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 …

Candy Cane Clara: Holiday Helpers Writing Contest #3

This is my third (and final) story for Susanna Hill’s Holiday Helpers contest for children’s writers. CANDY CANE CLARA By Sarah Meade Word Count: 250 Clara loved candy canes.  Their bright stripes, sweet smell, and handy hooks.   She kept every candy cane she received, but she never, ever ate them. One day Clara decided to …

Mila & the Missing Baby Jesuses: Holiday Helpers Writing Contest #2

 Mila and the Missing Baby Jesuses By Sarah Meade Word Count: 250 When we give Grandma the Nativity, her eyes shine.  I wish she’d smile, instead of crying. Grandpa always gave her a Nativity set.  But this is our first Christmas without Grandpa. Evan and I place the pieces. “Ready to bake cookies?” asks Mom.  …

A Gummy Goose for Good Luck: Holiday Helpers Writing Contest #1

It’s time once again for another one of Susanna Hill’s wonderful writing contests! This is the tenth year of the holiday contest and my third year participating. The 2018 holiday contest was my first kid lit writing contest ever. The rules are to write a holiday story for children (ages 12 and under) that involves …

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