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
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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Alysson 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.
Here’s my interview with Alysson Foti Bourque:
You are a mom writer, how do you balance your time?
I write when my kids are at school and once they go to bed. I always bring a notebook to their activities so that I can write down ideas or thoughts that cross my mind.
This is your third book of the series. Can you give us a quick summary of the morals conveyed in your previous two books?
Alycat and the Thursday Dessert Day – Teaches readers how to solve problems using creativity and imagination and go after what makes them happy.
Alycat and the Monday Blues – Teaches readers that helping others can help you discover something truly special about yourself.
What do you want readers to learn from your new book, Alycat and the Friendship Friday?
The lesson in this book focuses on the changing relationships in children’s lives and encourages kids to solve problems together so they can better themselves and their friendships. Alycat and the Friendship Friday will teach readers that making new friends isn’t as scary as you might think.
What advice would you give budding writers?
Read. Read. Read. And, research as much as you can online. Work hard and keep at it. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
Do you recommend writing groups/organizations?
I am involved in Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators of which is an international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. This is a great place to learn from others, apply for awards and grants, and learn the essentials of publishing children’s book and get to know the industry.