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Writing & Illustrating a Picture Book by Bette A. Stevens

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Please welcome Rave Reviews Book Club “SPOTLIGHT” Author, Bette A. Stevens!

AMAZING MATILDA, Stevens’s second children’s book, self-published in 2012 won a 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Award (Honorable Mention for Excellence in Children’s Literature – Ages 6 and older category) and also placed #9 on the 2013 Gittle List for Self-published Children’s Picture Books. Stevens has written articles for ECHOES, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture based in Caribou,Maine.

Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book by Bette A. Stevens 

AMAZING MATILDA was so much fun to write and illustrate. It’s even more fun to interact with my young readers now that my book is published and in their hands. Here is a photo of the Thank You Letters sent to me from fourth grade students last fall and the letter that I wrote back to these amazing students:

November 12, 2013

Dear Mrs. Glynn & Fourth Graders,

I was thrilled to check my mailbox last week and find your wonderful Thank You Letters. They really made my day. Your notes and illustrations are fantastic. There is nothing that makes an author happier than hearing from her fans. I’m so glad that you enjoyed AMAZING MATILDA. I definitely enjoyed meeting all of you, reading my book and answering your thoughtful questions about writing and illustrating books. It was also wonderful to have the opportunity to discuss the monarch butterfly’s life cycle and its endangered habitat. I took a picture of your letters and thought you’d like to see it. So, here it is!




FOR MORE INFORMATION ON MS. STEVENS OR RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, please visit: http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/


Check out Ms. Stevens’ other titles:

The Tanagram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!

And the prequel to he forthcoming debut novel:



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  1. Nonnie Jules

    Thanks, Teri for hosting Bette. How nice! I love the thank you letters from the students. Teaching a child to say thank you…I should meet this teacher!

    1. Bette A. Stevens


  2. Beem Weeks

    A great big THANK YOU to you, Teri, for hosting this author! Congratulations to Bette for landing in the Spotlight!

    1. Bette A. Stevens

      Thanks, Beem. It’s been a great ride with everyone at RRBC by my side! 🙂

  3. Danica Cornell (@DanicaCornell)

    Congratulations and best wishes for your continued success, Bette! I bet it feels pretty good being in the SPOTLIGHT, eh? 🙂 Teri my dear, thank you for hosting Bette on your beautiful blog. xoxo 🙂

    1. Bette A. Stevens

      It’s AMAZING, dear Danica! 🙂

  4. Bette A. Stevens

    Hi, Teri. Thanks so much for hosting me on your wonderful blog. Many thanks to Nonnie, Beem and Danica too. Like MATILDA, you are all AMAZING! 🙂

  5. Kathryn Chastain Treat

    Thank you Teri for sharing Bette with us all. Congratulations Bette for being in the Spotlight! I have a copy of Amazing Matilda as an e-book. I am going to purchase the paperback for my granddaughters.

  6. Bruce A. Borders

    Congratulations on your spotlight Bette! Enjoy it!

  7. Kathy Golden

    Congratulations to you, Bette. Thanks to you, Teri, for hosting Bette.

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