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: TWO DOGS ON A TRIKE Plus Giveaway

Happy Pefect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

Lots of people are happy when Friday comes because it signals the end of the work week for many – although these days, I’m not sure if that is as meaningful as it used to be. However, for me, Friday is a very happy day because I get to share a great new picture book with you! Today’s featured story, which launches in a few days, has already garnered STARRED REVIEWS! And one lucky person will win a copy, thanks to the author, the lovely Gabi Snyder. So please make sure you leave a comment.

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Happy Mother’s Day: #50PreciousWordsforKids – Here Are Their Stories Plus a Giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! I decided to share the #50PreciousWordsforKids stories on this special day – kind of a gift to all the moms out there.

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: Bedtime Daddy PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! I took a little PPBF blog break, but I am back with four straight weeks of awesome picture book reviews…and of course, on Mother’s Day which is this Sunday, May 10, I’ll be posting all of the #50PreciousWordsforKids stories…oh my gosh…the ones that have come in are amazing! So, please make sure you come back to read them.

But meanwhile, here’s another story you will want to read. It is launching on May 12! And thanks to the generous publisher, EK Books, you might be the lucky winner of a copy!  I’m really excited about it – the author, Sharon Giltrow, lives in Australia…maybe if I return there, we’ll get to meet in person. And the illustrator is one of my Storm Literary Agency sisters, Katrin Dreiling…love her art!

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Happy Book Birthday: GRANDMOTHER SCHOOL

New books are always a cause for celebration. And this new book by fellow Storm Literary Agency sister, Rina Singh, has me jumping for joy!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY,

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

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#50PreciousWordsforKids2020 is OPEN

What could be more perfect while we are #ShelteringAtHome? Here’s a great activity for the kids…grades K through 12. I’m sure many of them complain when a teacher gives a writing assignment and requires a full page or a word count of 200 or 300. And I’m sure many of them would say it was easy-peasy to write a story in only 50 words or less.

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A few years ago, I decided to challenge children to write a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end using only 50 words or less – the same guidelines we use for the adult contest that I host in March. Past challenges have brought stories from Singapore, Canada, Switzerland, the UK, and many states across America.

So, girls and boys: your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to write a story in 50 words or less. Please read the guidelines in the flyer. If you love creating graphic novels or cartoons, that works also. Just have your parents scan the page and email it to me. And if you have any friends who’d like to give it a try, please invite them to join in!

Parents and teachers can email the stories to me, I will post all of the stories on Mother’s Day, May 10,  and everyone will receive a certificate of participation.

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Girls and Boys…Please sharpen your pencils or click on the computer.

Get Ready! Get Set! GO!

There is a storyteller that lives in every child’s heart…and I can’t wait to read all of your precious words.

Book Birthday Post: SPRINGTIME Plus Special Kindle Launch

What a wonderful celebration here today! The launch of a new book by an old friend that is JUST what the doctor ordered to lift all of our spirits. Will you help me sing?

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEAR SPRINGTIME! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: RESCUING THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Plus Giveaway and More

It’s a good thing that Stephen Pleasonton had a better sense of timing than I do! Otherwise, we might not have the original Declaration of Independence to view when visiting Washington DC. The actual launch date for this book was April 14th…and I was supposed to announce that in a book birthday post…but since I missed the birthday, I decided to turn the Perfect Picture Book spotlight on this awesome picture book. And author Anna Crowley Redding not only is generously giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner, but she is also stopping by to chat with us a bit. Make sure you scroll through the post so you don’t miss her!

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