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!
I’m always excited when I hear that someone likes reading. I mean come on, I am a writer! But what happens after the last word is read, the last page is turned, and the back cover is closed?
How can you continue the love of literacy throughout the day? By taking what you’ve read and looking how you can incorporate it into other learning or activities can lead to another layer of making children excited about reading.
How can you do this?
Activities – Go for a walk, color, gather leaves or stones. Feeling handy, dandy? Try making a craft! Anything you can associate with what you’ve been reading is game.
Games – Turn an already known game into something similar to a book. Or be adventurous and create your own!
Snacks – Time for yummies! Can you make a delicious snack that will go along with your favorite read? It can be anything from healthy to totally indulgent.
Color – Grab your pencils and crayons! draw a picture that goes along with a story. Then color it in.
There are a lot more things you can do to take reading a book to the next level.
Then thing is to keep readers engaged. The more they are interested in reading, the more they will read!