Today on this 5th anniversary of the release of THE SEAGOING COWBOY, I share with you a video of me reading the book. Enjoy!
March 31 marks the 5th book birthday of my picture book THE SEAGOING COWBOY.
- If you already have a copy of your own, you can purchase a copy of the book to give to your public library or church library, to an elementary school child, or to an elementary school teacher. The book can be purchased through Brethren Press.
- If your public library already has a copy, check the book out periodically to see that it stays in circulation. Books that aren’t checked out over a period of time are usually culled.
- If your public library already has a copy, recommend the book to friends for them to check out.
- Read the book or have the book read at your church’s children’s time on an appropriate Sunday once your congregation is meeting in person again. If your church raises funds for Heifer International, that would be the perfect time.
- Ask your local independent book store to consider carrying some copies.
- I decided it was high time to open a Facebook page dedicated to the book and to the seagoing cowboys whose stories the book encapsulates. If you’re on Facebook, help me celebrate this wonderful history by “liking” and “following” my page and sharing it with others.
The seagoing cowboys played a large role in World War II recovery, and their stories need to be preserved. I invite you to join me on this journey!
I recently had the delightful experience of being interviewed by “Sammy the Toucan” for the Indiana Center for the Book about my picture book THE SEAGOING COWBOY and my work on Heifer International history. The short interview premiered last week on the Indiana State Library’s “Toucan Tuesday” on their Facebook page and is now on YouTube. Watch it here if you dare!
I’m taking a blog break this week to celebrate 50 years of marriage to my wonderful husband, Rex Miller. We pledged our vows to each other August 9, 1969, in a small country church in northern Illinois.
Thanks for choosing me, Rex. It’s been a wonderful journey!
My blog will resume August 23 with “Heifers to Poland, 1945.”
I had a lovely conversation with Heifer International’s World Ark editor Jason Woods earlier this week. Here is Jason’s blog post from that interview.
I’m late with this post, as I was absorbed last week in the Church of the Brethren National Older Adult Conference where I was a keynote speaker. I invite you to listen to the live streaming of my illustrated presentation that gives the back story of how I became the documenter of the seagoing cowboy history, the legacy of the seagoing cowboys and the Heifer Project, and the importance of continuing to deliver hope to the next generation. The speech, which you can find here: https://livestream.com/livingstreamcob/NOAC2017/videos/162425620 begins at 13 minutes into the session and lasts for 70 minutes. I know — that’s a long speech! But that’s what I was contracted for and that’s what I gave. If you wish to jump to the seagoing cowboy part, you can start at 25:30 minutes (including the reading of my picture book The Seagoing Cowboy) or start at 35 minutes to skip the picture book reading and stop wherever you wish. Enjoy!
Next post will pick up Part II of the pre-WWII seagoing cowboys.
Claire Ewart’s vibrant illustrations bring the story to life, and book designer Paul Stocksdale’s map illustrated with historical photos following the story adds tremendous value to the book.
I’m grateful to Brethren Press for taking on this project and to all the seagoing cowboys who have shared their stories with me. You can purchase the book here.
Claire Ewart and I will be signing books at Better World Books in Goshen, Indiana, from 6:00 to 8:00 tomorrow night, April 1 (no fooling!). I’ll have my private launch party on Saturday, then head on down to Little Rock, Arkansas, where I’ll be presenting at Heifer International as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival on Saturday, April 16. Watch my events page on my website for something near you.