Ooh! It’s A Winner! X3! – ALPHABEDTIME Giveaway Winners!

Dear Steph, Leslie, Phyllis, Katie, David, Deborah, Patricia, Kim, Tim, Genevieve, Danielle, Lauri F, Karen, Marty, Charlotte, Bru, Susan, Jenna, Ashley, Ellie, Laura, Mary, Elizabeth, Jennifer, Cathy, Angie, Jilanne, Jen, Ingrid, Lauri M, Sarah, Sandy, Lorelei, Jessica, Judy, and Lindsey,

Thank you all so much for coming to the baby shower, and for ALL the wonderful gifts you brought! With 16 days to go until its arrival, Betsy and I are thrilled that, thanks to YOU, our alphababy has been added to 20 Goodreads shelves, been shared on Twitter 18 times, on FB 5 times, and on Instagram 3 times, requested for purchase by 20 libraries from NH all the way to OR, requested for stocking at 5 Indie bookstores, and pre-ordered by 6 of you! Our alphababy is so lucky to be joining such a generous and welcoming family! Betsy and I thank you with all our hearts! Thank you, thank you! ❤️

And now, I’m delighted to announce the winners of the 3 giveaway copies of ALPHABEDTIME, personalized and signed by me (and if we can manage it, 😊 Betsy as well!)

Winners were drawn by entering every gift given into random.org and generating a random list from which the top 3 were selected

Congratulations to you all, and thanks again to everyone who helped share ALPHABEDTIME! Winners, please email me with your snail mail addresses and who you’d like the book signed to and we will get them out to you as soon as we can!

ALPHABEDTIME will be having a blog tour which will be properly announced with graphics and link list, along with possible additions or alterations, but you can look forward to seeing it at the blogs below between October 16 and November 13!

October 16: Book Journey with Kathy Temean plus GIVEAWAY

October 25: Simply 7 Author/Illustrator Interview with Jena Benton plus GIVEAWAY

October 25: Author/Illustrator Interview with Lindsay Ward plus GIVEAWAY

October 28: Perfect Picture Book Friday Review and Interview with Beth Stillborn plus GIVEAWAY

October 28: KidLit 411 Giveaway

October 29: Will Write For Cookies Interview with Vivian Kirkfield plus GIVEAWAY

November 1: Review and Interview with Maria Marshall plus GIVEAWAY

November 5: Review and Alphabet Recipe with Julie Abery plus GIVEAWAY

November 7: Book Related Activities with Laura Sassi plus GIVEAWAY

November 8: Review and Interview with Laura Roettiger plus GIVEAWAY

November 8: Picture Book Look Podcast with Author and Illustrator

November 13: Author/Illustrator Interview and Craft with Lauri Fortino plus GIVEAWAY

Giveaway Winner – BUNNY FINDS EASTER!

Hi Everyone!

There’s no one up for Tuesday Debut today, so instead let’s party!

First, we get to celebrate the randomly selected giveaway winner of Laura Sassi’s beautiful book, BUNNY FINDS EASTER!

And the lucky winner is . . .

Pat Tilton!

I hope your great-granddaughter enjoys it! (I think she will! 😊) Please email me so I can get your book to you!

And what would a celebration party be without cake? I said we might have some, and so we shall!

How about this one?

Chocolate enough?

Let’s find out! 😊

And now, let’s round out our party by having everyone share the book they’re currently reading in the comment section. I’ll start. I’m reading something not at all kidlit – a psychological thriller by Michael Robotham called When You Are Mine. So far, it’s keeping me turning the pages! I also (as always) have a stack of picture books including How To Apologize by David LaRochelle, If You Ever Want To Bring An Alligator To School, Don’t! by Elise Parsley, and Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev (and let me tell you, that tiny elephant is SO CUTE! 😊)

What are you reading?

For a bonus party favor to take home with you, here is a little writing prompt to get the creativity flowing:

Q: What do you get when you cross a turtle with a porcupine?
A: A slowpoke!

Write a story about a slowpoke 😊


Work on your Valentiny Contest entry – only a couple more days to go! If you haven’t read the guidelines yet, hop on over and check them out HERE. You can write THAT story today! 😊

Enjoy your Tuesday (and help yourself to seconds on cake! 😊)

Perfect Picture Book Friday – Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Happy Friday, All!

