Only the Best for You, Mom! – Valentiny Contest

And now it's time for Susanna Hill's Valentiny contest! The rules this year: write a Valentines story appropriate for children (children here defined as ages 12 and under) maximum 214 words in which someone feels guilty! My entry is 210 words.   Only the Best for You, Mom! By Jilanne Hoffmann   Mom, why are you giving me the stink eye? One … Continue reading Only the Best for You, Mom! – Valentiny Contest

The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever – Contest Entry

Contest Rules: A character must be hopeful 214 words max, title not included Appropriate for ages 12 and under No illustration notes See other stories at Susanna Hill's Valentiny post. Now, for my story in exactly 213 words.   The Best Valentine's Day Party Ever by Jilanne Hoffmann Sal’s a maker. Cal’s a baker. Val’s … Continue reading The Best Valentine’s Day Party Ever – Contest Entry

Smelly Bill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

As part of Susanna Leonard Hill's Perfect Picture Book Friday, I'd like to present: I'm attracted to messy, silly, rhyming picture books for several reasons: They give kids a sense of the rhythm of language and help them predict the word at the end of a line. They entertain. They appeal to one's sense of … Continue reading Smelly Bill – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Shoe Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday

Time once again to add to Susanna Leonard Hill's growing list of recommended picture books.  As I passed the "new" shelf in our library, the cover illustration of Shoe Dog caught my eye. Katherine Tillotson, magically transforms a handful of brown scribbles into a sniffing, chewing, boisterous puppy. And when I opened it up for … Continue reading Shoe Dog – Perfect Picture Book Friday