International Book Giving Day… on Valentine’s Day!

 

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What day is February 14th? It’s International Book Giving Day, silly!

Actually, this was news to me and probably is to you, too, but hey, what better way to honor your little Valentine than to give them a book?

“International Book Giving Day is a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible.”

Roses are red, violets are blue, chocolate makes you hyper but this book is for you!

Three simple ways to celebrate International Book Giving Day:

1. Give a Book to a Friend or Relative.  Celebrate International Book Giving Day by giving a child a new, used or borrowed book.
2. Leave a Book in a Waiting Room or Lobby.  Choose a waiting room where kids are stuck waiting and there are few to no good books available. Purchase a good book, and deposit your book covertly or overtly in your waiting room of choice.

3. Donate a Book.  Wrap up a box of children’s books that your kids have outgrown and get them in the hands of children who could really use a book or two. Donate your books to your local second hand store, library, children’s hospital, or shelter. Alternatively, donate your books to an organization working internationally to get books in the hands of kids, such as Books for Africa.

Click here to gift a copy of Long Live Earth  –  have a happy Valentine’s/International Book Giving Day!

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s a small planet. From Mumbai, India an interview with the author (me!)

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Pratham – Read India. Click image for more…

The world wide web can be a scary and unruly place where dark forces lurk.  But, like the moon, that is only one side of it.  The other (and I think bigger) side is shiny and bright and happy and here all paths lead to amazing people and places, both old and new.  And here we are reminded over and over again of the commonalities that we share regardless of color, class, or country.  Commonalities like love, children, books, music, hopes, dreams…  all the really good stuff.

Recently a writer from India asked if I would be willing to do an author interview for his blog, Pebbles in the Still Waters.  How cool is that?  Pop over here for a quick peek.  Namaste, Jaideep!

 

 

Honored to be receiving such kind reviews…

Jan GreeneNov 18, 2013 Jan Greene rated it 5 of 5 stars

Recommends it for: Parents and teachers of kids K-5.

A great book to remind kids about caring for the environment. The quilted artwork is pretty incredible too! I will read this to each of my grandchildren.

I thought this book was very cute and helps raise good points on what we can do to help our environment and world. It is easy for a child to understand how they can help. I cannot imagine how long it took to make each quilt square. The amount of detail is unbelievable. I am very honored to have received this since it was out of print for so many years. I am glad that it is back in print because this is a topic that we should be teaching our children today.

Just saying… thank you.

Most of the give-away winners have received their copies of Long Live Earth (yeah!) but some are still waiting (boo!).  A sincere apology to those still waiting… you have not been forgotten and I sincerely thank you for your continued patience.

Also, a big thank you to give-away winner JC for his hat’s off to the stitched illustrations and to fellow Goodreads author Kat Ward for her thoughtful review of Long Live Earth:

Kat Ward  Amy's Own

Long Live Earth not only has a most pertinent message, but the artistic work in the quilts made by the author are impressive. Her rhyming is sweet, funny, silly, and potent, yet easy enough for toddlers and young kids to understand. It should be in every elementary school library and classroom and on every home bookshelf. It’s a feel good book encouraging kids to care and take action without being preachy. Its bright colors and wonderful quilt pictures made it a must read for my girl when she was young (and now she’s a committed environmentalist at 15 years old; just saying).”
Thanks, Kat!  If you haven’t got a copy of Kat’s book Amy’s Own yet, I hope you’ll join me and grab one.

LONG LIVE EARTH ON PAPER ORANGES BLOG

My dear old friend Susanna featured Long Live Earth on her nifty blog.  Lots of great pics and products for young and old to be found at Susanna’s Paper Oranges.  Click her big Sourpuss to get from here to there.  Thanks Susanna!

She hasn't changed a bit.

She hasn’t changed a bit.

A Big Shout Out to Goodreads!

Wow, just one day into Long Live Earth‘s Goodreads Give-Away and 40 fabulous people have added the soon to be released Anniversary edition of Long Live Earth to their “to read” list!   Another 149 have entered the Book-Giveaway!

I sincerely wish I could make each and every entrant a winner 🙂  images

Well, it is high time that I started actually communing with everyone and adding to my own shelves… I am looking forward to joining the neighborhood.

Thank you, Goodreads!