The #50PreciousWords Writing Contest is OPEN: March 2-6

Strike up the band! Sharpen your pencils! It’s time to show the world that:

MAGIC HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT

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Today is the day, dear friends! Ready! Set! Go!

The #50PreciousWords 2019 Writing Contest is now OPEN!

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For those of you who have not participated before, let me give you a bit of back story. March 2nd is the birthday of the incredible Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. For the last three years, I’ve hosted a little contest based on Bennet Cerf’s challenge to Seuss to write a children’s book using only 50 words. To answer that challenge, Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham. It’s true that the story has over 700 words…but only 50 unique words.

In 2016, I thought it would be fun to try 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. And then I opened the challenge to everyone. Much to my surprise and amazement, there were 128 entries! The next year, there were 253 entries. And last year, there were 298.

To backtrack a bit, in 2012 I had a dream. I wanted to write picture books. And I wanted to be traditionally published.

And one of the most important things I did was to participate in writing challenges like Susanna Hill’s contests.

Why was that important?

Because it got me writing. It got me revising. It got me submitting.

Hmmm….writing/revising/submitting. I believe that if we do those three things enough times, our writing improves and agents and editors get a chance to see our work. And as much as I am thrilled with my own success, nothing makes me happier than to hear about the success of others in our kidlit community.

So, please sharpen your pencils. Fire up your computers. And share your #50PreciousWords with us.

#50 PRECIOUS WORDS WRITING CHALLENGE GUIDELINES

  1. Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, using only 50 words…they can all be different words, or you can use some of them over and over…just as long as the total word count of the story is 50 or less.
  2. It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.
  3. Title is not included in the word count.
  4. No illustration notes please.
  5. IMPORTANT: Post your story in the comment section below. If you have your own blog and want to post your story there also, please do. And let us know your post link.  I ask for the link so that people will visit each other and find new friends in the kid lit community. But no matter how many other places you want to post your story, make sure at least one of those places is in the comment section of this blog post…and please make sure you put your name in the post because some of you have very creative emails/avatar names and I won’t know who you are. If you have any trouble at all posting the story, please email me and I will be happy to do it for you: viviankirkfield@gmail.com.
  6. Deadline for posting the story in the comments is Wednesday, March 6, at 11:59pm. And if you plan to ask me to post it for you, please send it at least the day before.
  7. As many of you know, I am in New Zealand right at this moment on a round the world trip of a life-time. I am hoping to announce the winners on March 16th, but I ask for your patience and understanding in case something comes up and it doesn’t happen that day. Also, although I will be posting the winners on March 16th,  I won’t start awarding the prizes until after I return home, on April 8th. But believe me, these prizes will be worth the wait! 
  8.  When I do start contacting the winners, 1st place will choose whichever prize he/she wants. Then I will contact 2nd place with the remaining prizes to choose from. And so on down the line. And here, for your dining and dancing pleasure are the wonderful prizes.

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  • A seat in Susanna Leonard Hill’s MAKING PICTURE BOOK MAGIC: This is the first picture book writing class I took in February 2014..it was a stellar foundation and it has served me well. Susanna is an amazing mentor and a seat in her class can be life-changing!

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  • A complimentary viewing of Alayne Kaye Christan’s latest webinar: Top Ten Reason’s for Rejections.  
    If you want tips on some corrective action that you might take to improve your chances of submission success, and/or if you would like to deepen your understanding of plot and arc, this webinar is for you.

    http://www.alaynekaychristian.com/

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Alayne Kay Christian is the content and developmental 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. She has been a professional picture book and chapter book critique writer since 2014. And worked as a critique ninja for Julie Hedlund’s 12 X 12 for three years. Alayne is a graduate of the Institute for Children’s Literature and she has spent the last eleven years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature.

