Today is the last “A Book and a Chat” of 2012, it is show number 562, which means there has been well over 100 shows during the year covering every subject and age group.
This last show is enabling me to do two things, firstly to share a follow up to Thursday’s show about “Words Heal” and I make no bones about adding the write up to Thursday’s show at the end of this blog. The feedback so far has been great, and I know at this time of year people have many other matters on their mind, but it has very gratifying to hear from so many people about this effort from authors and readers to aid the people of Newtown and Sandy Hook.
Secondly today’s show allows me to join the “Next Big Thing” event that authors and bloggers are currently taking part in to share their current work of “Next Big Thing”.
Skipping from one link to another I was able to “share” or promote several authors “work in progress” during the show including the likes of Shannon Delany and Beth Fehlbaum. It was interesting to be able to find many new authors and several books that I might well follow up on to see if I can get the authors on the show.
I hope some of the visits sparks your interest during the shows.
The group is “Words Heal” and hope this blog and the show will pass on their message.
Many people have been wondering how they can help the school, children, and families of those affected by the shooting in Newtown and many groups have been collecting teddy bears and school supplies. Here is another option for you.
Several CT children's book and YA authors are in preliminary discussions with the Newtown school district to bring healing all affected by the horrific event. We are working in conjunction with grief counselors and a school psychologist to teach students how to journal through their emotions. We are hoping that through writing these children find hope and a way of expressing their thoughts and emotions. We are asking for people to donate journals and inscribe their own encouraging words to the student recipient on the inside cover. If you feel moved to donate to Words Heal, please send your inscribed journals to:
c/o Knee High Academy
43 Hall Avenue
Wallingford, CT 06492
All donations should be received by January 31st and please know we will send all journals directly to the Newtown school guidance department. We will keep you posted as to our progress.
1. All journals donated should be inscribed by the donor with a positive message.
(preferably, no spiral notebooks)
2. Lined journals for student 3rd grade and up.
3. Primary journals for younger students (half lined half blank for illustration)
4. Journals must be received by January 31st
So listen now and share A Book and a Chat about "Words Heal"
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A Book and a Chat The Last Show of 2012
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You can find out more about Words Heal at:
"About Words Heal"
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