Books by Rose Rosie Russell Children's Books Author Illustrator KidLit Blog By Rosie Russell
This past week, I had a book launch on my Facebook page for "Sherman the Shopping Cart: A Search and Find." 

Here are some tidbits on how I arrived on the illustrations and the back story on how this tale evolved. 

Let's get started!

Two of the older gentlemen in my book are my brothers.

The first one I will tell you about is our brother John. He passed away when our grandson was a baby so having him in this book is a special tribute to him. Here he’s holding Gingerbread cookies. I have a reason for including this illustration.  When John was in the service years ago, our mom sent him a goody basket overseas at Christmas. Instead of eating it himself, he passed out all the cookies and candy to the children where his post was stationed. He always felt so sorry for those children going through the war. That story never left me. 

My oldest brother Jim, in the Baking Aisle. He is a GREAT cook and loves going to the store more than anyone I know. He would spend all day there if he could. 

Uh oh! There's a mishap on aisle 11! 
Our youngest son is cleaning up something on aisle 11. Any guesses what that might be? 
(Number 11 was almost always his baseball number when growing up.) 

This is our friend Debbie on page 7. We always played Barbies when we were young so I tried to dress her up like one as much as I could. 

And of course I had to sneak Beasley in there on pg. 8, because everyone loves Beasley!  

In the Meat Department, I added a friend of ours that is known by all, for being a wonderful Chef.
On pg. 11, the sign with the BBQ grill is our friend that grills all our food at our reunion with friends every summer. He has entered his recipes in contests in our city at the American Royal BBQ Cook Off. He’s an awesome cook!

On pages 16 and 17, our son’s co-workers. Awesome people!! 

My friend Paula is on pg. 20. Her grandchildren and son are spread throughout the book.
Our one and only male cat Frank, is on page 29. 

All the other people you will see are made up. I started out with those I know but when I couldn't get them to look like them, I turned them into random people.  

The items you see in all the departments: some are made up, some are photos I took, and some came from the program I use to draw with. Photoshop and Photo Explosion. I also have a program called “InPixio,” which helped me clone many of the items so I wouldn’t have to draw each one. Then, I would go back and clean up the edges and tweak. It felt like it took forever, but the cloning tool helped it go so much faster. 

How this book became a story.

When our sons were young, they had a day off from school and we went shopping. When leaving the parking lot a shopping cart started rolling after us. I don't know if it was some kind of magnetic force, coincidence, or what, but that cart followed us almost to the end of the parking lot. It even turned when I turned the car. We laughed so hard! Our oldest, came home and wrote a story about it. I have looked and looked for that story and never did find it. I know it’s here somewhere. (I’ve saved just about everything they ever touched. Ha!)  The memory of it came back to me and I knew it had to become a book.

I hope you have enjoyed hearing more about my new book. 
If you are interested in purchasing a copy here are the links:
Barnes and Noble
Rainy Day Books

If you would like a signed copy, write me at
(We accept Paypal.) 

Thanks for stopping by.
As always, happy reading!

I'm excited to announce my new book is ready to order! Please visit Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

If you would like a signed copy of this book, or any of my books, write me a note at (USA only) We accept PayPal. 

I have reduced prices on ALL my books from now until November 10, 2017.

A book launch will be on my Facebook page starting Monday, November 6th. 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 "Sherman the Shopping Cart: A Search and Find." 
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See you then! 
As always, happy reading,
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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