SHANNON STOCKER: Will Write for Cookies Plus CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY

WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES

 

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INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION

FOR WRITERS

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TODAY’S GUEST

SHANNON STOCKER

Why do I love this kidlit community so much? Because of people like today’s guest, Shannon Stocker, that’s why!

Shannon Stocker is an award-winning author and proud word nerd who loves all letters equally. She lives with her husband, Greg, and her children, Cassidy and Tye, in Louisville, KY, where she molds the alphabet into picture books and songs all day. LISTEN, Shannon’s picture book biography about deaf percussionist, Evelyn Glennie, is next in line (Dial/Random House), and several of her stories have been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul. Shannon currently serves as SCBWI social co-director for Louisville, a judge for Rate Your Story, and she created the blog series, Pivotal Moments: inHERview, highlighting transitional life stories of female picture book authors.  Cool facts: Currently writing her memoir, Shannon is a medical school graduate, a coma survivor, and an RSD/CRPS patient and advocate. She’s also a singer/songwriter who once performed two songs, including one original, as part of an opening act for Blake Shelton. To subscribe to her blog, visit her website, http://www.shannonstocker.com/blog/. She can also be found tweeting positive quotes, mantras, and adorable animal pics @iwriteforkidz, or on Instagram (also @iwriteforkidz). Shannon is represented by Allison Remcheck of Stimola Literary Studio.

Dear friends, are you exhausted yet? I hope not, because Shannon is here now, ready to answer our questions. But first let me remind everyone that Shannon is offering a picture book manuscript critique as a GIVEAWAY…one lucky person is going to win this, so please make sure you leave a comment to be entered.

ME: Hi Shannon…welcome to Picture Books Help Kids Soar! I am so very thrilled to have you as a guest today. Let’s get to the questions – I know everyone is waiting to hear your answers.

Who were your favorite authors/illustrators when you were a child?

SHANNON: This is always a tough question for me…I came from a broken family and don’t remember books being a part of my early childhood. The first book that really grabbed me and wouldn’t let go was Judy Blume’s ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT’S ME, MARGARET. My daughter just finished it; I want to read it again! After that book, I devoured everything that I could by Judy Blume. I was late to discover picture books—I was probably in college or medical school when I fell in love with Dr. Seuss. He breaks so many “rules” and has a writing and illustrating style that is all his own. I’ve always been one to march to my own beat so I’m very inspired by him.

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ME: What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?

SHANNON: Oh, to know early on the importance of critique partners! In my opinion, CPs are the most crucial part of this rejection-laden journey. Critique partners not only help you improve your craft, but perhaps more importantly, they are there to lift you up when your confidence falters…which, I think, happens weekly for most of us. The sloth-like pace of the publishing world will test even the most patient of writers. But it can be hard to find “your people.” You don’t just want people who give good constructive feedback – you want people who give feedback that resonates with you. You also want to be part of a group where you feel like everyone has similar expectations. My best CPs know that there are some months where I’ll need feedback several times a week and other months where I won’t need anything at all (but I’m always willing to give back). We all cycle through busy/quiet periods. This willingness to be there for one another has been invaluable to me. If someone feels like they’re giving a lot more than they’re getting, bitterness enters the equation (and that’s never a good thing). I wish I’d known that this kind of flexibility, this give-and-take, was out there earlier in my career. My first agent experience was not a good one; she told me I didn’t need my CPs anymore and directed me to quit my groups. She didn’t want me getting “bad feedback.” When she and I parted ways, I stopped writing for quite some time. I don’t think I would’ve ever recovered from that experience if I’d cut ties with all my CPs. I credit them 100% with helping me get my head back in the game.

ME: Where do you like to write – inside, outside, special room, laptop, pen and paper?

SHANNON: So funny that you ask this question—I just created a few slides for one of my school presentations about the creative person’s workspace. I typically write at my desk, but I can focus anyplace I have my laptop. Watching the kids at the pool, on my deck, at my kitchen table where I can see the birds…anyplace, really. I like silence when I’m drafting a new story or writing a new chapter in my memoir, but I prefer music in the background when I’m editing, catching up on emails, working on marketing, that kind of thing. I’m a singer/songwriter, so the type of music varies depending on my mood and my subject (and how much I need to concentrate). My next book is about Evelyn Glennie, a fabulous percussionist who happens to be deaf. When working on her book, I often had her music playing in the background. I just completed a draft about a pianist and often played his music when working on his story. If I’m tired, I’ll play 80’s, 90’s, Broadway, or a Pandora station associated with one of my favorite artists (Meghan Trainor, Ingrid Michaelson, Miranda Lambert, Colbie Caillat, Bruno Mars, OneRepublic, Aretha Franklin, Sheryl Crow, The Judds, Trisha Yearwood, and Jewel all being at the top of the list). But the best part of writing at home is that we have a billion animals, so one of them is usually beside me or in my lap. We have a miniature Aussie named Copper who curls up in a bed beside my chair, a Maine Coon named Simba who periodically paws at me for attention, a Senegal parrot named Prozac (Zac) who sings to me on a stand by my desk, and an orange tabby kitten named Nugget with one heck of a motor. The kids know that if I’m working, they can almost always find Nugget purring away in my lap.

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ME: When do you write – early morning, late in the day, middle of the night, on schedule, as the muse strikes?

SHANNON: HA! I’m a mother, so I write when I can. Mornings bring my freshest, cleanest thinking, so I try to draft first thing. That said, I can get caught up in emails and social media if I’m not careful. I’ve really had to force myself to stay away from Google during typical work hours. Yahoo and NPR are NOT my friends. Although I have had ideas come to me as I was falling asleep several times, I believe the muse rarely just “strikes” – typically, she strikes when my butt is in the chair. I will always stop to jot down random ideas when they come to me, but more often than not my best work comes when I sit down to actually work. I’m finding it difficult to balance out everything that comes with a launch right now…marketing, social media, blog posts, revising for my next book, school visits, contacting libraries, Goodreads reviews, prepping new submissions, my own blog (InHERview), and my memoir all have to find a way into my schedule. New picture book drafts have definitely taken a back seat this summer. I’m not looking forward to the early mornings once school begins, but I am. It’ll be nice to have my schedule back.

ME: Why do you write for children?

SHANNON: Wow. That feels like a loaded question. I think the bigger question for me is, what took me so long to START writing for children? Like songwriting, writing for children has always been in my blood. It’s always been something I felt like I needed to do. It was more than just a “want.” I always said that music was like oxygen for me—both the performing aspect and the writing aspect. Writing for children feels the same. As this journey has progressed, it’s become clear to me that although I’ve always wanted my children to have a piece of me that they can share with their children, my desire to write FOR children is deeper than that.

 

In 2007, I was given two years to live. I have a disease called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, which is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system (which is different from an autoimmune disorder). When in flare, things like my ability to perceive pain normally, or my ability to regulate temperature, are broken. During the two years when I was at my sickest, my body was covered in ulcers and I needed a wheelchair to get around. When we went places, strangers rarely made eye contact with me or said hello. I felt so isolated…so “less than.” My heart breaks when I think of all the children in this world who feel that way. I currently have a daughter who suffers from gastroparesis (paralysis of the gut), and she feels the exact same way. She’s been in and out of the hospital more times than I can count this past year, and she feels like no one understands what she’s going through. And for her, it’s particularly tough because her disability is invisible to most of the world. They don’t see her struggle with daily nausea, vomiting, fevers. There are so many books in this world, but so few represent children who feel/are different from the masses. I believe that every child should have the opportunity to see themselves in a book, no matter their brand of diversity. It’s more than something I want to do at this point. It feels like something I need to do. Because of my own medical history and now because of my daughter’s illness, I’ve gained empathy and perspective. I want to give these kids a voice. More importantly, I want them to know that they’re not alone.

ME: Oh my gosh…Shannon…that is a story that will touch everyone’s heart! Do you have anything you’d like to add for teachers and librarians?

SHANNON: Quick note to educators and librarians: I’m excited about doing school visits so I can speak with kids a little about my story, overcoming obstacles, and the importance of revision during the writing process. My elementary school presentations also incorporate music (singing/guitar). Please visit my website (www.shannonstocker.com) for booking information!

