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1. Happy Monday! It's Children's Book Week

Just a reminder that it's Children's Book Week. #cbw16

There are plenty of resources available from the Children's Book Week Digital Toolkit.  I like to order the actual posters, but sadly, I forgot this year.  The good news is that there are plenty of last-minute event kits and activity sheets available for download [http://www.bookweekonline.com/activities].

Also, be sure to download this year's official CBW bookmark with art by Cece Bell. [http://www.bookweekonline.com/bookmark]

You can also add a Twibbon to your Twitter profile pic. (If you don't want it to completely obscure your profile pic, you will have an opportunity to shrink it.) [http://twibbon.com/Support/Children39s-Book-Week]

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2. Children’s Week Bookmark Reveal (psst . . . It’s El Deafo related!)

Books. Kids.  This is pretty basic stuff.  One should read the other.  Preferable requently.  And I suppose that for some of us there’s a perception that urging children to read is a recent phenomenon.  An outgrowth of the digital age when kids have so many things to distract and entertain them.  Gone are the days when books were often the sole source of entertainment in the home.

Perceptions can be misleading.  Take Children’s Book Week.  It sounds contemporary, but actually it dates back to 1919, making it the the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.  Maybe people had different reasons for pushing Children’s Book Week at its start, but the end results remain the same.  Kids reading books is good.  That’s why I’m mighty pleased to reveal the  Children’s Book Week bookmark art for 2016.

This year’s bookmark, commemorating the 97th annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading (May 2-8, 2016), is being designed by 2015 Children’s Choice Debut Author finalist Cece Bell, author and illustrator of El Deafo.  You hear that?!?  CECE FRIGGIN’ BELL!


Children's Choice Book Week

Did you see that part where I mentioned that Ms. Bell was a “2015 Children’s Choice Debut Author”?  What’s that all about?  Well, each year kids vote on the Children’s Choice Book Awards.  We’re in our 9th year now.  Now the finalists for 2016 have been announced. Voting is now open at ccbookawards.com, and winners will be announced during Children’s Book Week.

And for more fun:


  • More information about the bookmark can be found here.
  • Each year, official events for Children’s Book Week give kids the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors and illustrators in person.In 2016, official events – including appearances by beloved children’s book authors & illustrators, children’s open mic nights, read-alouds, book-themed parties, and much more – will be held in all 50 states. Photos from last year are on view here. Event attendees receive complimentary Children’s Book Week posters and tote bags. You can see how these literacy celebrations are shaping up so far here.
  • Literary Landmarks to be designated each day of Children’s Book Week (May 2-8): The ALA-CBC joint committee is teaming up with United for Libraries to designate seven Literary Landmarks™ — one each day — during Children’s Book Week 2016 . (Sites must be tied to a deceased children’s literary figure, author, or their work).
  • The National Ambassador For Young People’s Literature:In early January, the CBC and Every Child a Reader in partnership with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress appointed heralded graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang to this prestigious position. As part of his mission to instill a lifelong love of reading, Gene Yang will be announcing the Children’s Choice Book Award winners during Children’s Book Week.

Thanks to the good folks at the CBC for the reveal!


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3. The Kidtastic Giveaway

More April surprises have arrived.  We have joined forces with some other great children’s book authors for a big giveaway.  During April 5th – April 9th you can download the kindle version of our book, The Pig Princess from Amazon for FREE.

Pig cover

And since we think pigs rule we want to let you know about Scott Gordon’s children’s book, Pigtastic which is also FREE on Amazon during this period.


We saved the best for last.  You can enter to win a 3DS XL and a game of your choice.

ENTER HERE.: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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4. Wednesday Writing Workout: Celebrate Children's Book Week!

Happy Children’s Book Week!

Since 1919, this national literacy initiative, the longest-running in our history and co-anchored by the Children’s Book Counciland Every Child A Reader, has celebrated books for young people and the joy of reading.

Visit the website to learn the bounty of events and activities that commemorate this once-a-year week and to read more about this  year’s poster creator, Grace Lee.

Book Week’s goal? To make sure every child is a reader!

But today is Wednesday, yes? – which means it’s time for a TeachingAuthors Wednesday Writing Workout, one that will give every child, both current and former, the opportunity to write.


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Don’t forget to enter our Book Giveaway to win a copy of Stefanie Lyons’ YA novel in verse DATING DOWN (Flux). The deadline to enter is midnight May 15.

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Let’s tweak the Children’s Book Week goal a tad to read…. make sure every child – current and former (!) – is a reader who writes!

Click HERE to download these children’s book week story starters and create your own ending!

What I Did begun by National Ambassador Katherine Paterson (New!)
BLAM! begun by Mo Willems (2009 Children's Choice Book Award winner) (New!) 
The Night Visitor begun by Dinah Williams (2009 Children's Choice Book Award winner) (New!) 
And Then... begun by National Ambassador Emeritus Jon Scieszka
The Unexpected Blast begun by Elaine Landau (2008 Children’s Choice Book Award winner)
Surprise On the Mat begun by Lola Schaefer (2008 Children’s Choice Book Award winner)
One Morning... begun by Mary Pope Osborne

One Evening... begun by Lemony Snicket

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5. Children’s Book Week and a Quickie Lesson on Slow Reading Time

Children’s Book Week is this week, May 4-10, 2015!

Children's Book Week

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of children’s books and reading. Established in 1919, it is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. The program is administered by Every Child a Reader (ECAR) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the anchor sponsor.

In 2014, Official Events — which give kids the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors and illustrators in person — were hosted in all 50 states for the first time in the initiative’s history.

