WELCOME, WELCOME to the FIFTH ANNUAL #50PreciousWords Contest!!!
I am so very happy you’ve stopped by!
Art by Vicky Fang
When I first got the idea for this contest back in 2016, I thought a few of my friends might take pity on me and submit a story – to my surprise, there were 128 entries! The winner that year went on to sign with my wonderful agent, Essie White, and the story that won is now part of a beautiful board book series. Several other entries over the years have become books…and I’m thrilled with the positive energy that this contest generates.
I began this contest to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and honor this children’s writer who changed the face of kidlit.
If you are currently writing picture books…or just reading them, you’ll notice that the average word length for many is getting shorter and shorter. So I thought, wouldn’t that be a great challenge…to write a story for kids with only 50 words? With a beginning, a middle, and an end. I wondered if I could do it. I opened the challenge to everyone.
Please put on your thinking caps, sharpen your pencils, and get busy writing. You have till March 5th at 11:59pm to post your story. Here are the guidelines:
GUIDELINES FOR #50PRECIOUSWORDS
- Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, that has a total word count of 50 or less.
- It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.
- Title is not included in the word count.
- No illustration notes please.
- The contest officially opens today, Saturday, February 29, in this special post on my blog.
- Between February 29 and March 5, post your story in the comments of this special contest blog post. If you have a blog of your own and want to post it there also, that is terrific…please add the link to your comment so we can all go and visit you there. Also, please make sure you put your name in the post.
- Only ONE entry per person, please.
- Deadline for posting the story in the comments is Thursday, March 5, at 11:59pm.
- Winners will be announced Saturday, March 21.
- Winners? Of course, there will be winners…and prizes, too! There are critiques with EDITORS, seats in WRITING CLASSES, CRITIQUES by published authors, SIGNED PICTURE BOOKS…and more. The book prizes are limited to USA addresses, please.
HERE IS THE LIST OF PRIZES:
- Picture Book Critique with Little Bee editor COURTNEY FAHY.
Courtney Fahy is the Editorial Assistant at Little Bee Books and Yellow Jacket, where she acquires and edits board books, picture books, and middle grade novels. Some of Courtney’s picture books include Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit by Linda Marshall, Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe by Vivian Kirkfield, Mootilda’s Bad Mood by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Kirsti Call, as well as Moonbeams: A Lullaby of the Phases of the Moon by Ann Bausum. Prior to joining Little Bee Books, Courtney interned at Macmillan at Roaring Brook Press and Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for Young Readers, as well as W.W. Norton. Originally from New Jersey, Courtney graduated from Pace University with a Master in Science in publishing. You can find Courtney on Twitter @courtneyfahy.
2. Critique from Callie Metler-Smith, publisher of Spork/&mg
Callie Metler-Smith is the CEO and founder of Clear Fork Publishing in Stamford, Texas.
She answers to the following titles: Publisher of Books, Newspaper Chick, Bookstore Owner, Writer, Illustrator, Wife, Mom, and Friend.
3. PB Critique or Seat in Writing Humor for Kids or 1/2 off The Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books course from Art Director and CBA Founder MIRA REISBERG. https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/
4, Seat in Making Picture Book Writing Magic course from the founder of Perfect Picture Book Friday, NYTimes Best-selling author Susanna Leonard Hill. https://susannahill.com/for-writers/making-picture-book-magic/
5. A set of craft of writing webinars from Blue Whale Editor ALAYNE CHRISTIAN.
Alayne Kay Christian is the acquisitions editor for Blue Whale Press and an award-winning children’s book author. She is the creator and teacher of a picture book writing course Art of Arc. In addition, she shares her knowledge with writers through free and affordable webinars at Writing for Children Webinars. She has been a picture book and chapter book critique professional since 2014, and she worked as a 12 X 12 critique ninja for three years. Alayne has spent the last thirteen years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature. Alayne’s focus at Blue Whale Press is content editing, creative direction, and working with authors and illustrators to coordinate the path to quality books.
Art of Arc http://www.alaynekaychristian.com/contact.html
6. Seat in Master Class in Picture Book Writing from author Karla Valenti
I was born and grew up in Mexico city. Since then, I have had the great privilege and opportunity to live in a number of places I have come to call home: the U.S., Japan, France, and most recently Germany. I currently live in the Chicagoland area where I keep myself busy with lots of words and big ideas (both in my job as a lawyer and author).
My writerly self focuses on picture books and middle grade novels. I also offer a Master Course on Picture Book Writing and Editing and Picture Book critique services.
I’m rep’ed by the inimitable Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
Find me on Facebook or Twitter.
