Show Me A Story (+ Giveaway!!!)
If you know me personally, you know about the fiction trilogy I hope to one day pen. I’ve had the idea for several years now, and it’s moved from a rather vague, nebulous concept to one with substance and shape and intention. During a conversation about my book idea the other day with some friends, I mentioned how I kind of feel like I’m waiting for Huxley to become old enough to work on the books with me. I have this inclination that our boy has some pretty great ideas simmering in his little noggin’, and would be a wonderful conspirator for names of characters, plot twists, and more.
I love the concept of storytelling with children. A friend of ours here in Asheville puts his two daughters to bed every night by weaving them a story he creates on the spot. As his girls age, I’m sure they’ll get on board with the stories’ creation, much like I intend to do with Huxley.
In honor of children and storytelling, today I’m sharing a giveaway with you of Emily Neuburger’s new book Show Me A Story: Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling. Emily’s wonderful book is filled with 40 creative ideas to inspire young minds to craft stories. From story stones they make and place in a storytelling jar, to journaling exercises, the book is rife with starting points for children to use in storytelling .
A teacher and crafter herself, Emily knows firsthand what she’s writing about, and has developed time-honored methods for igniting imaginative thinking. There’s something here for kids ages 5-12, so little minds have a lengthy time span for turning to Show Me A Story again and again.
I’d like to give away a copy of Emily’s book to one small measure reader. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below, telling me your favorite childhood story. It can be one you read, one that someone read to you, or one you created yourself. I remember particularly loving The Wind In the Willows as a child. I saw it recently in a local bookstore and became really excited by the idea of reading it to Huxley someday in the near future.
I’ll run the giveaway for one week, ending next Tuesday, October 9th, at midnight EST. In your comment, please leave a means of contacting you, should you be the winner. That can be done via either a link back to your own blog or website, by leaving your email address in your reply, or, if you’d like to keep your email private, by sending me your contact information in an email to ashleyadamsenglish(at)gmail(dot)com after you’re commented.
Even if you don’t win, I hope you’ll check out Show Me A Story. Not only is it full of stellar ideas for children’s storytelling, it’s a truly lovely book, too. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a yarn I need to go spin my little guy…..