Book Giveaway: THE WHOLE WORLD INSIDE NAN’S SOUP by Hunter Liguore

Written by Hunger Liguore; Illustrated by Vikki Zhang

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#PBChat with Justin Colón

#PBChat is a community of picture book creators hosted by Justin Colón. Every other Wednesday Justin hosts a chat on Twitter. A kid lit industry topic is tweeted. Authors, illustrators, writers, and illustrators participate with tweets about the craft and business of picture books.

PBChat

http://justincolonbooks.com/pbchat/

Once a year, Justin sets of #PBChat Mentorship Program. In the spring 585 creators applied for the mentorship program. Twenty-three mentors volunteered to share their time and expertise. After reading the mentors’ bios, I selected three authors as a potential fit. I completed and submitted an extensive online application on April 30th.

On June 30th I was tagged in a tweet indicating I was selected as a mentee! My mentor is author Rob Sanders.

https://www.robsanderswrites.com/about

The mentorship is a three month program. In November, Justin will host a #PBMentee Showcase. Forty + agents and editors from top agencies and publishing houses will read manuscripts that were revised and polished during the mentorship. The manuscripts must be ready for submission and may be selected for the possibility of publication.

I am honored to be a mentee to Rob Sanders. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow as a writer.

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Book Giveaway: BRANCHES OF HOPE: THE 9/11 SURVIVOR TREE

Read about a beautiful book with a message of hope on Writing and Illustrating by Kathy Temean.

BRANCHES OF HOPE: THE 9/11 SURVIVOR TREE

Written by Ann Magee Illustrated by Nicole Wong

Charlesbridge, May 2021

Ages 4-7; Grades Preschool-2nd grade

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Part VI 100 Day Challenge

I reached the half way mark!

Posting another set of ten creations for the 100 Day Challenge.

Days 51-60

This set includes remembering two legendary, award winning authors and illustrators.

Eric Carle

1929-2021

Remembering Eric Carle

Lois Ehlert

1934-2021

Remembering Lois Ehlert
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Part V 100 Day Challenge

This set of 4 X 4 creations includes book pages with watercolor paintings.

Days 41-50

Creating with multi-media makes for interesting and unique art work.

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Part IV 100 Day Challenge

The 100 Day Challenge continues as I create on 4 X 4 watercolor paper every day.

The following creations are painted with watercolor. The theme is picture book characters.

Painting faces was challenging for me. I stepped up to the challenge and put forth the effort. Most importantly, I enjoyed my time creating.

Days 31-35
Days 36-40
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Book Giveaway: DUMPLINGS FOR LILI by Melissa Iwai

Dumplings for Lili written and illustrated by Melissa Iwai is on my BTR [Books to Read List], Norton Young Readers, June 2021.

Together Lili and Nai Nai love cooking baos together. But today they are out of cabbage.

Read more on Melissa Iwai’s web site and Kathy Temean’s blog.

https://www.melissaiwai.com/books#/new-page/

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100 Day Challenge Part III

Here are ten more creations:

Days 21-30

This set of ten is created with acrylic paints. Some include mixed media and cut paper pieces.

Reading, writing, and creating always fill my heart with joy and a sense of accomplishment.

May the season of spring fill your heart with joy, too.

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Book Giveaway: JUNE ALMEIDA, VIRUS DETECTIVE! by Suzanne Slade

Such a timely, important picture book about how June Almeida discovered the first human Coronavirus in 1964.

Read more about this book on Kathy Temean’s blog and enter win a copy of this book.

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100 Day Challenge Part II

The one hundred day challenge continues.

Taking time to create every day is important to me. I feel this journey supports my wonder and curiosity about the world around me and offers and opportunity to grow as a creative.

The second set of 4 X 4 cards are painted with a variety of watercolors, including metallic watercolors.

Days 11-15
Days 16-20

Springtime on the Illinois Prairie keeps Perry and I busy. At Gardens by the Willows many flower and vegetable seeds are planted. Every seed is filled with wonder and hope.

I am grateful for many beautiful flowers and yummy garden goodness that we grow. I am also grateful to learn and grow as a reader, writer, and creator.

This head of lettuce was harvested from our greenhouse!

I look forward to sharing more 💯Day Challenge creations with you soon.

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