by Nancy Viau
Publisher: Two Lions, April 2013
For ages: 3 – 8 Years
As thunder and lightning approach, a family gathers inside to play, sing, eat, and snuggle together until the weather clears. This sweet story captures both the excitement of a thunderstorm and the reassurance needed for children. The lively, rhythmic text mimics the storm sounds while the bold, playful art shows this special family time.
“Brief, rhyming, onomatopoeic verse tells the story of three small children who observe a thunderstorm from the second story of their country home. Digitally rendered cartoon illustrations depict characters smartly attired in fashionable, casual clothing. Very young children will enjoy the wordplay!” ~ School Library Journal
“At the center of Storm Song is a human family—the first page shows three sibling heads looking out a window as the leaves whirl and the sky darkens in their backyard. The storm gets louder and scarier, but when the lights go out, Mom sings a reassuring song and everyone snuggles on the sofa until the clouds clear and all is quiet again. This one makes a great read aloud—with all of the satisfying storm noises: ‘Boom. Boom. Bang! Rumble, rap, ROAR!’” ~ Parent’s Express
A FREE Teacher’s Guide for this title can be found on http://www.NancyViau.com.
About the Author
Nancy Viau is the author of Look What I Can Do! (Picture Book/Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013), Storm Song (Picture Book/Two Lions, 2013), City Street Beat (Picture Book, Albert Whitman & Co., 2014), and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head (Middle-Grade/Abrams/Amulet Books, 2008). Her stories, poems, and activities appear in Highlights, Highlights High Five, Ladybug, Babybug, Hopscotch for Girls, and many other magazines. She has written dozens of Op-Ed essays for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has been a summer columnist for that newspaper. Her work has been anthologized in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Writing Group Book, and The Ultimate Mom.
Nancy has been a featured speaker at writing conferences; she has appeared on numerous panels, and has been interviewed on CN8’s Your Morning Show, WCMC Radio, and on various blogs. She is a member of The Authors Guild, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and The KidLit Authors Club, a group she started that consists of children’s book authors who bring interactive book parties to bookstores, libraries, festivals, and conferences. She is also part of an organization called Young Writers’ Day. This organization sponsors authors, illustrators, playwrights, storytellers, and song writers who present low cost programs in suburban Philadelphia classrooms.
Nancy lives in rural New Jersey with her family and one hyperactive bunny. When not glued to her computer writing or running defense for her four children, she skips out of town in search of adventure and inspiration.
School Visit Information
Nancy has ten years experience presenting writing workshops and assembly programs to children across the country. Whether leading hands-on writing activities in the classroom or speaking to large groups, she shares her journey to publication and educates students about the writing process using a ton of energy sprinkled with humor and enthusiasm. Nancy is also available for book discussions and interviews via Skype. Children leave her presentations inspired and ready to write. For information on programming, fees, and availability, please visit Nancy’s website.
“Nancy visited two schools and met with students from first through sixth grades. She tailored her presentation for the different grade levels, discussing her life, how she does her writing, and the elements of a great story, intertwining the three into a seamless and entertaining hour. The students were completely engaged and enthusiastic. In the weeks since Nancy’s visit, teachers have commented that Nancy’s writing tips were right on target. I highly recommend Nancy Viau!” ~ Karen DeFrank, District Librarian, Glassboro, NJ
“There has been such a great response to the 6-week Creative Writing Club. Twenty-five kids come in excited and ready to go and don’t want to leave when the hour is up. Nancy does a wonderful job engaging them in the weekly topics and encouraging them to foster their creativity. I could not be happier with the results of this program. We’re going to keep the writing going by starting a club that meets monthly.”
~ Kellie J. Large, Head Children’s Librarian, Cape May County Library, NJ