Tuesday, October 17, 2017

K.L. Going shares about The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright + Giveaway

Dear Readers,

This week we’re celebrating K.L. Going’s first Non-fiction biography, The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright. Kelly is, once again, generously giving away a free copy of the book. All you have to do for a chance to win, is leave a comment at the end of the post. Look for the small word comments. Click on it and scroll until you see the comment box. THANK YOU! The LUCKY winner of Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! is announced at the end of the post.


Inspiration -- Part Two:


The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright
by 
K.L. Going

“Talent is good, practice is better, passion is best.” Frank Lloyd Wright





I never paid much attention to architecture growing up. Buildings – even the most beautiful ones – were something I took for granted. It wasn’t until later in life that I started to think about architecture as something to be admired and appreciated, and that appreciation began with my father.
K.L. Going and her dad
The Shape of the World is dedicated to my dad because it was his love of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work that made me take a second look at the world around me. At first, I looked at Wright’s buildings and appreciated the way they mimicked the natural world. This led me to thinking about how buildings can be works of art within our daily existence or mundane functional objects that add little to our lives. What do our buildings say about us? When the minutia of society has crumbled away, what will future archeologists find revealed in our architecture?
Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Just like books, architecture is a gift we give to our children. 
“Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.” These are the words of Frank Lloyd Wright, and I believe they are true.
Appreciating the world we’ve built, leads inevitably to appreciating the world that nature has built. When we stop to admire beauty in one form, we will appreciate it in all forms. These are wonderful lessons for adults and children alike.
K.L.Going’s son with her dad
My hope for The Shape of the World, is that this book will inspire children to take a look at the world around them much earlier than I did. I hope they’ll be challenged by Wright’s example to make the world that they create as beautiful as the natural world around them. 

As Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” 
We create the shape of the world. All of us, together.
It is our sacred task.
May we rise to the challenge, and may we equip our children to do the same.




Reviews for The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright:

A spot-on introduction to Wright and an evocative recognition of the way a child is father to the man."—Booklist, starred review

Simple prose set in a light type that reflects Wright’s art serves as a jumping-off point for each of the expansive illustrations, giving young readers ample opportunity to discover hidden gems in the pages, such as the red squares that are scattered throughout Wright’s work. A lovely introduction to the impact that a creative mind can have on the world."—Kirkus

Book Summary: A little boy who loves to find shapes in nature grows up to be one of America’s greatest architects in this inspiring biography of Frank Lloyd Wright. When Frank Lloyd Wright was a baby, his mother dreamed that he would become a great architect. She gave him blocks to play with and he learned that shapes are made up of many other shapes. As he grew up, he loved finding shapes in nature. Wright went on to study architecture and create buildings that were one with the natural world around them. He became known as one of the greatest American architects of all time.

Learn more about K.L.Going and her books: www.klgoing.com 

Follow her on Facebook: facebook.com/KLGoing

Twitter: @klgoing



K.L. Going is the author of many critically acclaimed novels, including King of the ScrewupsThe Garden of EveSaint IggyThe Liberation of Gabriel King, and Fat Kid Rules the World. She lives with her family in Glen Spey, New York. 

Thanks so much for sharing insights and inspiration for your new books, Kelly. I was especially touched by your words, "We create the shape of the world. All of us, together. It is our sacred task. May we rise to the challenge, and may we equip our children to do the same.” 

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The winner of last week’s comment contest is:  Carol Baldwin  

!!CONGRATULATIONS!! 

(Please email me claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com with your mailing address and to whom you’d like the book inscribed.) 

Dear Readers, Thanks for joining the birthday celebrations with K.L.Going here on Writing from the Inside Out. . .  

Next up is Kara LaReau and her new early reader with the Infamous Ratso Brothers. 