 

  • Picture Book manuscript critique from author Lindsay Metcalf

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Lindsay H. Metcalf is a children’s author, poet, reporter, and former editor for The Kansas City Star. She will debut with two nonfiction picture books in 2020. In the fall of that year, Charlesbridge will release Taking the Mic: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, a poetic anthology co-edited by Lindsay, Jeanette Bradley, and Keila V. Dawson, and illustrated by Bradley. It features fourteen contemporary young activists, each spotlighted by a well-known poet. Subjects include literacy activist Marley Dias, water protector Jasilyn Charger, Scout for Equality founder Zach Wahls, and immigration reformer Viridiana Sanchez Santos. Contributors include Nikki Grimes, Joseph Bruchac, Lesléa Newman, and Guadalupe García McCall. Details about Lindsay’s second nonfiction picture book will be forthcoming. To learn more about her books and paid critique services, please reach out on lindsayhmetcalf.com or on Twitter @lindsayhmetcalf.

 

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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 2019); and the picture books Scarlet’s Magic Paintbrush and Ready, Set, GOrilla! (Clear Fork, 2018). Upcoming releases include Return of the Magic Paintbrush and Sadie’s Shabbat Stories (Clear Fork, 2019). She is also the co-author of The Parent-Child Book Club: Connecting With Your Kids Through Reading (HorizonLine Publishing, 2009). 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. 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 The Hewitt School and at Temple Shaaray Tefila. Melissa lives in New York City with her husband, three daughters, and one puppy.

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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, and by the age of 11 she was writing and binding her own “books”.  Amber is the author of Sophie and Little Star (Clearfork/Spork 2018) and two yet to be announced picture books.  Amber has worn many hats in her career : Army wife, Mother, Visual Merchandiser, Certified Pharmacy Technician, and most recently, Childcare Professional.  But she has always circled back to her first love of telling stories.  Amber currently resides in Missouri with her husband and two children.
  • Picture Book manuscript critique from author Sherry Howard.

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Sherry Howard lives in Middletown, Kentucky, in a household busy with kids and pets. She worked as an educator, and now has the luxury of writing full time. Her debut picture, Rock and Roll Woods, released in October, 2018. And her middle grade NF, Deep Sea Divers, just released. She has quite a few books in the pipeline for publication soon.

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 Meet Kuda and Rock and Roll Woods here.

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Julie Abery

Mother. Writer. Teacher of the very young. I live in Switzerland with my partner and Tilly, the Springer Spaniel.

I ❤️ my job (it’s not every day you get to be an honorary five year old!)

I ❤️ chocolate  (I live in Switzerland after all!)

I ❤️  walking the dog (well, I did eat all the chocolate!)

I ❤️  picture books!

If you would like to learn more about me, please visit

http://www.stormliteraryagency.com/our-authors-and-artists/

  • Picture book critique from author Tina Cho.

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Tina Cho is the author of four picture books– Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans (Little Bee Books/Bonnier Publishing August 2018), Korean Celebrations (forthcoming Tuttle 2019), Breakfast with Jesus (forthcoming Harvest House 2020), and a new sale yet to be announced. Although she grew up and taught in the United States, she currently lives in South Korea with her husband and two children while teaching at an international school.

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  • Picture book critique from author Carrie Finison.

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Carrie Finison began her literary career at the age of seven with an idea, a box of markers, and her father’s typewriter. She has been writing off and on ever since, though she has (somewhat regretfully) traded in the typewriter for a laptop. Her poems and stories for children have appeared in Babybug, Ladybug, High Five, and Highlights magazines, and her debut picture book,DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS, illustrated by Brianne Farley, will be published by Putnam in 2020. She lives outside Boston with her husband, son, daughter, and two cats who permit her to write in their cozy attic office. Find her online atwww.carriefinison.com or on Twitter @CarrieFinson.

