BENSON SHUM: Will Write/Illustrate for Cookies PLUS Giveaway

WILL WRITE FOR COOKIES

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FOR WRITERS, ILLUSTRATORS, PARENTS, TEACHERS, LIBRARIANS, AND BOOK LOVERS EVERYWHERE

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Perfect Picture Book Friday: I WISH YOU KNEW Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends!

Today’s featured book is going to touch your heart – and if you leave a comment and share the post on social media, you might be the lucky winner of the copy of I WISH YOU KNEW that author Jackie Azua Kramer.

Launching May 25, 2021

I WISH YOU KNEW

Written by Jackie Azua Kramer

Illustrated by Magdalena Mora

Published by Roaring Brook Press

Ages: 4-7

Themes: Deportation, immigration, family

Synopsis: From Amazon:

When Estrella’s father has to leave because
he wasn’t born here, like her,
She misses him.
And she wishes people knew the way it affects her.
At home. At school.
Always.
But a school wrapped around a hundred-year-old oak tree is the perfect place to share and listen.
Some kids miss family,
Some kids are hungry,
Some kids live in shelters.

But nobody is alone.

A story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty.

OH MY GOODNESS…this is a must-have book for schools and homes and libraries! And there is also a version in Spanish!

To find out more about the author:

Jackieazuakramer.com Twitter @jackiekramer422 Instagram

RELATED ACTIVITIES

Photo courtesy: https://fourlittlefive.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/my-listening-ear/

Make a Pair of Listening Ears: Why not make a pair for each member of the family – and when your child feels he or she isn’t being listened to, they can grab the listening ears and give it to the person they want to talk with. Or make a game for the family – during story time or discussion time, everyone wears the listening ears except for the person who is speaking. For detailed instructions on how to make this craft: https://fourlittlefive.wordpress.com/2012/12/05/my-listening-ear/

Please remember that the best way to thank an author for a book that you love is to buy the book, review the book (reviews REALLY help), tell friends about the book, ask your local library to purchase copies for their collection.

And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway! Did you ever feel you weren’t being listened to? Please share.

I hope you all have a beautiful weekend. Please stay safe and be well and stop by tomorrow when author Katie Frawley comes by to chat.

Happy Book Birthday: LOVE, MAMA Plus Giveaway

I LOVE PICTURE BOOKS!
SO OF COURSE, I LOVE CELEBRATING NEW ONES!

CONGRATULATIONS

AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR JEANETTE BRADLEY!

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 Written and illustrated by Jeanette Bradley

Published by Roaring Brook Press (January 2018)

Ages: 2-6

Themes: Parent/child relationship

Synopsis: From Amazon:

With a heartwarming story and tender illustrations, Jeanette Bradley’s debut picture book Love, Mama is perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and any day when a child needs a reminder of the strength of a mother’s love.

When Mama leaves her young penguin Kipling, he knows she’ll return home soon―yet he still can’t help but miss her. After all, Pillow Mama won’t read, Picture Mama won’t laugh, and Snow Mama is too cold to cuddle.

But then Kipling receives a special delivery from Mama, including a note that reads:

My love for you stretches across the wide ocean, 
through day and night, 
from earth to sky 
and back again.

And Kipling knows that no matter where Mama is, he is loved. Soon, Mama comes home, and Kipling ends the day where he belongs―right in her arms.

Why I like this book:

  • Heartwarming text…sparse yet beautiful lyrical language

  • Super illustrations engage the reader from the first page turn to the last

  • I love books that give children confidence in the love of their parents…and the realization that even if parents leave (for a day of work or for the night when they go to sleep) they will be back!

  • The perfect book for Valentine’s Day and a new favorite of mine for bedtime storytime.

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TREASURE BOX

Jeanette was kind enough to share a super fun activity with us!

You can print out the template here: 

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What you need:

 

Small cardboard box

Paper for cutting out hearts (see templates)

Used postage stamps cut off envelopes

Glue stick

Stamps and stamp pad for “cancelling” the stamps

“Treasures” to put in the box, like rocks, feathers, pom poms, buttons, beads, or other found objects

 

Cut stamps off envelopes, or use Easter Seals:
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Print out the heart template on pink paper, if you have it:
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Cut out hearts:
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Glue old postage stamps onto box using glue stick.  Then “cancel” the stamps with whatever rubber stamps you have on hand
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Write a love note to someone you love:
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Fill your box with treasures, add your heart, and give it to someone special!
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I hope all of you will join me in celebrating the debut picture book authors and illustrators of the wonderful stories that will be coming this year. I’ll be shining the spotlight on them for book birthdays and for Perfect Picture Book Fridays.

But as parents or teachers or just picture book lovers, do you ever wonder how you can help your favorite authors?

1. One of the best ways is to post a review on Amazon, Goodreads, and other book review sites. 

2. Ask your local library to order the book…many libraries honor patron requests and some even have online request forms.

3. Buy a copy of the book.

4. And most importantly…TALK ABOUT THE BOOK…to friends, family, and anyone who will listen!

Please leave a comment below to be entered in a drawing for the copy of LOVE, MAMA that author/illustrator Jeanette is graciously giving away.

To learn more about Jeanette and her work and to download an educational guide for the book: http://www.jeanettebradley.com/

And just a few more important notes:

1. I’m participating in Julie Hedlund’s 12 Days of Christmas...an inspiring challenge to help kick off your writing year by looking back on 2017 and looking ahead to what you hope to accomplish in 2018.

2. Tara Lazar’s StoryStorm started yesterday…and I’ll be joining in as a participant as well one of the guest bloggers…I’m up on January 25th…I hope you’ll register and stop by as many days as you can on Tara’s blog…there are prizes and inspiring posts. In fact, two of my book deals this year were PiBoIdMo/Storystorm ideas from years past and in my post, I’ll be talking about how to take an idea to a published book.

3. I just received the color layouts for Sweet Dreams, Sarah…although there are still some tweaks needed…I’ve got my eyes on the October 2018 launch date, but am open to the possibility the book might not pub until Jan/Feb 2019. In which case I might just have FOUR books launching in ONE year. I will definitely need your help!

I’m looking forward to a stellar year with all of you!

Thank you for joining me on this grand adventure!