Simply 7 interview & give away with Laura Sassi–“Love is Kind”

Jena Benton

Do you ever have a day that makes you feel like running away from it all?  Or maybe it’s not a day, but just one event that makes everything seem … terrible.  That’s how I felt yesterday.  But then my brother reminded me that this was just a moment, to persevere and stand strong.  And I thought about this wonderful little book that I’m going to talk about today and I realized that my day felt like little owl’s day.  Yet somehow, he was able to rise above it all.  Isn’t that what a wonderful book does?  It makes us find the connections to our real life? Today’s book is such a sweet little story that it would be a crime to miss it.

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LOVE IS KIND Blog Tour STOP FIVE: A Simply Seven Interview!

These cookies are so adorable, I had to share them with this great post!

Laura Sassi Tales

IMG_3148 2Today I’m delighted to be interviewed by Jena Benton as part of her Simply Seven Interview Series.  Interested in learning a little bit more about the backstory behind LOVE IS KIND?  Then grab one of these virtual cookies, baked by Miss A, and head on over!  I’ll make it easy for you.  Click here.  Oh, and there’s a giveaway too! Thank you for having me, Jena! I enjoyed answering your very thoughtful questions.

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Ten Great Places to Read a Book.

While it’s true you can read a book just about anywhere, there are SOME places where the whole reading experience takes on a new level of interaction and excitement. The next time you decide to read a good book try it…

  1. In a tent at night with a flashlight and your best friend.
  2. At the beach while sharing a sandwich with a seagull.
  3. Sitting under – or in – a tree at the park.
  4. On a train…preferably the POLAR EXPRESS.
  5. In a hot air balloon.
  6. While waiting in line to get a book signed by a famous author.
  7. In a time machine set for your favorite period in history.
  8. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
  9. In a car wearing your favorite hat while driving through the PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH.
  10. In a castle dressed as a prince or princess while sitting atop a horse.

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What is YOUR favorite place to read a book?

Books Have the Power to Change Lives: How You Can Help.

Those of us in the Kid Lit Community know how powerful and trans formative books can be and we do everything we can to get good books into the hands of children.  We also know that many children do not have access to books.  You can change that by supporting the BRIDGE OF BOOKS FOUNDATION. The organization’s goal is to collect, sort, and distribute a MILLION books by 2020.

To learn more about how you can donate your books to the organization visit: http://www.bridgeofbooksfoundation.org

Give a book to a child and open up her world!

Starry, Starry Night: Stargazing 101

For a unique and fun-filled family evening, pack up a thermos of your favorite beverage, some cookies or other snacks, flashlights, and a few blankets.  Then head out to an open field or playground where you can view the stars.  The best viewing sites are those where there is little interference from ground lighting.

Kids will enjoy using binoculars as well or a portable telescope if you have one.  Leave electronic devices in the car.  All you really need is your eyes and  a willingness to relax, lie down on the blanket and watch the sky.  Play a game of “connect the stars” to make figures like ancient astronomers did with the constellations.

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For serious star gazers, the best spots to view them around the country can be found at http://www.wholeliving.com/starstruck.

YA Book Review For WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS by Vesper Stamper

Thanks to a random drawing on Kathy Temean’s website Writing and Illustrating for Children  https://kathytemean.wordpress.com/  I recently won a copy of a beautiful book: Vesper Stamper’s debut YA titled WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS. Not only is it a wonderful read, it is a piece of art. Thick pages, like the canvas of a painting, with illustrations and images painted with words that make me want to share this story with the world.  Here is my review for this special book:

WHAT THE NIGHT SINGS by Vesper Stamper is an exquisitely told tale of despair, hope, love and how music has the power to heal even the most damaged souls. 

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I knew this would be an amazing book from the moment I held it in my hands. The weight of it, the thickness of each page, the light and shadow of each illustration reinforced my assumption that this was a story to be reckoned with. A force that should not be denied. A serious tale that will imprint itself into the psyche, like the horrific numbers branded onto the arms of holocaust survivors. 

Gerta is a survivor of the death camps and lived through the horror of watching so many loved ones, including her beloved Papa, die. Singing meant everything to her – before.  Before the rounding up, before the detainment, before the concentration camps. When liberation finally came, Gerta lost her voice and had to be content with playing her Papa’s viola.  Alone, with her whole life in front of her, how can Gerta find her place, her peace, her voice and maybe even love in this uncertain world?

This story will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

“A tour de force. This powerful story of love, loss, and survival is not to be missed.” –KRISTIN HANNAH, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale

“…will leave readers gasping.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Generously illustrated with Stamper’s haunting spot images and larger scenes, all in deep brown hues that evoke profound emotion, the book is a strong addition to the bookshelf of Holocaust fiction.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The narrative is spare but powerful as it depicts the daily horrors of the camps and the struggle to survive, hold on to humanity and, once freed, understand how to live again.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Vesper Stamper   Vesper Stamper was born in Nuremberg, Germany and raised in New York City. Her family was an eclectic mix of engineers, musicians and artists who didn’t think Voltaire too tough for bedtime reading, Chopin Valses too loud for wake-up calls, or precision slide rules too fragile as playthings. She married filmmaker Ben Stamper right out of college, and together they have two wildly creative children. When Vesper earned her MFA in Illustration from School of Visual Arts, Ben gave her an orange tree. She illustrates and writes under its leaves and blossoms at her grandfather’s old drafting table, in the pine woods of the Northeast.