Mother Bright and her Apple Tree

Today, I have posted a new storytelling video. It is my telling of a French folktale that I adapted many years ago. Mother Bright and her Apple Tree is a funny and poignant story about an independent, old woman who lives life on her own terms.

In telling this tale, I wish to honour the many elderly people who have succumbed to the Covid-19 virus before their time. If you should be so moved by the story, please consider donating a few dollars to a local organization that assists in caring for seniors. CanadaHelps.org can offer many places across the country. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/donate…

A small warning – this story may not be suitable for younger children as it addresses the topic of death, albeit in a funny, gentle way. I leave it up to your discretion.

The Very, Very Far North is a Best Books selection!

Duane the polar bear and his friends were included in the latest Best Books issue that is published bi-annually by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.

Do check it out. It makes for a fun family read in a time when families are together quite a lot.

Not Your Typical Dragon told

As children’s authors continue to find ways to connect with our young readers and listeners during social distancing, I’ve ventured into recording a bit of what my presentations are in front of audiences.

Here is how I introduce this picture book to children. I’ve added in some illustration inserts along the way, as well as sharing a few thoughts to parents and assorted adults at the end of the clip.

North Carolina Battle of the Books

The Very, Very Far North has been included in the line-up of books to be read by students all across the state in their 2020-2011 Battle of the Books. I believe I’m the only Canadian author on the list, so go TEAM POLAR BEAR!

The Guilford County School District requested a recorded greeting, allowing me the opportunity to introduce the book to their students.

daily live readings of Audrey (cow) starting Monday, March 30th

Hello everyone,

This is a short heads up that I will be giving daily readings of my middle grade novel, Audrey (cow) on Facebook Live starting Monday, March 30, at 11:00 am PST (2:00 pm EST).

Please let any grade 3-6ers know about it, or if your family’s quarantine daily breaking point is around that time, take a breather with moi. There is a cast of thirty-three narrators telling the story. My acting abilities being what they are, I think that I can guarantee at least fifteen distinct voices among them.

Find me at: Dan Bar-el – Children’s Author

You can download the cast list from:

tundrabooks.com/virtual-story-times-and-singalongs/

Click on “Character List” in my listing.

Wishing everyone good health in body and spirit.

Dan