Happy Book Birthday: SOME DADDIES Plus PB Critique Giveaway

I always have a smile on my face when a new book launches! It’s kind of like a baby shower, right? And today we are singing happy birthday to a very special book baby, written by the lovely Carol Gordon Ekster and illustrated by Javiera Maclean Alvarez and published by Beaming Books! And guess what? Carol is offering a PB CRITIQUE as a giveaway! Make sure you read the end of the blog post to check out how to enter for a chance to win.

Here’s a little bit about the book from the Amazon sales page:
Every daddy is different–and that makes them even more special!

“Some daddies teach you about the world. Others attend tea parties. Some help turn blankets into forts. Others hold you steady while you pedal.”

This rollicking showcase of daddies celebrates the incredible diversity of modern fathers. The inclusive cast of characters–including a two-dad family, a single dad, and a stay-at-home dad–highlights the bond between daddy and child as they play, learn, comfort, and laugh their way through everyday life. This open-hearted ode to fatherhood will give readers new appreciation for how their own fathers and father-figures shine in their own unique ways.

Some Daddies is the perfect gift for a new dad, Father’s Day, or any occasion for parents and educators to read with their kids. Carol Gordon Ekster’s playful text is illustrated with the quirky, colorful artwork of Javiera Maclean Alvarez, making this picture book a wonderful read-aloud.

I’m so in love with the amazing diversity of the illustrations – and the text is so much fun that kids will want to hear this story over and over.

And the lovely Carol was kind enough to stop by with a few words about a challenge she encountered on the path to publication for this book – get your box of tissues ready, folks:
CAROL: I know many authors have challenges along the way…it was delayed a year because of covid, and it was dedicated to my elderly dad, so I was disappointed when it was delayed because his health was declining. He passed away in 2021 and did not get to see the book, but he did know about the deal. He was SOME daddy! 

ME: Oh dear…I am so sorry to hear that you weren’t able to put a copy of the book into his hands, Carol. But I’m glad he knew about the deal…and you are celebrating his life with this story! What a tribute!

And here is a lovely trailer for the book:

The book is available in bookstores TODAY!!!! And remember – the way to support your favorite books and ensure that publishers will keep creating ones just like them is to:
* Buy them
* Review them
* Ask local libraries to purchase copies for their collection
*Tell friends about them

And just a note about something coming up tomorrow…I’ll be chatting on #ReadYourWorld Instagram Live at 3pm ET…I hope some of you will tune in – and hopefully I’ll figure out how to connect!

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Please make sure to leave a comment and then share this post on Twitter or Facebook or any other social media to be entered in the giveaway…and, and if you tag a friend or two or three, you will get extra tickets in the giveaway hat!

Perfect Picture Book Friday: YOU KNOW WHAT? PLUS Critique Giveaway

Hello dear friends! 

Somehow, the day has almost gotten away from me. But it’s Perfect Picture Book Friday and I wanted to make sure that I shared a picture book that will be a wonderful addition to every young child’s library. Plus, author Carol Gordon Ekster has offered to donate a picture book manuscript critique as a giveaway! Woo-hoo! So please make sure you leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win it!

You Know What

YOU KNOW WHAT?

Written by Carol Gordon Ekster

Illustrated by Nynke Talsma

Published by Clavis Group (2017)

Ages: 3-7

Themes: Bedtime, Procrastination, Curiosity

Synopsis: 

From Amazon: Oliver should go to sleep. But there is so much he wants to tell his mother about: what happened that day at school, the things he read in books, everything he sees around him.
A touching and familiar picture book about (postponing) the ritual of going to sleep.

Why I like this book:

  • I have three children and I remember the words, “You know what?” because they were the words my kids used to put off their bedtime. They all knew their mommy loved to engage in conversation (yup…I haven’t changed) and they knew I would never cut off their curiosity. This is a book that will strike a chord with every parent and every child.
  • Great illustrations that show Oliver in all of his bedtime preparations…kids will identify with his routine.
  • Filled with heart and humor.

RELATED ACTIVITIES:

Make a bedtime routine chart

Bedtime-Routine-side-by-side

Photo courtesy: https://bitzngiggles.com

I think if you surveyed parents, one of the most difficult tasks for them is getting the kids to bed. One thing that helps is to put routines in place. And here’s a super cool chart that you can make with your kiddos. For detailed instructions, please go to: https://bitzngiggles.com/printable-bedtime-routine-charts/

Thank you for spending some of your precious time here, dear friends. I hope you’ll hop over to author Melissa Stoller’s blog on Monday because I’ll be stopping by there to chat about my writing process and more. Here is a link to her website, but my post won’t be up until the 26th. https://www.melissastoller.com/

I’m kind of sad to say goodbye to February…but I am so looking forward to the beginning of March because that will mean it is time for the #50PreciousWords Writing Challenge.  Please come back on Friday, March 2nd when we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with our 50-word stories. I’m excited to read all of your precious words!

And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the picture book manuscript critique from Carol.