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Tongue-Tied, my memoir for kids, is OUT!!!

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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!!!
#1 - August 07, 2019, 07:05 PM
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Congratulations V!!!!!! How fantastic!!!!! The book looks lovely.  :stars3 :stars3
#2 - August 07, 2019, 07:20 PM
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Congratulations, Vijaya!!!!  :flowers2 :love5 :stars3 :hurrah
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I'm shouting my praises aloud for you, Vijaya! Congratulations on the book, and on becoming a public speaker after a childhood stutter!
#4 - August 07, 2019, 07:32 PM

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Wow! Five years! Congratulations, Vijaya!
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How wonderful! Congratulations!  :stars3
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 :yay Oh, that's great! Congratulations! :cheerleader
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 :snoopy   :snoopy  Wonderful news! Big congrats, Vijaya!  :snoopy  :snoopy
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Oh Vijaya, I'm SO excited and happy for you!!!  :yay
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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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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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Hooray!!  :running
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Vijaya, you are an amazing, kind, generous person. I'm proud to call you my friend. Congratulations!!  :love5
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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.
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:congratulations  and huge, loud  :yay   That is wonderful news!
#19 - August 08, 2019, 11:02 AM

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That's AWESOME! Congrats Vijaya!
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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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How exciting, Vijaya! And, wow. If I ever need a secret kept, I know who to give it to!
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Congrats, Vijaya! How amazing and wonderful.
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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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That is awesome! It sounds like a story of your heart worth waiting for!
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 :congratulations  Wow, Vijaya!  This is so wonderful!!  I'm so happy for you!!  :love5
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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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