Book Reviews

Picture Books About Flowers

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Happy May 1st! Spring has sprung (regardless of some snow across the upper United States) and soon it will be summer time! Every time I think of picture books about flowers, Miss Rumphius always comes to mind. I remember my father reading the story to me several times as a child. I also remember pulling the book from my book shelve and flipping through it, looking at the pictures. I still own a copy of that very book. Here are a few other flower picture books perfect for the end of spring.

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A rhyming story with regards to who cares about flowers and who doesn’t.

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A richly drawn picture book showcasing a flower for each letter of the alphabet.

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This book is a bold delight of colors and fun story too.

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Visually appealing picture book, especially the cat and dog. This story is brimming with conversation starting illustrations.

Book Reviews

5 Picture Books Perfect for March

Image result for the night before st patrick's dayThe Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing, with illustrations by Amy Wummer  – You guessed it, a St. Patty’s take on The Night Before Christmas. A cute story that will have children asking for another read.

Image result for there was an old lady who swallowed a cloverThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! by Lucille Colandro, with illustrations by Jared Lee – I personally love this series and was not aware there was a St. Patty’s themed one until now!

Image result for the luckiest leprechaunThe Luckiest Leprechaun: A Tail-Wagging Tale of Friendship by Justine Korman, with illustrations by Denise Brunkus. This story is smart, sarcastic, and funny, with lovely illustrations too!!! You can watch it read aloud here.

Image result for how to trap a leprechaunHow to Trap a Leprechaun by Sue Fliess, with illustrations by Emma Randall – fun illustrations and story, with notes for educators and parents on how to allow your child/children how to make a trap.

Image result for The Luck of the Irish ready to readAs part of the Ready to Read series: The Luck of the Irish by Margaret McNamara, with illustrations by Mike Gordon – While this story is meant for an early reader, it can easily be used as a read aloud book for preschoolers.


Book Reviews

The Way to Bea and Kat Yeh – book review

The Way to Bea is not as good as The Truth About Twinkie Pie, but nothing ever will be! Not even if it’s the same author. It’s not to say I didn’t love her latest book, The Way to Bea, I did (and I’ll get to that in a second), but how does anyone top their favorite book, ever?

Okay, have you ever wanted to hug a book? That is what happens when you read a Kat Yeh book, any of her books (The Friend Ship, The Truth About Twinkie Pie). I swear, you will stop halfway through and hug the book.

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In The Way to Bea (middle grade book), at least one sentence in each chapter caused me do a double read. It was that good. I had to read it twice, with a nice long pause thinking about it afterwards.

The Way to Bea, in one word would be…heartbeat. I think what makes this story special is all the little stories around the central focus. The teacher, the parents. Everything is knit together as though Yeh was working on a scarf, not a book.

The Way to Bea taught me about Labyrinths and haikus. Like all Kat Yeh stories, it warms your heart, it causes you to feel for the main character. It causes you to think about yourself. You will instantly love all the characters in The Way to Bea, even her parents. (They are the type of parents many of us wished for, even if they didn’t always pay attention).

Five out of five stars for The Way to Bea, releasing September 19th. You can pre-order it, so you should, you must, go, hurry.

5 Minute Fiction

Dog’s Tale – 50 words

Once upon a dog, not a cat. A dog with a head so small and ears so big. His body stumpy, yet long, weaving through grassy yards. He turned onto Mrs. Williams’s porch. For this tale ends as the tail ends up in a home filled of apples and biscuits.

This is my entry! 🙂


  1. Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, using only 50 words…they can all be different words, or you can use some of them over and over…just as long as the total word count of the story is 50 or less.
  2. It can be prose, rhyme, free verse, silly or serious…whatever works for you.
  3. Title is not included in the word count.
  4. No illustration notes please.
  5. Between March 2nd and March 6th, post your story on your blog if you have one and want to and put the link in the comments of this post. Or copy and paste the entire story in the comments of this post. I ask for the link so that people will visit each other and find new friends in the kid lit community. Please make sure you put your name in the post. If you have any trouble at all posting the link or the story, please email me and I will be happy to do it for you:
  6. Deadline for posting the story or the link in the comments is Monday, March 6, at 11:59pm.
  7. Winners will be announced in a special blog post on Thursday, March 9.
  8. Winners? Of course, there will be winners…and prizes, too!

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#50PreciousWords Writing Challenge is OPEN