7. Rhyming PB Critique from author Lori Degman
Growing up, Lori Degman struggled with reading, but the more she read, the easier it got! Now she reads all the time. She is the award-winning author of 1 Zany Zoo and Cock-a-Doodle Oops!, Norbert’s Big Dream, and Just Read. Lori was a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing and is now a full-time author. She is a frequent presenter at schools and conferences.
Lori’s forthcoming books are Like a Girl (2019) and Travel Guide for Monsters (2020). Learn more about Lori at loridegman.com
8. PB Critique plus copies of two fabulous picture books from author/illustrator Patricia Keeler
Patricia Keeler is the author/illustrator of SCOOP THE ICE CREAM TRUCK and LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL, both of Sky Pony Press. Patricia received the Christopher Medal in 2011 for her illustrations in WOULD YOU STILL LOVE ME IF. Patricia won the children’s book category for the New York Book Festival 2013. Her work has been a selection of the Junior Library Guild and the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club. Follow her on Instagram @patricia.keeler.books.
9. PB Critique and copy of Nova the Star Eater from author Lindsay Leslie.
Lindsay likes to bring her unique outlook on life, quirky humor, and play with words to the page in picture books. She is the author of THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS and NOVA THE STAR EATER (Page Street Kids). Her third picture book, DUSK EXPLORERS (Page Street Kids), will launch June 2, 2020. Lindsay lives with her husband, two boys, two dogs, a guinea pig, and a tortoise in Austin.
10. PB Critique from author Keila V. Dawson
Before becoming a children’s book author, Keila Dawson worked as a teacher, school administrator, and educational consultant in the U.S., the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt.
A native of New Orleans, her debut picture book THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican Publishing Co. 2015), celebrates one of the unique cultural traditions in her hometown – eating King Cake during the Mardi Gras season. Her second book, NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, co-edited with Jeanette Bradley and Lindsay H. Metcalf (Charlesbridge) will release in September 2020. A third nonfiction book is under contract has not been announced yet.
Keila is a member of SCBWI, writes monthly author studies for the Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) blog, and reviews books for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. When Keila isn’t reading, writing, and visiting schools, she’s traveling, playing tennis, or digging in genealogical archives.
Twitter: @keila_dawson Website: http://www.keiladawson.com
Facebook author page: @keilavdawson
11. Non-Rhyming Picture Book Critique from author Melissa Stoller
Melissa Stoller is the author of the chapter book series The Enchanted Snow Globe Collection – Book One: Return to Coney Island and Book Two: The Liberty Bell Train Ride (Clear Fork Publishing, 2017 and 2020); and the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush and Ready, Set, GOrilla! (Clear Fork, 2018). Upcoming picture books include Return of the Magic Paintbrush and Sadie’s Shabbat Stories (Clear Fork, 2020). Melissa is an Assistant and Blogger for the Children’s Book Academy, a Regional Ambassador for The Chapter Book Challenge, a Moderator for The Debut Picture Book Study Group, and a volunteer with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators/MetroNY. In other chapters of her life, Melissa has worked as a lawyer, legal writing instructor, freelance writer and editor, and early childhood educator. Additionally, she is a member of the Board of Trustees at Temple Shaaray Tefila, and a past trustee at The Hewitt School. Melissa lives in New York City with her husband, three daughters, and one puppy.
12. Picture Book or Query Letter Critique from author Laura Roettiger
Laura Roettiger is the author of ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON and has enjoyed working with children ever since she was no longer considered a child herself. She was a reading specialist and elementary teacher in Chicago, IL before moving to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where she worked in Environmental Education and as a new teacher mentor for two years at a STEM school. She is a judge for Rate Your Story, an active member of SCBWI and 12x12PictureBook Challenge. Laura works with third grade classrooms through #KidsNeedMentors, tutors adults in the Boulder Reads Literacy program at the Boulder Public Library, and works with BookstoKids, a Colorado based literacy nonprofit. Her superpower is encouraging curiosity in children and her students, letting them know she believes in them. She has three children of her own whose curiosity and creativity led all of them into STEM related professions.
13. Picture Book Critique from author Maria Marshall
Maria is a children’s author, blogger, and poet passionate about making nature and reading fun for children. She’s a Cybils Awards judge ( http://www.cybils.com/) and a contributing blogger for STEM Tuesday – From the Mixed-up Files of MG Authors ( https://fromthemixedupfiles.com/stem-tuesday/). She interviews authors & illustrators and reviews books on -The Picture Book Buzz ( www.mariacmarshall.com/blog). Her poems are published in The Best Of Today’s Little Ditty 2017-2018, 2016, & 2014-2015 anthologies. When not writing, critiquing, or reading, she bird watches, travels the world, bakes, and hikes.
