Kid Lit Love: Little Mole Finds Hope

I am thrilled to feature Little Mole Finds Hope written by Glenys Nellist, illustrated by Sally Garland, on the Kid Lit Love Blog Series today! Little Mole Finds Hope is published by Beaming Books and comes out in a year (2020) where hope is exactly what the world needs.

Little Mole Finds Hope by Glenys Nellist, Illustrated by Sally Garland

Synopsis: When Little Mole is feeling sad in his dark, underground home, his mother shows him how to look for hope. He finds that signs of spring are everywhere, from the daffodil bulbs under the soil to the tiny buds on the branches above. Hope can be found–even in the darkest places. 

Author, Glenys Nellist

Today we welcome Glenys Nellist to the Kid Lit Love Blog Series!

1. Tell us how you came to write books for children.
Originally a primary school teacher in England, it wasn’t until I relocated to the USA in 2000 to become a Children’s Ministry Director in a small church that I began to explore writing for children in a serious way. In my position at that church, I began writing my own curriculum, which included retelling Bible stories. Then one day, I picked up The Jesus StoryBook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones. I read it, cover to cover, and immediately knew that I wanted to write like her. It was the inspiration I needed to write my first book, published in 2014 by Zonderkidz. It was called Love Letters from God and it quickly turned into a series of its own.


2. Tell us about the inspiration for your book.
Little Mole Finds Hope was inspired by one of the letters from God that I penned in that first book, Love Letters from God. In the letter, I was exploring the idea that hope lives in darkness: a baby is born from the darkness of the womb; a butterfly emerges from the darkness of the cocoon, and daffodil bulbs spring forth from deepest, darkest earth. I knew, then, that I wanted to write a story of hope that would encompass this truth, and Little Mole Finds Hope was born.


3. Share a piece of advice for children’s writers.
When I was writing that first book (Love Letters from God) I became discouraged and gave up half-way though. I put the manuscript on the shelf, where it sat for over a year. If it hadn’t been for my husband, who encouraged me, I would never have picked it up and finished it. And without that first book, I would never have written twenty more. I often think about all those half-written manuscripts, lying on dusty shelves in hope-robbed rooms. So, my advice to all children’s writers and aspiring authors would be.. don’t give up!  

Thank you, Glenys, for sharing your lovely new book with us today! Please find links below to learn more about Glenys and her books.

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Kid Lit Love: Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

Hello Readers and Lovers of Picture Books!

Since I have a newfound appreciation for book reviews, I’m on a mission to post one picture book review each month of a book I loved.  So January’s book is right here: Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi.

There is something about walking through the woods that goes along with stories.  Like tea and crumpets, cookies and milk or peanut butter and jam.  Anyway, this gentle story has a few unexpected twists and turns that keep the pages turning.  The book can be enjoyed for its delightful surprises and re-read for its kid appeal.  Who wouldn’t want to attend a tea party in the woods?

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Kikko, a likeable main character, wants to deliver a pie to her grandmother’s house.  It’s a simple idea, but when her father leaves in advance, all she has to go on are some footprints in the snow and a figure in the distance. The story has a dreamlike quality with an appreciation of bravery and independence.  The black and white illustrations with splashes of colour are delightful and different.  Reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood, it is full of fun, friendship, encouragement and whimsy.  A sure hit with little people and their significant adults! I’m happy to add this one to my library.

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Kid Lit Love: Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

Hello Readers and Lovers of Picture Books!

Since I have a newfound appreciation for book reviews, I’m on a mission to post one picture book review each month of a book I loved.  So January’s book is right here: Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi.

There is something about walking through the woods that goes along with stories.  Like tea and crumpets, cookies and milk or peanut butter and jam.  Anyway, this gentle story has a few unexpected twists and turns that keep the pages turning.  The book can be enjoyed for its delightful surprises and re-read for its kid appeal.  Who wouldn’t want to attend a tea party in the woods?

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Kikko, a likeable main character, wants to deliver a pie to her grandmother’s house.  It’s a simple idea, but when her father leaves in advance, all she has to go on are some footprints in the snow and a figure in the distance. The story has a dreamlike quality with an appreciation of bravery and independence.  The black and white illustrations with splashes of colour are delightful and different.  Reminiscent of Little Red Riding Hood, it is full of fun, friendship, encouragement and whimsy.  A sure hit with little people and their significant adults! I’m happy to add this one to my library.

Appreciate what you’re reading here?  I’d be happy to have your twitter follows and facebook likes. Thanks and have a great day!

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Raising a Reader Tip #10

Welcome to my Raise a Reader series with weekly tips for encouraging early literacy!

Tip #10: Make a book of favourite words with your child.  Choose one word each day.  Write it on a piece of card stock.  Punch a hole in the corner and add a new word each day.  Keep them on a ring so that you can easily add more words. Draw a picture or paste a photo beside each word to help your child identify the word.

Raise a Reader Tip #9

Welcome to my Raise a Reader series where I share weekly tips for encouraging early literacy!

Tip #9: Help your child to make connections between stories and real life.  Choose books that are relatable for your child.  Talk about parts of the story that connect with your child’s life.  Listen to your child’s ideas about the story.  Questions to ask, “Did that story remind you of anything?”  “What did that story make you think about?”

Raise a Reader Tip #8

Welcome to my Raise a Reader series with tips for encouraging early literacy.

Tip #8: When reading to your child, stop occasionally in the middle of the story and ask your child to predict what might happen next.  This keeps your child engaged in the story and excited to continue reading!

Raise a Reader Tip #7

Welcome to my “Raise a Reader” series where I share tips for encouraging early literacy.

Tip #7: Try writing some dictated stories for your preschooler.  After all the daily stories you’ve been reading, your child may have a story of his/her own.  It does not need to be a full story.  Just write down their ideas for them and read it back to them.  Then pass their story on to other people who can read it to them.

If your child doesn’t have story ideas, try writing dictated lists or letters.  Help them get the idea that writing and reading is all about communication.  If they have an idea they want to communicate, write it down. For example: “This is my lego castle.  Please keep it together so I can show it to Grandma this weekend.”  Look for opportunities to help your child communicate in writing and see the benefits of written communication.

Raise a Reader Tip #6

Welcome to my “Raise a Reader” series where I share tips on encouraging early literacy.  Check back weekly for a new tip.

Tip #6: Always keep writing materials easily accessible to your children.  Pens, pencils and paper should be stored attractively.  Make it look inviting to write and draw.  If children have practiced drawing, then it will be easy for them to print.  If the materials are inviting and easy to get, they will use them! Practice makes perfect.