I grew up in a house full of books, music, and imagination. But as someone who struggled with reading in early elementary school, picking up a new book wasn’t always as thrilling as it is now. It’s because of my parents encouragement and support that my love affair with books did not fade away.
Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and Read Across America day; what a perfect day to introduce a new Albuquerque Moms Blog series: Books Talk! Where I will be interviewing the people behind the books you and your children love! (and maybe introducing you to a new favorite 🙂 )
In this post and tomorrow’s I’ll start this series out with a bang, by featuring four books, each with a different target age group. But wait, there’s more! (Cue infomercial voice) Because I also have a signed copy from each of these amazing people to giveaway!!!
So here we go! Today I have two picture books: one for toddlers and one for grade schoolers. Enjoy!
Little Blue Truck, written by Alice Schertle, Illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Jill McElmurry lives right here in New Mexico! And when she’s not working on illustrating one of her many children’s books, she loves painting New Mexico landscapes. Visit jillmcelmurry.com to learn more!
friends, a big unfriendly dump truck out of a jam. The hardcover version came out in 2008 and the board book came out in 2009. The board book really took off and continues to sell well.
What is your target age group?
What character or scene did you have the most fun creating?
What is something you think people would be surprised about in the illustrating process? And what is your favorite part of being an illustrator?
Do you have a favorite story from a book reading or school visit? And do you have any upcoming events our readers should know about?
When a Dragon Moves In, by Jodi Moore
Jodi Moore lives in central Pennsylvania and believes “Children’s books are hardbound hugs!” She loves writing, reading, and eating chocolate. Visit www.writerjodimoore.com to learn more!
WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN is based on the premise that if you build a perfect sandcastle, a dragon will move in. And that’s exactly what happens to one lucky boy on the beach. Everything is wonderful, until the boy realizes his family doesn’t believe him. That’s when the mischief begins. Heh-heh-heh. Is the dragon real or just a figment of the boy’s imagination? It’s up to the reader to decide!
In the sequel WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN AGAIN, the duo enjoy a different kind of castle, until they find out it’s a crib for the new baby. Heh-heh-huh? As soon as they get used to the news, the boy and his dragon are back in roaring form, entertaining the infant with marching music, aerial acrobatics and baby-bottle bowling. But merriment turns to mischief. And mischief has consequences. Can a dragon friend –real or not – help smooth the transition to big brotherhood?
Both books are targeted for ages 4 to 8.
What theme/character/situation do you think helps draw this age group to your story?
Children have important things to say and they need their voices to be heard. Everyone wants to be acknowledged, appreciated and believed. And who wouldn’t want a dragon to move in and help with a frustrating situation?
What is one of the things you like most about being an author?
When you’re a children’s author, you never have to grow up. 🙂 I love creating stories; I love sharing them with others even more, hoping to ignite their own imaginations and passions for reading and writing.
Do you have a favorite story from a book reading or school visit?
Writing books is a dream come true for me, and I always try to encourage children to pursue their own, despite any challenges or opposition they may face. I received this letter from a fourth grader after one of my school visits. Need I say more? *heart squish*
THIS is why I do what I do.
Thanks to these wonderful ladies for participating. Please check out their work on their websites by clicking their names below, and don’t forget to register to win a signed copy of their books!
Jill McElmurry – Little Blue Truck Jodi Moore – When a Dragon Moves In…Again