Hello dear friends! I hope you haven’t given up on me. With a March 1st deadline, I’ve been writing and revising for the past three weeks. I’m happy to say that four of the manuscripts for the compilation book are already on the editor’s desk. I have one more ready to go, another almost there, a third that needs a bit more research, and a fourth…well…let’s just say that one is still a rough draft.
January was also Tara Lazar’s STORYSTORM challenge and I now have a notebook with 30+ new story ideas. If you didn’t get a chance to hop over to read my post, you can click here. I shared how I got ideas for all of the books that are now under contract – and a few that are out on submission. If you are writing with the view to getting traditionally published, I urge you to read Jane Yolen’s post – I am always inspired by her words.
Speaking of being inspired…our Perfect Picture Book Friday selection does exactly that! The text by award-winning author Sigrid Schmalzer is glorious and the illustrations by debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan are incredible!
MOTH AND WASP, SOIL AND OCEAN: Remembering Chinese Scientist Pu Zhelong’s Work for Sustainable Farming
Written by Sigrid Schmalzer
Illustrated by Melanie Linden Chan
Published by Tilbury House Publishers (2018)
Themes: Sustainable farming, Chinese culture, conservation
Why I like this book:
- A true gem of history that will inspire adults and kids
- A beautiful diverse story that will help children get a better picture of life in other places and times
- Incredible illustrations from debut picture book illustrator Melanie Linden Chan…just incredible!
- I love the message of sustainable farming!
Photo courtesy: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/
One of the favorite activities of my kinders was planting seeds. They loved getting their hands in the soil, pressing the small beans, peas, or other seeds with their fingers. Best of all, the loved watching the little green sprouts push up and flourish. For detailed instructions, go here: https://www.prekinders.com/category/themes/plants-seeds/
And while you are there, why not check out her Valentiny Contest that starts soon!
And last, but definitely not least, if you’d like to get a peek at the 2018 Debut Picture Books, please visit the Epic Eighteens website.
I hope you all have a wonderful and safe weekend. Stay warm or stay cool, whichever you prefer.
Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. I missed last week, so we have some giveaways to award before we get to the special book featured today.
From author Nancy Churnin – a copy of CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT. And the winner is…
From author/illustrator Jeanette Bradley – a copy of LOVE, MAMA. And the winner is…
From author Kerri Kokias – a PICTURE BOOK MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE. And the winner is…
I’m so excited about the coming year…so many fabulous picture books are debuting…and I hope to share many of them with you.
LET THE CHILDREN MARCH
Written by Monica Clark-Robinson
Illustrated by Frank Robinson
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Young Readers (2018)
Themes: Civil Rights, segregation
I couldn’t go to their schools.
I couldn’t drink from their water fountains.
There were so many things I couldn’t do.
- I love stories that inspire children to become doers as well as dreamers.
- I love books that bring history alive for young readers.
- I love illustrations that capture our attention…and our hearts.
- I love when the partnership of author and illustrator works as it does so beautifully in this book.
- No doubt about it…this is a 5-STAR picture book…don’t miss it!
Photo courtesy: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog
Martin Luther King Day may have passed, but it’s never to late to celebrate diversity. Kids will love tracing their hand prints. For a classroom, why not have kids trace as many hand prints as there are kids and decorate them. Then kids can trade, so each child has a wreath made from hand prints of the entire class.
Thank you all for stopping by…I appreciate your time and your company! I’ve been less active on social media because I’ve been writing and revising…but I’ve been keeping up with STORYSTORM. Each day, another author shares how they get ideas for stories. My notebook is filling up and I’m so excited about that. I’m also excited because on January 25th, it will be my turn to share my thoughts with everyone. I hope you’ll all stop by Tara’s blog to say hello!
And for more perfect picture book reviews, please visit Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog where all lovers of picture books join her Perfect Picture Book Friday link up.