Friday, November 28, 2014

BOOK SPOTLIGHT & AUTHOR GUEST POST: One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl


ABOUT THE BOOK

Count and share withunderwear! Come along on a zany adventure with hilarious pictures from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site.

What's one thing that two bears, three yaks, four goats, and six cats have in common?

They hate to share.

But look out here comes a pack of twenty pigs ready to prove that sharing makes everything twice as fun!

This seriously silly picture book with artwork by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site irresistibly combines the concepts of counting and sharing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Laura Gehl is the author of One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, which released from Simon & Schuster in September 2014. She is also the author of four other upcoming picture books: And Then Another Sheep Turned Up; Hare and Tortoise Race Across Israel; Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching; and Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick or Treating. Laura hopes you will check out One Big Pair of Underwear from your local library, then love it enough to buy it at your local bookstore. Visit Laura online at www.lauragehl.com and www.facebook.com/AuthorLauraGehl.

GUEST POST 
by Laura Gehl

Thanks so much to Heidi for hosting me on this stop of my One Big Pair of Underwear blog tour! Since it is the day after Thanksgiving, I am guessing a lot of people are in need of a bigger pair of underwear today….


In honor of Heidi and all other children’s librarians, I thought I would make this post about my love of libraries.







How do I love libraries? Let me count the ways.
  1. Free books. This one is obvious, I admit, but sooooo important.
  2. Free books on CD. My kids love books on CD. So does my mom.
  3. Free music on CD for the car. Otherwise, it would be all Frozen all the time. Now it is only 99% Frozen 99% of the time.
  4. The thrill that comes from finding a just-released book on the shelf.
  5. The even bigger thrill of finding a new batch of picture books in the children’s room (at our local library, the new picture books come in waves).
  6. Story hours.
  7. Summer reading programs.
  8. Helpful librarians.
  9. The power (really, it’s like a superhero power) to put a book from another library on hold and have it magically show up at my library with my name on it.
  10. On-line due date reminders and on-line renewals.


And those are just my reasons for loving public libraries. Don’t even get me started on how much I love school libraries.




Well, okay, if you insist.




Last year, despite having a wonderful teacher at a wonderful school, my 5-year-old hated kindergarten. But every week, he would come home and proudly show me his school library book. Going to the library was a highlight of the week for him. And the librarians at both schools my children attend are fantastic at guiding the kids towards books we might never have found at the public library. One year, my son came home excited about a series of books about states. One book per state. Snooze-fest, you think? Me too. But he couldn’t get enough of those books. Another year, with another son, it was nonfiction history books in the form of graphic novels. I don’t personally enjoy either graphic novels or history books, and certainly not the two combined…but those books ended up being a huge hit with my son (and he is the least into reading of my four kids).





I’ll leave you with one last reason I love libraries. Which is that I think libraries make people into adventurous readers. Most of us don’t buy books unless we know we will enjoy them…which often means books by authors we already know and like. But at the library, we pick up all kinds of books. Books we know we’ll enjoy. Books we hope we’ll enjoy. Even books we know we probably won’t enjoy. And every once in a while, a book in that last category turns out to be fabulous. Which is like the library giving you an unexpected present…a present that you get to keep for three whole weeks. More, if you renew on-line.

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