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20 September 2009

SOAP, SOAP, SOAP RELEASE PARTY and BLOG TOUR!!



WOOHOOOO!!!!!!
Today kicks off my official release party and BLOG BOOK TOUR for my first picture book as both author AND illustrator, SOAP, SOAP, SOAP!!
     What's a Blog Book Tour you ask? It's when other bloggers host me on their blogs with interviews, giveaways and more information about SOAP. Basically it's a great way to reach out and introduce me and SOAP to new people.
     And we'll be having fun here too! Every day I'll share fun things to do from my SOAP ACTIVITY PAGE.
     There are also three GIVEAWAYS going on this week for free, signed copies of SOAP.
1.  There's the drawing for watching my Book Trailer. The comments will close Tuesday, September 22nd and the winner will be announced Friday (SOAP's official birthday) on my blog. (Hint: the post is now in my August archives.)
2.  Visit the official kick-off Blog Tour post HERE and leave a comment to enter another drawing for a signed copy of SOAP. Comments deadline is September 30th and the winner will be announced on the last day of the Blog Book Tour - October 2nd.
3.  Leave a comment on every day of the book tour at my blog each day (September 20 - October 2nd) and at least 8 of the blogs I visit, to have your name go into a drawing to win a SUPER PRIZE PACK including two signed copies of SOAP (one for you and one for a friend or your favorite library), a COLORING PAGE TUESDAY coloring book, SOAPy bookmarks and postcards, and a rubber duckie keychain!!!! (Deadline to leave comments will be October 4th and the winner will be announced as soon as I figure it all out.)
4.  Several of the blogs I will visit will also be doing drawing - so there's lots of opportunities to get some free SOAP in your life!

     So, I hope you'll help spread the word! Link to my Blog Tour Schedule or forward people to my blog or SOAP ACTIVITY PAGE. And let the party begin!! THANKS!

Did you know?
     SOAP has already been picked up by the Alliance Theatre Teaching Artists program! Why? Partly because it comes in both all-English and bilingual versions: SOAP, SOAP, SOAP ~ JABON, JABON, JABON! But also because it addresses some very basic ideas that we all need to learn. You know the ones - if you get muddy, at some point, you've got to get all cleaned up!!! (Especially important in this germy flu season!) Of course, taking a bath can be much more fun when you have a rubber duckie! Earnie says it so well.... (Video from Sesame Street...)



SOAPy BLOG BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE
     I'm kicking off the two week long tour with a BIG BANG! Today I visit Stephanie Ruble's sruble's world; Children's Authors and Illustrators (on facebook); AND Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast!!!!!! So float on over to these fabulous blogs to have a read!!!

Here are all the stops I'll be making over the next two weeks:
9/17 - Janelle's Brimful Curiosities
9/20 - Stephanie Ruble of sruble's world
9/20 - Guest at Children's Authors and Illustrators on Facebook (hosted by Simon Rose)
9/20 - Guest at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
9/21 - Guest at Tina Nichols Coury's blog Tales from the Rushmore Kid
9/22 - Coloring Page Tuesday!!! AND a LIVE interview at Suzanne Lieurance's Book Bytes for Kids at 3:00pm est!
9/23 - Guest at Wendy Martin's Daily Art Food
9/24 - Guest at Kim Norman's Blog - Stone Stoop
9/25 - OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE FOR SOAP!!! YIP, YIP, YAHOOOOOOO!!!!!
9/26 - Guest at Debbi Ohi's Inkygirl!
9/27 - Guest at Sarah C. Campbell's blog
9/28 - Guest at Teaching Authors
9/29- Coloring Page Tuesday!!
9/30 - Guest at Jessica Handler's Swimming in the Trees
10/1 - Guest at Tarie Sabido's Into the Wardrobe
10/2 - Guest at Donny Seagraves Winterville Writer
10/2 - Guest at Renee Ting of Shen's Books MULTICULTURAL MINUTE

AWESOME SHOUT-OUTS:
     Picture Book of the Day by Anastasia Suen
     Fusenews (by Betsy Bird of Fuse #8)
     Little Shop of Stories' Little Blog of Stories

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