I was a guest on the radio show; Your Book as Your Business hosted by Charmaine Hammond. You might remember her as the author of Toby the Pet Therapy Dog and His Hospital Friends which I reviewed a while back. The focus of this interview is the role of book reviews in marketing your published book.
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My child care provider who is just amazing with my son is expecting her third child within the next month and I was just thinking of what to get her. It is harder getting a baby gift for a no-longer new mom.
By the time you have a second child, you have a full grasp of what products work for you. You know what diaper brands you prefer or what formula brands you prefer. I am including breast milk and cloth diapers as brands for lack of a better word. By baby two or three, you probably accumulated some home-grown hand-me downs particularly if your kids are of the same gender. Between my two kids, I have 3-4 diaper bags already!
The list is out! The most literate cities in the US, that is. This insightful research was conducted by Central Connecticut State University. This research is valid as a lot of the cities I expected to be in the first 10 were listed with a few surprises.
We get a fair amount of inquiries from customers and prospective customers. We get requests for gift recommendations; order status, those sorts of things. One inquiry stands out however; how did you come up with the name “Slimy Bookworm”? In why Slimy Bookworm, I talked of what we stood for. I would hope we are much more than an online children’s bookstore. That customers and prospective customers feel our passion for stimulating kids’ imagination and cultivating the love for books early in life. Read the rest of this entry »
May I start with a disclaimer here? If you ever have the unfortunate happen, like a fire, earth quake of flash flood, don’t wait around trying to pick out your Picture Books to Take Out in a Fire. Run for your life! You will not find me carting a stack of picture books out of a burning home; I will be making a run for the exit with my kiddos in tow.
I knew very little about Japanese Manga books before being asked to review Thunder Kid. Here is a little background information on them. Manga books are graphic novels or comic books. I have found boys and reluctant readers to be particularly drawn to this form of presentation. We are trained to read and open books in the left to right direction, Manga novels are read right to left. That was really hard to overcome for me, it’s really hard to teach an old dog new tricks. Read the rest of this entry »
“If music be the food of love, play on” said William Shakespeare. The sensory experience of music is cardinal in early child development. Exposing a child to music is particularly important before they become verbal. It is always a delight watching my toddler who only speaks “baby language” light up to music. Depending on the tempo of the music, he would either sway from side to side or even break into a dance. You can’t teach kids these things, you just exposure them to music and let them be themselves.
Where would you find an array of delightful picture books for kidsand warm engaging children’s book authors in one place? Did I hear you say a children’s bookstore? The two entities would congregate in the same venue (bookstore) during book signings. The library is another place that comes to mind. I would assume that authors are readers themselves and get their kick from hanging around lots of books.
I was chatting with my child care provider the other day about the picky eating habits of my kids. My frustrations with my preschooler food choices brought about What Do You Do with a Picky Eater?
My kids have a disdain for beef. They will only grudgingly accept chicken and fish so I joked that I was raising vegetarians. She disagreed and stated that I was in fact raising “fruitarians” instead. Vegetables are actually also on the will-not-eat list; fruits on the other hand are consumed with fervor. Read the rest of this entry »
It used to be all about Elmo. I remember when my older son was around two, he could not get enough of the little red furry monster. I remember standing in line at the checkout lane in the store and plotting on how to leave the Elmo products behind n the store. Elmo stuffed animals, Elmo backpack, Elmo tee shirts and even Elmo underwear; yep we wanted Elmo as close to his body as possible I guess. Read the rest of this entry »