Book Giveaway: Evolution Revolution: Simple Lessons by Charlotte Bennardo

The third book in a wonderful series.

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DESCRIPTION:

Jack, a common gray squirrel, has learned some of the simple machines. Taught by his human friend Collin, he’s chased construction machines from his wood, and saved his friend Rat who was captured by scientists looking for Jack. The scientists show up at Collin’s house. Worried for Jack, Collin takes Jack to an animal sanctuary, where he meets other squirrels and animals. But soon the scientists show up again. Jack, with the help of Addy, a female squirrel, and other animals, wage a last battle. For Jack it will mean he’ll go free-or be caged forever.

THE FINAL JOURNEY…

Yep, all good things come to an end, and I’m kind of sad—and glad—to see the final book in Jack’s story. It’s time for this squirrel and me to move on. Writing and Indie publishing this series has been similar to Jack’s story: learning strange new things, discovering who and…

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Opportunties: Art Giveaway and Illustration Lead

a great opportunity for Illustrator wanna-be’s as well as anyone who wants to own an awesome illustration by Mike Ciccotello.

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Today we have a fun opportunity to win this 11”x14” archival print done by Mike Ciccotello, titled, STAR SEEKER, on cold press watercolor paper.

STAR SEEKER: You are the key to achieving your goals. No one else is going to do it for you. Find your star and make it shine.

Mike is working to promote his Instagram feed and would love your help, so all you have to do to get in the running for STAR SEEKER is to leave a comment here saying you visited Mike’s Instagram page – clicked and followed him. Of course, you will get additional points for promoting on Facebook, Twitter, reblog, or your other social media channels. You can find him on Instagram at @Ciccotello or use the above link.

Other ways to follow along with Mike’s projects:
Website: Ciccotello.com
Instagram: @ciccotello
Twitter: @ciccotello
Facebook:The Art of Mike Ciccotello

ILLUSTRATING LEAD:

The search…

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Book Giveaway: RENATO AND THE LION

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Author/Illustrator Barbara DiLorenzo has agreed to give away a copy of her first picture book that she wrote and illustrated, RENATO AND THE LION. If you would like to win a copy, please leave a comment, reblog, tweet, or talk about A BAND OF BABIES 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 the right amount of tickets in my basket for you. Check back to discover the winner.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

The touching, magical story of a boy in a war-torn country and the stone lion that rescues him.

Renato loves his home in Florence, Italy. He loves playing with his friends in the Piazza della Signoria. He loves walking home by the beautiful buildings and fountains with his father in the evenings. And he especially loves…

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Starry, Starry Night: Stargazing 101

For a unique and fun-filled family evening, pack up a thermos of your favorite beverage, some cookies or other snacks, flashlights, and a few blankets.  Then head out to an open field or playground where you can view the stars.  The best viewing sites are those where there is little interference from ground lighting.

Kids will enjoy using binoculars as well or a portable telescope if you have one.  Leave electronic devices in the car.  All you really need is your eyes and  a willingness to relax, lie down on the blanket and watch the sky.  Play a game of “connect the stars” to make figures like ancient astronomers did with the constellations.

For serious star gazers, the best spots to view them around the country can be found at http://www.wholeliving.com/starstruck.

Marina Cohen Presents: The Doll’s Eye…Perfect Summer-time creepy for the MG Crowd

The Doll’s Eye tells the story of 12 year-old Hadley who, after moving in to a big old house with her new stepfather and stepbrother, finds herself lamenting the loss of her old life. When a lone glass eye rolls out from a dark corner underneath her bed, things begin to change, though not necessarily for the better. A second narrative weaves its way through the novel—that of the first girl who lived in the house and the evil she unwittingly unleashed. It’s a tale of wish fulfillment and consequence, of innocence and happiness. I’m very grateful it’s received some wonderful reviews including School library journal who called it “a must have for horror fans.”

Kirkus review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/marina-cohen/the-dolls-eye/

The book’s path to publication:

I wrote The Doll’s Eye before I wrote The Inn Between. It was the manuscript that garnered the attention of my amazing agent and for that I’m so very grateful. I spent nearly a year revising it for him, but when it was finally submitted it didn’t sell. Devastated, I set it aside and wrote The Inn Between. When that sold in a two-book deal, I decided to have one final look at The Doll’s Eye before giving up on it entirely, and wham! It hit me.

I finally knew what was wrong with the story. I tore the entire manuscript apart and rebuilt it word by word. The plot changed dramatically.  I am not only extremely grateful to my editor for loving it, but to those who passed on it because they forced me to write a better book.     

 

Book Giveaway – In the Red Canoe

This is such an inspiring story, I had to reblog it!

Writing and Illustrating

Congratulations to author Leslie A Davidson on her new book IN THE RED CANOE. She has agreed to participate in our book giveaways. 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:

Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads―a multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tender, beautifully illustrated picture book. A tribute to those fragile, wild places that still exist, In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.

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