Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE OLDEST STUDENT – How Mary Walker Learned to Read PLUS Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! This is the FIRST post of the new year!

I’m so excited about this book…for many reasons. The subject of the story is an amazing woman! The author and her publisher are generously offering a copy of the book as a giveaway! And the text and illustrations are INCREDIBLE! You are in for a real treat.

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THE OLDEST STUDENT: How Mary Walker Learned to Read

Written by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Illustrated by Oge Mora

Published by Scwartz and Wade (January 7, 2020)

Ages: 4-8 (that’s what Amazon says, but I’d say it is suitable for 9-12 as well)

Themes: Perseverance, learning to read, overcoming obstacles

Synopsis from Amazon:

Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! Discover the true story of Mary Walker, the nation’s oldest student who did just that, in this picture book from a Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and a rising star author.

In 1848, Mary Walker was born into slavery. At age 15, she was freed, and by age 20, she was married and had her first child. By age 68, she had worked numerous jobs, including cooking, cleaning, babysitting, and selling sandwiches to raise money for her church. At 114, she was the last remaining member of her family. And at 116, she learned to read. From Rita Lorraine Hubbard and rising star Oge More comes the inspirational story of Mary Walker, a woman whose long life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, and who–with perseverance and dedication–proved that you’re never too old to learn.

Why I love this book:

  • I love true stories…and although the author had to fill in some assumptions to creative an engaging narrative, I would consider this nonfiction…such a picture book is a wonderful vehicle to spark interest on the part of kids and to inspire them to never give up on their dreams!
  • This is a story that is filled with heart – the unbelievable story of a woman who learned to read at the age of 116…her motto was: You Are Never Too Old To Learn – Mary Walker is my hero!
  • The wonderful illustrations add another layer of emotion – I love the color palette and the focus that is always on Mary.

And here are a few STARRED reviews the book has already received:

“A lovely, inspirational picture-book biography about beating the odds and achieving your dreams.” —Booklist, starred review

“Walker’s determination and her long, long life—she died at 121—offer genuine inspiration.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

Enjoy this book with every child you know; let Mary Walker become a household name.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Make an ABC Book

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For details on how to construct an book: https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/bookmaking-crafts-make-books.html

Do your children have their own library cards? If not, please visit your local library and help them get one – our libraries are wonderful resources, not only for books, but also for programs for the entire family. And don’t forget to ask your library to purchase your favorite books for their collection – check to see if they have THE OLDEST STUDENT in their catalogue…and if they don’t, please request that they add it to the shelves.

Don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of THE OLDEST STUDENT…and please share on your social media so I can put another ticket in the giveaway hat for you.

Thank you all so much for spending your precious time with me…I’m wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Have you made resolutions or a set of goals or do you have a dream you are building into reality?

 

Perfect Picture Book Friday: DREIDEL DAY Plus GIVEAWAY

Hurray for December! Hurray for all of the wonderful holidays that will soon be upon us…Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza. And hurray for the potpourri of children’s books about them.

Before I share today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday, which is a wonderful board book that can help Continue reading

Katrina Moore: Will Write for Cookies Plus Giveaway

WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES

 

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INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION

FOR WRITERS

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TODAY’S GUEST

KATRINA MOORE

Katrina and I have a lot in common. We both have a masters in education, love to write picture books, are LIttle Bee Books sisters, and are members of the #Newin19 debut picture book author and illustrator group. And teaching is close to our hearts…although Katrina is still knee deep (or perhaps shoulder high, depending on what grade she teaches and how tall/short she is) in the classroom.

Katrina Moore writes and teaches in New Jersey.  Her mission is to Continue reading

Perfect Picture Book Friday: ONE HUG

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends. We got another double-header for you this weekend. Today: ONE HUG. Tomorrow: a Q&A with the author, the lovely Katrina Moore!  I’ve been really busy, getting prepared for the Hawaii SCBWI webinar tomorrow – there is still time to sign up (and no, unfortunately, I won’t be IN sunny tropical Hawaii – I will be delivering my presentation remotely…from cold and cloudy New Hampshire) …I hope some of you will be tuning in to hear me and Little Bee editor Courtney Fahy share some important info about Writing Nonfiction. https://hawaii.scbwi.org/events/nonfiction-webinar-with-author-vivian-kirkfield-and-editor-courtney-fahy-of-little-bee-books/

But in the meantime, I’m so glad you are here, because I am ready to give you all ONE HUG!

