This isn’t my usual sewing or crafting post, but my “real” job is writing education materials for students, teachers, and parents, and . . . my newest books are out! These 14 books are part of a 60-title Classic Tales series consisting of retellings of short stories, folktales, fairy tales, pourquoi tales, myths, legends, and fables for kindergarten through second-grade readers. Didn’t the artists do a fabulous job on the covers??? (My earlier books are at www.edwriter.com—click on the BOOKS link and then use the pull-down menu to select “Books for Students” or “Books for Teachers.”) Most of my assignments involve writing or editing teacher’s guides and language arts lessons, prototyping new products, and other non-book tasks, but they’re ALL challenging and fun. Thank you for letting me share a bit about my other creative ventures today! ♥
Wow! You have a ‘proper’ job too! Congratulations on these new books! What an achievement!
Thank you, Janet! 🙂
I’ve always loved classic fairy tales and fables. These look fantastic! I can’t wait to find and use them in my kindergarten class.
Thank you, Sarah! They also come with teacher’s guides, so they’ll be perfect for your classroom! 🙂
I knew you were involved in education, but what an interesting job you have. I will definitely check these out they are gorgeous. Where do you find the time you seem so busy!
Thank you, Lois! I just have a l-o-n-g bucket list of things I want to do so I’m having fun doing them! I 🙂
What a fun life!! First a teacher and then a fun job like this!!! Absolutely amazing!!!
Thank you! And throw in an amazing family and friends . . . I really DO have a fun life!!! 🙂
That looks like so much fun!
It really is!!! And it’s always such a nice surprise when they actually arrive in the mail, too! 🙂
Where do you find the time?
Even though I work at home, I try to keep “office hours” of 8-4 to match my publisher’s in-office time and then use evenings and weekends for family, friends, sewing, and crafting. Sometimes those lines get blurred, especially if I have a tight deadline, but that’s okay, too. I truly love everything I’m doing right now! 🙂
I know you have to love your job…Isn’t it a blessing!
It is! Thank you, Marilyn! 🙂
Those look great!
Thank you, Jen! 🙂
I’m in awe! Congrats on the finished project. Are you celebrating? I would be. 🙂
Thank you so much! I did celebrate and now . . . on to the next project! 🙂
Wow, you really do pack a lot in! I’m very impressed, love the look of the books 🙂
Thank you! I love them, too! 🙂 When writing for little ones, the art is one of the most important parts, and all of the artists did such a wonderful job.
Ha, that city mouse, country mouse could have been Jim & I when we first started dating. I had a house in the country but he lived in the city….I converted him but 20 years later, we’re back in the city…it’s a complete circle.
That story makes me smile! I’m a country girl (grew up on a wheat farm!) living in the city now, too. Both places have their charm, don’t they! 🙂
PS, you’re creativity know’s no bounds. How cool to see you name on a book. What a great project. As you may have read in past posts, books are a bit of a habit for me. Congrats Katherine.
Thank you, Boomdee! 🙂
These look so nice! Although I’m from the Netherlands, I recognize many of the fairytales. Nice job 🙂
Thank you! We try to pull in stories from all over the world . . . the versions often vary, but the themes are the same. 🙂 I really appreciate your nice compliment! 🙂
Congratulations. I am very impressed. It is always interesting to see peoples other talents. Well done.
Thank you! 🙂 I’ve loved to write ever since I could hold a crayon, so I feel SO blessed to be able to do it for living now . . . and still have time to craft and sew, too! 🙂 P.S. I need to learn how to crochet again!!! I made ONE afghan years ago, so I know I can do it. It’s on my to-do list, and you inspire me! 🙂
Wow, your not only talented but very nice 🙂 lol. All the best and thank you for the words of support. Now I think I should attempt an afghan!
I am beyond green with envy that you do this for a living. Congratulations!
Thank you, MomQueenBee! It’s a dream come true alright! I still have a couple of my little-girl writings, including an illustrated poem about the Beatles! 🙂
Perfect for the Grandson! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
You’re very welcome! And it’s a joy to meet other writers in WordPress land . . . like you! 🙂
Congratulations! Wow another successful author! Those are some really cute books you have there.