Here is the official 2015 Children’s Book Week Poster by Grace Lee! Grab your copy HERE.


The official poster commemorates the 96th annual celebration of Children’s Book Week (May 4-10, 2015), the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

Reading is a daily journey, a ritual to spend time with our favorite authors and with each other. A time to go to places imagined, to meet characters who have become friends or shortly will be. As the book is passed between us, our rolls change from listener to reader and back to listener again.

Family story time should be an illumined hour when the sun is gone and the stars have come out of hiding. It’s not about how quickly we can get through a book or how many accelerated reader points its worth or how well the kids will do on their exams, it’s all about us, the happily ever after reading family.

Creating a Slow Family Reading Moment:

  • Try and choose the same time of day for your family reading session. It doesn’t have to be the exact hour just around the same time of day.
  • Unplug. No cell phones, TV, instant messages, beepers, buzzers or alarm clocks. Basically anything which makes noise must be off.
  • Be comfortable. Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Make a cozy environment. Bring out your favorite blankets and pillows. Many people like to have beverages such as hot herbal teas, cider, lemonade etc. For ourselves we also add the element of sitting by the fireplace or fire pit in Autumn through the end of spring and then out onto the screen porch in the summer.
  • Choose a book that everyone in the family can understand and enjoy.
  • Create a system for choosing who will read next. Sometimes my husband or I will start the reading session and then quietly pass the book onto the next child. At first as your family is young, you will be the primary reader.By slowing down and reading from a place of timelessness and expectations, we create connections to each other. We are enraptured by books that inspire us and our creativity. Though not explicitly, children learn that the love of reading is an enjoyment we all share. There is an old proverb which says :”A fig tree, looking on a fig tree, becomes fruitful.” Children, by participating with their families in reading will grow to love reading for the adventures and insights it holds.

Let’s celebrate Children’s Book Week with a Super Spring Sale! I have two of my most popular books on a super special sale until May18th!


The Waldorf Homeschool Handbook: The Simple Step-by-Step guide to creating a Waldorf-inspired #homeschool. And for a limited time, this best-selling book by Donna Ashton, The Waldorf #Homeschool Handbook is now only $17.95 until May18, 2015 ! http://amzn.to/1OhTfoT

Enjoy more month-by-month activities based on the classic children’s tale, The Secret Garden! A Year in the Secret Garden is a delightful children’s book with over 120 pages, with 150 original color illustrations and 48 activities for your family and friends to enjoy, learn, discover and play with together. AND, it’s on sale for a limited time! Grab your copy ASAP and “meet me in the garden!” http://amzn.to/1DTVnuX

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6. Happy Children's Book Week!

I've been pretty busy writing, plotting, etc., so I shamefully almost missed Children's Book Week... Not that I needed motivation; in my world, every week is children's book week :-)

I love the poster (by Grace Lee) this year, don't you? It reminds me of how much I wish I had some illustrator skills, but alas, I don't. I spend a good amount of time around picture book artists, and I'm always in awe. Wish I had some talent...

How about you? Any talents/skills you wish you had?

Playing the banjo, carpentry, and photography are on my list. I should really take a class or two sometime.

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7. Weekend Links: Tons of Wonderful Children’s Reading Links!

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Oh my! What a fun Weekend Links this will be! I don’t know if it’s because Spring is in the air and the flowers are a bloomin’ here in TN, but this week has been chocked full of amazing information concerning summer reading, multicultural books and great reading lists for kids. So exciting!

As always, I’ve combed through the hundreds of amazing articles out there and brought you the best of the best (in my opinion). So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for some great kidlit-inspired reading ideas for kids!


The Multiracial Population Is Growing, But Kid Lit Isn’t Keeping Up: School Library Journal

2014 Books from Caldecott Winners: 100ScopeNotes


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Middle Reader Summer Reading List from PrettyOpinionated

Middle grade summer reading

22 Awesome Submissions From The #WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign



@KCEdventures 15 Amazing Vintage Summer Reads for Kids -Encourage Learning with Kids

15 Vintage Summer Books for Kids

From My Backyard Summer Reading List: Reading Rockets

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss


Needs some summer reading ideas?  10 to Note: Summer Preview 2014 from 100 ScopeNotes

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What great kid-reading inspired links did YOU find this week?

**Don’t Forget! Children’s Book Week starts May 12th!


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8. It’s a Great Time of Year to Be a Reader!

Celebrate Children’s Book Week – May 12- May 18, 2014


Calling all readers!! It’s the 95th annual celebration of Children’s Book Week and 95 years of anything today is pretty impressive where the shelf life of most things has an expiration date; but not so with books. They go on forever as long as there are young readers with imaginations that fuels the desire for the longevity of children’s books, and these young readers ARE out there, trust me.

Children’s Book Week is the longest running national literacy initiative in the country. I think part of the reason for its popularity is that young readers of all ages get to vote for THEIR favorites. The voting started on March 25 and ends May 12.

For a list of the booksand their age categories, I have provided alink to the books in the running. One of my particular favorites is in contention in the young children’s category this year. It’s called “The Day the Crayons Quit” by Oliver Jeffers and it is both humorous AND human if you stop to think that a box of individual crayons have FEELINGS just like you and me! Some of them are just plain tired of being sort of “type cast”; that is used for only certain holidays. Take the red crayon. Even I would get tired of coloring Santa suits and Valentine’s Day cards. Others, such as beige are tired of not being more VIBRANT and well, the crayon pink challenges the male contingent to use the color more liberally. It’s not just a “girly” color, for heaven’s sake. And black is weary of being used as an outline. Each makes its plea in a perfectly logically worded letter posted on plain paper tied with string and put atop the child’s crayon box! They want their users to try thinking outside the box as far as color goes!

