Ready for a sneak peek at what arrived on my porch this afternoon? It’s an advance copy of my upcoming picture book LOVE IS KIND, delightfully illustrated by French artist Lison Chaperon and published by Zonderkidz. I just love the world Lison has created to set the story. Each spread is more adorable than the next! Thank you, Lison, for your creative whimsy and thank you, Zonderkidz, for publishing! I can’t wait for this one to release on August 7, 2018. Happy reading, all!
“Rain drops on roses and whiskers….” Ahh, I never grow tired of singing “My Favorite Things” from THE SOUND OF MUSIC. And now I’m singing away because I just LOVE the theme of the last and final stop of the DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE blog tour. Thanks so much, Kerry Aradhya of Picture Books and Pirouettes, for putting together this lovely and creative post ! Happy reading all!
The official Diva Delores Blog Tour continued yesterday and again today with stops at Vivian Kirkfield’s PICTURE BOOKS HELP KIDS SOAR blog. Yesterday, DIVA DELORES was featured as Vivian’s Perfect Picture Book Friday pick and today I’m featured today on her Will Write for Cookies series weighing in with my thoughts about cookies, of course, as well as some hopefully tasty insights into why I write for kids, who my favorite favorite authors were as a kid and more. Oh, yes, and there’s a giveaway as well!
Please pop over. There are cookies!
*Delightfully decorated cookie (shown above) created by Miss A!
I’m excited because today Susanna Leonard Hill is featuring DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE as part of her Perfect Picture Book Friday series! Head on over there to find out why she thinks DIVA DELORES makes a great mentor text (Thank you, Susanna!). And after her review, keep reading as I share FIVE FUN FACTS about WRITING THE BOOK! (Oh, and there’s also a giveaway!) So grab that cup of tea and head on over. HAPPY FRIDAY, all!
And here’s the complete list of stops I’ll be making. I hope you will join us each step of the way. =)
This week DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE received a LOVELY stamp of approval from longtime Colorado teacher and dear friend, Jeananne Wright. Thank you, Jeananne!
Now, with her permission, taking excerpts from her note, here are SEVEN THINGS KIDS CAN LEARN FROM/ BE ENGAGED WITH as they read DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE:
First, the tactile gold glitter on the front and back covers are the perfect intro to the book. The kids can feel that and know that something wonderful will be found inside!
Second, kids might not know a thing about opera or classical music or even what a diva is!
Third, the story teaches how to rely on friends and how to be a good friend.
Fourth, it also portrays forgiveness, humility and perseverance.
Fifth, after reading, it will be loads of fun for kids to think of other things that go together, like carrots and peas, salt and pepper etc. So the book doesn’t end on the last page.
After reading the story parents/teachers and kids can also discuss the cover, author, illustrator and on the back the captions, ISBN numbers etc.
Finally, after all that, they can even practice their tra la las in an operatic voice. Or how about taking in an opera? What fun!
Thank you for these wonderful ideas, Jeananne, and for giving DIVA DELORES your teacher stamp of approval. =)
Happy Reading, all!
Just look at the darling diva that illustrator Rebecca Gerlings has so charmingly created for the book jacket to my newest book, then head on over to the Darlene Beck Jacobson’s blog for stop one of the official DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE blog tour! My topic today? How to Write Picture Books – DIVA STYLE! Happy Reading!
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Diva Delores and I are dee-lighted to share with you our first LOCAL interview. Pasted above is the fun promo clip, realtor Sharon Steele posted on Instagram. And here’s the link to the actual interview. Thank you for having us, Sharon!
And TODAY is our BOOK BIRTHDAY!!! Happy Reading, all!
Look who’s gaga over what arrived in the mail this week! I’m excited too because the arrival of these author copies of DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE means that books will soon be arriving at bookstores everywhere! So now, in anticipation of the March 6th release of this new picture book, I think it’s time to start sharing some dates! (More events to come…stayed tuned.)
Sunday March 11, 2018 2:00 pm. BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Celebrate a DIVA debut at this special story time and book signing with craft! Barnes and Noble, Rte. 22 Springfield.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:30 pm. Join me for an interactive story time featuring DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE at the Garwood Public Library. Meet my storytelling companions – Delores and Fernando–and enjoy a book-themed craft.