Review: The Rocket Ship Bed Trip

The Rocket Ship Bed Trip 3D-bookThe Rocket Ship Bed Trip describes a young boy’s dream about floating into outer space on his bed— an exciting fantasy that has got to appeal to young readers.

This beautifully illustrated book stimulates a child’s imagination with colorful depictions of meteors, asteroids, and the Milky Way. The simple language and rhyming text make it easy to understand and fun to read.

Subjects like gravity, galaxies, and nebulae are introduced, arousing the curiosity of young space enthusiasts. Actual photographs from space are included at the end of the book adding a learning opportunity to this captivating read-aloud book.

This book reinforces several concepts that are included in early primary school curricula, such as: observing big and small things in the sky; recognizing that there are many stars in the sky; and identifying information in pictures. By including educational resources with a delightful story, N. Jane Quackenbush has written an award-winning children’s book that both captivates and educates.

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Jane R. Wood is the author of Schools: A Niche Market for Authors and an award-winning series of chapter books: Voices in St. AugustineAdventures on Amelia IslandTrouble on the St. John’s RiverGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

Website(s): www.janewoodbooks.com

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Written by Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy and Illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams
Hardbound ISBN:  978-1-59616-017-0
Pages: 32

Retail Price: $14.95

The parts of speech come magically alive as they participate in a colorful New York City Parade! Each presents and defines itself as it marches down the street and through a child’s imagination.

Written by Jayne Rose-Vallee
Illustrated by Anni Mastick
ISBN: 978-0986192203

Hardbound Retail Price: $17.99

Sabrina has curly hair and a problem. Tangles and knots make her mornings difficult. Try as she might . . . To make her hair “cool,” . . . . The curls make it tricky . . . To comb out for school. At the top of her head . . . Where it’s simply a mess . . . Do creatures hide out there? . . . The answer is YES! Rose-Vallee’s whimsical rhymes combined with the beautiful watercolor illustrations from Anni Matsick make this a children’s book not to be missed! A Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) 2015 President’s Book Award Finalist for Poetry and Book Cover Design.

 

Lost In Boston 3D-bookLost in Boston
Written by Jane R. Wood
ISBN: 9780986332500
Paperback Retail Price: $8.99

The Johnson family is traveling to new places again. This time, they fly to Boston and Jennifer Johnson wants her kids to experience some of the town’s history while there. Taking a subway ride for the first time, sampling new foods, and exploring impressive landmarks—like the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and the USS Constitution anchored in Boston Harbor—add fun and discovery to this family adventure.

Summer Reading List: “Lost in Boston”

The Johnson family is traveling to new places again. This time, they fly to Boston and Jennifer Johnson wants her kids to experience some of the town’s history while there. Taking a subway ride for the first time, sampling new foods, and exploring impressive landmarks—like the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, and the USS Constitution anchored in Boston Harbor—add fun and discovery to this family adventure.

Lost in Boston is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Lost in Boston is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. Augustine,  Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried TreasureTrouble on the St. John’s River, and Ghosts on the Coast.

Summer Reading List: “Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country”

It seems wherever they go, adventure follows the Johnson family. This time it comes while they tour the historic cities of Savannah and Charleston. In addition to learning about the challenges of the early settlers, the boldness of the greedy pirates, and the determination of feisty women who helped save the heritage of these historic cities, Joey, Bobby and Katy encounter numerous ghost stories. When 10-year-old Bobby finds himself in a dangerous situation on Pawleys Island, South Carolina, he looks to a legendary ghost for help. Young readers won’t know they’re learning history; they’ll only know they’re having fun as they follow these kids on their latest adventure.

Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Ghosts on the Coast: A Visit to Savannah and the Low Country is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. Augustine,  Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried TreasureTrouble on the St. Johns River, and Lost in Boston.

Summer Reading List: “Adventures on Amelia Island”

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure continues the escapades of the Johnson family. Five-year-old Katy meets a pirate—is he real or imagined? Bobby and Joey visit a cemetery and a 19th century fort, as Bobby searches for buried treasure that is rumored to still be hidden on the island. Local legends and tales of ghosts add to a story filled with colorful characters, humorous situations, and a youthful spirit of adventure.

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Adventures on Amelia Island: A Pirate, a Princess, and Buried Treasure is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Voices in St. AugustineTrouble on the St. John’s RiverGhosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

Summer Reading List: “Voices in St. Augustine”

Thirteen-year-old Joey Johnson hears voices. Only he can’t find the people who belong to them. His curiosity leads him on a quest where he learns more than just history about the Nation’s Oldest City. He discovers he has a special connection to the past—something that changes his life forever.

Voices in St. Augustine is part of our Summer Reading List for Students! Purchase your own or check the book out at the local library. If it’s not available at the library, request it be added.

Voices in St. Augustine is written by Jane R. Wood. This is one of five books in her award-winning series of chapter books:  Adventures on Amelia Island, Trouble on the St. John’s River, Ghosts on the Coast, and Lost in Boston.

Summer Reading List for Students

Looking for interesting books to spark summer reading? Check out these fun reads at the local library, bookstore, or online. If titles aren’t available in the library system, kindly request they be added.

