Nancy Raines Day is known for her warm and witty rhyming and concept books, most recently Baby’s Firsts, Hoorade Day! and Pirate Jack Gets Dressed. Her colorful past includes growing up on the East Coast, attending college in the Midwest, and raising a family on the West Coast. Now she lives with her husband and three cats in Georgia’s Golden Isles.
Nancy is the author of a dozen picture books. Among her favorite subjects are nature and animals, math and music. She is powered by white chocolate mochas, her favorite refreshment as she works.
Quite simply, kids are the best audience one can have. Especially to picture-book age children, everything is new and exciting. And kids carry the books they love in their minds and hearts for the rest of their lives. I know I did!
I hope reading my book together will help forge connections between adult and child. They might share a giggle, talk about an unfamiliar word, appreciate rhyme, rhythm, or wordplay, discuss the theme, or bring up their own life or day's experiences.
When I was young, my favorite picture book was The Cat in the Hat. I loved the rhyme, the wacky humor, and the idea that you could do whatever you wanted in your imagination. I knew it by heart then, and I still do. When I read it to my own children, I could read it over and over again and never get tired of it. Now that's writing!
Make time to read together every day. We used to pile into our king-sized bed every night, and each child got to choose a book to read. Our kids, now grown, still talk about that as special time. They enjoyed reading a chapter of longer books after they read on their own. Tweens and teens often hit a stage where their independent reading choices may seem junky, but as long as they're reading in some form, this too shall pass!
Get out and do something I don't usually do. Visit a museum, walk on the beach, or whatever. Sometimes, your mind needs to be on intake rather than output. Ideas are everywhere. When I hit a wall on one project, I put it on the back burner of my mind. It's amazing how often the solution occurs to me out of the blue.