Instead of a BLOG this week,
I'm doing something different here on Cat's Corner.
It's a VLOG!
Several weeks ago, DigiWriting.com invited me to guest post on their blog series, "I Am a Writer," to share writing tips and inspiration. Because I wanted to learn more about using videos as a author, they took a chance and agreed to let me try. A vlog was born!
It was a long journey to learn all the techniques to produce a video on iMovie that combined visuals, narration and music. I came close to giving up in frustration, but I'm glad I stuck with it. As a reader, I hope you'll enjoy that extra element of actually hearing a writer's voice.
Big shout out to DigiWriting.com for inviting me to create my video response to a list of five questions about what makes me tick as a writer. I talk about my first stories (Old West) and inspirations (Star Trek and Elmo!).
Please give a listen by clicking on the button below.
I'm posting my next blog early next week, before the Memorial Day Holiday, and then I'm taking time off from blogging until 15 June. I'm having oral surgery done (not fun), and then I'm off to Book Expo America (BEA) in New York and a visit afterward with Dad in Connecticut (lottsa fun!).
Please join the conversation in the comment section.
What do you think about using videos as a form of blogging?
Are videos a better way to help you 'know' an author?
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The first week in May marks a special celebration of children's books and reading -- Children's Book Week (CBW).
This annual event, in its 96th year, is the longest-running national literacy initiative in America. However, you can join the event from any part of the globe.
Here are three ways you can get kids hooked on books during Children's Book week and beyond.
1. Download a CBW bookmarkHERE
Enjoy the drawing lesson, too, offered by the bookmark's artist, Raul Colon.
2. Find kid-friendly activities about your child’s favorite books HERE
Browse this jam-packed list of Kid Lit favorites. Then click corresponding links for printables and activities based on your picks that you and your children can do together. (Fuzzy and Jenna love the wearable cut-out rabbit ears!)
3. Enter a giveaway for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition 7 Tablet or Gift Card (entry is below)
Notice how kids can't wait to get their little fingers tapping on tablets? In addition to games and videos, tablets are great devices to engage children in reading and learning.
I’m pleased to partner with motherdaughterbookreviews.com to coordinate an awesome giveaway to celebrate children’s books.
One winner will receive either a
This giveaway kicks off during Children’s Book Week, running from May 1 to 31, 11:59 pm, 2015. It is open internationally.
Good luck! And have fun getting kids hooked on books this week!
Mother Daughter Book Reviews, in collaboration with the fabulous sponsors listed below, is pleased to be coordinating a giveaway for a Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition 7" Tablet (+ $50 gift card/cash). This giveaway will take place from May 1 to 31, 2015, overlapping with Children's Book Week (May 4 to 10, 2015).
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