Monthly Archives: October 2016

Spider’s Trick or Treat

Spider’s Trick or Treat

Happy Halloweensie! Every year author Susanna Hill sponsors a Halloween writing contest. Submissions must include a story with no more than 100 words using specific words. This year the words are moon, ghost, and spider. Head over to her blog to see all the Halloweensie 2016 entries including my 99 word story, Spiders Trick or Treat. And there are always great prizes too!

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Spider’s Trick or Treat

 

     On the night before Halloween, the classroom filled with light from a full moon. Ants scurried. Flies buzzed. Ghost appeared.

     “Ghost, will you pack some sacks for me?” asked Spider. “I have to get more treats.”

     “What do I need to do?” asked Ghost.

    “Watch,” said Spider. “Pull! Lift! Tuck!”

     “I’ll try,” he gagged.

     Spider returned with more dead bugs.

     Ghost plucked, raised, and dragged the treats, “This is going to take all night.”

      “But the kids will be so surprised!” said Spider.

They filled the last sack when the door creaked opened. “Goodie bags!” the children – screamed.

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Books by the Banks 2016 Highlights

Books by the Banks 2016 Highlights

Books by the Banks 2016 had a stellar line-up of authors and presentations.

Bookseller Alia Jones, authors Zetta Elliott, Greg Leitich Smith and Children’s Librarian Sam Bloom discuss the state of diversity in publishing and ideas to close the gap.

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These guys! Laughed out loud the entire presentation with author-illustrators Greg Pizolli, Bob Shea, and Loren Long. Fun session where they shared personal experiences as well as a bit about their creative process.

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Authors Kerrie Hollihan, Brandon Marie Miller, Michelle Houts, Nancy Poe Pimm, Mary Kay Carson, Carmella Van Vleet, and Jen Swanson talk about science and history – and women in science and history!

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Ohio creatives Tim Bowers, Lana Wayne Koehler, Gloria Adams, Will Hillenbrand and Christina Wald.

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What a fun and creative day! Until next year…

Read and write on!

 

 

Grandparents & Celebrating Heritage: A Perfect Picture Book Pair

Grandparents & Celebrating Heritage: A Perfect Picture Book Pair

PERFECT timing for this Perfect Picture Book Pair!

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This October, Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur are celebrated, and it’s also National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Both books are inspired by the Yiddish folksong “Hob Ikh Mir a Mantl” (I Had a Little Overcoat or My Coat). And both stories show how grandparents re-use, and re-purpose fabric to leave a legacy of love.

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Title: Maya’s Blanket/La manta de Maya

Author: Monica Brown

Illustrator: David Diaz

Publisher: Children’s Book Press (CA); and imprint of Lee & Low Bilingual edition (August 15, 2015)

Age Range: 3-7 years.

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Topics: Latino culture, inter-generational story, sewing, re-use/re-purposing cloth, legacy

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Title: My Grandfather’s Coat

Author: Jim Aylesworth  

Illustrator: Barbara McClintock

Publisher: Scholastic Press   (October 2014)

Age Range: 4-8 years.

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Topics: Immigration, inter-generational story, sewing, re-use/re-purposing cloth, legacy

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Perfect Picture Book Pair showcases two books with universal themes but one must include diverse settings,  life experiences,  and or people in the world of  children’s literature in response to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.

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Mark Twain said ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”Reading is too!

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Kids love to see their own reflections in books. Join me and  #ReadYourWorld!

Boys and Bots: A Perfect Picture Book Pair

Boys and Bots: A Perfect Picture Book Pair

Two boys and their bots make a perfect picture book pair! Friendship, hilarity, and science saves the day.

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TitleThe Bot that Scott Built

Author: Kim Norman

Illustrator: Agnese Baruzzi

Publisher: Sterling Children’s Books (August 2016)

Age Range: 3-7 years.

Boy builds bot. Classroom calamity ensues. Boy and bot save the science fair!
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Title: Boy + Bot  

Author: Ame Dyckman

Illustrator: Dan Yaccarino

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers   (April 2012)

Age Range: 2-5 years.

Boy likes bot. Bot likes boy. Friendship ensues!

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Perfect Picture Book Pair showcases two books with universal themes but one must include diverse settings,  life experiences,  and or people in the world of  children’s literature in response to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign.

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Mark Twain said ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness…”Reading is too!

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Kids love to see their reflections in books. Join me and #ReadYourWorld!