This list includes a variety of books for all reading levels. From AR* (Accelerated Readers) to chapter books—ignite reading interest for students this summer!

  1. Kilpatrick McMurray McFrownSarah Sproles
  2. G’DAY: Aints*M. W. Adams
  3. DOWN UNDER: Kussins*M. W. Adams
  4. OUTBACK: Bothers & Sinisters*M. W. Adams
  5. Pilgrims: Fly on the Wall Series*—Linda Smigaj
  6. Mayflower: Fly on the Wall Series—Linda Smigaj
  7. Eli’s BalloonCandace Ruffin
  8. Frozen FloppiesJohn Hope
  9. Parts of Speech Parade: New York CityIrina Dolinskiy
  10. Polly and Her PigtailsDebra Latiolais
  11. Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy*Christa Carpenter
  12. Jilli, That’s Silly! A Story About Being a Girl*Christa Carpenter
  13. Eddie, That’s Spaghetti! A Story About Being a Dog*Christa Carpenter
  14. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Plays with Fire!*Eddie Price
  15. Little Miss Grubby Toes, Steps on a Bee!*Eddie Price
  16. Scribble Dee Sophie: A Story for Young Artists and Their ParentsKaren Spruill
  17. Teddy Tales: The Adventures of a Rescue Puppy and His Friends*Karen Spruill
  18. King for a Day, the Story of Stories*Mark Wayne Adams
  19. Good NightMareMark Wayne Adams
  20. Miss Mary’s Missing Book BagMark Wayne Adams
  21. Field of DreamsMark Hoog
  22. Treasure IslandMark Hoog
  23. Dream MachineMark Hoog
  24. Your SongMark Hoog
  25. Magic MountainMark Hoog
  26. Johari’s JoyCarol Hensel
  27. Lu and the Earth Bug Crew, Zap the Energy Spikes—Derek Sabori
  28. Guinea in My Cap?Wanda Hughes
  29. Lost in Boston*Jane R. Wood
  30. Ghosts on the Coast: a Visit to Savannah and the Low Country*Jane R. Wood
  31. Trouble on the St. John’s River*Jane R. Wood
  32. Adventures on Amelia Island: a Pirate, a Princess, and a Buried Treasure*Jane R. Wood
  33. Voices in St. Augustine*Jane R. Wood
  34. Jace’s Adventure in the Forbidden ForestDiane Harper
  35. Jace’s Adventure at Crystal LagoonDiane Harper
  36. A Dolly, A Dog, and A Camper—Kay Whitehouse
  37. Dolly Becomes a Scout—Kay Whitehouse
  38. A Hand Truck Named Dolly—Kay Whitehouse
  39. Dinosaurs Living in MY HAIR?Jayne Rose-Vallee
  40. The Rocket Ship Bed TripN. Jane Quackenbush

Best Times to Schedule School Visits

“When is the best time to schedule a school visit?” A very popular question from authors planning who plan to speak in schools. I book school visits from one month to a year in advance. The reason for a wide range is that most schools have limited budgets and a variety of time frames for scheduling. The best time for me to schedule is six months ahead.  

When planning spring visits, send contact emails starting December 1st. The holidays are a rushed time. Many educators are planners and respond immediately. Follow up emails can start after January 15th. This gives the staff time to settle in after the new year. Non planners will find an urgent need to book an author visit.  

If planning fall visits, send contact emails before May 1st. Emails after this date educators are in holiday mode mindset and ignore the email.  I don’t start emailing educators until a week before school starts in the fall. 

Booking schools means planning life one year in advance. Middle and high schools may be different. No matter what age group, get your official fingerprint ID done. You can register at the county courthouse.

A great resource for scheduling is Jane R. Wood’s Schools: A Niche Market for Authors.

— Mark Wayne Adams, Illustrator of Jilli, That’s Silly!: A Story About Being a Girl

Must Read List: Schools: A Niche Market for Authors

This month’s MWA, Inc. Must Read List selection is also a repeat favorite. I stumbled into public speaking through a teacher invitation. Elementary school visits are so much fun! I visit between 45 and 90 schools each year.

Jane R. Wood author of Schools: A Niche Market for Authors, finds that schools are a unique market for authors. Whether an author writes children’s picture books, young adult books, or even adult fiction or nonfiction books, the goal for most authors is the same – to sell books!

As the author of four juvenile fiction books, Jane Wood has been selling her books to schools since 2004. More than 50 percent of her annual revenue comes from book sales to schools, speaking fees to schools, and book sales to students at those schools. For Jane this is a win-win.

Jane’s visits are a valuable benefit to the schools she visits. As a former teacher, her goal is to inspire reading in students. By creating characters that children can relate to, and scenes that engage their interests and imaginations, she promotes literacy. When she participates in an author visit at a school, she makes a connection with her readers, which is beneficial to both of parties. And when she talks about the writing process, she reinforces what their teachers teach them in language arts lessons.

There are many things to consider when targeting schools as a market for book sales. In her book she shares many strategies: how to make books attractive to educators; how to promote books to schools; how to develop presentations; and ways to generate revenue from this niche market.

Jane R. Wood can be reached at her website:  www.janewoodbooks.com