  • Picture book critique from Maria Marshall

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Maria is a children’s author, blogger, and poet passionate about making nature fun for children. She was a round 2 judge for the 2018 & 2017 Cybils Awards. And a judge for the #50PreciousWords competition since its inception. Two of her poems are published in The Best Of Today’s Little Ditty 2016 and 2014-2015 anthologies. She is the parent of two amazing adults and lives in the Pacific Northwest with two Pixie Bob cats. When not writing, critiquing, or reading, she bird watches, travels the world, bakes, and hikes. The Picture Book Buzz

 

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  • Signed copy of book by Laura Sassi

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Laura Sassi has a passion for telling stories in prose and rhyme.  Her picture books include  GOODNIGHT, MANGER (Zonderkidz, 2015), GOODNIGHT, ARK (Zonderkidz, 2014), DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE (Sterling, 2018) and LOVE IS KIND (Zonderkidz, 2018). She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children, and a black Cockapoo named Sophie. She is represented by Lara Perkins of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and you can learn more about her and her books at https://laurasassitales.wordpress.com/

  • Signed copy of THE MASTERPIECE by Shelley Kinder

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Shelley lives in Indiana with her family and loves writing for little people. Not So Scary Jerry (2017) was her first picture book. The Masterpiece (2018) is her second. Its original version got eleventh place in Vivian’s #50PreciousWords Contest in 2016

www.ShelleyKinder.com

 

A big thank you to all of our amazing prize donors! Much appreciation to illustrator Vicky Fang whose awesome logo graces our challenge! And a grateful thank you to my dear friends and critique buddies, Maria Marshall, Julie Abery, and Diane Tulloch who will be helping me read and comment.

Last year there were almost 2000 comments – ALL OF THEM POSITIVE AND ENCOURAGING!  I am so proud to be a part of this amazing kidlit community. Our news stations and politicians could definitely learn something from us.

And before I leave you to post your stories and comment on those you have a chance to read, I thought it would only be fair if I posted my sample of a 50-word story. I hang my head in shame because I am using the same story I wrote for last year’s post. I hope you will forgive me, preparations for my book launches and trip did not allow me time to write a new one, but I did want to put up an example for those who haven’t participated before. And maybe it will be new to them!

WHY THE STARS TWINKLE (49 words)

It was Sun’s birthday.

Moon gathered paper, paint,

glitter and glue to make a card.

But Wind blew.

Glitter and glue covered the stars.

“Now I have no gift for Sun,” cried Moon.

“Twinkling stars are the best present of all,” said Sun.

And Moon glowed all night long.

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Remember, if you have any questions or concerns, please email me at: viviankirkfield@gmail

I ask for your patience and understanding if I don’t get back to you right away…but please don’t stress…if you write a story and have trouble posting it, just email me. As long as your email gets to me time stamped before the contest closes, I will make sure your story is entered. Right at this moment, I am in Auckland, New Zealand, participating in library and school story times, reading FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK, PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE, and SWEET DREAMS, SARAH! How lucky can aa girl get???

And I am so looking forward to reading all of your precious words!

 

3,153 thoughts on “The #50PreciousWords Writing Contest is OPEN: March 2-6

  1. Hi Vivian, Well, I’m kind of embarrassed. I just realized I posted the wrong version of my 50 Precious Words story called SEASONS. The eighth line should read: Promises of life’s perfume in order to create perfect rhyme. I don’t know if it can be edited after the fact. If it is too late I certainly understand.

    I hope you’re having a fabulous trip! Thank you for all you do for the kidlit community. You rock!!! Candace Spizzirri =)

    On Fri, Mar 1, 2019 at 9:04 PM VIVIAN KIRKFIELD – Writer for Children wrote:

    > viviankirkfield posted: “Strike up the band! Sharpen your pencils! It’s > time to show the world that: MAGIC HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT > Today is the day, dear friends! Ready! Set! Go! The #50PreciousWords 2019 > Writing Contest is now OPEN! For those of ” >

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  2. Posting an entry for Megan Hoyt:

    Jingle All the … NEIGH! (48 words)
    by Megan Hoyt

    “O’er the fields we go,” they said,

    laughing all the way.

    But what about ME — the weary horse

    who pulls their heavy sleigh?

    “The selfish brutes!” I mutter,

    Then I smell the fragrant hay—

    The reins release; the children dash,

    They’re throwing ME a Christmas bash!
    Yippee-Kie-Yo-Kie-NEIGH!

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  4. I just had a chance to read through all of the entries. I’m blown away with the talent I see! Huge congratulations to all those who took Vivian’s challenge in the #50PreciousWords 2019 Writing Contest!

