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Book Review & Giveaway: The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sit Still! By Sharon Lester


The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sit Still! By Sharon Lester 

This is about a day in a life of a little boy through his adventures.  Who has things to do and places to go and wouldn’t sit still. His day starts the moment he wakes up.  He has so many thoughts and ideas in his head!  It’s hard for him to lie still and rest when people don’t realize the things they suggest.  He is told to jump in the shower by mom. At lunch Dad says, “Can you please pass the bread?” So he does, right over his head and straight through the window! He is given a time-out and he is wondering why the words people say can make his thoughts go a different way.

I laughed reading this book because the scenarios are hilarious. The rhyming text is lovely and beautifully illustrated by Jeff Smith for a perfectly kid who wouldn’t sit still!  The funny part is when his mom says “Go jump in the shower” and the child jumps around in the shower for an hour or pretends he’s on a trampoline splashing around in the bath tub. I highly recommend this book for every household that has a boy who wouldn’t sit still!

Age Level: 4-8 years

Hardcover: 40 pages

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The Author Sharon Lester is giving away 2 signed copies to 2 lucky winners.

Giveaway Ends 17th April @ 12 noon

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Winners – #12 Cindi and #4 – Carol L

 

April 5, 2011 Posted by | Book Review, Free Giveaways | , , , , , , | 21 Comments

Interview with Author Sharon Lester


We welcome Author of The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sit Still! Sharon Lester

Biography

 

Sharon Lester lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and two young sons. When she’s not running after her boys she works as Director of Distribution at Rainbow Releasing, an independent film company. http://www.theboywhowouldntsitstill.com/

Interview

What is the last book you read?

I just finished reading The Descendants, by Kaui Hart Hemmings.  It’s a really beautiful book about love and loss but it’s also very funny. I highly recommend it. 

What were your earliest memories of writing?

I have always loved to write and I always carry around a notepad for thoughts and ideas. 

Were you encouraged to write or was it something that came natural?

I’ve always loved the written word and children’s books in particular. For The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sit Still! my son, Samuel, and I created each of the scenes in the book (with himself as the model) which I photographed and then sent to the artist, Jeff Smith, who created brilliant art to match each of the story points. 

Are you working on a new book?

Yes, I am working on the next adventures of The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sit Still! and also have another idea for a children’s picture book.

What do you do when you’re not writing or promoting your books?

I work as director of distribution for Rainbow Releasing and we handle a wide array of films for theatrical distribution—from documentaries and independent films to Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

How did you come up with your characters?

The Boy Who Wouldn’t Sit Still! was definitely modeled after my youngest son, Samuel, who at the time was four years old. But I see that character everywhere!

My hope was to take behavior that is pervasive but endearing and put it into a character that both children and adults could relate to, and be amused by. 

What advice would you give parents on selecting the right books for their children to read?

Go to the library and get everything in a wide array of styles and formats. You never know what will grab the attention of your child and become their favorite book.  And it is so fun when they find a favorite book and want to read it over and over and recite the words. I know my younger son needs a lot of movement and color and bouncy words but every child is different. When I was little my Mom bought me all the Joan Walsh Anglund books which I still have and love. “A Friend is Someone Who Likes You” and “What Color is Love?” are my favorites. They should not be out of print! I found a website once where I was able to stock up on these books and I bought out the whole lot to give to my friends’ children.

What advice you would give to new writers?

Absolutely go for it! It’s a different world out there now and now writers have the ability to do a short run of a book in hardcover format and then they can take it from there to either find a publisher or agent or do it themselves!

Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?

If you or anyone you know has a boy who is a wiggle worm or won’t sit still I hope you will think about looking at our book – http://www.theboywhowouldntsitstill.com. If you like the book we would love to hear from you on the website!  http://www.theboywhowouldntsitstill.com/

April 5, 2011 Posted by | Meet the Author | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Book Review: God Gave Us Two by Lisa Tawn Bergren


God Gave Us Two by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by Laura J Bryant

 

Now that Mama polar bear has another baby in her tummy, Little Cub is bursting with curiosity. “Why do we need a new baby?” she asks. “If we don’t like the new baby, can we send it back?”
“Will you forget me when the new baby comes?”
Gently and lovingly, Mama and Papa assure their firstborn that the new baby is a gift from God they want very much, just as Little Cub was–and still is.
“God gave us you. Now he’s given us two!”
The winsome sequel to God Gave Us You, God Gave Us Two playfully affirms a child’s uniqueness and place in the family and helps little ones accept, appreciate, and love their new siblings.

