Monday, February 12, 2018

Nonfiction Monday

The 2018 Boston Marathon is on Monday, April 16th. If you’re looking for some inspiration, then I have just the story for you.

DREAM BIG A True Story of Courage and Determination by Dave McGillivray, race director of the Boston Marathon, is an autobiographical picture book that captures Dave’s physical and mental struggle to realize his dream of being a successful athlete.

Too small to be the popular choice for team sports and always picked last, he discovers running at the age of 12. Encouraged by his beloved grandpa, Dave adds a mile to his run on every birthday. At 17, with no training or experience, he sets his sights on completing in the Boston Marathon, only to collapse at mile 18 and end up in a hospital instead of the finish line. Dave puts his feelings of failure aside and begins a serious training regimen, but more disappointments and challenges await.
His grandpa dies just a couple of months into training. Despite the loss, Dave perseveres, but when the big day finally arrives, Dave wakes up sick. Determined to race in memory of his grandpa, Dave soon falters and partway through mile 21 he fears he go another step. Slumped on the sidewalk, he discovers he’s at his grandfather’s cemetery. Memories of his grandpa inspire Dave as he struggles to his feet and finishes the race…a failure no longer.
Young readers will discover an inspiring story that carries a strong message of courage, perseverance, and the ability to overcome challenges. Better yet is Dave’s closing remarks as he explains that his dream of becoming an athlete was transformed into an opportunity to provide other athletes with the chance to realize their running goals by his willingness to explore alternate paths to success. 
Award-winning artist, Ron Himler’s illustrations create a lovely visual journey that serves the text well without overpowering the narrative.
An illustrated map of the Boston Marathon route and a final page of related activities completes the book.
Recommended for school and home libraries.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Are You Ready For Groundhog's Day?

Check out the ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS page on my website: Janet Squires Books . You'll find literature, science, and math activities inspired by my book, JUST LIKE GULLIVER, that you can download or print.
Share the story of a groundhog who is afraid of his shadow until a fun-filled adventure helps him find his courage on Groundhog Day. An author's note provides facts about groundhogs and you'll discover curriculum connections to shadows, groundhogs, folklore, and Groundhog's Day.
"...Thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, “Just Like Gulliver” is especially recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.”
 Midwest Book Review December 2016

Save the Date!

I'm going to be at the Simi Valley Library on February 3rd 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM for READING ROUNDUP AT THE LIBRARY Family Book Festival 2018. If you're in the neighborhood be sure to come by and check out the many great activities. I'll be reading, giving a presentation about my life as an author and signing books which will be available for purchase.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Save the Date!!

This is always a fun event with dozens of authors in many different genres on hand to introduce you to their work, share their experiences in panel discussions, and answer questions. Come discover a new favorite author or book!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Nonfiction Monday

A fascinating look at the legendary racehorse Rachel Alexandra – Known to her fans as Alexandra The Great. Deb Aronson immerses readers in the world of thoroughbred horse racing with an in-depth look at the racing super star who taught audiences what it means to "Run like a girl." 

Rejected by her mother and labeled an “Ugly Duckling” Rachel Alexandra was scheduled for a quick sale, but a medical problem caused by growing too fast prevented the transaction from going through and her owner, Dolph Morrison, ended up sending her to his trainer. The rest, as they say, is history. Rachel proved herself smart and strong as she ran away with win after win. But despite her remarkable success, Dolph refused to allow her to compete against the boys. That decision came when Jess Jackson made Dolph an offer he couldn’t refuse and gave Rachel her chance. Rachel became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness and went on to become the first filly to ever win the Woodward – crowning her career by being named 2009 Horse of the Year.

Aronson’s carefully researched work is filled with exacting details and numerous quotes from owners, trainers, jockeys and others. She gives readers a healthy education about the day-to-day world of breeding farms, training barns, and life in the shed rows behind the tracks. The fact-filled text is balanced by a lively narrative that will leave the heart pumping in time with the hoof beats pounding down the final stretch.

Additional information is available at the end of the book with: Rachel’s Record-Making Runs, A Glossary of terms highlighted in the story, Notes citing the author’s sources for quotes, a Bibliography, and Index.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Gingerbread Cowboy in the Classroom

It's always so much fun to see one of my books, THE GINGERBREAD COWBOY, being utilized in a classroom. 

Check out this great literature lesson -- Comparing Versions of The Gingerbread Man: Turning Readers Into Thinkers by Linda Kamp.

 To view the lessons, click HERE

Friday, November 10, 2017

Picture Book Friday

Kobee Manatee: Shipwerck Sea Friends is the third title in the Kobee Manatee Children’s Educational Picture Book series by Robert Scott Thayer with illustrations by Lauren Gallegos.

In this adventure, Kobee and his friends, Tess the seahorse and Pablo the hermit crab, set out to explore a Caribbean shipwreck, the SS Antonio López. Along the way, Kobee makes friends with a variety of other sea creatures, an octopus, a whale shark, a moray eel, and a nurse shark. Of course, no adventure would be complete without some danger and when Kobee becomes trapped inside the sunken ship, all of his friends must come to his rescue.
As with the other titles, each two-page spread includes Kobee’s Fun Facts to provide information about the many animals that swim through the story.

Vibrant colors, clean text, and child-friendly illustrations make this book as attractive as it is informative.

The Gingerbread Cowboy Book Trailer