Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator KidLit Blog By Rosie Russell
I'm excited to announce I have a new book coming! Watch for more details in the coming weeks. 

A book launch will be on my Facebook page. If you haven't been over to see it, jump over to my fan page at Books by Rose. Click a like to join in and to see more daily happenings.  

Here's a sneak peek of the cover. 
Celebrate “Take a Child Outside Week.”

Here are some fun activities you and your child can do together.

Experience the great outdoors by using your senses. 

Feel different leaves and plants. 

Are they smooth? Rough? Brittle?

This is also a great time to talk to your kids about plants in your area that are not safe or risky to touch such as, poison ivy.

Smell the great outdoors.

Does the morning hours smell different than the evening hours?

Smell different flowers and plants. Record your findings.

Listen to the great outdoors!

In the morning, do you hear different sounds than in the evening? How are they the same? How are they different? 

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Enjoy the shapes of nature.

Fall is a brilliant time to explore the leaves of their shapes and colors.

Collect different leaves and trace them on a piece of paper to color later. 

Do the old fun trick of rubbing a crayon on a piece of paper with the leaf underneath.

Cut them out to make a fun display or necklace.

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Create a list of things you expect to find outdoors.

Grab a bag and collect your items on a hunt for the things on your list.

Did you find some new items that you didn’t think or know about? 

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Check out those critter tracks!

Look for animal tracks in your backyard, the woods, or a nearby park.

Can you guess which animal left them?

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Look for different insects and record in your journal.

Snap a photo of them if you can, so you can do more research on them later.  
For those that love to draw, make a sketch of them. 

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Include a magnify glass in your search for all of the above suggestions.

Don’t forget to explore ponds and lakes for different types of fish and frogs.

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What activities would you suggest for “Take a Child outside Week?”

If you are celebrating this week, write us and let us know all the fun activities you discovered.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

For "Read A Book Day" lets celebrate the stories we all enjoy!

Join me on Goodreads to see all the books I love. 

Feel free to leave a note with some of your favorite books in the comment section below.

I'm looking forward to seeing the books you like to read! 

Happy Read A Book Day 2017!

Many students are heading back to school.

After raising two sons and working in our school district for fifteen years, I learned a few tricks along the way to keep things stress free for the school year.

Here are five simple tips to relieve the anxiety for those first days and throughout the school year. 

Plan in everything you do.

Have their supplies packed and ready to go. After the school year kicks into gear, keep track of needed supplies. A great way to do this, stock up on pencils, pens, Kleenex, or any items your child might run out of and need throughout the year.
Plan what clothes they will wear. The fall can bring warm and chilly temperatures so having a mix of clothes for both types of weather handy will make your morning go smoother. 
Check your child’s packback daily. If forms need signing, take care of them when you first see them or put them in a place to fill out later. This is a good time to see if homework is due for the next day or any upcoming projects that will need attention.
Have easy accessible breakfasts. For those that are not “breakfast eaters,” suggest a food they will eat. If they eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast, it's better than having nothing. 
Plan their lunches. Will they buy from the menu their school cafeteria or take their lunch each day? Make sure if they buy their lunches, have adequate money in their funds. For taking lunches, make a plan of what they may want to take. A trip to the store may be a fun way to involve them in the planning.
Build these habits when your little ones are young. It will instill a great since of responsibility when they are older.

What tips and tricks do you do at your home to get ready for school? Jot me a note in the comment section. 

I wish you a happy, successful, and stress free school year!


In honor of Book Lovers Day on August 9th, my writing pals and I are having fun this week by sharing all the ways we adore reading with the #BookLuvHop.

Visit the awesome bloggers listed at the end of this post who share their passion for reading. And hey, share your family-friendly blog link, along with a like or comment, and we'll spread the love your way!

Reading is good for you! It helps keep your brain sharp in so many ways. Studies have shown this time and time again. This ABC news article confirms, “What Reading Does for the Brain.”

There are many books to read out there. We read books to improve ourselves and build us stronger in our thinking and self-worth.

I enjoy reading books that encourage me to learn of new ways to look at things I hadn’t thought about before. 

We read to learn about other countries that we may want to visit or lands we want to experience, even if they’re mystical lands of the unknown.

It’s always fun to learn of new cultures and how others live.

A great fantasy will take you on an unexpected journey.  

Reading inspires us to try something new.  Learning how to make a craft, recipe, or improve our homes. My favorite recipes are when authors share the meaningful memories behind the meals they prepare. 

Audio Books are another way we can enjoy reading. Many times we can multitask. We can draw, paint, clean, or work on projects as we listen to a great story. 

We read to relax and to unwind from a busy day. One is never bored if they have a great book to read.
For me, having many books around to choose from is the best, depending on my mood. 

What do books mean to you? Do you read to enhance your learning or for the enjoyment of it.

We would love to hear from you. Leave us a comment in the section below.

As always, Happy Reading!


                                            More #BookLuvHop #Gr8Blogs

                                                               ►Cat Michaels
                                                                                           James Milson
                                                               Rebecca Lyndsey
                                                               ►Carmela Dutra
                                                               ►Julie Gorges

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Feel free to take a look around! Don't forget to check out the next page for my interviews with my featured guests! 
Thanks for stopping by. 
Happy Reading!
Last year, many of you may recall I shared this video of a pop up card I made. This took a long time to put together so I could only make one.

