Is it Friday already?
Good thing, because I’m excited to share another 2017 picture book with you. The author, Tara Lazar, is a dear picture book mentor for this kid lit community. Her Storystorm Challenge (formerly PiBoIdMo) helped more than 1600 writers gather ideas this January. And she was a Will Write for Cookies guest back in 2014.
Since then, she’s had a bunch of picture books launch…and I’m thrilled to bring you her latest for Perfect Picture Book Friday.
AND GUESS WHAT TARA IS OFFERING AS A GIVEAWAY?
A PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE! OH YES! So please, tell all your friends and even people who aren’t your friends, to come on over and leave a comment. One lucky person is going to get that fabulous prize!
But first, we have a another fabulous prize to give away! Last week, Kristen Fulton offered a copy of her debut picture book, LONG MAY SHE WAVE. And the lucky winner is…
Ali Earle Pichardo
Congratulations, Ali…let’s connect and I will put you in touch with Kristen so she can get a copy of the book out to you!
And now for our Perfect Picture Book Friday review!
7 ATE 9: The Untold Story
Written by: Tara Lazar
Illustrated by Ross MacDonald
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion (2017)
Mystery, numbers, humor
6 has a problem.
Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.
Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?
Why I like this book:
- It is funny. More than funny. It is one of the funniest books I’ve read. And kids LOVE funny.
- Great illustrations…perfect for the text.
- The story will engage kids from the first page to the last!
Sensory Art with Numbers
You will need: Cardboard (you can even use the side of an empty cereal box), glue, marker, your choice of sand, rice, oatmeal, Cheerios, or glitter.
- Draw numbers on the cardboard.
- Trace over the numbers with a glue stick.
- Sprinkle with your choice of topping…sand (might be messy in the house), rice, oatmeal, Cheerios, or glitter (will definitely be messy in the house).
- Let dry.
- You can do this with letters also.
For many more number activities, click here: http://handsonaswegrow.com/40-number-activities-for-preschoolers/
Thank you all for stopping by today. My generous author friends have connected with the #50PreciousWordsforKids teachers and parents. Maybe we will get some feedback by next month and find out how much fun everyone had, connecting adult authors and kid writers on Skype.
And don’t forget to leave a comment today if you would like a chance to win a MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE FROM TARA LAZAR. Please share this post on your social media…and if you have read Tara’s book, please leave a review for her on Amazon.
Happy Memorial Day, dear friends…please be safe if you are traveling…and I will see you again in JUNE! Lots more picture book reviews, giveaways, author/illustrator Q&A’s!
I’m always happy when Friday rolls around – because it means it’s time for Perfect Picture Book Friday. And today’s book is amazing. In fact, it was just selected as a Fall 2017 Junior Library Guild selection!!!!
But first, some blog housekeeping. BTW, did you know this is blog post #700 for Picture Books Help Kids Soar? Where has the time gone?
Last week, Chana Stiefel offered a copy of her debut picture book, DADDY DEPOT. And the lucky winner is…
Congratulations, Patricia…let’s connect and I will put you in touch with Chana so she can get a copy of the book out to you!
Today’s book is close to my heart for two reasons. I am a lover of nonfiction picture books…it’s what I love to write…and the author is actually the guru of writing nonfiction picture books. In June of 2014, I took Kristen Fulton’s Nonfiction Archaelogy class and it was a life changing experience for me. Kristen, who will be here tomorrow on Will Write for Cookies, is offering a copy of the book. So, if you’d like to be entered in the giveaway, please don’t forget to leave a comment.
LONG MAY SHE WAVE
Written by: Kristen Fulton
Illustrated by Holly Berry
Publisher: Simon and Schuster (Margaret McElderry Books – 2017)
Ages: Preschool – Grade 3
Discover the story of the girl who sewed the American flag that inspired the lyrics of the National Anthem in this beautifully illustrated celebration of our country’s iconic symbol for freedom.
Caroline Pickersgill came from a family of the best flag makers in Baltimore. She and her family proudly stitched the grand flag that gallantly whipped in the wind over Fort McHenry.
But when the British attacked Baltimore on September 12, 1814, would those broad stripes and bright stars still wave strong? Would America still be free and remain the home of the brave?
Why I like this book:
- Exciting action-packed text marries perfectly with bold illustrations.
- Wonderful read-aloud!
- Kids love books where the main character is a child.
Photo courtesy: http://www.thecraftycrow.net/fourth_of_july/
Lots of fun crafts and project at: www.thecraftycrow.net/fourth_of_july
Or how about a sponge painted flag at http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2008/07/happy-fourth-of-july.html
Please don’t forget to leave a comment to qualify for the giveaway of a copy of LONG MAY SHE WAVE.
And Kristen and I will see you here tomorrow for her Will Write for Cookies Q&A.