Book Giveaway: MEENA’S MINDFUL MOMENT by Tina Athaide

Leave a a comment on Kathy Temean’s blog for a chance to win a copy of this delightful book!

Writing and Illustrating

Tina Athaide has written a new picture book, MEENA’S MINDFUL MOMENT, illustrated by Åsa Gilland and published by Page Street Kids. Coming out in November. PSK’s has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner living in the United States and Canada.

All you have to do to get in the running is 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 other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Tina and Åsa.

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Book Giveaway: DEAR MR. DICKENS by Nancy Churnin

Head on over to Kathy Temean’s blog for a chance to win a copy of this fascinating book by author Nancy Churnin.

Writing and Illustrating

Nancy Churnin’s picture book DEAR MR. DICKENS, illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe and published by Albert Whitman & Co is coming out on October 1st.

 Nancy has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner in the U.S. mailing territory. 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 do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Nancy and Bethany.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

In Eliza Davis’s day, Charles Dickens was the most celebrated living writer in England. But some of his books reflected a prejudice that was all…

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Book Giveaway: CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT, HOW Charlie Sifford BROKE THE COLOR BARRIER IN GOLF by Nancy Churnin

Another enriching and fascinating non fiction picture book by Award-winning author Nancy Churnin.

Writing and Illustrating

Nancy Churnin was another picture book CHARLIE TAKES HIS SHOT, HOW Charlie Sifford BROKE THE COLOR BARRIER IN GOLF, illustrated by John Joven and published by Albert Whitman. It hit bookstores on Sept. 1.

 Nancy has agreed to share a book with one lucky winner in the U.S. mailing territory. 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 do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Nancy and John.

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Charlie Sifford loved golf, but in the 1930’s only white people were allowed to play…

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We Gave Something Away to These Winners…

On July 15, 2021, Kim Pfennigwerth and I hosted our 6th annual Give Something Away Day. We chose three picture books written by Asian authors. Here are the winners:

Barbara Messinger wins a copy of eyes that kiss in the corner_Darlene

Ellen Ramsey wins a copy of: outside inside_Darlene

And Amy R Sinn wins a copy of:

CONGRATULATIONS! Please email me with your address, so I can get the books out to you. 

Thanks to all who commented on this annual post and may you get as much kindness as you give.

Book Giveaway: Mimic Makers: Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature by Kristen Nordstrom

I was fascinated by the evolution of this new picture book and thought you would be too. Anything that champions the health and wellbeing of planet earth is a winner in my book!

Writing and Illustrating

Kristen Nordstrom​, M.Ed. has a new non-fiction picture book titled, Mimic Makers, illustrated by Paul Boston and published by Charlesbridge Children’s Books. It is coming out on July 13th, but is available for pre-order, now. They have agreed to send a book with one lucky winner living in the US. 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 do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Kristen, and Paul!

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

MIMIC MAKERS profiles ten inventors from around the world whose investigations about nature lead…

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National “Go Fishing Day”…Take a Kid Fishing.

Tomorrow, June 18, is NATIONAL GO FISHING DAY.  Fishing has been around as long as man and women have.  It is a major industry that yields billions of dollars worldwide annually. It is also a great recreational activity for everyone, young and old. It’s a way to add food to the table and an opportunity to bond with family and friends.

The benefits of fishing are numerous. Did you know fishing actually boosts your immune system? When you do something you enjoy, your body responds by healing and strengthening itself. Being out in nature helps promote relaxation and is a way to practice calm and patience. It can lower blood pressure and can be done individually or with others. You can fish from the shore, from a boat or by standing in a stream.  However you decide to do it, why not teach a kid, your kid or a friend’s kid, to fish.

Check your local recreational areas for competitions and rules regarding proper fishing etiquette. Even during this Covid-19 pandemic, it’s okay to go fishing. 

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When you go fishing, or teach a child to fish, you never know what you might catch.

Here’s a case in point, where eleven-year-old JACK takes his five-year-old sister KATY to fish for the first time from my newest MG novel in verse WISHES, DARES, AND HOW TO STAND UP TO A BULLY (Creston)   WoCCover01

FISH
Katy feels sorry for worms
and won’t fish with them.
I make balls of dough
from the crusts of our sandwiches to
bait her hook.

She breaks every rule about fishing.
Making loud noises, scaring the fish.
She can’t stand in one spot
more than a minute without
dancing
wiggling
spinning
tangling the fishing line,
asking so many questions
my ears are ready to
EXPLODE!!!

When are we going to catch a
FISH!!! she shouts for the
tenth time, dropping her pole to
chase a butterfly.
Fish don’t come around when it’s noisy,
so zzzzip your lips, I say.

She pretends to zip her lip,
humming the tune to
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
Good grief.

FRED

After lunch I’m ready to leave.
No fish today, let’s go, I say.
Maybe the fish don’t like worms.
Maybe they’re veterinarians, Katy says.
She means vegetarians because
she hands me a grape and says
put it on the hook, Jack, please?

Can you sit without making a sound,
quiet as a stone?
She puts a finger to her lips, Shhhhh.
I hook the grape, toss the line,
hand the rod to Katy.

Before I settle onto the grass,
the line gives a tug.
Too heavy for me, I can’t do it, Jack.
I grab the rod and pull a fish out,
a fish with one eye.

It’s Fred, I tell her.
Katy strokes Fred’s tail with a pinkie.
A special fish, I say.
Like magic special?
Katy’s two eyes as wide as Fred’s one.
Don’t know, I say.
Katy frowns, so I say,
make a wish, quick before Fred goes back.

Pancakes for supper! she wishes,
kissing Fred on the tail.
Pancakes, I agree. As I slip
Fred into the water, he seems to
wink his eye before he swims away.

While you may not catch a fish that grants wishes, taking a child fishing will be something you’ll both remember for a long time. 

Book Giveaway: BEACH TOYS VS. SCHOOL SUPPLIES by Mike Ciccotello

Writing and Illustrating

Mike Ciccotello has written and illustrated a new picture book BEACH TOYS VS. SCHOOL SUPPLIES, published by FSG/Macmillan Books. It will hit bookstores on June 15th, but is available now for pre-ordered. Mike has agreed to give away one signed copy of the book as well as one pen-and-ink original illustration of some of the characters to one lucky winner in the US.

All you have to do to get in the running is 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 other things you do to share the good news, so I can put the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter or reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. So, thanks for helping Mike.

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Book Give-away Winners…

Earlier this month I featured two great books of authors offering signed copies. Here are the winners:

A copy of the YA book WORDS COMPOSED OF SEA AND SKY by Erica George, goes to Danielle Hammelef.

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A copy of the PB, SLOTH AND SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE by Cathy Ballou Mealy, goes toAAAA111 PICKLEAshley Congdon. Please contact me so I can put you in touch with the authors.

THANKS to all who commented on these wonderful books. The best way to show appreciation is to leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. Unknown authors have a better chance of being recognized when readers share books they love.

Book Giveaway: What the World Could Make by Holly McGhee

An opportunity to win a beautiful new picture book from Holly McGhee

Writing and Illustrating

Talented agent and author Holly McGhee has a new picture book WHAT THE WORLD COULD MAKE, illustrated by Pascal Lemaitre and published by Roaring Brook Press. Today is it’s birthday, so it’s out in the world for everyone to read. Holly is giving away a copy to one lucky winner.

If you would like to win a copy, please leave a comment, reblog, tweet, or talk about What the World Could Make 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:

From writer Holly M. McGhee and illustrator Pascal Lemaitre, the bestselling creative team behind Come with Me and Listen, comes a story of hope, abundance, and the…

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