~Clara

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Picture Book Birthday for Award Winning Author K.L. Going + Giveaway

Dear Friends,

Please welcome K.L. Going, my dear and brilliant friend and my fellow faculty partner for the Highlights Foundation Workshop, Novel Beginnings. I first met Kelly more than a decade ago at Curtis Brown Literary Agency in NYC where she was working at the time. In fact, it was at the very beginning of Kelly's career as an author and she told me about her soon to be published YA novel,  Fat Kid Rules The World, which went on to win a Printz Honor Award. Kelly is one of those rare and multi-talented writers who has published Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture books. I’m thrilled to share her newest title with you this week, Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! with a follow up  post next week and a second picture book birthday for, The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright. Kelly is generously donating an autographed copy to a lucky winner who leaves a comment. (Look for the small word, comments, at the bottom of the post. Click on it. Then scroll down until the comment box appears.) We love hearing from you!

Inspiration: Part One – Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump 
by K.L.Going

Sometimes two things that seem to share nothing in common are actually connected by a gossamer thread, an unseen strand that exists only in the artists’ mind. Inspiration. It can come from anywhere at any time, merging unique things together into a brand new artistic experience.
The initial seed of inspiration for Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump came from reading Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider to my young son. Ashton was only a toddler at the time, but he loved to run his fingers over the raised lines of the spider’s web.
As a picture book author who has also worked in publishing, I know that “extra” features, like the raised line, cost publishers more money, which is why they are rare instead of common. Yet I wished there could be more books like this on the market because children love to explore textures.
I wondered if there might be a way to recreate a tactile sensory experience using words.
That’s when I thought about yet another wonderful read-aloud picture book. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. has been a favorite since its publication by Simon & Schuster in 1989. Could rhythm help to replicate the senses?
I decided to create a text that used words and rhythm to bring alive the sounds and textures of the world around us, and hopefully in the process, invite children into an imaginative state where they can experience the bumping, thumping, playful world all around us.
Author K.L. Going with her favorite reader
The result is Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump. I hope you and your little ones will enjoy the experience of reading this book together!

BooklistClunkety-clunk! Bumpety bump! This onomatopoeic treasure begs to be read aloud. Short, intuitive rhymes move readers along as two young siblings (big sister and little brother) have a simply wonderful day... An obvious choice for storytimes or units on rhymes, this will also be great for introducing beginning writers to the wonders of words—especially those that don’t appear on standard vocabulary lists.



School Library JournalThis onomatopoeic book is a lively read-aloud that will be requested often for storytime or bedtime.–Maryann H. Owen, Children’s Literature Specialist, Mt. Pleasant, WI

Kirkus: This winning read-aloud should encourage multiple recitations. (Picture book. 2-5)

I’ve already purchased this book for a special niece. I know her parents will love reading it to her and that Bumpety, Dunkety, Thumpety-Thump! will be a favorite bedtime, anytime book for its wonderful onomatopoeia words and rhythm.

So please join the Book Birthday celebration and leave a comment for Kelly. The winner will be announced next week when Kelly will be back to share about another new picture book, The Shape of the World: A Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

Learn more about Kelly and her books: www.klgoing.com


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The winner of last week’s comment contest for Are We Pears Yet? is:  

Congratulations, MARTIN SEGAL! (Please send me an email with your mailing address and to whom you’d like the book inscribed: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com.)  

Thank you, Miranda, and thank you, dear readers, for your wonderful comments and support of authors and good books.  ~Clara


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Book Birthday + Giveaway with Author Miranda Paul

Dear Friends,

Our special guest this week is Author Miranda Paul who shares about her new picture book, Are We Pears Yet? Several years ago I met Miranda at Highlights Foundation. Like her new gem of a book, Miranda fairly sparkled with good humor and fun and intelligence. This spring I had the pleasure of hearing Miranda read the text of Are We Pears Yet? I was completely charmed and wanted to share this book and the author with all of you. Miranda is generously autographing a book for one lucky winner who leaves a comment. Just go to the bottom of the post and click on the small word, comments, and scroll until you reach the comment box. USA only.


Author Miranda Paul

Writing from the Inside Out. . .   Growing a Book By Miranda Paul

Once upon a time I wrote a script called Are We Pears Yet? It was a silly manuscript that broke all the rules of picture book writing—it featured talking inanimate objects, and was written in all dialogue. I used different colored fonts and lots of illustration notes. All of the scenes happened in the same place. It was way longer than 32 pages. One character even threatened violence on another (to chop down the other in a true sibling rivalry). It indulged my love of science and my love of theatre, as well as my love of puns and all things true to a child’s experience of waiting and enduring growing pains. I never paid much attention to word count while writing it either. In short, I loved writing it. 

