Brainstorming: It's Raining Ideas!

Book 2 of the Writing is a Process series

Children - Educational
32 Pages
Reviewed on 09/21/2013
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Author Biography

Terri Kelley, M.Ed, is the author of the series of Writing Is a Process books, many other children’s picture books, as well as of the chapter book series, Gingerly. Her passion for writing and reading began when she was a very young girl. She was raised in Copperas Cove, Texas where she grew up in the country with horses and lots of freedom to explore her environment. It was an idyllic childhood that allowed her to use her imagination daily.

Terri is the mother of three. Terri raised her kids in Granbury, TX and Tomball, TX. Both of these communities offered excellent schools and a country atmosphere that Terri enjoys. Terri still has ties to both towns as well as treasured friends in both places.

As an adult, Terri has held a couple of different careers. After twenty successful years in business-to-business sales, Terri decided to change careers and teach. Her first teaching job was with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in Houston, TX. After a few years there, she became a teacher, a reading specialist, and a gifted and talented specialist in Tomball, TX. It was while she taught that she became aware of the kinds of books children enjoyed reading. She also noticed areas in need of good children’s books. You will find many of her books respond to these needs.

Terri is very happily married to her best friend, Michael. Together, they live in Oakridge, OR with their black Labrador, Oliver. Terri and Michael enjoy traveling together, fishing, going to the movies, treasure hunting (at garage sales and thrift stores), and, of course, reading great books. They have many good friends with whom they enjoy spending time as well.

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    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Brainstorming: It's Raining Ideas! is the second book in author and educator, Terri Kelley's Writing Is a Process Series. She sets out easy and simple ways for kids to start building ideas and images before they start writing. The book is marvelously illustrated by Milena Radeva, whose watercolors and color-pencil drawings make the author's ideas and imagery really come alive. The narrator of the story has decided to write about his friend Fred, and his teacher suggests he start thinking about words that express his friend and the things they do together. He thinks about a park they went to, and then a dog they saw, and the fun they had there. Before he knows it, there's a whole story just waiting to be told.

Every so often, I come across a children's story that has me smiling from ear to ear, literally. Terri Kelley's Brainstorming: It's Raining Ideas! is one of those books. Kelley introduces creative writing processes to children in a manner that's exciting and visual, and the illustrations of artist Milena Radeva work beautifully with the story. While the book is obviously geared to children, it's one of those books that could be on any aspiring writer's bookshelf, perfect for those moments when the words just don't seem to come and despair begins to set in. Take a moment to enjoy and see how the incredible artwork meshes with the developing story-line, and you'll see what I mean. What a great book this is! It's perfect for children of all ages.