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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

Happy Birthday to Love!

There’s nothing quite as exciting as the day your book is released into the world. I’m thrilled that today my little book that’s packed with love, snuggles and cuddles can be in the actual hands of young children!

Happy birthday, Love Can Come in Many Ways! (I feel like breaking out in song…”Happy birthday to you…”). A huge hug to those who collaborated on this book–Suzy Ultman (illustrator), Ariel Richardson (editor) and the team at Chronicle Books! Mwahh!!!

To order, please click HERE.

Book Giveaway: LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS by Terry Pierce

Hop on over to Kathy Temean’s blog today, Writing & Illustrating, for an interview and book giveaway!

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Terry Pierce has written a new board book, LOVE CAN COME IN MANY WAYS, illustrated by Suzy Ultman and published by Chronicle Books. The book comes out on October 20th. Terry 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 Terry and Suzy.

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BOOK GIVEAWAY! Love Can Come in Many Ways

I want to spread some love and get the word out about Love Can Come in Many Ways so I’m doing a book giveaway over on Twitter until midnight tonight (Saturday, October 17)!

My Twitter handle is @terrycpierce. All you have to do to enter is: 1) follow me, 2) retweet, and 3) tag a friend. (sorry, USA only). I’ll announce the winner on Sunday!

Hope to see you there!

Book Giveaway: HOP TO IT by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong

A perfect book to get kids (and grown ups!) moving. Written by an extraordinary stable of poets!

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Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have compiled a new anthology, HOP TO IT: POEMS TO GET YOU MOVING, illustrated by Franzi Paetzold and published by Pomelo Books.

They have agreed to share a copy of the book to 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 the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Sylvia and Janet!

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October 8 – Get Ready for Halloween with This Book Round-Up

Celebrate Picture Books has shared a terrific list of Halloween picture books and board books. Enjoy!

You’ll find plenty of shivers and chills, ghosts and giggles in these books and crafts that are just right for the season. 

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Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser

By Ged Adamson

There’s a wonderful free-range silliness to Ged Adamson’s books that brings a smile to your face as you read them. The great thing is that they are based on a kernel of truth, which anchors the story and gives it broader resonance. In the case of Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser it’s a fear of haircuts—a scenario I know well from my own son who for a time received his cuts from a very understanding woman who sat with him on the salon’s play rug while she cut his hair. Adamson’s knack with humorous and believable dialogue paired with laugh-inducing action makes the story a page-turner with the kind of suspense that keeps kids giggling from the first…

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