14. Picture Book Critique from author Katey Howes
Katey Howes is thrilled to be making books for children. She also makes bad jokes, great apple crisp, and messy mistakes. Katey lives in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania (really!) with her husband and three adventurous daughters makers. A former physical therapist specializing in brain injury, Katey now divides her time between writing award-winning stories and raising kids with a love of books. She also contributes to parenting, literacy and STEM websites including All the Wonders, The Nerdy Bookclub, STEAM Powered Family and Imagination Soup. Find Katey on Twitter @kateywrites and on Instagram @kidlitlove.
15. Copy of Play Like An Animal from author Maria Gianferrari
Maria Gianferrari’s childhood playground was nature: climbing trees, playing hide and seek in the cornfield and slapping cow patties for fun! Nowadays she tries to keep the spirit of play alive in her writing. She enjoys playing Dominion with her family sans the curse cards. Her late dog, Becca, was always ready for a game of “catch the flying biscuit.” To learn more about Maria check out her website, Instagram or Facebook pages.
16. Picture Book Manuscript Critique from author Kirsti Call
Kirsti Call loves putting words together. She co-runs Reading for Research month, has judged for the Cybil’s award since 2014, blogs for Writer’s Rumpus, and her second picture book, Mootilda’s Bad Mood (Little Bee) comes out this fall. Cow Says Meow (HMH) and Cold Turkey (Little Brown) release in 2021!
Instagram @kirsticall Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kirsti.call
Twitter: @kirsticall Websites: www.kirsticall.com, www.writersrumpus.com, www.reforemo.com
17. Picture Book Critique or signed copy of Lola Can’t Leap from author Ellen Leventhal
Ellen Leventhal is an educator and writer in Houston, TX. Her writing usually contains universal themes to which children can relate–even if the thoughts occasionally come from talking cows or lambs. She can’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing in some capacity. Ellen is the co-author of Don’t Eat the Bluebonnets and the author of Lola Can’t Leap. She has been published in magazines and newspapers as well as in short story and poetry anthologies. Ellen loves school visits! When visiting schools, she coordinates with and supports literacy programs as well as diversity and anti-bullying programs. Ellen’s best days are when she can interact directly with the students and spread her love of literacy and kindness. To find out more about Ellen’s books and writing projects, please go to www.Ellenleventhal.com
18. Picture Book Critique from author Tina Cho
Tina is the author of Rice from Heaven, a picture book from Little Bee Books August 2018, Korean Celebrations, a nonfiction picture book from Tuttle, August 2019, My Breakfast with Jesus, a nonfiction picture book from Harvest House June 2, 2020, The Ocean Calls: A Mermaid Haenyeo Story from Kokila, an imprint of Penguin Random House August 4, 2020, and her first middle grade graphic novel in verse, The Tune Without Words by Harper Alley Fall 2022.
19. Picture Book Critique or Signed Picture Books from author Amber Hendricks
Born and raised in the Midwest, Amber Hendricks grew up reading everything she could get her hands on- including the morning cereal boxes. That passion melded into writing as well, and by the age of 11 she was writing and binding her own “books”. Amber has worn many hats in her career but she has always circled back to her first love of telling stories. Amber currently resides in Missouri with her husband and two children.
20. Picture Book Critique from author Beth Anderson
Beth Anderson loves digging into history and culture for undiscovered gems, exploring points of view, and playing with words. A former educator who has always marveled at the power of books, she is drawn to stories that open minds, touch hearts, and inspire questions. Born and raised in Illinois, she now lives in Loveland, Colorado. Author of AN INCONVENIENT ALPHABET (S&S 2018) and LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2020), Beth has more historical gems on the way.
@Bandersonwriter (Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram)
21. Signed copy of Beautiful Shades of Brown from author Nancy Churnin
A native New Yorker, Nancy is a graduate of Harvard University, with a master’s from Columbia University. She lives in North Texas with her husband, a dog named Dog and two cantankerous cats. Learn more about Nancy at www.nancychurnin.com
22. Signed copy of Can U Save the Day? from author Shannon Stocker
Shannon Stocker’s debut picture book CAN U SAVE THE DAY (Sleeping Bear Press) released in 2019, LISTEN: HOW ONE DEAF GIRL CHANGED PERCUSSION (NF PB bio about Evelyn Glennie) comes out with Dial/Random House in 2022, and several of Shannon’s nonfiction essays have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Shannon currently serves as SCBWI social co-director for Louisville, a judge for Rate Your Story, a ninja for 12×12, and she created the blog series, Pivotal Moments: inHERview, highlighting transitional life stories of female picture book authors (http://www.shannonstocker.com/blog/). Cool facts: Currently writing her memoir, Shannon is a medical school graduate, a coma survivor, an RSD/CRPS patient and advocate, and a singer/songwriter who once performed two songs, including one original, as part of an opening act for Blake Shelton. She can be found online at www.shannonstocker.com, on Facebook (Shannon Otto Stocker/Shannon Stocker Author), and on Twitter/Instagram @iwriteforkidz. Shannon is represented by Allison Remcheck of Stimola Literary Studio.
