Casey and Bella take on... NYC!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Have any of you had the pleasure of reading Jane Lovascio's Casey and Bella Books? If not, you and the kids are missing out. What a treat we were in for with this book, and Sophia has had me read it to her three times all ready. It does help that one of the dogs, the little Jack Russell Casey, looks exactly like my own Dixie. Casey and Bella are real dogs, and they live with the author, Jane, a Boston University grad and loving dog owner.

Join Casey and Bella as they journey into NYC on the Ferry and meet interesting animals and make new friends along the way. The Illustrations and story are just adorable, and we will be looking to add more booksfrom the Casey and Bella series to our library very soon.

The best part is right now, Cuddlybooks is holding a contest for kids to help develop the next book in the Casey and Bella series! The Grand Prize Winner receives a $500.00 cash prize, plaque, certificate, and his/her story idea will be developed and written by the author, then professionally illustrated and published by Big Tent Books the following year as the next book in the Casey and Bella book series. How cool is that?

For more information on the writing contest, specifically held for third and fourth graders, check out the official rules here. Writing is so liberating for children, and boosts their self esteem and confidence, improves their imagination, and makes parents proud whether they win or not. Get your kids writing when ever they can, and enter this contest before April, 2009. I know entering writing contests was a huge part of my childhood, and did wonders for my self esteem, plus, I still have the savings bonds I won in the 6th grade!

I can't wait to get the next installment in the Casey and Bella series, "Casey and Bella go to Hollywood". 'Can't get enough of the cuteness? They have cute and cuddly Casey and Bella plush animals. I think those will be in the Christmas stockings this year!