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#50PreciousWordsforKids: HERE ARE THE STORIES!!

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Hurray! It is time to unveil the stories for this year’s #50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge.

The stories came from all over the United States – Michigan, Minnesota, Texas, North Carolina, Maryland, California, Iowa, Maine, and even my state of New Hampshire, plus one entry with awesome illustrations from across the pond in Northern Ireland!

I thank all of the parents and teachers who encouraged their children to participate and made it possible for us to enjoy the work of these young authors. And I thank all of the kids who shared their precious words with us!

Here were the guidelines:

 

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  • Each child, grade K-6, writes a story of 50 words or less.
  • Title not included in word count.
  • Story must have a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Happy or sad, silly or serious, true or make-believe.
  • Teachers/students choose one story to submit per class.
  • Homeschooling parents submit one story per child.
  • Please email story to: viviankirkfield@gmail.com by May 7 at 11:59pm.
  • Stories post on my blog: viviankirkfield.com on May 11.
  • Teacher receives a certificate to copy and present to each child who wrote a story.

And here are the stories!!!

I’M NENI

by Tessa

2nd grade

Maryland 

I’m Neni. I moved this summer to the United States. At my new school, Ms. Santiago told me to present a talent. I danced. A boy stood and yelled, “Hey Miss African girl–you’re hurting my eyes.” I kept dancing proudly and everybody clapped at the end. Even that boy.

 

CRYSTAL RUN!

by Claire M

Age 10 – 4th grader

Michigan

I’m running through a forest with a crystal. I need to get it to the heart of the forest. Robots are chasing me! I got it so I could save the world which is falling apart. I see the pedestal! I place it down and the robots shut down.

 

Cupcake

by Dempsey

Age 10 – 4th grader

 “I want a cupcake,” Ava yelled.

“No,” screamed her mom, “after lunch.”

“Fine,” Ava said.

So Ava ate her lunch and got a cupcake.

“I want vanilla!” Ava yelled, “Not chocolate!”

“You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit,” screamed her mom.

“AHHHHH.”

No cupcake.

 

 

The Lemonade Stand 

by Elise L.

2nd grade

Rochester Central Lutheran School in Rochester, Minnesota.


It was a hot day. I wanted to make a lemonade stand. I love lemonade! First, I got lemons, ice cubes, and sugar. Then, I made the lemonade and the stand. Next, I put up my stand. Finally, I advertised for it. Lots of customers came. Best lemonade stand ever!!!

 

RAINING CARROTS?

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Abel, Amoura, Anala, Andrew, Brandon, Briony, Carli, Eliana, Elias, George, Irwin, Josiah, Lakai, Liam, Lucy, Marvin, Nathan, Rinko, Ruca, Savannah, Sawyer, Sienna, Talia, and Wardah

Who are kindergarten students from:

David Lubin Elementary School

Sacramento, CA 

In Mrs. Catherine Hashimoto’s Class

It was raining carrots at the David Lubin playground, so the students in Mrs. Hashimoto’s class sadly went inside.  Suddenly, out came Super Bunny.  She ate all the clouds; then swept up all the carrots into the bag. The kids said, “Thank you!” and ate the carrots at the playground.

 

The Dinosaur Loved the Dog

by Keagan

7-years old 

Oklahoma

The dinosaur went through the woods.

Over the desert.

Swam the river and ate chocolate mud.

He had to take a shower.

Then he went to bed.

He dreamed he was walking with a puppy.

He woke up and found the puppy sleeping by him.

The dinosaur loved the puppy.

 

The Blue Jay Eats

by Amelia

6 years old

Oklahoma

Hi! I’m a blue jay. My name is Buster. I eat berries from the berry tree. The tree is green with lots of fruit on top. I fly around the tree. Lots of fruit is falling off to me. They are so very pink. They make juice for me.

 

The First Epic Adventure 

by Linnea

8 years old – 3rd grade

Tom Wilson Elementary, Katy, Texas

One day two adventurous bunnies went on a roller coaster. They took control of the drivers seats and blasted to Mount Everest. Then they said “one small step for bunny, one giant leap for bunnykind.” Then they flew up on stars to conquer the Moon and hopefully reunite with Kirby.