Maybe we will be seeing more inventive use of color from the reading of this wonderful picture book!

Both Oliver Jeffers for “The Day the Crayons Quit” and Anna Dewdney for Llama Llama and the Bully Goat are named as nominees as Best Illustrators of the Year in the Children’s Book Week voting. Robin Preiss Glasser is the designer of the Children’s Book Week poster this year and the Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year in 2013 for her illustrations in Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet.

Please visit the site for Children’s Book Week and take a look at the books in contention in each age category. Maybe some of YOUR favorites are there, and even if not, there’s a listing of great books just waiting to be discovered by your young reader for summer reading and NOW!

For more information on the events, go to www.bookweekonline.com. Happy Children’s Book Week from The Snuggery!


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9. Let’s Celebrate Children’s Book Week! {Linky Party}

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It’s Children’s Book Week!! — {May 12-18, 2014}

Children's Book Week!

Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect!

Children’s Book Week originated in the belief that children’s books and literacy are life-changers. In 1913, Franklin K. Matthiews, the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America, began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. He proposed creating a Children’s Book Week, which would be supported by all interested groups: publishers, booksellers, and librarians.

The need for Children’s Book Week today is as essential as it was in 1919, and the task remains the realization of Frederic Melcher’s fundamental declaration: “A great nation is a reading nation.”

To read more about the history of this event that is celebrating is 95th Anniversary, go here.

Here’s something fun. Show your support by creating a CBW Twibbon! Create your own Twibbon here.


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10. Children’s Book Week Prizes – a Recap

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Welcome to day 5 of Children’s Book Week. There are only two days left in this year’s Children’s Book Week and two wonderful companies sponsoring giveaways: Chronicle Books and Capstone. The featured books are all new this year, coming direct from the publisher.

No review today, just a recap of all you can win this week.

Here are the prizes you can win CLICK HERE TO ENTER

** 3-month subscription to Farfaria, unlimited stories for your child.

** The Shark Whisperer #1: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians, the new series from Scarletta Press by Dr. Ellen Prager,

** Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: the Super-Secret , the new addition to The Wunderkind Family Series by Melissa Perry Moraja,  

** Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl, the new book from Chronicle Books by Micah Player

** Bear’s Big Bottom, an hilarious new picture book from Capstone by Steve Smallman & Emma Yarlett,

** Lost Little Penguin, a cute picture book from Capstone by Tracey Corderoy & Gavin Scott


The best and easiest way to enter is by leaving a comment below. You can earn one entry each day with a comment.

To earn more entries, CLICK HERE TO ENTER

Terms and Conditions HERE

Lost Little Penguin

Lost Little Penguin

Bear’s Big Bottom

Bear’s Big Bottom

Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl

Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl

Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: the Super-Secret

Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: the Super-Secret

The Shark Whisperer #1: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians

The Shark Whisperer #1: Tristan Hunt and the Sea Guardians





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11. Be Honest: Do You Like This Post? Gut Level Truth In Poetry...and in Life

Howdy, Campers!

Note the four exciting announcements at the bottom of this post (including this: today's the last day to enter our current book giveaway.)

Thank you, Elizabeth Steinglass, for hosting Poetry Friday today!

I had a wonderful poetry teacher, Tony Lee, who taught us about voice.

Describing something, as a journalist does, Tony said, is the reporting voice.
  That voice comes from the lips, the mouth, the throat.
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Writing about feelings comes from the gut, a lower, truer, sometimes scarier place, he said.  

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This is the deep voice.  The deep voice attracts readers.  It connects them to your story.  Be brave, he told us. Find the feelings. Go there.

So why do some blog and FaceBook posts get nine kazillion comments (not mine!) and some get zip?
from FaceBook

12,341,889 likes ~ 58,962 talking about this

Putting aside JoAnn's terrific post about social media and the perfect lengths for poems, posts, headings, etc. in various online media...

it seems to me that getting your work read (or, more to the point, getting your work read and passed on) is about superficial vs. deep.

Just like a book in which the author rips off her shirt and shows us her scars (as Anne Lamott does), FaceBook and blog posts that come from the gut are the ones that resonate.

I was at a meeting the other day; each of us had three minutes to talk about anything we wanted.  The first two minutes and 30 seconds I talked about some success I had had.  In the last 30 seconds, my mouth opened and an embarrassing truth popped out.  I said that Robyn Hood Black had very kindly gifted me homemade granola.  It was especially touching because Robyn knows I can't eat sugar, so she made it with sugar-free maple syrup.  I could actually have it.  Delighted, I sat down for lunch, thinking I'd taste just a spoonful, just to see what it was like.

Good granola is dense, so you don't need much.  And you and I know that you're supposed to eat two cups of granola over a period of several days--with fresh blueberries and your pinky finger raised, right?

Not me... immediately my mouth opened, a vacuum turned on, my brain turned off, and nearly two cups of absolutely delicious granola were gone.  Gone!
This isn't Robyn's granola.
Hers had yummy bits of coconut in it.
But...um...I didn't have time to take a picture of hers.
So this is from morguefile.com
As we went around the room sharing, do you think others in the group commented on the nicely packaged pithy wisdom in my first two minutes and thirty seconds?  Nope.  Nearly ALL of them talked about my granola adventure.  It hit a familiar nerve. We've all been there.

It was no longer mine...it was all of ours.  

During Poetry Month this year, I had what I called a metaphoraffair--I practiced finding metaphors, posting one each day, both on my website (where, it turned out, the comment mechanism was broken) and on FaceBook and Twitter.