Before we get to today’s Perfect Picture Book, I’d like to thank everyone for their enthusiastic response to last week’s book, Diva Delores And The Opera House Mouse, and all the nice comments for author Laura Sassi!


I’d like to announce the winner of the hot-off-the-presses copy of Laura’s wonderful book!

Chelsea Owens, come on down!  You are the lucky winner of this fabulous prize!  Please email me (susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com) with your snail mail address so Laura can get your book out to you as soon as possible!  Congratulations! 🙂


In spite of the fact that every time I turn around it is snowing, it IS in fact officially spring!  And what says spring like bugs?

In an effort to encourage spring to show herself, let’s talk about bugs! 🙂

Title: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!

Written & Illuatrated By: Bob Barner

Chronicle Books, 1999, Non-Fiction

Suitable For Ages: 2-6

Themes/Topics: Bugs

Opening: “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!  I want to see bugs!  Butterflies that flutter in the sky.  Spotted ladybugs that go creeping by.”  (This is actually the first three spreads.)

Brief Synopsis: Simple facts about familiar bugs in a rhyme.

bugs 1

illustration copyright Bob Barner 1999

Links To Resources:  One back page of the book includes a display of actual-sized bugs so young readers can see how big they are in real life and how they compare with each other.  Another back page compares facts about all the insects mentioned in the book: can it fly, where does it live, etc.  Here are a few activities, and here are a bunch of coloring pages.

Why I Like This Book: This book is delightfully simple.  Easy enough for youngest readers to enjoy, but with enough information in the back to interest slightly older children.  The pictures are bright, colorful, and engaging and do a great job of making bugs look friendly and non-threatening.  I’m not really much of a bug person, but I find this book very appealing 🙂  This is also an interesting example for writers to study.  The author gets across information in a fun way in only 76 words!

bugs 2

illustration copyright Bob Barner 1999

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see what fabulous picture books you’ve chosen to share this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂


Perfect Picture Book Friday – A Leaf Can Be PLUS The Giveaway Winner!

Greetings, favorite folks!

Before we get to our Perfect Picture Book today, I’d like to take a quick second to announce the winner of a signed copy of Sylvia Liu’s Perfect Picture Book from last week – A Morning With Grandpa!  Many thanks to all of you who visited and commented, sharing your favorite exercise and/or way to relax.  Your names were all randomly randomized in the randomizer, and the winner is:

(drum roll please…!!!)


Congratulations, Leslie!  Please email me (susanna[at]susannahill[dot]com) so I can organize with Sylvia to get your book to you!

Now then.  I confess life got the better of me this week, so I’m sharing a book today that I’ve shared before… but it’s very appropriate for spring and May and the emerald green all around 🙂


Title:  A Leaf Can Be

Written By: Laura Purdie Salas

Illustrated By: Violetta Dabija

Millbrook Press, February 2012, Fiction based on fact

Suitable For: ages 3-8

Themes/Topics: nature, seasons, poetry

Opening:  “A leaf is a leaf

It bursts out each spring

when sunny days linger

and orioles sing.

A leaf can be a…

soft cradle

water ladle

Sun taker

Food maker…”

Brief Synopsis: a simple rhyming story that shows all the many things a leaf can be.

Links To Resources: the back of the book has lots of facts about leaves, showing how they can be all the things mentioned in the book.  There is also a small glossary.  Take a walk and see how many different kinds of leaves you can find.  What could your leaves be used for?  Leaf Activities.  What else can you look at in different ways?

Why I Like This Book:  The quietness of this book encourages children to really think about all the different things leaves can be and in turn encourages children to stretch their imaginations about how other everyday objects might be used in different ways.  The poetry is gentle with pretty images.  The information in the back adds a lot to the learning potential of the book.  And the art in this book is absolutely luminous.  It just glows.  It is the perfect art for the text making for an altogether magical reading experience.

For the complete list of books with resources, please visit Perfect Picture Books.

PPBF folks, please add your titles and post-specific links (and any other info you feel like filling out 🙂 ) to the form below so we can all come see your inspiring picks for this week!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!!