In this very special episode of the Read-Aloud Revival, we’re sharing an Author Access with the wonderful Sally Lloyd Jones.

This was an event celebrating her book Goldfish on Vacation, which we read together as a community in RAR Premium.

Sally even reads aloud to us in this one (twice!)

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • beautiful tips for young writers
  • which was the most challenging Bible story for her to write
  • something that means even more to her as a writer than medals and awards

To get the FREE Family Book Club Guide that goes along with this Author Access, text RAR to 33777, or put your email in a little lower on this page.

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2:09Books by friends
4:38A seat to Sally Lloyd-Jones
7:05A completely true made-up story
10:37A story told in two languages
13:02Fiss (fish) names
16:33Working with illustrators
21:09The form of picture books
23:22Writing Goldfish on Vacation
27:09Lady Coco Fitz-Tulip
31:09Sally reads Goldfish on Vacation
37:30Questions about The Jesus Storybook Bible
43:22Sally’s favorite Bible story
49:10A book for writers
53:07Beautiful words
54:30Sally reads Hats Off to Mr. Pockles
1:01027Let the Kids Speak

Books from this episode:

Episode 134
Fablehaven

Fablehaven

FROM SARAH:

Kendra and Seth visit their grandparents, having no idea that their grandfather is the caretaker of Fablehaven, a hidden refuge for mystical creatures to prevent their extinction. Will keep you turning pages! Watch the author talk about writing this book in his Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite...

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Owl Moon

Owl Moon

Everything Jane Yolen writes has a touch of magic to it, including this simple story about a girl and her father going “owling.” A beautiful tale to warm your winter.

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Strega Nona

Strega Nona

‘Boil, boil, pasta pot -- boil me some pasta nice and hot!’ Strega Nona, Big Anthony and Bambalona work hard, but occasionally need just a little magic. (Lots of fun sequels too!)

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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

“The tale is unfolded with such mastery, humor, and emotional force that we are entirely within its power.” – The New York Times Book Review. Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of this lost wife and chi...

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The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear

The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear

**Description from Amazon: Here is every line of every nonsense book written by Edward Lear. In a single volume you get "A Book of Nonsense," "Nonsense Songs," "More Nonsense Songs," "Laughable Lyrics," and "Nonsense Songs and Stories. No other low-price edition offers this complete collection.You will meet such old favorites...

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The Giver

The Giver

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver.

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The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in this award-winning tale of adventure, hope, and light. Don't miss the Author Access where Kate DiCamillo answers questions about this book in RAR Premium.

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The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

FROM SARAH:

When their landlord decides he's not going to renew the Vanderbeekers' lease, the five Vanderbeeker kids launch a full-blown mission to change his mind. Highly recommended for kids of all ages (I read it to all six of my kids, from preschool through teen). A practically perfect family story that's first in a wonderful series. Meet the author, Karina Yan Glaser, in her Author Access replay in RAR Premium.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

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The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition: Every Story Whispers His Name

The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition: Every Story Whispers His Name

**Description from Amazon: The bestselling The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones and illustrated by Jago, is celebrating its phenomenal success with this beautiful clothbound gift edition that includes a ribbon marker. The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. From Noah ...

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This Is Ireland (This Is…travel)

This Is Ireland (This Is…travel)

**Description from Amazon: On the heels of the runaway bestsellers This is New York and This is Paris, Universe is pleased to reissue another title from M. Sasek's beloved and nostalgic children's travel series.Like the other Sasek classics, This is Ireland is a facsimile edition of his original book from the 1960s and is sti...

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Goldfish on Vacation

Goldfish on Vacation

**Description from Amazon: From a New York Times bestselling author and a rising-star illustrator comes a humorous tale based on an amazing-but-true story about the summer a city fountain was used as a goldfish pond.   H, Little O, and Baby Em are stuck in the city for the summer with only their pet goldfish—Barracuda, Pat...

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Hats Off to Mr. Pockles!

Hats Off to Mr. Pockles!

**Description from Amazon: A New York Times bestselling author and a rising-star illustrator present an utterly hilarious, oh-so-silly tale about Mr. Pockles, an odd little dog with a big hat collection--and an even bigger heart. For Mr. Pockles, going without a hat is as unthinkable as going around without any pants on. He h...

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Look! I Wrote a Book! (And You Can Too!)

Look! I Wrote a Book! (And You Can Too!)

**Description from Amazon: From a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning illustrator comes an utterly hilarious step-by-step guide to writing a book, as told by a child "author."Want to write a book? Well, the spunky, know-it-all narrator of this side-splitting story can tell you just how to do it. She walks r...

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This Is New York

This Is New York

**Description from Amazon: With the same wit and perception that distinguished his stylish books on Paris, London, and Rome, M. Sasek pictures fabulous, big-hearted New York City in This Is New York, first published in 1960 and now updated for the 21st century.  The Dutchman who bought the island of Manhattan from the Native...

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Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomins)

Finn Family Moomintroll (Moomins)

**Description from Amazon: It is spring in the valley and the Moomins are ready for adventure! Moomintroll and his friends Snufkin and Sniff find the Hobgoblin's top hat, all shiny and new and just waiting to be taken home. They soon realize that his is no ordinary hat; it can turn anything―or anyone―into something else!

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Apples to Oregon

Apples to Oregon

FROM SARAH:

The slightly true narrative of how a brave pioneer father brought apples, pears, plums, grapes, and cherries (and children) across the plains. Apples, ho! Get a Family Book Club Guide and listen to the author and illustrator talk about making this book in RAR Premium.

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

When Papa decides to pull up roots and move from Iowa to Oregon, he can't bear to leave his precious apple trees behind. Or his peaches, plums, grapes, cherries, and pears. Oh, and he takes his family along too.

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Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus

Miracle Man: The Story of Jesus

**Description from Amazon: Miracle Man is a beautifully illustrated biography of Jesus Christ by award-winning author and illustrator John Hendrix. For all Christian denominations and perfect for families to share throughout the year, this book will be especially beloved by the faithful as a gift for Easter, communions, chris...

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Books Sally recommends for adult writers:

Quote to remember:

A picture book is a story told in two languages.” – Sally Lloyd-Jones

“One of the things I love about The Jesus Storybook Bible is how it helps me see each story in a fresh and new, in a different way.” – Sarah Mackenzie

“It’s the power of one person to make this huge difference: He did one thing, he was generous with his time, and had this lovely vision… and out of that came all this joy. Then I got an idea for a book.” – Sally Lloyd-Jones

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