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
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
I 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.
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
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
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
Oh, how I love encountering quotes scribbled on coffee shop walls. Call it coincidence, fate, morphic resonance, or pure egotistical naiveté, but they always seem to be speaking directly to me.
Case in point, this quote: