Reflections on Writing For Children by Rebecca Loescher

Friday, March 6, 2020

Thursday, August 9, 2012

It's Here!

My picture book, Over On the Vineyard, Count and Sing Around Martha's Vineyard, is now in a number of stores on the island and sales are going well. My illustrator, Judy, and I have done a number of library visits and book signings. What fun it is for us to see the children's attentiveness and delight in both the words and illustrations!

The free music download can be found on the Audio Download page. It is adding lots of family singing fun for children. My daughter Laurie and her girls recorded it, and I'm grateful to them for their great work on this! They'll be joining us on Martha's Vineyard in just a few days.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's in the Works!

Last week, when my husband and I were on Martha's Vineyard, we picked up the completed illustrations for my next book, Over On the Vineyard. The day after we came off-island we took them to the printer in NJ, and the process is now in the works! The first round of proofs, the color scans and disc, will arrive while we are in Aruba. Upon our return, I will head for Martha's Vineyard to begin rounds of checking over the scans, creating one or two new pages, and inserting the text on the pages with my illustrator, Judy, and our techie genius friend, Carolee, God's special gifts to me as friends, as well as for my book projects. We will meet for several sessions, shaping the final copy. It's all very exciting when we get together, bouncing creative ideas back and iron sharpening iron. Their imaginative contributions enrich my books significantly. They're the best!

While on-island, I took the illustrations to Bunch of Grapes Bookstore to show Susan Savory, who is in charge of children's books. Susan is also a gifted children's book illustrator! Her valuable input has been timely and more than helpful. I was so happy that Bunch of Grapes' owner, Dawn Braasch, was also there to see the illustrations. Their delight at Judy's wonderful paintings and encouragement about this soon-coming book has increased my excitement for this summer season on MV. And now they're planning a launch party for Over. I'm grateful for their kindness!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Welcome to Nature, Set to Rhythm!

Coming soon...reflections on children's writing and poetry

Friday, February 24, 2012

Coming Soon!

Count and Sing Around Martha's Vineyard by Rebecca Loescher and illustrated by Judith Pfeiffer

My newest picture book, OVER ON THE VINEYARD, Count and Sing Around Martha's Vineyard, presents counting for young children in delightful, rhythmic verse. Creative nonfiction, it abounds with fascinating island creatures and their young in their natural island habitats. My gifted illustrator, Judith Pfeiffer, has created winsome creatures in each setting, adding her amazing spirit of childlike fun to every page! Children will be drawn to her paintings of attentive animal parents watching over their babies, guiding and keeping them safe. Her facial features add a warm, loving dimension, communicating fun and joy to of her many gifts that drew me to her as an illustrator.

In style parallel to the traditional children's song, Over in the Meadow, children can both recite and sing through the book's page spreads, as they discover delightful details in Judy's illustrations. Various locations are spotlighted, including lighthouses, Gay Head cliffs, Lagoon and the drawbridge, etc. Children will be happy to find Mousie's reappearance from my first book, No Turn For Tern. Mousie is also happy to be back with his camera, ready for various scenarios as island creatures play during day. Then, as day fades to evening, and it's time for young creatures to settle down and go to sleep, children will discover one group that stays up all night! And these creatures are very special to Martha's Vineyard, with their own delightful island name!

Now in its 3rd printing!