My New WEBSITE!

Hi Friends!

Hot fudge sundae must have!

Hot fudge sundae must have!

IF you miss my posts it is because they now go to http://www.clarabowman-jahn.com/ ! My new revamped by the superwoman, Stacy Sternberg Jensen!

Look for me there. ok?

You will find info on school visits and speaking and more. And when you sign up to get my info you get a free children’s story.

See you at http://www.clarabowman-jahn.com/!

All my Perfect Picture Book Fridays are going there as well. Stacy has been able to merge all my blog posts to the blog page under the header there!

XOXO

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Check Out My New Web-Site

Hot fudge sundae must have!

Hot fudge sundae must have!

Hi Friends!

If you miss my posts it is because they now go to http://www.clarabowman-jahn.com/ ! My new revamped web-site  by the superwoman, Stacy Sternberg Jensen!

Look for me there. ok?

You will find info on school visits and speaking and more. And when you sign up to get my info you get a free children’s story.

See you at http://www.clarabowman-jahn.com/!

XOXO

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Where’s My Sock? #PPBF

Hi Friends! Happy Friday! Today is special and I have a special treat. See why.

Where's My Sock book cover_Title : Where’s My Sock?

Author / Illustrator :  Joyce Dunbar/ Sanja Rescek

Publishing info : Scholastic Books, 2006, fiction

Ages : Grades PreK – 3

Resources : Have your child count the socks on the fold out. With your pre K students go over the colors on the socks hanging on the line on the fold out. Ask if they ever lost a sock and lead a discussion in this area.

Themes : Relationships, Educational, Feelings, Humor

First Three Sentences : Pippin was mad. Pippin was really mad. Pippin was as mad as can be!

Summary From Amazon : “ Pippin is as mad as can be. “I can’t find my other sock!” he exclaims. “My yellow sock with clocks, just like the one I am wearing!” Where do those maddening missing socks go? Pippin is determined to find out. Together with his friend Tog, he embarks on the greatest sock search ever.

Laundry baskets! Wastebaskets! Fruit baskets? No drawer is left unturned. From a mountaintop of socks, through a maze of mismatched knits, to a gatefold clothesline showcasing cheerful argyles, stripes, and dots, WHERE’S MY SOCK? bursts with colorful footwear for kids to look for, count, and pair. “

Why I love it : I picked this book out after seeing Debbie Ridpath Ohi ‘s Where are my Books? I put it on hold at my local library and found it the best of the week. Because that is what I do. I read what I hope to write. “Where’s My Sock?” turned out to be surprising! One of the main characters is a sock with clocks! And you know clocks are one of my favorite things.  Just look at what I have on Pinterest!! And we all know my book “Annie’s Special Day” is all about time and clocks. this book is charming and has a sweet twist at the end, just like my book. So there is a lot to love.

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

And for her Pinterest board look here :

Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here :

So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

Have a Happy Happy Weekend!

XOXO

You can buy my books on Amazon , For Edmund, click here:

For Annie, Click here:

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

 

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Books Now and For Summer

Hi Friends!! So happy to see you!

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Summer is coming and lazy days reading while drinking lemonade by the pool. Or beach. Or like me, at home on the deck. So like Chuck Wenig , asked, “Watcha Reading?”

I Just finished Linda Sittig’sCut From Strong Cloth   and for my book club which I hosted I read and selected, Bryan Johnson’s “Just Mercy.” “Just Mercy” is a memoir about how a lawyer, Bryan Johnson, who has been defined both as a modern day Atticus Finch and as America’s Nelson Mandela; “who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need, and women and children trapped” in our criminal justice system.

This book tells you about the cases he worked on and not all people can stomach reading it from start to finish. It is so raw and personal. Unforgettable. I was inspired to give away four of my own picture books  to a prison ministry where incarcerated mothers and grandmothers read picture books and their children get a tape of them reading along with the book. I am looking into doing more, too.  For, Just Mercy is just so inspiring.

So now I want to know two things.

1: Watcha reading now and

2: Watcha going to read this summer?

I’m going to read more books by my friends from Pennwriters.

