Aiden and Austin are two fun-loving boys, who like to do what other little boys their ages like to do. It just so happens they have inspired a children’s book. And how cool is that???
It was the first Saturday in August, during our annual family reunion in 2016, this duo sparked my imaginative. Their adventure of bear hunting with their uncle intrigued me, but it was Aiden’s declaration that “Boys who hunt bear, don’t need shoes,” that got the wheels churning.
I had not written a children’s story in a while, years to be exact, and had been longing to get back to it. This was just what I needed.
Recently, their mom told me about spirit week at their school. For ‘Dress as your favorite book character day,’ Aiden went as Austin, and Austin as Aiden from ‘Going On a Bear Hunt.’ That really tickled me.
These two even had their very own book signing with their friends and family. That way cool.
More about Aiden & Austin
Favorite Thing To Do:
Aiden: Play with airplanes
Austin: Ride his scooter
Now that you’ve met Aiden and Austin, the only thing left to do is click through to Amazon and purchase your copy of ‘Going On a Bear Hunt‘ today. Happy reading.
In July, ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ and I hit the road for a Summer Tour. I read at several Girls and Boys Clubs, book stores, libraries, and summer programs.
I had the opportunity to read my book, answer tons of questions, take pictures, sign copies, and laughed a lot! Meeting and sharing with young people was the icing on the cake. One handsome little boy told me I was his favorite author. That lead to everyone else in the group repeating the same sentiment. And I enjoyed every minute.
Check out the pictures from the tour on LaRich Media’s Facebook page.
Now that summer is over, I’m preparing for upcoming school visits. I’m looking forward to taking ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ into classrooms and sharing this adventure. A few events and book signings are also in the works. I’ll be sure to share.
This summer I completed the story for my next book. Soon my illustrator and I will get to work! I am looking forward to sharing more about this project in the near future. My grandson sparked the inspiration for this next book.
Here’s to bear hunts and great adventures!
We are super excited to announce the ‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ Summer Tour in Arkansas!
During the July and August, we’re hitting the road reading, and sharing ‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ with stops at Boys & Girls Clubs, public libraries, and bookstores. LaTonya is excited to connect with young readers and of course, there will be opportunities to purchase signed copies of her book. There are still dates open for July, and August is booking up fast.
There are still dates open for July, and August is booking up fast. Get in touch, if you’d like her to make a stop near you, in person, or virtually!
Going On A Bear Hunt Activity Kit
We are so excited to share our brand new ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’ Activity Kit. It’s packed with engaging ideas, adventures, activities, and discussion questions designed to bring this picture book to life.
Any time is a good time to enjoy a great adventure.
This kit is a great tool
- For teachers to teach Going On A Bear Hunt
- Parents to provide enrichment
- Hours of fun for children
May 1-7, is Children’s Book Week. In celebration, I will read my brand new children’s picture book ‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ on Facebook live.
Catch me May 2, at 6:30 p.m. CST on LaRich Media’s Facebook page. I will read, and answer any questions. There are a few more things up my sleeve for the week and will share them right here on Tuesday.
How will you celebrate Children’s Book Week?
What does a fishing pole, bee keepers hat, a butterfly net, along with a jar of jelly beans, aka Louisiana black bear bait have in common?
It is the making of a great adventure!
After being inspired by young cousins, LaTonya Richardson wrote
‘Going On a Bear Hunt,’ was released February 28. A children’s picture book about the adventure of two city boys who find themselves bored in Lockhart, Louisiana. Uncle Eddie Ray takes Aiden and Austin on a bear hunt they will never forget.
“I love this story; the uncle is so clever that the boys don’t realize the trick he’s pulled on them! This fun adventure will appeal to boys, uncles, and any who’ve ever wanted to go on a bear hunt.” Pam Margolis, the Unconventional Librarian.
‘Going On a Bear Hunt’ was illustrated by a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff sophomore and art major, Matthew Fields.
When making plans for the project, Richardson, a University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff instructor, and alumni knew she wanted to use a UAPB student.
“I asked Danny Campbell, chairperson of the Art Department about a student, and without hesitation said he had the perfect person. On Campbell’s word, and after seeing only one sample of Fields’ work we met. He brought my story and vision to life. I am more than pleased.”
‘G0ing On a Bear Hunt,’ is available online at Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com, and wherever books are sold. For more information, author visits, or book signings in your neck of the woods email firstname.lastname@example.org.