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Bella Saves the Beach Virtual Book Tour Schedule April 22 through May 17, 2013

Sponsored by Pump Up Your Book

To kick-off publication of Bella Saves the Beach, join Nancy as she conducts her virtual book tour at the following sites:

 Illustrations from Bella Saves the Beach Illustrations from Bella Saves the Beach Illustrations from Bella Saves the Beach

Monday, April 22nd

Guest post at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Tuesday, April 23rd

Book trailer feature at If Books Could Talk

Wednesday, April 24th

Book review at On Words - Opening Eyes, Opening Hearts

Thursday, April 25th

Book spotlight and giveaway at The Busy Mom’s Daily

Book review at Shannon Hitchcock Pen and Prose

Monday, April 29th

Book review at Hook Kids on Reading

Guest post at The Pen and Ink

Tuesday, April 30th

Guest post at Write What Inspires You

Wednesday, May 1st

Book review at LadyD Books

Thursday, May 2nd

Book review at Kid Lit Reviews

Friday, May 3rd

Guest post at Lori’s Reading Corner

Monday, May 6th

Interview at Tribute Books Reviews and Giveaways

Tuesday, May 7th

Book reviewed at The Picture Book Review

Wednesday, May 8th

Book reviewed at My Devotional Thoughts

Thursday, May 9th

Book review at It’s About Time Mamaw

Friday, May 10th

Book review at The Children’s and Teens’ Book Connection

Monday, May 13th

Book review at 4 the Love of Books

Tuesday, May 14th

Book spotlight at Review from Here

Book review at The Jenny Revolution

Wednesday, May 15th

Guest post at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, May 16th

Book review at Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Reviews

Friday, May 17th

Book spotlight at I’m A Reader, Not A Writer


To view the tour schedule online at Pump uP Your Book, click here.

One Pelican at a Time and Sea Turtle Summer Win Literary Classics Awards

 One Pelican at a Time  Sea Turtle Summer Literary Classics recently announced it 2012 selection of top books for children and young adults, conferring the Silver Award and Gold Award upon One Pelican at a Time and Sea Turtle Summer, respectively. Award recipients were selected from entries received from around the world and are recognized for exemplifying the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Award Committee honoring books that promote character, vision, creativity, and learning. The Awards Committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing.

To read the announcement on the Children's Literary Classics site, click here. To download the press release, click here.

Sea Turtle Summer Wins the Literary Classics Seal of Approval

  Sea Turtle Summer recently won the Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval for 2012. Literary Classics is an organization "dedicated to promoting excellence in literature, thereby encouraging a passion for reading while promoting education, imagination, and character in young readers."

The Children's Classics Review says:

"Sea Turtle Summer is the story of two brave young girls who simply won't take 'no' for an answer when it comes to saving a clutch of young turtle eggs. After witnessing a turtle laying eggs on the beach, they rush to tell the ranger so no harm will come to the eggs. Upon discovering that the ranger is out sick for the day, the girls take matters into their own hands. Despite numerous obstacles, the girls insist upon helping ensure the safety of the eggs. In the end, they are rewarded for their efforts when, months later, they have the opportunity to help guide the hatchlings safely to sea.

Sea Turtle Summer offers an inspiring message of empowerment while fostering a love for nature and wildlife. Nancy Stewart, bestselling author of the Bella and Britt Beach Series children's books, has created another heartwarming tale of hope and determination which is sure to instill positive values in the minds of young readers.

Sea Turtle Summer earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval, a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children's Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design."

To read the review on the Children's Classics site, click here.

Nancy Stewart Presents "Kids Can (Write a Picture Book)" at the Annual Illinois Reading Council Conference

For the second year in a row, Nancy Stewart was a featured presenter at the Illinois Reading Council Conference, which was held in Springfield, IL, March 15 through 17, 2012. The title of this year's conference was "Literacy in the Land of Lincoln," and events were well attended. Nancy presented a PowerPoint show entitled "Kids Can (Write a Picture Book)" that discussed how kids can plan, research, write, and assemble their own picture book. To download the presentation, click here

To read Nancy's blog on the meeting, click here. While attending the conference, Nancy met up with other authors and educators who share her love of reading, writing, and education. Nancy met up with the celebrated author Patricia MacLachlan (left in the photo above), winner of the Newbery Medal and author of "Sarah, Plain and Tall."

Sea Turtle Summer Book Trailer Now Available


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