What better way to launch the New Year than with a Book
And not of just any book.
Katherine Paterson described story as “one heart in hiding
reaching out to another.”
"A good book,” venerable Atheneum editor Jean Karl shared,
"…respects a child’s capacity to become.”
But when a children’s book offers us the true and remarkable
stories behind the stories we’ve come to love – as does Danielle
Higley’s THE stories BEHIND THE stories (Bushel & Peck
Books, 2021), how could we not reap EXTRA heaps of Heart
Think: twenty-nine writers’ hopeful hearts waiting to be
I guarantee our Giveaway Book will fortify you fully so you
can keep keepin’ on in 2023.
And Good News! It will also inspire one lucky Young Reader
because the publisher honors its Book-for-Book Promise: for
every book sold, Bushel & Peck donates one book to a child in
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In her Author’s Note, Danielle Higley shared an important insight
she gleaned while researching the how and why her chosen
children’s book creators told their stories. Yes, creativity and
imagination played a role.
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” – and then promptly
built a bigger world.
· A young librarian patron queried Beverly Munn Cleary,
“Where are the books about kids like us?” and her answer,
fortunately, was Henry Huggins.
· Dr. Seuss believed, “Nonsense wakes up the brain cells… If you
can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in
But most treasured children’s books were born from extraordinary
persistence and grit.
· Beatrix Potter self-published The Tale of Peter Rabbit when
multiple publishers rejected the manuscript.
· Librarians offered a storm of protest, though to no avail,
because the children in Gertrude Chandler’s original Boxcar
Children series “were having too good a time without any
· Every day for thirteen years, Christopher Paul Curtis worked
on a General Motors assembly line, taking turns with his partner
to hang thirty doors in a row to earn a thirty-minute break to write
From Mother Goose rhymes and Clement Clarke Moore’s The
Night Before Christmas to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and
the Olympians and Jeff McKinney’s Wimpy Kid series, each of
the true tales behind the featured books magnifies the treasure
these beloved stories hold.
David Miles’ beautiful illustrations, many collage-like boasting
photographs and original art, the many meaningful author and
illustrator quotes throughout and the shared research resources
on the last pages enrich the book’s enjoyment.
Thanks to Bushel & Peck Books for generously gifting one of
our lucky TeachingAuthors readers with a copy of THE stories
BEHIND THE stories.
Thanks, too, to Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core for hosting
today’s Poetry Friday.
May Heart and Hope accompany you through the New Year!
I need to shout HURRAH! for my writer Amy Neeren and her
recently-released debut chapter book Nellie in Knots published by
Bushel & Peck Books! The story behind her story offers bushels
of Heart and Hope.
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It was so fortuitous that this blog post got sent to me (THANK YOU, Esther). I was just finishing up a lecture for grad school that had me thinking about projects for my upcoming semester and this book with be invaluable. So excited to check it out!ReplyDelete
This looks like an absolutely fabulous book. It would be wonderful to use with my students to encourage them to see how ideas are generated and then turned into a story.ReplyDelete
I am really excited about reading this book to inspire me in the new year. It looks fabulous.ReplyDelete
oooooooooh! This book is THIS school librarian/writer's dream come true. Thanks for the review. I'll also ask my public library to order a copy. Thank you so much!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful book and offer! I love reading about authors and the ones you mentioned are certainly among my heroes.ReplyDelete
This book will provide endless inspiration. Thank you for the chance!ReplyDelete
Esther, your celebration of this book cartwheels off the page! It's infectious (in a good way!)ReplyDelete
What a wonderful, inspirational book. Thanks for the opportunity.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a wonderful way to jumpstart 2023ReplyDelete
Oh, how terrific Danielle Higley's book struck a responsive chord in so many of our TeachingAuthors readers!ReplyDelete
I had a hunch it would. :)
Here's how Danielle ends her Author's Note:
"Considering Benjamin Franklin's quote, that a person should either write something great or do something great, it's clear to me that the authors we admire most have done both. And perhaps it's the secret ingredient that's made their writing so genuine, so engaging, and so enduring."
Keep keepin' on!
I would love to win this book! What a treasure.ReplyDelete
Wondering if this book would inspire me to try writing a children's book. Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyDelete
I took a creativity test that was mentioned in Carmela Martino's Creativity newsletter and found out I'm a Dreamer. I'd love to read this book for inspiration to be more of a doer as well. Thank you for the opportunity.ReplyDelete