10/7/20

Review Copies Available

If you’re looking for something new to read, I can help you out. I’d like to send you one of my two newest books at no cost to you. The only thing I hope for in return is that you’ll go on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads to leave a review. This is not required, but reviews are always appreciated. Email me at astaffordbooks@gmail.com if you’d like a complementary e-book copy of either book. More information on my books is available here.







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8/5/20

Release Day for Confessions of a Cell Phone Loser

Quarantine, social distancing, online school, and face masks are the new normal for many people. The year 2020 has been unusual, indeed. I've become an online church goer and a regular at online grocery orders. Not all of 2020 has been bad, though. This year has brought the almost simultaneous release of two of my books. My first picture book, A Vegetable Garden is not for Cows, came out just recently. Now, I'm happy to say, Confessions of a Cell Phone Loser and Other Essays is also available in both ebook and paperback.

Perhaps one of these books could give you or someone you love a respite from the unpleasant changes 2020 has brought to everyone. Confessions of a Cell Phone Loser, along with my other books can be found here. Happy reading!








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7/29/20

New Book Release

A Vegetable Garden is Not for Cows has been released by Dreaming Big Publications. This picture book is suitable for children from three to six years old.




Farmer Ben’s cows have everything they need. They have a shade tree for sunny days, a barn for rainy days, and a fence to keep them safe. They also have all the tasty, green grass they want to eat. But one of the cows has been eating the vegetables in Farmer Ben’s garden. How will he find out which one? Annabelle knows someone needs to step up and be honest.

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2/15/20

February 2020 Event

Paragould Primary School will be hosting Winter Reading Night 2020 on Thursday, February 27, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Along with cookies and hot cocoa, children will be treated to story time. I’ll be participating as a guest reader, and I’ll be sharing my new picture book, A Vegetable Garden is Not for Cows. I hope to see you there.



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2/8/20

Meet Annabelle

My first picture book, A Vegetable Garden is Not for Cows, is coming soon. This book is about a curious cow named Annabelle and is for children aged 3 - 6 years. Little ones will delight in the colorful art by illustrator Tiffany Stafford. Because I grew up on a dairy farm, this book has personal significance to me. It will be released by Dreaming Big Publications in the near future. For now, here's a peek at the cover.

Farmer Ben’s cows have everything they need. They have a shade tree for sunny days, a barn for rainy days, and a fence to keep them safe. They also have all the tasty, green grass they want to eat. But one of the cows has been eating the vegetables in Farmer Ben’s garden. How will he find out which one? Annabelle knows someone needs to step up and be honest.

Watch for A Vegetable Garden is Not for Cows online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ask for it at your favorite local bookstore.

10/3/19

Saving the Reluctant Reader

During school visits I make it a point to ask the question, "Who likes to read?" Many enthusiastic hands always shoot up, but it has never been unanimous. It doesn't matter what state I'm visiting, it doesn't matter if the school is public or private, some children admit they do not enjoy reading. What can be done to entice those children to read?

First of all, don't panic. Figure out why the child shuns reading. Start with the most basic explanation by checking for physical impairments. Perhaps the words look blurry to the child. Maybe the letters run together or get switched around. An organic problem can make reading a frustrating experience.

Take a look at the reading material that is available to the child. Books are not "one size fits all". Children have different personalities and interests. Some children enjoy fiction, while others like non-fiction. Some devour graphic novels. How-to and do-it-yourself books can be of especially high interest to elementary age children. Let your child sample a variety of genres.

Make reading a habit. It's never too soon to start reading to your child. Even if the child is too young to follow a story, hold him on your lap and read. The child will learn to associate reading with love and comfort. Continue to read aloud to your child as he grows. Chapter books make great bedtime rituals for older kids. Even independent readers can enjoy a great read-aloud.

As an author and a lover of books, I want to encourage all children to read. When I'm at a school and I encounter those kids who say they don't like reading, I tell them it's because they haven't yet discovered the right book. The right book is out there for each child. Be a hero and help those reluctant readers find that book.

My goal is to see all the hands go up when I ask, "Who likes to read?"





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9/24/19

Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine included my most recent book signing for Treasure in Catclaw Canyon in their September issue. This photo from the magazine included Tracie Taylor, a long time friend and parent of a former student. Many thanks to Tracie and all the others who took time to attend. It was a fun day at the Greene County Library.






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