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Good morning, everyone! This week has been so much fun. I'd love to give you a little insight into how this amazing giveaway came together.


When everything started getting crazy with the coronavirus, I was amazed at how well the kid lit community reacted. Authors were getting permission to read their books online for kids. Others were providing activities and coloring pages. And everyone was SO kind. But in the midst of it all, I still read about a lot of fear. A lot of uncertainty. A lot of stress. And I wanted to do something too. Since I'm not (YET) a published author, I wondered what that could be. Then I got this crazy idea... maybe I could pull off a mass giveaway. I truthfully didn't know if anyone would be interested, or how I would even go about it. But I knew that I wanted a super fast turn around, because people needed something to look forward to NOW.


So last Monday I asked my critique group if they thought it would be unprofessional to just start tweeting out requests for donations. They said probably not unprofessional, but would anyone see it? Good point... so I started doing some research and finding direct email addresses or filling out forms on websites. I crossed my fingers that I could get 20 donations. I first reached out to Bonnie Swanson since she was my Write Mentor Mentee and a sparkly new agent and Brian Gehrlein since he's my Critique Partner. When they both agreed so enthusiastically, I decided to be all in, announce the giveaway, and pray that it would work out! haha.


I sent out dozens of emails on Tuesday the 17th and went to sleep. I almost cried when I woke up on the 18th to SO many responses saying "YES! I love this idea!" Even those who had to say "no" were the kindest people ever, wishing me health and hope during this unsettling time.


Then the Twitter Post got some traction and the blog posts took off. I had people reaching out to ME to donate... did I mention that the kidlit community is the best community??And in the end, we ended up with 45 (!!!) donations for Manuscript or Query critiques. WOW!


If you missed my post about choosing hope, I hope that you will catch it HERE. This whole giveaway has inspired me with even more hope. People are good. And as we come together, we can do amazing things.


The list of donors went live on Tuesday, and you can see that HERE. Please take the time to read our donor's bios and support them with follows, likes, even book purchases!


And now... IT'S TIME!!


THE CORONA CRITIQUE GIVEAWAY IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!


I wanted to keep this one super simple and not have a billion steps for entry. I know where all busy with suddenly home schooling/working from home/ trying not to eat through our quarantine snacks in a single afternoon.


So to enter, simply:

Find THIS giveaway post on Twitter.

Like and Retweet.


THAT'S IT!


For an OPTIONAL 5 bonus entries, follow every donor tagged in the post.


The giveaway will be open through Saturday Night at 11:59 PM EST.


Winners will be randomly selected and announced on twitter on Monday, March 30th.

Originally, I really wanted to set up individual giveaways and have you choose which ones would be the best fit for you, but then when the whole thing grew bigger than I ever hoped for, I knew that I couldn't manage 45 different giveaways/matching you up by choice while still homeschooling and trying to keep my 2 year old out of the office while hubby works from home. So pairings will be straight down the line. Thanks for understanding.


Another HUGE thanks to all of our donors. Please, please, go read about them HERE. I'll be updating this post to include the list of donors as well, but wanted to get it open before it became much later.


So go enter! I am so excited to see how this all plays out. Good luck to everyone!




Meet Kailei Pew

Kailei believes in books. She believes in imaginative play. She believes in having fun, getting messy, and being silly with her kids. Thus For Little Readers was born.​ Kailei also writes picture books and is currently seeking representation. She loves creating books that bring children and parents together. Kailei hopes that her own books will one day be featured in her blog. ​Prior to staying home with her children and writing picture books, Kailei worked as a reading teacher and middle school mentor. She was a 2019 Write Mentor Mentee and a finalist in Susanna Leonard Hill's 2019 Holiday Writing Contest.

Updated: 2 days ago

I am so crazy excited for today!! Today I get to reveal the incredibly generous donors who are making this #CoronaCritiqueGiveaway possible! I can't believe that I'm going to be able to give away 45 critiques thanks to each of these 38 donors. Editors, agents, and authors came together to shine a little light in what could be a very difficult time. I hope you'll show them each some love and follow them, subscribe to their sites, even buy their books! Let's show them how grateful we are. Because I seriously can't thank them enough!


If you missed yesterday's post about choosing hope, make sure you catch it here.


The giveaway goes live on Thursday, March 26th on Twitter.


And now, without further delay... our amazing donors! I hope you'll take the time to read each of the donor bios and follow them on social media. I know life is crazy right now, so I've also included a quick list reference, but don't forget to come back and show these donors some love when you have a moment.

