What I Did on My Summer Vacation

8 Sep

School is back in session, and it’s that time again for everyone’s favorite fall report: What I Did on My Summer Vacation.

It’s been a wild summer for The Denim Jungle. We’ve traveled. We’ve partied. We’ve made friends. And, oh, how we’ve imagined—and crafted!

Imagination Payne Library

Here are a few highlights… with more in the works for the fall, including a crafty storytime at the free Imagine Children’s Museum book carnival on Friday, September 16, from 6-8pm and a fun little book event at Zoka in Seattle’s Tangletown the morning of Friday, October 14, 2016. (School’s out that day, so bring the kids on by and hang out with us.)

Interested in having me come to your library, school, or event? I’d love to know more! Email me at thedenimjungle @ gmail.com.

Publishing your own book? Hopefully this list will provide some ideas to help get your creation out there in the world for readers to enjoy.

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Make Your Own Denim Jungle Telescopes

18 Jul

Angela Taylor Hylland Author Storytime Craft Payne OhioI had so much fun hosting a special story time at my hometown library in Ohio last week. We created imagination telescopes, just like Leo’s in The Denim Jungle.

And you can, too—it’s so easy!

If you’re looking for a fun (practically free) craft for your kids, school, or library, this one is great for all ages.

Niece Lienna Imagination Telescope

Better yet, read the book together, make the telescopes, and go on a hunt to see what imaginative discoveries you can find out in the Denim Jungle. You could even draw a picture or write a story about your findings and add it to the blank pages in the back of your book. Continue reading

Favorite Read-Aloud Picture Books

9 Jun

Bedtime Reading The Denim JungleOne of the great joys of parenting (for me) is reading books aloud to my kids. It’s fun for us all and good for them, too.

I remember long drives to Grandma’s house when I was a kid, my mom reading chapter books from the front passenger seat. Little House, Charlotte’s Web, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe

My kids (five and two) are still a bit young for chapter books, but I read picture books to them nightly. Increasingly, my eldest reads books to us, too, which adds its own joy.

I wonder when our read-aloud days will end? I’d like to say hopefully never, but I don’t want to be the creepy mom in the Love You Forever book.

Here are a few of our current favorites. I’ve started a Pinterest board of Great Read-Aloud Picture Books, too, where I’ll continue to add favorites.

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How to Lay Out a Picture Book with InDesign

2 Jun

laptop computer loading printing coffee

I’ve lost count of how many people have told me they want to make their picture book someday. That’s why I created a whole Writing & Publishing tips section on this site (under The Archive, upper right). Let’s make that someday now.

One of the sticky points I ran into was digitally laying out my book. Once I had the final copy incorporated into the final art, there was definitely a “What now?” moment. Assuming you’re not a graphic artist, it’s intimidating! But it doesn’t have to be. In this post, I’m going to walk you through how to lay out a picture book with InDesign, step by step.

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12 Heartwarming Picture Books for Kids and Parents

2 May

 

Von SzabaLet’s be honest, parents. We’re the ones reading the picture books. Shouldn’t we be enjoying them, too?

My heart does a little flitter-flutter when my kid grab the following books off the shelf. All of them would make great gifts for new parents, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and kids’ birthdays, too.

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Happy Dance Time

12 Apr

Who wants to join me in a happy dance? I just discovered The Denim Jungle has its first blog review.

At which point I pretty much did this…

From Loralee Leavitt of CandyExperiements.com:

“A new picture book invites parents everywhere to get down to kid level and look at the world their children see. In The Denim Jungle, a child explores a forest of blue-jeaned grown-up legs, as ordinary objects magically become exciting.

Angela Taylor Hylland’s easy verse feels like natural conversation, quite an accomplishment for a debut author.

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Denim Jungle “Tour”

4 Apr

This week begins my Denim Jungle Tour!

I’m so excited to come down to the height of my favorite fans—the kids—and see The Denim Jungle freshly from their point of view.

Look for me (and Leo) at these book stores, schools, and events… with more coming soon!

  • Thursday, April 7, 10:00am: Interlake Preschool, Seattle, WA
  • Saturday, April 9, 11:00am: Mockingbird Books, Seattle, WA
  • Tuesday, April 19, 11:00am: Phinney Books, Seattle, WA
  • Friday, April 22, 10:00am: Kapowsin Elementary School, Graham, WA
  • Saturday, July 23 (time TBD): Imagine Children’s Museum, Everett, WA

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