Happy Book Birthday to THE DIAMOND AND THE BOY plus PB Manuscript Critique Giveaway


I’m definitely singing at the top of my lungs because THE DIAMOND AND THE BOY: The Creation of Diamonds & the Life of H. Tracy Hall launches today! And this is the debut picture book of one of my critique buddies from the VERY FIRST CRITIQUE GROUP I EVER JOINED! (and we are all still going strong!) I saw this story as a rough draft and watched as it grew more and more polished…until it became a shining gem of a book.

CONGRATULATIONS, dear Hannah Holt!

book cover

Make sure you come back on Friday for a Perfect Picture Book Friday review and craft ideas for kids. PLUS, on Saturday, Hannah will be stopping by to chat and share some of her writing journey with us. And don’t forget to leave a comment here and on the other THE DIAMOND AND THE BOY posts…BECAUSE…Hannah has graciously and generously agreed to give away a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE…and I can tell you from many years experience, this talented author knows how to give unbelievable feedback!

Meanwhile, what can you do? Well, you can head over to pick up a copy of her book on Amazon or at your local indie bookstore. You can write a review on Amazon or Goodreads or some other book review sites. You can go to your library and ask them to purchase a copy or two for their collection, if it isn’t already available there. And you can share this post on your social media channels so the whole world will find out about this fabulous book. It’s going to be such a great #STEM addition to every elementary school and library. And if your kiddos are curious, inventive, lovers of anything science, or have ever been bullied, you definitely want to read this with them.

CONGRATULATIONS, Hannah! This is the first of many more book birthdays to come for you!!!!



About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (Pomegranate Press, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, 2019), FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY WE MOVE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, 2019), picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my 9-year old grandson.

Posted on October 2, 2018, in Book Birthday, GIVEAWAYS, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 55 Comments.

  1. Happy, happy book birthday, Hannah! I can’t wait to read THE DIAMOND AND THE BOY!

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  2. Your book sounds so interesting, Hannah. Congratulations and great success. I’ll look for it.


  3. Hooray, Hannah! So proud of you!


  4. Woo hooness! Congratulations and happiness to you, Hannah, and thank you for generously offering the MS critique giveaway!


  5. Happy book birthday, Hannah! I can’t wait to get my hands on this gem! 💙


  6. How exciting! Congratulations. Looking forward to hearing more about The Diamond and the Boy


  7. Congratulations on your book birthday! Can’t wait to read it!


  8. What a great premise. Can’t wait to read your marvelous tale.


  9. Vivian and Hannah, clearly you run in some amazing critique circles 🙂 I’m headed to the library this week and I’ll def ask them to order this if they haven’t already and the same goes for the elementary school I work in. I’m looking forward to reading more about Hannah’s process on Saturday 🙂


  10. Congratulations, Hannah!


  11. Hooray! Congratulations, Hannah!


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  13. Congrats! Would love if the interview touches on how this manuscript made its way through your critique group.


  14. Janet Frenck Sheets

    Thank you for your generosity to other writers. I’ve appreciated the insights you’ve shared on the 12 x 12 sites.


  15. Cathy Ballou Mealey

    Today’s the day! Here at last, your beautiful, sparkling book birthday. Congratulations Hannah!


  16. I know you’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time. Congratulations, Hannah! So happy for you!


  17. Congratulations Hannah! I look forward to seeing this book in person. Have a great day.


  18. Yippee! Happy Book Birthday, Hannah!!


  19. Oh Hannah I am so excited for you. Happy Book Birthday! Thank you for this generous offer of giving a ms crit. WOW! From Lady Vivian’s description of the structure of this book, I’ll be using this book to study of its text structure as well as enjoying it as the great read I know it is. Congratulations!


  20. Happy book birthday! Can’t wait to read it!!


  21. Congratulations! happy book birthday! Sounds like an amazing book!


  22. Beth Gallagher

    Happy Book Birthday! I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this one! 🙂


  23. donnacangelosi

    Congrats, Hannah! I can’t wait to read this gem!


  24. sherry fellores

    Congratulations Hannah! Can’t wait to read this one! So great that your critique group is still going strong.


  25. The more I hear about this book and how it came to be the more excited I am to read it! Congratulations Hannah and thanks for spreading your enthusiasm Vivian!


  26. Cynthia Harmony

    Congratulations Hannah!!! So happy for you, can’t wait to read it!


  27. Congrats, Hannah! I can’t wait to read this book. I just mentioned it to a classmate who’s working on a PB text that weaves together two character’s stories.


  28. Congratulations!


  29. Congratulations! I am so excited to snag a copy of this one!


  30. This looks great-congratulations!


  31. Ordered it for my classroom library!
    Congratulations Hannah!


  32. David McMullin

    Congratulations, Hannah!


  33. Congratulations on your pb debut, Hannah!


  34. Mary Vander Plas

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to reading this one ❤️ 💎


  35. Just read this awesome pb to my kiddos! Congrats!


  36. So exciting! I love that your critique group is still going strong. I hope mine stays together that long, too!


  37. Congrats, Hannah! Love the cover!


  38. Congratulations, Hannah!🎉


  39. Happy Book Birthday, Hannah. I’m glad the amazing story of your grandfather has become a picture book. Here’s to the book and your amazing patience and perstistence.


  40. Congratulations, Hannah! Your book looks beautiful and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.


  41. Congratulations, Hannah! The family connection makes this one super special.


  42. Hannah!! I love that you are everywhere this week! 🙂 Congratulations!!!!! I can’t wait to read this.


  43. I’ve been sick lately. I’m glad I found this post. I will ask our local and school library to order this book. Thank you for such a wonderful book!
    All the best,


  44. Congratulations, Hannah! So very happy for you!!


  45. Happy book birthday, Hannah! I’m anxiously awaiting the book’s arrival at our library. Best wishes and thanks for the giveaway.


  46. Congratulations!
    Thank you very much for the generous offer.


  47. How awesome to see this grow from the beginning! Congratulations Hannah on what I’m sure is another fantastic story. I can’t wait to add this to my mentor text shelves!


  48. Happy book birthday, Hannah!
    This sounds like an interesting story.


  49. Congratulations to Hannah! I can’t wait to read THE DIAMOND and the BOY. You’ve piqued my curiosity on the connection to the creation of diamonds and a bullying story. I’ve got some hunches on that and am looking forward to seeing what you created. Good luck with your sales! Happy Birthday Book!


  50. Congratulations, Hannah- what a brilliant book! And our library system has ordered 7 copies!


  51. Congratulations! A shiny new book! Can’t wait!


  52. Danielle Hammelef

    This is a must read for me to study also! I’m headed to my library’s site right now to see if they have a copy.


  53. Congratulations, Hannah, on this wonderful book, and thanks as ever to Vivian for all your contributions to the world of Children’s Literature.


  54. Congratulations, Hannah, on the book birthday!


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