This is the third annual Random Acts of Publicity week, founded by Darcy Pattison as a way to promote favorite books or favorite authors.  I’m focusing on three Colorado picture book writers, all of whom have reached out a hand to help me in my own budding career (and their books are great!).  In fact, I am so convinced that you will love the books too, I am giving away all three as a prize package.  To enter, you must:

  • Be a follower of this blog – if you are a new follower, let me know how you follow (email, Google Reader, Networked Blogs, etc.)
  • Leave a comment on this post by midnight ET on Friday, September 9th.  To keep the promotion love going, in your comment, please leave the title of at least one picture book published within the last five years that you love. = 1 point
  • Tweet about the contest = 1 point
  • Like this post on Facebook = 1 point
  • Blog about the contest = 2 points

In your comment, let me know how many points you have.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday, September 10th. Now, onto the books!

TOO MANY PUMPKINS, by Linda Arms White.  This book is a modern classic and, along with the equally delightful TOO MANY TURKEYS (2010), is perfect for this time of year as we approach Halloween and Thanksgiving.  Find out how the heroine and hero, respectfully, turn their bumper crops into something fabulous.  Linda gives generously of her time to the Rocky Mountain SCBWI chapter.  She worked with me for six months through the mentorship program, and my WIPs improved immeasurably.  I am a much better writer as a result of working with Linda.  For others interested in working with her, she is a co-owner of the Children’s Author’s Boot Camp, and also offers manuscript critiques.

STELLA UNLEASHED, by Linda Ashman.  Linda is a master of writing picture books in rhyme, particularly those for older children (4-8).  I should know because I took her “Crimes of Rhyme” workshop, so I commit fewer of them now.  We own many of her books, and this one is our current favorite. (Although her latest – NO DOGS ALLOWED – is on its way to us as I write this, and we eagerly await it).  Who can resist a story told in a set of poems about a dog who chooses first her family, then her name, and then creates all kinds of entertainment and chaos for her family – as all dogs do.  Other favorites of ours are COME TO THE CASTLE, WORLDWIDE MONSTER GUIDE, and M is for MISCHIEF.  I worked with Linda at the Big Sur in the Rockies workshop, so I can also vouch for her manuscript critiques.  They can be invaluable, especially if you write in rhyme.

TOO PICKLEY, by Jean Reidy.  This book is a must for anyone with toddlers who are picky eaters (and what toddlers aren’t?).  My son used to say things like, “This bread is too crusty,” so I knew this book was for him.  I met Jean at the RMC-SCBWI conference last year, and she has graciously agreed to come on the blog later this fall for the How I Got My Agent Series.  If you have a fussy dresser (which I also do), check out TOO PURPLEY.  Jean does writing workshops and talks, and is also part of the Skype an Author network.

Comment (see rules above) to win a prize pack with a brand new copy of TOO MANY PUMPKINS, STELLA UNLEASHED, and TOO PICKLEY

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  1. I love all of these books, especially Too Many Pumpkins. Linda Arms White has done a few critiques for me, and she is simply fabulous! Keeping with your Colorado theme, one of my favorite picture books is by Janet Stevens who also lives in our great state. Her book, The Great Fuzz Frenzy, tells a fun story about what would happen if a tennis balls falls through a prairie dog hole.

  2. Sounds like a great promotion and give-away, Julie!

  3. Yay Colorado authors! I’m reading a MG by an author from Denver at the moment (The Book Without Words by Avi). My favorite picture book? GO BACK TO BED! by Ginger Folgelsong Guy. Just love it!

  4. awe, what great picks! Glad to have discovered your blog. Subscribed by email but I live abroad so you don’t have to enter me in the contest.

  5. This is a wonderful idea. When I visited our closing Borders, I wasn’t able to find any of my CO authors on my list in the store. Sigh. I’m a follower via email. I Tweeted it. I shared it on my FB page. Thanks for sharing your connection with each author.

  6. I don’t think I know any recent books. We love the older How Do Dinosaurs… books by Jane Yolen.
    I’m a follower by email . Does that make 1 or 2 points?

  7. I had to laugh at the last one… Your comment about toddlers being picky eaters. My son used to dig into the spicy curries I cooked until he heard mum complaining that it was too hot (for her that is). Then, suddenly, they were too hot for him too – he’d been eating them for over a year! Kids always pick up bad habits from their parents don’t they 😉

    Not interested in the contest but enjoyed the blog 🙂

  8. OK – I am game for this one! I’ll follow, comment, and FB for you!

    My favorite new picture book is “I’m Here” by Peter Reynolds, brilliant and talented author/illustrator of “The Dot”, “Ish” and “The North Star”. He also co-owns a wonderful bookstore in Dedham, MA called The Blue Bunny.

  9. You’re in my Reader of course. Because you are awesome (duh!).

    I’m giving a shout out to two authors who don’t need any publicity but I’m in love with their work, so oh well…

    Mo Willems: Love his Elephant and Piggie series. They make my boys laugh and the text is so simple my five year old can read them.
    Emily Gravett: Her illustrating style resonates with me. The Odd Egg is fun and I like the beautiful simplicity of Orange Pear Apple Bear.

  10. And my last comment linked me to a random blog, not sure why that happened.

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