Saturday, May 1, 2021

It's Mother Goose Day!

Mother Goose nursery rhymes are enjoyable for young children to be able to hear the playful side of our language. In honor of Mother Goose Day...

    chime in 

       this story-time

             full of rhyme!


A Mother Goose collection not to be missed! It's Mother Goose with a twist...


Grumbles From the Town

by Jane Yolen, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Angela Matteson

published by Wordsong



This newly published story brings the Mother Goose characters in for the win...


Mother Goose to the Rescue!

by Nate Evans, Stephanie Gwyn Brown and Jessica Gibson

published by Penguin Workshop



This oldie but goldie was my son's favorite book, many moons ago. There's more than we know about the day in the life of that teeny-weeny spider...


The Itsy Bitsy Spider

by Iza Trapani

published by Charlesbridge



My favorite accomplice for writing in rhyme is Rhyme Zone! There's so much more than meets the eye - give it a try!


Monday, April 12, 2021

The Circle of Life

I hadn't planned to write this post. But after the recent passing of my 97 year old grandma, it is on my heart to curate a few books on the subject because...well, we all face it at some point. My children were young when my dad died. Their Poppa was only 62. I wish I had thought to get books together for them.


ida, ALWAYS

by Caron Levis and Charles Santoso

published by Antheneum Books for Young Readers


From Goodreads:

Then one sad day, Gus learns that Ida is very sick, and she isn’t going to get better. The friends help each other face the difficult news with whispers, sniffles, cuddles, and even laughs. Slowly Gus realizes that even after Ida is gone, she will still be with him—through the sounds of their city, and the memories that live in their favorite spots.




Dance like a Leaf

by A.J. Irving and Claudia Navarro

published by Barefoot Books


From Goodreads:

As her grandmother's health declines, a young girl begins to lovingly take the lead in their cozy shared autumn traditions. Poetic prose paired with evocative illustrations by Mexican illustrator Claudia Navarro make for a beautiful celebration of life and a gentle introduction to the death of a loved one.




the remember balloons

by Jessie Oliveros and Dana Wulfekotte

published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers


From Goodreads:

James’s Grandpa has the best balloons because he has the best memories. He has balloons showing Dad when he was young and Grandma when they were married. Grandpa has balloons about camping and Aunt Nelle’s poor cow. Grandpa also has a silver balloon filled with the memory of a fishing trip he and James took together.

But when Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, James is heartbroken. No matter how hard he runs, James can’t catch them. One day, Grandpa lets go of the silver balloon—and he doesn’t even notice!

Grandpa no longer has balloons of his own. But James has many more than before. It’s up to him to share those balloons, one by one.


Saturday, March 20, 2021

National Let's Laugh Day! (a day late)

 

Everyone loves to laugh. And it's good for you, too! We all may find different things funny - and that's ok! Here are some of my recent funny finds!


Funny Fiction Favorites:


Potato Pants!

by Laurie Keller

published by Henry Holt & Co




Chicken Break! A Counting Book

by Cate Berry and Charlotte Alder

published by Feiwel & Friends




Knockout Nonfiction: A playful look at nature!


I See Sea Food: Sea Creatures that Look Like Food

by Jenna Grodzicki

published by Millbrook Press


Explore More - Online Jokes!



Monday, February 1, 2021

National Bird Month

I have a newfound love of birdwatching. I even asked for a better pair of binoculars for my birthday. 

So, in celebration of National Bird Month...


Childhood Favorite! Yes, I DO still have my copy, as loved as it is! 

The Best Nest

Written and Illustrated by P.D. Eastman

Published by: Random House Books for Young Readers


New Fun Fiction! This sweet Wordy Birdy has a few things to say. 


Wordy Birdy 

written by: Tammi Sauer

Illustrated by: Dave Mottram

Published by: Dragonfly Books


Knockout Nonfiction! I want this one on my bookshelf!

Audubon Birding Adventures for Kids

Written by: Elissa Wolfsen

and Margaret Barker

Published by: Cool Springs Press



Explore More - Online!


 National Geographic Kids Birds 

Monday, January 18, 2021

National Thesaurus Day - January 18

A Thesaurus is a must-have book for writers. You can look up any word and find synonyms, or words that mean the same thing. In honor of National Thesaurus Day, I will share some of my favorite, favored and prized books.


A fun fiction story using synonyms throughout!

A child friendly biography about Peter Mark Roget, the creator of the Thesaurus! Gorgeous illustrations!

One of my favorites for writing! Unique!

And my ALL-TIME favorite series!



And a visit to thesaurus.com is sure to help with your perfect word-choice needs.




Friday, January 8, 2021

The Promise of a New Year



I always love the promise of a new writing year. This one, of course, exponentially so! 

Renewing my memberships. 

Looking over my juicy To-Read shelf on Goodreads.

Setting writing goals.

Embracing my morning pages.

Looking forward to the new webinars, blog posts and contests.

It's such an energizing time of year. Though I'm never ready by Jan 1, I'm usually ready by the second week of January. And here I am! 

This year, I have a new accountability partner for my writing life. I've found new motivational newsletters. And I'm excited to read new stories, new manuscripts and new books. This kid-lit world is the best!







Friday, January 1, 2021

My Year in Books

 

Tracy's bookshelf: read

Bully
Misunderstood Shark: Friends Don't Eat Friends
Bedtime for Batman
Eraser
Mary Had a Little Lab
Construction Site on Christmas Night
A Horn is Born
Don't Worry, Bee Happy
Frog Meets Dog: An Acorn Book
Eat Your Rocks, Croc!: Dr. Glider's Advice for Troubled Animals
The Snow Dancer
This Book Is Gray
The Crayon Man: the True Story of the Invention of Crayola Crayons
Snow Dog, Sand Dog
Lila and Hadley
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Texas
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Oklahoma
The Farm That Mac Built
Ginny Louise and the School Showdown
Cowboy Camp


Tracy J Hora's favorite books »

Friday, October 23, 2020

#PBCritiqueFest

Whoa...calling all writers! Look at this fantastic opportunity to win a critique by an author, illustrator, or agent. The list is amazing, and I'm SO appreciative of their time!  

Author Bios

Illustrator Bios

Agent Bios

Check out #PBCritiqueFest on Brian Gehrlein's blog PBSpotlight.com. You can also sign up for his blog posts to come directly to your email. I highly recommend it. He has great posts!