23. Picture Book Critique (fiction) from author Lisa Katzenberger.
I live in La Grange, IL in a hundred-year-old Victorian house with sloping hardwood floors, glass doorknobs, and the tiniest bathroom you’ve ever seen. I have a great husband and amazing boy-girl twins. I’m an active member of SCBWI, where I volunteer as the Social Media Coordinator for the SCBWI-Illinois region. I work part-time as a technical writing consultant to fund my writing conference habit. I am represented by Wendi Gu of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
24. Picture Book Critique from author Jenna Grodzicki
Jenna is the author of both fiction and nonfiction picture books, including Finn Finds a Friend (Clear Fork Publishing, 2017), I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures That Look Like Food (Millbrook Press, 2019), Harmony Humbolt: Perfect Pets Queen (Clear Fork Publishing, Fall 2020), and Wild Style: Amazing Animal Adornments (Millbrook Press, September 2020). She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two crazy awesome kids. At all hours of the day (and night) she can be found at her desk, drinking iced coffee and working on her next story. Jenna is represented by Victoria Selvaggio of Storm Literary Agency.
What do you think about these amazing prizes? I’m blown away by the generosity of this kid-lit community. Thank you to all the prize donors. If I made any mistakes with the bios or photos, please let me know (I am not very tech savvy when it comes to making photos smaller)…and if anyone else has a prize they’d like to add to the list, please contact me.
Dear friends…you have 6 days to post your story…and I can’t wait to read your precious words – just put your story in the comment section. If you have a blog and are also putting your entry there, please add your link to your comment. But whether or not you put your story on your own blog, please put it here. And also, please add you name. If anyone has questions or has a problem posting, please email me and I will be happy to help: email@example.com.
I am going to take a page from Susanna Hill’s last contest and try to list the stories here so you can easily click through and get to the one you want to read – although I hope you will want to read and comment on ALL of them!
1. Paul Kurtz: My Magic Place
2. Donna Kurtz: Green Eggs and Meat
3. Claire Lewis: A Moving Tale
4. Kirsty Rorke: Lights
5. Sue Lancaster: After the Storm
6. Brenda Whitehead: My Important Job
7. Sara Ackerman: Caterpillar Season in Sinshasa
8. Jennifer Linville: I See
9. Kelly Swemba: Playful Puddles
10. Monica Acker: Mirror In The Sidewalk
11. Robin Currie: Wombat Rescue
12. Jill Proctor: Caterpillar Rain Dance
13. Cheri-Ann Wong: Hunter and Prey
14. Joannie Duris: Hug Hunt
15. Jessica Coupe: The Winter Garden
16. David McMullin: Making Something Out of Nothing
17.Mary York: Swinging From the Black Walnut Tree
18.Anita Narayan: Race to First Place
19. Shonna Nance: Time for BED?
20.Jennifer Moore: BORING!
21. Glenda Roberson: The Hug
22. Abbi Lee: The Worst Burglar in the World
23. Lu Pierro: BARK PARK
24. Aimee Satterlee: Red Truck
25. Estelle Tudor: My Mum’s a Superhero
26. Carolyn Bennett Fraiser: SNOW
27.Hannah Lapehn: DYLAN’S HUNT
28. Tara Cerven: GAME OVER
29. Danielle Hammelef: SAM’S SECRET CAVE
30.Bouvier Eulen: TODAY I’LL BE
31. Ashley Wheelock: Mommy’s Hair Salon
32. Polly Renner: TODAY
33.Jolene Ballard Gutierrez: THE LAST WATERMELON
34. Jessica Reiner Harris: Yummy Me
35.Janet Parkinson Bryce: Can Hippos Jump?
