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Signed Book Giveaway-Martin’s Big Words

Martin's Big Words

Martin’s Big Words

Mr. Brian Collier

Mr. Brian Collier

It’s giveaway time. This past November I met Brian Collier at an SCBWI writing conference. Brian is an illustrator and shared his road to success story with us.

Brian and I with Martin's Big Words

Brian and I with Martin’s Big Words

Signed Copy by illustrator Brian Collier

Signed Copy by illustrator Brian Collier

He spent hours each day walking the streets of NYC dropping off his portfolio to publishing houses. He was determined to get his work noticed and never gave up until he did. He made a comment that stuck with me, “It’s not there until it’s there,” he said. I think as writers we can understand this statement. We dream of the “one day,” but the dream is just a dream until that “one day” finally comes.

I was hoping to get an interview with Brian for the blog, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get in touch with him. I did however manage to get a signed copy of the book he illustrated, Martin’s Big Words, The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King. This book received many awards including the Jane Adams Children’s Book Awards, Blue Ribbon List, The Caldecott Honor Book, Best Children’s Book award and several more.

Brian’s illustrations are amazing. He is a gifted artist who conveys the emotion of the picture brilliantly. If you ever get the chance to attend a conference where he is speaking, I highly recommend you go. He’s funny and knows how to capture his audience.

Just one of the beautiful pictures you will find in this book.

Just one of the beautiful pictures you will find in this book.

Here is the summary on Amazon:

This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America-and the world-forever.

Anyone who comments on this blog will be entered into the giveaway. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own this signed book.

I will leave the contest open for comments for one week. Next Wednesday I will announce a winner.

Good Luck!

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My Guest Post-What Kids Are Reading

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Today, my blog post is over at Ya Contemporary. Thanks Jim for having me. I had a blast.

Be sure to stop back at Writing Like Crazy tomorrow, a great interview with Medeia Sharif will be up.

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Books at the Beach

When I was about eleven years old I went to Ocean City New Jersey with my family. We set our spots up and unpacked all of the beach essentials. As I was about to lay on my blanket and get some sun I noticed my aunt was reading. I recall looking around and becoming fascinated by so many people holding books. I wanted to be one of them. I begged my mother to take me to the boardwalk that night so I could select a book of my own. I wanted to read on the beach too.

My first beach read was Tigers Eye by Judy Blume. I, along with my aunt and the other beach readers stretched out a blanket, plopped down and read on the beach. I was part of a club and I couldn’t help but feel special.

Many years later, I am still part of the beach reading club. This past week as I sat with legs stretched along the sand reading my selection (Go Ask Alice), inspiration hit. There were so many people holding traditional books and kindles in front of their noses that I just had to know, what they were reading.

I started off by nonchalantly strolling past them sneaking a peak at the titles. When I couldn’t make out the titles, I had to muster up the courage to ask them what they were reading. No one seemed to think I was crazy which made me happy. Everyone I asked, was happy to tell me what they were reading.

Below is a list of the books I found being read on the beach.

  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – This book was the most popular book being read on the beach. At least three of the people I approached were reading the suspense novel. One lady advised me that she loved that the story fluctuated point of views, going from husband to wife. Prior to the beach, I was hearing a lot of buzz about this book. I think it might be one of my next reads.
  2. Velocity: Combining Lean, Six Sigma and The Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance—A Business Novel
  3. Bared To You by Sylvia Day—Erotic Romance. Book reviews say that this book has an emotional feel similar to Fifty Shades of Grey.
  4. Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood Book 12) If you still are yearning for vampires this series of books might be a good beach read for you.
  5. Go Ask Alice-Anonymous–This book is a diary of a young fifteen year old girl who experiences drugs for the first time when giving a soda laced with LSD. She gets caught up in the drug scene and writes about her struggles in daily journal entries.
  6. Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry) by Simone Elkeles– Love, family secrets, gangs, this book has it all.

So, there we have it. Those are the books I spotted being read while vacationing. I know there are a few listed that I have already added to my TBR list. Did you vacation this year? What book did you bring along? Are any of these on your TBR list?

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