Thank you! I’m pretty excited about them and just had to share! 🙂
Love it, I miss reading stories to my guys…..
I know what you mean! Those are sweet memories. 🙂
What an exciting thing to see your work in print with such engaging covers. Where can we get them?
The orange link that says “Classic Tales” leads to the publisher’s web site. But . . . they’re sold in 6-packs or classroom sets since they’re mainly used in schools. Thank you for asking though, Liz! 🙂
What wonderful stories to work on! Some of my favorite quilting themes are based on fairy tales. (We did “Fairy Tales Gone Bad” in the BBC… They had a bit of dark humor. Mine was Snow White at the “Dwarf-a Day Diner”. LOL!
That made me laugh! We write “fractured” fairy tales as Reader’s Theater scripts . . . the kids really love those! Thank you for visiting . . . can you see how this Rapunzel cover made me think of your lighthouse quilt square? 🙂
Absolutely!!! It would be great for that! You really have some fabulous illustrators…
Very interesting and very creative as well! Congrats on getting them out………if you ever do a book on Ferdinand, please let me know. Top Girl is dying to find one for Rocket!
Will do!!! 🙂 Thank you!
You are quite accomplished. Well done. Thanks for sharing your work.
Thank you for the lovely compliment! I really love that I can use my teaching background in such a fun way. 🙂 But today is a sewing and crafting day . . . plus figuring out which plants to save since our first freeze is coming tonight! 🙂
Wow! First freeze already. It’s so easy to forget living in California. I need to come up with plan B for the lower garden bed. I had chicken wire for the top, but used mesh for the bottom. Cats could care less and used it as a litter box anyway. It will be a miracle if a single seed survives. Enjoy your crafting.
They look fantastic! I have been reading a few old ‘Golden Books’ to the kids lately, I’m enjoying revisiting the stories from my childhood 🙂
I so love those! I still have one from my childhood about learning to tell time, too. The illustrations are so sweet! 🙂
Ooooooohhh! You get to do this, too???
So…can I pull up a chair and listen to you read aloud? I’m furiously hoping you’ll oh so casually mention that you also just finished recording the accompanying DVD, which is available at my favorite learning center.
I love how you make me laugh!!! Thank you! 🙂
Wow, this is amazing !! You must be proud.
Thank you! This was a really fun project! 🙂
Congratulations and well done, I love the art work on these books.
Thank you, Sue! I do, too! I never get to meet the artists in person, but I wish I could give them all a big hug! 🙂
These are wonderful!!! How exciting for you — and all the very lucky children who will read these!
Thank you!!! I was so excited to hold them in my hands at last! 🙂
That is so kewl! Your books look really awesome!! I wished I could be a writer but my talents go elsewhere! Hugz
Thank you, Lisa! I love your talents, too! 🙂
These look wonderful!!! I wish I could work with you designing books for my students! How fun would THAT be. Then we could sew on our breaks!
What a fun day that would be!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 Thank you, Beth! 🙂
Let me know if you ever do anything for teachers or children about vocal health (when I wear my other hat)… Doctors today are seeing more and more vocal abuse in younger and younger children. Unfortunately, once severe damage is done it can’t be reversed… Most everyone has a voice, but no one ever teaches anyone how to use it properly! Cheerio ~
Interesting! I’ll make a note of it. Thank you for sharing! 🙂
They do look fun. I would love to be,able to pick them up and read. Exciting job you have. I just love books especially kids bks.
Thank you!!! I do have such a fun job . . . well, except for the deadlines sometimes! 🙂
That’s fantastic! Congrats to you!
Thank you! This was such a fun project! 🙂
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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is my favorite childhood tale! I checked it out many times as a child from the school library, and when I went back to do my student teaching in my same elementary school, I squealed when I saw it on the shelf. Fabulous collection you have here, and I truly admire your work.
Thank you so much!