"Everything in the world exists in order to end up as a book." - Stéphane Mallarmé
Friend in Flight
by Amanda Sincavage
Your wings are so symmetrical; their colors so divine.
I want to be your friend in flight. Will you be my valentine?
The chocolates were fruit-filled…and quite yummy!
I ate them all! Then, got an upset tummy.
Time to cocoon!
Let’s meet at noon
on Valentine’s Day.
See you soon!
Look at my beautiful wings! Oh, be still my heart!
Though, I am sorry we spent Valentine’s Day apart.
Hopefully still yours,
Thank you for the soaring soiree –
my best ever Valentine’s Day!
It's Time for Susanna Leonard Hill's 7th Annual Halloweensie Contest
2017 Prompt: Write a 100-word Halloween story appropriate for children 12 and under using the words candy corn, monster, and shadow.
Candy's Tiny Surprise
Candy Corn loved black cats and witchy cackles.
She loved monsters, mummies, ghosts, and ghouls.
Most of all, she loved spooky surprises.
Her parents promised her a big one this Halloween!
With a bag full of treats, Candy was ready for a trick.
Her eyes widened when she saw her dimly-lit house and heard…wailing?
Could it be a Halloween surprise party?
She slid through the shadows to the front door. CREAK!
Candy crept down the hall toward hushed voices.
She popped through the door and said, “Happy Halloween!”
“Shhhh!” her mom said.
“The baby’s sleeping. Surprise, you’re a big sister!”
I love participating in Susanna's writing contests, but wasn't sure I would have the opportunity this year. Like Candy, my daughter will become a big sister any day, and we are all wondering if baby will be a Halloween surprise!
UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who commented, and I apologize for not visiting your blogs to read your amazing stories. Though it wasn't a Halloween surprise, we were excited to welcome a new baby to our family on the very day I shared this story. Our surprise was the gender -- it's a boy! Thanks again for the wonderful support - the Kidlit writing community is incredible!
Some favorite picture books in our house right now are new sibling books. Maybe that’s why one of my manuscripts is revising in that direction...or maybe, it’s because I’m 15 weeks pregnant. Our toddler will be dealing with the new sibling adjustment a couple months shy of her third birthday. If this baby comes a week late like our daughter, we will have two holiday babies – Christmas and Halloween. Maybe I should be writing holiday-themed picture books.
Interestingly, the titles below all ended up on my library hold shelf at the same time. I was actually unaware of their shared theme and completely surprised by my favorite!
The Bossier Baby (2016) by Marla Frazee, one of my favorite illustrators. With parallels to The Boss Baby and updates to reflect the times, fans of the Boss Baby will love this sequel. Can’t wait until my daughter is a little older and we can see The Boss Baby movie.
Maple (2014) by Lori Nichols
I loved the comparison between the girl’s growth and that of the tree. And what beautiful language – my favorite line started, “When she was still a whisper…” This is the first book of a series. Looking forward to checking out additional titles.
Ninja Baby (2015) by David Zeltser and Diane Goode
A strong opening, playful irony in the images, and sparse text at 235 words made this a great read. I loved the unique approach to showcasing sibling differences.
Rodeo Red (2015) by Maripat Perkins and Molly Idle
At over 700 words, it came as a surprise to me that this was my favorite – my daughter’s too! Great language, voice, and dialect makes this a fun read aloud. I didn’t mind reading it over and over so I could perfect my western accent. I really appreciated that it didn’t force a sibling bond for the ending. Did you see who illustrated this fantastic book? And how fun (and fitting) is the author's name!
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