BC Mom’s Author Update: Oskar’s Quest by Annika Perry

Welcome to Book Club Mom’s Author Update. Open to all authors who want to share news with readers. I recently caught up with Annika Perry, who has news about her new children’s book, Oskar’s Quest. Here’s what Annika has to say:


The year has started with a flourish of activity for me as I’ve published my first children’s book, Oskar’s Quest. I am still on an emotional high from the joy of seeing the book in print, reading the wonderful reviews and from the kind opportunities to promote the book.

Originally a story I created for my son, I was overjoyed to release it as a book after a year of rewrites / edits and working with a gifted illustrator. Oskar’s Quest acknowledges the fear that we all feel through the beautiful bird Oskar who is afraid of adventures yet one day finds himself on a mysterious island that needs his help!

As one reviewer writes: “Annika Perry captures the importance of caring for others, overcoming fears and making new friends. Young children are sure to relate as a fearful Oskar steps out of his comfort zone and embarks on a perilous journey in an effort to save a beautiful songbird and return happiness to an island where he’s been stranded during a fierce storm.”

One further exciting development this year has been the translation of Oskar’s Quest into German. As a fluent(ish) speaker I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with the translator and we have now become firm friends.

Oskar’s Abenteuer was released this month, both in print and Kindle format, and it’s amazing to have two language versions out on sale of my children’s book.  A Swedish version will soon be ready for release … and there are requests for one in Spanish. Who knows!?

After a busy two months promoting online I am now looking forward to visiting schools and library events in the area … bringing Oskar and the story of his Quest directly to the intended audience, the children!

Annika Perry is a full-time writer, blogger and book reviewer. She was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised near Ilkley, West Yorkshire. The Storyteller Speaks, a collection of short stories, flash fiction and poetry, was her debut book. Oskar’s Quest, a beautifully illustrated and enchanting children’s story, is her second published book. Annika Perry lives with her family in a small village in North Essex, England.

Website and social media links:
WordPress blog:  Annika Perry’s Writing Blog
Author Website:  annika-perry-author.com
Twitter: @AnnikaPerry68
Goodreads Author:  Annika Perry
Amazon Author Page: Annika Perry
LinkedIn: Annika Perry Author


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BC Mom’s Author Update: Pamela Wight announces publication of new children’s picture book, Molly Finds Her Purr

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Pamela S. Wight is here to announce the publication of her newest children’s picture book, Molly Finds Her Purr.


I’m so pleased to be invited here on Book Club Mom’s Author Update page.

I’m what I like to call a “multi-genre” writer. I publish books of fiction as well as children’s picture books. Additionally, I’m working on an anthology of my flash fiction, which is a combination of fiction and non-fiction. I don’t think we writers need to be pigeonholed into one category. The more, the better! After all, the biggest asset we writers have is our IMAGINATION and CREATIVITY.


I’m excited that my next illustrated children’s book – MOLLY FINDS HER PURR – will be published on October 15. I truly love the message in this book and am thrilled with the illustrations by Shelley Steinle, artist extraordinaire. Shelley is also the illustrator for my first children’s book, Birds of Paradise, and I believe we merge our two talents of writing and illustrating into joyful messages for boys and girls (of any age). We’re both proud that Birds of Paradise is a Finalist in the International Book Awards (Children’s Literature).

In our new illustrated children’s book, Molly the Cat is lonely. No matter how hard she tries to make friends with birds, they all fly away from her. Even other cats don’t seem to like her. Friendless, Molly has no purr. But a wisecracking squirrel opens Molly’s eyes to a world in which friendship comes in all sizes, shapes, and species. This sweet tale shines with illustrations filled with affectionate humor that follow Molly’s search for the universal need of acceptance and love.

Molly Finds Her Purr is available beginning now on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, as well as from the publisher, Borgo Publishing. Discounted price for my blogging friends through Borgo. Just mention in the comments section that you follow Pam at Roughwighting.net.


Pam’s books of fiction are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble in softback or e-book. And please check out her weekly blog at Roughwighting!


Links for Pamela S. Wight

Website/Blog: www.roughwighting.net
Facebook: @roughwighting
LinkedIn:  Pamela Wight
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/12334429-pamela
Twitter: @pamelawight
Instagram: pam94920

Molly Finds Her Purr
Birds of Paradise
Twin Desires
The Right Wrong Man


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Who’s That Indie Author? Pamela S. Wight

Author name:  Pamela S. Wight

Genre:  Fiction (romantic suspense, women’s fiction) and children’s picture book

BooksThe Right Wrong Man, Twin Desires, Birds of Paradise; {In process: As Lovely as a Lie (fiction); Molly Finds Her Purr (picture book)}

      

When did you begin your writing career?  Beginning my “writing career” is different than beginning my “writing” (high school friends tell me I wrote stories in class, which I don’t remember!). My first job out of graduate school was as a writer/editor for a feminist newspaper called “New Directions for Women.” From there I became a medical editor for a medical publishing company, Slack, Inc., and then the editor/writer of medical journals and books. I savored creativity, though, and finally began writing short stories in the creative writing classes I began to teach 30 years ago (and still ongoing in the Boston and San Francisco areas).

