Random Acts of Publicity: Annie’s Special Day

Darcy Pattison is hosting an amazing blog event: Random Acts of Publicity

The main idea is to spread the word about a book that you think is worth talking about….as long as it is not your own book!!!!

In addition, I just realized that Perfect Picture Book Friday starts up again this week…Hurray!  So, since I am in New Hampshire and don’t have my own computer or the time availability to post another story review (my four-year old grandson feels it is more important for me to be reading the stories to him, as opposed to reviewing them), I’m going to have this wonderful picture book do double duty.

I’m thrilled to share a debut picture book by fellow 12x12er and Perfect Picture Book Friday participant…Clara Bowman-Jahn.

Annie’s Special Day

Written by Clara Bowman-Jahn

Illustrated by Claudia Wolfe

Age: 4-8

Themes: Time/Clocks, Birthdays

Synopsis:  A little girl celebrates her birthday with an adventure every hour. It is a basic concept book about time and clocks.  We learn what Annie does throughout the 24 hours of her birthday.

Why I like this book: The main character is an enthusiastic little girl with a positive attitude towards life.   The wonderful illustrations help bring her character to life.  Young children are fascinated with clocks…and learning about time (and time-management) is a skill kids need to master.


Make a construction paper clock and use a metal paper fastener to attach the hands so that the child can change the time.

Annie’s Special Day is published through eTreasures Publishing.   I hope you will check it out.

I’ll be flying to New Hampshire tomorrow morning…and spending the next couple of days reading, crafting and cooking with my four-year old grandson…my daughter says he has been marking off the days on the calendar and can hardly wait till I get there…neither can I!!  I think I will download a copy of Annie’s Special Dayso that I can read it to him…maybe we will make one of those clocks out of construction paper.

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on September 6, 2012, in Annie's Special Day, book reviews, children's author, Random Acts of Publicity and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 38 Comments.

  1. Love this shout out. Enjoy your TIME with your grandson, Vivian!


  2. Thanks for sharing this. It sounds like a very lovely book. My daughter is learning about time and I could see her enjoying this one. 🙂


    • Thanks, Jennifer!  Clar is a wonderful person and a talented author..she has so much to share and I hope this helps get the word out a little bit…I believe she is having a “blog book tour very soon…but when I saw the “Random Acts of Publicity” post, I knew “Annie’s Special Day” would be my choice. 🙂   


  3. I’ve got Clar’s book and it’s wonderful!
    Vivian, enjoy your time with your grandson and bring back pictures of the crafts you’ll do together. Can’t wait to see them.
    Keep safe.


  4. Lovely review. I’m sure Clar is thrilled with this “random act of publicity.”

    Have a stellar trip . . . full of magical moments. 😀


  5. So nice of you to share Clar’s book! And what a great idea for an activity! Have fun with your grandson 🙂


    • Thanks, Susanna…just saw Perfect Picture Book Friday emails in my inbox!!!! Can’t believe I forgot it was starting up…I’ll see if I am able to post one…don’t know if anyone has done “Annie’s Special Day” yet…if not, perhaps I’ll just link that since I’m not sure if I’ll have time to write another review. 🙂


  6. I’m looking forward to reading Clar’s book. I like the concept of teaching kids about time, while they’re enjoying a fun book. Great review.


    • Thank you so much, Pat!  It’s wonderful to get back to PPBF…and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review a book from one of “our own” so to speak.:) I’m limited as to what I can do for the next few days as I don’t have my own computer and most of my time is spent happily “reading, crafting and cooking” with my grandson. 🙂  I’m not able to comment on Susanna’s posts from this computer…and I’m not sure if I will be able to comment on anyone elses…it may have to wait till I get home Late Monday night.  


      • I know — create your Dot for International Dot Day. I’ve issues a challenge to bloggers to participate. This year 350,000 kids globally have signed up to make their marks on Sept. 15-ish. Have my dot done. I’m sure you’d really be creative. You can find info on my blog and FB.


