Got Donuts? Celebrate National Donut Day.

JUNE 1, 2018 is National Donut Day.  Why not celebrate one of America’s favorite treats by making some of your own donuts?  This recipe, taken from http://www.BiggerBolderBaking.com  is a baked version you can jazz up however you like.  You don’t even need a donut pan for these yummy gems.

This easy to follow video lets you make these NO-KNEAD BAKED DONUTS – easy as 1, 2, 3.

Photo of Baked Mini Doughnuts by theauthenticnut

You can dust them with a cinnamon/sugar mix after baking or use the glaze recipes shown on the video.

Happy Donut Day!

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Good at Spelling? Check Out the 91st Spelling Bee.

Thursday, 5-31-2018 is the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals competition.  Students from all over the country will spell their hearts out to try and become the nations best speller for a cash prize of $40,000.000.

You can watch the action on ESPN.

For a printable list of the most frequently misspelled words: https://www.spelling-words-well.com/frequently-misspelled-words.html

The winning word for the 2017 contest was “marocain,” a dress fabric that is made of ribbed silk or rayon and a filling of other yarns. Check out highlights from the contest here: https://www.cnn.com/2017/06/01/us/national-spelling-bee-finals-winner/index.html

One of the hardest words for me to spell correctly is: diarrhea

Care to share the word that you have the most difficulty spelling?

Book Giveaway: 7Ate 9 by Tara Lazar

I never tire of hearing how fellow kid lit writer v got inspired to produce another great picture book for kids. Here’s Tara Lazar:

Writing and Illustrating

Tara Lazar’s 7 ATE 9: THE UNTOLD STORY was recently honored with the Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature by the Bank Street College of Education, as voted on by thousands of 1st and 2nd grade students across the US. She has agreed to giveaway a copy to one lucky winner.

All you have to do to get in the running is to 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 did to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

6 has a problem. Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If…

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It’s That Time Again: Farmer’s Market Season is Here!

Today I received one of my favorite e-mail messages: Local Organic Strawberries are here.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting these treasures right off the vines, you are missing one of nature’s most perfect culinary creations. Yes, you can buy organic strawberries in the grocery store. They’re fine…in a pinch.  But, if you can find local organic berries, walk, run, drive, fly to get them.  The season is short, so don’t wait.

 

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Now that even most urban areas have community gardens, the opportunities to “eat local” are better than ever. There are approximately 8,700 farmer’s markets nationwide. To find a market in your area visit: http://www.localharvest.org

If you’d like to try planting your own organic strawberries from starter seeds or kits:

Strawberries

 

StoryADay in May

perfect inspiration for wanna-be writers out there!

Helen Ishmurzin

In my excitement to finally be calling myself an author, I seem to be diving into every challenge, competition and cooperation that I come across. However, with two children under the age of 5, one of whom is still at home full-time, I need to start being a bit more selective about what I take on, as there are only so many hours in a naptime and evening. So when I read about StoryADay I was determined to give it a miss. Then I had an idea for a new story and spent half of the evening writing a first draft…

I don’t think I’ll attempt to write something new every day this time around, unless the muse finds me, but for those who are in a bit of a rut, or who would like to become a writer and have no idea where to start, StoryADay is a great…

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Author Kathleen Burkinshaw With a Discussion Guide for THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM.

One of the most timely and heart-wrenching middle-grade books I’ve recently read is THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM by Kathleen Burkinshaw.  It is my pleasure to feature the Discussion Guide for this book that should be in every classroom.

 

THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM       

Discussion Guide: By Kathleen Burkinshaw

1.Do you have relatives who were teens during WWII in the U.S.?  What were there worries or fears at that time? Were they similar to what the Japanese children felt? If different, how were they different?

2.Did you or someone you know have to deal with a new step family.  Was it difficult to meld the two households together? What made it easier? Did anything that made it easier surprise you?

  1. Yuriko, like many of us, hated change. How would you have handled the news about her family secrets, if it happened to you?
  2. Why do you think the author chose THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM for her title? What do you think it signifies?
  3. Cite specific examples from the book that show how protective Yuriko was of her Papa. Why do you think Sumiyo came to mean so much to Yuriko? How or when does this change occur?
  4. What aspects of Japanese culture were revealed in THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM?
  5. Which cultural details interested you the most? Which details surprised you the most of life in Japan during the war?
  6. How do you think the time period that THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM took place influenced Yuriko’s personality?

9.What did you know about Hiroshima Japan during WWII, before reading THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM?

10.Does reading THE LAST CHERRY BLOSSOM change your view on using nuclear weapons in the future? Why or Why not?

11.List the Statistics of Hiroshima and state which surprised you the most? Which surprised you the least? Why?

Kathleen Burkinshaw would love to hear from you. You can email her through her contact page on her website: http://kathleenburkinshaw.com/#contact

For more information on what nuclear weapons could do if used today visit:

www.ICAN.org

Also, for more information on Hiroshima bombing please visit the Kids Peace Station of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum:

http://www.pcf.city.hiroshima.jp/kids/KPSH_E/top_e.html

Instruction on how to make an origami crane, now a symbol of hope and peace:

http://www.origamiway.com/origami-crane.shtml

revised 9/2017

Agent of the Month – Zeslie Zampetti – Interview Part One

Writing and Illustrating

SEE FIRST PAGE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AT BOTTOM OF PAGE.

LESLIE ZAMPETTI IS MAY’S FEATURED AGENT OF THE MONTH AND WILL CRITIQUE FOUR FIRST PAGES – START SUBMITTING.

Leslie joined Dunham Literary in June 2016. Previously, she was an intern for The Bent Agency.

A former librarian with over 20 years’ experience in special, public, and school libraries, Leslie has cataloged rocket launch videos and Lego rocket ship models, presented SEC documents and story times, and negotiated with organizations from Lexis-Nexis to the PTA. Her experience as a librarian has given her a distinct perspective on publishing and readers. A writer herself, Leslie is very familiar with querying from both sides of the desk.

Leslie graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in English and has a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
She is available to speak at conferences.

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