Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Coming Soon!

It is my pleasure to share with you that my new children's picture book, Olive and the Great Flood, will soon be released by Guardian Angel Publishing, who also published my Animal Sound Mix-up. This is a story about the dove who flew out from Noah's Ark and the important job she had to do. Did you know that not only did she discover when the flood had gone down and it was safe for everyone to leave the ark, but she is also the one who helped the animals stay calm during that long ride? She also learned an important lesson about God's love and promise.

The book is beautifully illustrated by Kathleen Bullock. You can see more books she has illustrated for Guardian Angel Publishing. Watch for upcoming news about the release of Olive and the Great Flood!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Picture Book Month
In honor of November being Picture Book Month, I thought I would post a selection from each of my picture books. As a grandmother, I have the great pleasure of sharing books with my grandchildren, and encourage all who have young ones to help develop the love of reading early. Enjoy!

What if a lion said meow . . .
or if a donkey said bow-wow?
Wouldn't it seem quite funny now
if they became mixed up somehow?
from Animal Sound Mix-up by Connie Arnold
illustrated by Kit Grady

Eight legs help a spider to climb,
which leaves a web behind each time.
Mama Spider traps eight flies to eat.
Spiders find bugs a tasty treat.
from Count 1,2,3 With Me by Connie Arnold
published by 4RV Publishing
illustrated by Ginger Nielson
It is my pleasure to let you know that my next picture book, Olive and the Great Flood, will be released by Guardian Angel Publishing. I will let you know when I find out the date!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Some friends are looking for Lenny Lee to wish him a very special and happy 15th birthday. You have been missed recently in the bloggy world, Lenny, and lots of (((hugs))) and good wishes are being sent to you!

Looking for Lenny,
where can he be?
I need to give him
a big hug from me,
to wish him a birthday
that's really sweet
and a wonderful year
that can't be beat!


If you'd like to see who else is wishing Lenny a happy birthday, you can go here.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Make a Joyful Noise

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.”
Listen for the sounds of worshiping and mirth.
Hear the trilling songs of birds in the trees,
The music of the wind, sighing in a breeze.

A joyful noise could be from the barking of a dog,
A chorus of cicadas, the croaking of a frog,
The purring of a cat, content to be alive,
The buzzing of bees, swarming in their hive.

Each individual makes their own joyful sound,
The gurgle of a baby, children laughing all around,
Singing in the shower, dancing in the rain,
Shouting, running, clapping, calling Jesus’ name.

Creation contains a myriad of joyful sounds everywhere
Which may be heard as music, rejoicing, worship or prayer.
Whatever the sound might be or however it is perceived,
All joyful noises made to the Lord are lovingly received.

© Connie Arnold
I thought this illustration from my Animal Sound Mix-up children's book was appropriate for this poem. It was done by Kit Grady. If you would like to see more of her illustrations, feel free to visit her website.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fun Animal Video

Perhaps you would like a little animal fun for your day. Enjoy!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Beautiful Birds

Do you remember seeing these birds on a post I did in October with my poem, Ten Singing Birds? You can see the post here. I am very pleased to let you know that I have learned of the artist who did this beautiful bird collection.

Tracy Lizotte designs and sells watercolors of children, birds, animals and nature. It is delightful to discover her beautiful work, and I'd like to invite you to visit and enjoy also at Tracy Lizotte Studios and perhaps you might enjoy one of her lovely prints for yourself or a gift. Hope you enjoy her work as much as I do!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Manny the TV Watching Dog

The title alone catches my attention, doesn't it do that for you? Sounds like a dog that many people would feel right at home with! Children enjoy animals, especially pets, and watching TV, so the combination in this new book, by Linda Derkez and her husband Mike, is sure to delight kids and their parents.

There are three chapters in Manny the TV Watching Dog, and in each of them Manny's master is looking for someone to do specific tasks, and Manny is quick to say, "I can do that." Unfortunately, the TV turns out to be too big of a temptation to Manny, who is constantly distracted from the job at hand for some fine TV watching.

Many of us can certainly relate to this happening, to ourselves and our children. Linda has creatively written this story with a dog who acts quite human in many ways. The adorable illustrations add to the fun as children follow Manny's positive well-meaning offers and what happens each time.

Click on the book image to go to Amazon and take a look inside the book and order. Linda is the author of several other children's books, including Chip's Sharing Day and Cody Knows.