With the holiday season upon, I have one thing on my mind! Well two things. Christmas cookies… and what to get my son for the holiday. Luckily, I don’t have to spend too much time thinking (and can spend more time enjoy those Christmas cookies) since I know there is the gift my son always enjoys… books! Even at 5 years old, he loves loves loves combing through books. Sure he’s still learning the read, but he enjoys looking at the photos, and of course, asking me tons of questions while I read to him. He’s at the age where he wants to soak up as knowledge. Thanks to National Geographic Kids, giving the gift of knowledge is quite simple this year with their selection of amazing books.
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I’m super excited today to tell you about an absolutely adorable new picture book from Ahmet Zappa! Ahmet is the son late musician (and Maryland’s own) Frank Zappa. The book titled Because I’m Your Dad serves as not only a tribute to his father and happy childhood, but also a promise to Ahmet’s own daughter Halo for a unique loving bond full of joy. The book will be released tomorrow by Disney-Hyperion!
Because I’m Your Dad also features fun-fill colorful illustrations by Dan Santat. Your kids (and you!) will love the silly and whimsical monster characters who create such sweet scenes of family love.
Look for a Father’s Day gift? This book is perfect! Ahmet quotes “I wrote this book for anyone who is a father, has a father, or hopes to someday be a father.”
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Want to learn more about Because I’m Your Dad? Click HERE to watch the musical trailer for this book!
Christmas is coming! Which means my home is in full holiday mode. The tree and lights are up, presents are wrapped, and I’m even baking some holiday goodies every few days. However for my son, this means he gets to pull out all his Christmas books! My little reader just loves books. He loves to just flip through the pages, pointing to pictures while “reading” to me. So I was pretty excited to learn about the family Christmas book, Santa’s Secret Deal!
Santa’s Secret Deal comes from the mind of Maryland’s own Joel D. Smith aka “Joel D.” On screen, he’s an Emmy Award winning news reporter for our local Baltimore’s Fox 45 news channel. He’s always had quite a love for telling stories and spinning tales. Santa’s Secret Deal actually comes from a funny tale he used to tell his younger brother when they were growing up. Now a father of two young children, Joel D. has turned that tale into a entertaining Christmas story that is sure to engage your child (and maybe teach them to pick up their toys!)
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Guest Post by Thomas Block
Neither one of us is counting it up any longer, but since readers will probably want a number I’ll cipher one for you: as of today, Nelson DeMille and I have been close friends for slightly more than 62 years. Matter of fact, we both learned the beginning skills of reading and writing at precisely the same time. We sat next to each other in kindergarten and with crayons in hand, our teacher tried to show us how to make proper letters on a sheet of paper. Nelson got the concept right away but, frankly, his penmanship hasn’t gotten much better over the years (he should have been a doctor). I muddled along back then, but I guess that I instinctively knew that word processors were in my future, even though that future invention was still 30+ years away.
I was a ‘professional writer’ before Nelson DeMille became one because by the time he returned from his all-expense-paid tour of Vietnam courtesy of Uncle Sam and his US Army Lieutenant bars, I was writing monthly columns for Flying Magazine. Nelson had decided that he was going to become a professional novelist, so we began doing our writing stuff together, with me giving him a hand with the detective paperback originals that he began cranking out. The pay wasn’t much, but he was published and I was learning this novel stuff, too!
Years went by with Nelson getting better and more successful with each successive book, and me providing him with editorial assistance. Matter of fact, the plot elements for his big breakthrough novel – By The Rivers Of Babylon – were written in Nelson’s chicken-scratching on a yellow pad while he was helping me move furniture to Western Pennsylvania after the airline I was flying for closed the New York crew base.