Donor Bios


Agents/Editors


James McGowan: Query Critique

Since interning at BookEnds as an undergrad in the summer of 2015, James has (basically) never left. He's just continuously level-up-ed inside of BookEnds. Now he is the Literary Assistant and Social Media Manager for the team.

James is a Staten Island native, and holds a Master's Degree in English from the College of Staten Island. He’s been a reader since his mom gave him the first A Series of Unfortunate Events book, and ordered the sequels regularly through Scholastic book orders. He only recently learned he could be a writer... now, his debut picture book, GOOD NIGHT, OPPY, publishes in Fall 2021 from Boyds Mills Kane Press. When James is not reading/working/writing, he can usually be found watching an unhealthy amount of sitcoms. Follow him on twitter at www.twitter.com/jmcgowanbks or instagram at www.instagram.com/jmcgowanbks.


Clelia Gore- Query Critique

Clelia Gore is Vice President of the Seattle-based agency, Martin Literary & Media Management. She represents authors of books for children and teens including Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, authors of the New York Times-bestselling and award-winning picture book, RESCUE & JESSICA: A LIFE-CHANGING FRIENDSHIP. She tweets as @MadmoiselleClel and you can read more about her and her agency at www.martinlit.com.










Lynnette Novak: PB Critique

Prior to joining The Seymour Agency, Lynnette spent seventeen years freelance editing. She worked with new writers, advanced writers, as well as New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors. Lynnette earned a bachelor of education degree from the University of Manitoba, where she specialized in English and French. She excelled in Advanced Creative Writing in university and studied writing for children and teens through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She was a Pitch Wars mentor in 2015 and 2016. Both her mentees acquired an agent.

Although Lynnette was born and raised in Manitoba, Canada, she now lives in Minnesota with her husband, twin girls, and many pets. Her personal interests include reading, writing, exercising at the gym (okay, that’s a love/hate relationship), working on an assortmentof crafts, all things having to do with animals (if she could own a farm, zoo, and animal shelter, she would), and enjoying time with family and friends.


In adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, and mysteries (traditional, amateur sleuth, and cozy).

In young adult fiction: thrillers, psychological suspense, horror, mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, and contemporary.

In middle grade fiction: fantasy, sci-fi, action/adventure, mystery, contemporary, horror, and humor.

In children’s fiction: picture books (non-rhyming preferred).

Find Lynnette on twitter: @Lynnette_Novak


Kaitlyn Sanchez: Choice of PB, Dummy, or Query Critique

Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez is a mom, wife, high school math teacher, picture book author, co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest, creator of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest,  and is learning to become a literary agent by interning at Olswanger Literary, and she had just signed her first clients. In her free time, she loves to play soccer, binge-watch shows on Hulu and Prime, and, of course, read. Her favorites are historical fiction, short stories, dramas, fantasies, mysteries, and of course picture books! She especially loves it when her husband, daughter, and her all cozy up and read together.

Find Kaitlyn online: 

Website

https://mathiseverywhere439319476.wordpress.com/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/KaitlynLeann17

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/KaitlynLeann17/


Tina P. Schwartz: 3-Query Critiques

AgentTina P. Schwartz admits to being a reluctant reader as a child. In fact, she says she is still very picky when it comes to  choosing a book, and isn't afraid to judge one (at first) by its cover!

          Ask her kids, and they won't believe you!  They'll tell you her nose is constantly in a book, or staring at her Kindle Fire, her iPad mini, or even reading mss on her phone! When not reading manuscripts, marketing website, social media, or  industry blogs, you can find Schwartz on her laptop enjoying her own writing  time.

          Schwartz is an active member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI).  Tina says, "I'm thrilled to have founded The Purcell Agency, LLC and look  forward to reading many wonderful submissions from  talent all over the world!"

​         You can follow Agent Tina on Twitter @tinaPschwartz or The Purcell Agency at @TPurcellAgency



Bonnie Swanson: 3-Query Critiques

Bonnie Swanson is a twenty plus year elementary teacher. She shares her love of literature with her students and even tests out her own books on them. (And everyone thinks agents are tough!) Using her experience as a teacher, she has been a mentor for many authors through the WriteMentor program started by author Stuart White. Some of her mentees have gone on to publishing and best-selling success with their titles.

            A short sample of her favorite authors are Dean Koontz, J.K. Rowling, Rainbow Rowell, John Green, S.A. Stovall, Suzanne Collins, Jen Mann, Danielle Paige, Christopher Paolini, Neal Schusterman, and Ally Condi. She’ll try just about anything, but romance is her true jam and the HEA (happily ever after) is a must! 