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Written by Katrina Moore

Illustrated by Julia Woolf

Published by Katherine Tegen Books (2019)

Ages: 3 and up

Theme:

Synopsis: From Amazon:

“Told in joyful rhymes and bright illustrations, One Hug celebrates the many ways we embrace our loved ones.

As a family wakes up to begin preparing for the arrival of their immigrant relatives, the littlest girl begins to feel left out and nervous. But an encouraging brother and the welcoming arms of her grandma help end the day with a belly full of food, jars full of fireflies, and all in cozy, snuggly slumber.

From the dazzling talents of debut author Katrina Moore and illustrator Julia Woolf comes a fun, cuddly story that reminds readers how one simple hug can go a long, happy way. A perfect read-aloud to share in classrooms or at bedtime!

Soft and strong, warm and snug,
What’s your favorite way to hug?
Mom will SQUEEZE you like a bear;
Dad will WHOOSH you through the air!”

 

What I love about this book:

  • A perfect bedtime or anytime story
  • Sweet illustrations that will tug at your heartstrings
  • I love a rhyming story – especially one that’s done well

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Hug Coupon Booklet

Blow A Kiss: Book Review and Craft Activity for Kids

This is the actual Valentine my oldest son created for me in 1989 – complete with HUG PASS!

Blow A Kiss: Book Review and Craft Activity for KidsThis is a Hugs and Kisses Coupon Book each of my kindergarten students made for their parents many long years ago.

All you need: Paper, scissors, crayons/markers.

Sometimes when children seem unlovable, that is when they need the most love. Making the Hug passes might be just the activity to start an important discussion or, when a child redeems one of the hug passes, a door of opportunity may be opening for some honest  talk.

I thank you all for stopping by. Please check out Katrina’s new book, ONE HUG...it launches next month, but is available for pre-order right now!!! Make sure you leave a comment and share the post on your social media for a chance to win a copy of this beautiful book. And also, don’t forget to swing by tomorrow for a revealing chat with the author…and a YUMMY recipe for a treat that can’t be beat!!

And if you want to hear my thoughts about WRITING NONFICTION – and listen to some insights from Little Bee editor Courtney Fahy,…and participate in a lively Q&A, don’t waste any time…sign up…the webinar is tomorrow (Saturday, November 16 at 10am Hawaii time/3pm New York time)…if you sign up, you get to view the replay until the end of January…plenty of time, even with the holidays.

https://hawaii.scbwi.org/events/nonfiction-webinar-with-author-vivian-kirkfield-and-editor-courtney-fahy-of-little-bee-books/

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: FANTASTIC YOU Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends! I’m back from Chicago, just in time to bring you a review of another fantastic book. I met the fantastic author, Danielle Dufayet, in the fantastic debut picture book group, Picture Book Buzz. And thanks to Danielle, we have a fantastic giveaway of Continue reading

Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE NIGHT BAAFORE CHRISTMAS Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends! For more wonderful book reviews, don’t forget to hop over to Susanna Hill’s blog.

Before we get to our super book, I need to announced some winners of a past giveaway. Earlier this month, we had a double decker prize: a copy of I AM A THIEF by author Abigail Rayner and a pb manuscript critique by the illustrator, Molly Ruttan.

And the winners are:

A copy of I AM A THIEF – Hedy Frazier

A pb ms critique – Lynn Rogalsky

Congratulations! I will be contacting you both shortly!

And the kidlit awesomeness keeps on coming. I’m SOOO excited about our book today…I’ve known the author, Dawn Young, for almost as long as I’ve been in this incredible kidlit world. She and her publisher are providing a copy of the book as a giveaway…so make sure you leave a comment. She was the genius behind Continue reading

Happy Book Birthday: RANDALL AND RANDALL Plus Giveaway

I love birthdays! Especially book birthdays! Especially book birthdays of author friends! Especially book birthdays of author friends for books that I saw in the early draft stages!

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO YOU, RANDALL AND RANDALL. And Happy Book Birthday to friend and author Nadine Poper, illustrator Polina Gortman, and Continue reading