My first picture book , CAN U SAVE THE DAY, is a fun, rhyming alphabet story in which the consonants bully the vowels who, one-by-one, leave the farm (and the dialogue in the book), until a looming disaster must be solved by U.

ME: This has been awesome, Shannon! You’ve shared so much, straight from your heart and soul…we all thank you so very much. But I know you are not done yet. You’ve got something yummy for us, right?

SHANNON: Due to gastroparesis, my daughter is on a strict diet called a low-FODMAP diet. She is unable to eat short-chain carbohydrates, which includes dairy, gluten, many kinds of sugars, certain vegetables, most soy, dried fruits…it’s restrictive, to say the least. These oatmeal chocolate chip energy bites are a big hit in the house—even with our non-FODMAP eaters!

OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP ENERGY BITES

Shannon Stocker cookies

(recipe courtesy of Rachel Paul’s Foods)

Serves 12 (yields about 20-24 bites, depending on size)

Prep time: 20 minutes (10 minutes to prep, 10 minutes to roll balls)

Chill time: 30 min or longer

Total time: 50 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats, gluten-free
    • Can also use ½ cup oats and ½ cup cooked quinoa for a variation
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes (unsweetened)
    • Can also use raw coconut
    • I prefer the flavor of toasted coconut so I toast the flakes at 300 F for about 5 minutes in the oven, stirring once
      • I toast all my baking ingredients in batches and keep toasted pecans, coconut and walnuts in my freezer to have on hand (I much prefer the deeper flavor this gives my cookies/cakes/etc or for sprinkling in low-FODMAP oatmeal and yogurt)
    • You may be able to buy pre-toasted coconut near you
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (I use all-natural, no other added ingredients)
    • Can use salted, or unsalted based on your preference
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
    • You can buy this or grind your own using flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (dairy-free if available); miniature or regular size
    • Can substitute dried cranberries, raisins, pumpkin or sunflower seeds or combine more than one together
      • ½ cup is about 65 g of dried cranberries/raisins
        • This is about 5 low-FODMAP servings for raisins (one serving is 13 g)
        • This is about 4 low-FODMAP servings for cranberries (one serving is 15 g)
      • 1/3 cup maple syrup
      • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt (if not added to your peanut butter
      • Optional add ins:
        • 1 tablespoon chia seeds, hemp seeds or whole flax seeds
        • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
      • Directions
        • Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed
        • Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour
          • It will be sticky, chilling makes it easier to handle
        • Once chilled, roll into balls of about 1 inch diameter (a small cookie-scoop works well)
          • You can add additional maple syrup or peanut butter if needed
        • Store in sealed contained in refrigerator for about 2 weeks or freeze for longer

 

This is such an important recipe, folks…there are more and more kids who have sensitivities, large and small, to many ingredients that are found in most treat recipes…here is a SAFE one for many of those problems.

I know we are all joining in to thank Shannon for stopping by today…and also for the GENEROUS MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY!  Please leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win. If you also left a comment on yesterday’s Perfect Picture Book Friday post, you will have two chances.

And remember, dear friends, there are several ways to support and encourage our favorite authors who write these wonderful books:

  1. Buy their books
  2. Review their books
  3. Tell friends about their books
  4. Ask local libraries to purchase their books for their collection

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. I’ll be off to Colorado on Monday…and will be at the Second Star to the Right Bookstore at 1545 S. Pearl Street in Denver on Friday, August 23 for their storytime from 10:30am to 11:15am. If you are in the neightborhood, please stop in to say hello. There will be a story reading of Four Otters Toboggan, a craft activity and coloring pages for the kiddos, and lots of great kidlit conversations for the adults.

 

 

 

 

Perfect Picture Book Friday: CAN U SAVE THE DAY? Plus Critique Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends. It’s been a couple of weeks – a bit of a summer blog break, plus with the #PBChat Mentorship applications and manuscripts, I knew I’d be a bit buried for a while. I’ve started working with my mentee, the lovely Helen Ishmurzin – and we are both enjoying connecting and finding out more about each other.

Life here is busy as usual – I received a phone call from the publicity department at Little Bee. We chatted about the plan for Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe which launches in less than SIX MONTHS! The F&Gs arrived this week also – and I am loving every page of the book!

Speaking about books…we have two books to giveaway.

The lovely Laura Roettiger is giving away a copy of ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON. And the winner is…

ELLEN LEVENTHAL

The magnificent Michael Samulak is giving away a copy of A WONDERFUL DAY. And the winner is…

RINDA BEACH

CONGRATULATIONS ELLEN AND RINDA. I’ll reach out to you, Rinda, to get your shipping address…and I believe that Laura and Ellen have already connected.

I’m starting to pack for my Colorado trip – my son and I will be fly-fishing at Eleven Mile Canyon and at the Dream Stream…so I’ve got to bring rods, reels, and all manner of fly-fishing paraphanelia…it’s a good thing Southwest Airlines lets you check two bags for free.

Another good thing is the brand new picture book I am reviewing today!

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CAN U SAVE THE DAY?

Written by Shannon Stocker

Illustrated by Tom Disbury

Published by Sleeping Bear Press (2019)

Ages: 5-7

Themes: Getting along, respecting others, alphabet

Synopsis: From Amazon:

“B is an awfully boastful bloke and when he and the rest of the alphabet get together, he can’t help but tease the vowels about their small numbers. So the vowels begin to take off, one by one. The consonants–and the rest of the farm–see just how important vowels really are. With disaster looming and B seeing the error of his ways, can U save the day and set the alphabet right again?”

Why I love this book:

  • Funny – funny – funny…and kids love funny books!
  • So many lessons under the humor…respecting and valuing each other and getting along.
  • Fabulous illustrations!

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

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Check out all of these cool alphabet crafts – for detailed instructions: https://crystalandcomp.com/letter-of-the-week-crafts-for-preschoolers/

Please don’t forget to leave a comment below to be entered in the giveaway of a Picture Book Manuscript Critique from the lovely Shannon Stocker! Her debut picture book, CAN U SAVE THE DAy, JUST LAUNCHED yesterday…so let’s show our support and add this book to our picture book collection, ask local libraries to purchase it for their shelves, and share this post on social media.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend…I leave on Monday for a week in Colorado with my family…looking forward to those beautiful Rocky Mountains…and a bookstore event at Second Star to the Right in Denver on Friday, Aug 23…I know that Julie Hedlund will be there…and Laura Roettiger and several other Colorado kidlit folk…if you are in the neighborhood, please do stop in to say hello.

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Critique Winners, Book News, and a VERY SPECIAL GIVEAWAY

I don’t have a regularly scheduled blog post until the weekend of the 19th, but I missed you!

Plus, I have several critique giveaways thanks to several generous authors. And I also wanted to share some great book prices as well as some photos from the Tough Mudder competition last month AND news of a special giveaway that I am doing for my upcoming Ella Fitzgerald/Marilyn Monroe book.

The lovely Lydia Lukidis, author of NO BEARS ALLOWED, is giving away a PB manuscript critique.

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And the winner is: MARY NOON

The delightful Pj McIlvaine, author of LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE, is giving away two PB manuscript critiques.

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And the winners are: DIANE TULLOCH and CORINE TIMMER

The wonderful Gayle Krause, author of ONCE UPON A TWISTED TALE, is giving away either a copy of her awesome book OR a pb manuscript critique.

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And the winner is: DAVID MCMULLIN

Congratulations to all of the winners…and a huge thank you to the generous authors!

Please remember that the best gift we can give our favorite authors is to: buy their books, review their books, tell our friends about their books, and ask our local library to purchase copies for their collection.

Many of you may enjoy purchasing your picture books at local indie stores…I know I do. But sometimes, Amazon has a really great deal and it makes it hard to resist. Or sometimes, my local store doesn’t have a book in stock and I really want it quickly…that happened this weekend when I wanted to grab a copy of Anna Redding’s ELON MUSK: A MISSION TO SAVE THE WORLD because I wanted to read it with my grandson who was staying over for a couple of nights. And sure enough, it arrived Saturday morning…and we have already started reading it. The introduction talks about how actor Robert Downey, Jr. was going to be portraying Iron Man and wanted to get into the character of a real live billionaire entrepreneur so he met with Elon Musk. And my grandson, a fan of the Marvel Comic movie adventures, was able to rattle off the words from the movie that describe Tony Stark, the alter-ego of Iron Man – genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist – before I even read them!

