Book Title: Alycat and the Friendship Friday by Alysson Foti Bourque
Illustrated by: Chiara Civati
Category: Children's Fiction, 32 pages
Genre: Picture Book, Friendship
Publisher: Mascot Books
Release date: Oct 23, 2018
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 27, 2018
Content Rating: G
Book Description:It’s finally Friday, and Alycat is excited to go on a field trip with her friends. But when she doesn’t have anyone to sit with on the bus, Alycat feels left out. Can she use her creativity and imagination to help everyone feel included?
Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.
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Meet the Author - Alysson Foti BourqueAlysson Foti Bourque earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University Law Center. After practicing law for six years, she traded in writing trial briefs for writing children’s books. She enjoys public speaking opportunities at schools, conferences, and festivals nationwide. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Currently, she resides in Sunset, Louisiana with her husband and two children.
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InterviewWhat genre do you write and why? I write children’s books. Having young children, I feel that it is important to teach through literature. There is a lot of books out there that lack problem-solving skills and self-evaluation. I wanted to write a series that teaches gratitude, generosity, perseverance, responsibility, and respectfulness.
What is the last great book you’ve read? Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis. This book is honest, enthusiastic, and relatable. All things I love in a book.
Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack? Where do you write? Yes! I write in my office when my children are at school or in bed. I have to have a bottle of water, cup of coffee, and some sort of pack of crackers or candy.
Do you ever get writer’s block? Sometimes, but it is more of an overload of imaginary ideas that get me. I like to start a story, leave the ending blank, and come back to it with a fresh idea.
How did you do research for your book? When writing for children, you have to think like a kid so I read a lot of kid’s literature. Then I combine our own experiences with imaginary ideas and come up with the plot. It has to be relatable but a tad far-fetched.
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