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 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 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
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
No matter how bad things are or how low and sad you are at the moment, just know that the feeling is temporary and that good days and joy will come again. While you may not completely get “over” your hardships, you’ll be able to know how to live with it and even appreciate the way it has shaped you.--Nusha about "Don't Stop"
But for both books, the end hope is really the same: I want them to reach a wide audience so that people who normally don’t care for science might see the human side of it, and people who know nothing about Chinese-Americans or Chinese culture can learn more about it. --Teresa Robeson
I just adore picture books. As writers, we wrap our hearts up in these stories - it's such a privilege for me to be able to help other writers along their way.
Every time I read an article or hear an idea that fits one of my categories, I add it to the designated folder. Over time, the information adds up, and eventually I may have enough information to start writing.
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, Today is SUPER special because we’re celebrating Amber Henricks' newest picture book that was released yesterday! And it’s about superheroes!! Note: this celebration was supposed to happen yesterday, but out of respect for #BlackoutTuesday, we postponed it. Now put on your super hero masks and get ready for some fun … Continue reading Book Birthday Celebration and GIVEAWAY for SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT by Amber Hendricks
No matter what genre you write, you’ll need to read LOTS and LOTS of books in that genre to know what you can offer that is different or better. Spend time in bookstores and libraries. What’s missing on your favorite shelf? What’s an angle or perspective that isn’t out there?
First came the boxes. Then the baby. Then the loud, nonstop crying! Desperate to get away, new big sister Cassie climbs into one of the empty boxes and sets off. She drives, she sails, and she soars...but she still hears whimpers. How far will Cassie have to go to finally get some peace and quiet? Perfect for families with new babies, this imaginative picture book lets big siblings escape--and makes them want to come back.
Don’t give up. I know that’s so cliche, but seriously...just don’t. If you have the drive and the passion, keep to it! Don’t let bad news along the way keep you from moving forward. This journey is filled with rejections and heartache. BUT it’s also filled with so many rewarding moments, too, that overshadow the bad.
It has been really fun and has made me realise all sorts of subconscious things about the story writing process in general and my adventures with Julia, Zebra and Annie in particular. --Lou about this lovely interview
Karla Valenti has created an exciting and innovative way of reading about important people in STEM. Kids and teachers are going to eat this up for its inventive analogy and entertaining storytelling. And BONUS, they'll be enjoying learning! --Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
Hi Spring Fling Kidlit Participants, In true kidlit fashion, Ciara and I have a last-minute surprise for you! Our deliberations have been intense, and we just couldn’t stop at 19 prizes. Lucky for us, the amazingly generous Ellen Leventhal stepped up and is offering a picture book critique. Please make sure to show her all … Continue reading Spring Fling Kidlit SURPRISE!
My mom simply said, “You’ve done hard things before.” That really hit home with me. I thought, “I have done hard things.” So now, when I start feeling like something won’t happen, I remember what my mom said and dig back in to the work.
I was struggling to find the real story--and to streamline it. Then my critique group called for an intervention and encouraged me to write it in rhyme, mainly just to boil the story down to its essence, and go from there. Fortunately, when I did this, it became my story!
Hey Math is Everywhere readers, It’s Autism Awareness Month, and we’re lucky to have debut author Jen Malia here today to share her new book, Too Sticky! that was inspired by her and her daughter’s experience with autism. Kaitlyn: Welcome, Jen, thanks so much for joining us today! Jen: Thanks for inviting me, Kaitlyn! Kaitlyn: … Continue reading Debut Author Interview and GIVEAWAY for Autism Awareness with Jen Malia
Hi Math is Everwhere Readers and Spring Fling Kidlit Contest Hopefuls, To check out where you’re submitting your gif-inspired kidlit story of 150 words or less, go here: https://ciaraoneal.weebly.com/spring-fling-kidlit-contest Just when you thought we were done, we have a surprise for you! We have one extra prize donor!!! To find out about the other prize … Continue reading Prize Donor Feature, Karly Caserza, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020
Hi Math is Everwhere Readers and Spring Fling Kidlit Contest Hopefuls, To check out where you’re submitting your gif-inspired kidlit story of 150 words or less, go here: https://ciaraoneal.weebly.com/spring-fling-kidlit-contest Today we have our eigthteenth prize donor in our Prize Donor Feature Series. She's a rockin', new Literary Associate at Olswanger Liteary and one of my … Continue reading Prize Donor Feature, Andrea Walker, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020