Sunday, December 01, 2013

DEAR SANTASAURUS Book Tour: Guest Post, Cookie Recipe and Signed Book Giveaway!

Susan Heim on Parenting is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for DEAR SANTASAURUS, by Stacy McAnulty! Read on to learn more about this book, find a guest post and recipe from the author, and enter to win a signed copy of this adorable book!


Letters to Santa, by Guest Blogger Stacy McAnulty

This is me on November first: “OK, kids. Time to write your letters to Santa. Make your wish list. And remember, Santa’s watching.”

I guess my message is two-fold. Santa needs their lists earlier so he can watch the sales circulars every week for the best deals on Skylanders. And he would really like two months of good behavior.

So my three children write (or dictate) their letters with more thought and effort than they give their daily homework. Then they seal them in envelopes and address them as follows:

Santa Clause
North Pole, 12345
(12345 is just such a convenient zip code.)

And after the letters are slipped into the mailbox and the flag turned toward the sky, I sneak out (it’s easier now that they are all in school) and steal the letters. I already know what’s on their wish lists. I had to help them spell ninety-percent of the words. But these letters are precious gifts. Something I hope to give back to my children when they are parents.

I remember as a kid writing letters to the jolly old elf. And I remember getting letters back from him. Sometimes they even had Rudolph’s hoof print on them, which was awesome. To my knowledge, my parents did not keep any of these letters. They went in the mailbox, and the post office delivered them (or trashed them) as they saw fit. I’d love to have those letters written by 7, 8, or 9 year old me. What gifts did I want? Did I claim to always behave? (I’m sure I did.)


In my picture book, DEAR SANTASAURUS, I get to dream up what a mischievous dinosaur would write to Santasaurus. It was so much fun to write about Ernest B. Spinosaurus’s misadventures and his ever-evolving wish list. I see parts of me in the character and parts of my children (and even parts of my dogs).

Writing letters to Santa is a fun tradition that doesn’t last long enough. Kids grow up too fast. So I’m going to treasure these letters because before I know it they will be writing e-mails (or texts or tweets) to friends and boyfriends and this precious, fun time will be gone.

I hope you enjoy every moment of your holiday, even the crazy parts, and especially the parts that will soon only be memories.

And now for the daily cookie…

Chocolate Dipped Shortbreads

(Visit http://stacymcanulty.blogspot.com/ for the recipe.)

About Stacy:

Stacy lives in North Carolina with her three children, two dogs, and one husband. (She has zero dinosaurs.) DEAR SANTASAURUS (Boyd Mills Press, 2013) is her first picture book. For more information on Stacy, please visit www.stacymcanulty.com.



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45 comments:

  1. My life according to barbie.

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  2. I learned this is her first picture book,

    traytray2313(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I liked looking at the "fun stuff" section of pictures/quotes!

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  4. I learned that Stacy likes Dogs and Traveling and Hates Bullies! I'm with you there! =) Thank you
    Kaci Guis.Harrison
    kaciohio@gmail.com

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  5. I liked that she shared a poem she wrote in 6th grade

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  6. I learned that you can write a letter to Ernest!

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  7. she will visit your elementary school and talk about writing, reading, and dinosaurs

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  8. The author loves dogs.

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  9. Jennifer Foster2:09 PM

    This book looks really cute. I have a 5 year old son who loves anything dinosaur related! Have to add this to his Christmas wish list for books! Thanks for sharing the info on your blog!

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  10. I like that it's a children's book!

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  11. She HATED reading as a child!

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  12. She wrote a book called "My Life According to Barbie"- sounds interesting.

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  13. rebeka deleon8:04 PM

    i like the bright colors and pictures on the blog. i like this book, mixing santa and dinosaurs. my kids would love it.

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  14. Darlene Jones-Nelson10:15 PM

    She loves to eat Gummy Worms and has tons of ideas!

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  15. I would like to read my life according to Barbie which she wrote.
    mintstatesportswear(at)juno(dot)com

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  16. I learned that she's a quote lover. And, sometimes prefers a wagon over her mini-van ;)

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  17. I enjoyed reading about school visits.

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  18. I like that you can write a letter to Ernest

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  19. I like that she talks about how she hated, Hated, HATED reading as a child, but now she doesn't think there's anything better. I am struggling with that now and glad to kow that doesn't mean my kids will be anti books forever potentially

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  20. michelle7:01 AM

    This would be great!!

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  21. I like all the fun stuff she has listed on the blog.

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  22. Anonymous1:16 PM

    that u can write a letter to Ernest B. Spinosaurus
    calliope_123 at hotmail dot com
    anne hill

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  23. That she use to write books for adults my life according to barbie.

    Beth W

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  24. i learned that she loves gummy worms and coffee drinker and hated reading as a child

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  25. I learned the author HATED reading as a child, but now she thinks there is nothing better! YAY! : )

    manifestmiracles@live.com

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  26. I learned that Stacy does school visits.

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  27. I learned that she like gummy worms. Yum.

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  28. I learned that Stacy McAnulty hated reading as a child.

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  29. I thought it was interesting that the author used to hate reading!

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  30. she didnt like reading but now she write books

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  31. Funny how the author went from hating to read to writing books.

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  32. she likes gummy worms---and so do I

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  33. I learned that she hated reading as a child.

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  34. I learned this is her first picture book!
    ptavernie at yahoo dot com

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  35. I like the fear poem

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  36. Thanks for the chance to win! I went to the site and learned that the author loves quotes and has several listed on her page.

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  37. I learned that she hated reading as a child.

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  38. That this is her first picture book.
    My son loves dinosaurs & a signed copy would be even more special down the road. I used to have a signed copy of a book. But I've moved over 10 times since then, so I'm not sure of it's whereabouts!

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  39. She is willing to visit libraries, middle schools, high schools, book clubs, and air-conditioned summer camps.

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  40. I learned that the author has 3 kids.

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  41. I learned that you can Write a letter to Ernest!

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  42. I learned that this is her first kids picture book, and that it looks like a book my son would enjoy!!

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  43. She likes gummy worms, and coffee

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  44. I like that she has a poem up she wrote in 6th grade. :)

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  45. Another one of her books is My Life According to Barbie.

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