But such a book, I figured, would never get published. And if it did, it would have the most simple, cartoonish art, because it was part slapstick, part comic. My agent would probably hate it.

Once upon a time, I was wrong about all of those things. You don’t have to hate the process or succumb to supposed “rules” to come out with a good book.

Agents, editors, and illustrators have visions beyond what an author’s focused mind can behold (when you work with great people). Especially if the project hasn’t gestated long enough, what others can contribute is like an organic fertilizer. In the case of Are We Pears Yet? my editor Neal Porter first responded to my “cartoonish art” idea by saying that since readers are waiting the whole book for these seeds to become pears, they should be beautiful. I had never considered this a beautiful story. But it made perfect sense—in order to satisfy the reader, the illustrations had to be “worth the wait.” My editor also picked up on the theatrical nature of the script and contracted Carin Berger to make well-designed shadow-box illustrations that actually resembled a theatre. How she managed to cut out those tiny shoes and erect the stages and light it all beautifully is a minor miracle to me! (Yes, her actual 3-D art was photographed and scanned in for your viewing amazement!)

When it came time to finish the book, my editor requested back matter. Since most of my books have back matter, and this one has a scientific tie-in to growth cycles of plants, I jumped right into work. I love back matter and usually it’s a very cut-and-dry process for me. But, alas! Their vision was now my vision and I got creative. The back matter became the “Encore” and the bibliography became the “Credits.” A good editor is more like a director.

Are We Pears Yet? has now made its debut in the world (more than three years after I drafted it) and I’m happy to say the reviews are wonderful. It’s dedicated to my high school drama club friends and the director who taught me the basics of theatre. My hope is to see classrooms acting the book out. What fun it will be to see their vision as they take ownership of the work. Children of the world: Your turn for the spotlight!

Miranda Paul is an award-winning author of eight picture books including One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both Junior Library Guild selections. Her nonfiction guessing-game book, Whose Hands Are These? is a 2017 International Literacy Association Teacher’s Choice selection. Miranda frequently visits schools, libraries, and bookstores around the country and can’t wait to visit your neck of the woods. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her family. Learn more at www.mirandapaul.com

interior illustration
Written entirely in dialogue and staged as a play, Are We Pears Yet? is a clever and hilarious picture book that will make you look at growth cycles and fruit trees in a whole new way.

"Berger’s quirky collages are so stylish and fun, and Paul’s dialogue so friendly and funny...An inventive treatment of a tried and true topic." —Publisher's Weekly

"These pears will be fun read-aloud companions for curious eaters and budding botanists." —Kirkus Review

From the jacket flaps:


Learn more about Miranda and her fabulous books here:


Thanks so much, Miranda, for sharing about how Are We Pears Yet? became a book! And, thank you, dear reader, for your support of authors and good books! We appreciate your comments. Don’t you just love those pears? I do.

I’ll be back in a week to announce the lucky winner chosen by random.org

~Clara



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Announcing the lucky winner of NOT ON FIFTH STREET by Kathy Cannon Wiechman

Dear Readers,

Thanks so much to all of you who stopped by this past week and a special thanks to all of you who left a comment for Kathy about her post. The lucky winner of her newest title is announced at the end, but first please take a look at all of Kathy’s wonderful titles:

Not On Fifth Street by Kathy Cannon Wiechman. Calkins Creek Press.
It’s 1937, and a storm is brewing over the town of Ironton, Ohio. Teens Pete and Gus Brinkmeyer struggle with growing differences in their relationship. When rain begins to fall, the Ohio River rises, and so does the tension between the brothers. No one anticipates the rain will last nearly two weeks and the river will reach record levels. With a flooded river between them, both boys need to dig deep within themselves to ensure survival for themselves and those they care about. They must also face trying to restore their relationship.


