Vivian Kirkfield
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Aug 23, 2013
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Clutter Busting 101 and a Pitch Pick Contest

 Are you a saver or a tosser?My sister-in-law once told me if you didn’t use something in a year, it was time to get rid of it.I’ve got stuff that I haven’t used in… 10 or 20 years!As many of you know, we are moving from Colorado to New Hampshire at the end of September.We’ll be flying 2000 miles to relocate so that we can be closer to our…See More
Aug 21, 2013
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Monday Writing Magic: Building Relationships in the Kid Lit Community

Writing can be one of the most solitary occupations. Many writers carve out time from busy schedules that often include family and job responsibilities. Setting the alarm early or staying up after everyone else is in dreamland are two ways to find ‘quiet’ time.Even though most of us need to be ‘alone’ when we are creating, it is really important to be part of a community that can encourage, inspire and motivate…one…See More
Jul 25, 2013
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Monday Writing Magic: Building Relationships in the Kid Lit Community

Writing can be one of the most solitary occupations. Many writers carve out time from busy schedules that often include family and job responsibilities. Setting the alarm early or staying up after everyone else is in dreamland are two ways to find ‘quiet’ time.Even though most of us need to be ‘alone’ when we are creating, it is really important to be part of a community that can encourage, inspire and motivate…one…See More
Jul 22, 2013
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Multicultural Picture Book Review and Activity for Kids

Today is Friday – time for a children’s book and an activity to keep the kids happy and busy!I found this book in a box at an open air town flea market when I was visiting my daughter and grandson in New Hampshire. I get into trouble at these places – how can you say no to a beautiful picture book for 25 cents? The seller wanted me to take the entire box of over a dozen hardcover beautifully illustrated multicultural…See More
Jul 19, 2013
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Fear of Public Speaking: Tips That Really Help

Attention authors: For many of you, writing the book is the easy part. The hard job starts after your book is published. These days, whether you are traditionally published or self-published, the task of marketing and promoting your book falls to…you.Marketing and promoting a book can be done in many ways. Press releases and platforms such as blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+…with new…See More
Jul 15, 2013
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Monday Writing Magic: What Makes a Great Picture Book Story?

What good luck! I’m continuing my new blog schedule with a Monday post about writing. Susanna Leonard Hill graciously picked today to reveal the 8 finalists in the 4th of July Secret Mystery Writing Contest. Thanks, Susanna…perfect timing!What bad luck! It will be very difficult to decide who should be the winner…each…See More
Jul 8, 2013
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Lifting the Spirits of a Chronically Ill Child

Today is Friday – I have another children’s book to review to add to the  Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. If you go to Susanna’s blog today, you will not find a picture book review because there is a 4th of July Holiday Mystery Writing Contest going on.…See More
Jul 5, 2013
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Tips for Traveling with Young Kids

Night-time in Singapore! What a perspective! Don’t you want to be there?Traveling definitely gives a person a whole new perspective on the world.My trip to the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content was my first international trip ever. I connected in Tokyo and was impressed with the extreme cleanliness and calm atmosphere. I found the same conditions at Singapore Airport…it was…See More
Jun 9, 2013
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Why Attend a SCBWI Conference #2013AFCC

Why attend a SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) conference?I’ve been writing picture book stories since I was a kid.But it’s only been in the last couple of years that I have seriously pursued the craft of…See More
Jun 2, 2013
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Play It Safe This Summer: Window Safety

Jake, at Time after Time, has a Sunday Post Challenge. The theme this week is WINDOW.STAY-TUNED FOR THE WINNER OF THE CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK GIVEAWAY!Do your kids like to look out the window? When my children were small, they loved watching birds fly from branch to branch and cars zoom down the road. A rainy day offered an under-the-sea look at the world while wintery frost created beautiful patterns on the window…See More
May 20, 2013
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Endangered Species Day: Gone Fishing: Oceans by the Number Review and Activity

Today is Friday – so we have a children’s book to review to add to the  Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go…See More
May 18, 2013
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Local Author Speaking in Singapore

