Friday, December 11, 2015


Dear friends,

The Lucky winner of Mouse's Christmas Cookie is:

*******Pam Zollman********

Congratulations, PAM!!! Please e-mail me with your mailing address and how you'd like your book personalized by Pat. (claragillowclark(at)gmail(dot)com. Your book should reach you before Christmas!

Check out this perfect pick for a heartwarming winter read: 
Here's the link: Red Sled
Patricia Thomas, Chris L. Demarest

School Library Journal--PreSchool-Grade 1—A father and son go sledding down a hill one snowy night in this charming picture book. The brief text consists of easy-to-read words in rhyming pairs ("Still hill./Far star./Snow aglow"). According to an author's note, the structure of the story-poem was inspired by an ancient writing pattern called chiasmus, "a format that creates a kind of mirror image." Bright watercolor pictures capture perfectly the downcast faces of the characters when they are stuck inside during a snowstorm ("Sad lad./Sad dad"), their expressions of happiness and excitement during their nocturnal adventure on the red sled ("Go! Go!/Whoa! Whoa!"), and their cozy contented smiles as they enjoy hot chocolate back home afterward ("Snug hug"). This is a great book for storytime and one-on-one sharing, and beginning readers will be able to follow the simple language presented in large black script.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT

It's a grand to give, but honestly it's pretty fun to receive, too! Today wraps up the book giveaways for this year, but there will be many more in 2016--some new authors and new books, but also authors you know and books you've come to love.  
  Wishing you all the joy and wonder of the season! ~Clara


  1. Congrats to the winners and happy holidays to you and yours. Now that I have retired from teaching preschoolers for almost 40 years, and have a sweet great grandson, I am considering writing a children's book.

    1. Happy Holidays, Linda! How wonderful that you have a sweet grandson--he'll be the best inspiration for stories of your own.

      Several picture book authors will be featured in 2016 along with MG and YA authors. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I'm late adding my comments. I wish you joy and peace for the new year