Busy Builders, Busy Week! Book Bash Day 1

Welcome, friends!

My latest picture book, BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! is out in the world. YIPPEE!

In this story, you’ll meet a colorful cast of animal characters building something wonderful and whimsical for their community! Each day of the week features a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing lead up to one stupendous surprise!

Here’s what Publishers Weekly had to say-

“In this bouncy story from the creators of ALL THROUGH MY TOWN, an energetic animal construction crew plans and executes a mystery project over the course of a single week. The result is a joyful cacophony of color and activity.”

Joyful cacophony, indeed!

So, it seemed only fitting that for a days-of-the-week book I celebrate with a week-long bash starting –

TODAY!

Sunday! Dream day!

Study, scribble, scheme day.

Map, measure, plan a treasure.

Gather up a team day!

Today, I’m spreading the word about the bash, gathering my team and helping build a “dream” for some lucky schools and communities around the country. Plus, I’ve mapped and schemed and planned seven days of celebration. Here’s what I have in store.

Monday – ‘Doze it day! Dig it, dump, dispose it day. – Is for all you picture book writers out there. Stop by for a chance to “re-build” your picture book manuscript into one that editors and agents will love.

Tuesday – Mix day! Pipes and boards and bricks day. – Tuesday is Teachers’ Day on my blog. If you’re a teacher or you love a teacher, stop by for a chance to win a treasure for yourself, a favorite teacher or classroom.

Wednesday – Load day! Take it on the road day. – I’m taking my celebration on the road to booksellers and libraries. Come see what’s happening and find out how you can participate.

Thursday – Fill it day! Build it, nail it, drill it day. – Do you know a young builder? Stop by for a chance to win an autographed copy of the book and a Lego gift certificate.

Friday – Last day! Pots and plants and grass day. – Hey all you tree huggers, we’re going GREEN. Mother Nature will love you and so will a young reader in your life.

Saturday – Hey! Hey! Smiles? Check! Step this way! – We’re wrapping up the “Dream.” And helping to bring a new playground to some lucky community in need.

Will you be part of my Sunday team?
Today, for every blog comment, Tweet, Instagram, Facebook  message or other social media post with a link to my blog and the hashtag #BusyBuildersBusyWeek I will donate $1 to KABOOM – helping build playgrounds for kids, schools and neighborhoods that need them – and YOU will earn a chance to win an autographed copy of BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK!

Here are some Tweets to get you started:

  • Sunday is dream day @JeanReidy’s #BusyBuildersBusyWeek Book Bash. Stop by for a week’s worth of fun and prizes. http://jeanreidy.com/?p=1503
  • Jean Reidy’s #BusyBuildersBusyWeek Book Bash is underway. Come play. Win prizes. @bloomsburykids http://jeanreidy.com/?p=1503
  • Construction+reading=SO much fun! Come play&win prizes @JeanReidy’s #BusyBuildersBusyWeek Book Bash! @bloomsburykids http://jeanreidy.com/?p=1503

And here are some more exciting events to keep the party going!

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Goodreads Giveaway 6/18 – 7/17

I’m giving away 5 copies of BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! on Goodreads. The Giveaway runs from 6/18 – 7/17.  Here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/191441-busy-builders-busy-week

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Bookstore Events

Please join the live celebration and bring the kids for an interactive reading, a fun photo-opp, autographing, songs, and sur-PRIZES! I’m adding new bookstores every day!

July 16, 2016  – 10:30 am – 11:30 AM Second Star to the Right Bookstore in Denver.

August 26, 2016 – 6:00 PM – Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Blog Tour, 8/22 – 9/1

Tour stops will be listed and linked right here!

Finally, if you’d like to find out more about BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! including reviews, activities, curriculum extensions, autographed stickers OR to purchase your copy, step this way to my book page! 

Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you tomorrow!

XO

Jean

P.S. All winners will be announced on July 18th!

 

 

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Book Birthday

BusyBuilders_CvrWelcome, friends!

My latest picture book, BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! is out in the world. YIPPEE!

In it, you’ll meet a colorful cast of animal characters building something wonderful and whimsical for their community! Each day of the week contains a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing build up to one stupendous surprise!

