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 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

Misunderstood Shark: Friends Don't Eat Friends
Bedtime for Batman
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


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 You can also sign up for his blog posts to come directly to your email. I highly recommend it. He has great posts!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Fall Writing Frenzy

I have taken the challenge... the Fall Writing Frenzy challenge! Hop over and take a look at all the photos. See if one inspires a story, poem, or any other musings. Then enter the contest. Hurry! It's only open for three days. A huge THANK YOU to all the donors for prizes and, of course, to the hosts, Kaitlyn Sanchez and Lydia Lukidis and to the whole kid lit community! 

I selected this sweet picture and was inspired to write a little poem.

(Image 5)

Pirates wear a black patch.
And fairies wear a leaf patch,
a splotchy reddish tree patch.
Come and twirl with me. 

Flutter through the sun patch.
Then sputter through the light patch,
a shiny yellow bright patch.
Come and swirl with me. 

Slide along the frost patch.
Or bounce along the rough patch,
a hidden bumpy tough patch.
Come and whirl with me.

Pick one from the orange patch.
And stuff the scarecrow’s knee patch.
Then zag into the maze patch. 
Come and furl with me. 

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Tracy's 2019-reads book montage

A Curious Tale of the In-Between
When's My Birthday?
Shark Nate-O
Nothing Can Frighten a Bear
Be Kind
Don't Forget Dexter!
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles
Truck, Truck, Goose!
Misunderstood Shark
Ocean Meets Sky
This Book Is Spineless
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
It's Not Hansel and Gretel
Flying Deep: Climb Inside Deep-Sea Submersible Alvin
The Queen and the First Christmas Tree: Queen Charlotte's Gift to England
Hey, Hey, Hay!: A Tale of Bales and the Machines That Make Them
Everything You Need For a Treehouse
Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced the World That Fairies Are Real
We Don't Eat Our Classmates

Tracy J Hora's favorite books »