    • Thank you, Pat! This group is AMAZING! Every day it seems that someone has published something, won something or taken part in something WONDFERFUL…it’s quite inspiring. 🙂


  7. Great review, Vivian! It sounds like this story has so many layers – the birthday, the clock/time-telling piece, and the adventures. Have fun with your grandson!


  8. I can’t wait to read Clar’s book. Debuts make me feel so hopeful 🙂


    • I know, Laura…it seems quite a few people in this community are having success…it’s a lucky group I guess…oh yes…and quite talented and determined and devoted to writing the best children’s books they can!!!!!


  9. Alright! A book that will be a great resource for parents and teachers. I have to read this book! Thanks for the great review!


  10. I am amazed at how hard it is to find time concept books. This book looks invaluable for helping my kindergartener learn time.


  11. This sounds like a fun concept book. The idea of having an adventure every hour is like a kid friendly version of Scrooge’s ghostly visitors. Enjoy your visit with your grandson and watch out for the wild ocean this weekend!


    • You are right, Heather…what fun to have an adventure every hour! Very clever of Clar. 🙂
      We had some thunder, lightening and rain late this afternoon and early this evening…iis it from one of the furricanes? My grandson was riding his little bike outside with two of the older neighborhood boys…and wasn’t fazed by the rain because he was so thrilled to be riding with the “big” boys…but when we heard the thunder, the older boys immediatey said goodbye and pedaled for home. 🙂


  12. What a great way to get kids excited about learning time – connecting it to a birthday! Congratulations to Clar!


  13. Wow! Vivian! Thanks so much for this shout out! 🙂 The review makes me shine so bright I’m not sure it’s me. The comments are golden, too. I saw this on Friday when I linked my PPBF book up to Susanna’s blog but didn’t get the chance to comment then.

    It seems like your act of kindness or random publicity has really been a power house of good for my book. I will face book and tweet about this review. Thanks so much. 🙂


    • Oh Clar… I was so very happy to do it…when I saw the Random Acts of Publicity post, I knew i had to talk about you and your book…I wish I had said more…but I’m visiting my daughter and taking care of my almost four year old grandson for a couple of days and don’t have my own computer or files or anything.   I’m thrilled that your lovely book is out there…it will be a wonderful addition to any young child’s kidlit bookshelf…or ebook collection. 🙂   My reading and commenting on PPBF posts may have to wait until tomorrow or Tuesday…I fly home tomorrow and get into Colorado Springs late at night.  And Tuesday at 3pm, I have a “guest” spot on Michael Scott’s Bookmark Radio Blogtalkadio…I’ll have to think about what I will say during my flight tomorrow. 🙂  He wants me to talk about the various publicity and promotion things I’ve done this past year. 🙂 All the best, Vivian    


      • Congrats on your radio show dear Vivian. You really have a full couple of days to get ready for and get under your belt. I am still reading the PPBF reviews, too, and just came home after a whole day of Drs appts. So glad I can put them all in one day now.

        It seems from the comments that people enjoyed the review of “Annie’s Special Day” and I really did appreciate your act of publicity. Thanks again. 🙂


  14. Great book to highlight! All the best to Clar with her Annie books!

    (And have a great time with your grandson — I second Pat’s suggestion of making a Dot together for International Dot Day!)


  15. I hope you have a wonderful visit! Annie’s Special Day is a fun read.


  16. Wonderful post Vivian , I love it,
    Thanks for sharing your great work my friend 🙂


  17. I just saw this again and wondered why there were no themes under her title. I can think of several without looking at Susanna’s blog. Concepts, friendships, school. common childhood experiences. and self esteem. I wonder If I can persuade you to make a sentence of themes as I go ask Susanna to connect them? That way your blog post about this book will have more readers. Thanks so much, Vivian. I really appreciate it.


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