            She is an active member of SCBWI and a co-rep for her local chapter. When she’s not teaching, reading, or spending time with her three kids & husband, she’s busy creating her own stories. You can also find her covered in fur and playing with her three cats Milo, Winter and, Mira—when they tell her to.

https://thepurcellagency.com/

You can follow Bonnie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BonnieS_agent


Catherine Hedrick Armstrong: 5-Query Critiques

Catherine Hedrick Armstrong is a prolific reader of many genres. Among her favorite authors are Harper Lee, Rainbow Rowell, Nicola Yoon, S.E. Hinton, Judy Blume, Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, Kate Morton, Victoria Laurie, Cathy Lamb, William Bernhardt, Patricia Cornwell, Rachel Van Dyken, Brighton Walsh, Julia Quinn, Lorna Landvik, and Diana Gabaldon.  

            Though her reading tastes are somewhat eclectic, Catherine is especially drawn to issue-driven Young Adult and New Adult fiction, ranging from the heart-wrenching stories of kids trying to navigate the difficult hallways of their high schools to the heartbreaking, yet empowering, stories of overcoming the odds when life throws you a curve ball.  Favorite Young Adult books include, To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Ask Alice, The Outsiders, Hopeless (by Colleen Hoover), and a lesser-known title by Ann Head she read in 7th grade entitled Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo Jones. The story and themes in Head’s book still resonates with her today, some 35 years later.  In the New Adult category, she can’t get enough of Jamie McGuire’s “Maddox Brothers Series,” and anything written by Colleen Hoover or Rachel Van Dyken.

            When she’s not actively reading, Catherine is doing her own writing and editing; cheering for her beloved Oklahoma Sooners Football team; or catching up on her favorite television or Netflix dramas--The Crown, Outlander, andThe Walking Dead.

           Tweet to Catherine on Twitter at @CathieHedrick


Chrysa Keenon: PB Critique

ChrysaKeenonhas always loved stories—both reading and writing them. 

Her degree from Taylor University’s acclaimed Professional Writing 

program helped her learn a thing or two about the craft, and she set 

her sights on working in the publishing industry. She has published 

over 400 pieces of fiction (including poetry, short stories, and stage 

plays) and nonfiction (book reviews and journalism articles). She has 

multiple first-place awards for her writing, including 1st Place in 

Sci-Fi/Fantasy for the Blue Seal Award. Setting her sights on the 

industry, Chrysa kick started her career in publishing by interning 

with GenZ Publishing and The Seymour Agency. By day, she works in 

editorial for a prominent bridal magazine. By night, she is an agent 

at the Cyle Young Literary Elite agency, helping writers achieve their 

publishing dreams, one query at a time.

Learn more about her at chrysakeenon.com.

Follow her on Twitter: @Chrysa_Keenon



Alayne Kay Christian, Blue Whale Press: 1st Impressions PB Critique

Alayne Kay Christian is the content and developmental editor for Blue Whale Press and an award-winning children’s book author. She is the creator and teacher of a picture book writing course, Art of Arc. She shares more of her knowledge and tips for writers through Writing for Children Webinars and Courses. She has been a professional picture book and chapter book critique writer since 2014, and she worked as a

12 X 12 critique ninja for three years. Alayne is a graduate of the Institute for Children’s Literature. In addition, she has spent the last eleven years studying under some of the top names in children’s literature. Alayne’s focus at Blue Whale Press is content editing, creative direction, and working with authors and illustrators to coordinate the path to quality books. ​

Follow her on Twitter: @alayne_kay



Authors


Tara Lazar

Tara loves children’s books. Her goal is to create books that children love.

She writes picture books and middle grade novels.

Some of her books include:

How To Trap A Leprechaun (Harper Collins, January 2020)

The Upper Case (Disney*Hyperion/Little, Brown, October 2019)

Your First Day Of Circus School (Tundra/Penguin Random House Canada

June 4, 2019)


In November 2009, Tara created PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) as the picture book writer’s answer to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In 2017, PiBoIdMo’s name was changed to Storystorm and it’s now held on her blog every January…with nearly 2,000 participants from around the world.


