on Broadway. Katsoris also sponsors Make a Difference with Loukoumi Day, based on his book Loukoumi's Good Deeds (narrated on CD by Jennifer Aniston), which rallies 40,000 kids each October to do a good deed on national Make a Difference Day. The project received a USA Weekend National Make A Difference Award in 2014 when Katsoris also founded The Loukoumi Make A Difference Foundation, a non-profit corporation formed with the consent of the NY State Department of Education, to teach children to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others. The Foundation's first project was the Make A Difference with Loukoumi TV Special which aired in October 2014 on FOX, NBC and ABC stations across the United States and Mega-TV internationally. The live action and animated special hosted by Cat Cora starred Olympia Dukakis, Gloria Gaynor, Morgan Freeman and Constantine Maroulis. The special also featured a segment on bullying awareness, which Katsoris collaborated on with the National Bullying Prevention Center. The Loukoumi books have also been featured by many press outlets including ABC-TV s The View, FOX & Friends, The Martha Stewart Show, CBS News, NBC News, People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, The New York Times, Parents Magazine, Scholastic Parent & Child, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, USA Today, USA Weekend, Disney s Family Fun, Oprah and many others. A graduate of Fordham College of Business Administration and Fordham Law School, Katsoris is General Counsel of the Red Apple Group and President and co-founder of the Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund, which has awarded almost 1,000 scholarships totaling over $2.5 million. Nick is also a board member of Chefs for Humanity, has worked on a Loukoumi literacy awareness program with the National Ladies Philoptochos Society, and is a member of Kiwanis International. Nick currently resides in Eastchester, New York, with his wife, Voula, a real estate broker and attorney, and their children, Constantine and Julia.

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