Saturday, February 23, 2013

Julia Cook giveaway!

Our elementary had a great time with author Julia Cook on Tuesday, Feb. 19.  She spent the day with us to kick off our Character Counts Week.  The kids loved hearing her new books!  They all teach us lessons about making good choices and being good people.  I think my favorite was The Tease Monster.  It seems like this is a topic I get to deal with so much at school.   When I asked the kids what their favorite book was that she shared, they had a difficult time narrowing it down to one!!!  They loved ALL of them!  In the morning Julia talked with the large groups of students.  In the afternoon she shared the writing process with them.  It was great to hear how a book is made and that it takes "fixing" things---so kids, don't be sad when a teacher asks you to "re-do" something.

Tuesday night was our Family Reading Night which gave the kids another chance to listen to Julia, but this time they got to bring their parents with them.  Julia shared about trust and how important it is to have other people's trust in you and what happens when you lose that trust.  Being safe from "scoopers" was another topic she talked about which she highlights in her "Scoopers" books.    The topic of cell phones was addressed also.  She talked with the parents and kids about the responsibility of having a cell phone, how to use it and how NOT to use it.  Some really great "stuff" was covered at Reading Night!

In the photo above Julia introduces us to her newest Road Dog...Kirby! Kirby is a Teacup Chihuahua that currently weighs in at 1.3 pounds and is 3 months old.   Notice Jake and Angus on the chair beside her.  Now Kirby can take turns on Julia's travels with Jake and Angus....and everyone will be happy!

Julia and I met about 4 years ago and we have had her back every year to share her new books with the kids.  I am excited that I have been able to be a contributing editor for 3 of her Activity Books, which are filled with great activities that I can use when working with kids.  I will share in a later blog on how we are using Grief is Like a Snowflake as a Caring project for our community.  The best thing is having such a great friend.  She calls to run her new ideas and books by me.  She trusts my opinion because I am working with kids every day and she wants to know what kids are experiencing and going through now.

Julia and I came up with an idea of giving my readers a chance to win a book of hers.  I suggested Tease Monster right away and she suggested that one and a book of their choice!  So.... 2 lucky readers will win one of her awesome books!  Please enter in the following raffle----you can get an entry for each item you click on!  Go to her webpage also and check everything that Julia has "goin' on" by clicking here.

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