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Buzzy and Thomas Book Set

Are you looking for some extra projects for your child?

We put together a companion activity book for our book, “Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President's House.” The 6×9 Activity Book is 18 pages filled with puzzles, a comprehension worksheet and coloring pages.

It's a perfect gift for a child 4 years to 8 years old.

Buy the story and activity book set for $9.99 which is a $1.99 savings from buying them separately on Amazon. Shipping to the US only. Please use the Contact Us page if you'd like to buy in another country. We charge shipping of $5.00 for 1-5 sets.

Buy 6 sets or more and your shipping is free.

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Kids Book Summer Giveaway


I'm participating in a kids book summer giveaway with other award winning authors! There are a wide variety of kids books, which makes this giveaway special! Another reason this book giveaway is special is that the authors are from all over the globe! I think your child would love to read a couple of the books in this giveaway.

The kids book summer giveaway is hosted by BookFunnel which makes it easy for authors to share their ebook. Author James Warwood coordinated the book giveaway. Thank you James! Now, on to a bit about some of the books.

 

  1. Pippa Pennington wrote a book series about Sniffer the dog and troubles he gets into with his nose. Read my Goodreads review here.
  2. I just started reading R.F. Kristi's “Diary of a Snoopy Cat.” It's a very cute story about a cat who longs to be the best cat detective around. The characters are clearly defined and the story line is building as I read.
  3. Other books on my list to read are: James Minter's “Billy Gets Bullied” and Rae Knightly's “Ben Archer and the Cosmic Fall.”

Besides the books in this giveaway, I also read “Can I Touch Your Hair,” by Irene Latham and Charles Waters. This is a great book to have in your library. You can read my Amazon review here.

What do you think? Are there any good children's books you've read lately?

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I love doing School Readings

School readingsI've hesitated to blog about my school readings because of the children's identities on the web. But, I've been very careful that ALL photos either don't show any kids or show their backs, never their faces. I'd also LOVE to do more school readings and hope this post will reach schools that may be interested in an author coming to their school for FREE to read to their Kindergarten through 2nd grades.

In celebration of Thomas Jefferson's 275th birthday, I did a school reading to 1st graders in Calabasas. It was the first time I wasn't in the classroom itself. Instead, I did the school reading in their assembly hall with the large screen behind me so all the kids could see the illustrations.

School reading assemblyAs always, I introduce myself and ask the kids who have pets? Most hands shoot in the air but I then qualify my question with, “Who has a pet snake?” or “Who has a pet squirrel?” There can be a few who actually have a pet snake and typically the name is “slinky” or “slimey.” That always gets a big laugh.

Then, I talk about the difference between fiction and nonfiction and introduce historical fiction. At this age, the kids are learning about fiction and nonfiction, but when I explain what historical fiction is, their eyes get big with curiosity.

Kids learn about Jefferson with a school readingI ask them if they've ever heard of Thomas Jefferson. Some of the 2nd graders have heard of him, but most of the younger kids haven't. They know who George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are, but have never heard of Jefferson. I tell them that all the characters in my story once lived, albeit 200 years ago, and that I made up a story about real people, places and things. Now, I've got them!

Because the book is in a 6×9″ format, reading to a group is hard without the use of a smart board or projector screen. The kids sit in front of me, my back is to the screen, so they can see the board and view each page of the book enlarged to almost life size. It also gives me a chance to see the kids, watch what they're reacting to, laughing or concerned.

I've received thank you notes from the kids and teachers a like. If your school is interested in having me come for a FREE reading, please use the contact me form.

Have you ever heard your favorite author do a reading? Let me know in the comments.

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Jefferson’s 275th birthday Coloring Page

April 13, 2018 marks Thomas Jefferson's 275th birthday! We've created a special coloring page just to celebrate.

Click here to download the coloring page

We've also put the Kindle version of the book on sale until April 15th!

Click here to buy a copy of the book, “Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President's House.”

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School Visit

School Visit – My first reading to Elementary school students

School Visit

My First School Visit!

