MELISSA STOLLER: Will Write for Cookies Plus Giveaway


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Perfect Picture Book Friday: PLANTING FRIENDSHIP: Peace, Salaam, Shalom

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. Today’s featured book is very special for several reasons. It’s all about kindness, compassion, and inclusion. It about how friendship can blossom among people of different cultures and religions. And, it’s written by THREE AMAZING AUTHORS, Callie Metler Smith, Melissa Stoller, and Shirin Shamsi.


Written by Callie Metler Smith, Melissa Stoller, and Shirin Shamsi

Illustrated by: Kate Talbot

Published by Spork/Clear Fork (2021)

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Friendship, inclusion, diversity

Synopsis: From Amazon:
When they meet on the first day of school, three girls realize they are different from each other – Molly is Christian, Savera is Muslim, and Hannah is Jewish. Through a class planting project, the girls’ friendship blossoms, and they learn they are more alike than they thought. Written by three women authors from the same faith traditions as the girls in the story, this book brings more kindness and understanding into the world.

Why I Love This Book:
1. I love that three authors, each identifying with a different religion, got together, worked together, and wrote together to create this book about friendship, inclusion, and diversity.
2. The story is one that young kids can identify with – real-life and relevant situations that they will recognize.
3. The illustrations are engaging and help the young reader/listener keep pace with the story and look forward to turning the pages. And there is a lot to notice on each page!

To learn more about these three amazing authors and the talented illustrator, check out a wonderful interview on Ellen Leventhal’s blog.


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Check out this website for tons of craft activities and other projects to promote friendship, kindness, and compassion:

I’ve already got my copy of PLANTING FRIENDSHIP, but if you are looking for where you can get yours, please check your local indie or
And remember, beautiful books need our help so that publishers will make more of them. Share the post on your social media platforms, tell friends about this book, and ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection!

For more wonderful picture book recommendations and resources for kids, please check out Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday post.

I’m also going to be sharing this book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day on January 28th…check out the FREE resources for parents and teachers – and join in the Twitter party to win books on January 28:

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.

MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.

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FREE RESOURCES from Multicultural Children’s Book Day

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Join us on Friday, Jan 29, 2021, at 9 pm EST for the 8th annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day Twitter Party! Be sure and follow MCBD and Make A Way Media on Twitter!

This epically fun and fast-paced hour includes multicultural book discussions, addressing timely issues, diverse book recommendations, & reading ideas.

We will be giving away an 8-Book Bundle every 5 minutes plus Bonus Prizes as well! *** US and Global participants welcome. **

Follow the hashtag #ReadYourWorld to join the conversation, connect with like-minded parts, authors, publishers, educators, organizations, and librarians. See you all very soon on Twitter!

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend. Please stop by tomorrow for Will Write for Cookies and a Q&A with Maxine Schur and Milanka Reardon.

Perfect Picture Book Friday: NO VOICE TOO SMALL Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. It’s a double-header weekend again…with a Trifecta Will Write for Cookies post tomorrow – an interview with all three of the fabulous authors of this wonderful book. And, if you leave a comment, you’ll have a chance to win a copy of this fabulous book!

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