Hi Everyone! This is the 3rd week of analyzing the Fall Writing Frenzy winners’ work from 2020! It's been absolutely amazing diving in deeper with you and learning about the inspiration of the writers too! If you missed the first two weeks, check out the 1st week analysis here and the 2nd week here!Before we … Continue reading Analysis Fall Writing Frenzy Week 3
The news is up! Check it out here and I can't wait to dance with you all! https://www.kaileipewbooks.com/post/let-s-dance-a-kidlit-holiday-dance-party
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, As we approach American Thanksgiving, many of us are thinking about what we're thankful for, and especially in these times, I bet many of us are even more grateful for small things than we usual are. To honor this thankful feeling, we have the pleasure of welcoming author Barbara Lowell … Continue reading Author Interview and GIVEAWAY with author Barbara Lowell about her picture book BEHIND THE BOOKCASE
Hi Math is Everyone and Fall Writing Frenzy Friends, This is the second week of analyzing the Fall Writing Frenzy winners’ work from 2020! Wasn’t last week awesome? If you missed it, check out the first week analysis here! Every week I will try my best to share 5-8 pieces from the Fall Writing Frenzy … Continue reading Analysis Week 2 Fall Writing Frenzy 2020
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, I’m so excited for this timely interview because we just had our first rain of the season and now we get to chat with wonderful author-illustrator Abi Cushman about her adorable book SOAKED! She also has some cool insight on how being a web designer helps with picture books and … Continue reading Interview and GIVEAWAY with Author-Illustrator Abi Cushman
Hi Math is Everyone and Fall Writing Frenzy Friends, Happy Veterans Day! I hope you get a chance to honor the veterans in your life, those who have passed away, and their friends and family who have also sacrificed. Sending a big thank you to all how have or are currently serving! This is the … Continue reading Analysis Week 1 Fall Writing Frenzy 2020
Hi Fall Writing Frenzy Friends, Everyone is a winner. I’m sure now that the “winners” have been announced, some people are elated, some people are sad, some people are sad for themselves but elated for others, some people are somewhere in between, but I think we ALL have a chance to learn and grow even … Continue reading Fall Writing Frenzy Call to Action
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, We have the wonderful pleasure of welcoming one of my amazing critique partners who is always finding new ways to share stories with readers. Today we get to talk about her debut book, coming in January called First Day of Unicorn School, pre-order now! Kaitlyn: Hi, Jess, thanks so much … Continue reading Author Interview and GIVEAWAY with debut picture book author Jess Hernandez
Hello Fall Writing Frenzy friends, Can you believe the winners will be announced tomorrow?!? Neither can we! But before we announce them, we have one last thing we'd like to share. Our main goal for the fall writing frenzy is to help writers grow in their craft, and we did so much of that this … Continue reading Fall Writing Frenzy Update
Hi Fall Writing Frenzy Friends and Math is Everywhere Readers, We have an update: the Fall Writing Frenzy winners will be announced November 6th! Thank you all so much for creating such an amazing community, putting yourself out there to share your creative, touching, dark, twisty, and fun stories with us! We hope you're still … Continue reading Fall Writing Frenzy Update
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, I'm extra excited today because it’s National New Friends Day and we get to have a book chat about a wonderful picture book involving making new friends called MAC AND CHEESE AND THE PERSONAL SPACE INVADER. And for the cherry on top, out discussion is with two of my favorite … Continue reading Interview and GIVEAWAY with Jolene Gutierrez and Heather Bell about their Picture Book MAC AND CHEESE AND THE PERSONAL SPACE INVADER for National New Friends Day!
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, Today we have the fun an talented illustrator of newly released We Got the Beat, Kaitlyn Shea O'Connor (who goes by Shea)! Kaitlyn: Hi, Shea, thanks so much for stopping by today! Shea: Delighted to be here, thanks for having me! Kaitlyn: My pleasure! I love bright, fun illustrations and … Continue reading Interview and GIVEAWAY with Illustrator Kaitlyn Shea O’Connor about her work on the WE GOT THE BEAT picture book
Hi all! In honor of the Fall Writing Frenzy, I'm going to extend the time to get in on these awesome blog giveaways! If you haven't entered or want to earn more entries, check out each one, and I'll do the giveaway drawings for all of them on October 4th after the Fall Writing Frenzy … Continue reading Fall Writing Frenzy Fun and Agent Deal Announcement
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, Today we have a super special guest: Mia Wenjen. She is one of my FAVORITE bloggers, an amazing author, and the co-founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day! To become a reviewer for January 2021's Multicultural Children’s Book Day, go here. Kaitlyn: Thanks so much for joining us today on the … Continue reading Interview with Author, Blogger, and Co-Founder of Multicultural Children’s Book Day Mia Wenjen
Hi Fall Writing Frenzy friends, Those of you who already know me know that I love learning, growing, and including everyone (my family has always been "the more the merrier" kind of people!) My wonderful friend Koloud looked through the Fall Writing Frenzy pictures and realized some representation for this season was missing. Thank you … Continue reading Update on the Fall Writing Frenzy – A New Photo Added