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    • Yes I agree Cathy the standard was exceptional. I can’t believe I managed to get through them all. It’s an amazing contest and I think this year Vivian has exceeded her past numbers of entries. Congrats to all who took part.

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  14. ME IN THE MIRROR

    Carol Coven Grannick

    Hello, Mirror—it’s just me.

    Look at all the parts I see:

    curvy places, growing spaces,

    freckles, scar—my finger traces

    all the lines that make me, me

    (no one else I’d rather be).

    Mirror, I can tell you true

    that who I see is me, in you!

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  15. Spring Fun by J.L. Humphreys (43 words)

    Snow is melting everywhere. Time to look for Spring.
    I see a puddle. Splash. Splash. Splash.
    I hear a bee. Buzz. Buzz. Buzz.
    I smell a flower. Sniff. Sniff. Sniff.
    Look there’s a dog. Run. Run. Run.
    That was fun. Spring has sprung.

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  16. The Fox and The Cat by Kathleen McClaskey (50 words)

    On a frigid winter morning the fox navigates a worn path to his wooded hunting ground. To his surprise a local cat, black, white and about his size decides to follow. In a flash the fox turns nose to nose with this confident cat and then departs at lightning speed.

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  17. THE DAY YOU ARRIVED (49 words)
    By Tina Mowrey

    I am ready
    To be
    A big sister.
    “Today?” I ask.
    “Any day,” says Mama.
    “Soon,” says Mommy.

    In time,
    You arrive,
    Needing a home.

    Tiny,
    Baby girl

    Sleeping,
    Stirring,
    Waking,
    Eyes wide

    “Click.”
    Memory stored.

    I don’t ask
    If you’ll stay or go.
    For now,
    This is us.

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  18. DETERMINED PEA (50 words) by Jenny Harp

    Determined Pea
    joined the Flea Circus.

    There he met…

    Amelia Lea and Dee, trapeze fleas.

    He begged, “PLEASE,
    let me trapeze!”
    “No arms,” they teased.

    Pitched fit did Pea
    Rolled to Fiji.
    Pea met a seagull.
    “Lockalockalock,” squawked Pea.
    Seagull agreed.
    They became

    Pea and Gull, BEST TRAPEZE ACT EVER!

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  19. THE DAY THE BOOK WASN’T A BOOK
    By Eileen Mayo

    The day the book wasn’t a book, it became…

    A Tower

    A Tunnel

    A Ramp

    The day the book wasn’t a book, it became…

    A Hat

    A Tray

    An Easel

    With the evening, it became a reason to…

    Cuddle

    Share

    Imagine

    And, an adventure, in a rocket, to the moon.

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  20. RUDE LION
    by Theresa Kiser
    37 words

    “Don’t be afraid of the rude lion, son,”
    —said the rude lion’s trainer—“I hate him.”
    “Who are you calling ‘rude’?” said the lion at once,
    And he turned on his trainer and ate him.

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  21. New Bike

    Nervous tummy tumbles
    Handles in my grasp
    Feet upon the pedals
    Wiggles on the seat.
    Mom steadies my shoulders
    Says balance is the key
    Tires wibble wobble
    Push down with my feet.
    Wheels begin rotating
    Pedals spin around
    Gliding down the street.
    Oh the joy I feel
    in conquering this feat!

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  22. Michael and Grandpa took a walk. Large white wings fluttered in front of them.
    “Let’s catch the moth,” said Michael.
    “I’d rather not,” said Grandpa.
    Michael sat. Grandpa laughed. The moth landed on Michael’ shoe.
    “Look!” exclaimed Grandpa.
    “The moth found you,” said Grandpa.

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  23. MY BLUE AND GREEN SHOES
    By Vashti Verbowski

    My shoes are blue and green.
    Perfect.
    Clean.
    I want to see the world,
    But trash,
    Hurled.
    A wrapper on my shoe,
    Just one.
    Two.
    The wrappers stick to more.
    Garbage
    Galore.
    My shoes stack to the moon
    Recyclables,
    Strewn.
    My shoes no longer clean,
    The world
    Unseen.

