Perfect Picture Book Friday: MISSING VIOLET Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I probably connected with the author of today’s featured book during one of the #50PreciousWords contests (which is coming up soon – March 3-5 – so please stay tuned for details). I don’t know if Kelly Swemba entered a form of MISSING VIOLET, but if she did, I’m sure it was a winner because it’s a wonderful story. The book launches on January 31 (Yup…just a few more days – but it’s available for PRE-ORDER at your local indie bookstores and Amazon). And the lovely Kelly is offering a giveaway – one lucky person is going to win a copy of MISSING VIOLET! Please make sure you leave a comment at the end of the post – and please share on your social media for extra tickets in the giveaway hat.


Written by Kelly Swemba

Illustrated by Fabiana Faiallo

Published by Beaming Books

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Loss, SEL, friendship

Synopsis: From Amazon:
Life is full of sunshine for inseparable friends Violet and Mia. Until one day, Violet leaves school sick and doesn’t get better. Without her best friend, Mia slips into a gloomy existence. As she moves through the stages of grief like the colors of a rainbow, Mia wonders if she will ever feel like herself again. When Mia reaches out to her classmates, she remembers what she loved most about Violet.

A sensitive and poignant story about the loss of a friend and experiencing the different stages of grief.

Why I Love This Book:
1. Beautifully told SEL story.
2. Illustrations truly capture the emotions of the main character and help the child reader connect.
3. I love stories that parents and teachers will also enjoy reading…this is definitely one of those.

And guess what? Author Kelly Swemba was kind enough to stop by to share a bit about her path to publication for this wonderful story!

KELLY: MISSING VIOLET follows Mia’s journey through grief after her best friend gets sick and doesn’t recover. Like the many colors in the rainbow, she experiences various emotions. I’ so grateful to Fabiana Faiallo for her vision of this story. She really poured so much into these characters and her details really bring the story alive. 

The most challenging part about this story was finding the best way to approach Violet’s death. I wanted to be very gentle with how I presented it, but also knew that I didn’t want any confusion. My wonderful editor Andrea Hall was with me every step of the way, and encouraged me to take another look at the scene. With her support and guidance, I was able to hopefully accomplish a balance of delicate truth. 

To learn more about Kelly and her books:
Kelly Swemba has been passionate about big feelings since she was little. She holds a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing, worked as a preschool intervention aide for children with autism, and is a special education secretary. She’s a member of SCBWI, 12×12, and Children’s Book Insider. Kelly lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. This is her first picture book.


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Please check out the post at this website: – there are so many activities that can help build friendships for your children. Here are a few:

  1. Write a friendship card or letter
  2. Make a friendship bracelet
  3. Friendship pictures
  4. Craft a friendship picturebook
  5. Play “Things we have in common”
  6. Make a friendship craft
  7. Go see a movie together
  8. Paint friendship rocks
  9. Write a story together

Please make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of MISSING VIOLET by Kelly Swemba. The best way we can help a favorite book become a success is to buy it, review it, share about it on social media, and request your local library purchase copies for their collection.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: CLOAKED IN COURAGE Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. You all know what a fan I am of nonfiction picture book bios that uncover little-known heroes and heroines. Today’s featured book definitely falls into that category. CLOAKED IN COURAGE: Uncovering Deborah Sampson, Patriot Soldier by one of my favorite authors and critique buddies, Beth Anderson, launches on November 15th – and I’m jumping for joy! And if you leave a comment and share the post on social media, you might be jumping for joy also because one lucky person is going to win a copy of this brand-new book!

CLOAKED IN COURAGE: Uncovering Deborah Sampson, Patriot Soldier

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: LIBRARY GIRL Plus Special Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. Today’s featured book is about a topic near and dear to my heart – librarians! Some of you might know that my very first real job was in the children’s section of the Midwood Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. And when I heard about this book, I knew it was one that I had to share with you. I connected with author Karen Henry Clark and because she is such a special person, I really connected with her. When you read the post, I think you will connect with her, too. She kind and talented and generous…please make sure you leave a comment and share the post for more tickets in the giveaway hat because she is offering a copy of this beautiful book AND a super hero figure of librarian Nancy Pearl!!!!! YES! There is a super hero action figure of Nancy Pearl, Librarian!!!!

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