Find Tara Online:

https://taralazar.com/

https://twitter.com/taralazar

https://www.facebook.com/authortara

https://www.instagram.com/taralaser/


Alastair Heim: PB Critique

Alastair Heim is the author of the picture books LOVE YOU, TOO (Little Bee Books – 2016), NO TOOTING AT TEA (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion – 2017), THE GREAT PUPPY INVASION (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion – 2017) which won the 2019 Oklahoma Redbud Read-Aloud Award, HELLO, DOOR (Little Bee Books – 2018) which was chosen as one of The New York Public Library’s Best Books of 2018 and listed on The 2019 Best Books for Family Literacy by The Pennsylvania Center for the Book, the upcoming QUIET DOWN, LOUD TOWN! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Clarion – 2020) and IF I HAD YOUR VOTE – BY THE CAT IN THE HAT (Random House/Dr. Seuss Enterprises – 2020).  He lives in Kansas City and is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Find Alastair online:

WEBSITE:  www.alastairheim.com

TWITTER:  www.twitter.com/alastairheim

INSTAGRAM:  www.instagram.com/alastairheim


Diana Murray: PB Critique (specialty in rhyming verse)

Diana Murray is the author of over a dozen books for children, including GOODNIGHT VEGGIES (HMH, March 2020), a Jr. Library Guild Selection; FIVE FUZZY CHICKS (Imprint/Macmillan, February 2020), an Amazon Book of the Month; and UNICORN DAY (Sourcebooks, 2019), a National Indiebound Bestseller. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as Highlights, High Five and Spider, as well as anthologies like THANKU: POEMS OF GRATITUDE (Millbrook, 2019), an ALA Notable Book. Diana grew up in NYC and still lives nearby with her firefighter husband, two children, and a smarty-pants cockatiel named Bean.

Find her Online:

http://www.dianamurray.com

https://www.facebook.com/diana.murray.718?fref=ts

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14153562.Diana_Murray/

https://twitter.com/DianaMWrites

https://www.instagram.com/dianamurrayauthor/


Bea Birdsong: PB Critique

Bea Birdsong is the author of I Will Be Fierce, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani and published by Roaring Brook Press, and the forthcoming picture book Sam’s First Word, illustrated by Holly Hatam, which will release from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She is also a writer for the education market and a former teacher who believes in the awesome power of books to educate, entertain, and empower. Bea is represented by Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency. She invites you to follow her on Twitter, @BeaBirdsong, and visit her online at beabirdsong.com.




Jorge and Megan Lacera: PB Critique

Artist Jorge Lacera was born in Colombia, and grew up in Miami, Florida drawing in sketchbooks, on napkins, on walls, and anywhere his parents would let him. After graduating with honors from Ringling College of Art and Design, Jorge worked as a visual development and concept artist for major gaming studios and entertainment companies. As a big fan of pop culture, comics, and zombie movies, Jorge rarely saw Latinx kids as the heroes or leads. He is committed to changing that, especially now that he has a son.                                                                                       



Megana and Jorge are available to do critiques for hire (interested folks can email megan@studiolacera.com for prices/details)                             


Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MeganLacera  https://twitter.com/jlacera Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MeganAndJorgeLacera


Instagram: @jlacera @authormeganlacera


Writer ​Megan Lacera grew up in the

suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, with a book always in her hands. She became a writer and creator of characters and worlds for entertainment companies like American Greetings, Hasbro, and Goldieblox and later formed her own creative company where she creates original content and consults on marketing, social media, and strategic direction for start-ups and large corporations. After reading many stories to their son, Megan realized that very few books reflected a family like theirs--multicultural, bilingual, funny, and imperfect. She decided to change that by writing her own stories. 



Amy Sparkes: PB Critique

Amy keeps herself busy writing stories for children of all ages. Her first book, Hodge the Hedgehog, appeared on CBeebies storytime and other books have been shortlisted for several book awards, including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2013 and the Booktrust Best Books Awards 2014.

Just in case writing books isn’t enough to keep her out of trouble, Amy also visits schools, produces the ‘Writing for Children’ pages for bestselling Writing Magazine, writes short stories for Aquila magazine, and runs author events for children and writing workshops for aspiring children’s authors.

In July 2017, Amy launched the Writing Magazine Picture Book Prize for aspiring, unpublished picture book authors, in conjunction with Writing Magazine and her agent, Julia Churchill.

Visit her online:

Twitter

Facebook

Amazon


Brian Gehrlein: PB MS Critique


Brian Gehrlein is the creator of Picture Book Spotlight, a member of SCBWI, and is represented by Melissa Richeson of Apokedak Literary Agency.

Brian's debut picture book, The Book of Rules, is set for publication with FSG for fall 2021.

