February 15 – It’s Library Lovers Month |Recommendations from Celebratepicturebooks.com

About the Holiday For bibliophiles, this may be the best month of the year! Not only does your local library have shelves stacked with books, magazines, movies, and music of every kind, it offers comfy chairs, fascinating lectures, kids programs, and more! While this year most libraries have been closed for in-person visits or offered…
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Storystorm 2021 Registration is OPEN!

Welcome to Storystorm 2021. For me, Storystorm: The Musical Edition. Psyched!

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Every year when Storystorm rolls around, I like to pick a theme for this registration post.

This year’s theme will come as no surprise…


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Welcome to STORYSTORM 2021!

Four years ago I changed the name and month of my annual writing challenge, from Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo) to STORYSTORM. Why? Answer’s here.

Although this challenge begun as a picture book writer’s event, any writer interested in brainstorming new story ideas in January is invited to join the STORYSTORM challenge of 30 ideas in 31 days. Any genre, any style; student, amateur, hobbyist, aspiring author or seasoned professional.

How does STORYSTORM work? It’s simple…

  • Register.
  • Read the daily posts on this blog, beginning January 1st.
  • Write down one (or more) story idea daily.
  • At the end of January if you have at least 30 new…

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LATKES FOR SANTA CLAUS by Janie Emaus (plus a giveaway)

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

According to the Pew Research Center, 1 in 5 U.S. adults were raised in an interfaith family. While that doesn’t necessarily mean a Christian/Jewish upbringing, it is the most common mix…which makes me wonder why there aren’t more books that explore this dynamic.

Well, Janie Emaus has a sweet (and savory) picture book for those families! Introducing LATKES FOR SANTA CLAUS!

Janie, what was your inspiration for this story? 

I grew up in a Jewish family and celebrated my first Christmas after marrying my husband. When our daughter was born, we had a Christmas Tree and a Menorah. As she grew up, I wondered if it was ever confusing for her. I looked for books with characters she could relate to and not finding any that were written in a fun, entertaining way, I decided to write my own. And because there weren’t any books, I thought, this would sell…

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Little People, BIG DREAMS: John Lennon

The Library Mouse Tales

Author: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara

Illustrator: Octavia Bromell

We have really enjoyed other biographies in the Little People, BIG DREAMS series, so when Netgalley and Quarto Publishing gave us the chance to preview this new title, we said yes please!

This book describes the life of John Lennon, the boy from Liverpool who dreamed of peace. John Lennon is famous around the world for his music, being part of The Beetles and his hopes for World peace.

As a boy, he loved music and art. While still at school, John formed a band but then he met Paul McCartney and they changed music forever. They were a brilliant songwriting pair. The Beatles were loved all over the world.

Imagine by John Lennon

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too

Imagine all the people
Living life in peace


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#FallWritingFrenzy Winners!!

Lydia Lukidis

Aloha #FallWritingFrenzy peeps-

So…who’s excited to hear about the winners of the second annual Fall Writing Frenzy??

There were 354 wonderful entries. It wasn’t easy but guest judge Donna, Kaitlyn, and I have some wonderful winners to share! And of course, we have more than the original 36 prizes to give…we just couldn’t help ourselves!

Thank you to everyone for your patience, but most of all, for the way you all came together as a community. In the past few weeks, Kaitlyn and I have been so happy to watch you make connections with one another, become inspired in your writing, and cheer each other on. This is what makes the kidlit community so special!

And now….the time has come to make the special announcement everyone has been waiting for…BUT- before we do, we would like to say, from the bottom of our hearts, that you are ALL…

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