36. Debra Daugherty: Rabbit’s Big Day
37.Stacey Miller: Chloe’s Cloud
38.Katherine Rahoy: Teeny Tiny Turtle Tucked
39. Chelsea Tornetto: SNOW
40. Jill Lambert: Bird TV
41. Maryna Doughty: Dance for Daddy
42. Roxanne Troup: ALLIE’S APPLES
43. Sarah Atherton: Mum’s Spaghetti
44. Leah Moser: A COOL TREAT
45. Margaret Aitken: Dino Friends
46. Rachel Funez: Learning to Ski Fun
47.Nicole Loos Miller: Spring Puddles
48.Maureen Morrison: No Tengo Palabras
49. Carole Gerber: Summer Storm
50. Liz Sites: Fuzzy Wuzzy and the Fuzz Buzz
51. Marziah Abbas: Cookie Thief
52.Hanh Bui: Tet is…
53. Carol Cole: Dragons Love Camping
54.Ana Siqueira: An Elefante is a Terrible Horrible Fantastic Pet
55. Alana Washington: Draw with Me
56. Paulette Sharkey: How to Read to a Cat
57. Joan Leotta: Trucks Together
58. Lindsay Hobson: Dragons Have Bedtimes, Too
59. Robin Jordan: Dear Journal, Today…
60. Debbie Sanders: Hummingbird Battle
61. Anne Lipton: Here Be Dragons
62. Sandy Brooks Foster: Mr. Crayfish
63. Marie Prins: Backyard Bunny
64. Leigh Therriault: PANDEMONIUM
65. Nancy Ferguson: GRIMM THE SHELTER DOG
66. Arlene Schenker: Kinkajou
67. Megan Weatherford: Now What?
68. Brittany Pomales: Conduct a Lullaby
69. Amy Renee: Midnight Cake
70. Kelly Mangan: Duck Butts
71. Paula Obering: Smile
72.Carol Coven Grannick: Me in the Mirror
73. Nancy Riley: INCUBATION
74.Jennifer Humphreys: Spring Fun
75. Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez: A Dance in the Night
76.Elizabeth Janczyk: My Baby Brother is a Ninja
77. Katy Rose: Light Changes Everything
78. Rose Cappelli: Scritch! Scritch! Scratch! Scratch!
79. Jane Baskwill: IMAGINE THAT!
80. Phil Dillon: Ugg the Inventor
81. Sue Twiggs: Water Tickles
82. Andrea MacDonald: TWINS
83. Robin Brett Wechsler: SHELLY SOLD SEASHELLS
84. Roo Parkin: MISCHIEF MAKER
85. Allison Rozo: BEARDED PAPA
86. Amy M. Miller: Little Red Riding Hood
87. Carey Ann Welch: The Egg Parable of Matthew Welch, Age 10
88. Susan Summers: Rainbow
89. Liz Kehrli: If a Tree Falls
90. Aundra Tomlins: Rumble, Grumble, Crumble, Tumble
91. Jenny Buchet: TO CATCH THE MOON
92.Ranessa Doucet: KAZOO
93. Jason Perkins: DADDY TIME
94.Kelsey Gross: BATTERIES FOR BOT-BOT
95. Stephanie Higgins: Spores Away
96. Chris Baker: Muddle in a Puddle
97. Susan Drew: Sledding at Oma’s
98. Deborah Holt Williams: Moving Day
99. Marietta Apollonio: MOON MESS
100. Carrie Karnes-Fannin: Photos of Hope: A Small Biography of Margaret Bourke-White
101. Sharon K. Solomon: Frog Pond 2
102. Laurie Smollett Kutscera: FIREFLY
103. Laurie Smith Murphy: COMING ON CHRISTMAS
104. Patricia J. Holloway: I SPY
105.Jennifer Dawson: Siblings
106. Sylvia Chen: TOOTHY JOURNEY
107. Kimberly Laura: Alphabutt – A Lift the Flap Book
108. Camille Lancaster: A PIECE OF PAPER
109. Laurie Carmody: GRANDMA’S HOUSE
110: Christina Vrba: A New Pet
111. Meryl Sachs Cullon: MOMMY! MOMMY!
112. Katie Walsh: LEFTOVER NO S’MORE!
113. Susan Ralls: CUPCAKE FIX
114. Heidi Coryell: THE DARK
115. Gabrielle Cardwell: My Pup
116. Rachael Clarke: BALLERINA GIRLS
117. Kim Hart: BUBBLE BATH FUN
118. Amber Hendricks: Starling Flight
119. Kathleen Reitman: Love My Feet
120. Kaylynn Johnsen: TWO to TANGO
121.Heather Kinser: YET
122. Catherine Friess: PICNIC ON THE MOON
123. Richard Stonebridge: The Scarecrow with a Secret
124.Melissa Mwai: Not A Unicorn
