Monday, July 7, 2014
MEET ANITA BANKS AND TANNER!
Welcome to a new week, dear friends. Today, I'm delighted to introduce you to Author Anita Banks and her adorable character Tanner from her picture book TANNER BUILDS A BLOCK TOWER.
About the book: Tanner is determined to build a tower with his blocks. Despite the distractions of the garden’s various animals and losing his blocks on the way, Tanner joyfully shows determination and perseverance.
Title: Tanner Builds a Block Tower
Genre: Children’s Picture Book, ages 3-6
Author: Anita Banks
Publisher: Wee Creek Press
“The Inspiration behind the Book”:
Tanner Builds a Block Tower comes from a visit with my grandson, he loved to build towers with his blocks. On a particular visit when he was about three, we would go outside and explore everything he could get his hands on. He especially liked bugs. I was totally inspired by his fascination and determination. Combining those two activities seemed a natural fit and become the focus of a story idea.
About that time, I enrolled in a Savvy Authors online workshop called Walking on a Rainbow, a Fiction Picture Book Workshop. This was the story that I created in that class. The instruction, feedback and encouragement that I received was instrumental in pushing me to seek publication and allowing myself to believe that I could become a published author.
About the author: Anita Banks harbored her secret of writing since she was in junior high school where the desire took seed in a creative writing class. She still journaling, reading, running and traveling, but nothing compares to playing with her grandchildren.
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What an adorable book. Congratulations, Anita.