Last September Miss Emily the cat came to life with the launch of Miss Emily Goes to Bat.In honour of her first birthday we wanted to give you a chance to win a copy of the Miss Emily book. But first, we wanted to share an overview of Miss Em’s first year as minor local celebrity and philanthropic cat. Miss Emily began her first year raising money for the Kootenay Child Development Centre, new home to a number of child practitioners and specialists dedicated to servicing children in the East and West Kootenay area of BC.
To raise money, Miss Emily’s book was the focus of several book readings at libraries, bookstores and schools across the East Kootenay. 20% of Miss Em’s retail sales went to the Centre.In the end, Miss Emily raised over $300.00. She also donated a couple of signed prints that hang in the Centre’s lobby, enabling Miss Emily and her lovable owners, Will and Thom, to personally greet the young children who use the Centre.Miss Emily has also made a bit of a name for herself outside her hometown area. Last spring she received an A+ review from American on-line book reviewer, Lit Kid Reviews. You’ll also find Miss Emily hanging out at the McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, as part of the Jackson’s Make a Memory book collection.Of course Miss Emily will always be dedicated to the betterment of children so watch for new fundraisers, donations and contests throughout the coming year. And be sure to check out her numerous colouring and activity pages, games and crafts. Just click on fun for kids on the menu bar above –and watch for information on our FIRST CONTEST in this Wednesday’s post!And for those of you who aren’t familiar with the story, Miss Emily Goes to Bat, be sure to check out the Kid Lit Review or read the summary, below. ~ Trina
So admittedly… <sheepish grin > this is a book idea that is a ways into our future. However, I couldn’t resist sharing a little bit about it… (I am dreaming that one day something incredible will happen with this little business and we’ll suddenly be able to publish ALL these fabulous and worthy children’s books!)
‘Marmot Wakes in Winter’ is written by author, Chris Ayling. It is a “whimsical” and humorous tale about a little hibernator who wakes and just can’t get back to sleep. It covers his adventures with the more winter savvy critters and in the end it follows him back home where he finally finds a way to fall sleep again.
Attached here are some preliminary sketch ideas I have done for this book – I’m really looking forward to being able to fully do this project one day!!!
In case you never noticed — there is a section on our blog called ‘things we like‘ and within here we have begun to compile a list of ‘books we like‘. To start the list out right I am first adding a classic tale, The Velveteen Rabbit, written by Margery Williams. This is by far one of my favourite children’s books and when my daughter Hannah was small it was one of her favourites as well. The tale’s main theme is redemption and it speaks to one’s heart because no one ever wants to grow old and be discarded.
I did this 2′x2′ – acrylic on canvas painting years ago for my daughter’s third birthday. Although my painting hardly rivals the vintage charm of illustrator, William Nicholson’s originals it was still fun to paint!