Saturday, April 24, 2021

And the Winner Is.......

The winner of a copy of SPIN A CIRCLE by Raven Hoowell and Ann Pilicer is Christie Wyman! Congratulations, Christie! Email me your mailing address, and I will get a copy of this book in the mail to you ASAP!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Poetry Friday: Let's Celebrate SPIN A CIRCLE with a Book Review and Giveaway

 Welcome back, friends! It's been a whirlwind. I haven't been checking in regularly because I started a new job with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. The job is fulfilling, but it's also been a lot of hard work and training. I'm thrilled to be back this week to celebrate a new book written by Raven Howell and illustrated by Ann Pilicer. Please help me celebrate, SPIN A CIRCLE.


Written by Raven Howell

Illustrated by Ann Pilicer

Published by MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing, Inc.

ISBN 9781649720548

What a delight! Each poem in this collection celebrates the activity, creativity, and imagination of preschoolers and elementary age children. From an exuberant teeter-totter ride to a colorful adventure in finger painting to a lovely lullaby and so much more in between, Raven Howell captures the simple, yet oh so special moments that make up childhood. Raven’s beautiful verse shines through Ann Pilicer’s lively illustrations. They make an unbeatable combination!

You wouldn’t think the book could be any more special until you learn that it was designed with a dyslexic font. This font makes letters easier to identify and allows children with dyslexia to read with less effort and frustration. As the parent of a child with dyslexia, I would have loved to have had books designed with this font when my child was struggling mightily to make sense of letters and words and how they came together to form sentences and paragraphs. This book should be a staple on every school, library, and home bookshelf. SPIN A CIRCLE was an absolute joy to read and experience.

Here are a few of my favorites:

My thanks to Raven Howell and MacLaren-Cochrane for gifting me with an extra copy of the book that I am happily going to gift to one of my readers. Just comment below for your chance to enter to win. The computer will randomly select a winner on Friday, April 24th.

Thank you for stopping by and helping me celebrate this wonderful new collection. The Poetry Friday Round Up is hosted this week by Jama Rattigan and her beautiful Jama's Alphabet Soup blog. Be sure to click over to enjoy all of this week’s poetry goodness.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Poetry Friday: Hope and Connection

Welcome to Poetry Friday. This week's round up is hosted by Sylvia at Poetry For Children

I'm at a loss for words when it comes to what happened at the U.S. Capitol this week. I think most of us had hoped that the turning of the calendar page would bring unification, peace, kindness and decency. What we saw on Wednesday in D.C. was absolutely the ugliest and worst of America. 

With that said, I still see glimmers of hope. Many of you are part of the New Year's postcard exchange, and you have or will receive this in the mail, but I wanted to share it with our community.

Connection, longing

Watching the great conjunction

Universal hope

Copyright 2020 Kimberly M. Hutmacher

I received a few goodies in the mail as well.

Linda Mitchell sent this beautiful bookmark.

And Jone Rush Macculloch sent this lovely postcard.

Thank you for delivering poetry goodness to my mailbox. It nourishes me.