So, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus. It wasn’t intentional, but sometimes things happen, right? Let me catch you up.
There was a trip to Nashville. I spent time with some amazing people. Josh played some expensive guitars. And the kids will remember only the bubble baths.
Then there’s been sickness. I was afraid it was hitting me like it did this time last year. Remember the pneumonia? Two nights before the road trip to Nashville I had a fever and chills and the kids covered me with 18 blankets on the couch. That’s not an exaggeration. But it worked. I sweated that sickness out, and a Z-pack took care of the rest, thank you, Lord.
There’s a new look around here too. Maybe you noticed. I’ve fancied up the website a bit (or, I should say, a young lady far more intelligent than me has fancied up the website.) She talks about “HTML code” and actually seems to know what that means. I can only tell you that now my updates will come in a newsletter format and that there’s also a new book-scroll-y thing at the top of my homepage. It’s pretty neato.
Yes, that is the technical term for it.
And then there’s a new book.
This is the one I started out with. The book that began everything for me.
Maybe you’ve heard the story, maybe you haven’t. Do you mind if I tell it again?
It’s just that God is so creative in his kindness. I absolutely must brag on Him.
It started four years ago on a normal day. I planned to walk to the park with a friend and her kids. Before we left, her son picked up a worm and asked if he could bring it along on the walk too. I have no idea what my friend’s answer was, but these words came out of my mouth: Would a worm go a walk?
And the story was born.
On a normal day.
It took months to write the book. I prayed, I edited, I revised, I cried, and I finally took it to a writer’s conference thinking, This is a huge waste of money.
But there was an editor also coming to that conference that was open to looking at picture book manuscripts. (Most editors aren’t. Picture books are expensive to publish and hard to sell.)
So I was counting on the guy. I needed to pitch him my story. I needed him to love it like I did.
And then he didn’t show.
I was horrified and devastated, of course. All that money wasted… But the conference staff helpfully reassigned me to a meeting with another editor, one who’s bio in the conference handbook said (rather loudly), “NOT INTERESTED IN PICTURE BOOKS.”
So, yeah, I wanted to cancel the meeting. Why pitch her a story she doesn’t want? But I went. Nervous as I was, it would be good practice even if she didn’t want my story.
And sure enough, she didn’t.
But what she did want was to know if I would consider writing something else for them.
Turns out, that meeting with that editor led to the God Bless series, and that series that led to Would a Worm Go on a Walk? finally being published by some of the most lovely people I’ve ever met.
These folks here, actually.
I went to that conference asking God to give me my way. Give me one book, God. Instead, He gave me ten books. His way.
We must not ever underestimate what God can do.
There is no circumstance he cannot change in a moment. There is no “normal” day that he cannot use to interrupt our course. There is no disappointment or devastation that He cannot use for our good and his ultimate glory.
God is wildly creative in his goodness.
And if we’ll let God use us as His canvas, He can turn our very normal stories into very amazing testimonies.
So let’s let Him, shall we?
On that note, let’s do a giveaway!
Leave a comment below to be entered to win a copy of Would a Worm Go on a Walk?
Let’s do favorite children’s book…ready? Go!
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You’re my favorite children’s book author 🙂 Does that count? Right now we’re really loving Ben Wolf’s I’d Punch a Lion and my kids are never tired of Llama Llama. I love The Napping House myself. It’s so rare I get to experience that… can’t wait to see you soon!
Your answer sounds familiar… Have I already asked this question on the blog?! Good grief. I could use a few more naps myself. And we love Llama Llama too. 🙂
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell was my
all-time, favorite book to read to my girls. It always put a smile on our faces. 🙂
Hi Tara! We’ve recently discovered this one too and have read it several times. 😉 Thanks so much for reading and commenting!
LOVE these books! My daughter loves them as well… We can’t wait to own all of them!
Well thanks, JJ. I wasn’t fishing for compliments when I posed the questions, but I really appreciate it. I’m so thankful for your support.