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, We have a doubly special math treat today! We get to chat with two amazing authors about their fun books that incorporate some wonderful math: Rajani LaRocca and Carrie Finison. Kaitlyn: Welcome Rajani and Carrie, thanks for joining us today! Rajani: Thanks so much for having us, Kaitlyn! Carrie: Thank … Continue reading Joint #PB Interview with Rajani LaRocca and Carrie Finison about their newest books
Hi Fall Writing Frenzy Friends, First of all, thank you all so much for being a part of our 2nd year of the Fall Writing Frenzy! If you were with us last year, I sure hope you had as much of a blast as I did than that you have just as much fun this … Continue reading Guide to the #FallWritingFrenzy Twitter Chat 2020
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, We have a super inspiring guest today to share about her epic comeback to the kidlit world, Jess Stiles (Formerly known as Jess Carroll)! Another great comeback is the Fall Writing Frenzy which is back for its second year! We have some awesome information to reveal today, so stay tuned … Continue reading Comeback Interview with Jess Stiles (formerly Jess Carroll) Writer, Illustrator, and Freelance Editor
Hi Math Is Everywhere Readers, We have an extra special interview today with author AJ Irving about her beautiful debut picture book beautifully honoring grandparent relationships, Dance Like a Leaf. Kaitlyn: Hi AJ, to start off, can you share what inspired this story? AJ: This story traveled straight from my heart to my pen. My … Continue reading Debut Author Interview and Giveaway with AJ Irving about her picture book Dance Like a Leaf
Sunflowers Grow by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez Even sunflowers endure shadows. That doesn't stop the bee from visiting. Even the happiest people endure pain. That doesn't stop us from growing. Our perfect vision of the future may be spotted and marred and yet… We keep going. We keep striving. And reaching. For the sun. Through the … Continue reading Sunflowers Grow, a Fall Writing Frenzy Example for 2020 by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, I'm jumping with excitement today because the Fall Writing Frenzy is back! If you participated last year, thank you SO much for making it such an amazing event and creating such a beautiful community. If you haven't participated before, you are in for an even bigger treat than free candy … Continue reading Fall Writing Frenzy 2020 is almost here!
Hedgehog and Tortoise can't hug, but they can show each other how much they care in other ways. An important book right now with our social distancing world as well as a beautiful reminder of what friendship means.
"To make a nonfiction story more than a “report,” you need to find what I call the “heart” of the story"--Beth Anderson
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, Get ready for a good, old-fashioned hoe-down today because we get the pleasure of chatting with the amazing Tammi Sauer about her new picture book that just released this week: THE FARM THAT MAC BUILT! Kaitlyn: Hi, Tammi, thanks so much for joining us today! Tammi: Thank YOU for having … Continue reading Author Interview and Giveaway with Tammi Sauer about her newest picture book THE FARM THAT MAC BUILT
For Candy's book birthday: "We started the morning with a batch of Grandma Stella’s cinnamon rolls (recipe available on my website http://www.candywellins.com) to enjoy for breakfast. Later today, I’m doing a Zoom party with a few close friends. I’m doing a bigger virtual book launch on September 5 through The Writing Barn, a local writer’s retreat where I first began my author journey 4 ½ years ago. Anyone is welcome to attend this free event (https://www.thewritingbarn.com/class/free-book-launch-celebration-with-candy-wellins-kirsti-call-online/) I’m teaming up with author Kirsti Call and her new book MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD. We’ll be discussing BIG emotions in books for little people. "
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, SPLASH! I hope you’re all getting some water fun this summer. If you are, this post is going to be awesome. If you haven’t gotten any swim time in, this will be extra fun for you, because you can IMAGINE you are! BUT that’s not all! This is a double … Continue reading Author Interview and GIVEAWAY with author Lauren Kerstein about her picture book coming out Sept 1st!
Hey Math is Everywhere Readers,
Check out my post on Donna Martin’s blog on ways to get kids reading!
Tell me in the comments what you’re doing to encourage reading, or the hard times you’re having with this or the tricks I’ve shared that you’d like to try!
Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Reading
by Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
For a while when my daughter was two, she didn’t want to sit still for a book but she LOVED baths. She didn’t want to get out, in fact. So one day I decided I’d bring some books to the bathroom and read to her there. She was already sitting in one place, and I needed something to occupy me when she kept asking to stay in longer. Bonus: a way to get her out was to say, “Okay, one more story, and it’s time to get out.” Boom!
Creative ways to get your kids reading can be hard to come by, so hopefully some of these will spark something for you and your family.
Another thing that’s worked really well for us is to get books that are about the shows or movies my daughter loves. I know…
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"I can’t believe I’m finally sharing the cover of my debut picture book with the world! GAHH!!!!" --Katie Frawley
Hey Math is Everywhere Readers, It's summertime! I know some of us aren't quite sure because we're still staying home due to COVID-19, but some are taking trips to the lake, or wishing they could, and this book, LAKE FUN FOR YOU AND ME, is for you all! Kaitlyn: Thanks for joining us today to … Continue reading Author Interview and Giveaway about Lake Fun Interactive Book by Rinda Beach
Believe it or not, when I ask a writer what they are trying to say with their story, they often can’t answer. This is an important question.--Lynne Marie