 

Ruby Kicking A Bush
by Bethany
Age 7
West Des Moines, IA
Ruby went outside to kick a dead bush. Before even the tip of her toe touched it, she fell.
When she fell, she broke her leg. She had to wear a cast. She got better soon.

 

TRAIN BLASTING OFF

by Ronen K.  

Age 6

Saratoga, CA

Once there were some trains, one had rockets on the back. The train that had rockets blasted off into space. The train never came back, ever again. The other trains were worried that it ran out of fuel. But the train did not run out of fuel, it was electric.

 

 

A Comic Strip Cartoon Between Two Dragons

by Delenne

Northern Ireland

      1. “Where’s the cookies? Humm”

      2. “I don’t see any cookies”

       3. “Well this is a job for Emerald Holmes”

       4. “Who would eat the cookies except for me?”

       5. “Ah ha!”

       “You ate the cookies, didn’t you Lavender?”

       “No, I DIDN’T!”

      6. “Did you check the cookie cam?”

          “Nope”

      7. (shows green dragon eating cookies at 2am with the date 5/5/18)

      8. “So, who ate the cookies?”

     9.  “Uhhh.”

 

Deeane

TUXEDO KITTEN

by Ariah L.

Age 9 

Biddeford, Maine

 Snowpaws, the black and white tuxedo kitten,

was nine weeks old when she got adopted at a shelter by a family.

She was curled up on a bed under an ironing board.
A seven year old girl scooped her up.
“This one,” she said, and named her
Snowpaws.
The end.
THE NOISE
by Elektrah L
Age 11 
Biddeford, Maine
 A tortoiseshell cat walked through a field with a forest of pines and birch.
Wind ruffled her fur. Then she heard a noise. It sounded like a cat!
She dashed through the forest.
A white tom stood under a pine. “I’m Glacier!”
“I’m Star,” she replied.
They became best friends.

 

FLAMINGO IS MY BEST FRIEND

by Nora
Age 7 – 1st grade
Great Mills, Maryland
Flamingo is my best friend. He wants to be a sea horse. Sea horses live in the water and Flamingo can’t swim. Flamingo will have to sit on the beach instead. I’ll bring Flamingo two scoops of ice cream with sea horse sprinkles because Flamingo is my best friend.

 

The Vacation

by Nehemiah

Age 6

North Carolina

There was a boy who loved video games, but he only had 10 minutes to play.  As soon as he started, it was time to leave for vacation.  They saw cool animals and wanted a dog for a pet.  They found one at the dog store, and they loved him.

 

 

 

The Playful Kitten

by Naomi

Age 7

North Carolina

There was a little kitten that had on mittens.  It was cute and black with green, sparkling eyes.  Her name was Sweet Pea, and she loved fish for a snack.  She loved to play with her owner where the other cute little animals were playing in the park.

Rocco
7 years old
Amherst, NH
One day, a little boy told his mother that he was going to walk to his grandmother’s by himself.  His mother told her child that he can’t go without a parent.  The boy refused.  Then, he sat down to think about what he said to his mother.  They went together.”
Dog Man
by Nico  J.
Sacremento, CA
Dog Man becomes a boxer and fights a cat fish stick man.
Chapter 1
“Ruff, ruff! You wana start reading? Here try a comic book. Bye! “Ruff, bark! Hello and welcome!  Grr! Ra! Huh? Dog man, you’re late for work. Ruff! Bye!Chapter 2
Getting Fired
Grr!  Hmm! Your’e fired!Chapter 3
The Big Blow Out
Dog man, where are you?
Dog man wins. Dog man, you’re hired.Chapter 4
Party Time!
Party at Dog man’s.

The End

Magic does happen when you make every word count…and when you encourage children to write. CONGRATULATIONS to all of these young authors – your stories were fabulous!
Have a wonderful weekend – and Happy Mother’s Day!

#50PreciousWordsforKids International Writing Challenge is OPEN

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The #50PreciousWordsForKids International Writing Challenge is now OPEN!

Last month, I hosted a challenge for writers. I invited them to create a story for children in 50 words or less. #50PreciousWords drew hundreds of participants. What amazed me was the incredible creativity that was unleashed by the restrictive word limit.

MAGIC HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT!