Big Red Barn and The Day the Crayons Quit. Of course we also love the God Bless series! 🙂
Ooh, the Day the Crayons Quit is so wonderful. One of my favorites too!
So happy for you! My kids love Good Night, Gorilla. They always crack up at the artwork, and trying to find where the mouse is hiding on each page. I can’t wait to share your books with them!
We love Good Night, Gorilla too. We like watching the balloon get smaller and smaller. 🙂 And thank you! I hope they like them!
Loved this! Really needed this right now.
I’m so glad, Meagan. Thanks for reading.
Oh so many to choose from! My kids love them all! Usborne’s books, your books, llama llama books, goodnight construction site, etc. We read them all daily! (And multiple times thru too.) There was a book of my dads tho so that was my favorite growing up – it was a Richard Scary book and it was lost in a move way back when. So sad. Congrats on the new book!!! I’m so excited to find it and add it to our stash! I need some new material. Lol.
Oh and I subscribed! I think it’s funny how your posts seem to resonate with something that’s happening in my life at that very moment. 🙂
Yay! Glad you subscribed. And I’m glad it resonated. That’s God at work. 🙂
I loved the Richard Scary books too. Have you watched the TV show with your kids? It’s just not the same. 🙁 And I’m sorry you lost your book. But there’s always Amazon, right?!
You know I can’t pick favorites, right?? I loved all the fairy tale storybooks growing up, Berenstein Bears, and anything Tomie dePaola or Steven Kellogg. Currently, my kids’ favorites are Strega Nona, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, and Press Here (one for each kid who actually enjoys being read to right now!) ?
I loved Berenstein Bears too…and then I grew up and realized how long they are. Our children do not understand the commitment their parents are undertaking when they pick one of those right before nap time. It must be love. 🙂
We loved reading the Old Lady who swallowed a Fly! When the girls were younger. I know, silly- but we love silly! Right now, we’re reading the silly poems from Shel Silverstein! We love to laugh! Your books are amazing!! Even though my girls are older, they love reading them to the littles that come to visit our house!! I’m so proud of you and happy that you have had such great success!!
Thank you, Kendra! You guys are so sweet. And I’m looking forward to getting into Shel Silverstein with the kids when they’re a bit older. Which of his is your favorite?
I really like the Skippy John Jones books.
I’ve not read any of those, Susan. We’ll have to check them out. Thanks for the recommendation!
Right now, Go Dog Go! is one of Maverick’s favorites & I’m not sure I have ONE favorite 🙂 I love fairy tale books !!
Ooh. Go Dogs Go is fun. It’s Fox in Sox that nearly drives me mad. It’s a lot of effort to read, that one. 😉
We are into Dr. Seuss & Bernstein Bears books right now (or Dr. Suessy and Bears & Stein as he calls them, lol). I’m also sharing on Facebook!
Haha! How cute. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Libby!
Too many to pick a favorite, but one book that comes to mind is The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous. First heard this story my first year of school. Mrs. Bassham, my teacher read it to us at Easter and we decorated a tree in the classroom then later planted it on the playground.
What a sweet memory, Ms. Quinton. I’ll have to check that one out next Easter. Thank you! 🙂
Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli-we picked it up from the Children’s Library last year (ish) and the kids still talk about it.
The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog
I Am A Bunny
Skippyjon Jones-the kids love my very best Spanish accent?
Here’s Hank is a series by Henry Winkler that I stumbled upon at the ol’ Barnes and Noble while looking for a God Bless book-it’s chapter books, but I had to mention them-we needed a great series geared toward boys for Hunter. It’s been difficult to find good boy character books. They’re also written in an easy to read font for kids with dyslexia…
We love your books and are steadily building up our collection!
We are a book house. We love so many that it would be the longest list ever.
We like Leslie Patricelli too. Every time I read one I think, Now why didn’t I think of that?!
Yeah, I’ve heard it’s hard to find good chapter books for boys. Has he read the Ranger in Time books? We got one at the book fair this year, and all the (older) kids loved it. It’s not necessarily geared towards boys only, but it hit a good middle ground.
