ATTENTION ALL FUN HAPPENS! FOLLOWERS
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HUMOROUS KIDLIT & TENDER, SASSY POSTS
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FUN KIDLIT FRIDAYS
I’m looking forward to meeting up with you on my new site. Please copy the URL now, so that we can continue to share fun stories with one another. (http://www.marylaudien.com)- easy to remember if you know my name…
AN APOLOGY TO MY FOLLOWERS: I know this isn’t Tender Tuesday or Wacky Wednesday, and not even Theatrical Thursday… Please accept my apology for publishing this on Freaky Friday! (I’ve been a little busy….)
Many of you may not be aware that I’m in process of publishing my first Picture Book! I waited for months to have the carefully chosen publishers respond to my query and tell me how anxious they were to get the project to print. I dreamt of bidding wars over my manuscripts- seriously! You’re shaking your head right now, thinking another disillusioned novice gets a dose of reality. Not exactly! I have had some experience with publishing in a former … Read the rest
It’s that shopping time of year when you’re looking for some fun, engaging reads for your TWEEN-aged (9-12 year old) kids or grand kids to enjoy over the holiday season. SCHOLASTIC has a report coming out in the new year, but they released a chart recently that summarized their findings. This is what kids aged 6-17 said they want from the books they read:
1. MAKE ME LAUGH (70%)
2. LET ME USE MY IMAGINATION (54%)
3. TELL ME A MADE-UP STORY (48%)
4. HAVE CHARACTERS I WISH I COULD BE LIKE BECAUSE THEY’RE SMART, STRONG, OR BRAVE (43%)
5. TEACH ME SOMETHING NEW (43%)
6. HAVE A MYSTERY OR PROBLEM SOLVE (41%)
Kids (9-11) want … Read the rest
Yesterday, October 22nd, WE DAY was celebrated at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Youth from all over the province earned the right to attend and celebrate their actions towards changing the world.
It caused me to pause and reminisce to five years ago, as a principal accompanying some of West Bay’s Grade 6& 7 leaders to the first WE DAY in Vancouver. It was a powerful experience to hear from world leaders and ethical change agents immersed in making a difference in their communities and the world. Marc and Craig Kielburger (the co-founders of Free The Children) compelled the audience to become engaged activists with an awareness of global issues and the compassion to build a better world. The WE DAY… Read the rest
Okanagan TWEENS are readers. The THE CHILDREN’S PARADE at PEACH FEST this summer highlighted the array of wonderful, rich stories and novels that Canadian authors have currently published. This picture of TWEENS sharing my 3 Frenchie novels in the KIDS PARADE, made me realize that there are so many Middle Grade readers (ages 9-13) who don’t even know that these titles are available in paperback or ebook format. Red Tuque Books distribute the paperbacks of the three novels in the series in Canada. Just click on: http://www.redtuquebooks.ca
Amazon Stores/Book Links
You only have to click on the country you live and you will have access to Kindle formats or paperback of Frenchie Diva (Book #3) If you want Book #1 … Read the rest
Summer holidays are fast approaching and we all seek great ideas for traveling with our families (human kids and fur kids, alike). What you may not know is that http://www.themetrip.com/-dog-friendly.html is a site that offers Travel Tips for everyone, including FUR KIDS. In fact, the site is so popular that Lorraine Hawley has published a book jammed pack with great ideas for the entire family:
Explore theme-style activities and adventures. “Themetrips,” are activity ideas that you can use to create your own memorable and interactive family fun while at home or on vacation.
Check out her recent Dog Friendly Post, as there is an AWESOME SURPRISE! Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog is recommended (BK. #1 of the Frenchie Series)… Read the rest
The annual Authors in Bloom Blog Hop is over for another year! Thanks so much to all of our participants that visited each and every one of our 80 sites. You are amazing! Hopefully you gathered some worthwhile recipes and gardening tips along your journey. (It was wonderful to receive some tips in return from our visitors.) Maybe you even encountered some special sites or blogs that you have chosen to follow.
The GRAND PRIZE WINNER visited each and every site and will be receiving a new KINDLE FIRE and a $25.00 Gift Card. CONGRATULATIONS Savannah Miller! And this year’s SECOND PRIZE WINNER of the other $25. 00 Gift Card goes out to Mary Preston!
The … Read the rest
Get ready for some fun, tips, and prizes! You’re invited to participate in an Author Blog Hop. The tour begins on April 7th at 6:00 am EST and finishes on the 16th at midnight EST, so mark your calendars!
Readers will have 10 days to enter each author’s individual contest (giveaways) and submit their entry for the GRAND PRIZE (a KINDLE FIRE or NOOK and a 25 dollar gift certificate for eBooks). Visiting 7-8 author sites per day and leaving comments and your email address will enter you in author site give-aways and also provide you with 79 chances to win the Grand Prize and Second Prize (a 25 dollar gift certificate for eBooks). Only those visitors who … Read the rest
Book Mary Laudien for Morning/ Afternoon Author Workshops
Mary Laudien is a retired International Baccalaureate World School principal from West Vancouver, B.C. She now divides her time between writing her Middle Grade Frenchie Series and volunteering as an International Baccalaureate Recognition Ambassador. Mary’s life long passion for KidLit makes entertaining readers with her own humorous novels such fun! Missing the day-to-day contact with students, author visits inspiring students to write powerful blog posts is an added treat. Mary believes in making a difference and encourages schools and book stores to fundraise with her novels to support their local SPCA.
All Middle Years Author Visits (appropriate for Grades 5, 6 and 7) include a prompt to provide a personal … Read the rest