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Happy Book Birthday: CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT Plus Giveaway

FIRST POST OF THE YEAR!!! 

So you know it is going to be special, right?

Last year I featured as many 2017 picture books as I could. This year I plan to do the same thing for the debut picure books of 2018. HOPEFULLY, my Sweet Dreams, Sarah will be one of them! But for today, I’ve got a really special book for you! From a dear friend and critique buddy of mine, Nancy Churnin, who has a knack for finding golden nuggets of history and turning them into fabulous nonfiction picture books that children and adults will want to read again and again.

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT

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CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT: How Charlie Sifford Broke the Color Barrier in Golf

Written by Nancy Churnin

Illustrated by John Joven

Published by Albert Whitman

Ages: 5-8

Themes: Determination, Civil Rights, golf

Synopsis:

From Amazon:  Charlie Sifford loved golf, but in the 1930’s only white people were allowed to play in the Professional Golf Association. Sifford had won plenty of black tournaments, but he was determined to break the color barrier in the PGA. In 1960 he did, only to face discrimination from hotels that wouldn’t rent him rooms and clubs that wouldn’t let him use the same locker as the white players. But Sifford kept playing, becoming the first black golfer to win a PGA tournament and eventually ranking among the greats in golf.

Why I like this book:

  • I love when authors can entertain, educate, and inspire by taking an impottant event in history and making it come alive for kids
  • The text and illustrations engage from the first page to the last
  • This is an important moment that built on what had come before and opened doors for those who came after

 

RELATED ACTIVITIES

tin-can-golf-header-1Photo courtesy: https://www.thecrafttrain.com

Tin Can Golf is fun for young kids and can be ramped up to make it more challenging for older kids. For detailed instructions: https://www.thecrafttrain.com/tin-can-indoor-golf-fun-from-recycled-junk/

Thanks to author Nancy Churnin, we have a giveaway of a copy of CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT.  Please leave a comment to be entered.  Remember, there is only one copy that can be won, but the book JUST launched TODAY…so you can hop over to your favorite bookstore and get a copy And don’t forget that leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads only takes a couple of minutes, but it will mean the world to the author of that book you loved reading with your child.

Please come back tomorrow for the BOOK BIRTHDAY of LOVE, MAMA by Jeanette Bradley! 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO A YEAR FILLED WITH POSSIBILITIES!

HOW ABOUT YOU?

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Motor Goose…Rhymes That Go PLUS Double Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

This past week, I’ve enjoyed reading many of the Halloween stories entered into Susanna Hill’s Halloweensie Contest. Did you get to read some of them? They were fabulous. I’m excited to find out who the winners are…but honestly, everyone who participated is a winner. Writing and getting your work out there is the key to success. And happily, I should have some good success news for you soon regarding one of my stories.

Before we get to our wonderful picture book review, we do have some giveaways to announce.

The winner of Julie Segal Walter’s Picture Book Manuscript Critique is….

JIM CHAIZE

The winner of a copy of Annette Bay Pimemtel’s MOUNTAIN CHEF is…

CARMELA MCCAIN SIMMONS

The winner of a copy of Joy Keller’s MONSTER TRUCKS is…

RENE AUBE

BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE! And thank you to the generous authors! Please email me: viviankirkfield@gmail.com

Does your child love vehicles? Do your kids enjoy nursery rhymes? Today’s Perfect Picture book has it all!!!

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MOTOR GOOSE: RHYMES THAT GO!

Written by Rebecca Colby

Illustrated by Jef Kaminsky

Published by Feiwel and Friends (2017)

Ages: 3-8

Themes: Vehicles, nursery rhymes

Opening Lines:

“Little Jack Junker, broken-down clunker, surpirsed all the cars in the race. ‘Cause right from the start, he lost part after part, yet he finished the race in first place.”

Synopsis:

From Amazon:

 In this picture book, Mother Goose rhymes are reimagined with vehicles― trains, planes, trucks, and boats!

Hey Digger, Digger
(Hey Diddle, Diddle)

Hey digger, digger,
the hole’s getting bigger.
Your shovel’s been scooping since ten.
Beware the loose rubble.
Too late―you’re in trouble!
You’d better start digging again.

