Looking forward, where stories are never left behind!

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2013 has been an exciting year for Shelly Simoneau Stories, with 5 published children’s BOOKS and eBooks now available through any online retailer all around the world! My stories have a REACH as far as London, Haiti, and Africa!

Shelly Simoneau Stories loves to CONNECT to EDUCATION. As an educator over the past 20 years, I have developed my stories for enjoyment in the home as well as for use in the classroom setting. Each story is a unique learning experience that kids and adults can easily relate to. I am so thankful to have been able to use my personal stories to promote character education and curriculum connections in Kansas schools in 2013!

Shelly Simoneau Stories loves to TRAVEL and SHARE the stories. I am delighted that I was able to travel over 5,000 miles this year, sharing my books and many other stories at schools, libraries, conventions, and public events across Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma! The journey has been amazing, as well as the many people I have encountered along the way.

Shelly Simoneau Stories loves to LEARN about TECHNOLOGY. I skyped 1250 miles across the country this year for Read Across America, connecting Elmont Elementary students in Topeka, KS to Kennedy Elementary students in Roxbury, NJ! What an amazing experience for everyone involved! I also highlighted my current iPad apps at the Logan Elementary Summer Enrichment Program in Topeka, KS this past summer.

So what’s new in 2014?

I’ll be kicking off the New Year with Lowman Hills Elementary in Topeka, KS for a Kansas Day celebration reading night in January. In 2014 I will also be delivering the keynote storytelling presentation at the Barton County Community College Education Fair. Look for more iPad apps, as well as Tinker in the Tanker, my next book focusing on patience and courage, to be published in late fall!

Shelly Simoneau Stories is looking forward, where stories are never left behind!

Thank you for your continued support! I hope to see you in 2014!

 

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That Most Special Place

This cold, rainy day reminded me of an interesting conversation I had with Elizabeth, a lady I met at an event where I was selling and signing my books this past weekend.

 Elizabeth has several grandchildren and purchased one of my books to read together in their “special place”. This special place is a cozy recliner next to their warm fireplace. Her grandchildren climb up in the chair with her and settle in to read, be read to, and talk about stories. Elizabeth even has a special Tinker Bell blanket to snuggle under at her grandchildren’s request.

 We should all have a place like this.

 That most special place under the magical spell of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust. That most special place where we can relax and let go of the world. That most special place where we can dream the dreams that always seem reachable.

 I know I do!

 My old wingback chair in the bedroom is the snuggle spot. It is nestled in a quiet corner, dressed with blankets, and ready for occupancy. I can stretch out in it, using the footstool, or I can curl up in it with one of the sleepy bassets. It is that tranquil place of escape. It’s that certain place of comfort. It is familiar yet new over and over again.

 I do not have grandchildren yet, but I look forward to that day, like Elizabeth, when I will scoop up my little ones and enjoy together a good story, a close time, a most special place.