Roseanne Kurstedt Presents:KARATE KID + A Chance to Win a Copy.

I was honored to be featured on Darlene Beck Jacobson’s blog yesterday. If you missed it. Here it is. Thanks Darlene.

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Today it is my pleasure to host my friend and fellow Children’s Book Author ROSEANNE KURSTEDT who will share some things about her awesome picture book KARATE KID.

Karate Kid Cover High ResolutionTwo Favorite Experiences through the Process

I have two favorite experiences. The first occurred during the creation of the story. As I was doing research, I wanted guidance from a senesi.  The master I trained with had moved away. I took Tae Kwon Do anyway so not sure how helpful that would have been since this book is about karate­, so I needed to find a Karate sensei. I reached out to a sensei at a local dojo and after briefly speaking on the phone, he agreed to meet. He was very helpful in validating and clarifying the information for me. He was so open and willing to help. He also agreed to host the New Jersey book launch for Karate Kid…

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An Evening of Celebration with a Kick at The Corner Bookstore

Thanks to my friend @RobinNewmanBooks. She not only attended but documented the NY book launch of KARATE KID.

Last night was the launch party for Rosanne Kurstedt’s latest book, The Karate Kid, illustrated by Mark Chambers (RP Kids). In a nutshell, it was KARATE-TAS-TIC!

“Solid color backgrounds keep readers focused on the book’s entertaining but accurate content, and the smoothly written text incorporates the mental component of the sport. . . . [A] solid introduction to karate.”Booklist

The Karate Kid (as you may have guessed) is an adorable kid goat who is a dedicated student of Karate (Karateka). And the book takes you on the kid’s journey as he learns his stances, kicks, punches, strikes, and blocks.

Here are a few photographic highlights from yesterday’s packed launch party:

If you were unable to attend last night’s festivities, you can catch Rosanne at the Easton Book Festival on October 26th. (I’ll be there too!) 

For more information about Rosanne, please click here

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Celebrating KARATE KID with… a Launch Party!

Many thanks to Laura Sassi. She compiled this wonderful re-cap of the KARATE KID book launch party in New Jersey.

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There’s an ADORABLE new picture book out just in time for the new school year called KARATE KID.  Written by Rosanne L. Kurstedt and illustrated by Mark Chambers, KARATE KID (Running Press Kids, 2019) is a kid-friendly introduction to the basics of karate starring a goat! Here’s the official blurb: “Follow Kid as he goes through the major stances and karate moves, teaching readers to channel focus and strength through each pose. Karate Kid‘s simple, measured, and meditative text is complemented by playful yet instructive illustrations by Mark Chambers to teach youngsters how to get involved in karate–and to have fun while doing so, too.” A great and accurate description… and I’m not the only one who agrees. Booklist recently praised the book this way: “Solid color backgrounds keep readers focused on the book’s entertaining but accurate content, and the smoothly written text incorporates the mental component of the…

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TRUMAN by Jean Reidy: My New Go-To Book – A Review by Rosanne L. Kurstedt

Here.’s a blog post I wrote for TRUMAN over at The Nerdy Book Club

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I read picture books. I write picture books. And I share picture books with students of all ages.

 

I often go to Barnes and Noble or the library and pull handfuls of books off the shelves. After scouring the new releases, I settle in to read. As I open each book, my stomach twitters with excitement. Will this be my new working-with-teachers-and-students book? Will this be my new when-my-own writing is stalled mentor text? Or, will this be my new I-just-need-a-little-lift book?

 

Well, recently I stumbled upon the book TRUMAN by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins, and it immediately became my all-of-those-things-mentioned-above book.

 

Set in one day, Truman’s Sarah leaves him alone as she goes off to the first day of school. After waiting and waiting and waiting, Truman (he’s a tortoise, by the way) decides it’s time to find his Sarah. And his journey…

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Introducing Karate Kid

Karate Kid Cover

I am so excited to announce that KARATE KID will be released on September 3, 2019. I recently received the F&G (folded and gathered)— the colors are so vibrant and Karate Kid’s expressions are priceless. Mark Chambers has done such an amazing job illustrating the different Karate moves. Each time I read the book, I have a new favorite.

I’m so thankful to Julie Matysik at Running Press Kids, my agents Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris, and all my writing friends who are some of the smartest, kindest, and thoughtful people I know.

A goat kid loves to do karate! And he is sure to inspire young kids to try karate as well. Follow Karate Kid as he goes through the major stances and karate moves, teaching readers to channel focus and build strength through each pose. Karate Kid‘s simple, measured, and meditative text is complemented by playful yet instructive illustrations by Mark Chambers to teach youngsters how to get involved in karate–and to have fun while doing so, too.

#KarateConfidence

OPPORTUNITY: NJSCBWI Fall Craft Weekend – Book Winners

Fall Craft Weekend is always amazing. Making writer friends, learning about your craft, and enjoying a fall weekend in Princeton.

Writing and Illustrating

BOOK WINNERS:

Judy Sobanski won Beauty and Bernice by Nancy Vaiu

 Marcia Strykowski won Drive by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

Carl Scott won Rock & Roll Woods by Sherry Howard

Winners please send addresses.

FALL CRAFT WEEKEND 2018
NOVEMBER 10TH AND 11TH
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton N.J.

Weekend Overview:

(You can sign up for Saturday-only or the full weekend)

Saturday
Enjoy an editor/agent/art director panel, followed by an afternoon of workshops with published author/illustrators to help you further your skills in the world of children’s books. (Critiques will be scheduled throughout the day for those signed up for the full weekend.)
Sunday
Breakfast with the faculty and opening editor/agent/art director panel. Writers will meet with editors and agents in first page sessions, and round tables. Illustrators will work with an art director and an illustrator mentor in an illustration Intensive project. Lunch with the faculty is also included.
Lodging
You will be able to book a room on the…

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Author Visits Change Lives: A Babymouse Story

Author Visits Change Lives: A Babymouse Story

The potential impact of author visits is immense. Listen to Colby’s story.

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I believe that author visits are an amazing way to inspired kids as readers and writers. In this video I share a story about seeing one of my former students at a book store, and how our conversation quickly turned towards her favorite day of elementary school.

Check out the video below to hear the rest of the story!

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