The metaphor which drew the most interest was my final post for Poetry Month 2014, written with and about my mother, who is 91 and not doing great.  It was hard for me to post; it was true. It was from my gut.

I drew this in November, 2010, after Mom and I walked around a park in Malibu...and suddenly I was the parent
I drew this in November, 2010, after Mom and I walked around a park in Malibu…suddenly I was the parent
The point is, be brave, cut deep beneath the skin, share from the gut, share your humaness. That's all we have.
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LAST CALL! If you haven't entered our current giveaway, it ends today!  To enter, go to Jill Esbaum's post to win your very own autographed copy of Jill's Angry Birds Playground: Rain Forest (National Geographic Books)!

Will you be in New York on May 18th? I'll be speaking on the Children's Books Panel of the Seminar on Jewish Story in New York City on Sunday, May 18th.  Here's my interview the seminar organizer, Barbara Krasner published on her blog.

For an example of a beautifully written post which hits a nerve, read Jama Rattigan's gorgeous and heartfelt Mother's Day post.

And, last but not least, happy Children's Book Week!  Be brave. Go forth and share the very thing that hard to share.

posted with love by April Halprin Wayland...but you knew that, right?

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12. Links I Shared on Twitter this Week: May 16

TwitterLinksHere are highlights from the links that I shared on Twitter this week @JensBookPage. There are lots of book lists this week, as well as several links that reflect the continuation of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks conversation. 

Book Lists and Awards

Some fine titles: 2014 YALSA Teens’ Top Ten Nominees @tashrow http://ow.ly/wReZE #yalit

New Stacked #booklist: Get Genrefied: Historical Fantasy http://ow.ly/wRf90 #yalit @catagator

So You Want To Read Middle Grade: More 2014 Titles to Look Forward To from @greenbeanblog #kidlit http://ow.ly/wOg7s

Fun! Top Ten Books to Get Kids Moving by Annie Orsini and Kendra Limback | @NerdyBookClub http://ow.ly/wLy3s #booklist

Nonfiction Summer Reading List from @momandkiddo http://ow.ly/wLwMn #booklist

May 12: International Nurses' Day, three book suggestions from @bkshelvesofdoom http://ow.ly/wLv3x

10 to Note: Summer #kidlit Preview 2014 — @100scopenotes http://ow.ly/wGofZ

Stacked: A Look at YA Horror in 2014 #yalit @catagator http://ow.ly/wGo7U

For Mother's Day, 5 Awesome Moms in #KidLit {Friday’s Five} @5M4B http://ow.ly/wGn7i

The 2014 Locus Awards Finalists have been announced #yalit #kidlit http://ow.ly/wGnRz @bkshelvesofdoom

From Jewish (Muslim) to Ms. Marvel: A Brief Survey of YA with Muslim Characters @yahighway http://ow.ly/wGnIp via @CynLeitichSmith

UK Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize 2014 Shortlist (for #kidlit that communicates science) @tashrow http://ow.ly/wGmXa

Great Kid Books: #CommonCore IRL: In Real Libraries -- Baseball LineUp (ages 5-13) @MaryAnnScheuer http://ow.ly/wLxRD #kidlit


The #48HBC is Nigh! and a Sobering Realization on the challenge of finding #diverse books from @mosylu http://ow.ly/wOh0w

How reading Cross-Racial Scenes in Picture Books Build Acceptance as kids play together | @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOjyh

An Expanded Cultural #Diversity Booklist: SLJ Readers Respond | @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOj93 #kidlit

Great stuff! @FirstBook Pledges to Buy #Diverse Books reports @PublishersWkly http://ow.ly/wOhs0

A Little Bit More on Diversity, link roundup and reading plans from Becky Levine http://ow.ly/wOgFY #WeNeedDiverseBooks

MAKING OUR OWN MARKET, new series at The Brown Bookshelf: Creating Our Own Publishing Houses | http://ow.ly/wLxKK #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Important post | We Need #Diverse Books . . . But Are We Willing to Discuss Them With Our Kids? — @fuseeight http://ow.ly/wLxs6

Talking #Diversity With Young Children | @medinger responds to @FuseEight post, from a teacher's perspective http://ow.ly/wLxAV

The timely theme for #KidLitCon14 is Blogging #Diversity in Young Adult and Children’s Lit: What’s Next? http://www.kidlitosphere.org/kidlitcon/


2014 Children's Book Week Celebrations Begin Today! Are you a children's book champion? @randomlyreading http://ow.ly/wLuIP

CBW_Poster-smallCelebrate children's books and reading with @CBCBook May 12-18, 2014! http://bookweekonline.com #CBW14

Growing Bookworms

Read, Kids, Read! Strong op-ed by Frank Brunl in @NYTimes about the benefits of reading http://ow.ly/wOi0L via @PWKidsBookshelf

I could relate to Being a Mom of Growing Readers @growingbbb http://ow.ly/wIHKf | Happy Mother's Day, all!

