Archive for February, 2010

Valentine’s Day Cheer Inspired by Love, Ruby Valentine

Monday, February 15th, 2010

As an author of children’s books, I feel very lucky. I get to spend every day doing what I love most . . . writing books for kids and connecting with readers. But some days as an author are extra special, and for me, Valentine’s Day was one of those days. It’s all because of a big-hearted 5 year-old girl named Carly Glomstad who lives in Golden Valley, Minnesota.

Love, Ruby Valentine

Carly’s story started last year when she read a book I wrote called Love, Ruby Valentine, the story of a young girl who decides that Valentine’s Day isn’t the only day to show others what they mean to you. The heroine in the book loves Valentine’s Day and spends so much time getting ready for it, that she sleeps right through it. Rather than letting her gifts and goodies go to waste, she delivers them to the townspeople the following day. Of course, everyone loves her special delivery and Ruby realizes that every day is a good day to show people how special they are to you.

“Carly Valentine”

Inspired by the book, Carly decided to raise money and put together gifts and goody bags for people in need in her community. Carly’s deliveries were such a hit last year that she did it again this year.

Five-year-old Carly raised $1,000. She donated some of the money to a child care center and local nursery and used the rest to deliver treats and gifts. Though I live far away from Minnesota, and wasn’t able to see first-hand what I know must have been lots of big smiles when Carly showed up, she warmed my heart from afar. As an author, nothing could make me feel any better than knowing that my book made an impact and inspired someone so young to do something so beautiful.

Thank you Carly for the best Valentine’s gift ever!

To learn more about the “Carly Valentine” project click here.

To read Carly’s story click here.

Laurie Friedman

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Hi Everybody,

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I hope you all have a super day filled with lots of fun cards and treats.  Special thanks to Myai, Krista, Caroline, Slaeema, Abby, Andrea, Jacey and Mallentheya.  Thanks for all the nice mail!

By the way, several of you asked about school visits.  If you think your school might be interested, just have your teacher send me an email.  Also, if you would like for me to send Mallory bookmarks to your class, just have your teacher write with an adress and the number of bookmarks that she would like.

Thanks again to everyone for being such great fans.  And as Mallory would say:  Happy, Happy, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Talk to you soon!

Laurie Friedman 

Do you have to read the books in order?

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Hi Everybody,

Carinna asked a great question.  She asked if you have to read the Mallory books in order.  The answer is that you don’t have to, but it’s fun to.  I hope you’ll give them all a try.  The order of the books is listed on the back of all the books.

Thanks to everyone who wrote in.

Keep reading and writing!

Laurie Friedman

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