Posts Tagged With: The Devil’s Den

Author Visits For Schools And How to Approach The Reluctant Reader Creature

When it comes to school visits, I like to do things a little different. If you look at the picture below, which was taken  at Fulbright Junior High in Bentonville, Arkansas, you will notice some things are missing.

A Stage. A Microphone. A Huge Assembly of Students.

While working with small groups, 100 or less, requires me to repeat the same session 3-5 times each author visit, it’s worth the extra effort. I connect with students more effectively in this manner, allowing direct interaction. Kids are much less intimidated by their fellow students in small groups, allowing them to ask questions freely and join discussions. It gives kids the feeling of being included in the process instead of simply watching a show up on the stage.

 

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Thinking back on my memories of being a young reluctant reader, I must warn you about something. There are certain students who require a different approach.

Some reluctant readers are mysterious creatures. Approach carefully, stealthily, or they will dash to the door!

I was one of those.

My only advice would be this. Do not come at them with books in your hands, offering something to read. This is the equivalent of Superman’s kryptonite. They will immediately make a speedy exit or simply push away each book you offer. Instead, pull out your bag of tricks and get your reluctant readers to help you. Kids want to feel important and be treated like adults. Give them that opportunity by asking for their advice. The next time you need to buy a gift for your niece/nephew/child, find one of your reluctant readers and ask what is one of their favorite movies or games for the purpose of choosing a gift for your family member. Use that information to search for a related book and then ask for their advice again, saying you would like to give your friend/family member a book as part of the gift. Since the reluctant reader suggested the movie or game, ask if they would read some of the book and give their opinion on your choice. It sounds like a lot of work but this is how you can help young students discover their specific combination of story requirements that may ultimately get them hooked on reading. At the very least, you have directly involved them in the process of choosing a book and made them feel important.

 

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Arkansas Author is First – Two Time Winner of Historical Association’s Susannah DeBlack Award

James Babb’s first novel The Devil’s Backbone won the Arkansas Historical Association’s Susannah DeBlack award in 2015- pictured below.

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In April 2018, Babb’s novel titled The Devil’s Den won the same award, making him the first two-time recipient – pictured below.

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The Devil’s Den was published by Plum Street in 2017.

Babb writes historical fiction with a steady stream of action and adventure. His first series has drawn special attention from reluctant readers and racked up a total of six awards.

For author school visit information contact James at silverinkbooks @ windstream . net

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Foreman School Visit

James visited Foreman recently and was delighted with how excited the students were about his books. It was a school visit that he will not forget. James was invited to eat with a few of the leaders of the reading counts program and enjoyed the meal and discussions.

“Foreman was great to me and I want to thank them for everything.” Lunch with the Author - Foreman

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The Devil’s Den Book launch giveaway results!

The winners!

There were 590 entries in the contest!

1st Prize! There were 590 entries in The Devil’s Den book launch giveaway. 1st prize winner is Robert Reames! He wins a nights stay at one of The Devil’s Den State Park cabins, a year pass to the Fort Smith Historic Site, a free pass for two to the Fort Smith Museum, and ICE CREAM! And a signed copy of book one, The Devil’s Backbone. Congrats Robert.

2nd Prize in The Devil’s Den book launch giveaway. 2rd prize winner is Martha Roper Blackwell! She wins the knife and deer call! Congrats Martha.

3rd prize winner is Jennifer Money Rhoades! She wins two fishing reels and rods, and a pack of fishing lures! Congrats Jennifer.

 

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Another Book launch giveaway! More Lures!

Win more lures!

Update: 17 entries. Winner Robert Galligher​ . Message us an address. To celebrate the release of The Devil’s Den(Book 3), we are giving away these fishing lures. Comment or Like this post to enter and don’t forget to share with your friends. Winner will be chosen at random, Sunday October 1st at 4pm. Go HERE or Amazon to see the family friendly books in this series.

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Don’t miss the huge Treasure Trip book launch giveaway that has already started.

Go HERE to enter and read the official rules.

 

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Another Book launch giveaway! Fishing gear!

Win More Fishing Gear!

Update: 12 entries. Winner Bob Walter! Message us your address. To celebrate the release of The Devil’s Den(Book 3), we are giving away fishing gear. Comment or Like this post to enter and don’t forget to share with your friends. Winner will be chosen at random, Sunday October 1st at 5pm. Go HERE or Amazon to see the family friendly books in this series.

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Don’t miss the huge Treasure Trip book launch giveaway that has already started.

Go HERE to enter and read the official rules.

 

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Another Book launch giveaway! Camo Hat!

Win this hat!

Update: 24 entries. Winner Stephen Harned ! To celebrate the release of The Devil’s Den(Book 3), we are giving away a camouflage hat. Comment or Like this post to enter and don’t forget to share with your friends. Winner will be chosen at random, Sunday October 1st at 6pm. Go HERE or Amazon to see the family friendly books in this series.

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Don’t miss the huge Treasure Trip book launch giveaway that has already started.

Go HERE to enter and read the official rules.

 

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Another Book launch giveaway!

Win a copy of The Devil’s Backbone!

Update: 14 entries. Winner Jimna Pearce Stinnett with a last minute entry. To celebrate the release of The Devil’s Den(book 3), we are giving away another copy of The Devil’s Backbone(book 1). Comment or Like this post to enter and don’t forget to share with your friends. Winner will be chosen at random tomorrow, October 1st at 7pm central. Go HERE or Amazon to see the books in this series.

Book cover with IPPY Award

 

 

Don’t miss the huge Treasure Trip book launch giveaway that has already started.

See the details below and go HERE to enter and read the official rules.

 

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Another Book launch giveaway! Fishing gear!

Win Fishing Gear!

Update: 12 entries. Winner Jason Webb ! Message us your address. To celebrate the release of The Devil’s Den(Book 3), we are giving away fishing gear. Comment or Like this post to enter and don’t forget to share with your friends. Winner will be chosen at random, Sunday October 1st at 8pm. Go HERE or Amazon to see the family friendly books in this series.

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Don’t miss the huge Treasure Trip book launch giveaway that has already started.

Go HERE to enter and read the official rules.

 

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Another Book launch giveaway!

Win a copy of The Devil’s Backbone!

Update: 56 entries. Winner Glenda Smith​ ! Message us your address. To celebrate the release of The Devil’s Den(book 3), we are giving away another copy of The Devil’s Backbone(book 1). Comment or Like this post to enter and don’t forget to share with your friends. Winner will be chosen at random tomorrow, October 1st at 9pm central. Go HERE or Amazon to see the books in this series.

Book cover with IPPY Award

 

 

Don’t miss the huge Treasure Trip book launch giveaway that has already started.

See the details below and go HERE to enter and read the official rules.

 

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