Lovely! Heartwarming Story of the Day: Book 'Em Cops and Kids #Literacy Initiative from @bkshelvesofdoom http://ow.ly/wOgl7


RT @MitaliPerkins I get to talk about kids on the margins, books, *and* blogs? How fun. MT @JensBookPage Announcing #KidLitCon14 http://bit.ly/1iL7gKg

2014KidLitConLogoLeila @bkshelvesofdoom is in for Kidlitosphere Conference 2014 in Sacramento. Are you? http://ow.ly/wO3qc #kidlitcon14

Ninth Annual 48 Hour Book Challenge FAQ's @MotherReader http://ow.ly/wLufR #diversity #48hbc

On Reading, Writing, and Publishing

Pioneers in Pigtails: Remembering the First Heroines Who Made Us Mighty @MeganJeanSovern @HuffPostBooks http://ow.ly/wGnnM via @tashrow

Take Some Cues from Gilligan: Build a Nation of Readers, Not an Island by Naomi @yabooksandmore @NerdyBookClub http://ow.ly/wGo2v


It’s an #Ebook World for Young Readers 13 and Under Says PlayCollective Report | @sljournal http://ow.ly/wRe4e

This is depressing! Teen Reading Declining & Racial Reading Gaps Continue | @tashrow at Waking Brain Cells http://ow.ly/wLu9x

Schools and Libraries

I do love these: Little Free Libraries take off in the East Bay - Oakland Magazine http://ow.ly/wOk6avia Sharon Levin

Summer Reading

Nice resource: 2014 #SummerReading Recommendations, organized lists from picture book through YA from @HornBook http://ow.ly/wOjKo

Invitations to Imagination | #SummerReading ideas for K-3 | Jennifer M. Brown @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOiW9 #kidlit

Creep around Graveyards, Search for Spies | #SummerReading for Grades 4-8 | Elisabeth G. Marrocolla @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOiPi

Classics are Cool, But… | #SummerReading suggestions for Grades 9-12 | Jennifer Hubert Swan @sljournal http://ow.ly/wOiET

© 2014 by Jennifer Robinson of Jen Robinson's Book Page. All rights reserved. You can also follow me @JensBookPage or at my Growing Bookworms page on Facebook.

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13. #562 – Bear’s Big Bottom by Steve Stallman & Emma Yarlett

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Welcome to day 7. For this last day of Children’s Book Week 2014, Kid Lit Reviews presents Capstone, a dynamic publisher well-known for their children’s books. Yesterday, Chronicle Books sponsored Lately Lily: The Adventures of a Travelling Girl. There is still time to win Lately Lily, or any of the other prizes showcased this week.. Today, Capstone presents Bear’s Big Bottom by Steve Smallman & Emma Yarlett. To WIN this hilarious new picture book LEAVE A COMMENT! Then, CLICK HERE for EXTRA ENTRIES!   And as an extra bonus, Capstone is offering Lost Little Penguin to three winners! Kidlit is such a generous genre. 

Now, KLR present’s Bear’s Big Bottom!


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Bear’s Big Bottom

by Steve Stallman & Emma Yarlett

Capstone Young Readers           2/1/2014


Age 4 to 8          32 pages


“Bear was friendly / Bear was sweet / The nicest bear you’d ever meet! / With little paws and little feet / And a very BIG bear bottom!

Poor Bear! His bottom is causing chaos…Bump! Crash! Splat! Soon Bear is in great big trouble! Can he ever make it up to his friends? A hilarious story of bottoms, bears, and animal friends that will have children giggling at Bear’s bottom-based mishaps. From children’s favourite Steve Smallman, author of Smelly Peter, the Great Pea Eater and The Monkey with A Bright Blue Bottom.”

The Story

Bear was your average bear. He was big and his friends could find him most anywhere. The only thing unusual about Bear was the size of his bottom. Bear’s bottom was so BIG . . . he completely filed the couch, squishing his friends. Bear’s bottom was so BIG . . . he jumped into the pool and the water all flew out. Then one day, Bear’s bottom was so BIG . . . it smashed a birthday cake and ruined the day. Bear felt so sad he ran away. Bear wouldn’t ruin anything else. Bear’s friends tried to find him, but all they found was a very hungry fox. If they didn’t find Bear soon, the fox would eat all of their bottoms.


I like Bear’s Big Bottom. Bear is a nice bear and has some nice friends who are tolerant of his big bottom, until his big bottom breaks the camel’s birthday cake. It was actually squirrel’s cake, but the point is, they couldn’t take Bear’s big bottom anymore and told his just that. Not exactly nice of Bear’s friends to say what they said, but sometimes patience runs thin. Any kid who is different, for any reason, understands Bear’s plight. Good friends will tolerate your differences, but even good friends have a breaking point, not usually all at the same time, which is what helps keep a group of friends together.

I like that the group conscious got the better of Bear’s friends and they went looking for him. Conflict must ensue in a good story and so enters the fox, ready to eat their bottoms. The group of friends need Bear’s help. Do you think bear went to help? Bear is a good friend. Good friends stick up for each other, especially if picked on by someone outside of their group.

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Originally published in Great Britain by Little Tiger Press (2013), Bear’s Big Bottom came to America and Capstone written in English. I was surprised to learn that an entire verse was changed. In the U.S. the verse reads:

In fact, Bear’s bottom was so wide

it filled the couch from side to side!

“We’re getting squished!” Bear’s friends all cried.

“Because of Bear’s big bottom!”

The original verse, as written by Steve Smallman, the author, reads:

“But when they tried to watch TV

Bear’s bottom filled the whole settee

And no one could sit comfortably

Because of Bear’s big bottom!”

I’m guessing the problem word is “settee,” meaning a sofa. It’s too bad those who made this decision where shortsighted in thinking no one would understand a settee is a sofa, upon which one sets their bottom. What happened to looking up unknown words, expanding one’s vocabulary, using a dictionary? Do kids no longer do any of those things? Beside the change for settee’s sake, the verse went from an original rhyme scheme (TV, settee, comfortably), to an easy scheme (wide, side, cried). Personally, I much prefer the original verse. The words are punchy (“pop-pop-pop-pop!”), like all the other verses.

