M.A. Leslie, a husband and wife writing team, wanted to have a good, ol’ fashioned book fair… on the internet, and they corralled a bunch of writers, including me, to give a synopsis of our books.
I am thrilled to share with you that I received an email last night saying the books are arriving at the end of this week! So for all the folks that pre-ordered books, you’ll be receiving them sooner than expected. On to the books…
Astronaut Adventure: I love this book because it shows kids what it’s like to be an astronaut, from walking down the tarmac, to preparing for take off, to floating in space. There are beautiful water color illustrations of the planets in our solar system based on NASA photos, along with an amazing spread that compares the size of the planets to each other. I think that’s my favorite part in the book.
Ballerina: When I wrote this book, I wanted to show kids what it was like leading up to a dance performance. We can all imagine what it’s like to actually be on stage, but what about before that, when you’re still getting ready to go on stage? So I included all the little parts of actually getting ready for the performance and how it would feel, along with the actual performance all the way to the ending bow in front of the audience. And, I included the 5 basic ballet positions as well as additional ballet movements and positions for all the aspiring little dancers out there.
Chef: One of the things I love most about getting kids involved in cooking is how tactile it can be. Also, getting them involved makes them more interested in eating the food on the table since they’ve had active participation in making it. In this book, I include a child-friendly dessert recipe that allows kids to use their hands to pat the dough, sprinkle ingredients, use a rolling pin, etc. And the best part is, they get to each the fruits of their labor afterward.
Visit The Dentist: What actually happens at the dentist? And how can we make it fun? Those were the main questions I asked myself when I was writing this book. This book shows kids that a visit to the dentist can actually be pretty simple and that there are benefits to following your dentist’s orders.
On The Farm: Where does orange juice come from? From the super market. Yes, and no. This book shows your child where the oranges for orange juice come from, where milk and eggs come from, and what wheat looks like before it’s baked into a loaf of bread.
Firefighter Adventure: We know that firefighters ride firetrucks and fight fires. But does your child know that sometimes firefighters are woken up in the middle of the night to go fight a fire? This book gives your child a look at what firefighters have to go through, from being woken up by a loud ringing bell to sliding down a pole to fighting a fire.
Mermaid Adventure: I love scuba diving. If you’ve never had the chance to go, I highly recommend getting certified and going to Cancun or some other beautiful tropical place to see how amazing the underwater world can be. In the Mermaid Adventure book, I included illustrations based on beautiful underwater photography so kids can see what it looks like under that giant mass of water we call the ocean. There is so much diversity underwater, and the mermaids in this book also learn a very important lesson on being true to your own unique self.
Pirate Adventure: I wanted kids to be able to be involved in the stories as much as possible. With this book, I thought it would be so much fun if the kids could get involved in helping figure out the clues during the treasure hunt, so I included Rebus puzzles, which are word picture puzzles, that kids can figure out as they’re reading along in the book. I also love how Rebus puzzles give you a chance to think and look at the world differently than usual.
Oh, and by the way, did I mention that the books are mainly written in iambic quadrameter and they rhyme? My books were written to help you nourish your child’s happy mind, nurture your child’s dreams, and inspire a love of reading and discovery. Parents have been telling me over and over again how much they love the books because the books are both fun and educational, and super portable for their families when they’re on-the-go. Thank you for sharing them with your children… ~YiShaun