Congratulations to Colorado Children’s book authors Cheri and Peter John Lucking on becoming a Literary Classics Book Award Finalist.
The Award winning Christmas book,Santa and The Little Teddy Bear by Peter John Lucking, makes the list.
Literary Classics announced its 2012 selection of top book finalists for children books and young adults books today. The list includes finalists from entries received all over the world. The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize the following titles in children’s and young adult literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics Awards committee.
Literary Classics list of the best 2012 book award finalists is:
Animalogy: Animalogy Analogies, Marianne Berkes
Fantastic Flight, Barbara Bockman
Black & White, Larry Dane Brimner
The King’s Ransom, Cheryl Carpinello
Walking Through Walls, Karen Cioffi
Shield Maiden, Richard Denning
Terple Always Dream Bigger, Richie Frieman
Stalked, Kristiana Gregory
Return to Finkleton, KC Hilton
The Casting, Joyce Shor Johnson
Griffin Rising, Darby Karchut
The Reinvention of Moxie Roosevelt, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Drawn, Marie Lamba
A Box Story, Kenneth Kit Lamug
The Limit, Kristen Landon
Santa & The Little Teddy Bear, Peter John Lucking
Beautiful Wild Rose Girl, B. Magnolia
Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Athens! Lisa Manzione
Bella & Harry Let’s Visit Cairo! Lisa Manzione
Bella & Harry Let’s Visit London! Lisa Manzione
Shelby & Shauna Kitt and the Dimensional Holes, PHC Marchesi
Caves, Cannons and Crinolines, Beverly Stowe McClure
Runaway Twins, Pete Palamountain
The Stone Child, Dan Poblocki
Clara’s Great War, Evelyn Rothstein
In Memory of Dad, Maranda Russell
Young Funny and Unbalanced, David Smithyman
Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, Kathy Stemke
The Crystal Ship, CJ Carter-Stephenson
The Great Divide, Suzanne Slade
One Pelican at a Time, Nancy Stewart
Sea Turtle Summer, Nancy Stewart
The Orphan Ship, Sterling R. Walker
My Sister is My Best Friend, Nicole Weaver
Final award levels and categories will be announced October 15, 2012.
Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations. Judging is based upon the criteria set forth by Literary Classics’ highly selective awards committee which honors books promoting character, vision, creativity and learning, through content which possesses the key elements found in well-crafted literature.
The Literary Classics judging committee consists of experts with backgrounds in publishing, writing, editing, design, illustration, and book reviewing. To learn more about Literary Classics, visit their website at www.literaryclassicsawards.com.
Cheri and Peter: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Jo: Well, I love puzzles, mysteries, and big band era music. I spend way too much time watching science, history, and discovery channels. I also love NPR radio – Diana Rehm and Ira Flatow are my favorites. My husband and kids are the center of my world, I’m afraid. They’re wonderful and fun. My son, John, is 24 and lives at home. My daughter, Ali Jo, is 12. I’m a clueless mom in a tech-savy world, so they help me out a lot. We live in Snohomish, Washington, and the country here is so beautiful, yet climate change is incredibly visible everywhere. So I’m constantly learning more and more about it.
Cheri and Peter:Do you remember the first story you wrote?
Jo: When I was very young I made tiny books with folded notebook paper, and colored their book covers. One was about little people living in huge, old trees. Guess that idea stuck with me for a while.
Cheri and Peter: Were you inspired by someone or something?
Jo: Oh, yes. A.A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh) and Mary Norton (The Borrowers) are authors who base their stories on children’s good qualities, and how they find clever and unusual ways of solving their problems. I think Christopher Robin was especially caring, and Arietty was very brave – good role models.
Cheri and Peter:Can you tell us a bit about your children’s books.
Jo: The stories are about Twigs – very small, stick creatures that live in the old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest. Twigs had a comfortable, carefree life, but now they are confronted with changes caused by a warmer world; for example, bark beetle infestations that are destroying their ancient trees.
Leaf And The Sky of Fire!
Cheri and Peter:Can you tell us a bit about your illustrator D.W. Murray and how you work together.
Jo: Oh, yes. David is a wonderful person and artist. He’s been a Disney artist forever, it seems. Some of his screen credits include Mulan, Tarzan, Curious George, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and many others. We met when I asked him about a particular publisher (whose offerI turned down). David liked the idea of Twigs, and offered to illustrate the books for me – inside art and full cover jackets, too. He generously gave me the rights to the art, also, so now my daughter has fun mangling his illustrations for her online puzzles and games. We’re on our third book together, so now David only needs an idea of the scene, and he takes it from there. It’s always exciting to receive one of his illustrations for another chapter.
Cheri and Peter:Are you planning to write for a mature audience in time?
Jo: I’ve often considered researching and writing a nonfiction book about Lake Tahoe and Virginia City in the late 1800’s. I read Mark Twain’s Roughing It when I was a teen, and since then the Wild West characters and the beautiful Sierras have fascinated me. I plan to write it sometime before I’m 70.
Cheri and Peter:What made you decide to bring attention to climate change and endangered species?
Jo: A few years ago we took a family vacation to Canada, and it was heartbreaking to see the dying forests – I’m talking about millions of acres devastated by pine beetle infestations – and the terrible impact on the ecosystems because of it, especially the wildlife. Even though my daughter studied about climate change in school, the scope was so broad, it was difficult for a child to understand. She and her friends felt overwhelmed. So we made up stories about Twigs fighting to save their forests, and suddenly climate change events were easier to grasp. The stories are mostly adventures, but each centers on actual climate change impacts. Mostly they are about adaptation to change, not conquering global warming.
