Sunday, January 21, 2018

We met Author Ann M. Martin

I am super happy that my girls and I got to meet author Ann M. Martin a couple Saturdays ago. Ann M. Martin is most known for her series The Babysitters Club. She was visiting Indy to celebrate her latest paperback release of the book, Rain Reign. My girls and I actually read this book when it was first released in hardback so we were thrilled to hear her talk about the book.

Rain Reign is about a girl with Asperger’s syndrome and her dog named Rain. I don’t want to spoil the details of the book, but I would like to say that Rain Reign is a heartwarming book. A great book for teaching kids compassion, empathy and how to think about others. It is well written and easy to read for both adult and middle grade children (3rd / 4th grade and up). If you haven’t read Rain Reign, I highly recommend this book.

During the Q&A talk, my little girl got to ask a question. She asked, “What are your favorite homophones?” (If you read the book you will see the main character Rose’s obsession with homonyms / homophones.) Ann M. Martin’s answer was that her favorite homophones are the ones she wrote in her very end of the book, soared (sword). This Q&A talk was amazing. My girls and I have more appreciation towards this book and feel more connected with the author. We will cherish this experience forever.

After the Q&A session, we were able to get our books autographed. My girls and I each had our own copy from home, but we also purchased a couple of more books from Kids Ink Bookstore as well. While getting our books autographed, Ann M. Martin took the time to briefly talk and take photos with us as well. My teen girl and I were very happy to tell her how much we loved Rain Reign. My little girl was very happy to tell her favorite homophones which is Right, Rite, Write and Wright. My girls’ each got their Rain Reign book signed. Yes, I purchased two copies because my girls are in love with this book and they each wanted their own signed copy of the book. I had my A Dog’s Life:The Autobiography of a Stray book signed. It's an excellent book about the life of a stray dog. The message she wrote on my book was so cute. I got a “woof” from her. 

This free event was hosted by the Indianapolis public library @ Glendale and the Kids Ink Bookstore. I am very thankful to both the library and Kids Ink Bookstore for hosting this event. If you love books and wish to meet book authors in Indianapolis, check out their calendar of events to see who will visit Indianapolis in the near future.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My little girl's new favorite book!

Our new hobby is meeting book authors and getting their autograph. Last month, I stumbled upon a book signing event scheduled for author Sarah Cannon and her new book, Oddity. To be honest, I didn’t know anything about this author or her book, but a photo of her new book cover caught my attention. I learned more about her book online, read the description and realized that it was perfect for my youngest daughter. Sure enough, when I showed her some sample pages from Amazon, she wanted to read the book and meet the author. 

We attended the event on December 2nd, 2017. We are so glad we did. It was our first time going to the Kids Ink Children's Bookstore as well and my girls went crazy! Such a cute bookstore for book lovers of my children’s age. Anyways, author Sarah Cannon was friendly and my little girl was so happy to meet her. Oh, and she loved my little girl’s light-up llama sweater!!! You can see the video of my little girl on Sarah Cannon's author Facebook page. It was a great experience attending the event. 

My little girl started reading Oddity as soon as we got home from the book signing event. She couldn't stop reading it. When she got to the chapter on Zombie Rabbits, she loved that chapter so much that she read it out loud to me. Very interesting, definitely “odd”, but in a good sense. My little girl said that this book has action, humor, creepy, weird... everything that she wanted in a book. She was definitely engaged in reading this book the whole time. Sarah Cannon has grabbed my daughter’s heart. My little girl’s excitement towards this book made me want to read it as well. However, I didn’t want to ruin a perfectly signed book so I purchased a kindle version for myself to read. Yes, it is a middle grade book, but I’m a big kid at heart. Plus, I get to discuss this book at a deeper level with my little girl when I’m done reading it.

If you are looking for middle grade reading for your child, I highly recommend this book. Just for reference, my youngest is a third grade girl (8) and an advanced reader. She loves anything creepy, action, funny and so on. My little girl also said that Oddity has become the #1 on the list of her favorite books. If your child has the similar interests as my little girl, this book may be perfect for your child

Just to clarify, I was not asked to write this post. When my family and I love something and we believe in it, I write on this blog. In addition, I especially love supporting local Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s book authors of Indiana. 

Happy Reading Everyone!