#50PreciousWords Writing Contest & More

Every year since 2016, author Vivian Kirkfield hosts #50PreciousWords. The requirements are: Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, that has a total word count of 50 or less. Check out all the sure-to-be-super stories here. This is my third year participating. In 2019, my story To the Tip-Top! was one of …

Valentine’s Day Books We Love AND Valentiny Contest!

I’ve always loved holiday picture books, and there’s something so sweet and special about reading Valentine’s Day stories with little ones in February. Here are some fun ones! Today is also the day Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny contest opens up! I love Susanna’s contests and have been participating happily since December of 2018. You can …

Happy World Read Aloud Day!

February 3 is World Read Aloud Day! Click here for wonderful literacy activities from LitWorld. I tend to check out huge #kidlitbookstacks each time I visit my local library. It’s fun for me to see which books get the “Let’s read it again” stamp of approval from my little ones. In honor of this special …

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Review

Today, January 29, 2021, is Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Lump Lump and the Blanket of Dreams is written by Gwen Jackson and illustrated by Lissa Calvert. I was gifted a copy of the book for Multicultural Children’s Book Day. The Story: Winter is coming, but the little black bear, Lump Lump, isn’t ready to go …

The Story of Leonardo Da Vinci by Ciara O’Neal Review, Plus Thursday Read-Throughs

I’m delighted to share my review of this book: The Story of Leonardo Da Vinci: A Biography for New Readers is written by my Critique Sister and longtime writer buddy, Ciara O’Neal! The engaging illustrations throughout the book are created by the talented Pearl Law. “A Biography Book for New Readers” is a perfect description. …

Twenty-Five Days of Christmas Books

This year I tried the 25 Days of Christmas Books with my two small children. I opted out of wrapping 25 books and leaving them under the tree, because they would have all been unwrapped on the first day. Instead, every morning in December, I set out a stocking under our tree with a new …

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