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Interview Friday with LeeAnna Kail, author of The OWL Who Couldn't WHOO

Ever since LeeAnna Kail was little, she had an interest in writing. In fact, when she was in the fourth grade, she completed a career project and dressed as an author with dreams of writing her own book one day. LeeAnna attended Duquesne University with a double major in political science and English with intentions of attending law school after graduation. While studying abroad in Rome, Italy, LeeAnna had a change of heart and decided to continue her education at Duquesne studying elementary education instead. She knew she found her niche the first day of class. Inspired by an assignment from a children’s literature course, LeeAnna's dream of writing a book has come true. LeeAnna currently teaches in Pittsburgh and hopes to be an inspiration to her students to follow their dreams. I want to thank LeeAnna for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today. VS: How long have you been writing? LeeAnna: I have been writing since I was a little girl. I

Book Review Tuesday: The OWL Who Couldn't WHOO

“Join Ollie on his adventure in searching for his sister and learning the significance of being different.” About the Book: While providing insightful perspectives on diversity, The OWL Who Couldn’t WHOO offers educators, libraries, parents and young readers a fresh new look on anti-bullying and self-confidence. My girls really enjoyed this book. My youngest loved saying all of Ollie’s special words (“WHEERE!” or “WHEEN!” or “WHYY!” and sometimes “WHAAT!” ) and it was a great exercise for my oldest who is in speech to practice some of the words she has difficultly with in a fun new way. The author LeeAnna Kail wrote the book as more of a fun story to show how to get along with others who are different, but my family found other valuable things as you can see written with in the pages. One reason why this writing mama feels picture books are important to have within your bookshelves.  The story is simply told with just enough details within the illustrations and co


Sunset on the Square (SOTS), Friday night FREE family movies on the Town Square in the City of St. George is a huge success with more than 2000 attendees per event.  The event is hosted by Write It Up! and the City of St. George.   Friday, August 16 th , will be a make-up date for the Charity Night that was previously rained out on July 26, 2013. This year there are many great movies and special events scheduled.   “Charity Night is one of my favorite events associated with Sunset on the Square.   Tonight we have a lot of extras planned with balloon animals, fake tattoos, lots of games at the vendor booths, more prizes than ever before and many wonderful organizations to learn more about.   We hope everyone comes out to show their support and appreciation for works of all charitable organizations.” explained Dawn McLain, the Event Coordinator.   Charitable Organizations Attending Include: Utah Public Radio - Charity of the Night Utah Foster Care Citi