November 8, 2021

November 8, 2021

Illustrator Dayne Sislen

Illustrators Make Magic…       

When I finished writing The Girl Who Found Christmas, I knew I needed a special illustrator. It was my incredible good fortune that I found Dayne Sislen. I told her that I had written about a little girl who was practically exploding with energy and joy. I wondered if Dayne could capture that in an illustration. I couldn’t picture it – I just knew what I was hoping to find. 

Dayne surprised me and supported my dream every inch of the way. She captured everything from Belinda’s cat to her tree farm adventure and brought all of it to life. In both color (in the ebook format) and black and white (in the large, storybook format). I was a beginner and had no idea how lucky I was.

Anyone who is writing a children’s book and looking for a truly great illustrator, look for my friend Dayne Sislen. 

 

 

 

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November 4, 2021

November 4, 2021

Finding Christmas: the Song…  

Most people don’t know that Belinda’s journey is accompanied by a song, and the picture of the guitar is intended to honor my friend Roger Sullins who performed it exactly as I hoped. I wrote the lyrics and the music, but Roger brought it to life as the song of a father to a child, and you can find a link on the home page of this site!

 

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November 1, 2021

November 1, 2021

National Literacy Day…  

I must have looked at hundreds of images before I chose this one. I’ll bet people who place great value on literacy will understand why I chose a picture in which a child cannot possibly be reading anything!

There were many pictures of a parent reading to a child, or a family reading together. There were grandparent pictures and just-dad pictures, and even a family reading in a tent! But this picture alone captured my heart. I took one look at this little one and saw the pure joy of discovering what a book has to offer.

I have written only one children’s book. Many people have written entire bookshelves worth! But I hope that somewhere in the world children will hold my book in their hands and feel this kind of excitement. Maybe they will like Custard, the cat. Or the adventure at the tree farm! But books are filled with adventures, and when I look at the joy on this child’s face, I wish I had written at least a dozen books!

 

 

 

 

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October 30, 2021

October 30, 2021

Advent Calendar

56 Days Till Christmas!

I was looking at Advent Calendars today because a little girl told me that she didn’t know what an Advent Calendar was! Wow! Advent Calendars usually have a door with a number on it for every day in December, so that children can prepare for the arrival of Christmas. When I wrote, “The Girl Who Found Christmas,” my goal was to give kids more than just a picture every day. Instead, the book provides a bedtime story every day with plenty of adventures, but more about that later!

I wanted to tell you that I found a website with lots of fun Advent Calendars (I think they are mostly fun for grown ups, but that’s ok!). Here’s a link if you’d like to check it out!

https://www.google.com/search?q=advent+calendar+museum&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwjmmLL36PLzAhXugE4HHXa_At8Q2-cCegQIABAA&oq=advent+calendar+museum&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzIECAAQGDoHCCMQ7wMQJzoFCAAQgAQ6BggAEAgQHjoECAAQHjoGCAAQBRAeOgsIABCABBCxAxCDAVCfCljNMmDCOWgAcAB4AIABTogB5geSAQIxNJgBAKABAaoBC2d3cy13aXotaW1nwAEB&sclient=img&ei=UZZ9YaasHO6BuuoP9v6K-A0#imgrc=dGW_x458LttqBM

 

 

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October 29, 2021

October 29, 2021

Blog October 2020

Do You Remember a Special Halloween?

I am always glad to hear from readers whose children enjoyed The Girl Who Found Christmas. But I also enjoy hearing about other experiences, like first trick or treat and the first pumpkin carving. I love hearing about kids whose parents helped them to make their own costumes – that is even more fun! I remember one year my son wore a huge cardboard box painted in the colors of the Rubik’s cube. Lots of laughter over that one!

If you’re counting the days till Christmas (like me!), it’s only 57 more days!

If you’ve read my book, you know that Belinda knows a LOT about Christmas. But I never asked her how much she knew about Halloween! If you send me a message on this web site, I’ll be sure to tell her what you think is special about Halloween.

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December 22, 2020

December 22, 2020

More Belinda Magic!     

Like any Advent Calendar, The Girl Who Found Christmas ends on December 25.

But some of Belinda’s readers would like to know what happens next…  what happens when her mom comes home?  Even Belinda wants to know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?? Does she get to stay home from school for a long time since her mom was gone for a long time (that seems fair to Belinda!).   

Will there be cookies or a party or a special trip?  Will Elizabeth and Andrew come over and meet her mom?  Will they go sledding or make snowmen? So many questions!

December 26 and December 27 give readers a chance to see what’s happening and maybe share some ideas about what should come next!  Belinda loves new ideas!!

Visit Red Mitten Books on Instagram or Facebook and download the new chapters. Or download Belinda After Christmas right here!  

Please be sure to let me know what you think! 

 

 

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