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Small Business Saturday at Second Star to the Right

There are many wonderful facets of being an author, but one of the best is reading my book to an audience of children. I love school visits, library events, and bookstores.

What can make it even better?

Sharing the Storytime spotlight with another author!

I was lucky enough to team up with Carmela LaVigna Coyle for a space themed morning at the magical bookstore, Second Star to the Right.

Carmela reads CAN PRINCESSES BECOME ASTRONAUTS.
A dance break while we all sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

If you’re looking for a book to inspire creativity and curiosity in children, I humbly suggest ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON. It can be purchased through my website, Eifrig Publishing, at several stores (including Second Star) in Colorado which are listed on my website.

Reflections on a School Visit

I’ve been meaning to share this for a week but I’ve been under the weather and had a few deadlines.

I love visiting schools to share ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON with children. It’s fun to watch them respond to the story and then talk about it afterwards. I also share a slide show with a bit about me when I was a child, my inspiration for writing the book, and some of my photography. The photo above is the skylight in the space where I did a recent presentation. In the book, Aliana uses a skylight to create the surprise at the end of the story so it was a magical feeling to read the book beneath one.

I was welcomed by a display case with information about me, ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON, and phases of the moon which is part of the story.

Connecting with children is the thing I miss most about teaching. I knew every day in the classroom I was changing lives and making a difference. It was both an honor and a responsibility. The feedback was immediate and also something I could see over time. They were also changing my life in the process. With writing, the impact on children is still there, but I may not even know about it except when I’m able to visit a school.

Written with gratitude for librarian Jolene Gutierrez, the teachers, and the children of Denver Academy.

Harvest Moon

The moon brought along a friend to this photo shoot, or maybe it’s a reflection. πŸ˜‰

Either way, it gave me the idea to take this picture my book, ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON and MOON’s FIRST FRIENDS, by Susanna Leonard Hill. A wonderful pair to celebrate the moon.

Bookstore Magic

The picture book community is full of supportive people who help each other in a variety of ways. We are an interconnected web of authors and illustrators who may have never met in person, but truly are friends. The photo above, taken last Friday, has two of the most supportive members of this community. Julie Hedlund who is the force behind 12×12, part of Picture Book Summit, and other great resources.

The reason for our gathering, Vivian Kirkfield was in Colorado reading FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN at Second Star 🌟 to the Right in Denver, for a wonderful story time.

In the KidLit community, Vivian is one of the shining stars ⭐️ who most people know, not because she had three books released this year with more on the way in 2020. It’s because she never passes up the chance to share her wisdom, support another writer, or act as cheerleader to the many people she meets along the way.

Here she is enjoying a game of peek-a-boo with a little one before reading.

After we left the bookstore, some of us were fortunate enough to extend the time by having lunch with Vivian’s son, daughter, and son-in-law. When everyone else had left to do some shopping or go back to work, Vivian and I enjoyed visiting on a bench before it was time to leave for the airport. While we were there, an adorable little girl with both of her parents stopped to tell us something important, “It’s my birthday!” she announced.

Could she sense that we were the perfect audience to share this news with? How did she know there couldn’t have been two people more excited to hear her news and celebrate with her?πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‚We told her we’re both authors of children’s books and Vivian gave her a coloring sheet.

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Six Months Later – Six Highlights

ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON was released on 2/19/19 (An author’s reflection in no particular order)
  • Reconnecting with children I used to teach and their families and knowing how proud they are that I reached this goal.
  • Being on panels and in groups which connected me with authors of distinguished status.
  • Being part of Apollopalooza in July as the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of landing on the moon.
  • Seeing my book on the shelf at a bookstore or library.
  • Hearing feedback from children and parents that they love the book.
  • As of today Aliana has 62 reviews on Amazon for which I am sincerely grateful.

Tomorrow night a giveaway raffle that I’m participating in will be available! #12Books12Winners – I’ll share the link when it’s live.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON Plus Giveaway

Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON Plus Giveaway

Perfect Picture Book Friday: ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON Plus Giveaway
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Countdown to Apollo 11 Anniversary 50 years ago

I’m caught up in the excitement of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which you know if you follow this blog. The clips of the astronauts, mission control, and Walter Cronkite are all bringing the magnitude of this accomplishment into focus for me.

I was a child in 1969 and didn’t understand why this garnered the world’s attention. Now, as an adult I understand the danger and why Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins were heroes. The very real chance of them not coming back didn’t occur to me until 1986, when I watched the Challenger disaster.

As the countdown reaches 2 days left to 7/20/19, this illustration created by Ariel Boroff to depict the big reveal in our book, demonstrates my own feeling watching all of the news footage from 50 years ago. I hope you are also filled with awe.

Countdown to Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – 4 life lessons from Aliana

1. Be curious – Aliana wanted to know why the light from the full moon was so bright, so she read about the phases of the moon.

2. Be creative – Aliana experimented with light and reflection, using shiny objects in her house to create a surprise for her brother.

3. Be patient – Aliana has to wait for the moon to be full, Gustavo has to wait for his birthday, and their parents are patient while Aliana makes messes in her work to make the perfect birthday sit.

4. Be Observant – Aliana notices things and teaches Gustavo how to notice them too.