Last year, one of the participants told me that she and her six-year old daughter had an amazing bonding experience. Seeing her mom writing, the little girl wanted to write a story also. And she did. And her mom shared it with me.

DINOSAUR SNOW by Bethany (age 6)

It snowed a lot through the day. Pteranodon and her sister Teethless were bored. Pteranodon said, “I planned to go outside and it’s almost time for lunch. Oh it’s 11:00. Let’s go wake Mom and Dad.” “You’re right,” said Teethless. So they did. And then they ate lunch.

And when my eight-year old grandson spent a day with me, he wanted to write one, too.

Locked Out by Jeremy (age 8)

One evening, when me and my mom got home from school, we tried to unlock our door. We heard a snap. Our house key broke! We went to our neighbors for help. They said, “Get a ladder and climb into a window.” We followed their advice. Unlocked the door. Home!

Those two stories got me excited! As a retired kindergarten teacher, I’ve always been on a mission to help kids become lovers of books and reading. As many of you know, now I write for children. And I love it! My four debut picture books will launch next year.

I thought, what if I could encourage kids to become the storytellers! And so, #50PreciousWordsforKids was born.

#50PreciousWordsforKids coincides with Children’s Book Week, April 30 to May 6.

EVERY CHILD in grades K-6 is invited to participate.

This is an INTERNATIONAL challenge…there will be stories flying in from all around the world!

Teachers can have each child write a story of 50 words or less…then the teacher and/or class will choose one story to submit. Perhaps this can be a whole-school event to celebrate Children’s Book Week. Or just a single class project. If several kids want to work together or the teacher wants to submit a collaborative class story, that would be lovely!.

Parents are invited to encourage their children to write a story at home (whether or not they are homeschooled) – parents can email me one story per child.

My only rule is that the stories must be emailed to me by a teacher or parent (or other child-care facilitator).

Here are the guidelines:

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  • Each child, grade K-6, writes a story of 50 words or less.
  • Title not included in word count.
  • Story must have a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Happy or sad, silly or serious, true or make-believe.
  • Teachers/students choose one story to submit per class.
  • Homeschooling parents submit one story per child.
  • Please email story to: viviankirkfield@gmail.com by May 7 at 11:59pm.
  • Stories post on my blog: viviankirkfield.com on May 11.
  • Teacher receives a certificate to copy and present to each child who wrote a story.
  • Giveaway of seven mini-Skype author classroom visits.

The challenge runs April 30 to May 6 and the stories need to be emailed to me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com by 11:59pm on Sunday, May 7th.

I’ll enter those stories on my Thursday, May 11th blog post.

All teachers and parents will receive a certificate that can be copied and personalized with the name of each child who participated.

Please, dear readers, help spread the word by sharing this post on your social media channels and by reaching out to your teacher and parent connections.

If you have any questions or need clarification, just email me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com. 

What a wonderful opportunity for kids to become the storytellers.

Last year we had entries from 15 states and four foreign countries! I wonder where the stories will come from this year. But, no matter where they come from…

…I’m excited to read all of their precious words.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: SELFIE SEBASTIAN and A CAMPFIRE TAIL plus GIVEAWAY

I had a lovely surprise the other day. I received two beautiful picture books in the mail. Written by author Sarah Glenn Marsh, they are bright and bold and so much fun. I knew I had to share them with you today. One is about taking selfies. How awesome is that! And the other is about camping and finding the courage to be a real friend. And because my bookshelves are overflowing, I plan to give both of these away. So please make sure you leave a comment. And don’t hop off until you scroll through the entire post BECAUSE after the picture book review, I’ll be giving everyone a heads up about #50PreciousWordsforKids which is COMING ON MONDAY!!!

SELFIE SEBASTIAN

Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Illustrated by Florence Weister

Published by Sterling Children’s Books (2018)

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Friendship, travel

Synopsis: From Amazon: 

You can’t take the perfect selfie if you’re all by yourself.
Sebastian is one handsome fox—and he really, really loves to take selfies. But somehow, no matter how camera-ready he is, his pictures always lack a certain something. And he can’t put his paw on exactly what. So Sebastian sets off on an elaborate quest to take the perfect selfie, dashing from a glamorous red carpet in Hollywood to the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon. He even zooms to the Moon! Still, none of Sebastian’s photos make him happy. Could it be that the secret to his special selfie is right where he started . . . at home, with his friends?