Bear’s Big Bottom is a terrific book for anyone who is different or has a “different” friend. Some differences, like a big bottom, should not make friends go away. Everyone is different in some way; just not all are as obvious, or as intrusive, as Bear’s BIG bottom. Most people like being around others like themselves, not someone who is different. The animals show that being with someone different may, one day, save your bottom. This hilarious, brightly illustrations show wide-eyed animals often in spreads running full width. The cockeyed ending will tickle funny bones. Your little one may want you to reread Bear’s Big Bottom from the top. Let the author help. His reading of Bear’s Big Bottom is hilariously entertaining, but then, these are his characters.

BEAR’S BIG BOTTOM. Tex copyright © 2013 by Steve Smallman. Illustrations copyright © 2013 by Emma Yarlett. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Capstone Young Readers, North Mankato, MN.

Buy Bear’s Big Bottom at AmazonB&NCapstoneyour local bookstore.

Learn more about Bear’s Big Bottom HERE

Meet the author, Steve Smallman, at his website:

Meet the illustrator, Emma Yarlett, at her website:   http://www.emmayarlett.com/

Find more books at the Capstone website:   http://www.capstoneyoungreaders.com/

Capstone Young Readers is an imprint of Capstone.


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This is it. The LAST DAY you can ENTER TO WIN Bear’s Big Bottom or any of the other prizes seen this week, by LEAVING A COMMENT. In addition to all the those prizes, Capstone is also giving away Lost Little Penguin by Tracey Corderoy –

“When Plip the penguin loses his favorite toy, it seems like the end of the world! As the sky grows dark, Plip runs off to find it, all on his own. What will become of poor little Plip, out in the snowy storm?”

 So let’s recap one final time. Here is what YOU CAN WIN!How to Enter? LEAVE A COMMENT and then  CLICK HERE for EXTRA  ENTRIES!

  • A 3-month subscription to Farfaria – online library of children’s books.
  • The Monster Needs His Sleep – from Scarletta Kids, by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb
  • Josh and the Gumshoe News Crew: The Super-Secret – from Melissa Productions, by Melissa Perry Moraja
  • Lately Lily, the Adventures of a Traveling Girl – from Chronicle Books, by Micah Player
  • Bear’s Big Bottom – from Capstone Books, by Steve Smallman, illustrated by Emma Yarlett
  • The Shark Whisperer – from Scarletta Junior Readers, by Dr. Ellen Prager, illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

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Lost Little Penguin – from Capstone Books, by Tracey Corderoy.

WIN Bear’s Big Bottom by LEAVING A COMMENT below this review. For additional entries, and MORE CHANCES TO WIN Lost Little Penguin, and other wonderful children’s books, CLICK HERE TO WIN!
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14. CBC Children’s Choice, Vote Polar Bear

KaliChildrensChoiceIt is such an honor to have Kali’s Story: An Orphaned Polar Bear Rescue selected as a finalist for the CBC Children’s Choice Awards! But kids, now we need your help!

Vote for Kali!!


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15. Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop (INTL ends 3/19)

Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop is hosted by Alyson from Kid Lit Frenzy with Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, and Ella from Mymcbooks

What is Children's Book Week? 

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast!

The theme for this year's Children's Book Week is "books can take you anywhere". I remember my grandpa buying me the first non-picture books that really jump-started my imagination: Robinson Crusoe,  Treasure Island, Swiss Family Robinson (hey, what was with the stranded on desert island motif? I may never know), Heidi, Little Women. I lived in a pretty modern but still third-world city on an island, and none of these books had anything to do with that. It's what I loved so much about them! They transported me to times and places I had never been and might never be. I hope you take this week to show a young person in your life how books can take you to worlds far away as well as help you journey into your own soul.

For our giveaway, you can win a picture, juvenile fiction, middle grade, or young adult book of your choice worth up to $15 from bookdepository.com. Good luck, and make sure you hit up all the other awesome blog giveaways!

Giveaway Rules:
  1. Open internationally.
  2. We are not responsible for items lost in the mail.
  3. One set of entries per household, please.
  4. If you are under 13, please get a parent or guardian's permission to enter, as you will be sharing personal info such as an email address. 
  5. Winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter widget a day or two after the contest ends. 
  6. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to to the email, otherwise we will pick a new winner. 
  7. If you have any questions, feel free to email us. You can review our full contest policy here
  8. PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE ANY PERSONAL INFO IN THE COMMENTS. Sorry for the caps but we always get people leaving their email in the comments. Rafflecopter will collect all that without having personal info in the comments for all the world (and spambots) to find. 

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16. Happy Children's Book Week To You!

In the Ford household, we've celebrated three birthdays, one First Communion, and Mother's Day (happy, happy!) all within the last month.  Heaven forbid we should rest on our laurels, so let's keep the party going with Children's Book Week!

In our next series of posts, the Teaching Authors are planning to share titles of beloved childhood books that have sadly been lost to the ages (loaned, tossed, or otherwise lost).  This is a timely topic for me, as my newly minted eight-year-old asked me last week for new reading suggestions.  We trekked together to the attic, where my childhood books are stored.  As an Army brat with at least 25 moves under my belt, I possess very few relics of my childhood -- toys, treasures, clothes, memorabilia.  But books, I was smart enough to schlep and save. 

