It’s pink, it sparkles, it’s autographed, and it could be yours.
We have not one, but two Kylie Jean inspired cowboy hats to give away to two lucky readers! Plus, we’ll add in a complete set of the Kylie Jean series, eight books in all! Simply leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, Feb. 28 to enter our giveaway.
We recently sat down with author Marci Peschke to chat about the charming Kylie Jean series…
First of all, congratulations on recently winning the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award for Blueberry Queen.
Thanks! I am very honored and excited to receive such an important award. I think it is great that the Moonbeam Award is given for positive books for children and Kylie Jean is such a positive girl.
Kylie Jean was an instant hit with readers. Reviewers lauded the books as “cheerful and fresh,” “delightful and charming,” and “a winner,” to quote just a few. What is it about this spunky Southern belle that resonates so much with readers?
I think it is her can-do spirit and her sense of fun. She always wants to try new things!
The inspiration for the books came from a very real Kylie Jean. Tell us a little bit about that.
The real Kylie Jean is my niece. She is a little southern belle and really does have a dog called Ugly Brother! Some of the things that happen in the books are inspired by things that happen to her, but most of them are made up. In the fall I was a guest author at the real Kylie Jean's school. She is in the third grade now. It made her an instant celebrity! She loves sharing the books with her friends and I have even included her best friends' names in some of the books. She says, "It's really fun to have an author for an aunt."
Kylie Jean’s adventures continue this spring with four new titles on dancing, football, singing, and spelling. How did you decide on these new adventures?
I took dance lessons as a girl, so dancing queen seemed like a theme many girls would relate to. Since I live in Texas and football is such a HUGE part of our culture I just had to write a football book! Singing queen was inspired by some little girls that I saw on the internet singing the national anthem. Most schools have spelling bees and being smart is important, so I thought an academic competition might make a nice story. I am always on the lookout for good ideas!
In addition to writing children’s books, you also work as a school librarian. How does your day job influence your writing? What do your students think about your success?
I love children's books! When I was a classroom teacher I had a class library of over 3000 books. The kids at my school love knowing a real author. They come into the library and ask if any of my books are available. Usually they are ALL checked out and I have several copies, so it’s pretty exciting for them.
Are you working on more Kylie Jean titles?
Yes! I just finished Pirate Queen. Pirates are a passion of mine, so out of all of the books I have written, it’s my favorite Kylie Jean story. Arrgh!
Don't forget to leave a comment by Tuesday, Feb. 28 for a chance to win! Good luck!