Shout It Out!
Awards and Notes
I am teaching a class at Roosevelt High School through the Des Moines Schools Community Education: Write that Children's Book for Future Children, 4 weeks, beginning Monday September 19 from 7-8:30 p.m.
I am collaborating with Adhoc Language Research out of Madrid, Spain. The owner and I are turning my books into learning lessons for his online education program. Still a work in progress.
I will be attending the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Iowa Conference (SCBWI) in Des Moines, October 7-9, my first author's conference!
The US Review of Books reviewed all three of my books recently.
My books are now included in a selection of children's books on Riffle called LIT THAT MAKES KIDS INTO LIFE LONG LEARNERS!
Kabuki Helps is working with me now to represent my books at a conference where Toys for Tots will be selecting items for their drive with the cash they receive.
Participating Author, TeachingBooks.net
I have been included with Participating Authors of TeachingBooks.net, an online database of resources about books and authors used by teachers, librarians, and students in over 30,000 schools.
TeachingBooks.net's goal is to equalize access to authors and materials about books, finding creative ways, like the Author Name Pronunciation Guide, to optimize technology to generate enthusiasm for reading.
You can see the entire collection of more than 1,700 names at: http://TeachingBooks.net/Hello.
"I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit." — John Steinbeck.
Ann Morris, seen here performing her work, illustrates the meaning of Steinbeck's words. Her work, both in print and performance bears witness to her lifelong devotion to teaching and learning. As seen in the illustration below, she spreads her message with passion and enthusiasm. Her books are available in both English and Spanish editions. To find out more about Ann Morris and her latest work, click this link: http://tinyurl.com/onr39ge. ~Bob W. Dunbar, Author
Mommy and Mikel
Mascot Books is republishing my first book and refining it. It will now be available in hardbound and Kindle!
I am donating 25 of my original Mommy and Mikel Go for a Walk books to this organization:
The Twin Lakes Civitan Club in Mountain Home, AR is again collecting new and gently used children’s books, to 6th grade reading level, for distribution to special needs students in our communities. The purpose is to help these students maintain their reading abilities during summer recess. We handed out 169 packed book bags last May and hope to gather more books in 2014. The recipients were very appreciative. Do you know other authors you could contact about our effort or give us contact information so we can reach them? Books may be sent to: Twin Lakes Civitan Club #3978, P.O. Box 1613, Mountain Home, AR 72654. Thank you for your consideration, Maggie Edgerton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Surprise in Auntie's Garden!
BOOK OF THE MONTH Jourden Renée with Ann Morris; November 3 at 5:10pm · Poplar Bluff, MO
"Surprise in Auntie's Garden!"/"¡Sorpresa en el jardín de la tía!" was inspired by a love she and her niece Erin shared for flowers. The "surprise" was added for more action and learning moments in the story, which features Auntie and her niece Erin. It includes their bond as well as their love of flowers. Ann loves to include a learning experience and the beauty of discovery in life experiences. She writes her own Spanish version of the English story.
She was fortunate to find illustrator and Children's Author Heather Brown Varkarotas on LinkedIn and Facebook. Heather explored Ann's Facebook photos and used only flowers from Ann's real garden in her illustrations. Ann's idea for diverse ethnic characters originated from a comment one of her Latina customers made about her first book.
It featured her and her son (both blonde). Her friend mentioned that Latinos may not be as attracted to a book that featured such very white characters. As Erin is actually blonder than Ann (still called Auntie), Ann chose to have the characters portrayed as Latinas. Her next book pair will feature African-American characters. She is devoted to diversity/inclusion of all.
Honorable Mention from Children's Literature Independently Published Principals' Award (CLIPPA) 2014, for K-2 Childrens Books for Surprise in Auntie's Garden/¡Sorpresa en el jardín de la tía! in the categories of biology and language — bi-lingual English/Spanish.
Everything is Different
I received an Honorable Mention in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, presented by Five Star Publications.
Everything Is Different has been proofed, submitted to Mascot, and my illustrator (and cousin) Melissa Wright will be doing the art work for this one. How exciting! Check out her website. Here is a sneak peek at one of the book's illustrations!