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
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends! This is the FIRST post of the new year!
I’m so excited about this book…for many reasons. The subject of the story is an amazing woman! The author and her publisher are generously offering a copy of the book as a giveaway! And the text and illustrations are INCREDIBLE! You are in for a real treat. Continue reading
Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year. Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2019. Continue reading
Hello dear friends!
I’m out and about again…right now, in Philadelphia, enjoying a whole bunch of family time. I’m staying with a cousin who has a Thanksgiving meal planned for twenty-one people – that’s a whole lot of meal-planning, for sure!
But just a few days ago, I was in Baltimore at the #NCTE…the National Council of Teachers of English…one of the biggest and best teacher’s Continue reading
WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES
INSIGHT – INFORMATION – INSPIRATION
Katrina and I have a lot in common. We both have a masters in education, love to write picture books, are LIttle Bee Books sisters, and are members of the #Newin19 debut picture book author and illustrator group. And teaching is close to our hearts…although Katrina is still knee deep (or perhaps shoulder high, depending on what grade she teaches and how tall/short she is) in the classroom.
Katrina Moore writes and teaches in New Jersey. Her mission is to Continue reading
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!
Written by Katrina Moore
Illustrated by Julia Woolf
Published by Katherine Tegen Books (2019)
Ages: 3 and up
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
Hug Coupon Booklet
This is the actual Valentine my oldest son created for me in 1989 – complete with HUG PASS!
This 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.