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Does Hook of a Book Sound a Little Seuss-y? Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!

It’s March 2 and not only is it National Read Across America day but is also the 107th birthday of the late Theodore Geisel, more lovingly addressed and remembered as Dr. Seuss. I remember as a child waiting for the mail to come every month and getting a new Dr. Seuss classic. My mom had signed me up for some mail order subscription and I was estatic to get them. Today, my kids are still enjoying my hand me down Dr. Seuss books of Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Foot Book and many more, but also the new titles featuring the Cat in the Hat teaching numerous non-fiction subjects such as maps, birds, oceans, and even cooking (at least he has amazing clean-up techniques!).

Today I caught a bad case of the flu or a cold. I’ve been feeling terrible and was afraid I’d miss our plans of going to our local library’s “Seussabration” after school. I did miss it unfortunately, but the kids did go. My son helped the two girls to make Fox puppets out of lunch bags, Seuss posters, and they listened to Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? read by the local librarians.

Here’s a photo taken by my son with his camera phone of my daughter coloring at the event:

Some school classes had parties today with birthday cake and hats as well as many libraries having events. Whatever your children did to celebrate, remember that the most important thing is to encourage reading in your children every day.

  • What can you do to commemorate National Read Across America day?
  1. *Make your child a book nook where they can retreat to read books daily.
  2. *Schedule time to read a book to your child at least several times a week.
  3. *Make special bookmarks they can use in their book nook.
  4. *Have your child draw a photo of what a story was about after you read it.
  5. *Ask questions and talk about what you read.
  6. *Have a party and invite your children’s friends over to read books and make tote bags for their trips to the library.
  7. *Buy your child a new book for March, to celebrate reading.
  8. *Take a trip to the library to participate in story time or crafts.

Purchasing your child books, reading to them, and encouraging them to use the library is a lasting gift! Leave your children with a legacy of reading, just like Dr. Seuss has left us with a legacy of silly, funny, awesome, unforgettable books.

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On Starting to Write My First Children’s Series–Outline on My Book Idea!

I have put my mind to the goal of writing my first children’s book this year. I’ve been waiting for years it seems for just the right idea to pop into my head. Something that would just take off in my mind. Initially, I always thought it would be a children’s picture book. I think that mostly because not only do I love words and books, I also love art and the essence of both that picture books bring. In fact, as an adult, I like to collect children’s books for myself as well as my children. Beautiful words and images in a book are like little art gallerys to me. I wanted the pictures to come to life in my mind, and then I thought maybe the story would come.

My mind tends to race in many different directions, not only with all the demands of life—kids, home, several start-up businesses, health, etc.– but with ideas too! Creative juices!  It just became real to me one day towards the end of last year as I was watching my girls, ages 7 and 3. I realized how often they play together, or maybe even put up with each other, but at the same time how opposite they really are. I spent time listening to their conversations, sometimes laughing, sometimes amazed, sometimes it was upsetting, but I really saw how different their interests are and how unique it makes each of them. And it came to me, I could write a book stemming loosely from their relationship.  A 7 year old girl who is girly, yet likes sparkly skulls,black,  jeans, art, mystery, pop songs, and is super subdued unless spiked by her sister compared to a girl age 3 who is the total princess package including pink and more pink, dresses, dance and ballet, classical music and song who really lives oblivious to anything happening around her. Basically no fear while her older sister is full of questions and concerns. 

So I have come up with the name Monster Princess and Little Diva because it seems to fitting to me. I ran it past my older daughter and she thought it sounded just like them and is very excited. So I am wondering what kind of trouble I might get them both into with a picture book, which I still want to start with because of the art element. I can just SEE the characters in my head, you know?  I’m having the most issues with getting this one started, even with less words, because I don’t know where to have it go in short amount of text. I see way far into the future already with these books.  I am a writer than tends to overwrite and am very detailed. I am thinking that chapter books for ages 7-9 would be great. I have this great idea to encompass my love of history and adventure and the fantastical genre in the books and with different adventures would come different titles. My very rough outline includes the girls having to move with their single mother to a new town and/or state in New England. In doing some reseach, Salem, Mass. is the frontrunner due to its overwhelming amount of history and the fact that the Peabody Essex Museum, a grand art and history museum, is located there. I’d like their mom to be a single mom who is an artist, and possibly getting a job at the museum while also pursuing her art or fine art photography at the local downtown scene.  Mom would have a studio at home and be very busy setting up this new life, and the girls would spend a lot of time alone together squabbling and who knows what. They may head off for a walk and end up at a old building or house, with a special key and/or door that opens and turns into an adventure or chaotic happening. The 7 year old would be the curious one, and also most fearful, while the 3 year old would be following along behind doing ballet piroettes and singing, totally not even seeing what is happening around her. The banter between them might be quite funny. I am also currently reseaching names for the two of them, based on maybe the early 1500 or 1600s. 

 I am nervous but hopeful that this initial set-up in my brain will take me somewhere further and I can write an initial picture book and chapter book by the end of 2011. I really need support and feedback since this is my first book. I welcome comments at any time and I hope to keep everyone updated using my blog! Please let me know what you think!

*Please remember that now that my ideas are down on paper, in several places, these are copyrighted and I really hope you don’t steal them. Especially since they are loosely based on my girls.

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