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Grandma’s & Grandpa’s Tales By Cheryl Carpinello – Pump Up Your Book Tours
A retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello has crafted
Grandma/Grandpa’s entertaining stories with repetitive phrases, colorful
pictures, and reading/language strategies to engage kids in active reading…
By Cheryl Carpinello
Grandma and Grandpa’s Tales books 1-3 encourage early readers with fun stories incorporating difference aspects of nature. Book 1, Wild Creatures In My Neighborhood and What if I Went to the Circus, explores the wildlife around neighborhoods and introduces decision-making. Book 2, Singers of Songs and The Not Too Stubborn Humpback, explores a common, but not so common insect, and lets readers see that being stubborn isn’t always good. Book 3, Vampires in the Backyard and A Fish Tale, introduces readers to an extended metaphor and lets them decide if the fish story is real.
The Inspiration Behind Grandma’s & Grandpa’s Tales
Guest Post By Cheryl Carpinello
In the beginning, I worked as a writer and managing editor for trade journals/newspapers in the communications industry. Then after several years, I followed my first love and finished my teaching degree. Teaching high school English for over 25 years allowed me to hone my writing and editing skills while helping students learn to express themselves through writing.
My work with readers, reluctant readers, and non-readers at the high school level fueled my interest in writing stories for elementary/middle school students in hopes of catching the reluctant readers and non-readers early in their schooling. My vehicles for these stories are Arthurian Legend and the Ancient Worlds. My high school students loved these, even those who didn’t like to read.
My Arthurian Legend (ages 8/9-14) and Ancient Egypt tales (ages 14+) along with my Medieval Writing Workshops introduce readers to these stories and allow them to experiment writing their own tales and poetry. However, I realized that there were important age groups that I was not reaching, mainly preschoolers and beginning readers.
Finding some short stories I had written many years earlier, I decided to turn these into picture booksfor a new series: Grandma’s Tales. Now this series has expanded into three books containing two stories each. Each of the books also come with either a Grandma or Grandpa on the cover.
I’ve done both small press and Indie publishing and been successful with both, but now I’m an Indie author. All my books are published through Silver Quill Publishing, an author co-op. We are 12 authors from England, France, and the US.
Cheryl Carpinello taught high school English for 25 years. During that time, she worked with numerous students who didn’t like to read for a variety of reasons. However, she discovered that even the most reluctant readers became engaged in the classroom and in reading when she introduced units on King Arthur and the works of ancient world writers. Upon retiring, she set out to write fast-paced, action-filled stories in these setting to encourage young readers to read more. Her success with readers aged 8-16 led her to reach out to the youngest of readers and those readers just starting out. Revising stories she had written for her own children, she created Grandma/Grandpa’s Tales for ages 4-7. Her four grandchildren’s conversations created the stories in Book 3 of this series.