125.Heidi Vance: Mr. Squirrel
126. Pippa Chorley: Walkies
127. Stefanie Razler: Happy Winter, Friend!
128. Liz Rice: All Gone
129. Janie Reinart: BRAVE ENOUGH
130. Deb Sullivan: Recycle Me!
131. Melissa Stoller: SEALS
132. Becky Ross Michael: Miss O’Blair Has No Hair
133. Lisa Zaccaria: The Tree of Courage
134.Rina Singh: Born to Dance
135. Stephanie Gibeault: Baked with Love
136. Jaclyn Crawford: I Can Do Hard Things
137. Delia Black: Are We There Yet?
138. Sarah Meade: Five Flamingos with Flair
139. Judy Cooper: Just Leo
140. Tina Mowrey: THE DAY YOU ARRIVED
141. Erin Kerger Duffett: WOLF
142. Dea Brayden & Lindsay Brayden Ellis: TRUE COLORS
143. Charlotte Dixon: MIGHTY MAGNUS ROOSTERUS
144. Laura Wadsworth Carter: A YAWN, A SIGH
145. Leila Nabih: A Dog, a Frog, and a Log
146. Jen Lawson: SWITCHWICH
147. Dea Lenihan: CAMERA NIGHT
148. Laura Howard: BUBBLE TROUBLE
149. Susan Silver: MOMMY’S BIG DAY
150. Sharon J. Wilson: The Absolutely True Story of Miss Locomotive
151. Aixa Perez-Prado: El Gato Romeo’s Nine Lives
152. Joy Moore: letter from BIG FOOT
153. Leslie Ross-Degnan: WATER PLAY
154. Emily Ann Davison: SOMEBODY ATE MY CAKE
155. Jarmila Kurucova: Blue Monkey Makes a Friend
156. Aimee Larke: Good Morning It’s Time for Bed
157. Kael Tudor: Good Morning
158. Eileen Mayo: THE DAY THE BOOK WASN’T A BOOK
159. Stacey Corrigan: Another Hat in the Ring
160. Lori Sheroan: Googly Eyes
161. Laura Fredrickson: Race and Roll
162. Sarah Hetu-Radny: GARDENS
163. A Kidd: Baby Bounces
164. Kalee Gwarjariski: THE FIRE-SNEEZING DRAGON
165. Nina Nolan: RIGHT NOW
166. Rebecca Thill: BIG DOG – TINY BED
167. Mia Geiger: Just Beachy
168. Kristy Ryan: FIRST DAY FEELINGS
169. Linda Kulp Trout: Snowplow
170. Kathy McClaskey: The Fox and the Cat
171. Jenny Harp: DETERMINED PEA
172. Colleen Murphy: Problem Solved
173. Amanda Davis: One Last Time
174. Sloane Jacobs: Bitty Boo Taco Ninja
175. Andrea Greenwich Heffner: Who Can? Toucan!
176.Joel Chalmers: BEACH BLAST
177. Amy Flynn: Dinner is Ruined
178. Traci Van Wagoner: BE
179. Laura Roettiger: It’s Hard to Pick a Favorite
180. Teresa Traver: Rainy Day
181. Riya Zachariah: Until Tomorrow
182. Steve Rogers: It had no eyes
183.Eszter Molnar: The Last Biscuit
184. Mary Rudzinski: THE BIG YAWN
185. Tom Lancaster: THE MIDNIGHT VISITOR
186.Tracy Curran: Pea-po
187. Lisa L. Furness: SUN FUN
188. Lynne Marie: PANDEMONIUM: A Morning at the Panda Kindergarten
189.Sarah Anne Carter: Backyard Pirate
190. Anne Weedon: Dinner
191. This is Maisha: Victorious Firefly
192. Kirsten Allen: The Seed Who Believed
193.Sarina Abbasi: $10
194.Jim and Tim: Circles aren’t pointless
195.Deb Bartsch: DANCE LIKE A DINOSAUR
196. Jessica Whipple: Boy and Bulldog
197. Zachary Snyder: What Will You Remember
198. Candace Spizzirri: HAPPY HEART
199. Linda Staszak: TRIBUTE TO DR. SEUSS
200. Kathryn Rammell: THE GRUMPY DAY PARADE
201. Suzie Olsen: THANKFUL FOR PANTS
202. Emma Jenkins: VACUUM CLEANER
203. HT Lynne: Do You Hear What I Hear?
204. Hollie Wolverton: Make a Wish
205. Charlotte Sheer: WHEN SMILES SPEAK
206. Heather Bell: Frisbee
207. Lydia Loeber: The Something
208.Kristy Roser Nuttall: 100 Worms Before Breakfast
209. Kate Thompson: Love Will Always Win
210. Julie Koon: The Love Machine
211. Katherine Rothstein: MY HANDS, MY VOICE
212.Patricia Finnegan: BUBBLE GUM BLOWOUT
