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Creative Every Day Challenge: May 2019

May 9th, 2019, Comments (1)

Happy May! My daughter's birthday was this month and her birthday party of a sleep under (like a sleep over, but everyone goes home at 7) with 19 eight year olds, threw me off my schedule! So I apologize for the delay. Inspired by wonderfully optimistic 8 year old, this month's totally optional theme is Happiness

As a reminder, you can learn more about the Creative Every Day Challenge here and sign up here. There will be a monthly check-in here on the blog and you can also share anytime in the Facebook group. If you share on Twitter or Instagram, feel free to use the hashtag #creativeeveryday2019. 

Spring Fling

April 18th, 2019, Comments (11)

 

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Sam's Stormy Night
 
Boom! Bang!
Sam scrambled under his bed.
A pair of yellow eyes stared back at him.
 
“Stormy! You’re afraid of thunder too?”
“Meow!”
“Mom picked the worst name for you.”
 
Boom! Crash!
“Achoo!”
“Let’s get out from under the bed, Stormy. It’s dusty.”
 
Bam! Boom! Crash!
Lightning lit up the room and cast large shadows of Sam and Stormy on the wall.
“Ohhh, cool shadows,” shivered Sam.
With the next bolt of lightning, Sam made a bunny shadow hop across the room. Another flash! Sam made a barking shadow dog. When the room lit up again, Stormy swatted at Sam’s fluttering shadow butterfly. With each new burst, Stormy zoomed after her own shadow.
“Maybe Stormy isn’t such a bad name for you after all.”
 
Before they knew it, the spring storm had passed. Sam was soon sound asleep, snuggled up with Stormy, who purred as loud as rolling thunder.
 
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Hi all, I spotted this fun Spring Fling writing contest and decided to join in! It's a great exercise in creative play and has some great prizes if you write children's literature! There is still some time to join in if you're interested. The rules are that you have to write a Spring related story inspired by a gif in 150 words or less. You can read all the details here. Good luck to anyone who enters! 

Creative Every Day Check In for April 2019

April 1st, 2019, Comments (0)

Happy April and Happy Spring! Yesterday I planted some flower and veggie seeds with my kids and we're excited to see them grow! Hopefully! haha 

As a reminder, you can learn more about the Creative Every Day Challenge here and sign up here. There will be a monthly check-in here on the blog and you can also share anytime in the Facebook group. If you share on Twitter or Instagram, feel free to use the hashtag #creativeeveryday2019. April's totally optional theme is Open. Be open to all the possibilities this creative month can bring your way!

Creative Every Day Check-In for March 2019

March 6th, 2019, Comments (0)

It's March! Sorry for the delay. I was away for a few days soaking up some sun in Florida and visiting family. It was hard to come back to snow!

As a reminder, you can learn more about the Creative Every Day Challenge here and sign up here. There will be a monthly check-in here on the blog and you can also share anytime in the Facebook group. If you share on Twitter or Instagram, feel free to use the hashtag #creativeeveryday2019. March's totally optional theme is Transition. Hopefully we'll be transitioning into the warmer temps of Spring soon. But I'm in New England, so who knows! Happy creating! 

Creative Every Day Check-In: February 2019

February 3rd, 2019, Comments (0)

Happy February! As a reminder, you can learn more about the Creative Every Day Challenge here and sign up here. There will be a monthly check-in here on the blog and you can also share anytime in the Facebook group. If you share on Twitter or Instagram, feel free to use the hashtag #creativeeveryday2019. February's totally optional theme is Texture. Happy creating! 

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019

January 25th, 2019, Comments (0)

Today is Multicultural Children's Book Day! I was so excited to get a book to review. 


I read What the Wind Can Tell You by Sarah Jette, a lovely middle grade novel. It is a real and also hopeful story. I especially loved the relationship between Isabel and her brother Julian, who has a severe form of epilepsy. Isabel shows such determination and strength as she includes her brother in her science fair project studying the wind. There's a bit of fantasy in the story, which surprised and delighted me, but it's also somehow very down to earth and touching. I love the resolution that Isabel and her family come to in the end. I recommend checking it out or sharing it with a young person in your life!

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019 (1/25/19) is in its 6th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Medallion Sponsors on board!

*View our 2019 Medallion Sponsors here: https://wp.me/P5tVud-
*View our 2019 MCBD Author Sponsors here: https://wp.me/P5tVud-2eN

Medallion Level Sponsors

Honorary: Children’s Book CouncilThe Junior Library GuildTheConsciousKid.org.

Super Platinum: Make A Way Media

GOLD: Bharat BabiesCandlewick PressChickasaw Press, Juan Guerra and The Little Doctor / El doctorcitoKidLitTV,  Lerner Publishing GroupPlum Street Press,

SILVER: Capstone PublishingCarole P. RomanAuthor Charlotte RiggleHuda EssaThe Pack-n-Go Girls,

BRONZE: Charlesbridge PublishingJudy Dodge CummingsAuthor Gwen JacksonKitaab WorldLanguage Lizard – Bilingual & Multicultural Resources in 50+ LanguagesLee & Low BooksMiranda Paul and Baptiste Paul, RedfinAuthor Gayle H. Swift,  T.A. Debonis-Monkey King’s DaughterTimTimTom BooksLin ThomasSleeping Bear Press/Dow PhumirukVivian Kirkfield,