Brian teaches high school English and lives in Liberty, Missouri with his wife, Katherine, his son, Peter, and two corgis, Toby & Harry. You can follow Brian on twitter @briangehrlein, subscribe to his site, or contact him here





Kjersten Hayes: choice of PB MS Critique or Dummy Critique

Kjersten Hayes lives in Bellingham, Washington, in a century-old house full of color, books, pottery, art, music and happy kid noises. She has spent many years creating and selling collage work, greeting cards, and handmade journals. She loves adventure, crafting, and teaching art classes for kids. Her first picture book THE ELEPHANTS' GUIDE TO HIDE-AND-SEEK hits shelves April 7, 2020. Find her at www.kjersten.com, or on Twitter and Instagram @kjerstenhayes.




Stacey Corrigan: PB Critique

Stacey is a second-grade teacher in Saginaw, MI and author of the debut picture book THE PENCIL EATER. Stacey is a member of SCBWI and of Julie Hedlund’s 12 X 12 Picture Book Challenge. Stacey is represented by Rebecca Angus of Golden Wheat Literary.


Find her online:

https://www.staceycorrigan.com/

https://twitter.com/StaceyCorrigan3


Elizabeth Brown: PB Critique

(choice of fiction—under 1000 words, or NF—under 1600 words)

Elizabeth Brown is a children's book author, writer, film producer, and college teacher. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College as well as a Post-MFA Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles where she was a TA to author Emily Rapp.

Elizabeth's debut picture book DANCING THROUGH FIELDS OF COLOR: THE STORY OF HELEN FRANKENTHALER was published by Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 2019. She has other picture books to release soon after, including TWINKLE LITTLE STAR (Bloomsbury, 2022) and THE WORLD ENTIRE (Chronicle, 2022). Elizabeth Brown is a member of SCBWI and is represented by Sean McCarthy Literary Agency.

Find her onTwitter: @ebrownbooks



Jodi McKay: Non-rhyming PB Critiqu

Jodi McKay lives in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan with her husband, son, and two furry friends. She has two books published by Albert Whitman & Co., WHERE ARE THE WORDS? (2016) and, PENCIL’S PERFECT PICTURE (2019). Jodi is co-regional advisor for SCBWI-MI and is represented by Linda Epstein of Emerald City Literary Agency.


Find her on FaceBookTwitter, & Instagram  or go to her website http://www.jodimckaybooks.com





Lori Degman: PB Critique

Lori Degman writes in rhyme, most of the time – but not always!  She is the author of the award-winning books: 1 Zany Zoo, Cock-a-Doodle Oops, and Just Read, as well as Norbert’s Big Dream, Like a Girl, and the upcoming Travel Guide For Monsters.  She was a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Lori lives in Vernon Hills, Illinois, where she spends her days writing, visiting schools and playing with her grandkids.  

You can find her online at:

www.Loridegman.com

https://www.facebook.com/lori.degman

https://twitter.com/LoriDegman

https://www.instagram.com/ldegman/

June Smalls: PB Critique (800 words or less) with query letter

June Smalls has been making up stories since she only had pets and stuffed animals to share them with. With her first poem published in first grade, June got the writing bug and never quit. June is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a lover of literature. She resides in Northern Virginia with her hubby, The Kid, and an ever-growing assortment of animals. 


She is the author of

She Leads: The Elephant Matriarch (Familius, April 2020)

and

Odd Animal ABC's (Blue Manatee, April 2019)


http://junesmalls.com

Find her on Twitter @June_Smalls



Kathleen Doherty: PB Critique

Kathleen Doherty is a Reading Specialist and an Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. She’s written standardized test items for Pearson, Inc. in alignment with the Common Core Standards. She’s also won the Highlights Pewter Plate Award, the Highlights Celebrate National Poetry Contest, and a letter of merit from SCBWI’s Magazine Merit Competition.

She is the author of Don't Feed the Bear (Sterling, 2018).



Kathleen donates 100% of her author earnings to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Find her online at:

https://kathleendohertyauthor.com/dont-feed-the-bear/

https://twitter.com/Doherty60


Katy Duffield: PB Critique

Katy Duffield is the award-winning author of more than 40 books for children including the picture books Farmer McPeepers and His Missing Milk Cows (illus. Steve Gray, Rising Moon Children’s Books, 2003),Loud Lula (illus. Mike Boldt, Two Lions/Amazon, 2015), Aliens Get the Sniffles, Too (illus. K.G. Campbell, Candlewick Press, 2017),Crossings: Extraordinary Structures for Extraordinary Animals (illus. Mike Orodán, S&S/Beach Lane, 2020), as well as a forthcoming book from Viking Children’s Books. 


Find her online:

Facebook.com/katy.duffield

Twitter @KatyDuffield


Pam Calvert: PB Critique

Pam Calvert is an award winning children's author of many nationally acclaimed picture books. She is best known for her Princess Peepers series--the only princess who wears glasses. Her other titles include her funny math adventures--Multiplying Menace and The Multiplying Menace Divides. She has a new series illustrated by Liana Hee entitled, Brianna Bright Ballerina Knight.


