Author and educator, Judy Bruns, has come out with three children’s paperback picture books and one book for middle school teachers since May. Bruns is a retired language arts teacher and Power of the Pen coach, herself, who has been published in hometown and Christian newspapers, in magazines, and other publications.
In Bruns’s book Painting Grandma’s Nails, child character Violet Sue Peabody, nicknamed Sweet Pea, visits her grandma every Saturday to paint her nails with “love polish.” A problem develops, though, when Grandma’s friends down the hall get jealous and demand equal attention! Painting Grandma’s Nails combines tender relationships with bouts of humor. The illustrations, by the 2014 Indiana Elementary Art Teacher of the Year, Kathy Ayers, will warm your heart like hugs from your own favorite grandma, and the clever ending will make you smile.
A second title by Bruns, Prompts That Make Kids BEG to Write!, is a resource book for middle school language arts teachers and for parents who want to help their children become better story writers. The paperback features 200 prompts, many of them engagingly humorous. Twelve pages are devoted exclusively to tips for teachers of writing.
Now I’m a BIG Girl and Now I’m a BIG Boy! are short, parent read-alouds for young children that let them know they were precious from the very beginning. Children will find the books especially fascinating when a new baby sister or brother is on the way. With lyrical words, both books show human development in a cute, understandably simple and cartoonish way.
Bruns’s books will be available on-line at , www.cocopublication.com, www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com. You can also follow Bruns on her Amazon author page. She does readings and talks in elementary and middle school classes; also, book signings at exhibits. Her previous writings include the children’s picture books Donnie Lost in the Cornfield and Hattie and Her 43 Cats.