What’s your approach to writing? Are you a “pantser” or a planner?  Oh, how I’d love to plan my plots. But my characters send me in all directions, and since they’re in charge, I’m a pantser.

What’s your working style – morning or late-night writer?  I begin writing by 6 a.m., usually working on my blog or preparing lessons for the creative writing classes I teach. By 8, I’m ready to work on my next novel or children’s book. I break for exercise and household errands, then resume in the afternoon. But I always take a “reading” break during the day. William Faulkner said: “Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You’ll absorb it. Then write. . .”

Do you work at a computer or write long-hand?  Most of the time I work at my computer; but I find that I love writing in long hand at times also. When I write in long hand I tend to not edit as quickly but to just let the writing flow. Then I edit the story or chapter when I type it into my computer file.

What gets those words flowing, coffee or tea?  Green tea first, then an Earl Gray tea latte, then iced tea. I have my “tea routine.” :–)

Favorite book:  My favorite book is generally the one I’m reading at the moment. Currently, it’s Louise Penny’s Kingdom of the Blind.  If I’m not engaged with a book within the first two chapters, I drop it back off at the library (or delete from my Kindle). Too many great choices out there to be stuck in one that doesn’t create great characters/setting/description/plot. I don’t read horror or psychological suspense – I get too involved….and scared.

Favorite movieGone with the Wind

Favorite musicians:  The Beatles, Beethoven.

Links:
Blog: roughwighting.net
Facebook:  facebook.com/roughwighting
Instagram: instagram.com/pam94920
Twitter: @pamelawight

Awards/special recognition:  My illustrated children’s book Birds of Paradise was a Finalist in the International Book Awards (for children’s literature); Certificate of Merit: Writer’s Digest Zine Publishing Competition.

I receive special recognition each time a reader picks up one of my books, reads it, and writes me (or writes a review) about how much she or he has enjoyed it. Makes my day!


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What’s That Book? Click, Clack, Moo – Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

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Title: Click, Clack, Moo – Cows That Type 

Author: Doreen Cronin, Pictures by Betsy Lewin

Genre: Children’s Book

Rating: *****

What’s it about? Farmer Brown has a big problem. His cows found an old typewriter in the barn and have learned to type. Farmer Brown hears the sounds, but he can’t believe his ears: “Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Clickety, clack, moo.” One morning, he finds a typed note from the cows, posted on the barn door. They’re demanding electric blankets because it’s cold. The farmer thinks this is a ridiculous request and refuses to accommodate the cows. The next morning, Farmer Brown is astonished to find a second note. This one says, “Sorry. We’re closed. No milk today.” A big standoff follows and the cows get the hens to join the strike. Because after all, they’re cold too! Farmer Brown gets out his own typewriter and summons the duck, a neutral party, to carry a message. The cows hold an emergency meeting and that’s the beginning of the settlement, or is it?

How did you hear about it? My kids received the book as a gift.

Closing comment(s): This story is a Caldecott Honor Book and it’s easy to see why. My kids loved the silliness of the cows knowing how to type and I loved the author’s sense of humor. The pictures are great too and appeal to preschoolers. It’s a clever story, written for small children, but with a subtle and sophisticated message about human behavior.

Contributor: Ginette

Thanks, Ginette!  Sounds like a fun book!

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Who’s That Indie Author? Michelle Eastman

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Michelle R. Eastman

Author name:  Michelle R. Eastman

Genre:  Children’s Picture Books

BooksThe Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale and Dust Fairy Tales: Absolutely Aggie 

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Bio: I began my career as an elementary teacher in the West Des Moines School District. At Iowa Public Television, I wrote and produced educational content.

My work with children, and passion for picture books, inspired me to found the literacy initiative Picture Book Pass it On to get free books to kids in need.

My books take a lighthearted approach to the compelling desire kids have to fit in. The stories validate the need we feel for acceptance, while imparting a subtle message about the joy that can come from embracing one’s individuality. The lively, rhyming stanzas and vivid illustrations appeal to boys and girls alike.

Favorite thing about being a writer: My favorite part of being an author is meeting with and reading to kids and using my platform to serve others and make a positive difference in my community.

Biggest challenge as an indie author: Marketing and promotion is a constant challenge, but I try to focus on making connections in the writing community rather than strictly marketing my books.

Favorite book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Contact Information: Be sure to check out Michelle’s website at Michelle Eastman Books. You can also find her on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

Special mention: The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale is an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree, and the Kindle version has been a #1 seller on Amazon.

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What’s new with Book Club Mom?

Here are a few of the things happening in my world:

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I’m about to begin reading Still Life with Bread Crumbs, by Anna Quindlen.  Quindlen is an American author, journalist and columnist. Still Life with Bread Crumbs was published in 2014 and is her latest novel. Other fiction includes One True Thing, Black and Blue and Blessings. Her New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992. Quindlen is currently a columnist for Newsweek.