Wiechman deftly tells the story of the two protagonists' struggle to survive...Short chapters filled with suspense will keep readerswondering what will happen next. An excellent choice for fans of historical fiction. ~School Library Journal

EMPTY PLACES by Kathy Cannon Wiechman. (Calkins Creek)

"This is another fine work of historical fiction by the author of Like a River: A Civil War Novel (Calkins Creek, 2015). Set in Kentucky during the Great Depression, this book is written from the viewpoint of 13-year-old Adabel….Dramatic moments, such as when Adabel’s younger sister Blissie reaches into a fire to retrieve a treasured doll, will have readers on the edge of their seats. Written in dialect appropriate to the time period and geographical region, the story is told through short chapters with believable dialogue and unforgettable characters…. Wiechman offers a moving look at life during the Depression, family relationships, and coal mining." —School Library Journal




Like a River by Kathy Cannon Wiechman. (Calkins Creek)


“Wiechman's abundant research is unobtrusively folded into the tale. An excellent author's note provides further information about the times. Though the horrors of Andersonville and various Civil War-era events such as the Battle of Atlanta, Lincoln's assassination and the explosion of the steamboat Sultana provide wartime context, it's the secrets woven into the well-paced tale that will pull readers eagerly to the tearful conclusion. A superb Civil War tale of friendship, loyalty and what it means to be a man.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review




Learn more about Kathy and her books: http://kathycannonwiechman.com
Follow her on Twitter: @KathyCWiechman 
Connect on FaceBook: Kathy Cannon Wiechman

The lucky winner of Not on Fifth Street is: Donna Volkenannt (Donna, please send an email with your mailing address to: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com.) 

Thank you again, Kathy, for sharing with us. I’m sure you’ve got something new in the works. Keep us posted.

Dear Readers, Stay tuned for a great fall line up of fabulous new picture books beginning in October with Miranda Paul, K.L. Going, and Kara Lareau. 

See you in October. . .
~Clara



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

MG Historical Fiction with Author Kathy Cannon Wiechman + Giveaway

Dear Readers,

Our long-time friend, Kathy Cannon Wiechman, shares an inside view of her new novel, Not On Fifth Street, to be released on October 10th. I’m pleased to announce that Kathy is donating an autographed copy of her book before publication! How cool is that? As always, all you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment for Kathy to congratulate her or to share about a flood experience of your own. We’d love to hear from you!

The lucky winner of JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS is announced by two special guests at the end of the post! Did you win? Find out below.

And now, please welcome, our featured author, Kathy Cannon Wiechman!


Not On Fifth Street by Kathy Cannon Wiechman. Calkins Creek Press.
It’s 1937, and a storm is brewing over the town of Ironton, Ohio. Teens Pete and Gus Brinkmeyer struggle with growing differences in their relationship. When rain begins to fall, the Ohio River rises, and so does the tension between the brothers. No one anticipates the rain will last nearly two weeks and the river will reach record levels. With a flooded river between them, both boys need to dig deep within themselves to ensure survival for themselves and those they care about. They must also face trying to restore their relationship.
Wiechman deftly tells the story of the two protagonists' struggle to survive...Short chapters filled with suspense will keep readers wondering what will happen next. An excellent choice for fans of historical fiction. ~School Library Journal



Writing From the Inside Out. . . by Kathy Wiechman

I have always loved Clara’s theme of Writing from the Inside Out because it’s the only way I know to write. Before I put down the first word, I have to get inside the story I want to tell. I create the characters to tell it through, and get inside them. Not on Fifth Street was no different. What was different was I told a family story, but with fictional characters. It created new challenges. 

My father grew up on Fifth Street in Ironton, Ohio, and he used to tell me about the 1937 flood that devastated his town. That flood also hit Cincinnati, where I live, and locals recount their own stories. The flood was a record breaker and did damage in 13 states. It took 385 lives. But back in Ironton, Dad was listed as missing when the water rose. (Imagine what his parents went through!) But Dad was twenty years old at the time, and I needed younger characters for my story. Dad was the oldest of his parents’ eight children, and I needed a smaller cast of characters. I decided to have two main characters, brothers Pete and Gus. Pete is very much like my father, and he was difficult for me to write. I had to keep reminding myself, “This is Pete, not Dad.” And I chose Gus for the brother who was missing. I kept the setting of Ironton, and I located the story in that house on Fifth Street. I spent a lot of time there as a child and know it so well. But making a reader see what is clear to me isn’t always easy.