I've got Charlie Brown's Super Book of Questions and Answers and the complete Bobbsey Twins (which, alas, I do not feel I can share with my daughter today, what with  Dinah and Sam and Flossie, her father's "little fat fairy" (goodness!)).  However,I pulled together a pile of about 12 books, old and new, that I think she will love.  I also did a quick and painful assessment of what I thought I had that I do not:
The Moffatts series by Eleanor Estes
Figgs and Phantoms and The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues by Ellen Raskin
Most of the All-of-A-Kind family series
Anything by E.B. White (!)
And, for when my daughter is older:
Waiting for Johnny Miracle by Alice Bach
A House Like a Lotus by Madeleine L'Engle

I am thankful that old and/or out-of-print books are now typically available on the Internet, though I suspect some of these will be hard to find.  I plan to get these books into my daughter's hands or die trying.

Happy Children's Book Week (and month and year) to all!  And if you haven't already done so, it's not too late to enter our Blogiversary Contest to win one of four gift certificates to Anderson's Bookstore.  Happy Book Buying to All! --Jeanne Marie

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17. Children’s Book Week

There are several ways to celebrate Children’s Book Week – May 13-18 2013.

1. Take the children to your local library for story hour.  Check the library to see what special programs are available during this special week.

2. Visit a local independent bookstore and browse the racks for the latest children’s books.  Call ahead to see if you can co-ordinate your visit with those of authors who might be signing books.

3. Read, read, read your favorite children’s stories as well as some new ones you’ve never read.  There are so many wonderful authors and picture books.  Looking for a place to start? Try the Newbery and Caldacott winners for the best in writing and illustrating for children.

4. Have a book trading party.  Bring books you’ve had for awhile and trade with other parents or children for some new stories. It’s a great way to expand your child’s reading on a tight budget.

4. Dress up as your favorite character from a book and spend the day pretending to BE that character.  What would he/she/it eat, play with, etc?

Happy Book Week!

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18. Children's Book Week

It's Children's Books Week!  Kids' books are awesome.  Go to the Children's Book Week Kids site.  There is a project there where you can print out the stories started by excellent children's book authors and you get to finish the story!!  This is a great classroom activity and a fun activity for story-minded children everywhere.

Vote on your favorite children's books.  Check out Children's Book Week events around the country.  Print out bookmarks.  Check out the latest list of Best Books. 

Go to your local library and check out some books!  Children's Books are for every day, not just one week a year.

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19. For Children's Book Week, check out the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop (with cool giveaways and prizes)

Happy Children's Book Week, all! I'm a little late to the party, but then for me every week is children's book week.

All the same, I thought I should point you to this cool event over at Mother Daughter Book Reviews: a kid lit giveaway connecting to all kinds of other blogs, with great prizes. It's like a giant virtual book party where you can win stuff--now what's better than that, right?

Read on, YA Sleutheri... And consider making it a children's book this week.

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20. Now Where Did Those Books Go?

Last week, Jeanne Marie kicked off Children's Book Week by introducing our series of posts about beloved children's books we've lost and miss. Before I share my own lost-book story, I want to congratulate the winners of the Sixth Annual Children's Choice Book Awards. According to this press release, over 1,000,000 votes were cast! How cool is that? You can see the list of finalists and winners here.

Now my lost-book story is nowhere near as intriguing as April's. (If you haven't read her post yet, go do so now. I'll wait.) My story starts some years back, when I created a new one-day workshop for College of DuPage called "Writing for Children and Young Adults: From Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter," designed to introduce students to the field of writing for children and teens. As part of the class, I planned to give an overview of the "ages and stages" of children's literature, sharing examples of a variety of genres and formats, classics and contemporary works.

Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon was one of my son's favorite picture books as a child, especially at bedtime. We read the marvelously lyrical, calming text so many times that I memorized it. But when I went to prepare for the class, I couldn't find our copy anywhere. It wasn't in my son's bookcase (he was away at college); it wasn't in his closet; it wasn't in my office. I finally gave up and borrowed a copy from the public library to use in my class.

I taught the class multiple times, and each time I looked for our copy of Goodnight Moon. No luck. Finally, my husband reminded me that I had packed away some of my son's books and baby things in a box that sits in the attic of our garage. Not wanting to ask my husband to drag out the box, I bought a used, paperback copy of Goodnight Moon for class. If my son eventually has children of his own, we'll get that box down from the attic. When we do, I'm hoping to find that it contains not only Goodnight Moon, but also another Margaret Wise Brown/Clement Hurd classic I've been missing for many years--The Runaway Bunny, the story of "a bunny's imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time." As a first-time mom, reading that book to my son was my way of saying that I would always be there for him. But even now I'm not sure who found the book more comforting, my son or me.

By the way, in case any of you who live in the Chicago area are interested, I'll be teaching my workshop "Writing for Children and Young Adults: From Goodnight Moon to Harry Potter" at College of DuPage again this summer. See my website for details.  And I'm thinking it may be time to update the class name, perhaps to "Writing for Children and Young Adults: From Goodnight Moon to Hunger Games." Or if you have any other suggestions, let me know. :-)

And don't forget to enter our current giveaway for a chance to win an autographed copy of Nancy Cavanaugh's debut novel for middle-graders, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet (Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky). See Esther's Student Success Story interview with Nancy for details.

When you're done, head on over to Jama's Alphabet Soup for today's Poetry Friday round-up.

Happy writing!

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21. The Children's & Teen Choice Book Award

This will be the seventh year in which you can choose a favorite book to win the CHILDREN'S CHOICE BOOK AWARD. The award is given by the Children's Book Council.

You'll find the list of books in the running for the award at the link above. The voting continues into May, so you have plenty of time to read all of the books in your age bracket. The winners will be announced during Children's Book Week, May 12-18. When you visit the Children's Book Week site, you'll find cool freebies:

the official bookmark you can print out by nonfiction illustrator, Steve Jenkins

the official poster by Fancy Nancy artist, Robin Priess Glasser. You can request as many of these as you need.