Here’s a complete list of Quindlen’s work:

FICTION
Still Life with Bread Crumbs
Every Last One
Rise and Shine
Blessings
Black and Blue
One True Thing
Object Lessons

NONFICTION
Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake
Good Dog, Stay
Being Perfect
Loud and Clear
A Short Guide to a Happy Life
How Reading Changed My Life
Thinking Out Loud
Living Out Loud

BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Happily Ever After
The Tree That Came to Stay

Other Miscellaneous Happenings:

  • My blogging friend, Cathy of 746 Books, recently posted about a great picture book by Chris Van Allsburg entitled The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Check out her post on this book by clicking here. Van Allsburg (visit his website here) is an American author and illustrator of children’s books, including The Polar Express and Jumanji.  In The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, each picture is paired with a title and a few lines, designed to spark the imagination. My kids have outgrown picture books, but I got it at the library anyway. I agree with Kathy – this book isn’t just for kids!

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  • Summer is just around the corner and many parents are wondering how they will be able to keep their kids reading. My friend, Margaret, sent me a link to this helpful article from the Washington Post, Advice from kids’ authors: How do you get kids excited to read?
  • And for adult readers, Popsugar.com has published a list of the hottest new books to read this summer. Click here to check it out!

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Calendarbears by Kathleen and Michael Hague

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Calendarbears: A Book of Months
by Kathleen Hague
Illustrated by Michael Hague

Rating:

Some books have rhymes that stay with you long after your children have grown. Calendarbears is a picture book with many rhymes that are now attached to my memories of small children and a cozy place on the couch.

It’s the kind of book you can read over and over because, while the rhymes are simple, each one teaches something and evokes a certain mood about the month it describes. The colorful illustrations are full of the kind of details young kids like to linger over.

We had certain favorites, including the July page with this terrific picture:

Such a grown-up name for this little guy!
Who wouldn’t want to dance with a sparkler?

And I particularly like how the author chose the name Stanton for this rhyme – such a grown-up name for a little boy bear!

Stanton loves
the Fourth of July;
fireworks burst
and light up the sky.

Children’s books have come and gone at our house. Calendarbears was published in 1997 and was one of our favorites. We checked it out at the library many, many times. I checked it out again today and enjoyed the rush of memories!

Kathleen and Michael Hague

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Kathleen Hague is an American author of children’s books, including the best-selling picture book, Alphabears. Michael Hague is an American illustrator and writer of mostly children’s fantasy books. He has illustrated many books, including The Hobbit, The Wind in the Willows, and The Wizard of Oz. They both attended the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Books by Kathleen and Michael Hague

Alphabears: An ABC Book
Bear Hugs
Calendarbears: A Book of Months
East of the Sun and West of the Moon
Good Night, Fairies
Numbears: A Counting Book
Out of the Nursery, into the Night
Ten Little Bears: A Counting Rhyme
The Man Who Kept House
The Legend of the Veery Bird

Check out Michael Hague’s website for a look at some of his amazing illustrations!

http://michaelhague.com/about/

http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Hague/e/B001H6OF5C

Do you have a favorite children’s book?  Why is it special to you?

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Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

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Make Way for Ducklings
Written and illustrated
by
Robert McCloskey

Awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1941
Rating:

I’m not sure when we first started checking this book out at the library, but it quickly became another one of my favorites. It’s a simple story about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard, who settle in Boston to raise a family. Mrs. Mallard causes quite a stir when she leads her eight ducklings through the streets of Boston, across town to meet Mr. Mallard on the pond in the Public Garden!

This is a wonderful picture book for little children and for young elementary school kids. The illustrations are great, and they complement McCloskey’s warm and humorous story. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard aptly name their cute ducklings Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and, of course, Quack and the way they scamper through the pages will make you smile.

Here’s one of my favorite pictures from the book, but they’re all great!

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How cute!

Make Way for Ducklings was published in 1941 and received the Caldecott Medal in the same year. Despite the years, I think the appeal of this book is timeless.

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Robert McCloskey

Robert McCloskey (1914-2003)

Robert McCloskey was an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He was the first person to be awarded the Caldecott Medal twice, once in 1941 for Make Way for Ducklings, and also in 1957 for Time of Wonder.

McCloskey was born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio. Before becoming an artist, he had a great many interests. He studied music and played the piano, harmonica, drums and oboe. He loved mechanics and electronics and spent a lot of time as a child inventing different gadgets, including elaborate lightings for the family Christmas tree. He discovered art in high school and won a scholarship at the Vesper George School of Design in Boston. McCloskey also studied art at the National Academy of Design in New York. McCloskey wrote and illustrated eight of his own books, and illustrated twelve additional children’s books.

He married Peggy Durand, daughter of the children’s author, Ruth Sawyer. They settled in upstate New York and spent summers in Maine and raised two daughters.

Books by Robert McCloskey:

Lentil (1940)
Make Way for Ducklings (1941) Caldecott Medal
Homer Price (1943)
Blueberries for Sal (1948) Caldecott Honor
Centerburg Tales (1951)
One Morning in Maine (1952) Caldecott Honor
Time of Wonder (1957) Caldecott Medal
Burt Dow, Deep Water Man (1963)

Thanks to Wikipedia and the The New York Times for this information.

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