Category Archives: Giveaway

Celebrating Children’s Book Week May -9

Celebrating Children’s Book Week May -9

Let’s Play! Kidlit For Growing Minds is hosting a 7-DAY 9-BOOK ‘Two Truths and a Lie’ giveaway!

We’re celebrating Children’s Book Week on Twitter, May 3-9. To enter, reply to each author’s original tweet. US educators ONLY. Winner selected every 48 hours!

Check out our Twitter page, @ForGrowingMinds, where we will retweet but don’t forget to reply to the original author’s tweet. Join us!

My Writing Journey + GIVEAWAY!

My Writing Journey + GIVEAWAY!

I had a chat with author Rosie Pova on her blog to discuss my road to publication, my latest picture book release NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, and what’s next for me. Follow this link to read that interview.

Hope you enter the GIVEAWAY for a chance to win a copy of NO VOICE TOO SMALL!

Available now!

Charlesbridge | ISBN: 978-1-6235-4131-6
40 pages | ages 5-9

Bookshop | Blue Manatee Literacy Project | Charlesbridge | Amazon | B&N

I’m planning giveaways for my forthcoming book too. Stay tuned!

Beaming Books | ISBN: 978-1506467917
40 pages | ages 4-8

Coming January 26, 2020


Bookshop | Blue Manatee Literacy Project | Beaming Books | Amazon | B&N

Picture Book Critique Fest 2019

Picture Book Critique Fest 2019

Head over to PBSpotlight and enter their 2019 Picture Book Critique Fest for a chance to win a picture book critique. Check out all the participating authors, illustrator and agents, oh my! Deadline to enter is October 25th.

A good critique must take into account the structure of your story. For example, in a classic story structure a character has a problem they attempt to solve, faces obstacles, has a dark moment where failure looks inevitable, but ultimately they figure out how to solve the problem and in the end has grown or changed in some way.

A critique of a manuscript like this may address:

The opening/ first line(s). 

The first 50 words.

The problem and if clearly stated.

The inciting incident.

The main character’s traits.

The words that indicate the story’s tone and voice.

The dialogue, if any.

The secondary characters.

The pacing.

The stakes.

The tension.

The transitions.

The scenes.

The story’s narrative arc.

The room left for the illustrator.

The resolution.

The ending.

Good luck!

Bridget and the Books Giveaway

Bridget and the Books Giveaway

Eh la bas! A young kidlit blogger at Bridget and the Books is hosting a giveaway of THE KING CAKE BABY. Run to her blog and comment on her post to enter. Last day to enter is February 17th. Good luck!

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