Welcome Author Shaunda Wenger – Giveaway Alert

I met Shaunda through 12×12 which is a wonderful online picture book community, founded by Julie Hedlund who was my guest last week! Her debut picture book, CHICKEN FRANK, DINOSAUR!, illustrated by Jojo Ensslin is the perfect blend of science and humor. The only thing I don’t like about this book is that I didn’t write it! Shaunda has taken the complex topic of evolution and created a clever book with a timeline, witty characters, and wonderful back matter. Go order it now from your favorite independent bookstore or your library. You will thank me later.

Shaunda has generously offered a ‘your choice’ giveaway of a signed copy of CHICKEN FRANK, DINOSAUR! and a sheet of 4 stickers OR a critique of a picture book manuscript of less than 800 words. Comment on this post to enter the giveaway.

What were you like at the age of your target audience?

We lived in a rural area in New Hampshire, and I spent much of my time exploring the outdoors. Because numerous old carriage roads dotted the woodlands in the region, I’d often walk on those to get from one place to another and wonder about the people and animals that might have traveled over those dirt roads long before me. Wildlife was plentiful, although amphibians of the local wetlands most often captured my attention, especially tadpoles, turtles, frogs, and fish! When I wasn’t running around outdoors, I either had my nose in a book, crafts at my fingertips, or some kind of batter getting mixed in a bowl.

Shaunda on “the rock of adventure “ where she & her brother climbed and enjoyed exploring

What inspires you?

Changes in nature and beautiful landscapes fascinate me, whether it be growth of a young and awkward fledging bird into an adult, metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly, or migration of a meandering river channel across a wide open valley. I love the challenge of putting my outdoor experiences and curiosities on paper in a way that readers might understand.  

What’s one thing you hope readers take away from your book?

First and foremost, I hope CHICKEN FRANK, DINOSAUR! sparks laughter that is shared by readers who enjoy it. I also hope it will ignite a curiosity for discovering other books about the topic of evolution, changes in nature, or how DNA is being used with wildlife today.

What’s next for you?

I continue to write new stories all the time and remain hopeful that one will capture the interest of a publisher. I also look forward to connecting with readers and other writers in both virtual and in-person visits at schools, libraries, festivals, and conferences.  

To connect with Shaunda and learn more about her books:

Twitter: @SKWenger Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SKWengerChildrensAuthor website: www.skwenger.com

Published by authorlaurablog

I'm a reading specialist from Chicago, now living in the beauty of the Roosevelt National Forest in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. My first book "Aliana Reaches for the Moon" features a creative and curious girl who loves science, her little brother, and her very patient parents. I'm currently writing a MG novel and several picture books with STEM elements and dogs.

27 thoughts on “Welcome Author Shaunda Wenger – Giveaway Alert

  1. I’m excited to read this book as mentor text because I enjoy science and can’t wait to read how this author added humor to my favorite subject.

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    1. Thanks, Danielle! One of my next goals is to figure out how I do that myself — the adding of humor! And then share that with others. Looking forward to see what others think I do 🙂 Cause for me, it’s a mystery.

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  2. Congrats on this great, engaging. book! Looking forward to reading your future works as well I’d be honored to have you critique a work- in-progress!
    Thank for this giveaway.

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