While noodling around Amazon, I also noticed that PIPPA’S PASSOVER PLATE is only $8.02…oh my gosh. And SWEET DREAMS, SARAH is only $12.77. Plus FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK is reduced to $14.74. Honestly, I know it doesn’t seem possible, but even though we are in the dog days of summer here in New England – today was in the 90’s – it will be gift-giving time before you know it.

I’m also so excited about starting the new year with another picture book, MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, January 14, 2020) illustrated by Alleanna Harris. I did a cover reveal the other day – but here’s an inside spread, just to whet your appetite to see more!

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I’m going to be asking the incredibly talented Alleanna Harris if she’d like to stop by to chat here on Picture Books Help Kids Soar.  If you have any questions you’d specifically like to ask her, please put them in the comments and I will include them in the interview. PLUS, one lucky person will win a copy of this brand new book…as soon as I get my author copies, which might not be until close to the end of the year.

Last weekend, I accompanied my son and son-in-law and grandson to cheer them on for their Tough Mudder competition which took place in Chelton, Massachusetts. It was a beautiful day…until it wasn’t. What a torrential downpour! They had to stop the event for about an hour to wait out the thunder and lightning storm. But we all had a great time.

The rest of my summer will be kind of quiet, I think. Except for a trip to Colorado in late August, that is. I’m hoping to connect with some of you who live in and around the Denver area. And I’m also working on an R&R for an editor…fingers crossed that I revise in a way that makes her unable to resist.

What are your plans for the rest of the summer? Traveling? Or perhaps you are working and trying to squeeze in time to read or write.

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway of a copy of MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE. And if you have a question for illustrator Alleanna, please include that in your comment.

I hope you all have a beautiful week ahead of you!

Perfect Picture Book Friday: LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE Plus Double-Header PB Manuscript Critique Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

Today’s picture book is so darn relatable for kids – in fact, it stirs memories of my own. I’ll bet lots of you can remember family gatherings and wanting to sit at the ‘big’ table. Well, author Pj McIlvaine has tapped into those memories to create a story that is sure to strike a chord with everyone who reads it. And the lovely Pj is offering not one, but TWO Picture Book Manuscript Critiques as a giveaway!!!! So please make sure you leave a comment.

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LITTLE LENA AND THE BIG TABLE

Written by PJ McIlvaine

Illustrated by Leila Nabih

Published by Big Belly Books (2019)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Growing up, family

Synopsis: From Amazon

Little Lena has her heart set to sit at the big table. But every year her family tells her she’s just not big enough. Little Lena is determined to show everyone how big she is.

Why I love this book:

  • Sweet story about something most kids will be able to relate to
  • Charming illustrations with a hint of Mary Engelbreit
  • I think this will be a favorite at all holiday times and family gatherings

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Make a Placemat

pic-cutout-placematPhoto courtesy: https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/placematsartscraftideaskids.html

Kids love creating! They love cutting! They love pasting! And these placemats can be designed for any holiday or occasion. All you need: a sheet of paper, two sheets of wax paper for each placemat, pictures cut from magazines, catalogs, old greeting cards, glue, scissors. To make: cut pictures and glue in place on sheet of paper. Lay paper on one piece of wax paper which is about an inch wider and longer than the decorated paper and cover with the other piece of wax paper. The next step must be done by an adult!  Press a hot iron over the wax paper…the wax paper sheets will stick together all around the edges and will form a lovely waterproof placemat. For more detailed instructions and directions for other placemats: https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/placematsartscraftideaskids.html

And as much as kids love creating, they love feeling useful even more. Give your children’s self-esteem a boost by including them in the planning of your next family event. They can help with the shopping and with the food prep and with getting the house ready. Feeling useful and needed builds self-worth.

With the summer upon us, some things slow down while others speed up. Please don’t be too busy to take a few minutes to review a favorite book or recommend it to a friend or to your local library…other than buying the book (which is also a lovely thing to do), those are the best ways we can help our favorite authors!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I will be away in Massachusetts, cheering my son and son-in-law as they compete in the Tough Mudder. Here’s a  photo from last year’s event.

