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SpringFling KidLit Contest 2021

Don’t Snore, Snowdrops (wc 141) “Spring! Spring! Spring!” Little Snowdrop bounces in delight. “Let’s stand tall together, bright and beautiful!” grumble slump go Snowdrop’s siblings.“Shush Snowdrop.”“It’s still snowy.”“Let us sleep!” “There’s so much sunshine!” Snowdrop glows with happiness.Sun is just the thing to get everyone’s stalks standing straight.But Snowdrop’s brothers pretend they can’t hear. “The days are warmer!” Snowdrop shivers…

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The Only Woman in the Photo

The Only Woman in the Photo Frances Perkins & Her New Deal for AmericaWords by Kathleen KrullIllustrated by Alexandra ByePublished 2020 I’m partial to a good picture book biography, but it’s icing on the cake when I also learn about someone I had never heard of before.Frances Perkins was driven to help the people of America, especially in regards to…

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Sophie’s Squash

Sophie’s SquashWords by Pat Zietlow MillerIllustrated by Anne WilsdorfPublished 2013 This is one of the books I wish I’d found long before. I love it now, but I know it would have been nearly read to breaking by now if we had it 7-8 years ago. Sophie is a young girl who finds a squash, a plain butternut squash, at…

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50 Precious Words 2021

I’ve tried my hand at several writing contests, and they’ve all given me something to practice and learn. That’s why when I heard of Vivian Kirkfield‘s 50 Precious Word contest I knew I had to at least try. Write a complete story (for kids) in 50 words or less? Even my shortest stories have been in the mid 100s range.…

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Where’s My Mummy?

Where’s My Mummy?Words by Carolyn CrimiIllustrated by John MandersPublished 2008 Where’s My Mummy is a rhythmic story about a little baby mummy who wants to play hide-and-seek with his mama mummy. The story is simple, he runs to hide but when he can’t find mama he looks and instead finds his neighbors, but it grabs young listeners and is a…

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Valentiny 2021

Many thanks to Susanna Hill for hosting another fun holiday themed writing contest on her blog.Entry information and everyone’s fantastic pieces can be found here. —————————- Shiny Sharp ScissorsWC 200 Sarah shivered while she stared at the scissors.The last craft session had not ended well. She had been thinking deep thoughts and not about her hands when…Snip snipEEEK Now, instead…

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Sugar in Milk

Sugar in MilkWord by Thrity UmrigarIllustrated by Khoa LePublished 2020 Sugar in Milk is a retelling of an old story of when the Persians came to India nestled inside the story of a young, immigrant girl who feels out of place in America.Our narrator is unnamed, but her emotions are vivid and touching.The story within the story is one I…

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Happy Dreams, Little Bunny

Happy Dreams, Little BunnyBy Leah HongPublished 2021 Gentle and sweet, Happy Dreams is a great bedtime book! Little Bunny can’t sleep, there are too many big thoughts to think. Mommy bunny helps by asking little probing questions as prompts that make Little Bunny soar into soothing imaginations. Little Bunny is the focus, but Mommy is there in the background the…

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Heirlooms

It’s a simple board with a scuffed and cracked top.The cards feel brittle and are yellowed with age.The pawns are faded (and 1/4 are missing) but the wood is solid. It sits on the shelf, unused most days, but on rare occasions gets pulled out for careful game time. The board games have been out often during this pandemic. They…

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Julia’s House

By Ben Hatke This is a twofer because, much to my delight, one of our family favorites – Julia’s House for Lost Creatures – has a sequel. Julia is a young girl who lives in a traveling house that sits on the back of a giant turtle. It’s too quiet all alone in her big house so she invites lost…

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