Because she used to be a science teacher as well as a writing instructor/UIL coach, she speaks to thousands of children every year, encouraging them to achieve their dream and to love math through the use of literature. When she is not speaking or writing, you can find her having fun with her family in Texas.

Find her online, and take her Picture Book University Course:

www.picturebookuniversity.com

Twitter: @pammcalvert

Instagram: @pamcalvertbooks


Anna Lazowski: Non-Rhyming PB Critique

Anna Lazowski has storytelling in her blood. The daughter of a foreign correspondent and an English teacher, the value of reading and sharing stories was instilled in her from the very beginning.

Anna is an award-winning Senior Producer at CBC Radio. She has an MA in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a BFA (Hon) in Photography from the University of Manitoba.

She started writing for children after being inspired by her kids, Silas and LIla. Her journalistic work has been published in various newspapers and magazines, and she has been a nationally syndicated radio columnist covering music and health. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband Mike, their kids, and their dog Jackson.

Anna's debut picture book, T. Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes, will be out in the summer of 2021 on Doubleday/Penguin Random House.


Find Her Online:

https://www.annalazowskibooks.com/

https://twitter.com/anna_lazowski


Elisa Boxer: PB Critique

In addition to being a children's author, Elisa Boxer is also an Emmy-winning journalist and columnist whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Fast Company.

Her picture book, The Voice That Won the Vote: How One Woman’s Words Made History

Releases March 15, 2020 from Sleeping Bear Press.



She lives in Maine, and you can visit her at:

http://elisaboxer.com/

twitter: https://twitter.com/eboxer

instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boxerelisa/

Facebook: Elisa Boxer, journalist & author


Rosie J. Pova: Non-Rhyming PB Critique up to 700 word

Rosie J. Pova is a multi-published, award-winning children's author, poet, speaker, and writing coach on a mission to inspire children not only to read and write more, but to use their creativity, follow their passions, dream big and believe in themselves.

Rosie visits schools and shares her inspirational journey as an immigrant from Bulgaria and how she became a published author, encouraging kids to persist, push through obstacles, and hold a high vision of themselves.

She also speaks on many women's topics and has appeared on radio and print media.

Her upcoming children's book, Sunday Rain, celebrates imagination, the love of books, and new friendships.

Visit Rosie at www.rosiejpova.com

Website

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

Instagram

Amazon Author Page


Amanda Jackson: PB Critique

Amanda writes stories for kids and their grown-ups. She's pretty sure there's nothing better in the world. She grew up in Pennsylvania, where she discovered her love of making: drawing, crafting, sewing, cooking, storytelling. Anything to give her imagination a voice. When she was six, someone gave her a journal. She instantly felt at home with the magic that happens when words come from inside, pass across the page, and connect with someone else. In her twenties, Amanda moved to Portland, Oregon, and cozied right into the land of gray skies and creative living. She finished her degree in Human Development, worked with lots of awesome kids, and married her love. Of all the happiness in her life, writing is one of the happiest. And she’s beyond thrilled to share her words with you.

Amanda is represented by Charlotte Wenger of Prospect Agency. MY SHAPE IS SAM was published by Page Street Kids Publishing 9.17.19, distributed by Macmillan. She is a member of SCBWI and the Authors Guild

Find her online

Twitter: @AJacksonBooks

https://www.amandajacksonbooks.com/


Lisa D. Kerr: PB Critique, NF or Lyrical Preferred

Lisa D. Kerr is a children’s nonfiction author, nature lover, and avid researcher. She has a special interest in animals, lyrical language, technology, space, and diseases. 

Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, from California State University, Northridge. She has taken various writing courses through UCLA Extension, Gotham Writers’ Workshop, was granted a Tomales Bay Writer’s Workshop scholarship, and attended the 2019 Highlights Foundation Nuts and Bolts for Science Writing.

Prior to writing for children, Lisa was an essayist and popular blogger. Her former blog was featured on Huffington Post’s TED Weekends, Philly.com and the NPR affiliate station WUNC. During  her blogging career, Lisa ’s social media had a reach of one million people per month. Her story was in development for unscripted television and was being considered by the Oprah Winfrey Network. 

Lisa’s writing for adults has been featured in Huffington Post, New York magazine, Bustle.com, and Mom.me. She has written for local and regional magazines in California, tourist guides, and worked as a public affairs coordinator at a state university, overseeing internal and external communications and publications for the organization. Her most interesting (and favorite) job was the work she did at a multinational biopharmaceutical company.

