Look What Sandra Stein, Kidlit Author Has Done Now

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Balloons for Sandra! Credit to Nicholanelson on Flickr

Hi Friends!

Hurray! Sandra Stein,  Kidlit and memoir author  has written and photographed another book. She has self published this the same as the others.

Along the trail by Sandra Stein

Along the trail by Sandra Stein

It is on amazon and here is my amazon review.

Along The Trail is a children’s book never leaving the child’s point of view and a child’s input for long. On each page is a question for the reader, most obviously a young child age two to five. Questions range from the apparent of asking what is the cat looking at to the obscure of what is a squirrel doing lying along a branch. Whimsical in nature, this book will delight the little ones in its photo compository of a Grandma walking along the Old Dominion Trail and taking photos as she goes.Sandra Stein has written and illustrated another winning children’s book.
Yay! Sandra!
Please click on this amazon link and get your copy!
Along THe Trail back cover

Along THe Trail back cover

And as I congratulate my friend, Sandra Stein, I want to tell you about another. Stacy Jensen, one of our own, is giving me a web site reconstruction. My blog will be part of http://www.clarabowman-jahn.com . No more WordPress in the name of it. No more short hand of clarbojahn but my full name. Plus it will have my books in it and more. A whole web site with blog. Not two. So I hope you won’t be confused.

Stacy reassures me it will be seamless. We all like that right? But next time you visit you may see a different header with different pages under it. I hope you take a look around.

So? I’ll see you Friday, right? See you then!

Congrats! Sandy!

Thanks, Stacy!

 

Thanks for reading ya’ll! I love you all!  XOXO

 

 

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Leave Your Sleep/ #PPBF

Hi Readers!

It has come to my attention that I am poverty-stricken. I am poor in poetry knowledge. For instance I never read books in verse or rhyming picture books. I thought I would remedy that a little in todays choice. Although not a picture book in verse it is about poems. I will tell you.

Book cover for Leave Your Sleep_Title : Leave Your Sleep, a Collection of Classic Children’s Poetry

Author/ Illustrator : Natalie Merchant and Barbara McClintock

Publishing info : Frances Foster Books / mackids.com/ Poems / for ages k through six grade

Themes : Poetry, music, Famous Poets, songs

First Three Lines : From the introduction:  “This collection of songs represents the long conversation I had with my daughter during the first six years of her life. It documents our word of mouth tradition in the poems, stories, and songs that I found to delight and teach her — this parade of witches and circus ponies, a Chinese princess and a janitor’s boy. I tried to show her that speech could  be the most delightful toy in her possession and that her mother tongue is rich with musical rhythms and rhymes.”

Summary from Jacket : Natalie Merchant’s double album Leave Your Sleep transformed a wonderful selection of classic children’s poetry into a delightful collection of original songs with the Horn Book called “as much a work about childhood as it is a work for children.” Now a magical picture book, leave Your Sleep opens the door to a world of poems and songs filled with witches and fearless girls, blind men and elephants, giants and sailors and dancing bears. Natalie Merchant’s brilliant musical renderings, selected from her highly praised leave Your Sleep album,share the stage with Barbara McClintock’s richly imagined art to create a memorable reading, looking, and listening experience. This unique package includes a full-length CD with nineteen songs, one for each poem in the book. “

Resources : Leave Your Sleep on You Tube :

More about it on Horn books :

For a teacher guide pdf :

Alternatively one can ask a child to tell or write his or her own poem and put it into song. Or make up a song. And then draw a picture of it.

Why I love it : The cover captivated me and I have long needed to read poetry. I am sorry to admit it but I am ignorant of poetry. I thought starting with these poems for children would be ea gentle beginning. And it was. The  poems turned songs delighted me. I am sure some fo you know them. “The Land of Nod” — Robert Louis Stevenson

“The Dancing Bear” — Albert Bigelow Paine

“The Janitor’s Boy” — Nathalia Crane

“Adventures of Isabel” — Ogden Nash

“ Bleezer’s Ice-Cream” — Jack Prelutsky

“Old Mother Hubbard & Her Dog Revisited” — John Yeoman

Just to name a few.

