In 2013, I was lucky enough to receive a grant from SCBWI to pursue a writing project involving coast Redwood trees. Recently, I visited Redwood National and State Parks and made a brief video about my way-too-short time there. Be sure your audio is turned on, relax, and enjoy the magnificence of these very real giants... http://animoto.com/play/7EIRj8Axpl1d0pHpbTu0Fw
I'm happy to announce the first day of A Cool Summer Tail Blog Tour. The book launched this spring, but since this is an informational fiction children's book about how animals adapt to heat, it seemed appropriate to save the tour until the temperatures got nice and steamy. We all know how hard it is to stay cool when the thermometer rises. Can you imagine how much harder it would be if you were wearing a fur coat? A Cool Summer Tail gives readers some insight on how animals survive hot weather.
Blog tour participants can be entered to win a free, signed book and a plush animal featured in the book (fox, bear, or squirrel) just by visiting each stop on the tour and commenting to let us know you popped in. One commentor will be randomly selected. You'll learn about some very cool sites along the way, too. Here's the schedule:
August 11: Anastasia Suen: Booktalking #kidlit http://asuen.wordpress.com/ and Nonfiction Monday http://nonfictionmonday.wordpress.com/ (a nonfiction guru)
August 15: Deborah Diesen: Jumping the Candlestick http://jumpingthecandlestick.blogspot.com/ (New York Times bestselling children's book author and fellow Michigander)
August 15: Brittney Breakey: http://authorturf.com/ (unique and quirky interview questions that made me think!)
August 18: Jennifer Chamblis Bertman: http://writerjenn.blogspot.com/ (a peek at creators' work spaces)
In addition, Debbie Gonzalez and Sue Morris at Kidlit Reviews are reviewing A Cool Summer Tail on their websites. They are expecting you, so stop in for a look-see.
Then, stop back here on August 20 to find out who won the book and plush. (They would make a great summer birthday present!)
So...buckle your seat belts. Here we go!
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