Beginning February 1 – Melissa M Williams and Iggy the Iguana will tour cyber space and you’re invited to join them. We are so excited to bring you these stories of an iguana who can help children (and adults) learn about acceptance, friendship and diversity. We have a special giveaway for the most active and the best commenter during the tour – so visit each stop, read the post and leave a comment and you will have a chance to win an Iggy gift pack. The schedule is posted below and we look forward to seeing you there.
Iggy the Iguana
Iggy the Iguana is the first book in the Iggy Chapter Book Series for ages 7 to 11. The story focuses on the major themes of acceptance, friendship, and diversity while Iggy starts a brand new school. The transition from a private “all-lizard” school to a public “all-animal” school is eye opening, as Iggy soon accepts that just because other animals are different doesn’t mean they can’t be your friends. By the end of Iggy’s 4th grade year, he realizes that changing schools was the best move he could have ever made!
Summer League is the second book in the Iggy the Iguana Chapter Book Series for ages 7 to 11. After an exciting school year, Iggy and his friends kick off their summer vacation with some fun in the sun and … baseball! While playing on his All-Star little league team, Iggy faces a very difficult situation that could change his future in sports forever. Iggy learns many valuable lessons during the summer, most importantly, it is not wise to keep secrets from adults and we can’t judge others on the outside.
Melissa M. Williams is an advocate for literacy and creativity in children. Her children’s chapter books were inspired by real life experiences with childhood pets she owned while growing up in Houston, Texas. While finishing her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling, Melissa started substitute teaching for elementary schools in order to understand the daily life of her young audience. The students helped her create relatable and realistic stories while including lessons, values and acceptance within the story-line. In addition to writing, Melissa spends most of the school year speaking to students about her own journey as an author and the process of creative writing, while encouraging each student to think outside the box, follow their inner passion, and write their own stories.
Iggy the Iguana includes an entire line of products. These are some of the Iggy the Iguana products that are available.
- Iggy the Iguana in Hardback and Paperback and Audio CD
- Summer League (Iggy’s Sequel) in HB and PB
- Iggy the Iguana Stuffed Animal
- Snap Shell the Turtle Stuffed Animal
- Additional Items: Iggy Baseball Collectors cards, Clothes for Iggy, Bookmarks, T-shirts
For full details on all Iggy the Iguana products – http://iggytheiguana.com/iggy_store.htm
To learn more about Iggy and Melissa Williams – visit www.iggytheiguana.com. Win the Iggy the Iguana Give Away! Including the Newly Released Items in Iggy Collection, Snap Shell the Turtle (Plush Doll), Iggy Collector’s Baseball Cards, and The Read3Zero T-Shirt … supporting the fight against illiteracy 30 minutes at a time. Be our most active visitor during the tour for a chance to win this Iggy Collection — the tour schedule is posted at http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2010/01/iggy-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour.html to make it easy for you to visit and comment.
Iggy the Iguana Schedule
Monday February 1 – Nikki Leigh shares the first chapter of Iggy the Iguana – http://startatbeginning.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-by-melissa-m-williams.html
Tuesday February 2 – Christine Verstraete shares her interview with Iggy that Iguana http://candidcanine.blogspot.com/2010/02/welcome-to-melissa-m-williams-author-of.html
Wednesday February 3 – Nikki Leigh shares the cover for Iggy the Iguana by Melissa M Williams http://judgebookbycover.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-by-melissa-m-williams.html
Thursday February 4 – Author, Yvonne Walus, Shares Her Interview with Melissa M Williams, author of Iggy the Iguana – http://yewalus.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana.html
Friday February 5 – Chelle Cordero shares the Key to Acceptance from Melissa M Williams, author of Iggy the Iguana – http://cce613.xanga.com/721337588/iggy-the-iguana-and-melissa-m-williams-tour/
Sunday February 7 – Joyce Anthony introduces Melissa Williams and Iggy the Iguana – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-on-tour.html
Monday February 8 – Joyce Anthony shares 2 interviews with Melissa Williams – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2010/02/two-interviews-with-author-melissa-m.html
Tuesday February 9 – Joyce Anthony shares her review for Iggy the Iguana – http://joyce-anthony.blogspot.com/2010/02/real-iggy-iguana.html
Wednesday February 10 – Nikki Leigh shares a promotional interview with Melissa M Williams, author of Iggy the Iguana – http://promo101interviews.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/promotional-interview-with-melissa-m-williams
Thurs February 11 – Cheryl Malandrinos shares her review for Iggy the Iguana – http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/iggy-the-iguana-by-melissa-williams/
Friday February 12 – Cheryl Maladrinos shares her interview with Iggy – http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/iggy-the-iguana-pays-tctbc-a-visit/
Monday February 15 – Cheryl Malandrinos shares her review for Summer League by Melissa M Williams, the second Iggy the Iguana book – http://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com/2010/02/14/summer-league-by-melissa-williams/
Tuesday February 16 – Read a guest post about diversity, by Melissa M Williams, author of Iggy the Iguana – http://principledprofit.com/good-business-blog/writing-for-young-children-about-complex-social-issues-a-diversity-author-shares-her-perspective/2010/02/16
Wednesday February 17 – A character from Mary Cunningham’s book interviews Iggy and they have a chance to talk about baseball and many other things at http://cynthiasattic.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-summer-league.html
Thursday February 18 – Dana Smith shares her interview with Melissa M Williams to discuss how she promotes all the Iggy products – http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2010/02/interview-with-author-melissa-williams.html
Friday February 19 – Stephanie Ward shares her review for Iggy the Iguana – http://starkravingbibliophile.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-and-summer-league-by.html
Monday February 22 – Carolyn Howard Johnson shares a review and book details for Iggy the Iguana on her New Book Review blog – http://thenewbookreview.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-is-back.html
Tuesday February 23 – Alexa Chaplin shares her thoughts and the thoughts of her 7 year old son about Iggy the Iguana and Summer League. Come read the debut of 7 year old reviewer “KarateKid” http://piseco.homeschooljournal.net/2010/02/23/book-tour-iggy-the-iguana/
Thursday February 25 – Barb Techel and Frankie share an interview with Melissa M Williams and Iggy the Iguana – http://frankiethewalknrolldog.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguna-helps-kids-be-best-they-can.html
Friday February 26 – Mary Alice Long shares her interview with Melissa M Williams and Iggy the Iguana – http://playequalspeace.blogspot.com/2010/02/iggy-iguana-playpeace-interviews-iggy.html