I'm feeling thankful for the adventure of authorship. Find a dream, chase it until you catch it, and then hold on tight. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Today I had the privilege of attending the LDSPMA Praiseworthy Award ceremony. I received an Honorable Mention for my picture book "Pirates Love Pajamas."
Available for pre-order at Barnes and Noble: "My Little Prayer" by David Archuleta. Book release date: October 12, 2021.
Authors for Freedom
Today is the day! It's the second annual Authors for Freedom event to support Operation Underground Railroad in their efforts to rescue children from sex trafficking. Visit the Authors For Freedom website for more information.
P.S. If you haven't seen the documentary Operation Toussaint yet... today is the day!
Available at Deseret Book
A perfect gift for birthdays, holidays, and even baby showers (accompanied by a pair of infant jammies, of course!). Grab a copy at your local Deseret Book. You can currently find copies in the following locations.
The Little Butterfly That Could
This book is the sequel to "The Very Impatient Caterpillar" -- a hilarious picture book that my kindergarteners absolutely love. In this new colorful companion book, the impatient butterfly learns the value of persistence. He says it best: "If at first you don't succeed... fly, fly AGAIN." This book is definitely worth checking out!
You Are Enough
Meet Sofia Sanchez -- a young model and actress with Down syndrome who is the star of the new book "You Are Enough." In this interview, Sofia describes the book's message. She says it best as she discusses inclusion: "Different is beautiful. We are all enough. We're all awesome. We are strong, brave, awesome. Be yourself. We're all enough. Yes we are."
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We'll miss you, Eric Carle!
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s first children’s book, The Bench, beautifully captures the special relationship between father and son, as seen through a mother’s eyes. The book’s storytelling and illustration give us snapshots of shared moments that evoke a deep sense of warmth, connection, and compassion.
This book is available for pre-order on Amazon. The official release date: June 8, 2021
need a smile? this'll do it...
Brutally honest adoption ad for 'demonic Chihuahua' goes viral
By Francesca Gariano
Have you ever heard of a Chihuahua described as a “haunted Victorian child”? What about a “Chucky doll in a dog's body”? Well, now you have!
A tweet about a “demonic Chihuahua” named Prancer who is up for adoption has gone viral on Twitter due to the brutally honest description written by his foster owner of what potential adopters could expect from the dog.
Tyfanee Fortuna, Prancer’s current foster owner, shared a post to Facebook on April 7 with some photos and videos of the two-year-old pup, trying to find a way to make the dog sound appealing to future adoptive owners.
“I’ve tried for the last several months to post this dog for adoption and make him sound... palatable,” she wrote. “The problem is, he’s just not. There’s not a very big market for neurotic, man hating, animal hating, children hating dogs that look like gremlins. But I have to believe there’s someone out there for Prancer, because I am tired and so is my family. Every day we live in the grips of the demonic Chihuahua hellscape he has created in our home.”
Fortuna wrote that fellow Chihuahua owners would understand what she was talking about, saying Prancer embodied the “Chihuahua meme that describes them as being 50% hate and 50% tremble.”
“If you’re intrigued and horrified at how this animal sounds already, just wait.... there’s more,” she added. “Prancer came to me obese, wearing a cashmere sweater, with a bacon egg n cheese stuffed in his crate with him. I should have known in that moment this dog would be a problem.”
She explained that his previous owner was an elderly woman who treated Prancer like he was a human and didn’t socialize him. “Sprinkle in a little genetic predisposition for being nervous, and you’ve concocted a neurotic mess, AKA Prancer,” she wrote. “His first week he was too terrified to have a personality. As awful as it sounds, I kind of liked him better that way. He was quiet, and just laid on the couch. Didn’t bother anyone. I was excited to see him come out of his shell and become a real dog. I am convinced at this point he is not a real dog, but more like a vessel for a traumatized Victorian child that now haunts our home.”
She also made an epic reference to "The Office" in terms of how Prancer gets along with other animals. "We have somewhat come to an agreement that it’s wrong to attack the other animals," she explained. "But you know that episode of 'The Office' where Michael Scott silently whispers 'I’ll kill you' to Toby? That’s Prancer having to begrudgingly coexist with everyone when I’m around."
Prancer also has a very specific taste in humans in that he only likes women, so if you have a husband, "don't bother applying, unless you hate him."
“We also mentioned no kids for Prancer. I think at this point, you can imagine why,” she added. “He’s never been in the presence of a child, but I can already imagine the demonic noises and shaking fury that would erupt from his body if he was. Prancer wants to be your only child.”
Despite Prancer’s oddities, Fortuna said that he has some good traits, including his loyalty and penchant for companionship. She wrote, “He likes to go for car rides, he is housebroken, he knows a few basic commands, he is quiet and non destructive when left alone at home, and even though we call him bologna face he is kind of cute to look at. He also ‘smiles’ when he is excited."
Fortuna understands that Prancer might be a hard sell and that “finding someone who wants a Chucky doll in a dogs body is hard.”
“If you’ve always wanted your own haunted Victorian child in the body of a small dog that hates men and children, please email firstname.lastname@example.org,” she wrote. “Oh, also he’s only 2yrs old and will probably live to be 21 through pure spite, so take that into account if you’re interested.”
Beverly Cleary Dies at 104
Children's Book Sale
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In Memory of Lupo
Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge made the sad announcement last month that their beloved cocker spaniel Lupo passed away. He had been with their family for nine years.
Author Aby King has written a four-book series about Lupo. The first book came out in 2014 and is called "The Adventures of Lupo the Royal Dog: The Secret of Windsor Castle." Looks cute!
I Don't Want This
This is Mason, a kindergartner in Mansfield, Texas. According to his mom, Picture Day ended with an epic mom fail. But now it's just chalked up to one more crazy story for 2020. Look closely at the bottom left corner of Mason's picture. In the spot where his name should be, it says: I DON'T WANT THIS. That's because there was no spot on the order form to opt out of having a name printed on the photo. So Mason's mom thought she'd cleverly make that known by typing in those now infamous words. When 30 printed pictures showed up, everyone got a good laugh out of them.
Mason's mom perfectly summed up the experience with the hashtag: #if2020wasaschoolphoto