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#PPBF - Peter Panda Melts Down - Book Review, Craft and Helpful Tips on Temper Tantrums

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday – I review a picture book, provide a simple fun craft you can do with your kids and then I link up with dozens of other writers, moms, librarians and other lovers of picture books on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.

 

I recently connected with the author of today’s selection…Artie Bennett is super funny and super…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on June 18, 2014 at 11:08pm — No Comments

#PPBF - Millie Fierce Sleeps Out

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday – I review a picture book, provide a simple fun craft you can do with your kids and then I link up with dozens of other writers, moms, librarians and other lovers of picture books on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog.

I enjoy reading the classic picture books that I grew up with – but I also love finding brand-new ones that will be classics one day. So…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on June 6, 2014 at 12:38am — No Comments

#PPBF - Edmund Pickle Chin - A Rescue Donkey Story: Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is also the third stop on the blog tour of EDMUND PICKLE CHIN – A DONKEY RESCUE STORY, written by Clara Bowman-Jahn and Susan April Elwood.

I’m honored that I get to review this wonderful brand-new picture book. Please make sure you scroll down to the end of the post – there are special prizes being offered if you visit and comment at all of the stops on the tour and you’ll also find a fun donkey craft for…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on May 30, 2014 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Picture Book Review and Activity: Chick-O-Saurus Rex

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. I haven’t been blogging recently because of our up-coming move…but I just had to share this very special book with all of you.

With the start of the new school year, many parents and children will be coping with a problem that has been around for a long time – bullying. I’m joining a special blog book tour to raise…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on August 23, 2013 at 3:01am — No Comments

Clutter Busting 101 and a Pitch Pick Contest

 clutter busting 101 and a pitch pick

Are you a saver or a tosser?

My sister-in-law once told me if you didn’t use something in a year, it was time to get rid of it.

I’ve got stuff that I haven’t used in… 10 or 20 years!

As many of you know, we are moving from Colorado to New Hampshire at the end of September.…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on August 21, 2013 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Monday Writing Magic: Building Relationships in the Kid Lit Community

Monday Writing Magic: Building Relationsips Within the Kid Lit Community

Writing can be one of the most solitary occupations. Many writers carve out time from busy schedules that often include family and job responsibilities. Setting the alarm early or staying up after everyone else is in dreamland are two ways to find ‘quiet’ time.

Even though most of us need to be ‘alone’ when we are creating, it is really important to be part of a community that can…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on July 22, 2013 at 2:15am — No Comments

Multicultural Picture Book Review and Activity for Kids

Today is Friday – time for a children’s book and an activity to keep the kids happy and busy!

Multicultural Picture Book Review and Cooking Activities

I found this book in a box at an open air town flea market when I was visiting my daughter and grandson in New Hampshire. I get into trouble at these places – how can you say no to a beautiful picture book for 25 cents? The seller wanted me to take the entire box of over a dozen hardcover…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on July 19, 2013 at 7:14pm — No Comments

Fear of Public Speaking: Tips That Really Help

Fear of Public Speaking: Tips that really help

Attention authors: For many of you, writing the book is the easy part. The hard job starts after your book is published. These days, whether you are traditionally published or self-published, the task of marketing and promoting your book falls to…you.

Marketing and promoting a book can be done in many ways. Press releases and platforms such as blogging,…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on July 15, 2013 at 5:37pm — No Comments

Monday Writing Magic: What Makes a Great Picture Book Story?

Monday Writing Magic: What Makes a Great Picture Book Story?

What good luck! I’m continuing my new blog schedule with a Monday post about writing. Susanna Leonard Hill graciously picked today to reveal the 8 finalists in the 4th of July Secret Mystery Writing Contest. Thanks, Susanna…perfect timing!

What bad luck! It will be very difficult…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on July 8, 2013 at 1:26pm — No Comments

Lifting the Spirits of a Chronically Ill Child

Today is Friday – I have another children’s book to review to add to the  Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. If you go to Susanna’s blog today, you will not find a picture book review because there is a 4th of July Holiday Mystery Writing…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on July 5, 2013 at 11:39am — No Comments

Why Attend a SCBWI Conference #2013AFCC

Why Attend an SCBWI Conference #2013afcc

Why attend a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) conference?

I’ve been writing picture book stories since I was a…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on June 3, 2013 at 1:35am — No Comments

Play It Safe This Summer: Window Safety

Jake, at Time after Time, has a Sunday Post Challenge. The theme this week is WINDOW.…

Sunday Post: Window...Play it Safe This Summer

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on May 20, 2013 at 2:36am — No Comments

Endangered Species Day: Gone Fishing: Oceans by the Number Review and Activity

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Today is Friday – so we have a children’s book to review to add to the  Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on May 18, 2013 at 4:39am — No Comments

I Was Invited To Speak in Singapore!!!!

In less than two weeks, I'll be flying to Singapore to participate in the 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content.

This annual international conference brings together authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of children's media.

I'm thrilled to have been invited to share my passion for using picture books as a parenting tool to build self-esteem and strengthen the parent-child connection. The event…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on May 11, 2013 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Super Bowl Sunday: Including the Kids with Snacks and Stories

Super Bowl Sunday is three days away. What does Super Bowl Sunday mean to you? Are you having a Super Bowl Sunday party at your home? Does your family cluster around the TV, watching all of the action?

If you have young children, you can include them in the festivities. Read this wonderful picture book. Invite them into the kitchen to help prepare some yummy and healthful Super Bowl Sunday snacks.…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on January 30, 2013 at 6:08pm — No Comments

Connecticut School Tragedy and a Children's Christmas Story

1993...The Year of the Graduations (Junior High, High School and College)

1993…The Year of the Graduations (Junior High, High School and College)

We raised our three children in a small Connecticut town less than thirty minutes from yesterday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

For twenty-five years we lived happily and peacefully.  Our children went from elementary schools to middle schools to…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on December 15, 2012 at 2:57am — 2 Comments

How To Help Kids Deal With Anxiety: The Worry Glasses

Many people suffer from anxiety…adults as well as children.  But the question is: how to help kids deal with anxietyThe Show Me How program uses picture books to help young children deal with the challenges they face so today, for Perfect Picture Book Friday, I’ve chosen a story that addresses that problem.…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on November 30, 2012 at 11:38pm — 1 Comment

Sunday Post: What Are Our Greatest Natural Resources?

Have you ever thought about what are our greatest natural resources?

Are they forests of timber?

Are they pristine rivers flowing freely?…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on November 25, 2012 at 2:36am — No Comments

Parenting Advice from the Andy Griffith Show

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday where I link up with Susanna Leonard Hill’s fantastic group of picture book writers, illustrators, librarians and others who contribute a picture book review.

Before I get to the picture book review, I wanted to share some thoughts about parenting.

Last night, my husband and I enjoyed watching an old Andy Griffith  Show from the 1961 season…”…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on November 24, 2012 at 12:04am — No Comments

Thanksgiving Day: Thankful Thoughts and Thoughtless Tragedies

Spending time with each helps keep the spark alive…relationships are strengthened when you take on challenges together.

 

Today, November 22, 2012, is Thanksgiving.

It is also the…

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Added by Vivian Kirkfield on November 22, 2012 at 4:03pm — No Comments

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