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
One 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
Let’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
For 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…