Friday, December 1, 2017

Ants in My Pants

My first book, Ants in My Pants, was published in 2004 by Scholastic Press as a Rookie Reader for Pre-K through Grade 2 children.  

The text is developmentally appropriate for readers working in a wide range of readiness levels.  Designed to be read aloud to the youngest readers, Ants in My Pants can also be self-read by children with an independent reading vocabulary.

When I started writing Ants in My Pants, I'd heard that creativity could be increased through movement.  I wanted to give it a try.  Since I liked to walk around my neighborhood for exercise, I decided to compose Ants in My Pants as I walked. As soon as I got home each day, I wrote my new ideas down on paper.  I kept revising the story as the days progressed, and it took several weeks to finish the manuscript. When I thought it was done, I sent it to my editor, who added her own suggestions. After a few more revisions, everyone was happy. The manuscript was finally finished and sent to Steve Cox, who became the illustrator.

Believe it or not, I actually was engaged in a major ant battle within my home while I wrote the book.  You could say those little critters were my inspiration as I watched them crawl up and down the wall.

After Ants in My Pants was written, I had to put my writing career on hold for many years. Life does that sometimes.  I am now in a position to resume writing and am currently working on two picture books: one about a sea turtle and the other about a pelican.  I hope it's only the beginning.  More information to follow.

Ants in My Pants is available in English and Spanish at the following online locations:

Image Credits:

1.  Book cover:  [Image via]
2.  Ants:  [Image Made By Author]

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