I’m delighted to announce that the winner of this week’s special giveaway, a brand new SIGNED copy of Glenys Nellist’s new Easter-themed board book GOOD NEWS! IT’S EASTER!, published by Discovery House, and illustrated by Lizzie Walkley is…
Congratulations! I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.
Thanks again, Glenys, for sharing your five tips to engage little ones when reading this charming board book and for providing the signed winning copy. Happy Weekend, all!
OK. One more holiday greeting because, frankly, Delores was a little put out that I didn’t include her previously. (Plus, I couldn’t resist!) My children says there’s a fine line between funny and embarrassing, but I think this falls squarely in the latter, I mean former! And thank you Sterling Publishing, for taking a chance on DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE! Happy Holidays, everyone!
I’m excited to report that this week’s “Love is Kind” inspired kindness post about “50 (Almost) Kid-Thought-of Ways to Spread Kindness” with Noelle Kirchner was picked up by the TODAY Show Parenting Team for their Grinch/Kindness Challenge! Please take a moment to pop over there and click “Vote Up!” — and leave a comment too, if you are so inspired. Thanks for helping to spread this message of kindness far and wide.
This week it was my pleasure to be interviewed by radio host Care Baldwin for her program, Wednesday’s Bookmark, a weekly show that celebrates books. The interview aired October 31st at 4:30 EST on Family Radio CHRI 99.1 fm, Canada’s largest Christian family radio station. Thank you, Care, for being such a great host! I had a wonderful time. Here’s the link for the interview. Please stop by. =)
I’m also delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a brand new copy of Mindy Baker’s debut Christmas picture book, MOUSE’S CHRISTMAS GIFT, published by Zonderkidz, and illustrated by Dow Phumiruk is…
Congratulations! I will be in touch with you today so we can get the book to you.
Thanks again, Mindy, for an illuminating interview. I’d also like to thank Zonderkidz for providing the winning copy. Happy Friday, all!
TRA-L-LA!!!! Look what we created, just in time for National Opera Week, though Delores and Fernando (and I) think every week is a good week to celebrate opera! It’s a BOOK TRAILER… our first. We hope you like it. =)
Happy Trailer-ing! And Happy Reading! And Happy National Opera Week!
LOOK! Little Owl, the sweet protagonist from LOVE IS KIND (Zonderkidz, 2018), is all dressed up for Halloween with spider buttons and a pointy hat. And he’s got his little jack-o-lantern, ready to fill with Halloween treats. In this sweet illustration, created by illustrator Lison Chaperon (thank you, Lison!), it looks to me like he’s also whispering to Dragon that he’s ready to share his candy along the way and say please and thank you at every house he visits. (That’s showing showing thoughtfulness and love in true LOVE IS KIND style, don’t you think?) Happy Halloween, all!
HOOT! HOOT! PARTY TIME! Yesterday afternoon, we celebrated the release my newest picture book, LOVE IS KIND (Zonderkidz, August 2018) at lovely book store gathering with lots of enthusiastic young readers and their families. The celebration included meeting Little Owl, hearing the story, making owl masks, taking pictures in the DIY-photo booth that Miss A. and I created, and, of course, signing books! Thank you to everyone who came and to Barnes and Noble in Springfield for hosting the event – my fourth at their lovely store. (And I was delighted to meet people who’d learned of the event because of my efforts to spread the word through social media and old-fashioned flyers – proof that invitations work!)
Here are a few pictures that capture both the prep work and the event itself. (I just wish I’d taken a picture of the kids making their masks which were so colorful and CUTE!) It’s a SLIDE show! (I just discovered this feature.) Enjoy!
In her memoir A CIRCLE OF QUIET, Madeleine L’Engle writes, “Those of us who write are responsible for the effect of our books… Like it or not, we either add to the darkness… or we light a candle to see by.” As a writer for children, I take those words to heart and now, today, with the release of my newest picture book, LOVE IS KIND, I hope Little Owl’s story will do just that. Certainly showing love towards others is something that our fractured society needs, especially, right now, so my book birthday wish is that LOVE IS KIND will resonate in little hearts everywhere and inspire children of all ages (and grown ups too!) to show love and kindness towards others in ways big and small.
Happy birthday, LOVE IS KIND! And Happy Reading, all!
LOVE IS KIND releases in just over a week which means it’s time for a book trailer reveal! Zonderkidz did such a terrific job creating this short, sweet trailer which captures beautifully the essence of this heartfelt story about a little owl who wants to get his grammy something for her birthday, but whose attempts are thwarted every step of the way.
Thank you, KidLit TV for hosting the reveal and now, top up that cup of coffee and head on over for the trailer premiere! I’ll make it easy for you. Here’s the link. Enjoy!