How many ways to say thank you?

August 1, 2017

Kids Can Press’s Bookface Friday promotion.

It’s been three months since the release of Wade’s Wiggly Antlers. What an adventure it’s been! I am so grateful for the incredible support I’ve received from Kids Can Press, bookstores, schools, libraries, family, friends and my community in Ottawa and Northern Ontario. Here’s a roundup of my many big thank-yous.

 

 

 

Kids Can Press

I am most grateful to Yvette Ghionne at Kids Can Press who believed in my story and Wade, and for bringing on the incredibly talented Christine Battuz to illustrate the book. Kids Can Press was recently named Children’s Publisher of the Year in North America at the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair. They are fabulous.

The Happening Festival

What an amazing way to introduce Wade’s Wiggly Antlers to the world! From May 3-6th, kids were invited to play “Where in the World is Wade?”, and find a toy moose hiding among maps. The event wrapped up with a sold-out launch party and reading.

 

The party included Wade’s favourite ‘moss’ cupcakes. One little reviewer described them as tasting “good and mossy”.

I’m so thankful to the Festival, World of Maps and the families and kids who made this such a successful event.

Also very grateful for the full page article in Kitchissippi Times promoting the book and event.

School Visits

I owe a lot to principals, teachers and librarians. A big thrill in being a children’s author is having the chance to visit schools and libraries to read to kids. Here are some pics from my visits to St. Joseph French Immersion in Wawa and St. Mary’s French Immersion in Sault Ste. Marie. I was also thrilled to visit the Centennial Public Library where I met many little readers. The hand-print antler headbands have been a big hit!

A big audience at St. Mary’s French Immersion, Sault Ste. Marie

 

Antler headbands at St. Joseph French Immersion, Wawa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official launch party – Sault Ste. Marie

A whirlwind week in Sault Ste. Marie wrapped up with the launch party at Cafe Natura. I have to thank my mother, Carol Rouleau, especially, for all her hard work and organizational skills. She made sure I arrived on time to all the events and was a master baker in making those delicious ‘moss’ cupcakes.

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Wade’s favourite moss cupcakes

Sales at Coles Bookstore were such a success throughout the week that all 60 copies were sold out before the launch! Not a bad problem to have and thankfully my guests were super understanding.  I was happy to sign the copies they had on hand, though!

So, a humungous thank you to everyone from the Soo who came and supported me and bought the book.

I’d also like to thank Darren Taylor from Soo Today for the terrific article promoting the book and event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bookstores

Coles and Chapters bookstores in Sault Ste. Marie and Ottawa have included Wade’s Wiggly Antlers in their Celebrate Canada displays. It’s a big year for Canada as we celebrate 150 years since Confederation. Canadian books play a big part in our history and I’m grateful to the bookstores who support and promote Canadian authors and illustrators. Numerous libraries and bookstores across Canada and the United States have added my book to their shelves. How exciting!

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Wade’s in good company at Coles Bookstore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the Celebrate Canada display at Chapters Rideau!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviews and bloggers

Throughout this adventure I’ve discovered the enormous contribution review journals and book review bloggers make in bringing books into the hands of little readers. I am so humbled by the positive reviews by:

Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, CM Magazine, Hamilton Review of Books, the Toronto Public Library, Canlit for Little Canadians, Denver Public Schools’ Review Crew, Granite Library Media (Salt Lake City), and Townsend Public Library.

I was also incredibly honoured to be invited to contribute a guest blog post on acclaimed author Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s website.

Reader’s Pics

Every so often I receive an email from little readers across the country with photos of them reading my book. It’s such a treat. Here’s one from Smither’s, B.C. Did you know you can read Wade’s Wiggly Antlers upside down?

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Did you know you can read Wade’s Wiggly Antlers upside down?

 

What’s Next?

In the coming year there will be many more adventures with Wade’s Wiggly Antlers, as Wade and I head to the West Coast. Stay tuned!

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My wiggly path to publication and CANSCAIP contest details

May 1, 2017

Recently, I was invited to write a guest post on author Gail Anderson-Dargatz’s website, and I was happy to oblige and grateful for the opportunity. Check out “My wiggly path to publication”.

On that note, CANSCAIP has posted its deadline for the 2017 Writing for Children competition. If  you have a story to submit, give it a polish, hire a proofreader (or enlist a grammar-addict friend!) and send it off. You never know!

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Thank you to Canlit for Little Canadians

April 28, 2017

This lovely review of Wade’s Wiggly Antlers by teacher/librarian Helen Kubiw perfectly captures Wade’s struggle to accept change and celebrates the terrific illustrations by Christine Battuz. Doot too da doo!