The illustrations were marvelous and made me look long and hard. I was thrilled to pick up this book.

So if you want to join other PPBF writers go look at Susanna Hill’s site for today and enjoy other reviews on her links. also you can click on Perfect Picture Books and find books categorized by theme or alphabetized. No matter which way you go it will be fun.

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

And for her Pinterst board look here : https://www.pinterest.com/susannaleonard/

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.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

 

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You Reap What You Sow or How Writing Has Influenced Me Postively

Hi Readers!

“I am participating in the Writing Contest: How Writing Has Positively Influenced My Life. Hosted by Positive Writer.”

Me,Clara, writing at table

Me,Clara, writing at table

You REAP What you SOW

This may sound extreme. Writing was my footprints in the sand when I was even unable to leave footprints. I started venting on paper when I was a teen on paper and haven’t stopped yet. Writing carried me through the time of my late husbands death and the aftermath of grief and loss. Writing carried me through the rough times in life.

There are three filing cabinets full of journals. Even when I had a three-month love affair I wrote all through it. Journaling has helped me more than I can say. I write to express gratitude and I write to soothe myself. I write to solve problems and to empower me in relationships. I reap what I sow. It gives me control in situations I find I have none.

Four years ago a dream like experience of hearing bird song could have fallen into nothingness but instead empowered me to write my first  children’s picture book, Annie’s Special Day. On my sick-bed I captured it in my journal.  You reap what you sow.

Now I am in the process of making that private writing public in a memoir. All my journaling turned into something palatable for readers.   Yes, I reap what I sow. Writing has definitely been a positive experience for me, giving me two picture books, three stories in anthologies and now a first rough draft on my memoir. I even journaled all through the first draft showing how I did it so now I can go back and do it again for the second memoir. You, too, can reap what you sow.

Starting a journal or diary is as easy as writing for five minutes a day  on any

HOPE !

HOPE !

subject you choose. Some people write first thing in the morning. It is best when starting a new habit to do it when you are rested. Some people say they are most creative in the morning and feel they can write better then. Or just start now in expressing how you would like to write a journal. Just jot down a few notes. Make it easy and fun for yourself. Do this for a week and then go back and read it. You will find clarity of thought. You will reap what you sow.


Enter this exciting contest from Bryan Hutchinson on how writing has positively influenced your life. http://positivewriter.com/writing-contest-how-writing-has-positively-influenced-my-life/  

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

My Books! in logo by Margot Finke.

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C is for Ciao, An Italy Alphabet/ #PPBF

Hi Friends! 

Another week has flown by. And now we are eating chocolate ice cream trying to stay cool in hot spring weather. Recently I made my lunch from an ice cream sundae with nuts and hot fudge and whipped cream. *Yum!* :) Now I find myself looking at other picture books than during the winter. More travel oriented. I would love to vacation in Italy and the picture book I chose for today was filled with fun facts about It that made me wish I had one planned for Italy.

C is for Ciao an Itally Alphabet book coverTitle: C is for Ciao, An Italy Alphabet

Author/ Illustrator: Elissa D. Godwin and Mario M. Cuomo/ Marco Ventura

Publishing info: Sleeping Bear Press / 2009 / nonfiction

Summary provided by publisher : “Each letter of the alphabet represents a topic related to Italy. Topics include: Aqueducts, Da Vinci, Florence, Montessori, the Sistine Chapel, and zabaglione. A poem introduces each letter topic and expository sidebar text provides details.”

Themes : Nonfiction, country, Italy, alphabet, Europe,

Resources: Sleeping Bear Press has their own information on this book making it the perfect resource. There is a search bar where one can look up further facts or information on Italy.

And if one is looking for the perfect teachers guide look no further than this.

