By: Kristen Donohue Gif by Allison Strick Molly moves old logs and soggy leaves. “What a messy garden!” “Please stop!” cry the caterpillars. “You’re disturbing our home.”Molly pulls dandelions and clover. “Look at all these weeds!” “Please stop!” plead the bees. “Weeds give us nectar and pollen.”Molly plucks purple dead nettle and thistle. “Soon it… Continue reading Molly’s Messy Garden
50 Precious Words Winner!
I’m so excited that my story about friendship (FIRST DAY) was chosen as one of the #50PreciousWords winners!! Big thanks to Vivian Kirkfield, the judges and all who donated prizes!
Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest 2018
As a writer, I like to try new things in an effort to hone my craft and keep my courage "muscle" in good working order. In that vein, I entered Susanna Hill's 2018 Holiday Contest. The rules of the contest are simple: "Write a children’s holiday story (children here defined as age 12 and under) about A Holiday… Continue reading Susanna Hill’s Holiday Contest 2018
There is a beautiful simplicity to the picture book. Simple words and simple sentences. Sparse text married to art. Picture books are created primarily for the very young as they serve as an introduction to the “firsts” of life. First friendships, first emotions, first adventures, first successes and first separations. But are the emotions of… Continue reading Simply Told
E is for Everyone!
When you think about picture books, who do you picture reading them? Most people think of toddlers and preschoolers and they're not off the mark. Most picture books are written specifically for this age. The simplicity of text and pictures lends itself to a read aloud. But are young children the only ones who benefit… Continue reading E is for Everyone!