Thursday, October 1, 2009

Karen Cioffi and the Day's End Lullaby

“The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it.” - Author Unknown

I joined a terrific online group - VBT- Writers on the Move. One of the things we do is take turns hosting each other. This month I am fortunate to have Karen Cioffi as my guest blogger. Today I’m going to tell you a little bit about Karen and her book. Then on Saturday (I know it’s not a usual post day for me, but I’m making an exception), Karen will be back with advice on Three Ways to Improve your Website. Don’t miss it.

By the way, I’m a guest blogger on Educationtipster: Kathy Stemke, Author/Educator today. I hope you’ll stop by if you have a few extra minutes. I'm sharing a few of my favorite books for children.


She is a former accountant. Having to leave the accounting profession due to Multiple Sclerosis, she turned author and freelance writer. She is the co-author of Day’s End Lullaby, a children’s bedtime picture book.

As a hardworking writer, Karen is on the team of DKV Writing 4 U which provides writing services, and she is the creator and manager of the Yahoo group Writers on the Move. This is a marketing group of authors who use a number of promotional strategies and tools to cross-promote. She is also the co- moderator of a children’s writing critique group. Along with this Karen is a member of SCBWI, Children’s Writing Coaching Club, The Muse Conference Board, Linkedin, JacketFlap, AuthorsDen, and Goodreads. And, she recently joined BookPleasures as a reviewer.

Karen has a number of articles published through and is currently revising a middle grade fantasy chapter book and working on a picture book along with writing articles for children’s magazines. She is also working on a non-fiction ghostwriting project and recently finished a copywriting project.

Living in New York City all her life, Karen looks forward to one day moving to another state. She is married and has two grown daughters and two very young grandsons. She spends much of each day writing, learning her craft, researching and reading, managing her groups, and following up on things.


Day’s End Lullaby is a tender and charming illustrated children’s book. From a reminder that the sun has set and all beloved toys are awaiting tomorrow’s play, Day’s End Lullaby soothes and quiets even those children who struggle against sleep. The authors’ artistry is found in their understanding of the sense of security needed by children at bedtime.

“Your day’s been long and full of fun. But, now you’re much too tired to run,” sings the parent to the child in the lullaby. Day’s End Lullaby has rhyming phrases along with a rhythmic flow.

Author Cioffi composed the poem and music over 30 years ago to help her first born fall asleep and then used it again for her second child. She saw positive results in singing it and now sings it to her two young grandsons. She reassures them, “The sun has set, it’s out of view. The moon’s now shining bright for you.”

Authors Cioffi and Feltman wrote and illustrated Day’s End Lullaby as a loving book to comfort little ones and provide a sense of security at bedtime. The simple and colorful illustrations are intended to hold the child’s attention while the parent’s soothing voice helps the child gently drift off into a peaceful slumber.

Day’s End Lullaby, ISBN 13: 9781419691577, ISBN 1-4196-9157-0, is available for sale at Amazon, BookSurge, Alibris and Abebooks. It is also available through additional wholesale and retail channels worldwide such as Books in Print, Global Books in Print and Baker and Taylor. Direct Link to Amazon.

You can learn more about Karen at Day’s End Lullaby, Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children, DKV Writing, VBT-Writers on the Move. You can also follow Karen on Twitter.

To me, Day’s End Lullaby sounds like the perfect baby gift that all parents would cherish.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tags: Karen Cioffi, Days End Lullaby, baby gift, lullaby,


Helen Ginger said...

This sounds like a sweet book. I like the idea of a book that is designed to be sung to the child.

Incidentally, I got so tired just reading everything Karen does that I had to go get a cup of coffee. Gracious, she's a roadrunner zipping around!

Straight From Hel

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I love singing to my kids (although I'm a wretched singer!) This sounds like a sweet book. Thanks for the recommendation!

Mystery Writing is Murder

elysabeth said...

lol - Helen had to get a cup of coffee to perk up so she could keep up with Karen. Great posting, Jane. Thanks for having Karen. See you all in the postings - E :)

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Thanks, All, for stopping by. Everything is kids laugh at me when I say I'm busy.

Babysat my grandsons all day so just catching up now with the tour.

Thanks, Jane, for a wonderful post.

I'll see you back here on Saturday!


Vivian Zabel said...

Glad you've joined us Jane, and good post about Karen's book.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for hosting my friend Karen. Her book is wonderful and should be in everyone's library.

Marvin D Wilson said...

What a charming sounding children's book. Thanks for this feature post and the heads up. Karen sounds like a VERY busy woman - go get 'em! lol

The Old Silly

Nancy Famolari said...

Great post! Karen is a very busy lady, a talented one, too. I love the book cover.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm.... a singing child's book. What a novel idea. Ive never heard of one before. So many creative people in these writers forums. Best wishes for your continued success.

Stephen Tremp

Dianne G. Sagan said...

I just love this sweet book. I'm glad to be associated with Karen and admire all her hard work for our VBT group and her own writing career.

N A Sharpe said...

Great post, Jane. I love the concept of bringing the guest to the blog to introduce them and you being a guest on another blog. Her book sounds so sweet - definitely one to check out for reading to the young ones!

Nancy, from Realms of Thought…

Enid Wilson said...

The cover is very attractive too. Your energy is amazing, Karen.

Steamy Darcy

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