Busy Builders, Busy Week! Book Bash Day 4

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Welcome, friends, to Day 4 of my BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Book Bash.

In my latest book, each day of the week features a colorful cast of animal characters and a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing lead up to one stupendous surprise!

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

TODAY!

Wednesday! Load day! Take it on the road day.

Yes, today I’m taking my celebration on the road with an autographed stack of my books to donate to some local public libraries. I’ll also be stopping by booksellers to deliver something sweet, sign stock and say “Hi!”

Don’t forget to request BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! at your local library. And if you can’t find a copy at your favorite bookstore, just ask them to order one for you. They’d be happy to. And I’d be more than happy to send you an autographed book sticker to go with it!

Plus, today, for every blog comment, Tweet, Instagram, Facebook message or social media post with a link to my blog and the hashtag #BusyBuildersBusyWeek, you’ll be entered for a chance to win an autographed copy of BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! for your school or public library.

Here are some Tweets to get you started:

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 Bash Day 3

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Welcome, friends, to Day 3 of my BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Book Bash.

In my latest book, each day of the week features a colorful cast of animal characters and a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing lead up to one stupendous surprise!

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

TODAY!

Tuesday! Mix day! Pipes and boards and bricks day.

Tuesdays are always Teachers’ Days on my blog and today is no exception. We know that great teachers are at the foundation of all those “boards and bricks” that build a lifetime of learning for our kids. That’s why I always offer a FREE downloadable curriculum guide and FREE teacher and librarian resources for each of my books. 

And that’s why I’m thrilled that School Library Journal offered this exciting review –

“The bouncy rhyming text and bold acrylic illustrations chronicle a crew of cheerful animals through a weeklong building project. Young construction enthusiasts and animal lovers alike will be delighted by the zany details in the pictures as the grinning, googly-eyed beasties clear, bulldoze, and smooth the lot; bring in playground equipment; landscape; and assemble and paint a playground. The energetic rhyme and bright paintings make this a natural storytime crowd-pleaser. The illustrations provide plenty of material for discussion and repeated readings. VERDICT This title is bound to be popular with a broad range of preschoolers when shared either one-on-one or in a group setting.”

If you’re a teacher or you love a teacher, here’s a chance to win a treasure for yourself, a favorite teacher or a classroom.

Today, for every blog comment, Tweet, Instagram, Facebook message or social media post with a link to my blog and the hashtag #BusyBuildersBusyWeek, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Bundle, complete with a set of autographed books for the classroom, autographed cards for every student, activity sheets and more! I’ll wrap all of that up with a FREE classroom virtual visit that includes stories, silliness, songs and fun.

elaine skypeHere’s what one happy teacher had to say about my virtual visit –

“Thank you SO much for your interactive visit today. It was fantastic! Our students loved it and talked about it all day. One of my students said that after hearing you talk about how some of our students might want to write or illustrate, he’s decided to become an illustrator. How great is that?  The Skype visit was kid-friendly and perfectly geared for us. The students were very excited to meet you. It was just a perfect way to start our day! Thank you!!!”

Vickie Johnson, Suisun Elementary,  Suisun, CA, Skype Visit

Here are some Tweets to get you started:

For more information on my FREE resources and virtual visits for teachers, classrooms and librarians, see my Time Out for Teachers page!

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 Bash Day 2

BusyBuilders_CvrWelcome, friends, to Day 2 of my BUSY BUILDERS, BUSY WEEK! Book Bash.

In my latest book, each day of the week features a colorful cast of animal characters and a different construction activity as the digging, dumping and ‘dozing lead up to one stupendous surprise!

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

TODAY!

Monday! ‘Doze it day! Dig it, dump, dispose it day.

Okay, all you picture book writers out there. You know that revision can sometimes feel like demolition and re-construction – digging deep, smoothing the highs and lows, throwing out the trash and excavating the treasure.  Now, you can win a chance to “re-build” your picture book manuscript into one that editors and agents will love.

Today, for every blog comment, Tweet, Instagram, Facebook message or social media post with a link to my blog and the hashtag #BusyBuildersBusyWeek, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a picture book manuscript critique from ME!

Here’s what a few published authors have said about my critiques –

“Wow, Jean! This is truly one of the best, most detailed and thoughtful critiques I have ever received! Thank you so much!” Megan Lloyd – author of FINDING WILD.

