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:

How do you feel about 13?


Book Giveaway – MICE SKATING by Annie Silvestro

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

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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.


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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Picture Book Pitch Party

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Amalia Hoffman sent in the illustration below to wish everyone a



Pitch you PB’s on Twitter


Agents and Editor on Twitter Can See It!


Next #PBPITCH will be Thursday, October 26th from 8am 6o 8pm EST!


*Pitch your PB’s on Twitter using #PBPITCH.

*Pitch manuscripts only once in the morning and Once in the Evening.  (Once before 2 pm and Once after.)

*If you are an author/illustrator, you can attach an image to your PB manuscript pitch.

*Include Subgenre # if it applies.

#F – Funny

#CD – Character Driven

#NF – Nonfiction

#C – Concept

#L – Lyrical

#I – Interactive

#FT – Fairy Tale/ Folk Tale

*Only agents and editors should Favorite a pitch.

*If they do, check their submission guidelines (and do your research before submitting).

Talk tomorrow,


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New Voices Award for Unpublished Picture Book by Author of Color

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Submit Your Picture Book Manuscript to the New Voices Award!

New Voices Award Winner sealSummer is right around the corner! That means the eighteenth annual NEW VOICES AWARD is now open for submissions. Established in 2000, the New Voices Award recognizes a picture book manuscript by an unpublished author of color. It was one of the first (and remains one of the only) writing contests specifically designed to help authors of color break into publishing, an industry in which they are still dramatically underrepresented.

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Don’t Throw Away Orphan Toys. Do This Instead.

With summer winding down, we often want to welcome fall with a bit of cleaning and getting rid of some of the “stuff” that accumulated all summer long.  If your children are tired of their old toys and books or you just need to make some room, try donating the items to some of the following:  delivers gently used toys to children in need. Go on the website to check for your local community chapter.  takes kids and baby gear along with maternity and children’s clothing that is in good condition.  They distribute it to needy families.

For books contact:    to schedule a pick up along with others in your area.  Just enter your zip code and choose from local charities you’d like to sponsor.

Another way to re-purpose books is at:     You pay for shipping to the Atlanta warehouse, but it is tax-deductible.


You can also donate unwanted items to your local GOODWILL, SALVATION ARMY, VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA    And, Habitat For Humanity will accept household items and furniture at their ReStore outlets to use in their building projects. Check out their needs at:

Book Giveaway – Come With Me by Holly McGhee

A message of how we can all make a difference by reaching out to one another. Perfect book for ALL time!

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Talented agent and author Holly McGhee has a new book COME WITH ME coming out on September 5th. You can pre-order now. Holly is giving away a copy to one lucky winner.

Here is my review on Goodreads: This picture book reminds us how terrorist attacks and the hatred projected on TV can cause anxiety and fear in our children. The story shows a little girl asking her parents what she can do to make the world a better place. The papa says, “Come with me.” Her Mama says, “Come with me,” and little by little she begins to understands her part in making the world a better place. She says, “Come with me” to the little boy next door and they start to change the world. Come With Me is a wonderful story and message that will help calm the hidden the fears in our children.

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Why Poetry by David L. Harrison

This is a great answer to WHY POETRY!

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Evan Robb at his educational site posed the question – “Why poetry?” to David Harrison. If you want to know, asking a great poet is the way to go. Here is what David wrote for his site.

“Why poetry?” the response may be a surprised look, the sort you’d expect if you’d asked, “Why do you breathe?” Perhaps it’s better to ask, “Why poets?” Who are these passionately dedicated people who throw themselves into the slow, tedious business of making poems? Good poetry is hard to write, selling poetry is next to impossible, and poets rarely make much money. So why poetry, why poets, and why should you care?

I can’t speak for other poets (although I bet they’d all answer in much the same way), but I love the challenge of beginning with an idea and facing all those decisions that must be made before I wind up with a finished…

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