Kidlit Community Answers The Call For Content

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Spring Fling Writing Contest



by Suzy Leopold

Winter white is melting, revealing shades of green.

Raindrops fall. Puddles deepen.

A season emerges with a new debut,             

Welcoming a new beginning on the prairie.

Seedlings peek through the soil, seeking warmth from the sun.

Buds burst. Leaves unfurl.

Flowers paint the garden with rainbow colors,

Blossoming across the wide open prairie.

Insects soar through the air, searching for nectar.

Bees buzz. Butterflies swirl.

Pollinators seek fragrant nectar with shimmery colors,

Emerging life is alive on the prairie.

Migrating birds return across a gray blue sky.

Robins flitter. Worms squirm.

Feathered friends chirp songs with cheer,

Building nests to lay some eggs.

Wake up! Wake up!

It’s springtime on the prairie.

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Avoid the “Spring Slide”

Due to a world-wide outbreak of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared the virus as a pandemic.

During this time when school is not in session, I’m sharing some resources for kids and parents. These links support reading, writing, creating, learning, and growing.

Every day I discover many generous folks offering opportunties for children to stay engaged and avoid the “Spring Slide”.

This post will be updated as need be with additional links.

Children’s Book Council

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Young Writer’s Blueprint

Read, Wonder, and Learn

Draw with Ralph Masiello

Daily Live Read Alouds with Peter Hamilton

Creativity! Writing! Weird Tara Stuff!

Oliver Jeffers


The Kitchen Table Classroom

Color, Cut, & Create with Merrill Rainey

Write With Jess Keating

Kid Lit Authors Organize Virtual Book festival for May

Arree’s Free Creativity Camp

Melissa Stewart, Nonfiction Author Videos

Virtual Museum Tours

National Geographic Facts about COVID-19 Create a free account.

Josh Funk Saturday Story Time and Josh Funk Books

This Reading Mama

IXL Inspiration and Learning

SCBWI Michigan

Support for Individuals with Autism

Publishers Weekly

Barefoot Books

Lee & Low virtual author visits

50 Brain Breaks

Reading Tips for Parents

Love to Read

Created by my Cousin Gaylene aka Mrs. Patchwork

Continue to do what’s best for you, your family, and loved ones. Follow the recommended guidelines from the CDC, and requirements from your local community and state.


— A poem by Lynn Ungar

What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath–

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one aother’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love —

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

Poem goes viral

Lynn Ungar, Poetry and Other Readings

Sharing a link for writers to the GROG Blog.

State united. Stay connected. Choose happy.


Created by Suzy Leopold


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Today is #PBParty hosted by Michelle Hauck and Mindy Alyse Weiss.

If you’re a picture book writer, an illustrator, or both, check out the excellent opportunity.

It’s In The Details: Picture Books




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Book Giveaway – TYPEWRITER by Yevgenia Nayberg

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Book Giveaway: Free for You and Me: What Our First Amendment Means

FREE FOR YOU AND ME: WHAT OUR FIRST AMENDMENT MEANS, written by Christy Mihaly; illustrated by Manu Montoya.

I am grateful for my freedom.

Writing and Illustrating

Christy Mihaly Boxer has written a new picture book titled, FREE FOR YOU AND ME: What Our First Amendment Means, Illustrated by Manu Montoya and published by Albert Whitman. Christy has agreed to share a copy with one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is to leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Christy and Manu!

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Book Giveaway: Free for You and Me: What Our First Amendment Means

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Pre and Post Funeral Thoughts

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These feelings are expressed so well. There are many parts of this story that I connect with.

Bless you, Alysha Kaye.


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Nonfiction Fest

Are you a writer of nonfiction for kids? Today is the first post for the first Nonfiction Fest!

NF Fest Participant Badge

This free writing event is hosted by some outstanding nonfiction authors:

Pat Miller

Linda Skeers

Lisa Amstutz

Nancy Churnin

Peggy Thomas

Stephanie Bearce

Susie Kralovansky

To learn more, click on this link here.

Time to learn and grow and develop the craft of writing nonfiction for kidlit.


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Storystorm 2020

The New Year and new decade have arrived and is moving along!

It’s time for STORYSTORM with Tara Lazar.

Read all about this annual writing event on Tara’s WordPress blog at Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

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