Any-who! I'm pretty sure that I've never mentioned that "when I grow up", I'd love try my hand at writing children's books, but it's true. I, admittedly, have my own Writer's Notebook. It's partly to use for examples with my kiddos, and it's partly because I love to engage on language play. I have also used writing as an emotional outlet for most of my life. It's seriously therapeutic for me. :) Well, ladies and gents, I have a new role model, and her name is Dicy McCullough. She is the most precious lady ever. Ever.
Dicy McCullough is a retired music teacher who is the author of two books, "Tired of School" and "Tired of My Bath". Anyway, in both rhyming stories, a little boy named John Allen grows tired of something, but eventually changes his mind. :) Dicy surprised me one day by sending a very sweet email offering to send me copies of her books! I was so blown away by her kind words and her generous offer. I was even more blown away when the books arrived at my door. They are adorable! I love the bright colors and fun rhymes. I love how relatable they are for kids. I love how she named the character after her own father. That was such a great example for my kids to see... to see that authors use inspiration from their own lives to create fresh new stories!
I read the books to both of my groups today, and we talked about how people write books and publish them. We talked about using our lives as inspiration for characters and stories. Mostly, the kids talked about how much they love the dog in both stories, how funny the stories are, how much they enjoyed the rhyming, and how much they liked the illustrations. Dicy, if you're reading this, my students wanted me to tell you that you are a very talented author and they think you did a great job! They said that you should definitely write more books! :) Both groups requested to put the books in the spotlight so that they could read them during independent reading throughout the week. They were a hot commodity! I wanted to snap photos of the kids reading the books, but I just couldn't get away from my small groups in time to go full-on paparazzi. Rats!
If you're interested in finding out more about Dicy and her books, you can find them on Amazon. You can find out more about the books and her journey at her website: http://dicymcculloughbooks.com/ or at her blog http://www.dicymcculloughsblog.blogspot.com/. Make sure to stop by and show her some love!