Beyond The Book – Shaping Up Valentine’s Day

Shaping Up Valentine’s Day

On BTB (Beyond The Book), I would like to look at SHAPING UP THE YEAR. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. I don’t know about you, but I use to make my own Valentine cards when I was little. I loved creating each card, making each one extra personal. It’s a great way to use your imagination. Not to mention you can create all different kinds of cards.

How does this tie into the book? Well, your card is a rectangle. You can cut out hearts and stars for different looks. Or you can combine shapes to create other things. A square with a triangle on top could be a happy home. The possibilities are endless.

To help you out, I have an activity page on my website that you can download, print out, and color to give you a head start. You can also find it here: Valentine Card Print Out.

I hope you enjoy making some wonderful cards and memories. Post your cards online and tag me in them. I would love to see what you create! Use the hashtag: #TMCcreates

Until next time…

Happy reading & creating!
~t

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ANNOUNCEMENT!

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….

~ANNOUNCEMENT TIME~

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!

Until next time…

Happy reading!
~t

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www. Wednesday – KidLit.TV

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http://www.   Wednesday   – KidLit.TV

Hi everyone.

Most of you know one of my passions is writing.

*bet you couldn’t guess that. LAUGHING* 

I’m honored to be a part of the KidLit TV team.  For those of you who haven’t checked out their website, it is full of videos that are kid-friendly.

STORYMAKERS: Features authors (and kidlit champions) who share something about a book of theirs. It could be an interview, or a yummy recipe, or a craft, or sharing other titles, and on and on. It’s a great way for children to see the people who are behind-the-book.

READ OUT LOUD: Who doesn’t like story time????? So gather around and listen in as someone (author/illustrator/literacy champion) reads a story and shares the artwork inside the covers.

READ, SET, DRAW!: Time to drag out your pencils, pens, markers, or water colors! Budding artists can learn first-hand to draw from illustrators!!!! How cool is that?!?

Podcasts: Many of the episodes are available as podcasts! You can always listen to an episode!

There’s a tab for crafts and thinking outside-the-box! There’s also Phil’s Fast 5 episodes, Two-In-A-Teepee, and so much more.

Check out: KidLit.TV, but be prepared to stay for a while!

Until next time…
Happy writing!
~t


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WHY Picture Books Matter

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WHY Picture Books Matter

Storytelling was around before writing. People would pass along information, history, and myths through stories. A storyteller would use different movements, different voices, and different settings to help get their point across. People would gather around to listen, to learn, and to enjoy the company of others.

Picture books are this. You gather your child(ren) around, possibly gathered into your lap, and open the covers of a book. Here worlds are explored. Ideas are made. Compassion can be learned. People can heal. The world can become clearer. Feelings made to be understood. I could go on and on.

Picture books are our foundation. They are where we learn to read. Where we find comfort with being with someone else (remember the lap). Where we learn we can do things on our own.

Far too often in today’s society, I’m seeing adults pushing children away from picture books. Why? Don’t they grow up fast enough on their own??? I know mine have!

Some people think of picture books as being simple. *HA! <—I’m sorry. Was that out loud?* I beg to differ! A picture book is a layered thing. One to be explored again and again. To notice things you didn’t see before. To try and understand why the author worded a phrase a certain way. To figure out why the illustrator drew a character the way they did.

I like to think of a picture book as an onion. They are multi-layered. There is the basis of the story line, but so many have subplots. Is it a story about a historic event? Are there dual meanings? Does the different character act and react the way they should? Do you learn new vocabulary or a new language? Is an author’s note included or an account of the event? Are there other activities, things to look at, recipes to try included? So many layers!!!

Picture books are complex creatures. Writers spend months, if not years, perfecting the text. They work and work and work until those 750 words (OR LESS, USUALLY LESS!!!) roll off the page and seem effortlessly written for the reader to enjoy. Illustrators will spend months on each story. They add to the complexity of the words, filling in gaps. Maybe making an inside joke for the reader to enjoy while looking at the page. Only then do the two combine to make the complete story ready for the reader.

Picture Books…

Are a beginning, middle, and end in 10 minutes or less. Something you can digest easily and then comb over again and again.

Handle tough subjects… marriage, loss, moving, strangers, death, etc.

Handle light subjects… play time, funny, exploration, etc.

Can be read by anyone with a basic reading skill. This helps adults read better too!

 

So the next time you see a picture book, pick it up. Thumb through it. Read it slowly. Really look at the art work. Let the story fully pull you in. You’ll see you’ll fall in love with picture books as much as me.

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Do you read picture books?
Who is your favorite picture book author and illustrator?
Do you write picture books?
What else would you say about picture books?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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#CoverReveal – Clare’s Christmas Wish

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#CoverReveal of…
Clare’s Christmas Wish

This is for those of you who are not connect to me on Facebook or Twitter. Those of you who are got to see the cover reveal, because I was given the go-ahead on my anniversary.  😀  And let’s face it, I couldn’t wait. *sorry. heehee*

Clare’s Christmas Wish was a labor of love and I will go through a few posts later on and tell you my inspiration for this story. I hope it inspires readers to look past themselves and to give. Clare’s Christmas Wish is a book on volunteering and being thankful for what you have.

Without further ado, I give you the cover art of…

CLARE’S CHRISTMAS WISH

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Eugene Ruble did a fantastic job on the cover.  I haven’t gotten to see the gallery yet, but a I cannot wait.

Guardian Angel Publishing is the publisher for this book and it is my 7th book with them. *I think they like me*

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Let me know what you think of the cover!
Would you be interested in doing a review of it?
Stay tune for the BOOK TRAILER, links, and the ‘What Inspired Me’ post!

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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Thinking Thursday – Book Reviews (#PBReview)

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Thinking Thursday – Book Reviews

Book Reviews…. How do authors, illustrators, agents, and editors love you? Let us count the ways.

Yes, WE BOOK REVIEWS! <– Yes, I just shouted that.  😀   Because we do!!!

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Or a warm, fuzzy hug!

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Now seriously, tell me WHO doesn’t like that???!!!???

As you know, The Children at the Playground has been released into the wild. I’m excited, because a few reviews have begun to come in. Click on the links and see what people are saying about my book:

Reviews help get books noticed. Here is a graphic I found to show you about how book reviews can influence Amazon:

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Have you read any good books?
Do you post reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, on a blog?
Do you post your reviews on other social media like Twitter and Facebook?
Do you let the author, illustrator, or publisher know about your review?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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www (dot) Wednesday – LINKY <3!

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Today I’m posting a few places you can find my book, THE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND!

ONLINE

STORES

I cannot tell you how much it means to be able to find a book not only online, but at a store.

I am a small business. Yes, I am! I am an entrepreneur who markets my ideas and sketchings to agents and editors, and then to stores and the pubic with my books. Needless to say, if you carry my books, I WILL promote your business too. So by all means, if you are close to one of the stores, go there and purchase the book(s), let them know that I sent you. I #SupportSmallBusiness whenever possible.  😀

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How do you promote businesses?
Do you shop local?
Do you tell others about them?
Do you let people know how to find a business (online and walking in)?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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