About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books); 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.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE DUSK EXPLORERS Plus a Double Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends.

Oh dear, such sadness in the world…and now with the recent events in this country, it’s even more important to give children books that mirror kindness and inclusion.

And that’s why I’m thrilled to feature this book – I was lucky enough to get an early peek at the ARC when I paneled with Lindsay Leslie at the NCTE last November. And Lindsay is generously offering a DOUBLE GIVEAWAY…one person will win a copy of the book…and another person will win a Picture Book Manuscript Critique…the book is a treasure…and I can tell you that Lindsay gives brilliant critiques!

dusk explorers


Written by Lindsay Leslie

Illustrated by Ellen Rooney

Published by Page Street Kids

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Summer fun, ingenuity, diversity

Synopsis: From Amazon:

It’s that special time of evening, when the hours and the possibilities seem endless: Light is fading. A buzz of excitement and wonder takes over the neighborhood….What outdoor adventures await? Join a diverse group of suburban kids as they dash and dodge in classic street games like tag and kick-the-can and reconnect with nature’s simple pleasures catching frogs, hunting fireflies, and climbing trees. These explorers play, laugh, and make the most of their own front yards right up until their parents call out that “It’s time to come home!” But when the sun begins to set tomorrow, they’ll be back for more evening excitement!

This ode to the timeless magic of summer evenings spent outside will remind kids of the fun and friends that wait just outside their doors and leave adults smiling with nostalgia for their own dusk explorations.

Why I love this book:

  • Wonderful text that invites kids to enjoy the great outdoors on summer evenings – I can definitely remember being outside all day…running in for dinner when called…and then playing outside again until it was bedtime.
  • Fabulous illustrations show us a beautifully diverse neighborhood.
  • And just take a look at the super cool trailer…

We all know how important it is to get the word out about new books. And these days, with the cancellation of book festivals and bookstore events, I hope you will support your favorite books however you can. Buy and review them, tell friends about them, and ask your local libraries to purchase copies for their shelves.



So many craft ideas to choose from! Which ones will you and your children try?

For detailed instructions: https://www.artycraftykids.com/craft/50-nature-crafts-kids/

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the double-your-pleasure, double-your-fun giveaway…why not share what your favorite outdoor pastime was when you were a kid: jump rope, hop scotch, hit-the-penny, stoop ball (if you lived in NYC), or what? If you share the post on social media, you get extra tickets in the giveaway hat. (But please remember that FB is not allowing us to share the url link for this blog post. You can share on Twitter and hopefully on Instagram…and then you can share your Twitter url on FB…or you can share my FB post.)

And for more picture book recommendations and activities, hop on over to Susanna Hill’s blog.

Please stay safe and well!

Carolyn Leiloglou: Will Write for Cookies plus Giveaway



Plate of Cookies



square bio pic




The kidlit community abounds with awesome creatives…and I feel so blessed to connect with them, whether we meet at a conference, in the chat box of a webinar, or as I turn the pages of one of their books. The latter is how I met today’s guest. I reviewed her brand-new picture book, LIBRARY’S MOST WANTED, for Perfect Picture Book Friday….and I just knew you’d all love to get to know her better. Continue reading

Perfect Picture Book Friday: LIBRARY’S MOST WANTED Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

As a lover of libraries, I’m a sucker for any picture book that has a library theme. And so, when I saw this one that just launched THIS WEEK, I knew I wanted to turn the spotlight on it. Plus, the author and publisher are providing a brand new copy as a giveaway! Woo-Hoo!! And the author, Carolyn Leiloglou, will be stopping by to visit with us tomorrow for a Q&A…and you won’t want to miss her amazing dessert recipe!

library's most wanted Continue reading

ZEENA PLISKA: Will Write for Cookies PLUS Critique Giveaway



Plate of Cookies







Our kid-lit community spans the globe.  And I’m so grateful to connect with authors and illustrators, no matter where they live. Today’s guest lives in Los Angeles and I’m already planning to Continue reading

Perfect Picture Book Friday: HELLO, LITTLE ONE: A Monarch Butterfly Story Plus CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! I’m fluttering about, just like the character of today’s awesome book…excited to share this brand-new story with you! And tomorrow, you are in store for another treat when debut author Zeena Pliska stops by. (And guess what? She is generously offering a pb manuscript critique as a giveaway  prize…woo hoo!) We’ve already met the talented illustrator, one of my fellow Stormies, Fiona Halliday. She chatted with us earlier this year when her author/illustrator debut, Numenia and the Hurricane, launched.

hello little one Continue reading

Happy Book Birthday: LAKE FUN FOR YOU AND ME

It’s always a joyful day when a new book is born!

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday, dear LAKE FUN FOR YOU AND ME

Happy Birthday to you!

I’m really thrilled to turn the spotlight on this book right now because kids who are #shelteringathome definitely need to hold on to their dreams! And what better dream could a kid have right now than Continue reading

Laurie Smollett Kutscera: Will Write for Cookies Plus Giveaway



Plate of Cookies








Will Write for Cookies is one of my favorite blog series…I hope it’s one of yours, too! I love it because I get to connect with some of the best kidlit authors and illustrators. I’m able to peek inside their journey to publication. And best of all, I can Continue reading