Perfect Picture Book Friday: FREE FOR YOU AND ME Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I’m just catching my breath becasue #50PreciousWords closed last night at 11:59pm…a couple of stats for you…over 375 entries, over 3000 comments and counting because I know in the next two weeks, many of you will be reading through these fabulous stories and I’ve only commented on a few so far, 24 prizes, and  4 judges who will be burning the midnight oil for the next two weeks…look for the winners’ post on March 21.

I’m really excited about our perfect picture book today…written by a dear friend, Chris Mihaly, it examines the importance of the First Amendment. And she is giving away a copy of this wonderful book to one lucky winner…so don’t forget to leave a comment and share the post on social media.

FREE FOR YOU AND ME

Written by Christy Mihaly

Illustrated by Manu Montoya

Published by Albert Whitman (2020)

Ages: 6-10

Themes: First Amendment Rights, freedom, government

Synopsis: From Amazon

It’s a free country! But what does that mean? Find out the five liberties protected by the First Amendment. Vivid examples from history and everyday life demonstrate the meaning of freedom of religion, speech, and the press, and the rights to assemble peacefully and to petition the government.

Why I Love This Book:

  • Fascinating info…when I was a kid, I read the Encyclopedia Britannica for fun…I would have LOVED this book!
  • Great illustrations…they will keep the kids turning the pages for more.
  • It’s so important for our children to have a strong understanding of why our freedoms are so important – they will be the ones insuring that these freedoms are protected in the years to come!

Related Activities

Make Your Own Campaign Poster

campaign posterPhoto courtesy: https://www.education.com/activity/article/make-your-own-campaign-poster/

For detailed instructions and lessons plans: https://www.education.com/activity/article/make-your-own-campaign-poster/

Here are a couple of websites with great info for kids about the First Amendment:

https://www.ducksters.com/history/us_government/first_amendment.php

https://mtsu.edu/first-amendment/post/457/the-12-best-sites-for-teaching-the-first-amendment

For more wonderful picture book reviews, please hop over to Susanna Hill’s blog.

And more good news…leave a comment and share the post on social media for chances to win a copy of the book thanks to author Chris Mihaly.

Remember, dear friends, the best way we can thank our favorite authors is to:

Buy their books

Review their books

Tell friends about their books

Ask our local library to purchase copies for their collection

And please don’t forget to enjoy all of the wonderful #50PreciousWords stories…leaving a positive comment will give a great boost to the confidence of our kidlit writers! https://viviankirkfield.com/2020/02/29/50preciouswords-2020-contest-is-officially-open/

Perfect Picture Book Friday: NUMBERS IN MOTION: Sophie Kowalevski, Queen of Mathematics

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends.

Our story today is written by one of my nonfiction picture book idols, Laurie Wallmark. Last November, I got to have dinner with her at the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference…what fun!

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NUMBERS IN MOTION: SOPHIE KOWALEVSKI – QUEEN OF MATHEMATICS

Written by Laurie Wallmark

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: BEAUTIFUL SHADES OF BROWN

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! 2020 seems to be a banner year for stories about strong women who engendered change in one way or another. And I’m so excited to review this particular book because it’s written by one of my favorite nonfiction picture book biography authors, the one and only Nancy Churnin!

BEAUTIFUL SHADES OF BROWN: THE ART OF LAURA WHEELER WARING

Written by Nancy Churnin

Illustrated by Felicia Marshall

Published by Creston Books (February 4, 2020)

Ages: 6-11

Themes: Discrimination, perseverance, art

Synopsis: From Amazon

Growing up in the late 19th century, Laura Wheeler Waring didn’t see any artists who looked like her. She didn’t see any paintings of people who looked like her, either. As a young woman studying art in Paris, she found inspiration in the works of Matisse and Gaugin to paint the people she knew best. Back in Philadelphia, the Harmon Foundation commissioned her to paint portraits of accomplished African-Americans. Her portraits still hang in Washington DC’s National Portrait Gallery, where children of all races can admire the beautiful shades of brown she captured.

Why I love this book

  • Well-paced lyrical narrative that engages the reader from the first page to the last
  • Glorious illustrations
  • I love true stories of perseverance and courage

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Paper Plate Self-Portraits

Photo courtesy: https://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-self-portrait-craft-kids/

I love using paper plates for art projects…they are inexpensive and so versatile.

For detailed instructions: https://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-self-portrait-craft-kids/

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And I hope you come back tomorrow for our VERY SPECIAL COVER REVEAL of TWO of Amber Hendricks’ upcoming books PLUS a SNEAK PREVIEW of our upcoming #50PreciousWords Contest and the list of prizes. PRIZES? You’d better believe there are prizes!

Perfect Picture Book Friday: MY FOOTPRINTS

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! I’m coming to you today to share a very special picture book that is part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day which is celebrated this year on January 31st.

The founders of MCBD, authors Mia Wenjen and Valarie Budayr, are all about diversity, and inclusion and making sure that all kids have books they can relate to, books they can see themselves in. I’ve been a proud sponsor of MCBD for several years and I love the books that they feature.