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“Let Wade and his friends help lighten your children’s anxieties, whether it be about loose teeth or some other growing up change, or, if they’re fearless, use Wade’s Wiggly Antlers to teach some science about seasonal changes and ecology. Either way, there’s some playful learning to be had.” – Canlit for Little Canadians, April 28, 2017.

 

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Where in the world is Wade?

March 14, 2017

Where in the World is Wade? May 3-6, 2017.

I’m excited to announce that Wade’s Wiggly Antlers will be part of The Happening Festival (Ottawa) from May 3rd – 6th. The Festival brings together local artists and businesses in the Wellington West and Hintonburg neighborhoods with creative activities to celebrate art.

If you live in the National Capital region, stop by World of Maps to play “Where in the World is Wade?” Wade will be hiding among the maps. Come see if you can find him! I’ll be on-site from 4:30 to 6pm each week day, and will host a reading and signing on Saturday, May 6th. Details in store. This is a free event!

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CANSCAIP PYI: Celebrating books and writing for kids

November 20, 2016

This weekend  I travelled to Toronto to attend my first of many-to-come events by the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers, or CANSCAIP for short. This one-day Packaging Your Imagination conference brought together writers, illustrators, editors and publishers who share a passion for children’s literature. It was a whirlwind day of workshops and speakers but equally valuable, for me, was the opportunity to meet and share experiences with other children’s writers and creators. I was inspired by the presentations and could only hope that my note-taking was fast and legible enough to help me retain all the excellent advice and tips on on topics like marketing, creating non-fiction, writing believable dialogue and storyboarding.

I’m tired the day after, but it’s good tired. Now it’s time to put all that advice to work.

If you are interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, join CANSCAIP!

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Patricia Storms shares her storyboarding expertise

CANSCAIP PYI 2016

Great meeting authors like Jennifer Mook-Sang

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Picked up a few goodies like these

 

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Road trippin’ across three continents

September 1, 2016
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Hittin’ the road with my son, Jacob, all the way to Victoria, B.C., August 2016

While unpacking my bags from my recent mother-son road trip from Ottawa to Victoria, B.C., I realized I had ticked off my third road trip in six months spanning three continents. What? How did that happen? Two of the three trips were pre-planned. The third pretty much happened on a whim. I’ve added up the total distance: 5278 kilometres or just over 3200 miles. That’s a lot of pavement covered, a lot of time with my bum in a seat and countless hours spent gawking at incredible landscapes. Here’s a brief breakdown of my epic year of road tripping.

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Little libraries are the sweetest

August 2, 2016
Hilton Beach Library

I wonder if my tween fave Nancy Drew mysteries are still here?

The survival of small community libraries has been in the news quite recently. Many towns across Canada’s most easterly coast will have to say good-bye to theirs. In fact, 54 of Newfoundland and Labrador’s 95 libraries will close within two years. This is such a loss, and I sincerely hope it’s not a trend.

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Where do story ideas come from?

May 7, 2016
Blue Mountains, Australia

One idea came to me after a trip to the Blue Mountains, Australia

I recently took a bucket-list trip to Australia and New Zealand. As I planned and packed, I wondered if I would get any writing done during my adventure. I didn’t put any pressure on myself. In fact, I thought a break from writing might be a good thing. I explored two beautiful, exciting countries and met many free spirited travellers along the way. It was during my last two days before heading back to Canada that the kernel of an idea for a new story came to me.

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Everyone goes through change … even a little moose!

November 6, 2015

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Here I am, at around age 7, missing my two front teeth. What an awkward and exciting time. I remember poking my tongue through the gap, awaiting the first sign of a new tooth. It’s these kinds of growing up experiences I had in mind when writing about a little moose losing his first set of antlers.

Before I began writing Wade stories, I had no idea that moose lose their antlers every year.  Although the antlers of young moose are quite small compared to an adult’s, I wondered how Wade might react to the news that he would soon be losing his. After all, he and his friends used his antlers for many fun things. What would a little moose think? If there’s one thing we can all count on, it’s change. Like Wade, the best we can do is hold on, go for the ride, and keep having fun with our family and friends.  Oh, and spend as much time in the woods as possible!

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It’s Official! Go Wade!

July 10, 2015
Wade's Wiggly Antlers, Kids Cap Press

Wade’s Wiggly Antlers, Kids Can Press

UPDATE! September 23, 2016: Wade’s Wiggly Antlers is now available for pre-order at Chapters Indigo.ca http://bit.ly/2czYBKI and Amazon.ca http://amzn.to/2d8c0fp!

I wrote this story after a camping trip in Lake Superior Provincial Park where I came across a little moose. After learning that male moose lose their antlers so bigger ones can grow — much like children lose their first teeth — I wondered how a little moose might feel when his antlers start to wiggle. Would he be worried? Would he still be able to play? Wiggly antlers are like wiggly teeth. When it’s time for them to go, it’s time for them to go!

 

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