BOOK REVIEW by 💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

BALD IS BEAUTIFUL A Letter for a Fabulous Girl in September, written by Carola Schmidt and illustrated by Diane Ovieta is a heartfelt picture book.

This story is written for all young girls or grown ladies going through cancer and facing hair loss. The message of self-acceptance shines through loud and clear. Carola’s lyrical language, along with the beautiful illustrations are such a delight.

BALD IS BEAUTIFUL is a must have book for parents, teachers, and libraries. It is

important to teach children to except people as they are, no matter their circumstance

This is the perfect gift for any female facing cancer.

VISIT: Crayola Facebook page and hit on the tab

READ ALONG DRAW ALONG, BALD IS BEAUTIFUL Event

You will meet the author, illustrator, and two great story tellers. ENJOY!

Blessings Until Next Time.

Dawn Young Children’s Author Blackberry Book Tour

💛Mrs. Good Choice shares Read Along Draw Along event: BALD IS BEAUTIFUL💛

Blackberry Book Tour presents BALD IS BEAUTIFUL: A letter for a fabulous girl in September, by Carola Schmidt.

Calling all parents, teachers, librarians, and children, come join us on Facebook for a live Read Along Draw Along with author Carola Schmidt, illustrator Diane Ovieta, and guest readers Tonya and Joey Media.

When: September 1, 2021

Time: 7:00 EST

Where: Crayola Education Facebook Page https://fb.me/e/1EUsMk30v

Kids in classrooms all over will be watching. If you know teachers that might be interested in attending with their class, please send them the link. Not everyone will be able to see the event live. Please mark your calendar and you can watch the event at any time on-demand from the video tab on the Crayola FB Page.

Hope to see you there.

Blessings Until Next Time!

Dawn Young

💛Mrs. Good Choice’s Blackthorn & Blackberry Review: TEN LITTLE FROGS💛

Hi Friends,

As a prior educator and now full-time children’s author, I have a passion for promoting literacy, overall education, and the fundamental joy of entertaining kids. I was asked to join a group of authors, world-wide to join Blackthorn Book Tours based in the UK and Blackberry Book Tours in Brazil.

Our task is to review new children’s literature.

I love to read picture books of all kinds. From time to time, I will be sharing a review with you of new and current picture books.

Today’s review: TEN LITTLE FROGS by Jason Travis. Illustrated by his brother, Shawn M. Travis.

4,254 Green Frog Stock Photos, Pictures & Royalty-Free Images

When ten little frogs sitting on a log witness the surprise of a shooting star, each dive into their own super natural personality and disappear.

At the end of the day, the ten little frogs reunite to share their stories with one another.

TEN LITTLE FROGS is a fun adventure, teaching children the concept of counting backwards from 10 and subtraction with the help of ten little unique frogs. The fun illustrations will keep young ones engaged in the fun.

Blessings until next time,

💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

    Dawn Young

💛Mrs. Good Choice’s Blackberry Review: TURTLE CROSSING💛

Hi Friends,

As a former educator and now children’s author, I am passionate about promoting literacy, overall education, and the fundamental joys of entertaining children. I have agreed to participate with other authors around the world to post reviews of inspiring picture books for Blackberry Book Tours located in the UK.

This weeks review is TURTLE CROSSING by Malve von Hassell.

Oliver, a young turtle, experiences his family moving to a new home. His refusal to move, places him on a long lonely journey filled with obstacles.

Children will fall in love with young Oliver and discover that Oliver’s choices become harder than he ever imagined.

This heartfelt story with delightful illustrations is a fun family read, especially for families anticipating a move of their own.

💛2021 Spring Fling KidLit Writing Contest💛

Dawn Young (112 words)

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             JACK AND JILL

“Jumping Juniper

cloudless skies!”

Jack is curious,

“Jill,” he cries.

Chirping chick-a-des.

Buzzing bees!

Squirls scampering,

humming trees.

Spring’s awakening.

“Let’s go hop!

Hill awaiting

at the top.”

Pail is waterless,

not in need.

Chores forgotten

yes, indeed!

Jill is overjoyed.

Spring has sprung.

Flying butterflies,

Oh, what fun!

Brand new buttercups

fill the fields.

Nice and colorful.

beauty yields.

Day was fabulous.

Sky turns gray.

Rain’s predicted,

We can’t stay.

Running hurriedly

down we go.

Jill starts tumbling

fast not slow.

Rolling lopsided

boom she falls.

Standing vertically,

“Help!” Jill calls.

Shrieking bellowing,

“I’m not hurt!”

Brushing franticly,

lots of dirt.

Walking silently

had a blast.