Cheri and Peter:Where do you see yourself in a couple of years in relation to writing?
Jo: I will probably be writing the next four books of Twig Stories– the Fern series. These will be about Leaf’s sister, Fern, and vanishing wildlife. Mostly, they’ll take place in Northern California, but we’ll have some stories about her Twig cousins in other places, and how they battle climate change impacts in their region. If any Twig fans want me to write about Twigs in forests where they live, just let me know, and I’ll track down those Twigs, and get their story, too. Twigs live in trees all over the world, you know.
Cheri and Peter:Are you working on something new at the moment?
Jo: We’re finishing up Leaf & the Long Ice, and hope to have Leaf & Echo Peak underway by early 2013.
Cheri and Peter:Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Jo: I think a new writer needs to decide why they are writing a book, and why they feel it should be published. Is it for fortune or fame? Or some altruistic reason? I think it’s important to not kid yourself about your motivation, and also to remind yourself every day why you write, otherwise it’s very easy to get side-tracked trying to please others. Remember, it’s your story, your book, and your fans.
Leaf And The Long Ice
Cheri and Peter:Which author inspires you?
Jo: David Quammen. I would not have any understanding at all of ecosystems or adaptation without his works, The Song of the Dodo and The Flight of the Iguana. His books are just a kick to read, too!
Cheri and Peter:What is the last book you read?
Jo: Timothy Egan’s The Big Burn. It’s very important, especially now, to have a grasp of issues confronting firefighters and forestry, and his book is a very scary description of those.
Cheri and Peter:Favorite Children’s Movies?
Jo: Spencer’s Mountain, Swiss Family Robinson, and all the Jules Verne movies – as bad as they all were.
Cheri and Peter: Where can people go and read your work?
Jo:Nearly any online store has my books, such as Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. They are available in paperback and Kindle versions, worldwide.
On my website, if you go to the ‘Twig Store’ page, there are discount codes and direct links to the publisher for books via their E-store. That’s a less expensive, quick, and easy way to get them, too.
My books have a ‘look inside’ feature on Amazon.com, so you can get a better idea of the writing style, and if your child might enjoy reading the book. Many parents tell me the books are fun to read aloud, too.
Cheri and Peter:Where can people find you on internet?
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Raffle Prizes Information
The winner of this extra special holiday event will win:
A copy of Cheri & Peter Lucking’s INDIE Excellence Award Winning (Best Holiday Book and Best Cover Design Children) “Santa & The Little Teddy Bear”
A copy of Cheri & Peter’s new book “Bilbo’s Adventures: A Christmas Wish”
2 Packs of Greeting Cards with Envelopes that contain 24 Illustrations from the Book
This rockin’ gift pack that Cheri & Peter Lucking have generously donated to help make your season bright has a retail value of $100!
To find out more about this holiday gift and to check out Cheri & Peter’s awesome work, click here!
Doc Rock will also be awarding one lucky winner a copy of Justin Bieber’s movie DVD “Never Say Never” in a special prize drawing that will take place on December 23. The winner of this special drawing will also be notified via email and will be given 24 hours to claim their prize!
Raffle Entry Information
All you need to do to enter the “A Christmas Wish” holiday raffle is fill out our entry form, which can be accessed by clicking here!
You can also receive additional entries into our Yuletide extravaganza by emailing in to Kidz Rock! Inc. at HolidayCards@KidzRockInc.com photos of your kids decked out in holiday attire. You can receive 1 additional entry into the “A Christmas Wish Raffle” for every photo that you submit! These photos will be displayed on our official news site, the Kidz Rock! Inc. Chronicle, and may be used in the Kidz Rock! Inc. E Holiday Card for 2011.
Cheri and Peter Lucking were this week’s guests on The Auriella Show. If you missed listening to the show live, the recording is ready for your enjoyment.
If you have something that you are passionate about doing in your life, but you have put it aside then this is a show you really want to listen to. Cheri and Peter are following their passions of wanting to bring smiles to children’s faces and of writing children’s books.
Bilbo’s Adventures A Christmas Wish
They haven’t put it aside to do later, they are doing it now and have two beautifully illustrated (by Peter) books –
Santa and The Little Teddy Bear andBilbo’s Adventures: A Christmas Wish. Santa & the Little Teddy Bear the original book won The INDIE EXCELLENCE award for Best Holiday Book. Not only are their books beautiful, but the inspirational and spiritual messages conveyed in them are messages that may be used all year long. In addition they are books that can become family heirlooms.
Laura Shoemaker is the Winner of Our Drawing in the
“A Christmas Wish” Holiday Raffle!!!
Laura, make sure you contact KidzRockInc and claim your prize!! The winner of last Friday’s weekly drawing in the “A Christmas Wish” Holiday Raffle did not claim their prize of the CD/DVD version of Justin Bieber’s “Under the Mistletoe” recording within 24 hours, and another drawing was held this morning where Laura Shoemaker was chosen as the winner.
Laura now has 24 hours to contact me to claim her prize and to provide me with her mailing address so I can ship her this awesome stocking stuffer.
If the Laura does not contact me within 24 hours to claim her prize, then another prize drawing will be held Tuesday morning and the winner of that drawing will have 24 hours to contact me and claim the prize… read more!