Susan Meier’s book, Her Summer With the Marine

  1. J. Lyon’s, Hard Fall and Nerves of Steel
Annette Dashfy's LOST LEGACY

Annette Dashfy’s LOST LEGACY

And Annette Dashofy’s, Lost Legacy

Also in my Kindle are other books by friends I intend to read, Shirley Hershey Showalter’s Blush, and my own eTreasures Publishing author, John Joseph Doody’s The Wonk Decelerator.

I enjoyed reading about Helen Cavanah, a strong woman in a historical fiction so much, that next I read, I Am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith. It is about Caesar Octavian’s wife and written like a memoir. What a terrific read! I loved that so much that I immediately started reading the follow up by author, Michelle Moran, Cleopatra’s Daughter.  This is promising to be as enjoyable.

I am relearning something I have always known, I love historical fiction!!

What about you? What do you love?

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Rosie’s Magic Horse/ #PPBF

Hi Friends!

In our imagination we can do anything. We can climb big buildings, make millions, or become superman and fly. Or we can write for children. Russell Hoban did just that with his imagination. This book is a wonder of the imagination and reminded me of when I was a child and capable of these things.

 

Book cover_Rosie's Magic HOrse_dTitle: Rosie’s Magic Horse

Author/ Illustrator : Russell Hoban / Quentin Blake

Publishing info: 2012; Candlewick Press, all ages

Themes:  /adventure, affecting others, helping parents, imagination, dreams

First Three Sentences : There was an ice-pop stick with ice-cold sweetness all around it, white on the inside, pink on the outside. Then the sweetness was gone, and the stick fell to the ground. “The sweetness is gone,” said the stick. “No more sweetness.”

Summary From amazon site: “ Once its icy sweetness is gone, a discarded ice-pop stick is lonely until young Rosie comes by and lays it in a cigar box with others like it. But this stick wants to be something! Meanwhile, just before bed, Rosie sees her parents worrying over their bills. That night, wishes intertwine when Rosie dreams of a horse named Stickerino galloping out of the cigar box. “Where to?” he asks. “Anywhere with treasure!” says Rosie. A girl and a horse galloping over cities, jungles, and an icepop mountain leads up to a clever heist of a gold-filled pirate chest — and a happy ending at home — in this wildly imaginative adventure.

 

Resources:  here is a guide with correlations to the common core : 

For more ideas and flannel board look on pinterest

Or read the story to your students without showing them the   illustrations and have them draw the pictures of what they imagine is going on in the story.

Why I love it : Russell Hoban has published more than forty children’s books and I can see why. He is just as imaginative as a child. Rosie’s Magic Horse which is  just a pop stick takes you on an adventure just like if you were a child thinking up this story. One idea leads to another. Quentin Blake’s illustrations are like eye candy to deliver the goods. This is one fantastic pair. From talking sticks to one’s that have big dreams, the help solve Rosie’s parents problems. How? I am not telling.

 

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

And for her Pinterest board look here :

Also there is another blog Susanna started with alphabetizing here :

So you see? There is no scarcity of places to look for picture books. Enjoy!!

See you on Tuesday! and again next Friday with another Perfect Picture Book.

Have a Happy Happy Weekend!

 

XOXO

 

You can buy my books on Amazon , For Edmund, click here:

For Annie, Click here:

 

 

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10 Minutes With Mr. Sharp

clarbojahn:

I am just getting started with listening to podcasts and boy am I glad I heard this one. About how one third grader learned to love books.

Listen to it and tell me what you think, Ok?

Originally posted on sharpread:

I have loved podcasts for years. I consume between 1-3 hours of podcasts a day. This love of podcasts created in itch in me to start my own. I’ve scratched and ignored this itch for years, but it is time to dive in.

Below you will find the first episode of 10 Minutes With Mr. Sharp. I’m excited about this adventure, and I am sure that it will be a bit of a wild ride.

If you have any suggestions for how I could make it better, please let me know. I’d like to get good at this.

You can find the podcast on iTunes by clicking on the image below.

10 Minute With Mr. Sharp

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Clarbojahn Presents! Linda Sittig, Author of Cut From Strong Cloth

Hi Friends!

I Just finished Linda Sittig’s historical novel “Cut From Strong Cloth” and boy was I impressed! Not only is Linda Sittig a fellow Writer’s buddie from my writing group Round Hill Writer’s Group that I belong to but she also belongs to my Pennwriters group. After hearing weekly about her progress with the book I just had to read it. Never mind that I wanted to support her. And she blew me away. I LOVED the book and wanted to have here on my blog.

