It’s been a banner year, for sure.
We’ve had dozens and dozens of giveaways…books, picture book critiques, and more. And today we have two more:
Last month, the lovely Katrina Moore offered a copy of ONE HUG. And the lucky winner is…
And then last week, the talented Amalia Hoffman donated a copy of DREIDEL DAY. And the lucky winner is:
I’ll be in touch with all of you ladies!
But right now, I’m going to share my look back and a look ahead:
2019 in the numbers:
3 debut picture books
6 countries visited on a round-the-world trip
1 new book deal signed
9 school visits
4 SCBWI presentations
300 stories submitted to my #50PreciousWords Writing Contest
And so much more – here’s a little gallery of photos with some of this year’s highlights:
It’s going to be a busy end of the year for me…back to back book events for friends this coming weekend with illustrator Jill Weber signing her newest book, Goodnight Bubbala, at the Peterborough Toadstool Bookstore on Saturday and then author Josh Funk signing his newest book, How To Code a Rollercoaster, at the brand-new Nashua Toadstool Bookstore on Sunday. And then on Thursday, I fly to Chicago to spend Christmas with my son and his family.
As I lift up other authors and illustrators and their new books, I’m also hopping around the blogsphere, singing out about my brand-new picture book that launches on January 28, MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe. Here are a few places I’ll be…please stop by and say hello…there are giveaways on some of the stops – if the posts haven’t gone live yet, I’ve listed the generic link to that blogger, not the specific link for my post:
December 5: Nancy Churnin’s The Kids Are All Write: https://www.nancychurnin.com/thekidsareallwrite/am2y63y6ejw9reeplltbrhy8zpmmek
December 8: Ellie Royce’s We Are All Made of Stories (pb critique prize): https://www.ellieroyceauthor.com/post/what-s-your-story-vivian-kirkfield
December 20: Sue Heavenrich’s Sally’s Bookshelf: https://sallysbookshelf.blogspot.com/
January 2: Kathy Temean’s Writing and Illustrating:
January 10: Beth Anderson’s Mining From the Heart:
January 13: Maria Marshall’s The Picture Book Buzz:
January 17: Maria Marshall’s Perfect Picture Book Friday:
January 18: BOOK LAUNCH AT NASHUA NH BARNES AND NOBLE AT 11AM
235 Daniel Webster Hway, Nashua, NH – if you are anywhere near Nashua…please join me there!
January 23: Cathy Ogren’s Humor Me:
January 24: AUTHOR NIGHT AT LYCEE FRANCAIS CHICAGO
And of course, February is Black History Month and March is Woman’s History Month – I’ll be featuring some of 2020’s best and brightest picture books from Nancy Churnin, Beth Anderson, Rita Hubbard, Fiona Halliday, Laura Renauld, Michelle Lord, Laurie Wallmark, Maria Gianferrari, Lori Degman, Christy Mihaly, and many more…right here with plenty of giveaways, craft activities for kids, and yummy treat recipes. In addition, I’ll be back in Chicago for part of January and most of February – please stay tuned for bookstore events. I’m hoping to schedule several school visits in Chicago/Chicagoland suburbs during that time – and, if you haven’t already guessed it, I don’t mind traveling to inspire young kids…HAVE BOOK: WILL TRAVEL…so, if you are a teacher or school librarian anywhere in the country and are interested in having an author visit, please check out my school visit page: https://viviankirkfield.com/school-visits/
I’m sending good wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and a Healthy New Year to all! And to everyone who stopped by to read, comment, and share my posts – and to all who have supported my books by buying them, reviewing them, and asking libraries to purchase them…A Hundred Million Thanks.
Here’s to 2020 – with you by my side…I’m ready to move forward! What are your plans for the year ahead?