Opening the pages of this book I liked how is stated that Children are a gift from God; they are his reward Psalm 127:3. This book will help children accept getting a little sister/brother. It also shows them how equally important they both are. This book was beautifully illustrated. This book will be perfect for a new sibling. And be grateful if you found out God gave you three.

To order a copy visit http://astore.amazon.com/memchiboogif-20?node=2&page=4 

Reading level: 4-8 years

Hardcover: pages 40

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April 5, 2011 Posted by | Book Review | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Value of Homeschool Conventions


By Amelia Harper and Deborah Wuehler

If you are like most of us, you are probably just a tad discouraged about now. You are in the thick of homeschooling. Lessons are a little behind schedule, especially after the holidays. The curriculum you chose just isn’t working out the way you hoped. Somewhere down the line, the organizational charts have disappeared and you suspect that the dog ate them. Your kids have started to ask questions that you can’t answer, and you may feel very, very alone. Boarding school is starting to look like an attractive option.

Cheer up! Homeschool convention season is just around the corner!

Homeschool conventions are a great place to learn what went wrong and to share the excitement of what went right during your homeschooling year. You can learn how to get better organized, find new answers to puzzling problems, grow encouraged, and do what homeschooling moms love to do most-shop for new school materials!

Homeschooling conventions have grown tremendously as the market itself has grown. Almost every state now hosts at least one homeschool convention, with more active states hosting several. Vendors vie for slots at these conventions, eager to display their wares. Speakers get valuable exposure, while attendees benefit from the wisdom that they share.

According to Nancy St. Marie, Convention Vice President for North Carolina Home Educators (NCHE), the true success of a state convention is not measured in terms of its present size, but in terms of its growth. “The ‘best’ conference is the one that meets the needs of the homeschoolers who attend,” she said. “The best measure of this is that the conference is still going and growing. In North Carolina, we feel we are reaching a large portion of the homeschoolers in our state, but we are always trying to do it better.” To read more click http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/cms_content/1202323085?page=1812310&sp=102656&event=1016TOS|1140380|1016

List of Homeschool Conventions going on for the month of April

Alabama Homeschool Expo
April 7-9, 2011
Featured Speakers: Todd Wilson & Debbie Strayer
888-264-7763 / www.alabamahomeschoolexpo.com
The Montgomery Convention Center at the Renaissance Hotel, 201 Tallapoosa St, Montgomery, AL

Alaska
APHEA 2011 Homeschool Convention
April 15 & 16, 2011
Keynote Speakers: Mike & Elizabeth Smith from HSLDA
907-376-9382/board@aphea.org/www.aphea.org
Raven Hall, Alaska State Fairgrounds, 2075 Glenn Highway, Palmer

California
CHEA 2011–Bay Area Convention
April 7-9, 2011
Keynote Speakers: Tim & Beverly LaHaye and Michael Farris
562-864-2432/cheainfo@cheaofca.org/www.cheaofca.org
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara

Illinois
IL Inhome Conference
22nd Annual Heart of Illinois Convention of Home Educators (APACHE)
April 15 & 16, 2011
Speakers: John Stonestreet
309-589-1307/ info@apachecentralillinois.org/ http://www.apachecentralillinois.org
Peoria Civic Center, 201 SW Jefferson Ave, Peoria, IL

Kansas/Missouri
2011 MPE Conference & Curriculum Fair
April 8 & 9, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Thomas Sharp
913-599-0311/info@midwesthomeschoolers.org/ http://www.midwesthomeschoolers.org
KCI Expo Center, 11730 N. Ambassador Dr. Kansas City, MO

Louisiana
2011 CHEF of LA
April 15 & 16, 2011
Keynote Speakers: Rick & Marilyn Boyer
888-876-2433 / president@chefofla.org / www.chefofla.org
Greenwell Springs, LA

Maryland
MACHE State Homeschool Curriculum Fair
April 15 & 16, 2011
301-607-4284 / info@machemd.org / www.machemd.org
Frederick County Fairgrounds, Patrick Street, Frederick

Massachusetts
MassHOPE Convention
April 29 & 30, 2011
Keynote Speakers: Greg Harris & Mike Farris
508-829-0973/convention@masshope.org/www.masshope.org
DCU Center, 50 Foster Street Worchester, MA

Minnesota
26th Annual MACHE Homeschool Conference and Curriculum Fair
April 15 & 16, 2011
Keynote Speaker: Larry Guthrie
763-717-9070 / info@mache.org / www.mache.org
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC), 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth, MN

 

 

April 5, 2011 Posted by | What's New | 1 Comment

   

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