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Title: Tongue-Tied, my memoir for kids, is OUT!!!
Post by: Vijaya on August 07, 2019, 07:05 PM
Several years ago, I was contacted by Heinemann to pitch book ideas for a new program with Fountas & Pinnell, who've done a lot of wonderful work in children's literacy. Tongue-Tied was one of several pitches and when the acceptance came FIVE years ago, I thought I would burst from joy. I am soooo delighted that it's going to be part of the set of books used widely in schools. It's my story of stuttering, how I managed it (or not so well), and learned to live with it. Believe it or not, but I actually enjoy public speaking. It's been soooo hard to sit on this amazing news for so many years, but I can shout all I want now. I've written a blog post about it and a couple other things like kidlit conferences coming up in Sept: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/2019/08/tongue-tied-conferences-and-quiet.html   :cupcake :chocolate :wine for everybody!!! Let's celebrate!!!
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Post by: dkshumaker on August 07, 2019, 07:20 PM
Congratulations V!!!!!! How fantastic!!!!! The book looks lovely.  :stars3 :stars3
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Post by: Mrs. Jones on August 07, 2019, 07:32 PM
 :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay :yay

Congratulations, Vijaya!!!!  :flowers2 :love5 :stars3 :hurrah
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Post by: rab on August 07, 2019, 07:32 PM
I'm shouting my praises aloud for you, Vijaya! Congratulations on the book, and on becoming a public speaker after a childhood stutter!
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Post by: Vonna on August 07, 2019, 07:46 PM
Wow! Five years! Congratulations, Vijaya!
:stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3 :stars3
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Post by: RebeccaL-G on August 07, 2019, 07:59 PM
How wonderful! Congratulations!  :stars3
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Post by: dewsanddamps on August 07, 2019, 08:51 PM
 :yay Oh, that's great! Congratulations! :cheerleader
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Post by: Barbara Etlin on August 07, 2019, 10:26 PM
 
:snoopy   :snoopy  Wonderful news! Big congrats, Vijaya!  :snoopy  :snoopy
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Post by: christripp on August 08, 2019, 04:03 AM
Oh Vijaya, I'm SO excited and happy for you!!!  :yay
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Post by: David Wright on August 08, 2019, 04:40 AM
 :yourock
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Post by: Ev on August 08, 2019, 05:58 AM
What a wonderful topic to share with kids. (My youngest stuttered some when he was a pre-schooler.)  Congratulations, Vijaya!  :yay I'm thrilled for you.   :love5
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Post by: olmue on August 08, 2019, 06:36 AM
Wow, Vijaya, that is so awesome! :running
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Post by: Vijaya on August 08, 2019, 06:40 AM
Thank you so much! It means the world to me--to celebrate here with you. Btw, I still stutter, but I'm able to mask it better. My thoughts run way ahead of my mouth and my mental dictionary is constantly going to avoid troublesome sounds. School visits are still challenging but I'm really looking forward to talking to kids about this.

Ev, did your youngest grow out of it? Many, many kids stutter in the 2-5 age group and their brains figure it all out. Some of us never achieve that fine control over speech.
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Post by: AnnH on August 08, 2019, 08:11 AM
 :wow :yay Congratulations!  :love5 :stars3
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Post by: Michael Sussman on August 08, 2019, 08:37 AM
Hooray!!  :running
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Post by: JodyJS on August 08, 2019, 09:43 AM
Vijaya, you are an amazing, kind, generous person. I'm proud to call you my friend. Congratulations!!  :love5
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Post by: Vijaya on August 08, 2019, 10:30 AM
Thank you! And Katy Duffield needs a shoutout--she passed my name to the editor who contacted me. It's such a lovely, lovely community here.
:hearts
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Post by: mrh on August 08, 2019, 10:40 AM
 :congratulations :congratswave :fireworks :partytime :cheerleader :snoopy :bananadance :broccoli :carrot :bananakilt :goldstar :stars3 :love5 :star2 :yay :hurrah :flame :wow :hairdude

 :grouphug2 :grouphug2 :grouphug2
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Post by: Pons on August 08, 2019, 11:02 AM
:congratulations  and huge, loud  :yay   That is wonderful news!
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Post by: marla-lesage on August 08, 2019, 11:15 AM
That's AWESOME! Congrats Vijaya!
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Post by: andracill on August 08, 2019, 12:53 PM
V, this is so cool!!!! :wow  I had a student years ago who had a very strong stutter, and I always wished I knew more about how to help him (I knew pretty much nothing).
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Post by: AnneB on August 08, 2019, 01:25 PM
How exciting, Vijaya! And, wow. If I ever need a secret kept, I know who to give it to!
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Post by: Kell on August 08, 2019, 01:48 PM
Congrats, Vijaya! How amazing and wonderful.
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Post by: Anne Marie on August 08, 2019, 01:53 PM
Yay!
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Post by: Ev on August 08, 2019, 02:20 PM
Ev, did your youngest grow out of it?
Yes, he did. We were investigating speech therapy for him, but, by the time we got that figured out, he was getting better. It was hard, as a parent, to watch him feel bad when other kids said unkind things.  So, I'm really glad you wrote your book. Hopefully, it'll help kids who stutter, but also help other kids to be more understanding.

BTW, I didn't notice your stutter at all when I was with you in person, so you obviously do a great job of dealing with it. :hearts

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Post by: dinalapomy101 on August 08, 2019, 04:37 PM
That is awesome! It sounds like a story of your heart worth waiting for!
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Post by: DellaRF on August 08, 2019, 04:40 PM
So happy for you Vijaya!  :love5
Della
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Post by: Sue G. on August 08, 2019, 04:57 PM
 :congratulations  Wow, Vijaya!  This is so wonderful!!  I'm so happy for you!!  :love5
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Post by: Melody on August 08, 2019, 05:53 PM
Amazing!! Congratulations
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Post by: Vijaya on August 08, 2019, 05:53 PM
Thank you all. And yes, I'm an excellent secret-keeper  :-X

Ev, you put people at instant ease. And it was so wonderful to finally meet you. I'll have to try to make a mid-south event.
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Post by: Debbie Vilardi on August 08, 2019, 06:24 PM
Happy sales to you (and school visits too)!
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Post by: carrots on August 09, 2019, 12:21 PM
Congratulations, Vijaya!!! I'm so happy for you!!!

 :cheerleader :cheerleader :cheerleader
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Post by: annemleone on August 09, 2019, 04:35 PM
Yay! Such exciting news! Congratulations! I imagine your kid self would be so proud of you!
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Post by: Carol M on August 09, 2019, 05:59 PM
Congratulations, Vijaya--the book looks wonderful and what a great topic.  All the best wishes to you!
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Post by: Vijaya on August 10, 2019, 06:36 AM
Thank you, all. Anne, I do think my childhood self is pleased.
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Post by: 217mom on August 10, 2019, 04:39 PM
Happy news from the happy warrior, you!  :yeah  :yeah :yeah
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Post by: JulieM on August 11, 2019, 02:37 AM
How wonderful, Vijaya. Congratulations! I hope it helps many school children dealing with speech issues. X
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Post by: Vijaya on August 12, 2019, 07:24 AM
Thank you  :flowers2