World Read Aloud Day 2016 {with recommendations}

Mark your calendars for World Read Aloud Day – February 24, 2016

Reading has long been my passion.  When my son was born I began reading to him at bedtime in hopes that it would encourage a love of reading in him as well.  Nine, almost ten, years later – guess what?  It turns out my son is really, really strong in math but reading – not so much.  He’s a reluctant reader and yet, as we keep reading together, we’re getting closer and closer to finding the books that really get him excited about turning the page.

I still read aloud to him every night and we both look forward to this one-on-one time together.  Admittedly, I will probably be a little (ok, a lot!) heartbroken when he decides that he’s too grown up to continue our bedtime routine.  Until then, I will cherish each moment.

We’ve found some books recently that my son has been really excited about.  If you have a reluctant reader as well (fourth grade-ish) you may want to check out these page-turners for your child.

The Pete the Cat series by Peg Kehret (The Stranger Next Door, Spy Cat, Trapped): There is a lot of action and tense moments in these books that kept my son reading ahead long after I was done reading to him for the night.  We are quite sure that our own cat, Luna, is related to Pete with similarities in both appearance and attitude that made the story extra fun for my cat-loving boy.  😉  Read more about the first in the series, The Stranger Next Door, here.

The Imaginary Veterinary series by Suzanne Selfors: I adore this series.  I’ve read a lot of good books with my son over the years but even some of the best books aren’t fun to read aloud.  I wind up stumbling and stuttering over too many ‘he said’/ ‘she said’ dialogue tags.  I become lightheaded trying to puff out a paragraph-length sentence in one breath.  But, thanks to an awesome Book World employee (see, book stores are still important!), I was introduced to the Imaginary Veterinary series.  These books are filled with fantasy adventures, fun illustrations by Dan Santat, and sentences that swimmingly roll off the tongue.  I highly recommend this series!  Start with The Sasquatch Escape.

The Fudge series by Judy Blume: When my son comes home from school excited about a book they’re reading in class I immediately order the entire series.  Such was the case with the Fudge series.  These books are comprised of short, hilarious chapters resulting in ‘keep reading, mom!’ if I attempt to put the book down for the night.  Check out Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, the first in the Fudge series.

IMG_4555And, of course, let’s not forget the little ones this World Read Aloud day.  Bright or Blue by Yours Truly is the perfect snuggle-up, feel good read aloud picture book.  You can nab it at 10% off with code Kimber over at the Splashing Cow Books website.  And if you get a chance to rate and review Bright or Blue over at Goodreads you’ll have seven years good luck.  True story!  😉

What do you plan on reading this World Read Aloud Day?  What are you currently reading with your child?  What books are your kiddos really excited about right now?  I would love to hear in the comments!  I’m always looking for book recommendations for all ages so hit me with ’em!







Have Words – Will Travel

LFL1I absolutely love hearing about how you’re sharing Bright or Blue and who you’re sharing it with.  I may be a bit biased (ok, more than a bit) but I truly believe that there is a message here worth sharing.  We all have bad days, not a single person is exempt.  The wonderful news is – we all have the power to find a little brightness even on the worst days.  There is always, always, something to be grateful for.

As I was muddling through the writing and editing process I decided that if Bright or Blue impacted just one person, even in a small way, then I would feel quite successful indeed.

Here are a few ways in which I’ve heard that Bright or Blue has been shared so far:LFL4

  • Elementary school teacher sharing with coworkers
  • Children’s creative relaxation/mindfulness/yoga instructor sharing with students
  • Medical professional sharing with a cancer patient suffering from depression

And there have been many parents/grandparents/friends etc. expressing their excitement over reading Bright or Blue with the special children in their lives.

LFL2These stories warm my heart in ways I can never express.  Please keep them coming!  I am so grateful for you.

As a small gesture to pay it forward I have been leaving copies of Bright or Blue in Little Free Libraries.  I hope these copies make it into the hands of many children.  LFL5LFL3For more information or to purchase a copy of Bright or Blue (use coupon code Kimber at checkout for a 10% discount) please click here.

{ The Wait is Over } ‘Bright or Blue’ is now for sale!

I am beyond excited to announce that my first children’s picture book, Bright or Blue, is now available for purchase!  Bright or Blue is a beautifully illustrated, hardcover children’s picture book which follows our irresistibly wide-eyed, crazy-haired protagonist through a really rough morning until she’s gently reminded by her mom that there really is a better way.

“I have the power to shape my days.”IMG_4555

I must mention, as my innocent nine year old pointed out, that I “basically did 1/4 of the work and she (being the talented illustrator, Alexandra Gheorghiu) did 3/4 of the work”.  While I wouldn’t exactly call the writing process easy – I happily admit that the story truly came to life because of Alexandra’s vision, and for that I am eternally grateful!

Bright or Blue can be ordered direct from the publisher, Splashing Cow Books, by clicking here.  Enter Book Farmer* Code Kimber in the box, as shown below, at checkout to receive a 10% discount on this or any books (coupon code does not apply to digital media) you purchase directly from Splashing Cow!

BFCode I encourage you to check out Splashing Cow’s entire catalog, there are many wonderful books and products currently available with more coming soon!

If you have a chance to read Bright or Blue, I would be grateful if you would leave an honest review here on goodreads.  Thank you so much.  Enjoy!

*For more information on the FREE Book Farmer program offered by Splashing Cow Books, and how you can earn commissions simply by sharing the books you already love, click here.