Wonderful rhymes and VEHICLES! Here is a collection that every car/plane/boat/crane/digger/taxi/train-loving kid will adore. With hilarious artwork by Jef Kaminsky, Motor Goose is a must-have for readers who like things that go. And as the rhymes progress, the day winds down, making this perfect for bedtime.

 

Why I like this book:

  • I love rhymes and kids love rhymes…and these are so kid-friendly, based on well-known nursery rhymes, but totally reinvented by author Rebecca Colby!
  • Fabulously humorous illustrations…full color and full of life!

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Make a race car and other vehicles

19-Preschool-Car-Craft-Ideas-1Photo courtesy: http://crystalandcomp.com

You will need: Construction paper, scissors, glue, markers, empty Pringles can or paper towel roll.

For detailed instructions: http://crystalandcomp.com/19-preschool-car-craft-ideas/

Play with rhymes with your kiddos…they love coming up with their own silly ones.

Take a walk and count vehicles. Make a list of them. Categorize: for pleasure, for work, etc.

I hope you will all be back tomorrow for our chat with picture book author Rebecca Colby. I know she has some wonderful insights to share, as well as a yummy treat recipe. PLUS…tomorrow we will also be talking about Rebecca’s newest book, CAPTAIN BLING’S CHRISTMAS PLUNDER. 

Captain Bling updated cover

Don’t forget to leave a comment today and tomorrow. Rebecca is generously offering a giveaway of copies of both of her awesome new books! 

I hope you all have a safe and happy weekend.

 

 

Perfect Picture Book Friday: MONSTER TRUCKS Plus Giveaway

Is it just me, or does Friday come around really quickly every week?  I guess it’s a good thing that I LOVE Friday because we always have a super picture book review and activity.

And today’s choice is especially perfect with Halloween just around the corner.

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MONSTER TRUCKS

Written by Joy Keller

Illustrated by Misa Saburi

Published by Godwin Books – Henry Holt and Company (2017)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Vehicles, monsters, humor, rhyme

Synopsis: 

From Amazon: 

All monsters love the autumn air,
just right to sneak and spook and scare.
But other seasons of the year,
they shift into a different gear.

Monsters get to work―paving roads, plowing snow, hauling muck―with their monster trucks in this fun, rhyming picture book. With a gentle bedtime ending, this not-too-scary story is perfect for young monster and truck lovers.

Why I like this book:

  • Fabulous rhyme filled with heart and humor
  • Super cool bold and colorful illustrations
  • Great addition to Halloween, monster, and/or vehicle shelves

RELATED ACTIVITY

Popsicle Stick Monster Trucks

monster-truck-4Photo courtesy: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com

Do you have a monster truck lover at your house? Give this craft activity a try…the kids will have a ball!

You will need: Popsicle sticks, glue, markers, construction paper or poster board, scissors.

For detailed instructions: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/04/popsicle-stick-monster-trucks-kid-craft.html

Take a walk in the neighborhood and see how many different types of trucks you can identify.

Play a rhyming game with your kids. Read the story and leave off the last word of the rhyming verse…see what words they come up with.

Debut picture book author Joy Keller is offering a copy of MONSTER TRUCKS, so please remember to leave a comment. Also, she is stopping by tomorrow to chat on Will Write for Cookies, and another comment there will give you another entry. PLUS, on Sunday, I’ll be posting my entry into Susanna Hill’s 7th ANNUAL HALLOWEENSIE CONTEST. Have you heard about it? Have you ever entered? It is one of the most fun filled writing challenges around..I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Here in New England, we’ve had a ton of rain and the fall foliage has to fight hard to hold on. If you are planning on going out Trick or Treating with the kids, stay safe. I know many neighborhoods organize Halloween parties so kids can come to one location to have fun. We used to do it at our church and the parishoners would dress up and take up residence in the many classrooms and offices and then the kids would parade through the halls, knocking on each door. There were games and prizes for costumes and lots of good food and safe fun. 

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