Street view of 1937 Flood in Ironton
My father is gone more than twenty years now, but one of his sisters is still living. She was 14 at the time of the 1937 flood, and her memory is spectacular. She filled in the gaps on family details, while archival accounts from other perspectives helped me to shape the story. While my story is fiction, I seemed to feel Dad looking over my shoulder as I wrote. I hope he would have been pleased with the finished product.

Author Kathy Cannon Wiechman
Kathy taught Creative Writing and Beginner French,and was a Language Arts tutor, but her passion has always been writing. She kept trying for a published novel, even though it took decades. Her first published novel, Like a River (2015) exceeded her dreams when it won the Grateful American Book Prize, was a Junior Library Guild Selection and a finalist for several other awards. She followed it with Empty Places (2016), which also was a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award. Not on Fifth Street is her third novel. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband.

To learn more about Kathy and her books: http://kathycannonwiechman.com
Follow her on Twitter: @KathyCWiechman
Connect on FaceBook: Kathy Cannon Wiechman




Thank you, Kathy, for sharing an inside look at the inspiration for Not On Fifth Street. 

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Joining us now to announce the winner of JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS are two superstars: The Author’s very own Assistant One and Assistant two. So, boys, who is the lucky winner, of the fabulous new adventure of Joe and Sparky by Jamie Michalak?


Superstar Assistants 1 and 2
Hmm. . . they’re busy getting ready for school, but they asked me to tell you that the LUCKY winner is: Patricia Crisman!!  ****CONGRATULATIONS**** 
Please email me your mailing address: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com





Thanks again, dear book lovers, for coming to the party! And please don’t forget to leave a comment this week for Kathy Cannon Wiechman about her new MG Historical novel, Not on Fifth Street. 

Thanks for your patience if I'm a wee bit delayed posting your comments. As always, your support of authors and good books is greatly appreciated. 

~Clara

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Its’ a BOOK BIRTHDAY with JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS by JAMIE MICHALAK

Dear Readers,

Welcome back to the Back-to-School Book series! I’m so excited to share a NEW early reader by our good friend, Jamie Michalak and the lovable duo, Joe and Sparky. And also exciting that Jamie is giving away a hot off the press copy of Joe and Sparky, Party Animals. That’s right, it’s a book about a Birthday Party and it’s a Book Birthday! All you have to do for a chance to win the autographed copy is to leave a comment for Jamie and her assistants. Or maybe you’d like to share a favorite birthday memory with us of when something went awry! (The winner of A Dash of Dragon is announced at the end of the post.)


JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS! by JAMIE MICHALAK  

It all began with two little boys on a winter night. My sons crawled into my bed for a story. But they were in a silly mood. I’d only read a few pages before they began cracking jokes and laughing.

“OK, time to for bed,” I said, shutting the book.

“Wait, wait, wait!” said the youngest, stalling. “I have a great idea. You should write a new Joe and Sparky story.”

“Yeah,” said the oldest. “Call it Joe and Sparky, Party Animals!”

Hmm, I thought, my wheels turning

Text copyright 2017 by Jamie Michalak.
Illustrations copyright 2017 by Frank Remkiewicz.
And so together, giggling under the covers, my assistants and I plotted out a story about Joe Giraffe and Sparky Turtle throwing a surprise party for Joe’s pet worm, Wiggy. Wiggy is mentioned in the previous three Joe and Sparky stories, but he never appears. Is Wiggy real or imaginary? Now would be my chance to find out!

This was a few years ago. Now Joe and Sparky, Party Animals! is a real-live book!

Last night, a little past his bedtime, my youngest—let’s call him Assistant 2--grabbed his karaoke mic and interviewed me about the book for Clara’s blog. . . .

