A New Kind of Book Club by Sarah FitzHenry

What a terrific post about a delightful librarian! May her ideas spread around the world and inspire others to ignite a passion for reading with their own brand of magic!
With Love,
Russ

Nerdy Book Club

Book clubs. As educators, we love them – but for student participants, they can be intimidating. Some students aren’t strong readers; others don’t like talking in front of groups; some readers, like me, can struggle to put their feelings about a text into words. As a child I loved to read. But during book discussions, I found myself lost and confused, feeling like an inconvenience to the group. While I often loved the book, I feared the inevitable discussion. I wanted to move and dance and celebrate the text in a way that felt special to me – instead, we sat around a table while I dreaded my turn to talk. I left most book discussions feeling discouraged and embarrassed; I couldn’t seem to express how much the books meant to me. When I became a school librarian, I knew that I wanted to create a new kind of book…

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Flora Belle and Dreami

I’ve just completed the first rough draft of my latest book for young children titled Flora Belle and Dreami. It features a carousel horse and a dragon. I plan to send it to my editor shortly, and am talking with an illustrator about this project. I’m looking for a storyboarder and interior layout designer.

This book will probably not be released until early in the new year because this is the busiest time of year for book publishing professionals.

With Love,

Russ

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I Have Paying Gigs for Self-Published Authors

I don’t need writers, but I need people who can set up the files for the covers and interiors of my books for KDP (eBooks), Createspace (Soft Cover), IngramSpark (Hard Cover), can design book covers, and/or can create storyboards for children’s picture books.

Please spread the word. If you’re interested, please ask me for more details.

Thank you!

With Love,

Russ

 

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Book Signing Event in Danville

Today was the Author Book Signing portion of Danville’s Storybooks by the Bay exhibit that began today and goes through December 17. The curator asked if she could include   four of my books and four illustrations from them are among those to be featured. I wrote the stories and conceived the characters, and Josh McGill illustrated them adding additional ideas and suggestions for each.

I always enjoy interacting with the children and their parents. There was one little boy who no matter which book the mother suggested always immediately said “no” (and there were probably about sixty books on display from various authors and illustrators.) The mother asked if she could borrow my book titled “Clyde and Hoozy Whatzadingle” and try to read it to him. They went to a bench and she read it to him. I was delighted to see one of my books being read by a mommy to a young child. The child loved it and stayed focused on it from the first page through the ending. When they left, he tightly clutched his new book that had a note I wrote to him, and he wore a big smile on his face.

With Love,

Russ

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illustrations.

This photo has so many things I love: children, books, children’s books, sleep, and dreams, and I like the quote.
With Love,
Russ

I didn't have my glasses on....

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“dreams are illustrations from the book your soul is writing about you.”
-marsha norman

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you are not alone.

A wonderful message indeed.

Love,
Russ

I didn't have my glasses on....

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the start of more.

This sounds to me like something out of Winnie the Pooh. This is delightful dialogue.
Love,
Russ

I didn't have my glasses on....

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at the library

tucked into the honeycombs

reading and chatting

grandie r

sees a little girl

who wanders over

and she says to her, 

“i’m four and i have some friends from school

but i just need one more and it should be you.”

she answers,

“okay, i’m four too and i’m mira,”

then she climbs on in

and that is how they became new friends.


“every new friend is a new adventure…

the start of more memories.”

-patrick lindsay

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