MCBD 2019 is honored to have the following Author Sponsors on board

Honorary: Julie FlettMehrdokht Amini,

Author Janet BallettaAuthor Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Josh FunkChitra SoundarOne Globe Kids – Friendship StoriesSociosights Press and Almost a MinyanKaren LeggettAuthor Eugenia ChuCultureGroove BooksPhelicia Lang and Me On The PageL.L. WaltersAuthor Sarah StevensonAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleHayley BarrettSonia PanigrahAuthor Carolyn Wilhelm, Alva Sachs and Dancing DreidelsAuthor Susan BernardoMilind Makwana and A Day in the Life of a Hindu KidTara WilliamsVeronica AppletonAuthor Crystal BoweDr. Claudia MayAuthor/Illustrator Aram KimAuthor Sandra L. RichardsErin DealeyAuthor Sanya Whittaker GraggAuthor Elsa TakaokaEvelyn Sanchez-ToledoAnita BadhwarAuthor Sylvia LiuFeyi Fay AdventuresAuthor Ann MorrisAuthor Jacqueline JulesCeCe & Roxy BooksSandra Neil Wallace and Rich WallaceLEUYEN PHAMPadma VenkatramanPatricia Newman and Lightswitch LearningShoumi SenValerie Williams-Sanchez and Valorena Publishing, Traci SorellShereen RahmingBlythe StanfelChristina MatulaJulie RubiniPaula ChaseErin TwamleyAfsaneh MoradianLori DeMonia, Claudia Schwam, Terri Birnbaum/ RealGirls RevolutionSoulful SydneyQueen Girls Publications, LLC

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

Co-Hosts and Global Co-Hosts

A Crafty ArabAgatha Rodi BooksAll Done MonkeyBarefoot MommyBiracial Bookworms, Books My Kids Read, Crafty Moms ShareColours of UsDiscovering the World Through My Son’s EyesDescendant of Poseidon ReadsEducators Spin on it Growing Book by BookHere Wee Read, Joy Sun Bear/ Shearin LeeJump Into a BookImagination Soup,Jenny Ward’s ClassKid World CitizenKristi’s Book NookThe LogonautsMama SmilesMiss Panda ChineseMulticultural Kid BlogsRaising Race Conscious ChildrenShoumi SenSpanish Playground

TWITTER PARTY Sponsored by Make A Way Media: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/25/19 at 9:00pm.E.S.T. TONS of prizes and book bundles will be given away during the party. GO HERE for more details.

FREE RESOURCES From MCBD

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teacher-classroom-empathy-kit/

Hashtag: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

Creative Every Day Check-In for January 2019

January 1st, 2019, Comments (1)

Happy New Year! I'm excited to embark on another year of creativity with all of you. As a reminder, you can learn more about the Creative Every Day Challenge here and sign up here. There will be a monthly check-in here on the blog and you can also share anytime in the Facebook group. If you share on Twitter or Instagram, feel free to use the hashtag #creativeeveryday2019. January's totally optional theme is Goals. I'd love to hear about yours! Happy creating! 

Creative Every Day 2019

December 6th, 2018, Comments (17)

Use the link below to sign up and commit to the Creative Every Day Challenge in 2019. You can also simply comment below to sign up if you can't use the form. This is a low pressure challenge, but I hope it's an ongoing reminder to commit yourself to a creative lifestyle. I believe creativity can be found in everything from the mundane, every day activities to the more formal pursuits of art-making. It all feeds into the same well of creativity within you!

There will be a monthly check-in post here on the blog, but you can also check in anytime on the Facebook group or you can use the #ced2019 hashtag on Twitter or Instagram. 

I'd love to hear what your creative goals are for 2019. I'd like to continue painting and develop dummies for some of my children's book ideas, so I can start submitting them to agents and publishers. 

Here are my totally optional themes for 2019. Feel free to use them, interpret them however you'd like, or ignore them. Up to you! 

January: Goals

February: Texture

March: Transition

April: Open

May: Happiness

June: Color

July: Risk

August: Waves

September: Figure

October: Empty/Full

November: Art Every Day Month

December: Giving

Creative Every Day Check-In for December 2018: Present

December 1st, 2018, Comments (2)

Happy December! I can hardly believe we're wrapping up 2018 already. This month's totally optional theme is Present (which could mean a gift or being present or the gift of being present.) :-) I'll have information about the challenge for 2019 soon. In the meantime, happy creating! 


Wandering Thoughts is one of the pieces I created during Art Every Day Month. I'll share more soon! The original and prints are available here. And my 2019 calendars are also available here

 

Day 30 of Art Every Day Month

November 30th, 2018, Comments (2)

You did it! Today is day 30 of Art Every Day Month! I hope you had a blast. Whether you did all 30 days or just a few, you added more creativity to your world and that's a wonderful thing. Thank you for joining in and sharing. If you have a link to share, use the Mr. Linky widget below. If not, use the comments to share what you're up to! All forms of creativity are welcome and encouraged! Share your drawing, cooking, sewing, photography, writing, dancing, movies, knitting, painting, sculpting, crafting, scrapbooking, poems, chalk art, whatever! If you miss a day, don't let it stop you, just get back to it! And have fun! 

If you're just finding the challenge, you can still join in anytime right here! If you're sharing on social media use the hashtag #arteverydaymonth2018 to connect! If you're on Facebook, the Facebook group here is another place to share.