Here’s what Publishers Weekly has to say-

“In this bouncy story from the creators of ALL THROUGH MY TOWN, an energetic animal construction crew plans and executes a mystery project over the course of a single week. The result is a joyful cacophony of color and activity.”

Joyful cacophony, indeed!

And, coming soon,  I have truck-loads of exciting events to celebrate. Here’s a peek!

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Goodreads Giveaway 6/18 – 7/17

I’m giving away 5 copies of BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! on Goodreads. The Giveaway runs from 6/18 – 7/17.  Here’s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/191441-busy-builders-busy-week

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Book Bash Week on my Blog! 7/9 – 7/16

Beginning July 9th, stop by my blog for seven days of fun and prizes for writers, teachers, readers and especially, for your favorite little builders.

BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Bookstore Events

Please join the live celebration and bring the kids for an interactive reading, a fun photo-opp, autographing, songs, and sur-PRIZES! I’m adding new bookstores every day!

July 16, 2016  – Second Star to the Right Bookstore in Denver.

August 26, 2016 – 6:00 PM – Tattered Cover Aspen Grove

Finally, if you’d like to find out more about BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! including reviews, activities, curriculum extensions, autographed stickers OR to purchase your copy, step this way to my book page! 

Thanks for stopping by! See you at the Bash!

XO

Jean

 

 

What is Wild? Guest Post by Megan Wagner Lloyd

From the moment I saw the cover of FINDING WILD, I knew I needed to learn more about the inspirations and dreams for this beautiful book. I’m so pleased that Megan Wagner Lloyd agreed to give us a glimpse into just that!

What is Wild?

by Megan Wagner Lloyd

When I wrote my picture book FINDING WILD, I didn’t set out to teach kids about the importance of spending time in nature. I wrote it from a place of joy. I wrote it because I wanted to explore the idea of “What is wild?” and to celebrate my own love for the outside world.

Although I didn’t write FINDING WILD with a teaching mindset, I’ve realized that it can be a great resource for teachers looking to incorporate more nature exploration into their classrooms, and for parents and caregivers trying to inspire kids to spend more time outside.

Some kids are obvious “nature kids.” You know, the ones who spend their toddler days slapping together mud pies and chasing “butterfwies.” Other kids are more naturally inclined to stay indoors reading or building or crafting (or watching screens). I get these kids. Although I love the great outdoors, I love the cozy indoor life, too. After all, not much can beat curling up with a book or a movie and a mug of hot chocolate on a rainy day.

Not all kids or adults want to be outside for hours on end or are destined to be avid hikers–and that’s okay!

That said, I think that with a bit of creativity, even the least outdoors-y among us can find ways to truly enjoy experiencing the wild. I’ve put together a Pinterest board of children’s nature activities that might be helpful, if you’re in search of fresh ideas.

My hope is that after a child reads FINDING WILD, they’ll be excited about exploring the natural world, even if they’re usually more drawn to other pursuits…and that they’ll discover their own unique ways of finding wild.

Megan Wagner Lloyd has been reading for (almost) as long as she can remember, and writing stories for just as long. Her first picture book is FINDING WILD, illustrated by Abigail Halpin. She lives with her family in the Washington D.C. area.

 

Feeling the Love from Rhinelander!

Skype thank you 1 001My Skype visit with first graders in Rhinelander, Wisconsin was one of my favorites of the year! And the happiness continued a week later when their lovely letters and art arrived in the mail. Thank you, students and teachers for such a warm and gracious “getting to know you.”

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Oh Happy Day! Two New Picture Books on the Way!

One manuscript was older. The other, brand new! But they wrapped up nicely in a two book deal to the editor who purchased my PUP 681 picture book as well.

:love5Here’s the announcement from Publishers Marketplace:

“BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! author Jean Reidy’s WHEN THE SNOW IS DEEPER THAN YOUR BOOTS ARE TALL, about a great, big snow day as experienced by a very young child, and GROUP HUG, about a forest of friendly animals who learn the contagious happiness that hugs can bring, to Laura Godwin at Holt Children’s, by Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency (world).”

Hugs all around!

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