A former educator, Lisa taught at Title 1 schools for three years, with a particular focus on making academic writing accessible to struggling readers. 

Lisa loves hiking, photography, local public libraries, and used bookstores. She lives in California with her husband, three young children (who are triplets), and their rescue dog. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

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Nancy Tupper Ling: PB Critique


Nancy Tupper Ling is a children's author, poet, and librarian. Her picture books have received star reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Ling is also the winner of the Writer's Digest Grand Prize and Pat Parnell Poetry Award. In 2002 she founded the Fine Line Poets ( is the winner of the prestigious Writer’s Digest Grand Prize and the Pat Parnell Poetry Award.  Did she mention that she LOVES libraries?

She is the author of My Sister, Alicia May (Pleasant Street Press), Double Happiness (Chronicle Books),The Story I’ll Tell ( Lee & Low Books) and the founder of Fine Line Poets (www.finelinepoets.com).


Find Nancy Online:

Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/nancytupperling

Insta:

https://www.instagram.com/nancytupperling/

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ntling


Joana Pastro: Non-rhyming PB Critique

Joana Pastro always wanted to be an artist of some sort. So, she became an architect. But once her first child was born, all the visits to the library, and the countless story times made Joana start dreaming of becoming a children’s book author. After a lot of reading, writing and revising, her dream is coming true. Her debut picture book, LILLYBELLE, A DAMSEL NOT IN DISTRESS, illustrated by Jhon Ortiz, will be published by BM&K in Fall/2020. Her second book, BISA’S CARNAVAL, illustrated by Carolina Coroa will be published by Scholastic in Spring/2021. Originally from Brazil, Joana now lives in Florida with her husband, her three extremely creative children and a rambunctious Morkie.

Joana is a member of @soaring20spb and @lasmusasbooks

You can find her on Twitter @jopastro, Instagram @jppastro , or her website at www.joanapastro.com.



Randi Lynn Mrvos: PB Critique

Randi Lynn Mrvos was the founder and editor of Kid's  Imagination Train Magezine, a former consultant for Pearson  Digital Learning, and the former nonfiction editor of Stories for Children Magazine.  She is the editorial consultant at RLM Editorial. ​​​​ Mrvos has published nearly 100 stories in children's magazines.  She has won over thirty awards for her picture book stories.  Her first book is titled Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell .  Mrvos is pleased to announce that her next book, ​Tajo Speaks Out  will be published in 2020 by Baxter's Corner .


Follow Randi Online:

http://childrenswritersworld.blogspot.comhttps://themaggieproject.blogspot.com

 


Lisa Simon Gerin: PB Critique

Lisa is a former school librarian.  She is a writer of PBs and MG, specializing in nonfiction and biography. Lisa is also a member of Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators,  Arizona Regional Chapter. Repped by Rena Rossner, Deborah Harris Literary.

Find her online:

https://libraryinspirations.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LisaGerin1/

https://www.instagram.com/lisagerinwriter




Lauren Kerstein: PB Critique

LaurenKerstein is an author and psychotherapist. She is a Jersey girl at heart who currently lives in Colorado with her husband, Josh, their two dragons...er, daughters, Sarah and Danielle, and her rescue dogs, Hudson and Duke. She is represented by Deborah Warren with East West Literary Agency. Lauren's debut: ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE MAKE WAVES splashed to bookshelves in June 2019. The companion volume, ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT, is expected Fall 2020. Lauren also has another soon-to-be announced book upcoming in 2021. Lauren is one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek, a judge with Rate Your Story, runs a critique business, and is a long-time member of 12x12. Visit her at www.LaurenKerstein.net, on Twitter @LaurenKerstein, Instagram @LaurenKerstein, or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/laurenkersteinauthor/ and/or https://www.facebook.com/lauren.kerstein.


Lindsay Leslie: PB Critique

A diary keeper, a journal writer, a journalism major, a public relations executive—Lindsay Leslie has always operated in a world of written words. When she became a mom and began to tell her kids bedtime stories, Lindsay connected the dots to children’s literature. She likes to bring her unique outlook on life, quirky humor, and play with words to the page in picture books.

Lindsay is the author of THIS BOOK IS SPINELESS and NOVA THE STAR EATER (Page Street Kids). Her third picture book, DUSK EXPLORERS (Page Street Kids), will launch June 2, 2020.

Lindsay lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, two boys, two fur-beasts, a guinea pig, and a tortoise. Whew!