Also alternately a discussion leader can ask what the students already know about Italy and expand the others knowledge about it by just talking about it Pull out a map and show where it is in relation to other countries and discuss climate and possible exports and imports. Ask about what one knows about olive oil.

Why I Love it: This is not just an alphabet book. It is a geography, history, and famous person biographies book. Yes, the alphabet is the emphasis as it describes Italy in broad detail but the sidebar gives the finer details with the fun facts. It makes the book especially interesting to a broader age range. There is also a foreword or introduction by Mario M. Cuomo. Did you know he has written nine books including other picture books? I am going to be looking these up.

I think you’ll love this book as much as I did and it just brings us to summer. It might be the subject having to do with warmer climate but it definitely made me ready for vacation.

So if you want to join other PPBF writers go look at Susanna Hill’s site for today and enjoy other reviews on her links. also you can click on Perfect Picture Books and find books categorized by theme or alphabetized. No matter which way you go it will be fun.For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books. And for her Pinterst 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.

XOXO

Have a Great Weekend Folks!

You can buy Edmund here! on amazon!

And Annie here! on amazon!

 

 

 

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Clarbojahn Presents! Kidlit Author Michelle Eastman!

Hi Friends!

I’m writing this on a beautiful spring day with all the windows open. It is like writing outside on the deck. ( Where in reality the light is too bright to use this computer.) :) Today I want to introduce début kidlit author Michelle Eastman who came to my attention about three months ago with her valuable program of giving books to incarcerated parents and recording them reading which then they could give their kids. I was so impressed I immediately donated four of my books for this project. Two Edmund Pickle Chin copies and two Annie’s Special Day copies.

Michelle Eastman is the author of “The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy Tale.” And I even won a copy of this book along with a bunny! *YaY!* I was so taken by her book I wanted to feature her on my blog.

Clarbojahn: Q: Michelle, what’s the elevator pitch of your  new book?

DustBunnies_Cover_V2 (3)Michelle Eastman: The Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy’s Tale is a lighthearted story about a serious topic: Being Yourself.  Here is my elevator pitch:

Join the Dust Fairies on their messy nighttime adventures, and discover how one misfit fairy uses his talent to create something legendary. His story will have families looking at dust bunnies in a new light and may actually give kids an excuse NOT to clean their rooms.

 

Q: What would you like people to know about the story itself?

The story was inspired by my son. He sees the beauty in things many of us would not even notice, or would regard as trash. Like Artie, in the story, my son collects lots of odd things he finds interesting. He proudly displays these “treasures” on his bookshelf. I often protest when he brings home objects like an old bottle cap or an oddly-shaped bit of wood. But, he can usually convince me that there is beauty in it-if I look hard enough.

 

Q: What do your characters have to overcome in this story? What challenges do you set before them?

Artie has a hard time finding his place among the other Dust Fairies. He wants to be accepted, but he isn’t willing to change who he is to do that. Artie’s loneliness, and odd habit of collecting discarded debris, leads him to create something legendary. His legendary creation helps him find his own special place among the Dust Fairies.

Q: What unique challenges did this book pose for you, if any?

This is my first published book. The self-publishing process, itself, posed many challenges. That could take up an entire interview!

I find it is always a challenge to leave room for the illustrator to be an equal partner in the storytelling process. Since mine is a picture book, leaving space for the illustrations to help tell the story is vital. Thankfully, I worked with the talented Kevin Richter. Kevin was able to take my words and create a visual experience I could not have imagined. We had a wonderful working relationship, and I am excited to be collaborating with him on our second Dust Fairy book.

It’s also a challenge for me to let people discover the message of the story without overtly teaching them a moral lesson. It’s just as important, to me, to write an entertaining story that can bring smiles and giggles to readers.

Q: What has been the most rewarding aspect of having written this book?

The most rewarding part of being a published author is having the opportunity to visit schools and libraries and spend time with children. Reading the book aloud to kids is my favorite thing to do.

