Archive for September 17, 2019

Send a Photo of Your School’s “Buddy Bench” & (Very Probably) Win a FREE BOOK!

 

I’m a big fan of buddy benches. I like the idea of them, I love the conversation that surrounds them, and I even dig the benches themselves. They look warm, inviting, creative. A nice little beacon of hope and acceptance on a school playground. Why not!

I took these photos at my neighborhood school. If you send me a jpeg of the buddy bench at your school, I’ll send along a signed copy of my book Everybody Needs a Buddy, from the “Big Idea Gang” series. 

Yeah, that’s right, I like buddy benches so much I even wrote a book about one, more or less. Email your photo to me at Jamespreller@aol.com, along with the subject heading, BUDDY BENCH. Please include a return address and I’ll get a signed book to you in the mail — while supplies last!

Thank you.

 

FROM BOOKLIST REVIEW . . .

“The narrative features children of various cultural backgrounds and genders hanging out together and cooperating in order to improve their community. Preller addresses topics such as kindness, activism, immigration, community involvement, and the dangers of gossip in an approachable way for a young audience. Readers will appreciate the numerous cartoon illustrations, short chapters with snappy titles, and large print with wide page margins. This title has classroom appeal and is perfect for kids not quite ready for Wonder. The other title in the set, The Worst Mascot Ever, appears to be the series opener, but readers can jump into this volume with no trouble. VERDICT A fresh new series nudging emerging readers towards social change and kindness towards others.–Kate Nafz, Fair Lawn Public Library, NJ

 

Nature-Connected Parenting: May We Raise Children . . .

I came across this poem today, posted on Facebook by a teacher friend. Comments below . . .

I googled the author, Nicolette Sowder, and learned that she started a website and Facebook page, Wilderchild.com, that’s dedicated to the idea of nature-connected parenting. Go ahead and click that link if you are interested.

Nicolette writes: “Guide your family back to nature. We were once wild. I want to help you slow down, simplify, and invite nature back into your family’s life. Let’s go wild together.”

You can sign up for the newsletter:

“Slowing down and connecting with the rhythms of nature is an easier path to walk when you are supported by an amazing community of families who you resonate with. There are different areas of the Wilder Child ecosystem depending on where you are in your journey. The thing that connects all those paths is the Wilder Child Newsletter. I will never spam you, and you’ll only get an email filled with updates & goodies once a lunar month on every full moon. Sign up here and get your free Nature Play printable.”

Amen, Nicolette, whoever you are!

 

Awesome Review for BLOOD MOUNTAIN

“Preller combines brave characters
with vivid descriptions of the perilous mountain,
grasping readers’ emotions in the same way
as Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet series.” 

 

The good folks at Booklist have long been sympathetic to my work. It seems I can always count on them for a fair and thoughtful reading. This review came across my desk yesterday. As you know, I’m very proud of this book, can’t wait to get it out into the world. Here’s the full review . . .

Combine a strenuous hike in an unfamiliar wilderness park, lost kids, a dangerous hermit, a rogue mountain lion, a faithful dog, and a savvy female ranger and you have the gist of Preller’s exciting thriller. Grace, 14, and Carter, 11, have agreed to a day hike up Blood Mountain with their father, though their dog, Sitka, is the only one who seems excited at the prospect. The siblings soon leave their slow, out-of-shape father behind, zipping up to the breathtaking outlook. What they don’t realize is that their father has had a heart attack and collapsed, and a PTSD-plagued Marine, who resides on the mountain, is stalking them. Lost, hungry, and alone, Grace and Carter encounter dangers from the wilderness and the Marine. Sectioned into six parts of a day each, this tale of survival is relayed in short chapters that cycle through the various characters’ perspectives. Preller combines brave characters with vivid descriptions of the perilous mountain, grasping readers’ emotions in the same way as Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet series. 

 

BLOOD MOUNTAIN IS A 2019 JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION!