Jennifer Carson's Blog
April 22, 2015
You are cordially invited to attend the Children’s Authors Tea. This wonderful, free event is organized to promote the importance of early literacy. Come celebrate the “Week of the Young Child” and “Strengthening Families and Communities Month” with us!
Evening Events: Book signing and sales by authors, local libraries will offer information about their services, story telling, music, and raffle drawings. For more information please call Child Care Resource and Referral at the Family Resource Center at 524-1741 x21
25 Beacon St. East
The Mill Plaza
Hope to see you there!
April 21, 2015
Not only is it Tangled Magick’s book birthday today, but I happen to share this special book birthday with my friend and fellow critique partner, Kristine Carlson Asselin! Her book, Any Way You Slice It is also available today!!
I met Kris over 6 years ago at an SCBWI conference. She has come so far, with many non-fiction books published, and now her first YA! I’m so excited that I’m giving away a kindle copy!
Enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway
for autographed copies of Tangled Magick, a Kindle copy of any Way You Slice It, blue orb pendants like the one Maewyn wears (photo coming soon!), a download code for the album Music From the Wedge, and if we get 1000 first week sales (including pre-orders) of Tangled Magick, I’ll raffle off the Huldfreyja doll I made for the sewing pattern cover!
Be sure to help spread the world!
April 18, 2015
April 17, 2015
From my new children’s book, Tangled Magick, the sequel to Hapenny Magick, comes Huldfrejya, the troll queen in the tale. She captures the happennies and turns them into slaves…but is she really the villain?
She’s about 14″ tall with a face only a mother could love. I’ve made her from hand dyed wool but she can be made from many doll making fabrics. Eyes and fangs are needle felted, fingers are wired, thread jointed. Pattern is written and illustrated. Best for intermediate sewing levels. $14.00 and available in my Etsy shop, Patternmart or Craftsy.
From my new children’s book, Tangled Magick, the sequel to Hapenny Magick, comes Huldfrejya, the …
April 14, 2015
Avril, The Goblin Traveler. I caught this guy trying to steal eggs from our chicken coop! Luckily he only got away with one and a nice black feather from the rooster. I don’t think he’ll be back, but I’ll be on the lookout for those red boots!
Avril is made from hand-dyed wool, but you can make him from many different doll making fabrics. Suppliers list included. Needle felted eyes, wired fingers. Shirt is made from a pair of children’s tights, boots are infant size 6-12 months. Thread jointed. Avril is 17″ tall.
Best for intermediate sewers.
Available in my Etsy shop or at Patternmart.
Avril, The Goblin Traveler. I caught this guy trying to steal eggs from our chicken coop! Luckily …
March 19, 2015
Inspired by a wood carving of a rabbit I just had to have! Now I have a soft version too! He’s easy to sew, no joints, with a cute as an Easter bunny embroidered face, nose and tummy. You could even put your own Easter or Spring message on his tummy. Directions are written and illustrated. Find the download link to purchase this pattern below the pictures or visit my Etsy or Craftsy page!
An easy to sew felt bunny to invite spring into your home! He is free standing at 11-1/2″ tall and …
March 9, 2015
Courtney working with Will on “A Storm is Coming”
Making a musical is a lot of work, but how can I complain about something that I love so much? I can’t! It was wonderful getting to work with William Ogmundson on this project and we have a show that we can be proud of.
Not only did I get to work with Will, but I got to work with some very talented local performers as well.
Courtney is a sophomore and wants to pursue a career in musical theater. She has been in the junior intern program at our local summer stock theater with my son Aaron for several years.
You can hear Courtney singing “A Storm is Coming” by pressing play in the media bar below!
My oldest son Colin in the recording studio.
Not only did I get to work with talented rising stars like Courtney, but my own boys also recorded the music with me. Colin took the role of Callum and helped teach us what being a Hybilia Froedlicker is all about. Check Callum’s song out by pressing the play button on the media player below!
And I couldn’t help myself but share a bit of “A Troll Has Got To Eat” sang by husband and wife duo, Linda Altson-Lambert and Jay Lambert.
And of course, I couldn’t stay away from all the fun! So I let Will talk me into singing the parts for Maewyn.
Here is the song I co-wrote with Will, “Come Back To Me”. It has a special place in my heart.
If you would like to produce the musical of Hapenny Magick in your community theatre, contact me!! We’d love to see it on a stage in every town! If you are a teacher and would like a copy of the script for a reader’s theatre in your class drop me a line! I’ll share the music with you and your students and even schedule a skype session to chat with your class.
January 30, 2015
Did you know you could find me in the Digital Human Library? What’s the Digital Human Library? I’m glad you asked!
The Digital Human Library (dHL) is a free educational resource that connects Canadian teachers and students with organizations and experts from all over the world. K-12 teachers registered with the dHL can search for meBook experts like they would search for books in a library. dHL meBooks can then be borrowed to collaborate with classroom teachers on an activity, lesson, or presentation that would later be shared with students using videoconferencing solutions like Skype, FieldTripZoom, H.323 technology, or Google+ Hangouts … So now, in addition to the use of books and other classroom resources, students can now engage with real people, in real time, using videoconferencing technology to learn curriculum-based concepts and skills in new and exciting ways. The Digital Human Library brings the field trip experience into the classroom!