 You can also find out above local events that you can participate in. Most likely your school or a local library will be planning something special during Children's Book Week--because we all know how very special both books and children are!

And books for kids are the absolute best!!!

Happy reading. :)

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22. Children’s Book Week: What’s in Store for 2014

Monday kicks off this year’s Children’s Book Week, May 12 to 18, 2014.


Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever young readers and books connect! Children’s Book Week is administered by Every Child a Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children’s Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children’s book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.”

2fb43aa5-7af0-49ac-b500-81abf2c573bbIn conjunction with the Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, hosted by Youth Literature Reviews and Mother Daughter [and Son] Book Reviews, Kid Lit Reviews is once again celebrating children’s books and the reading of children’s books. The Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, features links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash, and other prizes. What better way to celebrate Children’s Book Week? Enter for these prizes using the linky at the end of this post. It can also be found on both host sites.

Just like last year, KLR has some terrific giveaways, one for each day, but you don’t have to wait to find out what they are.

  • From FarFaria – A 3-month subscription to this online library of children’s books.
  • From Scarletta Kids: The Monster Needs His Sleep by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb
  • From Chronicle Books:  Lately Lily, the Adventures of a Traveling Girl by Micah Player
  • From Capstone Books:  TBA
  • From Scarletta Junior Readers: The Shark Whisperer by Dr. Ellen Prager, illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo
  • From Kid Lit Reviews:  A Special Prize Pack – who knows what it could be?

How do You Win a Prize?

Each day a Rafflecopter Entry System will be on the post. There you can “earn” entries by following the directions at each level. Some levels will be worth more entries than others will. A few entries will be daily, while others are a one-time deal. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received by Sunday, May 18, at midnight EST. Only one prize per entrant.

Each day, an additional entry can earn by leaving a comment below that day’s post. All comments must be posted by Sunday the 18th at midnight, EST to count as an entry. See below for Special Entries. Only one comment per post equals an entry, but additional comments are always welcome.

*** Special Entries ***

For every Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014 blog site you visit and comment on, you will also earn you one entry per day. In the comment area below the KLR post of that day, leave the website name and the Blog Hop # for verification. This is a MUST! (this does not count as an entry comment on KLR). Sites and numbers can be found at:

Youth Literature Reviewshttp://youthlitreviews.com and Mother Daughter & Son Book Reviews http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com, or use the Linky Tool:  Click here to view the complete list of participating bloggers and authors.

Children’s Book Week is more than our Giveaway Hop. That is our way of expressing our interest in kid’s books, our desire that every child learn to read and enjoy reading, and our gratitude to be involved as authors, illustrators, reviewers, readers, and parents. To help the Hop have a great week, please tweet about it and your activities for Children’s Book Week using the hashtag #KidLitGH


  • Open only to those living in the United States.
  • Kids may enter but if they win, a parent or guardian must accept the prize.
  • Winners will be notified by email and have 48 hours to verify their information.
  • Unclaimed prizes will be re-drawn from non-winning entries until a winner is established.


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23. Children’s Book Week Giveaway Hop


We have joined the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews again this year to celebrate children’s book week and give away some awesome prizes.  This year we are giving away two great prize packs containing four children’s paperbacks and a $10 Amazon gift card to each winner.



You can enter by going to our Facebook page and entering during May 12-18.  There are over 80 other bloggers participating with lots of other prizes that include children/teen’s books, gift cards, cash and other prizes so check out the list and get your entries in.

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24. Children's Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

I'm so excited to be part of the Children's Book Week Kid Lit Giveaway Hop. Reading books with my kids has always been a special part of our time spent together. I hope WISH YOU WEREN'T will become one of those books that parents and kids enjoy reading together, that kids enjoy reading under the covers and that people enjoy enough to share with each other. Want to check it out for yourself? You can enter to win a copy below!

Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. His parents ignore him, his little brother is a pain and his family is talking about moving to Texas. Not cool. So when he makes an impulsive wish during a meteor shower, he doesn't expect it to make any difference.

Until his annoying brother disappears.

With the present uncertain and his brother’s future in limbo, Marten finds himself stuck in his past. And if he runs out of time, even wishes might not be enough to save the ones he loves.

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Are you a children's book or teen literature blogger, an author, a publisher, or a publicist looking to share copies of a fabulous book?  Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews are joining forces to provide you with the opportunity to take part in the Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop 2014, featuring links to giveaways for fabulous children/teen's books, gift cards, cash, or other prizes.  What better way to celebrate Children's Book Week?

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25. Children's Book Week!

Happy Monday! My clippings all have to do with this being the start of Children's Book Week.

It's not too late to make it a big deal for your kids/students. How? Check out these websites:

What is Children's Book Week?  http://www.bookweekonline.com

From the Pennsylvania School Library Association – Top 10 Ideas for Celebrating Children's Book Week:  http://www.psla.org/assets/Documents/Advocacy/Top-Ten-List/Childrens-Book-Week.pdf

Fabulous ways to celebrate CBW from Smore.com:

My favorite from the site above? Take a pic of yourself with your favorite children's book, then share it on Twitter using the hashtags #plaea #cbw14. Fun!

From Colorado Parent, 5 ways to celebrate CBW:

And all the way from Australia, here are easy book-related costumes:


Also, if you happen to be in a bookstore this week, my newest picture book debuts Thursday (we'll have a book giveaway sometime this fall). Keep your eyes peeled for I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo!

Or the Australia/New Zealand edition:

Jill Esbaum

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