    (48 words)

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    • Hi Vivian, I tried and tried over and over to post my 50 precious words for the contest between 9:00 pm-11:04pm, but couldn’t do it. I’m not sure if they landed as comments to someone else’s post. You have a wonderful contest and fabulous volunteers and prizes. My entry is below. Best, Judy Shemtob jshemtob50@gmail.com

      ENEMIES TO FRIENDS

      By Judy Abelove Shemtob

      (50 words)

      Max eyed Charlie

      Charlie ogled Max

      Down they raced

      Along fences.

      Snarling

      Barking

      Growling

      Sneering

      For hours

      Hurrying

      Back to

      Start.

      Is arguing

      Everything

      There is

      In life?

      Tail up

      Tail down

      Side to Side

      Back and Forth

      Company

      Friendship

      Helping

      Understanding

      Together

      Cheering

      Charlie and Max

      On same side

      On Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 9:32 PM VIVIAN KIRKFIELD – Writer for Children wrote:

      > Vashti Verbowski (@VashtiDietitian) commented: “MY BLUE AND GREEN SHOES By > Vashti Verbowski My shoes are blue and green. Perfect. Clean. I want to see > the world, But trash, Hurled. A wrapper on my shoe, Just one. Two. The > wrappers stick to more. Garbage Galore. My shoes stack” >

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  24. Icky the Toad
    By Elizabeth Thorp

    Miranda caught a bloated toad.
    She thought it looked quite sickly.
    She watched it suddenly explode
    And now her hands are icky.
    At least it died quite quickly.

    Note: True story based on exploding toads in Hamburg, Germany. independent.co.uk
    “Stone the crows! Exploding toad case solved.”
    8 May 2005
    By Ruth Elkins

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  25. A seed for peace
    By Heather Gallagher

    Plant a seed for peace
    Water it with love
    Say a little prayer
    For sunshine from above.
    Sprinkle it with leaves
    A bed keeping it warm
    Marvel as it shoots
    A regenerating form.
    Watch the tree grow strong
    Greenish leaves unfurl
    A beacon –
    New life
    For every boy and girl.

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  26. An Angel, The Moon
    Van G. Garrett

    Before I lion-roar a yawn,
    with pajamas on,
    readying for bed.

    Knees bent in prayer.

    The moon,
    an angel,
    winks secrets
    like poems
    I understand.

    Making me smile
    at the sky.
    Its music
    and its stories.
    That rocks me
    like lullabies.
    Until I close my eyes.
    And dream about tomorrows.

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  28. UP AND DOWN
    50 words
    Thushanthi Ponweera
    @thushponweera

    Tiny girl, tall climb.
    But if the other kids can do it…
    Gritted teeth, fists clenched.
    One step at a time.
    Finally, on top!

    But what is this?
    Twisty, red, and long- a tunnel snake.
    She doesn’t want to.
    Then a “hurry up!” and a shove.
    SLIDE!

    Oooh. Fun.
    AGAIN!

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    • Hello!! I think you’ve done the same thing I’ve done and put your 2021 entry at the end of the 2019 post. I got myself so confused but you need the 2021 blog post to enter – don’t want you to miss out! Cx

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  29. Title: He said. I said.
    Author: Charlie Bown
    @CharlieDBown
    Word Count: 50 words

    “Boys can’t be the princess,”
    He said.

    “Ok. I’ll be the Princess. But I get to have a sword and slay the dragon and save the day and I’m the hero,”
    I said.

    “Actually, maybe I will be the princess,”
    He said.

    “Sorry! Boys can’t be the princess!”
    I said.

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  30. MIAOW SAID COW (50 words)

    “Miaow!” said cow to pussycat,
    “How dare you!” pussy cried.
    He woofed at dog as he walked past,
    “That’s rude!” the dog replied.
    “OInk oink!” he grunted at the pig,
    The pig just stared in shock.
    “Cock a doodle do!” he crowed instead,
    “Cock a doodle don’t!” said cock.

