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Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Phyllis Griggs is the founder of Bob Beetle Book Bug, Inc. A non-profit children's
World of Books was written to encourage children to explore the wonderful world of
reading and to partake in the vast wealth of knowledge available to each one of us
inside of books. The book will be given to Children FREE through her literacy program.
ALL proceeds from the sales go to Bob Beetle Book Bug literacy program and helps to
put books into the hands of under-served children and schools. Originally from
Chicago, IL. Phyllis currently resides in Decatur IL with her husband, three children
and her cat named Mystie.
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing?
Read as a volunteer to children and senior citizens, yoga , dancing.
Do you have any other books you are working on? If so give us a sneak peek.
Yes, Bob Beetle Book Bug: Underneath A Tree will be the second in the Bob Beetle Book Bug series of books that inspire children to spend time reading or reading to others.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue to grow and expand my not for profit children's literacy program to other cities and states.
What do you hope children learn from your book?
Tell us about the Bob Beetle Book Bug organization.
What a wonderful book! Bob Beetle Book Bug: The Magical World of Books is sure to inspire an appetite for reading in young readers. Bob Beetle is a cute, passionate "book" bug. CUTE? Did I just call a bug cute?! I usually don't like bugs but this one is all right with me. Bob talks directly to the readers and takes them on a journey through the magical world of books. The book is colorful and written in a way all children can understand. Bob's passion for books is depicted on every page. It is humorous and sure to make children giggle. As a voracious reader Bob is my new best friend, although I cannot join him in snacking on book pages! :)
All proceeds from the book go to Bob Beetle Book Bug non-profit organization to help the organization reach out to children everywhere and encourage them to explore the magic of reading.
*A free copy of this book was given to me for a honest review. No other compensation was provided for this review
Monday, June 4, 2012
The Large Rock and the Little Yew by Gregory Ahlijian is an uplifting story of survival about a little yew tree who is trapped in the crack of a large rock. The little yew is determined to find sunlight., soil and water so that it can survive. The large rock is rude, pessimistic and inhospitable. Despite the large rock trying to destroy the little yew tree's dreams of survival by insisting that it will never survive its less than ideal circumstances, it continues to believe that it is unique, valuable and can grow strong. The book is beautifully illustrated by Janna Roselund.
The lesson illustrated by the determination and willpower of the little yew tree is that anyone can achieve their dreams no matter the overwhelming odds and hostile environments that they may be in. The little yew and the large rock are located in Wakehurst, United Kingdom. People travel to see a large rock encased within the roots of a majestic yew.
100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book are donated to Jasper Mountain Center, a nonprofit treatment center, in Oregon, that addresses the needs of emotionally disturbed children and their families. On April 9th, he presented the center with a check in the amount of $30,000!
Gregory Ahlijian has been a mentor at the Jasper Mountain facility since 2008. He has worked in the field of arboriculture for over 30 years. He teaches the children at the center bout nature, trees, character development and poetry. The children of Jasper Mountain were the inspiration for this uplifting story of perserverance and hope. He says that his goal is "..to inspire the child's sense of self-worth by creatively and effectively teaching the components of good character and illustrating them with examples present in everyday activities."
For more information about Jasper Mountain Center Please visit: Jasper Mountain.
For more information about this book is available on: http://www.littleyewtree.com/.
Would you like to win a copy of this book? Just comment on why you would like to win it. Winners chosen by random.org on 6/10/12.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
My favorite part is Jimmy's New Polite Rule:
"To try to treat others as I'd like to be,
To try to see things the way others might see,
To try to be helpful, and do what is right,
And to try at all times to be very polite!"
The illustrations, as always, are excellent. I have used this in therapy with my young clients and one of my four year old clients now wants to read it every session. We say the polite rule and she chimes in very loudly the last word of every sentence. Great job, Ms Cannon!
Interview with Sherrill Cannon
Reviews of other Sherrill Cannon Books
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Truthfully, the story was not well written. Was it even written by Ms. Collins? I am not saying this because I did not like the ending ( I liked who she ended up with but not how). I struggled not to skim. I wanted to skip chapters they were so dry. I feel like I could have skipped 3 chapters and 4 pages and ended up at the same place....Katniss, crying, hiding, running, blacking out or sleeping in the hospital.
Katniss seems so dead inside. Even the Gale vs Peeta was not exciting. It seemed like the author was just putting up with the characters to get to her true end...making sure we received her heavily crammed down our throats anti war propaganda. I found myself very confused most of the time. The only reason I finished the book was because I wanted to see what happened to the characters I grew to care about in the 1st two books. I would have rather stopped at "Catching Fire" and made up my own ending.
I'm not sure this book should even be a YA, it is depressing and hopeless. Even the ending, which I guess is supposed to give some sense of hope, doesn't ring true. I respectfully demand a rewrite! Ms. Collins, take your time and stay true to your characters so that this can be a triology that we want to read over and over. I'm not sure I will even read the 1st two again since I know that the third book brings so much hopelessness and depression. The good thing is when this book makes it to the movies it will possibly be changed for the better because I don't see how anyone could watch such a dark, depressing movie for two hours.
P.S. I am not bashing her work. I would never bash another author's work. I am just so disappointed I needed to get it out somehow!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Click here to read My review of Julia's books and Julia Cook's Interview
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I am now having two new books illustrated. "The Worry Glasses: Overcoming Anxiety & "My Warp Speed Mind: Managing ADHD (cover coming soon). I'm really excited about these books. They have both been endorsed by a child psychiatrist (really cool).
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
From today 3/28/12 through 4/3/12 you will receive an "I Love You More than Chocolate Chip Cookies coloring book FREE with the purchase of the book! Be sure to check out the rest of the blog to see all of the other wonderful books you can buy from other wonderful authors!
