Tag Archive: children’s book

Feb 03

Happy Setsubun!

   While Setsubun (“seasonal division”) is not a national holiday, it is an important festival held in early February, one day before the start of spring according to the Japanese lunar calendar. For many centuries, the people of Japan have been performing rituals with the purpose of chasing away evil spirits at the start of …

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Nov 15

Shichi-go-san celebrated today in Japan

Shichi-go-san is a festival celebrated by parents on the 15th of November in Japan, to mark the growth of their children as they turn seven, five, and three years of age. Shichi-go-san literally means seven, five, and three. These ages are considered critical in a child’s life. Particularly, at the age of seven, a young …

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Nov 11

Behind the scenes with iBook vocabulary2: Greetings

Fly Catcher Boy introduces the reader to the “Top 4” greetings commonly used in Japan. First, ohayo (Ohio).  Ohayo is a casual, informal version of the more polite “ohayo-goziamas” which you should use when entering the school staff room or the local grocery store (after the staff shout “irrashai-mase” or welcome, in unison).  A humble head …

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Oct 05

Thank you to LIVE YOUR DREAM

Crystal Stranaghan, creator of LIVE YOUR DREAM website along with Jared Hunt, has posted an interview with me on their website. Most of you will know Crystal as the “Project Director/Tech Genius/Videographer” for my recent iBook re-launch of Fly Catcher Boy. That’s a pretty long title but believe me, this woman has more skills than …

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Sep 14

My Top 20 SCBWI Nuggets….

As impossible as it seems, over one month ago I sat in a huge ballroom along with 1,199 other children’s book writers and illustrators from 46 states and 19 countries eagerly anticipating the 41st annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators-LA  conference. The 171 men, 942 women, and 122 undeclared came from a variety of professional backgrounds,  including my personal …

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Jul 17

Behind the scenes with iBook vocabulary

I was visiting with a friend the other day.  He’s got a young son and was curious to see my new iBook so I opened it up and began walking him through it.  He engaged right away, enjoying the “read-to-me” audio and the “touch-to-play” pronunciation glossary feature.  “This is great; I think my boy will like this.  Looks …

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Jul 04

Thank you Keen Readers!

Sure, the writing and publishing road can be fraught with potholes, detours, or unexpected dead ends yet there are so many success stories, not all of them measured by best-sellers or high-profile book tours.  While my own publishing story came down to “right place, right time”, it was also loaded with all that is wonderful and exciting in a first …

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Aug 10

What’s in a name?

When I tell people I have a bi-lingual kid’s book coming out in the fall, they react positively and eventually ask “what’s the title?”  When I tell them FLY CATCHER BOY, I sense some confusion on their part.  A book about a boy who catches flies.  Yuck.  What could possibly be interesting about a dirty habit? 

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Jun 27

Why a kid’s book?

 I know I promised to blog every Thursday and Sunday but for the last 24 hours I’ve been totally absorbed in real estate negotiations….more on that later. There’s a new website post in “About the Book(s)”; check it out. At the close of the post I dangled a few carrots, offering inside information on such topics …

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Jun 15

Off the deep end!

  OK, world; I figured I could spend months seeking perfection and never get this off the ground. It took me over a week to write “about the author” so now it’s time to just dive into the deep end and start blogging!

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