Q:  Hold on, Mom. Should I put on my suit and tie first? 

A: I don’t think that’s necessary. Plus, you have to go to bed soon.

Q: I better make this a long interview then. My favorite part of Joe and Sparky, Party Animals! is when a frog brings a balloon to the party, and Joe and Sparky think the balloon is a guest and talk to it. Who came up with that great idea?

A: You know it was you and your brother.

Q: But mostly me, right? Your smartest and most awesomest son? (bats eyelashes) 

A: Ha ha. You guys thought it would be funny if Joe and Sparky met a smiley faced balloon for the first time and mistook it for a party guest. I don’t want to give anything away, but let’s just say that balloon ends up being the life of the party.

Q: Until he dances with a porcupine and—

A: Shh! 

Q: How long did it take you to write Joe and Sparky, Party Animals?

A: About six months. 

Q: (whispers) No, that’s too short. You’re supposed to say five years! That sounds more impressive.

A: OK, five years. 

Q: FIVE YEARS!?! That’s half my life!

A: No, it really didn’t take too long. I wrote the story right away so I wouldn’t forget anything. Sometimes I’ll have what I think is a good idea, but then wait too long to write the story and my idea disappears like the drawings you make on the bathroom mirror after you shower. I had to strike while the iron is hot! 

Q: I don’t know what ironing has to do with anything, but okay … Knock, knock. 

A: Who’s there?
Q: Anita.

A: Anita who?

Q: Anita another Joe and Sparky book by Jamie Michalak! 

A: You’re cute.

Q: Does that mean I can stay up later?

A: Sorry, buddy. Time for bed. Thank you for your questions!

Q: Last question: who are you wearing?

A: (laughs) Go to bed.

Q: Wait, wait, wait! 

A: Yes?

Q: Want to write a new story together? I have a great idea . . .

From JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS! Illustrations copyright 2017 by Frank Remkiewicz. Published by Candlewick Press.


Jamie Michalak is the author of more than forty children’s books, including the highly praised Joe and Sparky early reader series, illustrated by Frank Remkiewicz, and the forthcoming early reader FRANK AND BEAN (Candlewick Press, 2019), illustrated by Bob Kolar. When not writing, she can be found singing off-key, drinking too much coffee, or hanging out with her sons, who give her lots of ideas for stories. Jamie lives in Barrington, RI. To learn more, visit www.jamiemichalak.com.

Assistant 1 and 2 are short, noisy people who enjoy making movies, eating tacos, and staying up too late.













Frank Remkiewicz is an award-winning illustrator of more than 100 children’s books, including the popular Froggy series by Jonathan London. Prior to his career in publishing, he created art for posters and greeting cards. Frank lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife, Sylvia Nissley. To learn more about his books, visit remkiewicz.com.











JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS!

JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS!
Candlewick Press, August 2017
ISBN 978-07636-8206-4

A Junior Library Guild Selection

“Share this gentle story of fantasy, patience, and tolerance with new readers learning how to be true friends.” —Kirkus Reviews


The endearingly mismatched duo has their hands full when a party for a friend goes comically awry. Joe Giraffe decides to throw a party for his pet worm, Wiggy. There’s just one problem: Sparky Turtle is not entirely sure if Wiggy even exists!  What will happen when every animal in the zoo shows up to Wiggy’s party with presents and cake? Worm or no worm, this silly, satisfying tale is sure to leave new readers smiling!



Thank you, dear readers for joining this exciting Happy Birthday Celebration! For more about Jamie and her lovable duo, Joe and Sparky, check out her website: www.jamiemichalak.com 

The winner of JOE AND SPARKY, PARTY ANIMALS! will be announced next week, when our long-time friend, Kathy Cannon Wiechman will share about her soon to be released MG historical novel, Not on Fifth Street. 

The winner of the comment contest for A Dash of Dragons is: Linda Snyder Koons Congratulations, Linda! Please e-mail me your mailing address and to whom you’d like the book personalized: claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com 

As always, dear readers, I am deeply grateful for your support of authors and good books! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

~Clara