I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Monday, June 4, 2012

                    Sharing With My Community

      In my last post, I talked about my involvement in several communities.  It's important to not just be a part of a community but to give back to one's community, so today, I'm offering up some special books.

      First, I have a double autographed copy of It Jes Happened by Don Tate and illustrated by Gregory Christie. I was able to spend a little time talking with them at their recent gallery talk/book signing held at The High Museum of Art. (Don and I met last summer at the               
Highlights Writers'  Workshop at Chautauqua.)

           The second book, Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose, is written by Tina Nichols Coury, known as "The Rushmore Kid" in the blogosphere. Tina is always promoting other authors and their books so it's nice to see her in the spotlight. The book is illustrated by Sally Wern Comport.

      Both of these picture book biographies are fabulous! They share life stories of individuals unknown to many and celebrate their remarkable contributions to the world of art and to America. I have read these books several times. There's have a smooth flow to each story matched by the cadence of words. I can only hope that the picture book biography I'm working on will shine half as bright as these fine books.

     So, how can you win one? Stop by this blog and leave me a comment. Tweet, FB post, or blog shout-out and earn extra chances. You don't even have to be a follower (although I'd love for you to!) Giveaway ends at midnight on June 15th.

       Each book is special in its own way, but they have a couple threads in common: always be observant of the world around you and find something you're passionate about and participate in it. These really are great stories, so if you don't win one, go out and buy them!


  1. 30 years as a teacher...that's an accomplishment! I taught for 11 yrs and now homeschool my 2 kids. Anyway, nice post. I've heard of the last book by Tina. Best wishes on your pb biography!

    1. Thx Tina! Glad you stopped by!

    2. Thx Tina! Glad you stopped by!

  2. I have heard so much about "Hanging Off Jefferson's Nose." The hook can really make or break a nonfiction book, and this looks like a fascinating take on the Mt. Rushmore story. I haven't heard of "It Jes Happened," but I love Gregory Christie's work. I'm off to find out more now.

    Kirsten Larson

    1. Good luck on winning one of these!

  3. Wonderful books! I was surprised that Don Tate didn't illustrate his book himself, but it looks like a great collaboration.