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    • Hello!! I think you’ve done the same thing I’ve done and put your 2021 entry at the end of the 2019 post. I got myself so confused but you need the 2021 blog post to enter – don’t want you to miss out! Cx

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  31. CLOUDY VISIONS
    by Virginia Howard

    “What do you see in the sky?”
    “Butterflies!”
    “Birds!”
    “Fluffy bunnies!”
    “A flock of sheep.”
    “Galloping horses!”
    “Polar bears!”
    “Elephants!”
    “There’s a dark blue dragon!”
    “It’s spitting fire!”
    “Hear it roar!”
    “Aww, it’s sad. It’s crying.”
    “UH OH! I see rain….”
    “Now a rainbow.”
    I see magic in the sky.

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    • Hello!! I think you’ve done the same thing I’ve done and put your 2021 entry at the end of the 2019 post. I got myself so confused but you need the 2021 blog post to enter – don’t want you to miss out! Cx

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  32. “You didn’t do your bell-work, again!” shouted mom.

    “To your room!” demanded dad.

    Together, they cried.

    After time-out, they asked, “What’s so hard about bell-work?”

    “I don’t have enough time,” said Isaac.

    “How can we help?”

    “Can you take me to school on time?”

    They looked at each other.

    “YES!”

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  33. Puppy’s day

    Mommy puts on her shoes.
    She made me sit and stay.
    Now she’s gone.
    Wonder if I can see her from the gate.
    Daddy can hold me.
    But Mommy’s still gone.
    Can I see her at the gate?
    Daddy, where’s Mommy?
    She’s at the gate.
    Mommy’s home.
    Yay.

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  34. Let’s Hug Again
    by Christine McCauley Fernandez

    Hugs 1 and 2,
    I love you.
    Hugs 3 and 4,
    I want more.
    Hugs 5 and 6,
    plus kisses we’ll mix
    with 7 and 8,
    and I cannot wait,
    for hugs 9 and 10,
    so let’s hug again.

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  35. The Fence
    By Evelyn Sanchez-Toledo

    Small boy near a tall fence.

    Can he jump over? No, it’s too tall.

    Can he climb over? No, he’s too small.

    Should he stand on the ball? No, he’ll fall.

    If he climbs the tree ? No, no, he can’t reach over.

    Oh wait! Silly boy, there’s a gate.

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  36. THE BEACH WALK
    by Emily Siwek (50 words)

    Early one morning
    a family searched for treasures on the beach
    driftwood
    stolen by a dog
    seaglass
    slipped through small fingers
    stones that changed color in water
    too heavy to carry
    a fragile shell
    crumbled in two
    names written in sand
    washed away
    they left with nothing but full hearts

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  37. No Baby Pictures
    By Tumara Jordan
    @tumara

    The assignment was to bring in a baby picture.
    I don’t have any.

    I am sure I was a baby.
    I didn’t jump from 0 to 6 without evidence.

    I’ll take pictures doing baby stuff.
    These pictures look silly.

    My story is just different and that is ok.
    I’m adopted.

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  38. Katie Williams Word count 50
    https://katiemundaywilliams.com

    TIDES

    Hello

    goodbye

    low

    then High.

    Moon calls to me,

    but I can’t

    quite

    reach.

    Below me, a rainbow world

    Forests, caves, coral

    Life blossoms and blooms.

    Above me,

    sky.

    Gravity pulls…

    I bulge

    I slide.

    Fish dart

    crabs tumble

    shells crumble

    waves crash and spray.

    Hello

    goodbye

    low

    then high.

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  39. A Grackle Thanksgiving

    It was a warm day in May, the sun was smiling. A grackle landed feet away. He twisted his head as I ate my fries. I offered him one. He hopped forward, took my fry and stepped back. He looked at me, blinked twice, and flew out beyond the trees.

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  40. A PREVENTION INVENTION
    by Barbara Gallios

    Tommy opened the maker box.  “Tilly, where are the wheels?”
    Tilly stopped tinkering.  “I used them to make a rope pulley between the window and the tree to hang the birdfeeder up high so the birds can eat, safe from the cat.”
    “Thanks,” chirped the birds.
    The cat sauntered away.

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