Click Wild About Reading to buy now so you can receive it before Easter!
My 4th grader took it to school to share with her class because they have been working on the states and capitals. I had to hunt the teacher down to get the book back because she loved it so much!
This is definitely a must have for parents, children and teachers!
*A free copy of this book was given to me for a honest review. No other compensation was provided for this review.
Click here to read Interview with Author Hayley Rose of Fifo "50 States"
Read The Dos and Don'ts Book Review
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Award winning author, Hayley Rose, grew up in the beach side town of Pacific Palisades, California, to a family of visual artists. In the early 1990's she traveled the U.S. with her band Crush Violet. In 1994, after a family reunion, she was inspired to write a children's book. Looking for a cute and catchy name for a main character, she kept hearing "first in, first out". Hence, the name Fifo was born. Hayley's mother would often ask her what she wanted to be when she grew up, so Hayley decided to start her series of "Fifo" books with that very question. Her first book, Fifo "When I Grow Up" was published in 2002. Her love of travel inspired her second book in the Fifo series, Fifo "50 States", published in 2010.
Along with writing children's books, Hayley has been working in entertainment business management for the past 15 years, specializing in concert touring. She has worked with many "A list" musicians including Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart and Candlebox just to name a few. Hayley hopes to one day soon release an album of children's songs. She is a currently member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and resides dually in Los Angeles, CA and Scottsdale, AZ.
What are your favorite children's authors/books?
What advice would you give other aspiring writers?
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?
How would you answer that question?
How old were you when you began to write stories?
What do you do in your spare time when you’re not writing?
Don’t just rush into an elevator.
What do you hope children learn from your book?
What has been an obstacle in your writing career?
Fifo 50 States Book Review
Visit Hayley's website: Fifo the Bear and FaceBook
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Welcome to Day #11 of the Bloggers Read Across the Globe (BRAG) Project!
I’m happy to feature Jo Ann Kairys, founder of BRAG, and blogger at Story Quest Books. To do her part in promoting children’s reading and literacy, Jo Ann has been rounding up great information about programs dedicated to helping every child learn to read. Here’s her latest report:
I’ve been scouring the Internet for children’s literacy and reading resources, and am excited to see many wonderful programs and initiatives. Throughout the BRAG tour, I’ve listed as many programs and initiatives as I could find. It’s an affirmation of our global community and the shared goal that every child will learn to read.
Here are some other programs making that goal a reality:
1. Check out the interesting conversation I Have a Dream edition of the Children’s Literacy and Reading News Roundup brought to you by Jen Robinson’s Book Page, The Family Bookshelf, and Reading is Fundamental. These bloggers share one dream: that every child has (at least) one book to call their own and to be successful, happy readers.
2. Here’s a well-established reading motivation program—Reading is Fundamental (RIF) — that shines a light on underserved children from birth to age 8, making reading a fun part of everyday life. Last year, through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provided 4 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources, including Multicultural programs and activities.
After what I thought was a pretty extensive Internet search, a new (to me) literacy program suddenly appeared—LitWorld—dedicated to help build literacy skills in the world's most vulnerable children. Then I discovered “New Day, New Friends,” a lovely picture book created for the LitWorld project.
“New Day, New Friends” is a story about values and how they reflect who you are and who you want to be. The 7 personal strengths embodied in the book are a jumping off point to foster fun reading and interaction.
“New Day, New Friends” highlights excerpted from LitWorld’s Discussion Guide:
BELONGING—Identifying as a needed, loved, and respected member of one’s family, community, and world as a whole: What groups are you a part of in your community? How do you feel similar to other people in that group? How do you feel different from them?
CURIOSITY—Fostering a willingness to explore new territory and test new theories: When have you tried something new? What would you like to try that you haven’t already done? What do you wonder about?
FRIENDSHIP—Having close, trusting relationships with others: What qualities make you a good friend to someone else?
COMPASSION—Being tender towards others who are in need, both near and far:
When have you helped others? When has someone helped you? How does being helpful make you feel? How do you feel when someone helps you?
CONFIDENCE—Thinking independently and expressing ideas with assurance:
When have you tried something new and succeeded? When have you tried something new and didn’t succeed? What is your proudest accomplishment?
ESTEEM—Feeling respect and admiration for self and others: How do you feel about people who are like you? How do you feel about people who are different from you? How do the differences bring you closer or keep you apart?
HOPE—Thinking optimistically and believing that today’s efforts will produce good things in the future for self and for the world
I love reading to my grandchildren, and can picture these types of questions prompting some wonderful discussion and dialogue. Thanks to LitWorld for bringing them to us—and to children everywhere.
Jo Ann Kairys is co-author and co-illustrator of the children’s picture book, Sunbelievable—winner of the Mom’s Choice Gold Medal 2012 Award. Widely published in the medical/science literature, she recently shifted from highly technical writing to creating stories for young readers. “I don’t know which is more challenging… writing a research article or producing a book that children will want to read over and over again. I love that wonderful stories can last for generations!” Jo Ann is also Founder of the 2012 First Annual Bloggers Read Across the Globe (BRAG) Project—Promoting Children’s Reading and Literacy—one enthusiastic blogger at a time.
Sunbelievable tells of a hilarious and whacky Sun seen through the emboldened imagination of 2 young sisters. Does the Sun ride roller coasters? Eat pizza? This endearing story shows the loving relationship and unbounded curiosity of young children. NASA’s Chief Technologists adds facts about the real Sun as a jumping off point for questions and discussion. The images combine real photographs with magical, digitally created landscapes. “You can’t take your eyes off of the illustrations!” (San Francisco and Sacramento Book Review 2012)
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Click here to read Matthew Toren Interview
Monday, March 5, 2012
Click here to read Kidpreneurs Book Review