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.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Down Under Calling

I just finished a book by my friend, Margot Finke, that was quite delightful! It is the story of a 12-year-old boy named Andy who lives in Oregon, and his grandmother, Rose, in Australia. They become pen pals, and Andy learns that he has a very cool grandmother! Rose tells exciting stories about her life growing up and the many animals around where she lives and adventures with them, including caring for a baby kangaroo. They soon feel like they know each other even though they live so far apart, and the love grows as Rose shares her stories and memories and Andy tells about his life, problems, and special friend, Kelly. Andy and Kelly start spending time on the internet learning more about where his grandmother lives and the animals there. The summer boredom that had started to creep into his days is banished as Andy anticipates the arrival of the next letter from Rose filled with more amusing and exciting tales.

This is a great book for middle grade children that will hold their attention while helping them learn some interesting facts about the land "Down Under".

Margot Finke is an Aussie transplant who writes midgrade adventure fiction and rhyming picture books. For many years she has lived in Oregon with her husband, children, and grandchildren.  Gardening, travel, and reading fill in the cracks between her writing. Her husband is retired, and very supportive.  

Margot didn't begin serious writing until the day their youngest left for college. This late start drives her writing, and pushes her to work at it every day. Margot said, "I really envy those who began young, and managed to slip into writing mode between kid fights, diaper changes, household disasters, and outside jobs. You are my heroes! "

She has 13 published books + Survival by Walkabout, the follow-up to Taconi and Claude, is due out soon.  All her books, +  Video readings, trailers, reviews and sample pages can be seen on her website. Margot also does Skype Author Visits to many schools in the US, and she runs a Manuscript Critique Service. Nothing gives Margot a bigger thrill than to hear that a book she helped polish has been published.  “This is always a huge YEA moment.”