Perfect Picture Book Friday: A BAND OF BABIES Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday.

Before we get to today’s wonderful picture book, we have some PRIZES to award!!

Last week, the lovely Patricia Keeler offered two exciting giveaways…a copy of LIZZIE AND LOU SEAL along with a pair of silver flip flop earrings. And also, a copy of her book along with a charming silver seal necklace.

And the winner of the book and earrings is…


And the winner of the book and necklace is…


CONGRATULATIONS! I will put you both in touch with Patricia so she can send you your prizes.

June is winding down…I can hardly believe that tomorrow is the 1st day of July.

Which is why today’s book is definitely a perfect choice with the 4th of July right around the corner. Parades. Fireworks. And…

cover band of babies


Written by: Carole Gerber

Illustrated by: Jane Dyer

Publisher: HarperCollins (2017)

Ages: Preschool – Grade 3


 Working together, independence, diversity


From Amazon:

It was just an ordinary day at play group until Benny arrived. With flute in hand and drums in tow, Benny’s love of music inspires the babies to get up and put on a show. Toot! Toot! Whee! Benny and his band of babies are a sight to see!


With rhythmic text from veteran author Carole Gerber and lively illustrations from bestselling artist Jane Dyer, this musical journey will have readers of all ages snapping their fingers and tapping their toes!

Why I like this book:


Homemade Rainmaker

homemade_instrument_rainmakerPhoto courtesy:

You will need: Empty roll from aluminum foil or paper towel or empty snack cylinder, paint and glitter or construction paper and markers, masking tape or duct tape, glue, scissors, dry uncooked lentils or rice.

  1. Tape one open end of the roll. If you are using a snack cylinder, one end is already sealed.
  2. Fill with ¼ cup dry lentils or rice.
  3. Tape the other end shut. If you are using a snack cylinder, tape the lid securely.
  4. Cover with construction paper, glue in place, and decorate with markers or paint and decorate with glitter. (the paint and glitter will be the messy option)

More homemade instruments here:

And here:

Why not arrange a playdate for your child and create a rhythm BAND OF BABIES?

Please remember to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway of a copy of A BAND OF BABIES! And come back tomorrow when award-winning author Carole Gerber shares her writing journey…and something yummy…on Will Write for Cookies.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend

Happy 4th of July – Are You Going to Summer School?

I hope you all have a super 4th of July and a safe and happy summer.

For me, the 4th of July is the ‘official’ start of the summer.

I plan to do a lot of picture book writing and also picture book reading. For the reading, if I need a  picture book title, I’ll head over to Susanna Hill’s awesome parent/teacher resource Perfect Picture Books;

But for inspiration and information about the craft of writing, I’ll be participating in Kami and Supdipta’s

Summer School 2014: Get it Write this Summer.

I hope you’ll join me there! Summer school was never so much fun!

Sunday Post: Urban Design and 4th of July Reflections

Jake, over at Time after Time, has a Sunday Post Challenge…the theme this past week was Urban Design.

Sunday Post: Urban Design

As I looked at the pictures my daughter sent me from their New England 4th of July celebration, I thought about how our country started out as just a couple of small settlements.

 Sunday Post: Urban Design

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A child starts out small and, with the love and care a parent gives, grows to be a strong adult.

This country also started out small…and with the love and care given it by the Founding Fathers (and Mothers), it has grown to be a strong nation. But…  Continue reading