Book Beginnings Day Five With James Crawford

    For those of you who know me I know it’s going to be hard to believe, but I once hated to read.       I know, shocking but you didn’t have to be so dramatic and actually gasp!       So how did I go from hating books to the person buying two copies of every book? Oh, you didn’t know? I buy one book to read and pass on, and one to keep in mint condition.  It’s simple really. In grade school...

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Book Beginnings Day Three With David Beem

Gorilla in our Midst   Good Night Gorilla, by Peggy Rathman, is a must have for families with small children who love to read. It’s a deceptively simple story that offers something special for adult and child alike, and you’ll find it continues giving as your child grows and matures. Our son is three, and we’ve read this book together over a hundred times already. I suspect we’ll read it at least a hundred more. Good Night...

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Book Beginnings Day Four With Jonathan Gould

 First of all, I want to thank Natasha for organizing this event and inviting me to contribute. Those who know me may be a bit surprised at my choice. As someone who tends more to the silly end of writing, they’d probably be expecting me to rabbit on about Douglas Adams again, or some crazy rhyme by Dr. Seuss. Well, tricked you. I’m going serious today. The book I’d like to talk about is a YA/MG (I guess – those terms weren’t really...

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Book Beginnings Day Two With Kate Campbell

  I imagine that right now you’re feeling a bit like Alice…. …You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (Morpheus, The Matrix, 1999)   Written in 1865, Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland have had an amazing influence on art, literature, music, cinema, gaming and popular culture. It also had an influence on me.   When I was...

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Book Beginnings Day One With Carlie Cullen

My Connection with Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild When I was young, I used to read fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm and they sparked my interest in writing. However, Ballet Shoes opened up a whole new world to me. My parents were Ballroom dancers, so dancing was in my blood. I wanted to be a ballerina more than anything, but was always told I was too tall. I was never given the chance to find out if I...

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