Heartfelt Publications Books

The Leopard Tree – Winner of Two Literary Awards   
Three orphans from Kenya embark on a desperate quest to meet the Secretary General of the United Nations in New York City and deliver a message they hope will help millions of homeless and hurting children in Africa. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz becomes their guidebook as they journey alone across the United States. The trio–one with HIV, one blind amputee, and one who hasn’t spoken for years after watching her family slaughtered–find themselves embroiled in a situation beyond their imaginations as they get close to meeting their goal. 

Personal Interpretation – 3rd Edition, Foreword by Dr. Sam Ham    
If you only had time to read one book before becoming a front-line guide or interpreter, Personal Interpretation: Connecting Your Audience with Heritage Resources is the ideal resource. Written in clear, concise language with many examples, it employs the most current ideas in the interpretive profession. It also shares some of the rich traditions from interpretation’s past masters, drawing on Freeman Tilden’s principles and Enos Mills’ thoughtful ideas on nature guiding. It will connect you with the more in-depth resources developed by authors such as Sam Ham, Bill Lewis, Douglas Knudson, Ted Cable, Larry beck, and Joseph Cornell. This resource shares the approaches tested and proven by the National Park Service and many other organizations along with the research concepts that back up their approaches. Also available in hard copy from National Association for Interpretation.

Put the HEART Back In Your Community – Award Winner
Every community has a story to tell, although sometimes the story has been buried by development without design. With a thoughtful approach to planning, your community can find the stories that will help bring social, economic, and environmental interests together around a central theme. Put the HEART Back in Your Community defines a process that will engage your civic leaders and residents in open discussions as they develop Community Experience Plans that help everyone to get a finger on the pulse of what makes your community unique.

Interpretive Planning – The 5-M Model for Successful Planning Projects
If you’re looking for a planning template, do not buy this book. This book teaches you how to think your way through a planning process and avoid common pitfalls using well-organized tools to analyze your organization’s management, markets, messages, mechanics, and media. Clear examples provide guidance without suggesting a “fill in the blank” approach to planning because every project and the parameters within which you must work are different. Learn the questions to ask and the answers will lead you to success every time. Also available in hard copy from National Association for Interpretation.

InterpPress Books co-authored by Tim and Lisa (available in hard copy from National Association for Interpretation)

Interpretation by Design: Graphic Design Basics for Heritage Interpreters
This book helps those without formal training in graphic design or interpretive writing to understand the basics of creating quality nonpersonal media at their workplace and how to incorporate interpretive principles into a variety of media. 

The History of Heritage Interpretation in the United States
The National Park Service in the United States and other important individuals spurred the development of a communication approach that is now used worldwide to encourage stewardship and better management practices with natural and cultural resources. This documents the stages of development of this profession.

Management of Interpretive Sites: Developing Sustainable Operations Through Effective Leadership
Managers use this resource in application of thoughtful management processes while also developing and offering creative interpretive services that help achieve management objectives. It is the text for the Certified Interpretive Manager’s course with NAI. 

Other Books

Brochu, Lisa. 2001. Dad Still Smiles. Katonah, New York: Richard C. Owen Publishing, Inc. ALSO AVAILABLE IN SPANISH
Children’s book that helps children understand the implications of spinal cord injuries. Proceeds donated to the Christopher Reeve Foundation. 

Brochu, Lisa. 2000. Who Cleans the Museum? Katonah, New York: Richard C. Owen Publishing, Inc.
Children’s book that helps beginning readers understand the role of curators and interpreters in a museum setting. 

Brochu, Lisa. 2000. Getting up Steam: The History of the Hidalgo Pumphouse. City of Hidalgo, Texas.
80-page souvenir quality book that details the historic features and stories behind the Hidalgo pumphouse and how it influenced the agricultural development of the Rio Grande Valley region of Texas. 

Brochu, Lisa 1999. Living Color. Callaway Gardens, Georgia.
16-page souvenir quality book that helps visitors understand the significance of butterflies and their life history and encourages native plant landscaping to provide food sources for butterflies. 
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