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: NO BEARS ALLOWED and Picture Book Manuscript CRITIQUE Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends!

Today is the first day of summer…and what could be a more perfect selection for our picture book review? Here’s a story about bears and summer and…well, you’ll find out.  Plus, to celebrate the summer solstice and the launch of this adorable book (July 1, 2019), the author, the lovely Lydia Lukidis, is offering a Picture Book Manuscript Critique as a giveaway! What a fabulous prize!

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NO BEARS ALLOWED

Written by Lydia Lukidis

Illustrated by Tara J. Hannon

Published by Blue Whale Press (2019)

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Overcoming fears, friendship

Synopsis: From Amazon:

“Rabbit is afraid of many things, but most of all he’s afraid of gigantic, monstery, BEARS! The very nervous Rabbit is soon confronted by his worst fear who appears to be far more interested in making new friends than causing Rabbit any real harm. Despite his apprehension, Rabbit agrees to join his jovial new acquaintance for dinner, but wait a minute . . . is Bear planning to “have” Rabbit for dinner? In this tender story about a very nervous rabbit and a lovable bear, Rabbit discovers that things aren’t always as scary as they seem, and sometimes you may just have more in common with others than you think.”

“Tara J. Hannon’s whimsical, fun, colorful drawings enhance a fine picture book story highly recommended for either independent pursuit by ages 4-7, or read-aloud pleasure.” — D. Donovan, Sr. Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

“This adventure offers an effective brain exercise in graphic storytelling for young readers. . .” — Kirkus Reviews

Why I love this book:

  • Love the refrain about the pointy teeth and sharp claws
  • Love the humor
  • Love the simple message of friendship helping to conquer fears
  • Bold, bright kid-friendly illustrations will have children turning the pages

RELATED ACTIVITIES

paper-bag-puppet-bear-craft-for-kidsPhoto courtesy: https://www.craftymorning.com/paper-bag-bear-puppet-kids-make/

I think you all know how much I love paper bag crafts…inexpensive and so easy for the little ones to work with. For detailed instructions: https://www.craftymorning.com/paper-bag-bear-puppet-kids-make/

For more information about this talented author, please visit: http://lydialukidis.com/

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And remember, Lydia is giving away a picture book critique…which is AWESOME! Just leave a comment below…and don’t forget the best way to let our favorite authors know how much we love their books is to: buy their books, review their books on Amazon, Goodreads, and other review sites, tell friends about the books, and ask our libraries to purchase copies for their collections.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Gayle C. Krause: Will Write for Cookies plus Giveaway

WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES

 

Plate of Cookies

INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION

FOR WRITERS

TODAY’S GUEST

GAYLE C. KRAUSE

I run into today’s Will Write for Cookies guest at so many kidlit online forums, and I even got to meet her at a conference a couple of years ago. But I got to know her a bit better through our interactiion in the #PictureBookBuzz debut picture book author group this year with her beautiful book, DADDY, CAN YOU SEE THE MOON?

As a Master Educationalist, Gayle C. Krause has taught Children’s Literacreative writing, and storytelling techniques to prospective teachers and children’s authors. Her work has been nominated for the Boston Globe /Horn Book and The International Reading Association Award. She’s a PAL member of SCBWI, the 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge, a past member of the Historical Novel Society, and The Poets’ Garage. She serves on Angie Karcher’s Rhyming Revolution Committee, selecting the best nationally acclaimed rhyming picture book award from 2015-2018. Ms. Krause writes Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels. Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary Agency represents her. You can find the latest news about her books at www.gayleckrause.com Continue reading

Will Write and Illustrate for Cookies: Raven Howell and Carina Povarchik PLUS Double Giveaway

WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES

Plate of Cookies

INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION

FOR WRITERS

Carina Povarchik self portraitRaven Howell portrait by Carina

TODAY’S GUESTS

CARINA POVARCHIK AND RAVEN HOWELL

(That’s Carina up top and Raven below – both portraits were created by Carina)

KABOOM! This is going to be an explosively awesome post, my friends! So much talent in one spot – I feel blessed to Continue reading