Category Archives: Craft activities for kids
Hello dear friends! I hope you haven’t given up on me. With a March 1st deadline, I’ve been writing and revising for the past three weeks. I’m happy to say that four of the manuscripts for the compilation book are already on the editor’s desk. I have one more ready to go, another almost there, a third that needs a bit more research, and a fourth…well…let’s just say that one is still a rough draft.
January was also Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM challenge and I now have a notebook with 30+ new story ideas. If you didn’t get a chance to hop over to read my post, you can click here. I shared how I got ideas for all of the books that are now under contract – and a few that are out on submission. If you are writing with the view to getting traditionally published, I urge you to read Jane Yolen’s post – I am always inspired by her words.
Speaking of being inspired…our Perfect Picture Book Friday selection does exactly that! The text by award-winning author Sigrid Schmalzer is glorious and the illustrations by debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan are incredible!
MOTH AND WASP, SOIL AND OCEAN: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming
Written by Sigrid Schmalzer
Illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2018)
Themes: Sustainable farming, Chinese culture, conservation
Why I like this book:
- A true gem of history that will inspire adults and kids
- A beautiful diverse story that will help children get a better picture of life in other places and times
- Incredible illustrations from debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan…just incredible!
- I love the message of sustainable farming!
Photo courtesy: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/
One of the favorite activities of my kinders was planting seeds. They loved getting their hands in the soil, pressing the small beans, peas, or other seeds with their fingers. Best of all, the loved watching the little green sprouts push up and flourish. For detailed instructions, go here: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/
And while you are there, why not check out her Valentiny Contest that starts soon!
And last, but definitely not least, if you’d like to get a peek at the 2018 Debut Picture Books, please visit the Epic Eighteens website.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend. Stay warm or stay cool, whichever you prefer.
Hooray for reading picture book stories! That’s what Perfect Picture Book Friday is all about, right?
And Hooray for writing picture book stories. That’s what Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest is all about…did you enter? There is still time to write your story and post it on your blog or on her page. Just click here. Great prizes…critiques and books!
And speaking of prizes, hooray and thanks to author Gregory Bray for the giveaway of a copy of THE BATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE. And the winner is…
Congratulations, Sue. Let’s connect so Greg can get you the book.
And now, since it is Friday, I have a super lovely review for you! It’s Alison Goldberg’s debut picture book and it launches the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS!
I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES
Written by Alison Goldberg
Illustrated by Mike Yamada
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 26, 2017)
Themes: Reassurance, love, vehicles
From Amazon: Love can be stronger than the strongest excavator, longer than the longest train, and taller than the tallest crane. And no matter where you go, love travels with you always. With exciting imagery and engaging, lyrical text, Alison Goldberg and Mike Yamada’s I Love You for Miles and Miles is an I-love-you book perfect for children who love things that go!
Why I like this book:
- Simple yet lyrical rhyme that young kids will love
- Bold colorful illustrations
- So much heart in the text and in the expressions on the faces of each character…this is definitely an AWWWW book…perfect for bedtime or anytime
Advent Calendar Train
Photo courtesy: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org
For detailed instructions: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/transportationartscraftstvehiclescarstrucksboatstrainskids.html
Paper Plate Cars
Photo courtesy: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com
Dear friends, we are in a very busy time of the year. I know many of you are juggling home, family, job, and your writing career. Sometimes it just seems like there isn’t enough time for everything. Please make sure you do find the time to sit with your children…hold them…read with them (even if they are older)…and if you can, get out the craft supplies and make something together. Those are the memories that will last…not the expensive toy or gadget they see on TV.
Please leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway of a copy of I LOVE YOU FOR MILES AND MILES…if you want to find out more about the book or order it, check out the author’s page or an indie bookseller, and definitely be back here tomorrow for our Q&A with debut picture book author, ALISON GOLDBERG.