I’ve also met amazing authors and writers online and at events. I am encouraged and inspired by them, and I cherish those connections.

Donating my book brings me great joy, so I am also excited about my new literacy initiative, Picture Book Pass it On. https://www.facebook.com/PBPiO/

I started the initiative to help get high-quality books to kids in need. I encourage people to recognize a need in their own community, call attention to that need, and do something to help.

For the month of March, I created a special book drive called MARCHing Books to Kids of Incarcerated Parents, to benefit the VNS of Iowa Storybook Project. Over 30 children’s authors from around the US, as well as many other generous people donated books to the project. We raised hundreds of books in one month.

The Storybook Project recruits, screens and trains volunteers to work with incarcerated parents and/or grandparents at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women (ICIW) in Mitchellville, Iowa and the Newton Correctional Release Center (CNRC) in Newton, Iowa. Once per month, volunteers work with the mother, grandmother or father. The parent/grandparent and volunteer choose a book from the Storybook library that is appropriate for the child. The parent or grandparent reads the book while the volunteer records the reading onto a digital voice recorder. The book and CD are mailed to the child.

Q: Tell us your publishing journey

I began my career as an elementary teacher in the West Des Moines School District. At Iowa Public Television, I wrote educational content for the K-12 Connections Team, serving teachers and students in two-hundred Iowa school districts. I love kids’ books, especially children’s picture books. I enjoy getting lost in the magic of the words as they flow into the illustrations. I love picture books so much, that I finally wrote my own.

I am new to indie publishing and blogging, and I am energized by both endeavors.

When I began my self-publishing journey, I didn’t know much about how publishing works, so I researched the industry for many months. I began to look for publishers and agents who accept unsolicited manuscripts. Slowly, I realized that there were not a lot of opportunities for 1st time authors. Of the few houses accepting unsolicited submissions, many were not interested in rhyming picture books. I was a bit discouraged, but I knew it was not an impossible task. I researched how to draft and send query letters. After working on the letters for a while, I asked myself if I wanted to invest my time in the query process for the next year or more, or figure out how to make this book.

I switched gears and began gathering information about self-publishing. As you may know, there is a wealth of information available. It was very time-consuming to collect and sift through the information and gather what I needed. But, I powered through and found a POD. I figured out the costs and compared it to what I’d likely be paid for a traditional publishing deal. In the end, I decided I could afford to self-publish and retain the book rights and my creative freedom. Working with the book’s illustrator, Kevin Richter, was an amazing experience.

We are currently working on the 2nd book in the Dust Fairy series. I chose the indie route for this book as well, and I am excited to travel this road again.

The second book is about a Dust Fairy girl who wants to join the fairy band. But, she is just too bold, too loud, and too much for the more delicate, proper fairy girls. In the end, Aggie discovers that she does not have to be “perfect” to find her perfect fit. Oh, and she plays the bagpipes!

Q; Where can we find you on the web?

I enjoy meeting authors and writers. Here’s where I can be found:

http://www.amazon.com/author/michelleeastman/

https://michelleeastmanbooks.wordpress.com/

@meastmanbooks

https://www.facebook.com/michelleeastmanbooks/

https://www.facebook.com/PBPiO/

http://www.michelleeastmanbooks.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8615617.Michelle_R_Eastman/

 


Michelle Eastman’s bio:

Michelle Eastman, author of the "Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy Tale"

Michelle Eastman, author of the “Legend of Dust Bunnies, a Fairy Tale”

Michelle began her career as an elementary teacher in the West Des Moines School District. At Iowa Public Television, she wrote educational content for teachers and students in 200 school districts. When she’s not chasing dust bunnies, or her two cats, she likes to cuddle up with a good book and her son. Her family lives in Waukee, Iowa.