Find her online at:

https://lindsayleslie.com/

https://twitter.com/lleslie

https://www.instagram.com/lindsaylesliewrites/






Is anyone still with me?? I sure hope so! Because that right there was a major, MAJOR list of talent! I truly hope that you follow each of our donors, support them, even buy their books. Thank you to everyone who donated! I am blown away by your generosity.


The giveaway will open on Thursday, so make sure to subscribe below and follow on twitter so that you don't miss your chances to win!


Meet Kailei Pew

Kailei believes in books. She believes in imaginative play. She believes in having fun, getting messy, and being silly with her kids. Thus For Little Readers was born.​ Kailei also writes picture books and is currently seeking representation. She loves creating books that bring children and parents together. Kailei hopes that her own books will one day be featured in her blog. ​Prior to staying home with her children and writing picture books, Kailei worked as a reading teacher and middle school mentor. She was a 2019 Write Mentor Mentee and a finalist in Susanna Leonard Hill's 2019 Holiday Writing Contest.

Coronavirus.

Self-Isolation.

Social Distancing.

Quarantine.

Economic Uncertainty.

Worry for our loved ones.

It's all enough to cause some major stress and anxiety.


But I choose hope.


I'm not trying to tell you that your fears are invalid or that you should be happy-go-lucky through all of this. But I do hope that you can find hope in all of this.


I find that motivation makes a big difference in my life. What is the driving force behind my choices? Why do I do what I do? In the last couple of weeks, I've learned that if our actions in the midst of this pandemic are motivated by hope instead of fear, we will find happiness and healing amidst the difficulties.


And I'm not talking about the passive-can't-do-anything-so-I-sure-hope-things-work-themselves-out kind of hope. I'm talking about an active, expectant kind of hope... the kind of hope that we know that things are going to be okay if we do what's being asked of us. If we come together to make the difference.


I self-isolate and social distance not for fear of contracting the virus, but because I hope that doing so will flatten the curve, stop the spread, and save even just one life.


I skipped our spring break trip because I hope that we can make a difference and stop spreading this thing beyond borders. And I hope for one epic trip when all of this is done.


I suddenly home school because I hope that our teachers will be protected and healthy. I hope that my little ones will feel some sense of normalcy and even increased love through all this. I hope that they will be able to see friends again soon.


I keep writing even though my drafts are crummy and my focus is shot because I hope to create something of beauty, something that will make me laugh, and something that will take me out of the stress of it all. Plus, we need good stories now more than ever.


I taught my almost-5-year-old about the importance of flattening the curve because I hope she will understand why we have to postpone her birthday party. When I told her that bad news, she gave me a big hug and said "It's okay, Mommy. We have to do our part to not spread the sickness." And yes, I cried. If that's not the perfect example of hope, I don't know what is.


I call my grandparents instead of visit them because I hope that they won't come anywhere near this virus. I hope that a month or so of distance will bless us with years more of memories.


Mostly, I hope that every single one of us will do the hard things now. That we will stay home, stay healthy, and create a miracle.


I hope. I do everything I can do be the difference. And I wait.



Now, all that being said... there are moments that I'm sure we'll all go crazy. For example, we were in the midst of a big remodel with all of this started... so right now, our living room, family room, and kitchen are torn apart and on hold for the forseable future... so our liveable space is super limited. But we get outside in the backyard for hours every day and we mostly make it work. Until we don't. Ha! In times like that, we all need something to look forward to. That's why I'm thrilled to offer one more moment of HOPE to my lovely picture book writing community.



The Coronavirus Critique Giveaway came together incredibly fast based on wonderfully generous individuals! I am beyond thrilled to tell you that we have 37 critique donations to give away this week!


Tomorrow, Tuesday the 23rd, the list of donors will be revealed. I hope you will all take the time to follow them and thank them for their generosity!


Thursday, the 26th through Saturday the 28th, the giveaway will go live on twitter.


Winners will be announced here and on Twitter on Monday the 30th.


I hope that this gives us all something wonderful and exciting to look forward to. Help me spread the word, and let me know...

How are you choosing hope during this time of uncertainty?





Meet Kailei Pew

Kailei believes in books. She believes in imaginative play. She believes in having fun, getting messy, and being silly with her kids. Thus For Little Readers was born.​ Kailei also writes picture books and is currently seeking representation. She loves creating books that bring children and parents together. Kailei hopes that her own books will one day be featured in her blog. ​Prior to staying home with her children and writing picture books, Kailei worked as a reading teacher and middle school mentor. She was a 2019 Write Mentor Mentee and a finalist in Susanna Leonard Hill's 2019 Holiday Writing Contest.