There are days you may want to put blinders on our eyes, so as you look around you are not suddenly filled with idea after idea. This is how author Judy Snider feels sometimes. “I love to write and it seems odd to me if a day goes by that I don’t write something. Yet, the ideas floating around me sometimes make it hard to select the one I want to use.”
Judy lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, Gil and two silly cats. She is the author of the CWA award-winning children’s picture book Goldy’s Baby Socks and one of a team of authors who wrote The Scared Purse.
Okay, maybe you’re not like Judy, but I’m sure you understand having too many things going on at once. This is why I loved her recent book, co-authored with her sister Joan Dickow; I Love You, Be Careful. It is a picture book that is also designed to be a gift book for adults and children, which shares these words that follow us our entire lives and sometimes we may not say often enough. The idea of I Love You, Be Careful started from a telephone conversation when the sisters talked about wanting their loved ones to be safe and know how much they are loved.
Joan Dickow shared: “Everyday moments in my life inspire me!” Joan is a 20-year breast cancer survivor, a mother, grandmother, wife, friend and sister. She finds there is beauty all around her and all her good moments and stressful moments inspire her. “From the moment we are born, someone is telling us to be careful. No matter what country we call home or what language we speak.”
With this thought in mind, I started thinking about my children and how fast they are growing up. They inspire me to write funny children’s stories and keep me motivated to share the love of reading with others. I asked Judy if her children have also inspired her writing. “Oh, yes, they have throughout their lives. They are in their 20s now, but I remember driving them in the car with their friends and asking their opinion, reading stories to them on a daily basis, and they are zany and fun.”
Joan also has kids and grandkids, so they have definitely had a positive effect on inspiring her to write this book and the one she is working on, The Porch Fairy. “My goal in getting a book published was to read it to my kids and groups of kids and have them smile and laugh…it worked,” stated Joan.
Judy Snider and Joan Dickow’s book makes you think about all of the times a loved one goes off to school, play or work, and you say, “I Love You, Be Careful!” It opens discussion for children to talk and ask questions, and each page presents a different ‘be careful’ moment for the reader to contemplate. It really is for mothers of daughters, father’s of daughters, new brides and new moms…yet kids will love the repetition of “I Love You, Be Careful” with each illustration. Cady B. Driver did a wonderful job of illustrating the book and there is a hidden bunny on every page. Readers will get happy, teary and sentimental after reading this gift picture book. Lighthearted and sweet, this book would be a lovely addition to any library or as a gift.
You can get a sneak peek at the official trailer.
You can find out more I Love You, Be Careful, and Judy Snider & Joan Dickow on its website.
I Love You, Be Careful also was part of the April ’11 World of Ink Author/Book Tour. You can visit past virtual tour stops here.
In addition, you can listen to an interview on blog talk radio’s World of Ink Network show: Stories for Children show interview. The hosts chatted with co-authors, along with illustrator Cady B. Driver about their book, writing, the publishing industry and experiences.