Children's Book Week 2024 Poster. The Theme is "No rules. Just Read".

No Rules for May

Children’s Book Week is May 6-12, and this year’s celebration is No Rules. Just Read. Be sure to visit Every Child a Reader  to find great ways to celebrate this year, and be sure to join #ClubNoRulesJustRead.
In honor of Children’s Book Week, we’re featuring a couple books where characters face consequences for not following the rules!
"The Snit and George Franklin Whit" by Taylor Overbey. A young boy is directing an angry 'Snit' to get away from him.In The Snit and George Franklin Whit,  George really wants everything his own way. When he doesn’t get it, he flies into a rage, and the Snit comes out to taunt him! Follow George as he suffers through his temper tantrum, and finally learns how to get rid of the Snit using the handy Snit-O-Meter in the kitchen.
“The I-Wants and the Gimmies” by Taylor Overbey. A boy and girl are each pulling at opposite ends of a box with a kittle sitting inside it. The box says, “free kitten”.In a world where everyone is either a Gimmie or an I-Want, arguments are common. Such is the case in The I-Wants and the Gimmies! Two kids find a free kitten, so of course there’s an argument over who gets to keep it. But when danger falls from the sky, they must join forces for the safety off all! Maybe they can agree to share?

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The Author:
Taylor OverbeyTaylor Overbey was the managing editor of GLAD, the Christian Humor Magazine for three years in the early 1980’s. It was here that his numerous comic stories were published in over 17 issues. After leaving GLAD, he moved to California where he wrote and drew short stories for Blackthorne Comics titles “Laffin’ Gas” and “The Legion of Stupid Heroes”, and self-syndicated a weekly comic feature called, “Curious Words and Fascinating Phrases,” about word and phrase origins. He later wrote, performed puppets, and did animated cartoons for a children’s DVD series, “A Street Called Straight.”
Taylor wrote and illustrated his first children’s book, The SNIT and George Franklin Whit for his son, Elias, when Elias was in the first grade. But nine years later, with the arrival of his second child, Taylor realized he had to think about how to earn a living for the next two decades. So on the first day back to school, the 54 year old felt very out of place among the 18-20 year olds, and the teacher who was at least a decade younger than himself.
At the completion of his undergraduate program, Taylor was offered an adjunct teaching position, something he had never considered, and became excited at the prospect. While in a graduate level children’s illustration course, he wrote The I-Wants and the Gimmies for his daughter, Sophia.
“My father used to call my sister and me, ‘Grab’ and ‘Snatch’,” says Overbey, “although I was never sure which was which. It wasn’t until I had children of my own that I saw they don’t like to share, naturally. Everything is ‘Mine!’ That, and my father’s nicknames were the inspiration for The I-Wants and the Gimmies.”
He is currently a professor of foundation studies at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, GA. He lives in Savannah with his wife, Youla, and two children. While teaching, he somehow still manages to find time to write, draw and paint.


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