And thank you so much for reading my books too. It’s a great honor to be included on your list.
Too many favorites!! The Big Hungry Bear and the Red Ripe Strawberry, The Napping House and Nobunny’s Perfect.
I guess I’m gonna have to look into this Napping House book. It’s a popular one. Thanks for chiming in, dear. 🙂
Just got Worm book,Fall andBobob book in mail.love the worm one ,all good !keep up the great work!will be sharing!
Wow, thanks for the incredible support, Marian! I appreciate it so much. 🙂
My daughter’s current favorites are Go Dogs, Go!, Goodnight Little One, and Richard Scarry’s This is Me. She goes through phases. We were reading God Bless You and Goodnight every night since she was born, but now we rotate through our good night books.
I saw Goodnight Little One recently, and it was so, so cute. I don’t have it yet, but I hope it add it soon. I can’t decide if you can ever have too many books or not… Thanks for commenting!
And I’m so glad she likes God Bless You and Goodnight too. I’m kinda partial to that one myself. 🙂
Love God Bless Fall , Hannah you’re an inspiration!! ?
YOU’RE the greatest, Cindy. I’m pretty sure you’ve singlehandedly kept me in business. 😉
Many have remarked to me that you have been an inspiration to them. I am sharing this with my daughter. She occasionally , like all of us, gets overwhelmed by everyday life as a wife, mother and full time employee. I think she will find strength in your message.
Oh Ginger, that’s so sweet to hear. Not because of me but because God is so kind. He cares about your daughter, He cares about me, He cares about you and He’s able to use each of us to encourage each other. He wants us to know we’re not alone because He’s just that wonderful. I hope she’s able to connect here. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
I loved “On Beyond Zebra”–a very inspirational Dr. Seuss and “The True Princess”. Also, does this count? The whole Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew series.:). Not exactly picture books but great, easy to read books. Encyclopedia Brown anyone? I’m showing my age, aren’t I! Haha! Love your work, Hannah! So full of praise to God for you!!!❤️??
Thank you, sweet Karen. And, yes, those definitely count. Especially Nancy Drew. Gibson was reading a Nancy Drew the other day and just seeing that yellow cover made me nostalgic. I loved those books. So, yes, they definitely do count. 🙂
Such a good, good story Hannah! So encouraging in every area of life to think that “God is wildly creative in his goodness.” Love that line. See you in a few weeks!
I’m so happy for your success, Hannah, and so encouraged by your story to keep on and wait for God’s timing. I do love your books!
Besides YOUR children’s books, I enjoy All of Baby Nose to Toes, Read to Tiger, and pretty much all of the Sandra Boynton books.
Thank you, sweet Heather. 🙂 And I love Sandra Boynton too. Every time I read one of hers, I think, “Why did I not think of that?!?” She’s so fun and her rhymes are so easy and silly. I agree. They’re great books. And my kids love Read to Tiger too. Every time the kids says, “No more toot tooting” we get rolls of laughter around here…
One of my favorites is Guess How Much I Love You:)
Hi Emilee! Yes! Guess How Much I Love You is so, so, so sweet. It’s a favorite bedtime book around my house. Thanks so much for chiming in!
I’m so happy I found your website! I received God Bless You and Good Night as a gift and it is now part of our nightly ritual with my 18month-old son. -My husband and I both know it by heart! We can’t wait to read the others!
We also love On the Night You Were Born, I Thank God for This Day and The Robot and the Blue Bird.
Thank you so much for your beautiful words that play such a significant role in our daily lives.
Thank you so much, Krystal! I’m so glad you found your way here too! I love to hear when kids love one of the books, and I REALLY love to hear that their parents like it too. 😉
And I agree, On the Night You Were Born is so, so sweet. And she’s written others in that series, but I haven’t read those yet. Have you? I’m sure they’re lovely too.
Thank you so much for reading and for commenting. I’m so glad to have you!