I have saved this card in hopes to run a contest for it this summer. I can’t believe July is here!

Starting Monday at 9 am, July 3rd, this giveaway will run for 5 days, to July 7th.  
Winners will be announced, Saturday morning, on July 08, 2017.

If you would like to enter, leave a comment below in this blog post, a comment on my Facebook page, and a like. You don't have to do all three. The more you do in the list above, the more chances you have to win.

Blog comment + Facebook comment + Like = 3 Entries.   

Good luck everyone!

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July! 



Ever felt that moment when, in the middle of a story, you become stuck? This can happen to all writers. 
   Here are ten simple suggestions to guide you when, “writer’s block,” and other obstacles occur. 

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Have faith in yourself!  

   You know the saying by Henry Ford, "If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right!"

   What we say to ourselves is important.  Remember back when you did well at something. I’m sure there were stumbling blocks to overcome, you pushed through and it happened.

If you hit that spot again, remind yourself of your past successes.

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Get started! 

   Sometimes, starting a project or writing a story is hard but it won’t happen until you start.
Even if you start with fifteen minutes a day, it's better than not writing anything at all.
The good news is, once you begin, you may not want to stop.

"The secret to getting ahead is getting started." Mark Twain

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Make time! 

   Create a specific schedule to write each day. When are you the most productive? In the morning or evening? Notice when you are full of ideas and use that time the best to your ability.

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Follow a routine.

   Once you figured out when your ideas come, create a routine to write. Stick to your plan every day.
   Morning seems the best for me. Afternoon or evening may work for you. Once you create a routine, it will turn into a habit. 

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Get inspired!  

   Look at photos, magazines, or view splendid paintings and art. If you're writing on a certain subject, surround yourself with something that pertains to your writing. If you're writing a novel, listen to music from that period of time
   Does an idea come to mind? A notion? A feeling?

   "One picture is worth ten thousand words." Chinese Proverb

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Don’t be shy to ask for help!

   Visit with a friend, family member, or a writers group for their insights. Many times they will catch something. We’re so close to what we've written, it's hard for us to see. 

   Try and keep an open mind to what feedback others can give. 

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Take a break.

   Go for a walk or do your favorite exercise. Work on your favorite hobby. 

Sometimes, getting away from where you write, is all you need to get past where you’re stuck.


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Break your work into segments.

   Giving attention to the whole story can be daunting. Break it into parts and concentrate on just that. 
   Check out different words that will inspire you to finish an idea. 
   Research a topic to complete that section.


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Trust your gut instincts!

   Have you ever written a sentence or segment you can’t get past that nagging sense something isn’t right? Either try to change it, or cut parts out of your story. For me, sometimes removing words or sections have been my best choice.

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Never Give Up!

Last, but not least, never give up! Keep going!
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What suggestions do you have for when you’ve hit an obstacle? 

Leave a comment below to share your ideas.

As always, happy reading and writing!
   We have had those times when we’ve wanted to sit and read to our kids and they show no interest and want to play. What to do? Here are a few suggestions that worked for me and I hope they'll work for you. 
   Nap time and bedtime is one way for exploring new books. You may find a different time that works better for you and your child.


   Look for the proper age level book. If they are toddlers or younger, check out stories with engaging illustrations and limited words. ABC, animal, and rhyming books are an excellent first choice.
   For preschoolers, subjects they can relate to and something they treasure. It’s so easy for us to choose this or that one, but finding tales “interesting to them” is the key.
   Pick a comfortable place that's well lit.

   Point out things before you begin. Give attention to the cover and guess what it might be entail. For older children, show them the author and illustrator's name and talk about what their roles are.
   If there's dialog, change your voice to the characters. Make them as goofy as you want. Children love this!  
   Ask a few questions along the way. Search for objects or people in the story to keep them involved.

Illustrators draw the pictures in the book.
   At the end of each story, ask them their favorite part or character.
   If you start with a book and they are not acting interested, skip it and choose another one. If that doesn’t work, wait for another time. Keep trying!
   Once you create a habit every day, they will relish this experience. You’ll build and instill the love of learning in them. 

   Most of all, have fun spending these precious moments with your child!  
   Let's hear from you! Tell us ways you have found reading to your young ones that are “Busy Bees.”
   Leave your comments below to share what works for you.

Happy Reading!

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   Baseball season is starting up soon. Our family cannot wait!

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   It’s a sport we've loved for many years. Before having our sons, we followed the Kansas City Royals win the championship in 1985. In 2015, our family saw every Kansas City Royals game that led up to another champion win!

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   Our sons played on teams and their dad coached them for seventeen years. Looking back, it’s a wonder how we managed so many games. For those of you that are “sports parents,” you know the drill. Quick dinner meals, picking those up that needed rides to the game, snacks and drinks bought for the team, and uniforms washed each evening.
   The memories and friendships built over the years are cherished forever!

   To show you how much we adore baseball, we even redid our kitchen. We might be the only ones with a sky painted on the ceiling, cork balls for knobs, and baseball bats for handles. It’s unique, but we love it.



   We went to see the New York Yankees in 2007 and the Chicago Cubs in 2008.

   We've seen every baseball movie available, but this one hits home, “The Field of Dreams.” In 2008, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit this amazing place in Dyersville, IA.


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We as families, find something to bond us together.

Please share your stories here today.  

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Happy Spring everyone!



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