Sunday, August 31, 2014

Word of the Week (9/1/2014): We have ECLECTIC video guests such as Sara Eastler #KidLitWow




Yippee, we are in the second week of our Word of the Week program. We have an ECLECTIC range of guests in our videos. This week's guest is the lovely Sara Eastler, a soon-to-be-published     children's book author. The eloquent video she made of her ECLECTIC collection is paw-some - be sure to watch it (link below). 

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Don't forget that we have free printables to go along with the Words of the Week. Visit Kid Lit Printables to download them now.

If you and/or your family completes an activity, we would love to see a picture of it, or hear all about it. You may do this in the comments below; on our Facebook page; on Twitter (use the hashtag #kidlitwow); Pinterest; Google+ - truly, anywhere you want to tell the world with gusto
Take a moment in the comments below to tell us how 
you will use the word ECLECTIC this week.
Did you catch the introductory episode of The Write Chat?
Thank you for reading and sharing,
Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Finding Fuzzy $30 Book Blast Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Ends 9/19/2014)


While Stanley & I work on editing our second book, this summer, we'll be sharing these fun book blast giveaways, courtesy of the lovely Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Enjoy!  
~Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge

Finding Fuzzy by Cat Michaels

Title: Finding Fuzzy: A "You-Decide Tale" of a Lost Friend (Sweet T Tales) | Author: Cat Michaels | Illustrator: Irene A. Jahns | Publication Date: March 26, 2014 | Publisher: 2101 Ink | Pages: 44 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10 | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother) Summary: Illustrated chapter book for early readers (Gr. K-3) Blue sky ... Warm sea ... Sugar-sand beach ... The perfect family vacation on the Carolina coast ... Except the trip takes a nosedive when Jenna loses Fuzzy, her plush blue rabbit pal. Jenna learns to carry on without him. But when she stumbles across a secret, she faces the toughest decision of her young life. And YOU, the reader, will help her make that choice and come up with the ending of this You-Decide tale. Don't worry. Cat shows you how in her book and on her website. So, slip on your flip-flops and join Jenna at the shore. It's time to decide YOUR ending for Finding Fuzzy. Caution: Irene A. Jahn's ocean-themed watercolors have been known to cause beach fever.

"Finding Fuzzy" placed second in the Purple Dragonfly Writing contest, a national contest for children's book authors, in the category of chapter books.
Purple Dragonfly Award - Second Place - Finding Fuzzy  

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The Buzz About the Book

"Finding Fuzzy is an early chapter book featuring the opportunity for children to create their own ending to a sweet, summertime story. The main character, Jenna, has a decision to make when she discovers that her beloved stuffed bunny she had lost is now being used to protect a litter of kittens. After weighing out all of the possible outcomes, it is up to the reader to decide what happens next in the story. I thought this was a unique concept that will interest children, especially ones who are interested in writing their own stories (like my daughter!). I recommend this book to parents, homeschoolers, and teachers with children between the ages of 5 and 10." ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

"The story is sweet, and suitable for all children. The book is set up to get kids to think and discuss what they would do in a certain situation--in this case, giving up a precious friend (the stuffed bunny.) I could see using this in either a classroom setting or as a bedtime story. The watercolor illustrations really capture a beachy mood and create a great visual for kids as well.. " ~ 5 Star Review, Nikki B., Goodreads

"Cat Michaels has put young readers in a position to solve the dilemma. Readers must brainstorm and utilize their critical thinking skills to write the ending to Jenna's story. This quick to read chapter book has small colorful illustrations that help readers imagine the beach. Readers will also find that the author has created a world where they use all five senses. The back of the book has tips for parents and teachers to help their readers.. " ~ 5 Star Review, Kristi B., Goodreads

"This is a book with a difference. The space where the ending should be is blank, leaving readers with the opportunity to take a far more pro-active role in the unfolding of the story. It's time to get creative. It's time to give the story your own ending! There's room for a picture as well, so the budding author can test out their illustration skills too!" ~ 5 Star Review, Peachy Emma, Amazon

"The genius here is that Cat has picked the perfect storyline to make your would be writers put themselves into Jenna’s shoes and truly understand how she feels.It’s the stuffed animal, every child has one and every child is very attached to it. This is a great book for it's educational value as far as letting the kids use their imagination to come up with their own conclusion. ----5 stars for this one!" ~ Bookroom Reviews, Amazon

About the Author: Cat Michaels

Cat Michaels Author
CAT MICHAELS started writing stories in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. After earning an M.S. degree in special education from the University of Kansas, she spent two decades helping students from kindergarten to college reach their potential. She also managed communication and resource development programs for an international high-tech company that included writing press releases and articles for trade journals. After recession and downsizings, she returned to her education roots, serving at a community college as a writing coach and learning specialist for students with Asperger’s syndrome and learning disabilities. Cat spins tales of everyday life, with a twist of magic or twinge of mystery, that open young minds to new ways of thinking and looking at the world. Illustrations by watercolor artist Irene A. Jahns help bring that world to life. Cat and her family live in North Carolina where she designs playful gardens, dabbles in all things digital, and writes.

* Download free pdf of chapter 1 and You-Decide pages by visiting http://www.catmichaelswriter.com/finding-fuzzy-a-you-decide-tale-of-a-lost-friend.html *

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Subscribe by email to Cat's Connections to receive updates, special offers, and to be among the first to hear about new releases by Cat Michaels. PLUS, when you sign up, you will receive a short story penned just for adults, Driving Down to Dillon: A Very-Short Story of Love and New Beginnings by Cat Michaels. Click on the cover below to subscribe to Cat's Connections.
PLUS... email subscribers to Cat's Connections will also receive 5 extra in the giveaway below.
Driving to Dillon by Cat Michaels  

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Amazon gift card - 30 Prize: One winner will receive a $30 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash prize Contest ends: September 19, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Cat Michaels and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Word of the Week (8/25/2014): This word COMMENCES this year's Word of the Week program.

Yippee, the Word of the Week Program COMMENCES today. We will have poster printables of the words available each week, and videos available (as often as possible) throughout the school year. Neighbor Girl created the guest spot for this first video for the 2014-2015 school year. Guest spots are filling up fast. Don't wait to sign-up


In other news: Did you catch the RIVETING introductory episode of "The Write Chat?

 Don't forget that we have free printables to go along with the Words of the Week. Visit Kid Lit Printables to download them now.

If you and/or your family completes an activity, we would love to see a picture of it, or hear all about it. You may do this in the comments below; on our Facebook page; on Twitter (use the hashtag #kidlitwow); Pinterest; Google+ - truly, anywhere you want to tell the world with gusto
Take a moment in the comments below to tell us how 
you will use the word COMMENCE this week.
Thank you for reading and sharing,
Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge (and Stanley)