Friday, November 14, 2008

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR


VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR (Held on the first and third weeks of each month)

KAREN CIOFFI is the founder and moderator of this exciting book tour! She was fortunate to be able to participate in The Muse Online Conference in mid October. One of the workshops she took was Denise Cassino’s Book Marketing. Denise suggested that the attendees do virtual book tours for each other. Karen decided to create an organized group of authors that would advertise each others books, and do interviews to learn about the authors biographies, motivations, and writing secrets. She would like to see the group steadily grow and become a never-ending marketing tool. I have the distinct honor this first week of the tour of presenting Karen's first children's picture book on my blog.

DAYS END LULLABY

AUTHORs: KAREN CIOFFI and ROBYN FELTMAN

SYNOPSIS:
Day’s End Lullaby is a tender and charming illustrated children’s book. From a reminder that the sun has set and all beloved toys are awaiting tomorrow’s play, Day’s End Lullaby soothes and quiets even those children who struggle against sleep. The authors’ artistry found in their understanding of the sense of security needed by children at bedtime.

“Your day’s been long and full of fun. But, now you’re much too tired to run,” sings the parent to the child in the lullaby. Day’s End Lullaby has lyrical and rhyming phrases along with a rhythmic flow.

Author Cioffi composed the poem and music over 30 years ago to help her first born fall asleep and then again for her second child. She saw positive results in singing it and now she sings it to her two-year-old grandson. She reassures him, “The sun has set, it’s out of view. The moon’s now shining bright for you.”

Authors Cioffi and Feltman wrote and illustrated Day’s End Lullaby as a loving book to comfort little ones and provide a sense of security at bedtime. The simple and colorful illustrations are intended to hold the child’s attention while the parent’s soothing voice helps the child gently drift off into a peaceful slumber.

This book is an appealing addition to any collection of bedtime stories for preschoolers. Colorful and attractive illustrations pair beautifully with the rhyming text. Day's End Lullaby provides the reassuring tone young children will love as part of their bedtime routine.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Karen Cioffi and Robyn Felman are advocates of education, reading and the environment. Two of their favorite sayings are:
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained”
“You must be the change you want to see in the world”

Karen Cioffi is an author and freelance writer. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Children’s Writing Coaching Club, Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Market. She is also a member of several other writing groups. Author Cioffi lives with her husband, Donald, in New York City.

Robyn Feltman holds a master’s degree in Children’s Literature and is an elementary public school teacher. She is an initiator of environmental and humanitarian projects in her school; one of the projects is the Ambassador Program. Author Feltman lives in New York City and is also currently working toward her Administration/Supervision degree.

INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORS PART I:

1. What do you enjoy most about writing for children?

Children are such a joy and source of inspiration. My co-author, who happens to be my daughter, and I are both advocates of education and reading. Reading opens new worlds to children. It can enlighten them, it can open their imagination and it can teach them. Being a part of that is just a wonderful feeling.

2. How did you come up with the idea for the book?

I wrote the lullaby to the story over 30 years ago. My firstborn didn’t like sleeping. I sang it to her as I paced the hallway carrying her in my arms to get her to sleep and again when she’d wake in the middle of the night. I did the same thing with my second daughter and it became a family lullaby. Now my family sings it to my grandson and we will also sing it to my grandson due mid November. How it became a book is, after my first grandson came my daughter and co-author, Robyn, thought it would make a great bedtime story and here we are.

A REVIEW OF THIS BOOK:

This book is an appealing addition to any collection of bedtime stories for preschoolers. Colorful and attractive illustrations pair beautifully with the rhyming text. Day's End Lullaby provides the reassuring tone young children will love as part of their bedtime routine.

Kathleen Cavanagh
Librarian, Old South School
Ozone Park, New York

WHERE TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK:

Publisher: BookSurge
ISBN 13: 9781419691577
ISBN 1-4196-9157-0
Copyright © 2008 Karen Cioffi and Robyn Feltman

$9.99
Soft cover
28 pages

Day’s End Lullaby is available for sale at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Days-End-Lullaby
KarenCioffi/dp/1419691570/ref=sr_11_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1220900352&sr=11-1
BookSurge, Alibris and Abebooks. It is also available through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide such as Books in Print, Global Books in Print and Baker and Taylor.

For more information please visit the authors at: www.childrensbooksbykarenandrobyn.com
http://karenandrobyn.blogspot.com

STAY TUNED!! THERE WILL BE MORE POSTS ABOUT KAREN'S BOOK THIS WEEK. WHY DON'T YOU ASK THE AUTHOR A QUESTION?

6 comments:

Vivian Zabel said...

A good start for the virtual tour on your blog, Kathy. Thank you for presenting Karen.

Vivian
http://vivianzabel.blogspot.com

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Hey Kathy,
Great job! Just one thing, Robyn isn't the illustrator, maybe you can put authors: Karen Cioffi and Robyn Feltman.

Thanks for a great job,
Karen
http://karenandrobyn.blogspot.com

educationtipster by author Kathy Stemke said...

Thanks all. I fixed the error Karen.

deborah said...

Kathy,

I like the bio info... very nice! Sounds like a book I would read to my granddaughter....

deborah ramos
www.aarmoryofaardvarks.com
www.stormymoon.wordpress.com

Nancy Famolari said...

Great post, Kathy. Karen and Robyn sound like they have a neat team. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Nancy

Dianne Sagan said...

Hi Kathy,

This is a great post about Karen and Robyn's book. I love learning more about them and love the idea of their bedtime story.I have nieces with little ones that would love it.

Dianne Sagan