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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

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Virtual Book Launch Party

9 Mar

Leaves Banner Stage Reading Book Launch PartyFor  those of you who weren’t able to make it to The Denim Jungle book launch party in Seattle, I wanted to bring the party to you.

So… welcome, friends, to my virtual book party! Come on in. I have all kinds of fun in store for you today.

  • Enjoy your own personal author reading.
  • Exercise your imaginations with a Denim Jungle-themed activity.
  • Learn some secrets behind the making of the book.
  • Buy a copy (if you haven’t already).
  • Get your book custom-signed by me, the author.

Are you ready? Here we go…

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12 Days of Christmas Thankfulness: Day 4

28 Dec

 

Precious BeastMy birthday (the big 4-0!) has added an extra patina of sentimentality and reflection to this holiday.

In honor of this milestone—punctuated by finally unlocking the “author” achievement—I’ve assembled my own 12 days of Christmas* Thankfulness.

Day 1: Cathy Taylor
Day 2: Sue LaGow
Day 3: Ryan Hylland
Day 4: Jackie Phillips

Day 5: Szaba and Von
Day 6: Shanon Lyon
Day 7: Kerry Colburn
Day 8: Debbie Reber
Day 9: Peter Orullian

Day 10: Christa Charter
Day 11: Steam Crow
Day 12: 1986 State Fair Judging Panel

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Now Available: The Denim Jungle!

16 Nov

Alright, people. Today marks the day that The Denim Jungle is officially available to 39,000 retailers and libraries over 87% of the world! You can order yours right now on Amazon. CRAZY.

To celebrate, here are some illustration sneak peeks. Enjoy, and happy holidays to you and your little explorers!

Title Page Art Blue

 

Amazon Pinecones Puddle Cover

Cover Design

10 Nov

Book PublishingThey say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but in fact we all do.

Take for example the books above, all of which come up when you search Amazon for “cover design.”

One topic. Five very different covers. And five rather different judgements we automatically assign to each.

Self-publishing friends, those judgements transform into sales.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, folks. Here are three easy tips to make your book’s first impression a lasting one… in a good way.

*To see the grand reveal of The Denim Jungle cover, check out tip #3 below!* Continue reading

Eye Candy

29 Sep

It’s Tuesday morning. You’re knee deep into a busy week, and the weekend lies far in the distance…

You need a break. You need some eye candy.

Profile Snake LeavesThe Denim Jungle on Instagram

Are you on Instagram? I’ve started an account for @thedenimjungle with pictures about seeing the world from a kids’ perspective. Come on, aren’t you curious what I could possibly be posting over there? Take or look… or better yet post your own kids’ fun (and funny) insights. Don’t forget to use #denimjungle. Continue reading

What Are Your Dreams Telling You?

9 Jun
DreamShips

Kristy Mitchell’s jawdropping Wonderland photographs come to her in dreams.

Someone once told me that writers have especially intuitive dreams. I’ve had some soul-shaking ones, and last week’s was a doozy. But more on that later.

So I consulted the Internet. Turns out there are whole books on the subject of writers and dreams.

Did you know that without dreams we wouldn’t have Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Catch-22, Misery, or even TwilightAll of these stories came to authors by way of dreams.

Think this all sounds like a bunch of hippie-dippie nonsense? Scientific American says otherwise.  Continue reading