Pencil Day Giveaway

March is the time to celebrate lucky leprechauns, four-leaf clovers 🍀 and…pencils. ✏️

Yes, March 30th is Pencil Day and I’ve been looking forward to it since the release of my picture book, Arabella and the Magic Pencil!

What better way to celebrate than a Giveaway Hop hosted by BookHounds? I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift certificate and a copy of Arabella and the Magic Pencil in honor of the mighty pencil! 🎉

In addition, I’m excited to share a DIY Pencil Craft that’s perfect for preschoolers and primary students who want their very own magic pencil, just like Arabella.

Download the FREE step-by-step craft activity and celebrate Pencil Day with a custom-made magic pencil.

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway and visit the dozens of book-related blogs offering prizes in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop!

Click here to enter the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY!

Good luck 🍀 and Happy Pencil Day ✏️ !

1. BookHounds2. BookHounds YA
3. Stuck In Books (US) ~4. Storey Book Reviews
5. Jean Book Nerd6. Mina Burrows
7. All the Ups and Downs (INT)8. Author M. L. Hamilton
9. Lili Lost in a Book10. Kristi’s Book Nook
11. Savings in Seconds12. Angel’s Guilty Pleasures (INT)
13. MYTHICAL BOOKS (INT)14. Heidi Reads. . . (US)
15. Choose Life Choose Words16. Rockin’ Book Reviews
17. icefairy’s Treasure Chest (INTL)18. Sweet Romance & Mystery
19. Literary Rambles (INT)20. Writer with Wanderlust
21. SSLY – Smile Somebody Loves You22. Romance by Beverly (US)
23. The Kids Did It24. Says Me Says Mom
25. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape26. Hearts & Scribbles (Int)
27. Brenda’s Book Blog28. Every Free Chance Books (US/INT)
29. Christy’s Cozy Corners (US) ~30. Author MK McClintock
31. Craves the Angst Book Blog [US]32. Mid-Life Goddess Book Giveaway
33. Author Ana Jolene (INT)34. Long Tail Writing (US)
35. Maureen’s Musings36. Life Within The Pages (INT)
37. Family Friendly Blog

For more information about Arabella and the Magic Pencil, visit the Books tab, the EK Books webiste or see reader reviews on Goodreads. Thanks!

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What I Did on My Summer Vacation

As many students go back to school this month, I’m reminded of a typical first day of school activity Show and Tell with the theme “What I did on My Summer Vacation”. So as co-host of the September Kid Lit Blog Hop on Mother Daughter Book Reviews, I thought it was timely to look back on summer vacations as well as share a list of my favorite children’s books about vacation destinations.

When I was a child, summer was spent playing outdoors for hours on end with neighborhood friends, begrudgingly coming home only when starving, exhausted or forced to. While my family didn’t go on exotic trips, we did have a lake cabin and usually visited Seattle (a five hour drive from home) at least once a year. I had a few shells with barnacles on them from the shores of Puget Sound and passed them around the class each year, all through grade school, for the first Show and Tell of the year. Some lucky kids got to hear my barnacle story for eight years in a row!

Here are just some of my favorite Kid Lit Books based in top vacation destinations:


London ABC by Ben Hawkes (United Kingdom)
This is such a fun ABC book to read as an adult or child. Focusing on London landmarks like Hyde Park (H) or Oxford Circus (O), London ABC challenges readers to find other words that start with each letter hidden within the fun retro illustrations. Think hotdog, horse, ostrich and orange all cleverly positioned into classic London scenes. There is even a key at the end so you can check if you’ve found them all.


Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling (India)
This is the story of a pet mongoose named Rikki-Tikki-Tavi who saves a British family recently settled in India by catching a pair of cobras that have moved into their house. Even though the story was a bit frightening, I remember listening to it over and over again as a child. Perhaps it’s the exotic setting or the lovable characters, but I can’t imagine ever tiring of this book.


Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (USA)
This charming story of a mother duck and her brood, Make Way for Ducklings takes readers around Boston, MA as the ducks find a new home. There is no better souvenir from Boston for a child of any age than this award-winning book published in the 1940s.


Martina Finds a Shiny Coin by Yadhira Gonzalez-Taylor (Puerto Rico)
Martina Finds a Shiny Coin is a wonderful children’s book based on a Carribean folktale. This lovely version tells the story of a young cockroach who lives in a tiny village in Puerto Rico and one day sets out to spend the coin she found while cleaning. The book includes charming watercolor illustrations and a glossary of the Spanish words scattered throughout the text.

Where’s Stripey? by Wendy Binks (Australia)
Where’s Stripey? is a brilliantly illustrated, award-winning picture book about a father Emu entrusted to watch 30 new baby emus. When little Stripey goes missing, an adventure ensues taking readers through the Australian outback and introducing them to a variety of Australian wildlife including kookaburras, koalas, possums and kangaroos.

The list really could go on and on, and in fact, it has on a Goodreads list called Best Travel Books for Kids. I invite everyone to include their own favorites on the list or vote for books already posted.

And don’t forget to join this month’s Kid Lit Blog Hop! Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list.

Happy Hopping!

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