Comfy residence,

home at last!

💛Mrs. Good Choice Loves to Write💛

Susanna Leonard Hill / Valentiny Writing Contest / 197 words

BRAVE NEW FRIENDS / by Dawn Young

💛

Mary has a Valentine,

she wants to give away.

But every time that Mary tries,

no words can she convey.

💛

She swallows hard, and tries her luck,

to try out something new.

While all the children laugh and play,

She gets a tiny clue.

💛

In her hand she holds a heart, 

as tightly as can be.

She doesn’t want her secret crush,

to see her by the tree.

💛

And all at once, there he stands,

a smile upon his face.

In his hand is something pink,

all trimmed in pretty lace.

💛

“Just for you, my special friend.”

Mary turns bright red.

He handed her a Valentine.

He turned around and fled.

💛

One more time she tries her luck.

She tries to be quite brave!

There he sat upon the slide

She gives a silent wave.

💛

As Mary bends to say hello.

Her crush begins to wiggle.

“Here’s a card, just for you.”

They both begin to giggle.

💛

“Will you be my Valentine?”

He whispers in her ear.

“Yes! Will you?” she bravely asks.

“I’m glad that you are here!”

💛

Nate is new in Mary’s class.

He came just yesterday.

“I am glad that we are friends.

Hip-hip-hip-hooray!”


💛Mrs. Good Choice’s 2020 Writing Successes💛

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2020.

1 Completed 12 picture book drafts & numerous revisions.

2 Revised three picture book manuscripts ready for submission.

3 Queried 36 publishers and agents in 2020 / Received 16 personalized rejections.

4 Participated in the SCBWI Summer Spectacular on line Conference.

5 Received Honorable Mention in Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Word Contest.

6 Participated in the SCBWI Midsouth Critique & Revision Series.

7 Applied for the SCBWI Midsouth Mentor Program. Didn’t get accepted but received an encouraging email from Rita Lorraine, author of THE OLDEST STUDENT, stating I was one of the finalist and to keep writing.

8 Enjoyed working with my new Critique Group members. / I love working with my individual Critique partners, Jenny and Jill.

9 Participated in ReFoReMo to learn about Comp Titles.

10 Was only able to host one SCBWI Midsouth Nashville Area Writing Social due to Covid.

11 Participated in #PBPitch and #PBMad on Twitter.

12 Participated in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Writing Contests

Dawn Young

Stock Illustration - The signing of a document

💛DEAR SANTA💛

Suzanna Hill’s, Holiday Helper Contest: 246 wc                                                                 

Dear Santa,

It’s me Joey. You remember me, last year I asked for a bike, stuff to build a  treehouse, and a puppy. Benji is getting big and learning to shake hands. He is my best friend! Thank you, Santa!

This year I would like a different kind of gift. I need fifteen blankets! I bet you think our house is cold or that I like to sleep in my treehouse. But that’s not why I need the blankets. 

Last Saturday my family drove around our town looking at Christmas lights. Along the way we saw people sitting or sleeping on the ground. My Dad told me that these people were down on their luck and didn’t have a house to live in.

This made me sad. I can’t stop thinking about one family I saw living in the park. There was a mom, dad and two boys. I know the older boy, Nathan. He goes to my school. I didn’t know his family was homeless. 

About the blankets, I want my family to make goodie bags and deliver them and the blankets to the people on the streets. I told my mom and dad about seeing Nathan and asked if we could please help his family. 

Guess what? Dad went and talked to Nathan’s dad. Our church is going to help them get a house! Mom said we can invite them over for Christmas dinner! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Love,

Joey

P.S. Benji would like a big bone!

💛Mrs. Good Choice’s💛Top Ten💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public-school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

After spending thirty-three years in the field of education, it is no secret, that I have learned so much from the little people that have surrounded me. In my abundance of learning experiences, I would like to share my favorite top ten lessons I have learned on my journey.

#10 Parents are Our First Teacher

#9 Never Compare Siblings

#8 Respect Everyone You Meet, Regardless of Their Circumstances

#7 Children Need to be Taught Responsibility

#6 Our Job as Adults, is to be Good Role Models for Children

#5 Always Try to Keep a Positive Attitude

#4 Reading and Books are Special Treasures

#3 It Does Take a Village to Raise a Child

#2 Children are Jewels, Waiting to Shine

#1 All Children Need to Feel Loved

Would love to hear from you. Please contact me at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

💛Blessings Until Next Time💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                            Author                                                                                                                                                            THE ABCs OF MAKING GOOD CHOICES                                                                                         Mrs. Good Choice Series

Begin Fascinating Facts Friday with Help from💛Mrs. Good Choice💛

Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU! 

