It's okay not to be happy and joyful or even silly all the time. It's okay to want to curl up in a ball and cry. It's okay to be you. So, if you want to stay home, read a book, and eat chocolate, go for it. Be true to you. And if anyone tries to give you slack about it, tell them Kim told me it's okay.
Wishing you hugs and peace and hours to read,
As a thank you to all my faithful fans and friends, I'm offering AND THEN HE for $.99 until Tuesday, December 26th. That's a STEAL! After the 26th, it will be $1.99 until the 29th...Be sure to grab your copy of AND THEN HE today, so you're ready to cuddle up on the 26th. Let's get it on the best sellers list!
AND THEN HE, A Psychological Thriller
A night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger turns into a nightmare Tiffani can’t escape.
From a 5 Star Review on Amazon:
All I can say is WOW
I have never read anything by this Author and I was stunned by how good AND THEN HE is. It is very dark a woman's worst nightmare brought to life. I very seldom rate a book 5 star. It must really touch me emotionally.
We had fun with Bomi Park's gorgeous FIRST SNOW last week. We used the book as a mentor text to explore personal narratives and poetry. We also explored watercolor resist techniques. (We also made a mess-- which is kind of my modus operandi during writing workshop. Sorry, Kelley!)
I used the sentence starter from the jacket copy: Look up. One flake falls, then another. And just like that—it's __ __ __ __ __ __ __ .
The kids worked cooperatively at their table groups to discuss what word might fill in the blank. I love hearing them chat. "Well it is a snowflake because 'one flake'." Followed by: "No. It has seven letters, snowflake has nine." And: "It is an action. A-- what's that called-- a verb because it is something falling." Eventually we filled in the blank by using spelling clues to check our thinking, which might not sound like a whole lot of fun, but spelling is awesome and totall…
I am happy to hear that you are feeling better (Baby too.) You and I find common ground in our young adult, even adult, book recommendations. I typically leave Donna to send us recommendations about terrific Middle Grade novels. But, boy oh boy, do I have one for you today.
I need to keep up with the best in Middle Grade fiction in order to engage my small literature group of amazing readers that I meet with at our local elementary school. This school year we've already read Kathy Erskine's Mockingbird and R.J. Palacio's Wonder. Currently we are enjoying Kwame Alexander's The Crossover. When we finish Alexander's novel-in-verse, our next pick is PAX.
I could write a love song about this book.
Hey, that's not a bad idea. The kids might enjoy writing a song about the love between Peter and Pax.
Peter and Pax were best friends. Peter, age twelve, needed a friend like Pax to rise from the lose of his mother. And Pax, well Pax needed Peter too. Pet…
There are a million reasons to love his illustrations, inventive design, and playful language. Let's make it a million and one... R is for Eric Rohmann.
In addition to his books, Eric is a gifted and generous teacher of illustration and writing. I've been lucky enough to hear him talk about children's books at various workshops. In one, Eric said something that will stay with me always.
He said, "Children don't read books, they inhabit them." I can't tell you the number of times I've used that quote, specifically when talking about the art and design of a picture book.
His work receives the highest praise from the most critical eyes in publishing: KIRKUS kindness, School Library Journal starred reviews, a Caldecott medal and honor, and more. But what I love to see, especially as an early childhood teacher, is the way children critique his work. Eric was right. Children inhabit his stories.