213. Stefanie Hohl: MONSTER SCARES
214. Sandra Sutter: LIBRARIES CAN BE ANYWHERE
215. Cathy Ogren: Humpty Grumpty
216. Jim Chaize: The Hole
217. Rebecca Gardyn Levington: BIRTHDAY WISHES *DO* COME TRUE
218. Laura Elizabeth Baukol: SISTERS
219. Jillian MacKenzie: LUCKY RED GUMBALL
220. Val Dormady: Jumble Days
221. Penny McNally: THE NEW GIRL
222. Mary Ann Cortez: SNOWSTORM
223. Rachel Backland: Look! A Bubble
224. Jennifer Raudenbush: MOSQUITO BANDITO
225. Tiffany Dickinson: The Blessing Box
226.Zoe Arena: Spot and the Line
227. Mary Munson: The Relation Ship
228. Rebecca Woodall: Don’t Look for a Kerboomer
229. Martha Simpson: Just Desserts
230. Rebecca Heonig: Monkey in the Middle
231. Jim Merryman: What’s a Word?
232. Kathy Halsey: A TALE SO TRUE
233. Melissa Rutigliano: JUST A PRETTY GIRL
234. Ashlyn Parker: THE UPSIDE
235. Emmie R. Werner: STRAIGHT and TALL
236. Shaunda Wenger: WEARY ROOSTER
237. Cheryl Schuermann: Flamingo Glulch
238. Priscilla Merryman: Heart Beats
239. Donna Burkert: Who’s there
240.Mary Warth: Izzy’s Itch
241. Mandy Yokim: No Returns
242. Patricia Tilton: Thunder Flapjacks
243, Samantha: I SING FOR ME
244. Rebekah Lowell: Fly
245. Kari Gonzalez: PONY NEEDS A HAIRCUT
246. Naana Amissah: A SUPER HOG PALINDRONE SUNDAY
247. Darren Spink: What if
248. Airlie Drozdowski: Toddler Tamer
249. Michelle Losardo: STORM’S PASS
250. Sandra McGraw: Lost and Found
251. Becky Loescher: GOTCHA!
252.Ilona Bray: THE PAINTER OF THE GOLDEN GATE
253. Jenny McClay: Every Day is a Beautiful Day
254. RT Jahns: What Can Grieving Bring?
255. Kimberly Marcus: PUFFIN’S PROBLEM
256. Liz Bickerstaff: An Alien Stole My…
257. Lauri Meyers: Bella with the Big Bun
258.Jessica Murray: Kids’ Day at Super Scissors
259. Susan Claus: TOOK
260. Diana McCarthy: SEEDLINGS
261. Mareen Egan: BIRTHDAY BASH
262. Sharon Nelsen: SLEEP LOVE
263. Dianne Moritz: LET’S MAKE PANCAKES
264. N.R.M. Roshak: The Runaway Present
265. Farrah Riaz: What Love Is
266.Geraldine Jones: MICE NIBBLE
267. Lori Himmel: LET’S TAKE A WALK
268. Costantia Manoli-Rumfitt: MY BEST BUD
269. Josie Gawlowski: GROWING CRYSTAL CARROTS
270.Julianna Helt: Creek Walking
271. Debbie Neuenschwander: WHEN SHOOTING STARS ARE BORN
272. Imogen Marshall: You
273. Adam D. Blackman: GATHER
274. M.M. Baker: Fairy Homes: The Mushroom Houses of Earl Young
275. KC Young: Bubbles
276. RB Frank: BEST IN SHOW
277. Deb Buschman: SNOW BEACH
278. Dedra Davis: What’s in There?
279. Karen Greenwald: WHERE ARE MY GLASSES?!
280. Judy Politzer: THREE PICKLES IN A PICKLE
281. Dina Towbin: Can Katerina the Caterpillar Go to the Dance?
282. Robin Wiesneth: I LOVE socks!
283. Shira Zwiren: DRAGON’S TREASURE
284.Karen Yin: EYE LOVE: WHAT EYES CAN DO
285. Linda Gammon: Brotherly Love
286. S Schipper: A Fantastic Farm of Color and Charm
287. Gail Handler: My Guide No M
288. Lynn Rogalsky: MISBEHAVING FRUITS & VEGETABLES
289. Anne Stephens: Grandpa’s Hats
290. Denise Seidman: Who Wants to be a Dimenaire
291.Jilanne Hoffman: Search for Life
292. Rinda Beach: Baby Can’t Sleep?
293. Lynn Vieira: TIME FOR BED
294. Natalie Cohn: WHISTLE!
295. Darlene Ivy: Little Brother
296. Dawn Young: SMART
297.Jill Burns: My Cherry Tree
298. Megan Hoyt: Chocolate Chew-Chew: A Totally True Two-Year-Old Tale
299. Christine Nantra: Because of You
300. Carol Bullman: The Meow-Thru Window
301. Michelle Vattula: Boy’s Night
