ALL FOUR STARS is out in paperback today!


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All Four Stars by Tara Dairman CoverHip, hip, hooray!

Happy April 7–otherwise known as the paperback release date for my first novel, All Four StarsI’m incredibly excited about this for several reasons.

1) More affordable price point. Hardcovers are gorgeous and durable, but can be too expensive for some families to afford. When I was growing up, my appetite for books was insatiable, and parents only ever bought me paperbacks. So the feel of a paperback in my hand is really the quintessential reading experience for me. I’m excited that the lower price point of a paperback will help All Four Stars make the leap into more young readers’ hands

2) Bonus content. The paperback of All Four Stars contains recipes for two dishes mentioned in the book! Of course, I’ve had recipes from the book available here on my website since the book was first released, but it’ll be extra nice for young readers to…

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How to Make the Most of Free Skype Visits #GuestAuthorTuesday @NatashaWing

How to Make the Most of Free Skype Visits #GuestAuthorTuesday @NatashaWing

Try a free Skype visit with tips on how to make your session more productive.

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I’ve seen first hand how much author visits excite students about reading and writing. personally, I love the live interaction with the kids! If your budget allows, make the commitment and host an author. If it doesn’t, Skype visits are another option.

I’ve been doing Skype sessions for three years now. I’ve “beamed in” to schools in the United States, Mexico, Canada and even India. It’s a great way to connect with my audience in a casual way and for the kids to ask a real author their burning questions.

100thdayAt this time, my Skype sessions are free, and because of that, I’ve had a lot of requests! Mostly for the 100th day of school celebrations and Read Across America. I love Skyping since I can do it from the comfort of my office where I have quick access to show-and-tell examples. Plus the…

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Kidsbook Friends Clip: Eight Great Author Contributors


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Celebrating Kidsbook Friends One Year Anniversary!

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Looking back over a year of blogging at Kidsbook Friends, connecting with authors has been one of my favorite parts. I love learning from and about creative, innovative individuals and their journey to publication.

Special thanks to the authors that shared their insights in an exclusive interview for Kidsbook Friends! What fun featuring them and their work in one post for YOU to enjoy:

 Carol Gordon Ekster

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Muffet Frische


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Hilary Hawkes


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Rebecca Wilson Macsovits

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Julia Rawlinson


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 Aaron Reynolds


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Janee Trasler


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Natasha Wing


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Kidsbook Friends Author Interview: Natasha Wing


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Natasha Wing is a household name among our kiddos as her “The Night Before” Series has become part of our holiday traditions. After featuring several of her books, I’m excited to feature HER. When you read Natasha’s books to your kiddos, read this interview to them too because they can see how ideas for writing books surround them . . . at local bakeries, through good books, and even at a “Believe It or Not” auditorium visit. Inspiration surrounds us all the time if only we can see it!

Kidsbook Friends Exclusive Author Interview Questions:


What experiences, people, and/or books were influential in your life, leading you to write your own children’s books?

The book that inspired me to write children’s books is The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. When I saw that book at a Christmas fair, I picked it up and had a white light experience. All the people around me…

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The Night Before Valentine’s Day, “Cards, Candy Hearts & Cupid”


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They read Cupid’s note as he leapt down the hall: “Happy Valentine’s Day to one and to all.”

Anticipating a holiday is half the fun, which is why Natasha Wing’s “The Night Before” Series is so great. Her Valentine’s Day poem-picture book is no exception. We “love” it!

Introducing Our Featured Friend: The Night Before Valentine’s Day
by Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Heidi Petach

‘Twas the night before Valentine’s Day,
and all through the town,
children were busy,
not making a sound.

They gathered their scissors,
their glitter and glue,
pink and red paper,
and paintbrushes, too.

They made cards that read,
“Will you be mine?”
and others that said,
“My true valentine.”

The kids went to sleep dreaming of candy hearts, eager for the next school day! They arrived to a decorated classroom; they played games and enjoyed face painting. They gave their Valentine’s Day cards to each other, ate yummy treats and…

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The Night Before the 100th Day of School, “100 Days Older, Smarter, & Cool”


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“‘Twas the night before the 100th day when I started to worry. What’ll I bring into school? I need something in a hurry.”

Most students are approaching their 100th Day of School. Our kids are excited for Thursday, February 5th to celebrate their 100th Day by dressing up like they are 100 years old! See how other students celebrate in Natasha’s Wing’s creative poem.

Introducing Our Featured Friend: The Night Before the 100th Day of School
by Natasha Wing, Illustrated by Mindy Pierce

‘Twas the night before the 100th day
when I started to worry.
What’ll I bring into school?
I need something in a hurry.

Most kids had their 100 items ready for the party at school: 100 pencils, 100 cars, 100 jelly beans, 100 gold stars. But, every time the main character, a young boy, counted his items, he came up short . . .until he thought of something that no one else would…

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