Aah! Blown Away · Being an Author · Writing Appearances

Podcast Interview with 12-Year-Old Published Illustrator on Language During Mealtime

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My 12-year-old daughter and I had the opportunity to be interviewed for a podcast episode on Language During Mealtime recently.

Podcast Interview with 12-Year-Old Illustrator

We had an idea of some of the questions ahead of time but not all. I was impressed by how well my daughter answered questions on the spot. We talked about what it was like to publish Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure.

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You can hear the entire interview on episode #58 over on Language During Mealtime here.

If you have a kid interested in starting a podcast, they may like the course Podcasting to Change the World over on SchoolhouseTeachers.com.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com offers over over 450 courses for one low price. My daughters have enjoyed quite a few courses on SchoolhouseTeachers.com including Podcasting to Change the World.

Podcasting to Change the World SHT.com

Learn more about Podcasting to Change the World here.

Here are a couple of more courses one of my daughters has taken on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, which may also be beneficial for kids interested in podcasting. (You can click on the words on the pictures to learn more information about each of them.)

Learn more about SchoolhouseTeachers.com here and/or listen to the podcast interview on Language During Mealtime here.

Aah! Blown Away · Ramblings · Writing Appearances

Interview of 12-Year-Old Published Illustrator Available on Frog on a Blog

Interview on Frog on a Blog

I had the opportunity to interview my 12-year-old daughter on the process of illustrating her first published picture book, Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure.

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Alyssa answered questions about how the book was started, what the process was like for her, what she enjoyed the most, what the hardest part was, and things she learned. You can read the entire interview on Frog on a Blog here.

Are there any other questions you have about how we published Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure? If so, please leave them in the comments below.

Happy Reading!

Aah! Blown Away · Crafts and Projects

Free Teacher’s Guide and Printables Now Available for Aah! Blown Away, Crash!

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Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure is ready to take flight into the world. The softcover version is officially available on Amazon (here) and the hardcover version is available for pre-order on Amazon (here) and barnesandnoble.com (here).

Aah! Blown Away, Crash! Cover

This was a project I had started years ago but filed away until I felt the timing was right. And that timing came when my 12-year-old daughter agreed to do all of the illustrations for it. I had a lot of fun working on this project with her!

Recently, I’ve been busy creating Fun Extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!, and I am excited to announce they are all officially available.

The first “Fun Extra” was a shadow puppet printable, which I released last week (as seen here).

free shadow printable

A 19-page teacher’s guide, which can be used at home or in a classroom setting is also now available.

Teacher's Guide Cover

It includes activities for English language arts (reading comprehension, vocabulary, alphabet practice, and writing practice), science (birds, shadows, clouds, and wind), math (counting, adding/subtracting, word problems, and shapes), social studies (map skills, decision making, and further discussion), and art (sculpting, drawing, painting, and crafting).

It also includes the shadow puppets printable, a printable of pictures for math practice, and a maze printable.

Practice adding and subtracting with these printables that feature a palm tree, shark fin, and cloud. Print on card stock for durability. Word problem examples are included within the teacher’s guide.

The bird in Aah! Blown Away, Crash! (named Finch) crashes on a deserted island but figures out he can zoom away. Help Finch find the deserted island again with this simple maze.

And the last “Fun Extra” that I mentioned in the teacher’s guide but didn’t actually include is an alphabet recognition printable.

These can be printed on card stock for increased durability and used in a variety of ways to practice letter recognition. One way would be to play Memory with the cards. Another way would be to hide the letters and go on an “alphabet scavenger hunt”.

All of these activities and other activities to go along with other books are available on Fun Extras.

I hope you enjoy them!

Aah! Blown Away

Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure is Now Available for Pre-order

(This post contains affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission at no extra charge to you if you click on a link and make a purchase. Thank you!)

I’m excited to announce Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure is ready to take flight into the world!

The hardcover version of Aah! Blown Away, Crash! will be officially published on June 2nd, 2020. You can pre-order your hardcover version on barnesandnoble.com (here) today if you would like. (It was available for pre-order on Amazon, but it is now saying “currently unavailable”. You can check here to see if it is now available again.)

I actually haven’t seen the hardcover copy in person yet because there have been some delays due to COVID-19, but I will let you know when I receive it!

With that being said, the softcover versions are officially published and ready for purchase here! (I was hoping the softcover and hardcover versions would be published around the same time, but the softcover version ended up being much quicker.)

Stay tuned for more information about the hardcover version and fun extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!, which will all be available soon!

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Aah! Blown Away · Crafts and Projects

Free Shadow Puppet Printable for Aah! Blown Away, Crash! Now Available!

Aah! Blown Away, Crash! An Alphabet Misadventure is about to take flight into the world!

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In the meantime, I am working on a teacher’s guide and some fun extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!

The story itself is told in alphabetical order and has only one to three words per page. So, the entire story has less than forty words.

Even though the story doesn’t have many words, I feel the character’s personality shines through the illustrations and his actions.

Here is his biography found in the back of the book:

Finch's bio from Aah! Blown Away, Crash!

Finch is a comical character who gets Blown away by the wind and Crashes on a Deserted island. As he struggles with trying to figure out how to get off the island, he keeps getting scared of…his shadow.

So, it only made sense to have shadow puppets as one of the fun extras to go along with Aah! Blown Away, Crash!

My daughter and I created these printables, which you may now download for free. The shadow puppets include a tree, a cloud, and Finch.

I printed my own set out on cardstock, which is definitely more stable (and durable) than regular computer paper.

Once they were printed, I cut them out. Little ones might be able to cut out the cloud, but Finch and the leaves on the tree are more challenging.

Then, I taped straws I had on to the backs of each of them. Craft sticks should work, too.

Finally, my daughters and I had a photoshoot with them. We went into a dark room and shined a flashlight at the puppets to create shadows on the wall.

My daughters positioned the cloud so that it looked like the deserted island.

These shadow puppets can also be used to act out the story as it is being read. They would also go great with a study on shadows!

Well, that’s it for today. What fun extra should I create next?

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