302. Judy Abelove Shemtob: Enemies to Friends
303. Jessica Haster: Everybody Loves Sunglasses
304. Claire W. Bobrow: Dog’s Day
305. Adrienne Yarbor Blacksher: Mommy’s Belly
306.Jane Serpa: Wind Talks
307. Lolly Ward: I SPY SURPRISE
308. Ruth Solitario: Six Lights
309. Gretchen Pitluk: Summer Vacation
310. Alison Horsburgh: Space Travel on a Trampoline
311. Kathryn Hollingworth: Jimmy’s Winter Future
312. Patty Wurster: FOX FINDS A FRIEND
313.Leslia: MY BOY AND I
314. J. Bradley Blankenship: The Crying Book
315. Helen Ishmurzin: MOUNTAIN PEBBLE
316.M. Jane Hawkins: EJ Johnson Isn’t Happy Anymore
317. Karen Dibbens-Wyatt: Rain Race
318. Rhett Trull: HERO: ZERO, BOREDOM: ONE –
319. Tracy Smith Schmidt: NAUGHTY NIGHT NOISES
320. Jodie Parachini: “Bored” Game
321. Kristen Reinsel: The Late Bloomer
322.Cathy Stenquist: Cat and Mouse
323. Anna Maledon: JEALOUS PET VACUUM
324. Bev Baird: Garden Gnome
325. Leslie Liebhardt Goodman: SPRING BEAUTIES
326. Ciara O’Neal: Maggie and the Blank Page
327.Jean James: Quaking Bog
328. Joy Pitcairn: THE BIG RIDE
329. Kathi Morrison: Girl and Dog — Low Tide
330. Dorena McFarland Williamson: Tennessee Strong Again
331. Candice Rauser: LITTLE BEE
332. Linda Curtis: SWEET GUARDIAN ANGEL
334. Mary Arkiszewski: Loggerhead’s Journey
335. Kelly Lenihan: JAKE, THE EAGLE WHO WOULDN’T FLY
336. Kathy Shanahan: My Bike
337. Yvona Fast: WINTER’S COMING — TRANSFORMATION
338. Cheryl MacAller: LITTLE EYES, BIG WORLD
339. Beth James: Unlikely Friends
340. Catie Daly: The Gremlin in our Playroom
341. Mona Pease: Our World of Color
342.Sofia Dibble: BABIES
343. Florbela Nienaber: BLAST OFF!
344.Sarah C: RABBIT
345. Stephen James: I showed up
346. Kristina Schwartz: THE FOUNTAIN OF AGE
347.Jen Bagan: TEACHER’S PET
348.Gail Aherne: SIGN LANGUAGE
349. Patricia Nozell: Fifty Precious Words to Show That You Care
350.Lisa Hollman-Allen: Cuddle Dust
351. Sara Gentry: Again, Lola
352. Ryan Waters: The Zebra with No Stripes
353. Natalie Fischer: Hooray for Spring!
354. Sam Smith: PRESENT
355. Rachel Wilson: If You Were a Bubble
356. Diana Monteiro Toombs: The Wuwus
357.Sarah Crouch: SURPRISE TOAST
358. Rita Russell: MORNING BABY
359. Rachell Abalos: SAY “CHEESE”
360.Heather Gallagher: A seed for peace
361. Liz Ski Healey: BANANAS
362. Linda Hofke: Change of Season
363. Kirsten Pendreigh: COLOR LOVE
364. Angela Song: Me Just Being Me
365.Carol Vieira: Mouse Sets Sail
366. Laurie Sunderman: Last Party of the Year
367. Ellen B: In My Garden
368. Ashley Bates: CHA-CHING!
369. Vashti Verbowski: MY BLUE AND GREEN SHOES
370. Jenifer Lynn McNamara: Michael’s Moth
371. Michelle Howell Miller: The Human Race
372. Michele Ziemke: TAMING BARN KITTENS
373. Joni Hay Patras: Little Gray Cloud
374. Ruthie Kirk: MY TALLEST FRIEND
375. Pamela Courtney: A Case Against the Leafy Sea Dragon
376. Zia Marie: Fluffasaurus Fashion Show
377. Katie Hesterman: Bear Necessities
378.Krys: A Mother’s Promise
379. MontaukDeb: Sammy’s Blocks
380. Lara Elliott: Dance Battle
381. Ashley Congdon: The Carrot Stick
382. Ingrid Boydston: The Anything Game
383. CJ Penko: MAYFLY
384. Laura Bost: TRASH
385. Cheryl Cassaday: THE PROBLEM WITH UNICORNS
386. Katie Williams: Coyote and Badger
387. Darci Nielson: Go Bella!
388. Jacki Kellum: Counting My Garden
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