Never too Early to Read to Kids!

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October is National Reading Group Month

It’s never too early to read with your children. They can even have their own book club. Spend the first ten minutes of your regular play group reading aloud to the kids in an interactive, fun, storytime type setting. Then let them play.

For fun activities to go along with the books, God is with Me through the Day/Night, click on the Moms and Teachers header above.

You’ll find even more ideas to help children overcome fear and develop strong family bonds in the segments titled No Fear and Family Fun.

October is also Church Library Month

Spend a morning exploring your church library. You’ll be surprised how many children’s books, films, and craft activities many churches have available for check-out.

Be sure to look for God is with Me through the Day and God is with Me through the Night in your church library.

Thanks MOPS! Fabulous Support in Nashville!

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BIG thanks to all you MOPS out there. Zondervan sold every single copy of God is with Me through the Day and God is with Me through the Night during the big MOPS convention last week in Nashville. I was thrilled to hear the happy news, and I’m so excited that these little stories are being shared by so many more families across the nation. Thank you!

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Thanks to Cassie’s Closet

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On August 1, Cassandra Gee and her super-sweet family invited me to the Grand Opening celebration of her new store, Cassie’s Closet. The shop is the first of its kind in my little hometown of Walker, Louisiana.

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Cassie has worked hard to make the store child-friendly in every way. She has also carefully selected high-quality consignment items for children, and she has painstakingly chosen several upscale boutique clothing lines to fill the front of her shop. For any of you in the area, I encourage you to swing by the store and give the Gee family your support.

I was honored to be a part of the fun event, and I was overwhelmed yet again by the kindness of the community. The store was packed, and I had tons of fun visiting old friends.

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Here I am with my cousin Greg, his daughter Alexis, and my daughter, Emily. My cousins and aunt drove up from New Orleans and Mississippi to surprise me. I hadn’t seen them in a while, and I cried when they walked in the door.

Thanks so much guys! You made my day!

Author Julie Cantrell at Cassie's Closet

Big thanks to Cassandra Gee and to all of the wonderful folks in Louisiana who came out to support Cassie’s Closet. Keep shopping!

Hear Julie’s Interview on NPR’s Mississippi Edition

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When I received a call from Lisa Michie with Mississippi Public Radio, I was extremely honored to be invited for an interview on the reputable program, Mississippi Edition. I was packing the car for a road trip to Louisiana and was worried I’d have to miss such a unique opportunity.

Thankfully, the show’s producers were very kind and flexible; and sure enough, on Thursday, July 30, the host, Karen Brown, called me at my mother’s house in Baton Rouge to conduct the interview over the phone.

You can listen to the entire 30-minute program at the link posted below, or scroll forward to hear my Book Club segment at 22 minutes and 10 seconds.

Hear Julie Cantrell on Mississippi Edition radio program (NPR)

Thanks, Mississippi Edition! It was a huge honor to be a guest on your program.

 

Thanks Barnes & Noble, Germantown!

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On Saturday, May 30, I was treated to a sweet and stress-free storytime signing at the Germantown Barnes & Noble in Memphis, Tennessee. The kids were fabulously well-behaved and they loved talking about animals of every shape and size. This was a great way to end the book launch and start a fun-filled summer with my family.

Thanks especially to Melinda, the superiorly talented storytime lady who welcomed me whole-heartedly into her terrain with unmatched kindness. Thanks also to the professional and personable staff members, as well as the community relations manager, Valerie Schranz. I greatly enjoyed my visit to your store.

Big Thanks to Trinity Baptist!

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I was fortunate to visit Trinity Baptist Mother’s Morning Out in Cordova, Tenn. not once, but twice in the last two weeks. Director Lisa Buckner was extremely welcoming and the sweet children were tons of  fun. I’ve seen a lot of preschool programs, and I have to say – this one was super impressive.

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I really enjoyed spending time with such a fabulous group! My eyes even teared over when a brother and sister (pictured above) told me their happy thoughts were each other.

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Life has a tendency to get too busy for most of us. In fact, on the commute home from my first visit to Trinity, I had a flat tire. Thankfully, my heroic husband was willing to swoop in and save the day. The trick was that he had to drive an hour and a half to get to me. In the meantime, I was stuck in my van with nothing to do but think, call a few friends, and count my blessings.

It was actually a treat to have over an hour of “free time” and even the time I spent waiting in the Goodyear lobby for my tires to be replaced was a welcoming chance to sit and flip through magazines. That’s why I truly treasure the moments I get to sit on the floor and talk to kids during my author visits. They know how to keep life simple. Eat. Sleep. Breathe. Play. Pray. Create. Question. Learn. My kind of folks.

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Thanks Trinity for helping me sell over 100 books and for all the High-Fives. Happy Summer!

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