On May 5th my illustrator and I will be at Learning Express in Westfield, NJ to read and sign our wonderful picture book, And I Thought About You. Here’s the information:
Sunday, May 5th
1:30 pm- 3:30 pm
104 Quimby St
Westfield, NJ 07090
(paper airplanes and butterfly tattoos too!)
Laura Sassi was kind enough to invite me to write a post on her blog about using picture books to teach writing. As that is my background and passion – how could I resist. Why don’t you stop by her blog and take a look.
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The “Lean In” and Share Your Thoughts contest just ended and I’m excited to announce the three lucky winners. There was participation from people around the globe including Rome, the US, and England. Each winner will receive a signed copy of the award winning picture book And I Thought About You. Thank you to all who participated by commenting, liking, tweeting, and reposting.
The “Lean In” and Share Your Thoughts contest was developed to offer a reprieve from the confrontational discourse around women in the workplace and working mothers, as well as to celebrate working mothers – actually all women – and the choices they make. So without further adieu: The winners of the free signed copies of And I Thought About You are….
Janelle Larken from Mum Said the F Word
Kim Bongiorno from Let Me Start By Saying
Thanks again to all those who participated.
Women need to be more assertive, not wait to be asked to join the table, and, by the way no more working from home. These sentiments have been expressed recently by two of the most influential women in business Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook with the release of her new book “Lean In” and Marissa Mayer CEO of Yahoo with her pronouncement that all Yahoo workers must be in the office.
Not surprisingly, there have been visceral reactions to both women in support of and against their stances. While neither of these recent sentiments are specific to working mothers, the topic of working mothers invariably finds itself at the forefront, whether because flexible hours were initially created to accommodate working mothers or because women don’t “Lean In” because they feel the need to be more available and part of their children’s lives.
While I grapple, almost daily, with how much I want to work vs. how much I want to stay at home – I feel lucky to at least have the choice. Instead of debating which decisions are more “worthy” (staying at home, working but not asserting yourself because of the pull of family, or doing all you can to get the corner office) I’d rather celebrate working mothers and the special bonds they have with their children. This was so important to me that I recently published a picture book, And I Thought About You, about the relationship of a working mom and her son. The book highlights a daily-welcome home routine and celebrates the bond between mother and chid.
TAKE A BREAK FROM THE DISCORD
So during this time of confrontational discourse around women in the workplace and working mothers – I offer a reprieve – Free copies of And I Thought About You so you can share a special moment with your child. You can win a free book by doing one or all 4 of the below.
1. Comment on this blog post.
2. Follow me on twitter.
3. Like the And I Thought About You Facebook page.
4. Follow this blog.
I will draw 3 names at random from the entries and announce the winners on Friday, March 22nd. All winners will receive an autographed copy of And I Thought About You.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.