Sunday, June 28, 2015

Happy 1st Birthday to BABY BEARDS!

BABY BEARDS! by Eric VanRaepenbusch TURNS 1 YEAR OLD!

BABY BEARDS! turns 1 year old!

It was an amazing year for me and this book. I presented BABY BEARDS! to nine elementary schools and one homeschool group. I was invited to participate in two author fairs, two retail events, and one fall festival, too. BABY BEARDS! was given as a gift at many baby showers and first birthday parties! Also, BABY BEARDS! is available in a public library! I am blown away by all that has happened this year. WOW!

Thank you to those who think of me and BABY BEARDS! every time they need a gift for a new baby.

Thank you to everyone who has recommended my book to someone.

Thank you to each and every person who has purchased BABY BEARDS!.

Thank you to all the students who asked for my autograph.

Thank you to the guy, who I respect very much, who told me BABY BEARDS! "doesn't look self-published."

Thank you to all the parents who have told me they love reading my book to their child.

Thank you to the retail stores that sell BABY BEARDS!.

Thank you to the teachers, PTOs, and groups that have invited me to spend the day with them.

Thank you to all the teachers who sent home book order forms, collected money, and delivered the books to the students.

Thank you to everyone who has read my book and went out of their way to tell me that they enjoyed it.

I am blessed to have a supportive group of friends, family, and fellow children's book lovers!
Thank you so much for making this a successful year!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Busy Week of Author and Illustrator Birthday Celebrations!!

My family was busy this week. We celebrated four author and illustrator birthdays in seven days!

Make your own -- CREEPY CARROTS by Aaron Reynolds!
We made CREEPY CARROTS to celebrate Aaron Reynold's birthday on June 4th!  
Make your own Dino-Board for DINO-BOARDING by Lisa Wheeler and Barry Gott
We made a DINO-BOARD to celebrate Barry Gott's birthday on June 8th!
Sketch flamingos at the zoo for FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO by Molly Idle
We sketched flamingos at the zoo to celebrate Molly Idle's birthday on June 9th!
Homemade Paper, Twigs, and Ink for BULLY by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
We made paper and drew with twigs and ink to celebrate Laura Vaccaro Seeger's birthday on June 11th!
Our summer reading is off to a great start!! Add these great authors and illustrators to your summer reading list!

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