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A Day With No Crayons - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Some of my most interesting evenings have been spent "camping" in the family room, around a fire, when the power went out. Building Lego cities into the evening, playing card games and reading by the light of a lantern, everything just seemed magical. As long as the power didn't remain out for too long. Minor deprivations often resulted in new games, fun with old, forgot toys, and a jump start to our imaginations. The same thing happened to Liza when her crayons were banned for a day. Though this is a bit of an older book, I really like its message on creativity and exploring outdoors. A Day With No Crayons Written by Elizabeth Rusch Illustrated by Chad Cameron Publisher: Rising Moon (2007

Reading For Research Month Challenge - #ReFoReMo

Registration is Open! Come join us for Carrie Charlie Brown's fun month of reading and discussing picture books. Participating for the past two years, I found the posts by authors and illustrators to be educational and helpful, the camaraderie of the participants to be inspiring, and the book list to be worth it's weight in gold. This is the perfect way to start your Spring. Go to: and register to join in the fun!

Valentiny Contest Entry: Class Valentines

As an extra post … here is my story for Susanna Leonard Hill’s 2nd Annual Valentiny Contest. As a bit of background, here are the rules for this competition: Write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone is confused! Your story can be poetry or prose, sweet, funny, surprising or anything in between, but it will only count for the contest if it includes someone confused (can be the main character but doesn’t have to be) and is 214 words (get it? 2/14 for Valentines Day You can go under the word count but not over! (Title is not included in the word count.) Class Valentines (213 words) “Today will be fun!”

The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Denmark - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

What a crazy week. In addition to biggest snow storm in Western Washington, since 2012 and of course politics, two of my favorite bookstore branches closed. I loved these stores. My family loved these stores. One had a beautiful fireplace and held wonderful author events, both individual signings and SCBWI events. It was also a great place for critique group meetings. I often found treasures there that were not in other bookstores. The second store was where my kids and I celebrated the Harry Potter midnight releases. These were neighborhood bookstores that played a big part in our family's life. They will be missed and their closing will be mourned. While I wondered through a sale at one cl

A Friend For Mole - Perfect Picture Book Friday #PPBF

Sometimes the most amazing things happen when when you resist fear and take a chance to listen and to help someone else. A Fiend For Mole Author & Illustrator: Nancy Armo Publisher: Peachtree (2016) Ages: 4-6 Fiction Themes: Friendship, conquering fear of the dark and of being lost, and diversity. Synopsis (From Amazon): A Friend for Mole features an adorable Mole and his experience after he decides to leave his dark and cozy burrow. Struggling with his overwhelming fear of the unknown, Mole stumbles across a friendly Wolf who is trying to conquer fears of his own. As they keep each other company and learn from one another, the two discover that friendship can be one of the strongest shield

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