STORYSTORM 2018 Day 22: Robin Newman Has Food for Thought

My dear and talented author friend ROBIN NEWMAN did this delightful spot for Tara Lazar’s STORY STORM.

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by Robin Newman

Psst, Storystorm reader! Are you hungry? I could use a snack. Got anything good in the fridge?

Food is a recurring theme in my books. Although writing about food has its consequences (last I checked it was about 10 pounds of carrot cake consequences), food is a wonderfully rich source of nourishment for a writer. You can steal it, share it, trade it, play with it, cook it, investigate it, idiomize it, dress it, accessorize it, travel to, for, or with it, procrastinate with it, eat it, digest it, and so on.

Food is also extremely flexible. It works equally well in fiction and nonfiction from board books to YA. It can be the conflict of your story where two squirrels are battling it out for the very last acorn on earth or be part of the setting in a brewing coffee shop romance.

By now, you…

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Book Giveaway: BunnyBear by Andrea J. Loney

Enter for a chance to win this enchanting book.

Writing and Illustrating

Andrea J. Loney has agreed to give away a copy of her picture book BUNNYBEAR 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:

Although Bunnybear was born a bear, he feels more like a bunny. He prefers bouncing in the thicket to tramping in the forest, and in his heart he’s fluffy and tiny, like a rabbit, instead of burly and loud, like a bear. The other bears don’t understand him, and neither do the bunnies. Will Bunnybear ever find a friend who…

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Book Giveaway: Norbert’s Big Dream by Lori Degman

Writing and Illustrating

Lori Degman has agreed to give away a copy of her picture book NORBERT’S BIG DREAM 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’S DESCRIPTION:

Norbert is a pig with a dream. It doesn’t matter if the other farm animals snicker behind his back, Norbert has always dreamed of swimming the English Channel. He’s been preparing and training and finally he’s ready for the big swim! But where exactly is the English Channel?! Will Norbert have to give up on his dreams or will…

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Opportunity: Writing With The Stars – Free Picture Book Mentorships

For all my “I want to be a picture book writer” friends out there…

Writing and Illustrating

In 2014, Tara Luebbe jumped into the world of kidlit and started writing picture books with her sister Becky. She educated herself on the industry, joined SCBWI, found critique partners, and attended conferences. She started getting positive feedback from critiques and contests, but she needed something more. She knew the answer was a mentor and looked at the few options out there, but could not find a mentor that was the right match for her weird, quirky humor. Then fate intervened and she saw that author Stacy McAnulty was running a contest to find a mentee. She wrote funny books … just like her. Tara won and they worked together for six months. Soon after, Tara signed with an agent and sold her first books. Stacy’s only requirement was that she pay it forward and take on her own mentee when she was able.

But Tara wanted to do something more than that. She knew personally the immense value of a mentorship and the difference…

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Friday the Thirteenth Fun Facts.

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th.  Contrary to many people, 13 has always been a LUCKY number for me.  I was born on the 13th of March and nothing bad has ever happened to me on that day.  But there is a long, ominous history surrounding the number 13…especially when it occurs on a Friday.

Throughout most of recorded history, the number 13 has been seen as an unlucky number. If you fear the number 13, you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia.

The ancient Babylonian Code of Hammurah omitted the #13 in it’s list of laws. Written in 1,700 B.C., it suggests ancient Babylonians considered the #13 to be unlucky.

  • Many buildings and skyscrapers do not have a 13th floor.
  • Some people will not allow 13 people at the table.  An extra table will be set up if 13 people need to dine together.
  • Captains would not go out to sea with a crew of 12.  (The captain made 13).
  • Ancient Mayans of Central America were the most advanced culture in all of the Americas. They considered the number 13 sacred.

Historically, Friday has been viewed as an unlucky day of the week as well.  Combined with 13, it’s a “double whammy” for those who are superstitious.  Maybe they’d never heard of “TGIF”.

Here are future “Friday  the 13th dates:

  • 2017: January, October
  • 2018: April, July
  • 2019: September, December
  • 2020: March, November

For more fun facts about Friday the 13th, visit: http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/fridaythe13th.htm

How do you feel about 13?

Book Giveaway – MICE SKATING by Annie Silvestro

Another delightful picture book from Annie Silvestro (BUNNY”S BOOK CLUB)

Writing and Illustrating

Congratulations to Annie Silvestro on her second picture book this year – MICE SKATING launching today. Here is the link on Amazon. See bottom of post for your invitation to Annie’s Book Launch Party. You’re all invited.

Annie has agreed to give do a book giveaway. 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:

This mouse doesn’t want to stay in the house . . . even if it’s cold outside!
For most field mice, winter means burrowing down and snuggling in. But not for Lucy! She loves snow crunching under…

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