You class (or child) has finished reading a book. Would you like to keep the excitement of the words going? Or maybe show how what they have read can relate to the world around them? Taking it beyond the book shows reluctant readers that books carry into the world. It also shows bookies that just because the covers close doesn’t mean that world has ended.
ACTIVITIES are only one way to go. Think outside the box.
Did you read about an animal? Why not create a diorama to showcase their living habitat? Have an adventure? Create a scavenger hunt with items mentioned in the story. You can also do paintings/drawings, create mazes, cards, etc.
Once you begin to incorporate a book into every day life, you will begin to recognize activities that will continue the storyline you are reading on.
I am in the process of creating activities for each of my books. Now depending on the age level, will depend on the content you will need to create to go along with the books.
The most important thing is to encourage the love of literacy while expanding beyond the book and opening eyes.
Do you like to blow bubbles with your bubble gum? I know I do. 😀
Although I know sometimes blowing bubbles can get you into trouble. It can be noisy. It can get sticky. It can be rude.
How about an activity that has all the fun of blowing a bubble AND it lasts?!
This Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum in a Dish activity will have you popping for fun! All you’ll need to do is download this free page, grab your crayons, a balloon, scissors (let an adult help you), and some tape.
Let me see what you do! Have a grown-up post your #fanart to social media with the hashtag #TMCcreates. I can’t wait to see what you’ve done.
There’s a new book in the world! My 11th picture book is now available!
The GET AWAY DANCE takes on a serious subject of what you should do if someone tries to take you away. I know, it’s a very serious and scary subject. As a writer, I believe in the power of words and education.
My generation grew up with Stop, Drop, & Roll, Just Say No to Drugs, Stranger Danger. I felt the empowerment of knowing what to do when a scary situation may have occurred.
After seeing someone trying to kidnap a child on the local news one night, I got to thinking what that child did right. Then I realized there was a need for others to know what to do, in case something like that happened to them.
Thus… The GET AWAY DANCE was born.
I hope to encourage parents to reinforce Stranger Danger to their children as well as include the Get Away Dance techniques to better equip their children in case someone tries to kidnap them.
The GET AWAY DANCE is published by Guardian Angel Publishing. Illustrated by Jack Foster.
Summer is still going. One of my favorite activities growing up was catching lightning bugs in a jar and watch them flicker. Have you ever done that?
I always let them go before I went to bed, but for a moment I had a small glowing magic in the palm of my hands. It still amazes me.
I have an activity page on my website that you can use to go along with LIDDIL GETS HER WAY. 🙂 What better thing to do than go beyond the book. To keep the wonder going. To spark curiosity and learning.
Click —> HERE <— for the pdf file for the activity.
Don’t forget to share your child’s artwork. Make sure to use the hashtag #TMCcreates!
Happy 10th Bookday, Squeaks & Shaping Up The Year!
Everyone grab a cupcake!
Thank you for coming. I really can’t take it all in still. Ten years… ten years ago my first book spread its wings and went out into the wild. *sniff, sniff. I’m such a proud book mommy.* And look at it today… ten years old. still making its way. Still showing people how to shape up every day into a beautiful thing.
I have been thinking on how I wanted to celebrate today. It’s a major milestone for me. And I thought what better way than to play it forward. I’m throwing a giveaway with 10 – yep TEN (one for each year) – prize packs. Each prize pack will include:
Shaping Up The Year book
Cover art sticker
TMC Productions sticker
Crochet Squeaks toy
But I have a goodie for everyone visiting too. Make sure you download Squeak’s Happy Birthday coloring page.
There’s been a lot of behind the scenes planning here.
But I also wanted you to know why I have been absent lately.
My husband had been sick for a while. Honestly, he has never truly recovered 100% from his open heart surgery in 2012.
Almost 3 months ago, we all came down with the flu. Tim got sick and progressively got worse. I took him to the er and found out he had to have surgery. There were complications. Two and a half days later, he took his last breath.
He was gone.
These past few months have been hard to say it best. Life will never be normal. I’m trying to piece things back together. To carry on with things we had planned on doing.
Like what is going to happen Monday. 🙂
He was so excited. Just know a lot of planning has gone into this celebration. So while I am excited about this coming week. Please understand why I may not seem to be that way all the time.
So, on a happier note…
The blogs are being written. The tweets are planned out. And I’m hoping you’ll like everything.
Here’s too a grand adventure. Keeping your chin up. And trying to see the good in everything.
Be kind. Love hard! Have a grateful heart. And as my Tim would say… #smilesmilesmile (~);-}
I’m in interrupting my normal posts in a way… Well, this news does go beyond the book. Or actually before the book! 😁
Many times you’ll see a small article announcing a book deal in a magazine. But did you know there are hundreds of deals that do not get mentioned. Many small publishing houses do not get a listing. Those deals are big too. After all, every book that comes into this world is someone’s dream. When you hold a book, you are holding hundreds of hours of work, a dream, a piece of someone. I think all of those deserve to be celebrated, don’t you?
So without further ado….
Picture book author,Tracey M. Cox has sold her rights to Guardian Angel Publishing for what will be her 11th picture book. The book will be illustrated by Jack Foster, who also has multi-books. This will be the second book Tacey and Jack have collaborated on.
THE GET AWAY DANCE is a picture book that addresses a very sensitive subject, but will empower children. What to do if a stranger tries to take you away? The story will reinforce Stranger Danger techniques. Then it describes what a child should do if the worse happens. What should you do if you do everything right, and yet someone tries to take you? You do THE GET AWAY DANCE!
Thank you everyone for coming over to hear my news! I’m super excited and cannot wait to see the amazing illustrations Jack does!