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Book Giveaway: H IS FOR HONEY BEE by Robbyn Smith

A beautiful book about this tiny but powerful part of the ecosystem.

Writing and Illustrating

Robbyn Smith has written a new picture book, H IS FOR HONEY BEE, illustrated by Eileen Ryan Ewen and publish by Sleeping Bear Press. They have agreed to send a copy to the one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Robbyn and Eileen.

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Books to cuddle, snuggle, and hug by

More books to snuggle with your little ones!

Mom Read It

This is a tough time of year we’re going into. We want to hug people that we can’t. We want to see people in person, not through a device screen. We’ll get there. Until then, we have books to share with those we love. Let these snuggly books do the talking when your arms can’t; if you are lucky enough to have snuggly folx within your quarantine circle, then enjoy these books together.

You Are a Beautiful Beginning, by Nina Laden/Illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley,
(Aug. 2020, Roaring Brook Press), $18.99, ISBN: 9781250311832
Ages 3-6

If little ones ever needed inspiration and to hear about their incredible potential, this is the time. You Are a Beautiful Beginning is all about potential, with encouraging, rhyming phrases that are just what we all need to hear to keep us going: “It is not the number of pages. / It is the story…

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LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS, and so can Novelty Books (plus a giveaway)

Today, LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS is featured on Tara Lazar’s blog, Writing for Kids While Raising Them. And we’re doing a book giveaway!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

I have always loved novelty books—they are proof that big things come in small packages! With their brief yet powerful words, adorable pictures, and clever format, they are the book equivalent of a “fun size” candy bar. I’ve even tried to write a couple, but who knows if they’ll ever be published? I’m no Salina Yoon!

Today, author Terry Pierce tells us about her newest novelty book, illustrated by Suzy Ultman, and how it came to be.

Terry, I’ve often heard it’s extremely difficult to get a novelty book deal if you’re an author-only (and not an author-illustrator). Please tell us now that’s bunkum!

Oh, Tara, I wish I could tell you that’s bunkum, but I honestly have to say that LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS (as a novelty book) was an extremely happy accident. It began as a picture book, strangely, born out of politics. After the…

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More Board Books!

I’m so happy to see LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS reviewed on Mom Read It, today with a great collection of board books for babies and toddlers!

Mom Read It

I’m sorry I’ve been quiet for a few days, but this year has been… a lot. But I’m back and ready to bring you some of the cutest board books in my TBR. I know I gush about board books a lot, but they are just adorable, and they’ve grown so much over the last few years. They look at concepts in new ways and have gone beyond the basic “ABCs/123s” to give real storytelling fun for our youngest learners. Let’s see the ones I’ve got here.

My Big Family, by Jeffrey Turner, (Aug. 2020, Schiffer Publishing), $9.99, ISBN: 9780764360053

Ages 0-3

Meet Doodle, the Science Poodle, as she introduces her big, blended family to readers! Family members include one aardvark, eight llamas, nine elephants, and a bunch more. Bright, colorful digital illustrations and giant numbers let readers count each of the animals in Doodle’s family. A note about…

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Book Giveaway: Were I Not A Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry by Lisa Robinson

There aren’t many picture books on transgender subjects. Here’s a good one featured on Writing & Illustrating today.

Writing and Illustrating

Lisa Robinson has a new non-fiction picture book, Were I Not A Girl: The Inspiring and True Story of Dr. James Barry and illustrated by Lauren Simkin Berke. Lisa has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Lisa and Lauren.

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32 Steps to Revising Your First Draft

Today I shared some revision tips on Kathy Temean’s blog, Writing & Illustrating. Enjoy!

Writing and Illustrating

Nobody Ever Said Revision Would Be Easy:

32 Steps to Revising Your First Draft

By Terry Pierce

Writing is revising. It’s just that simple. Rarely does a writer create a story and not have to revise. Revisions occur during the writing process, and after we sell our work. We toil over a manuscript for months, even years, and after the elation of selling our work, there always comes the reality of more revision. An editor’s revision requests are usually specific to his/her/their publishing house’s interests, or perhaps his/her/their own ideas for how to strengthen the text. But here, I’ll talk about the revisions you might try while polishing your work to a sparkling gem!

Unlike first draft writing, which can be a purely right-brain creative process, revision is where writers roll up their sleeves, plunge their hands into the wet clay and then squeeze, twist, roll and contort their words…

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THE BOY AND THE GORILLA Tackles a Difficult Subject with Sensitivity and Skill

Another beautiful and timely picture book.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

In all the blog posts I’ve published in the last 13 years, I’ve never delved into one subject because I thought it was near impossible to successfully broach it in a picture book. But author Jackie Azùa Kramer has, and the result is miraculous.

The subtle coloring on the cover by illustrator Cindy Derby should give you a clue as to what awaits inside.

Jackie, death is the toughest subject to discuss with children. Why did you want to venture into that territory?

Sadly, the story was inspired by true events as a result of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 which left two little sisters fatherless. But if it’s all the same with you, Tara, I’d like to reframe your question.

Why not write stories that reflect a diversity of experiences that children are facing today? We are living through challenging and difficult times on so many levels. I have the…

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Book Giveaways!!!

Good things come in pairs. Well, I’m not sure if that’s a real saying, but today it’s true. To celebrate the release of Love Can Come in Many Ways, two fabulous bloggers are featuring the book and giving away TWO copies on each blog!

I had a lovely time chatting with Lindsay Ward at Critter Lit. I spoke about writing in general, my journey (some interesting tidbits for other writers), and Love Can Come in Many Ways, plus some other books. Please visit her site (and leave a comment and retweet to enter the contest!).

Kath Carroll over at the Celebrate Picture Books blog, in honor of National Youth Confidence Day, has featured Love Can Come in Many Ways–because creating strong loving bonds with children leads to happy, confident youths (and I’ll add, adults!). Kathy is giving away two copies of LOVE so be sure to visit this wonderful site and enter to win (Follow Celebrate Picture Books, retweet and as a bonus, reply with your child’s favorite animal for an extra entry).

If you’re not interested in winning a free copy and would like to purchase the book (because you want multiple copies to give away to all your friends with little ones ;-)), you can order it HERE.