Why I like this book:

  • I loved the relevant theme of taking a selfie…even young kids want to do it.
  • I enjoyed the travel/geography layer to the story – kids will love to guess where Sebastian is.
  • GREAT illustrations – the front and back covers are amazing!

A CAMPFIRE TAIL

Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Illustrated by Ana Gomez

Published by Sterling Children’s Books (May 1, 2018)

Ages: 4 and up

Themes: Friendship, courage, camping

Synopsis: From Amazon: 

Ever been stuck with a friend who’s totally uncool—and worried that it will rub off on you?
Welcome to Camp Wildwood! It’s Dragon’s first day, and his buddy would LIKE to show him a good time. But Dragon doesn’t seem to fit in with the boys and girls. He overturns the boat, ruins the puppet show, and even sets the tent on fire. Then, just as his buddy is about to give up, Dragon comes through in a pinch. This sweet, funny picture book teaches an important lesson about the true meaning of friendship—and in accepting the strengths and weaknesses of others.

Why I like this book:

  • I love friendship stories!
  • The illustrations are fantastic…just love the main character!
  • Text is full of heart and humor…great combination for a picture book!

Activities for both stories: 

  • Make a list of how to be a good friend.
  • Take selfies with friends and create an album of friendship.
  • Role play with your kids…different scenarios where being a good friend might be difficult.

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway. If you’d like to see more picture book reviews, please go to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture book Friday link up. And remember the best gift we can give the authors of our favorite stories is to buy their book or ask the library to order their book or write a review on Amazon or other book review sites.

And now, dear friends, a few words about #50PreciousWordsforKids! Last year, I hosted an international writing challenge for kid writers in grades K-6. I invited them to create a story for children in 50 words or less. #50PreciousWordsforKids drew participants from 15 states and 4 foreign countries. What amazed me was the incredible creativity that was unleashed by the restrictive word limit. Click here to see the stories from last year’s challenge.

MAGIC HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT!

As a former kindergarten teacher, I’ve always been on a mission to help kids become lovers of books and reading. What a thrill it was to invite them to become their own storytellers!

This writing challenge is ALL-INCLUSIVE and INTERNATIONAL!

#50PreciousWordsforKids coincides with Children’s Book Week, April 30-May 6. Every child in grades K-6 is invited to participate. Teachers can have each child write a story of 50 words or less…then the teacher and/or class will choose one story to submit. Last year, some classes formed teams and wrote collaborative stories – that is totally fine. Parents who homeschool their children can submit one story per child. The official #50PreciousWordsforKids post will go live on Monday morning!

Here are the guidelines.

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  •  Each child, grade K-6, writes a story of 50 words or less.
  • Title not included in word count.
  • Story must have a beginning, middle, and end.
  • Happy or sad, silly or serious, true or make-believe.
  • Teachers/students choose one story to submit per class.
  • Homeschooling parents submit one story per child.
  • Please email story to: viviankirkfield@gmail.com by May 7 at 11:59pm.
  • Stories post on my blog: viviankirkfield.com on May 11.
  • Teacher/parent receives a certificate to copy and present to each child who wrote a story.
  • Giveaway of seven mini-Skype author classroom visits.

 Questions? Contact me at viviankirkfield@gmail.com

I’m asking all of you who have connections with elementary schools or homeschooling families in any state and any country to please spread the word. Last year, I contacted the Children’s Book Council and they agree – it’s a perfect activity for Children’s Book Week. Click here to read last year’s stories.

The challenge runs April 30-May 6 and the stories need to be emailed to me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com by 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time on Monday, May 7th. I’ll post those stories on Friday, May 11th. Teachers and parents will receive a certificate that can be copied and personalized with the name of each child who participated. And there will be mini-Skype author classroom visits randomly awarded—one per grade level if I get enough volunteers. 

Let’s help our kids stretch and grow their imaginations.

Which brings me to the next request…I still need volunteers to do mini-Skype author or illustrator visits. If you would like to donate a mini-Skype author or illustrator visit, please contact me ASAP either by email or on FB or Twitter. It’s a wonderful way to connect with our audience of parents, teachers, and kids!

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