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WOW! Writer’s Digest Review of The Denim Jungle

1 Dec

Writers Digest Self Published Book Awards

I am absolutely floored by this review of The Denim Jungle I just received from the 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Books Awards.

And it couldn’t come at a better time. Last week was the one-year anniversary of finally having my book (MY book!) in my hands, and tomorrow is the sixth anniversary of losing Sue, who inspired me to make it. To say it’s a bittersweet time of year would be a profound understatement.

I miss you, Sue. Thank you for being you. Thank you for motivating me (and so many others) to imagine and commit and create. Thank you for giving me this connection to you. But most of all, thank you for helping me be the kind of mom who can show her kids that dreams can be made reality with hard work and heart.

24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Entry Title: The Denim Jungle
Category: Children’s Picture books

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding.”

  • Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
  • Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
  • Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
  • Plot and Story Appeal: 5
  • Character Appeal and Development: 5
  • Voice and Writing Style: 5

Judge’s Commentary

Visually stunning and engaging, designed for multiple reads that will reveal new details each time. Author has put a lot of excellent thought and work into designing this book with multimedia elements, creating visually pleasing pages to delight the young reader and older reader alike. Author scores with a terrific premise 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.

Happy reading together! Continue reading

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.

Long live the heartwarming picture book! Continue reading

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.

“This fun little book reminded me how important Continue reading

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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Children’s Book Week

5 May

Book ResearchIt’s Children’s Book Week! What are some of your favorites, recent or classic?

Here are some of my top new discoveries. You can also check out my full list Continue reading

Top 10 “Doable” Quotes

14 Apr

 

Top 10 Doable Quotes Deborah ReberWhat is that “someday” project you’ve been wanting to tackle?

My writing coach (turned online friend) Deborah Reber recently published an impactful little book called DoableThough it’s marketed to teen girls, anyone can use its no-nonsense approach to stop wanting and start doing.

Included below are 10 of my favorite quotes from the book.

Whatever it is that lingers inside of you, waiting to be done, I hope Debbie’s words will light a fire under you, as they have me.

If they do, consider picking up her book yourself. It’s a quick read—plus cheerleader, to-do list, and life coach all in one!

Also, if you’re a fan of free stuff, you can download her Doable Workbook, Task Sheet, Life Hacking Guide, and more for nothing more than the cost of your printer’s ink. What have you got to lose? (One less day of waiting, that’s what.)  Continue reading