“Thanks so very much for your thorough and insightful critique! I’m delighted and couldn’t have asked for more. I’ll take a few days to digest this and try my best to move it to the next level — as you say, to make it completely irresistible.” Connie Goldsmith – author of SUPERBUGS STRIKE BACK.Critique

And here are some Tweets to get you started:

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. Check out the daily Bash Schedule to see what’s in store for the rest of the week. All winners will be announced on July 18th!

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.

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:

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!

Connecting with Authors – Bringing Literacy to Life

elaine skypeEllie Rumney is a library media specialist extraordinaire from Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  Her heartfelt post gave me goosebumps. Yes, small moments can provide endless inspiration. Thank you, Ellie!

Connecting with Authors – Bringing Literacy to Life

by Ellie Rumney

The joyful faces of student connecting an author to a book is a priceless sight.

On one regular day in April, ninety 1st graders sat enthralled as published author, Jean Reidy shared her inspirations and ideas with students in Rhinelander, Wisconsin from her home in Colorado.  Student faces were alight as the author, who had written the books they had been reading in class, shared her inspiration for one of her books, Time Out for Monsters.  They gasped with excitement when she let them in on the secret to her upcoming books scheduled for release in the near future.

Students asked questions that helped them understand the writing and publishing process.  They connected to Ms. Reidy as she brought the books she had written to life. They learned that even a professional writer has to go through many edits and revisions to get a completed piece of work.  This Library Media Specialist had goosebumps watching the children’s engagement through the entire experience!

Ellie skype 2Reading and literacy are vital elements of our children’s education, and students are immersed in materials that allow them to embrace the world of words around them.  Much of the time, authors are an abstract name connected to books the students are enjoying.  Allowing students to meet and connect a face to a name through an author visit both in person or via internet teleconference is a vital connection between the abstract and the concrete.  When students can connect the name to a face, they can understand that it is a real person behind a published piece of work.  This in turn inspires students to be readers and writers, as they can understand that the people behind the work aren’t magicians and writing isn’t an impossible task.  As students meet authors, they can hear the author’s voice in the piece of literature they are reading and connect the story to a part of that author’s life.  They are inspired to write after hearing an author talk about the process of writing and how it begins small for even the most accomplished authors.

Ellie skype 3After meeting Jean Reidy, teachers talked to their students about making connections and writing about their own small moments.  One teacher said, “As writers, we want to emphasize the students writing about small details in their stories.  Jean Reidy’s Time Out For Monsters is about her childhood experience of being in a time out.”  Hearing a published author share her inspiration for writing a story about a small moment in her life has allowed the students to see that writing is not as scary or intimidating as they may feel or think it is. Connecting to the small moments that authors use for inspiration makes reading and writing more accessible to students.

That regular April day became a memorable and inspirational experience for one lucky group of 1st grade students.  They left with the understanding that real people are behind their beloved books.  They left with inspiration that they too can be authors of small moments.  Author visits such as these are an exciting way to open the eyes of a child and make the world of literacy more accessible and connected to their lives.

Ellie skypeEllie Rumney taught for 12 years before becoming a Library Media Specialist for the School District of Rhinelander. As a teacher, she was passionate about integrating technology and 21st Century Skills into her classroom. Her journey to become an LMS gave her access to an amazing learning network of professionals that she relies on in the current educational climate. As a Library Media Specialist, she continues to share her enthusiasm for 21st Century learning and information literacy with teachers and students in the classrooms and libraries.

 

My 1-3-1 Poetry Exercise

When I was a child, I loved reading poetry. But later in life when I learned to analyze and deconstruct poems, my passion faded. Poetry can be hard to decipher. And when you try too hard, the deciphering can bog you down.

I developed this quick poetry exercise to help me read and think about poems with less effort and more enjoyment … like I had as a child.

I call it my 1-3-1 Exercise!

1  – Think of 1 word to describe how you feel after reading the poem.

3 – Pick out 3 words from the poem that contribute to that feeling.

1 – In one sentence tell what the poet might be saying in the poem.

Try it! And if it works for you, add it to your poetry toolkit.

Then share a poem with a friend.

Happy poetry month!