I took the plunge today! I had my very first school visit and reading! It's so important to connect with the kids that are the readers of my book so I needed to schedule some school visits and readings. It happened to be at the elementary school my children attended many many years ago. I couldn't believe was there and that my kids have been long gone. Most of their teachers have left or retired so I didn't know as many educators as I thought I would. The school had gone through major changes as they built new buildings for classrooms, administration and parking. They expanded the library too!

I could hear the students coming…

I was nervous as 50 first graders came into the library. They grabbed their mats and sat on the floor in front of me. On the screen was the first illustration in the book, Thomas Jefferson petting Buzzy on the grass. A couple of the students said they had read my book. Although I doubted that was true, it still made me feel good! Their innocent faces looked at me waiting for me to begin.

school visit and readingI introduced myself and told them that my own kids had gone to their school. I told them that my son just graduated college and my daughter is about to graduate from law school. “What's law school?” one of the students asked. Then I asked them if they knew the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Most of them did. I asked, “Who likes History?” All hands shot up so I continued to explain how this book is “historical fiction.” I can take real people, places and times and make up a story about them. As long as I stick to some facts.

I asked who had a pet and, again, all hands shot up. One student had a frog, one had some fish, and one even had a shrimp! Hmmm. As I read the book, I noticed all eyes on the screen and me. They were entranced and engaged in the story. My worst fear went out the window!

After the 1st graders left, the Kindergarten class came in. This was 1 class with about 15 students. They were just as inquisitive and attentive as the first group.

I'm trying to set up more readings throughout Southern California. In March, I'm visiting the Chicago area and will be doing some readings there.

Stay tuned for a contest I'll be running in March!

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I’ve been waiting for reviews and now Buzzy has received 5 stars!

Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President's House with rating seal, book reviewsI've been very busy sending out print copies and download links to various reviewers. I'm getting new reviews every day, but last night (maybe it was a New Year's Eve present), I received an email from ReadersFavorite.com that my review was ready.

Today, I logged into my author account and there was a 5 star review! Here is a quote from the review:

“The story is delightful…The illustrations are lively and colorful and they breathe life into the characters and give the story a good pace and movement. The book is informative and educational as it tells readers a bit about the history of the United States and teaches them new words. The book is a good bedtime storybook for parents and grandparents and can be used for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. Buzzy’s fear of moving to a new place and missing her friends is palpable and readers can connect well with those emotions.”

How fabulous is this review! But, best of all, I'm now able to download a special 5 star seal from ReadersFavorite.com! So here it is, placed on the cover of my book.

I have some other reviews on Amazon as well. If you like the book, please write a review on Amazon, ReadersFavorite.com and Goodreads. Thanks!

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Buzzy and Thomas are available on Amazon!

You can now buy a print or ebook version of our new book, “Buzzy and Thomas Move into the President's House.” Click here to buy on Amazon.

It’s 1801 and life is good for Buzzy, or so she thinks. Buzzy lives with Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, but her life turns upside down when Thomas tells her that they’re moving to the President’s House. Buzzy doesn’t want to move. What will she do?

This enjoyable early chapter reader for ages 4 – 8 teaches kids about President Jefferson, the new breed of dog he brought home from France and confronting issues about moving. Historical fiction at it’s best: learning from the pets of famous people in history.

Do you need a Christmas gift for a little one in your family? We have 5 FREE copies of the ebook available! Enter our contest for your chance to win. Click here to email us the answer to this question by December 16th:

Thomas Jefferson and Buzzy had many things in common. Please email us one of the things they had in common (Hint: they're mentioned in the book).

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3 Days to the Buzzy Launch!


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I decided to take a walk with the dogs this morning. I've got a lot to think about with the Buzzy launch happening on Friday. It was a crisp December morning in Los Angeles and my dog, Georgia wasn't being very cooperative in the photo. So, here's Ricky and I with our limited fall foliage.Buzzy launch

Back to the book. The Amazon Kindle version is available now and the print version will be available on Amazon on Friday. The print version is also available for book stores and libraries to purchase through Ingram Spark, a print on demand service that most traditional publishers use for their print material.

And now onto the HARD part, marketing! My next step is to get reviews written by qualified children's book reviewers. If you know someone, please pass on my information to them. But I'm ordering about 100 copies of the book so give to reviewers and donate to schools and libraries around my home.

Watch for my next update soon!

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