November 23, 2015
November 22, 2015
Being a Library Assistant at the DeWitt Community Library presented me with a unique opportunity that most authors do not get : I cataloged my own book, The Peddler’s Bed. This experience was extra special because The Peddler’s Bed is my very first book. I want to share the experience with you, through pictures.
And with that, a long held dream of mine has come true: I have a published book in the library. And it’s already been checked out several times since the beginning of October.
If you have any questions about processing or cataloging new library books or media, just ask. I’m happy to answer.
Another dream has come true as well: The Peddler’s Bed is on the shelf of my local Barnes & Noble! :)
November 16, 2015
November 13, 2015
Title: Bike On, Bear!
Author: Cynthea Liu
Illustrator: Kristyna Litten
Summary: Bear is an extraordinary, genius bear, who can do anything except ride a bike. Can Bear figure out how to get on two wheels?
Bear is smarter than a monkey, more flexible than a python, and more helpful than a brigade of beavers, but there is one thing he is not: he is NOT good at riding a bicycle. In fact, he is totally terrible, even with training wheels! But he wants more than anything to learn, especially since all of his friends are happily riding their bikes, and he wants to join them. But how will he learn?
Bear’s mother wisely suggests that he find a book at the library to help him (Yay for library love!) So he does, and he follows all the instructions. But he just can’t seem to get it. He’s ready to give up until a cry for help launches him into action. Without hesitating, he jumps on a bike and saves the day. Finally, Bear can ride a bike. I wonder if there is anything else he can’t do?
Can’t we all relate to Bear? We clearly see that his biggest problem was overthinking. Bear thought obsessively about the instructions in the book and about what he was doing wrong. Eventually, he decided he couldn’t do it and he lost confidence in himself. I have a habit of overthinking about what could go wrong when I’m about to do something I’ve never done before, almost to the point of canceling. But if I canceled things just because I’m worried, I would never do anything. And I would miss out on some pretty wonderful things.
Final thoughts: Bike On, Bear! is a charming story with a sweet, determined main character, lots of action, and fun, colorful illustrations depicting cute animal friends.
November 10, 2015
I like rainbows and I like birds. Put the two together and you’re bound to get something just like author/illustrator Margaret Peot’s beautiful, vibrant-colored crow in her “I Like to Read” picture book Crow Made a Friend, published this year by Holiday House.
The story is sweet and simple. It’s about a lonely crow who literally tries to make a friend, first from leaves and sticks and then from snow. He soon learns that there’s nothing better than a real friend, except maybe a family.
The pen, ink and watercolor illustrations are charming and each one features our new rainbow-hued feathered friend. Margaret Peot stopped by Frog on a Blog to share with us the origin story of her lovely early reader picture book Crow Made a Friend along with a few other beautiful birds.
The Origin Story of the Early Reader Picture Book CROW MADE A FRIEND
by Margaret Peot
Crows have fascinated me since I was a kid, and appear everywhere in my artwork. I have made drawings of them, paintings, woodcuts, stencils, even crow rubber stamps, so they can fly through whatever painted landscapes I make!
I love stories about crows and their antics—how smart they are, the trouble they get into, the problems they can solve. There are Aesop’s fables of various Crow adventures, Native American stories of trickster Crows, beautiful Mughal miniatures where a Crow appears speaking at a Conference of the Birds. Crows make appearances in my woodcuts often:
The ability of crows to sort out the solutions to various problems got me thinking about illustrating a picture book of a Crow making a friend—really MAKING a friend out of whatever materials were around. This was my first try, a woodcut crow making friends with shapes:
Then I decided that I wanted Crow to make friends out of real things from his world, sticks, leaves, a crab apple, and snow. And that idea turned into the watercolor and ink paintings in Crow Made a Friend, an I Like to Read picture book from the wonderful publisher Holiday House.
Thanks Frog on a Blog!
Thank you, Margaret, for sharing your fantastic art with us! You’re an incredibly talented and versatile artist.
To connect with Margaret and learn more about her art and her books, check out her terrific website: http://www.margaretpeot.com/
You’ll find some fun free activity sheets there too!
You can connect with her here too:
Take some time to visit the other stops on the tour:
Monday, November 2nd: West Metro Mommy Reads
Tuesday, November 3rd: Books, Babies, and Bows
Wednesday, November 4th: Kid Lit Reviews
Thursday, November 5th: Randomly Reading
Monday, November 9th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Tuesday, November 10th: Frog on a Blog
Wednesday, November 11th: Here Wee Read
Friday, November 13th: Picture Books Help Kids Soar
Monday, November 16th: Under My Apple Tree
Tuesday, November 17th: TinkerLab
Wednesday, November 18th: Birdhouse Books
Thursday, November 19th: Sweet Southern Home
November 9, 2015
November 4, 2015
Yay! It’s Picture Book Month!
Looking for a reason to celebrate? Look no further! November is Picture Book Month! Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book. It was founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas.
Each day of the month, a new post from a picture book champion (author, illustrator, etc.) explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important is featured on the Picture Book Month website. What could be better than that! Check the site out here: Picture Book Month.
But there’s more! You will also find a promo kit and information on how you can get involved, a teacher’s guide and other Picture Book Month activities, and links to tons of picture book resources, bloggers, literacy organizations, authors, illustrators, and more. If you are a teacher, librarian, parent, or author, or if you’re just an individual who loves picture books, then let’s go! It’s time to celebrate picture books!!
November 2, 2015
October 28, 2015
The Peddler’s Bed is making its way across the country and around the globe. It’s in New York, California, Florida, Oregon, Alaska, Canada, Germany, England, the Philippines, and now New Zealand! If you’ve seen The Peddler’s Bed in your area, leave a comment with the state or country that you’re from. I can’t wait to hear where else my book has gone!
October 27, 2015
Take part in Michelle Eastman’s fantastic literacy initiative!
Originally posted on Michelle Eastman Books:
I’m a mom, teacher, and children’s author who believes, passionately, that we should never, ever, underestimate the power of a picture book. According to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), Nearly two-thirds of low-income families in the U.S. own no books. That statistic is common in other developed countries as well.
That’s just plain wrong. But, we can help fix it.
Last November I launched the literacy initiative, Picture Book Pass it On (#PBPiO). I encouraged people to donate new or gently used books to needy kids, locally, and to challenge friends to do the same. It caught on in the US, and we also had people “Passing it On” in the UK and Australia. Many children’s book authors participated by giving local kids in need copies of their books.
With a few exceptions, the PBPiO charge is being led by an all-female squad of super-heroes (a.k.a. The Sisterhood…
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