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: LIZZIE DEMANDS A SEAT Plus Giveaway of PB Critique or Book

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! I already know that today’s selection is going to be one of my favorite picture books of 2020 – the author, the talented Beth Anderson, is one of my critique buddies and I saw the early drafts of this story and loved it then. As most of you know, nonfiction pb bios are near and dear to my heart…and this one is about Elizabeth Jennings who fought for the right to ride the streetcars in New York City. And guess what? This amazing author is offering a giveaway and the winner gets to choose either a copy of the book OR a Picture Book Manuscript Critique…WOW! Please make sure you leave 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: GIRLS WITH GUTS Plus Very Special Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends!

This post is chock full…so hold on to your hats. But before we get to the review of this amazing #mightygirl book, I need to announce some winners of previous giveaways:

A few weeks ago, I reviewed a fabulous parody – GOODNIGHT BUBBALA, written by Shery Haft. Illustrator Jill Weber offered a prize of a copy of the book. And the winner is:

ARLENE SCHENKER!

And we also reviewed a wonderful #STEM picture book by Jenna Grodzicki – I SEE SEAFOOD. And the winner is:

JENNIFER MERRIFIELD!

Plus, we turned the spotlight on Dawn Prochovnic and her books, WHERE DO COWGIRLS GO POTTY and WHERE DO PIRATES GO POTTY. She offered a choice of giveaway…either an ARC of one of her books or a picture book manuscript critique…the winner decides which. And the winner is:

EILEEN MAYO

Congratulations, Arlene and Jennifer and Eileen. We’ll be in touch and make sure you receive your prizes!

Please help me give a huge round of applause to our authors and illustrators! Whether we are reviewing one of their picture books or meeting them during a Q&A, they are always gracious and generous with their time and expertise. And they are providing kids with wonderful books like today’s Perfect Picture Book Friday selection.

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GIRLS WITH GUTS: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records

Written by Debbie Gonzales

Illustrated by Rebecca Gibbon

Published by Charlesbridge (2019)

Ages: 6-9

Themes: #mightygirls, courage, sports

Synopsis: From Amazon:

No chasing! No stretching or straining! And never, ever sweat. These were the rules girls were forced to play by until Title IX passed in 1972. And it was a game-changer.

A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Girls With Guts! keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes.

“I find that this book tells the story of courageous and remarkable women that has brought the opportunities for today’s girls in a positive and fun way even though the fight has not always been easy. But this book captures history in way where the first thought is strength and will of these remarkable ladies.

It is also a good book to remind that it is not that long ago that we were in a very different situation still. A good reminder that even though there are still things and attitudes to change, women’s sport has come a long way to the point we had in Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games for the first time ever, 50/50 female and male athletes competing!”

—Emma Terho, a multiple-time Olympic and Women’s World Championship bronze medalist

Why I love this book:

  • I love books that provide role models for young kids.
  • I love books that inform and inspire…I learned a lot from this book – I think it has a place in every school library and home bookshelf.
  • The illustrations are fab: A ulous – full of action!

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

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The Big Kahuna: is a big activity guide for GIRLS WITH GUTS created by author Debbie Gonzales…it’s filled with lots of things to do with kids after you read the book.

I mentioned a VERY SPECIAL GIVEAWAY…Debbie has devoted a whole lot of time and thought to developing her own marketing program to spread the word about her books. And guess what? She’s sharing that with the world. WOW! And she’s offering an hour-long session as a giveaway to one lucky winner. Here’s a bit about what she has accomplished…take it away, Debbie!

DEBBIE:  I’d like to expound on the notion that “there are lots of ways to establish visibility that don’t feel icky and that are actually fun to do”.  For a year and a half before GIRLS WITH GUTS was published, I immersed myself in all things marketing. I read scads of books written by relationship marketing gurus – Micheal Hyatt, Tim Grahl, Derek Sivers, and Jeff Walker to name just a few. While doing so, the thought stuck me that others might like to know about things I’ve learned. As a result, I produced two online courses that were very well-received. And, much to my delight, these efforts paid off! Not only have I established a program based on the principles the gurus presented, the prelaunch sales numbers for my book were phenomenal! It worked!

Currently, I’m developing a program in which I coach authors how to gain clarity, focus, and the skills required to enhance visibility in the kidlit marketplace. The premise for this program is founded on building thoughtful personal and online relationships. To achieve this, we explore options that align with one’s digital skill set and circles of influence. Then, we discover avenues of opportunity to develop a publicity platform that feels authentic and sincere.  The process is remarkably painless. It’s true!

As a giveaway, I’d like to offer an hour-long strategy session during which we will explore options that are just right for you. Enter the drawing and let’s have some visibility platform building fun.

Isn’t that fabulous? Please leave a comment and most importantly, please share the post on any social media channels you have. And make sure you come back tomorrow when Debbie stops by to chat with us on Will Write for Cookies – and if you leave a comment and share that post, you get extra chances in the giveaway hat!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Thank you for spending your precious time with us.