Perfect Picture Book Friday: GIRLS WITH GUTS Plus Very Special Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends!

This post is chock full…so hold on to your hats. But before we get to the review of this amazing #mightygirl book, I need to announce some winners of previous giveaways:

A few weeks ago, I reviewed a fabulous parody – GOODNIGHT BUBBALA, written by Shery Haft. Illustrator Jill Weber offered a prize of a copy of the book. And the winner is:

ARLENE SCHENKER!

And we also reviewed a wonderful #STEM picture book by Jenna Grodzicki – I SEE SEAFOOD. And the winner is:

JENNIFER MERRIFIELD!

Plus, we turned the spotlight on Dawn Prochovnic and her books, WHERE DO COWGIRLS GO POTTY and WHERE DO PIRATES GO POTTY. She offered a choice of giveaway…either an ARC of one of her books or a picture book manuscript critique…the winner decides which. And the winner is:

EILEEN MAYO

Congratulations, Arlene and Jennifer and Eileen. We’ll be in touch and make sure you receive your prizes!

Please help me give a huge round of applause to our authors and illustrators! Whether we are reviewing one of their picture books or meeting them during a Q&A, they are always gracious and generous with their time and expertise. And they are providing kids with wonderful books like today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection.

:girls with guts

 

GIRLS WITH GUTS: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records

Written by Debbie Gonzales

Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

Published by Charlesbridge (2019)

Ages: 6-9

Themes: #mightygirls, courage, sports

Synopsis: From Amazon:

No chasing! No stretching or straining! And never, ever sweat. These were the rules girls were forced to play by until Title IX passed in 1972. And it was a game-changer.

A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Girls With Guts! keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes.

“I find that this book tells the story of courageous and remarkable women that has brought the opportunities for today’s girls in a positive and fun way even though the fight has not always been easy. But this book captures history in way where the first thought is strength and will of these remarkable ladies.

It is also a good book to remind that it is not that long ago that we were in a very different situation still. A good reminder that even though there are still things and attitudes to change, women’s sport has come a long way to the point we had in Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games for the first time ever, 50/50 female and male athletes competing!”

—Emma Terho, a multiple-time Olympic and Women’s World Championship bronze medalist

Why I love this book:

  • I love books that provide role models for young kids.
  • I love books that inform and inspire…I learned a lot from this book – I think it has a place in every school library and home bookshelf.
  • The illustrations are fab: A ulous – full of action!

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

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The Big Kahuna: is a big activity guide for GIRLS WITH GUTS created by author Debbie Gonzales…it’s filled with lots of things to do with kids after you read the book.

I mentioned a VERY SPECIAL GIVEAWAY…Debbie has devoted a whole lot of time and thought to developing her own marketing program to spread the word about her books. And guess what? She’s sharing that with the world. WOW! And she’s offering an hour-long session as a giveaway to one lucky winner. Here’s a bit about what she has accomplished…take it away, Debbie!

DEBBIE:  I’d like to expound on the notion that “there are lots of ways to establish visibility that don’t feel icky and that are actually fun to do”.  For a year and a half before GIRLS WITH GUTS was published, I immersed myself in all things marketing. I read scads of books written by relationship marketing gurus – Micheal Hyatt, Tim Grahl, Derek Sivers, and Jeff Walker to name just a few. While doing so, the thought stuck me that others might like to know about things I’ve learned. As a result, I produced two online courses that were very well-received. And, much to my delight, these efforts paid off! Not only have I established a program based on the principles the gurus presented, the prelaunch sales numbers for my book were phenomenal! It worked!

Currently, I’m developing a program in which I coach authors how to gain clarity, focus, and the skills required to enhance visibility in the kidlit marketplace. The premise for this program is founded on building thoughtful personal and online relationships. To achieve this, we explore options that align with one’s digital skill set and circles of influence. Then, we discover avenues of opportunity to develop a publicity platform that feels authentic and sincere.  The process is remarkably painless. It’s true!

As a giveaway, I’d like to offer an hour-long strategy session during which we will explore options that are just right for you. Enter the drawing and let’s have some visibility platform building fun.

Isn’t that fabulous? Please leave a comment and most importantly, please share the post on any social media channels you have. And make sure you come back tomorrow when Debbie stops by to chat with us on Will Write for Cookies – and if you leave a comment and share that post, you get extra chances in the giveaway hat!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for spending your precious time with us.

 

 

23 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: GIRLS WITH GUTS Plus Very Special Giveaway

  1. Omg this is amazing, Debbie! And thanks for hosting, Vivian. I can’t wait to read this book, and Debbie, I adore how you think, I love thinking about marketing and have tons of ideas, all of which I write down in a doc; this sounds so fabulous, thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great post, Vivian. As you know, I’ve been immersed in the marketing too. I wasn’t aware of Debbie’s classes, but I’ll check it out. Even though the law was passed in 1972, it took years for actual change to take place in high school sports. This is evident in the opportunities that were available for women my age and then 10 or 15 years younger it was a very different world.

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  3. Thank you for informing young girls how things have evolved for women in sports. Since I was pre-Title IX, I’ve had to work hard on hand-eye coordination. It’s also an excuse when I do poorly at tennis!!

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  4. Congratulations, Debbie! The book sounds fabulous. I’m a child of the 1970’s, and I vividly remember being chastised by a male schoolteacher for playing basketball with the boys. He said the boys played too rough and would hurt me and my girl friends. To his utter dismay, we continued playing anyway. 🙂

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  5. Congratulations, Debbie! What an amazing topic for a book. I’m thrilled that girls have come such a long way. When I was in high school, there were no competitive girls sports. Now my granddaughters are playing basketball, soccer and participating in mountain bike racing! Thank you, Vivian, for this guest post!

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  6. Wow Debbie! Congratulations on your book & your online course, both of which sound fantastic, I just put your book on hold at my local library and look forward to reading it!

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  7. Sounds like a wonderful book! I’ll look forward to reading it. And yay for Debbie for becoming her own marketing whiz–that’s a tough thing for many to do.

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  8. I remember those bad old days for girls. Your book sounds wonderful and important. Thank you, Vivian, for this post and thank you, Debbie for your generous offer of a strategy sesssion.

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  9. Vivian, you always do such a great job with these posts! This book sounds amazing and what a great opportunity! I’d love to learn more from Debbie’s marketing knowledge in the lead up to my own debut PB release.

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  10. This is amazing! Thank you, Debbie and Vivian! I can’t wait to get me own copy of this beautiful book. The illustrations look wonderful, and this is a topic that I don’t know much about at allZ can’t wait to share it with my kids!

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