About the book from amazon:

Book Description

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

Book Cover for Cut From Strong Cloth

“Publication Date: November 21, 2014

At nineteen, Ellen Canavan lives for the dream of her late father: to succeed in business. But being a woman in 1861, she finds the path to entrepreneurship blocked many times over. The threat of war, her mother’s disapproval, and even a malicious arsonist threaten to limit the aspiring textile merchant to the status of impoverished Irish immigrant. As she travels from the factories of Philadelphia to the riverfront wharves of Savannah with her business mentor, James Nolan, the Civil War explodes amidst their blossoming love, and the two are separated. Can Ellen’s undaunted, fiery strength guide her through a divided nation, or must she abandon her dream in order to save her own life?”

Here is my Amazon review:

So let’s ask some questions. I’ll pretend I don’t know her and don’t know anything about her progress or how she came to write it.

Linda? How did you come across this idea and how did you come to write this book?

LHS: While doing some genealogical research on my mother’s family I came across an ancestor buried with only my great-grandfather’s name for identification. I started out just to locate her name, but I wound up with her amazing story of how she and my great-grandfather made this special cloth for soldiers’ uniforms in the Civil War.

What was the hardest part of writing it for you?

LHS: I worked with David Hazard, a great writing coach and he had to convince me to embellish the family story so it could become a full fledged novel.

What was most surprising?

LHS: I didn’t even know that Ellen Canavan had married my great-grandfather because I descend from his second wife, Sarah Brady. 

After all the research was done and you began to write was there any time your doubts about it became so big that you almost gave up? Or were you always sure you would go forward and finish it?

LHS: I did have doubts, mostly that anyone else would find Ellen’s story as riveting as I had. But then I was determined to finish the book and get her story out there. 

What does your family think about you and the book now that you wrote a book about one of your ancestors? How did you come to know about this ancestor?

LHS: Unfortunately my parents are no longer alive. I know my mother would have loved the book. My dad died about a year before it was published, but he did get to read the early proofs. I think what I like the most was how my two daughters reacted, they were proud of me for writing the book and amazed at Ellen Canavan Nolan’s story. 

All in all how long did it take to write this book? And once you got going how long?

LHS: It took me two years to write the book because I kept on going back and revising what I had written.

Did you have a critique group? or beta readers? How many times did you have it edited? And explain that.

LHS: I do! I belong to the Round Hill Writers Group and they critiqued various parts of the manuscript. I also asked 10 different people to become my beta readers. They read the finished manuscript and gave me great insight into any parts that were confusing.

I know that you explain quite a bit about your research in the book but could you go into it a little bit here for my readers?

LHS: I started with as many primary sources that I could find, mostly in Philadelphia and in Savannah. The highlight was when the special map librarian from the Free Library in Philadelphia was able to locate the actual factory schematics for the Nolan Factory. I stood there looking at the 1861 documents and I actually cried. 

About the Author:

Linda Sittig, Author of Cut  From Strong Cloth

Linda Sittig, Author of Cut From Strong Cloth

One Fun Fact You Didn’t Know About Me:  I was the Hula Hoop Champion of my 6th grade class in Glen Rock, New Jersey. I finally graduated from spinning hoops to spinning stories. 

Born in New York City, and raised in northern New Jersey, I was lured into historical fiction by Anya Seton’s, The Turquoise. Now a spinner of historical fiction myself, I love to weave stories of unforgettable characters set in emotionally charged settings. Combining my passion for history and strong female protagonists, I blog at www.strongwomeninhistory.wordpress.com.  My debut novel, Cut From Strong Cloth, pays tribute to the power of one woman’s perseverance.

Thanks so much, Linda! I am honored to have you on my blog.

It has been so much fun having here visiting with us, Linda! Thanks again.

Friends? If you want to know more about Linda go to her web site .  You will be met with her book coach, David Hazard. Also you can see her LinkedIn page here.

Please send me and Linda your questions in the comments. If there is something I Forgot to ask please ask it. Linda will see your questions and answer them as well. We love comments!!

 

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