In the Media

Leslie’s mediagenic looks and personality, warmth and empathy, make her a highly appealing speaker and a natural for broadcast media. She has held the stage with Henry Winkler, and been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Canada AM, XETV- San Diego Channel 6, and NPR. Various national newspapers have named her children’s books as top ten books of the year, and many magazines have done stories about her such as Glamour, Self, Esquire, People, etc.

The quirks of McGuirk’s work are astonishing.

– HENRY WINKLER

Leslie McGuirk’s gift is helping others understand how priceless, comforting and inspiring creativity can be.

– LESLIE MORGAN STEINER, author of best sellers, Mommy Wars and Crazy Love, TED Talk Speaker

We all came away from Leslie’s workshop with new ideas, new concepts, and new ways to think and feel about what it means to be creative.

– WILMINGTON TRUST, Vice President of Marketing

Ever wonder why some relationships — yours or others — look like they’re meant to last, and then they just don’t? It could be that they’re written in the stars to fail … literally.

It turns out that our astrological signs… Read More >

Click here to listen to Leslie McGuirk discuss her book, The Power of Mercury, with Laura Steward of Embracing the Feminine Wisdom of Entrepreneurship

Click here to listen to Leslie McGuirk on Coast to Coast

The Power of Mercury

Namaste,
I was leading a yoga week at Rancho La Puerta Spa in Mexico, when I decided to attend an astrology workshop by one of the spas most popular presenters, Leslie McGuirk of Lucky Stars Astrology. You may not know it, but I’m a very practical person that typically wouldn’t be drawn to this type of class, but after attending not just one, but two of Leslie’s workshops I was a raving fan. And I’m not the only one, big time publisher Harper Collins signed Leslie to write a book about how to unlock the astrological secrets of communication. She’s an Astrology rock star and will be a featured speaker this May at A Day of Namaste. Leslie has a way of making astrology understandable and applicable to your life. In fact, she works with corporations and couples to unlock the astrological secrets of communication. I knew that yoga and astrology have deep roots together, so I asked Leslie about her perspective on the subject. Here’s what she had to say…
STRAIGHTENING OUT YOUR SPINE AND YOUR PRIORITIES WITH YOGA AND ASTROLOGY
I’ve been studying astrology for over 30 years and practicing yoga for 16 years, and both are about alignment.  With yoga, one practices poses that are designed to keep the body in a state of flow and strength.  With astrology, it is the study of the movements in the heavens, so that there is a clearer path for a state of success and peace.
With yoga, we practice sun and moon salutations, which connect our bodies to celestial rhythms.  Ha means Sun in Sanskrit, and Tha means Moon.  So Hatha yoga is all about our connection to the heavens above.  Yoga reminds us that we are part of a bigger plan, and astrology helps us to define our role within that plan.
The point of being here on this earth plane is to learn lessons and get our priorities straight.  This involves our personal and spiritual priorities (astrology) and also our physical (yoga) ones as well.
Astrology helps us to understand our basic inner wiring system. If we chose to follow the best path indicated in the natal chart, our lives will be easier because we are connecting with our divine reason for being here.  Yoga connects us to our physical wiring system, as well as the mental and spiritual.  Addictions, work and family pressures, and other hobbies can easily distract us.  However, yoga reminds us every time we go to the mat, that we are participating in something greater than the chatter in our minds.  And astrology helps us recognize our participation in a divine path and reason for being here.

If you’ve ever been even slightly curious about astrology, don’t miss Leslie or A Day of Namaste on May 21st.

Love + Gratitude,
Stacy
Leslie McGuirk

If Rocks Could Sing

One of the top ten books of the year voted by The Independent Book Sellers Association
The most innovative ABC book of found objects EVER!
Every letter and every object is a real rock.
IF ROCKS COULD SING A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk

On a stretch of Florida seashore, nature has revealed itself to Leslie McGuirk in a way that can only be called astonishing. There, she has found rocks in the shape of each letter of the alphabet, and over many years she has also persistently collected rocks resembling objects that begin with each letter. Now Leslie is sharing her unique collection with the world.

A is for Addition, and there are the rocks in the shape of real numbers; B is for Bird, and there is a bird rock on a nest with an egg; and G is for Ghosts, and there is a host of rocks that look like ghosts! Children and adults alike will pore over these fascinating rocks and will be inspired to collect their own.

LESLIE MCGUIRK is the author-illustrator of many children’s books, including the Tucker Series, Pip the Penguin books, and Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons. As a child, she wanted to be a game warden in Africa. Instead, she grew up to become an author and illustrator whose favorite topics are the animals and natural world she loves so much.

If Rocks Could Sing – Wall Street Journal

“It took Leslie McGuirk more than a decade of beach combing in Florida to collect the curious pebbles and stones photographed for “If Rocks Could Sing” (Tricycle/Random House, 48 pages, $15.99), an endearing “discovered alphabet” for young children.

Every letter represented here, and every object described—N for nose, for instance—comes in the form of a stone that has been naturally shaped by wind and water and time. Even the book’s title is spelled out in curving and perforated rocks decorated with seaweed.

