If you care to share, either post a link to your story in the comments, or post the whole story.
I can’t wait to see what you write!
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So what does the popular children’s rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, have to do with Thanksgiving Day? The answer is Sarah Josepha Hale.
So who was Sarah? She was a teacher, a writer, an editor (though she preferred the term “editress”), and the person most responsible for persuading Abe Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving to be a nationally recognized holiday.
As a writer, she found overnight success with her novel, Northwood: Life North and South, published in 1827. As such, Hale was one of the first successful American female authors, and the first to write about slavery in a novel. With the popularity of her novel, Hale was tapped by Reverend John Blake to be the editor for his journal, Ladies’ Magazine, from 1828 to 1836. In 1830, she published a collection of poetry for children, including “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, originally titled “Mary’s Lamb”.
In 1937, the owner of Godey’s Lady’s Book, Louis Antoine Godey, wanted Hale for its editor so he bought the Ladies’ Magazine and merged it with his own. As Godey’s had no significant competitors, Hale exercised considerable influence as the arbiter of style, fashions, even architecture. She remained editor of Godey’s until she was nearly 90 years old.
Around 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale began advocating for Thanksgiving to be a national holiday. At the time, Thanksgiving was celebrated primarily in New England, though states differed in when it was scheduled, and it was virtually unknown in the South. Hale petitioned five Presidents of the United States over 17 years before her pleas fell on Lincoln’s ears.
So in 1863, Lincoln supported legislation that made Thanksgiving a national holiday. It was considered a day of unification after the Civil War. And it was only the third national holiday to be recognized.
Thanks for joining me for this bit of historical fun. Now get back out there and eat some turkey! Happy (American) Thanksgiving!
A while back, I explored the origins of first, second, and third place due to the fact that they are so different from one, two, and three (unlike fourth place and the number four which are pretty obviously connected). At the end of that post, I teased that we were soon going to delve into the mysterious origins of the numbers eleven and twelve.
Well, better late than never!
So, why do we say eleven instead of one-teen, or twelve instead of twelve-teen? Where did eleven and twelve even come from in the first place?
According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word “eleven” is from 12th-century Old English “enleofan” which translates literally to “one left over”. Likewise, “twelve” translates to “two left over”. And that makes sense, given that ten is the number that most people can count to using their fingers. If you get all the way up to ten and you still have one thing left, then you have eleven. Two left? Twelve.
Simple as that.
Then why don’t we continue with “threlve” for thirteen? Maybe there were never three things left over. Who knows? But I kind of like the word “threlve” so I’m going to start using it anyway. After all, that’s the real way that words come into being. Just by using them, regardless of whether they make sense or not.
Good choice on deciding to write for kids! The written word can be a powerful influence in a child’s life. That’s why it is your responsibility to do it well.
Some people think that because kids books are short, often illustrated, and easy-to-read that they must be simple to write. I hope that you don’t think that this is true. If you do, you will probably find the truth to be uncomfortable.
The good news is there are some resources out there to help you on your journey. No one can walk it for you or write the book that lives inside of you, but there are some places online that can point you along the road to success. Whatever point you are at in your book-writing endeavor, take a look at the links below. Maybe you’ll find some answers to questions that you didn’t even know to ask.
If you get a chance and are serious about getting your stories published, it is always a good idea to attend a writers’ conference or two and start rubbing elbows with other writers and publishers. The book business (like most businesses, I suppose) is largely driven by relationships. It always helps to know the right people, though this will only get you a foot in the door. In order to get something published, it always comes down to the writing.
So get out there and write something great! You can do it.
My brother, his wife, and their two boys (who are comparably aged to our girls) are in town for the Thanksgiving holidays. Yesterday, we decided to get our families together at Catch Air, an indoor playground for the 4 foot tall and under crowd.
You see, the whole drive over to Catch Air, I kept needing to correct my youngest daughter.
“We’re going to go see our husbands?” she would ask.
“No,” I would say. “We’re going to see your cousins.”
“Husbands?” she would reiterate.
“Cousins,” I would say. “We don’t marry our cousins. Some people do, but not us.”
My apologies to anyone I may have offended with this post.
But seriously, there’s a lot of people in the world to whom you are not related. Maybe you should have married one of them.
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A week ago, I was asked to step in for the Children’s Reading Time that happens at 10:30 every Thursday morning at Baker Book House. Miss Penelope (everyone’s favorite story-time friend) was out-of-town, so I volunteered. I set reminders for myself so I wouldn’t miss it, but I didn’t even need them because I was too excited to forget. I picked out five books to read, all of them fantastic.
These were the books that I chose:
If you haven’t read these, you should. They are all genius.
But back to story-time. I walked out with my books and a blanket (to put the train table to sleep so the kids listen to the stories instead of playing with the trains), my chest puffed out with anticipation. And what did I find?
Just one child and mom team showed up to hear me read. We waited for a few minutes, but it was soon clear that no one else was coming. It was the first day of snow and people were scared to leave home.
So I read King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson and Waiting Is Not Easy! Then I asked the boy if he would like me to read another one or if he’d like to play with the train table. You already know which one he chose.
I was sad, but I moved on. I went home and read stories to my kids. We don’t have a train table at home, so they had nothing better to distract them.
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Out of curiosity, would any of my readers be interested in something like a story-time live-stream where you could be part of Baker’s story-time while sitting at home with your kids?
If you live where it snows, you have my condolences. Pretty much all of the schools in the area were closed yesterday due to the amount of heavy snow that we got. And while I understand the value of going to work and earning a living, when the prerequisite for driving to work is shoveling many inches of snow off your driveway (just so you can avoid getting stuck in the yet-to-be-cleared road), actually showing up to your job seems a bit less important.
So here are some things you can do instead:
Sometimes, you can’t avoid responsibility. So maybe you should stop procrastinating and get out there.
And when you are done with yours, please come do mine.