First off, I need to apologize for the long time frame between posts. I have been busy finishing an early chapter book series for young readers and beginning a middle school chapter book. I also work two part time jobs, one in an elementary school helping children with reading skills and the other, I am a Clinical Supervisor helping Student Teachers perfect their skills.

With that said, I hope that many of you have incorporated Mannerly Monday, Thoughtful Tuesday, Witty Wednesday, and Thematic Thursday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at dawn@mrsgoodchoice.com.

Now it is time to add Fascinating Facts Friday to round out the week. I remember when I was a child, my younger brother hated to read books.  The only books he ever showed interest in were books that discussed World Records. He would constantly rattle off facts to us out of the blue. My parents were happy that he at least was reading something.

Kids love interesting facts. Our world is full of amazing facts. A great place to start is by exploring books from your child’s school library and public library.  There are many web sites to explore with your children.  Here are just a few:

Cool Kid Facts     https://www.coolkidfacts.com                                                                                   Fun Science Facts for Kids     http://www.sciencekids.co.nz                                                      Weird But True     https://kids.nationalgeographic.com

In my own research, I came across the following list of facts about some very famous books that you have probably already read to your children.

Here are 16 fun facts about your favorite children’s books:
1. On Market Street
Frog and Toad, Arnold Lobel’s most famous characters, make a surprise appearance in another of his books, “On Market Street.” Look for them on the “T” page, hiding in plain sight as hand puppets.

2. The Cat in the Hat
It was born out of Dr. Seuss’s desire to find a more compelling way to teach kids basic reading skills, according to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial.

Goodnight Moon
3. Look for the mouse that appears on each page, and notice that the clock slowly changes from 7:10 to 8:10 as the book progresses. Another Margaret Wise Brown book, “The Runaway Bunny,” appears as an open book on the bookshelf in the background. Speaking of Margaret Wise Brown, she didn’t have any children when she died at the age of 42, so she left the rights to “Goodnight Moon” to her young neighbor, according to Mental Floss.

4. Clifford the Big Red Dog
The titular character of this classic children’s book series was almost named Tiny. Author Norman Bridwell changed the name after a suggestion from his wife, according to Scholastic.

5. Where the Wild Things Are
When Maurice Sendak was illustrating a book about horses, he realized he wasn’t very good at drawing them. Instead, he turned them into strange beasts. The book became “Where the Wild Things Are,” the Caldecott Medal award-winning children’s book.

6. The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter’s manuscript was rejected by publishers six times. Potter was determined to see her book in print and self-published 250 copies. Since then, it has sold more than 45 million copies.

7. Henry Huggins
After she realized that all of her characters in “Henry Huggins” were only children, Beverly Cleary, according to her website, added in Ramona as Beezus’ little sister. Ramona ended up as one of Cleary’s most famous and beloved characters.

8. Nancy Drew
The famous girl detective Nancy Drew might have been known by a different name. In the early stages of the series, the publisher considered naming her Stella Strong, Nan Nelson or Diana Dare, says January magazine.

9. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss bet his publisher $50 that he could write a book using 50 words or less. He won, according to CNN, after creating “Green Eggs and Ham,” which contains exactly 50 words.

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Since it was first published in 1969, Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” has sold a copy a minute, according to Mental Floss.

11. The Outsiders
When she was just 17, S.E. Hinton saw her book “The Outsiders” go to print.

12. The Polar Express
Keep your eyes open to find a white bull terrier in Chris Van Allsburg’s books, including “The Polar Express” and “Jumanji.” The dog is based on Winston, his brother-in-law’s white dog, says his website.

13. The Night Before Christmas
According to St. Nicholas Center, Clement Clarke Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas” gave the world a modern description of Santa Claus: plump, bearded and the owner of eight reindeer.

14. The Phantom Tollbooth
None of the illustrations actually show the main character Milo in a tollbooth.

15. Alice in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll’s classic introduced new words into the English language, including mimsy, chortle and jabberwocky, according to the Oxford Dictionaries.

16. Curious George
The authors of Curious George were forced to flee Paris during World War II’s German occupation, according to the New York Times. They weren’t able to carry much, but one thing made it into their suitcase: the original Curious George manuscript.Your child’s school library or the public library have numerous fact books to check out. I remember as a child, my brother hated to read books. But he loved books with World Records. He was always quoting us facts.

Children love to research new topics. When they are looking up facts, they are not only reading but learning in the process.  Hope you enjoy your family time together.

💛Blessings until next time,💛

Dawn Young Ed.S                                                                                                                                Author