In less than two weeks, I'll be flying to Singapore to participate in the 2013 Asian Festival of Children's Content.This annual international conference brings together authors, illustrators, publishers and other creators of children's media.I'm thrilled to have been invited to share my passion for using picture books as a parenting tool to build self-esteem and strengthen the parent-child connection. The event organizer, The National Book Council of Singapore, places great emphasis on…See More
May 11, 2013
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Groundhog Day: Fact and Fiction

We celebrate Groundhog Day on February 2nd. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early. If it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow, and the winter weather will continue for six more weeks.In many parts of the United States, early morning festivals are held to…See More
Feb 2, 2013
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Jan 30, 2013
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Do You Give Your Child Your Focused Attention?

Photo by Sven Zarek for National GeographicBirds do it! Photo by Malou of the NetherlandsBees do it!Even precious little kids do it!Have you ever watched young…See More
Jan 26, 2013

Innovative Story and Craft Program for District 11 Pre-K's and Kindergartens

A new program for the District 11 Pre-K's and kindergartens is currently being offered this year.  Based on the picture books recommended in my new bookw, teachers can schedule presentations that include a story reading and a craft project. 

 

How do you know when a program is successful?  I guess when the teacher wants you to return as soon as possible and the children don't want to go outside for recess, but would rather work on their craft project longer.:)  When I left Columbia School today, after reading Katy and the Big Snow and helping the children in Ms. Pike's kindergarten make a snow-covered road picture, I was walking on air.  As I said goodbye to the children and thanked them for having me in their classroom, one of the pupils piped up, "Today I had the most fun EVER!"

 

Reading is one of the most important things we can do with young children...it engages them in the world between the pages and allows them to relate their own experiences and concerns to those of the characters in the stories. In addition, reading picture books and participating positively with their children in craft projects and cooking activities helps parents build self-esteem, develop pre-literacy skills and create a life-long parent-child bond.

 

 

I'm already scheduled for three presentations next month, but I'm always happy to share my passion for picture books and uplifting young children.  I'd be happy to discuss my availability to do the SHOW ME HOW! program for local church groups or libraries...please feel free to contact me at: vivian@positiveparentalparticipation.com

 

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Picture Book Review and Activity: Chick-O-Saurus Rex

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 1:08am 0 Comments

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. I haven’t been blogging recently because of our up-coming move…but I just had to share this very special book with all of you.

With the start of the new school year, many parents and children will be coping with a problem that has been around for a long time – bullying. I’m joining a special blog book tour to raise…

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Picture Book Review and Activity: Chick-O-Saurus Rex

Posted on August 23, 2013 at 1:08am 0 Comments

Today is Perfect Picture Book Friday. I haven’t been blogging recently because of our up-coming move…but I just had to share this very special book with all of you.

With the start of the new school year, many parents and children will be coping with a problem that has been around for a long time – bullying. I’m joining a special blog book tour to raise…

Continue

Clutter Busting 101 and a Pitch Pick Contest

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 11:07am 0 Comments

 clutter busting 101 and a pitch pick

Are you a saver or a tosser?

My sister-in-law once told me if you didn’t use something in a year, it was time to get rid of it.

I’ve got stuff that I haven’t used in… 10 or 20 years!

As many of you know, we are moving from Colorado to New Hampshire at the end of September.…

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Monday Writing Magic: Building Relationships in the Kid Lit Community

Posted on July 22, 2013 at 12:16am 0 Comments

Monday Writing Magic: Building Relationsips Within the Kid Lit Community

Writing can be one of the most solitary occupations. Many writers carve out time from busy schedules that often include family and job responsibilities. Setting the alarm early or staying up after everyone else is in dreamland are two ways to find ‘quiet’ time.

Even though most of us need to be ‘alone’ when we are creating, it is really important to be part of a community that can…

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At 11:58pm on September 14, 2010, Bob Stephens said…
Hi Vivian and welcome to csfreshink.com! You can add a profile photo and join the "community" where you live. Hope you post lots of photos or news of events and stories about deserving people you know from work, church, organizations or the neighborhood. Just have fun and enjoy the site!
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