Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: National Book Lovers Day-August 9

National Book Lover’s Day: August 9, 2021 I love books! And if you’re reading this blog post, I imagine you do too. I can’t think of any other way to escape into someone else’s world, other than by reading. This observance encourages book lovers to celebrate reading and literature. Books have come a long way […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Celebrating Juneteenth (Freedom Day)

Juneteenth, a historic and celebratory day: June 19th, 1865, marks the emancipation and freedom for enslaved people in the United States. Indeed, today is a celebration in more ways than one! On, June 15 the Senate unanimously passed a resolution establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US holiday honoring the end of slavery […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: National Poetry Month

Spring and the month of April remains to be one of my favorite seasons. During this season, the weather turns warmer, grass and trees turn to green, flowers bloom, and birds sing. But, I also celebrate because it’s Poetry Month! As a young child, I loved writing poems. My teacher exposed me to all genres […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: African American History

To commemorate and recognize the contributions of African American people, Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week (initially Negro History Week) in 1926. Known as the Father of Black History, Carter G. Woodson felt that in order for Blacks to participate intelligently in the affairs of our country, they should know their past. In 1976, […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: National Ice Cream Month

I scream, you scream! We all scream for ice cream! Today, I’d like to lighten the mood from my normal blog posts because during the month of July, we celebrate National Ice Cream Day. It was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. Furthermore, July 8 was National Ice Cream Sundae Day. And, the 3rd […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to The Word: Remembering Juneteenth

Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, dates back to June 19, 1865, when the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that slaves were free due to the war having ended. Remarkably, this was two and a half years after the official January 1, 1863 […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Online Events

I’d like to share a few events that may be of interest to adult readers and writers. Time is of essence in that one “Hello Literacy” event (The Invisible Boy) will be held this Thursday, May 21. While this event was shared with me by a fellow colleague, I not only saw this event through […]

Connecting Readers and Writers to the Word: Digital Books, Book Activities, and More!

All 2020 marketing plans for authors and writers, have changed as a result of COVID-19. Author events; cancelled. Writing conferences; cancelled. Marketing letters to meet with perspective buyers; cancelled. Launch parties; cancelled. All plans cancelled or postponed. We’re now looking for creative ways to market and grow interest in our books. And, I must say, […]