Michelle Eastman's family/ Communion

Michelle Eastman’s family/ Communion

 

 

 

More on the book: ”

The Legend of Dust Bunnies will open your eyes to a world of dirt and dust that you never knew could be so magical and fun! Did you know that Dust Fairies come into our homes at night and spread dust, drape spider webs, and even spit crumbs into the carpet? They do!  It’s true!  Well, not all fairies. Artie is different. He doesn’t like messes, and he doesn’t fit in. At first, Artie is lonely and unsure of what to do, but then he takes matters into his own hands. When given lemons you’re supposed to make lemonade, right? This story does one better, it turns DUST into DUST BUNNIES. The Legend of Dust Bunnies is the story about how and why a misfit Dust Fairy turns dust into cuddly dust bunnies and the joyful aftermath that follows. It will have families looking at dust bunnies in a new light, and may actually give kids an excuse NOT to clean their rooms.


Thanks so much for visiting with us today, Michelle! It has been a real pleasure to read about you and get to know you better. I love your pay it forward program and I wish you huge success with your book. So long for now, dear readers!

See you on Friday for PPBF!

XOXO

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Chopin, Fryderyk / #PPBF

Hi Friends!

 

I’m sitting in the library Wednesday writing this perfect picture book Friday post with my neighbor friend who is working on a novel. We started meeting long ago to work on our projects; my memoir and her novel but today I am cheating. Since I was out-of-town visiting my grandson last Saturday when I usually schedule my blog posts I didn’t write one for today so… I’m catching up. I hope you like it.

 

Book Cover for CHopin_Title: Chopin, Fryderyk

Author/ Illustrator : Catherine Weill/ Charlotte Voake

CD narrated by : Michael Cantwell

Publishing info: ABRSM publishing 1999/ English translation 2001 by Moonlight Press Ltd / the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music

Summary of back blurb: Did you know that Fryderyk Chopin was Polish and that by the age of five  he was already composing his own tunes? Did you know that he learnt Latin, Greek and French, then German, English and Italian at the same time he was learning to  play the piano? Can you tell stories through your  piano playing or singing? Have you ever danced a Polish mazurka? Read about Chopin and listen to his music – you, too, could be a great musician!

Resources : Ask your child to sing a story. Or try “taking a song you know really well and changing it by expressing through it something you feel strongly: Slow it down: Sing it louder and louder; put a stress on certain consonants…see if your friends can guess what feelings you are trying to express,”

Themes: Biography, nonfiction, musician, Chopin, Composer

Why I Love it : Though the cover was not as tantalizing as some of the other picture book biographies I had my eye on this week, this became my favorite, due to the descriptive spare language of the text and the little information bubbles that made it pertinent for our young readers today.

I knew Chopin was a famous piano player but that was about all I knew..I did not know he was a child prodigy, who was asked to play for the russian Tsar’s brother, the Grand Duke at age eight!

Each page has an illustration of what must have been like for Chopin and describes the text. then along the side are two photographs portraying it further. Also along the page number is the CD music that goes with the  page. This book is a feast for the eyes and for the ears!

So if you want to join other PPBF writers go look at Susanna Hill’s site for today and enjoy other reviews on her links. also you can click on Perfect Picture Books and find books categorized by theme or alphabetized. No matter which way you go it will be fun. For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

See you on Tuesday!  Have a Great Weekend Folks!

 

XOXO

 

You can buy Edmund here! on amazon!

And Annie here! on amazon!

 

 

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My Gifts From My CoAuthor Susan April Elwood

Last Christmas Susan April Elwood my coauthor in Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story gave me two gifts. They were memorable in that one was a ‘Christmas Pickle” and one was a pewter donkey, both were ornaments meant for hanging on the Christmas tree. Thank you, Susan! :)

Donkey Susan gave me! So nice!

Donkey Susan gave me! So nice!

What my dining room wall looks like. See Donkey?

What my dining room wall looks like. See Donkey?

Christmas Pickle Susan gave me for Christmas

Christmas Pickle Susan gave me for Christmas

The book Susan co authored with me

The book Susan co authored with me

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