The effect is surprisingly captivating. “B is for bird,” we read, and there, tucked into a nest beside a speckled egg, sits a rock that seems to have a beak. On the next page, “C is for couch potato” gives us a spud-shaped object reclining on a pink satin chaise longue. There is as much wit here as there is potential pedagogy: The rock that is used to show “O is for ouch!” looks as though it is shouting and wincing at the same time; the slab of “toast” used to illustrate the letter T so nearly resembles whole-grain bread that you can imagine yourself biting into it. That would certainly bring on shouting and wincing.”

If Rocks Could Sing – Kirkus Review

The most innovative ABC book of found objects EVER! Every letter and every object is a real rock.
Leslie McGuirk is the author of many children’s books including the Tucker Series, Pip the Penguin books, and Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons.

On a stretch of Florida seashore, nature has revealed itself to Leslie McGuirk in a way that can only be called astonishing. There, she has found rocks in the shape of each letter of the alphabet, and over many years, she has also persistently collected rocks resembling objects that begin with each letter. Now Leslie is sharing her unique collection with the world.

A is for Addition, and there are rocks in the shape of numbers; B is for Bird, and there is a bird rock on a nest with an egg; and G is for Ghosts, and there is a host of rocks that look like ghosts! Children and adults alike will pour over these fascinating rocks and will be inspired to collect their own.

“With sharp eyes, endless patience and vivid imagination, McGuirk seeks and finds rocks in the shapes of alphabet letters and items representing those letters. Begs to be pored over again and again.”

 

Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant

“A charming introduction to one of my favourite restaurants and to the fine art of good behaviour. This enchanting book serves up delightful illustrations with a generous dollop of humor.”
~ Martha Stewart, entrepreneur

“I’ve always believed that dogs have the best lives – and Wiggens has the best of all. Dining at the Four Seasons, as well as teaching good manners to all. Now, if I could just get Wiggens to recommend a bottle of wine…”
~ Tom Brokaw, television journalist

“The best dog-gone way to learn manners. This is a real tail wagger.”
~ Tim Zagat, CEO, Zagat Survey

“Wiggens shows us the way to good manners and acts of kindness. This is required reading not only for kids but for grownups too.”
~ Pamela Fiori, editor in chief, Town & Country

“With the arrival of Wiggens Learns His Manners, every kid will now be able to say, “Everything I ever needed to know about good manners, I learned at the Found Seasons.”
~ Dick Parsons, chairman of Citigroup

Featured in Town and Country Magazine

Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons Restaurant provides a more than just palatable guide to being good and dining well through the example of Wiggens, a behaviorally challenged chocolate Labrador puppy. When Wiggens’s parents deliver him to a school for manners run by a St. Bernard at the famed Four Seasons (the establishment’s co-owner, Alex von Bidder, is the book’s co-author with Leslie McGuirk), the rambunctious canine is immersed in all manner of worthwhile lessons – and sometimes even tasty ones.
~ By Jean Nathan

Leslie McGuirk

Martha and Alex chat about “Wiggens Learns His Manners”

The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009

As co-owner of the elegant Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, Alex von Bidder has seen his share of manners on display — both good and bad. He drew on that experience to write “Wiggens Learns His Manners at the Four Seasons,” a children’s book on being charming and well-mannered. He and Martha chatted about the book and the Four Seasons Restaurant.

Next Stop… QuirkyVille!

As seen in Portfolio Magazine

Pip the Penguin Series

Over 600,000 copies sold worldwide. Translated into Japanese, Swedish & French!

Editor’s Choice with BABYTALK Magazine

“The adventures of Pip the Penguin are among the stand-out new board books”
~Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“An original quartet of lift-the-flap board books… Electric bright colours give these undersized books a strong visual presence”
~ Publisher’s Weekly

“McGuirk has the knack for seeing through a child’s eyes”
~ The Tribune

Leslie McGuirk

Snail Boy

“Snail Boy has become on of our favorite books, full of witty touches.”
~ The London Observer

“Move over, Clifford…. Here is one uncommon, wholly engaging companion/pet that’s definitely not going to run off.”
~ Kirkus Reviews

“There is nothing slow about the wit in this book.”
~ The Chicago Tribune

“McGuirk has ingenious characters and illustrations.”
~ Publishers Weekly

Leslie McGuirk

Tucker’s Spooky Halloween

Awarded one of five finalist.

The Children’s Book Council and CBC Foundation have announced 25 finalists in five categories of the first Children’s Choice Book Awards.

The finalists were determined from the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices program, a joint project of the International Reading Association and the CBC that annually allows some 10,000 children to vote on their favorite recently published books. The author and illustrator of the year finalists were selected from a review of bestseller lists by the CBC and CBC Foundation.

“Children may well flip over this endearing daredevil”  ~ Publishers Weekly

“Little children will like this brave terrier, and they’ll like McGuirk’s appealing pictures, too.”  ~ Booklist

Dear Leslie ~ My son Grayson LOVES Tucker’s Spooky Halloween. We’ve read it every night this month, and it’s the first time he’s memorized a book. I made this video of him reading it that I thought you might enjoy. It’s so-o-o-o-o cute! This was also his big sister’s favorite Halloween story when she was younger. Thank you for writing it!

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