A friend of mine who I know through playing soccer in town recently took my first book, Big and Small God Made Them All, with her as she was going to visit extended family. Now, to be honest, that in itself is exciting enough BUT there’s more!
A few days into her trip she sent me a photo of one of the children in her family sitting in her lap, reading the book, and pointing to the illustrations.
I can’t really come up with the words to adequately describe how awesome it makes me feel to know even just one child loves the book! There are other stories like that, too, and it amazes me every time. I love, love, love when a young reader connects with the book whether it’s through the illustrations, the rhymes, the story, any part of the book.
If I were a puppy, I’d be wagging my tail all day!!! A big thanks to my friend, and to all of you who have picked up either one of my books. It means so much to me!
I’m finding it hard to explain how I feel seeing my two books together on a shelf. This first picture is from T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts in Branson, Missouri. The next picture is from My Favorite Books in Tallahassee, Florida.
It’s just crazy. I’m so proud and yet I’ve got so much further to go, more to do, more to say. The next time you’re in Tallahassee, stop by My Favorite Books and say hi to Amanda. Then trek on over to Branson, Missouri and say hi to Liz at T. Charleston’s Books & Gifts!
Laura the illustrator has been coming up with fantastic cover ideas, and a few days ago we chose the one we like best. Just like the rest of the images in the book, the cover art is really cute! As the publishing date approaches, I’ll start posting pictures, but for now, here’s a teaser… This is just a glimpse at the rough drawing. The final will be cleaner and in color, of course! I’m so anxious to hold this book in my hands and realize the random idea I had years ago is now an actual physical product. It’s probably the closest I’ll get to how a mom feels after she has a baby. However, I will not be burping my book over my shoulder, that’s just weird!