Today there are hundreds of meBooks registered with the dHL, like the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Botanical Gardens, and Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. meBooks are experts in a variety of subject areas who are interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with students to help enrich our classroom programs and provide support for teachers. Field trips and guest speakers are expensive, and in many cases the distances are far too great for students to travel. As a result, teachers can offer only a few of these exciting opportunities for learning over the course of the school year. The Digital Human Library is a resource that provides teachers and students with unlimited access to these unique learning opportunities not otherwise available from any other type of classroom resource.
Videoconferencing makes it easy and affordable for teachers to bring the field trip experience into the classroom. Imagine your child sharing stories of adventures to museums, archaeological digs, art galleries, and festivals, or explaining what the class learned from an optometrist, farmer, and musician! The possibilities are endless . . .
The Digital Human Library creates opportunities for teachers and community members to work together to inspire student inquiry, increase student engagement and participation, improve student learning and achievement, and strengthen relationships between communities and schools. These partnerships enhance learning opportunities for students, as well as incorporate 21st century content, global perspectives, learning skills, resources, and technologies into our classroom programs to create resources for students that are relevant, current, accessible and inclusive.
We always talk about how we need to make the world better for our kids. We also need to make the kids better for our world. ~ Martin Molata
Get involved! Try something new. Together we can transform learning in ways that will inspire our students achieve success.
January 23, 2015
My good friend, Kris Asselin’s new book is coming this April!! You can win a free copy by entering here.
Here’s what the book is about:
Penelope Spaulding just can’t catch a break. Between long hours at the family restaurant, homework, and her parents’ plans for her future, it’s hard to find a spare moment to breathe. But when she laces up her skates and steps on the ice, everything slips away…
Racing around the rink allows her to blow off steam after yet another fight with her dad about going to culinary school. So when Jake Gomes, the bad boy who lives down the street, dares her to join the Rink Rats, the local misfit hockey team, she surprises herself and joins in silent defiance of her father and his expectations.
The more she plays, the easier it is to keep lying, and soon Pen finds it impossible to come clean. She’s sneaking out to practice—and loving every minute of it. It doesn’t take long for her to fall in love with hockey…and Jake’s not half bad either. But she knows it can’t last. As soon as her dad finds out, she’ll be benched. For good.
She’s absolutely not going to tell her parents until she’s sure it will be worth the inevitable fight. Not only is she skipping shifts at Slice Pizza while a foodie reality show is on the horizon, but her lies are starting to take their toll on her game. It’s only a matter of time before everything falls apart.
With the team counting on her and with her relationship with Jake on the line, will she have to sacrifice the thing she wants most for the people she loves? Or can she step up and take her best shot?
ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT will be available HERE from Bloomsbury Spark on April 7, 2015.
Any Way You Slice It – Bloomsbury Spark –April 7, 2015
About the Author:
Kristine Asselin lives in Massachusetts and writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fiction. In addition to ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT, she is the author of fifteen children’s books for the elementary school library market. The most recent, DANGEROUS DISEASES, was published in 2014. Kris is a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and loves Harry Potter, Doctor Who, classic rock from the 70’s and 80’s, and anything with a time travel theme. She is a proud member of SCBWI-New England, the Fall Fourteeners (a group blog of YA debut authors), Sporty Girl Books blog, and #MGLitChat.
Kris presents writing workshops at schools and libraries all over New England and loves talking with kids and adults about their favorite books. ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT is her debut Young Adult novel. Learn more about Kris on her, Website, Facebook, Twitter or Blog
Mark “Any Way You Slice It” to read on Goodreads!!
January 15, 2015
Tangled Magick is coming in April 2015! It’s the sequel to my award winning children’s book Hapenny Magick!
Here’s what the book is about:
A hapenny should live a simple life, but two years ago Maewyn Bridgepost discovered her magick and saved her village from a troll invasion. Now as an official Protector of the Wedge, Maewyn shares in the responsibility of keeping it’s residents safe.
When her mentor, the wizard Callum, leads a Great Expedition, Maewyn joins, knowing that to be the best protector she can be, she must be familiar with what the world holds beyond her tiny village.
When you are only 3 foot tall, the outside world can be a scary place, and the hapennies soon find themselves knee deep in troll trouble. Captured by a gang of trolls the group is taken to a broken-down castle to be servants to the troll queen, Huldfrejya. Unfortunately, Callum is cast into a deep slumber. It’s up to Maewyn to rescue herself and her friends before they are entangled by a powerful magickal enchantment that will turn them into slaves to the troll queen forever!
Pre-order Tangled magick at any indie bookstore or Amazon, Barnes and Noble
The beautiful music was composed by my partner in crime, William Ogmundson. We turned Hapenny Magick into a musical. If you are involved in theater and would like to consider producing it, just email me. I have the script and demo CD available.