Monday, March 10, 2014

Sports Ghosts.....A GENIUS IDEA from a first grader!


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting two first grade classrooms at Craddock Elementary School. I visited one classroom on Wednesday and then returned on Friday to visit the second classroom.  Upon returning to the school on Friday, the teacher from the first classroom gave me a piece a paper from one of her students.
Front Side
Back Side
The first paragraph begins, "I have a great idea for your next book." (I couldn't wait to read more!)

The next sentence jumped right into a story about three ghosts that "sign up" to play sports.  One ghost decides to play hockey, another ghost decides to play basketball, and the last ghost decides to play soccer.  Unfortunately, each ghost turns into something while they are playing their sport -- the hockey player ghost turns into a puck, the basketball player ghost turns into a basketball, and the soccer player ghost turns into a soccer ball.  Luckily, a few boys save the day and turn the ghosts back to "normal"!

What a genius idea!! I loved it.

The student's story has been sitting on my desk since the day I received it. I didn't know exactly how I should respond. Tonight, I had a few extra moments and I decided to try to illustrate parts of the story using the THREE GHOST FRIENDS.  I decided this was the best way I could say "Thank you!" to the student for making my day.

Introducing SPORTS GHOSTS!


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Join Me: Saturday, February 1 from 12-3pm at Earth Fare Solon, Ohio


I will be reading and signing my books at Earth Fare Solon, Ohio on Saturday, February 1 from 12-3pm.

Also in attendance will be Thinkie Winks, Mary C. Ryan, and Grilled Shane.

We will be reading our books too!

Here is the schedule:

Thinkie Winks - Reading with Sydnie, Shelbie and Sean Singleton at 12:30pm

Three Ghost Friends - Reading with creator Eric VanRaepenbusch at 1:30pm

Mary Ryan - Reading at 2:30pm


Three Ghost Friends books will be only $5 and personalization is always an option!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Start the New Year with New Picture Books!


Four years ago I made a decision to give more picture books as gifts.  I have noticed that my nieces and nephews have come to expect and even look forward to receiving a new picture book from me on their birthday and at holidays.

Our family is growing, there are more children that need gifts, and picture books aren't exactly cheap. Unless you buy them when Amazon marks them down as "bargain books". Frequently I look through page after page of books looking for ones that I think would make great gifts.  I realized that sharing the bargains I have uncovered might help others find some picture books they want to give as gifts too.

I became an Amazon.com affiliate because of my efforts on my other blog Happy Birthday Author.  I earn a small commission from the purchases made from Amazon. Therefore posting book deals like these seem to me to be a win-win-win-win situation. I find the books I need for gifts at a great deal. I help you find some deals too. I get a small kick-back on your purchases, and kids are going to get their hands on some great books!

If you are new to Amazon's bargain books you must know that the quantities are limited at these prices.  Once they sell out at this price they may not ever be available at the price again.  Amazon's bargain book price is usually between $6-$8 for full-size brand-new, picture book (which is 60% off). Act fast if you see something you like!

Here is a list of books that I found last night.

Groundhog Day:

The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun by Wendie C. Old


Books for Easter presents:

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett


Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes


Books that I have purchased and would purchase again:

Pink Me Up by Charise Mericle Harper


Moon Bear by Brenda Z. Guiberson and Ed Young


Bear Has A Story to Tell by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead


Books I Could Not Believe Were Bargain Books:



Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton


A Home For Bird by Philip C. Stead


Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox and Jill Barton


Dark Emporer and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman and Rick Allen


You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown


Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg


Wild About Books by Judy Sierra and Marc Brown


Bink and Gollie: Two For One by Kate DiCamillo


Books by authors and illustrators that I love:



Birds by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek


Corn by Gail Gibbons


Piggy Pie Po by Audrey and Don Wood


The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz


Tutankhamun by Demi




The Golem's Latkes by Eric A. Kimmel and Aaron Jasinski


Books I have Read to My Kids and they loved:

Do Not Build a Frankenstein by Neil Numberman


Big Rig Bugs by Kurt Cyrus



Chalk by Bill Thom
I hope you enjoy this list! Please share with your friends that love to give books as gifts! I hope to bring you more deals as I find them.